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Hello iVillage crowd!
I am sitting down to write this blog while my daughter naps. Sometimes I am really productive when she naps. I’ll do laundry, fold clothes, answer emails. And other times I am a lump on the couch watching anything that happens to be on. And for the record, there is some random stuff on daytime TV. Oh, and by the way, I loved your responses to my tragic sweatpants blog! One of my favorite responses: ”I recently went to Target in black sweatpants w/elastic on the bottom, a blue paisley tubetop, and silver gladiator sandals. Questionable!” Classic! That gal and I could be BFF.
Now as far as this week’s blog ... and again I am a TV actor, so don’t set up any expectations for greatness in the paragraphs that follow ...
Chores: I ask you what is the chore around the house that you hate? For me it is the dishes. For example, this past Thursday night after I got Isabel to bed I tidied up the living room, bathroom, cleaned the kitchen and completely ignored the sink. I sat down at the kitchen island and had a glass of red wine and raided leftover Halloween candy. I could see the pile of dishes and could not bring myself to do them. By the next morning there was a funky smell coming from the sink. Terrific.
Drawings: Family members or friends of small children, please share with me embarrassing moments with children. For example, my daughter has a little Fisher-Price Magna Doodle board and she loves for us to draw together. Lately, she has been interested in trains. So yesterday she asked me to draw a train for her. Now I actually got really focused and tried to draw the best train that I could but when I pulled back and looked at it I realized it looked just like a penis. What the heck? I am drawing phallic images for my 18-month-old daughter. Terrific.
Giving thanks: It’s that time of year where we all gather around a table for some yummy turkey and that weird string-bean casserole with fried onions on top. My family is spread out between Texas and Louisiana so there are always some classic Southern moments during the holidays. One year, our dog Buck pulled a disgusting deer carcass from our neighbor’s backyard right up to our front porch on Thanksgiving Day. Then there was the year when my sister thought it’d be fun for us all to write three things we were thankful for and read them aloud. My brother-in-law wrote whiskey, horses and wild women. Terrific.
What are you thankful for this year? Isabel has taught me to appreciate the small moments in life. We celebrate everything with such joy. She got so excited today because she put shoes on her doll and I in return was elated and applauded this amazing achievement. This Thanksgiving I wanted to give back in some small way because I feel so blessed. My friend told me about a great charity called Kaboom. They help neighborhoods get funding for playgrounds in local parks. I love the park that Isabel and I go to and would hope that everyone had a great park near them. So I teamed up with tinyprints.com (um, ladies, they do adorable holiday cards, by the way) and designed a thank you card for them. All proceeds from these cards go to Kaboom, which is great.
My mom always asks me what I am doing for my community. She has real heart for service and she constantly inspires me. It doesn’t even have to be anything grand. She volunteers at the local thrift store in town once a week. My time with a toddler and a job seems so hectic so I try to find other ways to give back. What ways have you found?
And, yes, you may have noticed by now I like to hear how everyone else gets by. I really enjoy your stories. It just reminds me that I am not alone on this journey of life.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. Isabel is waking and guess what? I didn’t do the dishes. Funky smell time is on its way.
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