Guess who else I hate? June 15, 2011
I had this grand idea of journaling during this pregnancy business to help me remember the different things I’d go through/feel/wonder about. I can’t imagine why I thought that would work, since I’ve only written for this site about three times all year. But still. Good intentions.
I wanted to find something with prompts that would help me decide what to write about. BIG PROBLEM – pregnancy journals are lame. (Maybe you had an awesome journal when you were pregnant and you filled it with butterflies and rainbows and food cravings.) I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t cheesy and emotional and oh-what-a-beautiful-experience-y.
So I started looking for prompted journals of any kind. I wanted to make lists, draw pictures, answer questions, that kind of thing. I found something called The Happy Book and decided to use it as a journal of my life over these months – not necessarily pregnancy specific, just a reminder of what was going on and how I was feeling.
It’s a pretty great book, actually. It asks questions about the games you made up as a kid and the songs that make you happy and lines from movies that make you laugh. It’s really fun to work on – Aaron and I have been doing it together every few days, each of us writing in different things. (Under ‘words that make you laugh’, Aaron wrote ‘sonofabitch’. That’s kid-appropriate, right?)
One page asks you to list your favorite people in the whole world. After writing about various family members, friends, and twitter feeds, I started a sentence with, “You know who would definitely NOT be on that list…” which very quickly devolved into a game we have since titled “Guess Who Else I Hate?” It’s like a 20 Questions of annoying people from our lives.
IT RULES. I realize that it goes against everything that The Happy Book stands for, but MAN it is fun to play. I’m not sure there’s much that’s more cathartic than talking about people who’ve pissed you off.
We are going to be great parents.