Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Few Things I Have Learned

The past few days I have learned a lot of things. Here are a few:

1.) When something is gone from your life, you miss it and think of it, but when it comes back into your life, you realize just how much of a hole was in your life. We picked The Baby up from school on Friday and I have not been able to pull myself away from her. I knew I missed her, but until Friday, I didn't realize how much. I find myself standing in her doorway, staring at her while she sleeps, I haven't done that since she was little. I know this may be our last summer to have her home, she will probably have an internship next year and I am sure it won't be in Buckhannon, WV. After graduation, she wants to go to Peace Corp. and then who knows where she will work and live. I see this summer as possibly our last one together. So I am spending every moment with her. We have been having a good time getting caught up. Life will get back to normal in a day or two and I will be more present in everything I do.

2.) I don't hate free motion quilting as much as I thought I would. The key for me is to keep the needle at a fastish pace while keeping my hands at a slowish pace. I had to quit listening to the needle because my hands wanted to go as fast as the needle was. I am not sure if that just made sense. I also found out that I can't really think about anything else. Free motion quilting is an exercise in being present.

3.) I found out that being thrown into full blown menopause makes a girl just a little cranky. (Big would say different) I also found out that you can use this new found crankiness to your advantage. If you speak of the rage inside you and the want to throw the Waterford crystal (which on a normal day would never happen - I love my stuff) people go out of their way to be on their best behavior so they don't incite the rage. This is especially true if your normal self is very passive and non-ragey (just made that word up). I also found out that you are given the keys to the car with a smile on the givers face if you comment (read complain) enough about the drivers driving. Examples are, "Shouldn't you go slower/faster," "Do you have to ride on the ass of every 18 wheeler on the road?" "Why do you always turn the cruise control on and off and go fast and slow - that is not the definition of cruise." These are a few examples. I was given the keys and allowed to drive a long distance (against what the Dr. said) As I was driving, I apparently got a smile on my face, because Big said, "Are you happy now that you are in control again?" I just have to figure out how much/little to use this new found power. I also have to hope that Big doesn't read this post!

Well, I am off to spend time with The Baby, still can't seem to get enough of her. I have missed blogging and missed all of your comments.

Have a great day!!

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1 comment:

Trish said...

First, thanks for your encouragement on my blog posts. It's a good thing that we let go of our chilren in small doses. Free motion quilting as practice for being present...I like that! I will be keeping your take on menopause in mind-not there yet, but it' just around the corner.