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stream of consciousness

A little something I wrote last night.

I feel grumpy today -
lots of walking
no workout for 2 days
busy week
volunteer interview
kid stuff
work stuff
got peed on today
while helping 3 ESL kids
with fractions and sums
that was fun
hard to focus on 364+539
with a wet lap
and a screaming toddler next to me
my almost 6  year old is now saying no
like she owns the place
and when it doesn’t work
darn it is her retort
she said shut up the other day
to her sister
at least it wasn’t shit
apparently Ariel is the favored princess right now
always a source of 10 minutes of banshee caliber fights
are we going to have to buy 2 of everything now?
spring break is coming up
that’ll be a barrel fun
remember Ariel?
yeah, maybe 2 of her is good
party campaigns in the US
tenuous peace in Kenya
England now only wants EU immigrants
Japan in trouble for whaling
France apparently has too many mayors
too many mayors - that’s a new one
Some cranky old N. Ireland Presbyterian politician
died or stepped down or something -
he reminded me of an old ‘don’
got a new magazine today
I like magazines
even if I don’t ever read the whole thing
carefully crafted copy layouts
a  d  v  e  r  t  i  z  i  n  g
yeah, I’m even ok with ads
magazines are great
I find them grounding
I’m not excited about a paperless society
did you know if you want to lose 1lb/wk
you should consume 500 fewer calories than your ideal caloric need?
these are the things magazines teach you
or now to knit a sweater
make vegetarian vindaloo
green your kitchen
- or redecorate it
- or have sex in it
yeah, I like magazines
and notebooks
and pens
and Ann Lamott
I watched an interview on UCTV with her the other day
she’s very honest
and has really cool hair
she slapped her son once
and then wrote about it
I think that’s admirable
- the honesty not the slapping
my back is sore
I probably need to wear better shoes to walk in for 4 miles
but I like my red sneaks
they make me feel colorful
I’m into color lately
bright colors
shocking patters
maybe I’m going through a quarter life crisis
and my gym
I like my gym
I will especially like my gym after I’ve lost 10 pounds
but according to the magazine I need to cut back 500 calories a day
and it will take 10 weeks
i think I blew it today
I ate 5 oatmeal raisin cookies
but they were small
I’m still grumpy
I’m not sure why
maybe I’ll listen to a podcast and play cubis on my iPod
until I fall asleep
that usually makes me feel better


  1. Nathan — March 7, 2008 #

    Great post!!! How fun.

    I just wrote about Ann Lamott because her and I have something in common…


  2. Bec — March 7, 2008 #

    Ah normalcy.

  3. sonja — March 7, 2008 #

    My theory on motherhood:

    It’s f-ing hard … and takes so damn much self sacrifice that no one can have as much fun or be as happy as we’re expected to be even for a quarter of the time. None of which means we don’t love our children … it just means that it’s nothing like what it’s portrayed anywhere in our culture. I’m just sayin’ …

  4. kendra — March 7, 2008 #

    Oh, Mak…..!
    You’re writing makes me feel not so alone today.

    Thank you for extending yourself honestly here today.

    Sorry ’bout the pee…..

  5. Mak — March 7, 2008 #

    sonja - so true

    kendra - *smooch*

  6. Melanie — March 14, 2008 #

    I loved reading this - you’re a great writer!

  7. Mak — March 15, 2008 #

    thanks Melanie

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