Usually, I post these on my birthday or as close to it as possible. Within a week, at most.
Of course, last year I didn't post one at all.
31 was a pretty quiet birthday. I took the day off work and spent a couple of hours reading and enjoying a drink at Barnes & Noble, then Jason and I went to lunch downtown and wandered around being adults that were not trying to manage, herd, feed, or quiet small children.
It was a pretty sweet few hours.
It's a busy month, in every conceivable fashion - at work, at home, on the road trying to figure out just why it is that every single other car seems to be duty-bound to make my drive to work as slow as possible.
My free time, in the evenings after the girls go to sleep, involves a lot of staring at nothing for about fifteen minutes and trying to remember how to focus on a book long enough to finish one.
Ellie has finally accepted the concept of a bedtime and sleeps in her own room, although she's still wide awake at 2 AM just about every night, unwilling to settle herself, content to squawk and make pterodactyl noises until we finally drag ourselves out of bed just to keep her increasing volume from waking up Audra.
Audra also has a disturbing tendency to wake up in the middle of the night still, although that's primarily because she has discovered the ability to remove her own clothing. She'll wake up at 1:30 and rather than, you know, going back to sleep, she'll take off all her clothes instead.
Then she'll get cold, and start calling for someone to come help her put her pajamas back on.
While she has mastered the art of removing clothing, she'll still a bit stymied as to how to get all of them back on.
So, as far as 31 is concerned, there is this:
I have become more focused than ever, in light of the world as it stands these days, in raising my daughters to be outspoken, strident, and demanding of every right they deserve.
I am just as focused on raising them to be compassionate, caring, considerate, and ready and willing to fight for the rights of humankind and the innate dignity and worth of every human being.
Also, I am so so so so tired.
I started using an age-reducing daily moisturizer which does not seem to reduce my age, but it does smell really nice, so I'm calling it a win.
I am so so so so busy.
I did not fall asleep in the bathtub two days ago but I was in there so long that my husband became concerned that perhaps I had.
I am so so so so overcaffeinated.
The Starbucks spring cups have a yellow option with a smiling sun face and that sun seems just irredeemably smug to me. He is mocking my exhaustion, I'm sure of it.
Stupid smiley sun face.
Sometimes, my baby kisses me. Sort of.
It's more like she kind of wipes her mouth on my face?
But, you know, it's a start.
Frankly, Audra's kisses also mostly consist of her using me as some kind of dishtowel, so I'm not really in a position to judge Ellie's.
Oh and I watched a whole movie the other day, so that's somewhat notable.
Audra has been singing the same song over and over for like two and a half weeks now, and it is like a slow Chinese water torture, but damn if she isn't the most adorable water torture on Earth when she's singing.
Welcome to 31.
Previous posts about my birthday can be found here.