Random thought #1: First of all, I wanted to say thank you to all those who responded so kindly to my last post. I expect I’ll go through some rough spots in the coming weeks and months, and I’ve come to realize that one of my support groups is made up of you, my blog community. Thanks for being that. I wish I could tell you more about what’s going on, but it’s complicated, involves legal issues, and is just a little too risky to discuss in an open forum. If anyone is dying to know, feel free to email me and I’ll tell you more. Just say “spill the beans” in the subject line, and I’ll bring you up to speed.

Now, some more random stuff…

Random thought #2: Has anyone seen the movie The Prestige? If so, what did you think? I LOVED it. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in awhile. I went to see it by myself on Friday night, when I needed a break from the mental callisthenics my brain was doing, and it was just what the doctor ordered. It’s smart, full of intrique and drama, well written, unpredictable, and has a delightfully surprising ending. It’s about 2 young up-and-coming magicians who become obsessed with outdoing and ultimately destroying each other. In an odd way, it helped me understand a bit more about the human psyche in relation to the difficult situation I’m going through. At the beginning, the non-linear fashion of it (it hops back and forth through time) is a little distracting, but when you get used to it, it adds to the quality of it.

Random thought #3: Even though I know that part of being a good parent means teaching responsibility and life-skills, sometimes it would be WAY easier to send the kids away for a day, clean like a fiend and then let them back in the house rather than involve them in the cleaning. The girls and I cleaned all morning (in preparation for out-of-town guests and a birthday party we’re hosting for our niece tomorrow), and between settling arguments about who had to clean more, checking the 4 year old’s bedroom about 15 times when she asked “is it good enough NOW?”, helping them haul the vacuum cleaner down the stairs, and saying “if the cleaning doesn’t get done soon NOBODY gets a Slurpee”, I barely got anything done. But I suppose the long term gain should be worth the short term pain – when my daughters invite me to their homes and they’re at least reasonably clean, I’ll be glad I made the effort. (On another note, someone tell my WHY I’m bothering to clean the house for the birthday party of a one-year-old? Like she’ll really notice?)

Random thought #4: I just traded an old bicycle for a phone. Some guys from our youth group showed up at our door, playing the trade-up game that’s inspired by the one red paperclip, and when they offered me a phone, I said “hey – why don’t you take this old bike off our hands?” They were thrilled.

Random thought #5: One of my newest blogging friends is a talented artist named Andrea Pratt. One of these days, when I have a little extra cash, I’m going to buy one of her paintings, and hang it on my wall to inspire me. If you’ve got a minute, why don’t you go on over and look at her art work, and while you’re there, congratulate her for being the featured artist in an upcoming edition of Cahoots? When I first saw her art, I thought “she would be PERFECT for Cahoots”, and it turns out I was right, ’cause they’ve decided to feature her. What’s even more fun is that the article I wrote about blogging (which some of you provided quotes for – thank you very much) will appear in the same edition. You really should go on over to Cahoots and subscribe so you don’t miss any of the fun.

Random thought #6: My beautiful niece Abigail turns one year old today. Our whole family is totally smitten with this little girl. The girls love to remind people that she is their “double cousin” (her dad is Marcel’s brother and her mom is my sister), and they dote over her every chance they get. It’s fun watching her grow up surrounded by cousins who adore her.

updated to add:
Random thought #7: If you’re desperate for a little mommy-quiet-time, you might want to try my new trick. When the kids are all downstairs, wash and wax the upstairs floor (which includes the space just above the stairs) and every time they start to come up, shout “Stop! You can’t come up right now. The floor is wet.” When you’re done, curl up on the couch and read a good book. Or just stare out the window aimlessly like I just did. If you’re lucky, you can convince them it takes an hour for the wax to dry.

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