The highlight of my day yesterday was making it to the coffee shop and being able to sit down for 15 peaceful minutes to drink an iced mocha while Bean played with a new toy I'd bought for the occasion. (Total cost of peace was about $1.30 per minute, by the way--not something we can afford everyday.) This morning, I took a much-needed nap after Bean uncharacteristically woke 3 or 4 times last night. I slept til almost 11:00. Since I pick Sister up from school at 2:30, this leaves me a scant few hours today in which to get out of the house and feel like the day isn't a total waste. Not that spending time at home with my sweet baby is a total waste! I'm grateful and happy to do it. But sometimes my new stay-at-home life feels a little...maybe unchallenging intellectually?
Which is why I'm happy to say that as of next week I'll be enrolled in the Master Gardener program! For those of you who don't know, this is a national program administered through county extension offices, and in our particular county the program is 13 weeks of classes on botany, landscape plants, plant diseases, all that sort of stuff. To me the syllabus looks pretty challenging, and you do have to apply to particpate, so I don't think they accept just any ol' schmuck. I'm feeling both flattered that I've been accepted and excited that I'll be able to leave the house a few hours a week BABY-FREE, plus be learning more about one of my interests on top of that! It's not starting a moment to soon either, let me tell ya. Wish me luck, y'all!