Thursday, September 11, 2008

Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside My Window... It is sunny, with a very nice and cooling breeze. The deck has chairs scattered about, and I can see my aloe vera plant looking perky next to a very bright orange pumpkin. There are various children's toys scattered about.

I am thinking... I don't feel like making dinner. The past few nights, my family has been complaining about my cooking like: "too many peas in this pot pie" and "this is too spicy" and "this sauce is a little sweet." I really hate it when they don't like my food. It gives me a complex.
I am thankful for... not having carpet throughout the house. With the amount of spilling that's been going on, I am so grateful that every mess is just a wipe and spray away from being gone. Now if only "spill proof" sippy cups really were spill proof....
From the kitchen... The smell of nearly rotting guavas permeates the house. Jason got them from a coworker, but they are so pungent I can't bring myself to eat one, and I'm going to ask for permission to discard them after he gets home tonight. Also, for dinner, I think I'm going to make enchilada casserole. I'm hoping for a redemptive crowd-pleaser.

I am wearing... A heather gray t-shirt and black capri pants. We didn't leave the house today.
I am creating... Some vegetable puppets with Hannah. I drew them, she painted them, and we will cut them out together and glue on the sticks.

I am going... For a walk, maybe. Or just the back yard.
I am reading... Nothing. I'm without a book right now. Any suggestions? The last novel I read was Sense and Sensibility which I ended up liking, but not until midway. Lately I've been reading random nonfiction special interest books like Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage; then a somewhat dated book about economical and enviro-friendly homemade formulas for everything from cleaning products to personal hygiene recipes; and gardening how-to books. I started Kite Runner but decided I didn't feel like becoming depressed. I'd love to get into a good book right now.

I am hoping... our seedlings will sprout. Jason seeded a bunch of winter veggies. I"m a nervous and novice gardener.
I am hearing... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Breakdown. I'm a fan. I have the anthology. It's my house cleaning music. And kids playing, blocks and toys hitting the floor.
Around the house... There are spots of clean and spots of dirty. The house is never ALL clean.

One of my favorite things... getting kisses from the kids.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Well, it's almost over, but I do believe we will make it to the fair tomorrow. We scored some free tickets (free parking too) and can go early to see the farm animals before the rest of the fair opens and all the riff raff comes in. Thank you, you know who you are!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

He's always eating. Snickety snacks all day long.


Blogger Mimi said...

Arggggg, it is so frustrating when the kids don't like what they are served.

Um, a good book that isn't depressing - how about "Sullivan's Islan"d by Dorthea Benton Frank? "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" by Lorna Ladvik?

Enjoy the fair. Hopefully you can still do the Tilt-A-Whirl!

11:31 AM  
Blogger jenny baker said...

i read sense and sensibility earlier this summer and i have to agree that i didn't start to love it until about the middle. i thought that marianne was too spoiled at first and didn't really like her, but towards the end i respected her need for freedom and passion.

i suggest "the wind and the willows" if you haven't read it yet. it is chris kruse's favorite book, (or so i hear.) badger was my favorite character and actually reminded me a little of father josiah. ;)

12:30 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

Ooh thanks for the recommendations! the fair was Tilt-A-Whirls for us though! Just stinky farm animals. :)

2:12 PM  
Blogger Thomas Ham said...

Maria just started Anna Karenina while on holiday. So far she seems to be enjoying it! It's quite a big book though. But, I suppose that's how those Russians roll!

10:54 AM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

I loved Anna Karenina! One of my new favorites! The poor dear was such train wreck. Literally. :)

7:05 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

Oh and Jenny - I just could not like Marianne a bit until she reformed herself and realized what poor Elinor had gone through with such strength and selflessness.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I know I'm a bit late, but a good book, if you like British romances like Sense & Sensibility, is

MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot (a woma, fyi)

It is about a very idealistic sister and a very practical one, but from there totally veers in plot from S &S. I love it. There are passages I sort of speed read through, but I savor the good stuff. The idealistic sister goes through quite a bit of growth, and I always loved her because she was so like me.

10:02 AM  

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