Ups & Downs

December 8th, 2011 → 7:43 am

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – All’s Well That Ends Well

I had a really good week last week (if you remember my happy online shopping and holiday planning), and then this week went to pot.  There was a major scare at my child’s day care, and then my husband had an accident…  Life just goes up, and then down, doesn’t it?  Good and ill together.  Here’s looking forward to the next up already…

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Holiday Spirit

November 30th, 2011 → 7:14 am

“Now I am in a holiday humor.” – As You Like It

As of yesterday my neighbors have put up all their Christmas lights, I did engage in a little Monday (not to mention Tuesday) cyber shopping these past few days, and I have already ordered my Christmas ham (I know, I’m Jewish, but..).  I appear to have caught the holiday spirit early this year – as it is still only November!

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November 28th, 2011 → 6:49 am

“Knock, knock, knock.  Who’s there, i’th’ name of Belzebub?”  – Macbeth

I’m back!  In the name of Beelzebub or something else (something better, I hope).  I had an excellent conference and an even better vacation this past week.  I hope everyone else enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday as well.  I can’t wait to start writing more posts, so stay tuned!

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November 14th, 2011 → 6:40 am

“The thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to!”  – Hamlet

My husband’s knee has been hurting him lately.  This weekend when we went out to dinner he limped a bit on the walk to the restaurant.  As it happens, I still haven’t fully recovered from my surgery back in April (!) so I limp sometimes too.  The two of us making our crabbed walk to the restaurant from the back part of the dark parking lot was hilarious, frankly, and could have made anyone who saw us think it was still Halloween.

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November 12th, 2011 → 8:40 am

“…they say bairns are blessings.”  – All’s Well That Ends Well

I’m late writing on the blog this morning because my baby’s been a real handful!  He still hasn’t gotten used to the time change so he’s been going to bed early, waking up even earlier, and demanding to be hugged, kissed, and fed before 7am!  Ah!

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November 4th, 2011 → 6:02 am

“In dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”  – The Tempest

I am so ready to go back to sleep right now…if I could only recapture that last dream I was having…

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Nighttime Crying

October 27th, 2011 → 5:55 am

“I must be cruel, only to be kind.” – Hamlet

My 15 month old has begun getting up in the middle of the night again, after nearly a year of sleeping through the night.  Both my husband and my pediatrician say that at this point we need to just let him cry himself out and go back to sleep.  We shouldn’t go in and comfort him. It kills me though, listening to him wail at night and not going in to comfort him.  I guess it’s in his best interest for me to be cruel now so he learns to sleep through the night later, but it’s awful.  Anyone have any advice for how to steel oneself up to be cruel?  I’m not good at it.

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October 19th, 2011 → 9:08 am

“My heart
Leaps to be gone into my mother’s bosom.”  – Pericles

My mother-in-law is a very nice, very sweet woman.  I love her, I really do.  But she isn’t my mother, and being around her as much as I have been lately just makes me miss my anne (“mother” in Turkish) terribly.  If only my mother could tickle my baby’s toes, if only my mother could pick him up and tell him a story, if only my mother could kiss him on the head and pray for his health.  The 12th anniversary of my mother’s death is coming up in a few days, and it still hurts as much as ever…

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October 15th, 2011 → 9:17 am

“Love, and be silent.” – King Lear

The in-laws are still in town.  Things are going well.  At least as well as they’d be going with my own family.  I think the approach to take with family in general is to love them, and keep your mouth shut about a lot of things.  😉

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October 13th, 2011 → 9:46 am

“What’s mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.” – Measure for Measure

My in-laws are visiting this week and next.  And when they come, they come in true Montana style.  They drive (never fly), pack the car as if on an extended pilgrimage, and quickly turn the house inside out.  There is stuff everywhere – clothes, mugs, sewing machines, preferred toaster ovens…  I’ve learned to give up on keeping any order when they are here and just go with the flow…what’s mine is theirs and what’s theirs is mine, and pretty soon no one can even tell the difference anymore!

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