MMMM + Finding my zen

Well, it’s officially fall now. Do I feel any difference? No, not really. I did put out some of my fall decor this weekend, though none of the yard Halloween stuff, even though Isaac begged me to. It’s just a wee bit too early for that, methinks.

Anywho, not a bad weekend. Ash and I had Mexican and beer (yay) and then saw the 2nd Maze Runner, which was a bust, in my opinion. Oh well. On our next date day, we’re doing the local museum/zoo’s tree to tree zipline obstacle course. So that is way more fun than seeing a bad movie. Our theater recently got new fancy reclining chairs. And they were comfy but if you bail for the bathroom without putting the footrest down, when you come back, you blast your shin and it hurts all weekend. Just FYI.

Saturday was for football practices and naps (nope, that’s a lie; I couldn’t sleep so I went to the store instead.) I did hill repeats (oh so fun!) and then we watched Spaceballs because it finally came on Blu-ray. I haven’t laughed – genuinely laughed – in a long time, I realized. Until we watched that movie again. I watched it a ton as a kid; it’s good to see some things pass the test of time. Still funny! The dancing alien especially.The-Alien-Dance_010115


Yesterday I tried to be a little less uptight; I realized Saturday I was exasperated by every little thing. Just driving across town to the store, I wanted to hurt people. So many bad drivers! Then the kids were at each others’ throats and I just couldn’t take it. But yesterday I was better. I had too much to do to waste time agonizing about piddly crap.

So this morning, I didn’t once yell at the boys, even when they were starting trouble at the breakfast table. However, they were both good about getting up and ready for school. So yeah, a nice morning.

On my way into work, the XM Lithium channel was playing an interview with one of my favorite front men, Chris Cornell. So for today’s freebie, we’ll begin with one my favorite Soundgarden songs. Then, speaking of great front men, let’s do some Van Halen!





Friday Five – Soup, Halloween decor, Candy Crush

Five Thoughts:

  1. Should I or should I not do Swapoween this year? I WANT to but do I have time? It’s never as awesome as I think it will be. Like, I pick cool stuff and try to convey the kinds of things I like but it’s always just so-so and I end up being rushed… I don’t know!
  2. I reached this level in Candy Crush that they tout as a “hard level’. As if the last two hundred or so haven’t been difficult! The hard part is you need about 20 more moves to actually complete it. I’ll be stuck here a long time.
  3. It is apparently National Cheeseburger Day. If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you may know how much I relish in a good burger. Well, we’re probably having Mexican today but we did go to Red Robin last week. It was great but man, I was not feeling good later. I kept burping it and just felt generally blah. This is sad to me; I can’t NOT eat a burger (every now and then)!
  4. This cold weather has made me want to make soups and stews. OK, so it’s not COLD; it’s cooler. But still. I made chili on Tuesday and it was SO good. I have a recipe (and I’ll post the pic below) of an Autumn chowder and I am totally going to make it.
  5. Usually by this time I have put my Halloween/Fall decor up in the house and the yard. I am kind of sad that I simply haven’t felt like it. Maybe this weekend I shall drag it out and see what I can do.

Five Photos:





This image appeals to me


Your moment of zen

Random Tuesday – Late again today

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  • Elliot and I went to the dentist this morning and that is why I was late. I told you I was really catching up on stuff this week! Oil change, tire rotation, and filters yesterday, teeth today. And later, Costco because I FINALLY printed pics of Baby for my office! I have some of the boys but none of her. Eh, third kid.
  • Both boys had to do something that made them uncomfortable today. Elliot had a different hygienist so he was not in the same room with me. And Isaac had to cross the street and wait in front of school without his brother. I don’t understand second children, as I was an oldest. It must be so weird always having someone to follow. But I think it’s good for us to push Isaac to be independent.  He was quite reluctant to leave the car though!
  • The cool weather we’d been having is on its way out. Though, mornings have still been nice. In fact, a slight breeze blew and I was actually a little chilly. The high is in the upper 80s through the next few days and 90s will be here again soon. But the glimpse has been awesome. We walked Sunday evening and I relished in the fact that I wasn’t sweating.
  • So I have this idea – and it’s embarrassing because of how long it’s been – but I wanted to get the disposable cameras from our wedding (yes, ten years ago) developed as a gift to Ash before we go on our vacation. I know where they are and I need to make it a priority.
  • I’ve been sitting on this post for hours now. Why is it some days I have so much bumping around in my head but can’t get it on the page? Instead of actually writing, I’m scouring Pinterest for photos of Fall that make me happy. They have to be just right. Not just any old autumn landscape will do.
  • I’m also looking at Zillow – as I am wont to do – because I know we want to move in the next few years. Ash says he might could make it happen sooner. He has things worth money he can sell but I told him I’d rather he not do that. I mean, we can save money and have it for a down payment in no time. But it definitely time to start thinking about moving. I feel like we’re tripping over each other in this house!

OK, that’s what I have for you. Have a good Tuesday!

MMMM + Present! (raises hand eagerly)

I just got into my office; not as late as I expected but I actually didn’t fit onto the  courtesy shuttle from Honda. It was full immediately. Luckily,  my husband is awesome and he came and got me.

We had a really full weekend. We left early Saturday morning to make it to campus. We had breakfast in Athletics and then we watched the recruitment video (in 3D!) and then went on field for warmups. Unfortunately, it was rainy so we did not get a pic with Jimbo. Boooo. But we still had fun. Our seats weren’t bad and the kids got to eat junk food. It also stopped raining for most of the game. We left at the start of the 4th because FSU was up by enough. Plus, I wanted to relieve the babysitter. It’s not bad to have to only watch Dakota though. Everyone napped that afternoon except me (someone had to stay awake with Baby, who had already napped.) I made them spaghetti but wasn’t hungry so once it was on the table, I ran away. LOL. No really, I went to Target and leisurely walked around and talked to my mom. When you have three kids and a busy schedule, there’s little time to even talk on the dang phone! It was exactly what I needed after that long exhausting day.

On Sunday I ran early errands and then ran a hilly 2.2. miles. I made a pretty big lunch for week one of NFL games and the afternoon was all football and beer and laundry. We played a lot of front yard football this weekend and the boys are totally convinced they’re going to play tackle at some point. LOL. It’s going to take A LOT of convincing for me, boys!

This week is all student conferences for my face-to-face class. I’m catching up on other things too – like my car and I’m going to the dentist tomorrow. I will feel really good if I can get all this stuff done this week!



OK so this week’s theme is songs that tell a story. Strangely enough, this Billy Joel song came to mind first, and I’m not even all that fond f the sound of it. I do like that it tells an interesting story though.


Here’s another one that tells a story of a boy growing up and never fails to make me cry!



Friday Five – Sorry; I might depress you

Five Thoughts:

  1. Our Athletics tour yesterday was awesome! I had done it before, three years ago, but a lot has changed and they didn’t even have the indoor training facility back then. It takes a lot to impress my husband but he was blown away. I feel a little proud about this, I must admit.
  2. We saw a rainbow over the liquor store this morning. (photo below) I am going to take this as a sign it’s going to be a good day!
  3. Both boys’ flag practices are in full swing and their first games are in two weeks. I feel like all I ever do is work, make dinner, and take kids places. I guess that’s a mom’s life… but still.
  4. My general bad mood continues; I still just feel off-kilter. Not much is cheering me up. I should be using my Stress Away oil and taking my Endoflex. I don’t even know what would revive me. Perhaps just having the house to myself for a few hours. I’d love to drink a beer and blast Culture Club and sweep my kitchen. If it were cool outside and I could open up the windows, that would make it even better.
  5. We’ll be on the field tomorrow for team warm-ups, then we’ll get to see Chief Osceola and Renegade and the team come out through the tunnel. I’m hoping for a flyover too. It’s pretty awesome to be down there for all that and I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity. Go Noles!

Five Photos:


Not the best pic but here we are in the fake Game Day photo op


Liquor store rainbow




I need to get me some of this

Bad moods

I’m just angry and irritable this week. I can honestly say that since I have had three kids and have been super busy all the time, I have little extra time to be emotional about anything. A little sad, if you really analyze it; I don’t allow myself to stop and mope or cry or get all worked up about things – good or bad. But this week I am.

I am irritated by my class. Sometimes there are a few slackers but this time, I dislike almost all 25 of them. This is not like me; I can usually look past some stuff but these kids are the worst. They don’t read, they don’t participate in class, and they seemingly know nothing about the world. I don’t know if I’m just getting so much older or if I just got a dud group. Seriously; they didn’t know what a montage in a movie is. Hell, they couldn’t remember what movie they even watched last! I am fed up already and we’re only in week three. Sigh.

I am also annoyed by the busyness of our lives and the fact that my doctor’s office gave me the run-around about something when they usually do not. All this culminates into an endless anger that I harbor and use to propel myself through the day. I seethe and let it drive me; it’s like the feeling of being worked up is my sustenance. I know that is probably not good. It’s a behaviour I haven’t actively displayed since my early to mid twenties.

It makes me want to do rash things, hardcore things. I want to shoot guns (at a range, of course. Or, you know, air rifles at cans); I want to get tattooed. Sure, I have plans but I want to go now. I want that pain. It also makes me want to run. I have been doing 2 milers but I need to run longer, exhaust myself; give me another reason to feel some sense of accomplishment.

I’m trying to be positive. Today, in some small way, FSU is paying me back. I’m doing the Guest Coaches program over in Athletics again. I get a tour and to see a positions meeting and to watch practice. On Saturday, we get to see the recruitment video, see on-field warm-ups, then go to the game. Other perks include free meals, a parking spot close to the stadium, etc. I pretty much bend over backwards for them when it comes time to register their students so it’s nice to be rewarded in some way.

I should be happy that I am getting my work done and next week I have a brief respite from online teaching. I’m enjoying flag football. NFL starts today and we’ll have so much fun with that and all the upcoming holidays. I’m excited about Fall and Fall things. I will be ok. Things… will be ok.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Late to work edition

1. Last thing you did on the spur of the moment?

Hmm, I’m going to go with about a month ago, instead of seeing a movie, Ash and I decided to pick up a couple beers then take a nap. It was… glorious!
2. How well informed do you feel about the current Syrian refugee crisis?

I see bits and pieces through Facebook but honestly, I think it would be too heartbreaking to read.

3. What have you changed your mind about?
I was going to say my party affiliation but let’s go more light today. I’m going to say… banana peppers! I used to think I hated them but I tried them on my Publix sub a few weeks ago and I love them! I will say, I don’t put both the peppers and pickles anymore because that combination of their juices is a little strong.
4. A medium sized non-poisonous snake found it’s way into the pool trap this weekend. If you’d been sitting poolside would you have fished it out? Gone running? Called for help? Pretended not to know? Continued swimming?

I guess I’d get my husband and we’d see what he did. We find medium sized black racers in our backyard fairly often and they slither away in fear. If he couldn’t get out of the pool trap, I guess we’d get a very long stick and set him free.

5. September 10th is National TV Dinner Day…what’s your idea of a great TV dinner? (Or at least a pretty good one!)

I don’t eat much of those frozen meals but if you want to talk meals to eat in front of the TV, I’ll say pizza roll-ups. I used to make these for my boys all the time. Crescent rolls with some red sauce and mozzarella, baked, then dipped in marinara. I’d lay out a picnic blanket for them and let them watch TV.

6. Samuel Johnson is quoted as saying, “Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.” Would you agree? Where have you seen that played out recently? What’s the second greatest virtue?

I guess I agree because without courage – even a small shred – you won’t take the first step in accomplishing anything at all. I guess the second virtue is overall kindness.
7. What are three words you have trouble remembering how to spell?
I’m a pretty good speller so this is rough. Um… “embarrassment”, “cemetery”, and “privilege”.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I was late to work today. For one, I couldn’t figure out what to wear. I was just not having any of my clothes. Secondly, about half a block from the daycare, the northbound lanes were closed off. We had to take a long detour through a neighborhood – behind a bus – to come back South to drop off baby. Turns out a very large the had fallen in the road. I actually took this all in stride, considering I had been feeling angry and rushed when we left our house. Some things can not be helped and this was one of them. I’m hoping it’s a good lesson for my entire day. I will take things as they come and handle them and move on. It’s all I can do.

Random Tuesday – Just a weekend recap

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  • I am of two camps this morning: the one that feels highly motivated after a three day weekend and the other that has a huge middle finger for the world. It is a truly interesting dichotomy.
  • I did a lot this weekend at the same time as doing very little. Again, odd to do both. I came home on Friday for our half-day date day and found Ash flopped on the couch, still in his work clothes. He was apparently dying. He had some kind of stomach thing so my Friday consisted of taking care of him, running to a few stores, napping, and then getting the kids. We did not make it to Red Robin or a movie. I did, however, find some clearance bathing suits I so desperately need for Hawaii. The last time I bought a bathing suit? Ten years ago… when we went to Hawaii. Sad!
  • Saturday was Elliot’s flag practice and we had Sonny’s and I napped. I believe I also did a few things around the house but I had a fantasy football draft at 4:30. I don’t even remember how that evening ended! Oh wait, the FSU game was in a lightning delay so I know I fell asleep watching that one later in the evening.
  • Since Ash had to recover form his stomach sickness, he didn’t run Saturday but we all ran Sunday. He and Ell, myself and Isaac. It feels good to be back to outside running, even though I hurt all the time and feel worn out. We also went to get Ash new bathing suits and to Costco and the afternoon was tacos and naps and gaming. Oh wait, I burned some chicken. Yeah, that wasn’t good. I was boiling it and I forgot it was in there and all the water boiled away. It was an awful smell and I spent all Sunday afternoon and Monday trying to rid my kitchen of it. I NEVER make those kinds of mistakes!
  • On Monday, we walked the fern trail sort of early. Baby did great: nearly two miles all by herself! She’s a very independent little girl so she barely wanted to hold anyone’s hand and she didn’t once fall when she tripped on roots. She did get a ride for the remaining quarter mile but still, she did awesome! I treated everyone to hibachi for lunch and we napped before I mowed all the yards and fertilized and watered. It was a work-intensive day!
  • Three day weekend done, I have SO SO SO much to do this week. I am working on some of it now but man, it is A LOT. Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to explain it. That said, I’m out! Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Tetris master, kindness, movie snacks

1. What’s on your September calendar? Anything fun?
Mostly flag football games. I just created the Sign Up Genius for the snacks.. I volunteered, but that also means I’ll probably end up being the person who organizes coaches gifts and trophies, unless our coach wants to do those. And I kind of hope he does!
2. You might be described as a natural born _____________________?
Hmm, organizer? Tetris player? Those go hand in hand you know.

3. September is National Courtesy Month…what one act of courtesy would you most like to see more of in your home, town, or the world at large?
I think it might be courteous to leave people the hell alone! As in, mind your business when it’s called for. Don’t go nosing around to stir stuff up. The media does it and I know they can’t be saved but we can all let people live their lives and we can live ours. Help when you can but stay out when you should.
4. Eager beaver, chicken out, clam up, or let the cat out of the bag…of the phrases listed, which one have you related to most recently?
Ooh man, tough. I guess let the cat out of the bag because I kind of casually mentioned something about a friend’s husband to a mutual friend that could end up biting me in the ass. I surely hope it doesn’t though!
5. What’s your movie theatre snack protocol? Do you chow down on snacks during the previews or wait until the movie begins? Do you buy snacks or refuse to pay those kind of prices? What’s the last movie you saw in a theatre? How many thumbs up would you give it?
The only thing I ever get there – if I do splurge – is a bottle of water. And usually because Ash and I drank beforehand so we’re thirsty. If we choose to have a snack, I smuggle candy in my purse. I will say, we have gotten popcorn for the kids the few times we took them. 
The last thing we saw in the theater was The Man from U.N.C.L.E and it was decent. It had some good action and the interplay between Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill was pretty cute.

6. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.” Agree or disagree? Why?

 I completely and totally agree. Before TV and reality shows, people had to work. I know “women of leisure” sat around a lot in Victorian times but if you’ve read any of that Austen garbage you know how far that got them. If you sit around waiting for stuff to happen, nothing happens. And I’m sad that a number of Americans do just that.

7. What’s the last job you completed or task you performed where you had to ‘work like a dog’ until it was finished?

Lordy, my syllabus? The front yard planting? I’m always working, y’all. Except for when I’m parked on the couch after 9 pm. Then I don’t do a darn thing!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I didn’t mean for my answers to sound preachy today. Really, I wish people were courteous in really basic ways: just look out for each other. Don’t get in the way; let one person out into traffic; don’t throw your cigarette out right in front of a door. 
I try to do that kind of nice stuff regardless of whether it is done for me, which always makes me question WHY but still, it was how I was raised.
On that note, it’s time to do some work.

Random Tuesday – We’ve turned the corner

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  • And when I say turned the corner, I mean on Fall semester and the season itself. It’s still hot in the afternoon but I think I feel the change coming. Yards even look different already; Fall-ish. I can’t describe it any more than that but maybe you know what I mean. It’s a look, a feeling, a general “ish” and it’s getting me excited.fallawn
  • Maybe a contributing factor here is football season. We have a couple fantasy drafts coming up and the boys are both starting their flag seasons. I was worried about Isaac’s team because they apparently didn’t have anyone willing to be head coach. I didn’t go to the meeting yesterday but Ash reported that they do in fact have a coach now and some of the kids were on his team last year. They were good so I’m pretty happy about this.
  • What I’m not happy about is Isaac’s recent behaviour. He seems to really like Kindergarten but he’s exhibiting some less than exciting traits. For one, he tends to act very babyish at home. He’s always carrying around this little doggie and whiny about stuff at the same time as being helpful and thoughtful. It’s a really weird dichotomy.  But he did two things that really bother Ash and myself – to the point that thinking about them make my stomach hurt. The first big thing happened Sunday:
  • I sent the boys down the street and around the corner to Elliot’s friend Matthew’s house. His mom told me how a 12 y/o and his brother, 5, moved in next door. So they all played together and I knew it would be good for Isaac since he didn’t really have a lot of playdates with the kids from his preschool. Around 5, Ash walked down to hang with Matthew’s parents for a bit and then get the boys for dinner. Well, around 6, I heard a knock and Isaac was at the door. I asked if Dad knew he was home and he told me that yes, he knew and they were walking home now. BUT, when Ash and Elliot got home, they were freaking out. Elliot was crying out of worry; they had no idea Isaac had run home. I did think it was odd Ash would let him go alone but there’s about 2 houses before a curve then a long straight away so I assumed they could see Isaac running towards our house. Turns out, they hadn’t even left the inside of Matthew’s house when Isaac disappeared; everyone there was looking for him!
  • When this all came out and Ash and Ell could relax, it was a very emotional moment for everyone. I just hoped Isaac understood that he had to stay with them. BUT, last night at the park, they were about to leave and he’d left his water bottle across the way. Ash sent him to get it but then instead of going back to Dad, Isaac went about 200 feet away towards the car. Ash was concerned that he’s just taking off. On the one hand, you want independent kids but this is a little crazy that he’s not comprehending situations/places where he needs to stay with us. Sigh.
  • And now you know why a lot of parents drink! Admittedly, I both love and dislike having beer on tap in my home. For one, it’s easy. It’s always there, always cold and fresh. However, one of my favorite things about beer is the variety. I like Dos Equis Amber but I’d kill for a good IPA. In fact, I think I have one in there and I may drink it tonight. Again, variety is the spice of life!IPA
  • You heard about Starbucks pledging to put *actual* pumpkin in their PSLs this season, right? I hope they still taste good; I’m basic enough to admit I’m going to drink the hell out of those soon as they come out.sbucks1
  • It’s Tuesday, which means it’s Inkmaster night; one of the few TV shows I must watch. Ash watches it too and is mostly an anti-tattoo kinda guy. BUT, I might be breaking him down. We were cobbling together some extra Hawaii activities (he’s going to make me go ziplining!) and I told him my idea of an adventure would be getting tattooed together. I highly doubt we’ll do it there but I sent him some ideas: ways of writing names (the kids’) and then Giving Tree tats. It’s the only other one I could see him getting.e6f4f232005de6ad1507b1fe0f0f0dbe.
  • Well, that’s a wrap for this week. I don’t want to start in on work but I have to create 160 or so sections of our second semester English course and that’s going to take me a loooong time!