Random Tuesday – Weight loss, reminiscing

Hey everyone, time for some Random; you ready?

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  • I was down two pounds this morning; yay! I may have jump started my body into losing weight so now, if I keep it up, maybe this will work. I’m really hopeful about it. And not really hating this healthy food. Not yet anyway.
  • I know it’s sad to say but I had a dream the other night that I didn’t have all this flab on my belly. I saw something on facebook that was by a mom who wore a bikini proudly because her stomach fat was her battle scar from three kids. Though I feel this way too, I also don’t think people want to be subjected to that. People are, for the most part, really shallow and I figure, it’s a common courtesy. Besides, I think I’d feel a little more confident and proud if I lost the weight because I ate better and worked out. It isn’t JUST about “being skinny”. Hell, I am pretty sure I will never be “skinny”.
  • Stacy, our host, talked about the guy with the accidental wedding invite in her post today so along the lines of weddings… I am wondering if I’m going to get invited to an old’s friend’s upcoming wedding. She’s talking about it on FB a lot and I am only about 4 hours from where she lives. We were out of touch for a long time but speak and comment fairly regularly through fb. It will be interesting! I think I’d go if she asked.
  • I need to make a list today; things keep popping up then immediately disappearing and I know I am going to drop the ball somewhere. Do you write on paper to remind yourself of things or do you use some other form?

Now onto the Tuesday chat prompt below:

17 Again!  If you could be any age again, for one week, what age would you be?

I think I would pick… 26. Ash and I had been married about a year, I was the thinnest I had been in years, and we had no children yet. Our days consisted of working, then coming home and eating dinner while watching basketball or football. We went out often – just to stores or friends’ houses – and we were big into rock climbing. I LOVED those days of ours. We had so much time and energy and our days were for US. I don’t regret kids for one moment and they fill my life so much more than before; I was sometimes bored before. But it would be interesting to go back and live like that and actually appreciate it. I didn’t then; I only do now because of how much busier we are!431876889_eceab06af9_z

We were so young!

Random Tuesday – Clover, bagpipes, tattoos, yeah!

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  • It’s been a weird morning already: Isaac didn’t seem hungry, we were super early to daycare, traffic was moving slower than normal, my normal parking lot is closed off for an event, and as I got into the elevator at work, the lights flickered and it failed to understand I pressed a button. I walked three flights up instead.
  • But it’s St. Patty’s Day so I am playing various Dropkick Murphys songs in my office. In 2003? 2004? Ash and I saw them at a little dive bar on the West side of town. The opener was Lars Fredericksen (of Rancid fame) and it was one of the best shows… ever. It was also my birthday. Go Irish!
  • SO. I have figured out my next tattoo. It’ll be the kids’ names… in their handwriting. I am so stoked too. I’m probably going to put it on the inside of my right ankle. I’ll be even then: one on my left ankle, left calf, right calf, and then that. I may go back to Elliot’s kindergarten things and get his name at age five, then as soon as Isaac turns five, grab his. I’ll leave space for Dakota in the future. :) Here’s an example of someone who did the same:d92862376a7c21d3c9d98a0342790853
  • I get all giddy when I think about getting it. Not only am I excited to have them a permanent part of me (not like they aren’t already; kids sort of brand themselves on you regardless ;) ) but I love getting tattooed. At first, it hurts. And this script will certainly hurt because of the finer needle used but after a little while, you enter this weird space. It’s sort of like subspace (which I’m not going into because, well, look it up!) and then it’s a great feeling. So, yay!
  • In about thirty minutes, I have to run off to Isaac’s field trip so I’ll move on. ttyl!

Random Tuesday – I’m going to bore you with the details of my workout regimen

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  • I just got Elliot and myself registered for the upcoming Springtime 5K. I know it’s a fairly hilly course but we’re actively training and should be fine. It’s kind of sad to be stressing about a mere 3 miles when I’ve done half marathons but those were pre-third baby! I’ve been out of it for a while.
  • Ell and I did a good three miler on trails the other day and I’m feeling it. The trail we run is fairly technical – roots and downhill, curvy too. My sides are hating me! The planks and push ups I’ve been doing in my office contribute to that pain as well. But I am tired of being flabby and I have to fit into a bathing suit in October!
  • I’ve been looking at these vintage style bathing suits on Pinterest and I think I might get one for our trip. What do you think? Too old-lady-ish?296d89de2c4aaeca1724435383721dcf
  • My Loseit! app says that if I stick to my goal of roughly 1550 calories a day, I will meet my goal (15 pounds lost) by October but we will see. That doesn’t really take into account working out but I will definitely be running from here on out. I have this plan to bring my 3 pound weights back to my office (they lived here forever!) and do arm exercises like crazy. My poor family genes: we’re destined for flabby upper arms but generally thin bodies. Ugh.
  • Did you hear about the petition to get rid of the ‘feeling fat” emotion option on Facebook? That’s just plain ridiculous, in my opinion. if I want to express that I feel fat, how does that hurt someone? That’s my opinion and it isn’t aimed at anyone. This world has gotten way out of control with words. Since when do words have so much power? Absolutely insane.

Ok, let’s move onto the Tuesday chat prompt:

Would You Rather?   Pose a question in your post, such as:  “Would you rather sleep in a 5 Star Hotel, or, camp out under the stars?”   It can be any question.   Provide your answer in your post, and invite readers to answer in the comments.

My question for you is: Would you rather live in the middle states, near beautiful forests and mountain ranges or would you rather live near the ocean,; close to the beach or within driving distance?

For me, it’s near the ocean. I heard a random song on the radio about someone never having seen an ocean and it made me sad; it was an instant and uncontrollable feeling – to think someone had never set their eyes on that vast and awesome sight. I am so much happier when I am on the beach; the way the sun touches your skin is different than when you’re spending time outdoors at your house. The sand, though some may argue is annoying and messy, feels right on my feet. The sound of the waves lapping the shore alone is a kind of therapy you couldn’t pay for. I may not be in “bathing suit shape” and I’m not some pretty person who can walk confidently down the beach but I still love it. I hate gray days and I need sun and that’s the perfect place to soak it up. Below: last summer when about seven families met up for the day:13982080100_49d64549aa_z

That’s not to say I wouldn’t love to hike in the woods but it feels more isolated there and that scares me. I’m a happier person near the ocean and some day, I hope to own a house near it.

How about you? Where would you rather live?

Random Tuesday – Torn between so many things

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  • The Master by Kresley Cole is out today and, having read the first seven chapters that she spoiled earlier, I cannot stop reading now.
  • But I have student conferences from nine to ten and about sixty papers to grade, as well as two letters of recommendation to get through. Ugh! Why can’t I just read all day? It’s dark and rainy and the perfect condition for couch lounging, blankets, tea, and this here book.
  • Since this is RANDOM Tuesday, I want to hearken back to Friday, where the younger kids had their V-Day parties. Isaac’s valentines never made it home. He said he ‘”lost them” but I’m guessing he ate all the candy and threw the paper away. Meanwhile, the majority of kids in Dakota’s class are only children so their gifts were straight off Pinterest: printed little tags with pun-ny statements. I taped rubber bracelets to hologram pet valentines that Isaac picked out. Welcome to three kids everyone!
  • A bunch of people I know and one of my good friends all went and saw stupid Fifty Shades on Sunday. I saw it on Facebook. I am not mad I didn’t get an invite; I have probably been so vocal over my hatred of it they figured I wasn’t going. But what it reminded me is how repressed some of them are. They’ll giggle and chatter on about BDSM and what little they know of it and probably wish their husbands paid them that much attention. Ok, that was mean. But still… UGH.
  • I bit my lip the other day at lunch and now it is all irritated. I used to get mouth sores from stress all the time but the multivitamin has quelled that. But if I bite the inside of my mouth, I will get some kind of sore. It’s super irritating!
  • There’s this cool thing our local “museum” (i.e. natural preserve type zoo) does where you register to go at night and see the animals then. It sounds awesome but it’s this Saturday and the menfolk will be camping. Since I will be alone (save Baby, asleep) I’d like to do something for me. Like, something selfish and guilt-pleasure-ish. Secretly hoping Magic Mike is on TV and I can watch it on mute. LOL. I don’t care if it’s bad; they’re so pretty.
  • Well, let’s move onto the Tuesday Chat prompt

Dance like no one is watching. Who are you when no one is watching?




Funny that this should be the prompt, as I kind of already mentioned. I’m a geek when I’m alone. I want to watch something on TV that I love, like Batman or Bones or Hobbit and nerd out over it. I’m a bookworm and a romantic and a cup of hot coffee under the blankets type. But I’m also the crank up Luke Bryan and get my house clean type. I’m introspective; I’ll write in my journal and try to analyze what is going on in my life and how I feel about it. When I find myself alone, I like to stop and really think about my life. With three kids and a very busy schedule, it’s really nice sometimes to slow down and be quiet… and think. coffee-and-writing

Random Tuesday – Drag a canoe, pressing on, Dog mom, Italian ban

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  • Well, today has started off MUCH better than yesterday, that’s for sure! I think the sun may even shine today. Shocker!
  • Elliot has to do a project for school and he can choose a minority, woman, native american, etc. We’ve chosen Dragging Canoe, a Cherokee chieftain known for his extraordinary bravery. Ash is 1/8 Cherokee, which makes Ell 1/16. Pretty sure this is our obvious choice then. He can then learn his ancestry at the same time! I looked for books in the campus libraries and found all of… one. I’ll go get it later and let him pick and choose his info. These projects are always fun but also painstaking.
  • We had to have a Come to Jesus talk with him recently about supposed behavior issues and that C in English and I tell you, he’s doing better now. We can’t always get a great teacher and he has to learn that. I told him how my 5th grade teacher was so mean and she didn’t make learning fun at all. So to get past that, I worked on me. I put myself in direct competition with the smartest kid in the class, Michael Cruz. Granted, I was also an all-A student but he finished tests before me so the challenge was on. I had to beat him to the finish AND still get all As. It is what kept me going that year.
  • I have some reading and class prep to do this morning but I am feeling distracted. My brain is thinking about Indian war chiefs, abandoned malls, and old restaurants we no longer can visit.  Remember Steak and Ale? I used to love going there for special occasions; it was kind of dark and fancy-looking. Then again, when I was a kid, I thought Red Lobster was fancy.
  • We’re considering going to Carrabba’s for Valentine’s day. I actually don’t ever want to eat Italian, let alone eat it at a restaurant but I will, because Ash likes it. But I can’t figure out WHY I no longer like that kind of food. It could be because it makes me feel too full or maybe because most dishes are too rich. Maybe a nice chicken marsala wouldn’t be too bad.
  • I had to make a call to the vet and I realize that I never say who I am, but I introduce myself as “Todd’s mom”, because they all know Todd. How crazy.
  • It’s almost 9 AM and I haven’t finished my coffee; this is entirely unlike me. Maybe I am learning to temper myself, slow down, enjoy.

And the Tuesday chat prompt:

I think; therefore I have a headache. Suffer from over-thinking? Guilty of the thinking much? Or, just.. .meh.

Yes! I do over-think and I it causes me to second-guess my instincts and my confidence and this is not a good thing at all. I over-think how I am going to get everything done or what some random thing could possibly mean. I sometimes wish I were not so observant of everything because it drives me nuts!brain-gym-exercises


With that, I leave you. I have to go teach and then I’m going out to lunch. Have a good Tuesday!

Random Tuesday – Superbowl awesomeness, beds, vaccines, and more!

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Time to do that random thang
  • Man, what a Superbowl!  I said this yesterday: I don’t normally favor a side but I did want the Pats to win this time. But really, all I ever want is a good game. If the SB is a blow-out, I feel cheated. The commercials were pretty good too, though that Allstate ad about the kid dying is like, really? What a buzzkill.
  • I thought Katy Perry’s halftime show was awesome, to be honest. It was entertaining and silly and the sharks rocked! I don’t understand why people are hating on it so much. I think the halftime show is normally a steaming pile; this was ten times better.
  • It just occurred to me this morning that since we got our new bed, I have had only one night where I woke up in the middle of said night. I sleep from the time I get into bed until the alarm goes off. That’s not to say I’m not still tired; but at least I am staying asleep. Win!
  • My mom called last night and the deal is sealed: she and my dad will move to Pensacola so she can start teaching at a private school in August. This is kind of huge because she’s been out of teaching for about a year and my dad has not been able to find work for much longer. (No one wants to hire guys over 60!) This is an even bigger deal because my sister has lived close to my parents, well, forever. If you don’t count when she lived here for a year and Brooklyn for eight months. I kind of wonder if it’s the kick in the pants she needs to make herself totally independent.  This move is good for us because: a.) one hour closer than before, b.) A straighter drive and no tolls, and c.) the beach! I am pumped about it.
  • I’m feeling super out of shape and though I keep meaning to make a point to work out, I just don’t. I got on the elliptical last Thursday but it feels like forever ago. Maybe audio-books are the thing that will get me out the door. I feel like that might be the solution.
  • Did you all hear about that new laundromat in Portland named Spin? It’s not just a place to wash your clothes but a bar and cafe AND they have pinball machines. Howcome no one has thought of this before? Not that I do my laundry anywhere other than home but in large cities, this totally makes sense. I am all about the multitasking.
  • Does anyone take probiotics? If so, please tell me what brand you use and if you like it. I’m buying the basic Sundown ones but think I may need more. More active cultures!
  • Did you guys hear about the kid in Texas who got suspended for bringing a ring to class and, as he was pretending it was the One Ring (as in, Lord of the…), he told a kid it could make him disappear? I mean, since when do we live in a world where words are so powerful? The admins claim they won’t tolerate threats of any kind and I guess this also means of the imaginary, magical kind. What bullshit. It’s stuff like this that makes me stabby. Don’t we want kids to use their imagination??
  • Speaking of things that make me stabby – and this goes along with the Tuesday chat theme: anti-vaxxers … Let me tell you how selfish and ridiculous those folks are. Yes, I know there is gray space, for people whose kids are ill and cannot receive vaccines, but if your kid is healthy enough to receive one then it is your worldly responsibility to get them that vaccine. How dare you put an entire population at risk because you’re “scared” or you “didn’t do your research” or “you abstain for religious reasons.” I interpret that as “I use religion to keep from using logic.” If we have a full-scale measles outbreak, I am gunning for you. Be forewarned.
  • That said, I am putting down my pen, so to speak, and moving on. I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!



Random Tuesday – Baby snot, on-going sports, need to get away

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  • Is it… almost February? Already? I guess good riddance, January. I mean, my grandma died, people I know are having some issues, and I am beat down by all the stuff we have to do. Maybe February is going to be a whole lot better.
  • I just realized I have baby snot on the front of this sweater. Just a testament to the fact that I have small kids, it’s winter, and our mornings are harried.
  • We made a fire in the pit last night and made s’mores. It was nice; not too cold but a little windy. When the kids got tired of it, we sent them inside to take a bath and just Ash and I sat there. I love firelight and we  could see a lot of stars.
  • Tonight is soccer and truthfully, I am over this sport. Just a few more games though. The boys are enjoying it so I’ll stick it out but I am kind of ready to move on to baseball.
  • Elliot will be going to a major league game during his Spring break, actually. He’s excited and even more so, my dad is excited to take him.
  • UGH in twenty minutes, I have four student conferences, possibly six. There are two people who have not shown for their times on other days so I am guessing they think they are today. If not, well then…
  • One of my 2015 goals was to keep up with my friends better. So far, we have tentative plans to make a standing dinner night with my friend and her family. We’re thinking Sundays at Momo’s, which is awesome; pizza and beer! Almost everyone I know is married and/or has kids so it is really difficult to make time. I’m going to try.
  • We watched Maze Runner the other day and though I know of the books but had not read them, I was pleasantly surprised. I… I actually like it more than the Hunger Games movies, which bored me to tears, even though I adored those books. At the suggestion of a friend, I began reading Wool last night; also dystopian and so far, pretty interesting!
  • It’s getting to be about that time of the year when I yearn to walk in the woods. I think wee’re due for a good hike.13414920193_f7ef259663_z

Going to address this prompt this week; why not?

Would you feel ill at ease going to a movie alone?   
Or to eat at a restaurant?  A concert?

I have gone to a movie by myself exactly twice: once to see Almost Famous and the other time, to see Thor, because when Ash and I went together, I wasn’t feeling well and spent a good bit of that movie in the bathroom. I kind of like the idea of a movie by myself because no one will talk at me but the image it projects is that you have no friends. Though I don’t really care, it still strikes a chord.

I do not mind eating alone and I think people do it far more often now. Sometimes it is nice.

Now a concert? Nah. That’s a group thing. :)

Random Tuesday – Blah blah blah, blah blah

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  • Back to work after what feels like an eternity. I’m not really on the ball just yet; coffee still trying to work.
  • Was actually five minutes late today because although I put all the kids’ blankets and extra jackets, etc for daycare right by the door, I STILL left them right there… and had to go back.
  • North Florida is back to doing that thing where it’s 35 in the morning and 70 by the afternoon. I kind of hate that. It’s hard to get up in the morning and get all bundled and by the time I leave for work, it’s hot. And let me tell you where it was hot: South Florida. Holy Jeebus, it was disgusting. Humid and icky. And by God if  didn’t have a mosquito land on me at the cemetery. Not sorry I moved away from there, that’s for sure.
  • I really don’t have a ton of random for you today; I’m happy that I am back in my office where I can think and take care of both boring and necessary things.
  • I also got the writing bug yesterday and picked up where I left off in my Clint/Lila story. You know some day, I am going to complete an actual novel and though no one may ever read it, that’ll be amazing.
  • When I was working on that story, I decided to check in on my last published Batman fanfic. Out of curiosity, I thought I might peruse what people have been writing lately. I am always amazed at the amount of time people put into writing fanfic. I should never underestimate it though; you know what (stupid piece of crap) book was based on fanfic right? That dumb 50 Shades. And now she’s an effing millionaire!
  • Look, I like romance and all but I just don’t buy into that story. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.
  • I’m going through a Jimmy Johns phase, born out of sheer laziness. I keep forgetting my lunch and I have no interest in leaving campus so, JJ’s to the rescue!
  • I realize this is incredibly boring but I had to publish SOMETHING. I’m out!

Random Tuesday – And you press on

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  • My plans are in place for southward travel; I’ll head down Wednesday after work and drive with my dad and sister Thursday morning to my grandmother’s funeral. We’ll probably come back in the evening and I will drive back home some time Friday. This works out for the best because I actually get two days of admin leave for this. Plus, Ash won’t have to drop out of his race Saturday morning.
  • I am fairly surprised things are coming together so well; I even found someone to cover my Thursday class. Because I am superstitious, I am waiting for the bad to show up. LOL. I guess the “bad’ will be having to attend the actual funeral. I HATE funerals and don’t handle them very well. I’ve always freaked out about them. I remember my grandfather’s funeral in December ’07; I managed to stay very detached but it was not a fun time.
  • On a happier note, my newish neighbors – the ones who moved into my awesome former neighbours’ house – put the home up for sale, already! I think what happened was that their family moved them here but it turns out that they are just too old to maintain it. The weird thing to me is that the story goes that the family moved them here to be closer but their family NEVER visits. They were all there the first week, putting up a fence and fixing the yard, but then we haven’t seen them since. Eh, good riddance. They are apparently huge smokers and when we play outside in our front yard, it stinks. Crazy, right?
  • I bought a pair of Maui Island loafers about a year ago on ebay. They were brand new, just not the right size for this woman’s daughter, so the story goes. Well, I didn’t look too closely at all the details because when I got them, though new, they also reeked of smoke. So badly that I could not even wear them. So, I put them out in my garage on top of the dryer and never looked back. The other day, I was cleaning off the top of the dryer and decided to smell them. Sure enough, they now smell like new-ish shoes and leather. Magical!20150113_120408
  • Because I have so much stuff to do soon, I am trying to pace myself and just sort of be in the now. If I start planning too much, I think I might have a breakdown.
  • I have to get some work done now but happy Tuesday!

Random Tuesday – Sleep, eat, read, draw

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  • So I did a thing last night, an amazing thing. Instead of falling asleep on the couch for a couple hours then waking for one, then trying to fall back to sleep, we got in bed at 10 and were asleep by 10:30. And you know what? I feel amazing today!
  • We both felt so good that we made eggs and bacon and I got everything together and we left on time and oh, what a morning!
  • Ok, I realize I may sound a wee bit chipper this morning and you might resent me. To balance all this glee, I’ll tell you that I have to get up in front of about 150 people today. I am sure some of you are quaking in fear now.
  • It’s cold today and supposed to be colder; welcome, Winter! Tomorrow it is supposed to be 23 in the AM; brrrr. Thankfully I am teaching in this building this semester. A year ago, I was across campus in Spring and it was a very brisk walk for this Florida girl each day.
  • Let me ask your opinion on something: I have a group of friends I have known a long time. Over the years, we have drifted here and there, had more kids, added activities, etc, but we always manage to get together. Well, I got an invite on FB for – let’s call her T – T’s birthday/Girls’ Night Out a couple days before New Years. Cool cool; join. NYE came and went and I saw photos on Facebook of all of them together. And I have to wonder why Ash and I did not get invited. (This is a somewhat moot point because we actually already had plans with a different set of friends.) I get the GNO invites but I have this feeling that they all surmise that because we still have a baby/young child, we cannot go out together. But I can’t help but be hurt by it; they could at least ASK. Especially given that we actually did find a babysitter so we could have gone. Do you have experience in this kind of thing?
  • I guess I should just be thankful they still invite me to Girls’ night, right? Sigh. /endrant.
  • I am really finding a lot of joy in this creative journaling I have gotten back into. It is reminding me of how much art I used to do when I was younger. I was good at drawing and I enjoyed it but at some point, I just couldn’t seem to get anything on the paper. I’ve taken to looking up drawings of items so I can copy them. I wonder if I copy long enough, I will regain that ability to recreate an image.
  • I am also – finally – back to reading (I hope.) It had been a while and I actually left in the middle of a book! I took a bath last night and started up again. I thought I might lose the will but no, it was there: that desire to read and jump feet first into a story.
  • The big TA meeting is in an hour so I have to go and prep. I wish you all a wonderful Tuesday!