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Things, April

I am really tired and I am really sore. I have no entered the third trimester of pregnancy and I am slow and big and have throbbing pain down my left side and everything is hard and the worst. I am very tired because I keep waking up at 5am. It hurts to flip over, I have to pee, there is nature or homeless people being loud out side – there is always something. I am still trying not to throw up. That’s depressing news. In non-depressing (sort of non-depressing because it is mostly a relief but financially depressing news) next Thursday is my last day at work. And then on to new horizons/unemployment/writing a book and having a baby/the great unknown. I am relieved to wear sweats more often and have to worry about the “proper shoes for office life” a lot less.

April 20th was my final day in my completely silly and self imposed Seattle Weather Tally! Overall I counted for 186 days. Below are my findings.

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So for anyone who complains about the Seattle weather – yes the days get shorter, yes we have greyness, yes winter happens. But we also have a lot of opportunities to go outside during the day, the clouds part and the sun emerges.*

Being a contract worker with no access to any of the perks of being actually hired (like the company discount, or parking, or vacation time, or sick leave, or paid federal holidays!) has made me very entitled about the small things. Like not putting my used cups in the dishwasher. Someone who gets paid more than me can take care of that. Or feeling bad for wasting tea or Swiss Miss packets. I HAVE NO GUILT OR SHAME! Or using extra company kleenex. Yeah, that’s right. I’m gonna use up this box and another and another. Whattya gonna do about it? Small victories against The Man.

I am finally, after many many months getting new glasses with an updated prescription. I’m really excited about it. I tried on a bunch via Warby Parker and then sort of liked some, sort of didn’t. So it took me a long time to decide and then once I did decide it took me a long time to order. Why is pulling the trigger on things like this take me so long? Hi, I need new glasses… but let’s think on it for a YEAR shall we? Don’t want to rush into improved eyesight and updated fashion!

Today is Earth Day! And all of my fears about climate change are becoming ever more pressing. But today I’ll leave you with this: Bottled water is not just about generating a shit ton of waste, it’s about WATER DISPLACEMENT. And if you would like to do 1 easy thing that could make a big impact: Stop buying Arrowhead brand bottled water immediately, or any other Nestle product. 

 

*The talling rules: To be partly cloudy the sun had to be around by 1pm that day. It had to be enough break in the clouds for normal working folk to be able to enjoy a bit of nice weather on their lunch breaks. 4pm sunbreaks doesn’t do anybody any good.

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Small Joys and Happies

Reeses Easter Eggs. Having the bathroom to my self at work. Gabe singing, “Maria. Makes me. Laugh. Hahaha.” The way Gabe asks for “chochos” and being excited when a cookie has sprinkles. Full panel maternity pants. Pedicures. Approaching 10,000 words on my book. 10,000 is just the start, but it will be a good day when I get there. Feeling accomplished. Finally checking some items off of my to-do list for baby #2. Upcoming solo trips for my writerly well being. Singing to Gabe while I wash his hair and having him not cry. That this weekend is Gabe’s first hip hop dance class! Hot chocolate. Consistent baby...

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Things, March

I am still being extra productive on writing and it has me all excited and frothy about words on the page, about story, about craft. Lots of nerdy nerdy writing excitement is happening in the secret parts of my head. The quiet moments are filled with more action and less doubt, more forgiveness if I need to stop writing for the day, or skip a day, or even two, than guilt and shame and self-flogging. I think this is the most I’ve written on any 1 subject since grad school. This feels new and different and good. Now if only I’ll be able to finish a complete first draft before this next baby comes. Next week we are going to Miami to...

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How I Love ME

This weekend there was a lot of love in the air. How much do I love my son? Enough to not stick my tongue out at him as he is telling me “No sing, mama!” I CAN SING IF I WANT SMALL HUMAN! I spend a lot of time fretting over how I’m loving others. (Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but I am pre-tty giving you guys.) I want my kid to know I love him, that he is safe, that I am proud of him. I want my friends to know that I have them as major priorities. I want my husband to know I appreciate all the things he does. I want to make time for my family. I don’t want to forget birthdays, I want people to know they...

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The Plague Months

I’ve actually started getting used to being sick all of the time every winter. Last winter was the plague months, and this winter seems to be no different. No different at all. Except this time I’m pregnant and achy and quite possibly even more pathetic. But at least I’m not shocked by the fact that there has been at least 1 sick person in my house since early December and it’s probably not going to end until April. I’m sitting at work right now experiencing waves of sweat that wash over me. This is what happens when you don’t offer sick leave, America. LOOK AT ME, SWEAT COVERED, COUGHING, SNEEZING AND GROSS. Look at what...

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Here and There and Everywhere

I have some more things to share. Just snippets here and there. First! Weekend-ing will be returning. There may be weekends where all you see are piles and piles of used kleenex, I’m not going to lie. But also maybe some good family moments. Speaking of photographing stuff. I am now showing but it is different than last time. Last time it was like my bump popped out of me like a perfectly round ball was pushing against my tummy skin. This time it sort of oozed forth. Like, if I tried I could still hide it, but only sort of. Mostly I feel wide and like a duck. Not cute and pregnant. Maybe cute and pregnant is reserved for first...

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Seattle/Writer/Adventurer/Married to Kamel/Maker of many mistakes/Mom of 1 Gabriel and 1 TBD/Baker of things/Roaster of Vegetables/Maker of videos/Normal life photographer/Romantic/Irreverent/Honest

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