This week, we've been painting the would-be playroom. Or rather, the husband has been painting and I have been taping plastic to the floor and the walls. Mostly, I've been reading while he worked. We actually started doing this two weeks ago, intending to spend the new few weekends painting but the weekends have been busy for a month now so this entire week, the two of us would find ourselves in the basement getting ready to layer another coat of paint.
Last night, we finished all the painting that needed to be done and can finally start setting up the room. Good timing too, because during the upcoming weekend, our family will be coming over and will be with us for six months. Although they would love to help us, we wanted to finish setting up the playroom (the way we picture it) before they arrived.
We've chosen blue and green for the playroom colors. A few people have been asking why we didn't go with pink since that's the color for girls. Honestly, I hate pink. I am already prepping myself to be ready for those years when I'm going to be blinded by pink. But more than that, I really don't want to set up gender stereotypes in my house. I don't follow them, so I'd like my family and kid(s) to not follow them as well. I do want my girl to love being a girl and enjoy everything that comes from being a girl (dresses, princesses, dolls, make-up) but I don't want her to love dolls and princesses just because she IS a girl. Does that make sense? I'd like her to know that every option in this world is open to her and her being a girl doesn't change that.
Yesterday, while the husband was busy with his paint brush, I "rediscovered" a stack of comic books that my brother had left behind before he left for India last year. I had seen the stack while he was here, but I always thought that he had taken them with him. So I spent some time in the afternoon organizing them and stacking them in my bookshelves. It's always wonderful to discover books in your own house, especially in places you didn't know they were hiding in. It's like walking into a bookstore and discovering more "secret" places that the booksellers had stacked books in. You feel like you just won a few more minutes of browsing time just when you thought you were ready to leave.
While I probably won't get into the comics right away, I like that I'll have the option for when I'm on my maternity leave and possibly not looking for any mind-straining reads.
Last week, we ordered a bunch of items for our little peanut. Many of them arrived on Friday, and I was eagerly waiting for the mail guy to deliver them because I figured he was going to be cursing us for the multiple boxes he had to drop off at our doorstep. Luckily for him and us, many of the items were boxed together, thus reducing the total number of boxes. I would hate to have to drag them all inside in multiple trips.
How has your reading been going? Mine has slowed down to a trickle. I'm (still) reading The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows, which is super delightful and charming, but as with all charming books, I find it hard to want to go back and pick it. I guess a lack of suspense in the book would cause that - another reason I read very little cozy books. Plus, this one is 500 pages long - too long in my opinion for a cozy book.
I did finish Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In last night and loved every page of it. I realized that I've fallen into every trap she has mentioned in the book and it feels good to be able to identify them and "unfall" myself. As I said last week, if most of your colleagues are male and/or you work in company where there are promotions and raises involved and/or you feel there is gender bias (usually very subtle or silent thanks to discrimination laws), then this book is for you. I loved Sandberg's approach in this book too - I would happily recommend any man to read this book as well - there are no fingers being pointed and she establishes that there are mistakes made by both genders that have resulted in all the gender imbalance in this world - a position I have always maintained. I'll talk more about this when I review this book.
Today, we'll be doing some shopping, getting the basement ready for habitation (especially since the would-be playroom was actually our gym room and we had moved all our equipment to the other rooms in the basement), and maybe some relaxing, which is long overdue now. What plans do you have today?