MMMM + Super productive weekend

Y’all, I got so much done! I should say WE; I worked a lot in the house Saturday (nothing like the impending arrival of family to make you clean like crazy) but on Sunday, we really did stuff. We had this old brick and concrete built in barbecue out back that we’d vowed to knock down ages ago. It came with the house and was too old to use ten years ago. Well I went out Sunday morning to weed and my husband got motivated to buy a sledgehammer and take that thing out. Yay! We all worked hard moving bricks and cleaning up; it was exhausting. I also mowed and ran errands. I felt entirely worked, but in a good way.

Aside from that, typical weekend: Sonny’s, naps, movies, laundry. The busy summer session begins today which means a large number of grad students will be here to learn how to teach. This also means I will be teaching. Summer is rough because it’s 15 weeks worth of material jammed into six. Whereas I normally choose a Tuesday/Thursday schedule (1 hour 15 min classes) summer, is four days a week, hour and a half classes. It’s not easy, I tell you that. BUT, I have been a little lax these past few weeks; time to get back to it!

 

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So Elliot heard this song somewhere – camp I’m assuming – and he won’t stop singing it or dancing to it. Meanwhile, it’s become the house earworm. Sigh. Typical hip hop song, if you ask me but I cannot stop singing it! Also, the video is pretty amusing with the older folks getting’ down with their bad selves.

MMMM + Dad’s Day Weekend

I don’t know why but I feel like our weekend blew by in a total blur. The kids had make-up swim lessons on Friday and I want to say one of them didn’t happen and the other did and it was a crazy rushed evening as always.

On Saturday, I mowed and we swam in the pool and had lunch out. I can’t really remember what else. We just hung out. We watched a movie called Ninja, which is an exceedingly unimaginative title for a ninja movie. I also caught an episode of Lakefront Living or something or other on HGTV and the people were buying a house here – in little old Tallahassee! It was so weird to see people in places ten minutes from my house. Those of you in big cities probably think I’m crazy but I thought it was neat.

Elliot and I had gone out Saturday to get a few father’s day gifts (jars to keep trip mementos, salsa, etc.) so on Sunday, I just needed a bag and a card from me (Ell had already picked one) before giving Ash his father’s day gift. His true gift was being allowed to sit around all day; lol. But no, we went to Walmart and found a decent tool box in which to keep his new soldering iron, etc… Then Bass Pro was doing this fishing thing for kids so the boys each caught one; that was pretty fun! We had tacos and naps and swam some more. I feel like it was a relaxing weekend all in all, though really freaking hot. Today’s high is 97!

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Since heat is the topic of my last paragraph and the theme this week is about water, let’s find some summer cool-off tunes.

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You know me,:Buffett all the time!

How about some good ol’ Doobie Brother?

Triumphant return + MMMM

Not gonna lie: it is nice to be back in my office and unfettered. Last week, with my son here, I wasn’t really getting stuff done. It is nice and quiet (except for this music I am pumping) and I can finally get back on top of my game.

SO, our trip consisted of: driving out of Tally in the craziest storm I can ever recall. Absolutely zero visibility. Luckily, we outran it in about an hour. Our drive wasn’t bad, considering it was myself and three kids anxious to just be there. I appeased them with Wendy’s nuggets (we don’t normally eat fast food) so there was that. We made it to my parents’ and could begin relaxing.

Wednesday was dedicated to eating, drinking, swimming, and family time. My sister and Justin were over and we had dinner and played and it was just nice. I missed my husband, as he was at the Design conference, but still a good time.

Thursday was our busiest day, getting to Animal Kingdom around 10. The braver ones did Expedition Everest and the rest of us, Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Baby got to pet a goat! Since that park offers nearly nothing else of interest (ok, maybe the rapids ride is fun but not that early) we then drove over to EPCOT. We had fast passes for both Spaceship Earth and Test Track. But first, we ate at the Cantina. It was pretty hot that day but was overcast for the majority of it with a nice breeze. I was thankful for that! Around 5, we headed to Ash’s hotel to met up for hibachi dinner. I have to say, my kids were really good that day. We’d had so many late nights but they really held it together.

On Friday, Ash got back to us around noon and the afternoon was spent driving south to Palm Beach to see my aunt and grandfather. We got in around 4, were out to dinner at 6. The next morning, we went out for breakfast and then walked along the beach, collecting shells and just enjoying the ocean. My boys are used to the Gulf so it was nice. We swam briefly before going back for lunch and visiting with some family friends. Back on the road by 4:30 and back to Orlando by 7:45. A lot of driving! We got up the next morning and drove back home. I love vacation but coming home is excellent too – even if it does involve a literal ton of laundry.

So yeah, back now and catching up. I’m happy to get back to my routine and my blog and music!

 

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Since it’s a freebie week, let’s talk dreams. Well, my dreams. Last night I had two weird dreams that woke me up and left me reeling. I can’t specifically go into detail but the first one involved Alice Cooper and a whip. It was… ODD. But, it left me singing this:

 

(I will say, the lyrics to both of these have, well, suggestive themes, but nothing out and out vulgar. Just want to make sure I am not offending anyone.)

 

 

The second dream had to do with seeing punk bands. Ash and I went to quite a few concerts back in the day and in my dream, we were talking about seeing Blink, which I never did but he did. So here’s a song we both liked.

MMMM + No time for blogging…

…but I will make time. I have Elliot with me in the office again this week so I have to make sure he’s got things to do in order for me to complete any work… which I have to do before we leave town. We had a productive weekend. I mowed and we swam and drank and had fun. We had a birthday party yesterday and the kids just ran themselves ragged. They were tired and dirty and full of food. I think that counts as a success as far as parents are concerned.

I have a bunch of work to grade and whatnot but all I really want to do is read Sherlock fanfiction and listen to music. I’m 36 years old and I want to shirk all responsibilities. Sigh. I don’t want to adult today! ::whine:: But I will. And I won’t complain. But in the meantime, here’s one of my favorite summery songs. Ash likes this one too and it reminds me of the brief time in which we were married by childless.

 

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MMMM + Here we are… another Monday

I’m getting unreasonably excited about things in my future. Which, while exciting, also make me very anxious. Next week we go to my parents’, which means eating and drinking and extra hands for the kids and swimming in the pool and Disney. (But then I remember having to drive all three kids and two dogs on my own, because Ash will already be down there. And then I have a minor panic attack.)

At the end of the summer session, my boss always has a picnic for the new people and that is so awesome. People bring food and we swim and it’s just… nice. (But then I remember how much work must be put in before any of that fun can be had.)

And of course, come October, I’ll be in Hawaii. But SO much has to get done before then I can barely bring myself to think about it. SO, I’ll take things one day at a time and try not to be grumpy. Though I was grumpy this weekend and I don’t know why. Friday was fun: Ash and I had Mexican and beer and decided not to see a movie. We were going to walk some trails but instead, we took a nap.

We didn’t do an awful lot on the weekend; we ate and played outside and shopped a bit. I did get some cleaning done and I worked out. We had Momo’s pizza for lunch on Saturday and Elliot played at his friend’s. But since today is his last day of school, it feels like we’re on the edge of change. You know, that odd summer time. This week and some of next, I have nothing for him to do so he comes to my office. And he does OK, for a little while. He plays and watches movies and reads but then gets whiny. Thankfully he has camp after we get back from O-town.

So yeah, that’s what we’re up to and now it’s time for music!

 

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Freebie week!

I’ve been feeling James Taylor again lately because XM has made an entire channel. Here’s one of my favorites.

And I’ve been feeling this Jimmy and Little Feat song too.

MMMM + Fun in the sun weekend

It’s a miracle I got to work today; people are driving like utter crap out there! I feel like this happens every so often: one morning is just insanely bad. I’d blame the moon but it is 0% illuminated, according to my moon phases app.

So yes, our weekend. Well, Ash decided to be a benevolent husband and take us out for burgers on Friday. He just doesn’t eat them that often but my idea of a good time is a beer and a huge cheeseburger – which is exactly what we had at Midtown Caboose. So good. We then went to see Mad Max. I haven’t seen a movie that crazy and action packed in a really long time. I actually appreciate the fact they didn’t spend a lot of time on plot and story; it worked well the way it was. Also, Tom Hardy is a huge puppy dog. Amiright?

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Anyway, Ell had an evening game and they did really well. We played a hard team too.

Saturday, Isaac had a birthday party so he and Ash went there and I stayed home with the others and made lunch and did some cleaning. Didn’t do a lot in the afternoon; the kids wanted to go to the pool but neither of us really wanted to. What we did end up doing – since it started raining – was go to Target and buy a new inflatable pool. We didn’t use it until Sunday but we did inflate it. Finally – a reason to use the compressor Ash begged for!

That night, I watched the last episode of Sherlock, season one, while the boys watched a Jackie Chan movie. It was relaxing, I’d say.

Sunday, Ash ran early and then Elliot had a birthday party at the arcade so Ash took both boys and baby and I did stuff. I put a little more air in the pool (big deal; I don’t like compressors) and filled it with water, then we went to the grocery store. She’s teething so she’s tired and full of drool; it’s not a happy time for her. But when she woke up and joined the boys in the pool, she was pretty pleased. We were out there all afternoon; at some point I sat out in the sun and she laid next to me in the shade; it was adorable. At another point, Elliot’s friend who lives around the corner came by so he left to play basketball for a bit. It was a very relaxing afternoon. We finished it off with a big steak dinner, a little Sherlock for me, and Game of Thrones. And now, here we are: Monday morning. And sigh.

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It’s a freebie week and after last week’s video I posted, I have been listening to Ozzy a lot. Here’s some more!

(Like all hard rock vids, I suppose some advisory is necessary?)

There’s one from his 90s work but now let’s take it way back to the 80s:

 

 

MMMM + Somewhat back to normal work week

There are students once again on campus, but not many!

Anyway, we had a long busy weekend! I feel like we keep making plans and then finish out the weekend feeling like it was great but would have also been nice to just relax and do nothing.

Friday morning I took Isaac to the Kindergarten preview thing at school and then in the afternoon, I went to a little presentation for Mother’s Day that Elliot’s class and one other put on. They sang a few little songs and then served us lemon water and cupcakes. It was cute!

He and I got home early so I was able to catch up on dishes and whatnot before baseball. He didn’t play so well but his team won. Afterwards, the coaches wanted us to get together so we all headed to Beef O’Brady’s. Not a place I prefer to eat but it was still fun to go and hang out. Kids got in bed pretty late though!

Saturday morning we took a long walk – a little over 3 miles – before lunch and some errands like Home Depot. Ash finished the swing set – for the most part. It’s up, positioned, and has two swings. He’s planning a third and a hookup for a tire swing. It also needs crossbar supports but it’s usable for now. The kids are happy!

Elliot’s friend came over around 3 and ended up staying over so there was that and them staying up late, of course. Luckily though, his family was planning mother’s day stuff so he was out by 8:30 the next morning. We went to breakfast, which was nice. I wanted to go to The Egg for fancy breakfast food but it was too crowded. Ended up at good old Jenny’s, which is a family favorite anyway. The day was spent doing laundry and cleaning and grocery shopping until 3:30 when we went to the pool. Nice as always. My tan is coming along nicely. I feel so much better when I spend time in the sun.

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Of course this week’s them has to do with moms!

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I don’t care that it’s overplayed, I love Ozzy and I have always loved this song.

MMMM + Only slightly overwhelmed; good weekend overall

The time has finally come: the majority of students are gone! This means I can zip down Tennessee street in half the normal time AND get through the Starbucks drive-thru quickly. I realize that complaining about these “first world problems” otherwise is “bad” (so says someone I work with; ugh. There’s no pleasing her, really) but I am happy this time of the summer.

SO, we had a fairly busy but fun weekend. Ash and I saw Avengers 2 on Friday afternoon; I liked it but he thought it was sub-par. And they really did set the bar pretty high with the first one so it’ s hard to live up to that standard, I admit. Friday night, we played outside a bit and had dinner and watched Night at the Museum 3. Ash had a half marathon Saturday morning so he left and we had breakfast and then ran to Target. Somewhere in there we managed to clean Elliot’s room, which was a disgusting mess. He’s well on his way to being that boy with the messy room. I want them to keep their rooms clean but I see I’m fighting a losing battle there.

Around 10, we left to make sure we could see Ash finish, which he did at 2:05: pretty close to his goal time of two hours. It was a trail run, after all. His old friend who recently moved back only finished about six minutes after him so we stood around for a while then adjourned to get ready for lunch. His friend joined us then we went home to nap. Since lunch ended up being later, naps did too and around 4, everyone was up and working: I mowed and the boys went to procure wood for the swingset Ash decided to finally build. He’s been thinking about it for years!

Sunday we got started again early with the building and I did laundry and hit the store for lunch and dinner supplies. When we reached a point of the swingset where the two of us could not flip the completed frame upright, we took a break and hit the local pool. I didn’t take one single photo while there – disappointing! – but we had a great time, even Baby. At first, she was very skeptical of the activity pool but grew to love it. I got a lot of sun – finally! I have been trying to find time to work on my summer tan for a while now. But then it got cooler again and I kind of forgot about it. A few more pool/beach days and I’ll be good to go.

I feel like we worked all day and into the night; when I sat down to watch Game of Thrones, I felt body tired but not sleepy… not until 10. Then I was pretty much done. BUT, I had more laundry to finish so I didn’t go to sleep then either. It’s a crazy busy life I lead!

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I tried to pick some songs today that match a busy and/or work filled lifestyle. Here goes:

Loved this song and movie! (Though I work 8-5; ahem.)

I picked this one because when I was young, Disney Channel played songs set to cartoon videos and this one was always paired with images of Mickey and Donald working in a coal mine. So I always think of this song in regards to hard work.

Huey Lewis, always relevant. This song totally applies!

Now that was a weekend! + mmmm

Hey everyone and happy Monday! Yes, I am quite chipper this morning, even if I am stressing about domestic things.  We had a most excellent weekend. On Friday, I got home and started making dinner because Ell had a baseball game (the opposing was a team comprised of a bunch of kids fro Isaac’s flag football team; same coaches too) and everyone needed to be fed prior to 5:45. I took him to the game and took pictures (as is my post on the team) and then sent him off with his friend Hayden, whose mom is also our main coach/organizer. That kid’s brother is also in Elliot’s class at school and the other two kids go to the same place so he knows them fairly well.

Saturday morning was relaxed. Ash ran and I cleaned a little and we went to Sonny’s with just the two younger kids then napped. I love me a mid-day nap!

Elliot didn’t even get home from his friend’s house until almost 3 on Saturday. Actually, not even then; we picked him up and ran a few errands. He was pretty tired and a little out of sorts so I think everyone ended up getting in bed kind of early. It had been a busy two days and I also think he as coming down from the high on Friday afternoon: my kid, who has struggled all year with his grade in English, finally got a 100 on a comprehension test. I cried! I was just so proud. It has been a huge issue all year and I had even gone into the principal’s office to discuss getting a better teacher next year because this one hasn’t helped at all. I just wanted him to overcome her downfalls and try his hardest; he finally did!

Sunday morning, I made a pretty big breakfast and we took a neighborhood walk early, before rain or heat. It was supposed to rain all day but, well, it didn’t. Elliot and I went to Target and Publix while the others went to Lowes. Then I mowed while Elliot cut down  some overgrowth in the yard. We all worked hard yesterday! After that, we had lunch and rested. Ash worked on his arcade machine and I did laundry. THEN, we took another walk, this one much longer. The boys have been riding their bikes lately because Elliot can finally do it without training wheels. So we took them to a place that is wide and flat. It wasn’t all that hot but we had to stop frequently for the dogs, who clearly don’t get enough walks! When we got home, the dogs and boys got hosed down in the front yard before I made tacos for dinner.

When I fed the dogs, I realized that I bought dog food at Target but left it on the cart! I ended up calling them and then going around 6 to reclaim it. But that was kind of nice because I got a latte and was able to stay awake through Game of Thrones; yay. Ash is bored with this season so far but I like all the stuff they’re setting up.

This morning is cloudy and supposed to rain but the radar doesn’t really look like it will. I hope it stays away because we have baseball today. Oh well; it is what it is. I have a lot to accomplish today so I had better get to it!

 

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Today’s theme is “Music that picks you up when you’re feeling down”

Easy!

MMMM + Productive weekend

Considering I was in kind of a bad mood yesterday, this weekend was actually pretty good!

On Saturday, I felt motivated so I got everyone on board to take the Blairstone walk, a two mile hilly route we’ve walked many a time. It was a nice walk; the kids rode their scooters and though it was humid, I felt great. In fact, the back pain I’d been having was non-existent that day. When we got home, I started on some laundry and the kids played until we went out for lunch. Everyone ended up napping before we went to the book store, the playground, and Target. All in all, a pretty full day!

I was just feeling like poop yesterday; bad mood, exceptionally tired, and just irritable. By 2:30 I was done – luckily, I had a pedicure appointment and after that, I was feeling ten times better. The night ended with Game of Thrones and me feeling pretty good. This morning, all was well: kids behaved, I felt rested, and even though it is cloudy, I think it is supposed to be sunny later. Yay!

 

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FREEBIE!

I don’t know why btu I have recently gotten back into this song. Random, I know.

And because I think it’s my job to show people that Jimmy Buffett is so much more than Maragaritaville, here’s a random song.