Maia- Spoon Theory! It's related to a very cool blog post (here) about the realities of living with a chronic disease. For those who don't want to read the whole post (though it's not that long and it's REALLY good), the basic concept is that living with a chronic disease is kind of like being handed a pile of spoons each morning... everything you do during the day "costs" a spoon or two and once they're gone, they're gone. So choices have to be made and spoons saved for emergencies. The post goes into more detail, explaining how simple activities that "well people" don't even think about (a morning shower that includes shaving legs and washing hair) cost more spoons than you'd expect and demonstrating how fundamental the number of remaining spoons is to a person's options/choices/decisions.
I have a number of friends with chronic diseases (lupus, ms, fibro) and others who have gone through treatments for other conditions (mostly cancer) where the treatment is nearly as bad as the disease so Spoon Theory is a not infrequent reference in daily conversations. And while I'm certainly not trying to make light of serious conditions, thinking in "spoons" is actually kind of applicable to pregnancy/parenting. And in my case I'm finding that I'm starting the days with fewer spoons and using them up faster... a trip up the stairs now costs me a good bit. My hip joints and pelvic muscles have gotten all loosey-goosey so walking, stair climbing, squatting down, lifting, and so on now hurt. And they go on hurting for a good while. :(
School- sent the email this morning turning down our spots in next year's class. We wont get our deposit back (not that I'd expect it) and I'm feeling a bit raw this morning. But also relieved since it's "official". no more dithering or back and forthing now! So onward and upward and to the stars through adversity and all that.
Book Sale- swoon. So, we went on two weekends and spent a total of 35.50 on books. We got SO MUCH stuff! A lot of stuff that we'll use for schooling (complete History of US, complete Young Nation encyclopedia set, second half of the Making of America set, gobs and gobs of nature craft books, geography project books, and so on), some great read alouds (three of the Mary Poppins books, the Amazing Adventures of Tom Trueheart, the Poppy books, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Little Women, the complete Prydain series and a few other books by Alexander, a bunch by Dianne Wynne Jones, a bunch of Pippi Longstockings, a bunch of books from the Borrowers and from the Littles series, several collections of international folk and fairy tales, and more!), and then stuff just for me... I'm loving this series of silly magic/romance books by Shanna Swendson (the first book in the series is called Enchanted Inc and it's subtitled "Hex in the City" so give you an idea of what the book is like). They're a lot of fun and well written to boot... she has contributed to anthologies discussing FireFly and Battlestar Galactica, has written gobs, and gets good reviews from authors I like (like Charles deLint) as well as from reviewers I'd never heard of so she's got some good cross-genre appeal. :) Also a bunch of meditation books, some nature books, a few cleaning/organizing books, some straight up fiction/fantasy (Andre Norton, Anne McCafferey, Isaac Asimov, etc) and so on.
Ack! LAte... more later!