Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mid-Week Wrap-Up

I fear I'm losing all my readers with the X Chronicles. I think it's still important to do, though, but I'll take breaks from it in hopes not to lose everyone!

This weekend, the girls and I volunteered at Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots event. Sadly, Jane wasn't there this year, but we still had a lot of fun. The girls were excited to be in the parade again. Riley was a frog this year:

And Sylvia was a tree - I think she's the first one.

And I won a raffle prize of a luncheon cruise! My sister and I are looking forward to going next month.

You may note my newest image for the No on Prop 8 - even if you don't live in CA, feel free to donate. This will protect same-sex marriage.

Now, I've previously written my anti-marriage post, and I stand by that, but until marriage is no longer an institution, then there should be equal opportunity for all couples to suffer the consequences!

Okay, now I'm losing all my conservative readers. Pretty soon, all I'll have left is Kori.

Well, Kori already knows this news: Sylvia made the cheer squad!

I'm both thrilled for her and worried at the same time. I'm worried that the commitment will be more than I can handle as a single mom. I'm worried that Sylvia will lose her pleasant disposition. I'm worried that Riley will get jealous of the special privileges, like me picking Sylvia up from school on practice days. I'm not hugely concerned that Sylvia will break bones, but I am thinking of upping my flexible spending account this year just in case. I just hope that it ends up being a positive experience, and that next year, she picks Band as her extracurricular activity.

We've had school events galore lately. Tonight we had Family Fun Night at Sylvia's school, and Thursday, we have Back to School Night at Riley's school.

I've learned a valuable lesson. I can never shop for clothes at the local Target again. At our first meeting at Sylvia's school, I was wearing the exact same shirt as another mother. Last week, at Sylvia's Back to School Night, I saw another mother wearing that same shirt. Tonight, I saw another shirt that I bought at Target (in another color this time) at Sylvia's school on another mother.

But hey, if these are my biggest problems, then things must be going pretty well, right? While I try to remain watchful so not to be caught off-guard, as I write the X Chronicles, and then go to work, make the dinner, help the girls with homework, and pay my bills, I see how far we have come in these past 5 years. I know it's not a perfect life, and certainly not the life I envisioned for me or for the girls, but it's pretty darn good.


Loth said...

You are absolutely not losing this reader. I am finding the X Chronicles heartbreaking but compelling reading. Carry on writing about what you want to write about, that's what your blog is for, after all. And congrats to Sylvia!

PS What's a cheer squad? Don't think we have that in Scotland! :-)

Anonymous said...

You've still got me kiddo! LOL (not sure if that's a good thing for you or not! Ha!!!)

Happy, healthy, organized, roof, food, $ to cover bills, loved, busy, consistant.....sounds pretty darn close to perfect to me! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm loving all of it! Not in a McDonald's way either.

hugabug1 said...

If you haven't lost me by now, you're not going to. :) I've been reading the X Chronicles and it's a fascinating look into your past and how it's helped make you who you are.

Congrats to Sylvia for making the cheer squad.

Anonymous said...

Please, I'm not going anywhere! I've parked my rear end right here in the front row, hoping a little balance will rub off on me.

Glad y'all are all doing well!!!

Kori said...

Well. How do you know I haven't decided overnight that I am going to go completely right wing conservative on you? I might just vote for the Old Man and the Bitch-after I get around to spamming hate mail to you for endorsing same sex marriage. If I have time after I bom the abortion clinic, that is. hahahahahahhaahha, I hope you know I am kidding!

Anonymous said...

Please don't think you are losing readers over the x-chronicles. I think it's probably just that a lot of people can't relate. I can because I'm a single mom, but I've noticed that when I wrote about my ex, people weren't always sure what to say.

THAT SAID, AZ has its own ridiculous "protect marriage" amendment on the ballot. It pisses me off to the nth degree because if we are making government regulations on the basis of religious views than something is terribly wrong. It will most likely pass here and I'll have one more reason to despise the state I live in. Not only will my vote not count in November, but they are a bunch of judgemental bastards. Just when I was learning to like it here, election season rolled around.

I'll step off my soapbox now. That parade looked like fun!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

I'm with Natalie in that it's not all that easy to reply to these kinds of stories for some people. I highly doubt though it's costing you any readers. If anything, you'll probably bring in many more.

Congrats to Sylvia. That's got to be pretty exciting for her!

Anonymous said...

Me, me, me! You still have me! Things have been a bit wonky here and I haven't been able to give the thoughtful and serious responses to these posts that I want to. But I'm still here!

Tara R. said...

I'll let you in on a secret... I'm a card carrying Republican, but I believe any two adults in a loving, nurturing, monogamous relationship should be 'forced to suffer the consequences' too. The government should not be able to tell me who I can and cannot marry.

I can relate to the X-chronicles, if only from the kids point of view. There just are no words I have that would add to an already beautifully narrated story.

OHmommy said...

Yes. Those are awesome problems to have. I too always shop at Target. They have the nicest things, don't they?

Shiona said...

Target rules! I've been gone but I'm back! Haha Ok I'm losing my self importance now lol. Congrats on Sylvia making the cheer squad. Whew! I don't know how you do it. That is so great that you are so involved. I aspire to do the same.