Saturday, February 14, 2009

Isn't February supposed to be dull?

Truly, it's been chaos around here for pretty much the entire month of February thus far with little chance of a change in the near future. We just got back from Okinawa and my sister-in-law arrived with her son (5 months older than Peanut). They stayed for one week and then departed a day and a half ago. This afternoon the 12 year-old daughter of a friend of ours (they live in the US) will be arriving for a one-week stay. I'm not interested in baby-sitting her, but hopefully she won't require much attention as she's a fairly mature girl for her age. She'll be gone for just about one week before sister-in-law returns with her family for the one-year anniversary celebration/memorial for grandmother. We've got our work cut out for us for sure.

I did manage to sneak off to see Mamma Mia! earlier this week with several other foreign wives here in Osaka and let me just say, it rocked my world. I enjoyed getting out with other ladies, going to the movies, reminiscing about ABBA and generally having a bouncy and happy good time. I loved Meryl Streep's character and how full of life she and her girlfriends were even in middle age. That's how cool I want to be when I get older. Sometimes it's easy for me to get caught up in being responsible because I'm someone's mother. But that can be incredibly weighty. What I really want is to balance that with being able to celebrate life all the time - dancing and singing and feeling young!


  1. Do it! I consider myself a good wife and mum but I still have my LNO, sunbake in my bikini on my deck, get silly drunk and stay out past my bedtime. I think it's doing all that that makes me a good wife/ mum a I have my release and never resent the drudgery of the everyday. ANd Meryl Streep rocks, doesn't she?

  2. *wince* I must admit, "Mamma Mia!" didn't do it for me, for some reason. And I love dancing and singing and ABBA and all those actors! Especially Colin Firth. It just didn't come together for me. But I agree with you on the message, we all need a release now and again. :)

  3. Yay Mamma Mia!

    You gotta have your own life a bit, yeah.

  4. thefukases- I love doing it all! Definitely think it makes me more well-rounded as a mama!

    CJ- As long as you love ABBA and singing and dancing that's all that matters ;)

  5. Repeat after me: Let go and release! So glad you had a fab time out, nothing beats good friends and good company and well.. ABBA!