Idea for this post borrowed shamelessly from Jennifer at Conversion Diary.
1. Went to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair on a rainy, soppy, yucky Saturday afternoon yesterday. At the Filmore in downtown, right across from Comerica park, about 70 "indie" artists displayed all sorts of crafty goodness. I bought something at the very first table I came across. Then a table two more down. Then, with almost $40 gone, I was like, "OK. Time to slooooow down." Wound up leaving with a beautiful agate stone necklace, a lovely glass pendant in the shape of Michigan, and a "wristlet" purse thingy that will fit perfectly into a diaper bag and hold my wallet, phone, lipstick, etc. Awesome event! See more here, including a list of the great vendors, most of whom hawk their goods on Etsy. I will probably have to revisit some of those artists at a later date.
2. Luke went from waking up only one time during a 12-hour period at night to waking up every three hours again. Of course, the change came the day before I started working again. And since I am now pumping during the day, I take care of all the night feedings. Before, Jimmy did one, giving me a nice five or six-hour stretch of sleep. The result of that was I usually felt pretty good, even as Luke was getting up a lot at night. Now I'm no longer getting that long stretch. I put him down at 7:45 and then put myself down at 10:30. He usually wakes up first at 1. Then at 3:30 or 4. Then at 6 or 7. It's frustrating simply because I thought we had moved on this.
3. I am running a blog for my dear, dear friend Kelly Kamm, who has left America for an eight-month stint in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico. There she will live with a pastor and his family in their small home that doubles as a church. She will teach the family English and start an ESL program for the neighborhood. She wants desperately to introduce people to Jesus along the way. AND she's studying the effects of cross-cultural sensitivity on mission trips as part of her second year of graduate study through Concordia. Lots going on with her, and you can read all about it at kellyinmexicali.wordpress.com. I warn you though -- reading about what she's doing will make you want to give back to someone, somehow, someway.
4. I feel bad for Robert the cat. She is so clearly the second fiddle in our house these days. Of course, I still love her. But she is no longer my "baby." She doesn't get to sit with me like she used to. All fall, I probably took her outside to chase leaves once or twice. It used to be a daily occurance. I admit I don't even really notice her like I used to... It's only natural, I assume. But I still feel guilty. I need to pay her a little more attention. She needs my love, too!
5. Work this week was... interesting. Sometimes challanging. Sometimes boring. In one instance, downright humiliating. Altogether...different. I'm not used to showing up somewhere at the same time every day, to sitting at a desk, to warming up food in a microwave, to watching the clock. And my assignment is... um... well, we'll see. The jury is out. Right now, I sort of detest it. It doesn't really suit me. But I'm trying to make it work. As I said, jury is out. We'll see.
6. If you live in Detroit, do NOT miss the awesome Free Press Best burger roundup. I don't even like hamburgers that much, but reading through this photo gallery, I was ready to go to the nearest burger joint, plunk down $5 and sink my teeth into a big, old burger. You'll probably feel the same -- unless you are my veggie friend Jen, in which case, I'm sorry!
7. I have made a deal with my mom -- if I bring Luke to see her today, she will stop drinking Diet Coke for a week. I don't really believe her. She is way too addicted. And she has pretty weak willpower. But I hope she does it! I want her to get healthier for her own sake but also, selfishly, for MY sake. And Luke's sake. He loves his grandma, I can already tell. I want her sticking around.