Sore body after a Tough Mudder + MMMM

I’m planning to write a Tough Mudder recap post – if you’re interested – but let’s suffice to say that it was one of the most grueling, dirtiest thing I have ever done. Different than running a foot race, that’s for sure. I’m much more sore after that than I ever was after a half marathon.

So yes, that was my entire weekend, essentially: driving to Orlando to get our race packet, driving to Melbourne, eating dinner, resting, driving to the site, 11.2 miles of mud, sweat, and obstacles, showering, a rest, then burgers and beers. Ash and I got up Sunday morning and left the hotel, got gas and food at Bob Evans (a personal favorite) and then got one home. We were welcomes by rain tat has yet to leave. I HATE when it’s raining for dropping off kids. THE WORST.

Ahem, I have a multitude of work to do this morning and my jeans are wet and I am wearing fuzzy socks in my office because my flip flops were soaking wet. I’m going to enjoy my coffee and get to it. Happy Monday!



Since it is a freebie week, I picked the song I heard on the radio last (and liked). Then, I chose the song that randomly came on after from youtube.

MMMM + The Halloween that was

If you celebrate and partake in Halloween festivities, I hope you enjoyed them. We went to a friend’s thing where there was chili and beer and a trailer attached to a golf cart. We used to go to the same person’s house but she chose not to host this year. Eh, that’s ok. We had fun! And our family theme went over very well.22034227274_232e3061aa_z

Daylight savings following Halloween on a Saturday seems like a boon but I thought it made me even more tired and exasperated. I did somehow end up making a lot of food yesterday though; the kind of food with lots of work-lunch leftovers. So there’s that. I will say, my kids were up and ready quite early today, which is very nice.

I’ve finally gotten back to “normal” after vacation but I find myself still a bit unmotivated, even though I feel revived. I appreciate my life so much more now and yet, I don’t feel like working. I will say, my motivation comes and goes. I did stuff over the weekend and felt so great! Then I’d sit for a second and be like, oh blah, I am so not getting up.


Movie soundracks, eh? Lots of good ones out there so let’s choose some songs from ones that are particularly uplifting.


First one that comes to mind is the Rudy theme. If any song ever made you want to persevere, it’s this one.

Similar to that is the theme from Gladiator. I loved that movie; saw it four times in the theater.

And one of my all-time faves:

MMMM + Semi-vacation recap

I don’t have it in me to write up a long vacation summary so I’ll give you some of the highlights via bullets, because I like bullets. How many bullets, Chino? How many bullets? (West Side Story anyone?)

  • United is a cruddy airline. Nothing free, make you use your own devices for viewing (it was an 8 hour flight) and the plane we took had power outlets but they weren’t working.
  • The Courtyard King Kamehameha is an excellent hotel in the heart of Kona, if you were looking for options.
  • Some of the food highlights: fish tacos, Kahlua pork, sushi.
  • Zip lining 200 feet over a 250 foot waterfall could be the most adventurous thing I have ever done; if you don’t count parenting/childbirth. ;)
  • The Big Island is not as touristy as Oahu.
  • The Volcano National Park isn’t really that impressive. People told us we needed two days there but we finished in half. It was neat, don’t get me wrong.
  • The state bird that they want to protect is called the nene. As in, watch me whip, watch me…
  • Kayaking is pretty neat, especially when done in the Pacific.
  • The Kona brewing company is where it’s at; their pizza is by far the tastiest I have ever eaten.
  • Flying back across Texas when a huge storm was coming through after it hit Mexico was NOT fun. Bumpy ride and delays. Also, I hate flying anyway.
  • Being home is weird. I am re-acclimating the life I led before: parenting, driving kids to school, buying groceries, grading papers, working. All that seems so… odd and foreign. I was only gone 10 days!

There you have it. It was nice to get away but you have to come back to reality at some point. I didn’t even feel very jet-lagged yesterday but today, I’m a little blah. I have a feeling I will be having more caffeine in not that long. Work will get very busy here in just a moment and I have to try to wrap my brain around the fact that I am back in Florida, to Tallahassee, in my office, and back to plain old me.



OF COURSE the theme is Halloween! Let’s see what I can conjure up.

The best Halloween movie with the best soundtrack:

And then there’s this classic song scene from Beetlejuice. It was both upbeat and scary as all get-out.

Well, that was a weekend

After completely skipping my workout this morning, I cleaned my bathroom. See,  I couldn’t fall asleep last night because I kept thinking about everything I have to do before we leave for Hawaii. That’s not like me and somewhere in my mind I know it will all get done. I’m just happy to have my coffee this morning because it was a brisk 54. A bit cool; finally! The boys even took their jackets, which is saying something because though they may be Florida boys, they don’t seem all that phased by temperature.

Speaking of boys, my oldest learned a valuable lesson this weekend: break your fall with your hands and arms, not your face. He and Matthew were riding their scooters around the neighborhood and going down a hill, they decided to crouch down, which changed his balance and he ate it. I was napping during the football games and was woken suddenly when his friend burst into the house saying, “Elliot got hurt!” It looks pretty bad; the whole left side of his face is all road rash. But it could have been worse, I suppose. At least he didn’t break anything. After his friend, Beau, broke his arm at flag football practice, every time one of my kids falls I think, “Oh here it is; this is our time.”

This weekend was also flag games: Ell’s team won and he did very well at QB. Isaac’s team got demolished. We had Sonny’s and I did stuff around the house. We were originally going to go to our friends’ house in the neighborhood but Jon had the stomach flu so we watched the FSU/Miami game at home, which was better. I didn’t want the baby to stay up so late somewhere else.

On Sunday, I cleaned some more – nothing like my parents’ impending arrival to spur me into hardcore cleaning – and we had tacos for lunch. I managed to get myself a pedicure in the afternoon, which was much needed before vacay. I am certain I will wear flip flops at least 75% of the time. Not that it’s any different from here. We have a joke about you’re not really a Floridian unless you wear your sandals all winter. We’re just tough like that. Or stubborn. Don’t want to give it up.

Today, I am tying up loose ends. Grading like crazy and making sure the info for my subs is all in order. I can’t believe it is already 11:30; time is flying by! I hope you all have a great Monday. I’m off to work some more!


MMMM + Zipping through the sky, sports success, and sad songs

The sky is a dreary sort of gray and it’s cool out; Fall has arrived in Tallahassee. I’m fully enjoying my coffee this morning.

How was your weekend? Mine? Oh, good. Friday, Ash and I switched up our normal movie day and did the Tree to Tree Adventure at the museum. We had Mexican first, of course. Some things don’t change. We got there around 2 and they gave us a brief tutorial. I remember much of it from when I took Elliot a few years ago. They have a small kids obstacle course and then a two part 20 foot course. Then, they have one that is upwards of 62 feet at its highest. We did the one that includes the two 20 foot courses and the big one. It was a challenge, I’m not gonna lie. But it was also super fun. I don’t like thrill type things so at first, the ziplining was a bit nerve-wracking but I felt a lot better once we had done a few. I think there might have been 10 or so total. I really enjoyed it and I am glad we did it before we zipline in Hawaii.

Saturday was flag football day and the weather was gray and cool but games did happen. Elliot’s team won this time, thankfully. Ell caught a TD pass in the end zone and he had a pick. I was so proud! We then went over to Isaac’s game and he too had a long TD run. Both boys did great so we went to Sonny’s after. When we got home, I looked at the bday invite Isaac had that I thought said Sunday. Yeah, it was Saturday. So off we went to Target. Thankfully, Ash volunteered to take him and Elliot tagged along so I got to stay home and make dinner in relative peace; Baby was not in the best of moods. Everything worked well that evening: the party didn’t have any real food (at a 5-7 time slot!!) so they all got home and ate spaghetti and we watched Problem Child 2.

Sunday, I planned to run but I hurt my quad doing something on the tree to tree so I did my grocery errands instead. I dragged my two youngest with me, then took the cold stuff home, then went right back out to St. Marks to get Elliot. He only had to run 7.5 but Ash was running 10. It was fun to retrieve him because most runners/bikers train there and so many of them gave him encouraging words. You don’t see a lot of younger kids running distances like that. The best part is that he wants to do it; we aren’t making him, like so many people seem to believe. He likes it.


This week’s theme is songs that are “either about kids growing up or songs from Musicals, which ever you prefer”! 

The first one that came to mind is this Kenny Chesney classic:



Tears for days on that one!

Here’s another country song that discusses kids growing up, moving on:


Yup, both of these make me cry but what can I say? I’m a mom!

MMMM + The headache from hell

No, really, I’ve had an on and off headache for days. Almost a full week, truth be told. It came back with a vengeance yesterday and bore migraine-like qualities: sensitivity to light, nausea. It was super fun! I blame the supermoon. You know, the moon cycle is really to blame for a quite a few things, if you believe in that. Sometimes I do. I’m going with the rain and the moon as the cause of my pain.

That said, our weekend wasn’t bad at all. Friday evening Ash and I got Chipotle, which was awesome. We rarely eat out or even pick up during the week so it was a nice treat. On Saturday, the boys both had flag football games. Isaac’s team won, Elliot’s lost. Ell played the dirtiest team I have ever seen. They coached their boys to trample and stomp and then pull flags. The refs never called penalties on dirty plays but oh, how they threw yellow flags for mild flag-guarding on our team. It was wholly unfair and I wasn’t the only one who saw it. Everyone on our sidelines was looking around at each other like, “You saw that too, right?” and “Why aren’t they calling things?” Look, our team made some mistakes but geez, they just played mean. Sigh. Oh well. I have to let it go.

We rested between that and Elliot’s skating rink party, which did work out just fine. They all had fun and when it was over, I had zero clean up. I made a clean break and went home. I was exhausted though and fell asleep almost at the very end of Masters of the Universe, the cheesy 1980s He-Man movie with Dolph Lundgren and Courtney Cox. Man, she looked SO young in 1987.

Sunday was dominated by a four mile run, lunch, laundry, and that awful headache. I powered through and took Elliot to buy books and shoes. And though I still harbor a bit of that headache, I am trying to get stuff done. It’s not the prettiest day here but I’m gonna make it!




Since we were talking about 80s cartoons, let’s do some fun themes from back then!



And the other day, Elliot asked if we were sure about something and Ash and I both remembered the deodorant commercial:

Someone at work said something about driving lately and I remembered this oldie:

MMMM + Finding my zen

Well, it’s officially fall now. Do I feel any difference? No, not really. I did put out some of my fall decor this weekend, though none of the yard Halloween stuff, even though Isaac begged me to. It’s just a wee bit too early for that, methinks.

Anywho, not a bad weekend. Ash and I had Mexican and beer (yay) and then saw the 2nd Maze Runner, which was a bust, in my opinion. Oh well. On our next date day, we’re doing the local museum/zoo’s tree to tree zipline obstacle course. So that is way more fun than seeing a bad movie. Our theater recently got new fancy reclining chairs. And they were comfy but if you bail for the bathroom without putting the footrest down, when you come back, you blast your shin and it hurts all weekend. Just FYI.

Saturday was for football practices and naps (nope, that’s a lie; I couldn’t sleep so I went to the store instead.) I did hill repeats (oh so fun!) and then we watched Spaceballs because it finally came on Blu-ray. I haven’t laughed – genuinely laughed – in a long time, I realized. Until we watched that movie again. I watched it a ton as a kid; it’s good to see some things pass the test of time. Still funny! The dancing alien especially.The-Alien-Dance_010115


Yesterday I tried to be a little less uptight; I realized Saturday I was exasperated by every little thing. Just driving across town to the store, I wanted to hurt people. So many bad drivers! Then the kids were at each others’ throats and I just couldn’t take it. But yesterday I was better. I had too much to do to waste time agonizing about piddly crap.

So this morning, I didn’t once yell at the boys, even when they were starting trouble at the breakfast table. However, they were both good about getting up and ready for school. So yeah, a nice morning.

On my way into work, the XM Lithium channel was playing an interview with one of my favorite front men, Chris Cornell. So for today’s freebie, we’ll begin with one my favorite Soundgarden songs. Then, speaking of great front men, let’s do some Van Halen!





MMMM + Present! (raises hand eagerly)

I just got into my office; not as late as I expected but I actually didn’t fit onto the  courtesy shuttle from Honda. It was full immediately. Luckily,  my husband is awesome and he came and got me.

We had a really full weekend. We left early Saturday morning to make it to campus. We had breakfast in Athletics and then we watched the recruitment video (in 3D!) and then went on field for warmups. Unfortunately, it was rainy so we did not get a pic with Jimbo. Boooo. But we still had fun. Our seats weren’t bad and the kids got to eat junk food. It also stopped raining for most of the game. We left at the start of the 4th because FSU was up by enough. Plus, I wanted to relieve the babysitter. It’s not bad to have to only watch Dakota though. Everyone napped that afternoon except me (someone had to stay awake with Baby, who had already napped.) I made them spaghetti but wasn’t hungry so once it was on the table, I ran away. LOL. No really, I went to Target and leisurely walked around and talked to my mom. When you have three kids and a busy schedule, there’s little time to even talk on the dang phone! It was exactly what I needed after that long exhausting day.

On Sunday I ran early errands and then ran a hilly 2.2. miles. I made a pretty big lunch for week one of NFL games and the afternoon was all football and beer and laundry. We played a lot of front yard football this weekend and the boys are totally convinced they’re going to play tackle at some point. LOL. It’s going to take A LOT of convincing for me, boys!

This week is all student conferences for my face-to-face class. I’m catching up on other things too – like my car and I’m going to the dentist tomorrow. I will feel really good if I can get all this stuff done this week!



OK so this week’s theme is songs that tell a story. Strangely enough, this Billy Joel song came to mind first, and I’m not even all that fond f the sound of it. I do like that it tells an interesting story though.


Here’s another one that tells a story of a boy growing up and never fails to make me cry!



MMMM + Dragging on this Monday

I’m not necessarily dragging but my kids were. They both bemoaned the fact that they had school today and that they couldn’t stay home and be with my parents, who visited over the weekend. Ell had his first flag football practice at 8:30 Saturday morning and my parents got in around 11:30. Soon after, we went out for lunch at Sonny’s. Ell was in kind of a mood; he was very hung up on it being his birthday so he could “do whatever he wanted”. Which, ok, I get it but being a jerk is not included in that. After lunch we gave him his big present: a basketball hoop and my dad and Ash got to work building it. We sojourned back out for dinner (unlike us but it WAS Elliot’s birthday) and that was nice. I was tired that night though and fell asleep pretty early.

On Sunday we made a big breakfast and Ell and Ash ran four miles and we finished putting the basketball hoop together. My mom and I went to Target and we had sandwiches and soon after they left, my boys went down the street to play with friends. It was a good weekend but over too soon.

I’ve already had to run a number of places on campus and I can’t seem to sit down for a moment before being interrupted again. So let’s get on with the music.




This week’s theme is about school, education, or a certain subject.

Here’s one of my favorite funny Jimmy Buffett songs:

and I can’t pass up this theme without posting Van Halen!

MMMM + New semester starts… now

So apparently, I registered with WordPress nine years ago today. This is scary. Have I been blogging here that long?

Last week was super busy housework-wise and it all culminated in our party this past Saturday. I think it turned out really well. Everyone had fun, I think, and some people came who said they originally weren’t. I know I had a good time and the food was tasty. I managed to clean some that night so Sunday wasn’t all recovery. Though I didn’t do much of anything else. I did get a pedicure, which was amazing and a nice way to ease into this week: college began today!

It’s funny: the first hour of the day is always sort of calm. But as the day goes on, the lost kids and frantic “I don’t have a class” kids, and the straight up freak out kids all show up. Sometimes it’s not as bad and other semesters, it’s insane. Let’s hope today is not so bad.

Since it’s starting to pick up, I’m out but here’s my freebie week contribution:



I have always liked Adam Lambert and this song does not disappoint. However, the video is pretty funky.