I hate the way a conversation will sometimes go…
Person: “Hi, how are you? What have you been up to?”
Me: “Hello! I’m good thank you. Not done anything super special, I’ve just been the usual busy busy busy. How are you?”.
Don’t get me wrong; I love saying hi and enjoy hearing their stories and experiences. I relish their anecdotes or fun places they’ve been. The stories keep me open to new experiences; keep me up to date on the occurrences in the life of those I love.
What I’ve realised though, is that I quite often expect the other person not to be interested in me and my world or what I’ve been up and I quite often don’t share. But here’s the thing… most people are genuinely interested in other people and by default, that means they are interested in what I have to say – it’s just taken me a while to realise it. Sure, the old “hi, how are you?” Or “hey, how’s it going” can be just a passing thing, but, more often than not, people want to know what others have been busy with.
In a concerted effort to be more present in conversations I have with friends / family / colleagues / acquaintances, I will genuinely try to bore you with the happenings of Theverymoodyhousehold.
I’m aware I’ve been pretty quiet on the (not very) old blog. So here goes:
I’m guessing you probably don’t want to know about Giggles Magoo and Little Mate having their 4 year and 1 year health check ups or that swimming lessons are going well; You may be a little more interested in outings to the beach with their beautiful cousin who was in town from Switzerland. Or, the fact that I’m finally going to learn how to ride a motorbike (one can’t really be married to a family who sells motorbikes, and not be able to ride one!) Or that Grimace and I finally got around to seeing some live music together again – my ears are still ringing from A Wilhelm Scream .
The last few weeks/months have been a very fun and busy time for Theverymoodyhousehold, making lots of forever memories. We’ve missed out on some social opportunities I dearly would have loved to get to, but coupling together the normal day-to-day boring things (intensity of workload for me due to an impending nation-wide event / household chores and boring mature person things like washing, meal planning ill-health etc etc), with some extraordinary ‘play time’ have meant that life is as chaotic as its ever been.
I previously mentioned that early May was like a new Christmas day for me… my two sisters and partners along with sister in law and niece all descended in Sydneytown on the same day. After months and months of time apart, we wanted to take advantage of the time they could dedicate to me and the boys…and didn’t we just! We had so much fun filling our spare time with adventures… think beach outings, wildlife park visiting, national park visiting, delicious bar and restaurant visiting, bike riding, city visiting, birthday parties etc etc. Maybe I should let some photos do the talking:
All in all, I feel incredibly lucky to have the family that I do (immediate and all the partners/ring-ins). I miss them all dearly when they’re not around. I had written a really long blog post waxing lyrically with the things I should have said to them as they left to go back to their respective lives, but technology worked against me and deleted the post… be aware siblings, feelings and mushy intent publicly coming your way soon!
I am looking forward to settling back into the normal routine Theverymoodyhousehold has (including go-slowday Wednesday), mostly as I don’t think my mind/body can keep up with the work:play ratio March/April/May threw our way. On Sunday night I had a little overwhelmed moment that included a lot of tears in the shower (obviously the best place for it), but after a few good night’s sleep, I feel a little more like life will one day slow down (or maybe I’ve just become a little comfortable with the chaos).
So, next time you ask me how I am, be prepared for a real answer 😃😃
Happy Tuesday xx
Ps. Music that got me home today… A Wilhelm Scream, Cerebral Ballzy, Turbogeist (thank you HBO for Vinyl), The Bouncing Souls and The Bronx.