#MicroblogMondays: The GREAT Grandma edition

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Hopefully I will get around to writing more about our time in Indiana. But in case I don’t… My last living grandparent is turning 80 next month.  We wanted to have a big surprise birthday bash for her, and my mom and aunt were nice enough to plan it for a few weeks early when I was already in town. Rob flew in for the long weekend too.

IMG_5170About 75 people showed up to celebrate Mom-Mom, Mom, Flo Ann. Three of her four living siblings made it and most of my grandpa’s living siblings. And so many nieces and nephews (my mom’s cousins). I was close to all of my grandparents growing up and was lucky to have all four until my senior year in high school. Simon got to meet my Grandma, but Mom-mom is the only grandparent to meet Caleb and my nephew and niece.

IMG_5153It’s a special thing to have a great-grandparent (I remember mine) and I’m so glad to have these memories and pictures.

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#MicroblogMondays – Culture Shock

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I am currently sitting in my Aunt’s kitchen in Indiana, in the town I grew up in. I dropped the kids at my moms house (a couple hours away) and am spending the next three weeks collecting my dissertation data.

Being back here has been interesting. I have been preparing myself to drive everywhere – hello extra podcasts, and have been a bit concerned about the social isolation – but I am here to work. What I was not prepared for is how overwhelming it is to go into a superstore. They are just…SO. BIG. Usually when I visit we’ll run to Gymboree or the Gap and maybe Target (the normal sized one by moms house) and that’s it. This trip I ended up in a Super Target…Twice. And then today was in Super Wal.Mart. It was a lot. I know this has to sound funny since I live in the BIGGEST CITY, but something about the stores that have everything seems too much for my senses.

A flip side of this, when I first moved to NYC 10 years ago, I needed to buy light bulbs. I remember being at a complete loss as to where to buy them, because at home, you go to Wal.Mart for everything. If you are wondering, I was sent to the local hardware store.

It is going to be interesting being here for so long.

PS. I just remembered I wrote something similar, and when I went to link it – a #microblog post from almost exactly a year ago.

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Caleb’s trip

At 16 months Caleb got his first week at grandmas. Simon was 23 months when he did this the first time. It was a little hard for me because I’ve really never left him, two overnights and that’s it. We traveled more with Simon so he had a few more 1-2 night stints before the big week. I have to say he did great. We flew in Saturday night to give us all of Sunday and Monday to transition. Caleb and I got to shop with Aunt Em, visit Uncle Clint in Madison, see Mom-mom and Katie and Cy. Lots of family fun and the cousins are finally big enough to play together. Cy is almost exactly one year older than Caleb.

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Then I started work and Mom took Caleb on a visit to grandma’s house. I don’t think he missed me either. As the second child it isn’t often he gets to do whatever he wants, when ever he wants, and for as long as he wants. Friday’s visit definitely took a few minutes for him to warm up to me. These are the pics I was sent each day. That definitely helped me stay focused.

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I nursed him a few times on our short visit, but I didn’t have to pump on the 3.5 days and 2.5 days away. I think we’ve entered the active weaning process. It is really nice though to know we can be apart and both of us are fine.

#microblogmondays – Car Culture

We spent last week in Indiana with my family for Christmas. It was a great trip that will be blogged about with lots (and lots and lots) of pictures eventually. But what really struck me is how little I walked. Granted I do look at camping at my Mom’s house kind of like laying on the beach for a week (the resting part – there is no beach, there is a fire place) so I’m not trying to move much. But we are also driving everywhere. To Target or the grocery or the restaurant or someone’s house, you get the picture. Some of these trips are about a mile. Over the course of the week I averaged 3 – 5K in my daily step count. Even my highest day, when we went for a walk I was just under 6,000 steps.

Monday, our first “real” day home I got 16,957 steps. This was a family outing to finally see the tree at Rockerfeller Center and get some hot chocolate and then Rob and I went on a date. A pretty typical non-work day. I walk A LOT more when I have to.