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:

Friday Five – Crazy life continues

Five Thoughts:

  • Ash sprained his ankle and has been furiously rehabbing it, hoping to run on Saturday. Except we hit a snag yesterday morning when I realized we had no plan in place for the dogs. I.E. where the heck would they stay while we’re in the hotel? Sigh. I can’t board them because Zoey is remiss in her shots and personally, I’m not interested in getting all that done right now. SO, the plan now is that he’s not doing the race; he canceled the hotel room and I am going to take Elliot to my parents’ later (Dakota in tow) and then come back Sunday. He’s staying there for the duration of Spring Break. (We were originally just leaving Jax after the race and going there.)
  • Ash will stay home with Isaac, who can help him hobble around and also, help out with the dogs in my absence. I know this makes my husband sound like he isn’t capable but that isn’t true. This worry is all born out of my own guilt. I tend to think of myself as the main caregiver to all (the Earth Mother if you will) so I feel bad if I cut out and leave family members to their own devices. It should be fine with just one kid though.
  • Around midnight, Isaac came into our room saying his stomach hurt and I wracked my brain thinking what might ease it so as we walked into the kitchen, he started to wretch. I got the bowl under him just in time. I fixed him up a pallet in the bathroom and he slept in there, though no more puke. Fingers crossed it was one-time deal. He felt ok this morning.
  • This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! The Writer Automaton This is most definitely Steampunk inspiration.
  • This week went so quickly, mostly because worked picked up towards the end. Spring Break is about to be over and my life just keeps chugging along, no break, ever. BUT, I think while my mom works tomorrow until 3, my dad is going to take us to EPCOT. It’s the Flower and Garden festival and I have never, in all my years of going to Disney, been during this time. So, yay! (Since my mom can get us in for free, popping in for a few hours is totally reasonable!)

Five Photos:

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It would appear that Elliot took my phone and took a picture of these two while I was not in the car. I can’t remember where I would have been, other than running out to grab something before leaving the driveway. But anyway, I thought this was funny when I found it.20150307_103152_resized

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Spring like stuff

1. What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘spring’? Which phrase best describes the season of spring where you live right now (today)-sprung!, almost there, or still waiting?

It’s funny; I almost always think of the first couple months of 2011 because we had such excellent weather that we sat outside A LOT. We sat on blankets and watched birds and played checkers and just enjoyed being a family of four (at the time.)5442267795_c474442716_z

As for the way it is right now, it has sprung: it’s warm and this week is supposed to be rainy. I don’t think the cold is coming back!

2. Bed, couch, stapler, garage door, computer mouse, recliner, flashlight, door knob…which household item containing springs most needs replacing in your home? Speaking of springs…did you ever own a slinky?

I’m going to say… flashlight. We buy them and they crap out all the time. And yes, I had a slinky and it’s only good for holding n both hands and flopping back and forth. The stairs thing just doesn’t work.

3. March is Women’s History Month. Share a favorite quote by a woman.

Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.

-Ellen DeGeneres


4. What’s a question that looms large in your mind right now?

Will I be able to lose weight if I keep running and eating healthier? I was watching the video from 2011 Christmas and man, I WAS thinner. It’s funny: when you are doing the working out and all, you know you’re thinner but can’t tell because there’s always a trouble area (in my case, belly fat from – you know – THREE kids) so I  tend to be blind to the other loss areas. But I am back on the wagon and trying to go whole hog.

5. Are you a sugar freak? By that I mean how much do you love sugar? With all the bad press sugar gets these days, have you made any efforts to reduce the amount of sugar you consume?

You know, I love a good dessert but I am not crazy about it. I like cereal that is slightly sweetened (currently working my way through a box of multigrain Cheerios) and every now and then, I really want a cookie. But for the most part, I don’t eat sweets or sugary things as often. When Ash and I have our date Friday, we used to always get ice cream but the past time, I actually opted out; I was too full.

6. Would you rather have less work to do or more work you enjoy doing?

Oh, more work, definitely. I have little to do this week and, truth be told, I’m slightly bored.

7. Ever been to Texas? Of the top ten Texas tourist attractions which would you most like to see-The Alamo, The San Antonio River Walk, The State Capital, Dallas World Aquarium, Padre Island National Seashore, Houston Space Center, Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Moody Gardens, or Galveston Island?

The extent of my Texas visitation is limited to the DFW airport, though I would like to get to Austin at some point to visit my friend, Brenna or to Houston to visit my friend, Drew. I’d love to see the Riverwalk and a Spurs game; they’re my favorite NBA team. But I would always want to see the Alamo (if nothing else than to ask where the basement is ;) Do you get the reference??)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
This week has been nutty so far: the key card fiasco; DirecTV having to come out because the whole middle part of the satellite that, you know, receives the signals, was busted; Elliot’s play last night; Ash spraining his ankle four days before a race (I know RIGHT?); my car’s A/C blowing warmer when I’m idling; and I still need to pack us up for Jacksonville, assuming Ash can run on Saturday. We may just go to observe if it’s too bad. I don’t know but we do have a hotel so we’re going to the city no matter what!

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?

MMMM +It’s always something

Despite the time change, everything went well this morning… until I couldn’t find the little card that opens the gate to my parking lot. It’s always in this one little tray area in my car. But this morning, it’s gone. Now, I’m not jumping to conclusions, but Elliot vacuumed out in there yesterday so it is possible he did something, but I looked all over the floor and didn’t see it.  SIGH. My plan is to wait until it gets a little lighter outside then I will go looking again. My next option is to see if any old card will open it.  I get the feeling that it’s actually just depressing a sensor in there.

SO, I need to go out there and look now but if I can’t find it, I’m going to hoof it to parking services before the rain starts and get a new one. That said, let’s just move onto the MMMM.

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I was waiting for the freebie week to post this song that I only just recently discovered, though it’s not new. We’re watching this anime called JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (a new version anyway; we’ve seen it before) and this song is on the end credits. I love it!!

 

FrIdAy FiVe – FuN EdItIoN

Five Thoughts:

  1. A “barcade” is opening in midtown and Ash and I are really excited. We both have fond memories of playing in arcades as kids/teenagers. His was more for competition; I liked to hang out in this one because boys went there. But it’s a nostalgia for us both and should be really fun to relive some of those games.
  2. Similarly, I feel like malls are quickly going the way of arcades; people just don’t need to go to brick and mortar places anymore. There are some things you can’t get online, right? I’m trying to think. Ok, you can’t get a tattoo online. She can’t eat in the food court online or get your ears pierced. You can’t meet your friends in person online. At least, not by my standards. I guess if you’re ok sending clothes back that don’t fit, you don’t *really* need to try things on in a store. But still; it makes me sad when I see malls fading away.
  3. I’m taking Ell and Isaac to a birthday party for Elliot’s friend tonight and it is at Beef O’Brady’s, a place I’d rather never eat but they do have beer… and games. The kids will play those and eat and I think it’ll be a blast. We actually haven’t been to a b-day party in some time. It seems like all the kids in Isaac’s class had huge fourth birthday parties but for their fifth, all the parents simply sent cake and goodie bags to school. Weird.
  4. My boss and I were talking about how inoften we, as adults, laugh. She says she watches The Voice because it actually does make her laugh. This is true; I find that I don’t really laugh that often. The other day, some site popped up in my facebook feed and I can’t even remember now what it was about but I remember laughing and thinking how I don’t do that enough.
  5. I wasn’t laughing when I burned my tongue on my coffee this morning; ouch. But I did treat myself to breakfast at Starbucks and that’s always fun.Ash and I are going for Mexican and beer at lunch then to see Chappie; fun!

Five Pictures:

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I thought that was cool, seeing as how we’re entrenched in baseball season right now

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Baby in a box

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Isaac on a rock

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Mine is “Rolling taco cafe”

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Can’t get my act together

1. ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb’…does the first part of this saying about March weather ring true where you live?

Well, so far, the weather has been kind of weird: cold then rainy and warm and muggy and foggy! But typically, March does end up super nice. That is when we usually realize it’s nice enough to take hikes and sit outside.

2. March 4th is National Grammar Day. What common grammatical error bothers you the most?

Ok so it’s more like punctuation but I HATE when people put an unnecessary apostrophe. If it is simply plural, it doesn’t need a mark to indicate possessiveness! I grade papers for a living so I see these sorts of transgressions frequently.

3. William Arthur Ward says, ‘The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts his sails.’ Which one are you?

Oh geez. At first, I am the pessimist and then I turn into the realist once I realize nothing will change if I don’t do something about it.

4. What’s something you need to ‘march forth and conquer’ this month?

The Fall schedule and getting Ell signed up for camp. 

5. An ongoing debate around here…do you dust first, then vacuum or vacuum first, then dust? Of the two routine household chores, which do you dislike the least? How’s that for wording?

Always dust first. I don’t mind doing either chore, to be honest.

6. According to thrilllist.com, the ten most photographed sites in the U.S.A. are- Cinderella’s Castle in Orlando, Southernmost House in Key West Florida, The Space Needle in Seattle, The Site of the Boston Massacre in Boston, The Bellagio Lake/fountains in Las Vegas, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Coit Tower in San Fransisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, Niagara Falls, and snagging the number one spot-The Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 

How many on this list have you photographed? Which on the list would you most like to visit and photograph?

I’ve only been to three and of those, I have only photographed Cinderella’s castle and Niagra Falls. Clearly, I have some catching up to do.

7. Fifty years ago Monday (March 2, 1965) The Sound of Music premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in NYC. Have you seen the film? Do you own a copy? On a scale of 1-10 how much do you love it (or not)? Ten=best movie ever. If you’re a fan, what’s your favorite scene or song from the movie?

Eh, I remember watching it as a kid and think it is fine but it’s not a movie I’m clamoring to see..  

8. Insert your own random thought here.
My answers aren’t really spectacular today; I apologize. I was running a little behind this morning. For once, I didn’t fall asleep on the couch last night. We all went to Ell’s practice and Ash ran while I pushed baby and Isaac on swings. This made dinner a necessity ASAP when we got home. Baby didn’t seem starving so I cobbled together some food for her, then bathed her and got her all ready for bed. She actually ended up going down about 20 minutes later than normal. BUT, she decided she wasn’t sleeping when I wanted her to. No, she was awake until well past 9. She cried, then she went into a long phase of shouting “no!”. I did not go in there, however, because she’s never had sleeping issues and she sure as heck ain’t gonna start now. She didn’t even seem all that tired this morning, though she was fairly hungry. UGH. This child! She’s special. At practice, I had a container of apple sauce with me that I’d planned on feeding to her, to avoid the mess she inevitably makes. But no, she would not let me feed her. So I gave in and set the container on her stroller tray. But even that wasn’t good enough because the spoon was already in it. She wanted to take the first scoop; the one already on it was not good enough. Oy. My boys never pulled any of that crap. So while she was screeching in her room, I watched a movie and tried not to stress, though I did. I hate when the kids have sleeping trouble. I made it past my 9 o’clock hump and then was awake until after 12, which is why I am behind and tired today. BLAH.

Random Tuesday and a Confession

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  • So yesterday, I left work a slight bit early and you know what I did? I got a pedicure. For a little while, I was the only one in there. And the sun was out (finally) and they had the door to the place open and my god, it was heaven.
  • Ash had to drive all yesterday so he was starving and decided to take us all out for pizza. Yay! We got home and I felt particularly productive. So while Elliot plugged away at extra work, I cleaned their bathroom and magic erasered the tub – which needed it like no one’s business – and then I swept in the kitchen and washed dishes.
  • Apparently, a guy caught a nine foot great white shark off the coast of Panama City. I don’t usually go that far west to hit the beach but think of all the Spring Breakers! We have it next week so tons of co-eds will be flocking!!
  • I have been so good about taking my breakfast and lunch this week (yeah, I know it’s only Tuesday) but I have planned out the whole week. I’m very proud of myself. I have been working out too, for the most part. I skipped last night but I have to tonight.
  • I really feel like going to the mall and just buying stuff but I am saving for Hawaii. I cannot possibly just go randomly spending, especially not if I am going to pay ahead for Elliot’s summer camp for four weeks. I pretty much hate money.

Today’s Coffee Chat prompt is a confession and it reminds me of forever ago and when I used to do a Friday Confessions meme. I’m going to dredge one up like Stacy because, well, I think I probably have some good ones back in the vaults. (Does ANYone get the RHPS reference??)

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Here is one dated 9/20/2013. Sometimes it is funny for me to go back and see what  was confessing. This one amused me so here; I hope it does the same for you.

 

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I confess… I am not feeling motivated this morning but my parents get here in about 6 hours so I have to: give the dogs baths, clean their blankets and crates, sweep, vacuum, and clean the guest room. I should also give Dakota ( AKA Stinky Milk Neck) a bath.

I confess… I went for my 6 week check up on Tuesday and though they prescribed my mini-pill for BC, the doc recommended being on it for a week to be safe. So for fun, we thought we’d buy some condoms. Haven’t done that in over a decade. So I went to CVS and find that they are all in a locked shelf, much like ipods and cameras at Best Buy. There’s a large red “Ask for help” button you have to press.  As the girl from the pharmacy ambled towards us, I made sure to tell her that it never used to be that embarrassing. Luckily, I don’t really care!

I confess… it’s been a bit disconcerting that every day, Elliot wakes up fine – gets dressed, eats breakfast, gets in the car no problem – but as we pull up to school, he’s fighting me on it. He claims he’s too tired and school is boring and he just doesn’t want to go. I never remember feeling like that so I hardly know what to tell him. I’ve said everything. Though today, he was fine. But I think it’s because he knows my parents will be here later. However, he didn’t have one single complaint. I hope everything is ok for him though; I always wonder if something is going on at school he’s not telling us.

I confess… I have felt a little stressed lately but not about any one particular thing. I guess it’s knowing I am going back to work on the first and getting all things ready. Baby Girl took a bottle yesterday so that’s good. I know she won’t have issues at daycare with that then. But I am a little worried about my lack of sleep when I am working. She wakes up twice a night but I don’t really feel exhausted.  When I am working, though, it may really catch up to me.

I confess… some days I can’t wait for her to get a little older, so we can skip through some of these crying for no reason times. I mean, she has been good this week. But sometimes that crying just wears on you!

 

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I have juicier confessions but I can’t seem to muster any this morning. Maybe another day! ;)

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

Friday Five – Trying to add more substance

Five Thoughts:

  1.  I am excited about a new prospect we’re working on in the house; a new rule really. We’re going to implement an hour of productive time for everyone. This is born out of Elliot’s recent lower grade in English and his loss of drive for school. What we realized is that we can’t very well make him read or do practice comprehension worksheets if we’re watching TV or playing games. So this way, we all have to work on something, be it house things or otherwise. Personally, I want to spend more time on my journal. I started a creative journal/bullet journal of sorts and have let it completely fall by the wayside. I find that if I am productive at home, I tend to be more motivated at work and vice versa. So hopefully, this will be good for all aspects of our lives.
  2.  Baseball season is upon us; Ell has his first meeting/practice tomorrow morning. He’s on the same team (name) as last year and the woman who took over for our coach who ditched us is the coach again. Hayden and Grant are also still there, as well as a kid who was on his tee ball team. I love the first time a team meets; seeing the other kids and gauging their talent and getting to know other parents. Even though I am sometimes nervous about chatting with strangers, it’s still kind of fun.
  3. I was kind of sad to miss my Wednesday Hodgepodge blog post this week; I really like that one. But I just couldn’t muster anything on that day; I was just too ill.
  4. I finally caught up on some of my grading; thank God. I feel like I crawled out of a deep dark hole. Sometimes when I leave too many things undone, my whole life suffers. I’m depressed about it and can’t find the wherewithal to get it together. Does this happen to you?
  5. Two weeks ago I bit the inside of my lip while eating and it has been this horrible open sore for that long. I’m prone to them but MY GOD… the on-going pain. And it won’t seem to heal because it rests on my damn teeth. I’m SO over it. OVER.

Five Photos:

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This is The Volcano House in Hawaii; we’ve booked a night there for our trip.

Here’s hoping the thing is erupting like this!