I’m afraid that today has been “one of those days”. My darling children have tested my patience to the limit, and my husband is working late…or maybe he’s just hiding out at the office because he knows better than to return to the war zone while tempers are still high. So, I am recovering relaxing in front of Greys Anatomy with a glass of Merlot, and reminding myself that tomorrow is another day. And maybe tonight will be the night that Henry decides to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time. A girl can dream…
In lieu of a “proper” post, given that my brain is pretty much fried from the high-pitched audio attack it has endured today, I thought I would instead have a quick chat about the two highlights in an otherwise troublesome day (there is only so much of being screamed at you can take, before you really want to just scream right back!).
So, those lovely people at UPS visited The Dream House twice today – both with very exciting deliveries.
The first…my beautiful, amazing, sexy new Baby Jogger Fit. Yes, I just called a stroller “sexy”. But…oh, it’s a thing of beauty, this three-wheeled baby wagon:
I’m going to save the details on this wee pressie to myself for after I’ve had a chance to run with it, but for the half hour it took me to unpack it and put it together, it felt like Christmas! Friday morning is pre-school time for Evie, so Henry and I will be hitting the trails of Lake Sammamish to give the BJ a proper test run (oi, stop sniggering at the back!). Let Mission Fabulous re-commence – Momma’s getting her groove back!!!
The second delivery was a small, but very exciting envelope, containing this:
Ben Folds Five’s first album in 13 years. I’ve been following Ben Folds’ Tweets and Facebook updates on this project for months, and was starting to think they’d never actually finish it, but here it is. And it’s beautiful! Sorry, Evie, Baby Einstein’s Nursery Rhymes are going to have to wait, we’re listening to this in the car this month!
I’ve been a fan of BFF and Ben Folds as a solo artist since my brother introduced me to them one Christmas – he is keen on the “Let’s introduce l’il sis to some new music” surprise Christmas gift, and it usually works out pretty well. My big bruv has kindly shared the musical talents of Ben Folds, Kings of Leon and José González with me. In return, I’ve enriched his life with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Steel Panther and the Cat Empire. A fair exchange, I think you’ll agree.
Anyway, in lieu of a layman’s review of the album, which I could barely hear over the endless yelling and whining that was the soundtrack of my day today, I thought I would share some beautiful lyrics with you instead. Ben Folds will always hold a special place in my heart, because this song (admittedly Ben Folds solo work, rather than Ben Folds Five) was the First Dance at our wedding – “The Luckiest“. I can’t think of a better song to celebrate the fact that fate brought together two such kindred souls (even if that union did produce the two devil children that tore apart my house and my mind today!).
It’s an absolute bastard to dance to though – should’ve gone with ABBA!!
I don’t get many things right the first time
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls
Brought me here
And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday
And I know
That I am
What if I’d been born fifty years before you
In a house on a street where you lived?
Maybe I’d be outside as you passed on your bike
Would I know?
And in a white sea of eyes
I see one pair that I recognize
And I know
That I am
I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you
Next door there’s an old man who lived to his nineties
And one day passed away in his sleep
And his wife; she stayed for a couple of days
And passed away
I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong
That I know
That I am