While She Sleeps

Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm in My Life, WIP
Greetings from a variety of places in Oregon! We've been here a couple of weeks now and wow, what a couple of weeks it's been. You may be able to tell we've been visiting waterfalls. We've taken the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing along with the moving, and as it turns out there are a lot of waterfalls in Oregon. We haven't even been to the state park that apparently is the Mother Lode of waterfalls, too (Silver Falls or something like that). Above is part of Multnomah Falls (part of the beautiful Cascade Gorge), and below is some falls from somewhere near Crater Lake that I can't remember the name of. Don't judge. There's been a lot to do.

So I had to check to see when I last posted to my blog. It actually hasn't been that long, but it FEELS like it's been about six months. We successfully moved out of our apartment the last day of February and have been moving and traveling and in temporary housing ever since. I won't bore you with the details, but moving has been pretty difficult, finding a place to live in Portland pretty difficult, getting settled pretty difficult, finding me a job pretty difficult … anyway the list goes on. I can't say that I expected all of it to be cake, but it's been harder and more unsettling than expected. At least there have been some decent sunsets in the mountains:

Plus I have a baby to care for in the midst of it. Anyone can tell you I am a PRO at moving (I have moved an astonishing number of times in the last 20 years), but moving with a baby? Oy. Plus, it's moving a baby who has learned to both crawl and walk WHILE WE WERE ON THE ROAD. It is ridiculous. She is now refusing to sit anywhere, and demands to walk and stand at all times. Plus she's picked up a few more consonant sounds. So essentially we have a staggering baby who sounds like an Ewok on our hands. Zub Zub.

And to top it all off that baby's response to moving/traveling has been to refuse to nap. She will now ONLY nap when she's in the car. At first this was kind of a mini-tragedy for me. Any mother will tell you that nap time is super extra precious important time because it's that one tiny slice of day when you can Get Things Done. Or take a nap. Or have some time for yourself. Or really, time do anything but watch the baby and make sure she isn't sticking her fingers into the cat's mouth or the nearest electrical socket. But lately, I've realized I can still do this while she naps:

Because if you remember to bring along your crafting bag (OF COURSE I had a travel crafting bag while moving, what do you take me for?), and you have the presence of mind to remember there are available projects to work on(I don't always have that presence of mind), you can actually keep your fingers and mind busy with tiny pink cardigans and embroidered pillowcases while the baby naps in the car.

Because why wouldn't you sit in a random parking lot while your baby sleeps and embroider pillowcases? Amirite?

Anyway, that's what I've been doing. I can't pretend I don't get some strange looks for crocheting and embroidering in my car in parking lots, but that's because people don't understand that the Baby Must Nap No Matter What And I Am Tired Of Being Bored While She Does. So there. Actually, when I realized I was overlooking all that available time to craft things and do hand work, I wanted to smack myself. It's a fact of my life that I never seem to have enough time to do the kind of hand sewing and crocheting I like to do, and there I was, just wasting available hours! Derp.

So that's what I've been doing. And you?

 

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Zub. Zub. Zub, zub, zub–sounds like the appropriate response!

margaret henkels — Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 4:24 am (link)

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