girl, you better drink that water or else

i didn't really forget about drinking water.  i just don't like to drink it.  water doesn't feel fun.

coca-cola used to feel fun.  until the caffeine freaked my body out.  and after that, sprite felt fun.  until an acupuncturist told me to stop inundating myself with chemicals and sugary beverages.  and now juice feels fun.  except that even though i mostly buy organic, non-chemicalized juice, it's still pretty sugary because it's still juice.

and also:  we're spending way too much money on juice.

so i knew i needed to get back to water.  i drank a ton of water when i was pregnant, but growing a tiny human inside you is big-time motivation, and i don't have that particular motivation now.

and then i read this.

so i've been trying it:  precommitting by having a less-than-pleasant consequence for myself if i don't do the habit i'm trying to adopt.  i made the pact out-loud with my husband so that I couldn't weasel myself out of it in my own mind.  if i don't make it to eight glasses on any given day this week, i can't drink anything BUT water the next day.

it's been five days so far.  and, lo and behold, i've hit eight every single time.  and it's even starting to kind of, sort of, feel fun.  interesting.


right now (we are not in mexico)

right now, our daughter is sleeping that beautiful, give-it-all-up, trust-filled sleep.  pink cheeks.  sweaty hair.  slight snore from her slightly stuffy nose.  right now.

a few days ago, we celebrated her first birthday.  we had intended to be doing that celebrating in mexico, on a much-anticipated trip full of sun and water and cocktails and extended family.  instead, my poor husband is recovering from emergency surgery and a painful 9-day hospital stay.

in the past couple of weeks, i've done my fair share of we were supposed to be..., we had planned to..., we should be..., this sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks.  but you know who had no idea what we were "supposed to be" doing?  our daughter.  she only knew what we were actually doing, right then, in any given moment.  it was a mighty example she set.  sometimes i was able to follow her lead:

right now, i'm nursing my funny, smiley, exhausted daughter to sleep in the hospital parking deck.

right now, i'm holding my husband's hand.

right now, a good friend is standing and laughing with me in the cold, while she helps me when i really do need some help.

right now, i'm talking on the phone to a nice person with a squeaky voice who works for an airline.

right now, my newly one-year-old daughter is tasting a raspberry for the first time in her birthday "fruitcake."

in the year since she has been born, this small person has taught me many things, but one of the best things i am still and always learning from her is right now.  what is happening in your right now?