Well, I’m rounding up…I’m at 16 weeks, due October 31. I had some more (minor) issues with infertility in conceiving this one, so happy it finally happened. Everyone is very excited.
madamwitty's Life List
1. be a good mother
2. live by my personal mission statement
3. simplify my household routines
4. improve my personal health and appearance
5. fix up my house
6. reduce my environmental footprint
7. Be a better Jew
8. give handmade gifts
9. be more charitable
10. spend more time with friends
11. Find meaningful and creative ways to develop professional excellence
12. Have a 3rd baby
For the past couple years I have convinced DH that we are well enough off to donate a decent chunk of money around holiday-time. Now that the precedent is set, it will probably be easier to keep going in future years. I say “easier” since I plan to cut back my work hours again at the beginning of next year…which means less disposable income. Plus, more babies = more expenses.
Sometimes when I look at this goal I berate myself a bit for spending money only and not time, like volunteering at the soup kitchen or something. Those are the people I really admire, the ones who put their time (the MOST valuable resource.) But then I rationalize:
1. Spending my time on work and then donating the proceeds probably provides more bang-for-the-buck for a charity than my time directly (in most cases), and I probably enjoy it more.
2. I DO give my time to help other people in the guise of the Parent’s Group I co-founded at work. I put a lot of time into that and I actually do think it helps improve quality of life for the members.
Being a rationalization, I think my arguments are completely valid and true :-) But it doesn’t mean I should aspire to be MORE charitable.
And I’m no closer to getting lessons. Guess this is no longer a priority. Maybe someday…?