Wow, it has been waaaay too long since we sat down for a coffee date! So much has happened in the last 6 weeks. Some good, most not-so-good and stressful. Wish I had a better report for you but I just don’t.
But if we were having coffee, I would have to tell you the reason why I was absent for a month. I hinted at this a bit in my last coffee date post, and unfortunately I still can’t talk in too much detail because not everything is finalized yet. My big stressor of late has to do with Albert’s business. I have mentioned in the past that he has spent the last 18+ months working on a start-up fitness studio. For the last 6 weeks or so, he and his partner have been going through a business “divorce.” It’s still not final so I can’t say much, but it has meant lots of nights spent talking and strategizing and lots of money we don’t have spent on lawyers. Not fun.
Not that we had much travel planned this year anyway, but now we definitely can’t go far from home. Add to that the fact that my firm retreat was scheduled for the same weekend as the Hawkeye football game that we had planned to go to with our friends, eliminating the one fun joint trip on our calendar this year, and February was just a bummer of a month.
But, back to happier topics. If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that J appears to be a staunch capitalist. We were reading Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax last week, and J made a comment after the story was finished that the Lorax was “very rude.” Upon further inquiry, we learned that J considers the Once-ler to be “very useful,” and has little sympathy for the Truffula Trees, Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee Swans, and Humming Fish. He thought it was sad that they all lost their homes, but found it a reasonable sacrifice for a useful business. He also thought that the Lorax had bad manners and spoke very rudely to the Once-ler. An environmentalist he is not!
J did think that I made a good argument when I pointed out that the Once-ler had to shut down his business after all the Truffula trees were gone, and acknowledged that he would have been well-advised to plant more trees rather than cutting them all down.
N on the other hand, thought the Once-ler was “very naughty.”
I found it so interesting to discuss the book with them and get their read on the various characters. It’s pretty obvious how the author comes down on the issues presented in The Lorax and which side you’re supposed to sympathize with. But the Lorax is pretty grumpy and rude and doesn’t present any reasonable alternatives to the Once-ler other than “stop what you’re doing right now.” It’s not unreasonable that someone would come down on the other side.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that N started a new ballet class this week and loves it! The Kansas City Ballet has a school associated with it for kids as young as 3. One of the locations is very conveniently located for our house and had openings in a class that worked great in our schedules. It’s also not so recital-driven as most dance studios, so starting her 3 months before the end of the yearly calendar wasn’t a problem at all. She’s told me all week how much she loves her new dance teacher and friends!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve been really good about sticking with a workout routine over the last 6 weeks. But I was getting kind of bored with the program I was following and it wasn’t particularly challenging anymore. So I started something new on Monday and so far I love it! If I keep loving it and have some good results to show, I will give more details in a few weeks 🙂 But Monday’s workout, my first on the new program, was the first really sweaty workout that I’ve had in a loooong time!
Finally, if we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that Baby J is growing up so fast! He walks and runs and goes down the stairs well enough that we’re just about ready to take down the baby gates (for the first time in 5 years!!!). He’s also starting to talk. I can tell that he’s hitting that age where the more developed speech center of his brain is starting to take over (kids’ speech is first controlled by the more primitive part of their brains while the speech center develops. The speech center takes over around 18-24 months). Every day he seems to have new words. His articulation still isn’t great so it’s unlikely anyone except me, Albert and Baba would understand him, but it’s really nice that he can finally make some of his demands known. It makes for a much happier boy!
If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?