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

Stacy

  • 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!

 

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FREEBIE WEEK!

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:

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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

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Linking up today for this sweet meme.

 

1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?

Now that my children are getting old enough to understand what happened, it changes the day. Before, I remembered it in a reverent way but we didn’t really do anything. The kids’ daycare has a memorial with a bunch of flags set up and when Elliot asked what 9/11 is, I got the opportunity to explain it to him. And tell him how his Papa (my dad) had a meeting scheduled for that day in the twin towers… but it got moved to 9/10. He watched the smoke rise in the distance from his office in New Jersey across the river.

 

2. Do you ever/still…listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a telephone book? Refer to an actual paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?

I have satellite radio in my car so I don’t think that counts (?) but in Ash’s we listen to local stations. And yes, we have an actual alarm clock. It was Ash’s when he first went to college in 1998! We actually don’t keep our cell phones in the bedrooms when we sleep. But aside from those two examples, phone books are useless and we have GPS in the car. Sometimes I do miss the old days but those technologies are too good to go without. I do still write my grocery list sometimes though.

 

3. Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion and politics with people you don’t know?

Only if you feel like fighting. Sometimes I do! There’s a specific person I work with whom I always goad into a debate. She’s a hardcore hippie.

 

4. What’s a dish you haven’t eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?

Carbonara. The way my mom does it. It’s kind of heavy but so good. I haven’t had it since March but I’m thinking I will buy some pancetta and make it soon.

 

5. What’s something you know nothing about?

Man, that’s a tough one. I know a little bit about a lot of things. I’m going to go with DNA mapping. (In light of the recent story that broke about figuring out who jack the Ripper was.)

 

6. September is Classical Music Month? Do you like classical music? If so, what’s your favorite piece?

I’m not a huge fan but I love De Bussy’s Prelude to the afternoon of a faun and though I did not used to, I like Ravel’s Bolero.

 

7. What’s the oldest thing you own?

Before I sold the antique phone to my cousin for the bookstore they own, that was it. But I have in my possession a couple gold pocket watches, one of which was my great grandfather’s.

 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We had another cool morning today and I am yearning so hard for those Fall days. I can barely find words to express how ready I am. Though I teetered on that line between holding onto the last tendrils of summer, I know now that I am ready for Fall. I want pumpkins and to put out my cute decorations. I want to mow the lawn less and open the screen door in the kitchen. I know Spring is typically a time for new things but I get that feeling in Fall. I want new valences for my kitchen; I feel compelled to paint. It’s time, it’s time.

Random Tuesday – Weird fox things, rain, bumps and bruises

Stacy

 

 

  • I’m going to just come right out and tell you that I have cabbage leaves in my bra. See, weaning baby was easy. She was ready for the whole milk. But telling my body we’re done is another story. I made the big mistake a few weeks ago when she got sick. We’d gradually gone down to one feeding a day but then when she was sick that night, I fed her a few times that next day and then the next morning, but cut it off. Well, it took three weeks for my body to store up milk and now I am in pain and annoyed. The magic of cabbage; go, cabbage, go!
  • A lifetime ago, when Ash and I honeymooned in Oahu, I took a picture next to this funky little statue:431876666_37fae8f5ee_z
  • Turns out his name is Tanuki: the Japanese trickster. Who knew?
  • I’ve already begun eating/drinking pumpkin flavored everything but yet, it’s not really cool out. I feel like any day now it’s going to happen. Some mornings, it has been pretty nice but we’re in the midst of a huge rain session. Days on end here, I tell you. It’s interfering with flag football practice, thereby upsetting my kids.
  • Two of my former students scored  touchdowns this weekend: one for the Atlanta Hawks and one for the Carolina Panthers. Go boys!
  • The calendar is filling up with games and birthday parties and all sorts of various activities and I am trying to very hard not to feel overwhelmed. How do other parents do it? Honestly? There’s just so few hours in the day!
  • We caught an episode of Little People, Big World the other night – we never watch that anymore – and I had no idea the parents had split up or that Jeremy was that old. It just made me realize how quickly time passes.
  • As I was sitting here typing, I got a call from daycare and it seems Isaac fell on the playground and hit his head pretty hard on something (a big plastic play gas pump). It looks AWFUL but he’s not crying anymore and they put ice on it. I swear, it’s always something. At least he didn’t need stitches, like Elliot did in his first week of VPK. (On the lip:)6104606892_2dcb935d84_z
  • I can’t concentrate anymore so I leave you now. Happy Tuesday! Go get your random on.

MMMM + This weekend required beer

Hey, how are you? Good? Yeah, I’m ok too. I mean, for a Monday. And in 45 minutes, I have student conferences, which are always kind of nice but also, annoying as hell. But, ahem, let’s move on.

So Friday, I went home around 11 and Ash and I worked out (cardio; blah) but then we went to Texas Roadhouse (steak, sweet potato and Octoberfest beer). We were early for the 3 PM movie so we went to Kids Pointe and got 5 onesies/dresses for BG plus shoes for her, two pairs of shorts and a shirt for Isaac all for 23 bucks. Used is the way to go, I tell you. We saw November Man, which was ok. Nothing amazing. Got the kids and headed home.

Saturday morning we had flag practice for both kids so we had breakfast and did some light cleaning before heading to the park. Both boys did well, especially Isaac, since this is actually his first organized sport. He did really well almost the entire hour anyway. At the end, when they played sharks and minnows, he lost it when someone pulled his flag. We’re going to really need to work on manning up a bit. I mean, he understands that it’s a game and friendly competition but if he loses he just cries. Not conducive to being a helpful teammate. But he’s learning.

Since Sunday was football day, we got up early and took the kids to the playground and searched for some more geocaches. We also picked up pizza. We try to do some extra stuff for them during Fall Sundays just because there’s always so much other stuff going on that doesn’t involve them. They don’t like to watch hours of football and I am always doing laundry, cleaning, etc. It wasn’t a bad day but they alternated between playing just fine and trying to maim each other. By the time they went to bed, I was super exasperated.

I know I have a lot more to talk about but the coffee has not yet begun to course through my veins. So, onto MMMM.

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The theme this week is songs about trains! I’ve got a couple for ya; a slow one and a faster one.

Friday Confessions – No sleep, No breaks, No patience

 

I confess… I sat on a blank entry both Wednesday and Thursday but I could not formulate anything coherent.

I confess… I have been having sleeping issues this week. This entirely unlike me! I fall asleep at the drop of a hat! Last night and the night before, I slept on the couch for maybe 45 minutes (typical for me) then when I got in bed, I couldn’t fall asleep. I was awake for hours before I finally got rest. Just as I would start to drift off, my mind somehow got all excited and internally shout, “I’m almost asleep!” then it would wake up! UGH. I hope this weekend will be better for sleep.

I confess… I spent part of Wednesday looking for geocaches in the area. So many of them are park ‘n grabs. There’s one in a big oak tree in the parking lot of our grocery store. There’s one by a stone sign on Mahan drive. They’re everywhere! And I am kind of hooked on this idea. I wish I had time to search for these things but I will have to carve it out of our busy schedule.

I confess… I really need today’s half day. Because of the lack of sleep and just general stresses, I have been pretty grumpy and hard to live with this week.  I’ve been impatient with the kids and my husband, alike. Though he’s half the reason I didn’t sleep Wednesday night. He kept flailing his arm across my pillow above my hand. I am finally on board with a king sized bed.

I confess… I have this feeling like I pissed people off and I am dreading dealing with them in the aftermath. So far, no one seems to be holding a grudge but I feel guilty.

I confess… I’m worried that I am becoming kind of an old curmudgeon. I’ve really been saying a lot of “get off my lawn” type things lately.

I confess… I do not feel like doing the 21 Day Fix workout today but I will and I will move on with my life. With that, I’m out! Have a good weekend.

Random Tuesday – Long weekend of strange and happy incidents

Stacy

  • Last week was ridiculously long but it ended with Elliot’s 7th birthday. In the morning he opened cards from my aunt, my grandparents, and my mom. I sent mini cupcakes with him to school. When he got home, he opened his gifts (which he was super excited about!), we worked out , and then he chose Pizza Hut. We never go there but it was his choice. It actually turned out really well. We got one pizza and breadsticks and our waiter – who was also the manager – forgot to put the breadsticks in. So we ended up getting both those and this huge chocolate chip cookie for free! We hadn’t counted on that so we still took him out for ice cream. Got home pretty late but it was such a nice evening.
  • We had a few funky nights last week: Isaac woke up a few times and Baby Girl had a night where she woke at 3 and I had no idea what her deal was. Finally, I figured it out: she was just starving!
  • Late Friday evening, Ash and I were still up and we heard a pretty loud pop. Then the power went out. It was out for a bit before Isaac woke up and spazzed out because it was dark in his room. He’s had quite a few issues with that lately. So it’s one AM and the boy is awake with us. He and Ash took the flashlight and adventured outside where a tree, probably the size of a telephone pole, had fallen across the road and on the power lines. We waited for a while and it wasn’t coming back on so we let Isaac sleep in our bed – which we NEVER do – and tried to get some rest, though I hate the stillness of it. The power did not come back on until almost 7 AM!
  • One of my main stressors was this party I was trying to put together. For starters, a bunch of people ended up being out of town. I waited too long to make the bounce house reservation so this was the only weekend that worked. I booked it anyway and finally just accepted that we’d deal with however many people showed up. Well, Friday night, that company called and said due to a possibility of rain, they’d have to reschedule. SIGH. Plan B was slip n’ slide and cornhole. Saturday morning, I cleaned and worked out and then went to the store. Only my friend Courtney and her two kids and Ell’s friend Addy, his sister, and parents came but we had a really good time! Also, btw, it still hasn’t rained, and it’s Monday afternoon.
  • While we were setting up, both our outdoor fan and our canopy broke. What kind of luck is that, you know?
  • We didn’t do much on Sunday except a quick trip to Costco and some cornhole.
  • On Monday though, I decided it was time to start exploring the world of Geocaching. I’ve been interested in it for a while but Addy’s parents were talking about it so I decided to download the app and look for one close to us. There was one about a mile and a half away so we set out before 8:30 and did end up finding it. What I can tell I will like about this: the fact that these things are just sitting in urban areas. The one we found today was in a parking meter – in the middle of a wooded area!
  • I got it in my head that we’d place our own cache so I started looking up starter kits. Bass Pro’s website had them so I decided we’d go there and then to Costco. Well, the store doesn’t have kits and Costco was closed so we just went out for dollar tacos at El Jalisco.
  • We ended up getting Boston Market for dinner because they were doing 1/2 off family meals so we finished up the weekend with good food, more cornhole, and the original Willy Wonka movie.
  • I feel like maybe this week will calm down but Ell has his first flag practice tonight and then they both have 10:30 practice on Saturday. It never ends, does it?
  • And here’s a random pic just for fun:906ed6bf6ac41338eadfc9c188750e13

Random… Thursday?

Since it’s been a crazy week, my brain is disheveled and pretty much looks like this room:a-messy-room

If you wanted to say it’s messy, it’s messy like this room is. Things everywhere! No order at all! So here’s some random crap floating around in there, just to keep me going because in about, oh, 15 or so minutes, there will be students in here, I guarantee it.

  • Two bands I’ve been listening to a lot this week: AC/DC and Alice Cooper. Some of their more unknown songs are actually really good. Plus, I just love Alice. He’s an awesome guy.
  • Ash and I saw Sin City 2 last Friday and I am always sad when a second movie comes after the first too many years later. This would have been excellent, like, six years ago. It wasn’t BAD, per se, but it wasn’t that good either. For starters, I HATE Eva Green. I hate her face. Ok, I did sort of like her as Vesper but I think Daniel Craig made her less awful by being so amazing. But anyway, she’s a heartless bitch in this movie which made me really like Josh Brolin’s character. I didn’t realize he was still in such good shape. Also, I have a soft spot for characters named Dwight so that part of the movie I liked. But otherwise, blech.
  • Fall needs to stop knocking at my mental door. I really DO want to hold on to summer a little bit longer.
  • Tomorrow is Elliot’s 7th birthday. I got him a couple Lego sets and Ash got him a DS and Mario kart. My FIL got him a microscope and my BIL got him a giant toy axe. LOL. I’m sending mini cupcakes to school and I think we might take him to dinner. Nothing fancy but his choice nevertheless.
  • OK, I lied. I started looking at Fall boards on Pinterest. Bring on leaves and cool temps, and pumpkin everything.
  • Damn, I didn’t realize it was 69 degrees this morning. This is amazing for late August. This might be a promise of a great Fall.
  • I’m anxiously awaiting the flag football emails. Sometimes coaches are ahead of the game so they send them out before the deadline (next Tuesday). I just really want to know who their coaches will be, when practices are, etc. I love flag season!
  • I’m desperately trying to write more but every time I sit down, I am more enamored by the idea of writing rather than the actual work. I’m really good at researching it though. For example, my hero looks like this:tumblr_n10cv0wPZt1r9ow28o1_500
  • So instead of writing, I just look up bearded tattooed guys. It’s fun but not necessarily productive.
  • But, work has been busy and I look at that as an accomplishment, right?