Archive for January, 2010

Belated Birthday Bliss

January 22, 2010

36 isn’t one of those birthday years that most people get excited about. But this one for me was special. I’m trying to save vacation days at work for when Kim gets job interviews and/or for law school visits, so I ended up working. The day went by quickly. My coworkers sang to me and got me a card. I took Trax home and Kim and the boys picked me up at the train station with flowers. When we got home friends were there to watch the boys so that Kim and I could go to dinner. I’m in the midst of trying to lose ten pounds and didn’t want to ruin it with eating out, but Kim took me to the only raw food restaurant in town. AMAZING! The ambiance and the people there made it even more special. The meal was so tasty – I didn’t even miss refined sugars! And I wasn’t deprived at all. I had a chocolate mousse for dessert and while it wasn’t as sweet as the mousse you might get in a non-raw food restaurant, I much preferred this dessert. The chocolate was denser and more flavorful and the agave sweetened it perfectly. We then went across the street to the dollar theatres and decided we’d see whatever was starting next.

A scary violent hack ‘em up movie was starting next, so we saw Couple’s Retreat instead (it was the next to next to start.) We were the only people in the theater when we walked in so I told Kim that we should make out like teenagers. Less than ten blissful seconds later, the door opened and a large family walked in. The mood to make out was instantly quashed. I was feeling all gushy and in love with Kim and the day had been so wonderful that I even let her order and eat popcorn WITH BUTTER in front of me and I didn’t even have a pity party. The movie was actually pretty funny but the best part was how Kim would keep slipping her and into mine and squeeze. We got home to a surprise craft “a bedazzled bag” made all sparkly by the boys and some homemade a (diet-friendly) peanut butter treat.

Did I mention I got law school acceptances and birthday cards in the mail? Did I mention the $54,000 scholarship I got to a tier 1? Did I mention my boys didn’t even get in one argument/fight/disagreement the whole day. Did I mention the day was perfect?  Did I happen to mention that a storm blew in and knocked the nasty right out of the air and I can breathe again?  Did I happen to mention?

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Tired of breathing air I can see

January 13, 2010

I’m stuck in the midst of the January blues.

It isn’t helping that we’re breathing air soup right now. The inversion is so bad (and has been for a week) that children are being kept in for recess. You can imagine the energy at our house at night since the boys haven’t gotten it out in the day. Enduring January in Salt Lake City has gotten me longing for and dreaming about law school next year. Where will we live? What will the climate be like? Will I be able to breathe the air? What will we do if Kim doesn’t get a job? Or doesn’t get finished? I think Phoenix would be nice. Or Tucson. But lets be honest, Kim has applied for jobs in Michigan and Pennsylvania, Iowa, Connecticut, and North Carolina. She’s also applied for Texas, but she’s gotten that rejection already.

If I do end up in Tucson, I need someone reliable to remind me in the middle of July that I ASKED FOR IT. But in January, it will all be worth it.

So far I have a full-ride scholarship to a tier 3 school and a tier 2 school and no scholarship money to any of my tier 1s. I guess I’m inclined to want to do the lower ranked school on scholarship. After all, I’m going to be forty before I’m done and I’m not looking for a shot at BigLaw. The uncertainty is on my mind all the time. It is on all of our minds. Riley is particularly worried about change. He loves his school and his friends and seeing his auntie and nana/papa about once a month.

In truth, I’m scared as hell to move, to start law school, to figure out our lives as “professor Kim and partner”.  But I’m also sick and tired of trying to get warm while breathing air I can see.

My name is Casey and I am a Lego addict.

January 4, 2010

Have you ever seen a 3 year old do Legos until his fingers bleed, then put on bandages and keep on doing them? I had not either until last week.

Riley got a piano keyboard for solstice/X-mas/our anniversary, whatever holiday it is we celebrate now.  Casey got a big box of Legos –  a construction kit. The box said ages 5 – 14 but we figured that with a little help Casey could have fun.

Casey opened up the box and immediately pulled out the instructions.  He had Mama K open up the first bag of Legos and that is when the addiction took hold.

Casey built a tractor, a crane, an elevator and a shop in two days.  He did all this mainly by himself with just a little help from his “hooley”.  When asked what a hooley was, he said, “Mom, it’s you.  You’re my hooley.  My squeezer.”  His poor little fingers sometimes couldn’t squeeze hard enough to get the Lego in place.  After a long weekend of Lego building, Casey’s fingers were split and bleeding but he wouldn’t stop.

Last night our used to be Manny still good friend Will came over for dinner and he brought the boys each a present.  Riley got a Star Wars model that he then went to work putting together with Will.  Will bought Casey a Lego trash/recycling truck.  Will got Riley a Star Wars Lego set last month for his birthday but Riley hadn’t yet got it all put together.  He worked on it a bit last week but mainly Casey just told Riley what to do.  Riley was pretty good natured about it as Casey kept correcting Riley’s mistakes, but after being put in his place by his little brother, he put it away and hadn’t gotten it back out.  Will helped Riley get his model put together and then helped Riley finish off his Lego set.  By the time Riley was done, Casey had put together the whole Lego truck all by himself.  He has found his niche.

Casey was not excited to get back to his routine this morning.  Head Start means only one thing to him.  Less time for Legos.

We have a whole new discipline system worked out using Legos now.  Last night at bedtime Mama K. told Casey not to get out of bed or else he wouldn’t be able to play Legos today.  We didn’t hear a peep.  Have I mentioned how frustrating bedtime can be with the need for apple juice, lights, songs, stuffed animals, and checking for monsters under the bed?  This happens one request at a time mind you.  No more, now he just asks to get up earlier than usual so he can play Legos.

We still need to find that one thing that Riley shines at.  He tries so many things and enjoys them for a brief time but soon enough he gets bored and wants to quit.  The list of what doesn’t captivate Riley is getting longer and longer.  He’s starting piano lessons this month to make music on his new keyboard.  He expects to be “ready for his band” in 6 months.   Will the piano be a hit or will it join the rejection pile?  And will Riley ever find the thing that he can do for hours on end with nothing but joy and excitement?