Changing it up.

Okay, so I know you’re not expecting an entry until tomorrow morning. But the truth is, my mornings have gotten—as my friend and mentor Lee Smith would say—fraught. I’m up at 6, then on the treadmill (if my husband doesn’t have to be at work super early) then doing breakfast with the toddler, followed by doing a whirlwind of breakfast dishes, returning phone calls and prepping for the day ahead during the forty minutes or so she reads books in her room. It’s fun, but nuts, and lately I’ve come to dread writing this blog, because I always am doing it on the fly, watching the clock anxiously, and then feeling like it’s super lame because I don’t have enough time to do it in a relaxed, happy manner. (Then again, I don’t do much in a relaxed, happy manner, never have. Part of my charm. Hopefully.)

Anyway, I’ve found that doing my Monday blog on Sunday night has been really helpful. So maybe evening blogs are more my style? Baby is down, dinner is cooking. Things are a bit calmer, with the bulk of the day behind instead of ahead. I know, change is hard. But I think this might be a better tack for me. We’ll find out, I guess.

In other news, Jane Lynch did NOT win a Golden Globe, which is just plain wrong. I was also bummed for Courteney Cox, but otherwise the Globes were fun, and Glee DID win for best comedy or musical, so I can’t exactly complain. The fact that Avatar won for best picture probably should have made me want to see it more but….for some reason, I don’t. I know, I know. I’m judging it by the blue people and sci-fi angle, which is wrong. But it just doesn’t appeal to me, for whatever reason. Not like Up in the Air (which I am determined to see in the theater before the Oscars) and even The Lovely Bones, although I loved the book so much I’m nervous about seeing the movie in case it disappoints. I pledged Jan 1 to see five movies in the theater this year. Now, it’s the 19th and I’ve seen….none. Oh, well. I still have eleven months to go, right?

Finally, I really do my best to not do a lot of judging on this blog, as I do not want people to judge me. But I have to say something about this segment I saw on GMA this morning. It was an interview with Heidi Montag, from the Hills, about her recent revelation that she had 10 plastic surgery procedures during one recent operation. (You can watch the piece I saw here.) My mom always taught me to live and let live, and if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. But I know how many girls look up to Heidi, and when she said, “Beauty is really within,” but yet got so much surgery—at only 23—it’s a mixed message, for sure. Now, I am not knocking surgery. I think you should do whatever you need to to feel good about yourself. But it’s just….she was a pretty, real girl before and now she looks…well, not real. And being a girl is hard enough these days. You have to be real, and true, and honest, to get through it. So if Heidi is your role model, that’s okay. Just maybe, you know, balance it out with a few others that think have really done something amazing and special. (For me, it’s Anne Tyler and Mia Hamm and my mom, just to name a few.) You take a bit from everyone that inspires you, and make you own vision of what is real. That’s all that really matters.

Okay, time to sit on the couch with the husband. Have a good night, everyone!

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