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The past couple of weeks have been a blur. For some reason it feels like once school started, I stepped onto a treadmill that I can’t get off of. Not in a bad way, necessarily. Just in a nonstop way.

Wait.  With all this treadmilling about, shouldn’t I be getting skinnier?

Now several weeks into it, Jude has finally figured out that this whole school business isn’t going to go away anytime soon. It would appear that the honeymoon, as they say, is over.  One day not too long ago, he  said he simply didn’t want to go to school; he was going to stay at home with me.  The thought crossed my mind that frankly, this is as good as it’s going to get when it comes to school. Darling, you get to have recess 3x a day, snack 2x a day, and a nap! Also? No homework! It only goes downhill from here on out until you graduate from college, get a real job and receive a paycheck for all that work you’re doing!

I, on the other hand, am looooving all this unsupervised time. By unsupervised, I mean that *I* am not being supervised every single moment of my life. Moments such as being in the bathroom. Brushing my teeth. Sleeping.   After the initial shock of the baby being big enough to go to real live school, I started to catch on to this whole long stretches of time all to myself.

Howevs, it’s not all soap operas in the middle of the day while laying on the couch snacking on bonbons here. hehehe Those long stretches of time have been packed to the brim the past few weeks since the launch of the new iPhone. I have to admit, I’ve been shocked at the demand for my iPhone 5 cases. Sales for this month are the biggest of my entire Etsy career, and that leaves me humbled but also a little afraid because I’m wondering how I can possibly keep up this pace, much less design anything different or create anything new.  I think I need a minion. But then that’s the hard part — the passing off of duties when I think, “oh, I can do this myself.”  Here’s a morbid thought:  I realized the other day that if I were in a car wreck and couldn’t go through with my job for whatever reason, there would be nobody else to do it. Simon doesn’t know how to use Illustrator or Photoshop. I’d be up a creek!  (Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks crazy things like this.)

Creatively,  I’m feeling uninspired and out of material, which isn’t anything new. I start to feel that way when I’m burning the candle at both ends, or not really living much life outside the computer. The urge is strong to pick up my camera, get out of the house, and get renewed.

Speaking of designing, I’m on a home decor kick. I blame the fact that I’m here all the livelong day staring at the same walls. I have a wild hair to totally repaint the entire kitchen and back living room. This leads to lots of me saying things like, “So what’s it going to take to get this done?” And lots of sweating on Simon’s part. But! I did get the go-ahead to start collecting bids for the cabinets to be repainted. Wahoo!

Color is such a funny thing. Last weekend I was wearing this pinky orangey necklace. Simon and I were running errands and a sales girl said, “OMG! Look at you in your cute OSU outfit for gameday!”

Say whaaa?  First of all I was barely aware that there was any kind of college football happening (a dire sin in this land of football fanatics). So the look on my face was all, “Huh?”   I looked down and realized I was wearing basically orange on black. OSU colors. A light bulb goes on. Simon snickers. “Uhhhh…”

I will never wear this combo again.

Finally, I’m looking forward to Sunday for a number of reasons, one of them being Sunday afternoon nap. But the other one is our Sunday school class, which has been doing a marriage refresher. In short, it’s everything I wish we’d learned in premarital counseling. How to fight, how to define differences, how to keep marriage fresh and interesting. Good stuff. We walk away every weekend talking about things we’ve learned.  And it’s been encouraging to know that a lot of the things we struggle with are pretty much universal.

Like deciding to paint the kitchen. 😉

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