Monday, May 26, 2008

Pillows & Tagged

So I was ready for a new pillow! I like mine firm, fluffy and about 3 1/2 inches high and the old one was too flat for my tastes. I learned the hard way last time I went pillow hunting that more expensive is not necessarily best when I found a buy-one-get-one-free offer at Costco for their finest pillows. Now, I can't see myself paying $25 for a pillow, frankly, and even two for that price seemed a bit indulgent, but I thought maybe I'd been missing something in all my cheap pillow years, so I did it. They were horrid. I hated them. A week later I was back in Wal-Mart, and since I'd blown my pillow budget on the nasties, I purchased the $4.99 specials. Lo and behold. I loved the cheapos! Loved them! Best pillows I'd ever slept on!

Therefore I was once again in the pillow aisle at Wal-Mart, looking at the bottom rack (where the cheapo pillows reside) and I found three varieties of environmentally friendly pillows! How weird is that? I mean, Wal-Mart is hated by a large part of the population (especially in my local Northwest town) for its non-PC-ness . . . and here they are with sustainable, hydrogen peroxide bleached, recycled water bottle fiberfill pillows in biodegradable packaging! I picked the ECOTEX & nextlife pillows and so far, I'm sleeping good :)

I have to throw in here that Baby Bear started clapping on Sunday out of the blue. He's apparetly chosen Sunday as his official Milestone Day, as things like new teeth and cuteness appear mostly on Sundays. He's such a handsome kid and when he smiles he looks so much like my maternal grandpa it takes my breath away. I also recently found a photo of myself a little older than Bear is now, with my parents. It's a studio portrait and the little me looks amazingly like little him--when asked who was in the photo, Princess identified my mom as me, me as Bear and my dad as, well, try not to laugh, John the Baptist. Now, this photo of my father shows him as a skinny, clean shaven man of about 25 and Princess has never known him as anything but robust and furry-faced, but seriously, I was trying so hard not to choke because I was laughing so hard!

After I correctly labeled the picture for her she did wonder why Granny and Grandpa where in the picture together, and thus I had my first heartbreaking (for me) moment of telling my kid that my parents used to be married but now they aren't. I only said a sentence or so, since she is ony four, and she was not really interested in more than that and quickly went back to her computer game, but it did hit me a little hard. Honestly, I still have times when miss terribly my family being intact, even after all these years, even after all the work I've done to come to peaceful terms with it and to create positive relationships all around.

Cynthia tagged me.

Big 5 Tag
What were you doing five years ago?
Waiting for my first baby to be born, frantically stocking up on bibs and burpcloths from eBay.

What are five things to do on your list for today?
Well, my day's mostly over and they're still mostly on the list: blog, write a CU lecture, make Father's Day plans for for surprising my husband, make a chocolate cake from scratch with Princess, list 37 things on eBay.

What are five snacks you enjoy?
Pizza, ice cream, chickles (cheese+pickles), cottage cheese topped with 5 bean salad, nutella on graham crackers.

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
Pay debts, buy homes for the people I love, visit people I love who live far away more often, vacation to places where people I love do not live, dance.

What are five of your bad habits?
Worrying, fussing, optimisim, grumpiness, panicking.

What are five jobs you have had?
Photo session scheduler, fine art notecard packager, ballet teacher, newspaper librarian, companion (in the old fashioned personal-assistant-of-all-trades sense).

What five people do you want to tag? Anyone who actually reads this :)


Mom of 3 Boys said...

*smile* actually Constance tagged you first and then I stole her idea. So you crossed two items off of your list with one post and you didn't even know it! I hope you have fun tonight. Thanks for chatting I hope I didn't put you too far behind schedule.

texasblu said...

"Honestly, I still have times when miss terribly my family being intact, even after all these years, even after all the work I've done to come to peaceful terms with it and to create positive relationships all around."

This really pulls at my heartstrings, because I'm looking at adopting my nephew, and someday I'm going to have to explain to him all this stuff and every time I think about it tears start. It is not an easy thing. I look up to you. ;)

PS I'm putting you on my blogroll so I can find you - I had lost your blog address and just found it on my long lost CU blog...

Melody said...

Hi Lara,
I found your blog! I am so excited, now I can keep up with you & yours. I had the same experience with my dd, age 11, who wanted to know why my parents divorce. I finally felt she was old enough to know some of the details. After I told her, she said wow Mom, you are amazing to have gone through that and be a great mom now. Then she hugged me. I tell you, in a minute, a lifetime of hurts were healed. Kids are truly a gift God gives us. I look forward to reading your blog often!

MomOf5Gents said...

I suppose it would help if I had *told* you that I tagged you. I'm still learning. :)

You're such a great mamma, Lara. Your work to "create positive relationships all around" will protect your own little ones from the heartbreak you suffer.

Lara said...

*****Thanks so much for all the kind replies ladies! And Constance, no worries lol--I'm still trying to remember to check my firend's blogs often enough to see myself tagged :)