Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Daybook

I've seen a few bloggers participate in the The Simple Woman's Daybook and this particular Monday morning, I thought I would play along. It was a fantastically busy and crazy weekend, but this morning is meant for a bit of calm. I hope.

Outside my window... I haven't actually opened the blinds yet. In our temporary housing, our window looks directly into the window of the people who live directly across a very narrow street. I try to think that I'm living in Europe. It would help immensly if the streets were cobblestone. Living here requires Anne Powers of Imagination.

I am thinking... about how FANTASTICALLY EXCITED I am to be able to say that it very much looks in every way as though we will be able to MOVE HOME THIS WEEK! It's been almost two months since we had to move out.

I am thankful... that our insurance adjuster agreed to tear down and replace our kitchen walls last week. We had a work crew in this weekend and we should have brand-new kitchen walls by the end of tomorrow. And no smell.

In the kitchen... of either of our houses there is a great mess.

I am wearing... a t-shirt and casual pants.

I am creating... order out of chaos.

I am going... to get a lot of work done today. (I hope.) We shall start by catching up on e-mails (working on that) and cleaning up the temp house a bit. I need to pack up some of our stuff so that I can take it back over to our real home this afternoon.

I am wondering... when my baby girl is going to take off walking for good. She took SIX steps this past weekend! And oh, she was so proud.

I am reading... A Prayer for Owen Meany. I'm not sure how long I'll be reading it though. I hate it. But the storyteller is a good one and he unfolds things very slowly which keeps me reading.

I am hoping... that my son's eye heals completely. This past weekend he received a serious scratch on his cornea which turned the weekend upside down a bit. Codeine and lights kept him grounded in a darkened bedroom. Last night he was finally able to open his eye again. It looks red and puffy still, but it is open.

I am looking forward to... being done sniffing through all the contents of our house.

I am learning... oh. so. much.

Around the house... children are working on summersaults, walking and reading books.

I am pondering... the weather. Deep folks. Really deep.

A favorite quote for today...

In marriage, losing is . . . "doing what is right and good for your spouse, even when big things need to be sacrificed, like a job, or a relationship, or an ego. It is forgiveness, quickly and voluntarily. It is eliminating anything from your life, even the things you love, if they are keeping you from attending, caring, and serving."

(From this article, Marriage is For Losers, which I highly recommend.)

One of my favorite things... is watching (or listening to) my three children play happily together.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Move. Back. Home.

A peek into my day... Packing, cleaning, washing, driving, holding little hands, making food, feeding, talking, replacing, driving, sniffing and typing up lists.


  1. That would be so wonderful if you could move home this week!

    Sorry about the eye situation! Hope it heals well and quickly.

  2. Hmm, I'm curious to know what you think about 'Owen Meany'. It is on my "other" Club's booklist. SIGH So far I am unimpressed with the titles that were recommended by the other club members. I have such vastly different reading desires!

  3. I did this a few times when I first began blogging. It's nice to slow down and consider the day.

    YOU have MUCH happening. All sounds exciting. All does not sound good. A scratched eye on a little boy sounds awfulllllll!)

  4. My sympathies on the eye! My oldest got sand in his eye when he was about 3 yrs old. I pinned him to the ground in the back yard and poured water in his eye. I'm sure the neighbors thought I was killing him. Then we went to the pedi. who said he had small scratches so we used drops for a couple of weeks. And by we, I mean Daddy pinned him down and put the drops in. I was probably also pregnant at that time.

  5. Intrigued by the book--you *hate* it?! Can't wait for the review to know why. . .

    1. I hate Owen Meany's voice. I mean the actual tone. The author describes the voice of Owen Meany and generally being aware of the tones of people's voices (and having distinct likes and dislikes) I can't stand his character. Every time the character speaks in the voice, my brain creates an incredibly annoying noise. Which, I believe, is actually the point and the hope of the author. But I find it SO annoying that it's truly painful to read.

      Go figure THAT one out!

  6. A Prayer for Owen Meany is spectacular, if you get to the end. There's a stretch of about a hundred pages two thirds of the way through that is truly miserable. But, the end is worth it. I finished it on a flight and spent the rest of my time with tears in my eyes reading 2 Corinthians.

  7. Yay for getting to move back. I started cracking up when I read you were pretending you lived in Europe. So funny!

    I also hate A Prayer for Owen Meany, and I finished it. Maybe I missed something? I mean, the end made it a lot better, and there IS redemption, but I'm not sure it was enough to overcome other things I hated about the book. I'm not sure I could figure out your "voice" thing, but probably because I don't read that way. John Irving is a spectacular writer though. Something I found very interesting about him is that he begins his book with the last line. And the last line never changes.

  8. I'm so excited for you getting to move back. I think I would have gone bonkers.

    I had my son in emergency on Thursday night for a scratched cornea too. Well he thought there was actually something in it but it was a scratch. He was pretty puffy and red too but next day it was much better.

  9. OH! I hope you do get to move back in this week!

  10. I hope your son's eye heals well and quickly. How exciting that your daughter is taking her first steps.

  11. Hoping you get to move back home this week and praying for healing in your sons eye!!

  12. Oh, Carrie, I can relate to your feelings. We had to move out for 3 months last year when our house was flooded and then remodeled. Moving back home was GLORIOUS! I can't express how great it felt.

    I'm praying that for you this week. I know how much it means. God bless you, and may He empower you with Anne's Powers of Imagination. (It really does help one get through life enjoyably!)

  13. Poor little Bookworm! I hope his eye is better now!

    6 steps for baby girl?! We've got 2 at the most. :P

    I hope all is still going well with moving back home!