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:


I’m taking notes…







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

This last one slayed me.500d56c0eeeb4ff2b450ea518838130e

Every day is a new adventure when you have kids

Day to day, as a parent, you hold the belief that you’re doing everything you can to keep your kids free from harm. Sure, there will be cuts and scrapes but for the most part, things hold themselves together fine. But when they aren’t fine and a kid is hurt on your watch, something happens inside that is more horrible than you could ever imagine.

This morning, Dakota was in her little highchair, the kind that attaches to a regular chair, and as she reached for something Isaac had, one of the supporting legs pieces buckled and the whole thing tipped over. She was on the ground, pinned under her chair, and blood was EVERYWHERE. I had literally just stepped out of view when it happened and I rushed back to right her and saw the immense amount of blood. Naturally, I panicked.

I tend to shriek in this horrible high-pitched way when things like this occur and I hate it about myself. Ash looked me straight in the eye and sternly told me to calm down. But we both thought we saw the same thing: a mangled tongue, split from biting down on it. We evaluated the situation quickly and he started buckling her into the car and I rounded up the boys and followed. I was hysterical on the very short drive to the ER. What if she needed surgery? Oh My God, she’s going to be a mute! We pulled into the ER and started checking in and she was… quiet. I figured shocked or just overwhelmed. I held her in my lap as the desk guy evaluated her but he also looked in her mouth, telling us that no, it was not split. In fact, it was just fine. It was the inside of her lip she bit.

I had to write this out because ever since then, my stomach has been in knots and I’ve been on the verge of tears every time I think about it. This child has, in her 2o months, proven that she is going to be the one to give me heart palpitations. She frequently jumps off of things or climbs on stuff with little regard for her own safety. This was clearly an accident but what if…? I had to write this to get past it. Something happens inside a parent’s body when their child seems to be in grave danger; it’s like nothing I have ever felt before. I tense up, hold stress in areas of my body, and once the danger passes, my body feels like it’s been through a gauntlet. My calves ache and my stomach is churning. I still imagine her there, helpless and injured. It’s those moments that show you how vulnerable kids can be. It’s no wonder some parents want to keep their kids in a bubble; it’s freaking scary. But I keep telling myself that she’s ok; she was happily playing by the time we got home.

Months from now, we’ll look back and remember this but it won’t strike the same chord. It will, however, serve as a reminder to be vigilant; things can happen in the blink of an eye. And these little ones are so very precious.

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Just random today

1. Speaking of April 15…what’s the most ‘taxing‘ thing you’ve done recently?

LOL I guess I would say the 5k I ran a few weeks ago, but only because I hurt my knee. In terms of mentally taxing, that would be the tedious task of creating English courses for my job. It’s tedious and boring.

2. When did you last take a taxi somewhere and where was that somewhere?

Oh man, I can’t really remember. I guess in 2012 when we were in Chicago, we took one once, when my BIL didn’t want to move his car. Where I live, you only take a taxi if you’re really drunk!

3. What’s something you can do today that you couldn’t do a year ago?

Hmm, I cannot really think of anything here other than… drink more? Ha ha. I mean, a year ago I was still breastfeeding Dakota so I had to watch my intake but now, she’s fully on normal food and has a gazillion teeth. Crazy how quickly things can change!

4. How often is chicken (in some form or fashion) on your menu at home? Which of the following would you most like to see on your table tonight….a chicken salad sandwich, your mom’s fried chicken, a Chick-fil-A meal, Cracker Barrel’s chicken n’ dumplings, a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, or ‘hold the chicken, I’m a vegetarian’...?

I’d say I make something with chicken two or three times a week. I make great chicken tacos and Ash is keen on grilled chicken. If I had to pick something to eat tonight, hands down, Cracker Barrel’s chicken and dumplings. It’s the only thing I ever order there!

5. What was your favorite television program when you were a kid? What characters do you remember the most?

I don’t think I could pick just one. I used to love watching Full House (obvs I was not kid like 6-7) but some other faves were: Reading Rainbow, Alf, Golden Girls, Ghostbusters cartoon, and Saved by the Bell.  

6. What was the last piece of ‘art‘ you made?

I haven’t worked on my bullet journal lately but this tribute to my grandmother was something I did a few months ago. My grandfather was so touched by it he printed the photo and framed it.grandma


7. What frustrates you most about the Internet?

People who argue incessantly over things that don’t matter!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’m pretty sure the guy behind the pharmacy counter at Walgreens hit on me the other day. I was literally dying from allergies when I stumbled my way up there with my card for Zyrtec-D. I put my keys on the counter and he commented, “Those are some righteous keys”. Yes, I have about seven work keys and I hadn’t detached them from my car keys so it was a big mess. I stuttered out a “Thanks,  I guess.” And he said, “You must be the key master. Have you found your gate keeper?” I realized he was making a Ghostbusters reference and chuckled and we agreed I got what he meant. As I walked to my car I thought, was that a line he just sued on me? I think it was. These days, getting carded and even hit on by the nerdy pharmacy guy are little boons for someone my age and with as many kids as I have. LOL. Little things I never suspect.


Random Tuesday – Assassins, Avengers, and beer – all of my favorite things

Stacy Uncorked
  • Let’s start today off with a video, shall we?
  • I heart them all; cannot wait for Age of Ultron! (Thor – ::swoon::; Hawkeye – ::swoon::)
  • Man, that was a lot of punctuation in that last part there huh? It was necessary; they’re adorbs.
  • I am overloaded today: work, meetings, have to go across town for things for Isaac’s birthday tomorrow. And on top of that, my sciatic nerve is acting up. Argh.
  • Oh, and those awful allergies are still here, making me miserable.
  • I meet with the principal of Elliot’s school today to talk about 3rd grade. It’s going to be hard not to just rant about everything his teacher did wrong this year but as I explain the kind of teacher he and I need for next year, well, that stuff is going to come out. I mean, this morning, he told me not to bother packing a snack because she took  away snack time… because they get too loud. Um… what? The kids need a snack. It’s not my fault you can’t control your classroom. She’s a seasoned teacher too!
  • One last really random video clip: my kids love The Last Dragon and go around saying “Sho’ nuff!” all the time. LOL.

Time for Tuesday Chat!


The prompt today is:

“Favourite things. What are we loving these days?” 

Alright alright, let’s see. Hmm, ok well, I am loving that Game of Thrones is back! I’m super excited to see Arya go to Braavos and the House of Black and White. I haven’t read the books so no spoilers, y’all. I just want her to become the most badass assassin to ever live.tumblr_ndnd4mRaMD1r3r6iao9_500


I am also totally shipping these two!2BHOX2l


It’s too bad that exchange hasn’t *actually* happened. We all know Jaime feels it but you know, Cersei and all. Ugh. I’m super excited to see where this season leads us. Oh, and I want the Mountain to die a horrible death. He’s already dead, you say? I highly doubt it.


Let’s see… what else? I’m really digging these Perdue grilled chicken Shortcuts. They have made it easy to pack healthy lunches… and I have lost three



My favorite beer lately has been Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, which is their spring seasonal. It has the bite that I’m looking for in any beer.beercamp201512oz


I ought to go ahead and just buy the variety pack and get it over with. I’m sure I’ll like them and it’s not like I won’t drink them. ::wink wink::

(I am SO not a drunk, I promise.)



MMMM + Long weekend

WOW, what a long weekend! I took off on Friday and went straight to the store, then came home to start cooking. I get a text from Ash saying his brother’s flight got canceled! We went back and forth forever and finally, he was able to get another similarly timed flight and still get in around 11:30, which was close to his original arrival time. Geez though, it was sketchy there for a bit. We went to Elliot’s baseball game where his team was apparently sandbagging: they were getting beaten by a team who only had 5 kids show up until the bottom of the 6th (and final) inning. Then they won by one point. Crazy! Ash and I machine-gunned GoTs episodes until he had to get his bro and they pretty much went to sleep soon as they got home… they had a race to be to in the morning!

They were out of the house by 5:45 to drive out to Torreya state park for a 7 AM race start time. Meanwhile, kids and I had breakfast etc before driving out there ourselves. We ended up waiting a lot longer for Ash because he reinjured his ankle. Around 12, I took Baby home and the boys stayed to watch Uncle Elliot finish. Once everyone was back in town, we went for a late lunch/early dinner at La Fiesta. After that, we only had a couple hours to mess around before the babysitter came for Dakota and the rest of us went to Monster Jam! I love those bigass trucks, I tell you what. My country side comes through when we go to those kinds of events. I am super glad I bought earphones to drown out the sound though. We learned our lesson a few years ago. We were home by 9:15 and that long day was put to rest.

Sunday was pretty relaxed but rainy so we couldn’t do much outside. We walked around Costco and had lunch and watch more Game of Thrones eps. Uncle Ell’s plane left at 6 so we all drove him out there around 4:30 and the kids cried, of course. Though little Elliot was a hot mess all weekend. I mean, downright AWFUL. He and I had it out last night and today, I think he has righted himself. Kids are allowed to be emotional and moody but My God, that was too much. If you had boys between 7 and 8, please tell me they have issues too. My friends’ kids apparently do but it’s only a small consolation when we’re dealing with this behaviour at home.

So yes, much better morning for all of us. Rainy here though so that kind of sucks, because I have errands to run on my lunch break. Oh well; I’ll have to gut it out.



We’re dealing with songs about cars and/or specific names of cars/trucks. Here are my picks; pretty varied!



Friday Five – Glad this week is mostly over

Five Thoughts:

  1. It’s dark and foggy this morning and all I really want to do is go to the beach! There’s a closer place than where we usually go called Mashes Sands and the reason why people love it is because the water is only ankle deep for about a mile out. I think the kids would really love it.
  2. Last night, while the kids and Ash watched Turner and Hooch (which I’ve seen a ton) I watched Jeopardy AND Bones. Win for mom!
  3. Ever since I got back to the land of the living – AKA took allergy meds that work – I have been very motivated and productive. It’s pretty exciting; some days at work it is torture to accomplish stuff and other days, I breeze through it. Those days are the best.
  4. We have a baseball game tonight for Ell and at some point, I have to go to the store and make spaghetti and get a room ready for Uncle Elliot. It’s pretty insane how busy and jam-packed this weekend is going to be.
  5. I have been really good about food this week and when I got on the scale this morning, I am down three whole pounds! That is super exciting. I haven’t run since the 28th of March so I guess it’s good to see those results. I’ll be back to running this next week though; think the knee is back to normal.

Five Photos:

Mashes Sands:131017-3668-MashesSands-E-email


Happy Yoda:180ff93db909d41c58bf535779d55f7b


I MUST get this shirt!809456a16ce7f15624599ef7c7a43df8

Spring in my front yard:




Sharing this because Elliot had to come up with a folktale idea for school today and it’s foggy out so we devised a story about a town that was always foggy so a brave little boy climbed to the top of a peak, above the fog, to beg the god/spirit to lift it so the villagers could grow food and, well, see each other.ebc7f8dfbb4a057ecded0ce2eed7c8c9

Human Again

This just might be the first day this week that I actually work all day. Here’s a recap of our week so far.

  • I got “the call” from daycare Monday and Isaac had a 101 fever. I took him home and he immediately fell asleep. But he woke an hour later just screaming in pain. His right side hurt and he flipped when I touched it. Now, Isaac is my tough kid. He’s the one who gets relatively injured outside and keeps moving on. So when he walked to the bathroom and literally fell over from pain in his arms and legs, I made a decision. Ok, well, Ash made it. I was hesitating to take him to the doc but if it had been his appendix (right side pain!) they would have sent me to the ER anyway. So away we went, to the less crowded ER. After we got all checked in, he already seemed better. I had never seen him so sick or in so much pain. BUT, it’s just a virus. The doc said all his symptoms hit at once and that’s why it seemed so severe. It was crazy, people.
  • It’s a good thing I didn’t go to the main hospital because one of the people who dealt with at the other told me that there had been a gun shot victim brought in and the entire ER was on lockdown. I’m assuming because the shooter wasn’t finished with that guy yet so there was still a threat.
  • I tell ya; I am ready for the universe to give us a break. It’s been one thing after another for the past few weeks. It is becoming quite tiresome!
  • On Tuesday, I split with Ash so I went to work, taught my class, met with students, then went home. Isaac and I ran errands and did yard work together, which was great but also, very bad for my allergies.
  • On Wednesday, I came into work but my allergies were so bad, I couldn’t focus. Hell, I could barely see. I went out on my lunch break to get meds but I didn’t take them right away. By 2 pm, I was DONE. I ended up going home, taking meds, and getting into bed. The night before, Elliot kept waking up and consequently, I got awful sleep. I really needed that nap. When I woke up, I felt like me again. Things started to look up.
  • On another happy note: I got the annual invite for the beach. Five families that I know all get together at St. George. I am really looking forward to getting away from it all. I just hope by then, our lives have evened out just a wee bit!
  • Caught up for the most part; I teach this morning and then have a bunch to do. A friend of ours is in town so we’ll see him tonight. Then my brother-in-law gets in tomorrow and will be here through the weekend. We have baseball and Monster Jam and running and well, it’s gonna be busy!

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Beer, baskets, and poems


1. Besides left over Easter goodies, what’s something currently kept in a basket at your house?

I don’t have a whole lot of baskets but baby’s hamper is an actual basket. 

2. ‘The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ ~Michelangelo Buonarroti 
So which one are you…the one who aims too high, or the one who aims too low? Have you ever seen The Sistine Chapel? Did you know Michelangelo’s surname prior to answering this question?

Yes, I knew his surname. No I have not seen the chapel in person. And I do aim high and seem to miss often but it also pushes me to keep trying.
3. April 7th is National Beer Day. Hmmm…wonder how that’s celebrated? Do you like beer? Have a favorite? If you’re not a beer drinker do you have any recipes you enjoy cooking that call for beer?
Oh yes, I am very much a beer drinker. I prefer IPAs or lager style, though will drink a pilsner on occasion. My favorite (right now) is Great Divide Hercules, which is a double IPA. But I love to try all kinds of beer. There’s an app called Untappd that keeps track of your brews and awards you badges. I also love going to microbreweries and trying their flights. download1
4. When did you last travel somewhere new? Tell us where? How’d it go?
Geez, I haven’t gone anywhere NEW in a while. The last large-ish trip we took was to Chicago but we’d been before. I guess Nashville would be my answer because we passed through and I had not been there before. Here we are in front of Chuy’s restaurant.8309300902_c6f505f3f3_z

5. The value of _________________________is greatly overrated.

Everyone seems to think Apple products are so great but I just don’t get it.

6. What’s a pet peeve of yours when it comes to restaurant dining?
I have to agree with our host on this one: kids running around. Now, it depends on the place. We have a couple places here with outdoor areas that seem made for that sort of thing but I recall one specific time at Roadhouse years ago where kids were just everywhere and not well-behaved at all. That was before I even had children but I can tell you that I ensure mine behave at restaurants. There have been times when mine, as toddlers or babies, got pretty fussy or restless and one of us always took them out to walk or whatnot while waiting. It’s a common courtesy.

7. It’s Poetry Month…share a favorite poem, either the title, a few lines you find meaningful, or the whole kit and caboodle.

Since I work in the English department, I know quite a few poets and most will disagree that Billy Collins’ work has any value. Personally, I love his stuff. He takes something so mundane and makes you feel good about it. Here is a poem called “I go back to the house for a book”.

I turn around on the gravel

and go back to the house for a book,
something to read at the doctor’s office,
and while I am inside, running the finger
of inquisition along a shelf,
another me that did not bother
to go back to the house for a book
heads out on his own,
rolls down the driveway,
and swings left toward town,
a ghost in his ghost car,
another knot in the string of time,
a good three minutes ahead of me—
a spacing that will now continue
for the rest of my life.
Sometimes I think I see him
a few people in front of me on a line
or getting up from a table
to leave the restaurant just before I do,
slipping into his coat on the way out the door.
But there is no catching him,
no way to slow him down
and put us back in synch,
unless one day he decides to go back
to the house for something,
but I cannot imagine
for the life of me what that might be.
He is out there always before me,
blazing my trail, invisible scout,
hound that pulls me along,
shade I am doomed to follow,
my perfect double,
only bumped an inch into the future,
and not nearly as well-versed as I
in the love poems of Ovid—
I who went back to the house
that fateful winter morning and got the book.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I never managed to post yesterday because I had to go home for Isaac and his mysterious virus (I’ll post it all tomorrow, I think). Everyone seems back to normal today… except me. My allergies have kicked into high gear and I’m suffering. I have taken medication, yes. I have taken essential oils, yes. They work… for a time. My eyes are crunchy; crinkly. The best way I can describe them is that they feel like that thin paper often found in a new folded dress shirt. I look like I’ve been either sneezing or crying and my face is tender. This morning I had a headache to end all headaches, but the Aleve seems to have lessened it slightly; or it’s this venti latte. Either way, that part feels alright. Tell me, do you suffer from allergies? What do you do to alleviate your symptoms?

MMMM + Easter Weekend recap

Well, THAT was a busy weekend. Since the younger kids were off Friday, I went home at lunch and tagged Ash into work. The youngers and I  had lunch then I put them down for nap. Since it was nice out, I actually did something for me! I sat out in the sun for roughly 20 minutes before feeling overwhelmingly tired. What a great nap! Around 3-3:30, my new washing machine arrived. Let me tell you: getting new appliances is one of the best things about being an adult. I was SO thrilled to have it and do laundry without creating huge puddles all over my garage. It’s not a pain in my ass to walk out there to the fridge anymore! I nearly wept with joy.

We had dinner and Ash went out but not for long, then we just hunkered down on the couch, as he was running his long on Saturday morning. After his 10 miles were logged, we went to the Woodgate egg hunt, as has become our tradition. Isaac was in a funk so he was unhappy about everything and Baby didn’t feel like looking for eggs but I still think we had fun. We got sandwich stuff for lunch then I took Ell to batting practice. We did various house things (I ran some errands: last minute Easter items) until we went to Sonny’s for dinner. We rarely go at dinnertime but it was actually really nice.

Oh! At some point in the afternoon, I walked out to put something in my car and I saw a familiar dog: I recognized her as the new neighbor’s pet. She seemed pretty lost and I remembered seeing both of them get into the truck and leave hours before. SO, I corralled her back into their yard – where the gate was indeed wide open – and then, later, when I saw they were home, went over to let them know. I was really waiting for a big moving truck to show before I introduced myself but I never saw one so that was as good of a first impression, I suppose. They seem really nice! He works for the legislature and she has some kind of PR job. Also, they brought little mason jars of candy for the boys on Sunday so I say they’re awesome already.

Sunday morning, we opened Easter baskets, had a big breakfast, then let the kids do the egg hunt we’d set up the night before. That was pretty fun but then it was time for church. Only myself and the boys went but it turned out really well: they behaved and didn’t even complain about putting on nice shirts. When we got home, we had a big steak lunch and napped. I feel like all we did was eat candy this weekend! It was the predominant theme for sure. That and cleaning. I was in that frame of mind where I felt like everyone was sitting around or playing while I ran around frantically cleaning. But it is what it is. Eventually, I recruited them all to do tasks and felt a lot better about it.

In the evening, the boys watched a movie in the back room and Ash and I started machine-gunning the last season of Game of Thrones to refresh ourselves before Sunday; squee!


The only video I feel like sharing this week is a song I’ve been singing a lot lately: one that makes me glad I live in Florida and makes me want to go to the beach.

Friday Five – Distracted today

Five Thoughts:

  1. My new washing machine comes today!!!1!!! I even had to throw a one in there due to excitement. In 2004, we bought a Siemens washer/dryer comb (Bosch,if you are unfamiliar) and they lasted this long but the washer no longer drains properly. And you know, I don’t really like front loaders. Even if you leave that door open all the time, mold grows on that rubber seal. Anyway, we got a mid-range Whirlpool and I could not be happier. Granted, I haven’t used it yet but I am really excited to NOT have puddles of water all over my garage.
  2. Also, I am excited because when I go home later, it will be nap time for the two younger kids who are out of daycare today. I may even lay in the sun! Every single year I am caught off guard by the Good Friday holiday. Par for the course when you have one kid in public school. He’s also mad that he doesn’t get to do egg hunts at school. LOL.
  3. It has been a very long week and I am definitely drowning in work. My stress has prompted me to design a meditation corner for myself. In the photos portion, I will show you some stuff I am thinking about.
  4. I’m still doing well with my healthier eating and getting under my calorie budget each day. In fact, most days I am actually less hungry anyway. But I would kill for some serious barbecue. I don’t know why I am craving it but man, some pulled pork sounds great right now.
  5. Back to the meditation corner. I really can’t spend a lot of money putting this together so my plan is to cobble together some items here and there. Below, I have photos of what I consider to be essentials.

Five Photos:

Purchase #1 – Meditation Pillow:Product #, PRODUCT DESCRIPTION, SKU #


Purchase #2 – Small table for Zen altar: (A table this size is what I am looking for)009


Purchase #3 – Singing bowl: (I think I found that I like the A “Third eye” pitch)therapy-500x500


Purchase #4 – Items for altar for devotion: (they can be items from nature, Buddha, etc)615x200-ehow-images-a08-a6-m9-set-up-small-buddhist-altar-800x800


Purchase #5 – Yoga/Zen Om wall decal:wall-decals


There you have it. I will buy a few items as I see them places and then clear out this one area where I currently keep the laundry basket. I think I can find a new spot and this will work. I am so excited!