feeling very fall-like today

September 9, 2008 |  Category:   life

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If last week was like summer trying to eek out one last fling with a slew of 90 degree days, then today felt like a turning of tides. It was cool enough to wear a little sweater and the light drizzle and absence of sun made it feel even chillier than that. A welcome change, I say, now that the pools are closed, the kids are back in school and trips for apple picking are being planned. We experienced unusually warm weather during last year’s apple picking outing and no matter what you say about enjoying the warm weather while it lasts, it just doesn’t feel right if you’re picking apples in 80 degree weather and you’re working up a hot sweat.

M was thrilled to be back in school yesterday. We’re glad to have some structure in our week too since I feel like we have NO structure in our lives because freelancing and the biz fluctuates so wildly from week to week. We find ourselves scrambling to trade off on childcare and rearrange schedules if something comes up unexpectedly, like a big wholesale order or if work gets piled on. In related news, I’m thinking of getting an iphone now that my contract with Sprint has ended. You know, because I don’t spend enough time on the computer already (I think I just need a really big belt clip so I can have it permanently attached to my hip). Avoiding any kind of wired mobile device was a lifestyle choice, but I don’t think I can avoid it anymore as it’s imperative for me to be able to answer emails for both businesses in a timely manner. Oh, and all the fun apps wouldn’t hurt either, hee hee. But crap! I can see it already – the iphone forever attached to my palm as I’m out at the playground with the girls, checking my email while I ignore them as Claudine wanders off by herself and Mia falls down from the monkey bars because they are unsupervised from an email-addicted mother who is supposed to be supervising them. Um, so should I get one?

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  • Stella September 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    If you’re already projecting seeing yourself getting iPhone addicted, i’d say no. I actually grapple with the same thing! For me, I know it’s better for me to just not have it there to tempt me, no matter how much I vow to not be addicted. So, I am still iPhone free. I’m sure you’ll still be as quick as possible with all the business stuff, and sometimes you need to cut yourself some slack and enjoy life as a whole, emails aside. (:

  • Jenna September 9, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Yes, I see your point stella, however, maybe I would actually get out of the house more or take the girls outside more if I can check my email. I often feel trapped inside because I’m waiting around to answer email.

  • unha September 9, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    i am! my contract ended too with tmobile.
    am free!!

    i need something to see my kids all the time…. 2nd day today…not too bad..but exhausted!

  • joni September 10, 2008 at 1:10 am

    treat yourself, jenna. it’s really not a good idea to rationalize self-denial when it comes down to the little things that will make your day a bit more fun…it seems like every decision is with your kids in mind – which is not a bad thing- but you barely ever give yourself a break

  • jean September 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Get it, I say!
    Don’t worry, you’re already a super mom. You’ll be able to watch the kids at the playground, fiddle with your iPhone and probably get 2 other things done while you’re at it. Whatever it takes to get out of the house and get the kids tired. And I don’t even have kids!!!

  • City Girl September 10, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I am probably in the minority, but my blackberry has actually given me back over an hour a day, at least. And it does make things more effcient. Plus you don’t have that feeling of I can’t go outside unless there’s wifi. It is easy to get sucked in, but that’s where mindfulness comes in 🙂 I say get the IPhone — or go for a blackberry. It’s less fun but easier to type on IMO, and will be less tempting to play with 🙂

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