January 1st, 2012


new year's day in springfield - 2012

Ever since I was a little kid I've always been the first person awake at sleepover parties. It's a curse! I just don't sleep in. So good morning everyone, and happy new year.

Today I'm in springfield, missouri at my former roommate's house. Yup, she skipped town too. In the same year ms A did! Luckily she only moved four hours away, not ten hours, so we decided to visit. It was a nice drive out, Josie was really good. Yesterday we went to the springfield discovery center because, you know, any town we're in we have to hit the science museums. Marc had been there before, he took Josie here in October or something when I had that dream-of-a-weekend to myself. We ate lunch at the purple burrito and that was really tasty.

I was talking to this girl a few weeks ago who's 23 or something and living with her best friend and they HATE each other now, and I was assuring her that most friendly relationships survive roommate-dom. I mean, P & I always got along okay but towards the end of '06 we both knew I needed a new place to live. Freaking sick of each other would be a better word for that situation. But after a few months of "no we will not call them to go out to dinner" we got back to being friends, and I really missed her when they moved, and it's been a really nice weekend in their new house. Her house is way cleaner than mine ever will be, she has a lovely guest room and the Christmas decorations are still up and her dog is so calm and well behaved (again, unlike mine).

Her little baby is a four-year-old now. It's sort of like a glimpse of my future. This child has a lot to say. It's been funny watching her play with Josie because she assumes Josie can talk, and just maintains totally normal conversations, and Josie's actually doing pretty well following alone and responding with her "Nome. Dah. Der?" Josie's talking is happening very slowly.

Josie loved the new year's eve party with a ton of people, she was showing off and being adorable and we let her drink water out of a plastic champagne glass at midnight and she LOVED carrying it around and giving everyone "cheers". Oh yeah, she was going strong at midnight. That's my crazy kid.

You know what's sad about little kids though? 2012 will be yet another year that she will not remember at all. This party, playing with her new friend, everything we did yesterday, anything we will do this year... it'll all help her be smarter I'm sure and play into some great mysterious game of brain development. That's it.

Best of Spacefem's Livejournal 2011

my friend litzner made a year end review post in his blog with a list of what entries he thought were his best ones. It got me inspired to do something similar, but wasn't sure how to judge that sort of thing because you know, my whole blog is so awesome or something? And the "most commented" entries didn't really feel like they cut it because this year anything with more than 30 comments usually consisted of at least one big crazy two-person debate gone wrong.

So finally I let Google do my deciding, I just did a basic "site:spacefem.livejournal.com" search to see what it'd come up with first. And then I personally threw out any entry I didn't really love as much. What I have left with is this. Yesterday I posted about things I did this year but this is different, it's a list of what I thought this past year.

Best of Spacefem's Livejournal 2011

1. Scientists aren't scary Even though I love the natural birth movement, I take it very personally when people don't trust scientists and doctors.

2. HTML hexadecimal colors that are also English words For example, "decade" is a nice grayish-purple.

3. Sexism for Toddlers Where I find blatant awful agenda of "math is for boys" in one of Josie's picture books. 2012 resolution: carry out plans to complain to the publisher.

4. Cows that make human milk? Science news that prompted me to write down other ideas we could do to get more human milk in babies.

5. How to fold a six-pointed snowflake I'm serious people. Scientifically inaccurate snowflakes are really unacceptable.

6. Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety [Warner] Best, most informative book I read all year. It's about why motherhood cannot be "every woman for herself", and the consequences of a winner-take-all society.

7. Pregnant in America: a documentary I will not recommend I had my fabulous natural birth at a hospital that was in the crosshairs of this fear-mongering documentary, and lived to tell the tale.

8. Paternity leave is a feminist issue Who's idea is it to leave a woman home alone with a seven-day-old when she's recovering from something like childbirth? Why a week is not enough for new dads.

9. being a mom & an engineer: my new talking points If you want to have a baby, is engineering a good field for you? Better than most, I say.

10. Dear Obama: please stop picking on aviation? I like our president, but he throws my industry under the bus disproportionately and it frustrates me.