What have I been up to?  A tubful of fun!  Photo by M. Dunn.

What have I been up to? A tubful of fun!  Photo by M. Dunn.

“Five for Friday” isn’t necessarily a regular thing on this blog, with me or anyone else.  It’s really my way of telling you that I don’t have enough at the moment to write one decently-lengthed solid post.  But I’ve seen this format on other blogs lately, and I really like it, so I’m going to give it a try:

1.  I have been thinking about what it would be like to have a third kid.  No, don’t monitor my weekly posts from here on looking for subtle clues, because there won’t be any.  I’m just saying, the thought crosses my mind from time to time.  Usually the specific thought it, “we would need to be a lot more financially stable before that could even remotely have a chance of happening, if at all.”

2.  With my 3-year-old about to start preschool, I have been thinking a lot about early childhood education, and about public school education in general.  Mostly, I realize that I am using this “early childhood education experience” as daycare.  It’s not that I don’t care at all about the quality of the teaching or what she’s learning about.  But if I were a SAHM, I don’t think I would rush to get my kid enrolled somewhere.  And if I did, it would likely be to give myself a break a few times during the week, rather than due to the value of the educational experience itself.  After all, I could be the one teaching her to read, if there were no teachers to do that for me.  On a related note, I finally decided to start following a group on Facebook for the website secularhomeschool.com.  Just doing research.  🙂

3.  I am trying to be more active and shed some of this post-post-pregnancy weight.  I started counting calories again, and I’m doing cardio and trying to add in strength training.  However, it is much harder 14 months after giving birth (the second time) than it was last year, when I lost a bunch of baby weight in the first several months post partum, but then hit a plateau.  With breastfeeding starting to decline for me, I’m not sure why this is.

4.  I have a sorely neglected education law blog that I am going to try to get back to working on next week.  The truth is, summer is a rough time to spend on marketing your business.  I thought I would have more time, since so much of my work follows the school year, but paradoxically, I have less than usual because the kids keep me so busy and there’s always overflow billable work (which is a good thing!) that leaves little time for anything else.  In general, I severely underestimated how busy raising two kids under three years old would keep me, and how hard it is to run a business while doing this — if you want to make any money, anyway.

5.  I went to a candle party recently.  You know, one of those parties where a representative from one of those catalog companies shows you all the products and then you order stuff?  I went not because I was excited about candles, but to see old friends who I have not seen for far too long, even though they live relatively nearby.  That was a great idea.  But then I bought $170 worth of candles and candle-related merchandise.  I’m not even sure how that happened.  The person who sold me this stuff is really good at what she does.  And I was preoccupied with wrangling the kids while the ordering was going on, so that probably helped her.  I was going to schedule my own candle party for the end of September, until I came to my senses and realized everything I wrote in item #4 above.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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