Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Yesterday I had a kick ass post percolating away in my brain, but I never got 3 consecutive minutes to sit at the computer and type it up. And now it's GONE, goddammit. I have absolutely no clue what I was going to say. None. Fanfuckingtastic, yeah? This is what having a baby does to your brain. So, when all thoughts have vanished, what do you do? A bullet post, which is really just another name for the scrapings from the bottom of my brain.

  • The babies are kicking my ass. One or the other or both of them are always crying. Always. Someone needs to be fed or changed or burped or played with or something. I don't even have time to pee any more.
  • I've lost 26 lbs since having The Bug. That's what not being able to eat more than two bites of your meal will do to you. See above.
  • My house is still a mess. TCBIM isn't doing a thing around here. Yesterday morning, he said that he'd be home early last night, implying that he'd be around to help. My answer? "Why bother? You don't do anything when you're here anyway." Which is true. He didn't even have a comeback for it.
  • My back yard is disgusting. Since it's finally stopped raining and since my mother and son are coming over today, I'm going out there to clean it up. I've asked TCBIM to do it, but that's like asking a pig to fly. If the rain stays gone until Friday, I may even attempt to mow the lawn. I wonder if I can do that with The Bug in her sling....
  • I'm going to the library tonight. Anyone have any suggestions for some fun but not too fluffy reading? I don't do romance novels, nor do I do James Patterson and his ilk. I have a list of books that I want to read, but I'm always open to suggestions.
  • I just finished reading The Brief History Of The Dead. Odd book. Really odd. I'm not sure if I liked it, but it did make me think, which is good. I didn't love it, but it wasn't awful.
Aaaand the baby's crying. So I'm off.

Is this what I'm reduced to? Bullet point posts every 4 or 5 days? How pathetic.


Shannon said...

Aw...the ass kickings will become not so harsh once the baby is a few months older...hang in there :)

As for library books, I'm into Truman Capote now. I've read "In Cold Blood" and now I'm reading "Answered Prayers"

I just finished reading "All Souls" by Michael Patrick MacDonald...about his life in Southie...very good read. Easy, but not fluffy.

Kevin said...

Book recommendations:

I've been on a dog-theme lately:
- "Travels with Charley" John Steinbeck - really quite good.

- "Timbuktu", by Paul Auster - first half was okay, but then it went downhill (not a rave review, huh?).

- "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", by Mark Haddon - excellent tale told from the point of view of an autistic kid trying to solve a mystery: very quirky and sprinkled with math and science... I loved it.

Though with all the activity in your household, it's hard to imagine that you'll find time to read at all.

Hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Babies. As in "more than one baby." That's all you have to say, really.

Hang in there.

Lyrehca said...

Hang in there. The 26-pound weight loss sounds awesome to me right now.

Just read some girlie fiction on holiday last week, and The Tuesday Erotica Club was the best of the lot. Four women who work in a law firm get together each week and read their writing to each other, become friends, have interesting conflict, and so on. Should be a quick read. For deeper stuff, check out The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, or The Dive At Clausen's Pier, by Ann Patchett.

Tekakwitha said...

I have no idea if you're interested in this sort of book, but I loved His Dark Materials (3 books) by Philip Pullman. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter books, these are ten times better, thought provoking and thrilling.

I can't recommend these books enough!

Good luck with the kids! :)

LJ said...

A subject comes to mind for books at the library but I won't say out of respect for you. But good grief that TCBYM...
You shouldn't be mowing the lawn, you just had a baby for crying out loud! And the noise wouldn't be good for the baby's ears I don't think.
I just want to kick HIS ass...
Big hugs Julia and hang in there...

art-sweet said...

I'm joining the legions of people who are virtually applying their feet to TCBIM's behind. For g-d's sake, you just gave birth!

Don't worry about not posting for our sakes - we'll still be here. For your own sake - the frustration factor sounds intense. Can you keep a pad tucked into the sling and scribble down notes so you don't forget them?

Big hugs to you and the kiddos

Anonymous said...

Hey, TCBJM: Get off your arse! When your couple weeks post partum wife is talking about mowing the grass because you won't do it, there's some priorities that need rethinking.

Book recommendation: The Time Traveler's Wife. Incredible read. Also, James Patterson stepped outside the box to write two deeper books that have nothing to do with the cat and mouse detective game. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and Sam's Letters to Jennifer, both by JP are pretty good books, too. Not fluff.

Andrea ( Here we go again with the Blogger comment problems.

Major Bedhead said...

Shannon - I read All Souls a few years ago. Good, but sad, book. I have Capote to watch on DVD so In Cold Blood would be a good choice.

Kevin - I've read 2 of the 3 - I loved The Curious Incident. I haven't read Timbuktu.

Lyrecha - thanks, I'll look at those. The Dive At Clausen's Pier has been recommended to me by a couple of people.

Tek - I've read the Pullman stuff, it's fantastic.

Andrea - I've read Time Traveller's Wife. Weird, but good. And I read Sam's Letters to Jennifer. I could not stand it. It was too predictable.

graymama said...

{{{{julia}}}} Hang in There!

Your strength and sass are definitely keeping you going. Hang on to them!

You could give TCBIM a message and handcuff him to the mower while he is sleeping.

I had a little notepad with me at all times during those first 3 months. Ariel Gore told me that 5 minutes of writing and creativity help a mama stay sane in the chaos. Even if you will never read the words again, it helps!

As for good "for fun books," Accordian Crimes by E. Annie Proulx and Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Minnesota Nice said...

--The Secret Life of Bees
--Confederacy of Dunces
--Running with Scissors

Anonymous said...

*Little Children* by Tom Perrotta. Hilarious read. The cover picture shows a close-up of a bright green lawn scattered with goldfish crackers. It deals with the banality of life in the suburbs with children & there is a twisted romance involved. Perrotta also wrote *Election* which was made into a movie with Reece Witherspoon and Mathew Broderick.
Sorry if you already know about/read all this.

OhTheJoys said...

My husband and I both just read, "The Birth of Venus" by Sarah Dunant. Neither one of us could bear to put it down.

Kelsey said...

I've got nothing but books about barrios, the Chicano Power Movement, urban planning and the like to recommend. But, I appreciate you asking for book recommendations, it's provided me ideas for when my thesis is done!

Is TCBIM really not reachable through reasoning?! What does TCBIM stand for again?

Anonymous said...

heh..your life doesn't sound all that different from mine. Except I never have time to read anymore. All the other commenters made book remarks and I'm all "What's a book?"

Cristina said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Ooh, I hope you get some time to yourself to pee. I seem to have time to pee, but haven't been able to pee alone in months. Who woulda thought that peeing would be such an indulgence?