A Wilderness of Monkeys

October 14th, 2013 → 5:52 am

“It was my turquoise, I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor:  
I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.”  – Merchant of Venice

I have always liked that image: a wilderness of monkeys.  And I thought of it last night when I turned my back to get a napkin and my son grabbed my chocolate cupcake and stuffed it in his mouth.  What?!?!  I would not have willingly given up that sublime confection for a wilderness of monkeys.  Grrrr.

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Birthday Present to Myself

October 7th, 2013 → 6:23 am

“A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.”  – Henry VIII

Yes, it is my birthday today.  And of all the presents I got myself this year (Godiva chocolates, a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake, a Zingerman’s cheese passport) the best has got to be a sense of peace and a quiet mind.  I’ve had a few tumultuous years in the recent past, but this year, at least, things are contented.  And calm.

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Little Stinker

October 4th, 2013 → 5:49 am

“To persist
In doing wrong extenuates not wrong,
But makes it much more heavy.”  – Troilus and Cressida

My kid has entered what I’m calling his “little stinker” phase.  Every day when I pick him up from school I’m inevitably told that he pulled some little girl’s hair, or called a classmate dirty.  Sigh.  We’ve tried telling him not to do it. We’ve taken away his desserts and movie time.  We’ve even sent him to bed early.  Yet he persists in this stinker phase and it’s making me tired.  I sure hope he grows out of it soon.  I’m sure his female classmates do as well.

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Peeing Standing Up

September 23rd, 2013 → 6:16 am

“It is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion.”  – Hamlet

I always thought my husband would be the one to do it.  To be there the first time my son peed standing up.  But lo and behold, the opportunity presented itself yesterday on the banks of the Missouri River, my husband nowhere in sight, so Mommy stepped in to do the job.  After a bit of fumbling (up, up, baby, not down!), a clear, happy arc my son made, with little discretion as to which stone, stick, or blob of river muck he hit.

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Blowin’ in the Wind

September 19th, 2013 → 5:47 am

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind!
Thou art not so unkind as Man’s ingratitude.”  – As You Like It

I’m having one of those weeks.  Where everything seems to be fighting me.  Where I’m pretty sure I’m losing.  I feel like a wee wisp this morning, blowing in the wind.

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The Senseless Murder of Froggy

September 16th, 2013 → 5:41 am

“A deed of death done on the innocent.” – Titus Andronicus

It was a nice day yesterday afternoon and my son, husband, and I were driving in the car.  All the windows were open, including the sunroof.  Now in one of the cupholders in my car, for months now, has sat a little stuffed frog named Froggy that my son likes to blame whenever he emits a smelly toot. When it happened this time I picked Froggy up, wagged my finger at him in reprimand, and threw him towards the backseat.  But I overestimated the distance and we all watched as Froggy arced up in the air and sailed right out of the sunroof.  It was awful and hilarious and completely incomprehensible to my son all at the same time.  “Mommy, why did you do that?”  I’m afraid I couldn’t answer I was laughing so hard…

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August 30th, 2013 → 8:20 am

“O true apothecary,
Thy drugs are quick.”  – Romeo and Juliet

Thank god for antibiotics!  I’m feeling better already.

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August 28th, 2013 → 5:22 am

“To deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.”  – King Lear

I’ve had the weirdest sickness for five days now.  I’m exhausted, not that hungry, and I’ve got a constant feeling of lightheadedness that just won’t go away.  I’ve never quite experienced an illness like this before.  It’s unnerving to feel dizzy and lightheaded ALL THE TIME.  I sure hope it goes away soon…

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A Wondeful Dream

August 6th, 2013 → 5:19 am

“To fly,
To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride
On the curled clouds.”  – Tempest

I was having a great, exhilarating flying dream…  If only I could return to it…

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Raising a Son, Part II

July 27th, 2013 → 5:59 am

“My boy, my [Vincent], my fair son!
My life, my joy, my food, my all the world!
My widow-comfort, and my sorrows’ cure!”  – King John

It’s as though my son read my blog the other day, and embarrassed, decided to atone for it.  Last night at dinner something happened and I said to him, “What would you do without me?”  And he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Mommy, I would never do anything without you.”  ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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