Project 365: Week 3

by Wendy Copley on January 23, 2009

This was a very eventful week for me. Read on to the bottom to hear what happened.

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January 15, 2009: Brothers sitting on the couch together.

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January 16, 2009: I registered Wyatt for kindergarten on Friday. There were so many forms to fill out, it took me about 45 minutes.

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January 17, 2009: Mama and Augie. I love the look on Augie’s face here. I also like how the doorknob behind me looks like a giant diamond earring.

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January 18, 2009: Sunday we went to a birthday party for a preschool friend at the Y. I wish we’d had those parachutes to play with when I was a kid. I think Wyatt gets to play with them weekly now.

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January 19, 2009: Stupid drive-through Starbucks. It’s so easy to zip through and get something to drink when the baby has nodded off in the car. Before Christmas I was drinking a pumpkin spice latte almost every day. Now that we’re having a heat spell, I’ve been getting big honkin’ iced teas.

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January 20, 2009: We don’t have a TV, so we watched the inauguration on my laptop at the kitchen table while we ate breakfast and I put together lunches. It was such an exciting, historical moment. I kept getting teary-eyed.

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January 21, 2009: I got laid off. This was the third round of lay-offs in four months for my company and I was one of the unlucky ones this time around. I’d worked at Nolo for over six years — longer than I’ve ever worked at any job. I’m definitely sad to be leaving and I hope that things turn around for Nolo soon. The economy is just killing the book industry. I think I’m going to take a few weeks to look around at what jobs are out there and think about what I want to do next before I start sending out resumes. My dad suggested that I write a bento-themed mystery novel. Anyone else have some clever ideas for a new career for me?

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  • Auntie Sue

    Wendy, talk about your highs and lows. Loving brothers, big boy school, inauguration, parachutes, too many coffee choices, layoffs – – what a week. You need to put some of your bento pre-school nutrition into a parenting magazine article. Send some of that heat our way. We are heading into the deep freeze even as I write. Back below zero. I saw all the people in DC huddled in their coats, scarves and hats. I ran an errand on Wed and had my coat unzipped, no hat and no gloves. It was the same temp as DC. All in what you are used to. Hope the job scene picks up when you need it to.

  • Auntie Sue

    Wendy, talk about your highs and lows. Loving brothers, big boy school, inauguration, parachutes, too many coffee choices, layoffs – – what a week. You need to put some of your bento pre-school nutrition into a parenting magazine article. Send some of that heat our way. We are heading into the deep freeze even as I write. Back below zero. I saw all the people in DC huddled in their coats, scarves and hats. I ran an errand on Wed and had my coat unzipped, no hat and no gloves. It was the same temp as DC. All in what you are used to. Hope the job scene picks up when you need it to.

  • what?! you mean that all my friends graduating from law school and my earning my paralegal certificate (much cheaper than law school) didn’t single handed save Nolo from letting you go?! Damnit, now I might just have to go back to school so that I can buy some more $50-300 books to save your job!

  • what?! you mean that all my friends graduating from law school and my earning my paralegal certificate (much cheaper than law school) didn’t single handed save Nolo from letting you go?! Damnit, now I might just have to go back to school so that I can buy some more $50-300 books to save your job!

  • Samantha Starr

    I’m so sorry about your job, Wendy. You could contribute an article to our study guide for Ghosts (Play by Ibsen) or The Rehearsal (Play by Jean Anouilh) ? I really like your bentos – you’re just so clever with them – I think a how-to book for bento box lunches for kids would be a great one – I have an odd long shot connection with Chronicle Books who might be a good fit for it…

  • Samantha Starr

    I’m so sorry about your job, Wendy. You could contribute an article to our study guide for Ghosts (Play by Ibsen) or The Rehearsal (Play by Jean Anouilh) ? I really like your bentos – you’re just so clever with them – I think a how-to book for bento box lunches for kids would be a great one – I have an odd long shot connection with Chronicle Books who might be a good fit for it…

  • Jessica

    So all the pictures of Wyatt holding Augie are SOOO cute. Sometimes I think of Wendy hold Zach when I look at them:P I have ALWAYS though Wyatt looked like you and I think Augie looks like Zach!
    I think you should try to get into Parenting Magazine or some crafting magazine (or Family Fun). I am sure one of those could use your blogging/writing. I think Family Fun should have a Bento article each week! That would be really cool!

  • Jessica

    So all the pictures of Wyatt holding Augie are SOOO cute. Sometimes I think of Wendy hold Zach when I look at them:P I have ALWAYS though Wyatt looked like you and I think Augie looks like Zach!
    I think you should try to get into Parenting Magazine or some crafting magazine (or Family Fun). I am sure one of those could use your blogging/writing. I think Family Fun should have a Bento article each week! That would be really cool!

  • Aunt D

    Wendy, I am heartsick for you and Zack and family. It is never noteworthy to become a statistic. I hope that you two talented people find the right niche for you, and soon.

  • Aunt D

    Wendy, I am heartsick for you and Zack and family. It is never noteworthy to become a statistic. I hope that you two talented people find the right niche for you, and soon.

  • Well, as a full-time stay at home mom I sometimes wish I could get laid off, seriously. I have no idea what I would do if/when I have to go back to work. Here in Asheville the unemployment rate is over 8%, higher than the national average and after 10 years I don’t even know what I COULD do that is marketable-aside from nanny/housekeeper/personal chef and honestly I don’t want to that forever. Take your time and good luck!

  • Well, as a full-time stay at home mom I sometimes wish I could get laid off, seriously. I have no idea what I would do if/when I have to go back to work. Here in Asheville the unemployment rate is over 8%, higher than the national average and after 10 years I don’t even know what I COULD do that is marketable-aside from nanny/housekeeper/personal chef and honestly I don’t want to that forever. Take your time and good luck!

  • Karol

    I hate that for you. As talented as you are, have you considered having home parties where you sell Bento supplies and show the lunches that you make? I believe there would be a market for it. I also think you could approach foodie magazines with your work ( Rachel Ray comes to mind). You are so inspiring and I know good things are in store for you.

  • I hate that for you. As talented as you are, have you considered having home parties where you sell Bento supplies and show the lunches that you make? I believe there would be a market for it. I also think you could approach foodie magazines with your work ( Rachel Ray comes to mind). You are so inspiring and I know good things are in store for you.

  • Aunt Linda

    I love the picture of you, Augie and the diamond earring and what could be a bigger high than
    getting Wyatt signed up for Kindergarten! As far as the lay off… you are smart, talented and
    creative. Whew!! What a great combination. We will be sending you all of our love and good wishes from cold, dreary Indiana.

  • Aunt Linda

    I love the picture of you, Augie and the diamond earring and what could be a bigger high than
    getting Wyatt signed up for Kindergarten! As far as the lay off… you are smart, talented and
    creative. Whew!! What a great combination. We will be sending you all of our love and good wishes from cold, dreary Indiana.

  • Kids bento lunch book! I would buy it SO FAST!! 🙂 SOrry to hear about your job loss, I really enjoy your blog and creative ideas!

  • Ohhh, ya! Just read above comments – Rachel Ray magazine Bento column!

  • Kids bento lunch book! I would buy it SO FAST!! 🙂 SOrry to hear about your job loss, I really enjoy your blog and creative ideas!

  • Ohhh, ya! Just read above comments – Rachel Ray magazine Bento column!

  • Professional Organizer specializing in family/food organization!

  • Professional Organizer specializing in family/food organization!

  • Why not sell Bento boxes and supplies

  • Why not sell Bento boxes and supplies

  • momof8

    Make a bento lunch idea book for families! I’d buy it!

  • momof8

    Make a bento lunch idea book for families! I’d buy it!

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