Sunday, March 27, 2011

Humidifiers & Things I Like

This is just a random cute picture of Jackson today. I had the humidifier on the kitchen table and Jackson climbed up there and stuck his face in the mist. Tiny water droplets all over his face... Cute.
It's been a really long time since I did a writing post, and since I'm still waiting on my mom to email our San Diego pictures, I figured it was time. Jackson and I spent the last week in San Diego with my mom and sisters. We decided to get out of town because Tyler is in Peru for 12 days, but now we are back from our vacation and Tyler still has 2 more days to go, so I've been feeling a little bummed.
My friend Lara from Pocket Full of Prose did a "Things I Like About Myself" post and challenged me to do the same. I decided I should give it a try, although I should warn you that I've had a rough couple of days, so I'm not quite sure how this will come out. So despite my recent self-loathing, here are a few things that I love about myself:
  • I'm good at keeping a clean house most of the time, and I'm good at knowing when it's time to drop everything and let the dishes pile up so I can do floor puzzles with Jackson.
  • I'm good at running. I'm slow, but I'm still good at it. I almost never forget which foot needs to move forward next.
  • I write good emails. During college, I wrote my father emails constantly and I think they were fairly entertaining to read. Part of this probably has to do with the fact that I'm not afraid of a little bit of exaggeration. So I'm not always perfectly honest, but people are entertained, and isn't that more important?
  • I'm good at grocery shopping. That sounds like something stupid, but I just have this amazing system down, and I always finish grocery shopping trips feeling very proud of my efficiency. I even had a cashier tell me once that I was the most organized grocery shopper she's ever seen.
  • My hair has pretty natural blonde highlights. And if I spend too much time in cloudy Seattle and my hair gets too dark, I spray a little Sun-In, whip out the blow dryer, and call it natural anyway.
  • I'm really good with Excel. My dad taught me Excel when I was like 5 or something. I thought he was such a dork, but now I'm fairly addicted to it. I make up stupid excuses to use it all the time.
  • I'm a terrible mother, but at least I can admit that. Some women are built to be super-stay-at-home-moms. I'm not, but I still try. And I have a very happy little boy that I love very much. And he knows how much I love him, and he loves me too, and that counts for something.
  • I'm good at proof-reading, and maybe even a little obsessive. Everytime you send me an email or write a blog post, I proofread as I read it. I can't help it. But don't worry, I usually won't mention your typos unless they are really bad :) And my own typos devestate me.
  • I make efforts to take care of the environment. I use reusable grocery totes and I am very good at following Seattle's ridiculous recycling rules. Although I guess the fact that I call them "ridiculous" probably means I don't care about the environment quite enough.
  • Despite how rough the last few days have been, when Tyler gets home in a few days, Jackson and I will both still be alive. That is impressive.

So there you have it. I have a few good qualities. You have them too. Write them down :)

1 comment:

Traci said...

I think you should teach me your grocery system. I have no idea what I'm doing sometimes. And, for the record, I think you are an amazing mother. I feel like a terrible mother sometimes too (and when I had a 2 1/2 year old I felt like a terrible mother almost every day). It's hard! It's so hard for so many reasons. But I can attest to the fact that you have a very cute, happy, secure little boy who loves his mom. And doesn't that mean that you are a completely successful mother? Hang in there.

I meant to have you guys over this week, but Leah and I got sick. Today we're feeling better so if you need anything, let me know!