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.

 

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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:

 

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

 

MMMM + Kids are back in school!

Man, I felt great about this morning until I remembered about Rush week. Those dumb girls just sit in all the public walking areas and even on the building steps and I can’t get through! I see red when this happens and I never ask nicely. I mean, how stupid do you have to be to block people from walking? OK, I’m letting this go now because you know what? My kids started school today!

Dakota moved up to the 2 year old room, Isaac started kindergarten, and Elliot is in 3rd now. It’s insane how quickly time passes. They all did great this morning. Dakota I wasn’t worried about but Isaac I was. He was quiet but he didn’t cry and he even smiled before I left. I call that a win. Ell was fine, of course. He just wants a good teacher and I do have high hopes for this woman. I’m pretty excited to hear from them at the end of the day!

SO. Weekend. We just a literal ton of work on Saturday in the yard: mowing, weed whacking, weeding by hand, moving old deck concrete supports, and hedge pruning. I was exhausted by noon but we still went out to lunch. Every single one of us napped then later, we did some more yard work – nitpicky stuff – and Elliot played with Matthew for a bit. Ash picked up the keg and we finagled that thing into working. It wasn’t as easy as you’d think! But finally, we had beer flowing’ in our own garage and all was right with the world.

Yesterday was less work intensive. I ran to target EARLY to avoid every other mom shopping for school supplies. In fact, I got everything I needed to do done in a timely manner. It was odd to be on the couch at 9:30 and NOT have laundry still in the dryer or things to fold. I had all the kids’ school supplies organized and in bags by the door. I was at peace with day one of school. Now I can do my work work at the pace I set. And I am!

 

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This was the song that came to m first and well, I think it speak volumes to the theme.

MMMM + Didn’t see that coming

We had a very nice Ethan Allen cherry wood queen bed frame for years; it had been Ash’s parents’. Then we upgraded to a king and it sat disassembled in Dakota’s room. I tried to sell it for way less than its worth on local garage sale sites but no one would bite. Finally, a friend of ours traded it for a loft bed for Elliot. So Saturday, after a run and a trip to the flea market and Sonny’s, we took her the frame and we brought back the loft bed. That spurred an entire relocation of items in each of the kid’s rooms. Dakota’s crib got moved after the big pieces of wood vacated her room, Isaac traded one of his bookshelves for Elliot’s dresser – since the loft bed has a ton of extra storage – and then there was all the set up and vacuuming and organizing books and board games and all the junk we’ve acquired. I even posted to Facebook that we own too much stuff and I felt like throwing it all away and moving to the woods with nothing!

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That photo was taken in the midst of it all; I got it cleaned up now for the most part. Elliot needs a chair for his new desk area and I have to work on the corner by the crib for baby because my FIL plans to buy her a play kitchen. Ugh. I know she’ll love it but just another big piece of play equipment we don’t need! I remember my play kitchen very fondly; I loved that thing. Even more so, I loved the fake food. I have a feeling I will buy her some. ;)

That activity pretty much dominated our weekend. I mowed and did laundry yesterday and by 9 PM I was exhausted. I struggled through grading papers and folding clothes even though I had a headache.

This morning, I have already had a work phone, graded a few papers, and cleaned up my office. Happy Monday!

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I know you’re tired of me always posting Culture Club songs so since it’s a freebie, let’s go in an entirely other direction.

 

I don’t normally listen to pop music but here are a couple songs my 8 year old loves and keeps playing over and over!

 

 

MMMM + Made it through the weekend

Crazy busy weekend in the books! As I mentioned last week, Ash went to a birthday get-together down at the coast. I couldn’t go, of course, so I picked up the younger kids and the original plan was to head to Target then get Elliot from his day trip to a water park. Except they didn’t come back at 6 as planned. No, they didn’t get home until 7:30. So I got him and his friend, Addy, then a pizza. It was a looong evening. They all played together really well and then after Isaac was in bed, the other boys watched a movie. Elliot was exhausted so he was done by 11 but his friend couldn’t sleep. I stayed up with him until 12 but then he just couldn’t get to sleep and started crying for his parents so I had to wake up his dad. Sigh. I know this happens to kids but I was just so tired.

In the end, it worked out for the best that he wasn’t there the next day; I got quite a bit of cleaning done. It’s been a while since I really tackled the house. By 11:30, we were taking Ell out to my boss’s house for her grandson’s birthday. Luckily, Ash got back a bit earlier than anticipated so I got a break; though the younger kids did nap so it was quiet for a little while anyway. I went back out to get Elliot, hung around for maybe 30 mins, then we went to our friends’ (Addy’s parents) going away party at the arcade. We didn’t stay all that long though; all the activity was taking its toll on Elliot and he was melting down. So that evening was all baths and parking it on the couch.

We were up early Sunday so Ash and Ell could run and then by 9, we were on our way to Mashes Sands beach. We hadn’t been before but it was great! Even though it was overcast most of the time, the temp was wonderful and the kids had fun. The afternoon was all laundry and beer and cooking dinner and not much else. I was happy to just relax for the most part. Later, I reflected on some things. I hate when friends move away but that’s the peril of working at a university and with graduate students. In this case, their kids and my kids also must deal with separation. It’s a fact of life, I know. But I feel badly for Elliot. It’s not the last friend he’ll have to say good bye to, that’s for sure. Anywho, let’s get to the music, eh?

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The theme is funny or work songs but I like work songs better. This first one – I warn you – has a “bad” word in it but it’s a great punk song. The other is from one of my all-time favorite 80s bands!

 

 

MMMM + Sometimes you need to party hard

And my weekend was non-stop craziness. Ok, not as crazy as it could be but for a 36 year old mom of three it was. Friday was busy from the get-go: grading papers and student conferences. When I left, I met Ash for lunch (yummy Mexican and beer!) and then we saw Ant-man, which was a lot better than the preview would lead you to believe. As soon as it was done, I had to make dinner because I’d promised them spaghetti. But I had a 5:45 meet up time with my friends so it was rush rush. I got to BJ’s brewhouse right on time and we had a great meal. They do a weekday happy hour until seven with half off appetizers and dollar off draft beer. Um, yes! I even ordered a flight to sample their brews. Excellent.

After that was when I started making bad decisions though. We had planned to see the 7:30 showing of Magic Mike but one of my friends thought cheap wine from CVS was a good idea. In theory, it was. The movie – drunk – was a riot. I’m not sure if it would have been as good sober. I was feeling pretty done after the movie. But I have the kind of friends who like to dance so that is what we did. We went to Tap Room and the only time I ever dance is when I’ve been drinking. Not going to say I didn’t have a blast but I had a rough time getting started on Saturday. I normally mow on that day but I definitely did not. In fact, I did very little until 4 when we went to another get-together. This was a woman Ash knows from work, hosting a family-oriented end of summer party – with a fajita bar! We had fun, for sure. But I wasn’t feeling all that chatty.

Sunday was all errands and mowing the lawn and fixing up the kegerator and water balloons and rest. Though I didn’t actually take a nap. I started to drift off around 5 but made myself get up and finish laundry. It was a looong weekend but a good one. I am ready for some kind of break but that’s not happening soon. Busy at work, busy the next few weeks with Elliot not being in camp and getting ready for Fall semester. And in two and a half months, I’ll be on a beach in Hawaii and it’ll be magical.

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Freebie week!! Let’s keep playing Culture Club, as I did last week. I’m sorry but they’re good, y’all!

 

MMMM + Weekend was pretty awesome

After I recovered from my food poisoning, I definitely had a nice weekend. I will say, I bailed on Friday and took myself to get a pedicure. While I waited – because that’s apparently a busy day for the salon – I went next door to the Chinese place and got a pint of white rice, which was amazing. It’s funny how good plain food can be when you’re nursing your stomach back to normal. My pedi was amazing and everything I wanted. When I got home, I parked it on the couch and watched a Bones rerun before napping. Again, rest and bland food was everything I apparently needed. Slowly, I got back to regular food. Made the kids some pineapple teriyaki meatballs and mac and cheese for dinner and I had a few bites of each. Tested the waters and did OK. Later in the evening, I had a toaster strudel so I was in the clear.

Saturday was errand/yard work day of course. I mowed the back and side while Ash tackled the front. I was feeling motivated so I found the right tool and took to the area where that old BBQ grill  had been; the one we knocked down a few weeks ago. For reference, here’s an after and before – I placed them wrong in the grid but eh, you get the point.PhotoGrid_1437245142050_resized

 

I was BEAT after that but still didn’t really get a nap. Puttered around before having to make dinner for the kids and get them set for the babysitter.  Ash predrank before we went out but I didn’t mean to; I got him a mixed six pack so he could try some other beers and unfortunately – or fortunately depending on how you look at it – I had to drink the ones he didn’t care for. LOL. By  the time 6 rolled around, we were headed downtown to Harry’s for dinner for our friend, Robert’s, birthday. Courtney set the meet time for 6:30 but we weren’t slated to be seated until 7 so we got to indulge in 30 minutes of happy hour. There were about 18 of us and we had a great time. I got the shrimp and grits and by some miracle of God, it didn’t upset my stomach.

We headed to Brass Tap afterwards and drank some more and played cornhole. It was about quarter to 11 when they decided to head back to the neighborhood (most of Courtney’s friends are from their neck of the woods, which is a good 25 mins from my house and where Brass Tap is.) Well, we didn’t have it in us to go all the way out there to swim, as was their plan. So we went with Tiffanie and Kenny over to Fire Betty’s, the new barcade, for about 30 minutes before heading home. We had a great time! Ash and I played a few games there and decided it’ll be a lot better when we go for a friend’s going away thing on the first, which will be in the afternoon and thereby, not so crowded. At 11 at night, it’s insane in there. Home by midnight and I don’t remember the last time I went to bed at 1 AM!

Sunday was a lot more relaxed. Elliot and I went to Whole Foods and Publix and we had filet for lunch. SO good. Had not had steak in quite a while. I’m getting back to healthy eating; brought cauliflower and some healthy yogurt dip, fruit, and a protein bar for lunch along with a whole thing of green tea. Sigh. I can do this! And now here I am, back at work and with a load of crap to get done ASAP. BUT, let’s do Music Monday!

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So on Friday I mentioned that I recently got back into Culture Club, so I will play a song I think is “serious” and then one that is kind of funny, but it’s only funny because on an episode of Beavis and Butthead a long long time ago, they made fun of it. So in my memory, it IS funny.

This one is a great beat!

And this one is just plain funny. What IS going on here??

MMMM + You know the drill!

I have but an hour before starting in on student conferences, which are both interesting yet tedious. I tend to say the same things over and over. I have to see 12 total students today then I have maybe 45 minutes before my doctor’s appointment. It’s going to be a very busy day!

But my weekend was pretty relaxing. Ash and I had Mexican on Friday; I ordered their “live” guacamole (you know, where they make it at your table) and it was pretty darn good. We then saw Terminator: Genisys, which I thought was pretty good, as they go. Nothing can beat T2 so I didn’t have high hopes. But there were a lot of aspects I enjoyed. While Ash went to get the kids, I mowed both the front and the back, which basically kicked my ass. I normally don’t feel worn out after mowing but I normally don’t do both at 4 pm on a very hot day. I think that was all part of it: long grass, push mower, high heat, and having had a few beers at lunch. I felt DONE that night; bad back, just worn out.

On Saturday, my parents were supposed to swing through town on their way back home but they ended up not and it worked out for the best. I took the kids to eat (they know if Dad’s not around, we go to Chik-Fil-A, and he was playing in a card tournament) and then we rested. In fact, it was quite peaceful for a little while, which is what I needed. I felt like it was a very noisy day. When Ash got home later in the evening, I clocked out. I went to my room and read and it was oh-so nice. In the afternoon, we had run errands and it was 98 degrees outside and my kids were hot and cranky and frankly, so was I. I made them a nice meal that they complained about and I was just at my wit’s end.

Sunday was better, though I was still a bit cranky. We went to a friend’s house to buy their kegerator (Ash clearly needed a new project). I had to clear out a space in the garage and then we had to order line cleaning chemicals and soon here, I have to find out prices on half and full sized kegs of beer we’ll both drink. There’s the laughable part. I drink any and all beers above the Bud/Miller level. (I won’t touch that swill) but Ash prefers just a few. So we have to meet in the middle… and plan a party! Still, a fun thing to own. Why not?

We capped off the night by watching episodes of both The Middle and Malcolm in the Middle, both shows that my kids – and we – find enjoyable. My back isn’t as bad today – thankfully – but my to-do list is pretty long and that stresses is weighing me down. Sometimes I do wish summers were laid back and carefree but our life simply isn’t that way.

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Freebie week and I have absolutely no idea what to play except stuff I have played before. BUT, AC/DC finally let go and allowed their music to be on streaming services so I have very much enjoyed catching up with them. So, here’s a few.

 

MMMM kuntry! + Long weekend of Liberty and Freedom!

Y’all, did you have a good Fourth? I will say, there were parts of mine that were less than desirable but the majority of it was excellent!

Since we were off Friday, I started in on last minute cleaning right away. I got all that done before 8 AM! Then I ran errands that Ash had planned to do. He was still not feeling so hot so I mailed some boxes, got his oil changed, and went to the store. I mowed the front yard and then once everyone was calm for nap, I went outside and laid in the sun with my beer. THAT was a highlight. My parents got into town around 2:30 so we had beer and watched the kids in the pool.

Day two was a little less than perfect. Sure, we had a nice breakfast and did some yardwork before heading to Sonny’s but Ash was getting restless and irritated by his inability to return to normal. So we were all mad and he went to his room and my mom and I went out for a bit. It all worked out fine in the end; everyone resolved their issues and  around 6, Ash, the boys and I drove out to Monticello.

Jerry is a former coworker of his and lives out in the country. He invited us out for fireworks and we had a blast. First we took shots at cans with airsoft rifles for a while. I am bent on getting one now. I wasn’t so accurate so I kind of want to be. LOL.

Funny story: we ran into a couple who we actually knew. Rick and Kathy are long-time friends of our former neighbors. They actually hadn’t even met Jerry until that day, but they had been long time friends with his neighbor! Small world, I tell you.

Then we hung around inside, playing pool and watching a guy do magic tricks. (Jerry’s son’s friend – they’re teenagers.) Around nine, the show started. We went out to his back pasture and sat around while the kids and a couple adults lit them off. I’d say there were about 20 total people out there and it was just… nice. Scott played his guitar and we sat in the dark, waiting for the illumination overhead. Good fireworks too; not your chintzy store-bought kind. All in all, a great night and I am glad we went, even though I threatened not to.

Sunday was better.  We went to church and had a big lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs. We were going to have it on the fourth but since we went out to lunch, no one wanted a big dinner. The afternoon was quiet; the kids napped and my dad went to their hotel to check in. In fact, they left for a few hours before dinner and our house felt like ours again. Oh, did I mention yesterday was Ash’s birthday? Yeah we gave him cards and gifts in the AM and went to Mexican for dinner. A nice evening!

This morning, I took the boys to their hotel so they can swim. I’m not gonna lie: being at work is a reprieve. Even though I have to grade and get ready for class later, this is nice. I had a great weekend but routine helps me live.

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Ahh, Country theme. I was REALLY into country for a couple years there and I definitely still listen to it but lately, I’ve gone back to enjoying the harder sounds of Ozzy, Motorhead, etc. However, here are a couple country songs I don’t ever tire of.  My aunt and uncle were pretty rednecky back in the day (Nascar, big trucks, etc.) so some of these are from my younger days too.

 

Yes Luke, anything you want. I mean uh… ;)

 

 

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.