Wednesday Hodgepodge – Happy birthday, USA!



1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you’re not American,  feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?

I think I like the feel of a summer holiday: the fact that we all come together to do fun things like eat, and see pretty colors (if you’re into fireworks) and about the fact that we honestly live in the best country there is. (My opinion, strictly speaking.) 

We do not have a flag but it’s not out of lack of patriotism, just sheer laziness.

If it were up to me, we’d always eat hamburgers and hot dogs, french fires, and potato salad. That’s a fourth of July meal! Oh, and beer. Lots of it.

And yes to firework! I love them and we’re probably/maybe going out to a friend’s house in the country to shoot some off.

2. What’s something you recently got for free?

When I attended the faculty panel for the incoming athletes, they compensated me with a really nice dri-fit polo shirt. It won’t fit me of course, but Ash can wear it. I guarantee if retails for at least 70 bucks.

3.  The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore…how many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why?

Yes to one and three, no to the others. I would love to see the Liberty Bell and actually, I’d like to follow the path they took in the movie National Treasure (sue me: it’s the only good Nic Cage movie.) I like the history of any old American building; it would be cool to explore Boston and other founding cities in the Northeast.

4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they’ve perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?

I go in cycles of being attentive to it but eventually, I get so sick of everyone choosing sides and arguing that it makes it so overwhelming. I think news stations sensationalize everything. Just give me straight up facts. The whole ISIS thing is dumb; I’m always appalled people are so cruel.

5. We’re talking plain ice cream…vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.

I like all three but if we’re talking a hot summer day? Strawberry, hands down.

6. Share a song you love containing the word ‘stars’ in the lyrics or title?

I couldn’t find an official video but here’s a good one!

7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic.

Jury is still out on whether or not this month was a success

unless you consider tanning, pool fun, and lots of beer successful

nothing compares to the early summer though

ending is sweet sorrow but now onto July


8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Well, my husband is recovering from his minor surgery today and my parents get here in two days. My house is a mess, my kids have been very energetic this week, and men are needy when they hurt. SO, my days just keep getting crazier and crazier. On top of that, work has been nuts too. I keep thinking there will be an end to the madness but it just keeps on keepin’ on. Bring me July 4th and beer!This-Curated-Life_4th-of-July-Beers-12


Random Tuesday – So busy I don’t know what to do next

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  • Honestly, I forgot about my daily blog post until now (9:30). I got into my office and hit the ground running. Finally taking a second to write.
  • SO, I started teaching yesterday and they seem like a good group. I usually have them do an icebreaker wherein they have to tell me interesting things about themselves. I don’t let them say stupid things like favorite color or number of pets. They moan and groan but it makes them think. Well one kid’s cool thing was that he has two moms and they just got legally married. As I congratulated him, the whole class broke out in applause. It was a really awesome moment!
  • This week is going to be insane because Ash will be out of commission from Wednesday on and I will have to do everything. The doc said if he wants to reduce swelling and/or risk of injury, he should literally sit on his ass for two days. I mean, I wanted this: I gestated and gave birth to three kids and that combined stress plus recovery time was a million times this, but still. Argh.
  • THEN, my parents are coming for the 4th. This is great and all but we have a few different invites for fireworks and I don’t know how it’s going to work. One option is family friendly and a good activity for my parents too because it’s an older guy my husband knows. So the age group will fit everyone. The other is a friend of my husband’s who is, like, 25. So yeah, not parent appropriate but my mom was not too keen on us running off when we invited them here. UGH. I hate making plans.

OK so I have been running all over this building putting out fires for my job so this post is NEVER seeming to get done! Let’s move onto Tuesday Chat.

“What’s on your Summer Fun List? Hey, if you want to get all fancy and make a poster, or beautiful journal; I’d be so thrilled and inspired.”


So, this was done a bit shoddily but it speaks for itself.Summer fun list

MMMM + Super productive weekend

Y’all, I got so much done! I should say WE; I worked a lot in the house Saturday (nothing like the impending arrival of family to make you clean like crazy) but on Sunday, we really did stuff. We had this old brick and concrete built in barbecue out back that we’d vowed to knock down ages ago. It came with the house and was too old to use ten years ago. Well I went out Sunday morning to weed and my husband got motivated to buy a sledgehammer and take that thing out. Yay! We all worked hard moving bricks and cleaning up; it was exhausting. I also mowed and ran errands. I felt entirely worked, but in a good way.

Aside from that, typical weekend: Sonny’s, naps, movies, laundry. The busy summer session begins today which means a large number of grad students will be here to learn how to teach. This also means I will be teaching. Summer is rough because it’s 15 weeks worth of material jammed into six. Whereas I normally choose a Tuesday/Thursday schedule (1 hour 15 min classes) summer, is four days a week, hour and a half classes. It’s not easy, I tell you that. BUT, I have been a little lax these past few weeks; time to get back to it!




So Elliot heard this song somewhere – camp I’m assuming – and he won’t stop singing it or dancing to it. Meanwhile, it’s become the house earworm. Sigh. Typical hip hop song, if you ask me but I cannot stop singing it! Also, the video is pretty amusing with the older folks getting’ down with their bad selves.

Friday Five – Tickets, Dinos, and Students

Five Thoughts:

  1. The athlete faculty panel thing yesterday went great! It was myself (though I am technically not faculty), a fellow English colleague, a woman from the Career Center, and a professor from Communications. We basically went through some advice, some classroom pet peeves, and told them how teachers see students and student athletes. Honestly, I think they really learned something. And that’s what we’re here for!
  2. I got my ass up and worked out AGAIN today. I feel like this is a huge accomplishment. You know what actually makes it easier? One is that I’m naturally a morning person. I hit the ground running when I wake so that gets me on the machine. BUT, I feel like my body has yet to catch up to my brain so as I start moving on the elliptical, I am half-oblivious to it. Sometimes when I used to put off a run, I’d agonize over it and then every little ache in my body was like, end-of-the-world awful. But this has been much better. And I feel better throughout the day.
  3. We’re finally seeing Jurassic World today! I have high hopes but I had better temper them, just in case. Chances are I will like it regardless. I mean, I was the dinosaur kid so this is right up my alley. You remember the dinosaur kid: has the sheets, the books, all the names memorized. I had a pair of Converse with a dino skin print on them. Yeah, that kid.
  4. Ash and I haven’t seen a movie in the theater in a long time. The last Friday we would have gone, we were in Orlando. The time before that, nothing was really out so we went home and took a nap instead. So I’m actually pretty excited!
  5. The parking ticket I got on campus a couple weeks ago was dropped. See, they made us do this thing where we linked our pass to our license plate. Personally, I thought it had always been that way but apparently not. So parking services warned us about it, I went into the system and did it, then a month later, got a ticket for “incorrect parking”. I did some research and they said I didn’t actually link the two. Well, I called BS on that. I got it all fixed with them then appealed the citation. And yesterday, I found out they dropped it. So, yay! I don’t have to give them 30 bucks.

Five Photos:



At the interstate overpass




Lush products rule!


Look at this kid getting stuck in the tunnel. We have one of those!




My oldest and my youngest


And isn’t this a great pic??

Not stressed, just not motivated

I am feeling a bit out of sorts, you could say. I feel like I sit in my office just waiting to feel the desire to work. And it isn’t like I don’t have a lot to do. Because I certainly do. Papers to grade and discussions to partake in. I have to finalize my summer syllabus – classes begin Monday – and I have to make sure my weekly plans cover all the bases. I also need to get back into the mental mode of teaching. It has been a little bit since Spring ended and I was overwhelmed then. But I haven’t really felt that over-stressed feeling in a little while.

But. I will admit that some days, I feel like I want to do something bad and rebellious. Nothing awful. Just something that feels like I’m bucking tradition or doing something that veers slightly from my moral compass. Maybe I’m being vague. Maybe what I mean is that I wish I still partook in a bloghop where we had to confess stuff. Because it might go something like this:

I confess… I’m going next week to see Magic Mike XXL with some friends. One of my friends I vowed never to see movies with again because she’s a talker. Actually, she’s a screamer. But I figure for this movie I can let it slide. The first movie was SO bad, dialogue wise. But oh, the pretty men. I could watch it on mute and be totally satisfied.

I confess... I’m not, nor have I ever really been, a smoker. But sometimes I think it would be fun to buy one of those flavored cigarillo things and just indulge. They’re probably gross. I’d probably feel bad. But sometimes, why not? Maybe we don’t allow ourselves that enough: why not?

I confess… One of my main goals for the past six weeks had been to read. But did I? Not really. I’ve been finishing a Lauren Dane novel while on the elliptical so I feel like maybe I am ready to jump back into it. But for some reason, I have just been out of the reading loop. But it makes me realize how I don’t take advantage of all the hours in my day. I don’t want to make excuses; I certainly could find a couple hours to read. But I don’t.

I confess… I could have read Wednesday night but I watched the first episode of the new season of Inkmaster. It’s trash tv but I love it. I like competition shows and tattoos. Why not?


Today is better. I wrote that out yesterday when my eyes were blurry at the end of the day and I didn’t have it in me AT ALL to do work. Today I am furiously grading and getting stuff done because I have to go sit on a faculty panel for incoming athletes later. It was a last minute thing that my friend in Athletics asked me to do. I’m slightly nervous but I know I have the knowledge and confidence to do right by those students. I’m a little honored, actually, to have been asked.  But now I have to perform. This was just the motivation I needed though. Thank God for small miracles, right??

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Day three of lower temps makes me happy

1. June 23rd is National Pink Day. What’s your favorite something pink?

I don’t have a lot of pink stuff, admittedly. BUT, I do have this super soft v-neck shirt from Old Navy that I like to pair with some blue-ish plaid shorts and my Sperry’s. It’s a cute, preppy outfit. This pic is not the best but I took it long ago in Instagram and just cropped it.PhotoEditor-1435065575353_resized

2. What did you enjoy most about gym class when you were in school? How about the least?

Well, let’s see… in elementary school, I loved the scooter things we’d play with on the blacktop. That and the dodge ball days were the best! In high school, everything about P.E. sucked. I used to lie about my asthma to avoid WALKING the track. I was never that lazy as a kid so I don’t know what I was doing then.aaeaeaae9760baee9a4be0c1ea3c89c1

3. What memory is brought to mind by the smell of roses?

Oddly enough, I don’t have any pleasant memories associated with roses. To me, they remind me of a gross perfume that girls I don’t like wear. Like, the waitress at a cheap chain restaurant who is also a part-time stripper. That is what the smell reminds me of. Weird, I know.

4. Do you prefer to read or write?

Reading is easier, but sometimes when I read, I get motivated to write. I keep a journal and I blog (obviously!) so to me, the two go hand in hand.images4

5. Sam Keen is quoted as saying, ‘Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.’ Would you agree? Is laziness ever respectable? How will you be lazy this summer?

Ha! I was just saying this in my post yesterday. I really do want to get out and do summery things but I am feeling so tired and hot lately! I will indeed be a bit lazy. Every Saturday and Sunday, we get in our blow up pool and while the kids roughhouse and whatnot, we tan and drink beer and just relax. I love it!

6. The Florida Keys, Disney World, or a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast…which Florida destination would you choose (and why) if the trip were today?

OMG, don’t make me choose! I’d go to all those places! However, I was on the Gulf Coast only about six weeks ago and it’s only been one and half weeks since I was at Disney so I will say the Keys. I know it’s kind of cheesy but I’m dying to go to Margaritaville and Hog’s Breath Saloon, and Captain Tony’s. And even Papa Hemmingway’s house.


The kids at Animal Kindgom a few weeks ago


Ash and I are both wearing blue

7. What question do you hate to answer?

“What do you want to eat?” I don’t know why but it stresses me out. If I am going to eat alone, fine. But if my decision will also affect other people, it makes me feel like I’m the one in charge of their fate. I would much rather eat something I’m not entirely keen on if it means everyone else is happy.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The cloudy weather has made it in the low to mid 80s instead of 90s so for that, I am grateful. It is supposed to be 93 today but I’m not sure I buy it.  I guess the temps don’t really matter because I found the answer to not running in the heat: working out in the morning. This is day 2 of getting up and hitting the elliptical. I feel SO much better when I do this! Also, I don’t have it looming over me in the evening. I will say that my back is hurting today but it must be the fact that I’m getting back into regular exercise. Definitely not feeling 100% though. Well, guess it’s better than the alternative, as my grandpa always said.

Random Tuesday – This, that, the other; you know the drill

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  • Yesterday my calendar said to make a list of things I want to do this summer and do them. Is it awful that I have no plans? It’s hot and I feel so flagged by the end of every day that even thinking about the future is stressful. I guess I am kind of excited about the July 4th weekend… if my parents come. I want the cook-out and games in the yard and fireworks and fun. It’s never quite like in the pictures or movies though.
  • Do you know what I did this morning? Instead of going back to sleep when my husband woke up to shower, I worked out. I did a half hour on the elliptical. I had been making a half-assed attempt each night and only hitting 3 or 4 nights a week. I have only really lost weight before kids, in my mid-twenties. After, my weight loss efforts have all been in vain; I’ll lose maybe 5-10 pounds (not counting the stuff that comes off right after childbirth anyway.) So it’s been discouraging. We spent a good seven months last year eating better and doing T25 every day. Sure, I was stronger, but not that much thinner. I want to be a thinner person but it is actually quite hard. But I’m pretty motivated, with Hawaii and the Tough Mudder coming up.
  • Also coming up is Ash’s birthday, for which I have zero plans. He needs harddrives but I don’t know which ones so it’s not like I can just go buy them. It’s hard to get something for a person who just buys what they want/need anyway.
  • I don’t drink Corona but I saw a commercial the other day that actually made me feel like I could be at the beach drinking beer with friends. It was so compelling: images of a calming experience done in just the right way. Funny how ads can sometimes work in crazy ways. Here it s:
  • Be Back Later: off to the beach.

I wish!

Ok, Tuesday Chat time!

“Only 2 more chats before I take my summer break!!! Be Inspired!! Share something that inspired you this week: a quote, a photo, a story in the news. Let’s spread some positivity! “

Here are a couple photos I found this week that gave me some good vibes:


Sometimes it’s really nice to be reminded that you ARE changing and improving. Some days feel so stagnant and repetitive but you are always hurtling forward; scary sometimes, yes, but also sort of nice. I tell this to Elliot sometimes when he dwells on stuff. It’s a new day and a whole new chance to change.


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I really loved this because I have been thinking my name tattoo might morph into names plus tree. Whenever I doodle, I draw trees. Maybe I can find a way to integrate their names into a tree with this quote? What do you think?

MMMM + Dad’s Day Weekend

I don’t know why but I feel like our weekend blew by in a total blur. The kids had make-up swim lessons on Friday and I want to say one of them didn’t happen and the other did and it was a crazy rushed evening as always.

On Saturday, I mowed and we swam in the pool and had lunch out. I can’t really remember what else. We just hung out. We watched a movie called Ninja, which is an exceedingly unimaginative title for a ninja movie. I also caught an episode of Lakefront Living or something or other on HGTV and the people were buying a house here – in little old Tallahassee! It was so weird to see people in places ten minutes from my house. Those of you in big cities probably think I’m crazy but I thought it was neat.

Elliot and I had gone out Saturday to get a few father’s day gifts (jars to keep trip mementos, salsa, etc.) so on Sunday, I just needed a bag and a card from me (Ell had already picked one) before giving Ash his father’s day gift. His true gift was being allowed to sit around all day; lol. But no, we went to Walmart and found a decent tool box in which to keep his new soldering iron, etc… Then Bass Pro was doing this fishing thing for kids so the boys each caught one; that was pretty fun! We had tacos and naps and swam some more. I feel like it was a relaxing weekend all in all, though really freaking hot. Today’s high is 97!


Since heat is the topic of my last paragraph and the theme this week is about water, let’s find some summer cool-off tunes.



You know me,:Buffett all the time!

How about some good ol’ Doobie Brother?

Friday Five – Books, Beer, and More!

Five Thoughts:

  • Geez, it’s Summer break and I feel like we’re busier than ever. I struggle to keep up “normal” activities with the kids like, you know, reading. Elliot is supposed to read 10 books this summer and we’re, so far, behind by 18 days. He loves reading but since he’s been in camp all day and with swimming in the evening, we haven’t touched a book. Ugh.
  • One of my good friends is leaving town soon because he got a job in DC. I really enjoyed talking to him and I realize he has to move on but still, it’s sad. There aren’t a lot of people in this world who I see eye to eye with and I hate when we part.
  • I don’t go into too many hot button topics here but I have to say, I’m just not sure what’s going in America anymore. How can there be so much blind hatred? I remember being a teenager and feeling so mad but I wouldn’t ever hurt anyone over it. I had the ability to filter that and realize there had to be a channel for that emotion. I wish more people could see that.
  • I was complaining the other day about wasting away my evening hours. Well last night, I just… stayed busy. It helped that Ash and Ell didn’t get back from swim lessons until 7:30 so I was cooking and then there was that and bath time and reading. Oh yeah, I actually did get Elliot to read. (#1 was written yesterday!) When my interest in puttering about the house started to wane, I worked out. Yay!
  • While I did the elliptical, I watched The Middle for the first time. My friend had been telling me about it and I see what she means now. It’s pretty funny and relatable, though it’s pretty much a poor man’s Malcolm in the Middle.  Have you watched it before?

Five Photos



Here’s a beer I had the other night; 9% alcohol!


Palm trees in my parking lot


I can only dream of taking photos this amazing


One of my EPCOT photos


Whenever I doodle, I draw trees. I’d like one.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Good to be back, even in the heat

1. June is National Great Outdoors Month. Have you spent any time appreciating the great outdoors this month? If so where, and if not do you have any plans to enjoy the great outdoors before the calendar turns?

Does the beach count? We went there a few times but we haven’t really hiked trails in a bit because it’s been hot for too long. The best I can say is that we get out in our front yard each weekend.

2. What’s a current hot button issue for you?

The “free-range parenting” issue. I read an article about an 11 year old who played basketball in his front yard for 90 minutes while he waited for his parents – who were caught in traffic – and his neighbor called DCF and subsequently, the boy and his brother were taken away. I swear, people need to mind their own damned business. The boy was in no peril, there was apparently a shady spot and a hose for water. Let parents parent and otherwise, stay out.

3. What’s a food or treat that ‘disappears like hotcakes’ in your house?

LOL grapes. My family goes nuts for green grapes. We buy the big old container of them from Costco and they’re usually gone in 2 or 3 days.

4. How hot is too hot?

My old Infinity had only two windows that rolled down – the back ones – and the A/C fan only came on if I went over a speed bump. I spent three Tallahassee summers in this condition and it was HOT – like, 100 every day. THAT is too hot.

5. Do you have an artistic outlook on life? What does that mean to you?

I’d like to think I see art in everything; I tend to be sort of the “aww, look at that amazing thing” person.  I think you can find beauty or creativity anywhere. Then again, I am a writer…

6. What’s one question you’d like to ask your father, or one you wish you could ask your father?

I guess I’d like to ask him if he ever regrets being so angry at us all the time. He used to be a lot more stressed out and it showed.

7. Something you learned from your father?

Oh man, so many things. My mom worked nights and he and I always went out. I’d ask him all sorts of questions, from how streetlights work to questions about machinery or the tides, etc. He always patiently explained things to me. But one major thing I learned was to exercise patience with my children when they are bad. Not because he did, but because he didn’t. Oh, and he taught me to be a Nole.7362136342_12b70b28a6_z

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I remember last year after vacation, I was very aware of how difficult I found it to get back into the swing of work/regular life. This week I had the same problem but it took be a bit to be like, “oh yeah, THAT’S my problem.” It could have to do with swim lessons. I get home at 5 and then Ash and the kids do but then he takes the boys right back out for 2 hours. I’m left to try and clean and get dinner going. Then they get home and it’s crazy until bedtime. I’ve barely felt like doing anything at all after they go to bed. But then I think, what did I do before? I pretty much just sat on the couch. I guess I am just looking for something. I want to have things to do in the evening that are productive.

Tonight I plan to mow the lawn but what I need to do is get back into my workout routine. The Tough Mudder is about four and a half months away and I have got to be in better shape.

But anyway, what do you do in your evenings?