Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Domestic Goddess

Today I got up and picked Monkey up from her dads house. She was still out cold when I got home so I went and worked in my garden. To my surprise most of my tomatoes turned from green to red, well not really overnight but I thought they would space themselves more. I have 3 plants and they are huge! Right now I think its safe to say I have anywhere between 10 and 20 pound of tomatoes and still a ton more coming in a few weeks. Today was spent making and canning salsa I have never canned before today so cross your fingers I don’t get botulism. J

I plan on making Pasta sauce and stewed tomatoes with the next batch. I’m also chopping and grading Zucchini and crock neck squash for the winter.

Monkey is yet to take a nap today and I forget how badly I NEED that :P

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Popo ~

Growing up I spent m summers in California with my grandpa and my aunt and uncles. Looking back now I realize just how important that was to making me who I am today.
So many things came from my time with him. How I drink my coffee when in a bad mood, my love for Mexican food, the years I spent boxing. The years I spent trying be a bad ass to make up for the fact that I was a 4ft nothing. My Grandpa (Popo) is my hero in many ways, just like any hero I have learned so much from him. I have one hell of a right hook, so watch out if your trying to take advantage. I learned to be afraid of being alone like him, learned why I would never want to be an alcoholic. In a couple hours he is going to be back in town I have not seen him sense right after Bella was born. I’m excited.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monkey’s Issues

I am on of the most laid back people you will ever meet. Not many things get me excited other then politics. I’m a huge hippy can’t help it I just am.
But my Monkey she is something else. At two years old the girl is already a neat freak. I love it come cleaning time when she gets a huge smile on her face and asks for something to wipe down, my house is dust free from 2 ft down :). But times like this morning I wonder if there is not more to her neatness, she had a hard night last night; up every couple of hours with bad dreams. This morning she has been in non stop cleaning mode. At this point she is pulling the magnets off of the fridge and cleaning them then lining them up in rows. She already picked up her toys and helped put away her folded laundry. Part of me worries that maybe this is some starting form of OCD but then part of me is glad that at two she has already found a way to center herself. If only I could do the same for myself. :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday 8:23pm

Ahh Sunday how I love a good Sunday. Where I come from Sundays mean a family BBQ. Amazing food, a beautiful back yard to relax in, beer or wine and a few hours of not being on full mommy alert because you have the aunts and uncles to entertain your little one. There have been many a Sunday where that was my weeks saving grace. For me right now it also means seeing my baby niece she is just a couple weeks old starting to notice her surrounding. There is nothing in this world that gives me so much joy as family. Times like these are the times that matter truly matter.

I get why my parents had children and why we saw so much of our aunts and uncles growing up. I recall it being me and my cousins fighting, playing, I was one of the boys around my cousins because that is how our family worked. My grandpa and grandma had 6 kids by the time I came around I have cousins of cousins from cousins. Great aunts and many an Ex husbands… A family of women that’s how I saw us anyway.

Now my family Sundays are much smaller – typically they are in my moms backyard and she cooks while I try to bring something to help out. My big brother he is know for the best bacon wrapped jalapeƱo, then cheese smothered scrimp. Mmm when I was pregnant with monkey I could down a whole plate of them with no worries. Tonight I failed to bring a side. In my defense I did think many a time oh shit don’t forget to make dessert through out my day. Never the less I got my perfect Sunday afternoon all though I was missing my best friend towards the end family get together are always with her there.

The icing to my Sunday cake is my monkey fell asleep on the way home and now at 8:30pm I am already relaxing, with monkey the gift of going to bed before 9pm is rare. Sleeping in is just not an option. I can’t help but think looking at the puppy curled around my feet that days like today are the days you sip on and enjoy. This is what life is about.

I’m off to set up something’s on the site and read. I truly wish you had or have had a Sunday or any day like this.

First blog – whoo hoo!

I had a blog a while ago 2 years to be exact I was going through some big life changes (first house, pregnancy, brand new to the super mom era) and did not want to forget them. My now ex would get jealous of the not so nice all be it true things I would say out of frustration about him. One night after a bad fight I deleted the blog, not because he told me to but because it was something that still bothered him. When you are fighting to save the American dream you give up things. That blog was MonkeyFacesBellaPlaces. This blog is Monkey&Mommy.

I plan to write about being a 22yr old single mother to a beautiful smart little two year old girl in our society. I will talk about balancing work and play, but never about balancing my check book. I will share my fears hopes dreams and goals for no reason other then I need any outlet.

A little back history ~ very little because it is late…

My ex moved out 3 weeks ago so I am still adjusting to being alone. Something I am enjoying more then I ever thought I would.

Two weeks ago I was laid off from work. I was the main provider for my family while my ex lived here. On average he worked 3 to 4 days a week, if that. I worked a 7-4 shift in a small car corporation I grew up in. Cleaned a couple houses on the weekends to make ends meat and pay off my house. The economy is shit now and I was a computer equipment order clerk, lets just say people are doing with out a lot these days. My position was one of the things that went away… ;P

I took this as an opportunity because well hell to many bad things have happened to us lately. I’m at home with my daughter as of now looking into going back to school problem is it’s a lot of money to spend not knowing what the hell you want to be. I am also applying to jobs dream jobs that I would love to have, I would like to work either with children or the elderly. But then again part of my soul really enjoyed the corporate world. Maybe someday I can find a good corporate man who can treat a lady as one. But that’s just wishful thinking, right now I have a little girl to worry about and most men run for that.

To be honest my dream is to be a mom not just any mom but the best mom I can be, that is what gets me up in the morning. Nothing has ever gone so completely right in my life then my little girl .

So please feel free to join me in my journey and slap me in the face with good advice along the way.