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June 7, 2012

Busy (of my own making)

Filed under: Family, Lindsay loves Neal, Personal, Teaching — Tags: , , — llcall @ 8:30 pm

Last week seemed really busy. Probably because I was feeling better health-wise than I have since early February (huzzah!) and tried to pack in a lot of fun!

Addison and I visited an old Utah friend that recently moved to Oceanside — toddler fun for all:

I love that Addison has a pacifier in her mouth in the last one; she is surprisingly obsessed with binkys now, considering she wouldn’t touch one as a baby.

Made a brief beach visit:

Some days I love where I live — this was one of those days

And had a fantastic dinner with two cousins  and two aunts in Carlsbad (no pictures, but there was filet mignon and homemade sourdough bread — who knew you could even make sourdough bread at home?!)

And all that was just on Wednesday! [Neal thinks it’s crazy how I pack so many things into one day, but it’s a coping mechanism to get my adrenaline flowing.]

By Friday I still had enough energy left that I wanted to eat something good for dinner. I get ambitious in the kitchen about twice a year (if that), so I had to find something that would really hit the spot and hold me over for another six months. Saucy Cuisine delivered. I took a picture of my creation, but my Aunt Helen’s looks  so much better!

We had our Golden Sweet Pepper sauce with pasta and chunks of fish because, well, we’re cheap like that. But it sure was tasty! I loved finding a new sauce to break up the monotony of spaghetti sauce — Neal would make us eat spaghetti every other day (every day?) if I let him.

So that was last week, and that seemed busy. Not our old kind of busy, but much crazier than our now-typical pace of life. And then this week hit, and last week suddenly seemed leisurely!

We visited Disneyland Monday and Tuesday, trying to cram in our last bits of Disney fun before our passes blackout for the summer. We had a playdate with a friend from the ward (and I got to hold an adorably mellow three-month-old). Tonight Neal and I go to an orientation about the foster care/adoption system in the area, and Saturday is a Primary swim party (though now I know we can turn most outings into a swim party, so it’s no biggie).

Also, Neal got invited to do a guest post at an aggregate daddy blog called Dadcentric (his post goes up tomorrow morning), so there’s been lots of blog-related activities going on. We’re still trying to figure out how much of Neal’s blog administration I take part in, but thus far, it’s definitely taking some time. [Totally unrelated, but can you guess what the #1 Google search term leading people to Neal’s blog is? If you guessed emasculation, you’re both correct and creepy. (I’m just hoping it has to do with this post, otherwise we’re in real trouble.)]

Oh, and then after all that, I also picked up a couple of jobs. One — becoming an online adjunct faculty member at a university — has been in the works for a while. But since I was in the application process for almost 4 months and there were no guarantees, and we hadn’t had any income in more than 9 months, I jumped at the opportunity to tutor a woman in my ward when she asked. I just finished my first session with her and I think it is going to be quite enjoyable; I’ll pass on some of my expertise in essay writing and she’ll teach me about her native Brazil.

If we’re friends on Facebook, you may have already seen Neal’s latest funny:

It proved oddly prescient because while he was writing that post, Addison informed me that she was going to take her first solo trip. “Not mama, not daddy. Addison go.” When I asked where she was headed, she said, “Kirsten’s house.” If she can navigate her way to Santa Monica, then she deserves the vacation! (A vacation doesn’t sound too bad right now, actually.)

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5 Comments »

  1. Oh, I’m so glad you’ve been able to do (and eat) so many fun things! I can’t wait to hear about your new job! If I’m not zonking out tomorrow afternoon (like every other day this week), I’ll try calling you!

    Comment by v. blanchard — June 8, 2012 @ 12:31 am

  2. I’m so proud of you for cooking!! That looks delicious!

    Comment by Kristin — June 8, 2012 @ 3:32 am

    • It was definitely more fun cooking with you, though!! (Addison isn’t quite as helpful.)

      Comment by llcall — June 8, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  3. Ha! I love Neal’s funny. We’re dealing with the same in our household too. How stubborn they can be. I need to adopt the “learn things the hard way.”

    And yes, definitely playdate again. It’s crazy b/c a couple months back, I pulled out the giraffe beanie you had gotten for her birthday, and I asked, “Who bought it for you?” I didn’t think she would remember, but she just plainly said “Addison” like “Duh, Mama who else would have bought it for me?” =)

    Glad to read things have been going well on all fronts.

    Comment by Soo — June 8, 2012 @ 5:51 am

    • Addison also mentioned the giraffe and how she gave it to Maddie for months afterward — it’s crazy what they remember!

      Comment by llcall — June 8, 2012 @ 4:19 pm


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