– Today was a clusterfuck. We experienced no less than four full-blown tantrums and while my head didn’t exactly hurt and I wasn’t exactly tired, my head felt like a balloon, ready to float away. It was rather strange. One tantrum was about her sandals being too far away for her to reach and while I don’t remember the specific causes of the others (or perhaps, I choose not to?), they mostly involved her wanting me to do something for her that she’s perfectly capable of doing. She generally didn’t seem too interested in doing very much today, except reading. She half-heartedly drew and played with Lego. I think she needs new toys, but I’m not really sure what toys a four-year-old plays with, beyond the ones she already has.
– I managed to convince Raspberry to put her hair up this morning. This, like having her hair all neat and combed, is a rarity. It lasted probably a half hour before she pulled the elastic out.
– Lucas went downstairs to see what was in our storage locker (the answer: boxes). He wore the clothes he used to wear when he was working construction — an ill-fitting pair of paint-splattered faded dad jeans and a plaid shirt that seemed too small. I couldn’t unsee it. Meanwhile, Raspberry was very disturbed by the way he was dressed too and refused to look at him, insisting that she’d prefer to look at him naked instead. We did a load of laundry, tossing in those clothes, because we’ve heard stories of bedbugs in this building and didn’t want to risk bringing anything nasty into our apartment. While the clothes hung in the bathroom to dry, Raspberry refused to be in the same vicinity as the jeans. It was bizarre and funny.
– My dSLR has been acting up for several days, with an “err 99” warning. I’ve gotten this error once before about two years ago, but it resolved itself without intervention. This time, it’s persisted and upon Googling, I’ve done what websites have suggested to help resolve the issue but it’s kept cropping up. Switching lenses seems to have helped, which leads me to believe that after four years and about 16,400 exposures, my 18-55mm kit lens is wobbling on its last leg. I’m not too concerned though, since I was going to get a new used lens to replace my old 28-80mm one. Moreover, I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with my dSLR so I’m more annoyed than anything (mostly because it’s currently my primary camera). I’ve been browsing eBay for the lens, which I can easily get at Henry’s, but can probably find for cheaper on eBay. Plus, I don’t have to pay tax.
– Lucas took Raspberry out to the back of the building to stomp in snow (and also so I could regain my sanity). I was originally going to take Raspberry to the post-office but she kept waffling and finally decided she’d rather stomp in snow. They were gone for a half-hour but it felt like a lot less. Doesn’t it always?
– The tantrums more or less abated by four o’clock and she was pretty pleasant. It’s always like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with her. We made a gigantic new batch of granola, some of which ended up on the floor when Raspberry wanted a turn at mixing it and I had to do a quick vacuum. As usual, Lucas cut up the vegetables for our Sunday night nachos and made Raspberry two quesidillas, instead of the usual one-and-a-half. While I put together the nachos, they read One Hen, a fantastic book about microloans in Africa as told through a boy’s foray into chicken farming in Ghana. We’d read it a few days ago and I was surprised Raspberry liked it (even though she picked it out herself — she was drawn to the hen). After her daily multi-dose of Clarice Bean, she went to bed at seven, because she clearly needed the extra sleep, and Lucas and I watched another episode of The Inbetweeners (so much second-hand embarrassment) as well the first episode of Portlandia (thank you, New Yorker article for convincing me to finally get around to watching it and also, thank you for making me believe that I should really live in Portland… ha!).
– I am so glad this day is practically over. Tomorrow is a brand new day.Advertisements