Random Tuesday – Baby snot, on-going sports, need to get away

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  • Is it… almost February? Already? I guess good riddance, January. I mean, my grandma died, people I know are having some issues, and I am beat down by all the stuff we have to do. Maybe February is going to be a whole lot better.
  • I just realized I have baby snot on the front of this sweater. Just a testament to the fact that I have small kids, it’s winter, and our mornings are harried.
  • We made a fire in the pit last night and made s’mores. It was nice; not too cold but a little windy. When the kids got tired of it, we sent them inside to take a bath and just Ash and I sat there. I love firelight and we  could see a lot of stars.
  • Tonight is soccer and truthfully, I am over this sport. Just a few more games though. The boys are enjoying it so I’ll stick it out but I am kind of ready to move on to baseball.
  • Elliot will be going to a major league game during his Spring break, actually. He’s excited and even more so, my dad is excited to take him.
  • UGH in twenty minutes, I have four student conferences, possibly six. There are two people who have not shown for their times on other days so I am guessing they think they are today. If not, well then…
  • One of my 2015 goals was to keep up with my friends better. So far, we have tentative plans to make a standing dinner night with my friend and her family. We’re thinking Sundays at Momo’s, which is awesome; pizza and beer! Almost everyone I know is married and/or has kids so it is really difficult to make time. I’m going to try.
  • We watched Maze Runner the other day and though I know of the books but had not read them, I was pleasantly surprised. I… I actually like it more than the Hunger Games movies, which bored me to tears, even though I adored those books. At the suggestion of a friend, I began reading Wool last night; also dystopian and so far, pretty interesting!
  • It’s getting to be about that time of the year when I yearn to walk in the woods. I think wee’re due for a good hike.13414920193_f7ef259663_z

Going to address this prompt this week; why not?

Would you feel ill at ease going to a movie alone?   
Or to eat at a restaurant?  A concert?

I have gone to a movie by myself exactly twice: once to see Almost Famous and the other time, to see Thor, because when Ash and I went together, I wasn’t feeling well and spent a good bit of that movie in the bathroom. I kind of like the idea of a movie by myself because no one will talk at me but the image it projects is that you have no friends. Though I don’t really care, it still strikes a chord.

I do not mind eating alone and I think people do it far more often now. Sometimes it is nice.

Now a concert? Nah. That’s a group thing. :)

MMMM + You know the drill: weekend recap

Well, I did accomplish the one thing I wanted to this weekend: clean up my darn kitchen. The peninsula area is such a magnet for junk: paper, keys, pill bottles, toys, coins, etc. I managed to get it down to just stuff that needs to live there. But that wasn’t all we did.

On Friday, Ash and I went to Longhorn and then saw American Sniper. I was reluctant to see it in the theater because I thought I’d cry a lot but I didn’t. It was an enthralling story and a good one; Eastwood outdoes himself again. But I was so into the different aspects that I didn’t dwell emotionally on his home life, etc. It’s funny; Bradley Cooper isn’t one of my go-to actors but basically everything he does, I really like. The movie reminded me two things: I am thankful as hell for the troops saving our asses over there and that America has gone soft in a lot of ways. This middle east thing should have been over years ago. Wipe them off the map. If they had the technology, they’d do it to us. No more of this waiting around crap.

ANYWAY, we had a 9 AM soccer game for Isaac’s team. By the way, that could be the worst team that Tally city parks and rec has EVER put together. Half our kids don’t want to play so therefore don’t even try. Isaac can’t do it all, you know. And look, I admit that I pump him up a lot but he knows how to play and is good. But he can’t carry a soccer team. He sure as hell knows how to play a lot better than Elliot did at this age. It’s going to be a long season for him because he’s well aware of how bad those other kids are. Sigh. It’s embarrassing.

Ell’s game was at noon and though his team played well, they lost also. Some of his teammates seemed off and they were all pretty sad that they lost but that makes them try harder; I like that. We pretty much just rested in the afternoon; Elliot had lost computer privileges so he threw multiple fits about it. I don’t know; he’s so weird about that. I took him with me to run errands just to get him out of the house and thinking about other stuff. I made dinner for everyone but myself, then I planned to have a bagel. But then I logged onto facebook and saw that my sister and her BF were having issues. Sigh. Add onto that Elliot having another breakdown about his computer and I was just flat out annoyed. I had been texting my friend about essentials oils that might calm down my son so I mentioned my sister and she was like, “Come on over; we have the fire pit going.” And that was that. Good times.

Yesterday we also hung out, ate, had a nice time outside. I was thankful for my time yesterday, which is sometimes a rare thing. All in all, good weekend.

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FREEEEBIIIEEEES!

Friday Five – Movies, Rain, bad people

Five thoughts:

  1.  I agree with our gracious host that curling up on the couch with a blanket is the BEST. Especially in the winter. Not that it is particularly cold here; just raining like crazy. Dropping off kids on a morning like this could be one of my most hated activities.
  2. Luckily, I am only working a half day; have five student conferences to bang out and then I can go relax.
  3. Except Ash wants to see American Sniper – and I do too – but I would prefer to cry in the comfort of my own home. Regardless of the bad press it seems to be getting (mostly from my fellow English snobs)  I think it’s going to be a cryer.
  4. We had an, er, incident in one of our TA offices yesterday. It is a big open area with cubicles that house about 50 of our TAs and about 15 teachers from Classics. Yes, it is a “basement” but we’ve made it an inviting space. Anyway, the two custodians for that building have apparently been hanging out in there to talk to one another, bothering people trying to study or conduct conferences. They also always flirt with the female TAs. But I guess yesterday, one of them went rifling through a gift basket placed on a desk for someone and spilled some kind of liquid after he picked up a jar and smelled whatever it was. Like, what the hell? The funny part is that one of the TAs came in to relate this to me, without telling names, and said she was hurt by the way one of the other teachers spoke condescendingly to the custodian. She did NOT tell me the extent to which he messed with stuff. Later, the female TA who got mad at him told me the whole story. Sigh. If it ain’t one thing it’s another!
  5. I finally found my motivation, by the way. Earlier this week, I was just in a slump. I made myself feel better by getting back into reading fanfics and reigniting my love of the Hobbit. Weird, I know, but I needed a diversion.

Five Photos:

I didn’t take many this week so here’s a smattering from my Pinterest:

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I have recently gotten into the essential oils thing and I am loving it!

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Scriptor out!

Random Brain Bits

  • I’m already dreaming of summer and the beach
  • But I have to lose some weight before I go putting on a bathing suit
  • The neighbors who are moving seem to a.) smoke in their house and b.)put handicap type accessories all over that house so it’ll be interesting to see how quickly or to whom it sells
  • Can I just drink coffee all day?
  • Where the hell is the sun?
  • Why is it not summer yet?
  • I am going to – without fail – use the elliptical tonight. I feel pudgy and blah and I know it is partly just January but also, I have just not been doing enough, physically
  • Screw you, January
  • My parents, sister and Justin are at Disney today and keep sending me photos. Um, now I want to run away and take a vacation!
  • I took this essential oil blend this morning that is supposed to curb appetite but for some reason, I feel hungrier than normal. I have taken it before so I don’t know why today, it had this effect!
  • You’ll have to excuse me but I really don’t understand the appeal of Colin Firth
  • That said, I kind of want to see that Kingsmen movie
  • Has anyone seen Snowpiercer? Ash wants to watch it but every night, I am just too tired.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Ugh; the malaise

 

1. American Idol is back for it’s 14th season. Are you watching? Have you ever watched? If you were to audition for the show (or were made to audition), what song would you sing?

I haven’t watched it in quite some time but I did for a while. It was only entertaining to me once they’d narrowed it down to the final, what, 14? Most people like to watch all the incredibly bad auditions but not me.

If I were going to sing, I think I would probably pick something country, but I don’t know what. I’m not very good at singing. LOL.

2. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” 

So when did you last have to ‘eat a frog?Or two? How’d that work out?

Personally, I enjoy eating my frogs first thing in the morning anyway; that’s how I run my life. Can’t remember the last time I had to eat the bigger of the two; every day is a balance of things I have to do and I tend to put off the larger tasks, so I guess that is where I stray from dear Twain’s advice.

3. If you were going on safari, what’s the number one animal you’d want to see?

It is cliche but the lions. However, I also really love giraffes. When I was little I would think about owning one, and I’d cut a hole in the roof so he could stick his head out.Circus_Car_Giraffe


4. January 21st is National Granola Bar Day. I know. Do you like granola bars? Chewy or crunchy? Your favorite flavor? How about regular granola? Let’s exhaust this topic in honor of the ‘holiday’, okay?

Sure. I buy the basic Quaker ones for the kids’ lunches but I prefer those Nature’s valley ones; peanut butter.

5. If only__________________________________.

I had the motivation to get things done today.

6. You can add one item to your bedroom. What will it be? Keep it family friendly please.

LOL @ family friendly. I hadn’t even gone there until that was said! ;) I guess I’d go with new carpet, which is honestly not that far off, if we can get past a few other life hurdles here soon. 

7. What is one thing you’ve enjoyed about winter thus far? If it’s not winter in your corner of the globe, what season is it, and what is something you’ve enjoyed about whatever season it happens to be?

Oh is it winter? Florida doesn’t know. No no, not true. It has been cool. I guess if I had to choose, I have enjoyed NOT thinking about the heat… or the weather that much at all. Most days are so mild I don’t think one way or the other about the temperature.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am having a really tough time getting back into the swing of work. I realize I was only off for three days but all the things I jammed into those days makes me feel like I have been away a lifetime. I know I already wrote about this but I am in awe of my complete lack of motivation. I sit here with my work windows open, the cursor blinking, and yet, I cannot break away from my internal dialogue long enough to really get going. I had the new Starbucks flat white today, which is definitely more caffeinated than my usual latte and yet, I am still sort of tired, fuzzy-brained. I think I might take a quick walk and try to convince myself that stuff HAS to get done. I’m staring down a long list of projects and it is intimidating and that’s what is keeping me stagnant. Any tips and tricks for making yourself work?

 

Random Tuesday – Blah blah blah, blah blah

Stacy Uncorked
  • Back to work after what feels like an eternity. I’m not really on the ball just yet; coffee still trying to work.
  • Was actually five minutes late today because although I put all the kids’ blankets and extra jackets, etc for daycare right by the door, I STILL left them right there… and had to go back.
  • North Florida is back to doing that thing where it’s 35 in the morning and 70 by the afternoon. I kind of hate that. It’s hard to get up in the morning and get all bundled and by the time I leave for work, it’s hot. And let me tell you where it was hot: South Florida. Holy Jeebus, it was disgusting. Humid and icky. And by God if  didn’t have a mosquito land on me at the cemetery. Not sorry I moved away from there, that’s for sure.
  • I really don’t have a ton of random for you today; I’m happy that I am back in my office where I can think and take care of both boring and necessary things.
  • I also got the writing bug yesterday and picked up where I left off in my Clint/Lila story. You know some day, I am going to complete an actual novel and though no one may ever read it, that’ll be amazing.
  • When I was working on that story, I decided to check in on my last published Batman fanfic. Out of curiosity, I thought I might peruse what people have been writing lately. I am always amazed at the amount of time people put into writing fanfic. I should never underestimate it though; you know what (stupid piece of crap) book was based on fanfic right? That dumb 50 Shades. And now she’s an effing millionaire!
  • Look, I like romance and all but I just don’t buy into that story. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.
  • I’m going through a Jimmy Johns phase, born out of sheer laziness. I keep forgetting my lunch and I have no interest in leaving campus so, JJ’s to the rescue!
  • I realize this is incredibly boring but I had to publish SOMETHING. I’m out!

MMMM + Been away too long

It has been a while since I a.) blogged and b.) went to work. LOL. OK OK, it was last Wednesday but since I traveled that night and then all Thursday for my grandmother’s funeral (then back again Friday), I feel like I have been a way a long time. PLUS, we’re all off for MLK Day so I just feel far far behind.

Saturday, I tried to reintegrate myself into my home. Everyone did just fine without me and the house stayed pretty clean so it was as if my absence was not a huge deal. We had soccer at 11 and went to Sonny’s after. Oh, Ash had run a 15k in the AM also. The afternoon was nice and I kept remembering that I was going out that night, though I kept thinking I had all this time to relax. I met my friends at a sushi place and that was pretty darn nice. It’s always great to get out with adults, especially when you have three kids!

On Sunday, I was content to hang around all morning, though Ash had a card tournament he left for at noon. The kids and I hit Publix then Roboto for Japanese before naps. I graciously took them to Bass Pro to look at the fish and then Target just to kill time. Ash got home just as I was dishing up dinner and then we spent the evening watching football then anime.

I’m ready to go back to work, honestly. I need normal! But we have plans to go out for dollar tacos today and then I have to go to the dentist; fun!

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Alright alright alright! Bands/songs with animals. I can totally do this!

First up, Motorhead! Nothing explicit but it is hard-hitting.

This is In The Year of the Wolf.

Here is one I have posted before but love. This is Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court

Another one that is SO bad but also amusing. Big and Rich would like you to save a horse and ride a cowboy.

And this one, also about a horse but because I was just listening to old America the other day.

Wednesday Hodgepodge is back!

1. What’s your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I’m asking for a friend.

I would remind them that being married is actually a challenge and that you must always be mindful of that. Don’t forget to keep trying, listening, and compromising. It’s worked for me!

2. Before we’re too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined as Silver, so everyone go say hi.

Teresa asks, “What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?” and ” Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?”

I was at home in Orlando and I remember thinking how scar it would be if everything fell apart. We didn’t do anything specific because my computer friends told me nothing was going to happen. But I woke the next morning, thankful, and had grits and eggs. Later that day, I drove to Sarasota to spend time with my then in-the-works boyfriend, who is now my husband!

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn’t a word. It’s the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that’s not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?

That’s a tough one; probably one of my kids’ names because Lord knows I am on them enough!

4. Speaking of words, it’s that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they’d like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year’s top vote getters are-

bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix)

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you’d like to add?

I know this wasn’t in the list but I HATE when people say YOLO. It’s carpe diem for stupid people and when I hear it, I am reminded how many stupid people are out there.

5. January is National Hot Tea Month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day?

Oh yeah, I am in. But at night only. LOL. Coffee in the AM and tea in the PM. I love Earl Grey, Lemon Zinger, and green, and I take them all plain. No milk or sugar but sometimes, honey in the lemon. I do have a favorite tea mug but I’m in my office with no pics. :(

6. Whatever happened to__________________________________?

…that Malaysia flight? Did they determine that it is lost and gone forever? Did they find wreckage? So many news stories get overshadowed by all the other crud going on.

 7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter?

I want to read quite a few but Lauren Dane’s Broken Open is up next and I am pretty darn excited to read it. I’d also like to read something more serious but don’t know what.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
 The next few days are going to be long and trying. In some ways, I look forward to the drive by myself (with MY music), spending a bit of time with my sister tonight, and just being done with this. I have a bunch of work to do today, then a four hour drive, then I will be looking forward to being back home on Friday. Funerals are no fun but I will make it through. See you then!

Random Tuesday – And you press on

Stacy Uncorked
  • My plans are in place for southward travel; I’ll head down Wednesday after work and drive with my dad and sister Thursday morning to my grandmother’s funeral. We’ll probably come back in the evening and I will drive back home some time Friday. This works out for the best because I actually get two days of admin leave for this. Plus, Ash won’t have to drop out of his race Saturday morning.
  • I am fairly surprised things are coming together so well; I even found someone to cover my Thursday class. Because I am superstitious, I am waiting for the bad to show up. LOL. I guess the “bad’ will be having to attend the actual funeral. I HATE funerals and don’t handle them very well. I’ve always freaked out about them. I remember my grandfather’s funeral in December ’07; I managed to stay very detached but it was not a fun time.
  • On a happier note, my newish neighbors – the ones who moved into my awesome former neighbours’ house – put the home up for sale, already! I think what happened was that their family moved them here but it turns out that they are just too old to maintain it. The weird thing to me is that the story goes that the family moved them here to be closer but their family NEVER visits. They were all there the first week, putting up a fence and fixing the yard, but then we haven’t seen them since. Eh, good riddance. They are apparently huge smokers and when we play outside in our front yard, it stinks. Crazy, right?
  • I bought a pair of Maui Island loafers about a year ago on ebay. They were brand new, just not the right size for this woman’s daughter, so the story goes. Well, I didn’t look too closely at all the details because when I got them, though new, they also reeked of smoke. So badly that I could not even wear them. So, I put them out in my garage on top of the dryer and never looked back. The other day, I was cleaning off the top of the dryer and decided to smell them. Sure enough, they now smell like new-ish shoes and leather. Magical!20150113_120408
  • Because I have so much stuff to do soon, I am trying to pace myself and just sort of be in the now. If I start planning too much, I think I might have a breakdown.
  • I have to get some work done now but happy Tuesday!

Too slammed to actually put something together

This weekend just flew by; we were super busy. On Saturday, Elliot had a 9 AM soccer game and Isaac had a 10, so Ash took Elliot, I stayed home then took Isaac to his with Baby and then when Ash showed up, I took Elliot back to his field for his 11 o’clock game and Ash and Isaac showed up about 5 minutes into that one. It was crazy! I just wish they could both be at the same park but Elliot is now in a league where they play on larger fields. So yeah we did that then napped then went to the store. Ash took Isaac to the doctor because long ago – back in late September, he had gotten a splinter but it was so deep in there and he was spazzing out so we were unable to get it out. I always figured those things worked themselves out but his calloused over then just days ago, began hurting him again. It’s always something!

That said, my grandmother passed away last night. It had been a long time coming so it’s not a surprise. but now I have to make plans for getting down there and making sure Ash can handle the kids at home (I’m not dragging everyone). It’s crazy and I am not sure how it is all going to work but I am sure it WILL. Just another thing I have to make it through.

Sorry for cutting this short but it’s still crazy at work. I’ll be around…