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Disney Housewife gets a makeover!

Pic: My boy and his dog.

Quick post today, y’all!

You may have noticed that not only has the title and layout of the blog has changed, but also the web address!

Why The Merry Mousewife?

“Mouse” is for two things: it’s in honor of Mickey Mouse (or as my son likes to say, “Mi-Mouse!), still sounds like “housewife” (since that’s my primary job that I love), and also reminds me of the Churchmice from Robin Hood.  Much of my growing up years were spent at church as both parishioner and as a musician, including many Holy Weeks where I would be at church every day, often more than once! My faith is still important in my life today, and a huge part of who I am, and I wanted to find a way to honor that as well.

So there you have it: Mickey, being a housewife, and my faith all came together to form this revamped blog.  I think the change will help me open up a new world of writing for myself, and I hope you enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Days-My Own Challenge

My friends on Facebook are starting up with the “{insert number here} Days of Thankfulness.”  Which is nice.  It’s sweet.  It’s great to give thanks.

(Of course, a very, very few of these Thanks-giving Posters give thanks in November, but the rest of the year almost every post chews out a stranger or acquaintance for doing something they found inconvenient.   I think they remembered that Santa only starts watching people in November, and are working the elfish system.)

I digress.  I do like the idea of giving thanks for a month, just to get in the habit.  Kind of like giving something up for Lent to get in better spiritual habits, only this is to get into the habit of being thankful.  Because seriously, Americans celebrating Thanksgiving have a whole dam’ lot to be thankful for.

We’re not being bombed.

Our kids aren’t living in a war zone.

We’re allowed to worship who we want, how we want.  (Even if other people sometimes give us crap for it.  But that comes with the territory.)

There’s not a caste system here.

People get to pick their spouses.

People get to vote between crappy people to run the country.  (Maybe not a plus, but hey, it’s ‘Murican Freedum, right?)

So I figure, this November, I’ll hop on the Giving Thanks train.  I’ll even attempt to do it daily.  Starting today, so I’ll say two things I’m thankful for today, and keep doing one per day until Thanksgiving.

And I invite you to join me.  Be thankful for one thing every day.  You don’t have to post it on Facebook if you don’t want, though that and Twitter are both good options.  It doesn’t have to be a monologue.  I encourage you to not monologue unless you’re an amusing, accomplished writer. Be genuine, short, and sweet.

Write your thanks somewhere.  Thankful for a family member?  Write them a note to tell them.  One line can mean a lot.  Shout out on Facebook.  Tweet.  Comment on this post so I know someone actually reads this thing and likes this idea.

Here is what I’m thankful for, for yesterday and today.

November 1: I’m thankful for a husband who listens to me and advises me when I have bad days, and is encouraging when I can’t find a good moment.  

November 2: I’m thankful for a happy, healthy, little boy who is able to use his brain, body, and voice and curious about everything in his little world.  

And since you patiently read through a long-ish post for a very short list of two things, here’s a pic of our little family from last Thanksgiving.

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Our little turkey fell asleep after dinner.

Thanks for reading my blog!  It’s nice to have a place to jot my thoughts down.

I’m trying to come up with some new post topics, so if you have any ideas for me, whether it’s Disney, an every-day-life topic, or nerdy, or whatever, leave a note in the comments!  I love to hear what readers like!

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The baby is napping… Write, write!

I’m probably really only going to get a few minutes of typing time, since baby has already been out for about an hour.  (YAY BABY WEARING!)I wasn’t sure about continuing this blog after baby.  My recovery was much longer and more intense than anticipated. (Thanks, C-Section.  Maybe I’ll write about that someday, but not yet.)  Babies take up a LOT more time and attention than I expected, and apparently the scheduled-nap-time-thing doesn’t really kick in for another month or two, unless you’re fantastically lucky.  (My little one loves cat naps… huzzah.) Add in fully breastfeeding, watching our 50 lb pup who realized “Hey, I can jump the fence and go MEET the postman!” and trying to find a free ten minutes to shower… Let’s leave at that we have been lucky to have clean underpants in this house before I realize we’re out (or someone tells me “I ran out this morning!” when we’re about to go to bed… not that that ever happens).

But now, just in the past week or so, things have started calming down.  Around Christmas, which I find funny since that’s usually everyone’s craziest time, but not here.  It’s busy, but it’s happy.  I LOVE Christmas.  Decorating, baking, mailing out cards, buying/wrapping gifts, all of it has never felt like a chore to me.  I find so much joy in picking out things I know my loved ones might enjoy unwrapping on Christmas Day, imagining the smiles on their faces.  I love decorating, wrapping gifts, packing them up, picking out cute Christmas stamps for envelopes, picking out cards (I was nuts enough to hand-stamp mine this year… again, YAY BABY WEARING!!!)  And somehow with all of the Christmas bustle, everything in our house started to have a routine again.

It’s not solid, it’s not exactly the same everyday, but there is a hint of the same daily routine each day now.  It helps that baby is sleeping through the night now, but I think it’s also that amid all of the Christmas chores, a lot of the routine house-chores also got done.

We had to put up the Christmas tree, so the living room got cleaned both before and after that happened.

We had to figure out Christmas meals and treats to bake, so we got menus and grocery shopping done for several weeks at once.

Little things like that moved us along to get the daily-routine chores done, and once they were done one time, it was easier to get them done almost every day.  (Not every single day all the time… I mean, we have an infant, duh.)

So I started thinking about this blog again.  I hadn’t checked it in however old my kid is plus a few weeks, so at least three months.  And I wasn’t inclined to check it.

When lo and behold I saw on my iPhone… a WordPress notification.

“Honey, I have a WordPress thingy!” I exclaimed to my husband.  Then followed a quick conversation explaining to him that a thingy was a notification, which was notifying that I had *gasp* a comment.

It was on an older post, from (I think) before we moved across the country.  But it was a comment! And it was friendly, and fun, and let me know that, apparently, new people are somehow finding me.  Stats revealed that yup, I was getting a lot of views, daily, even though I was writing absolutely nothing.

So hubby and I had a little chat about the blog.  How I really enjoy writing, how I like tweaking the blog to be more user-friendly, finding topics to write about. I’ve decided that I’m going to keep the blog going.  Of course since there is an infant in the mix, it probably won’t be as regular as I’d like (though really, was it ever?)  But the blog lives on, probably with a lot more mommy-centric topics!

Read on, enjoy, know that long spans between posts doesn’t mean I’m gone, and please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see me tackle, Disney or not!