Bounce houses, sleep, lawn mowers

Here are some pics from the weekend; I forgot my camera when we went to Elliot’s friend’s house to play so they’re grainy phone pics.

It was actually nice out on Saturday; maybe low 70s and in the sun, so delightful. Elliot and his buddy played for about three hours while I sat with my friend, Courtney, and her mom, chatting. She’s due to have another baby any day now so I’m glad we got to hang out before that dreaded six weeks post-birth. Those are, by far, the hardest weeks of having a newborn/infant. Sigh. Don’t miss ‘em, that’s for sure.

Our weekend was pretty good, I have to say. Ash and I had Mexican on Friday then saw The Mechanic, which was a decent action flick, though a little rushed in the end. We had some quiet nap time in the late afternoon before getting the kids and going to the store, which I may have mentioned is one of my all-time least favorite activities. I am much more effective at the store when I am alone. In and out, always get what I need. With kids and a husband, things are all kinds of jacked up. Sigh.

Saturday night, everyone was exhausted. Elliot didn’t get a nap because we were out with his friend so he was in bed early. Same with Isaac. Ash got home from his all-day card thing and we went to bed at 9:30. Ridiculous for a Saturday! But then we both woke at 2:30, wide awake. Ash got up for the day and I read for an hour before forcing myself to find sleep once more. Then yesterday, we went to the playground and everyone got a nice nap and all was good. I even mowed my front yard, which was really an exercise in leaf mulching. I hate Winter for that reason.

It’s funny how we used to gauge a good weekend. In college it was:  Did we stay up late and get drunk? Then yes, great weekend. And now it’s more like: Did I get to wash clothes, sweep the floors and nap? Then yes, excellent weekend. So, how was yours? Did you do anything awesome?

Meet Me on Monday – Gloomy Day edition

I really look forward to all these weekly memes I do now. Gives me a new purpose, you know? I usually can handle Mondays but I really don’t feel like being here today. If you feel the same way, head on over to Java’s blog and do yourself this thingy!

1.  What do you put on your hot dog?

Usually only mustard. I think ketchup is reserved for french fries.

2.  Do you play Sudoku?
Hells no! Me and numbers aren’t friends. I failed College Algebra three times! However, I am pretty good at puzzles but just not this one. I prefer word searches.

3.  What is your favorite vegetable?
I am weird about vegetables; while I love them, I don’t eat them nearly as often as I should. That said, zucchini is probably my favorite. Saute that with some olive oil, salt, pepper and a little garlic salt and OMG heaven.

4.  Do you color your hair?
Negative. One time I tried to bleach it and it didn’t turn out so great since mine is so dark. So it really ended up being a disaster.

5.  What is your favorite brand of clothing?

I’m not really the person to ask about clothes; I hate shopping and spending money but I do like to look nice. I’d be happy buying everything at Target for all I care if they had enough nice things. I also really like Old Navy but rarely find anything I love. I guess for jeans I love American Eagle and tops, I always find stuff at JC Pennys, so that’s not really a brand. Now, if we aren’t talking for me, I love when guys wear Affliction. :)


This is probably a good idea for me

Mamarazzi does this cool weekend Happy List thing and man, with the way I go negative on, well, most everything, this should be very good for me.

So, on my Happy List for this past week:

BONES:

This week’s episode was so good it hurts. Looks like the writers are trying to get us closer to Hannah leaving and Brennan coming back into Booth’s line of vision. Thank God. I’m so torn over their relationship issues.

Chocolate covered Craisins

These are seriously yummy.


Say Hey – Michael Franti

One of my students wrote about this song semesters ago but I didn’t start liking it until the Corona commercial. It’s awesome to run to.

 

Ok so that was only 3 things but it’s been a crazy busy week. What’s on your list? Head over and link up.

Friday Confessional – Date day edition

Via HERE

I confess…

  • When I write the above, my head starts reciting the I Confess to You prayer: “I confess to Almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters…” And I’m not even all that religious!
  • I have had two meatball subs this week. And a cheeseburger. Be still my clogged arteries.
  • I bookmarked three romance writing websites this week. Tee hee.
  • I’ve been DVRing The Vampire Diaries because I want to watch it… but I haven’t yet. And I feel bad for taking up space.
  • I find myself more interested in fictional relationships than real ones. (Bones, etc…)
  • Three nights this week I was in bed before 9:30.
  • I still bite my cuticles even though my dentist told me to stop or this chipped tooth fix won’t stick.
  • We had a meeting yesterday and the girl who was hired for the job I also interviewed for really sounded like she was overwhelmed and clueless. This brought me a great deal of satisfaction because the things she was confused about are things I totally know how to do. I would have been dominating that job.

That’s all the dirt I got on myself right now. happy effing Friday, people! Have a kick ass weekend!

Taper week is driving me insane

Ash warned me; he did. He said that people sometimes go a little nutty during taper week because though you’re glad to be running less, your metabolism is still running really high and you have an excess of energy. On top of that, you’re used to making time to run so without it, your brain cannot process the extra slot. Ain’t this the truth. I was like a caged animal yesterday. I wanted to cross-train – i.e. use the hang board – to tone up a little and expend this energy but I was in such a bad mood that I didn’t want to do anything. I ate two biscuits and some grits for dinner then I crawled in bed at nine o’clock. Nine! I felt like such a slacker but I was angry at the world and sort of felt like I’d hurt someone if I didn’t sequester myself away.

Honestly, my day was a lot like this. One thing could have set me off. I was a walking time bomb. But today, oh, how I do feel much better. I’m still worried about a lot of things but more equipped to process them. For example, I do indeed need surgery on my right hand to correct the carpal tunnel. Though it’s a relatively minor procedure, I think the word alone is bothering me. SURGERY. I’ve never gone under the knife and I don’t know how I feel about it. Though I base all pain on my experiences with childbirth, I just don’t know what to expect. I know that for at least two days, I won’t be able to do much. The home is my realm and relinquishing that control….kind of gives me the shakes. Ash will have to do so much more for me and though I bitch and moan for him to do more in general, giving it up in this manner just irks me. I’m not allowed to change diapers or do anything that may cause my incision to get infected (ew) so basically, I’ll have to just hang out. Just the thought of that makes me feel gloomy.

::Clap clap:: No more wallowing. It’s a waste of time. We tend to get so bogged down in the daily minutia that it becomes difficult to feel really good about all the wonderful things we actually do have, you know? I found myself bitching about some really stupid things yesterday and the voice in the back of my head kept saying. “That’s not true and you know it.” I know if I keep thinking so negatively, it will really affect my life so with that, I’m stopping.

With this weird couple weeks before my half-marathon I am trying to focus on me and the other aspects of who I am aside from running. Also, I am treating myself to some indulgences. I just ate a big cheeseburger and I got a lemon blueberry cupcake that was like OMG. I didn’t know you could package an orgasm but this place somehow managed it. :)

I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself from this whole running thing. Once the race is over, it’ll be weird to run on my own terms and not for some goal, though I foresee myself finding other races to do so that there IS an actual reason other than weight loss. But by having to fit it into my life, I’ve also learned how to appreciate everything more, like my husband and children. I know it sounds cheesy but running made me a better person. Ha ha.

Ok, enough sappiness.

 

 

My Book Boyfriend – Week 2

The rules are simple for this meme: pick a boy from a romance novel you’ve read, give us his stats, a pic, and a quote.

This week, I’ve chosen Andrew Copeland – or Cope – from Lauren Dane’s Inside Out. I love Dane’s men so much. A lot of them are very, uh, experienced so the conflict comes in when the girl the guy really wants has to deal with all his former lovers around town. Of course, the guy is always faithful and always magnificent.

Stats: Little over 6 ft, black hair, piercing blue eyes and a ginormous dragon tattoo on his back. Oh, did I forget the nipple ring? Yeah, that too.

Cope is sexy because a.) he’s been pining for Ella for a year and he finds all these new things to like about her. Also? He has the reputation of being sort of a player but he’s so much more: a lover of poetry and very crafty with his hands. He works on his house all the time but none of his family ever realized how talented he is so his wonderful character traits get sort of forgotten. Of course, his Ella sees this. :)

Here’s how I pictured him:


Maybe not in so much leather but otherwise, that way. And here are some tat shots that my imagination figures are accurate:

Dane’s men are so sexy but also, they are flawed. Cope was definitely unsure of himself. Here’s a quote:

So you get this thing that’s like the best kind of high ever, this thing that fills you up, makes you whole and fuels you. You never expected it, you watched your friends find it, but what it looks like, no matter how good it looks from the outside, you can’t understand just what it feels like to have it yourself. You get used to that. Find a rhythm that’s totally natural. She fits me; I fit her.

He and Ella communicate via letter (in the same town!) a lot and he goes on to write her something to accompany a sketch he did of her:

This is what I see. This is what I feel. This is what I want to feel every day for the rest of my life, and you’re the only one who can make me this way. Let me love you, and I promise you all of me.”

And with that, I die.

Random Tuesday – You mean, there are other days of the week??

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I’m already having one of those weeks where if my head wasn’t screwed on I’d lose it. Also, why do people say that? Head… screwed on. Just…weird. The English language is funky like that. Anyway, without further ado…

  • Yesterday I went to my new favorite coffee shop (Red Eye) and they had just experienced a power outage so the espresso grinder wasn’t working. Grrrr….
  • The reason this blew goats was because over the weekend I had an epiphany:  I used to be a coffee snob and only thought Starbucks’ lattes were “the best” but Red Eye puts more care and attention into theirs and man, I was really looking forward to that drink. Grrrr….
  • But today, it was all good. Yummy latte, how I do love you. ::smooch::
  • I’m going to get super ahead on my half-marathon playlist. Any suggestions on songs that’ll rock?
  • By the time you read this, I will be in my neurology appointment. Hopefully they’ll give me some good news about this stupid carpal tunnel. It hurts! I ran the entire 12 miles on Saturday with my right hand completely asleep.
  • Over the course of the weekend I ate 5 bagels. FIVE. That’s so many carbs I could just die admitting that. But I do not regret the bagels. Oh so tasty bagels.
  • I’m not sure I like Anne Hathaway as CatWoman nor Tom Hardy as Bane for the next Batman movie. I take this rather seriously, you know, and a Brit cannot very well play a poor Latino. And she’s just… ok. So long as Batman only knows her as CatWoman and Bruce does not have a relationship with Selina, I’ll be ok. In Nolan We Trust. Gonna leave it at that.
  • One of my goals this week is to go to this cupcake store and eat something yummy. Lucy and Leo’s was features on Cupcake Wars on the Food Network and though I pass by it all the time, I never go. I figure the running justifies this one indulgence.

This week’s Man Candy is model Doug Porter. I’m drawn to his name first and foremost. It sounds very working class; strong. Picture him with a tool belt and hammer and there ya go. Yum.

An actual real-live blog post. For you!

I’ve been so awful about posting when not doing a daily meme. Perhaps it’s because my life feels so awful hectic lately that when I sit to post, it all comes out as rather whiny. Sometimes that works; most of the time, it doesn’t. My life consists of so much running right now, I feel like all my free time and all the time I had to ponder wondrous things about the world – that I would then write about for you – is just bogged down by it. I run, I have to ice and change and then get back on track with the kids and then I fall asleep because running takes a ton out of me. I basically sat around all I could this weekend. Not an easy feat with small kids. But I injured my foot somehow and the pain was, well, excruciating. Luckily this is my taper week so I get to rest for four days in a row, Thank God. I have never been so glad to be finished with  run as I was Saturday. Even though it wasn’t that hard.

Ok, I bet you’re sick of hearing about the running. I always feel like a little bit of an ass when I talk about it because though some people are genuinely interested in the process, I think most people probably just resent me. It’s ok; I feel like that about people who are already in shape. It’s true; I’m not going to lie.

So moving on from running, I’ve been writing a lot lately and it feels really good. I have about 20 single-spaced pages and I think my characters are starting to flesh out. I’m working towards a major conflict and I kind of can’t wait to throw my main two chars together and make them fight. How fun!

Isaac has an appointment on Thursday to be “evaluated” for his lack of sitting up, which I haven’t much talked about on here because who knows what sorts of comments I may get? He’s nine months old and he will sit but he also hunches over, won’t push himself up to sitting, and will sometimes fight you. As in, he stiffens and won’t let himself bend at the waist. Of course, once I made the phone calls to the appropriate PT people, he sat up just fine this weekend. He still won’t push himself up and fought me a few times – he’d much rather just army crawl around than just sit there – but he’s made progress just in the last few days. I’ll go ahead with the initial evaluation just to see what this person thinks. If he’s almost there, great. If not, they’ll organize a team of folks and we’ll work on it with him. Personally, I think he’s just fine but will go ahead with this anyway. Just in case.

This time of year is really busy for us. Ash and I both have dentist appointments, the dogs are due for their shots, yearly bills are due and some monthly bills are a lot higher, like the propane one. All this had added a great deal of stress. I find that we sleep more. Friday evening, it was about 8 and Ash and I were laying on opposite ends of the couch. Elliot got between us and watched Backyardigans as the two of us feel asleep for nearly an hour. Such bad parenting but we were all out exhausted. After we woke up and put Elliot to bed, Ash and I watched Scott Pilgrim vs the World. I really hate when people hype a movie up to be this awesome epic thing and then it’s kind of a let-down. We finished watching and were just sort of meh about it. Next up is The Losers but no one has said anything about it to me; maybe that means it’ll be good.

Well, there’s what’s been going on with me lately. Tune in tomorrow for Random Tuesday. I’m so much better at coming up with exciting bullets than real posts. Sigh. Oh, but I’m putting a lot of effort into finding a good Man Candy specimen. That right there is reason enough to show up. :)

Meet Me on Monday – Busy ass week edition

Yes, I have a heck of a week ahead of me; student conferences every day, meetings, and doctors’ appointments. But there’s always time to blog…

Via Java

1.  What is your favorite kind of fudge?
I’m going with mint fudge because it reminds me of the Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies.

2.  Is there snow outside your window?
LOL, no. But Tallahassee did get a good layer of frost.

3.  What is your favorite meal of the day?
Breakfast! I have a serious thing for breakfast foods, but surprisingly nothing really sweet. I don’t really care all that much for pancakes or waffles. But give me eggs, grits, biscuits and gravy and I am in heaven.

4.  Do you text on your cell phone?
All the time! I guess I do find it easier than talking sometimes but I think the art of the phone call is dying. Which is kind of sad.

5.  Waffles or pancakes?

Funny this one should come up after the one about favorite meal. If I had to choose, I’ll go with pancakes. I made them last Monday and I think we maybe eat them once a month… maybe.

 

Head on over and do your own list!

Friday Confessional

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I CONFESS…

  • I ate two “butter-tastin'” biscuits with my scrambled eggs yesterday…for dinner.
  • I left Isaac in the car while I took Elliot into daycare. I never do that was it was raining and I was running late. To my credit, they’re really small and the parking lot is in the back.
  • I bought one of Amazon’s recommended for me books and it was complete and total smut.
  • My students are going to workshop their papers today which means I will read a romance novel on my ipod while they work.
  • I’m totally going to drink a soda with my lunch! (This is my biggest transgression)

Head on over and do some confessing yourself. Try it, you’ll like it!