I...... I ......I don't know where the hell I have been. Right here. Reading...... Commenting....... But not writing much of my own thoughts down. I have had loads of them lately, but I just have not been inspired enough to cobble anything meaningful out of them. Reason #23892 why I could never be a writer. If I am not in the mood to write, I find it difficult to force my hand at it. Literally.
Last week was fairly emotional for me, as it was for much of the nation. For the first time ever, I cleared my calendar to watch a Presidential Inauguration. I am looking forward to the next 4 years. I think Obama can do it and yes, he has a lot on his plate, but he does strike me as earnest - a quality I have not previously utilized in describing our Presidents. I am anticipating his reaction to what is most likely going to be some Seriously Bad News coming out of the market today.
Okay, on to the usual triflings I spew here.
1. Two of our neighbors have put their houses on the market. Every time a new neighbor comes in, I cannot help but indulge a bit of wishful thinking. The dream that my New BFF will scoot her equally fat ass into one of those houses with her own precious progeny who magically happen to be the same ages as my own children. That she will share my unabashed love for all the HBO Series, Antiques Roadshow, HIMYM, Ugly Betty, The Office, 30 Rock, Old Christine and Househunters International. I envision scenes of us sneaking to each other's houses in the afternoons with bottles of cheap wine and boxes of Choxie tucked under our arms at 3:55, just in time for Oprah. Our children will also be BFFs and will play quietly with each other, gladly sharing theirs toys all the while saying "please" and "thankyou" as my New BFF and I drink the afternoon away. Bah. Do not judge me. I said I was dreaming.
2. Sort of related to #1 - I really, really miss spontaneity in my life. In college, my friends and I used to pick up the phone and say "Wanna come over?" and that was it. We would just get together. To get with any of my friends now requires careful coordination of schedules. I believe even some planets and moons must be aligned just so, but I have not been able to prove that theory just yet. Anyway, I miss getting together with friends haphazardly.
3. I have made no secret about the fact that I am mighty particular when it comes to dishes and the dishwasher. But please - am I the only one in America who is loathe to put plastic items in the dishwasher? I rarely put plastic in the dishwasher and therefore, handwash most of the kids' dishes. Besides all of the practical considerations of plastic melting in the hot water, I am always a little wary of the chemicals leaching, in particular after all that has been found the past few years with some of the plastics coming out of the China.