Does that sound dramatic? I don’t think it is. Scarlet took a sick day which cramped my style, and every day something on my computer or a website I use broke. Luckily and amazingly, I was met with a really fast response and a fast fix each time it happened. So I’m counting those blessings. I’m focusing on that. People have been hearing me and getting my panicked late-night emails, and apparently I’m not the only one up late at night, but I’ve also been having trouble sleeping in the mornings.
I wake up this week with my heart beating fast, from whatever dream I’ve had or am still having. Too much on my mind – mostly good stuff. It will come out eventually, as it often does. For this week, though, I am drowning in photos which I feared would happen. I’m also drowning in blog posts and details and technical glitches and Scarlet’s school stuff and big party plans for this weekend, and wouldn’t you know, I was insane enough to take on three more work tasks for the next two weeks. And did I mention I’m shooting another wedding next week? I’m mildly freaking out, because there are still camera and lens details to work out. And I have to pull one kid out of school and drive two kids to New Jersey. It all seems rather large.
So after this heavy week, and before a crazy party weekend (my father-in-law’s 75th!) and then a super crazy next week, I teamed up with Bev of Linkouture to lighten it up. Remember Ask Away Friday?? I used to host it every Friday – teaming up with a partner, asking them ten questions (themed or anything under the sun), and answering their ten questions to me on my blog. Today my Des and Bev’s daughter, Eve, are asking and answering the questions! Ok, I lied. Bev wrote the questions for Des, and I wrote the questions for Eve. Bev actually took this picture of Eve on a day we all met in Boston at Legoland.
We really do hope to bring Ask Away Friday back and we will be thinking up ideas for it soon, so if you have any good ideas or want to host, or want to share anything at all about it, let me know! Now, Des has participated in Ask Away Friday before, but he was young and I did all the answers (I bet you believed it was him!!). He’s three now so I worked with him. He gave some answers. I’m going to publish his answers, but then put my own spin on things, because he’s three. And he walks away in the middle of conversations and says he has to poop and eats cookies and pushes his sister. He’s so three. And here we go:
1. We had a pretty cool trip to Legoland in Boston this summer. What are some of your favorite adventures you went on with your family this summer?
Des: “Maybe Kidcity.” Kidcity is this awesome children’s museum in Middletown, CT. It’s totally strange and wonderful and designed by engineers, and you never know what you’ll find. Like a fishery!
2. I’m just turning two this November and you already turned three, so you’ve got a good solid year on me. What tips do you have for really living two to its fullest?
Des: “Poop.” Sigh. Thanks, Des. I think Des would tell you to be totally charming, well-adjusted, mellow and helpful while you’re two. For ALL of it. Then on the exact day you turn three, you turn into a crazy kid. Keeps the parents on their toes.
3. I am really impressed with your ability to fall asleep in sorts of crazy positions. My mama will sometimes try to get me to nap with her on her couch but I just get all excited and wiggly. What’s your trick? And what’s the funniest position or place you have fallen asleep?
Des: “At Miriam’s house, I go to bed.” Yes, he’s right! Now that daycare is six hours, he takes a nap there! As for Des’ trick, it’s good genes. Contrary to the beginning of this post where I say this hasn’t been my best sleep week, I’ve always been a deep sleeper. I can sleep mostly anywhere and through any noises, and I can still twist myself into weird positions.
4. It’s so cool that you have a cat AND a dog! I think dogs are awesome, although I’m a little bit afraid of them when they come near me. And I love our cat Leo but for some reason he always runs away when I come near him. What do you like better, your cat and your dog? Does Dinah also run away from you?
Des: “Athena Weena.” Excellent answer again, buddy. Sigh. I don’t know which he likes better! Probably Athena? Although Dinah runs away from everyone but me, and sometimes she doesn’t run from Des. They do have a strange and adorable bond.
5. Your mama is such a talented photographer. What are some of your favorite photos she has taken of you?
That’s so nice! I don’t even think I’m going to try to answer for him. Well I tried to get an answer from him and he ran away from me. I think he always laughs when I show him this photo, which is not an artistic wonder by ANY means, but it’s fun:
6. I hear you like fart jokes. What’s your favorite?
Des: “Fart, fart, splat!” What’s amazing is that farts are a normal topic around here but I can’t think of one good fart joke he loves. He loves “farts on parade” and the ever-awesome “I fart in your general direction!”
7. While we’re talking about silly things, what things does your mama say and do that makes you laugh?
Des: “Tickles. Tickle scratches. Fart songs. Poop songs.” (I have nothing to add to this)
8. One day I hope I will be a big sister. What’s it like to be the younger brother? Any advice on what I should and shouldn’t do to my future younger sibling?
Des: “Felicia’s not a bad word.” No one said it is, buddy! Don’t take your sister’s stuffed turtle and try to rip its head off. Don’t run up to her, push her in the chest, and run away. Don’t splash water in her eye during baths. Don’t play with her LEGOs while she’s at school. Don’t say bad words. She doesn’t like bad words, and remember – Felicia’s not a bad word.
9. What are you looking forward to about this fall?
Des: “Halloween! Apples. Kidcity maybe. Fireworks? Nutcracker? Scarlet go to the Nutcracker? Where do I go?” (Where does anyone go?)
10. I hope my mama will take me to Northampton one day. What should we do when we go there?
Des: “Toys R Us and Chuck E. Cheese.” Sadly, both of those places are about 40 minutes away in Springfield, which is actually closer to you and your mama, Eve! But. We’re not doing those things! You have to come to our house first to see Han Solo and the TARDIS shed and Athena and rainbow sprinkles. And to play. Then we’ll walk around town and get great ice cream, and maybe cross the beautiful footbridge on the bike path. Come early or stay overnight, so we can get breakfast!