I've been sick for the last week and am just now coming out of it. Between that and my Fruit Loop posts (which were all mostly pre-written), I feel as if I haven't been here in a while. I have so much catching up to do, not only here but in real life too. It's the perfect time for some randomness.
*As I mentioned, I've been sick. We all have but it seemed to linger longest for me and Jay. Normally, it takes a lot to really get me out of commission. As long as it's not a migraine or I'm not vomiting, I can usually take some Day Quil and keep plugging along. But this thing wore me out. My body ached, I ran a fever on and off, and my energy was gone. I'm not really one to nap during the day but there were a few days where I even succumbed to that. I know it sounds like I'm doing a cold medicine commercial, but I really felt as if I was in a fog for the last week. I'm glad to be coming out of it.
*I broke down and got a haircut yesterday. I wanted to let it grow but I just don't have the patience. I found a salon close to my apartment, the haircut cost right about what I wanted to spend, and the gal did it quickly and was good at the small talk that goes along with visits to the salon. Since I'm not good at chit chat, I like to find someone who is good at it so that I don't totally reveal myself to be the socially awkward freak we all know I am. But yes, I'm feeling much more attractive now. Which is good because Jay said that this past week there were definitely a few days where I was "completely un-doable." Nice.
*Speaking of hair cuts, the boy came home from school Thursday and, out of nowhere, said, "Hey, will someone take me to get my haircut? I want it short, but not quite a buzz cut." Um.....yes! Of course someone will take you! We will trip over each other racing to the car to take you! So yes, the shoulder length locks are gone and I couldn't be happier. I really wanted to take a picture but he's sort of anti-blog right now. I'm hoping it's just a phase. He says he doesn't want all the "moms and other old ladies" looking at him. Don't take offense that he considers us 'old ladies.' I'm convinced that twelve year olds are a dumb bunch.
*I've made quite a few lady friends in the neighborhood and at the girl's school. Of course it's too early to say whether or not they'll be the type of friends that I can just hang around and be comfortable with, but it definitely seems that way. When I walk into the girl's school, I feel like all the other moms are supportive, as if we're all in this parenting thing together, which I love. Down in Florida, it seemed like it was all a competition and a lot of the other moms were cliquish. It's nice to smile at another mom and see her smile back, not have her look me up and down as if she's judging my outfit or hair. No one cares that I live in an apartment and not one of the fancy houses nearby. I really feel a sense of community within my neighborhood, the schools, and the town.
*The girl has developed a stutter. Her teacher says it's pretty common around this age and I was talking to another mother [Look at me, talking to people!] who mentioned her nephew recently developed the same problem. The girl had this problem about a year and a half ago and it disappeared almost as quickly as it came so I'm hoping that happens again.
*My house in Florida still hasn't sold. It seems like the real estate market tanked shortly after we moved. Now there are talks of a short sale. This is depressing of course, especially considering our house is already listed at a price way below the appraised value, but whatever. Jay and I just want it over with once and for all so we can put behind us all the horrible feelings associated with that house.
*Last week I stumbled across the blog of a woman who moved to Oregon from Florida right around the same time we did and for some of the same reasons we did. I was never so narcissistic to believe that we were the only ones to make the exodus, but I found it fascinating that we've been on much the same journey.