All over the place

washington state license
Originally uploaded by telfandrea.

And that, my friends, pretty much sums up my current state. I think caring for a 2-year-old has totally rubbed off on me and my attention span is probably not as good as Cate's.

Yesterday Telfer got home way earlier than I expected. The trail of "projects" and groceries and packages began in the kitchen and continued unabated through the dining room and finally ended where I sat on the couch, holding Jane and reading the first Harry Potter. Whoops! On Monday I realized there is seven weeks until Christmas, and isn't that a sign that I should read one Harry Potter a week until Christmas Eve? Never mind that I am reading like 10 other books and cooking up a storm and you know I have two children and a dog?

You can see what I am reading on the right but I did read the latest YA trilogy that is all the rage and enjoyed them. I am such a sucker but thought they were really well plotted and exactly what I needed at this moment in my life. I made America's Test Kitchen French Onion Soup. Yum-O. A couple of Saturday ago I made muffins, banana bread, the aforesaid soup (so complicated), roasted several batches of squash, and a pear-cranberry crisp all with the baby in the sling and Cate underfoot. A little manic but so fun!

What else am I doing? To add insult to injury, my California driver's license expired while I was in the hospital so to get my Washington driver's license I had to take both the WRITTEN and the actual DRIVING TEST. So basically I drove around Olympia getting lost for two months with an expired license. Through only divine intervention did I not get pulled over. So STRESSFUL. Not only did I feel 16 again but I managed to turn on my windshield wipers instead of the blinkers when my examiner was standing in front of the car. And then I seriously cannot back around a corner to save my life. Telfer managed to teach me how to parallel park moments before my test began and somehow I got a 92%. I think my examiner felt sorry for me – a 32-year-old woman with two empty carseats who can't back around a corner. The picture above is me holding my new, hard-won license at our celebratory lunch at Red Robin (thanks Missy & Jason!). I think I deserved a hamburger.

Published by Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother to two tweens and the cutest labradoodle in the world.

7 thoughts on “All over the place

  1. Why on earth does anyone ever need to BACK around a corner? By the way, I envy your ability to multitask w/ cooking, a baby in a sling and a 2 year old at your feet. I often try to the same sort of thing…but inevitably wind up very grumpy as a result!! Would love to see you soon. Maybe I can talk Jeff into a little family road trip.


  2. recently read that people with ADD are better at learning languages. and a short attention span is supposed to be one reason kids are good with languages. soooo this is your perfect opportunity.


  3. I totally agree with Bekah… why in the world would anyone need to back around a corner! If you did, you’d get a ticket… and isn’t that why we take drivers tests? to avoid tickets? Who says it needs to make sense!


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