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Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Always Too Short

I wasn’t going to start off complaining about how short the weekend is but it’s so true. That being said, it was all the same pretty good. We had an impromptu bbq yesterday with friends that was laid back and fun. It’s rare that I feel a get together is laid back. I’m kind of a crappy hostess. In spite of being pretty good at it in my head it never really seems to work out the way I had planned. Everyone ends up stressed out. At least I always get stressed out but this time my goal was to make an effort to keep it really simple and I think it worked. We had this giant bottle of Grolsch beer leftover in the fridge that was more than the two of us could handle together in addition to a handful of mismatched bottles. Beer and simple food= a pretty good time.

I finished two projects. I made a little sundress and a top and pants from the same pattern. The second time around things went a lot more smoothly but the end result of both was reasonably good. The dress still needs to be tweaked to fit properly and I have to cut all the threads and jazz off. Chase let me put it on her to take pictures and then wore it all morning but as soon as I try to catch her to fiddle with it…well she’s not having it.

We were playing on the bed today when she stopped dead in her tracks looked at me, did the sign for more followed by the sign to eat. I was totally stunned because I haven’t used those signs with her for months. She pretty much lost interest in signing once she could point and say a few words but she knew exactly what she was doing. It’s amazing how all of that info gets stored in there. She’s also saying a couple of new words. The only one I can think of right now is sit but she’s also saying versions of cricket and teenie more clearly as well as trying to sing baa baa blacksheep. I, of course, am STILL bop.

I’ve been thinking about buying a spotbot for the rugs for a long time and finally broke down and bought one. I shouldn’t have, I felt bad about it all the way home and for a long time after that but I think I’m going to keep it. All of my friends tease me about it and I get all defensive about it but I think they might be right. I think I have a spending problem. I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it but I have to do something. I always rationalize by saying well it’s not like I’m buying a lot of expensive clothes or new cars or jewelery or even books for crying out loud but seriously, yesterday at Costco there was this woman trying to up-sell people to their goldstar membership. What they do is tally your spending and then tell you how much you would have qualified for in rebates with the membership. Their goal is to show you that you would earn enough in rebates to cover the cost of the more expensive membership. Even though we already subscribe to that membership I asked her to tally out of morbid curiosity. The number made me throw up in my mouth a little. It was pretty bad. So, I’m turning over a new leaf. Work more spend less.

A huge problem that I have identified is that I use shopping as something to do and a way to get out of the house. I’m thinking that I need to use that time to exercise or something but not to go to target or the mall or whatever. There’s no reason to be at some store like 5 days a week. I also tend to think that we’re careless and wasteful as a result of this habit. I bet that we already have half of the stuff that I run errands for already in the house but that’s all done with too.

To turning over new leaves AND to my last WEEK of law school EVER.

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