Monday, January 26, 2009

Equilibrium

After a couple of unbalanced rockin', swingin' what-in-the-heck? weeks, life is slowly returning to a new normal. My beloved Silver Bullet is out of the shop and hummin' on the highway once again. Two weeks driving Brad's ancient 4Runner was a ride down memory lane and helped me fall in love with my automatic transmission, overabundant cupholders and third row seating all over again.

Brad's first week on the new job was a good one. Despite earlier fears, it is suprisingly delightful to have him home. With a toasty spaceheater and a deskful of techno-fancies installed, his first floor office has never been more inviting. The other day I took my laptop in there, shut the door and the two of us tapped away companionably, oblivious to the shrieking twosome rolling marbles all over the dining room floor. And the commute? Completely splendid. He can be home for dinner as soon as it (and kids) are ready. The new boss offered to rent him office space, but for now, things are working nicely.

I am trying to come to terms with the fact that Girl Scout Thin Mints are not part of my nutritiously balanced breakfast. Why not? I get up at 4:50 am...I should be able to have a cookie snack at 8:00! Also, am completely over the whole winter thing. I want to be outside. Four-year-old boys need to be outside. My house needs them to be outside...it keeps exploding in attempts to get their tickly bodies from jumping on the sofas and scaling the kitchen pantry shelves. Hot summer nights seem lightyears away.

The good part about disequilibrium--even for a short time--is that it forces you to hold tightly to the things that matter most. Now that things are a little more evenly balanced, I just need to remember not to let go!

18 comments:

Jeanelle said...

I'm with you on the outside thing -- it's sunny and beautiful here but 25 degrees. And you just have to not buy the girl scout cookies (but they also aren't a big attraction for me.) My thing is the campfire mints. As long as I rudely ignore those cute little bluebird faces as I walk into the grocery store, I'm safe.

Lisa-Marie said...

Gabi, thank you for your optimism! I can always turn to you in order to find a bit of the silver lining!

I am so happy that all is well.

P.S. I LOVE Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! CLASSIC!

Ilene said...

I just ordered three boxes of samoas from my neighbor. I will not share any with the kids. I am dead serious.

Glad your new co-worker is working out so well!

wenderful said...

I'll think of you when I'm up at the crack of dawn too. I'm so happy to hear things are leveling out now. And that dinner can be eaten together at a reasonable hour. Just don't serve Thin Mints for dessert. :)

Annemarie said...

My kids NEED to get outside ASAP. The next couple of months are going to be long...

Mmmmmm...thin mints. I think I know what could help me get through the next couple of months.

andrea said...

can my boys come over and play? they totally need to jump off a sofa, as the trampoline is frozen solid. alas, the man of the house would probably go into cardiac arrest. he can't even handle them leaning on the edge of the sofa.

winter.

note to self: apply gabi's optimism.

Christie said...

I. AM. SO. OVER. WINTER.

That is all.

Bridget said...

ditto what Christie said. I agree. when i get up that early, by 8am it is snack time and anythign goes.

diane said...

I just love when my life is dull and boring.

Lauren in GA said...

Ohhhhhh, I could go for some Thin Mints right now. Hey, what is the difference between eating some thin mints or doughnuts or sugary cereal?

I can justify anything. It is a talent of mine.

lainakay said...

So glad things are going better for you!
Thin mints are a wonderful breakfast!

Jenibelle said...

Enjoy those Thin Mints, you'll be getting less in a box this year, which may be a good thing?

Move to California, your kids can be outside all year long.

Jessica said...

The thing I like about you Gab...is how real you are. You write about the stressful and crazy when it is, but you aren't afraid to write about the good and lovely.

Talk about balance.

Hazen5 said...

I am glad the new job is working out for you both! I like hanging around my husbands" office" too!

TravelinOma said...

As Maria von Trapp said, "When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window." I'm so glad everything is falling into place.

calibosmom said...

My couches are getting worn out as well. My six year old lives on the back of our couch. And the jumping, oh the jumping-it's time for a trampoline. Glad things are settling for you!

Rochelleht said...

I love having my hubby home to work. Today he's here because the roads are icy. Unfortunately, that means the kids are here, too.

The only thing that saved me this last week from the Thin Mints was being out of the country. Unfortunately, I still ate my weight in candy bars...

tina said...

talk about needing to get outside...my two big dogs are getting fat and happy this winter. :)

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