Another change of season and time waits for no one.
A cute baby girl I once knew has now turned into a “horrible” teenager, according to her mother, and I have difficulty picturing the sweet girl acting up.
Change happens so subtly.
Today, I’m off work for one day, just to catch my breath and pamper myself doing some of my favorite things. It’s cold outside and, having woken up at 6 am as usual by the other members of our household, I’m too early. Nothing is open yet, so I’m stalling before leaving the warmth of my apartment.
Random thoughts are running through my mind… the editor in my head is on holiday today.
I read somewhere locally of a 30-something-hipster who was explaining the brand new idea of a staycation, a holiday in your home town. And I thought, first world issues: what’s new with staying at home on your holiday? Not everyone can afford to travel all the time. And a decade ago, not everyone even wanted to travel.
Travel has become the norm and not traveling a conscious choice.
I read about Instagram and possibly Facebook removing likes, which I like, considering how all this social media self-promoting must be affecting teenagers’ self image. It seems like a stressful way to grow up. But I hope commenting won’t be removed from WordPress.
At work, I got invited to an upcoming lecture on AI, and I usually never get invited to work events. I’m more than curious to know what it’s about, so I plan on going.
Talking about work, I’m starting to notice signs of ageism. It seems that, at 41, I am past my best before date on the job market. Never mind that I constantly update my skills and know more about digital content creation than my colleagues. I just have the wrong look, equalling zero credibility. My post-twins shape isn’t the right shape.
Which brings me to toddler fashion. I love dressing my boys in a cute way and, quite frankly, they are so cute that they would look adorable even if they were wearing plastic bags. I try to look for good deals that make economical sense and I buy large sizes that will fit as long as possible.
But I have noticed that 99% of the other other toddlers here (okay, I’m exaggerating, maybe 98%) are wearing local designer brands. Shirts that cost 49 eur, beanies that cost 39 eur, and pants that cost 77 eur. These trendy 2-3-year olds are sporting ensembles that cost way more than mine. You can tell they are one of these brands immediately by the prints. Some might’ve gotten them as gifts, hand-me-downs or from 2nd hand shops. But someone must be buying them new.
Does your town have a strong wave of toddler fashion, too?
If I won the lottery, I would:
- Buy a camera to replace the one I broke last year
- Write a book (and quit my day job, obviously)
- Keep blogging and maybe try self-hosting or learn to code
- Get fit, which means dealing with my split abs problem first
- See about moving somewhere warm with the boys, or at least get a second home for “staycations”
- Learn to cook
- Not have to stress about being able to provide for the boys, no matter how much beanies cost
- Volunteer for environmental work
Would you keep working at your current day job if you won the lottery? If asked, Finns seem to typically answer yes, and it seems mind-boggling to me. I would rather decide for myself what to do than be told.
Luckily, today I get to do just that – I’m off to explore my home town, see you later!