Monday, November 21, 2011

It's Good For the Soul

That's what they say anyway. Ooohh...confessions as the first post under my new banner. This might just get interesting. (Probably not.)

I spend way too much time thinking about what I'm going to wear. I'm a 32 year old mom of 3 that drives a minivan for the love of God. But I do. And I'll tell you why. I felt out of place and out of style for a lot of my life. And now, I know what I like and I know what I don't and I lost a lot of baby weight. So getting dressed is kind of fun. But I wish I cared less. It can't be the best use of time. Or brain space. Or soul space. Damn that Ann Taylor and her loft.

I take lame self-portraits. I do. There I said it. I try to get that "I just happen to have this picture of just me where I look AMAZING that someone took without my knowledge and then emailed it to me" look. Then I crop and filter the heck out of it and it still doesn't look how I wish it did.

I hate most pictures of me. But I do love my new necklace. That thing is pure awesome.

I have sewn very few things in the sewing room that I just had to have. A shark costume, (Shark with cute ballerina Meadow)

a pair of pajama pants (ok, I didn't really sew those. I took them in because they were XL ones that I bought from Goodwill and I needed a better fit. See above.) I altered a dress that I've had in my closet for years but hardly ever wore because it hit my legs to low. In a flash of what can only be described as epiphinic, I hemmed it. Problem solved. We went through a lot to make this room possible. We have all of our children crammed into one room so that I can craft and Kris can record. Seems like I should have more to justify overhauling our whole lives. Alas.

It took me 3 months to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Everyone told me it was the one that would seal the deal for me as a HP fan and there would be no looking back. Well. Let me tell you. It did drag on so. Because I have this thing in my head that compels me to have a different experience than the one I am expected to have--even when I would be perfectly fine having the expected experience. (It's not you, Laura, it's me. Assuming you are reading this. Probably not. No one does.) It's so irritating being me. I get on my own nerves most of the time. What are we talking about? Yes, Harry. I did finish and am planning on borrowing Book 5 from Cheryl when I see her tomorrow. I'm in this far so I might as well.

Tonight as we were finishing dinner, I told Jude that he must eat all his hamburger patty. Not because I am worried about his iron level or growth but because I buy our meat from a co-op and it's expensive. Jude told me, "I did eat it." "No," said I, "there is still meat on your plate." He picked the small uneaten piece up and held it in his fist. "No there isn't, " he said smugly. Jude comes up with these little retorts often which prompts Kris to cast his raised-eyebrow glance toward me and make some veiled accusation about exactly where this propensity Jude has for sass may or may not come from. It was funny. I try really hard (most of the time) to let their need for discipline take precedence over my desire to just laugh off the wrong, but occasionally humorous, behavior. Except this time I didn't. We'll hit that "no back talk" thing hard tomorrow.

Normally, I would be worried about being perceived as a vain, lazy, pitiful excuse for a parent after a post like this. But I'm not now. Nobody reads my blog anyway.


Alli said...

You are a genius. (And I do read your take THAT.) :)

Cheryl said...

i love this. i love the unedited Jamie because it's you. this is why i keep telling you to blog, because you can talk about nothing and make it something. and you make it something freakin hilarious.
beautiful necklace and gorgeous photo of you. seriously, so pretty.
i was afraid harry potter and contrary jamie might not work out. but yes, you are free to borrow book 5, maybe this one will steal your imagination. :)
and jude. i love that jude. he makes life interesting just like his momma.

BeesKnees said...

I can relate on so many levels. I just started blogging and have already started to wonder how I can possible have something interesting to write about long enough to keep my blog relevant...but then what's the point of keeping something relevant that nobody is reading anyway -It's the start of a vicious cycle I think haha.

Anyway, you and the necklace are beautiful!

Patti said...

I put together an outfit today that was kind of an homage to Francis Schaeffer. But I'm determined to find things in my closet (I believe you gave me that idea) that make me feel unique without being too quirky. I thought about having Harper take a picture of me (in my knee socks with baggy short pants and laced up ankle boots) then I forgot.

I think expressing yourself with clothes in a creative way that makes you feel pretty (and/or cute) is A-OK. Especially if you can do it for free or cheaply without becoming one of those people who commit idolatry with the garage sale/thrift store deal.

I like that you made epiphany an adjective.

The new header is splendid.

Wendy McWhorter said...

I read it- it's beautiful!....beautiful. Thank you.

Laura said...

Ok, I usually read it but lately I've been behind. So, you caught me; I admit it. I'm crushed that you're not spell bound (get it) by Harry at this point. I have to agree with Cheryl that I was hoping it would be an exception for you but not that surprised. I'm proud of you for liking it enough to continue.
Where does Jude get that sass? So curious. By-the-way when Charlton that crap with me over our kids' stubbornness or feistiness, I just remind him that they could have just as easily gotten it from him. Guess you can't make the same argument- that's annoying.

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