As I'm sitting at the counter writing this post, Jonas is in front of me happily humming and chatting. He got out the plain greek yogurt and honey to dish himself up a bowl. Then he made a peanut butter sandwich for Tess. And most amazingly of all, then he put everything away. Gwen decided she wanted a bath and got in, out, and dressed all by herself. Yesterday she asked me "Mom, when do you learn how to read? I want to read." which was the cue we've been waiting for. Russell worked with her this morning and she is now successfully sounding out words. It's crazy. I feel like I'm in this years long experiment that is finally starting to pay off.
I literally just turned around and Tess had torn apart her sandwich into a hundred pieces and smeared peanut butter all over the books she was looking at. Ah well, progress is slow. But the signs are there.
Onto the Internet:
This week the doctors think that I'm a Reactive Hypoglycemic, which makes sense to me, but also means that I need to give up sugar (which, thanks to this video, I've known I should do for a long time) and eat a low GI diet, basically like a diabetic. I've been trying to wrap my mind around carbs and this video helped. See also: Complex Carbohydrates. Made me chuckle silently.
Why heirloom tomatoes are infinitely more delicious.
Is it worth the time and effort to keep house plants alive? Yes. Or just put up a picture of one.
According to the apps currently on our phone, Russell and I are both demographically 32+ aged women who make more that $55,000 a year. I think pinterest was my dead give away. Not sure about Russell though.
This article made me think about friendship and how to address conflict directly:
I’d like to be friends with you, George, but I can’t if I have to wear a mail shirt the whole time. I wish to God your unhappiness could find some other outlet. But I can’t consider you a friend when out of every contact there comes some intentionally wounding thing. - John SteinbeckThere's a hidden wire stretched around major American cities. That's a headline that initially feels like conspiracy theory drivel. Fact is more interesting than fiction in this case. It's a cool peek into a different world.
This comic reminded me of a recent conversation I had with Gwen in Costco:
Gwen: I'm excited for when I'm a mom because then I can eat all the chocolate.
Me: (laughing) Do you think that's what I do?
Gwen: No, but when I'm a mom, thanks what I'm gonna do!