...excited that my blog was just accepted to Top Baby Blogs! If you like this place, you can vote daily to show your support. The more votes we get, the higher we rise on this list of "family" blogs. It's good exposure, and I feel a little geeky thrill because it's where I first found a lot of the people who inspired me to start blogging myself. I also feel a little strange asking for votes, but I'm exploring making a side career out of my writing, and this is one of the things to try. If you're interested in voting, you can click here or on the icon in my side bar. Wish me luck!
...fighting a cold. Like Meg-Ryan-in-You've-Got-Mail, gave-up-homeopathic-and-pumped-full-of-chemicals, entirely-different-tone-of-voice caliber cold. I know it got it from the babies, and I feel terribly that they've been dealing with this for a week. I'm moody and all I want to do is eat donuts and sleep, but I really need to save my sick time for sick children, and Ben is working this Saturday, so I'm still on duty. I've been finding solace in tons of natural honey-based cough syrup and Target brand dayquil.
...battling a funk. Winter funks get me every time. Luckily, I caught this one when I found myself reevaluating my entire life and planning my escape from teaching and imagining a completely different existence where I...weave rugs, or some shit. I realized that I was not unhappy with my job or my future. Just my month. Things that make me feel better include: making the bed, packing lunches and cleaning up from dinner before sitting down on the couch, drinking tons of water, and spending extra time reading. Ironically, my funk makes me want to do NONE of these things. It's a beast.
...indulging in an extra dose of social media. I've found that I really love representing myself on Instagram. When I take the time to capture things beyond just my kids, (even though they're still featured stars) I get more excited about those parts of my life where I could use some extra motivation. I spend a lot of time in my life picking out books for my children, my students, and myself. Sharing them on Instagram gives a better picture of who I am in my feed. Same goes for the energy I put into planning meals and doing a family dinner, even when it's just the boys and I at night. I've stopped feeling defensive when people say, "Pictures only get shared for praise and feedback. People are looking for external validation." DUH. Why else are we sharing pictures and sharing our life? Because feedback feels good. It helps me celebrate what I love and commiserate when things are hard. I have more thoughts about the backlash against social media, but for now, I'm just Instagramming away.