MMMM + Yay March!

Yeah, I’m not sorry to see February go. Can we also see some warm weather? It’s supposed to be 77 today and OMG, I’m about in heaven just thinking about it. Bring it on.

Our weekend was ok, considering the rain and gloom. Elliot had his first baseball practice at 9 Saturday morning. Everyone showed, even in the rain, and they had a great practice. I have high hopes for this team actually. All the kids seem dedicated and seem to have talent. He has another practice Tuesday and that will be the schedule until the end of the month when games start.

We didn’t do a whole lot else; we walked the dogs and looked at washing machines at Sears but the boys were in rare form and we had to remove them from public. I don’t know what came over them but it was fairly ridiculous. I won’t take “It’s hard to be good” as an excuse from those kids. Their default setting is good, in my opinion. Sigh.

I had to really calm myself this morning because Elliot pushed me to the brinks of insanity but I’m ok. I got my coffee and took my Endoflex and now I am getting through the last of some on-going tasks. If I can finish all this today, I am leaving early to get a pedicure. Rewards are good.

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Today’s them is all about the Caribbean/Island feel so here goes; all Jimmy today

Friday Five – Trying to add more substance

Five Thoughts:

  1.  I am excited about a new prospect we’re working on in the house; a new rule really. We’re going to implement an hour of productive time for everyone. This is born out of Elliot’s recent lower grade in English and his loss of drive for school. What we realized is that we can’t very well make him read or do practice comprehension worksheets if we’re watching TV or playing games. So this way, we all have to work on something, be it house things or otherwise. Personally, I want to spend more time on my journal. I started a creative journal/bullet journal of sorts and have let it completely fall by the wayside. I find that if I am productive at home, I tend to be more motivated at work and vice versa. So hopefully, this will be good for all aspects of our lives.
  2.  Baseball season is upon us; Ell has his first meeting/practice tomorrow morning. He’s on the same team (name) as last year and the woman who took over for our coach who ditched us is the coach again. Hayden and Grant are also still there, as well as a kid who was on his tee ball team. I love the first time a team meets; seeing the other kids and gauging their talent and getting to know other parents. Even though I am sometimes nervous about chatting with strangers, it’s still kind of fun.
  3. I was kind of sad to miss my Wednesday Hodgepodge blog post this week; I really like that one. But I just couldn’t muster anything on that day; I was just too ill.
  4. I finally caught up on some of my grading; thank God. I feel like I crawled out of a deep dark hole. Sometimes when I leave too many things undone, my whole life suffers. I’m depressed about it and can’t find the wherewithal to get it together. Does this happen to you?
  5. Two weeks ago I bit the inside of my lip while eating and it has been this horrible open sore for that long. I’m prone to them but MY GOD… the on-going pain. And it won’t seem to heal because it rests on my damn teeth. I’m SO over it. OVER.

Five Photos:

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This is The Volcano House in Hawaii; we’ve booked a night there for our trip.

Here’s hoping the thing is erupting like this!

 

Back from the dead

There’s a card in this online game I play called Antique Healbot (Elliot pronounces it AN-ti-cue) and when it comes into play, it says, “Back from the junk heap!” And that is what my brain said as I typed that title. I literally am back from the shit; we were all down and out from Sunday on. I went home after class Tuesday and the younger ones were done throwing up and felt fine but Ash and I both had extreme stomach pain. I felt like a million tiny swords were trying to burst forth from my gut. The downside of how I got this illness is that, unlike the kids, my stomach didn’t expel all its contents and start to recover. No, I just felt like absolute crap for  a solid twenty four hours. I woke Wednesday morning feeling… ok. Stomach was slightly better but I had the headache of the century. Elliot had his biography parade (everyone got to show off their projects) at nine so I ended up just taking him to school close to when it starts and staying for that. Then I dropped off a package at FedEx, ran to the doc to get them to correct the date on Dakota’s shot records (they effed this up last week and without the right date, she was not allowed to be at daycare!), then I picked up some chicken, kale, sweet potato soup from Fresh Market and some crusty bread and headed home.download

It was exactly what I needed: I sat in bed and did work, then I napped, then ate, then napped, then graded and cleaned. By the time everyone was home, I felt pretty much back to normal; 93% at least. Ash had to work late to make up for time he took off earlier so we had breakfast dinner, which is one of the coziest, most warming things to have on a cold rainy day. When he got home, we basically just camped on the couch. Clearly, everyone needed a time out. I see a connection between that and the above card’s ability: I definitely needed to restore eight health to myself.

I feel a renewed interest in work today. I was feeling buried under all the projects I can never seem to complete but I am slowly crawling my way out. I am messing with the Summer and Fall schedules, I am grading my FSU papers (this is one I was REALLY behind on), and I feel like I CAN do this.

I want to get back to blogging more consistently and also, doing my creative journal. Once I do, I think I will have things a lot more under control in my life. Heck, just getting this posted has made me feel a lot better. Anyway, I hope you are all well. I must move on to the next stage of today: teaching.

 

Random Tuesday – Get up just to get knocked back down

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  • The robins have migrated further south than they normally do and on Sunday, my yard and surrounding trees were a-buzz with their activity. I don’t know if I have ever witnessed anything like it. All day they flew above, sometimes descending to my grass to eat grubs and then suddenly, they’d all take flight and head to the trees again. Baby and I watched them for a long time; it was a natural wonder.
  • My Endoflex finally arrived so now I am more… balanced. It regulates hormones in a natural way and I definitely feel better when I take it. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that essential oils are a miracle but I am continuously surprised by the fact that they do work.
  • As I was walking out to get the kids yesterday (normally Ash’s job but he was home with a bum back/neck) I got THE CALL: Dakota had thrown up. Wee; 24 hours of banishment from school. I got her home and boy. she sure seemed fine but that piece of toast sat on her stomach a mere, oh, 15 seconds before it made a reappearance so we nixed food for the evening and tried to make the best of it. No one was “normal” last night; the boys couldn’t even sit through a movie – really rare for them – and it seemed like we were all off.
  • I made myself a grilled cheese, bacon, and avocado sandwich and had a glass of red wine. Not long after, I could not keep myself awake; the urge to sleep overtook me and as I walked into the bedroom, making my valiant attempt at folding clothes, I simply passed out. But only for about an hour. I was then awake until 11, reading. However, Ash was so uncomfortable that he tossed and turned and I was then awake from 3-4. Greeeeat.
  • So this morning, I was making lunches and breakfasts – Dakota gave toast another go and as of 7:35 when I left, it was still residing in her belly – and Isaac decided he also wanted toast because his stomach felt funny. Yup, well, he’s now also staying home with Ash and Baby. Stupid stomach bug.
  • Meanwhile, I feel fine but my stomach is definitely a little floppy. I pray to God I do not get this too. I have got to teach my class today and then I can head out. Would be pretty crappy to be sick AND have to stay home with the younger ones!

That’s all I can muster today; I have to prep for class then I need to relax. This week is already crazy!

The world on my shoulders

I have been exceedingly overwhelmed and behind schedule; it’s starting to wear on me. This weekend was FULL of things and I managed to get through Saturday morning without freaking out. In fact, instead of thinking about it too much, I just… got through it. And before I knew, the two soccer games and end of season parties were done. Thank God. Stats: Elliot *almost* scored three goals but he saved about five while playing goalie. Isaac’s team had seven goals all season, five of them he scored himself. As of one PM Saturday, soccer season was put to rest. On Sunday evening, around 4:30, I received the email about baseball. LOL. It never ends, does it? OK, I chose to do this, I know.

The menfolk went camping almost directly after soccer ended; Isaac took a brief nap and Ash loaded the car. The site was a little under an hour away where they met his friends who had already set up. All they had to bring was food and clothes. I hear they had fun: canoeing, hot dogs on the fire, potato gun fights. Small ones though. We have a potato launcher that would kill you if aimed at a person. Ash said they didn’t complain about sleeping in a tent and woke feeling great. Though Elliot did puke the next morning, we surmise it was from too much junk food. He’s not used to overdoing it on chips and sweets.

Baby and I whiled away our hours, playing, cleaning, and getting food from Whole Foods. Once she was asleep, I pretty much just lazed around. Ok, untrue. I graded papers and read. The next morning, we got a lot done in the house and the boys were all home a bit before one. We didn’t do much; Ash has a really bad ache in his neck, to the point where he can barely turn his head. We sort of watched the Oscars; I was more focused on getting laundry done and making dinner. Once that was done, I was just exhausted.

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That’s all I’ve got; it’s Monday and I suck. Come back tomorrow for coherent thoughts.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Random this week!

1. When did you last have to interact, either by phone or in person, with someone in a government run agency? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the experience? (10 being fabulous and 1 being pass the Tylenol)

This one is funny to me; I work for the state (granted, at a University) so I speak frequently to a government run agency! The last person I spoke to, one E. Crabtree, was very kind. She is one of the handful of people I know on campus who do their work and know what they’re talking about. On average, I’d say people are here are on the scale of 5-6. The city is another story entirely. I didn’t speak to them but I used their app to report the streetlight that is out by my house. I did it four times before it finally took. Piece of crap.

2. The current governor of Wisconsin is considering a run for President next time around. Walker attended Marquette University but never graduated. In terms ofany candidate running for the office of President (not asking here if you agree or disagree with Scott Walker’s politics) would the lack of a college degree influence your vote or no? Would that be a factor in your support of any candidate running for public office, even a role less weighty than President?

You know, I think by default, I want to think that politicians are educated individuals, but you don’t necessary learn everything in college. Likewise, you don’t just learn book smarts in college; it’s an all-around learning experience. I think I would vote for someone who dropped out of college to pursue other avenues rather than someone who never went at all. Because to me, even if you hated college or didn’t do all that well, you still finished. And that means a lot.
3. When did you last visit a place or site named for George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and what was that place or site?

Hmm, tough one. I am guessing it was the last time I was in a big city. Certainly there was a road or bridge named for one of them.

4. February 16th was President’s Day in the US, but did you know it was also National Almond Day. I didn’t think so : ) Do you like almonds? If so, what’s a food/dish/recipe you enjoy that contains almonds?

LOL I actually did know that! I saw it on some site and then ate some trail mix. I like almonds just fine, mostly in trail mix type things. I do NOT care for almond milk.

5. The television program Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40 anniversary this past weekend. Were/are you a fan of the show? If so what has been your favorite (or one of your favorite) skits, sayings, or characters to come out of the program?

I have managed to miss the 40th anny show but yes, for a long time I was a fan. In college, a bunch of us used to sit around a TV in the lounge and watch Price is Right but then we’d switch over to Comedy Central for 90s SNL reruns. I loved anything Mike Meyers or Dana Carvey did. I wasn’t a huge Adam Sandler fan but that era was really funny. To this day, we do still quote things like “Choppin’ Bro-ca-lee”, “Suck it, Trebek”, and more recently, that Keenan skit, “Ooooh weee, what’s up with that?”

6. Anything purple within ten feet of you? What is it?

Yes, my daily affirmations calendar sheet for today is purple. It says, “Integrity has no need of rules” – Albert Camus

7. Back in December I asked you to submit a question for a future HP as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I grabbed this one from those entries, submitted by Zoanna who blogs over at Penchant for Pens. Thanks Zoanna!

She asks, “How often do you make your bed, and how do you like to make it-pull the covers all the way up over the pillows, tuck the covers in around the pillows, or place all the pillows on top of the covers?”

I simply pull the comforter up to the pillows. I find making the bed is a lesson in futility; I’m going to be back in later! But I pull that up to keep the dogs’ claws from messing with the sheets.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I just spent 45 minutes talking about gaming with a friend. I say I am busy but I still try to make time for some games (Hearthstone mostly) because I have to have some kind of outlet for my brain. When I’m playing, I’m not thinking about the on-going to-do list that tortures my every thought. I don’t worry about money or the future. I can just engage in competition and feel like I’m accomplishing something.

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Random Tuesday – Torn between so many things

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  • The Master by Kresley Cole is out today and, having read the first seven chapters that she spoiled earlier, I cannot stop reading now.
  • But I have student conferences from nine to ten and about sixty papers to grade, as well as two letters of recommendation to get through. Ugh! Why can’t I just read all day? It’s dark and rainy and the perfect condition for couch lounging, blankets, tea, and this here book.
  • Since this is RANDOM Tuesday, I want to hearken back to Friday, where the younger kids had their V-Day parties. Isaac’s valentines never made it home. He said he ‘”lost them” but I’m guessing he ate all the candy and threw the paper away. Meanwhile, the majority of kids in Dakota’s class are only children so their gifts were straight off Pinterest: printed little tags with pun-ny statements. I taped rubber bracelets to hologram pet valentines that Isaac picked out. Welcome to three kids everyone!
  • A bunch of people I know and one of my good friends all went and saw stupid Fifty Shades on Sunday. I saw it on Facebook. I am not mad I didn’t get an invite; I have probably been so vocal over my hatred of it they figured I wasn’t going. But what it reminded me is how repressed some of them are. They’ll giggle and chatter on about BDSM and what little they know of it and probably wish their husbands paid them that much attention. Ok, that was mean. But still… UGH.
  • I bit my lip the other day at lunch and now it is all irritated. I used to get mouth sores from stress all the time but the multivitamin has quelled that. But if I bite the inside of my mouth, I will get some kind of sore. It’s super irritating!
  • There’s this cool thing our local “museum” (i.e. natural preserve type zoo) does where you register to go at night and see the animals then. It sounds awesome but it’s this Saturday and the menfolk will be camping. Since I will be alone (save Baby, asleep) I’d like to do something for me. Like, something selfish and guilt-pleasure-ish. Secretly hoping Magic Mike is on TV and I can watch it on mute. LOL. I don’t care if it’s bad; they’re so pretty.
  • Well, let’s move onto the Tuesday Chat prompt

Dance like no one is watching. Who are you when no one is watching?

 

 

 

Funny that this should be the prompt, as I kind of already mentioned. I’m a geek when I’m alone. I want to watch something on TV that I love, like Batman or Bones or Hobbit and nerd out over it. I’m a bookworm and a romantic and a cup of hot coffee under the blankets type. But I’m also the crank up Luke Bryan and get my house clean type. I’m introspective; I’ll write in my journal and try to analyze what is going on in my life and how I feel about it. When I find myself alone, I like to stop and really think about my life. With three kids and a very busy schedule, it’s really nice sometimes to slow down and be quiet… and think. coffee-and-writing

Friday Five – V-day, etc

Five Thoughts:

  1. I’m going to this brunch thing today; they’re calling it “Galentines”, which I think is kind of silly but also kind of fun. I’m so bad about being social and I know as I am driving to this thing I will be nervous then, once I get there, everything will be fine.
  2. I’m getting really excited about two things: Elliot’s Native American project and seeing these replica ships. For one, Elliot is getting interested in Native American history, which means a lot to me. If there’s one “minority” group that I really support, it’s them. My ancestors decided that even though those people were already living here, it was ok to oust them. This just burns me. And the ship thing is cool because my dad used to take me to do that kind of thing all the time and my boys are super excited. Also, we haven’t done any activities aside from eating out and soccer lately so that’s also cool.
  3. The daycare was doing a Valentine’s watch the kids kind of thing but not enough families signed up; it was canceled. Luckily, we have a babysitter and instead, Ash and I are going out tonight. This may actually work out better, because we won’t have to rush home after the ships. We’re going to the nicer/more expensive hibachi place because we hardly ever go there anymore. Should be fun!
  4. My grandfather seems to be doing well after the passing of my grandma. He’s the neighborhood sprinkler repair dude so that keeps him busy. A relative, Sam, and his neighbor, Craig, were taking him out to eat the other day. And then my mom told me about this cool thing he’s doing for the local WW2 veteran group. They’re all flying to D.C. for a day to visit the memorial and eat. How cool is that? He’d known about it for a while but didn’t want to commit. I know it’s horrible to say that he can go because he no longer needs to care for my grandmother but I am really glad he has all this going for him.
  5. Only two more soccer weekends! Early games this Saturday – ugh – but then next week are final games and trophy ceremonies. Then, the boys are going camping! Ash has wanted to take them for a while but needed someone to set things up. When it comes to activities he has never led before, he wants to participate with someone else at the helm first. A co-worker and his boss will be running the thing, providing sleeping bags and food. I’m glad the kids will have this opportunity. The few times I camped as a kid in the YMCA Indian Princesses, I really liked it.

Five Photos:

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Wednesday Hodgepodge – Love and Tuna Fish

 

1. Have you ever written a love letter? Have you written one recently? Had one written to you? Did you keep it?

Yes. No. Yes. Yes. LOL. I have written many to my husband and he has written them to me. I know we have a folder of all that stuff somewhere. When I was in seventh grade, a boy named Kenneth wrote me one and I destroyed him because I corrected his spelling and grammar errors and gave it back. It was an awful thing to do, I know!

2. What’s a movie that ends in a way you especially love?

Oh so many of them! The first one that came to mind is An Affair to Remember, because it ends happily but not perfect, and that’s about all you can ask for in life.

3. Something that makes your heart sing? And for those of you who are parents, I mean something besides your children that makes your heart sing?

I’m going to go with one of those serendipitous moments when the sun is setting all orangey-red and a great song comes on the radio and I open the windows and enjoy being alone in my car.

4. What’s the last event you had to attend, phone call you had to make, routine task you needed to complete, or meal you had to prepare, that you did do, but only half-heartedly?

Ha, meals: I have been half-assing those for a week or more. Mostly because of soccer. We have practice on both Tuesday and Thursday and we basically come home, change, grab a snack, and go back out. So when we get home around seven, one of us starts on dinner and the other puts baby to bed. I have to say, I made a nice dinner both Saturday and Sunday, but my goal is to get better about weeknight meals.

5. Tuna fish salad-yay or blech? If you said yay, how do you like your tuna salad prepared? Hey, this is the Hodgepodge, right?

My parents made tuna a lot when I was a kid so I do like it. My mom puts in mayo, salt, pepper, green onions, chopped sweet pickles and just a wee bit of the pickle juice. I prefer it on toasted bread. 

6. What’s something you ‘know by heart’?

Every lyric to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors, the alphabet backwards, and the lines to Groundhog Day.

7. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, what two or three word phrase would you write on a conversation heart for someone you love? That someone could be a spouse, child, parent, cousin, bestie…anyone at all whom you love.

Always and forever

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’ve railed about it before but I don’t care for Valentine’s Day. Since I have kids, I have to buy into the commercialism of it – they’re forced to give valentines to everyone in their classes. But if I had my druthers, Ash and I would show love all the time, not just when society tells me to. Of course, we DO, but the kids are already being brainwashed by it. Elliot said to me this morning, let’s put on a love song; it’s almost Valentine’s Day. And I told him how I am always playing love songs; he should pay attention more often! As long as I am being crotchety about things, let me remind everyone that my kid’s name is Dakota, for when the 50 Shades chick gets popular. And also, if you’re interested, I can give you a long list of 50 shades type books that are ten times better. Christian Grey is an ass and a really bad dom. Let me show you the way!

(If interested, Kresley Cole’s The Master comes out this coming Tuesday; buy The Professional first and then this one. SO GOOD.)the-master1

Random Tuesday – Drag a canoe, pressing on, Dog mom, Italian ban

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  • Well, today has started off MUCH better than yesterday, that’s for sure! I think the sun may even shine today. Shocker!
  • Elliot has to do a project for school and he can choose a minority, woman, native american, etc. We’ve chosen Dragging Canoe, a Cherokee chieftain known for his extraordinary bravery. Ash is 1/8 Cherokee, which makes Ell 1/16. Pretty sure this is our obvious choice then. He can then learn his ancestry at the same time! I looked for books in the campus libraries and found all of… one. I’ll go get it later and let him pick and choose his info. These projects are always fun but also painstaking.
  • We had to have a Come to Jesus talk with him recently about supposed behavior issues and that C in English and I tell you, he’s doing better now. We can’t always get a great teacher and he has to learn that. I told him how my 5th grade teacher was so mean and she didn’t make learning fun at all. So to get past that, I worked on me. I put myself in direct competition with the smartest kid in the class, Michael Cruz. Granted, I was also an all-A student but he finished tests before me so the challenge was on. I had to beat him to the finish AND still get all As. It is what kept me going that year.
  • I have some reading and class prep to do this morning but I am feeling distracted. My brain is thinking about Indian war chiefs, abandoned malls, and old restaurants we no longer can visit.  Remember Steak and Ale? I used to love going there for special occasions; it was kind of dark and fancy-looking. Then again, when I was a kid, I thought Red Lobster was fancy.
  • We’re considering going to Carrabba’s for Valentine’s day. I actually don’t ever want to eat Italian, let alone eat it at a restaurant but I will, because Ash likes it. But I can’t figure out WHY I no longer like that kind of food. It could be because it makes me feel too full or maybe because most dishes are too rich. Maybe a nice chicken marsala wouldn’t be too bad.
  • I had to make a call to the vet and I realize that I never say who I am, but I introduce myself as “Todd’s mom”, because they all know Todd. How crazy.
  • It’s almost 9 AM and I haven’t finished my coffee; this is entirely unlike me. Maybe I am learning to temper myself, slow down, enjoy.

And the Tuesday chat prompt:

I think; therefore I have a headache. Suffer from over-thinking? Guilty of the thinking much? Or, just.. .meh.

Yes! I do over-think and I it causes me to second-guess my instincts and my confidence and this is not a good thing at all. I over-think how I am going to get everything done or what some random thing could possibly mean. I sometimes wish I were not so observant of everything because it drives me nuts!brain-gym-exercises

 

With that, I leave you. I have to go teach and then I’m going out to lunch. Have a good Tuesday!