Today I sat in the Obstetrician's office reading a magazine called "Notebook". It's a lifestyle magazine, kinda Martha Stewartish--with lots of beautiful photos of flower arrangements, self-improvement stuff, decorating ideas and stylized photos of said decorating ideas.
You know the kind of magazine I mean. Pretty to look at, with good ideas for someone who is not...well, me. I would love to be that person! But, our house is decorated in a combo I like to call Ikea-garage sale-curbside scavenging. With a little kid smudge and lots of books thrown in for good measure.
But anyway. At the front of the magazine is a calendar for the month. It's mostly blank for the reader to "plan your month", inserting the fab ideas you've seen in the magazine. They've also filled in some blanks for you. Like, "February 15th--Choose the seedlings you'll plant for spring". "February 23rd--Take a friend to an art gallery". "February 8th--Sort through your table linens and set aside ones that need cleaning or mending". "February 12th--Visit your local farmer's market for fresh seasonal veggies and prepare a delicious meal for friends and family."
Hee hee. I got kind of giddy reading this, 'cause I started thinking of what my calendar would say. Some of you are especially gifted in these types of areas--I'm sure you could teach me a thing or two. Or maybe you could just come to Sydney and get me all sorted out? Cause for me:Table linens? Not exactly, unless you mean the kind that rip off the roll. Let's take April, for example. Maybe it'd say something like this:
"April 7th: Realize that it's been nearly two weeks since you've cleaned the bathrooms and spray so much cleaner in the toilet that you start to cough from the fumes."
"April 11th: Having forgotten to wash Ava's school socks, spray some perfume on them and wave them around a bit, then put them on her feet. They're only a little bit stiff from earlier use!"
"April 16th: In preparation for your scripture class at the high school with 15 year old girls, throw chocolate at them and pray that they'll like you enough to listen for 20 minutes."
"April 18th: Round out a healthy, well-balanced meal for the children by adding a few puny carrot sticks to Nate's KFC chicken and chips."
"April 26th: In the midst of sermon preparation, eat a big bowl of cookies 'n cream ice cream, balancing it on your shelf-like stomach."
"April 28th: Lick your thumb and use it to rub a spot of the sliding glass door. My, how it sparkles!"
What are some highlights of your month? You're knitting or grinding your own flour as you read this, aren't you? I knew it! Well, I guess I better go tend to my, um, herb garden, then.