October 1 – the beginning of a new fiscal year and new possibilities for federal employees.
Or, you know, an opportunity to go without a paycheck until Congress comes together and finds a solution for funding federal agencies.
So since I can’t go to work tomorrow (and for who knows how long after that), I need a list of things I’ve been meaning to do. Hopefully most of them don’t require money …
Take comforters to the dry cleaner
- Paint the kids’ bathroom
Start painting the living room, entry way, and hallway
Unpack and sort box stuff in dining room
- Same for the office
- Oh wait, for our bedroom too
- Find or buy those little thingies that hold wire shelving units together
- Move desk from playroom to bedroom … I think it’ll become a craft table for ME
- Sand and paint the dresser in our room
- Go crazy painting Jude’s room with wall decoration. Why not? I’ve got time.
Knit or crochet to my heart’s content and the aching of my hands.
School pick-ups and drop-offs — hurray!
I guess I should clean the house.
And make dinners.
- Break out the sewing machine and learn to quilt?
Run at a time other than 5:30 or 6 am
Yoga. I need some meditation and relaxation.
Bible study. Did it really take me this long in the list to think of it? Maybe I should move that up …
Put (temporary) purple streaks in my hair
- Use up all the craft supplies I have stashed in a bin in the office
- Teach Seth to tie his shoes
- Teach Nora to put on mascara
- Teach Jude to sign “Feed Me”
Get pumpkins to decorate
Run a race
- Thank you notes for my Homes For Our Troops WDW 10K supporters!
I’m home sick from church this morning, along with a sniffly Jude and a coughing Nora. Hurray for Fall allergies!
I’ve amused myself lately with the Polyvore iPhone app and website. I look for my favorite runDisney costume ideas, add them as items, and create a little collage of frivolous little ideas.
I’ll keep adding to them (as I get bored, especially), but here are the ones I’ve thrown together so far:
I already shared the Mrs. Potts idea, but I’ve also added Alice in Wonderland, Marie from Aristocats, and a Dalmatian-inspired costume. FYI – Nora is very fond of Mrs. Potts and Marie right now.
All I know is that my runDisney costume will have a tutu! I wanted to support another runner raising funds for a great organization, and she happens to be holding a Tutu Fundraiser until tomorrow. So you may see Sparkle Skirts, but I’m more likely to have some tulle bundled around my waist. Once a pretend ballerina, always a pretend ballerina.
The eleventh day (on this, the 22nd day of July) prompts: What’s the worst injury you’ve received?
It may have been the time I sliced open my hand in the 5th grade. I was slicing an apple with a very long knife (first mistake). It got stuck, so I picked it up to get the knife through (second, major mistake). The knife went through, all right, then went right into my hand. Ouch.
Then there was the time I got stung by a jellyfish and ended up in the ER with shots of demerol and benadryl. Woooo!
Once while I was in high school, I was walking out of my bathroom and trying to pull my hair out of my collar. I caught my elbow on the doorframe, didn’t realize it, and kept walking. Unfortunately, my elbow stayed with the door, pulled me back, and jacked up my shoulder. My orthopedist (who I had on speed dial by the time I was 21) said I was lucky I was so flexible or I’d have torn everything in my shoulder.
I went skiing once. I fell getting out of the bus and messed up the ligaments in my left knee … which had healed about six months earlier from a surgery to get rid of another injury’s effects. Orthopedist’s comment: “What made you, of all people, think you could go skiing?”
Or how about the time I was in three car accidents within six months and wrecked the same shoulder I’d hurt in high school.
Then I went and had three kids and I’m not even going to talk about that adventure.
Moral of the story: okay, so I don’t really have a moral to the story, but it surely can’t be a good sign when you’ve got an orthopedist on speed dial.
Day 10: Someone who inspires you
There are lots of people who inspire me, so I’m going to do a bulleted list. That way I won’t get overly mawkish (vocabulary word!), maudlin (seriously, vocabulary word from the 8th grade), or rambly.
- My husband – he has dreams and plans, and he puts his family before everything else. I may not always see it, but I know it’s true and that reminds me to re-think my perceptions of a situation.
- My parents – they’ve both done things that may have seemed impossible at one point or another in their lives. They both love their families and do whatever they can for them. I love the examples they’ve set for me (and each of my siblings).
- Stay at home moms – ladies, it’s hard to do. As much as I wish I could do it, I don’t know how good I would actually be at staying home.
- Moms who work outside the home – ladies, it’s hard out there. Having sisters in the trenches keeps me working and (mostly) from going insane.
- Corrie Ten Boom, Tina Fey, Ellen Ochoa – women who’ve done awesome things and share wisdom, vision, and humor. (Varying degrees thereof.)