(this post does not actually contain horror stories. on rare occasions i have been known to exaggerate just a little bit for the sake of drama.)
NESTING + MINIMALISM || Everyone watches my stringent purging/minimalist endeavours & says, "That's Jenny - she's nesting." This is...true-ish. My actual "nesting" urge did not kick in until about a week ago, when I looked at Wolfgang's room (filled, at the moment, with furniture we mean to dispose of), and felt that i MUST GET IT READY RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. It needs to be completely perfect + set up YESTERDAY. BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE THREENHALF MONTHS OF PREGNANCY LEFT.*
The rest of "everything that I am doing" is partly my frantic need to channel my creative energy SOMEwhere (since "Ethandune" was heretofore being so crotchety), but mostly I'm just really in love with clean, white spaces, minimal belongings, + a much simpler way of living with possessions. It makes me happy + I am pursuing that happiness with more energy than I actually have.
* this may seem excessive; it may seem like i have time. don't be fooled. those months go by like wildfire. ain't nobody got time.
THE LITTLE MANIFESTO || I meant to jot down a few thoughts on minimalism, but when I was done, I found I had written a full-on manifesto for the thing. I won't give you the whole thing here, just hit the highlights, because there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this idea, when the idea itself is really extremely helpful + healthy!
"Our culture is an affluent one; the thought of getting rid of so much material prosperity produces a feeling tantamount to nudity."
"We face the misconception that 'minimalism' is an austere life painted in white with modernist furniture that looks impossible to sit on. This is a misconception I aim to overthrow. Minimalism, regardless of any one person's tastes, colour ideals, or mode of living, is simply this: THAT YOU CHOOSE TO POPULATE YOUR LIFE WITH POSSESSIONS THAT YOU ACTUALLY, TRULY NEED +/OR TANGIBLY ENRICH YOUR SOUL."
" 'Minimalism' in its stereotypical sense is not for everyone; but everyone can benefit from a minimalist mindset."
"Once the needless, unused, ugly, unwanted articles among our possessions are rooted out, leaving behind those which service us + speak to our souls, we begin to see what kind of life we really want to have."
"This is the key: to persevere. At a point in the purge (different for everyone), the work of trimming the 'body fat' off your life reaches muscle, + begins to build. Once your life is a healthy weight, + you have reduced your possessions to what you really need + love, the energy transfers into a clearer vision of yourself, your tastes, your ideals, + how you want your life + home + work to be."
"THIS IS MINIMALISM IN ITS SIMPLE SENSE: TAKING BACK OUR LIVES FROM A SUFFOCATING CULTURE OF USELESS, INNUMERABLE POSSESSIONS."
(thank you for reading that :3 )
FILIGREE vs. WOLFGANG || I have had so many obstacles to get over/through/run down by this pregnancy which I did not have while carrying Filigree. There was absolutely no way I could have seen this coming + no I did not see it coming. I am in my second trimester, + already experiencing the fatigue, the weight, + twice the pelvic pain I had with Filigree. At roughly 25 weeks, I'm not quite the size I was full-term with Filigree, but I am registering more weight now with Wolfgang than I did full-term with my daughter. (My parents say every baby carries differently. My friend says I probably started with a higher muscle content with Wolfgang than I did with Filigree. I like that second one better. XD ) REGARDLESS, I am always just a few steps / one wrong twist away from crippling hip pain, if I haven't actually taken those steps / twisted wrong already. Eh, it's pregnancy! What can you say? It's never EASY. Yoikes.
(EPIDURAL FOR THE WIN || I read a quite
PET PEEVES INCLUDE || Elephants. I don't get elephants. Everywhere I look there are elephants on infant clothing + it fills me with an irrational loathing. Why elephants? What do elephants have to do with babies? It does not make any sense. I hate them. I have to hate something so it might as well be elephants.
Also, the notion that my ideals are going to give way because I'm going to have a boy. They tried that on me with Filigree, + I made adjustments, but no basically I'm just as rigid + perfectionist-driven as before, if not more so (see "minimalism"). People underestimate my ironclad quixotic personality + my overriding decisions guiding my children. I don't settle for mediocrity: I aim for perfection. Wheesht + let me do my thing.
Also, people who pick boring names. Names that are not "Filigree" or "Wolfgang." It makes me sad.
JENNY + JANE AUSTEN || I started reading "Sense & Sensibility." No promises. "Pride & Prejudice" is the only novel of Austen's that I've read multiple times; I've read "Emma" once + didn't make it through "Persuasion." No promises. But there it is.
I STILL LOVE WRAPPING PRESENTS BUT I AM DEAD || At a meagre five + 1/2 months, the simple act of wrapping a few gifts leaves me in staggering pain (* not an exaggeration), so I'm thinking I'll have to politely not offer my services this Christmas season. It's a sad truth. Carry on without me. It's been grand.
( + completely monochrome because i threw out all my garish coloured paper)
I'M GOING TO STOP THERE before I really do bore you to tears / the grave. There are probably other random aspects of my life to share, but since I can't recall them right now, they can't be that important. Thank you for sticking with me + caring to know what is happening to that Penslayer girl (because I would like to know too...??)
until next time,