The Daily Grind
I walked in today and annabelly rolled over on her belly to look at me as I unloaded the gear. Every day I bring a diaper bag (world’s coolest diaper bag I may add, gift of the Target.com merchants) filled with toys, a blanket, a new outfit, my many electronic recording devices (so that I may embarrass Annabelly later in life by bringing out her naked butt pictures and presenting them in surround sound), and an Ipod plus speakers, for crooning a little john Denver or in today’s case, queen (nothing lulls a baby to sleep like “We will, we will Rock you”)
She was a rolling over fool today. being able to play on the ground has helped so much. Plus today was the first day she was really interested in the toys I’ve brought. I think up until now, she was fascinated by this new person and by the new person’s frantic antics. Now, we’re settling down into more of a routine and she has a moment to catch her breath, look around and discover the “friends of all sizes” soft book that squeaks and the baby Einstein rattles.
She’d already been given her bottle when I arrived so that inevitably means I only have an hour to play with her before she falls asleep. So for an hour, she practiced rolling over, doing tummy time and a few high flying experiences.
Then, as expected, she began nodding her head as the Goo Goo Dolls “better Days” (Margaret’s last favorite song) came on the ipod. I laid her on the mattress on the floor and for an hour and a half she was zonked out. I took cute pics and a little video. For my friend Trish P. – I took your advice about not taking too much video of the kiddo sleeping, so I only took a few seconds worth!! She’s cute as Button, but I couldn’t catch her snoring (which she actually does from time to time). Meanwhile, after I had exhausted all means of electronic surveillance of her sleeping, I just lay down beside her and rested too.
Day 8_files\Sleeping Best.MOV (click for quick time movie)
On other topics, a few people have asked what I do with my day. So here is the blow by blow. Better fasten your seatbelts, it’s a pretty wild ride.
7am: wake up and check email
8am: shower. Unless no water as has been increasingly common of late.
8:15: wander 400 sq foot apartment hoping for a diversion
8:20: make tea, wish desperately for a starbucks grande soy chai latte.
8:30: stare idly out the window and look for a clue to weather. Do I wear Capri pants or Capri pants today?
8:40: make bed
8:41: wander 400 sq foot apartment hoping for a diversion
8:42: Read the label on my Luna Protein bar. Twice.
8:45: Write and upload journal entry from previous day’s visit
9:15: wash dishes and straighten up 400 sq foot apartment
10:00: leave for hospital
12:00 – 12:30 depart hospital
12:45: if I’m lucky I have shopping to do, go to viola market and try to linger over the cucumbers
1:15: Return “home” and wander through apartment to see if anything has changed
1:16: download photos from visit to computer deleting all photos that include a double chin on me….
1:30: make some sort of lunch (today for example I had a salad of tomatoes, cucumber and cheese, 2 hard boiled eggs and a few shortbread cookies)
1:40: Eat Lunch in front of computer DVD of highly intellectual fare – currently going through Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons 1 – 7
3:30: Attempt to build a model of the Eiffel tower using tongue depressors and super glue, both of which were left in bathroom by previous tenant
4:00: play solitaire on the computer
4:05: play free cell on the computer
4:15 onwards: Feel guilty about not filling time doing Yoga or work
4:45: try to read one of the incredibly bad books left behind by previous tenants, although they barely qualify as plane/beach/bored senseless reading as are really, really bad
4:46: Start to wonder about previous tenant – tongue depressors, super glue and bad novels….hmmm…... What do you think?
6pm: check email again before expensive internet rates kick in (7-11 pm rates double or triple)
7pm: wonder aloud if that is indeed a dot matrix printer I hear chugging along in the upstairs apartment
7:05: make dinner (toasted bread with melted cheese and tomatoes)
7:15: Eat dinner
7:30: plump pillows on couch
7:31: pack diaper bag with new outfit for next day visit
7:35: watch another episode of buffy’s great adventures
8:30: try to figure out baby bjorn – get tangled up and put it on sideways which thankfully takes a full 20 minutes to correct. I definitely needed my engineer sister for this task.
8:50: Wonder if I can got to sleep this early
9:00: Try and can’t go to sleep this early
9:05: Listen to the usual banging on my front door. This happens every couple of nights. The first couple of days it freaked me out but now I am used to it. (Nothing like a steel front door to make a girl feel snug in her apartment.) When I first arrived, Oleg warned me not to answer the door unless I got a call from him first saying he was coming up (no one else would be coming to visit.) and I have obeyed that. Since they haven’t invented peepholes in the doors here yet, who knows who might be on the other side?
9:15: listen to Memoirs of a geisha audio book on my Ipod
9:30: Get irritated with audio book and reach for another really bad novel
9:36: gasp in disbelief as the sounds of a badly played accordion come through from the apartment above. Does anyone actually still play the accordion? Could it be a movie (say, fiddler on the roof)? But no movie accordion would be that badly played, surely. (don’t call me Shirley)
9:38: Realize I heard the dot matrix printer coming from upstairs and now the accordion. Briefly fantasize that if I were in the Buffy show, the person upstairs would be stuck in a time warp, only able to communicate through outdated technology and musical instruments…..
9:40: pick up a left behind copy of Motorcross Madness Magazine hoping it will lull me into a somnolent mood.
9:41: Wonder aloud at the sub culture of motorcross and toss magazine aside after discovering an ad for motorcross imprinted linoleum in the back pages
9:50: Reorganize toiletries in bathroom to be time sequenced (ie first brush teeth so toothpaste on top shelf, then shower so shampoo on second shelf…)
10:00 – 11:00 pm: lie in bed and try to avoid all thoughts so I can fall asleep
About 11:00 finally fall asleep
Rinse and repeat as needed.