Between my brother and some of my friends, it feels like the world has exploded with new babies. Q is only 21 weeks old, so the newness hasn't worn off of the experience. While things have calmed down a bit as I've learned the important job of being a parent, some things are still a bit more exciting than I was expecting. Of course, this week's prompt for 10 for Tuesday doesn't really have anything to do with parenting, knitting or knowing that there are new babies in the world. It's OK. The world is a wonderful place.
2. I feel overwhelmed. Not as much the parenting thing, though it is easy to borrow trouble for what might be issues in the future. I still want to knit and cook fun things and balancing those with baby care, dishes and the omnipresent laundry means that a lot of my normal fun things are just falling through the cracks. Not exactly a problem, but something I'm a little more aware of now than I was even a month ago.
3. I feel glad to do our taxes. Of course, this is mostly because my interaction with the taxes this year has been answering questions via email while my husband wrangles the tax software. And, well, the idea of a refund is always nice.
4. I feel like a member of a community. We've joined the local UU church. It's not something we would have necessarily done in Boston. Not because it was something we were completely uninclined to do, but we didn't drive and it was just inconvenient. I'm part of the choir, so I get out of the house once a week for music.
5. I feel grateful that I have friends here. We are all sharing the load. Watching the kids as a group makes the load easier for all.
6. I feel that motherhood (well, specifically breastfeeding motherhood) is teaching me to love water. I went from drinking a coffee and a soda each day and if I was lucky adding in a cup or two of water to averaging 10 cups of water a day. If I don't drink that much I'm very dry.
7. I feel like Lexington needs to learn how to deal with snow better. I know that this winter has been pretty unusual with the amount of snow and that normally around here the snow would just melt a day or two later, but the amount of snow days that my friends' kids have had is astounding and seems to be irritating everybody but the kids. Go figure.
8. I feel that this might be the first year where I manage to have a reasonable garden. My husband got a book from a Kickstarter that actually has a lot of the same information I remember from my mom's copy of Carrots Love Tomatoes (I don't want to think about how long ago I read that book). We're starting small. I have actually started some broccoli seeds, and in about 2 weeks I get to start the hot peppers and tomatoes. I'm hoping to actually have more than the 5 bell peppers and two tomatoes I managed to grow in Massachusetts in the past 4 years. Yeah, my yard was very shady...
9. I feel glad that I have Friday off. It's because of needed basement repairs, but it will still be nice to have a bit of a break. Heck, I might even make something!
10. I feel like I need more driving practice. I'm using a learner's permit. I need to practice, practice, practice if there is a chance that I might get my license in March (though I think my 180 days ends in May). Maybe we can do some of that also on Friday.