Friday Five – Sigh, sigh, and another sigh

Five thoughts:

  1. I have been sleeping better than ever on our new bed.  I don’t wake up in the middle of the night and when I wake in the AM, I feel like I actually rested. But what has been bugging me is the fact I have had a headache every day. Pretty sure it is unrelated to the bed/sleep. It’s probably the weather change/pressure.
  2. We managed to find a babysitter for Saturday so we’ll be going to Ash’s office Christmas party. His boss used to host it but he and his wife weren’t up to it this year so someone else is. Should be nice for us to go out alone; it’s been quite a while that we went out at night.
  3. Today has started off busy; grade issues for students and needing more seats for kids for Spring.  I only have today and Monday then I am off until the 5th! Let me tell you how much I need a break. Let me tell you how full my brain feels; how jumbled and chaotic it is.
  4. I had an entire post constructed yesterday about how I have not reached that moment of the Christmas season where I really feel the warmth and cheer that it can bring about. I want that but I’m not there yet. used to be I achieved this around 8 or 9 pm after the kids were asleep, on the couch, a cup of tea in hand, fuzzy socks, warm blanket, and my Christmas tree illuminating the living room. But lately, if I’m at that time of night, I’m bagging Zzzzs on said couch. But then I never posted it. So there’s the condensed version.
  5. I bought some Christmas-themed beers yesterday at World Market, along with this Hollynog stuff, a wine drink made with real cream and eggnog like spices. My sister claims it is good but my mother and I will be the judge of that. I also got Ash (and myself) these Hobbit themed beers. Cannot wait to try them; I couldn’t resist the marketing ploy. I’m a sucker and a nerd!

Five Photos:

These just warm my heart






Wednesday Hodgepodge – From the trenches edition

I’m home with my boys today because we’re taking them to my husband’s office luncheon and then seeing Hobbit 3; plus I have to make my homemade mac and cheese and that takes time. It’s really nice to be home, actually!

1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who do you think is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen?

I guess I am always happy when they pick people who actually do a lot of good; actually, what I want out of any news reporting service is truth and focus on progress so in this case, good pick.

2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now and she asks, “What’s your favorite something old? Something new? Something borrowed? Something blue in your home? Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today!

Something old? I’ll go with this globe of cut glass that Ash’s mom made. It lights up (though I think it needs a new bulb) and is such an awesome piece of handmade genius that I love it. It also reminds him of her and he needs that.

Something new? Our new king size bed! I never used to want a king because Ash is so far way (lol) but now? It’s awesome that he and I have the room we want and not a 25 year old mattress anymore!

Something borrowed? I don’t think I have anything on loan right now but the last thing I borrowed was a friend’s cornhole boards and now her husband is making us a set! That is my big gift to my family. They have no idea.

Something blue?  I have this great blue wrapping baby with silver deer on it; it’s so classy!

3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without?

I love fudge! But never eat it. My grandmother used to make just plain chocolate with and without nuts at Thanksgiving and it was amazing. I remember thinking about it on our six hour drive to Alabama; thinking about which Christmas tin she’d have put it in and where in the house it might be. Sometimes she’d hide it. 

4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks?

I actually flew for the first time at 6 months from Maryland to Florida and I reportedly wouldn’t eat or sleep or cry and my mom had a total breakdown about it. I flew again at 11 and I used to like it but now I am just annoyed by the process. We once drove near the birthplace of flight because I remember seeing the signs but we have not visited.

5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what’s the path?

Hmm, hard to say about way back; both my grandfathers were military then went into electronics: phone company and RCA respectively. Grandmothers did not work. My dad went into project management and my mother has always been a teacher, though she worked retail while I was little. My sister has basically always worked retail and I teach! But for the most part, my extended family is varied: EMT, radiologist, professors, Realtors etc.

6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today?

The one thing that I MUST do is make the mac and cheese for the luncheon. Aside from that, it’s all up to me. I will probably make myself wrap presents and I want to get Ash a bottle of Jack but other than that, just the mac.

7. This Christmas I hope______________________________________.

My children understand what is truly important. And I hope I can feel the spirit of Christmas and try not to get caught up in the commercialism of what this poor holiday has become.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I find it difficult to think about work-related things when I am home and not in the office.  I checked some email and my normally quick thinking was just… not there. I had the realization that routine and environment are highly important to my overall success. Now that I know this, I can work on overcoming it, because I certainly can’t use that as an excuse!




Random Tuesday – Break week

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  • Alright. I sat on this little dot for a while now; time to get started. SO, I thought I had to finish grading FSU papers AND grade two courses’ worth of research papers online but they apparently changed how this one works so it is NEXT week that I grade. This is good and bad; this week I get a slight break but next week, well, I am a bit busy. It’ll be interesting trying to squeeze so much into that week.
  • Last night, I showed the boys their Portable North Pole videos. Now, I had originally not planned to do them this year but Elliot was randomly pondering out loud why Santa hadn’t sent them the video of whether or not they were on the nice list. Sigh. So I went ahead and made one for each kid and I chose the ‘almost nice’ option, thinking this is something they needed to hear; they haven’t exactly been stellar lately. Instead of making them say, “Aww man, I better try extra hard to make it onto that list!”, it made them both cry and pout. Once Elliot cried it out, he did start acting right; he was polite and loving even. This morning, he was sort of still good; caught himself being bad and righted his course. We’ll see if it works for Isaac. The plan is to remake nice videos and let them watch in a few days.
  • The daycare is doing a little Xmas pageant on Friday, which is nice but then they are having a spaghetti lunch. I’d stick around but – and I know this is weird – I hate spaghetti!
  • Ash’s office has now decided to have a Christmas party but now I don’t think I can find a babysitter for Saturday. Kind of sucks; I really would like to go out!
  • Since I have a little extra time now, I think I might walk down to this geocache I couldn’t find before. The last few finds were successful so it has to be there. And now, with less students around, I don’t have to worry about people looking at me like I’m crazy.
  • I want more coffee.
  • I think I’ll go ahead and take that walk now. I have been running on Wednesdays only and it’s definitely not enough. I must start exercising!
  • I hope you are all enjoying your Tuesday!

MMMM + Forgettable weekend

Seriously; nothing really exciting happened. Ok, untrue. We went out to eat Friday night at Cracker Barrel – because they have a huge cozy warm fire – then looked at Christmas lights. Admittedly, it was a little disappointing. We went through a neighborhood putting on a Christmas pageant and half the houses had no lights. Come on now! On Saturday, our new bed got delivered. We finally got a king size! They delivered it pretty early so we had to get up and move things over a bit in the bedroom. It forced me to clean up a little so now our rooms looks a lot nicer. We still need to paint and put down new carpet but for now, it looks like an adult room. :)

I was in a not so pleasant mood all weekend which is bad for the kids but good for my cleaning so the house looks pretty good. I did wrap presents each night so that made me happy. I think I am pretty much done with my shopping and that brings me a great deal of joy. I can sit back, relax, and tend to other things in my life.


This week, I wanted to focus on some songs I have always loved. I remember being about seven or eight when I found a cassette tape of classic Christmas songs in my parents’ collection. I took it from the living room shelf and played it in my little boombox every night at bedtime. Here are a few that I loved from it.

There was a version of this song on there too; I love traditional hymns.

Review Extravaganza – Second three months



Are you ready to journey with me through the next portion of my 201? Let’s go!


Wow, that month started off crazy! birthdays and family and a back injury; yay!

I made a lot of bulleted lists wherein I pined for the ocean, among other things.

I found out I didn’t get a job I applied for and it made me reassess my life.


We went to the beach for the second time of the season with a bunch of people then laid low.

I blabbed about T25, a plant I wanted to find out about, and my favorite new soap.

Baseball season ended and I mused.


Oh June, you evil thing! Dakota has double pink eye and an ear infection but my boys spent a week with my parents.

We took a vacation and I recapped the whole thing!

I did a “currently” post and this will sum up my June!

Photos from all three months:13959453322_675d9aeae4_z






Friday Five – Brain is about to shut down

Five thoughts:

  1. Todd comes home today after his eye surgery. I ran into a personal blog that detailed their 10 year old Boston also having this surgery and it was really helpful to read, though now I am a little scared about how I might react when I see his lid sewn shut. Like, I KNOW it will look funky but I have this irrational fear that I will feel really sad about it. This was the best choice for him but still. I just know I’ll have to be really vigilant with him. We typically let the dogs do their thing and I focus on kids but that might have to change for a while.
  2. In response to something I witnessed on Twitter yesterday, I just want to make a statement about how sometimes, social media is not the place to vent your personal marriage issues. I know we all make mistakes but sometimes, it’s just better to keep quiet.
  3. Speaking of marriage, Ash and I are not seeing a movie today. Instead, we’re going to do some shopping. We’re mostly done but Isaac asked Santa for an elf so although he has an elf (on the shelf but not THE Elf on a Shelf) we’re going to see if Toys Be We (how my dad always said it) has any plush elves. He’s at an age where he doesn’t really WANT anything useful and sometimes he isn’t even sure what would make him happy. But he does like building stuff so he got more of that kind of stuff. I like when we do something different on our date day. And besides, w’ere taking the boys to see Hobbit 3 on Wednesday.
  4. Whereas a lot of kids their age will ask to watch a certain animated movie time and time again, my boys like Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. I NEVER saw that coming!
  5. I’m juuust about done with, well, everything. I mean that in the sense that my brain is telling me that I might spontaneously combust if I grade one more paper. I am on overload right now; evenings end early because I am so exhausted. Dishes are going unwashed; dinners are not being crafted carefully and with love. I can barely think about what needs to get done. I just really need a break! I get one soon, oh so soon. Next Tuesday I will be home and home until the 5th! I am so so so ready for the break. Even though there will be a period of time I am home with all three kids by myself, it’ll be nice not to have to work, I can tell you that!

Five Photos:

The first three are random things I shot during the week. This first one is a pic of the building next to mine but the light was just perfect.IMG_20141204_111409

Then, my tree from the top downIMG_20141205_164259

A tiny tree in the Garden Club houseIMG_20141205_191604

My friend and I were talking about how to us, people who grew up in Florida and California respectively, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a palm tree.a41bb7895bade29894bb5237059325fa3ecf06388b1177696caf285f4f187d2e


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Pressing Xmas questions

1. What is one new holiday tradition you’d like to establish, or one you’ve established recently, say in the last year or two?

Well, we always went to look at Christmas lights when I was a kid but last year was really the first time we took our boys to do it, like as an actual event. Last year was a little sketchy because I got the list of “good” houses from the paper and tried to make a gps route that made it easiest to get to them but some were not as planned, so it was a semi-bust. Maybe this year we’ll do better.

2. It’s the second week of December. Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet this month? Wrapped a gift? Opened a gift? Kissed someone under the mistletoe? Lit a candle? Eaten a Christmas cookie? Seen Santa in person? Watched a Christmas movie or special? Read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?

A cup? I’m working on my second pint. I buy it in the smallest possible container and sip it now and then in the evenings. I LOVE egg nog. I have wrapped exactly two gifts; they’re from the boys’ elves. I always light candles in the evening. We’re going to see Santa tonight. I have read the boys several Christmas story type books and we’ve watched the following movies: Home Alone, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Jingle all the Way, and The Santa Clause one and two.

3. Do you think it’s better to be an adult or a child at Christmastime? Explain.

While I loved being a kid at Christmas – the wonder of the magic and the feeling that everything was coated in happiness – I have found a certain joy in being an adult too. There was a time before kids that I got really wrapped up in decorating for the holiday; I put a lot of myself into my little village and various decor. Since becoming a parent, there’s a new angle to it and it’s making my childrens’ eye light up with joy. But I have to say, I try to keep it real with them too. The other night when we were looking at lights, I quizzed them on the things that we should be thankful for during this time and do you know that neither of them said presents? I’m kinda proud!

Here’s a pic of my baby sister and me with our four cousins, Christmas 1984:7176900447_a28aa7a01a_z

4. It’s often said, ‘Good things come to those who wait’…agree or disagree? Why?

I feel like for me, this is almost always true. Though it may appear someone received something quickly or in abundance, I’d like to believe they worked their ass off for it so I continue to think that if I work hard, keep my nose to the grindstone and focus on being a good person, then good things WILL come to me.

5. What’s the last sweet thing you baked? Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?

I haven’t baked in some time but I did make my cookie pie for Thanksgiving, so technically, I gave it to my family.No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

6.  This question comes to us courtesy of Jhona who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane. Everyone hop over and say hi to Jhona this week!  Here is her question… “I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators.  He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse. Do you talk to people/strangers when you’re in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together? Why or why not?”

Not necessarily in elevators but yes, if I am in a small space with a person who seems like they might be open to conversation, I will talk to them. Last night at soccer, one of the moms (who I learned had not yet been to any practices) struck up conversation with me by noting that I brought my baby with me while she left hers at home. We talked almost the entire practice and I feel like I’ve made a friend now. Usually in that team situation, I try to reach out to other moms just like that.

7. Are you on the naughty or nice list this year? What put you there?

I am most certainly somewhere in between. I try to be a balanced person but my kids would probably answer honestly and say sometimes I got mad at them. Which is true. For the most part, I think I would be considered on the nicer side of the middle.anigif_mobile_3543c43688670893546ca005f4c3e339-0

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I have been kind of annoyed this month and I know it has to do with little annoyances that keep coming my way. Todd had his eye surgery and did fine BUT, they said once the anesthesia wore off, he got all excited and jumpy (like he does) and somehow still hit the eye even with the cone. So now he has to stay until Friday. Sigh. Zoey has been icky since Sunday; she ate something in the yard and has been working through that stomach issue. This morning she bounded out of her crate and wanted food and water so… yay! I was stressed about her all night and barely slept well. Then Isaac foolishly left candy on the floor and she ate Laffy Taffy! Again, ugh! So as I detailed in my Tuesday post, I am trying to meditate some more or at least do some mindful breathing exercises to stay even-keeled. I don’t want to be mad at my children this time of year. I want us all to be happy and grateful and all around peaceful. I am hoping to find a way to strike that balance.94ccae9e8c7b77d980e61d3d63f73d07

Random Tuesday – Note to self: do some yoga and shut up already

Stacy Uncorked
  • I have just SO much to do that I am procrastinating in any way possible. I play a twitch game on Facebook, read a blog, inventory the Christmas gifts I have and the ones I still want to buy, think about money, worry about money, then have a momentary breakdown. I need to get past that hump and get stuff done!
  • Last night, I actually found some peace and calm. Zoey had eaten something in the yard in the morning and so she had been throwing up. When I got home, she wasn’t much better; it was running its course and for a bit, I was worried she was going in the same fashion as Iggy had. But as we watched her, she seemed to be doing alright: just the typical post pukes shakes. I made mac and cheese and broccoli for the kids (Dakota didn’t eat again; she is just not hungry AND teething) and I was very patient during all this, considering every single thing was secretly stressing me out. We had to go up to the used sports equipment place for shin guards for Isaac and it went well, actually. Everyone behaved. Since it was dark already, I took them through this park with lots of lights and then we drove through a familiar neighborhood and pointed out all the trees in windows and the huge inflatable Santas. It was most excellent and no one argued and I wasn’t annoyed or upset.
  • I found myself annoyed again later at night but I went into my room, closed my eyes, and tried to focus on my breathing. I have taken a lot of yoga so I employed some mindfulness techniques. It actually DID work. I just have to be aware of my stress levels and work towards calming them.
  • My friend gave me a satsuma; I love satsuma season!
  • I also love tea season and warm fuzzy sock season and cozy blanket season. I had some chunky socks like the ones in the below photo when I was little. I want some now!
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  • Alright, I have got to get down to business but I hope everyone is having a fantastic Tuesday.

MMMM + Weather changed again

Last week, during soccer practice, I noticed that it was temperate; not too cool but not hot either. Somewhere comfortably in between. Friday night, as I was carousing with some co-workers at our department holiday party, I started to feel cold, even though I was wearing semi-warm clothes and I had been drinking. Even Saturday was warm; I wore shorts to the store. But it rained that night and now it is back to being cold. But it’s a wet-cold so it’s not conducive to any of us getting rid of this gross cough. And we all have it now. Every last member of my family. UGH.

BUT, we had a good weekend over all. I mean, FSU won so…1907858_885397104837820_6215044404390767932_n

For all the people who wanted to see us lose just because they hear one side of the story about Winston or the police or that lying sack of sorority… well, you get my point. So yay for us!

We got a lot of yardwork done this weekend, which was necessary. Absolutely. Darn this time of year! Leaves everywhere. But all in all, we had a nice relaxing weekend.



Continuing in the theme of Christmas music, here are a few of my all-time favorites:

Review Extravaganza! First three months



Alright everyone. Are you prepared to relive 2014 with me? Here goes:


Ahh ok, let’s see, well, my alma mater and employer’s football team became National Champs!

I had surgery on my wrist and elbow for carpal tunnel and a bit of a rough time recovering.

We found out my excellent neighbors were moving away and I was sad.

Some photos of those things above and more!11905890443_51b9ef00c5_z


and the day we got “snowy sleet stuff” and everything froze.12207232283_bd954b4eb8_z




Dakota turned six months and I marveled at how far she had come.

I started dreaming of a new home.

I had a breakdown about junk, money, and the fact that so very few personal blogs write about, well, just them!

And I got kind of annoyed and told everyone how I felt about stuff.

Now for the February pics:12543665765_dee0958cc1_z





I officially ended the WWTK Wednesday meme. I simply didn’t have enough time to keep up with it.

Ash and I started doing T25 but then I got really sick.

I contemplated my 35th birthday and started feeling better about things, despite winter.

Now for the pics: