Happy Leap Day!

February 29, 2012

Hello and Happy Leap Day!  I feel like I should do something special to take advantage of this “extra” day, but I don’t know what.  I think I read in one of my magazines that it’s a great day to take stock of things and set an intention for the year.  That doesn’t feel special to me.  I do that every year.  And at the beginning of most months.  Maybe I’ll just go have a donut.

Good morning sunshine

This is the first “normal” week that the blueberry and I have had.  I’m starting to feel a little bit of a rhythm with him.  I’ve actually gotten some things done around the house (amen!).  Yesterday I worked in Bill’s room and it is looking really nice if I do say so myself.  Actually, both of us worked on it Saturday, hanging pictures, putting stuff away.  We still need to set up his tv and arrange the stuff in the armoire, and he’s gotten some stuff in the closet that needs to be gone through, but it looks pretty darn nice.  My big contribution was arranging his bookshelves, displaying some of his treasures.  Still some stuff to be finished here too…  need a 2×4 to raise up the second row of Star Wars bobbleheads, set up his stereo.  I also bought a rug for his room and he needs different pillows.  The current ones are too flowery.  Pillows are low down on the to do list.  A big improvement though!

Bill's room

Bill's room the wrestling side

Bill's shelves

I’ve been doing a lot of reading this year.  I just finished my 12th book.  Now two of those were Nancy Drew books which are super easy reads (but so fun and they bring me back to my childhood).  Still, 10 books so far is a good start to the year.  I think it’s because I read before I go to sleep, instead of watching tv which is what I used to do.  But we are trying not to have the tv on around the baby, even when he’s sleeping.  Except for sports.  We read an article that says babies should have minimal exposure to the tv in their first two years.  I don’t remember why but it was in the New York Times so it must be right.  More importantly, if I’m watching tv, I’m not interacting with him.  My logic about the sports is that I can listen to it and I don’t have to watch it (constantly).  And I love my sports (on tv).  Anyway, less tv is more reading.  I’ve also realized that most of my books are set in England.  Of the 81 books in my queue, 20 are set across the pond.  Interesting.

The other big excitement of here is that I start my new job this week!  I am going to be working at my local yarn store, Green Planet Yarn.  I’m very excited, though not that excited about Saturdays away from my boys, but it’s only 2 Saturdays a month (so far) and it will be good bonding time for them.  I also do not need to buy, and most definitely should not buy, more yarn.  We’ll see how that goes.  I think Bill is already resigned to the fact that this opportunity of mine is going to cost him money.  In all honesty, this is a dream job.  I’m looking forward to meeting people, talking about something I love doing, being surrounded by all that beautiful (tempting) yarn.  There’s so much to learn and I’ve never worked retail (except the summer I was 16).  We will see how it goes!

Today my goal is to make some headway in my craft room.  And to move some fabric that I ironed over the weekend that is currently decorating a chair in my living room.  And to go to the library to pick up some books I requested otherwise I will be dinged $3 apiece.  And to figure out how to make leap day extra special (ie pick up a donut).


But first, the kitters has joined me on the bed.  (Please ignore the mess in the background.  It’s also on my to do list.)  This is the evil kitters who found three balls of cashmere yarn that I forgot were on my craft table and who batted them all over the floor of the craft room and living room.  (Thank goodness I vacuumed and swept recently.)  I think I should have been mad but I was really more amused.  This does not bode well for me as a mom.

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