Wednesday Hodgepodge

Linking up today for this sweet meme.


1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?

Now that my children are getting old enough to understand what happened, it changes the day. Before, I remembered it in a reverent way but we didn’t really do anything. The kids’ daycare has a memorial with a bunch of flags set up and when Elliot asked what 9/11 is, I got the opportunity to explain it to him. And tell him how his Papa (my dad) had a meeting scheduled for that day in the twin towers… but it got moved to 9/10. He watched the smoke rise in the distance from his office in New Jersey across the river.


2. Do you ever/still…listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a telephone book? Refer to an actual paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?

I have satellite radio in my car so I don’t think that counts (?) but in Ash’s we listen to local stations. And yes, we have an actual alarm clock. It was Ash’s when he first went to college in 1998! We actually don’t keep our cell phones in the bedrooms when we sleep. But aside from those two examples, phone books are useless and we have GPS in the car. Sometimes I do miss the old days but those technologies are too good to go without. I do still write my grocery list sometimes though.


3. Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion and politics with people you don’t know?

Only if you feel like fighting. Sometimes I do! There’s a specific person I work with whom I always goad into a debate. She’s a hardcore hippie.


4. What’s a dish you haven’t eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?

Carbonara. The way my mom does it. It’s kind of heavy but so good. I haven’t had it since March but I’m thinking I will buy some pancetta and make it soon.


5. What’s something you know nothing about?

Man, that’s a tough one. I know a little bit about a lot of things. I’m going to go with DNA mapping. (In light of the recent story that broke about figuring out who jack the Ripper was.)


6. September is Classical Music Month? Do you like classical music? If so, what’s your favorite piece?

I’m not a huge fan but I love De Bussy’s Prelude to the afternoon of a faun and though I did not used to, I like Ravel’s Bolero.


7. What’s the oldest thing you own?

Before I sold the antique phone to my cousin for the bookstore they own, that was it. But I have in my possession a couple gold pocket watches, one of which was my great grandfather’s.


8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We had another cool morning today and I am yearning so hard for those Fall days. I can barely find words to express how ready I am. Though I teetered on that line between holding onto the last tendrils of summer, I know now that I am ready for Fall. I want pumpkins and to put out my cute decorations. I want to mow the lawn less and open the screen door in the kitchen. I know Spring is typically a time for new things but I get that feeling in Fall. I want new valences for my kitchen; I feel compelled to paint. It’s time, it’s time.

Random Tuesday – Weird fox things, rain, bumps and bruises




  • I’m going to just come right out and tell you that I have cabbage leaves in my bra. See, weaning baby was easy. She was ready for the whole milk. But telling my body we’re done is another story. I made the big mistake a few weeks ago when she got sick. We’d gradually gone down to one feeding a day but then when she was sick that night, I fed her a few times that next day and then the next morning, but cut it off. Well, it took three weeks for my body to store up milk and now I am in pain and annoyed. The magic of cabbage; go, cabbage, go!
  • A lifetime ago, when Ash and I honeymooned in Oahu, I took a picture next to this funky little statue:431876666_37fae8f5ee_z
  • Turns out his name is Tanuki: the Japanese trickster. Who knew?
  • I’ve already begun eating/drinking pumpkin flavored everything but yet, it’s not really cool out. I feel like any day now it’s going to happen. Some mornings, it has been pretty nice but we’re in the midst of a huge rain session. Days on end here, I tell you. It’s interfering with flag football practice, thereby upsetting my kids.
  • Two of my former students scored  touchdowns this weekend: one for the Atlanta Hawks and one for the Carolina Panthers. Go boys!
  • The calendar is filling up with games and birthday parties and all sorts of various activities and I am trying to very hard not to feel overwhelmed. How do other parents do it? Honestly? There’s just so few hours in the day!
  • We caught an episode of Little People, Big World the other night – we never watch that anymore – and I had no idea the parents had split up or that Jeremy was that old. It just made me realize how quickly time passes.
  • As I was sitting here typing, I got a call from daycare and it seems Isaac fell on the playground and hit his head pretty hard on something (a big plastic play gas pump). It looks AWFUL but he’s not crying anymore and they put ice on it. I swear, it’s always something. At least he didn’t need stitches, like Elliot did in his first week of VPK. (On the lip:)6104606892_2dcb935d84_z
  • I can’t concentrate anymore so I leave you now. Happy Tuesday! Go get your random on.

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.




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

Friday Confessions – No sleep, No breaks, No patience


I confess… I sat on a blank entry both Wednesday and Thursday but I could not formulate anything coherent.

I confess… I have been having sleeping issues this week. This entirely unlike me! I fall asleep at the drop of a hat! Last night and the night before, I slept on the couch for maybe 45 minutes (typical for me) then when I got in bed, I couldn’t fall asleep. I was awake for hours before I finally got rest. Just as I would start to drift off, my mind somehow got all excited and internally shout, “I’m almost asleep!” then it would wake up! UGH. I hope this weekend will be better for sleep.

I confess… I spent part of Wednesday looking for geocaches in the area. So many of them are park ‘n grabs. There’s one in a big oak tree in the parking lot of our grocery store. There’s one by a stone sign on Mahan drive. They’re everywhere! And I am kind of hooked on this idea. I wish I had time to search for these things but I will have to carve it out of our busy schedule.

I confess… I really need today’s half day. Because of the lack of sleep and just general stresses, I have been pretty grumpy and hard to live with this week.  I’ve been impatient with the kids and my husband, alike. Though he’s half the reason I didn’t sleep Wednesday night. He kept flailing his arm across my pillow above my hand. I am finally on board with a king sized bed.

I confess… I have this feeling like I pissed people off and I am dreading dealing with them in the aftermath. So far, no one seems to be holding a grudge but I feel guilty.

I confess… I’m worried that I am becoming kind of an old curmudgeon. I’ve really been saying a lot of “get off my lawn” type things lately.

I confess… I do not feel like doing the 21 Day Fix workout today but I will and I will move on with my life. With that, I’m out! Have a good weekend.

Random Tuesday – Long weekend of strange and happy incidents


  • Last week was ridiculously long but it ended with Elliot’s 7th birthday. In the morning he opened cards from my aunt, my grandparents, and my mom. I sent mini cupcakes with him to school. When he got home, he opened his gifts (which he was super excited about!), we worked out , and then he chose Pizza Hut. We never go there but it was his choice. It actually turned out really well. We got one pizza and breadsticks and our waiter – who was also the manager – forgot to put the breadsticks in. So we ended up getting both those and this huge chocolate chip cookie for free! We hadn’t counted on that so we still took him out for ice cream. Got home pretty late but it was such a nice evening.
  • We had a few funky nights last week: Isaac woke up a few times and Baby Girl had a night where she woke at 3 and I had no idea what her deal was. Finally, I figured it out: she was just starving!
  • Late Friday evening, Ash and I were still up and we heard a pretty loud pop. Then the power went out. It was out for a bit before Isaac woke up and spazzed out because it was dark in his room. He’s had quite a few issues with that lately. So it’s one AM and the boy is awake with us. He and Ash took the flashlight and adventured outside where a tree, probably the size of a telephone pole, had fallen across the road and on the power lines. We waited for a while and it wasn’t coming back on so we let Isaac sleep in our bed – which we NEVER do – and tried to get some rest, though I hate the stillness of it. The power did not come back on until almost 7 AM!
  • One of my main stressors was this party I was trying to put together. For starters, a bunch of people ended up being out of town. I waited too long to make the bounce house reservation so this was the only weekend that worked. I booked it anyway and finally just accepted that we’d deal with however many people showed up. Well, Friday night, that company called and said due to a possibility of rain, they’d have to reschedule. SIGH. Plan B was slip n’ slide and cornhole. Saturday morning, I cleaned and worked out and then went to the store. Only my friend Courtney and her two kids and Ell’s friend Addy, his sister, and parents came but we had a really good time! Also, btw, it still hasn’t rained, and it’s Monday afternoon.
  • While we were setting up, both our outdoor fan and our canopy broke. What kind of luck is that, you know?
  • We didn’t do much on Sunday except a quick trip to Costco and some cornhole.
  • On Monday though, I decided it was time to start exploring the world of Geocaching. I’ve been interested in it for a while but Addy’s parents were talking about it so I decided to download the app and look for one close to us. There was one about a mile and a half away so we set out before 8:30 and did end up finding it. What I can tell I will like about this: the fact that these things are just sitting in urban areas. The one we found today was in a parking meter – in the middle of a wooded area!
  • I got it in my head that we’d place our own cache so I started looking up starter kits. Bass Pro’s website had them so I decided we’d go there and then to Costco. Well, the store doesn’t have kits and Costco was closed so we just went out for dollar tacos at El Jalisco.
  • We ended up getting Boston Market for dinner because they were doing 1/2 off family meals so we finished up the weekend with good food, more cornhole, and the original Willy Wonka movie.
  • I feel like maybe this week will calm down but Ell has his first flag practice tonight and then they both have 10:30 practice on Saturday. It never ends, does it?
  • And here’s a random pic just for fun:906ed6bf6ac41338eadfc9c188750e13

Random… Thursday?

Since it’s been a crazy week, my brain is disheveled and pretty much looks like this room:a-messy-room

If you wanted to say it’s messy, it’s messy like this room is. Things everywhere! No order at all! So here’s some random crap floating around in there, just to keep me going because in about, oh, 15 or so minutes, there will be students in here, I guarantee it.

  • Two bands I’ve been listening to a lot this week: AC/DC and Alice Cooper. Some of their more unknown songs are actually really good. Plus, I just love Alice. He’s an awesome guy.
  • Ash and I saw Sin City 2 last Friday and I am always sad when a second movie comes after the first too many years later. This would have been excellent, like, six years ago. It wasn’t BAD, per se, but it wasn’t that good either. For starters, I HATE Eva Green. I hate her face. Ok, I did sort of like her as Vesper but I think Daniel Craig made her less awful by being so amazing. But anyway, she’s a heartless bitch in this movie which made me really like Josh Brolin’s character. I didn’t realize he was still in such good shape. Also, I have a soft spot for characters named Dwight so that part of the movie I liked. But otherwise, blech.
  • Fall needs to stop knocking at my mental door. I really DO want to hold on to summer a little bit longer.
  • Tomorrow is Elliot’s 7th birthday. I got him a couple Lego sets and Ash got him a DS and Mario kart. My FIL got him a microscope and my BIL got him a giant toy axe. LOL. I’m sending mini cupcakes to school and I think we might take him to dinner. Nothing fancy but his choice nevertheless.
  • OK, I lied. I started looking at Fall boards on Pinterest. Bring on leaves and cool temps, and pumpkin everything.
  • Damn, I didn’t realize it was 69 degrees this morning. This is amazing for late August. This might be a promise of a great Fall.
  • I’m anxiously awaiting the flag football emails. Sometimes coaches are ahead of the game so they send them out before the deadline (next Tuesday). I just really want to know who their coaches will be, when practices are, etc. I love flag season!
  • I’m desperately trying to write more but every time I sit down, I am more enamored by the idea of writing rather than the actual work. I’m really good at researching it though. For example, my hero looks like this:tumblr_n10cv0wPZt1r9ow28o1_500
  • So instead of writing, I just look up bearded tattooed guys. It’s fun but not necessarily productive.
  • But, work has been busy and I look at that as an accomplishment, right?

Random Tuesday – Throw away the donuts, Stretch more, Revisit running, Enjoy summer





  • This morning, I heated up my Jimmy Dean Deelights sandwich and when I pulled it from the microwave, it fell to the floor – sausage down, egg side, right on the floor. I threw it back in the microwave and hit it for another 50 seconds. I figure that killed anything. But let’s not assume this unfortunate event relates to how my day might go.
  • It’s day two of Fall semester, which is really like day one all over again because of Tuesday/Thursday classes. So far, it’s nice and quiet.
  • My dad bought those Entenman’s donuts on Sunday and they were BOGO so we had ALL these damn donuts sitting around and I am really torn between just eating them or throwing them away. I mean, I really don’t need them. Though I was so good yesterday: a small salad and some baked crispy things for lunch. Then a granola bar. I had a bowl of cereal for dinner with a banana. Oh, but I ate a donut too. And one chicken nugget. It MAY be time to get my eating back on track.
  • My legs hurt from 21 Day Fix lower workout. My quads burn when I take stairs or bend down. It’s really uncomfortable but a nice reminder that I WORKED. But this kind of reminds me that I have felt like running again lately. If we drive down Blairstone, all I can think about are all those runs I did down that road, on that blacktop path by the trees. The water fountain reward at the intersection, the taller shady trees after the bend. The mornings have been so much cooler the past two days and that little bit of break makes me yearn for Fall and running weather.
  • I was just thinking this morning that though it is getting cooler, I might want one more beach day; I’m not necessarily ready to give up on summer. And then, my desk calendar said this:20140826_075607
  • Ok calendar, you win.
  • This article popped up from a facebook friend today and I think it is really interesting. I am a sucker for comparing the past to the present so I have to share it. I am pretty sure that a lot of parents are doing these things today and I admit to being a  little feel-proud that I have managed to steer clear.
  • I took a looong break from writing this post because I got a call about vandalism down in our first year TA office space. We share it with Classics so I went down there to see. It kind of looked like maybe two different people. One wrote some nazi stuff and a note to lock the door. The other wrote this stuff about pain and suffering and some girl’s name who apparently broke his heart. Awwww.
  • The creepy thing was a student came in to add a class just as I was getting wind of this and her name? The exact same as the one written down there! I gave her a head’s up that campus police might be contacting her.
  • And with that, I leave you because I am buried under work!

Playing catch up, as always

Finally got a quiet moment! It is day one of the Fall semester so things are always crazy. If it CAN go wrong, today will be the day it does. I typically see lost students and confused students and frantic ones too. But I am always amazed by the very few who are grateful for my help. One kid even came back after his class to thank me, because he said he was really upset about being late before and knew he didn’t properly acknowledge me.  It’s nice to see some kids’ parents taught them to be good.

I have been trying to listen to just one song for the past hour but every time, I get interrupted. I can tell you that every first day goes this way. I can sit here and goof off, waiting for someone to need help or I can start in on a task of any sort and people will need me. It’s pretty crazy how that works.

I don’t feel as energized for the beginning of the semester as I usually do. It could be all the impending things coming up or all the little awkward stumbles lately. You know, the baby’s issue, Ell’s birthday, this party we planned for Saturday that people might not actually show up to. Speaking of baby, I got a call from the nurse at the pediatrician on Friday afternoon at nearly 5 o’clock. She said “everything’s fine” but they want me to bring her back in a month to check her weight. They also sent the results to the gastroenterologist who is supposed to call me. Though I am not entirely sure what for if “everything is ok.” Right? The nurse mentioned to “just keep feeding her” so on Saturday, if she seemed hungry, we fed her. And you know what? She threw up. So… yeah. I don’t know.

This time of year seems so hectic and yet, I think about 2013: at this time, baby was not even a month old. I wasn’t working because I was on leave so I had much less money, Elliot had flag football, and in general, my life was in upheaval. So why does it feel so much crazier now? Will this continue as my children age? I have this fear that I will not be able to cope when, one day, all my kids have left and it’s not like this at all. I want a break now but will I then?

Maybe it’ just back to school blues. As the air turns cooler and we settle into our routine, this will start feeling better, more natural. Until then, I need to learn to relax.

Friday Confessions – at the end of a long week


I confess… This week has felt very long. With all the baby stuff and extra things at work, etc, it’s just been a lot of craziness. I didn’t work out much this week because of it. I did day one of the 21 Day Fix but I hurt my leg doing surrenders, which are just ridic. I leave you a vid below just so you can see.

I confess… Ash did day two yesterday but since I mowed the lawn – with the bum leg – I opted out. We’ll probably start fresh on Monday from the beginning anyway. My mom and dad get into town tonight so who knows how busy the weekend will be.

I confess… I really let rush week get me unreasonably angry this week. I said rude things to sorority girls, I bitched about it on facebook, and in general, I was just very curmudgeonly about it. I just hate how they swarm this area of campus and get in my way. I just can’t stand it.

I confess… I really need the 1/2 day today. I mean, I have been all-out stressed and I need a break.  I need a beach day, honestly. It’s supposed to be straight up 100 degrees today and tomorrow. That’s not even the “feels like” temp. Just the normal. Some of the hottest weather we’ve had this summer.

I confess… how is it possible that our copy machine breaks the day before we really need it? It is partially my fault – I was changing the toner and the little latch that holds it in would not click into place and it won’t read that a new toner is in there. I just hope the guy can solve the problem without additional parts because omg, what horrible timing!

I confess… I just cannot stop listening Her Town Too by James Taylor. It’s just such a good song; such a catchy little beat and a feeling of sadness but always, hopefulness.

I confess... I may have done a dance when the copy machine guy fixed it. YAAAAAAY!

I confess… I’m both looking forward to and dreading this upcoming start to the semester (and my two online sections) BUT, I know in the end, it’s all going to be just

Rough days

As we sat in the lab waiting area, she had no idea what was about to happen to her. She laid in my lap, relying on me for comfort and looking at the other people. She made little happy sounds and waited like a good girl. But then, we were called – “Miss Dakota Smith!” – and I placed her on my lap in a different kind of chair and held her legs between mine and her right hand down tight. The nurse tied a blue rubber band around her upper arm and the look on baby’s face was something contorted in horror as a small needle went into her vein and how that child did howl. It went on for what seemed like an eternity. The blood was not flowing fast enough and the sheet requested three huge vials. A second nurse arrived and helped to hold her arm at just the right angle. Once one seemed depleted, they switched to the other and that one was better. But it must have been a solid ten minutes of crying. Towards the end she was getting tired and would hiccup and stop for a second before starting again with the wailing and shaking her head no. Finally, they were done and we had to leave that place, each and every old person staring at us, silently saying, “So THAT is the baby who was screaming.”

I’m a firm believer in getting things out of the way all at once so we headed to Radiology for her bone age Xray. That was ok, considering. The building is nice and they have a play area; we only waited five minutes.IMG_20140820_083551

The scan was only of her left hand and was over before it began. In the car, Little Bit fell asleep and I realized just how stressful that whole thing had been. All three of my children had to have blood drawn when they were infants. With babies, they take it from the heel and the child recovers fairly quickly. I’ve done it; I’m strong. But this? This was ten times worse. I physically had to come down from the adrenaline that had been rushing through my body. I took a shortcut back to the daycare but there was a random bus broken down in the middle of the road, causing me to take a much longer route.

When I got her to daycare she seemed happy to see her friends; she appeared to be no worse for wear and toddled into the room and claimed her seat at the table for snack time. Feeling like that was finally over, I went on to work where I encountered more traffic issues. It was dorm move in day so I waited – I kid you not – ten entire minutes to turn a corner to get to my parking lot. I could see the lot the entire time and the one spot left. I was losing my mind! Finally, I got parked and walked up the side of Diffenbaugh towards Williams and I found myself lost amidst the hordes of wanna-be sorority girls. Thick they were, everywhere and not a lick of sense to move out of the way for people. If you weren’t 17, wearing the identical dress as 15 others, or sporting utterly non sensible shoes, you were excluded and ignored, which means I plowed through the throngs. When I got to my building, they blocked every inch of the stairs leading in and I broke. I said, “Come on now, people work here. You can’t block an entire entryway.” When some muttered, “I’m sorry”, I totally said, “No you’re not.” And I went in the building as fast as I could and got to my office. I realized I was shaking. I was upset about the baby and then all these traffic things and these stupid entitled girls and I just couldn’t cope. Sitting down at my desk to do work was the most calming, most zen experience of my morning.

Today is better. In fact, yesterday got better. Ash wanted to go to a co-worker’s going away thing right after work so even though I felt at the end of my rope (the rest of my work day was not so zen-like) I got the kids and just kept plugging away: dinner for baby, take care of dogs, make food for boys, try to be involved with them as well. I drank some beer, enjoyed being home. When Ash did get back, I clocked out.  Took a bath, read this kind of bad/kind of good YA novel called Nero, and then I did dishes and laid on the couch all. night. long.

It always seems like these sorts of things come up when my life is already so busy that I feel like one more block on the stack will make everything topple. I know it’s a test; I grew up under the pretense that God always tests us but never gives us more than we can handle. So I just figure, I can handle this. Perhaps I will get results on Baby’s tests today. Perhaps it will be something we can fix and maybe she is just small. Maybe she is petite and will become an amazing gymnast.  I don’t know what they will say but I am making sure I am prepped to handle whatever the result is. I have to, or else I’ll sit here and worry about every little thing. And that is no way to be.