Friday Five – Yay for week’s end

Five Thoughts:

  1. I took a minute this morning, as I was walking into work, to notice the sounds around me: tweeting birds, the Westcott fountain, a mourning dove, cars in the distance. Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down and be mindful. I left a little early yesterday because I have been feeling on the verge of illness for a few days. My intention was to sleep but I couldn’t. I just could not nap. Then I realized that the chicken I bought on my way home never made it home; I didn’t remember putting it away. Checking my receipt, I realized the cashier didn’t even ring it up! So I had to go back to the store and get it but I also stopped into Panera for an iced latte. That little treat for myself really pulled me out of my funk.
  2. Though I am strictly a Japanese car person, I have decided that some day I will own a Jeep Rubicon. It’s so big and beasty; I think it would make me feel strong.
  3. Since it is my half-day Friday, I feel all motivated. I think it is because I know I only have a few hours in which to finish up work that I put off all week. I’d work so well in a goal-oriented job instead of one that requires I be here 40 hours a week.
  4. We started over on Game of Thrones and it’s fun to see stuff that happened a long time ago in that fictional chronology and fill in the gaps with what I know now. I also want to mention that everyone up in arms about all the rape needs to calm the eff down. It’s fiction, everyone. People like to watch crazy movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre too but you don’t see anyone protesting skinning someone. Stop with the hypocrisy.
  5. I finished Sherlock two nights ago and now I am empty. If you’ve seen it, you know how I feel. I’m starting to believe TJLC – The Johnlock Conspiracy – the idea that them being together was the endgame all along. Is it so unbelievable to think that they wouldn’t do that? I mean, there’s plenty of British shows with that theme; I think people could buy it. And shippers totally would. But ugh; have to wait until year’s end for season 4. I haz the sadz.

Five Photos:



What should have happened on the tarmac




The funniest part is the caption on this in various places around the net: “The sea pancake demands sacrifice.” LOL.


Would love to spend my weekend wherever this is possible


Last Monday we got drinks from Sonic and walked at Lake Ella.


Wednesday Hodgepodge – Some good Qs this time

1. Did you do anything ‘memorable’ this past weekend?

I suppose you could say that when we went to Wild Adventures with our middle kid, that was pretty memorable. mostly because it was just him and us. That doesn’t happen too often these days!
2. Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying-

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Your thoughts? Do you somehow acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms you enjoy? Did your upbringing contribute to that sense of appreciation? If you’re a parent, are there specific things you do to pass on this sense of responsibility and appreciation to your own children in regard to the freedoms they enjoy?

I think I do try to instill in my children that there are others who do not enjoy the freedoms we do so that we need to be thankful. We both try to show them that we work hard for the cushy lifestyle they enjoy. My husband is probably a little more hardcore about making sure we keep fighting for their freedoms but I definitely think my upbringing and his instilled that in us. Our parents lived in the 50s and 60s and their parents had that idea of “you WILL have more than we did”, hence, my parents made sure I had better also. So yes, Reagan was spot on.

3. Loudest noise you’ve ever heard?

Pretty sure it was when Ash and I went to a Lagwagon/Vandals concert in Tampa. The venue was kind of like a huge warehouse and down in front, near the speakers, your hearing was gone. Just gone. I didn’t hear right for three days.

4. What was the last thing you ate that might be considered ‘junk food’? Did you enjoy it?

I brought my lunch yesterday but the sandwich called for chips so I went to the hot dog stand on campus and got a little bag of Cheetos and man, those are so good… and so bad for you.

5. When was the last time you were somewhere the crowd felt ‘packed in like sardines’?

I guess EPCOT is the answer here. Even though it was not as crowded as I have seen it in the past, it was the Flower and Garden festival and some places were very crowded. 

6. Are you organized when it comes to packing for a trip? Do you make a list weeks in advance or toss items in last minute? Are you a carry-on only sort of packer or do you need an entire suitcase for your shoes?

Yes! I once drew a diagram of my car and where everything would be packed. It depends on how we are traveling as to how I pack. If it’s a quick trip, I definitely try to be as minimalist as possible. If we’re driving and have room, I bring a little extra.

7. What was the last sporting event you attended in person? Did your team win? Did you care?

Do kids’ sports count? If not, then last November we took the boys to an FSU game. And of course they won; they had an undefeated season… until they got to playoffs. I do care, a little. I mean, my family have been Noles for a very long time.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

I went against one of my cardinal rules this morning: I commented on a controversial FB post. Some days, I just want to argue and tell people they’re being ridiculous and unreasonable. But then I make enemies. I really need to learn to have more self control. 

That said, I’m moving on. I have much to do and less time to do it in!

Random Tuesday – Long hiatus; I’m sorry

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  • Sorry for the lack of posting; I don’t normally blog on Thursday, Friday we went to Wild Adventures, Saturday was beach day, then the last two we spent relaxing. I had no interest in being on my computer, to be honest.
  • I will admit I used my laptop a bit… but only to watch Sherlock episodes. I only have one more before I am caught up and then ::sobbing:: it won’t be back until early 2016!c1d948bc5daababf8970b000bbd9bdd8
  • So yeah, we had a super long four days. We had a great time at the theme park, even if it is in South Georgia. It is really not a bad place. I will say, I got on a ride with Isaac and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I’m not big on “thrill rides” so the below was a little bit of a shock to me.
  • Yeah, not good for people who are a little iffy on these types of rides.
  • But in general, a great time and I got a lot of sun. My tan is looking excellent, people!
  • We then went to the beach on Saturday and spent basically all day. I wish we had been able to stay with the rest of our friends and eat down there but we left around 6 and got into town at 8, then hit up Sonny’s. Needless to say, baby had a lot  of late night, from Thursday until Sunday. But I made her go to bed on time last night… except she didn’t fall asleep until an hour later. Ahh, third children. Everything is a little more slack.
  • I tell you, I made it a point to do very little on Sunday. I ran to Target and Costco and otherwise, I sat around. In fact, I didn’t even feel my normal weekend push to accomplish all the things. It was… refreshing.

OK, Tuesday Chat prompt:

I love music!!  I have not shared any music around here lately. 
I found a great song for the Summer!  
Do you have a go to Summer Song?  
Do you find a new one each Season?

As I have said before, my go-to is Jimmy Buffett, but I also love some country songs that cater to the fun of summer. Here are a few I just love. I don’t usually go looking for new ones but I am down for some suggestions!



and now, a Jimmy song:


Wednesday Hodgepodge – Check


1. Did you make someone laugh yesterday? Was it intentional?

Yes, Baby Girl. She was NOT happy at all and daycare called to tell me she wouldn’t sleep. She didn’t HAVE to go home but they gave me the preemptive call so she could go back (24 hour rule). SO, I retrieved her and brought her back to my office. I have an arsenal of little toys in here already and I tried my hardest to get a smile out of her.

2. What’s a simple question with a complicated answer?

Who are you?

3. Rhododendrons or azaleas…you have to choose. Are any currently blooming in your yard?

We have azaleas in our yard and all over town. I love them but our big bush didn’t bloom as much this year. I think the spring sort of fizzled and we didn’t get much of a flowering season.

4.  May 21st is National Waitstaff Day. Have you ever worked as a waiter/waitress? How would you rate the experience? What was the best/worst part of the job?

No, I have actually never worked that job. I did scoop ice cream for about two weeks and I was a cashier in a grocery store for about six months but I just never wanted to be a waitress. However, I agree with my husband that we’d both be pretty good at it. I feel like I’d have a knack for the right amount of times to go by a table and the right questions to ask. We’ve had a lot of really bad ones in our time eating out – which doesn’t happen that often anymore! Now I just wait my own table at home. My kids certainly think I am their waitress.

5.  What fashion trend for women should be outlawed? How about one for men?

For women, rompers for sure. My infant wore rompers but 21 year old women should NOT. I want to also remind people that leggings belong UNDER something else like a long shirt; not worn by themselves.

For men, tight jeans. Like, super tight hipster style where I can see your junk. No, just no.

6. Name a writer who inspires you…now tell us why.

Anne Lamott because she is a wealth of common sense knowledge. And Bailey White because she was a second grade teacher in rural Georgia and then wrote a book.
7.  What well known quote or saying sums up your plans for today or this week?

“Don’t put the cart before the horse.” I have a lot to do and getting it all right this week will make everything a lot smoother.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I’m just plowing through work today and it’s a wonderful feeling. Don’t you love days when you feel motivated and… alive? They don’t happen to me but maybe once or twice each week and I have come to realize this is just fact. It’s not to say I don’t get stuff done on the other days but it’s like torture, drudgery. I slog through tasks and have to give myself mental pep talks throughout. But not today! Nope, I’m accomplished today.

Random Tuesday – New hires, beach days, and a little story

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  • So they hired a person to replace my office manager, who is retiring. The previous person was named Carolyn, and we already have another Carolyn in the office. Now, before her, the manager’s name was Debra, and my direct boss is also Deborah. Care to guess the new girl’s name? Yeah it’s mine. There’s another me! Out of all the names this girl could have… sigh. The confusion will get very annoying, I tell you that.
  • Remember how I talked about THE busy week in May? Well, it’s here. We had baseball last night, he has his final game and end of year party tomorrow, VPK graduation and pool party on Thursday, Wild Adventures all day Friday, then beach all day Saturday.  Tonight is our only night to of nothing. And I am very excited about that. When did my life get SO busy? I think this is why they made beer.
  • Beer sounds good; yes it is only 8:30 but really, my day goes like this: coffee, water, water, beer, beer, water. Ok, maybe not EVERY day. But some!
  • The hotel we’re staying on for the first few nights in Hawaii is a mere two blocks from the Kona brewing company. This could be very dangerous! The tour is only 5 bucks so we’re definitely doing it.
  • I realize we don’t go to Hawaii until October but I can see myself become a little impatient after we hit the beach on Saturday. Though the gulf beaches are indeed beautiful, once you’ve seen Hawaii, it’s hard to beat that.

OK, let’s move onto Tuesday Chat:


The last photo you took with a cell phone, or a camera:  
Write a story about the picture in 10 sentences or less.

The coffee in her hand had yet to infused itself throughout her veins; the effects had not yet wakened her mind. She’d been startled awake by the alarm feeling exhausted still but immediately thinking about the day ahead and how much had been piled on her plate the day before: meetings, endless spreadsheets, and dealing with a co-worker she hated. Just another day in her otherwise empty life. As she slipped out of the car and tried to gather herself, she was momentarily stunned by the sight before her above the parking lot. The sun burned bright behind a sea of rippled clouds and it muted the light in such a fantastic way she could not help but stare and wonder. Nature truly had some force behind it to leave her so bereft of thought. The sky spread out vast before her and she temporarily forgot the annoyances and daily minutiae ; she was merely there, in that moment. She had never felt so present in one mere minute before and she was keenly aware that she may never see another sunrise like that again. Holding onto that image, taking a mental snapshot, she stood there for as long as she could, reveling in the first time in a long time that she felt truly alive.


That was the sky this morning but that definitely isn’t me! But I still like the idea. Ok, what’s on your blog today?

MMMM + Fun in the sun weekend

It’s a miracle I got to work today; people are driving like utter crap out there! I feel like this happens every so often: one morning is just insanely bad. I’d blame the moon but it is 0% illuminated, according to my moon phases app.

So yes, our weekend. Well, Ash decided to be a benevolent husband and take us out for burgers on Friday. He just doesn’t eat them that often but my idea of a good time is a beer and a huge cheeseburger – which is exactly what we had at Midtown Caboose. So good. We then went to see Mad Max. I haven’t seen a movie that crazy and action packed in a really long time. I actually appreciate the fact they didn’t spend a lot of time on plot and story; it worked well the way it was. Also, Tom Hardy is a huge puppy dog. Amiright?



Anyway, Ell had an evening game and they did really well. We played a hard team too.

Saturday, Isaac had a birthday party so he and Ash went there and I stayed home with the others and made lunch and did some cleaning. Didn’t do a lot in the afternoon; the kids wanted to go to the pool but neither of us really wanted to. What we did end up doing – since it started raining – was go to Target and buy a new inflatable pool. We didn’t use it until Sunday but we did inflate it. Finally – a reason to use the compressor Ash begged for!

That night, I watched the last episode of Sherlock, season one, while the boys watched a Jackie Chan movie. It was relaxing, I’d say.

Sunday, Ash ran early and then Elliot had a birthday party at the arcade so Ash took both boys and baby and I did stuff. I put a little more air in the pool (big deal; I don’t like compressors) and filled it with water, then we went to the grocery store. She’s teething so she’s tired and full of drool; it’s not a happy time for her. But when she woke up and joined the boys in the pool, she was pretty pleased. We were out there all afternoon; at some point I sat out in the sun and she laid next to me in the shade; it was adorable. At another point, Elliot’s friend who lives around the corner came by so he left to play basketball for a bit. It was a very relaxing afternoon. We finished it off with a big steak dinner, a little Sherlock for me, and Game of Thrones. And now, here we are: Monday morning. And sigh.



It’s a freebie week and after last week’s video I posted, I have been listening to Ozzy a lot. Here’s some more!

(Like all hard rock vids, I suppose some advisory is necessary?)

There’s one from his 90s work but now let’s take it way back to the 80s:



Friday Five – Thank God for the Weekend!

Five Thoughts:

  1. Last week, I kept starting posts and never finishing them. It’s funny: this session in summer is usually REALLY slow. But stuff has been coming up left and right. I’m not complaining about being busy, no sir. I appreciate it. But still. I’d like a little bit of calm.
  2. I stepped in gum in my new shoes. You know why this bothers me? I’m not really a gum person, for the most part, but I hate that it reminds me of an aspect of our society/culture that I hate: when we’re done with something, we just get rid of it, no matter what. So long as it is out of our sight, we’re happy. So, done with gum, thrown on ground. Like, who does that? How irresponsible are you to just thrown it wherever you feel like? I guarantee those are the same people who chuck a still-lit cigarette out the window of their car – another pet peeve of mine.
  3. Sorry for the negativity this morning. It’s cloudy and chances are it will rain and I’m greedy and I want SUN. I want it to be hot and sunny and I’ll accept the sweat if it means the sun is out. I know that may sound crazy but I am overall happier in the sun.
  4. Next week is our crazy busy week and I am just trying NOT to think about it. If I take it one day I might retain some of my sanity.
  5. I’ve been listening to Ozzy all week. What are some bands you go back to time and again?

Five Photos:




A woman at the shelter trying to sell my kids on a puppy. Hell no.


Taking a looong walk.


Save the bees! They pollinate.



A sarlac pit in your toilet? That’s genius!



My son knows this all too well.

Writer’s workshop – Guilty (pleasure)


2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: guilty

I chose to take this prompt one step further because guilty pleasure was the first thing to come to mind when I read it. And speaking of reading, that’s where this is headed.

SO, I like reading fan fiction. More specifically, I really love getting involved in a new fandom. There’s so much fun involved in finding out what pairings people are into and then, what fics they write that go beyond the surface storyline. Here, let me give you an example.


or, Bagginshield, if you like.

A ridiculous name but the fandom term for the Thorin and Bilbo pairing. It’s quite popular, within most fandoms, for slash pairings and this one is out there in abundance And once you see it, you can’t unsee it. Type either one of those words into Google image search and you’ll see what I mean. (Or don’t, if you fear ruining the Hobbit forever for yourself, but I’m going to show you something anyway.)


Now go watch The Hobbit and you know, there’s a subtext, just below the surface. Those two are totally in love. Hence, the word “ship”, as in, I ship them. As in, I see them being in a relationship. But I’m getting off topic. It’s a total guilty pleasure to immerse yourself in this subculture. Every time I discover a new fandom to read about, I feel like I’ve been granted access to a secret underground society where everyone understands. They write these stories from head cannon (things they imagine are real within that world) and mostly, I love stumbling upon GOOD writers. There’s a lot of it that’s pure crap. Not everyone is a great writer but I still commend them for trying.

I made the mistake of delving into the fandom for Sherlock, which I just started watching. Do a quick search for Johnlock. Go ahead. It’s fun! See? Aww, adorable. And entirely accurate.30c9578678ec1fd9668b538ce2096b52

Some may think it’s a gigantic waste of time to sit around reading this but let me remind you that stupid 50 Shades began as Twilight fanfic. So even if it’s not your thing, lend some credence to it; that author is a gazillionaire now. And it will continue to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Deadlines, summer stuff

1. When is your next big deadline? What’s it for? 

BIG deadline? I guess this data collection I have to do for my boss because she is in Florence. It won’t take me too long but it’s kind of important. I have one week from yesterday to add up a lot of numbers.
2. May is National Barbecue Month  Do you prefer cooking indoors or out? What’s the best thing about a barbecue? What was the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill?

I like when Ash makes steak or hamburgers or even corn on the grill but I’d prefer indoor cooking. I’d say we do a lot of it in the Fall because we have friends over to watch NFL games. The last thing we had was hamburgers a few weeks ago. The best thing about it – to me – is the idea of summertime and getting together outdoor for fun.

3. What is one thing on your ‘never again’ list?

LOL I 100% agree with our host: I’d be ok to avoid roller coasters, though some of the smaller ones are alright. I hate big drops. And I also agree that never is a strong word but I probably won’t have any more kids.

4. What’s something that annoys you about people your age? Something you love about your generation?

That is hard to say. I’m going to go with the fact that a lot of parents my age want to be friends with their kids instead of parents. They worry too much about their children “not liking them” when in truth, that’s only half of the role you play as bearer to them. Your job – our job – is to raise them right, not just pander to them so we feel validated by them. Their whims cannot decide your feelings. Something I love, though, is that we’ve lived a lot of our lives pre-9/11 so we understand what it was like before and see how it is now. I think most people my age kind of use that to our advantage.

5. Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy…your favorite purple flower?

I like those irises quite a bit but I’d take a purple orchid over all of them.33481_756102625_gallery_image_thumb_large
6. Whats a song that always calms you down?

I don’t know if I really have any one song that does it but the past few years, this one has really worked.
7. What’s the last thing you donated?

Clothes, for sure. I gave a bunch of stuff Baby Girl outgrew to the woman down the road whose daughter is about to give birth to a girl. I was going to try to sell it at the kids’ second hand place but this was a better use of it.
8. Insert your own random thought here.   
Guys, guys, let me tell you something: I finally started watching Sherlock – because everyone told me to – and I GET it. I really understand now why everyone’s so nuts about it. I am not the biggest Cumberbatch fan out there but I love this character. And Martin Freeman is ridiculously adorable and well, yeah. I’m fully entrenched now.tumblr_mhy12oBsr61rig4yqo1_1280

Random Tuesday – Misunderstanding, wasps, run in the heat

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  • I keep forgetting I have to go to the doctor this afternoon; I hate when that happens and you keep having that moment of “oh yeah, I have to do that.” Why can’t I keep track of stuff anymore? Am I getting that old?
  • On Isaac’s Mother’s Day card thing where they asked him questions, he said I was 70. Then again, Elliot said I was taller than the Hulk, which is fairly amusing for an 8 year old. Like, really son? I get Isaac having no concept of age. Though Elliot’s friend thought Isaac was 3. He’s 5. So, you know…
  • A few weeks ago I opened my office window because it was too darn cold in here and was greeted by a gigantic wasp nest right up under the ledge. I immediately slammed the window shut and hadn’t opened it since. Yesterday, a guy finally came in and did away with it. So this morning, I have my window open and it is glorious… until it gets hotter anyway. This week we’re seeing mid 90s temps!
  • Speaking of that, I chose the worst day to go back to running. I was dying out there! I only did two miles but I felt pretty good overall. Aside from the fact that when I was getting ready, my sports bra broke. A plastic connector piece just snapped right off. It’s so hard to find reasonably priced sports bras for people with big boobs. Sigh.
  • OK, that’s all the random I have for you. I really need to do actual work. Well, after the Tuesday Chat prompt!

Since it is our host’s birthday on Wednesday, we have to surprise her! I chose a few fun pictures she might find interesting. ;)




How cool are those?


Oh Spidey…



Outfit swaps are funny