Honeytree, it sounds like such a lovely birthday for your DH! I love home-made, thoughtful birthdays. I'm sure he'll love the pair of socks when the other one joins the first gag one
I am ever-impressed with your craftiness. I think I've said it before, but I"ve only managed to ever knit scarves. Anything more than just straight lines over and over intimidates me, and whenever I start to attempt it, I make a violent mess! I am not very craftily-inclined, though I am sure one of these days, I'll pursue it again. Perhaps in my more mellow-mommyhood, I'll be able to tackle these things.
And yes, you were right: the reason I was able to get any writing done was because I was in a cafe. It's the only place or way I can get creative writing stuff done. At home, Finley is certainly a distraction, even if DH is playing with him. And even if they are out, and I'm home alone, on rare occassions on purpose, I"m unable to sit and write...I have to get domestic stuff done, while I'm there! There is always cleaning, picking up, laundry, and cooking to be done. So, cafes are my place to allow myself to just focus on those creative moments. And interestingly, I have worked better in cafes for years, long before I had a baby. I'm not sure why. I think I"m inspired by feeling like I'm part of the world, by being surrounded by other people.
Kavita, I find I get a bit depressed if I don't carve out enough creative time for myself. Thankfully, DH is the same way, so he gets it, and helps me make time for it. I really have not been good about it lately, and DH and I actually talked the other night about how down I've been, and I realized that a big part of it was my lack of creative outlet. (And part of it is our financial stress). But I am really working on trying to let those stressful factors go and trust that everything will work out.
We are just a financial disaster right now, and we are doing just about everything we can about it...and are able to survive...and I just need to accept it and move on and trust that we'll be okay, that this sacrificial time will pay off. So anyway, I am feeling much much better and happier and calmer now that I got that writing session in, and I plan to do much more!
And Kavita, I'm not nearly as mellow as I seem, probably. I guess I am in some ways, but I have plenty of stressed-out days, although I guess lately, it's been more of downer days, like I said. But I am consciously pulling myself out if it, and am so glad of that! And you ladies help keep me centered and sane, especially when I feel a bit isolated. Thank you for that!
Oh, and we are gonna do a real passover this year (DH is Jewish). Our neighbors (who are Jewish), invited us to their family's celebration, so we are going to do that...and I also want to do a little something at home. Do you have any favorite traditions or recipe to share with me?
Amy, be sure and keep us posted on conversations about baby with DH! Your and Kavita's talk of bets is cracking me up.
And Helen, I'm so excited that River's name is official! Do tell your aunt why you named him, and I"m so sorry she's being so rude about it. Sometimes I really wonder what is wrong with some people.
Sarah, I can't believe how adorable Rowan is. I hope she sleeps better tonight! The other day, Finley similarly said, when offered food, with quite a cheer in his voice, No thank you. I'm full. And lately, when I bring him food, he says "OH!, Thank you Mommy! For Makin...(fillin the blank)". Oh, my heart is full! I wish all our kids could get together and play.
Off to look up Krishnamurti. You've got me all curious, HoneyTree!