This test had questions like: "Should books about things like building really cool bombs be regulated?" instead of the usual party-line issues. Not a single mention of NAFTA or abortion. Hence, I didn't end up as a Totalitarian like I have in the past.
Last night, I kept coming up with "one more thing" I had to do today. Eventually, I got a file folder and gathered up all the necessary papers into it and made the following list on the front:
10am: B. library. Playroom with MOMS Club. Pick up book on hold, return books. 11am: Go to Peter's school. 11:40am: Go to R library. Drop off MOMS Club donation. Pick up DVD on hold. 12:15pm: Home for lunch. 1:30pm: Thursday playgroup. 2:30pm: Pick up CSA. Pick up Frontier order at R's house. R's #:xxx-xxx-xxxx 3:00pm: Drop off CSA half at SIL's house. 3:30pm: Home. Start dinner. 5:45pm: Dan home. Eat.
I also planned to go to the bank in there somewhere (I looked up the branch locations in each area). I had MOMS Club paperwork to give them, checks to deposit in two accounts, and needed to withdraw September's envelope cash.
In reality, we skipped playgroup but played in R's backyard for awhile and squeezed in the bank stop after dropping off the CSA half share. Leo was upset that he didn't get to see the giant excavator (seriously, it's so, so huge. The bucket is taller than me) working in our neighborhood because it was between blocks, but otherwise fine with the 50 miles we put on the car. I got to Peter's school with 10 minutes to spare and don't have any library holds about to expire. I successfully made Eggplant Parmesan for the first time (although Dan used the same recipe a couple weeks ago, so I wasn't too worried) for dinner, finishing late because we didn't get home until 5:20 ourselves. At least I started salting the eggplant before we left. Leo is eating way more than Peter right now. I'm a little scared of what this growth spurt might turn him into.
Peter's enjoying school, and if I would ever blog from our laptop, I'd give a better account with pictures. I'm slowly getting information out of him about what they do there. Dan drops him off in the morning and at lunchtime, we pick up from the front door, so it could be weeks before I see the inside of his classroom again. My SIL biked with me to pick him up yesterday (8.2 miles each way and she's got an extra 9 miles to reach my house) and now that I know I can hack it, I'm going to try to bike there 3ish times a week until it gets too cold. The temperature didn't go above 64 today so we're already getting a taste of fall. Eek. Driving there and back takes 45 minutes and I'm already tired of it. Biking took 48 minutes going there and we stopped at a park for lunch on the way home, so that eats up 2+ hours midday, but at least I get to move and there are lots of different parks along the way that the boys can check out.
We've all been exhausted. Dan's working until 5:30 most days and he can't get stuff done in the morning anymore because he has to drive with Peter. I'm wiped out because I got used to Dan being around more and Leo often wakes up with Peter before 7. The boys are out of it with the altered schedule. Oy. This first week should be the hardest, I hope.
I got curious recently to know who else was turning 30 this year with me. The most well-known people I could find included:
Apparently, a lot of people on the GenX/GenY line felt the need to be on reality shows over the past decade. Weren't the Dawson's Creekers supposed to be starting high school -- I was 5 years older than them when it aired, geesh. I thought Kobe and Kevin Federline were older. Anyone else watch that movie that Lauren Ambrose and Ethan Embry and Jennifer Love Hewitt were in, repeatedly, in college? It makes sense that they're my age. Jennifer Love Hewitt only missed 1978 by 2 months, too. "Can't Hardly Wait" -- that was it (had to look it up. Charlie Korsmo, who played the super-nerd, grew up near me and was seen at Quiz Bowl events, is also a 1978 baby). I'm amazed Amber Brkich has managed to stay out of the reality tv world for a year.
Anyway, I'm a little weirded out that I'm turning thirty today and Peter's starting school tomorrow. Feels like we're starting a new phase in our lives together over here.
Here's a meme from Trial by Fire, in honor of "labor" day. The boys' half birthdays are coming up, so it's a fun time to look back.
How long were your labors?
Boy #1: 3.5 days of prodromal labor, with frequent ctx at night, decreasing during the day. 24 hours active labor, including 6 pushing. Boy #2: 8 hours active labor, no prodromal, 15 minutes pushing.
How did you know you were in labor?
Boy #1: Finally started having non-Braxton Hicks contractions at 41w4d, along with back pain because he was posterior. Boy #2: Woke up with contractions every 6 minutes that only got more frequent at 40w5d.
Where did you deliver?
Home, both times.
None either time, although there were two times in my first labor that I'm pretty sure I would have taken something had it been available (after 15 hours in active labor when I thought I had been in transition forever but was still at 7cm and when I'd been pushing 3 or 4 hours and just wanted it to all be over).
Son #1: Two midwives with 35 years experience between them, one licensed through the state and one not, both CPM's.
Son #2: Just the more experienced CPM (without the license). She had an apprentice that we also saw throughout prenatal visits who arrived while I was delivering the placenta.
--------------- Anyone else want to do the meme? Answer the questions on your blog and leave a comment below. Happy Labor day!!!!
I wasn't a Labor Day baby in 1978 -- I was born on a Friday. My mom was 8 days late and had 48 hours labor (her first child), giving birth in a hospital with a CNM. I'm sure she was glad I didn't hold out until Labor Day itself.