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Over at Jill’s World, she did a 20 questions thing and since I’m puttering around the office just waiting until school begins so I can sojourn back to give Elliot his lunchbox that he left in the car, I’ll do this. (That was a really long sentence!)

 

1. Favorite food:

If I had to pick a type of food I love the most, I’ll say Mexican. I love a good quesadilla, chips and salsa, guacamole! It’s pretty much my God food.thumb_600

If I had to pick one item I love most I’d go with cheese. I’ll eat any cheese any time of the day. Oh yeah.01-Cheese Platter-22001778

 

2. Flip flops or high heels:

Flip-flops, any day, any time of the year. For maybe 3 months (January to March) I do wear Merrells with fuzzy insides but I’m a Reef girl through and through.31Vj-nEMnOL._SX395_

3. Favorite places to shop for yourself:

Hard to say. Sometimes I take a stab at Khols or Bealls but I usually pick up stuff here and there at Old Navy or Macy’s. Sometimes Penny’s has good tops.

4. Standard Coffee order:

If I’m at Starbucks or Dunkin, Lite (skinny) latte with vanilla syrup. Unless it’s Fall and yes, I do the basic white girl Pumpkin Spice latte.

5. Road trip must have snack:

The last time we took a long trip, I actually brought supplies to make peanut butter sandwiches and we had lots of Goldfish and other cracker type foods; some granola bars, etc. Mostly, I have to have some water.

6. DIY or hire it out?

It really depends on the job. We’ve done most of the little things on our own but the big stuff like roof, A/C, etc have all be contracted, of course.

7. Top 5 TV shows:

Of all time? Of ALL time?? OK, here goes – in NO order: Friends, ER, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, My So-Called Life.

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8. Favorite Book:

Catcher in the Rye has been a life-long favorite and I’ve read it again and again. But so too have I read both books by Bailey White. Those stick with me because they’re Southern in nature and she speaks to me. She really does.51KWhmO1MlL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_

9. Favorite Form of Exercising:

I don’t know who I’m kidding when I say I hate running because I don’t. I hate thinking about it and then putting on all the gear and I hate that moment I step outside and realize how awful it will be. But once I’m out there and getting it done, I love it. Absolutely.527676_10102005274056563_41181530_n

 

10. How tall are you?

5’1″. Funny, I thought I was only five foot for the longest and then when I got measured once, I realized I’d been wrong!

11. Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?

You know, I always used to pride myself on picking new stuff because my husband almost always orders the same thing. But I realize that the few places we eat, I do get the same thing. La Fiesta – the 17, Mexican Chicken; Cracker Barrel – Chicken and dumplings; Sonny’s – the sliced brisket; Momo’s slice of cheese with spinach.

12. One make up item you can’t live without:

LOL you assume I wear makeup! OK, so sometimes I do and my sister turned me onto this brand you can buy at Target called ELF and it’s like a pre-foundation bronzer thing that fills in creases. I thought foundation made me look good; this stuff makes you look even better!ELF-Flawless-Finish-Foundation-SPF-15-

13. What’s on your nightstand?

A bunch of junk. LOL. Probably the following: an old cup of water, earbuds, Lush cuticle cream, nail file, anti-itch cream, Kindle, nail clippers, three half-finished bottles of lotion, my lamp, a coupon for Bed, Bath, and Beyond, a Jack Skellington bobblehead, a tin of colored pencils, and the mangled claw hand thing from an Azog toy (The Hobbit.)Azog-Version3A1

14. What’s one thing motherhood has taught you?

That I know more than I thought, yet less than I ever imagined.

15. Music that reminds you of high school:

Ha ha, this is amusing. I went through a phase of really liking old stuff so, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan. Then I was also really big into Counting Crows but still fresh out of the grunge era, so I was still into Pearl jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains. I had also begun to discover punk and ska so I loved Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Pennywise, Helmet and then I merged into other hard rock like Tool and Pantera. Shit, I just listened to a LOT of music back then.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?

Hawaii! In some little place right on the beach and I’d roll out of bed and make coffee and just sit in the sand.

17. Tell us something about you we might not know:

Hmm, should I?? No, not today. :) ;)

18. Websites you read/browse (besides blogs):

Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Tallahasse.com

19. Morning person or Night owl?

Hands down morning person. There’s a brief moment when i don’t want to get up but that doesn’t last long then I’m up and running. I love morning! I love how wonderfully new the day is and it’s sometimes cool and cit feels clean and full of opportunity.

20. Favorite Breakfast meal:

Basically, any variation of the Uncle Herschel’s Favorite from Cracker Barrel:

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Eggs Benedict (like Cumberbatch; LOL) with spinach or asparagus:download

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Beyond the End

1. It’s hard to believe, but next week’s Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What’s one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?

I could really use one more beach day. Or, if nothing else, some more time spent in the sun. Here in Florida, that’s not an issue. You can legit be tanning straight through November.

2. When were you last at ‘your wit’s end’?

Ha! Last week with those sorority girls. I couldn’t move through the sea of sheep. It drove me so crazy I nearly screamed.

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into ‘the deep end‘?

I can’t remember a time recently; nothing has been so overwhelming… Well, I guess this time last year I was given two online sections and so I had that on top of my 40/week job and the teaching face to face. I was getting it done but barely.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.

I believe in a variety of subjectivity and gray area in most things in life. So sometimes, yes, the end does justify the means. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I think some people in this society aren’t even thinking about the end and then the means is a waste of time and then, vice versa. Sometimes things need to be sacrificed for the greater good. Sometimes we ourselves need to sacrifice, not just put it on someone else’s tab.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?

Similar, I suppose, but if my kids get any kind of injury – even just a little scrape – I experience a full body shudder complete with that hair standing on end feeling. That and really spooky coincidences.

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it’s a feed your brain so you’re less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

Eggs! I could eat breakfast food at any hour of any day. That would make me oh-so happy. I’m going to go with mussels for bad mood. I like them ok but they’re bottom of that list. All those foods sound amazing.images

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is ‘no end in sight’?

Right now, grading papers. I keep getting sidetracked and cannot seem to catch up. I’m feeling very very overwhelmed today.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I had heard the rumors; I didn’t believe them. But it turned out to be true: this morning it was low 70s and not humid and the air felt cool. It was our glimpse; the promise of beautiful weather that I know Tallahassee can provide. I actually smelled it the second I walked into my kitchen and then felt it when I let the dogs outside. It was wonderful and gave me a revived sense of self. I can believe in something again outside of this oppressive heat. Though, truth be told, I am in kind of a mood today. Just sad and feeling behind and I’m sure it’s hormones since it’s been 8 weeks since my husband had his vasectomy and I am officially off the pill. There shall be some adjustment but nothing I haven’t gone through before. Just have to push forward, as always. Onward.

Random Tuesday – gross noodles, music therapy, so so tired

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  • Thus begins day two of week one; the craziest week of the entire year. It’s busier than Spring semester too.  But I kind of love it. I will say, I was so tired when I got home yesterday. But I made dinner and washed dishes but then I parked it on the couch for at least three hours. I got up and felt at a loss. My stomach hurt and I felt like maybe I had a mild case of food poisoning.
  • At our party Saturday, I ate macaroni salad. Let’s backtrack: I am repulsed by the idea and general look of macaroni salad. But it was about 10:30 PM and I had been drinking and so I ate some. And it was actually really tasty. But it had a funky aftertaste, which I attributed to the other stuff I had eaten. So I packed all the food away that evening and then took mac salad with me to work yesterday. It tasted fine at first and then about about five minutes later, it left a funky feeling in my mouth. And then my stomach hurt. So who knows what happened there but I still think I’m anti-macaroni salad.
  • This somehow reminded me of a friend I had my senior year named Andrea. She and I emailed once we parted ways and she went to some expensive college. She wrote me once and said if she didn’t like yogurt so much she’d be repulsed by it. I feel like I’m in the same boat with the noodle salad. I mean, cold noodles, man. Who thought of that??
  • On an entirely different note, I cried in my car today. Ok, almost every day last week too. You know why? because of music and my kids. I have been trying for years to get them to like my music. Not forcing it on them but in the same way my dad played music in the car and for me on our record player when I was young, it eventually seeps into your soul. My eldest son fought me forever; “Mom, I don’t LIKE music!” he’d cry. Then he discovered “Watch me whip.” Then he decided he wanted to be a dancer. And then he started liking”Geronimo” and “Shut up and Dance” and now we listen to these songs in the car together, everyone singing along (even Baby, which is hilarious) and I cry because finally, we’re all on the same page.
  • OK, it’s starting to pick up in my office so I have to go and you know, work and stuff. Ugh; work! ;)

MMMM + New semester starts… now

So apparently, I registered with WordPress nine years ago today. This is scary. Have I been blogging here that long?

Last week was super busy housework-wise and it all culminated in our party this past Saturday. I think it turned out really well. Everyone had fun, I think, and some people came who said they originally weren’t. I know I had a good time and the food was tasty. I managed to clean some that night so Sunday wasn’t all recovery. Though I didn’t do much of anything else. I did get a pedicure, which was amazing and a nice way to ease into this week: college began today!

It’s funny: the first hour of the day is always sort of calm. But as the day goes on, the lost kids and frantic “I don’t have a class” kids, and the straight up freak out kids all show up. Sometimes it’s not as bad and other semesters, it’s insane. Let’s hope today is not so bad.

Since it’s starting to pick up, I’m out but here’s my freebie week contribution:

 

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I have always liked Adam Lambert and this song does not disappoint. However, the video is pretty funky.

 

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Standing in your shoes

 

 

1. Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question  submitted by Marla, who blogs over atMarla’s Musings. Thanks Marla!

She asks-At what age did you feel like a ‘grown-up’? What keeps you young now?   

I wrote about this about maybe seven or eight years ago. The very first time I felt like I’d really become an adult was when I was walking up to the pediatrician with Elliot for his 6 week check up. I had the baby seat in my hand and a diaper bag and I just finally felt like a responsible grown-up. I remember thinking, “This is what parents do.” And to me, that was making it to adulthood.

I don’t feel very old most days but I’d say going out with friends and playing with my kids keeps me young.

2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being ‘pass the Excedrin’) how would you rate the experience?

Well MY last car was purchased in October 2006 because my old one (a ’93 Infinity) was pretty much done for. I got it for myself, not thinking much about the future and kids and all; a Honda Element. I would say the experience was straight up a 10. Billy at Honda was awesome, not pushy, and just a nice guy. Now we got Ash a car in December of 2010 because he was in an accident earlier in the year and his car was totalled. We went to Toyota to drive cars comparable to the Honda Pilot and it was a nightmare! We were like prey to those salesmen. They literally tripped over themselves to get to us and before we ever committed, started writing up paperwork. We ended up back at Honda with Billy and bought a Pilot anyway!2787072360_bc82c3d3c0_o

3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?

Hmm, tough one. I really like cornbread but corn on the cob (in the husk, 350 for 30 mins in the oven is also amazing.) But I prefer sweeter cornbread with my Thanksgiving meal.15913830731_dda9891428_z

4. What’s something in your life that regularly requires you to ‘put your thinking cap on’?

My budget! I was just doing it this morning because with Dakota being the only one in daycare and Isaac and Ell going to a different after care program, I knew I was going to save money. I found out I’m actually saving about 460 bucks! But I have to “put my thinking cap on” and write it all out. I’m pretty visual so that is how I figure out things.

5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.

 You know which movie first came to mind? School Ties. It has Brendan Frazer and Matt Damon and it’s about a Jewish kid going to a prep school in the 50s or 60s and the problems with that. I used to love it!

6. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic’ are commonly referred to as the three R’s. What are the three R’s in your life right now?

 Ok so I have to steal one: Reading, but then Running and Readying. I am reading quite a bit while on the elliptical lately but I also need to start running outside again. I am readying my materials for class this coming Monday. My syllabus is mostly done but I have to swap out one paper for another, which requires me to tweak everything ever so slightly.

7. What’s something you’ve learned or tried recently you can say was as ‘easy as ABC’?

Hmm, tough one. I mean, I honestly can’t think of anything recently where I said to myself, “That was easier than expected.” Let me just say that it’s coming to terms with Isaac being in Kindergarten. I was worried he’d not know what to do and 5 year olds always look so little standing out there in front of the school. I had a moment this morning while I watched my two boys cross the street to the school where I realized how I don’t feel nervous. So yes, letting him go and grow up has been easy.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

In 2012, I got asked to do this thing called the Guest Coaches Program over in Athletics. I got to tour the facility, eat at the athletes’ dining hall, sit in on a wide receivers meeting, sit with the admins and ask questions, then watch a practice. THEN, I also got tickets to the Wake Forest game. Well the other night, I got invited again. It’s too bad I skipped the Jameis Winston years but that’s ok. I am just honored to have been asked again. I’m excited; go Noles!

Random Tuesday – Can’t muster a good post

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  • I’m writing this Monday afternoon so I don’t know just yet how the kids’ first day went. I just hope they didn’t get wet n the walk to the new aftercare. It’s about 3-4 blocks away and at the time school got out, it was looking pretty dark out there.
  • I admit to being nervous about them switching to the other after care but what made me happy was that both their teachers had a sheet that made me initial to verify how they were getting home/leaving school at the end of the day. I like that organization!
  • I feel fat today and all I have had was a tuna sub with a load of vegetables. I don’t get it!
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  • So the kids did great yesterday. Both were happy with their rooms and teachers and I have a good feeling about this year. They were a bit out of sorts though after that day. It’s so hard for me to put myself in their shoes sometimes and understand how they internalize everything. I mean, that first day must be such a weird thing for them to process.
  • There were no dumb sorority girls sitting in my way this morning, thankfully. I had it all planned out in my head too. if they were there, I was going to ask them for their supervisor’s number so I could complain. That would have really freaked them out.
  • It’s about that time… time to start running outside again. No more elliptical. Or… elliptical in the morning still and afternoon runs also. I cannot imagine how I will do with that but I know I have to do.
  • I’m sorry this isn’t very entertaining or random; it’s a very busy time of year for me!

MMMM + Kids are back in school!

Man, I felt great about this morning until I remembered about Rush week. Those dumb girls just sit in all the public walking areas and even on the building steps and I can’t get through! I see red when this happens and I never ask nicely. I mean, how stupid do you have to be to block people from walking? OK, I’m letting this go now because you know what? My kids started school today!

Dakota moved up to the 2 year old room, Isaac started kindergarten, and Elliot is in 3rd now. It’s insane how quickly time passes. They all did great this morning. Dakota I wasn’t worried about but Isaac I was. He was quiet but he didn’t cry and he even smiled before I left. I call that a win. Ell was fine, of course. He just wants a good teacher and I do have high hopes for this woman. I’m pretty excited to hear from them at the end of the day!

SO. Weekend. We just a literal ton of work on Saturday in the yard: mowing, weed whacking, weeding by hand, moving old deck concrete supports, and hedge pruning. I was exhausted by noon but we still went out to lunch. Every single one of us napped then later, we did some more yard work – nitpicky stuff – and Elliot played with Matthew for a bit. Ash picked up the keg and we finagled that thing into working. It wasn’t as easy as you’d think! But finally, we had beer flowing’ in our own garage and all was right with the world.

Yesterday was less work intensive. I ran to target EARLY to avoid every other mom shopping for school supplies. In fact, I got everything I needed to do done in a timely manner. It was odd to be on the couch at 9:30 and NOT have laundry still in the dryer or things to fold. I had all the kids’ school supplies organized and in bags by the door. I was at peace with day one of school. Now I can do my work work at the pace I set. And I am!

 

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This was the song that came to m first and well, I think it speak volumes to the theme.

Friday Five – Semi-sick, orientation, games, beer

Five Thoughts:

  1. It’s certainly been a week. I was busy at work – which is good of course – but then home life was nutty because 4/5 of us didn’t feel well. First it was baby then Ell and Ash had stomach issues, then I had a funk in my throat and a foggy head. I even took a half day yesterday to recover at home. That was nice – I finally swept my darn kitchen – but it also made me feel behind.
  2. I am taking another half day today because the boys have orientation in the afternoon. I am actually really excited (yet nervous) about it. If you recall, I met with the principal to discuss Elliot’s third grade teacher. I hope SO very much that they put him with Miss Arassi. If not her, then Bosarge. I don’t know much about the other ones but I know Miss Arassi helped my boss’s grandson a whole lot. And as for Isaac, he can’t get the same teacher Elliot had because she’s taking a year off. It sucks but I think Isaac could adapt to anyone, unlike my oldest.
  3. So there’s this Japanese puzzle game from the early 2000s that I am really good at. Like, I used to beat the ever-loving crap out of guys who thought that were God’s gift to the gaming world. It’s a jewel matching game – somewhat like Bejeweled and somewhat like Tetris – and Ash modded his Dreamcast so we’ve been playing it. My oldest boy is a cocky little thing and he was certain he’d beat me. Ooh, what a moment that was when I just beat his butt. It was everything I could do not to rub it in his face. He was seething with anger but I think he learned a good lesson. Meanwhile, I played single player last night and beat every comp opponent until the final and then got my ass handed to me. Sigh. I guess I have some work to do.
  4. I posted the pic on Instagram last night (and have shared below) but Ash and I went out last night (separately) and we both came home with a beer glass! LOL. He went to Goodwill to check out their specific electronics store but ended up finding a glass from the brewery we’re going to tour in October. Meanwhile I wanted a slightly smaller one. Our keg will be delivered Saturday and while he found some big handled mugs to keep frosty in the freezer, I thought a nice small one would do for weekday drinking. I am really pretty pumped about having beer on tap in my garage.
  5. Today is my sister’s birthday! I really need to stop thinking of her as being so young. It’s a subconscious thing; in my mind, she’s still, like, 22. Today, she will be 31. I know, that’s bad. But she still struggles to make it day to day. Yes, she has a job and a boyfriend and pays her bills (for the most part) but I guess that’s why I can’t ever think of her as that old. Also, thinking about her real age reminds me of how old I am. LOL.

Five Photos:

Here are the glasses we purchased. Bring on the beer!IMG_20150813_192841_resized

 

I walked on campus the other day and found this awesome old tree:IMG_20150811_115720_resized

 

And some random stuff from Pinterest:416803e8159275d531c8977c40317d9a

 

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Wednesday Hodgepodge – Glad to be back

1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?

The last time we moved was in-town. I have moved five times in this city: from the dorm to an apartment, to another apartment, to a rental house, to a townhouse, to the house we have now. I believe the last time, Ash and I rented a fairly large U-Haul and had friends help us unpack. I kind of hate moving but I do like setting up all my stuff and realizing what can be thrown out or given away. The worst part is just how overwhelming it can be to have to assess all your belongings. It can be ridiculous.

2. When were you last ‘moved to tears’? Explain.

Ha! To be honest, it was watching Full House last night, believe it or not. It was an episode I had never seen and Stephanie asked a boy to the dance and he stood her up. Unbeknownst to her, Danny talked to the kid and then she stood up the kid on a subsequent date. It all worked out and as she was leaving to actually go on a date with the kid, she ran back into the house and hugged her dad, thanking him for being involved in her life. I just had a little moment.

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car…any forbidden foods? What’s the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

In my car, I’m not too picky because I have an Element and most surfaces just wipe down. My husband’s Pilot is a no-eating zone unless we’re on a longer trip and they can then have cracker type foods only. Our go-to snack is indeed Goldfish. Oh, and all waters even must have lids. the last thing I ate in the car was probably a Zebra Cake and I had no business eating that whatsoever!

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.
18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses – Kathy Mattea. It was the first one that came to mind.

5. What’s your most frequently visited drive-thru…Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?

For sure, Starbucks. Though lately, my car’s been having idling issues so I avoid it. I will say, if I promise the kids Chik-fil-a, I refuse to sit inside so we pick up. And I have been trying to use CVS’s drive-thru a lot more often.

6. “He who hesitates is lost”…would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the ‘lost’ category?

What if your hesitation is really just being cautious and evaluating the situation? Then in that case, it’s the smarter choice. I tend to wait an appropriate amount of time but have been known to jump on a decision and have it end poorly.

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

Hmm, that typically does not happen to me. I have a really good sense of direction. I honestly cannot think of one!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

 The bulk of my summer work is done now, yay! I have some other things on my plate but they aren’t difficult or time-sensitive, really. I’m going to rearrange the grad lounge mailboxes today and I have to place an order for a keg. The day began rainy but it seems to be lightening up now. I didn’t have *quite* enough coffee and I am feeling at a loss right now. Guess I’ll finish up this entry and then get started. Sometimes by forcing myself to do work, I feel motivated to do more.

Random Tuesday – It’s always something

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  • SO, half the daycare got Hand, Foot, and Mouth which, if you have a kid who’s had it, is kind of a joke. At least, in our experience. The rash is half-assed and she barely ran a fever. Let me clarify: I am thankful for only these symptoms. I have just only seen this side of it, I guess.
  • I had to pick her up yesterday and do you know how much work I have to do? HA! I mean, it’s so much there aren’t words to describe it. But I offered the boys to go home with us and what a mistake. I even picked them up lunch but then they were whiny brats all afternoon. I felt worn down after spending the day with that.
  • Today I am still grading and putting out fires in the department. Like my title suggests, it’s always something.
  • Whew, I just did a ton of stuff and I feel like my head is spinning. I really did want to post this SOME time today!
  • I saw my running buddy today. Not someone I run WITH or someone I even know. Just a guy we always see running down the same road. He always runs up Mitchell as we drive down it on the way to school. He always waves and is a polite runner; observes proper etiquette. He also always wears a cotton shirt and must be hating life after a long run.
  • I pissed off my boss this morning, unintentionally. I know she’d never tell me but I can tell. I am torn between people higher up telling me to do stuff and her wanting to keep it insular. Ugh.
  • My kids have been really into Pee Wee’s Big Adventure lately. I remember watching it when it was about their age – 6 or 7 – and loving it too. Funny how some things don’t fade away. Also, you can’t go wrong with Tim Burton.
  • I’m so sorry this post didn’t post in the AM; this has been a crazy day and now that stuff has calmed down, I want to take a nap!