Woke up and played pony-ville with the girl this Friday morning while the boy continued to sleep. The boy has been wanting a pony for about a month or so (his very own) but I think he knows that is unlikely. The stint in pony-ville was fun but reminded me of an article I read about peak oil and going green and getting a horse for transportation (but only if you have enough land to grow its food)... and I got to thinking of my frustration trying to figure out just what future to plan for, what to expect for my kidlets, what to prioritize and what to chuck. One group of folks envisions us in flying cars much like the Jetsons with talking hyper-efficient appliances and every luxury technology can muster.
On the other side of the coin are those envisioning us all making our own clothes, bartering for everything, gardening every spare piece of land and living with as many people as we can fit in our home in order to keep it from being foreclosed. I don't know about you, but I do believe that things are changing and that we need to step up. I get frustrated at seeing women in Chanel sunglasses driving their Hummer down the street as if it isn't discordant and excessive given the current state of the world and I lean toward the belief that we will not be living the technological high life in 2020.... but where is the reality? Should I plan for my kids to go to college or take that money and put it into our mortgage to save the house or get off the grid? Can't buy a pony in the city so we'll have to upgrade our bikes and buy a bus pass. Anyone else have a sense that they know what's coming?
And on a completely seperate note... I was just remembering back when a weekend meant inordinate amounts of time to do whatever I pleased (or so it seemed). I don't know about other mamas and papas of course, but I find I move toward weekends with excitement for the possibilities and trepidation as I realize just how much I want to get done and just how unlikely that is... this weekend I was hoping to begin revamping the kids' bedroom, cut down a big old shrub and begin replacing it with a new garden bed, finishing book marks and photo card orders and finally getting my budget done so we can look at where our money should (and should not) be going. And then of course I have been wanting to try making my own paper (to aid in recycling) for fun and maybe for use with my photo cards. Somehow looking at it in writing, it seems well... overly ambitious.
What are you planning ... for the future and for this weekend? Do tell.