Saturday, March 19, 2011

Because I'm a sucker for a meme

I came across this 30 Days of Blogging thing and thought I'd give it a whirl, especially since I've been in kind of a slump lately. I probably won't actually follow a strict one-a-day schedule, but I'm hoping that it'll give me a jumping-off point for the days when I have some trouble getting something written.

Here are the topics (collected from a few different sources and then randomized):

Day 1: Post a recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 2: Put your ipod on shuffle: List the first 10 songs that play.
Day 3: Write about your favorite dessert.
Day 4: Tell a joke.
Day 5: Write about each of the places you've called "home."
Day 6: Write about an art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 7: Write about the meaning behind your blog name.
Day 8: Describe your childhood in sounds and smells.
Day 9: Write about your most embarrassing moment.
Day 10: Write about something in the last 24 hours that made you happy.
Day 11: List 10 things that you are thankful for.
Day 12: Write about your mother’s advice.
Day 13: Write about the top search engine keywords that bring people to your blog.
Day 14: Write about 5 favorite quotes.
Day 15: Write about a habit that you wish you didn’t have.
Day 16: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 17: Post an old picture and some commentary.
Day 18: List songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad.
Day 19: List 5 movies you can watch again and again.
Day 20: Cartoon yourself (using some avatar creators).
Day 21: Write about a sweet memory from your past.
Day 22: Cruise a thesaurus and pick out 10 words you like the sound of.
Day 23: List your 5 favorite TV shows and why you like them.
Day 24: Post a picture of something that makes you happy.
Day 25: Write about something you're proud of from the past few days.
Day 26: Post a picture of somewhere you've been.
Day 27: List short term goals for this month and why.
Day 28: Post (and write about) a picture of you as a child.
Day 29: Whom would want to switch lives with for one day and why?
Day 30: Write a letter to yourself. Answer it a year later.

It's already getting pretty late tonight, so I'll probably start with the first item tomorrow.

As for today, Tom unfortunately had to work, so the kids & I got to enjoy the nice weather, running some errands about town. We picked up some plants for our balcony garden - brussels sprouts, strawberries, rosemary & garlic chives - and made plans to get more things tomorrow. Soren & I got everything planted while Eleri watched from the play pen. For dinner, I made a couple of tasty pizzas (Thai red curry pizza with chicken, spinach, onion, orange bell pepper, mushrooms & mozzarella, and BBQ pizza with chicken, onions, cherry pepper & cheddar cheese), and then we watched some soccer all together.

The past two nights, Eleri has actually put herself to sleep. I snuggled her and held her until she was basically sleeping in my arms, but when I tried to put her in her crib, she'd wake up and cry. After a few attempts, I decided to see what would happen if I just left her in the crib and walked away for a couple of minutes. I was pleasantly shocked when she stopped crying after about a minute and a half and fell asleep all on her own! Soren never did that as a baby. Never. If we tried to just let him cry, he would just escalate, escalate, escalate, until he was a hiccuping, gasping mess who then took another hour to calm back down. So, yeah, color me jazzed as heck about this. The middle-of-the-night wakings have still been a little hit & miss; very occasionally she will resettle on her own, but more often she's needed to come in our bed and actually nurse back to sleep. But progress is progress, and I really can't complain too much.

Speaking of sleep, tis bedtime! Have a good one.

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