Friday Five – Halloween edition!

Five Thoughts:

  1. I have a lot of friends who have dogs, all around the same age as Todd, and we’re all dealing with their issues as they get older. Must be that 9, 10, 11 years ago when we were all getting married and not yet having kids, we bought dogs with our significant others as a trial run. Now it’s come down to losing them. Todd’s eye doesn’t look very good this morning (redder, funky flat area) and I worry that these meds aren’t working.
  2. I really really really want to get a pedicure. My mom suggested leaving early from work and doing it before picking up the kids. Here’s my dilemma: what if Todd’s eye is on the verge of being a Huge Problem and he’ll cost extra money? SIGH. I was so worried about it that I stopped writing that sentence and called the eye docs. The things is, their main office is in Jacksonville. They just see dogs in Tallahassee on Wednesdays. Luckily, I got a doc on the phone and she said it could just be part of the healing process. I feel a lot better now!
  3. Though, I will say that the stress from him has made me kind of snappy with Isaac. Maybe it is a middle child thing but he can be such a baby! I mean, the crying, the crumbling to a pile on the floor over the tiniest things… all really annoy me.
  4. I had my final Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season today. Not that it is going away, but seeing as how it is October 31st, I figure it’s a good time to cut myself off.
  5. Do you have a good face lotion? I used St. Ives oatmeal something or other for my hands and feet and I was getting really good about also putting in on my face, but have gotten forgetful lately. I used to use the Clinique wrinkle lotion(yellow bottle) but man, that stuff is expensive. I’m open to suggestions!

Five Photos:


PSL in a holiday cup; ugh


Glimpse of baby’s sushi costume!


Ash sent this to me when they arrived in Dallas! Elliot is so lucky!


Something cute I found on Pinterest


Throwback to 2011 when we were the Avengers. I will miss dressing up as a family this year.


Happy Halloween!

Weather, career choices, cooking dilemmas, trending

What a weird day; it began dark but then lightened up, as it does. But around 10 it got cloudy and gray; dreary and cold. The rain came through about noon and now, it is clear, blue skies, and a bit of sun. As time has passed, the day is muted now; the air has a soft quality to it and though it is not cloudy, it is also not sunny and bright. It’s as if that rain cleared everything out but left a light haze of Fall/Winter color.

The cold front blew through in a rush but now it is here. As I walked to my car, it felt like a tea and warm blankets kind of day. After I took care of Todd (he has more meds because he somehow scratched the bad eye), I wanted to stay home. But instead, I made tea and brought it back to my office. (That pic is obviously not MY tea.)4aabfd19f163834063211ce6d2ea7f1c


This weekend is supposed to get colder: mid 30s in the AM and only low 60s at the height of day. On par for this time of year and oh-so nice. I want to take Isaac and Baby to the zoo on Sunday but it’ll be quite chilly. I guess we can bundle and still enjoy it. But will the animals be active?


Do you think I’m a “terrible person” for saying that I would not like to be a therapist because my clients’ burdens would weigh too heavily on me? A co-worker of mine told me I am such because I said that. I know someone who is a trauma therapist and just talking to her made me realize that I could never do that. It isn’t that I would not want to help people but I tend to stew over things, even when they don’t directly affect me. On my anniversary a few weeks ago, I found out about 3 different people I know who are either divorcing or currently separated. I don’t know any of them closely; we are acquaintances. But I thought about this for days and days and just felt sad. I think we all make choices about our careers/jobs for specific reasons. My job DOES involve helping people but not through the super difficult things in life. I field questions about grading and student issues and navigating life/teaching/being a student. But I don’t think therapy would be for me. Still I contend, that does NOT make me a bad person, right?


I want to be the mom who makes a well-rounded nutritious meal but this week? While 2/5 of my family is away? I don’t know. I asked Isaac what he REALLY wanted yesterday, what would taste awesome, and all he could said was “I don’t know.” He reluctantly ate Publix chicken tenders and not much else. Maybe some grapes later on. But he’s going through that funky 4-5 year old eating phase; Elliot did it too. I’m going to propose Chinese take-out tonight and see if he bites. It’s easy, and I made breakfast and lunch today so paying for dinner is alright. My goal is to make something Saturday and then get ingredients to use the crockpot on Sunday. I also want to be the mom who utilizes Pinterest more and takes recipes from it then dominates in the kitchen. Maybe one day!


Do you ever take a second to read what’s trending on Facebook? You know, that column on the top right? Some of the things they post are so useless. Today, “Soap opera star takes moment to thank fans.” Who gives a crap? I say I want useful news, not depressing stuff, but I am looking for something in the middle of straight up sad and completely trivial.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Birds of all sorts, etc

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste or be most willing to taste?

Vegetarians keep calm and Hodgepodge on.

We do have hunters, as a good bit of my dad’s side hails from Southern Alabama.  I have had mostly dove and deer, though I tried duck once; a bit gamey for my tastes. I’m willing to try any and all, though maybe not raccoon, which people have been known to eat…

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful ‘bird’s eye view’ of something below?

The first one that came to mind is the (former) Sears Tower in Chicago. I can’t remember what the new name is…Oh yes! Willis tower. Anyway, we went all the way up to the 103rd floor – pretty sure that was the observation deck – and I could see for miles. We saw the city and tiny little boats in the harbor.2943226992_acc279b685_z2942367091_16529c5fab_z

3. Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in prints, fabrics, knickknacks, or pottery.

In general, I am not too keen on birds but I do have a cute owl on my kitchen windowsill:20140919_203646

4. Tell about a time you killed two birds with one stone.

I do this all the time! Can I think of something now? No! It probably had something to do with going to a place where I could also get something done that helped someone else out. 

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it’s title?

I’m going with Fleetwood Mac – Songbird.

6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?

Ever since my oldest was maybe 3 or 4, whenever the kids get some kind of cut or scrape – even though I am not upset for them – when I look at the cut or scrape, I get this all over shudder and goosebumps. I can’t explain it; it’s this subconscious thing that happens.

7. Halloween is this Friday…any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.

Because Ash and Ell will be out of town (having a good time at my FIL’s house; they apparently have a huge party and a big neighborhood Trick or Treat thing) we’ll be joining my friend, Carrie, and a few other of her friends. She’s having chili and hot dogs for the kids and then we’ll go house to house. 

I loved T&Ting as a kid! Personally, I still like it, but I know it has waned in popularity in the last decade or so (ok, since 9/11) and this makes me sad. I think the costume I remember the best, not because it was special, but because of what happened, was when I was a ninja in 8th grade. My friend, Tracy, and I were combing through her neighborhood and we turned down the road where a kid was killed by a truck. And we accidentally walked right over this part of the pavement where people had spray painted their condolences. It was super creepy and we ran all the way back to her house, scared. I think I even peed a little.

We are not carving pumpkins this year, though I did get some. I am letting Isaac decorate the smaller two with these stickers I found that turn them into a vampire and owl, respectively. The past few years, my dad has been here and has done the carving for us, but not this year!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I know a local woman because of a one-time Passion Party I attended and we’re friends on Facebook. Whenever her husband travels for work, she puts out this FB post sort of praying to the Airline company; something to the effect of, ‘you have my other half and please keep him safe.’ As my oldest and hubs travel today and fly out tomorrow, I can’t help but think about this. I was raised Catholic and though I may not go to church that often, I do still believe in the power of prayer and will be hitting up my version of God for some extra feel-good vibes. And hopefully, my two guys will be safe and sound. I guess it can’t hurt to add in some requests for patience and strength to solo parent my younger two!14996685063_5fe49ea975_z

Random Tuesday – Just how long will it take me to post today?


Random it up!

  • I have the strong desire to rewatch all the superhero movies; like, all of them. Thor (and 2), Xmen, Avengers, Dark Knight, etc. I don’t know why; it’s funny how things come and go so randomly. I guess these are very… comfortable. I think this time of year makes me yearn for comfort.
  • Speaking of, I am dying for cooler afternoons/nights. Mornings are nice but it’s warming up by noon. I want to come home from work and make hot apple cider and curl up on the couch. As it gets darker earlier and still pitch black in the mornings, I crave the sort of creature comforts that tend to go hand in hand with winter. I’m still very much enjoying Fall but do so ever love the hunkering down in wintertime.
  • I think I am actually ready for the Daylight Savings thing to happen. Please change the light in the morning!
  • After posting that SpikeXBuffy vid yesterday, I kind of want to go through and rewatch that series. I could never get Ash to watch it with me though. We have Netflix but not streaming so I would pretty much have to convince him to get it. But I really want to watch it! I’m enamored by the torturous relationship Spike and Buffy have. And I bet you thought I’d be more of an Angel fan. Pfft.
  • Todd gets to go back to the doggie ophthalmologist tomorrow for a recheck. Hopefully these meds are doing their job and we can just continue on this path for the foreseeable future.
  • Though Halloween has yet to happen, I definitely feel like the stores are rushing us through the holidays. I realize Thanksgiving itself is not a huge shopping holiday outside food-buying but I’d like to revel in each for just a little bit. I mean, sure, I do like to do some Christmas shopping little at a time but still… I’m not ready for Fall to go away just yet!
  • I don’t want it to sound like I’m bragging but our gas prices have dipped under three bucks. I’m almost giddy about this and I don’t know why. Guess I just remember 98 cent gas in 1998 and, well, it’s hard to let go of good things. What are gas prices in your necks of the wood?
  • I’ve been listening to music for the last hour and not getting a thing done so I think I’d better go. I got a bit delusional knowing my boss wasn’t coming in today but alas, work is calling… and I must answer. Have an awesome random Tuesday!

And just for funsies:94bf56f9d8702f6fe8863915513d454c

MMMM + Fall burnout weekend

We did everything Fall-like this weekend! All the things! As you know from Friday’s post, my younger kids had a fall festival at daycare so I went to that for a bit. Then I went back to work until the end of day. Went home and got ready to go to Ell’s school’s fall festival, Croctoberfest. The kids did bounce houses and ate nachos, ran around, got spray paint tattoos. It was a blast! Once they got in bed, Ash and I watched The Counselor, which was not all that amazing but opens up with a scene of Michael Fassbender doing naughty things to Penelope Cruz and whew, Fassy!e164d2718965d5b700fa83b6ff7c44a9

Need I say more?

Anyway, Saturday was all football games in the AM and I was getting a lot done from my ongoing to-do list. We rested a bit before going to the pumpkin patch and then Costco. The patch went pretty well, though all the pics with me and the kids had huge sunflares. Ugh. Oh well. The ones of them turned out well.We had dinner and I mowed the lawn and we all watched TV; it was a nice weekend. Sunday also went well; I won in both fantasy football leagues and got stuff around the house done, including finishing up Dakota’s sushi costume. It shall be revealed in due time. ;). This week is going to be insane because Ash and Ell go to Arizona mid-week and I have to help get them all packed and then embark upon solo parenting, which is always fun. It should be ok; I’m used to three so two might be a nice break.



Since it is another freebie week, I present to you some fanvids; fan made videos with good music based on shows I  watch or have watched. The first one is a Buffy/Spike vid with my all-time favorite Bush song, Out of This World. I do WARN YOU; the video shows some scenes between Spike and Buffy that are sexual in nature, as that is the nature of their relationship! (Est, 2:10) But it’s one of the best fanvids I’ve found for them. Spuffy forever! (Not big on the whole Buffy/Angel thing but that’s an entry for another time. And if you never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then you’re lost but just go enjoy the song!)

This next one is from Bones, because, well, it’s been my show for a very long time. Plus, this is the only Enrique Iglesias song I like but it works so well here. You know, there’s something to be said for the amount of work people have put into this dedication videos. I know I don’t have the patience for it!

That’s all for today; check out everyone else’s songs and I’ll see you in November!

Friday Five – Day of Fall Festivals

Five Thoughts:

  1. At ten, the daycare is having their Fall Festivals, which includes a bounce house and little games and pumpkin painting. Isaac has been pumped up about this all week. The moment he woke up this morning, he put on his Bumblebee costume (Transformer, not insect). Baby is wearing a cute little Halloween themed outfit from Target but I was not able to complete her costume before today. I was feeling so awake and alive there for about a week but then I have gone back to feeling like I’m drowning under all this work.
  2. Elliot’s school’s “Croctoberfest” (they’re the Crocodiles) is right after work so we’ll also be going to that. The kids will bounce themselves silly; they also have games and a velcro wall, etc. Should be pretty fun! But I will also be exhausted when it’s over, I’m sure.
  3. I have four student conferences this morning and they are each a problem child in their own ways: slow, absent a lot, late to class, and confused, respectively. I’m not necessarily looking forward to speaking with them.
  4. I just purchased my first bit of Christmas goodies. I was on and saw some neat little things so I went ahead and got them. Three of the four items I got are really stocking stuffers but hey, I’m getting ahead. I like to buy things little at a time; this way I’m not freaking out in the second week of December. I’ll probably feel stressed as it is, with my parents coming up.
  5. OK, it’s about 30 minutes later and I have spoken to two of the four problem children. Oh, they had problems but the talks didn’t go as horribly as I expected. Not to toot my own horn (which, btw, is a phrase Elliot just learned and now overuses) but I think I am just becoming a veteran teacher now. I know this stuff like the back of my hand (to use another cliche.)

Five photos:

This morning’s sunrise (x2)



From the younger kids’ Fall Festival (x3)IMG_2253IMG_2251IMG_2287


Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

I have been eagerly looking for actual turned leaves… and I have found some, though it happens a bit later here. There are definitely some pretty trees around campus and I have had a few afternoon drive home car moments when I saw something that reminded me to take a second to appreciate Fall. There are a few household chores I’ve left undone because I am making sure to appreciate other things but other than that, I am getting everything done for now.

2. Since we’re talking turning…what is one thing you feel you’re doing ‘every time you turn around‘?

Reminding my kids to do something that they should already know to do! It’s like I constantly have to go behind them. One of these days, they’ll get it, I just know it!

3. How hard is it for you to ‘turn the other cheek‘?

Depends. With other people, not that hard. With my husband? LOL. I’d rather fight him until he admits I am right so that doesn’t usually turn out so well.

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down in order to find something? Did you find it?

Oh geez, um… I couldn’t find this FSU chip/dip tray that I usually keep in this one cabinet. I looked through every possible cabinet in the kitchen and it is definitely not there. I don’t remember the last time I used it so this was totally baffling to me that it is missing!

5. ‘One good turn deserves another‘…were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

I guess the last time anything like this happened was when a friend of mine got me some football tickets and when I asked about how to pay her, she said that was not necessary. I normally help her out a lot with work stuff so it is reciprocal.

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. And also fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet which would you choose? This question isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

Man, that is a rough one. I’m going to go with green so I can include grapes and honeydew in this, though I love me a good banana.

7. The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween…which October film is your favorite?

OK so this is a reach but I’m going with Rudy. It’s set in the Fall and captures the football season so well.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I suddenly got nostalgic for Thanksgiving and my parents’ house. Good thing we’re going there this year. They came here last year so it’s our turn to go there and they’ll come here for Christmas. (Actually, they already booked their hotel and it has an indoor pool!) But yeah, I am really excited for that holiday this year. My sister and Justin will come and we’ll eat and drink and hang out and oh, it will be great.

Here’s a pic of us in ’09; my parents, grandparents, aunt, and obvs we only had the one boy.4143356961_07d41b8fde_z

Random Tuesday – Evil packaging, eating better, not with it


Another day, another dollar/blog post

  • The main theme of this week is: mad dash towards Halloween. The boys have had their costumes for weeks but I need to construct Baby Girl’s (sushi) and make sure we’re all ready. I am trying to get them to the pumpkin patch after school on Thursday. It might be the only time we have.
  • Thinking about Halloween reminds me that Ash and Ell go to Arizona in a few weeks and I will need to get them all packed up. It’ll be Elliot’s first time on a plane so we have to make sure he has enough to keep him busy/enough gum to pop his ears.
  • The other night, I decided to treat myself by eating one of Dannon’s new yogurt deserts. I ran my finger along the underside of the lid to open it and sliced the hell out of myself with the foil that is under there. It was a deep cut too! To boot, the yogurt was not all that good. :(evilyogurt
  • I did not have nearly enough coffee today; my brain is still fuzzy. You know those days? When you just aren’t quite with it? I hate feeling so unproductive but I just cannot seem to get on the ball.
  • When I was having those stomach issues, I stopped drinking Coke Zero. I wasn’t having many anyway – maybe three a week if that – but I cut it out for about a month. I had one yesterday and had the WORST headache. Guess I can’t go back to that!
  • I went to Target and bought their special Noosa yogurt, even though it was like, 290 calories and a gazillion grams of fat. But it was ten time better than the Dannon junk.noosamain1-696x308
  • Ash has been on this “diet” for two or so weeks now and it has been good for me in that it makes me try harder not to just snack on say, a cookie. He’s gone hardcore though: no cheese, mostly chicken and vegetables and fruit. But it has also made dinner time annoying in that I end up making two, three, maybe even four different meals. The kids DID eat roasted asparagus last night and liked it. So that was pretty amazing.
  • I have a 10 o’clock meeting and my plan is to run to Joanne’s on my lunch break for supplies for BG’s Halloween costume, and then I have conferences with my students all afternoon. Another busy day! (Oh yeah, then flag practice at 5:30.) I gotta just keep on keepin’ on.

MMMM + Where did the weekend go?

Oh yeah, I know why it’s been a blur: my parents were here from Thursday evening until Saturday afternoon and it was a huge rush of events. I taught in the morning on Friday and then came home to meet up with Ash to have our anniversary lunch at Bonefish. Unfortunately, they didn’t have half the normal items on the menu so he was annoyed by that. Then we saw Fury, which was good but also annoyed him for some reason. Then he got mad at me for expressing concern about him having a layover in Dallas because Ebola, and so the whole day, I felt like he was just mad. But we had a good time at the bowling thing for work. Well, until our lane had tech issues in our third game and we had to start over. Argh. I was tired, and had a headache, and felt like total garbage by the time we got home.

Saturday was good; we divided and conquered two flag games at the same time, different fields. Had a break then went to Sonny’s before my parents went home. Ash was, again, mad about some game he was about to win but baby turned off the system. Not my fault! Then later, he was mad about our server/router having issues. Luckily, Sunday was a lot better. Just a generally happier day for everyone, though I felt slightly unmotivated. We walked in the evening and watched a movie and overall, things just felt nicer. I fully believe it has to do with moon/tide cycles.

It’s a teacher work day so Elliot is here in my office. Everything was fine until we couldn’t log into this one game he wanted to play, then it locked me out of my account too. So I am pretty annoyed but trying to let it go. The air is cool and I have coffee and I will make it through this day.





Ahh freebie week, again. I honestly am blanking so I will just pull something totally random out of my bag o’ music.

I’m feeling nostalgic for Disney so you get this.

Friday Five – How does anyone manage it all?

Five Thoughts:


  1. Seriously, how does you keep everything straight? My parents got into town yesterday afternoon and I have been struggling this morning. I got everyone ready and off to school but now that I am at work, I am finding it difficult to get everything done. Sure, you could say, “stop blogging and do your work”, but I look at this as part of what needs to be accomplished. What really stresses me out is looking at the day ahead: teach, grade papers, go home, meet Ash for lunch/movie, go home and be with parents/kids for a few hours then go back out for charity bowling event. It just feels like a very long day ahead.
  2. Elliot gets his report card today, as well as he finds out who his reading buddy is. This is the first year where he gets to be the older buddy instead of being read to. He’s way excited about it because he is an excellent reader and he likes to teach. Awww, like his mama.
  3. There have been some daytime break-ins in my neighborhood lately. Apparently they bring a truck and load up. If my old neighbors were still around, we’d have some kind of plan. The word is that they only targeted homes with no cars in the driveway so I know we could have finagled that. It’s disconcerting for sure; I don’t think we live in a “bad” area but thieves will look anywhere, won’t they? I really miss my nieghbours, that’s for sure. I feel very disconnected from the neighborhood now, especially knowing that there ARE other young families out there. What we need to do is have another block party. We did one years ago and it was nice to get to know people. Overall, I think people are just so distrusting these days that they don’t even want to know their neighbors.
  4. I am excited that Ash and I get to go to lunch today and then a movie. Though I am finally recovering  -but not just yet – from this illness, I can’t taste a thing. Blah!
  5. The weather is cool again and I feel so renewed in it. Sure, the afternoons are warm but mornings feel so crisp and clean; I feel alive.


Five Photos:

Because Ash and I had an anniversary this week, let’s do some throwback pics, eh?



Labor Day ’06 with my parents and grandparents


Christmas ’07 with Ash’s dad, brother and his then gf


Celebrating our two year anniversary in the B&B where we had our reception


Father’s Day 2011


Last Halloween