Friday, October 31, 2003

then and now: the "to do" list.

sunday - sleep, a.m. breakfast at 3 p.m., sleep p.m.
monday - class, a.m. work, p.m.
tuesday - class, a.m. shopping / dinner w/ friends, p.m.
wednesday - homework, a.m. work p.m. , date & "?" p.p.m. :)
thursday - recover from p.p.m, a.m. class p.m.
friday - work, a.m. p.m., happy hour/date/ "?"p.p.m
saturday - still on date a.m. p.m. p.p.m

now: sunday to sunday - (see baby for job description/scheduling.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

then and now: the coolness factor

then: i am the most uncool person i know.

now: i am the most uncool person i know, but i don't think i care. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

bag ladies, bystanders and doors, oh my!

shut out at the library lapsit. again. who woulda thunk that infant carpet time at the library would be such a coveted luxury.

there is no other unnecessary hassle like trying to get a stroller into/out of a vestibule with inside and outside doors. i can't believe i actually wrote that sentence. it's like i fell into a parallel universe where in this reality, i am considered fit to be a mother. beware new world, here be dragons:

3 inside doors, 3 outside doors.
new mom with stroller trying to get out of library.
little old bag lady trying to get into library.
innocent bookish bystander standing between inside and outside doors of library.

bystander opens inside middle door for new mom.
new mom completes bystander's pass - guides stroller towards outside middle door, while holding inside middle door with the other hand.
simultaneously, bag lady presses handicap button, outside left door opens.

bystander opens outside middle door, waits for new mom to complete new pass.
bag lady, seeing open inside middle door shuffles for new mom's position.
bag lady shuffles too slow - does not complete new mom's pass of inside middle door!

new mom wheels past shuffling bag lady, middle inside door closes.
bag lady faults new mom and says, "that's not nice!"

bystander is annoyed by new mom and bag lady.
bystander's outstretched arm is releasing. frustrated, bystander retreats! but is relieved by new bookish bystander trying to get into library!

new mom uses stroller to prop open outside middle door (despite new bystander) and turns to re-open middle inside door for bag lady.
new mom notices the longest drip of snot she has ever seen in her entire life hanging from bag lady's nose.

before new mom can say or do anything, bag lady slips thru open door into library. new bookish bystander soapoperatically struggles between stroller and door and follows bag lady into library.

what have we learned? hassle + bag lady + snot on carpet + soap opera = library.

new mom needs a drink, but is oddly comforted by baby laughing.

Monday, October 27, 2003

then and now: the all nighter

then: 3 a.m., bleary eyed design student sewing up a final project for a tailoring class. pause to take a stretch break, watching dim sky slowly illuminate.

now: 3 a.m., bleary eyed, thinking about killing the cats for chasing each other around all night and waking the baby, posting "quiet zone" signs on street below and finally, watching the whole family in the family bed cozily slumbering.

Friday, October 24, 2003

then and now: nightstand

then: atwood's "cat's eye", helprin's "winter's tale", irving's "the cider house rules", rice's "interview with a vampire"

now: steinbeck's "east of eden", lucky magazine sept & oct '03 issues and 10 assorted baby books on nursing, sleep problems, motherhood and general childcare.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

then and now: grocery list

then: ramen noodles, goober grape, milk, bread, lucky charms, tv dinners, beer, birth control

now: organic baby food, all natural noodles and pasta sauce, all natural peanut butter and preserves, organic milk, all natural bread, oatmeal, organic tv dinners, wine, astroglide

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

then and now: dressed to the nines....

then: size 4P, dry clean only.

now: size 9, machine wash cold, tumble dry low.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

then and now: blue dogs

then: 3 a.m. spring. new orleans. warm and happy reveler catches reflection in gallery window. re-focus eyes to find one of rodrigue's blue dogs staring right back at me.

now: 9:30 a.m. fall. chicago. warm and happy baby happily smushing cereal into her hair. drooling and craning to see blue and blue's clues behind me.

Monday, October 20, 2003

the difference between then and now: chamomile tea.

then: a crisp fall day, two young art students at a cafe sip chamomile tea, nibble on orange scones and later, stroll the art institute.

now: husband buys toilet paper. toilet paper is "new and improved" as chamomile has been added to it. (?!)


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