Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm gonna stop

feeling guilty. For some reason, I've always had a HUGE guilt monster. I makes me say sorry for everything, even things I have no control over. I think I say it because I want that phrase to make all things better. I think I got this from my mom. But for whatever reason, being pregnant has give me more of a back bone. Must be the surge of hormones shutting down that part of my guilty, sorry brain. I kinda like it.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Maternity leave to-dos

I've been thinking of things to keep me occupied when the baby is napping and I'm looking for something to do. These will probably yeah, right, but it's still fun to think I might do something other than feed, burp, and change poo everyday. A first time mom can dream.

1. Read a couple books. Not sure what yet.
2. Organize the office.
3. Knit, good woman, knit. I want to knit: Chewy a simple garter stitch blanket, cowls, fingerless gloves, and maybe this delicious sweater.
4. Go thrifting.
5. Journal.
6. Blog more. Hopefully not just of the kid.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Travel plans

No, not now with the bambino business happening, and probably not for a while unless you count inevitable road trips to see the family in the future. I've been flipping through my latest issue of Travel + Leisure, and when I should be thinking about my forthcoming nugget to snuggle and care for, I'm thinking about travel. Places I want to go with Jonathan. Thinking about when I can go to these places with Jonathan. The fact that I'm reading Parents magazine at the same time illustrates the dicotomy of today's mothers. Can I get a "Hell yeah!"?

On my international travel list:
Egypt: Ever since 6th grade when we learned about Egypt and its pyramids, I've fancied myself an Egyptologist. I even made a paper mache King Tut mask for a project, and I have to say, I wish I still had it. My craftmanship was quite extraordinary.
Ireland: I have a thing for wide open spaces; it's why I love the Midwest as much as I do.
England: For its charm.
Italy: Do I really need to explain this one?
France: To put all my years of studying the language to good use. I know I'll fail, but at least I'll have tried.
Jamaica: It always just looks so pretty. Really any island would do as long as it's not incredibly touristy. I hate crowds and I love seeing things off the beaten path. Oh, and nature.

On my national travel list:
Nantucket: I have a thing for coasal cottage living. I dream of owning a vacation closet here.
North Carolina: The pictures always make it look so beautiful.
Maine and/or Connecticut: Again, picturesque.
Chicago: Just to say I've been.
Seattle and Portland: I think if I ever were to move to a big city, it'd have to be one of these two. I haven't ever been, but for some reason they already speak to me. I love rain. Must be my water-loving Pisces heart.
Montana and/or Wyoming: I don't know why. Must be the wide open spaces.

Places I could care less about:
New York: Crowds-hate. Theater-not particularly fond of. About the only thing I'd go for is to see it in the fall, the art museums, and the architecture.
California: Just not big on California in general. I know I'd probably enjoy the wine country, but this state just isn't for me.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I want to brave enough to

shop on Craigslist. I see all these treasures that people buy and upcycle for their homes that are better and cheaper than buying new. But going to someone's house who knows where and picking up said item scares the shit out of me for some reason. Plus, pictures sometimes lie. And then what? "Oh, actually, on second thought, that's uglier than I thought it was going to be. My bad."

Are you a Craiglister? If so, what was your first experience like? If the item wasn't exactly what you imagined, do you haggle? Can you walk away? I'm not even a garage sale goer, so Craigslist seems like shopping a garage sale, but just online.

My new goal, especially with the new bambino, is to start thrifting: cutting coupons, planning menus and freezing food, buying used where it works and where I'm comfortable with used. Our home still needs lots of things: buffet, entry table, art, just to name a few. It would be nice if I could get these items on the cheap.