Thursday 13 – A New Meme I found


The rules are simple: usually 13 random things, of any theme you like. I thought I would post 12 pictures from the past year, month by month, then a bonus for the thirteenth. These are all unedited photos not seen on Flickr.


He looks so small!


Bath time!


Ell’s new room, in transition before Isaac arrived


Just before Isaac came into the world


When Ash’s Dad and Brother came to visit


Busy month; we had 3 birthday parties and Ell stayed with Grandma and Papa for a week.


The Fourth. I was going to post a pic of my friends when we went down for their wedding but didn’t know if they’d want their mugs on my blog ;)


Elliot turned three!


Weather got nice, we did more things as a family


Ash ran a marathon


Thanksgiving with the family


We did Christmas up big


We tried getting everyone to look civil but eh, we’re just not!

The ever-circulating year-end meme

1) Was 2010 a good year for you? I have to say yes.

2) What was your favorite moment of the year? I’m thinking probably…Thanksgiving. Only because my family was here and my brother in law and my kids behaved and it was just all around nice.

3) What was your least favorite moment of the year? Those few weeks right before Isaac was born. I felt like the pregnancy would never end and I was depressed. But right up there are the months when we had to carpool after Ash totalled his car.

4) Where were you when 2010 began? I was at home; pregnant and staying with the kiddo because Ash was at a party.

5) Who were you with? See above.

6 ) Where will you be when 2010 ends? I am hoping I can go to the New Year’s party this year while Ash stays home. We can’t find a sitter!

7) Who will you be with when 2010 ends?If all works out, the people at said party!

8.) Did you keep your New Year’s resolution of 2009?I don’t make them because I feel like you should strive to improve no matter what.

9) Did you break up with anyone in 2010?I broke up with my laziness and extra fat!

10) Did you make any new friends in 2010?I solidified some existing relationships.

11) Who are your favorite new friends?I feel like that’s kind of a rude question.

12) What was your favorite month of 2010?I liked June because that was when I started running.

13) Did you go abroad in 2010? Nope.

14) How many different states did you travel to in 2010? Um, two I guess.

15) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2010? Nope.

16) Did you miss anybody in the past year?Aren’t we always missing someone in some way?

17) What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2010? I really liked How to Train Your Dragon and Inception.

18) What was your favorite album from 2010? I didn’t listen to any new artists!

19) How many concerts did you see in 2010? None.

20) Did you have a favorite concert in 2010? N/A.

21) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2010? No, but I made a conscious effort to buy beer I liked and drink one on nights after the kids went to bed.

22) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2010? Nope.

23) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year? Probably, but I can’t recall any specifics.

24) What was the biggest lie you told in 2010? Lame but I probably said I was going to be at work but I ducked out when no one knew.

25) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2010?I’m typically not the type to lie to people like this.

26) Did you treat somebody badly in 2010? I’m certain I did.

27) Did somebody treat you badly in 2010? Not that I’m aware of.

28) How much money did you spend in 2010? Probably more than I intended. Had a large comic pull list and Isaac’s daycare increased our spending.

29) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2010? Honestly, I can’t remember. I try not to be embarrassed, even if it is a qualifying moment.

30.) What is one thing you did in 2010 that you’d never done before?  Hmm, well, I gave birth in about four hours. Never did that before! (Elliot was about 13)

31.) Did someone close to you give birth?  Do I count??

32.) What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? A new job.

33.) What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? The birth of baby Isaac: April 15th.

34.) What was your biggest achievement of the year? Learning how to parent two children. An infant and a toddler (ok, he’s 3) is quite a challenge but by the time Isaac was 4-5 months, I had it down.

35.) What was your biggest failure?When Isaac was about 2 months, he cried ALL THE TIME. I felt like a failure and I really lost all sense of reason.

36.) Did you suffer illness or injury? Just this on-going carpal tunnel issue.

37.) What was the best thing you bought? This is hard for me because I am typically not a materialistic person. I am going to say six Frontier Ruckus songs because they brought me infinite joy each and every time I listened to them.

38.) Whose behavior merited celebration? Going with Ash on this one. He really helped me out in the early months of Isaac’s life, moreso than he did when Elliot was born. He stepped up and acted like a real father and man, what an achievement.

39.) Whose behavior made you appalled? Congress, the Tea Party, The Westboro Baptist Church — you know, the usual suspects.

40.) Where did most of your money go? Towards the maintenance of the lifestyle to which I have become accustomed.

41.) What did you get really, really, really excited about? Getting a new car, even though it is Ash’s. I was SO tired of carpooling.

42.) Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or hardened?  b) thinner or fatter?  c) richer or poorer? s

43.) What do you wish you’d done more of? Writing. In September I started writing again and realized how much I love it. It’s a goal for 2011 to do a whole lot more.

44.) What do you wish you’d done less of? Watch tv and/or yell at Elliot.

45.) How did you spend Christmas? At my parents’ house.

46.) Did you fall in love in 2010? With Baby Isaac. :)

47.) Any one-night stands? Negative, Ghost Rider.

48.) What was your favorite TV program? Bones!

49.) Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Of course not. Hate is wasteful

50.) What was the best book you read? OMG, I read so many. Can I just say the entire J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series?

51.) What was your greatest musical discovery? Frontier Ruckus. Or Robin Thicke.

52.) What did you want and get? A more abundant life.

53.) What did you want and not get? I kind of wanted to lose more weight but I did OK.

54.) What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Not much; I turned 31 but I was hugely pregnant.

55.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More sleep.

56.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? Jeans and a nice top.

57.) What kept you sane? Ash. And lattes.

58.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Tough one. I don’t put much stock in that stuff. I guess I really quite fancy a lot of male models but even though, it’s passing.

59.) What song will always remind you of 2010? It seems unlikely that any song will remind me of a year, especially because I don’t listen to a lot of new stuff.

60.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010? I learned to reign in my anger, try to be patient with my children, for they know not what they do (sometimes).I also learned to be more open to new ideas and to take each day in stride.

61.) Quote a song lyric that sums up the year. I tried to slow down and focus on things so here are some lines from Frontier Ruckus’s Nerves of the Nightmind:

and you can lay with your head on my body
the worlds of the night and disease try to rob me
all the vegetation in the settled world is stirring
but stillness and calmness are all that I’m hearing
and it will take

Random Tuesday – Recovering from Christmas edition


I’m not sure there’s any way to really get back on track after the holidays except for everyone to go back to school/work and just start acting normal. But here’s what’s rumbling around in my head this week, as I try to put my house back together.

*Btw, this week you get a warning about the impending Man Candy below. In case you’re scrolling down with kids looking over your shoulder. You’ve been warned*

  • Elliot got a plethora of toys and now that we’re back home, I haven’t the slightest idea where to begin on putting them away. I think my first task should be to clear out a lot of old toys he never plays with.
  • I usually make a point to stay with my parents for only three days. We stayed four and on the fourth day, my father and I argued. See? There’s totally a reason for three. Three is enough. Four or more = everyone pissed at each other.
  • When we went to Kohl’s this morning, one of the employees was cleaning up front. On our way out, Elliot asked where that guy went. Then he said, “Where’d that black guy go?” Groan. The other female employee said “Ooooh” as if he’d done something wrong. And I felt compelled to apologize at first and then I thought again. He has a relatively diverse preschool class: three African American girls and an Asian boy. Half his teachers are black. Oh, and he’s THREE. He doesn’t understand the social implications of asking where the black guy went. He only knows colors. Now I kind of want to go back and lecture that girl for not understanding that.
  • I am sick of feeling like I might be getting sick any moment. My mom had the flu the week before we went down there. And that week, Isaac had some kind of stomach virus. After he puked up on Ash, he then got it. THEN, on Christmas Day, my sister felt like crap, ended up in the ER with Influenza-B, which is apparently the rarer strain. I am furiously drinking my vitamins and praying for the best.
  • What is up with The Fresh Beat Band? Ell used to like it but he’s moved on – thank God – to other shows but if it’s the only thing on, he’ll watch it. I want to hurt the white boy; he’s SO ANNOYING.
  • BTW, I hate typing on laptops. Elliot’s on my computer because that’s where we have The Little Mermaid and I am stuck on our ancient Dell. HATE.
  • Things I got for Xmas included socks, gift cards, cupcake tiered holder, FSU garden gnome, and running accouterments.
  • I didn’t get Cory Bond as I had asked for ;)
  • Spill: what did you get and what did you not get but wanted?

Man Candy! Maxwell Zagorski is yummy in a boy next door way. In an Abercombie model way. Lucky for you, that’s what he is.

Do you know me? Probably not.

Via: Java

1.  What are your New Year’s Eve plans?
LOL. Probably going to sit around the house with my husband. We got a couple party invites but what babysitter would offer to do New Year’s?

2.  How tall are you?
For a very long time, I was certain I was only five feet tall. But the last time I went to the doctor, they got me at 5’1” and a little bit. Yay!

3.  What is your favorite pudding flavor?

I usually buy sugar free chocolate but I LOVE pistachio

4.  What room of the house do you blog the most in?

Actually, I do most of my blogging in my office. There’s always some downtime in the mornings and I really love those moments I have to write.

5.  What is your best physical feature?

Hard to say; maybe my smile, when I actually do it. Ha ha.

Random Tuesday – Bitching, Whining, and more Bitching


You’ve been warned, folks. I’m ’bout to lay it down on ya.

  • Elliot is being a total asshole again. He’d gotten better there but his whining is OUT OF CONTROL. Every little thing is major drama. I’m a bad mom for threatening to take away gifts, seeing Grandma and Papa, etc. It seems to work though. Just a little bit.
  • Isaac is getting about five gazillion teeth at once (he’s secretly a shark!) so nights have been hellish. He was up at 12:30, 2:30, 4 and 5 before waking for good at 6:30. Only one of those times did he actually need to eat. The others, he wanted comfort nursing for his gums.
  • Ash has some kind of weird stomach virus wherein nothing he eats will stay in his system. We leave for Orlando tonight. (Ho ho, you see the dilemma here?) Luckily, he’s manning up and going to the doctor.
  • We finally got a Chipotle here (I know this may not seem like a huge deal but we don’t get all the cool places, you know) so I tried it yesterday. People said it was like Moe’s only better. Moe’s is garbage so it HAD to be better. It was. But not better than Qdoba, if y’all have one of those. Also? It seemed kind of expensive.
  • I think Isaac’s nasal problem resulting from the teething could be helped by the humidifier. Except last winter season, Elliot stuck a magnet down in there and if I run it, the magnet might get hit by the fan blade and who knows what would happen. I keep meaning to buy a really long screwdriver so I can take the thing apart and yet, it’s been nine or ten months and I still haven’t. Isn’t it funny how something you mean to do can get put off for so very long?
  • Got an awesome spam this morning. From: Approval Dept. Subject: YOU’RE DEAD. Body: Greetings, life insurance is more affordable than you think.” Let me ask you this, Approval Dept, if I’M DEAD, how can I pick out life insurance? Gotta love spam.

Ok, that’s it for this week. I probably won’t be blogging much between now and next Monday since we’ll be out of town, seeing Orlando Magic games, shopping, eating, and generally being annoyed by our extended family. Enjoy today’s Man Candy – model Judson Manor (I’ve been digging that cowboy look lately) – and have a great Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc….

Meet Me On Monday – Your weekly dose of inconsequential information

Via Java

1.  What will your Christmas dinner consist of?

My mom’s making a turkey breast and a ham, then various sides like green beans, squash, etc. It’ll look a lot like this:

2.  Do you watch commercials or flip through the channels?

I guess every now and then I’ll watch commercials, if they catch my eye. I like the Shake Weight commercial for its blatant sexual undertones:
And then the Kia Soul hamster commercial is so weird that I can’t look away:

3.  How long will you leave your Christmas decorations up?

I usually take them down by January 6th. Depends on what day of the week that falls on though ;)
4.  What movie makes you cry every time you watch it?

There are a few but I’ll stick with The American President:

5.  Do you have a Facebook?

Indeed: Lowbelly


That’s all for now. Holiday post coming soon wherein I tell you why my youngest child isn’t getting a single thing from me.

Bits, pieces

I am sure that there are moms out there who accomplish far more than I do on a daily basis. Yesterday, I had to hit my peak performance, because Elliot’s Santa/Christmas thingy at daycare was at 10 and then at 11:30, Ash’s company luncheon took place, complete with seemingly endless Secret Santa.  Simmering on the back burner is the fact that Isaac has been bordering on sick. . I am just hoping he hangs in there and gets better before tonight, really. Elliot’s Christmas pageant is at 5:30 and then we have a sitter so Ash and I can go to a holiday party. SO. BUSY.

I guess this is what the Holiday Season is all about. It’s crazy busy and stressful and I have been seeking out diversions to feel better. For one, I’ve read through almost all of Lauren Dane’s novels. She’s a pretty fabulous contemporary romance novelist and I like the little quirks she adds into her stories. She also walks a fine line between romance and erotica. Can’t say I’m complaining about that either. I’ve also been watching The A-List: New York on the LOGO channel. I like watching reality TV for the most part but this show is so awesome. I love seeing these guys argue and plot and scheme. It’s high drama and highly entertaining.

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to do either of these things past 9:30-10. I’ve been incredibly tired lately. Maybe it’s all mental and because of the cold and the holiday stress, all I really feel like doing is hunkering down under my Snuggie on the couch. The warm glow of the Christmas tree and my holiday village put me into this haze. I just check out. But I’m not accomplishing enough and I know it.

To top it all off, I didn’t get that job I interviewed for. I thought I did a great job talking myself up and convincing them I was good for it. Turns out, no one had a chance. It sounds like the girl who got it was the #1 pick all the time. That’s alright. What I showed everyone is that I can interview well and that I am interested in moving up. If anything else opens, I will be there. I was a little disappointed but things always happen for a reason. I have to keep telling myself that.

In some ways though, it’s good to find that out because my regular job was kind of on hold in my mind. Now I can move forward and do some of my tasks with the same care I normally devote. Knowing I have only two more days before we partake in Christmas festivities, I am on my final push to get all this stuff done in my office so I can come back for the new semester all ready to go.

This post really doesn’t go anywhere but that’s what’s going on here and what I’m thinking. See you all next week.

Fill-in Friday

Via Wife of a Sailor

1. What is the best gift you have ever received or given?

In terms of given, my dad says that the pair of Brookstone squishy slippers were the best gift ever. In terms of received, hmm…Ash has gotten me a lot of awesome things so I can’t narrow this down. To be honest, every year he outdoes himself with the things he writes in his Christmas card. So I will say that, but for every year. :)

2. Do you celebrate holidays differently when your loved one is deployed/gone or do you keep tradition? .

Since this does not necessarily apply to me, I shall skip.

3. If you celebrate Christmas, do you put an angel, star or something else on the top of your tree?
My Mom always had an angel but we have a very cheap star from WalMart. :)

4. What are your three favorite websites?

Oh geez, um, Facebook, Goodreads, and Letters of Note

5. On your man do you prefer… boxers, briefs or boxer briefs? Or commando?

Ha ha this question is awesome. He wears boxers but I would love to see him in boxer briefs. They’re sexy as hell.


Head on over and do your own Fill-in. I plan to post another entry sometime later this morning before Ash and I have our date day. Last one of 2010!