I guess I should finally update about the rest of the weekend.... now that we're fast approaching a 3-day one again.
Saturday was a lot of fun at the Nature Center. It was great to see old friends and meet some of the new staff. Mrs. Thompson, the one who was one of my Scout leaders and the one who told me to "call Lynn" when I had no idea what I wanted to do for Career Elective my senior year in high school was actually there. It was very good to see her. Boo seemed to have a good time, he was fascinated by the birds. I'm hoping to take him to the aquarium sometime this summer (Baltimore preferably...) and I'm sure he'll enjoy that too.
Sunday was a busy errand day. Breakfast at the dinner, Boo and Gak home for a nap (haha...) while I did laundry, a trip to BJ's and the Warhammer store, cook a good dinner of ham and macaroni and cheese and a walk to the park to play on the swings and the slide. Boo actually laughed his head off a bit on the swings. We had to use the older swing first, but had to stop. It doesn't have a crotch strap, so I was terrified he'd go sliding right out if he stopped holding on. I may have been able to put him in "backwards", but I wasn't so sure about that. He didn't like the other swing as much because he kept hitting his head on the backrest. Oh well. We had fun for a bit. He's not so sure about the slide, but he didn't scream his head off over it, just looked a little concerned.
This week at work has been long, tough and mentally draining. I don't think I'll tell the story of the training fiasco last week and how I wanted to kill a coworker. It has to do with broken promises and no support from above and a painful sales guy and mollifying an upset customer. I'm still angry about the whole ordeal, but it worked out in the long run.
Anyhow, just wanted to let everyone know we're all still here and doing just fine. I stumbled across a couple of blogs on "work life" balance as I wandered around some mommy blogs. It's almost as bad as watching soap operas some days.... but there are many good ones out there. One post I found was by Michelle Obama back in October. The end of it is a campaign pitch, but I can hardly blame her. Most of it is very good and makes me go "she really does get it... they really are a normal family in so many ways." This one was interesting as well. They both say much better than I can some of what I feel and what we all have to deal with, moms and dads alike.
This modern world is way too stressful. Of course, I'm sure most eras had that to say, so it's nothing new. Just the types of stress has changed. I'd love to be able to live in today's world but without the need for so many material things. I want good health care, safe food, the Internet but to not be the odd ball out when it comes to not wanting the million dollar house (I'd never be able to keep it presentable and it would fill to the rafters with junk just as easily as a smaller house...), not wanting the big fancy cars or closets overflowing with clothes or having the latest and greatest high-tech toys. (That's a hard one though, I'd love a new HD TV, but it's not in the budget at all... and I don't even watch TV that much in the first place!) I don't watch a million hours of TV or buy every new gadget. I just want to be able to provide a nice, simple life for me and my boys and I don't want to feel guilty about spending time at work or time with my family and not needing it to take a minor miracle to pull it all off.
Ok, I'm beginning to rant again and just put myself into a cranky mood.
I'd better go hit the shower (a minor luxury I so enjoy) and get ready for work. I promise to get the pictures off my camera and posted soon...
Peace to all and may you have a good weekend if I don't talk to you before then.