My non-mom life

January 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Lest you think my whole life has been sucked into stay-at-home-momdom, I have had a surprising amount of free time to watch TV and read. Thanks to the DVR (blessed contraption!), I can catch up on all my shows after Liam goes to bed. And I can usually get in at least a good chapter or two in whatever book I’m reading at the moment. I’m certainly not as speedy as I used to be (especially in NYC when I was reading on the train and at lunch, about 3 hours a day!), but it’s better than I expected.

Right now I’m reading Richard Dawkin’s atheist manifesto The God Delusion. For as long as I can remember I’ve teetered along the edge of agnostic and athiest, but I’ve never been able to adaquately argue why I feel that way. I’ve just always felt in my gut that I don’t believe — which sounds a lot like the reason some people give for being religious! Dawkins is a bit harsher than I would ever be, but he does make the point that most of us feel like we need to tip toe around religion so as not to offend, and I definitely agree with that. I do it out of politeness — I like my religious friends, I respect their points of view, and I don’t want to get into an impassioned debate that might turn ugly. But I did have some wonderful religious conversations with my friend Lisa last week, which prompted me to dust off this book and finally dive in.

As for TV, I’m loving the new show Modern Family on ABC. Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Chuck are also on my comedy favs list. James and I have been watching more TV together — along with those three, we watch House, Bones, and Castle. The DVR goes into overdrive on Thursdays, much to James’s chagrin, since it’s almost entirely shows he doesn’t like — Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, The Office, 30 Rock, and Project Runway. I’m excited for Lost to come back in February — last season, wow!! — and Burn Notice is returning this week, yay! Finally, I’m finishing up Joss Whedon’s disappointing Dollhouse, a cool idea that I’m convinced flopped because of Eliza Dushku. Better luck next time, Joss! Firefly rules!

Besides books and TV, I’m also doing my pilates routine ever morning (my abs have become embarrassingly flabby), and I’m doing yoga once a week at Blue Heron. The weather’s been nice lately, so Liam and I have been going on lots of walks. I think he missed the swings. And I’ve spent most of this week on fruitless hold with the KS unemployment office. I haven’t received a payment for two weeks, and I’m beginning to think a lot of people didn’t get theirs, either. The line is either busy, or after going through 20 minutes on hold, it hangs up on me. As far as I can tell I should be getting this week’s installment…but we may come up short this month if it doesn’t go through soon. I’m paranoid they’re going to cut me off completely. Hence the constant redialing. Sigh.

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