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Last week Things finally got to some semblance of a routine this week and I've been finally feeling better and in charge of my emotional faculties. I've taken over one of the upstairs bedrooms and set it up as my office-cum-homeschool room. In other words, the room is a big mess, but both my daughter and I are able to navigate the room fine as everything in the room has a meaning in our own brains. We're both very organized that way. I've been using a sit-stand desk for my work laptop and I'm a little glad that I got to try this system finally. When I'm not working, I'm helping the girl with her letters, numbers, or fun activities. Trust me, this is difficult but we worked through the system this week, and think we have it under control. My father-in-law watches my son during the day as the little ma…

The Sunday Salon: Ugh, these hormones!

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Good morning fellow readers! I hope the weather is pleasant wherever you are because we have another week of sub-zero temperatures and nasty winds beleaguering us this week. I am so ready for the winter to be over. Being pregnant during winter is so not fun - my jackets don't button anymore, and wearing layers isn't easy.

The famous hormones finally claimed me about two weeks ago. I now get teary at the smallest matters, and annoyed at anything not going my way or anyone annoying me. It's funny when I think about it in retrospect. Last week, it was because my French Toast got ruined. It wasn't even that big a deal. We have plenty of food accidents around here and they rarely ever bother us, but this time, I just wanted to cry. The husband, quite diplomatically, managed to keep a straight face and even offered to buy it for me from a restaurant. But the instant I began to feel better, he promptly burst out laughing. I had quite a laugh out of it later, but I promise, it felt like the most drastic problem in the world at the time.

I can be very academic about my experiences, meaning I tend to over-analyze everything, google a lot, do plenty of research on why I feel something. (My husband likes to say that all that research invents my symptoms, and not the other way round. I just give him the look.) But all these excess emotions is truly weird for me, and has sent my brain wires trying to understand why I have to cry or complain.

Hope you all had a good Valentine's Day (if you celebrate it). We don't really do anything special for the day, but we do use the day as an excuse to eat some cake.

This week, I didn't read quite as much as I wanted to. I'm usually beat most evenings and can barely lift a book, much less read one. I'm hoping to invest in some short or fast reads, like comics, short stories, essays, or even middle-grade books (which are my secret guilt pleasures). Maybe those will see me through the week.

Today, the husband and I are driving to Raleigh to visit our friends and their adorable little almost-one year old - man, time sure flies so fast! I'm planning to read Anatomy of a Disappearance during the drive and hopefully finish it as well.

How is your Sunday going?

Comments

bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
Menopause has done the same thing with my hormones - at least we can laugh about it later.
Well, I don't have hormones, but I do tend to overanalyze things so to that I can relate. I want to know why things work or don't work the way they do or don't too.


Sunday so far is going well. Reading Sunday Salon posts as always and hopefully a little reading this afternoon. Not going anywhere here because we're having subzero temperatures and wind chills. Don't have to go anywhere until tomorrow afternoon.
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
I remember the crazy hormones, just one of the fun parts of being pregnant!
Have fun visiting your friends :)
Kay said…
I was about to say the same thing as Kathy - menopause will do the same. Bet you're happy to know that. LOL
I do remember being pregnant though and the rampant ups and downs. I cried over everything. And if I saw a Hallmark commercial, it was just a snot fest. :-)
Anonymous said…
I'm sure your reading list/book stand is already packed but here is a suggestion related to pregnany: "Do Chocolate Lovers have Sweeter Babies?: the surprising science of pregnancy by Jena Pincott. Congrats once again and God speed in the coming months.
Diane D said…
You will certainly laugh about this when you hold your tiny bundle and think back on your pregnancy:) enjoy even the hormone changes
iliana said…
Never had kids so I can't relate but I'm concerned about Kay's & Kathy's' comments about menopause! haha... Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend visiting with your friends.
Any day that can be used as an excuse for cake is a great day :) I'm glad you had a great Valentine's day. And I've heard many who were pregnant (or at home) take advantage of audiobooks this time in their lives. I guess it makes sense, especially if you are too tired to keep your eyes open while reading.
AnneBennett said…
I'm hoping the weather turns nice for you folks on the East Coast. We are having very mild weather, no snow at all even in the mountains out West. I hear you about the hormones. I had to dig around in my overnight case to see if I could find a hormone patch sense I was waking up with night sweats. No fun.
Belle Wong said…
I remember those pregnancy hormones so well! I much preferred being pregnant in the winter, though, to the other seasons because I was always so hot. I need to catch up on the middle grade books in my TBR too. And I hope you enjoyed the cake!
Ti Reed said…
I don't remember hormone episodes with my two pregnancies but I'm sure my husband remembers.
Athira / Aths said…
Ah that is another one to look forward to! Yeah, thank goodness it's all funny in retrospect.
Athira / Aths said…
I hate how this week is so so cold. We got a wonderful snow storm (our first of the season), and I got to work from home, so no complaints about that. But otherwise, it would be nice to see some sun.
Athira / Aths said…
Yes, these hormones are just so crazy, aren't they?
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, menopause is now just one more thing to look forward to. LOL! Who knew hormones can make you feel so crazy!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! I'm glad that it is all worth it at the end. :-)
Athira / Aths said…
I know, right? Now we get to look forward to menopause as well.
Athira / Aths said…
Audiobooks certainly help! I am right now spending my evenings watching FRIENDS, but once that ends, I am hoping to do some audiobook listening.
Athira / Aths said…
Yep, that's no fun at all. I don't mind the funnier side of these hormones, but some other effects aren't great at all.
Athira / Aths said…
The cake was yum! Once summer comes along, I wonder if I will feel differently about being pregnant in summer. Oh well, we'll see. I just hope our summer doesn't get too drastic this year.
Athira / Aths said…
Haha! You're right - my husband will probably remember them clearly too and may even take the opportunity to tease me often.
literaryfeline said…
I wish I could send you some of my warmer weather.


I tend to over-analyze too. It's both a help and a hindrance, isn't it? I remember some of the feelings I had during my pregnancy--little things would set me off crying and then I would burst out laughing about it at the same time because I knew it was so silly to be crying over such trivial things. My husband thought it was the funniest thing.


I hope you have a great week!
Grace said…
Sorry about the hormones and the weather (both will pass eventually!).
May I suggest Richard Peck's A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from
Chicago for some amusing, well-written, quick reading? They're written
for middle-schoolers but adults will definitely enjoy them. Although
tied together in a story arch, each chapter in the books is a
stand-alone short story.
Athira / Aths said…
At least the husbands get a kick out of our swirling hormones! Mine doesn't stop to remind me how ridiculous I was lol.
Athira / Aths said…
Both books sound great to me! And I love reading middle-grade book. Thanks for the recommendation! :-)

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