1. Yeah, I quit this month's NaBloPoMo. There's just too much going on with work and school to get daily posting done in a manner that I think is quality and worth both your and my time. Unlike previous NaBloPoMo months, I don't care at all that I didn't make it this time. I've got to have my priorities in order.
2. I'm having a bad hair day today. Of course this happens on the day where I have a meeting at work with important people and a rare after-class meet-up with a friend. I'm pretty sure hair has a conspiracy marker on one of its chromosomes.
3. I have fallen down a rabbit hole - a Thomas the Tank Engine eBay Easter rabbit hole. Did you know there are specific Easter Thomas the Tank Engine models? Plus Easter eggs and baskets with Thomas on them? If you don't have a toddler in your house, you probably couldn't care less. But Thomas is a big star in our house (although, arguably, Percy might be the bigger favorite) and both Nate's Easter basket (April) and birthday party (May) are going to be Thomas intensive.
4. A couple of weeks ago, I took Nate to Barnes and Noble, only to discover they have a whole train table setup in the children's section. Nate's never seen a train table before and he froze in his tracks (get it, tracks? har har) when he saw it. He turned around, looked at me with wide eyes, and said, "Whoa." He then proceeded to play pretty nicely (for a 21 month old) with all the other kids there (who I think were mostly older than him). My immediate thought was, "Oh, leaving is not going to be fun." And it wasn't. Nate laid himself down on the floor and cried until I carried him out of there.
After that event, everyone I mentioned it to said, "Oh, does he have a train table at home?" and when I would say no, they were like, "Oh. Ohh." Like, "Your poor son." Oops. Bad mommy feeling. But, truthfully, I hadn't thought of it before then. But now we have and with his second birthday just a smidge over two months away (holy moly), we are in the market for a train table. I think it will be the perfect gift for our two year old little man, so I have my eye on some multipurpose tables on eBay. (Oh, eBay, I ignored you for so long, but I have returned.)
5. Tomorrow is Leap Day, which I love. There's just something special about a day that only occurs once every four years. Think about how bonkers we all go for Christmas and birthdays and other holidays that only happen once a year? This dude only happens once every four years. If you don't think that's cool, ponder this: it is the birthday of both Tony Robbins and Ja Rule. Now that is day. So you just leap out of bed tomorrow, okay?
6. Tomorrow being Leap Day means Thursday is March, which I am super excited about for no other reason than the fact that it means spring is imminent. I want more days outside. I'm looking forward to taking Nate to the park. (Although last time I took him to the dog park to watch the dogs play, he stepped in dog poop, which I had to later clean out of the grooves of his sneakers with toothpicks and floss. People, PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOGS.)
7. Have you watched the winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore? You should take approximately 15 minutes of your day and watch it. It really is fantastic.