Today an old man at the grocery store was solidly convinced Raven was a boy “because she’s dressed in blue” despite the woman he was with trying to point out the white hairbow and the fact that the blue outfit was actually a dress with polka dots. I still don’t think he was fully convinced, but I sure got a good laugh out of it.

Today I made a potato salad to bring to my family’s 24th of July barbecue going on tomorrow. Even though I’ve tried scads of potato salads, I’ll always favor my mom’s simple version–no vinegar (just Miracle Whip) mixed with Russet potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, celery, green onions, and a whole lot of salt, pepper, celery salt, onion powder, and paprika. Oh, and some radishes thrown in for color, when I can find them at the store (which today I could not).

Today Raven has been babbling almost nonstop. It started at 6:30 this morning and has continued pretty much every waking hour since, accompanied by lots and lots of bubble blowing. I think she’s trying to tell me she’s excited about all the laundry I finally got done today (which is now divvied out haphazardly in four separate baskets, calling out for us to fold them instead of leaving them by the front door, for goodness sake).

Today I will be going on my second postpartum run as soon as Raven goes down for the night. My body’s been feeling good all day, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to pump out at least two miles. Wish me luck.

Today I am on page 444 (out of 771) of The Goldfinch, and I’m telling you, man—this book gets in your HEAD. I thought it would take me several weeks to finish, but I am sailing through the pages like I don’t have a baby who still likes to eat every 90 minutes and a whole front room full of laundry. I love it when I find books that do that.

Today I got no fewer than EIGHT free jars of baby food thanks to some coupons my sister sent me from the Sunday paper. It made me reminisce back to my hardcore couponing days and *almost* tempted me to want to pick up on the habit again. But for now, I’m happy enough taking advantage of the digital coupons offered by Smith’s and the extra diaper and baby food coupons my sister and mom occasionally throw my way. (I will say this though—even though Raven is growing up alarmingly fast, I am excited to watch her eat baby food in a couple more months—it’s going to be hilarious.)

Today I took a break from loading all our music onto iTunes, which I did for perhaps 8 hours yesterday. Can you believe I’ve never had an iTunes account before this? I was wanting to (finally) put some new music on the iPod I acquired from a friend for extra running motivation, so I figured I’d better get with the times. Welcome to the 21st century, me.

Today was a pretty typical summer day for me, which makes me feel both happy and sad at the same time. I’ve genuinely grown to love these stay-at-home days of summer, and I’m kinda sorta dreading having to go back to teaching in just over a month. But it’s just for another year, I tell myself…I can do just about anything for 9 months…(pregnancy taught me that!)…but it sure is going to be hard to say goodbye to days like


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