Things to be thankful for

As an update of the little mister’s sleep routine – well, we had two nights out of week where he slept straight through to 6:30am.  So we put him to bed a bit early, no playtime after bathtime and since he’s napping mid day and only once I might add, he’s been pretty tired.  We also dressed him a bit lighter (the weather has been warmer lately).  The other 5 nights he still woke up in the middle of the night yelling his head off for milk and once cause he had a poo.

He also has 4 teeth up top coming in and today was NOT  a good day.  He didn’t eat very much and was very clingy and whiney today.  I tried all the homeopathic stuff but finally used the Tylenol and he slept for 2 hours, then back up whining, more homeopathic stuff.  Of course, today was the day I interviewed a babysitter and she got to meet his cranky self.  I finally told DH I just couldn’t take the kid to auditions all the time.  It’s brutal trying to get ready and prepare while he needs this and I can’t always accommodate his schedule when some things just need to get done.

The other day, I finally got these all natural product using cleaners to come in (I had bought a housecleaning visit through one of those bulk buying deals online) and it took them 2 weeks to schedule me in and don’t you know it, I got an audition the day  and time they were supposed to come.  I called a young woman that I know (I paid her) to come by and watch him (he was supposed to be sleeping before the got there but he wasn’t having it) and let the cleaners in.  Turns out they were running late, and I was home right before they arrived (right at the very second he was falling asleep).   Luckily there were two of them so they were done in 90 minutes, so I could get my house back.  They had to skip his room as he was napping.  The dog  and all her loose hairs got put out on the balcony.

So if this baby sitter checks out, I will have at least two people I can call on to watch him during the day if I get busy.  It’s nice to have friend who can help you out in a pinch, but I just can’t rely on friends’ generosity all the time.  Cause you know, they start saying no and then you have to move down the list and I don’t know too many people who are available during the days/weekends or don’t have kids of their own to attend to.  I’ll call this girl’s references when I get a chance and hopefully she’ll work out.

Funny, DH said he didn’t know if he liked the idea of a stranger watching our kid.  Well, I pointed out to him that they are only strangers until you get to know them.   We don’t have family nearby, mum’s dementia disqualifies her and all of our friends are employed.  Who doesn’t prefer a trusted friend?   However, they are not always available.  He always tried to come home early if I need him, but he’s not going to cancel meetings for it.   I need to get some help when he’s travelling and if the dog can get a walker, the kid can get a sitter. I also went to the gym for the first time in a year and a half and HE had to change his plans.    I’m going to spend more weekend time in the gym.  I am so sick of my back giving out on me and I need to work on my core.  I used to be able to do 100 crunches in one sitting and now I can barely do 10.  I finally lost 5 lbs – can you believe it took this long?  2 1/2 months people.  To be honest, I think there was/is a great deal of internal resistance going on.  I waited for the WW people to call out my name and hand me my 5 lbs lost gold sticker.  I was waiting to say that my secret was that when  I run out of points, I just go to bed.  In the end, I had to go back to the nazi weight scale stations and beg one of the counsellors for one.  I think I’m finally getting tired of being surprised when I look in the mirror.

I just wanted to wish all my Canadian friends a very happy Thanksgiving.

I am grateful for…. a gig I got that I didn’t even have to audition for. I was supposed to film it tomorrow, but they just changed the date from two weeks from now.  A no line part in a kid’s feature, but the pay is pretty darn good.  My Visa bill is breathing a sigh of relief and Christmas is coming, folks.

We’re going to the in-laws this weekend and then back in time to do the turkey thing all over again with my mother.  I made  a low fat apple pie and candied yams (West Indian style, none of that sickly sweet miniature marshmallow topping crap) and now I have to pack my bag.  With all the baby crap plus the dog crap we have to bring, I’m sure I’ll forget something.

I am grateful I’m not cooking a turkey.

My MIL suggested we book a hotel room and I thought that was a brilliant idea – the thought of a decent night’s sleep (no, not sex) sounded divine.  Alas, there was not a hotel room in Victoria to be had.  No, I’m not kidding.  No, wait there was a one.  In one of those cheap, roadside places with questionable bedding.  Mmm, not my idea of a getaway.  Then when my film day got switched, we COULD get a room for Friday night and we found a nice place we could use travel points for but then MIL realized she couldn’t handle a restless junior and then deal with a heavy cooking day.  So there went that idea.  Sigh.  Good bye comfy bed, hello freezing cold night on a foamy on the living room floor.

I am grateful I have a loving MIL who will make Thanksgiving dinner even though she hates cooking.

I just got my period and inside I’m a cranky bitch on wheels with one last nerve. DH got a new smart phone and he’s had his face in it for 48 hours straight. I’m going to step on it.

I am grateful for the wine that I am about to have this weekend.  In moderation, of course.

It’s 1030 and I am neither packed nor asleep.  Yikes!


7 thoughts on “Things to be thankful for

  1. this post made me laugh. You have such a gift for writing. You really do. I bet it’s divine to talk to you in person. Somehow you are able to put into print a very real view of what’s going on in your world and in your mind and I can imagine everything just as you are writing it. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Good for you for speaking up about your needs & getting a babysitter. OK, so I’m not a parent, but I know way too many parents today who absolutely refuse to leave their children with anyone except (maybe) family (& thus won’t attend any weddings or other events unless they can bring their kids). Although, when I heard what even teenagers get PAID to babysit these days, I sort of sympathized. ; )

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Oh my gawd I loved this post.

    For the teeth..Oragel saved my life. Honest.

    Babysitter=great idea. If Precious smiles at her, that’s golden. Kids are like human bloodhounds..they can sniff out the crappy ones. (again, wish I could help, I am craving toddlers and their giggles and babbles)

    I would love to know the West Indian way of making yams. I use salted peanuts, evaporated milk, butter, brown sugar (shit, now I want some).

    Yay for the gig.
    Boo for the living room floor and no cushy mattress (but…you HAVE read about bedbugs right? YUK)

    When you step on the smart phone, you need to jump up and down a little, and wear some boots. Those suckers are sturdy. Good luck.

    • Well, the Precious was haviing a bad day that day so he didn’t think that much of her.
      As for the yams, I peel them, slice them, boil them a bit, then place them layered in a baking pan, dotted with butter, sprinkled liberally with brown sugar and drizzled with honey. Why on earth would you use salted peanuts – did Paula Dean teach you that?

      • No ya’ll. Paula may have STARTED it (butter and all) but my brother’s second ex-wife made them this way. She smashes all the potatoes with the evap. milk, then puts the peanuts, brown sugar, melted butter on top and bakes it. I am the only one in the family that likes it~~but I like ANYTHING with brown sugar and butter 🙂

  4. I hope the babysitter works out, and good for you taking more gym time on the weekend! Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for your posts, both deep and stream of consciousness.

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