MMMM + Where did the weekend go?

Oh yeah, I know why it’s been a blur: my parents were here from Thursday evening until Saturday afternoon and it was a huge rush of events. I taught in the morning on Friday and then came home to meet up with Ash to have our anniversary lunch at Bonefish. Unfortunately, they didn’t have half the normal items on the menu so he was annoyed by that. Then we saw Fury, which was good but also annoyed him for some reason. Then he got mad at me for expressing concern about him having a layover in Dallas because Ebola, and so the whole day, I felt like he was just mad. But we had a good time at the bowling thing for work. Well, until our lane had tech issues in our third game and we had to start over. Argh. I was tired, and had a headache, and felt like total garbage by the time we got home.

Saturday was good; we divided and conquered two flag games at the same time, different fields. Had a break then went to Sonny’s before my parents went home. Ash was, again, mad about some game he was about to win but baby turned off the system. Not my fault! Then later, he was mad about our server/router having issues. Luckily, Sunday was a lot better. Just a generally happier day for everyone, though I felt slightly unmotivated. We walked in the evening and watched a movie and overall, things just felt nicer. I fully believe it has to do with moon/tide cycles.

It’s a teacher work day so Elliot is here in my office. Everything was fine until we couldn’t log into this one game he wanted to play, then it locked me out of my account too. So I am pretty annoyed but trying to let it go. The air is cool and I have coffee and I will make it through this day.

 

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Ahh freebie week, again. I honestly am blanking so I will just pull something totally random out of my bag o’ music.

I’m feeling nostalgic for Disney so you get this.

MMMM + Once one gets it, the others go down

I.E. I am now sick. Baby ran a fever last Monday, had Hand, Foot, and Mouth by Thursday. Ash took her some of the time and I did the rest but now, I am done for. The funny part is that I felt fine Saturday. I guess looking back I felt a little run down but with our life, there is no time for that. We got up and ate and got to the flag field by about 9:15. Isaac had his game – they lost terribly – and then right after, Elliot had his game, which they lost terribly. Their teams are not used to that so it was quite a blow. About an hour after that, we had some friends over to watch the game. My food turned out well; I spent a good bit of time last week coming up with the perfect hot food item and settled on buying Aidell’s teriyaki pineapple meatballs from Costco then I mixed one jar of Heinz chili sauce with about 14 ounces of grape jelly then threw it in the crockpot on low for 2.5 hours with the meatballs. They were so good that my children ate them for dinner too! Soon after dinner was when I realized I was probably sick.

And I knew it for sure Sunday. I woke feeling like total battered crap. I managed to schlep myself to the store because we needed a bunch of stuff and of course, some kind of cold medicine, which I took as soon as I got home then crawled into bed. When I awoke, I still felt bad but and the day went on, I was able to do a few things. But of course, nighttime is always worse. I feel slightly better today but I had to be at work, at least until my doctor’s appointment later. It’s funny; I made this appointment weeks ago because I’m out of refills on an Rx and sometimes they make you come in for stuff like that. I thought it would be good so I could ask her about this itching I have on one of my hands. Then I had that stomach issue to add on and now, this sickness! I am falling apart! There is a reason why 35 is such a milestone age.

I have to teach this morning and I had a dream I wasn’t prepared. Well, I’m actually not. They are going to utilize that time to keep researching and writing their annotated bibliography. I am also going to show them a video fro, Homestar Runner because in my dream, that is what I did. It has no bearing on anything for class but it’ll be fun.

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This is one of the new songs I have found and really like. So good.

And this one is in honor of how I feel right now:

Full weekend + MMMM

OK, I have roughly 23 minutes to bang out this post. My students are meeting in the library today to talk about research and I want to get there slightly early to grab a coffee. Anywho, our weekend was pretty dern good, I’d say. Ash and Ell went to lunch and a movie Friday since he was off school (some kind of Fall break?) then they picked me up around 3. I got a brief nap in, got the other kids, then took Elliot to a birthday party. It was pretty fun; had it at this coffee shop on the other side of town. They say they are pretty slow on Fridays so they host parties. Elliot had a good time, I know. I spent most of the time chatting with one of the other boy’s mothers, who is friends with Elliot’s best friend’s parents. So that was pretty cool.

Woke up bright and early Saturday and got Isaac to team pictures by 7:45. His game was at 8:30 and after, we went home, then back again at 10:30 for Ell’s pictures and 11:30 game. Sheesh. We went home for all of 45 minutes before Ash took Isaac back out to another birthday party but Ell and the baby and I got to rest.  I made dinner in the evening and we walked the dogs and cut the boy’s hair. I was pretty darn exhausted by the time 9 o’clock rolled around, I can tell you that. It was a looong day.

Sunday was cool in the AM – about 45 – and I really appreciate how clean the air feels. I got some house chores done and by 10, we were at Costco. Another busy day but not as bad, I made lunch, and did laundry, and napped briefly. Ell and I went to Petsmart and Publix in the afternoon and then the boys played outside while Ash mowed the lawn and I put BG to bed. All in all, a great weekend. Busy but nothing crazy or bad happened so you know, I cannot complain one bit!

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OK so songs that get stuck in your head.

The first one is a song my kids have sung at this church daycare they go to. We’re not super religious but it’s a good foundation for them. But anyway, this one is always stuck in our heads!

I picked this one because my kids tend to sing this over and over if they hear it.

 

MMMM + The merry-go-round never stops

Good morning, folks. Welcome to Monday, though it is dreary one here. I guess I should not complain because it was supposed to rain all day Saturday and it did not, thankfully. We had a lot of outdoor activities that day.

A mountain of work was heaped onto me around 1 on Friday afternoon so while Ash took a half day to himself, I worked my ass off. But that was fairly rewarding. I left only a little early and got the kids. I don’t really remember anything we did that night. My stomach hurt and I was still stressed out that I may have been on my way to kid #4. UGH.

I woke early Saturday morning and took a pregnancy test; NEGATIVE! Yay! I could go on with my life. And I did; I made breakfast and started cleaning and getting us ready for the 11:30 football games. Both boys’ teams won, which is excellent. Ell got a co-pull on a flag so that’s cool. I feel like he could do bigger things if he wasn’t overshadowed by the boys who have been on this team the last two years. Maybe next year. We had lunch and took naps before going back out to Hayden’s birthday, where they had a water slide and all the kids had fun. The adults mostly watched the nail-biter of an FSU game. We managed to eke out a win but man, it was nerve-wracking. That night, Ash and I watched Homefront, that Jason Statham movie. I tend to fall asleep in that situation (later at night, movie on, blankets) but I managed to stay awake… until I drifted off ten minutes from the end! Ugh. Oh well. It was a decent movie.

Sunday, I swear to you I did not sit down (if you don’t count driving in the car) until after 12:30. I just started doing stuff right from the get-go: getting bagels, making spaghetti sauce, laundry, etc. When I finally plopped down on the couch to watch football, it was magical. What I figured out this weekend is that my back feels better when I am up and about. If I sit for a while, it gets stiff. So, that means being at work is annoying. I will have to stand frequently. As always, I have a ton to do today but I am in a much better mood this week, despite the back pain. So, yay!

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Yay for freebie weeks! This first song I just learned about because a friend of mine posted on FB that he thought this was an instant pop classic. I’m not sure I agree but I do like it.

 

 

And this second song is an oldie but a goodie.

MMMM + weekend of sheer bad luck

I waltzed into the weekend in a great mood, despite being grumpy all week. In fact, I began multiple entries last week wherein I detailed my grump. Alas, none of them ever got published. The week was insanely busy and I just did not have time. I high-tailed it out of here soon after getting work done Friday; we worked out then went to Cracker Barrel. The plan had been to see Maze Runner but the time we wanted cost 14 dollars. It turned out it was because it was in IMAX but the automated stand to buy tickets did not indicate that. So we ended up seeing Expendables 3, which wasn’t bad! A lot better than the second one, that’s for sure. So we got the kids and I went to the store and it was a nice night.

Saturday began cool and I felt super motivated, crossing things off my list left and right (WD-40 squeaky cabinet, wash towels, etc.) About 8 or so, Isaac was just walking into the living room and he somehow got this insane splinter. I have no idea where it came from; all I can surmise is it might have been some kind of organic material from the kids’ shoes. It was deep in the center of his foot, causing a ton of bleeding… and we could not get it out. He was in utter breakdown mode and wouldn’t even be still long enough for us to poke at it. So we cleaned it and put a band-aid on and let him relax.

Around 9 , I went out to chop down the overgrowth on one side of the yard; Ash and Ell came out to help cart it away. When it got close to 10, I had to call it so we could at least get ready to take Elliot to football. It was clear Isaac wasn’t going. So, Elliot gets in the car in the garage and Ash is going to take just him. Ell forgets his water bottle and Ash instructs him to also take something else into the house. Elliot leaves the car door open, Ash doesn’t look and tries to get ahead by backing out, then… BAM! Side window shattered, door jacked up, metal frame for garage door all bashed in. After Ash came to terms with the fact that he was in a hurry and just made a mistake, we cleaned up the millions of tiny pieces of glass, got the door shut as much as we could and bungee corded it, then we caravanned to Honda. Sure, we could have called Geico and gotten a guy to look at it, only then to be sent to their approved body shop, etc. Or we could get it started on Saturday. I do still think I will file a claim for the window. I thought it was only for windshields but on their app, there are options for all the windows/glass.

SO, Ash had called the garage door guy and he decided he still wanted to go to this card tournament he’d already signed up/paid for. I was a little annoyed but what good would his staying home do? I dropped him off and still got the kids lunch. The garage door guy showed up soon after and managed to bang the thing back into shape and replace a few parts. Ash is mad about how much I paid but I don’t think it was that much. Oh well; we all make mistakes, right honey? ;)

After naptime (well, Elliot and I worked on this science thing he has to do), we headed out to pick up Todd’s meds. Oh, did I mention that? Todd, our 10 year old Boston Terrier, has glaucoma. Wee! His meds run me about 20 bucks a month, so I won’t complain. But I will be looking to see if any pharmacies in town have it cheaper. After that, we returned to Tom Brown park to look for that kids only geocache that we couldn’t find before. Turns out we were looking on the wrong side of the path. We also interrupted this young couple’s quiet time on these little benches. The girl was breastfeeding what had to be an infant no more than three weeks. And we’re all chattering and looking for this damn box. BUT, we did find it and the kids each got a Pokemon card, spurring them into this excitement about buying more.

Luckily, Ash won his tournament and was able to get a ride home. Which was excellent because I was flat out exhausted by the time he got home (9:30) and the FSU game was on. I also stayed up to watch said debacle and was sleeepy Sunday morning. That day began a whole lot better: we went to Jenny’s (the exception to “good” being that Dakota spilled my just delivered hot coffee but no one got burned.) We took a long walk and the air was cool and I got lots done. But again, I was exhausted. I went into the weekend with a great many plans but some stuff just did not get done. And I have come to terms with that.

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This week’s theme is all about songs you might hear in a stadium/at a football game. Since I am owned by Florida State, here are a few from our famous Marching Chiefs.

FSU warchant!

Another of our chants!

 

Despite charges of pedophilia, Gary Glitter is a classic in stadiums!

MMMM + Early Fall cold, no more sleepovers, etc

Good morning! I feel absolutely awful! I’d been fighting off the funk since Dakota started coughing on Thursday – vitamins, rest, lots of water – but I think it’s finally taking me down. She was sick most of the weekend but not in an awful way. She played very well for hours at a time but then she’d start feeling like crap again and whine and fall over and just sob. She wouldn’t drink water from a sippy but I needed her to stay hydrated. She would, however, drink warm milk in a bottle. So there was that bit of reverting but eh, what can you do? She finally got a good night’s sleep last night (the two before were awful!) and she woke feeling well, except for massive drainage. They’re going to be wiping her nose all day.

Aside from her being sick, the major source of my stress was from Ell having his friends over. For the most part, it was fine. It was just very loud and very chaotic. Also, he and one of them were angry at each other on Saturday morning so there was that bit of typical sleepover drama. But for the most part, they all got along fine. We drove to the park at 10 where Ell and Addy had practice and Peyton’s mom picked him up as well. Directly after, Isaac and Ash went to a birthday party and I took the other two home. Elliot was in full-on post sleepover blues mode. I remember that feeling so vividly: I’d come home feeling just fine, almost on a high from all the fun, and when real life set back in, the let-down was too much to bear. I couldn’t find him as I was getting things cleaned up in the kitchen and then I managed to seek him out, sobbing in the rocking chair. He could barely put into words what he was feeling. Finally, he said it felt like his friends were only there for an hour. So he was just really sad. I convinced him to eat a grilled cheese sandwich and he was feeling a lot better. BUT, that’s when I got a text form Ash asking me to bring his swim stuff. Why he didn’t plan that in the first place, I don’t know. I couldn’t very well go there with Elliot and just leave, so I intended to let him attend the party too. It was hot and I was irritated and when I got there, Ash didn’t answer the phone so I had to get the just fallen asleep baby out of the car and carry her all the way inside to see people I had no intention of staying and talking to. Angry words may have spewed from my mouth when I finally saw my husband.

I left Ell and I went home. I put her down for a nap (remember, she was not 100%) and I had a piece of chocolate cake and beer, then fell asleep watching Wrath of Khan. When everyone got home, no one seemed annoyed by me, so that was good. I ran to Costco and Publix with the baby and came home to everyone asleep – a bit late for nap but at least they rested. While I got everything out of the car, Dakota had the blow out of the century. So a bath and a massive cleansing of the carseat were in order. It was AWFUL. But I pressed on, making chicken tacos and mowing the lawn before putting her to bed. I knew I should not have overextended myself, on the verge of illness. Even yesterday, I woke feeling so-so but I made breakfast and Ell and I went to get some stuff for lunch. Honestly, I should have just rested. Elliot was still in a major funk. His two favorites sayings right now are, “Yeah, right.” and “No!!!” to every single thing I say. I’m sick and tired of it. He’s really disrespectful and I cannot figure out why. He’s not usually. I will say that when he does finally listen, he’s been much better about replying with “yes, ma’am.”. This makes me very happy.

SIGH. I was exhausted last night and had a hard time getting up today. My plan is to go teach and then get on out of here. Depending on whether or not this medicine kicks in (it’s knock-off dayquil but it “expired” a few months ago) I might swing by Michael’s for some rainbow loom bands for Elliot and a Fall decoration or two for me. Then I am parking my ass on the couch!

 

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FREEBIE WEEK!

I have some nice mellow tunes for you today.

I don’t know what it is about this song but I just really love it. The lyrics are actually kind of sad. So I present James Taylor, Her Town Too.

In the process of listening to a lot of James Taylor on Spotify, I discovered that I love the lyrics to this song, particularly the “frost on the pumpkins” line.

And here’s one more: Millworker:

MMMM + This weekend required beer

Hey, how are you? Good? Yeah, I’m ok too. I mean, for a Monday. And in 45 minutes, I have student conferences, which are always kind of nice but also, annoying as hell. But, ahem, let’s move on.

So Friday, I went home around 11 and Ash and I worked out (cardio; blah) but then we went to Texas Roadhouse (steak, sweet potato and Octoberfest beer). We were early for the 3 PM movie so we went to Kids Pointe and got 5 onesies/dresses for BG plus shoes for her, two pairs of shorts and a shirt for Isaac all for 23 bucks. Used is the way to go, I tell you. We saw November Man, which was ok. Nothing amazing. Got the kids and headed home.

Saturday morning we had flag practice for both kids so we had breakfast and did some light cleaning before heading to the park. Both boys did well, especially Isaac, since this is actually his first organized sport. He did really well almost the entire hour anyway. At the end, when they played sharks and minnows, he lost it when someone pulled his flag. We’re going to really need to work on manning up a bit. I mean, he understands that it’s a game and friendly competition but if he loses he just cries. Not conducive to being a helpful teammate. But he’s learning.

Since Sunday was football day, we got up early and took the kids to the playground and searched for some more geocaches. We also picked up pizza. We try to do some extra stuff for them during Fall Sundays just because there’s always so much other stuff going on that doesn’t involve them. They don’t like to watch hours of football and I am always doing laundry, cleaning, etc. It wasn’t a bad day but they alternated between playing just fine and trying to maim each other. By the time they went to bed, I was super exasperated.

I know I have a lot more to talk about but the coffee has not yet begun to course through my veins. So, onto MMMM.

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The theme this week is songs about trains! I’ve got a couple for ya; a slow one and a faster one.

When things get out of hand

So I was off Friday and that was pretty nice – the menfolk went to see a movie and then us women met them for lunch. I took Elliot to his orientation and then we all napped. The boys had a make up swim lesson that night so dinner was choose your own adventure but it was a good day overall.

On Saturday, I was straight up in a bad mood. I found it very hard to get motivated to do anything at all. In fact, it wasn’t until after nap and lots of TV that we really did anything. No, wait, that is not true. Elliot and I went to  Target early to get all his school supplies. I wait on his until I make sure his teacher wants what is on the general list. In the past, it has been slightly different. So yeah, we got all that and THEN I did nothing. But once we napped and went to Publix later in the afternoon, the day picked up. Ash and I had some beers and we grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Everyone was happy. Around 11, I heard baby girl crying so I went to check on her. She had a full diaper (she’d been having some issues so I’d been feeding her bananas and apples sauce for a couple days) so I was surprised by that. Anyway, she went back to sleep but intermittently cried, which she sometimes does. But she always went back to sleep.  Around one, I heard her making some weird noises, kind of like choking sounds. I went with my gut and went in there to see she’d throw up. It didn’t seem chunky but she definitely puked. SO, Ash gave her a bath while I cleaned up. She threw up one-two times every hour until 5. I laid with her out in the chair in the living room, watching bad TV. She would thrash about, cry, puke, then  be exhausted, dozing off for maybe 20 minutes before doing it all again. Poor thing! She finally stopped throwing up and fell asleep at 5 and stayed asleep until 7. FYI, I slept on the couch for maybe 45 minutes between 10 and 11 but I was up until I first heard her at one. So the next time I got any sleep, was those two hours in the AM. By 7, the boys were up and I put her in her crib, feeling pretty confident that she wasn’t going to hurl anymore.

And she didn’t. Around 10:30 she woke up happy and I fed her a bit of breastmilk. It stayed down. Throughout the day I was cautious and she had water and toast. The sleepiness didn’t catch up with me for a while; I ran out to get a pedicure around 11:45 (Ash kindly took over) and maybe about 3 I fell asleep on the floor of her bedroom while she played. The menfolk were all doing their thing and I was exhausted. I think I might have slept for 45 minutes? Then I woke up and finished laundry and made a lasagna. She was definitely better because she had more toast and a banana and managed to down 3 ounces of formula before getting to sleep at 6:30. A bit early but she needed it. And me? I made sure I finished laundry and all but I dropped out at 8. I fell asleep on the couch until 10, then crawled into bed and slept soundly until 3:30… when I was wide awake. So I got up and had some water, checked email, checked on the baby, then forced myself to sleep some more.

I really needed that sleep because today, Isaac starts VPK, Ell had his first day of second grade, and in about 25 minutes, baby girl has her one year check up. (A little late, I know.) After that, I get to go to work! Just writing all that makes me feel tired. A mom’s life! So that’s what we’ve been up to. No MMMM this week; I have to do a few things before we get on to the doc. I hate going to the pediatrician so I need to muster my patience and all that.

MMMM + One of the better weekends I can remember

As I sit here, quietly sipping my coffee and enjoying the fact that NO ONE is around this week, I find myself both exceptionally grateful for the life I have and reminiscent. If you checked in on Friday, you may have witnessed my decline into stress/money-related whining. Well, all problems have – technically – been solved. Had I checked my email at 11:30 AM on Friday, I would have seen that my second online section got approved so money worries are over. I did not, however, check until about 7:45 that night and when I did? The boys and I had a mini screaming party. I was all like, “Yes!! Yes!!!” and then when I yelled in excitement, they yelled and used it as a reason to jump around like fools. It was a hell of a lot of fun and such a huge relief.

But that was after Ash and I went to Cracker Barrel for lunch and saw Guardians of the Galaxy, which WAS as good as everyone is saying. Pretty awesome!

On Saturday we woke up and had breakfast, worked out, then I mowed the lawn. We went to Sonny’s for lunch, Target after, then once everyone went down for naps, Elliot and I went to the Goodwill bookstore. He’d been begging me for more books so he got 3 and it cost me… $5.50. Sweet deal! We all ended up napping, then having chicken tacos and watching Hobbit 2.

Sunday was also good: breakfast then more mowing  (Ash did his portion) and errands before having a quick lunch and going to the pool. It was cloudy on and off but we still got in a good two hours and everyone had fun. And I got to work on my tan. ;) We finished up the day with steak, mashes, and corn for dinner and the rest of Hobbit 2. After the minions went to bed, Ash and I watched Lone Survivor, which was not really very good but it did make me realize two things: 1.) I do not want my kids to join the military and 2.) I am very grateful for the folks who serve our country.

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This week’s theme: #1 Hits on the Billboard Top 40 from the Rock Era 1955-present

I chose to look at 1990-1993 because, as it came up yesterday, I used to sit and listen to Casey Kasem’s Top 40 countdown each week on the radio and record the songs I liked. So a lot of these will be similar and also, familiar to my teenage years.

Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi – 1990

Ahh Scorpions – Winds of Change – 1991

And November Rain – GnR. I was a huge fan.

 

 

MMMM + How is my baby one??

By some miracle,  I ended up getting to go home by 2 on Friday and you know what I did? I took a nap. I think Ash got home around maybe 4 and we did one of our workouts, saving the 2nd for Saturday. He went to Magic and I made dinner for the kids. I took a different route with them: I just made food instead of asking what they wanted. I made some Kraft chicken and broccoli skillet and because they didn’t anticipate anything, they actually liked it! Weee! I managed to get BG in bed and then them and hour or so later and then Ash got home so our night was all couch sitting and and-of-week-rejoicing. Sadly, on Saturday, my children all woke up waaay too early.

BG was up by 5:15 and the boys by 5:45, which is earlier than a week day! Bleary-eyed, I made coffee and then their breakfast. By 8 AM, Elliot and I were at Target shopping the tax free weekend. I didn’t need much: just the supplies for Isaac to enter VPK and I wanted to buy Elliot a new pair of shoes. In the end, I spent about 60 but only paid taxes on 25 of it. Not bad! We went into Whole Foods for steaks (and potatoes but they were out of them!!) My morning felt so harried that I was kind of exasperated by everything. BUT, we had a nice big lunch and then everyone napped. Ash and I watched 300:Rise of an Empire (it was OK) In the afternoon, we played outside for a bit but man, it was pretty hot – about 95.

Sunday was Dakota’s first birthday! Since my parents are probably coming in a few weeks, we didn’t do any major celebration but everyone slept until almost 8 (Thank you, Lord) and we went to Jenny’s for breakfast. She loves her some eggs and we love that restaurant. They made it a bit nicer since the last time we went: a new wall mural and new tablecloths really go a long way.IMG_20140803_084602IMG_20140803_084123

Right after, we headed to the JR Alford greenway. In March, my mom and I went looking for the new Lafayette Heritage bridge that connects that greenway with Tom Brown park but we went the wrong direction so this time, I knew where to go. It was a nice walk in the woods: we saw lots of mushrooms and various bugs and the bridge views are amazing.20140803_094304

So that day was pretty good. We got things cleaned up in the house and watched some movies, played with toys and we gave Elliot back his video games. He was on a month-long ban but it only lasted a week. He did, however, articulate what his did wrong and why they were taken away (breaking a window.) In the afternoon, I took just the boys out for ice cream and we ended the night with spaghetti and reading/a Wrestlemania recap show. All in all, a great weekend!

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Ahh freebie week. I’m trying to pump myself up for work so here are some songs that are kicking me into gear.