Happy summer! We’re having a good one here—not idyllic in every way, of course, but pretty fab nonetheless. Ollie is still waking a lot at night. He’s also started walking, which is fantastic and challenging at the same time. Iris’s brain is so much faster than her mouth now that she gets frustrated when she can’t communicate (we spent an entire weekend listening to her repeat “mo tee!! mo teeeeeeeee!” with increasing desperation. Turns out she wanted to go pick mulberries from the mulberry tree at the park, but OMG, people. We were scraping the dictionary for every possible combination of “mo” and “tee” sounding words before we finally got it).
And the projects! Oh, the projects.
It’s only July, but it’s looking like Carl’s freelance jobs are going to end up being 30-40% of our income this year. Which is crazy to me. But kind of crazy awesome, since it gives us a chance to pay down some debt and do some house projects we’ve been putting off for years now. The basement is done and half furnished, my goal is to order things for the playroom/someday Iris’s bedroom this week, and at night you can find me slinging paint in the laundry room to the Imagine Dragons album. And, yes, at the rate I’m going in there, it’s going to take me all summer to prime and paint that space, small as it is.
It’s summer and the crazy kaleidoscopic living—a little of this, and a little of that in a slow churn—feels just right.
And me? I’ve been okay. Being a mom has made the highs higher and the lows lower than they used to be. There are moments I literally can’t remember anything good about my life, and long stretches where I feel completely zenned out with the quiet happiness of life in our abode. I took them both down the curly slide at the park the other day, all eight limbs squirming like an octopi in my lap and just felted amazed that so much life could be concentrated into so little space.
Magic and mayhem, people. It’s kind of a package deal.
Am also writing, though not on the novel. I had the opportunity to work on the script for some kids’ programming through Carl’s job, and since one of my goals for the year is to say YES more often (I’m really good at no, so it was time), I signed up. Can’t say I’m looking to write tween dramas for the next 60 years or anything, but it was SO GOOD to actually turn something in and know that it will reach its audience. I’ve also been working on a couple of brief chapters for a book my brothers are writing, and reading a book on poetic meter is giving me some good challenges in that department. It’s nice to be working and finishing things.
It’s just nice.
The summer is treating us well. Hope the same is true for you.