Urban picnics, milestones, and a new theme

While the Real family was in Newport, I was dismayed to find out that the Grilled Cheese Truck was going to be stationed at Naimie’s, this beauty/wig shop within walking distance of our apartment. Grilled cheese…so close, but yet so far… How excited was I to discover that it was returning there today for lunch?  To be able to walk there and delude myself into thinking I would exercise off some of the cheesy goodness before I ate it – fabulous!  Maya and I took a walk over there and ordered some sammies, tots and drinks. Evan was going to come by himself, but as the line got exponentially longer the closer I got to ordering, I convinced him to let me order for him. As luck would have it, Evan arrived just as the food was coming up.  We decided we would go back to the car and eat as there was nowhere to really sit. We walked back down the street to the spot where Evan had parked and since there was a nice little grassy area on the sidewalk, I suggested we have a little picnic.  There happened to be a nice picnic blanket in the car so we laid it down, put the car seat on one corner and ate under a tree.  Despite Maya’s ill-timed blowout that came halfway thru my bag o’ tots, it was lovely. Midday picnic with the hubby and kid on a random grassy patch on Riverside… What a nice little treat!

In other news, I finally discovered a routine that makes my daughter laugh…apparently exaggerating the music on her playgym whilst making stupid faces and simultaneously moving her legs to the music is worth quite a few chuckles.  My little Maya is growing up so fast…she now is regularly turning on her side when on her back, she gave me this look today in the bath that made me think, “Oh, she’s not a newborn anymore, she’s really a baby now…a big girl with a personality…” totally bittersweet.

If you’re reading this, you’ll have noticed I changed the theme to my blog. I was getting tired of the old look, and thought I would try this one out…any thoughts? It’s called Bueno and I can change the color themes to match my mood. Or, my shoes.

P.S. Anyone watch Oprah’s show on Geneen Roth’s book, Women, Food and God? I was so disappointed.  I’m overweight because I like food.  A lot.  I rarely eat for “emotional” reasons ….and the 7 guidelines that are supposed to make me never have to diet again? Nothing new, and if it were that easy, I’m pretty sure there would be a lot less heavy people in this world. Blah.

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. First, I like the new theme….easier on the eyes…Second, as Maya outgrows the newborn-ness, don’t be sad, there are so many more wonderful times to come. and lastly, there are no wonder drugs, mind-sets, emotional or otherwise ways to get rid of the pounds…the only way is to cut down on what you eat and exercise….and I don’t know another way around it, or even a point at which I look in the mirror and say “you’re fat” and then do something about it…something happens in your head and you just do it…I just never know when it’s going to happen!

  2. Joy-

    She is growing every day… and it doesn’t stop! I wish there were times you could stop time and enjoy those special moments a little more, and fast forward through the not so pleasant! I also watched the Oprah episode and was disappointed. I have always had to watch my weight since jr. high, so I also can understand where you are coming from. I’m lucky to have met a man who loves and appreciates food! lol I can remember him telling me when we first started dating, “I’ve never dated a girl who liked food so much!” haha I agree that everything in moderation is key!

  3. Yeah, I am overweight because I like food way too much. Nothing but portion control and exercise helps that. Do I know when I should stop eating? Sure. But the food tastes so damn good. Screw psychology on this one, I’m with you!

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