Around Here

Summer is almost over and it feels like it just started. In no time at all, P will start 1st grade then we’ll blink and he’ll be in high school. At least that’s what it feels like. 

Maybe I’m feeling the passage of time more acutely right now because my birthday is next week and I have decided this one feels like “almost 40” and I’m not taking it very well. 

Summertime has passed quickly because we’ve been on a lot of trips. Hawaii in April; I made a quick trip to CA to meet my new nephew in May and then the whole family made the trip in June; we had our 2nd annual friends trip to Sunriver the following week; and then the weekend after that I was in Texas for work for 5 days. 

On top of that, we adopted Poppy from my brother and sister-in-law, which meant a quick trip to Tacoma to pick her up, with a stop in Olympia to show the boys where Daddy is going to work someday. 

P also had basketball camp, the boys attended VBS, we had a lice scare, and somehow I managed to stay off Facebook. 

This weekend good friends from Utah are coming to visit, and my brother and sister-in-law are coming to say goodbye before they move back to Alaska. 

What’s coming up the rest of the summer? P has soccer camp, we’re going to a wedding, I’m planning a new class to teach in the fall, and we’re celebrating our 12th anniversary. It’s going to be a busy few months! 

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Lemons

In college we had to go to chapel. Yup, I went to one of those small, Christian colleges that had gender-restricted dorms without visiting hours and required chapel. I loved college but not all the rules.

Anyway, one Week of Prayer, which was a whole week of chapels, the theme was “When Life Gives You Lemons…” The speakers finished the sentence in creative and interesting ways. Not just, “you make lemonade!” but really thoughtful responses. It’s one of the only Weeks of Prayer I remember.

I’m in a place in life where lemons keep getting thrown at my head.

When life gives you lemons, make tea.

I am so thankful for supportive friends, for parenting blogs, and brief breaks in the rain so I can walk and clear my head.

I will blog more about the lemons being thrown at me soon, but until everything is more certain, I’m going to drink some tea.

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How About Now?

“How about now? How about right now?” 

Tig Notaro is an inspiration. I listened to her interview with Chris Hardwick only knowing that she was the comedian who got cancer around the same time her mother died. I had never heard her comedy but was laughing and almost crying during this interview. 

You should listen to it for yourself, for sure. One of my favorite things about this interview was when Tig told the story about how she’s always been the “How about now?” type of person – if she drives by a bowling alley at 10 a.m., why not bowl if she feels like it? Her perspective is amazing and even more inspiring considering the year she had in 2012. 

You can listen to more of her story at This American Life and The Moth, two of my favorite podcasts. 

In the last few days, after listening to her interview with Chris, I’ve been asking myself, “How about now? How about right now?” It’s amazing what this perspective brings to daily life, even if for me it’s meant going to sleep at 9:30 p.m., letting my child vacuum endlessly and doing sit ups. I’m hoping this perspective translates into something more meaningful.