1. This survey, which you should answer if you were homeschooled for a combined total of seven years or more, in a Christian environment (“Christian” being widely defined). It closes September 15. It’s done by a group called Homeschoolers Anonymous, which, um . . . has an axe to grind. Some of their questions reflect that, but they’ve had over two thousand people answer it thus far. The results should be interesting.
2. On the blog:
Survey says Better Off Dead should be next on my list.
Also, Weight Watchers <sigh>
Four days into it, I’m liking the Simple Start program. I doubt I’ll lose weight on it though, because I eat a LOT of those Power Foods.
3. Heather King: I don’t follow her blog (for now). I usually don’t have the attention span to read long, deep blog posts. But I did enjoy this one about avoiding both the Catholic Right and the Catholic Left.
The Catholic Right are like, my people–well, except the far far right and even then that’s subjective isn’t it– but I’m feeling a need to distance myself these days. Not from individual people but from knee-jerk responses, slogans, untested presuppositions. But then the Catholic Left (or the Left in general) still makes my stomach clench and my blood pressure rise. So there. I’m a rugged individualist. *snort*
But back to Heather: I came across this piece of hers in Magnificat
The Good News . . . [is w]ishing people well in our hearts, especially people who have hurt us. Letting people off the hook. Saying, “I’m sorry”; when appropriate, saying, “No,” saying, “Come higher, friend.” Transforming our anger, rather than transmitting it. Praying to be relieved of the desire to be the favorite, to be consulted. Refusing to respond to violence, whether physical, psychological, or spiritual, with more violence. [emphasis added]
I think about that a lot: “the desire to be the favorite, to be consulted.” Why do I blog again??
4. In addition to Shirt of Flame, I’m reading . . .
What Alice Forgot (re-reading this for book club)
Seven Principles That Make Marriage Work: This is insightful but I can’t seem to make myself keep reading. I think I’m burned out with self-help type books for the moment.
Not too long ago I read Curly Girl and started the author’s protocol for wavy hair. According to her generous definition, my head of “texture” and frizz is wavy hair. So I’m washing once a week, towel-drying very gently, and using curl cream. It’s nice having a way to do my hair other than (a) taking a long time blow drying or (b) just wearing it up. I like the way it looks for the first few hours.
But then the wave seems to fall out, leaving my hair looking just messy. But my hair’s gotten dry and damaged over the last year or so, so maybe it will take some time and a few haircuts?
5. Staying at home: The last half of the summer has been pretty quiet for us. The girls play nicely together and I’m enjoying our peaceful days at home. Girl 1, perhaps, feels like Rapunzel locked up in a tower?
6. Beauty rituals: I paint the girls’ fingernails and toenails every Saturday. They resist having their nails clipped less that way, and we all enjoy our little mani/ pedi date. I usually wash and comb out their hair Saturday evenings, too. (Often at other points during the week, but I make a point to do it at least every Saturday.) I usually paint my nails too, and sometimes I even hand wash my bras in the sink. Maintaining any sort of routine usually eludes me, so I’m enjoying having these simple pleasures on the reg.
7. Quiet time: Speaking of simple pleasures–or not so simple–on the reg: the girls are each taking a nap or quiet time every day!
This is huge huge for me. Girl 1 gave up her nap around age 3, right at the time Girl 2 was born. I could not get Girl 1 to take a quiet time for the life of me. If I made her stay in her bed, she pitched such a fit that it was useless trying to get Girl 2 to nap. I tried quiet time activities, busy boxes, all to no avail. So I let her stay up and watch shows or something, but she never left me alone for long.
And, from an early early age, Girl 2 sensed that Girl 1 was up having fun. So she resisted her naps mightily, very early on.
Girl 2’s theme song is Aerosmith’s one and only #1 hit: “I don’t want to close my eyes/ I don’t want to fall asleep, cause I’d miss you [sister]/ and I don’t wanna miss a thing.”
By 26 months or so, Girl 2 was gave up naps altogether and I threw in the towel and didn’t force her to take them.
After a few weeks of that, however, I had a minor meltdown. It is not sustainable to spend 12-14 hours a day in the company of young children with no reprieve!!!
So I tried again and made both girls stay in their bed for an hour. There was much crying and wailing but they got used to it within a few days. I think Girl 1 is just finally at a stage where she’s capable of quiet time.
Girl 2 sleeps for 45-60 minutes. Girl 1 usually doesn’t sleep, but she lies there, kicking her wall. It doesn’t bother Girl 2, though.
As long as she knows Big Sister is confined, too–not having fun without her–she sleeps!
8. Oh, did I mention I’m on Facebook?