Random Tuesday


  • I spent a bit of time Monday looking up the differences between America and Australia. We showed the kids Crocodile Dundee on Friday and I told them that I’m sure the country is not entirely like that. But then I realized that I had forgotten nearly all of what Bill Bryson wrote in his book, In a Sunburned Country. THEN, Sunday night, on House Hunters International, they followed a British family looking to relocate to Australia and I found myself wondering just how similar it is to England. So, I stumbled upon this website and I am happy to say I am a lot more educated now. Aside from little to no seasonal changes there, I think I’d like it.
  • I like how Sunday was National Drink a Beer day and Monday was National Coffee day. I also think it is silly that there are so many designated days for things that don’t really matter. I agree that it’s kind of fun but also, useless. Things like that, I’m torn on. Frivolous but fun. Hmm….
  • At one point on Sunday, without really realizing it was beer day, I had a travel mug still half full of coffee when I decided I’d open a beer. Didn’t even really think about it but I was combining those two days.
  • My back is still kicking my ass; still just sore all over, but I have got to get back to working out. I hate figuring out when it is time to just say screw it and get back to exercising.
  • A few years ago, I dabbled in some Fanfiction writing (no, I will not tell you where to find it; suffice to say it is damn good ;) ) but so I got a new review on a story. While I was on the site, I decided to look and see what people had been writing lately and got sucked into a story (Bones, if you’d like to know) and it was really good! And then I got to the end and it was a TBC…. to be continued. NOW I understand how my reviewers who beg me to finish feel. Now I feel like I should try and finish up. I mean, truth be told, I have a couple characters who have been perpetually stuck in a rather vulnerable and probably uncomfortable position in the bedroom for a long time. Poor things…
  • I just finished my breakfast and I am still hungry. This is problematic, no?
  • I have to walk across campus so here’s a picture of smoking hot Mario Blanco. You’re welcome.bd25ae3c66022bee4ef9b2fa33a8652f

MMMM + The merry-go-round never stops

Good morning, folks. Welcome to Monday, though it is dreary one here. I guess I should not complain because it was supposed to rain all day Saturday and it did not, thankfully. We had a lot of outdoor activities that day.

A mountain of work was heaped onto me around 1 on Friday afternoon so while Ash took a half day to himself, I worked my ass off. But that was fairly rewarding. I left only a little early and got the kids. I don’t really remember anything we did that night. My stomach hurt and I was still stressed out that I may have been on my way to kid #4. UGH.

I woke early Saturday morning and took a pregnancy test; NEGATIVE! Yay! I could go on with my life. And I did; I made breakfast and started cleaning and getting us ready for the 11:30 football games. Both boys’ teams won, which is excellent. Ell got a co-pull on a flag so that’s cool. I feel like he could do bigger things if he wasn’t overshadowed by the boys who have been on this team the last two years. Maybe next year. We had lunch and took naps before going back out to Hayden’s birthday, where they had a water slide and all the kids had fun. The adults mostly watched the nail-biter of an FSU game. We managed to eke out a win but man, it was nerve-wracking. That night, Ash and I watched Homefront, that Jason Statham movie. I tend to fall asleep in that situation (later at night, movie on, blankets) but I managed to stay awake… until I drifted off ten minutes from the end! Ugh. Oh well. It was a decent movie.

Sunday, I swear to you I did not sit down (if you don’t count driving in the car) until after 12:30. I just started doing stuff right from the get-go: getting bagels, making spaghetti sauce, laundry, etc. When I finally plopped down on the couch to watch football, it was magical. What I figured out this weekend is that my back feels better when I am up and about. If I sit for a while, it gets stiff. So, that means being at work is annoying. I will have to stand frequently. As always, I have a ton to do today but I am in a much better mood this week, despite the back pain. So, yay!





Yay for freebie weeks! This first song I just learned about because a friend of mine posted on FB that he thought this was an instant pop classic. I’m not sure I agree but I do like it.



And this second song is an oldie but a goodie.


I’ve been finding it hard to blog this week; my mind is preoccupied. This entry will detail some personal stuff and be a bit complainy but maybe what I need is to write it out.

I know I mentioned it briefly before but I have messed up my hormones. Baby D was born in August of ’13 and I breastfed her like my other two. In late May, my period returned, which is a relatively “normal” amount of time. But then I had another one about two weeks later. Ugh. Then, it waited a normal month, I had one, then another two weeks again. But after that, I went to the doc for my annual. Though I told him about the irregularity, he said it was not unheard of. I trust my doctor and do not feel like he was blowing off my concern.

While I was BFing, I was on the mini-pill, birth control specifically designed to not diminish your milk supply. After my annual, he put me on the normal BC because I was weaning anyway. I was halfway through a pack of mini-pills but he said to start the BC. I was down to one feeding a day with her when she got sick: throwing up all night. The following day (this was mid-August) I fed her every 3 hours for the entire day and into the evening. Since then, I have not had a regular cycle. The doctor still contends this is normal but I’m starting to be suspect.

If for some reason I have become pregnant, then birth control has failed me when it never has before. I don’t feel pregnant but I am having intense back pain. My entire back from the bottom all the way up through my neck is sore. It’s a horrible feeling to be uncomfortable no matter what I do. It’s causing a headache too so that stinks. Last night I was convinced I had a migraine because I had so many similar symptoms. I woke up feeling fine aside from the back pain. It’s beginning to frustrate me more than I can explain. I hate medical issues when the answer is not clear. No one can say, “Oh, that’s the Flu, here’s some meds.” I’m not one to run to the doctor right away so I am just stuck.

I’m going to take a pregnancy test just to ease my mind. I have to know one way or the other. If you’re on birth control and not having periods, well, then, there must be some kind of medical miracle shit going on!

Meanwhile, an Advil took care of some of the pain but it’s still uncomfortable. I’m a mom and can’t just hang out on my back all day so I have got to get this fixed. If I still feel like this Sunday, I am going to Urgent Care and see if they can at least do a preliminary Xray.

So that’s what I’ve been dealing with this week. I’m tired and pushed to my utter limits and I have no end in sight. We have football and birthday parties for weeks and weeks and all I want is to feel normal again and take a damn nap.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Fall, falling, fell

1. It’s fall. Y’all. My favorite season of the year! What’s something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it’s officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say ‘y’all’?

Without being too cliche and saying going to the pumpkin patch – which I LOVE to do – I will say that I like putting out my Fall decorations. I have quite a few cute things that I add around the house. Here’s just one example:6153953863_d2deccc244_z 

Making my house FEEL like it is Fall makes me very happy.

2. When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved?

There are a number of friends who have come and gone from a circle of people I know and if they have moved away, I have not spoken to them. It’s not necessarily intentional but we didn’t make any efforts to stay up with each other.

3. A song you love with the word ‘fall’ in its title?

I really like this one, but there are so many more out there:

4. What’s something you’ve recently let ‘fall by the wayside’?

Sadly, reading! I got a newish book from one of my favorite authors and I read maybe 5 chapters before just running out of time. I think about it often but I just cannot make time in the evenings to get back to it.

5. When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-restaurant-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way?

We saw “Lucy”, which was written/directed by the same guy who did “5th Element” and it was God-awful. That was a disappointment because “5th Element” is good.

6. Describe a time you said or thought, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Ha! I say this every time Elliot does something super similar to Ash, because he definitely demonstrates the most like behaviours.

7.  Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not?

So far, today is… less eventful than yesterday but everything has been kind of crappy for a few days now. For now, this day is going better but it ain’t over yet!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

It’s about to get crazy busy; this coming Saturday begins 8 weeks of football games for both boys. Half of them are at the same time and the other half are back to back (8:30 and 9:30, for example). It’s going to be a long season and one made busier by a plethora of birthday parties but we’ll make it through. The one thing getting me by today is the fact that it’s cool out today. OK, cool for North Florida. Still only 70 and breezy at noon? That’s amazing, you guys. Another upside is the meds Todd needs for his glaucoma are half as much at Costco. Yay! If the bottle will last him roughly 3 months, it’s only going to cost me about 7.50 a month to medicate him. This is totally doable. Elderly dogs, man.

Todd, before his eyes got all milky looking:3601254735_f07c27b0d9_z

Random Tuesday – Of Fall and football and back aches



  • As I mentioned yesterday, less than stellar weekend. Isaac isn’t spazzing out about the splinter anymore and we’re getting Ash’s car fixed but man, I am due for some good news here. Do you ever get like that? Where you feel like you’re waiting for something great to happen?
  • I am truly in a funk. When I get like this, I usually want to escape; have a drink or go out with other adults. But I don’t even want that. I don’t know what I want!
  • I will say, we had a nice night last night. We got home and worked out then took everyone to Isaac’s football practice. Isaac did really well, baby girl was happy, and Elliot got over his nervousness and played with this other little girl that was hanging around. We missed practice the last two weeks due to rain so maybe this is the change. At one point, it clouded up like it might pour but instead, it just got super windy. We were bombarded by pine needles – it was some serious wind – but it never did rain.
  • It’s the first day of Autumn! I am eager to do some cleaning up around the house and outside. I did take down quite a bit of the overgrowth in the backyard and some of the front area’s weeds. If I can find some time this weekend, I will get rid of the rest of the weeds and buy some damn mulch, do my best to keep the weeds and vines away.
  • Not that I have become a hardcore geocacher now but I am considering buying a handheld gps. Does anyone have one/recommend one? My phone works fine but I have a feeling the actual dedicated device will be a lot better.
  • Did I tell you that we’re probably going to an FSU game? I asked a friend of mine in Athletics about tickets in general and she offered to gather some for me for the Boston College game. I am pretty stoked and so is Isaac. Though I took Elliot a couple years ago, Isaac has not been. I got him all hyped up on Osceola:
  • My mother got all sad yesterday about me not being able to compelte today’s them for #our_everyday_moments on Instagram, which is “grandparents”. I want to tell her she can come visit but we are inundated with football and birthday parties and I don’t want her to feel like she’s getting the way, though I doubt it would be like that. Sometimes dealing with family is hard. :(
  • My back is hurting a lot today (probably from 21 Day Fix) so I put on this Thermacare thing. thermacareWhen I bought it, I didn’t realize that size small wasn’t referring to the size of the actual area of the heating stones, as it used to. It used to come with adhesive but now it comes as a wrap that goes around your entire abdomen. Small is snug, as it should be, but it squishes out my post baby belly fat in gross ways. Ugh.
  • I’m off to listen to more James Taylor – I’m on a kick – and work on the Spring schedule. Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

MMMM + weekend of sheer bad luck

I waltzed into the weekend in a great mood, despite being grumpy all week. In fact, I began multiple entries last week wherein I detailed my grump. Alas, none of them ever got published. The week was insanely busy and I just did not have time. I high-tailed it out of here soon after getting work done Friday; we worked out then went to Cracker Barrel. The plan had been to see Maze Runner but the time we wanted cost 14 dollars. It turned out it was because it was in IMAX but the automated stand to buy tickets did not indicate that. So we ended up seeing Expendables 3, which wasn’t bad! A lot better than the second one, that’s for sure. So we got the kids and I went to the store and it was a nice night.

Saturday began cool and I felt super motivated, crossing things off my list left and right (WD-40 squeaky cabinet, wash towels, etc.) About 8 or so, Isaac was just walking into the living room and he somehow got this insane splinter. I have no idea where it came from; all I can surmise is it might have been some kind of organic material from the kids’ shoes. It was deep in the center of his foot, causing a ton of bleeding… and we could not get it out. He was in utter breakdown mode and wouldn’t even be still long enough for us to poke at it. So we cleaned it and put a band-aid on and let him relax.

Around 9 , I went out to chop down the overgrowth on one side of the yard; Ash and Ell came out to help cart it away. When it got close to 10, I had to call it so we could at least get ready to take Elliot to football. It was clear Isaac wasn’t going. So, Elliot gets in the car in the garage and Ash is going to take just him. Ell forgets his water bottle and Ash instructs him to also take something else into the house. Elliot leaves the car door open, Ash doesn’t look and tries to get ahead by backing out, then… BAM! Side window shattered, door jacked up, metal frame for garage door all bashed in. After Ash came to terms with the fact that he was in a hurry and just made a mistake, we cleaned up the millions of tiny pieces of glass, got the door shut as much as we could and bungee corded it, then we caravanned to Honda. Sure, we could have called Geico and gotten a guy to look at it, only then to be sent to their approved body shop, etc. Or we could get it started on Saturday. I do still think I will file a claim for the window. I thought it was only for windshields but on their app, there are options for all the windows/glass.

SO, Ash had called the garage door guy and he decided he still wanted to go to this card tournament he’d already signed up/paid for. I was a little annoyed but what good would his staying home do? I dropped him off and still got the kids lunch. The garage door guy showed up soon after and managed to bang the thing back into shape and replace a few parts. Ash is mad about how much I paid but I don’t think it was that much. Oh well; we all make mistakes, right honey? ;)

After naptime (well, Elliot and I worked on this science thing he has to do), we headed out to pick up Todd’s meds. Oh, did I mention that? Todd, our 10 year old Boston Terrier, has glaucoma. Wee! His meds run me about 20 bucks a month, so I won’t complain. But I will be looking to see if any pharmacies in town have it cheaper. After that, we returned to Tom Brown park to look for that kids only geocache that we couldn’t find before. Turns out we were looking on the wrong side of the path. We also interrupted this young couple’s quiet time on these little benches. The girl was breastfeeding what had to be an infant no more than three weeks. And we’re all chattering and looking for this damn box. BUT, we did find it and the kids each got a Pokemon card, spurring them into this excitement about buying more.

Luckily, Ash won his tournament and was able to get a ride home. Which was excellent because I was flat out exhausted by the time he got home (9:30) and the FSU game was on. I also stayed up to watch said debacle and was sleeepy Sunday morning. That day began a whole lot better: we went to Jenny’s (the exception to “good” being that Dakota spilled my just delivered hot coffee but no one got burned.) We took a long walk and the air was cool and I got lots done. But again, I was exhausted. I went into the weekend with a great many plans but some stuff just did not get done. And I have come to terms with that.

This week’s theme is all about songs you might hear in a stadium/at a football game. Since I am owned by Florida State, here are a few from our famous Marching Chiefs.

FSU warchant!

Another of our chants!


Despite charges of pedophilia, Gary Glitter is a classic in stadiums!

Wednesday hodgepodge – Publish before running off to yet another thing


1.  Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, ‘You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt;  as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.’ Would you agree? If not, why not?

To some extent, yes. I do believe in power over the mind so if you think a particular way, you can make that happen.

2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily your same birthyear, just the same date/same month.

  • -1513 - Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida
  • 1884 - 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
  • 1914 - 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)
  • 1980 - Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • 2134 - 32nd recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet (apparently this WILL happen)

3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to ‘have your cake and eat it too.’

Isn’t every day a chance for this? I want to be able to work and make money but also sit around and relax. I want it all!

4. What’s something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?

Ha! teaching does both. It makes me feel young when I am alive in the classroom and really feelin’ it but it makes me feel old when I talk about something that the 18 year olds have no idea about.

5. When did you last do something that was ‘a piece of cake’?

There’s a cardio workout in our 21 Day Fix that has a few moves that Ash finds difficult. He cannot reach his toes! So this one, along with the yoga day, were easy for me. I achieved some of the advanced poses with very little difficulty.

6. Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What else would you add to that list?(not necessarily food or beverage)

Daniel Craig, good shoes, and (hopefully) my childrens’ attitudes!

7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200 in the Hodgepodge, what should I give away? By my calculations we’ll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is by Christmas.

Hmm, gift cards are always nice.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I’m overwhelmed this week. I have a whole bunch of research paper outlines to grade and they still keep throwing work my way from upstairs while the one girl is on leave. I do not mind doing that work but it’s just a lot of it and it always involves professors’ schedules. Some of them aren’t so nice about it. I keep trying to catch up  but then a kid gets sick or I’m sick or I have to pick up kids early or dogs need to go to the vet. It is ALWAYS something else. Last night I had every intention of working out. Did I? Nope. I just parked it on the couch and turned off my brain. It was fabulous. I need to check out more often. Put my brain on the charger and just zone out.images1

Random Tuesday – Oh, and it is random alright


  • So I actually have a million things to do since I was not here the majority of yesterday and I am going on Isaac’s field trip at 10. BUT, let’s go ahead and get random.
  • I learned two interesting things about the government this weekend: 1.) If you have been convicted of a felony, you lose your right to vote. I never knew this and I find it highly unfair. 2.) They are slowly reducing the number of days polls are open for early voting and they claim it is to reduce voter fraud. However, the educated, insightful person may realize why this is: do you know the demographic who typically does early voting? Minorities. They go to the church – also the polling place – together and do it. It kind of makes me sick how these things are happening right under our noses. Just when I think our country has made progress…
  • Ok, no more controversial type things. Isaac’s head bump is turning all shades of lovely blues and blacks and even chartreuse.
  • Did I tell you that he has two kids in his class this year named River and Phoenix? That’s funny to me. River has two mommies; I think this is our school’s first “non-traditional” family (This is not true; my informant must have been mistaken.) ! I’m going on the field trip today so it’ll be cool to meet some of the parents that I don’t know from before.
  • Here’s a link to a funny video of guys trying on Victoria’s Secret underwear. You’ve been warned. (They don’t show anything but it is hilarious.)
  • I’m still not feeling 100% today but better than before. Staying home alone yesterday was exactly what I needed. I sat on the couch for a while, then ate lunch and got in my bed to nap and watch Bones reruns. Once I felt like I could pull myself up, I did dishes and cleaned up a little. I didn’t even let myself think about work at all and that was wonderful. Except then a strange thing happened: I didn’t want to go back to work. That is unlike me. I love working. But yesterday, for a brief moment, I felt like I could abandon work and be just fine.
  • Well, I thought we were in the clear with Dakota but she apparently just threw up. Ash is going to get her and I’m still going to go on the field trip. As they say, when it rains, it pours.
  • With that, I am going to get stuff done in case he feels later like he can’t actually handle it.

MMMM + Early Fall cold, no more sleepovers, etc

Good morning! I feel absolutely awful! I’d been fighting off the funk since Dakota started coughing on Thursday – vitamins, rest, lots of water – but I think it’s finally taking me down. She was sick most of the weekend but not in an awful way. She played very well for hours at a time but then she’d start feeling like crap again and whine and fall over and just sob. She wouldn’t drink water from a sippy but I needed her to stay hydrated. She would, however, drink warm milk in a bottle. So there was that bit of reverting but eh, what can you do? She finally got a good night’s sleep last night (the two before were awful!) and she woke feeling well, except for massive drainage. They’re going to be wiping her nose all day.

Aside from her being sick, the major source of my stress was from Ell having his friends over. For the most part, it was fine. It was just very loud and very chaotic. Also, he and one of them were angry at each other on Saturday morning so there was that bit of typical sleepover drama. But for the most part, they all got along fine. We drove to the park at 10 where Ell and Addy had practice and Peyton’s mom picked him up as well. Directly after, Isaac and Ash went to a birthday party and I took the other two home. Elliot was in full-on post sleepover blues mode. I remember that feeling so vividly: I’d come home feeling just fine, almost on a high from all the fun, and when real life set back in, the let-down was too much to bear. I couldn’t find him as I was getting things cleaned up in the kitchen and then I managed to seek him out, sobbing in the rocking chair. He could barely put into words what he was feeling. Finally, he said it felt like his friends were only there for an hour. So he was just really sad. I convinced him to eat a grilled cheese sandwich and he was feeling a lot better. BUT, that’s when I got a text form Ash asking me to bring his swim stuff. Why he didn’t plan that in the first place, I don’t know. I couldn’t very well go there with Elliot and just leave, so I intended to let him attend the party too. It was hot and I was irritated and when I got there, Ash didn’t answer the phone so I had to get the just fallen asleep baby out of the car and carry her all the way inside to see people I had no intention of staying and talking to. Angry words may have spewed from my mouth when I finally saw my husband.

I left Ell and I went home. I put her down for a nap (remember, she was not 100%) and I had a piece of chocolate cake and beer, then fell asleep watching Wrath of Khan. When everyone got home, no one seemed annoyed by me, so that was good. I ran to Costco and Publix with the baby and came home to everyone asleep – a bit late for nap but at least they rested. While I got everything out of the car, Dakota had the blow out of the century. So a bath and a massive cleansing of the carseat were in order. It was AWFUL. But I pressed on, making chicken tacos and mowing the lawn before putting her to bed. I knew I should not have overextended myself, on the verge of illness. Even yesterday, I woke feeling so-so but I made breakfast and Ell and I went to get some stuff for lunch. Honestly, I should have just rested. Elliot was still in a major funk. His two favorites sayings right now are, “Yeah, right.” and “No!!!” to every single thing I say. I’m sick and tired of it. He’s really disrespectful and I cannot figure out why. He’s not usually. I will say that when he does finally listen, he’s been much better about replying with “yes, ma’am.”. This makes me very happy.

SIGH. I was exhausted last night and had a hard time getting up today. My plan is to go teach and then get on out of here. Depending on whether or not this medicine kicks in (it’s knock-off dayquil but it “expired” a few months ago) I might swing by Michael’s for some rainbow loom bands for Elliot and a Fall decoration or two for me. Then I am parking my ass on the couch!





I have some nice mellow tunes for you today.

I don’t know what it is about this song but I just really love it. The lyrics are actually kind of sad. So I present James Taylor, Her Town Too.

In the process of listening to a lot of James Taylor on Spotify, I discovered that I love the lyrics to this song, particularly the “frost on the pumpkins” line.

And here’s one more: Millworker:

Friday 5 – First time here

I read Emmy Mom’s blog all the time but I’m finally going to partake in this. I am SUPER busy but hey, why not find a distraction?

Five Thoughts:

  1. I am NOT an Apple person. I have many reasons for being Android4Lyf (that I won’t go into lest we start a tech fight here) but I have to admit that the ipod touch is the only good mp3 player. That said, I have a 2nd gen one and it’s starting to show its age. I am thinking about passing it down to the boys and getting a refurbished 4th gen one from the manufacturer. I’d love to have a new thing but the 100 bucks is stressing me out. Should I do it?
  2. Elliot is finally getting his birthday sleepover tonight with Addy and Peyton. Originally, he wanted to invite this other friend of his from school but the mom straight up ignored me. I would have liked for her to politely decline but eh, what can I do?
  3. I think I might be getting sick. I feel ok right now but my throat is a bit scratchy and I ache all over. Real good going into a weekend with a sleepover, football practice, and entertaining people + NFL Sunday. All I can think about are tea and pajamas. And a hot bath.
  4. You know those suggested posts on Facebook? You know those monthly box subscriptions? I just saw one for this: http://www.lootcrate.com/. It looks amazing! I might look into it and see what the terms are of cancellation and I may try it for a bit. I love swag like that!
  5. There’s a geocache behind a donut shop right near campus and I was going to go hunting for it on lunch today but I am too busy. Also, mid-day is high muggle traffic (cachers call non-cachers who might see you “muggles”; yes, stolen from HP.) But maybe next week I’ll go find that one.

Five Pictures:

Tea time:



Storm coming:IMG_20140911_155037


Two of my guys at Pizza Hut:IMG_20140829_184016


That awful bump I told you Isaac got:IMG950064


A lot that has had a forest of pines on it forever. Like, these were old trees when my parents went to college here in 1970. The owners were known for saying they’d never sell but sadly, something has happened and they did. It’s becoming another retail place. I’m sad about this.20140910_191059