MMMM + Out of sorts/in a funk

OF COURSE it’s going to be rainy today; I’m already feeling blah. I shouldn’t; I finally vented my irrational irritations last night but I still feel annoyed. My birthday is Friday and things aren’t as perfect as they’d seemed. At first, everyone could come. Then one by one, they have other plans. So be it. But I just feel kind of sad about it. But eh, I’ll get a burger and beer and have a damn good time regardless.

So, my weekend: Ash and I saw The Gunman after a hibachi lunch and it was just ok – the movie, not the food. The food was amazing. Funny thing though: I have been keeping track of my calories for the past two weeks and the app (Loseit!) set my daily intake at 1572 if I want to lose 15 pounds (not taking into account exercise). So on a a daily basis, I’ve been coming in under that goal by at least 100 if not 200 calories. SO, I can’t eat as much anymore. I know it’s a good thing but it’s also interesting to see those changes. I feel so much better and I have not been falling asleep on the couch early. Speaking of, Elliot and I run a 5k (feels lame to say, considering I’ve done halfs) on Saturday and we have to really buckle down this week and eat right and get in some good runs. Hopefully it won’t be raining this afternoon.

OH, so after we got home on Friday, my parents arrived with my oldest son, who had been with them the whole week. It was nice to get him back but man, he was in a FUNK. Saturday, he and I ran and then we went out to lunch before my parents got on the road; my mom had to work on Sunday. The weekend seemed to drag on and on. I took the kids to run errands while Ash was in a Magic tournament all afternoon. The next morning, he had to run 15 miles so again, it was me and those creatures. It was fine, of course. I cleaned and they played and then we ran a few errands. We had burgers for lunch (yay! Ash never wants to eat them anymore) and then everyone took naps, which was glorious.

I’m back to work today but so is Elliot; these stupid teacher workday after a break things kill. But every working parent is in the same boat so I’ll shut up about it.

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Love me a freebie week!

Let’s start off with some Ozzy because, why not?

And a beachy song because that’s on my brain.

 

MMMM + What a long strange trip it’s been

::Raises hand:: Present! I am, I promise. I had my venti latte and now I am grinding out these things on my list, left over from last week.

Despite having to drive a lot, my weekend was great. Got to Orlando around 4:30 and hung out a bit before going to a Greek restaurant where we sat outside and I ate way too much. The next morning, my mom had to work but the rest of us went to Epcot. It was the flower and garden festival so it was pretty, but also crowded. We had fun though, even if Baby was somewhat scared of even the slowest rides. It was amusing; she’s normally not like that but she clung to me for dear life! Though it was kind of hot, we still had fun and ate good food and drank some tasty beer. Sad thing is, I had a pretty bad headache; pretty sure it was from not having coffee in the morning. As much as I kind of hate that there’s a Starbucks IN Disney, I was pretty damn grateful for it too. We finished up a bit after 2, then stopped by an egg farm my parents love to go to.20150314_141527_resized

My dad and oldest and youngest in front of the Epcot fountain.

My middle boy and husband had a great time while we were gone: they saw a movie and had lunch and went to an arcade. I think it was good for them to be on their own a bit.

I drove back yesterday and basically started working as soon as I was home: laundry, mowed both yards, then went to the grocery store. By 9, I was DONE. Finished. Sleepy.

And now I’m at work and figuring out funny songs to share!

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This first one is from an old Mtv show, Sifl and Olly. This is one of my favorite funny songs they did.

The sync is off on any of the versions I find of this next one but this is another classic funny song.

And another random, weird song:

MMMM + Yay March!

Yeah, I’m not sorry to see February go. Can we also see some warm weather? It’s supposed to be 77 today and OMG, I’m about in heaven just thinking about it. Bring it on.

Our weekend was ok, considering the rain and gloom. Elliot had his first baseball practice at 9 Saturday morning. Everyone showed, even in the rain, and they had a great practice. I have high hopes for this team actually. All the kids seem dedicated and seem to have talent. He has another practice Tuesday and that will be the schedule until the end of the month when games start.

We didn’t do a whole lot else; we walked the dogs and looked at washing machines at Sears but the boys were in rare form and we had to remove them from public. I don’t know what came over them but it was fairly ridiculous. I won’t take “It’s hard to be good” as an excuse from those kids. Their default setting is good, in my opinion. Sigh.

I had to really calm myself this morning because Elliot pushed me to the brinks of insanity but I’m ok. I got my coffee and took my Endoflex and now I am getting through the last of some on-going tasks. If I can finish all this today, I am leaving early to get a pedicure. Rewards are good.

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Today’s them is all about the Caribbean/Island feel so here goes; all Jimmy today

MMMM + It’s been a day already

For one, my kids were in rotten moods. Neither wanted what the other was having for breakfast so I became short order cook just to quell the shouting and crying. (I realize I should have held strong here but you pick your battles at 6;30 in the morning.) Then I looked through Elliot’s folder and saw that he had had some behaviour issues last week. He claims he actually did not do what the teacher said and I’m inclined to believe him. I can usually break him down if he messed up. So there was all that, plus learning that he has to do some kind of project by the 21st. Sigh. So, once I got everyone eating, I went to get dressed after letting my dogs out into the yard. All ready, I went to get said dogs into the house and Zoey was nowhere to be found. I spent about five minutes outside calling her name, then the people from three houses down were driving by and let me know she was rooting around in their yard. Once I collected her stupid ass and put her back inside, we were good to go. Or were we?

It was rainy, I grabbed the wrong form for something I had to do for daycare, and we were running ten minutes late. All in all, my day got exponentially better when I got to my office and drank my latte and ate my breakfast. I don’t normally have bad Mondays so this is definitely the exception.

We actually had a pretty good weekend. Both their soccer teams lost, as per usual, but Elliot had some great saves as goalie AND… Isaac scored three goals! It was fairly awesome to see him out there dominating. It’s too bad they just can’t win one game. One; that’s all I am asking for.

I feel like even though we had fun there and at home, everyone was kind of grouchy. I think we finally overcame that Sunday afternoon when we took a long walk on the Fern Trail. I put baby in the Beco carrier and carried her backpack style. I have to say, my back didn’t hurt at the time but it does now! Rooty trails plus twenty pound baby equals pain. But it was still really nice. We found a geocache along the way and the boys ran a lot. We topped off the night with a hearty steak dinner and I feel like Sunday was a very accomplished day.

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To be honest, I have not been listening to much music lately. I don’t know any new bands and I haven’t even been much into old stuff. But I’ll set my ipod to random and see what comes up. First two songs win.

MMMM + Thank God it is February

Yeah… I didn’t like January so here’s to a new beginning. Even though Punxatawney Phil says six more weeks of winter; OF COURSE.

Our weekend though? It was ok. Both boys’ soccer teams lost but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. In fact, Isaac scored a goal! It was awesome and I’m super proud. His goal actually gave that team a much needed kick in the pants so maybe Tuesday (his one weeknight game) they’ll try harder. Ell’s team lost also but it was a hard-fought match. Halfway through the season already; kind of glad and looking forward to baseball. Elliot was pretty good at it and it signifies things to me like the time change, the weather getting warmer, and a slowness to Spring creeping in that I just love.

The rest of the weekend was fine; I got things done and the kids played well. In fact, Baby was in a particularly good mood so hoorah for that.

This week brings with it a lot of work but also, a need to save money. In some ways, it is nice to have myself on a tight budget because I do well with having that as a goal. It keeps me thinking about that and making myself be good, like by going home for lunch and not randomly eating Chik-fil-a. LOL

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This week’s theme is “duets” so here are a few of my favorite:

OK I know it is cheesy but I love this duet from the movie Duets.

MMMM + You know the drill: weekend recap

Well, I did accomplish the one thing I wanted to this weekend: clean up my darn kitchen. The peninsula area is such a magnet for junk: paper, keys, pill bottles, toys, coins, etc. I managed to get it down to just stuff that needs to live there. But that wasn’t all we did.

On Friday, Ash and I went to Longhorn and then saw American Sniper. I was reluctant to see it in the theater because I thought I’d cry a lot but I didn’t. It was an enthralling story and a good one; Eastwood outdoes himself again. But I was so into the different aspects that I didn’t dwell emotionally on his home life, etc. It’s funny; Bradley Cooper isn’t one of my go-to actors but basically everything he does, I really like. The movie reminded me two things: I am thankful as hell for the troops saving our asses over there and that America has gone soft in a lot of ways. This middle east thing should have been over years ago. Wipe them off the map. If they had the technology, they’d do it to us. No more of this waiting around crap.

ANYWAY, we had a 9 AM soccer game for Isaac’s team. By the way, that could be the worst team that Tally city parks and rec has EVER put together. Half our kids don’t want to play so therefore don’t even try. Isaac can’t do it all, you know. And look, I admit that I pump him up a lot but he knows how to play and is good. But he can’t carry a soccer team. He sure as hell knows how to play a lot better than Elliot did at this age. It’s going to be a long season for him because he’s well aware of how bad those other kids are. Sigh. It’s embarrassing.

Ell’s game was at noon and though his team played well, they lost also. Some of his teammates seemed off and they were all pretty sad that they lost but that makes them try harder; I like that. We pretty much just rested in the afternoon; Elliot had lost computer privileges so he threw multiple fits about it. I don’t know; he’s so weird about that. I took him with me to run errands just to get him out of the house and thinking about other stuff. I made dinner for everyone but myself, then I planned to have a bagel. But then I logged onto facebook and saw that my sister and her BF were having issues. Sigh. Add onto that Elliot having another breakdown about his computer and I was just flat out annoyed. I had been texting my friend about essentials oils that might calm down my son so I mentioned my sister and she was like, “Come on over; we have the fire pit going.” And that was that. Good times.

Yesterday we also hung out, ate, had a nice time outside. I was thankful for my time yesterday, which is sometimes a rare thing. All in all, good weekend.

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FREEEEBIIIEEEES!

MMMM + Been away too long

It has been a while since I a.) blogged and b.) went to work. LOL. OK OK, it was last Wednesday but since I traveled that night and then all Thursday for my grandmother’s funeral (then back again Friday), I feel like I have been a way a long time. PLUS, we’re all off for MLK Day so I just feel far far behind.

Saturday, I tried to reintegrate myself into my home. Everyone did just fine without me and the house stayed pretty clean so it was as if my absence was not a huge deal. We had soccer at 11 and went to Sonny’s after. Oh, Ash had run a 15k in the AM also. The afternoon was nice and I kept remembering that I was going out that night, though I kept thinking I had all this time to relax. I met my friends at a sushi place and that was pretty darn nice. It’s always great to get out with adults, especially when you have three kids!

On Sunday, I was content to hang around all morning, though Ash had a card tournament he left for at noon. The kids and I hit Publix then Roboto for Japanese before naps. I graciously took them to Bass Pro to look at the fish and then Target just to kill time. Ash got home just as I was dishing up dinner and then we spent the evening watching football then anime.

I’m ready to go back to work, honestly. I need normal! But we have plans to go out for dollar tacos today and then I have to go to the dentist; fun!

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Alright alright alright! Bands/songs with animals. I can totally do this!

First up, Motorhead! Nothing explicit but it is hard-hitting.

This is In The Year of the Wolf.

Here is one I have posted before but love. This is Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court

Another one that is SO bad but also amusing. Big and Rich would like you to save a horse and ride a cowboy.

And this one, also about a horse but because I was just listening to old America the other day.

MMMM + Is it really over?

Yes, vacation truly is over. I am ok with this, though I have a literal ton of work to accomplish. However, I will feel pretty happy about said accomplishments. The last few days of my time off were drizzly rain and icky warm muggy air. But it’s cool today and will get cooler throughout the work. I have a new fuzzy blanket to try out so bring it on, Mother Nature. Makes me wonder if we’ll have another super cold winter. Last year, it took a little while to get started but then got so cold, we actually had a snow day off school/work! This year, it got cooler earlier, then tapered off.

Our last few days consisted of: buying washi tape, cleaning my house, eating hibachi, napping, walking around stores to get out of the house, and watching movies. In essence, we truly did rest. Those two weeks off work are such a strange Twilight Zone type time; we don’t do things “normally” and though it is nice, I always yearn for the routine.

I’ve started “bullet journaling”, though I put it in quotes because I have not done the ACTUAL calendar/key within my book. This analog form of record-keeping/planning seems like such a good idea but I am afraid to abandon my phone’s calendar so quickly. Oh… that. My phone hath died. I had a Galaxy S4 and the power button is jacked. Sure, I could replace it. It costs about 6 dollars and I have already disassembled my phone to see where it would go but… I don’t know. I put my SIM card into Ash’s old Note 2 and if I can get a case for it, I think it’ll last until August when I am eligible for an upgrade. I really don’t think they make these things to last longer than a year but as you know, contracts are two! What a racket.

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As per the theme, here is a song that is “new to me”. Though I was aware of its presence, I basically only stopped to listen to it over this break and well, here it is.

And I’ve given in to the Taylor Swift influence so here is:

Plus, that one has model Sean O’Pry in it.

MMMM + Forgettable weekend

Seriously; nothing really exciting happened. Ok, untrue. We went out to eat Friday night at Cracker Barrel – because they have a huge cozy warm fire – then looked at Christmas lights. Admittedly, it was a little disappointing. We went through a neighborhood putting on a Christmas pageant and half the houses had no lights. Come on now! On Saturday, our new bed got delivered. We finally got a king size! They delivered it pretty early so we had to get up and move things over a bit in the bedroom. It forced me to clean up a little so now our rooms looks a lot nicer. We still need to paint and put down new carpet but for now, it looks like an adult room. :)

I was in a not so pleasant mood all weekend which is bad for the kids but good for my cleaning so the house looks pretty good. I did wrap presents each night so that made me happy. I think I am pretty much done with my shopping and that brings me a great deal of joy. I can sit back, relax, and tend to other things in my life.

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This week, I wanted to focus on some songs I have always loved. I remember being about seven or eight when I found a cassette tape of classic Christmas songs in my parents’ collection. I took it from the living room shelf and played it in my little boombox every night at bedtime. Here are a few that I loved from it.
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There was a version of this song on there too; I love traditional hymns.

MMMM + Weather changed again

Last week, during soccer practice, I noticed that it was temperate; not too cool but not hot either. Somewhere comfortably in between. Friday night, as I was carousing with some co-workers at our department holiday party, I started to feel cold, even though I was wearing semi-warm clothes and I had been drinking. Even Saturday was warm; I wore shorts to the store. But it rained that night and now it is back to being cold. But it’s a wet-cold so it’s not conducive to any of us getting rid of this gross cough. And we all have it now. Every last member of my family. UGH.

BUT, we had a good weekend over all. I mean, FSU won so…1907858_885397104837820_6215044404390767932_n

For all the people who wanted to see us lose just because they hear one side of the story about Winston or the police or that lying sack of sorority… well, you get my point. So yay for us!

We got a lot of yardwork done this weekend, which was necessary. Absolutely. Darn this time of year! Leaves everywhere. But all in all, we had a nice relaxing weekend.

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Continuing in the theme of Christmas music, here are a few of my all-time favorites: