Mondays are always rough for me, and I assume most stay-at-home moms? After a weekend of having help with the baby, or at least having a second set of eyes so I can detach myself a little bit from whatever my little is getting into (and don’t forget letting my husband make the baby breakfast, essentially giving me one morning off), it’s hard for me to jump back into our weekly routine with no other help. Today I feel like there’s not enough coffee in the world to make me feel fully alert. I really need to go to bed earlier.
On a typical Monday like today, I try to plan out my week and get organized with my goals. I think about what shopping I need to do (this week: all of it), what errands I need to run, what I need to do around the house (all the bathrooms, Lord help me), and what activities I want to do with Claire so she is happy and entertained. My mental lists are starting to include this blog: what I want to write about, what’s on my mind, what projects or recipes I should share, etc. I realize I haven’t shared any projects and just one silly recipe so far, but I know I’ll get there. It is obvious through my posts that my life has been chaos lately, and currently my blog is my way of venting my frustration. Once my chest feels lighter, the creativity will come…. I actually did a project yesterday that I’m excited to share here, but I’m too tired today, so this is yet another journal entry, if you will.
So, as I’m organizing my thoughts for a blog post, I realize they (my thoughts) are all over the place. Here are some things I’ve been thinking about, for your reading pleasure:
- Ever since I was sick last month, for the entire month, I’ve been taking Emergen-c vitamin packs, and I think they have made a huge difference for me. Not only do I feel well again, I have a lot of energy throughout the day. That is probably partially due to the difference in energy levels when you are sick vs. healthy, but I think it’s also the extra boost of vitamins. Instead of reaching for that third cup of coffee in the morning, I throw back a full glass of water with vitamins and I feel instantly better. Try it, you’ll like it!
- This weekend we drove 1.5 hours to Eglin Air Force Base, which has the biggest military exchange around. There is something so weirdly comforting to me about military exchanges – they are literally exactly the same on any base, anywhere in the world (I’ve been to many), and they all sell the same brands. They even smell the same. And you are around families just like you- everyone is most likely far from home, living this crazy nomadic lifestyle. Plus everything is tax free, so there’s that. I bought new sunglasses because I lost my beloved Raybans while chasing Claire through Target a couple weeks back. I am not surprised to report that because I am the pickiest of sunglasses picker-outers, I took a pair home that I will promptly return this week. Meanwhile I am squinting in the perpetual Florida sunshine until I find the perfect pair (probably by next year).
- On Thursday Claire and I start a Kindermusik class that I am excited about. She is OBSESSED with the Baby Bum nursery rhymes on YouTube lately. Literally, we listen to them every time we are in the car (otherwise she screams, the little dictator), and sometimes while she eats in her highchair. I kid you not, she is starting to learn the abc’s and can count to five thanks to them. And she has learned a ton of words too! She is only 17 months! Try them here. But I warn you: I am pretty sure these songs have been etched into my brain for the rest of time- they are CONSTANTLY stuck in my head, never to be fully free of them. Anyway, she loves music so I’m excited to see how she does in the class. I’ll share more after Thursday.
- I need a break. My husband and I discussed, before we were both sick for the last month, giving me one day per week as a break from mommyhood. Not the entire day, but enough time for me to go out and get my nails done, or run some errands kid free, or do a little shopping. OR stay home and enjoy a quiet house while he takes Claire somewhere. I didn’t get that this weekend, but we’ve decided next Saturday morning will be my “me time.” I’m thinking a morning yoga class, followed by a pedicure my toes have been screaming for for over a month, and maybe a trip to the book store, as I desperately need something new to read. Which leads me to:
- I’m thinking about volunteering and/or getting a little weekend job. I really want to do something and help those less fortunate, as I am acutely aware of my blessings lately (despite how much I like to complain here), and feel that because I don’t work, I need to do something that makes me feel like I contribute to society. My husband likes to remind me that raising a child is exactly that, but I need more I think. I also like the idea of a little Saturday job for some spending cash for me. Hey, I like to shop. No shame in my game.
- Now that I am feeling myself again, I am bursting with creative ideas to turn our new house into a home. It’s taken me 3.5 months to feel this way, mostly because I know we only will own this house for 3 years max (maybe only 2), so I don’t want to do anything major or sink a ton of money into it, but I have a long list of small projects I want to do, which will make me feel like I’ve left my mark on this house. I’m anxious to get started and share them with you all here! Stay tuned!
And lastly, I think I’m figuring out a narrower direction for this blog. As much as I hate to admit it, and as much as I don’t like to talk about it (honestly, I am so much more than just a military wife), I am realizing everything about my current situation is because I am a military spouse… I know, duh, right? I am far from home, have no family around, and am basically second priority for my husband due to the fact that the government literally owns him. All the things I feel lately, all my worries and anxieties and frustrations are due to this one simple fact. So maybe that’s my niche. I blogged about it a few posts back, but all of my design ideas and repurposing of things and money spent on new things because not everything fits nicely in this house like it did the other house, etc., is due to our military lifestyle. I am constantly reinventing our little habitat (not to mention, job, credentials, goals, etc.), which has spurred the inner creative in me but which I also constantly try to deny. So there you (I) have it- my blog is becoming a tool for the fellow military spouse who also has to reinvent her life here and there, even if they don’t want to. And, you know, it’s also good entertainment for you normal people whom I so envy, who get to stay in place for as long as they want.
With that, the creative juices are flowing a little faster. I’ll be back in a day or two to extrapolate on some of my Monday Mental List.