Being out of school and (temporarily) physically limited leaves me a lot of time to sit around and think during the day. My brain is pretty good at quickly bouncing around on many ideas. Lately, I've been thinking about a lot of family-centric topics: baby's impending arrival and the changes it will bring, finances, fitness, the holidays, food, housework, craft projects... the list goes on. I started this blog to help me explore some of these wanderings in a more coherent way and so far, it's been very useful to me in that regard. As a bonus, it's also garnered some great feedback from friends. So here's some glimpses of my latest brain-musings... let me know what you think.
- How DH and I have changed over the years: We've been married for just over 5 years and together for 7. 5 years ago we were way over our heads in debt, with very different views of housework & daily living; neither one of us was good with credit cards and we definitely weren't ready for kids. Today we've got a handle on our financial situation (which is steadily improving) with a more open communication about daily life and our expectations. Along the way, we've found a lot of common ground and compromise (e.g. having friends over for dinner satisfies my introverted needs and his extraverted ones at the same time). I don't know if we're truly ready for kids (is anyone?) but we're definitely ready to take on the challenge in a way we couldn't have 5 years ago. I'm grateful that we've learned and grown together.
- Recommitting to our financial goals: We haven't strayed off our plan too far this year; we're even ahead a bit in some regards. However, we've been very lax about a few areas and somewhat indulgent of convenience over savings as the pregnancy has progressed. I'm hoping that post-pregnancy I'll have a little better self-control and that when we do our financial review in January, we'll find a few ways to speed up our debt repayment. Baby will probably affect this in both directions: more motivation to do better but also less available cash.
- Our health: Maybe it's having a child that's pushing this issue but DH and I have talked a lot about improving our physical fitness recently. Besides eating well, I can't do much in that department for a few more weeks, so I'm starting to mentally plan out my "return to fitness", beginning in November. So far, it mostly includes daily weigh ins on the Wii Fit, more home cooking and less convenience foods, walks with the whole family (including the dogs), working up to working out on the Wii Fit at home, and trying to restart Zumba classes after the holidays.
- Housecleaning: Yup, nesting and OCD combine to create a mental image of a house that desperately needs some TLC. We're steadily working on this. Baby's room is 95% done (and 100% clean) and I cleaned the desk (i.e. major disaster area) last week. DH even cleaned the whole kitchen, stove included, over the weekend... with no prompting from me (this may be the most amazing moment ever in our domicile-maintaining relationship). There's still plenty to be done though, including the dreaded bathrooms. What perk of working do I miss most? Paying someone else to clean my house.
That's enough thinking for now, off to take care of dinner. What's percolating through your brain lately?