what I learned this week: anarchists, cherry blossoms and Kim’s a badass

by Janelle Hanchett

1.       Anarchists hold book fairs. In Golden Gate Park. I saw one. And here I thought they just spent all their time writing angry words with Sharpies on pieces of white cloth and pinning them to leather jackets.

2.       Apparently I don’t know how to make WordPress automatically publish posts. That’s why there was no “Circle Time” yesterday. Though I’m sure you’ll all pull through this one, it is a little annoying, cause I had a great song picked out. Whatevs.

3.       People should not say “whatevs.” It is a really stupid word. And yet, I kinda dig it.

4.       This week sucked. Everything pissed me off or made me sad and I had a bad attitude and short temper and what I need is for somebody to take over my life for just a few days, so I can collect myself and come back when I’m refreshed.

5.       I think I just miss my little girl.

6.       And shit, I really do miss my little girl. Twelve more days.

7.       This week didn’t totally suck, because I had lunch with Kim, who writes this blog and is absolutely marvelous  – both via writing (check out that blog!) and in person. I’m hoping she will become my new BFF and possibly run off with me if the whole hetero thing doesn’t work out. We discussed that and she’s in, which makes me feel better. One must have a solid back-up plan.

8.       My son has been begging to go to the Japanese Tea Garden again in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. He likes having tea overlooking the pond. He told me that specifically. So we finally took him yesterday and the cherry blossoms happened to be blooming – they  were in the trees and floating on the ponds – and there was this breeze shaking everything just a little, scattering the blossoms around in perfect disarray and turning the whole garden into a place so lovely it was almost surreal. Georgia felt it, and was actually giggling at the cherry blossoms above her. Rocket spent a lot of time gazing into ponds and swirling his finger in the water. He was quiet and contemplative and stomped along the paths with a deep happy grin, looking for “that giant Buddha” and I felt a deliriously sweet peace there and I realized kids don’t need amusement parks.

9.       Speaking of amusement parks, we’re going to one next weekend. (Okay seriously, do I have multiple personality disorder?).  We’re going to Santa Cruz, where we will sit on the beach and ride the Big Dipper and walk along the wharf and maybe see the big redwoods. (I can’t get somebody to take over my life for me, but I sure as hell can ignore it for a few days.)

10.   If one more kid falls on the floor in hysterics over their Wii experience, I’m breaking that stupid mind-numbing machine with a rolling pin. Or any other large object. The specific breaking device is unimportant.

11.   Chinatown smells like urine but the food is so fucking good.

12.   Skype is awesome…when it works. But since it pretty much never works, it’s mainly just irritating.

13.   I’ll get through this week. Oh wait. I already have. Word.

8 Comments | Posted in weeks of mayhem | April 10, 2011
  • christal

    Just wanted to say that so far (I’m a new follower) I LOVE your blog. You say everything I’m dying to say (I’ve made a change to only say nice things – it’s harder than it seems! but I may fall off the Happy Wagon soon.)

    So, I love it.

    Hmm… I might have to change my blog name to the Happy Wagon, that’s a good one!

    • renegademama

      welcome! and thank you! The Happy Wagon…awesome. Saying only nice things? That is super noble of you. Once I gave up the “F word” for lent. I think I made it. Well at least I tried. but I’m not Catholic so I should be okay… (smile)…anyway, cheers!

  • Tracey

    Love your blog! I’m giving you a Versatile Blogger Award. Please check out my blog to find out more about the award and pass it on to other new bloggers. http://dontmesswithmama.com/2011/04/11/versatile-blogger-award/

    • renegademama

      Thank you so much for the award! I’m honored that you chose me and really glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’m about to check yours out. Thanks again, so much! I really appreciate it. I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so the encouragement means A LOT to me.

      All best, Janelle.

  • Rebekah C

    Wow, I wish we had a garden like that around here! Gorgeous!

  • Kimberly

    Must you tease me with pictures of your happy Georgia? Really?

    TOTALLY in for the back up plan. Loved meeting you. Seriously. I’m thinking about taking the gaggle this Wednesday, but I’ll have to see…I’ll let you know.

    I like to type whatEVAH. And whatev. Haven’t tried whatevs.

    I will not go to Chinatown. Gives me the creeps. And now that I know about the whole urine stench, well, that just sealed the deal.

  • Shan

    1. My husband self-identifies as an anarchist, “but not an angry one.” I think that means no safety pins.

    2. I have the same internal argument. It sounds better when I think it than it does when other people say it.

    4. This was me on Saturday. In the midst of preparing for my three year old’s birthday party. I said fuck about forty different ways and then my period started. Therefore, number 8 is particularly appealing.

    5, 6, 13. You are an awesome mama.

  • Jess

    Kim is marvelous. I heart her. I will share her with you. Except, well, I’m on the East Coast, so I don’t really get her all that often, dammit.

    My kids can make a game out of qtips and paper bags, yet the Wii? Will turn them into raving lunatics of epic proportions. And I won’t even get into the look that glazes my husband’s eyes after an hour of playing. I would like to drop kick it. Hard.