Friday Five – Vacation looms ever closer

  1. Y’all, I leave next Thursday! I am trying to be calm about everything. I wrote out a list of things that need to get done like pedicure and buying a snack for Isaac’s class for next Wednesday and clean my room/bathroom (because my parents will sleep in there). I haven’t even started thinking about packing. I will address that on Monday. I do need a windbreaker of some sort. Even if it’s just a cheap thin one. Some of the hikes in and around the volcano tend to be cool and misty and I don’t want to be under-dressed. That’s going to be so weird: on the Kona side we’ll be on the beach and on the Hilo side, near misty waterfalls.
  2. I will say that my impending time away from work has made me super productive. I made 43 labels (it’s more involved than you’d think), ordered books for 160 classes (also hard; you have to type in a five digit number for each book for every section; there’s no “apply this book to all sections”), and I have been grading papers. I feel so good about this!
  3. I may have finally figured out pigtails for Dakota. I kept getting them all crooked but every time, I get a little bit better. The problem is that her hair is still toddler fine and wispy so if she leans back in her carseat even, it gets a little messed up. That’s one thing I appreciated about keeping my boys’ hair relatively short; just brush and go.
  4. I made the mistake of watching a thread on facebook last night which essentially became “grad students bitching about their spring teaching assignments and being entirely ungrateful for all we give them.” I almost said something but that’s not my place. I can tell you, however, if we down here have to give them a class, I have some special 8 am sections just waiting for them! ;)
  5. I tried the toasted graham latte at Starbucks this morning. I like it but not as much as a basic vanilla. I’m weird about things like that.

Five Photos:


My little John Watson!


The lame banana stand at Walmart


Nice sky this morning


Pig tails


I’m going to put this in my office

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Some challenging questions!


1. It’s October so let’s get this out there first thing…have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?

I have had a couple cookies someone baked and then two or three PSLs but for the most part, I have not. I will say, I was craving pumpkin pie the other night and went on a mad pinning spree of all kinds of pumpkin-y images.75dd9068282232f3ab3de74c846a3e17

2.  “We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible.” Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld  

What’s something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?

I will say that I thought – and do think – that losing weight down to a certain number is impossible. But really, I don’t have the will to go so hardcore on my eating that I get there. I do ok eating relatively healthy and working out. I just don’t want to cut myself off THAT much.

3. The rose is America’s National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state’s flower? If you’re outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country’s national flower?

I have always liked the orange blossom and think it’s great for Florida! Just call us orange I always thought it would be cool to get it as a tattoo; I’m fairly loyal to this state.bd17173289db49bb55f76c4b1f59f305

4. What have you lost interest in recently?

Oh man, I have to say Country music. I was going strong there for a while but I just can’t seem to care anymore. I get sort of irritated when a genre gets a lot of criticism and it definitely has come under fire. There’s the Blake and Miranda split and the argument about “Bro country”. I just don’t want to be in it right now.

5. In your opinion, who’s the best living musician?

This is tough! My first thought was Sinatra but he’s dead. My second thought was Stevie Nicks, because I love the White Witch. But I think I’m going to go with… either James Taylor or Billy Joel. Great songwriters!

6. S’mores-love ’em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s’mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?

Every winter, we inevitably make them one or two times in our firepit outside. I like toasted marshmallows but I think S’mores are a little too big and bulky for my taste. The kids like the entire process though so we continue the tradition.

I have a very short Autumn bucket list. It includes: getting a few decor items at Michaels, go to the pumpkin patch, photograph leaves as they turn.

7. Your favorite small town? Why?

When I was younger, we traveled west from Newark, NJ to a little place called Salamanca, close to Buffalo, NY. Along that route, we saw many small towns and I have vivid memories of cute front porches decorated with Indian corn, pumpkins, and brooms. I cannot think of any names of these towns; sometimes I look on google maps and guess at some of them. So for this answer, I’m going to pick Havana, FL. Because it’s adorable.

First pic is mine. Second, credits go to David.

204 2nd Street Northwest, Havana, Florida

204 2nd Street Northwest, Havana, Florida

8. Insert your own random thought here.

So this might be TMI but this coming Monday, I’m going in for my first time waxing. My friend recommended it and the only reason I’m going through with it is because of our vacation. I can’t see myself doing it often; I’m not interested in baring myself to a stranger and partaking in relative discomfort often. but Courtney swears by it. We shall see. I’m not the vain type so I highly doubt this will become a trend. The only “vain” or selfish thing I do is get a pedicure about once a month. I’ll report back next week.

Random Tuesday – No sun, the future, and ink

Stacy Uncorked
  • I thought – for one brief, no, minuscule moment – that we might see the sun today. But I awoke to a gray misty day AGAIN. What is this, Seattle? Did you know that even though Seattle has more gray drizzly days than us, Tallahassee actually accrues more rainfall in a year than they do? Imagine that! Also, feel sorry for me.
  • When we’re on vacation, my oldest has a field trip to a fishing camp. I suggested to my father that he attend with him, in that he enjoys fishing and they needed volunteers to bait hooks, etc. I was amazed he actually took me up on it! I am pretty sure this will be his very first time going on a field trip since he himself was a child. I never remember him going with me!
  • I wanted to point out this:BTTF
  • Right? Where’s my flying cars? Hoverboard? Jaws 19?? Actually, aren’t they releasing some kind of special trailer for Jaws 19 as a throwback to BTTF? I think so.
  • Meanwhile, this is something I need to get for my front yard. We recently replanted and there’s a bit of empty space. This would work perfectly!1c81_rampaging_kaiju_garden_gnome


OK, let’s do Tuesday Chat!

“Tell us about something you have never done, but would like to do now. What was holding you back?”

Hmm, you know, this is harder than it sounds. I mean, I have done a lot of things and not a lot holds me back. it’s hard to think about what I have wanted to do but didn’t. I guess I’ll go with… get my next tattoo. And the “never” part comes in with the fact that I’m enshrining someONE to my body.

I talk about doing it often but there are always setbacks: money, time, the shop I was going to choose closing up and the owners moving to California.

I really just want the kids’ names, in their writing. Obviously, I’ll need to leave room because Dakota can’t write yet. But I just think it would be such a cool idea. I have these two calf tattoos:




And I have one very similar to the above on my left ankle. I figure their names on my right ankle will do just fine. Sure, I entertained the idea of putting them on a tree in a carven like way but the more I drew and designed, the more I realized how large that would need to be. And I’m not there yet.

I still think I’ll get a tree at some point. There’s something elemental and alluring about them to me. I have always liked them and want one on me. But again, things do hold me back. I think when I get back from Hawaii I’ll look into the names thing. I am even working on getting Ash do to the same. He might not pick their handwriting and he probably won’t put them on his leg but he’s expressed enough interest to maybe finally do it.

Some day…

MMMM + Zipping through the sky, sports success, and sad songs

The sky is a dreary sort of gray and it’s cool out; Fall has arrived in Tallahassee. I’m fully enjoying my coffee this morning.

How was your weekend? Mine? Oh, good. Friday, Ash and I switched up our normal movie day and did the Tree to Tree Adventure at the museum. We had Mexican first, of course. Some things don’t change. We got there around 2 and they gave us a brief tutorial. I remember much of it from when I took Elliot a few years ago. They have a small kids obstacle course and then a two part 20 foot course. Then, they have one that is upwards of 62 feet at its highest. We did the one that includes the two 20 foot courses and the big one. It was a challenge, I’m not gonna lie. But it was also super fun. I don’t like thrill type things so at first, the ziplining was a bit nerve-wracking but I felt a lot better once we had done a few. I think there might have been 10 or so total. I really enjoyed it and I am glad we did it before we zipline in Hawaii.

Saturday was flag football day and the weather was gray and cool but games did happen. Elliot’s team won this time, thankfully. Ell caught a TD pass in the end zone and he had a pick. I was so proud! We then went over to Isaac’s game and he too had a long TD run. Both boys did great so we went to Sonny’s after. When we got home, I looked at the bday invite Isaac had that I thought said Sunday. Yeah, it was Saturday. So off we went to Target. Thankfully, Ash volunteered to take him and Elliot tagged along so I got to stay home and make dinner in relative peace; Baby was not in the best of moods. Everything worked well that evening: the party didn’t have any real food (at a 5-7 time slot!!) so they all got home and ate spaghetti and we watched Problem Child 2.

Sunday, I planned to run but I hurt my quad doing something on the tree to tree so I did my grocery errands instead. I dragged my two youngest with me, then took the cold stuff home, then went right back out to St. Marks to get Elliot. He only had to run 7.5 but Ash was running 10. It was fun to retrieve him because most runners/bikers train there and so many of them gave him encouraging words. You don’t see a lot of younger kids running distances like that. The best part is that he wants to do it; we aren’t making him, like so many people seem to believe. He likes it.


This week’s theme is songs that are “either about kids growing up or songs from Musicals, which ever you prefer”! 

The first one that came to mind is this Kenny Chesney classic:



Tears for days on that one!

Here’s another country song that discusses kids growing up, moving on:


Yup, both of these make me cry but what can I say? I’m a mom!

Friday Five – October!

Five Thoughts:

  1. Friday is it? Wow. This week was a blur. I had so much grading and yet, didn’t get a whole lot of it done!
  2. Yesterday at football practice, I was thinking how much I had wished I’d brought a beer with me. The weather was nice and it was a calm little rest period for me. Then a couple other parents I usually talk to showed up and it turns out they had beer in their cups! LOL. Next time…
  3. I’ve gone back to my roots when it comes to writing. I’ve been working on some old Batman pieces and it feels really good to be creative again. That said, I am also about to tackle a physical art project in this: Han Solo blaster. We’re going as Star Wars characters for Halloween and Ash needs an authentic Han gun. I purchased the toy already and need to dig through some boxes for an old western gun holster I know we own. I am excited about this one!
  4. Speaking of dressing up, I may have mentioned that I’m probably going to 221bCon this coming April and I *might* dress up. I’m thinking I will go as Irene Adler – The Woman – because I think I can pull it off. I can find a dress and heels, do my hair up. The important things are the phone and the whip – both of which I already own. ;)
  5. Like our host, our school also had a Dad day. He took them and read a couple books in the library. Unfortunately, the photos another woman took turned out blurry. He was pretty mad about that!

Five Photos:

The Woman:bfcc2cfd71ea2f09fa08e2d9bd4a264b

Han and his gun:download (2)

My little John Watson shipped this week!download (1)


I saw this on tumblr, the tag was: Waking up on Octobertumblr_inline_ncr15wZckL1s7l86l first like:

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Midweek writing frenzy

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?

Oh ho, HAWAII! I have to say, as excited as I am for a break, for a while there, our vacation made me more anxious than excited. But as it gets closer, I am feeling so much better. I am still nervous about flying – as I just kind of hate the whole process –  but the trip itself and all we’re going to do is going to be so fun.

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul…which camp are you in? Tell us why.

Wow, tough one. I think I turn to music in so many situations so I will say that but nothing beats a good home-cooked meal when you’re feeling low! Music though, that can transport me out of a bad mood or bolster a good one. I tend to really ride out emotions so yes, music for my soul.

3. What are two or three things you’ve learned recently as the result of an online search?

Let’s see… I went looking for sushi places close to our Kona hotel and found there to be quite a few. And not only that, but a lot of restaurants in the area with 5 star ratings! Ash and I have been dieting and working out and when we get to Hawaii, we’re not holding back: we’re going to eat everything! So that was nice to see; I’m going to eat all the food!

I also did a search for “Wes Welker” because we were all, ‘Where the hell is he?’ He’s no longer on the Broncos. Turns out he’s doing a work out with the Giants this week. He’s one of my fave wide receivers in the NFL but the joke between me and my husband is that he’s helping coach Isaac’s flag team. Brackin’s dad looks just like the guy! So when we text each other during practices, we just refer to him as Wes Welker. It’s funny.Wes-Welker-Foundation

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.

Last season, I made mini meatballs in the crockpot a lot. Basically, I buy Aidell’s teriyaki pineapple meatballs at Costco. Mix in a bowl with about 12 ounces grape jelly and one bottle of HP chili sauce. Then put them on low in the crockpot for about 3 hours. Serve with toothpicks. :)

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?

My perfect morning routine requires me to be 1.) calm 2.)have gotten my workout in without interruptions 3.) the kids to be agreeable and not fighting 4.) no X factors like dogs puking or kids having melt downs and 5.) a good cup of coffee!

6. What small thing have you taken note of today?

I noted the exact same thing as our host: I can’t remember the last time I saw the sun. I *think* it came out briefly Monday afternoon but it was a very small sliver of time. Otherwise, it has been rainy/muggy/foggy for days on end.

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

I’m not even sure where it went!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This Saturday, the local high school marching band will be going around to sell tix for their annual bbq lunch. Ever since my neighbors gifted me with their tickets one year, I always buy one. This time though, we might not be home to catch them so I’m considering just leaving a check for them. Is that weird? I don’t know. I just don’t want to miss it, you know?

Random Tuesday – I didn’t realized Tuesday Chat was also back

Stacy Uncorked
  • I totally sympathize with our host today about dismissive doctors. I saw one of those a couple years ago about a – uh lady problem – and she wrote it off. She asked me if doing x, y, and z, which were all things I read on the internet. So the last time I had this issue, I called in and they almost sent me to her. Luckily, my doctor (who has delivered two out of my three babies) is super awesome and called in meds without making me come in. There ARE good docs out there. It’s sad we have to weed through the crap to find them.
  • I finally emerged from my long-term headache around 9 pm last night. It was such a relief that I immediately fell asleep. And I stayed asleep. And it was wonderful and restful and when I woke this morning, I hopped right on the elliptical, finally feeling back to normal.
  • My grandfather just emailed me and I had a mild panic attack in light of just how much stuff we have planned out into the future. You realize we leave for Hawaii in, like, two and a half weeks? Then we get back and have a couple weeks before out Tough Mudder. Then Thanksgiving. Then my BIL is coming at Christmas for an entire week and we’ll then need to visit my ‘rents afterwards. So then there’s a calm January but Ash has a marathon in February and his Dad is coming for that – same weekend as the Superbowl. I’m going to try to go to 221BCon in April (Sherlock Con!!!!!) and then in June, we have our annual vacation and then a week later, we’re going to go to Western New York! Whew. I’m tired just thinking about it, you guys.
  • I found a place that will develop my old disposable cameras. I contacted many places in town and it turns out, they all send them away anyway. So I am going to work with a company called York, who is currently sending me out some mailers. I am excited now, thinking about how I’ll integrate them into something larger, if I have time. if the price is reasonable to get digital prints, I think I might make some kind of chronological book of our time together. The table pics from the reception should be a fun addition to that, if the turn out nice.

OK, that’s all I can conjure. Let’s now go to our Tuesday Chat prompt!


“In Your News: Share some local good news, or a current event that is on your mind.”

I couldn’t find any good news locally so something on my mind lately is that it is Banned Books Week! Do you know just how many books that you’ve probably read are on this list? I love how many people spend their time challenging fiction. I mean, that’s worse than challenging things like same sex marriage or abortion; at least those are real things. This is imaginary and if you want to protect your kids or other people, just, you know, talk to them. So, get out there and read some banned books! My personal faves are Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.



MMMM + The headache from hell

No, really, I’ve had an on and off headache for days. Almost a full week, truth be told. It came back with a vengeance yesterday and bore migraine-like qualities: sensitivity to light, nausea. It was super fun! I blame the supermoon. You know, the moon cycle is really to blame for a quite a few things, if you believe in that. Sometimes I do. I’m going with the rain and the moon as the cause of my pain.

That said, our weekend wasn’t bad at all. Friday evening Ash and I got Chipotle, which was awesome. We rarely eat out or even pick up during the week so it was a nice treat. On Saturday, the boys both had flag football games. Isaac’s team won, Elliot’s lost. Ell played the dirtiest team I have ever seen. They coached their boys to trample and stomp and then pull flags. The refs never called penalties on dirty plays but oh, how they threw yellow flags for mild flag-guarding on our team. It was wholly unfair and I wasn’t the only one who saw it. Everyone on our sidelines was looking around at each other like, “You saw that too, right?” and “Why aren’t they calling things?” Look, our team made some mistakes but geez, they just played mean. Sigh. Oh well. I have to let it go.

We rested between that and Elliot’s skating rink party, which did work out just fine. They all had fun and when it was over, I had zero clean up. I made a clean break and went home. I was exhausted though and fell asleep almost at the very end of Masters of the Universe, the cheesy 1980s He-Man movie with Dolph Lundgren and Courtney Cox. Man, she looked SO young in 1987.

Sunday was dominated by a four mile run, lunch, laundry, and that awful headache. I powered through and took Elliot to buy books and shoes. And though I still harbor a bit of that headache, I am trying to get stuff done. It’s not the prettiest day here but I’m gonna make it!




Since we were talking about 80s cartoons, let’s do some fun themes from back then!



And the other day, Elliot asked if we were sure about something and Ash and I both remembered the deodorant commercial:

Someone at work said something about driving lately and I remembered this oldie:

Friday Five – This, that, and the other – a summary

Five Thoughts:

  1. I’m not really a superstitious person but some days I base how the day might go on whether or not I got my trash in the can. I throw it from my desk. Well, nothing has gone in yet, and that followed on the heels of Dunkin’ making my coffee wrong and five orders of food before mine. Trying very hard to keep my chin up though.
  2. On Wednesday, I drove the younger kids to the park where they also attend after care and met up with Ash and Ell who were 2 miles into their run. There, we did these insane zigzag monkey bars in preparation for the Tough Mudder. I was amazed I could actually do them but I did and today, I am feeling it. The muscles in my chest and my abs are just terrible. I have got to do that more often!
  3. As I blogged yesterday, I was stressed about possibly no one coming to Elliot’s party. Well,  we now have seven confirmed guests and to me, this is great. The skate party rules only allow ten anyway and our original idea was to just let him invite four friends and take him on a Saturday anyway. So all’s well that ends well, I suppose.
  4. So my “not my day” day continues: tried to use the 2nd floor bathroom and there’s no toilet paper. I walk downstairs – in between classes so amongst many students – and there’s line for that one. Finally got to the third floor and found a usable space. UGH.
  5. I was reading my class evals from Summer and there was one student whose additional comment/suggestion was “Rainbows”. Uh, ok.

Five Photos:


I always thought BC was a little alien-like but man, put him by a car and I see him in a new light.


NEED a new tattoo


America needs to get with it


We have a book called The Ghost’s Dinner and this reminds me of it


This pic is so cozy!

Leaving it to fate

I think one of the keys to being a parent – and maybe even a good one – is that you have to harden your heart sometimes. Your kids are going to be emotional and they have to learn lessons and you have to let them. I’m not one to fall for their over-emotional drama when it comes to small things. I do try to be an active listener if they’re really going through a tough time but if you’ve spent any time with kids, you know that they don’t hesitate to manipulate the crap out of people. It’s built into their tiny systems: the ways in which to get what they want out of others. It could be a survival mechanism, I don’t know. But let it be known that I have gotten very good at not falling prey to their whims.

That said, I actually felt very sad last night. I had a heavy heart as I realized that only one of the ten kids invited to Elliot’s belated birthday party this Saturday has RSVP’d… to say he can’t come. Then I went down that wormhole: what if no one else comes? What if they’re all planning to but not RSPVPing because why say yes if they are coming? Then I got scared that we’d be the only ones in that party room with two extra large pizzas and two pitchers of soda we don’t drink and OMG, my poor son. He wanted his party at the skating rink because he’s discovered his love of roller skating. And even though he’ll get that, I would be so so bad if no one else came. I’ve cobbled together some ideas about it. I think Lucas will be there; my boss’s grandson. We always go to his parties and I believe she told me her daughter would drop him off. Matthew should be coming; he’s one of Elliot’s best friends, we’re friends with the parents, and they live right around the corner. Then Carrie said Beau and Lanie might be able to go. They were originally but then Beau broke his arm. However, he has a hard cast and the doc gave him a green light. God, let’s hope so!

I know sometimes you have to let things go and hope for the best. Who knows? It could turn out great. I’m not one to do things last minute but in this case, I think I have to let things fall as they may and try not to stress out.

Things might just work out for the best.