Stole an idea

Over at Jill’s World, she did a 20 questions thing and since I’m puttering around the office just waiting until school begins so I can sojourn back to give Elliot his lunchbox that he left in the car, I’ll do this. (That was a really long sentence!)


1. Favorite food:

If I had to pick a type of food I love the most, I’ll say Mexican. I love a good quesadilla, chips and salsa, guacamole! It’s pretty much my God food.thumb_600

If I had to pick one item I love most I’d go with cheese. I’ll eat any cheese any time of the day. Oh yeah.01-Cheese Platter-22001778


2. Flip flops or high heels:

Flip-flops, any day, any time of the year. For maybe 3 months (January to March) I do wear Merrells with fuzzy insides but I’m a Reef girl through and through.31Vj-nEMnOL._SX395_

3. Favorite places to shop for yourself:

Hard to say. Sometimes I take a stab at Khols or Bealls but I usually pick up stuff here and there at Old Navy or Macy’s. Sometimes Penny’s has good tops.

4. Standard Coffee order:

If I’m at Starbucks or Dunkin, Lite (skinny) latte with vanilla syrup. Unless it’s Fall and yes, I do the basic white girl Pumpkin Spice latte.

5. Road trip must have snack:

The last time we took a long trip, I actually brought supplies to make peanut butter sandwiches and we had lots of Goldfish and other cracker type foods; some granola bars, etc. Mostly, I have to have some water.

6. DIY or hire it out?

It really depends on the job. We’ve done most of the little things on our own but the big stuff like roof, A/C, etc have all be contracted, of course.

7. Top 5 TV shows:

Of all time? Of ALL time?? OK, here goes – in NO order: Friends, ER, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, My So-Called Life.


8. Favorite Book:

Catcher in the Rye has been a life-long favorite and I’ve read it again and again. But so too have I read both books by Bailey White. Those stick with me because they’re Southern in nature and she speaks to me. She really does.51KWhmO1MlL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_

9. Favorite Form of Exercising:

I don’t know who I’m kidding when I say I hate running because I don’t. I hate thinking about it and then putting on all the gear and I hate that moment I step outside and realize how awful it will be. But once I’m out there and getting it done, I love it. Absolutely.527676_10102005274056563_41181530_n


10. How tall are you?

5’1″. Funny, I thought I was only five foot for the longest and then when I got measured once, I realized I’d been wrong!

11. Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?

You know, I always used to pride myself on picking new stuff because my husband almost always orders the same thing. But I realize that the few places we eat, I do get the same thing. La Fiesta – the 17, Mexican Chicken; Cracker Barrel – Chicken and dumplings; Sonny’s – the sliced brisket; Momo’s slice of cheese with spinach.

12. One make up item you can’t live without:

LOL you assume I wear makeup! OK, so sometimes I do and my sister turned me onto this brand you can buy at Target called ELF and it’s like a pre-foundation bronzer thing that fills in creases. I thought foundation made me look good; this stuff makes you look even better!ELF-Flawless-Finish-Foundation-SPF-15-

13. What’s on your nightstand?

A bunch of junk. LOL. Probably the following: an old cup of water, earbuds, Lush cuticle cream, nail file, anti-itch cream, Kindle, nail clippers, three half-finished bottles of lotion, my lamp, a coupon for Bed, Bath, and Beyond, a Jack Skellington bobblehead, a tin of colored pencils, and the mangled claw hand thing from an Azog toy (The Hobbit.)Azog-Version3A1

14. What’s one thing motherhood has taught you?

That I know more than I thought, yet less than I ever imagined.

15. Music that reminds you of high school:

Ha ha, this is amusing. I went through a phase of really liking old stuff so, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan. Then I was also really big into Counting Crows but still fresh out of the grunge era, so I was still into Pearl jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains. I had also begun to discover punk and ska so I loved Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Pennywise, Helmet and then I merged into other hard rock like Tool and Pantera. Shit, I just listened to a LOT of music back then.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?

Hawaii! In some little place right on the beach and I’d roll out of bed and make coffee and just sit in the sand.

17. Tell us something about you we might not know:

Hmm, should I?? No, not today. :) ;)

18. Websites you read/browse (besides blogs):

Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter,

19. Morning person or Night owl?

Hands down morning person. There’s a brief moment when i don’t want to get up but that doesn’t last long then I’m up and running. I love morning! I love how wonderfully new the day is and it’s sometimes cool and cit feels clean and full of opportunity.

20. Favorite Breakfast meal:

Basically, any variation of the Uncle Herschel’s Favorite from Cracker Barrel:



Eggs Benedict (like Cumberbatch; LOL) with spinach or asparagus:download

Back from the dead

There’s a card in this online game I play called Antique Healbot (Elliot pronounces it AN-ti-cue) and when it comes into play, it says, “Back from the junk heap!” And that is what my brain said as I typed that title. I literally am back from the shit; we were all down and out from Sunday on. I went home after class Tuesday and the younger ones were done throwing up and felt fine but Ash and I both had extreme stomach pain. I felt like a million tiny swords were trying to burst forth from my gut. The downside of how I got this illness is that, unlike the kids, my stomach didn’t expel all its contents and start to recover. No, I just felt like absolute crap for  a solid twenty four hours. I woke Wednesday morning feeling… ok. Stomach was slightly better but I had the headache of the century. Elliot had his biography parade (everyone got to show off their projects) at nine so I ended up just taking him to school close to when it starts and staying for that. Then I dropped off a package at FedEx, ran to the doc to get them to correct the date on Dakota’s shot records (they effed this up last week and without the right date, she was not allowed to be at daycare!), then I picked up some chicken, kale, sweet potato soup from Fresh Market and some crusty bread and headed

It was exactly what I needed: I sat in bed and did work, then I napped, then ate, then napped, then graded and cleaned. By the time everyone was home, I felt pretty much back to normal; 93% at least. Ash had to work late to make up for time he took off earlier so we had breakfast dinner, which is one of the coziest, most warming things to have on a cold rainy day. When he got home, we basically just camped on the couch. Clearly, everyone needed a time out. I see a connection between that and the above card’s ability: I definitely needed to restore eight health to myself.

I feel a renewed interest in work today. I was feeling buried under all the projects I can never seem to complete but I am slowly crawling my way out. I am messing with the Summer and Fall schedules, I am grading my FSU papers (this is one I was REALLY behind on), and I feel like I CAN do this.

I want to get back to blogging more consistently and also, doing my creative journal. Once I do, I think I will have things a lot more under control in my life. Heck, just getting this posted has made me feel a lot better. Anyway, I hope you are all well. I must move on to the next stage of today: teaching.


Review Extravaganza – Third three months!

 Alright alright alright!54910b39-98c1-4bf0-a318-c9016385eb4c_McConaughey-Alright-Win Let’s move along with the next three months of 2014!



Oh man, a great start to this month: we bought a new fridge!

The boys moved into separate rooms and I only mention this because we were just talking about it the other day and I swear it happened a lot longer ago!

I read a great book and reviewed it.

It was super hot and I mused about it.


Baby Girl turned one!

Summer vacation ended and the kids were antsy for school.

We briefly worried if Baby was growing ok (she was.)


We did a lot in the beginning of the month and it was … interesting.

Ell finally got his birthday sleepover.

I finally took a damn pregnancy test and put my worries to rest.











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






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:




July Goals –

Well, I tried to start Whiny Wednesday but as it turns out, I don’t have all that much to complain about! I am sure this is a good thing but it kind of foils my blogging plans. My complaints lately are minor: the cupcake shopped closed at 8 and I pulled in at 8:10; there is somehow a mosquito in my office; we’re having a hotter than usual summer. Other than that, things are good. So instead of complaining today, I am going to link up for this July goals linky, hosted by Karen and Miss Angie.

Monthly Goals

Since I didn’t do June with this link, we’ll revisit some of the to-do list items I had been talking about and let’s see if I got them done:

  • Put St. George Island sticker on car
  • Clean out car; Windex inside of windshield
  • Water kitchen windowsill cactus
  • Rinse off camp chairs – sand sticks to them
  • Order new ones of these
  • Get a pedicure
  • Book vet for boarding in June
  • Sort through Baby Girl clothes; some no longer fit
  • Change crib bedding
  • Vacuum hair on bathroom floor
  • Get a haircut
  • Have Elliot write thank you notes to people who did the Flat Stanley project
  • Experiment with some Pinterest recipes
  • Take a damn vacation! 

OK, so I didn’t do three of those. Not bad!


  • Finish reading Kingdom Come
  • Eat more salads
  • Find the patience to discover new music
  • Get to the beach at least two times
  • Get my boys registered for flag football
  • Keep up this excellent tan
  • General catching up


Stolen from Kenzie; done before but needed blog fodder today. SO, Currently I am:


READING | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. So far I like it. The 80s references are great but it’s depressing that I can imagine our world being this way.ready_player_one_by_sepiawolf-d5iw7bc

WATCHING | World Cup, mostly. When Game of Thrones ended, we haven’t’ picked anything else up.

LISTENING TO | If you know me at all, Jimmy Buffett.

LOVING | These “vintage” v-neck shirts I found at Old Navy. I needed a new one to replace my old brown shirt from there and though they haven’t a single bit of brown in their current line, these are super soft and wash great! They fit even better after the first wash.Old-Navy-Vintage-Tee-Product-Photo

WANTING | To do some fun things with the family but with the energy needed. I feel exhausted and blah every weekend so it’s hard to make plans. (OK, last week we made it to the beach so I should stop.)

NEEDING | Clarity. Simplicity. I have some possible new things on the horizon and they might bring this about for me.

GETTING READY FOR | class, and working on editing a manuscript.

EXCITED ABOUT | The fact that it’s summer and I do feel a sense of laid-back-ness. It was actually hard to think of something I’m truly excited about. All I could think about was how I might be getting some extra money soon and it’s like, should I be happy about that as much as I am? I kind of hate money, in principle.

THANKFUL FOR | The fact that I have a job and money and great kids and for the most part, stability in my life. Silly, I know, but I just feel grateful for those things.

What a pain

I saw a show on TV once about a woman who had her bottom half amputated due to an injury and yet, she was a mother.  I have no idea how people do it. People who lose limbs in war or other accidents are far stronger than I.

On Friday, I went into the hospital around 8:00 AM and by 11:50, I was having carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve surgery.  Everything went well; I woke up feeling pretty good and I was never nauseous, though the nurses asked repeatedly.  Ash was back in the recovery room when I got back, and about an hour later I got to go home.  Some of the details are fuzzy, but my mother showed up around 3:30 to help.  I don’t think I took into account how much more difficult it would be to have my elbow also operated on.  This is obvious now; it is almost impossible to use my left arm, whereas last time I could still use my arm but just not my hand.

The biggest difficulties are changing the baby, getting her in and out of seats, and putting on my bra.  On Saturday, my mom and I went and got pedicures and ran some  errands but I didn’t realize how tired I was going to be.  The biggest problem I have is sitting back and letting people help.  This became evident on Sunday morning when I requested that Ash take me to the store while my mother stayed home with the kids but he didn’t really want to because he had to run and it was also raining.  He didn’t understand why we couldn’t do it later,  which was totally true.  I was being stupid in that I wanted to go right now and I didn’t take into account that people wanted to be doing other things.  Once I took a step back and let people do things, all problems were solved.

I’m back to work today;  the morning went pretty well, except that I forgot my main bag with my wallet and had to go back to get it.  I’m using the Windows seven speech recognition program to write this because typing with one hand is exceedingly slow and that irritates me.  The next week and a half are going to be pretty difficult, but I’m sure it will be over before I know it.  Every day I have felt a little bit better, and I have definitely regained use of my fingers.  I can almost put my hair back now, but the pressure from the hairtie does hurt a little bit.  My elbow hurts most of all.  On my hand are regular sutures that come out on the 31st, but on my elbow they used the staples that dissolve on the inside, and that dermabond glue.  That is what they used when I had my appendectomy, and it’s pretty neat how you don’t have to do anything; everything just fades away.  Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t have waited a little bit longer, but it’s a pay me now or pay me later type situation.  Had I waited, I would’ve been in pain anyway.  Best just to get these things out of the way.  At the end of the two weeks, I will be mostly back to normal; at least I’ll be able to pick up the baby.

It has been a humbling experience to have to let others do things than I normally do, and understand that they will never do them the same way but they will still get them done.  I plan to go by the store this afternoon and I know I can get it done, but it will be a slow process.  And I may even have to let the bagboy take the stuff to my car, which I always reject because I don’t want to make them do extra work than I can clearly do.

I’m kind of glad that I have had to go through challenging things now and then – like pregnancies, childbirth, and surgeries – because they have made me very grateful for every single thing that I have: a body that is able to perform at a high level, my friends and family who help, and just the world around us. Today, what are you thankful for that you tend to take for granted?

New year, new you… as they say

I sat on the couch last night, reading a novella and looking at my Christmas tree – enjoying it before I take everything down this weekend. I felt a little sad and zoned out as I lay there; maybe the weight of all the travel and family and cleaning up had finally hit me and I simply had to turn off my brain. I whole-heartedly appreciated my holiday but thank GOD we are back to the grind today. I really do thrive on routine and so do these kids. Isaac cried his way through the morning, bemoaning the fact that he had to go to school and yet, once he was in the classroom, he was just fine. And Baby Girl didn’t cry when I handed her over. It’s always a little odd getting back to it.  I feel off-kilter and trying to find my new year stride.

What is it about a new year that makes us feel simultaneously hopeful and downtrodden? I wrote last year about how January 17th is statistically the unhappiest day for Americans. And yet, we are all elated by the prospect of new things and good stuff on the horizon. Perhaps it is the weather. 2014 began rainy and cold and tomorrow, it’s supposed to be a lot colder. This is typical and yet, I am already over it. I am looking forward to Spring already.

I take solace in the fact that this afternoon, Elliot is going to a friend’s house and I will once again have some quiet. I really appreciate having an office job, most of the time. Not that I don’t love the fact that I have spent all day, every day since the 20th of December with my kids; but it’s definitely time for me to get back into office/working mama mode. I get SO much more done when I can quietly focus on each task. I am great at multitasking – even working with music on- but when a kid is constantly calling my name, not so much. I don’t regret for one SECOND being a working mom. And I hope it can stay that way.

I don’t like to make resolutions but I do like to focus on change, mentally. I will try to be more patient with my children and understanding of things I cannot change in the world. I will focus on being the kind of person people want to be around. (Not that I think I’m NOT but it can’t hurt.) I want to make more time for friends. I know it is sometimes hard to make plans but they can be made. I’d like to write more and maybe find new ways to make money. I want 2014 to ROCK and not SUCK the way the majority of 2013 did. This time last year, I was dreadfully ill with the flu so we’re doing good already, eh?