"hey, you ever going to post again. i have been checking everyday at work and ...nothing! what is up? get on it. i need new pics of the kids." and usually for good measure she'll throw in, "but no pressure, i know you're busy!"
(my words are all smooshing together. maybe a blogger glitch. sorry about it.)
i used to dread those calls because when i am behind in posting our family memories, it weighs on my mind like barrel of bricks. of course, as the days pass...the barrel gets heavier. a heavy barrel is rarely a sign.
truth is, i love writing here. LOVE. IT. but another equally honest nugget of truth...i overwhelm myself with stuff to do and then instead of working harder to get things done, i spin my wheels doing unimportant projects or smaller tasks that can probably wait until after i 'eat the ugly frog.' why would i eat a frog, you ask?
“If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” – Mark Twain
my husband shared this 'frog' thing with me after he returned home from a rejuvenation weekend in New York. an all-expense paid trip in which some large company with more money than they know what to do with, pumps inspiring stories and ideas into the young minds of the young professionals of today and tomorrow hoping to make them the best that they can be. it's very touching.
they are the trips that don't happen often, but when they do, i feel jealous and have been known to fall to the floor, stomp my feet and to wail about how unfair it is that his job offers him free training and the time to better his professional self; they are taken out for beautiful surf and turf dinners in some beautiful hotel i'll probably never visit and they get to visit old towns in new york where the church bells sing throughout the day injecting it's song, history, and faith into the dullest of financial gatherings.
i think moms should get these kinds of "Perk You Up" gatherings. it should be mandatory!
Rejuvination for the Tired Mama or Super Chic Domestic Goddess Conventions aimed at healing our bodies and revitalizing our minds so that we can be better mothers, daughters, and people in general. let's face it, in the beginning years of babyhood and new mama hood, and all the new 'hoods' that come with being a new parent...life can be a bitch.
being in love with one's baby for the first time is vulnerable, beautiful, scary, amazing, surreal,...it's life changing in a way that is...
which is why most of us don't mind looking like soggy cheerios for the first few weeks of new baby's life because we are in survival mode...the mode where we learn about how much our body can take and it's also when the concept of a full night of sleep changes and becomes a distant memory. it's a time that we celebrate REM sleep by calling our mothers and best friends and sharing the good news, "i feel like a new person. i slept for four hours straight last night!"
we need mandatory sleep seminars.
unfortunately, i'm out of that phase in my life for now. my kids sleep throughout the night and although i find this tidbit of reality comforting, i sometimes long for the sleepless nights of nursing and diaper changing. i realize that this only because i am out of that challenging phase. if i were knee deep in mustard seed poop and lanolin creams...i'd be singing a little bit of a different tune i'm sure :)
back to the frog...
to eat the frog means to do the task that has been causing the most procrastination first, and then all of the other things on your to do list won't seem that bad or daunting.
i love this quote.
brian tracy also says, "that if you have two frogs, eat the uglier one first. that way the second one won't seem quite as bad. translated into procrastinating things, this means do your hardest task first, the one you have been putting off the longest, and then the other task will not seem as bad!"
in my case, my ugly frog is a huge photo shoot that needs editing. i keep completing smaller shoots but the large one. in turn, i let everything else go, namely my blog.
procrastination has positive side for the kids...
*i blew up about 1000 (not really) water balloons today so the kids could have a water ballon fight.
* i shopped online for some wall art,
*and i cleaned out a closet.
booyah. it's not all bad! i'll eat my frog first thing in the morning though...my ugliest one and it's going to be finger lickin' good!
i have a bazillion photos from a trip to the keys, but for this weekend, i leave you with some singin in the rain pics!
by monday, i will have eaten another frog and vow to have another post up with a brand new recipe for mahi mahi! sooooo good. amazing good!
rain, rain go away...
and when the rain stops...
thank you to our babysitter, sarah for these photos!
i marinated this shrimp in a ziploc bag of...
2 tblspoon of olive oil, fresh squeezed lime juice, kosher salt, pepper, minced garlic. 30 minutes or more in fridge. grill over med heat! a few min each side! squeeze more lime at end.
spring green mix of lettuces you like, a dressing of lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper. dice fresh mango and throw over greens. top with crumbled bleu cheese.
devine! and healthy!
happy almost summer, now go and eat the ugliest frog you can find and enjoy the rest of your day with watermelon and happy tunes!