I’ve been missing the opportunity to come here and just blab on a little about random topics/ updates!
As much as I absolutely LOVE writing travel recaps (well, they are a lot of work to put together- but I love reading them when I’m done, and I strongly believe my future self will love them even more), they can dominate my blogging time after a trip. And unless you want to read two posts from me in a day (it’s okay, I know you don’t), I end up pausing on other blog topics.
Then add in the death of Mr. Hamster…..(sob)….. and this week on the blog has been very “topic” oriented.
So, here are a few misc. updates:
🔷Something I did with Ethan:
The other day Ethan woke up early and Asher was still sleeping. Ivan and I were heading out for an early-ish walk, so I asked Ethan to join us. It was a very pretty morning, and it was fun to have some 1:1 time with just him. When I told him our route would take ~20 minutes, he said, “Oh, that’s far- let me grab my scooter.” (EYE ROLL). Kids these days. Ha.
🔷A meme I saw and liked:
This made me chuckle. Isn’t it true?? We all “had it all figured out” before actually having kids. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like certain things are definitely more complicated/ unexpected than I anticipated. Before having kids, it’s so easy to think that you “would never do this” or “my kids won’t do that”…. but oddly, it’s just not that cut and dry. Unfortunately (or fortunately, really), you can’t just control another person 100%, even if they are a small person. How we think they will or should respond, act or feel is not necessarily reality.
🔷 A reading moment:
Asher had swim practice all week (Mon-Thurs) at a different pool, 20 minutes away (our pool was down for scheduled maintenance). It was from 5:45-7 pm. 3 out of the 4 days I opted to stay out there. On Thursday, I puttered on my laptop a bit, and then read for a little while. Have not been reading much lately at all, due to life/ busy times, I guess. But I read a couple chapters of Tribe of Mentors.
I liked the interview with Tim Urban, founder of the (enormously popular and successful) Wait But Why blog. He talked about the importance, when starting out in writing, of writing for yourself.
I can’t say I’m personally aspiring to be a professional writer or anything, but as an amateur blogger, I still think this is good advice. He goes on to say how the world is full of millions of people, and how everyone has different styles and preferences. If you try to write just to “please” certain people, or fit yourself into the “right sized peg”, it’s a losing battle.
He suggests writing for yourself- in the style that you like, that feels good to you, etc. Then, he says, with time, the people that also like your style (and he assures the reader, they are out there- again, the world is a vast place; there are bound to be people that like your style, somewhere), will find you. This ensures that “you’ll end up creating the best and most original work, and that the one-in-a-thousand person who happens to love it will end up finding their way to you.”
I love this thought! Even as a very small potatoes blogger, I occasionally find myself worrying (wondering?) if my content isn’t right, if I should change anything, if this all dumb, if no one even reads it, if everyone hates it, etc. Ha. So this was a nice reminder to just keep doing what I enjoy, for myself.
🔷Something I’m kind of excited about….
Asher’s swim season comes to an end this weekend. He is competing at the Wisconsin Long Course State Championships in Milwaukee. Then, he’s done! Until September 6th. August is the one big break his swim team takes each year.
I feel like this season kind of flew by, actually. He started up again at the end of March, so I guess it hasn’t even been 4 months, but it seemed to whiz past.
I always get a little…funny feeling when swim ends?? (just because swim is such a part of our life, it feels odd when there is no swim practice to drive to!) but also HAPPY, because there is no swim practice to drive to!!!
The breaks are good. Keeps things fresh and lets their young bodies rest and recover. He is going up north with a friend next week and then has a week at camp after that, so he will stay occupied. 🙂
Some pics from Friday, Day 1:
🔷Post- swim meet dinner:
We decided to drive back and forth this time from home, instead of staying at my parents’ house in Milwaukee area. I have just been gone TOO MUCH and frankly, I didn’t want to be away all weekend again.
Yes, it will mean a little extra gas $…. driving back and forth Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Not great, and we usually try to stay closer, but I just really didn’t want to this time.
Asher and I stopped for Chipotle after the meet, on our way home (his request):
And I got a burrito bowl:
We have to leave by 10:40 this morning to be back for Day 2. We will all go this time, and Ivan’s mom will come along, too! She goes home (to Mexico) I think sometime next week? She’ll be glad to see Asher swim.
I am grateful for sitting on my deck writing this post. I feel like I have NOT been sitting outside, just enjoying the summer weather nearly as much as I normally do. 😦 “too busy” I guess….(ughhhh I hate that excuse! Sounds so lame.)