Another nice thing about our deck, is that we’re close enough to watch the city’s fireworks every year… not super close (had to zoom in a bit), but close enough. 😉 They aren’t perfect and most are a tad blurry, but I like how so many of them look like flowers… so….
Still reading ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson, but I’ve also added a few other books as well. Don’t ask me why since I rarely have any time to read. I’m happy to say that ‘Life After Life’ has gotten more interesting as I’ve gotten further into it. The concept is unique and it’s also a bit thought-provoking as you watch and wait to see what the main character (Ursula) will change as she is reborn again and again.
I’m just about finished listening to ‘Outliers’, so I don’t know that it really counts as reading. I tend to think not, but it’s nice to have something to listen to in the car. So far it’s been really fascinating and dives into what is behind the success of some of the most successful people in the United States (past and present). One of the biggest things really just seems to be circumstance. Sure, hard work helps, but if the right circumstances don’t present themselves… too bad? As much as I wanted to say how ridiculous that was and deny that some people just don’t stand a chance despite their brilliance or otherwise… the more I thought about it, it actually makes sense. So, take advantage of any opportunities that come your way!
As far as television series go – nothing new here. I’ll keep you posted if we decide to try anything new. We’ve watched a few movies, though, including ‘The Lego Movie.’ I think going into this I had pretty high expectations because of all the hype, so maybe that wasn’t fair. I’m going to say it, though… I wasn’t all that impressed. Sure, it had some clever moments and the incredible randomness made sense in the end, but I still really felt kind of “meh” overall. I also finally watched ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ which I very much enjoyed. A wonderful cast as can always be expected of a Wes Anderson film, and I was not let down.
Working on cutting back on sugar, salt, breads, etc. I started a program recently designed specifically for moms since it really focuses on your core and regaining that strength by offering exercises that won’t make DR (diastasis rectis) or in my case, my umbilical hernia worse than it is already. I’ll do a blog post on that later. In the meantime, though, I’ve had a few major cheats, but I’m getting better about paying attention to what I’m eating and really making an effort to add in more good-for-me foods. I’m not stressing about the slip-ups, though. Some days I may still have 2 cups of coffee and I might just eat that donut. 😉 I’m fully aware that it’s up to me if I want to change the way I look, and maybe over the next week or so I’ll make more of an effort.
Being a mom. I’ll fully admit that some days I can’t wait until everyone is asleep because we’re all cranky and tired or whatever, but most days are fun. Enzo has reached that toddler point where he’s always coming up with something new and can be really imaginative, and I LOVE it! There are also times where his tantrums are over something so ridiculous that it’s really hard not to laugh and we have to quickly turn around and take a deep breath and not let him see. Phoebe is also a lot of fun, but has reached that point where she doesn’t want her nose wiped or her face and hands, and there’s a lot of that some days. Every day they give me some reason to smile, though, and what more can you ask for than that?
My upcoming hernia surgery – woot!? It’s really not a big deal. Fast recovery, but Enzo will not be happy that I can’t pick him up very often and not at all in the beginning. Otherwise, I’m also thinking about family coming to visit, and it was the perfect push to get us to rearrange a little downstairs. Josh and I decided to split up our offices, so mine is now combined with the guest bedroom/Josh’s games. We thought about trying to combine Josh with the guest room and his games, but since he often works from home, it isn’t a good arrangement for his office to share the guest room. I’m just glad we’re finally getting things really organized. Those two rooms have been the scary zone of the house for about a year now. That’s kind of sad.
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