Thing the First: This post from Get Rich Slowly is several months old, but I really like it: The Joy of Being Average. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be great at everything, and it's exhausting. I've been trying to ease up on my own expectations since Baby M's birth, and I have to say, I am a lot happier. Being great might get a lot of attention and admiration, but that stuff doesn't bring me the same happiness as a glass of lemonade in my backyard on a sunny afternoon. Who knew?
Thing the Second: I just found out about this awesome program from the state of Minnesota - I Can Camp provides a tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, dishes, camping lights, firewood and a permit - and instructors with all sorts of activities set up during your camping trip. FOR $40!! It's not great for toddlers, but you better believe we will be taking advantage of this and similar programs in a few years. I used to camp a lot in high school and college, but I don't have any equipment now, and the cost of getting it has kept me from considering camping as an activity. But we can easily afford $40 and food for a weekend in the woods!
Thing the Third: This might seem weird, but I like the thought of it: Fetal Cells Remain in Mother's Body After Birth. I have often thought since having Baby M that no matter what happens in our lives, she will always be a part of me in a way that is hard to explain to people who aren't mothers (dads probably feel this too, but not to the extent that mothers do, I think). I'm actually glad to know that that feeling is backed up by science. Perhaps archaeologists centuries from now would be able to tell that I bore a child - what a way to have this achievement preserved for eternity.