Monday, October 19, 2009

Mmm...that's good cheese

A couple of weeks ago I bought one of those refrigerator magnets that say things. I was never one to boast a magnet or a car decal that advertised my state of mind, other than the name of a band I liked or (in the case of refrigerator magnets) a place I'd been. And the places I've been haven't been too exciting. People don't pass by a refrigerator magnet that says "Biloxi Beach" and say "You've been there too?! Well, goddamn!" Once, I had a sticker on the back of my car that was a silhouette of Bill the Cat from Bloom County. There he was, tongue hanging out of his mouth like Gene Simmons, with his tagline next to his head, "Ack!" That pretty much summed up my state of mind at 18.

So now I've got this refigerator magnet. I saw it at Barnes and Noble and when I read the first few words I thought, "This would be good to read when I get up in the morning. It's cheesy, but I could stand some cheese in my brain food diet." Here is what it says, "Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life keep peace within your soul." It's helped. It helped this morning in fact when I was getting the kids ready for school and there was, well, a lot of noisy confusion. It's the "be gentle with yourself" part that helps me, really. It's so easy for me to beat myself up for not doing a perfect job in the mornings of getting everybody out the door.

I've got some good news. I got a technical writing job! It's like a real full-time writing gig that I can support myself on! This is a first, people!

I'll write about it some more later. My timer is about to go off. Yes, I set a timer for this blog. It was hard to wipe the dust off of this thing and start writing again. The last few months have been really hard and painful. There have been good times, though, and Chris and I are getting along. That's the important thing. I've resolved not to write much about our breakup out of respect for Chris, my kids, and my in-laws. There will be no rants or anything like that. I'll write about how the kids are doing though. They're having a rough adjustment, as expected, but they are still their wonderful little selves. We're falling into a new routine, which helps. Claire starts guitar lessons on Wednesday, Christopher's gonna start basketball in a couple of weeks, and I found art lessons for Emma.

I will leave you with an Emma quote for the day. It's taken out of context, but even put back into context it's still just as whacky: I learned the hard way not to fall asleep on a lamp.


melissa bastian. said...

1) hooray for genzy blogs!

2) hooray for guitar lessons!

3) did you get any mail yet?

Tom said...

All I wanted to do was beat Melissa to the comments Damn!

I am SO freakin' excited and happy and also kind of jealous of you for your new job! I have to say, though, that it is going to be a huge cornerstone of inspiration for me in the coming weeks/months/whatever until I figure out what I'm going to be doing. You rock!

And, I don't know what this means, but I was all "Guitar, yay! Art, yay! Basketball...well, there's that." I was never a really popular kid in school. I don't own a basketball, but I just got another guitar, and how long has this art thing been going on?

So glad to see you back at the blog!

My word verification is "frievis," which sounds like some sort of exotic, yet non-life-threatening, malady. "Poor thing, she's got a touch of frievis. It'll be a month yet until she's herself again. Lots of liquids, bed rest, all that."

Genevieve said...

Mel- No, I haven't gotten anything yet! Blast! Will let you know as soon as it comes.

Tom- Dude, you are like the awesomemememest writer. I know you're going to get a writing job. I've been keeping that in my prayers, and you can count on that because I pray just about every 15 minutes. Between all of this prayer and celibacy I could be a monk. Ok, maybe not.

Last week I found a woman who gives art lessons to kids on the side of her regular teaching job. She sounded sane enough on the phone. I think Emma will really blossom with this kind of thing. We shall see. And yeah, Christopher is into any sport with a ball involved. Or running. Or hitting. Or sweating.

And now I must catch up with Tom & Mel blogs!

Genevieve said...

Ps- Hee, hee...Poor thing has a touch of frievis!

melissa bastian. said...

Ha! Foolish Tom, you will never beat me! I lie in wait for Genevieve blogs, so that I may pounce instantaneously... duh.

My word verification is "Istionsa", which I think is the name of the paradise in which we will all live after the rebellion.

Tom said...

Istionsia sounds like the name of a city from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but paradise sounds good too.

One day I will get to comment first! One day....