Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Momitation - A Mom's Meditation

Do you meditate?  If you do, I admire you.  Everywhere you look, the world is touting the benefits of meditation.  Weight loss, happiness, winning lottery numbers - meditation can provide them all.  So, I try.  I try really hard. Apparently doing absolutely nothing is very, very hard.  I even bought Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book to master (OK, learn) meditation.  I didn't help and now collects dust on the bookshelf.  

What I have found is that I mometate instead of meditate.  It’s a mom’s version of meditation and goes something like this:

Deep breath in, deep breath out, deep breath…oh shoot I forgot to swap the laundry…

Wait clear your mind, deep breath in, deep breath out, deep breath…ding, ding - is that a text? I better check that…

Five minutes later, start again, deep breath in, deep breath out, deep breath…bark, bark, bark - oh crap, now the dog has to go out..

Five minutes later, start again, deep breath in, deep breath out, my back itches, just ignore it, deep breath in, my foot is falling asleep, deep breath out, why is sitting quietly so uncomfortable?, scratch, stretch, reposition.

Start again, deep breath in, what are we going to have for dinner tonight? Did I remember to take the chicken out to defrost?  Thinking of food, I’m hungry now.  Forget it, I’m getting a snack that is enough meditating for today. 

And when I’m not pretending to meditate, we are busy with the regular routine.  We learned the opening day of Little League is quite the celebration - complete with a parade, festival, and barbecue lunch.  It was topped off with Mick's first t-ball game.  No score, but everyone batted, everyone ran to home plate, and everyone was happy.  That is my type of sporting event.  Jaley is officially back to taekwondo, and she has proudly added another weapon, a bow staff, to her equipment list.  Beware.  Sarah starts track in a few days.  It is perfect timing; her cast just came off today.  Fully healed!!!  In order to make all these events and others a reality The Marshmallow, our trusty minivan, is  racking up the miles running carpool.   

Scott is out of town this week.  He mentioned there was an org change at work, and I thought, it must be Tuesday.  Cynicism aside, it looks like the changes are good.  The yard work is in a holding pattern as the rains continue to come.  We need the rain, but we would love for mother nature to take just a short break so we can get our driveway back again.  It has been a month of walking the plank, which is much better than our early weeks of walking right through the mud.  The forecast says sun going forward.  Maybe I can meditate and make it hold true.  

That is life in MomZania

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Broken Bones, Birthdays, & Bubbly

 One of my favorite things about California is Winter Break.  It comes at just the right time - when the Christmas break is a distant memory and Spring Break is a far off time.  An entire week with no school and a chance to escape the routine for a few days.  Like most of the Bay Area we headed up to Tahoe for the week.  For a few days we enjoyed skiing (snowboarding) in t-shirts followed by a giant winter storm that delivered a ton of fresh powder.  Just an hour before we were supposed to head out town, Sarah took a fall that took her to the Emergency room instead.  Diagnosis - one broken wrist.  Luckily she is expected to make a full and quick recovery.  She is now sporting a lime green cast and hasn't complained at all; she's one tough kid.

Next up, Nana's Birthday.  We were so glad she choose to celebrate with us in California.  To make her birthday extra special, we took a mother-daughter trip to Napa.  We indulged in great wine and bubbly this weekend.  We didn't even let the torrential rains spoil our fun.  We laughed and reminisced the weekend away as only moms and daughters can do.

Mick has started T-Ball; at least that is the idea when it isn't called off for rain.  Sarah is starting Track & Field; at least that is the plan assuming her cast comes off on time.  Jaley is heading back to Taekwondo; at least that is the goal assuming all goes well at the new studio.

Scott has been crazy busy at work.  He wasn't disappointed when his trip to Denver was postponed this week.

As for me, I am knee deep into our landscaping project - literally knee deep in mud.  They removed our driveway last week and were supposed to replace it just a few days later.  Then dry February turned into record rains March.  Now, we have a mud farm.  If you want to go 4X4ing, just come to our house, we have the perfect track.  We wear our "mud shoes" back and forth to the house and then switch to our "real shoes" in the car.  As for the forecast, it is rain for the next 10-days, so I guess it will be "mud shoes" for the rest of the month. Why is renovating so much more fun on HGTV?

That is life in MomZania.