The A-B-Cs of Me

With thanks to Jinny for the idea - seems like a good way to kick off Friday and get back in the blogging groove.

A - Age: 33

B - Bed size: King; big enough for both of us, the baby sometimes, and a cat who manages to take up half the bed herself.

C - Chore you hate: Mopping. Thank God for the Swiffer WetJet!

D - Dogs: None. We'd like one, but we have a new baby, an apartment, and a very spoiled cat who might nom us to death in our sleep if we bring anything else alive into our home.

E - Essential start to your day: Coffee

F - Favorite Color: Green

G - Gold or Silver: Both; I go through phases where I wear one more than the other, but I like them both. I even like them together in certain situations.

H - Height: 5'7"

I - Instruments you play: None I have zero musical talent. Even on the Rock Band guitar.

J - Job title: Officially, I'm just a receptionist. I do a lot more than that. The title thing bugs me more than it should. I'm working on that.

K - Kids: Sarah was five months old last week. My stepdaughter is 14.

L - Live: In "The Livable Forest" which basically means my car is covered in pollen all the time.

M - My mom's name: Jo

N - Nickname: Several, and you can kind of tell where I know someone based on the nickname. Kel, KelBelle, Kelster, Kelly Girl... you get the idea.

O - Overnight hospital stay: Sarah's birth. Actually I stayed overnight a couple of days before she was actually born, but we wound up not coming back with a baby. I don't recommend that.

P - Pet Peeve: People who try to carry on conversations with you while you're in the restroom. People who can't tell the difference between "your" and "you're" or other homonyms. Misspelled words on "professionally" produced signs. Uneven piles. I may have a little OCD.

Q - Quote from a movie: Let me tell you about TPS reports...

R - Right/Lefty: Right

S - Siblings: I have one younger brother.

T - Time you wake up: Kind of depends. Usually I'm up between 5:00 and 5:30 - that can all change depending on what sort of night Sarah has.

U - Underwear: Yes, I have some.

V - Veggies you dislike: Okra; I'll just leave Jinny's answer because it's the veggie I really dislike.

W - What makes you run late: Picking out clothes and my hair. The hair is uncooperative more since we've moved to Houston; I blame increased humidity.

X -X-rays you've had: When I did the barium swallow they used this x-ray thing to look for reflux. It was kind of cool to watch.

Y - Yummy food you make: Right now I'm digging the roasted vegetable combo. It's great for spring.

Z - Zoo animals: Don't really have a favorite. I guess the answer would be "not the bears" in homage to Stephen Colbert. They are, after all, soulless killers...


March is nearly over...

I've been much remiss in my blogging, but life has been hectic.

 Sarah turned five months old on Friday and is changing so quickly I'm almost afraid to blink. We've moved past rice cereal (which she hated) to oatmeal cereal (which she loves.) She's got her first sippy cups now and is doing remarkably well with them. I'm transitioning her from the six month size clothes to nine, and am trying to figure out something appropriate for her for Easter.

Being her mother is really the most amazing thing. Some days, when I walk out of the office feeling thin and worn and wondering if things will ever be better, I get to daycare and she looks at me with this ear-to-ear grin that makes all that stress and frustration melt away. If John has to get her because I'm working late, the second I look up and see that little face smiling at me, I feel almost revived. She really does bring joy, even when we're dealing with teething or general fussiness (Princess Fussy Britches gets a little testy when she's tired.)

Work has been... challenging is the best word I can think of. It has made me look at myself twice, and then twice more, trying to figure out how best to handle some difficult situations. I am trying to view this as a Meaningful Learning Experience.

Other than that, I've been experimenting a bit in the kitchen. Some things were successful - the homemade whole wheat calzones were a huge hit. Some were not so much - the cajun rice and sausage skillet was not a winner. I have a new favorite cookie, courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker that I will have to share with you, because it's Made of Win. I have yet to actually use the sewing machine, just as I have yet to finish a book (or the Sunday paper.) I've logged some good walks, and since the sun is out later, I'm hopeful I can get more of those in.

Things are just in a constant state of flux, but I'm okay with that. In this season of life, it's what we need to do, and I'm learning to be more flexible, more patient, thinking more about how things will affect the long run, and making up silly songs to get us all through the day.

My cousin Jerrod is blogging now, and he reminded me of something I realized I have unfortunately not heard in a church (Methodist or otherwise) since I left St. Andrew, and it's brought me comfort. Kyrie, eleison - Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. The world seems upside down; it is important to remember that.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. ~ I Corinthians 16:34