Yesterday my absolutely stellar human being of a wife took a personal day from work so she could stay home and spend the say with River, thusly giving me a day off from Mommy-ing! I don’t want to sound like I was so excited to get away from my kid for the day because that’s terrible, but between you and me, internet…I was pretty excited. I had a lovely lunch with a friend, picked up a kitchen blow torch at Bed Bath and Beyond (creme brûlée, here I come) and stopped by a few of my favorite libraries and bookstores. On my travels in the wilds of the Upper West Side of Manhattan I picked up a book called 642 Things to Write About. It’s full of a bunch of (642, to be exact) prompts to write about, some silly, some serious, some requiring many pages, some just three to four sentence snippets. I would normally pick up something like this, leaf through it and put it back thinking, “Who am I kidding, I’ll never actually have time to do anything like that!” But friends, 2013 is not the year for that. 2013 is a year of doing something creative everyday, of reminding myself that I am a creative person and I can and WILL make time for at least one small thing a day. So I bought it and rushed home to start writing didn’t look at it for the rest of the day.
Anyway, today I opened it up thinking it might make a good start for a blog post and the first prompt was “What were you doing this time last year?” Sunday, January 15, 2012…River was 8 months old and had just started to crawl proficiently and pull himself up on pieces of furniture and I remember being so frazzled that he was a mobile creature (sidebar: if I would have known how much more difficult to keep up with and generally death-defying this mobile baby thing would get when he was running like a maniac as he is now, one year from then, I would have slapped my own face and told myself to get over it.) Not remembering any specifics I went to Facebook and iPhoto to check it out and was pleased to find we had spent the weekend with River’s Grandma and Nina here at our house. After a weekend of playing with him, cooking, eating and laughing, they took off heading back to Pennsylvania a year ago today and we headed off to brunch with our Astoria family at our favorite brunch spot in the neighborhood. It’s a pretty awesome thing to think about a time that feels like so long ago to me and know that we were doing the same things that we love to fill a Sunday now.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
What about you guys, can you remember (or locate) what you were doing at this time last year?
In the interest of getting to know one another and to get a deeper understanding (for myself) of what I want to do with this blog, I thought I’d explore with you some of the stuff I love and hate. It’s important stuff.
Mass Transit (True story, you run across some very interesting folks on the subway.)
Cooking experiments in my kitchen
Online shopping (Truly, Amazon Prime is one of the best things to ever happen to me.)
Organizing stuff (I MAY have a slight case of OCD. Maybe.)
Playing with my kid
Pinterest (This can actually not appear on this list enough times to accurately convey to you how much I really, really, REALLY love it.)
New York City
Downton Abbey (Mary, Cora, Robert, especially Violet, Countess of Grantham. I love you, Maggie Smith.)
Being in rehearsal
Games (Especially Catch Phrase.)
Cleaning the bathroom (Weird, but true. It’s visibly dirty then visibly clean, immediate satisfaction. I love it.)
Waking up early (Unfortunate when you have a toddler.)
Trying clothes on (I get hot, annoyed and sometimes slightly suicidal. It is what it is.)
When our house is messy (It makes me absolutely crazy. This comes from my mother and so it is not my fault.)
Baking (Too scientific, if I can’t add as much of stuff as I want I’m not really interested.)
Cleaning up after my child, the tornado person.
The news (I don’t care how this makes me sound, it’s true. I read the news but truly, both watching it and reading it makes me sad and crazy in my head.)
Running (I tried to train myself to like this a while back, but all that accomplished was convincing me that my first instinct was correct, it really is the worst thing ever.)
Real Housewives of anywhere.
Parallel Parking (Gives me so much anxiety, which is a real bummer in NYC.)
Technology (Not all technology, just when I don’t know how to do something, which is often. Technology is just outside of my natural skill set and I’m woman enough to admit it.)
There it is. Awesomeness and not so awesomeness. I’m sure there are a bunch more things that I should share to give you an accurate look at just what you’re dealing with here, but I need to keep some mystery, yes? Also, I can’t think of anymore.
In very slightly related news, I just took a quiz to see what character in Downton Abbey I am and it turns out I am Anna. I’m happy with this. Now you take it (here) and tell me who you are!
It’s 2013 and I am going to give this blogging thing a try one more time. I started blogging back in 2005 and did it for an impressive 5 to 6 months. Then I tried in 2010, wrote one entry and never published the blog. In 2011 I tried again thinking this time surely I would stick with it as I had so much to muse about as a new mom. Nope. Never published. 2012 would be my year, right? Wrong. I got frustrated trying to create a layout I liked and never did anything with it. 2013…this is the year folks, I can feel it! After having gone on a mass deleting spree, clearing the internet of all my previous failed blog attempts I am starting fresh.
Wandering. It’s pretty much what I do in my life and I love it. I love being a wanderer. Having a good idea of where I want to go but no clear path to get there. The J.R.R. Tolkien quote, “Not all who wander are lost” has been my mantra for several years now and I feel like it’s working out pretty well for me. It’s led me here, to this blog (fingers crossed) in 2013 in New York with an awesome wife, an amazing little boy, some pretty rad friends and family, a career that’s chugging along and some beautiful moments to call my own.
I hope I’ll be able to use this blog to reflect on the great (and not so great) things that come to our little tribe of three, document cooking adventures large and small, create art and explore the work of others and examine this wide wandering world.
Come wander with me, and feel free to drop me a line if you are interested in going anywhere special. I’m just in it for the sights.