Random Tuesday – Every day is a lot of random over here

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  • WELL, Baby woke up with Pink eye and Ash is sick. I guess it works out that the two can stay home together but really? Come on.
  • BUT, much like Stacy, we’re having such awesome weather here, I really cannot complain about life in general. I swear, if the sun is out and it’s not too hot, I am a very happy person. I could do without the mosquitoes though.
  • Oh, and I was swinging back by the house on my way to work and I look over on my arm and what do I see? A tick. Ugh. Damn things fall from the trees and there you go. So disgusting.
  • I didn’t even realize yesterday was a full moon, though it makes sense. My kids were entirely not themselves and super whiny. But we did something different in the evening to switch it up. We went to the mall for dinner – classy! – and walked around a bit. It made everyone happy though: three of us had Japanese and the others had Chik-fil-a. Since we NEVER do that, it was fun. I love doing random spontaneous things like that and I think the kids will someday look back and appreciate that too.
  • Also, you know I have a thing for malls. I hate that they’re dying out because I just really love them.
  • I’m thinking about doing a “things I have purchased recently” post; should I?

OK, let’s move onto Tuesday Chat…

 

“By now I will have seen Avengers Age of Ultron and be trying to refrain from gushing about all things Super Hero. To distract my fangirling ways; tell me about something you think is Super!” 

 

 

I’m guessing this isn’t *actually* a distraction because something that is super is the fact that we have Superhero comics and movies. I think they really serve a purpose in this world. When kids (or hell, adults) see that character who is essentially good – who actually puts human life above their own – we have a renewed sense of hope. I think we need people to look up to in this world where, every day, we hear about terrorism or random shootings and senseless violence.  There’s something so refreshing about knowing someone can save us from ourselves. Sure, there are problems within that (see: the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie) but the dynamic we explore within these comics and movies mirrors our own world in such true ways that we then identify.

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MMMM + Only slightly overwhelmed; good weekend overall

The time has finally come: the majority of students are gone! This means I can zip down Tennessee street in half the normal time AND get through the Starbucks drive-thru quickly. I realize that complaining about these “first world problems” otherwise is “bad” (so says someone I work with; ugh. There’s no pleasing her, really) but I am happy this time of the summer.

SO, we had a fairly busy but fun weekend. Ash and I saw Avengers 2 on Friday afternoon; I liked it but he thought it was sub-par. And they really did set the bar pretty high with the first one so it’ s hard to live up to that standard, I admit. Friday night, we played outside a bit and had dinner and watched Night at the Museum 3. Ash had a half marathon Saturday morning so he left and we had breakfast and then ran to Target. Somewhere in there we managed to clean Elliot’s room, which was a disgusting mess. He’s well on his way to being that boy with the messy room. I want them to keep their rooms clean but I see I’m fighting a losing battle there.

Around 10, we left to make sure we could see Ash finish, which he did at 2:05: pretty close to his goal time of two hours. It was a trail run, after all. His old friend who recently moved back only finished about six minutes after him so we stood around for a while then adjourned to get ready for lunch. His friend joined us then we went home to nap. Since lunch ended up being later, naps did too and around 4, everyone was up and working: I mowed and the boys went to procure wood for the swingset Ash decided to finally build. He’s been thinking about it for years!

Sunday we got started again early with the building and I did laundry and hit the store for lunch and dinner supplies. When we reached a point of the swingset where the two of us could not flip the completed frame upright, we took a break and hit the local pool. I didn’t take one single photo while there – disappointing! – but we had a great time, even Baby. At first, she was very skeptical of the activity pool but grew to love it. I got a lot of sun – finally! I have been trying to find time to work on my summer tan for a while now. But then it got cooler again and I kind of forgot about it. A few more pool/beach days and I’ll be good to go.

I feel like we worked all day and into the night; when I sat down to watch Game of Thrones, I felt body tired but not sleepy… not until 10. Then I was pretty much done. BUT, I had more laundry to finish so I didn’t go to sleep then either. It’s a crazy busy life I lead!

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I tried to pick some songs today that match a busy and/or work filled lifestyle. Here goes:

Loved this song and movie! (Though I work 8-5; ahem.)

I picked this one because when I was young, Disney Channel played songs set to cartoon videos and this one was always paired with images of Mickey and Donald working in a coal mine. So I always think of this song in regards to hard work.

Huey Lewis, always relevant. This song totally applies!

Friday Five – Yup, another workweek in the books

  1. It’s Avengers day!! I’m wearing my Iron Man arc reactor shirt; it’s subtle and perfect. I think we might go to Cracker Barrel and then to the movie. I am pretty excited about it, to be honest. I really need a vacation!
  2. Yesterday we had a little going away thing for my office manager, who has worked here for 20 years. She’s been in my department for the last five. When Debra retired before her, I was so worried the new person would be mean but Carolyn was SO nice and understanding. So of course, now we’re worried the new person will be awful. She’s apparently younger than I am! I was worried she’d be a micro-manager and get on me about time. Turns out, they’ve restructured things so even though I currently report to my direct boss, Deborah, and turn time into the office manager, I will now be directing everything to Deborah. This is awesome news! My direct boss is the coolest person on the planet.
  3. I had a brief meltdown when I realized that from May 20th to the 23rd, we have a huge activity each day: baseball end of season party following the last game, VPK graduation and pool party, trip to Wild Adventures, then beach day with a bunch of friends. I’m excited about so much to do but I am also like, really? All in one week, back to back?
  4. Does anyone else stress about summer? If you’re a parent, I am sure you do in some way. Though Elliot doesn’t get out of school until June 1st,  I still freak out about what I will do with him. Next year is going to be even worse because Isaac will also be out. The first week in June there are no camps and you know, working parents can’t just take off. It’s one thing to bring one kid to my office but both of them? I don’t know what I’m going to do next year! Maybe I should stop stressing right now.
  5. I’m wearing my Vibrams today with my Iniji toe socks, to protect my pedicure. Some day,I might get my check form the class action suit some woman filed saying they didn’t help her at all. Yeah, they’re shoes, not a cure-all! Some people…

 

Five Photos:

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I was on FB last night and Buzzfeed did an article on personal trainer Brock O’Hurn, king of the man bun. Where has he been all my life? This guy is gorgeous.

 

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Random Tuesday – Rain, oils, the usual

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  • I’m over the rain. I know sometimes it’s nice to curl up on the couch under a blanket and sip a cup of tea while the raindrops pound the roof. But for the most part, we’ve been having crazy windy storms and they always seem to happen on baseball days. I hate for Elliot to miss games; it’s depressing for him and me – I paid money for him to play! Luckily, his Monday game did go through, now let’s hope for Wednesday.
  • Because every so often I talk about Young Living oils here, I want to sing the praises of Ortho-ease. It’s an oil blend for sore muscles. My right arm (mouse arm/hand) has been hurting a lot lately from all the grading I’ve been doing and this is really helping!
  • The cheeseburger I had last week was SO good… and now I want another. But didn’t I learn my lesson? I felt so awful afterwards. But I am getting just a wee bit tired of grilled chicken and black beans and low fat wheat wraps. You can eat healthy all day but if your body wants a certain food, the cravings are hard to ignore. At least they are for me!
  • Here’s a random stop motion film someone made; it was really well done! I sometimes wish I had time to do fun stuff.

Let’s move on to the Tuesday Chat prompt:

“Finish the Sentence:  Right now is the perfect time to _________.” 

Catch up!

I have blogged, in the past, about how I work at a University so my work schedule really ebbs and flows with the timing of each semester. This is finals week so by next Monday, everyone is gone. There’s a week in between and then both Summer A and B sessions begin. However, a mere fraction of the normal amount of students are even here. My department offers very few classes (none at all in my specific area).  My building basically shuts down, it is very quiet and I am literally left to my own devices. So, here’s a brief list of what I want to accomplish in the seven or so weeks of downtime I will have:

  1. Read! I have some JR Ward novels that need finishing
  2. Work out. It’s my plan to do arm and ab exercises every day; maybe even a little yoga
  3. Work on my novel; I have a couple in progress and there’s really no excuse not to write
  4. Stay on top of my online classes. No excuse not to have things graded by mid-week, each week.
  5. Watch Game of Thrones season two and three; we just watched last season but I can barely remember what happened before!

Now that was a weekend! + mmmm

Hey everyone and happy Monday! Yes, I am quite chipper this morning, even if I am stressing about domestic things.  We had a most excellent weekend. On Friday, I got home and started making dinner because Ell had a baseball game (the opposing was a team comprised of a bunch of kids fro Isaac’s flag football team; same coaches too) and everyone needed to be fed prior to 5:45. I took him to the game and took pictures (as is my post on the team) and then sent him off with his friend Hayden, whose mom is also our main coach/organizer. That kid’s brother is also in Elliot’s class at school and the other two kids go to the same place so he knows them fairly well.

Saturday morning was relaxed. Ash ran and I cleaned a little and we went to Sonny’s with just the two younger kids then napped. I love me a mid-day nap!

Elliot didn’t even get home from his friend’s house until almost 3 on Saturday. Actually, not even then; we picked him up and ran a few errands. He was pretty tired and a little out of sorts so I think everyone ended up getting in bed kind of early. It had been a busy two days and I also think he as coming down from the high on Friday afternoon: my kid, who has struggled all year with his grade in English, finally got a 100 on a comprehension test. I cried! I was just so proud. It has been a huge issue all year and I had even gone into the principal’s office to discuss getting a better teacher next year because this one hasn’t helped at all. I just wanted him to overcome her downfalls and try his hardest; he finally did!

Sunday morning, I made a pretty big breakfast and we took a neighborhood walk early, before rain or heat. It was supposed to rain all day but, well, it didn’t. Elliot and I went to Target and Publix while the others went to Lowes. Then I mowed while Elliot cut down  some overgrowth in the yard. We all worked hard yesterday! After that, we had lunch and rested. Ash worked on his arcade machine and I did laundry. THEN, we took another walk, this one much longer. The boys have been riding their bikes lately because Elliot can finally do it without training wheels. So we took them to a place that is wide and flat. It wasn’t all that hot but we had to stop frequently for the dogs, who clearly don’t get enough walks! When we got home, the dogs and boys got hosed down in the front yard before I made tacos for dinner.

When I fed the dogs, I realized that I bought dog food at Target but left it on the cart! I ended up calling them and then going around 6 to reclaim it. But that was kind of nice because I got a latte and was able to stay awake through Game of Thrones; yay. Ash is bored with this season so far but I like all the stuff they’re setting up.

This morning is cloudy and supposed to rain but the radar doesn’t really look like it will. I hope it stays away because we have baseball today. Oh well; it is what it is. I have a lot to accomplish today so I had better get to it!

 

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Today’s theme is “Music that picks you up when you’re feeling down”

Easy!

Friday Five – Times past, Eating better, Scholarship

  1. This week went pretty quickly and I guess I can attribute that to being a.) motivated most of the days but then b.) unmotivated entirely two of them and basically, those were a blur; a wash.
  2. On Monday, I ate like total crap, but then I’ve been eating really healthy the rest of the week and it is insane how much better I feel. It’s fine – of course – to splurge when you feel you need to. And I needed to! But I also accept that I just feel like such a cleaner person when I don’t eat burgers and cheesecake and grease. Blech.
  3. Our weather has been awesome the last two days: cool in the morning, highs under 90, and clear blue skies.  I have been basking in the sun as much as possible; I realize that when I get at least 10-15 minutes of direct exposure, I am overall happier. I brought my tennis shoes and ipod today so I can walk on campus. Coincidentally, my 365 day calendar of random happy notes says this: Take a walk in the sunshine today. Ok, I will!
  4. I think – and this is completely random – it would be so cool to become a Tolkien scholar. Completely useless also but I get excited thinking about how much info is out there to discover if this were my path. If I chose to study the world of Tolkien, I could read and read forever – there’s just so much! For now, I am reading the annotated Hobbit and I’ll be good on that.
  5. Do you ever wake up and remember some random time in your life? The cool weather this morning – for some reason – reminds me of my grandparents’ screened porch in south Florida. I remember the camellia bushes right outside, the aloe plants in low planters on the ground, and these lizards that always got inside. There was such a peacefulness about it, looking out over their gently sloping yard out to the canal.

Five Photos:

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Not their canal but similar

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Aloe!

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Lizard!

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And now, a song I really identify with this week. When I can’t spend money, I always want to.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – My answers kind of suck this week

1. Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?

I never had to wear one for school, luckily. I guess the only time was for work: once for camp – which was just shorts and a camp shirt. The other was for my two year CompUSA job: khakis and a red polo. I kind of hated it but it was required. 

2. April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth.

Does recycling count? I always make sure I do that and throw trash away, even if it isn’t mine. I also try to turn off unnecessary lights and try not to waste anything. I think that’s pretty much all the average person can do.

3. Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous…your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home? Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for?

I guess I will go with rice but black rice; it’s kind of the new trendy thing for health but it’s super tasty. (Make it with chicken broth; it’s even better!)

4. In your opinion, who has the best job ever?

Hmm, tough. I’m going to go with writer because I’d love to be one… and a mom at the same time.

5. What’s a situation in your life currently requiring patience?

Summer. I stop earning extra teacher income in mid-May and don’t start up again until late June. During this time, I make less overall so I just have to not stress and remember that every summer this happens and every summer, everything turns out just fine.

6. Do you live your life around the days of the week?

I will say that to an extent, yes. Mostly, though, it’s based on the baseball schedule or which days of the week Ash is going out or running or what days I am exercising, etc. Everyone loves the weekend and I just make sure I take them in stride and savor them.

7. In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what ‘R word’ best describes your April?

Rushed! I feel like it has gone exceedingly fast and I still have a lot of things I needed to get done. Time is passing so quickly, I cannot keep up! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I feel like we’re in a holding pattern these last few weeks. Lots of rain has canceled a few activities and kept us house-bound. But today, I want summer. I want the pool and the beach and the sprinkler and hot days and beer and popsicles. I want to be tan. I want to be relaxed. I need these things, desperately.

Random Tuesday – Dreams and the Big V and all kinds of junk

Oh do I have some random for you; my life has been a lot of random crap lately.

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  • I had a dream Friday night that has really stuck with me. There was more to Tallahassee; I took a highway to this place that had more hotels and shops and restaurants. There was a lot of traffic too but I remember the excitement in knowing there was more to explore. I have seen pretty much everything this town has. Granted, I haven’t eaten at every restaurant but the feeling of knowing I could GO somewhere else new was exhilarating.
  • My phone had a near catastrophe yesterday when I left it on the bumper of Ash’s car. It had been raining for a couple days so when we got home and it was dry and sunny, everyone went outside. As we were getting ready to go in, I put it on his car and took some things inside, figuring I’d go back out in a minute. Well, he left for Magic and I totally forgot. I remembered only as I heard the garage door closing so I ran out after him, flailing my arms as he turned the corner away from our home. My children heard some choice words as I thought about all I’d have to do if it was dead in the road somewhere. I grabbed my keys and wallet and told the kids I’d be right back, then went to my car to look in the neighborhood roads, in case it fell off there. But then, what did I see in the middle of the street right out from our driveway? Yup, it fell right off when he backed out. It was unharmed and I thanked the Powers That Be for saving my ass.
  • I was exceedingly tired yesterday and I know exactly why: I had a burger and fries for lunch and cheesecake in the afternoon. I tried the new Smashburger in town (it was SO GOOD) and my friend had some leftover cheesecake from our get-together on Thursday. I noticed the past few weeks that when I eat healthy, I am not as tired. So today I have grilled turkey and some light cheese for a wrap and then a container full of sauteed zucchini. That should do it!
  • This is the last week of classes! I am both excited and sad about this. I will get paid through the beginning of May for teaching but then not again until July. Summer kind of sucks that way.
  • SO ready for a beach day, you guys! I am hoping it will at least be dry and cool this weekend (it is today) so we can go out and do some hiking at Torreya. I’ll probably twist and ankle but hey, still fun.

 

This week’s prompt is about the last time you faced a fear. It’s actually kind of tough for me…

 

Ok, I know what I’ll discuss. And that is… discussions. I get nervous and scared when I have to bring up certain topics with my husband. These are usually things like money or ideas I have that I think he’ll shoot down. Thirty six years old and I still fear rejection.

Well, something I have been meaning to talk to him about is the Big V – getting a vasectomy. In the past, he’s been adamant about NOT having one EVER. He had “friends” at work who tell him such insanity like “you could die” or “it’s the worst pain in the entire world.” This makes me SO mad because we have good, close friends who have had it – like five men he knows well enough to talk to about sensitive subjects – who have said that it was fine and they felt better the next day. Super easy!

So, at my birthday gathering, my friend had a few too many drinks and when I took out my bc, she started getting on my husband about having not done the Big V yet and blah blah and he was really pretty mad about it. I told him that I’d meant to discuss it with him but not like that. I never wanted her to say anything.

So this past Friday, when we were drinking beer at lunch, I confided in him that I honestly worry about getting pregnant every day. I am on the pill but I still stress about it because my cycle hasn’t been normal since I quit breastfeeding back in June. He never realized I was actually stressed; he just figured I was complaining as usual. LOL. As we talked and I told him how I’d make  special man cave for him during his recovery, I could tell he was actually reconsidering it. The thing that might have actually sold him? I told him that I’d never make him wash dishes ever again. Haha ha! This cracks me up. If this is what cements it, this will make for a great story for many years to come.

I was ever so relieved that I was able to face the fear of bringing this up with him. It wasn’t as bad as I anticipated but that is part of the fear: I think it’s going to be the hardest thing. I am glad that I was able to conquer this and hope I can keep doing it in the future.

MMMM + Productive weekend

Considering I was in kind of a bad mood yesterday, this weekend was actually pretty good!

On Saturday, I felt motivated so I got everyone on board to take the Blairstone walk, a two mile hilly route we’ve walked many a time. It was a nice walk; the kids rode their scooters and though it was humid, I felt great. In fact, the back pain I’d been having was non-existent that day. When we got home, I started on some laundry and the kids played until we went out for lunch. Everyone ended up napping before we went to the book store, the playground, and Target. All in all, a pretty full day!

I was just feeling like poop yesterday; bad mood, exceptionally tired, and just irritable. By 2:30 I was done – luckily, I had a pedicure appointment and after that, I was feeling ten times better. The night ended with Game of Thrones and me feeling pretty good. This morning, all was well: kids behaved, I felt rested, and even though it is cloudy, I think it is supposed to be sunny later. Yay!

 

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FREEBIE!

I don’t know why btu I have recently gotten back into this song. Random, I know.

And because I think it’s my job to show people that Jimmy Buffett is so much more than Maragaritaville, here’s a random song.

Friday Five – Angry female rock groups; rain; birthdays and more!

Five Thoughts:

  1. I just realized it’s been raining for, like, six days. If there’s one thing I really don’t like about where I live it’s that these kinds of rainy days seem to drag on forever.
  2. I feel a lot better after yesterday; I feel like I am more vigilant about my children. So easy to pull back and let them start to do more on their own but then you remember that as a parent, your job is truly never “done”; you still have to be watching out.
  3. On an entirely different note, I have been writing a lot lately. My tentative title for this one piece is “Love in an elevator.” Cheesy, I know, but I heard it on the radio the other day and got inspired. My problem is that I always feel motivated to write around 4:30, just before leaving work. That just won’t do!
  4. I’ve been really digging Halestorm lately. They’re like if Lita Ford ever got a little more risque. They’re pretty much awesome.
  5. I cannot believe my little Isaac is five now. His birthday was nice; I sent goodie bags and mini cupcakes to school on Wednesday and in the evening, we went out for dinner to hibachi. They sang happy birthday and we got a Polaroid. All in all, a good time and again, how is this kid five?

Five Photos:

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I’m taking notes…

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Halestorm

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Because this is obvs true. Thorin is a rock star.

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