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!

MMMM + Dragging on this Monday

I’m not necessarily dragging but my kids were. They both bemoaned the fact that they had school today and that they couldn’t stay home and be with my parents, who visited over the weekend. Ell had his first flag football practice at 8:30 Saturday morning and my parents got in around 11:30. Soon after, we went out for lunch at Sonny’s. Ell was in kind of a mood; he was very hung up on it being his birthday so he could “do whatever he wanted”. Which, ok, I get it but being a jerk is not included in that. After lunch we gave him his big present: a basketball hoop and my dad and Ash got to work building it. We sojourned back out for dinner (unlike us but it WAS Elliot’s birthday) and that was nice. I was tired that night though and fell asleep pretty early.

On Sunday we made a big breakfast and Ell and Ash ran four miles and we finished putting the basketball hoop together. My mom and I went to Target and we had sandwiches and soon after they left, my boys went down the street to play with friends. It was a good weekend but over too soon.

I’ve already had to run a number of places on campus and I can’t seem to sit down for a moment before being interrupted again. So let’s get on with the music.




This week’s theme is about school, education, or a certain subject.

Here’s one of my favorite funny Jimmy Buffett songs:

and I can’t pass up this theme without posting Van Halen!

Friday Five – Catching up

Five Thoughts:

  1. I have had a bit of trouble transitioning into Fall semester… in that I’m still not convinced it IS fall semester. I walked onto campus this morning and kept thinking it was all relaxed like summer, until I saw the mass amounts of people at 8 AM. That’s when my brain got with the program and said, “Oh yeah, FALL.”
  2. One of my main goals today is to clean off my desk. It’s quite the mess after this week; papers everywhere. No rhyme or reason. It’s a highly ineffective workspace.
  3. One of my other goals is to migrate some older fanfiction from one archive site to a different one. I was kind of nervous about it because, well, now I have friends reading on that other site but eh, it’s my work and regardless, I should be proud. But I also think the other site gets more readers – more hardcore fans too – so I might as well put it on display.
  4. My oldest son turns eight tomorrow and he’s already started in on the “No, I won’t do that because it’s my birthday.” He thinks he’s exempt from tasks because of this. I should never have taught him that song my roommate used to sing: “It’s my birthday/I can do what I want to…”. (To the tune of “…cry if I want to.”)
  5. He’s going to flip when he learns we got him a basketball hoop. It’s been so long that we’ve had it hidden in the shed I nearly forgot. It’s going to be fun to watch him get all excited!

Five Photos:


I’ve got to have these


I had a good chuckle at that


Jackie Chan is the awesomest


Martin Freeman judges you. (What did you do??)


Pugs rock!

Stole an idea

Over at Jill’s World, she did a 20 questions thing and since I’m puttering around the office just waiting until school begins so I can sojourn back to give Elliot his lunchbox that he left in the car, I’ll do this. (That was a really long sentence!)


1. Favorite food:

If I had to pick a type of food I love the most, I’ll say Mexican. I love a good quesadilla, chips and salsa, guacamole! It’s pretty much my God food.thumb_600

If I had to pick one item I love most I’d go with cheese. I’ll eat any cheese any time of the day. Oh yeah.01-Cheese Platter-22001778


2. Flip flops or high heels:

Flip-flops, any day, any time of the year. For maybe 3 months (January to March) I do wear Merrells with fuzzy insides but I’m a Reef girl through and through.31Vj-nEMnOL._SX395_

3. Favorite places to shop for yourself:

Hard to say. Sometimes I take a stab at Khols or Bealls but I usually pick up stuff here and there at Old Navy or Macy’s. Sometimes Penny’s has good tops.

4. Standard Coffee order:

If I’m at Starbucks or Dunkin, Lite (skinny) latte with vanilla syrup. Unless it’s Fall and yes, I do the basic white girl Pumpkin Spice latte.

5. Road trip must have snack:

The last time we took a long trip, I actually brought supplies to make peanut butter sandwiches and we had lots of Goldfish and other cracker type foods; some granola bars, etc. Mostly, I have to have some water.

6. DIY or hire it out?

It really depends on the job. We’ve done most of the little things on our own but the big stuff like roof, A/C, etc have all be contracted, of course.

7. Top 5 TV shows:

Of all time? Of ALL time?? OK, here goes – in NO order: Friends, ER, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, My So-Called Life.


8. Favorite Book:

Catcher in the Rye has been a life-long favorite and I’ve read it again and again. But so too have I read both books by Bailey White. Those stick with me because they’re Southern in nature and she speaks to me. She really does.51KWhmO1MlL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_

9. Favorite Form of Exercising:

I don’t know who I’m kidding when I say I hate running because I don’t. I hate thinking about it and then putting on all the gear and I hate that moment I step outside and realize how awful it will be. But once I’m out there and getting it done, I love it. Absolutely.527676_10102005274056563_41181530_n


10. How tall are you?

5’1″. Funny, I thought I was only five foot for the longest and then when I got measured once, I realized I’d been wrong!

11. Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?

You know, I always used to pride myself on picking new stuff because my husband almost always orders the same thing. But I realize that the few places we eat, I do get the same thing. La Fiesta – the 17, Mexican Chicken; Cracker Barrel – Chicken and dumplings; Sonny’s – the sliced brisket; Momo’s slice of cheese with spinach.

12. One make up item you can’t live without:

LOL you assume I wear makeup! OK, so sometimes I do and my sister turned me onto this brand you can buy at Target called ELF and it’s like a pre-foundation bronzer thing that fills in creases. I thought foundation made me look good; this stuff makes you look even better!ELF-Flawless-Finish-Foundation-SPF-15-

13. What’s on your nightstand?

A bunch of junk. LOL. Probably the following: an old cup of water, earbuds, Lush cuticle cream, nail file, anti-itch cream, Kindle, nail clippers, three half-finished bottles of lotion, my lamp, a coupon for Bed, Bath, and Beyond, a Jack Skellington bobblehead, a tin of colored pencils, and the mangled claw hand thing from an Azog toy (The Hobbit.)Azog-Version3A1

14. What’s one thing motherhood has taught you?

That I know more than I thought, yet less than I ever imagined.

15. Music that reminds you of high school:

Ha ha, this is amusing. I went through a phase of really liking old stuff so, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan. Then I was also really big into Counting Crows but still fresh out of the grunge era, so I was still into Pearl jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains. I had also begun to discover punk and ska so I loved Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Pennywise, Helmet and then I merged into other hard rock like Tool and Pantera. Shit, I just listened to a LOT of music back then.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?

Hawaii! In some little place right on the beach and I’d roll out of bed and make coffee and just sit in the sand.

17. Tell us something about you we might not know:

Hmm, should I?? No, not today. :) ;)

18. Websites you read/browse (besides blogs):

Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Tallahasse.com

19. Morning person or Night owl?

Hands down morning person. There’s a brief moment when i don’t want to get up but that doesn’t last long then I’m up and running. I love morning! I love how wonderfully new the day is and it’s sometimes cool and cit feels clean and full of opportunity.

20. Favorite Breakfast meal:

Basically, any variation of the Uncle Herschel’s Favorite from Cracker Barrel:



Eggs Benedict (like Cumberbatch; LOL) with spinach or asparagus:download

Wednesday Hodgepodge – Beyond the End

1. It’s hard to believe, but next week’s Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What’s one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?

I could really use one more beach day. Or, if nothing else, some more time spent in the sun. Here in Florida, that’s not an issue. You can legit be tanning straight through November.

2. When were you last at ‘your wit’s end’?

Ha! Last week with those sorority girls. I couldn’t move through the sea of sheep. It drove me so crazy I nearly screamed.

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into ‘the deep end‘?

I can’t remember a time recently; nothing has been so overwhelming… Well, I guess this time last year I was given two online sections and so I had that on top of my 40/week job and the teaching face to face. I was getting it done but barely.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.

I believe in a variety of subjectivity and gray area in most things in life. So sometimes, yes, the end does justify the means. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I think some people in this society aren’t even thinking about the end and then the means is a waste of time and then, vice versa. Sometimes things need to be sacrificed for the greater good. Sometimes we ourselves need to sacrifice, not just put it on someone else’s tab.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?

Similar, I suppose, but if my kids get any kind of injury – even just a little scrape – I experience a full body shudder complete with that hair standing on end feeling. That and really spooky coincidences.

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it’s a feed your brain so you’re less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

Eggs! I could eat breakfast food at any hour of any day. That would make me oh-so happy. I’m going to go with mussels for bad mood. I like them ok but they’re bottom of that list. All those foods sound amazing.images

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is ‘no end in sight’?

Right now, grading papers. I keep getting sidetracked and cannot seem to catch up. I’m feeling very very overwhelmed today.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I had heard the rumors; I didn’t believe them. But it turned out to be true: this morning it was low 70s and not humid and the air felt cool. It was our glimpse; the promise of beautiful weather that I know Tallahassee can provide. I actually smelled it the second I walked into my kitchen and then felt it when I let the dogs outside. It was wonderful and gave me a revived sense of self. I can believe in something again outside of this oppressive heat. Though, truth be told, I am in kind of a mood today. Just sad and feeling behind and I’m sure it’s hormones since it’s been 8 weeks since my husband had his vasectomy and I am officially off the pill. There shall be some adjustment but nothing I haven’t gone through before. Just have to push forward, as always. Onward.

Random Tuesday – gross noodles, music therapy, so so tired

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  • Thus begins day two of week one; the craziest week of the entire year. It’s busier than Spring semester too.  But I kind of love it. I will say, I was so tired when I got home yesterday. But I made dinner and washed dishes but then I parked it on the couch for at least three hours. I got up and felt at a loss. My stomach hurt and I felt like maybe I had a mild case of food poisoning.
  • At our party Saturday, I ate macaroni salad. Let’s backtrack: I am repulsed by the idea and general look of macaroni salad. But it was about 10:30 PM and I had been drinking and so I ate some. And it was actually really tasty. But it had a funky aftertaste, which I attributed to the other stuff I had eaten. So I packed all the food away that evening and then took mac salad with me to work yesterday. It tasted fine at first and then about about five minutes later, it left a funky feeling in my mouth. And then my stomach hurt. So who knows what happened there but I still think I’m anti-macaroni salad.
  • This somehow reminded me of a friend I had my senior year named Andrea. She and I emailed once we parted ways and she went to some expensive college. She wrote me once and said if she didn’t like yogurt so much she’d be repulsed by it. I feel like I’m in the same boat with the noodle salad. I mean, cold noodles, man. Who thought of that??
  • On an entirely different note, I cried in my car today. Ok, almost every day last week too. You know why? because of music and my kids. I have been trying for years to get them to like my music. Not forcing it on them but in the same way my dad played music in the car and for me on our record player when I was young, it eventually seeps into your soul. My eldest son fought me forever; “Mom, I don’t LIKE music!” he’d cry. Then he discovered “Watch me whip.” Then he decided he wanted to be a dancer. And then he started liking”Geronimo” and “Shut up and Dance” and now we listen to these songs in the car together, everyone singing along (even Baby, which is hilarious) and I cry because finally, we’re all on the same page.
  • OK, it’s starting to pick up in my office so I have to go and you know, work and stuff. Ugh; work! ;)

MMMM + New semester starts… now

So apparently, I registered with WordPress nine years ago today. This is scary. Have I been blogging here that long?

Last week was super busy housework-wise and it all culminated in our party this past Saturday. I think it turned out really well. Everyone had fun, I think, and some people came who said they originally weren’t. I know I had a good time and the food was tasty. I managed to clean some that night so Sunday wasn’t all recovery. Though I didn’t do much of anything else. I did get a pedicure, which was amazing and a nice way to ease into this week: college began today!

It’s funny: the first hour of the day is always sort of calm. But as the day goes on, the lost kids and frantic “I don’t have a class” kids, and the straight up freak out kids all show up. Sometimes it’s not as bad and other semesters, it’s insane. Let’s hope today is not so bad.

Since it’s starting to pick up, I’m out but here’s my freebie week contribution:



I have always liked Adam Lambert and this song does not disappoint. However, the video is pretty funky.


Wednesday Hodgepodge – Standing in your shoes



1. Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question  submitted by Marla, who blogs over atMarla’s Musings. Thanks Marla!

She asks-At what age did you feel like a ‘grown-up’? What keeps you young now?   

I wrote about this about maybe seven or eight years ago. The very first time I felt like I’d really become an adult was when I was walking up to the pediatrician with Elliot for his 6 week check up. I had the baby seat in my hand and a diaper bag and I just finally felt like a responsible grown-up. I remember thinking, “This is what parents do.” And to me, that was making it to adulthood.

I don’t feel very old most days but I’d say going out with friends and playing with my kids keeps me young.

2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being ‘pass the Excedrin’) how would you rate the experience?

Well MY last car was purchased in October 2006 because my old one (a ’93 Infinity) was pretty much done for. I got it for myself, not thinking much about the future and kids and all; a Honda Element. I would say the experience was straight up a 10. Billy at Honda was awesome, not pushy, and just a nice guy. Now we got Ash a car in December of 2010 because he was in an accident earlier in the year and his car was totalled. We went to Toyota to drive cars comparable to the Honda Pilot and it was a nightmare! We were like prey to those salesmen. They literally tripped over themselves to get to us and before we ever committed, started writing up paperwork. We ended up back at Honda with Billy and bought a Pilot anyway!2787072360_bc82c3d3c0_o

3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?

Hmm, tough one. I really like cornbread but corn on the cob (in the husk, 350 for 30 mins in the oven is also amazing.) But I prefer sweeter cornbread with my Thanksgiving meal.15913830731_dda9891428_z

4. What’s something in your life that regularly requires you to ‘put your thinking cap on’?

My budget! I was just doing it this morning because with Dakota being the only one in daycare and Isaac and Ell going to a different after care program, I knew I was going to save money. I found out I’m actually saving about 460 bucks! But I have to “put my thinking cap on” and write it all out. I’m pretty visual so that is how I figure out things.

5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.

 You know which movie first came to mind? School Ties. It has Brendan Frazer and Matt Damon and it’s about a Jewish kid going to a prep school in the 50s or 60s and the problems with that. I used to love it!

6. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic’ are commonly referred to as the three R’s. What are the three R’s in your life right now?

 Ok so I have to steal one: Reading, but then Running and Readying. I am reading quite a bit while on the elliptical lately but I also need to start running outside again. I am readying my materials for class this coming Monday. My syllabus is mostly done but I have to swap out one paper for another, which requires me to tweak everything ever so slightly.

7. What’s something you’ve learned or tried recently you can say was as ‘easy as ABC’?

Hmm, tough one. I mean, I honestly can’t think of anything recently where I said to myself, “That was easier than expected.” Let me just say that it’s coming to terms with Isaac being in Kindergarten. I was worried he’d not know what to do and 5 year olds always look so little standing out there in front of the school. I had a moment this morning while I watched my two boys cross the street to the school where I realized how I don’t feel nervous. So yes, letting him go and grow up has been easy.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

In 2012, I got asked to do this thing called the Guest Coaches Program over in Athletics. I got to tour the facility, eat at the athletes’ dining hall, sit in on a wide receivers meeting, sit with the admins and ask questions, then watch a practice. THEN, I also got tickets to the Wake Forest game. Well the other night, I got invited again. It’s too bad I skipped the Jameis Winston years but that’s ok. I am just honored to have been asked again. I’m excited; go Noles!

Random Tuesday – Can’t muster a good post

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  • I’m writing this Monday afternoon so I don’t know just yet how the kids’ first day went. I just hope they didn’t get wet n the walk to the new aftercare. It’s about 3-4 blocks away and at the time school got out, it was looking pretty dark out there.
  • I admit to being nervous about them switching to the other after care but what made me happy was that both their teachers had a sheet that made me initial to verify how they were getting home/leaving school at the end of the day. I like that organization!
  • I feel fat today and all I have had was a tuna sub with a load of vegetables. I don’t get it!
  • ************* Now it’s Tuesday!******************
  • So the kids did great yesterday. Both were happy with their rooms and teachers and I have a good feeling about this year. They were a bit out of sorts though after that day. It’s so hard for me to put myself in their shoes sometimes and understand how they internalize everything. I mean, that first day must be such a weird thing for them to process.
  • There were no dumb sorority girls sitting in my way this morning, thankfully. I had it all planned out in my head too. if they were there, I was going to ask them for their supervisor’s number so I could complain. That would have really freaked them out.
  • It’s about that time… time to start running outside again. No more elliptical. Or… elliptical in the morning still and afternoon runs also. I cannot imagine how I will do with that but I know I have to do.
  • I’m sorry this isn’t very entertaining or random; it’s a very busy time of year for me!

MMMM + Kids are back in school!

Man, I felt great about this morning until I remembered about Rush week. Those dumb girls just sit in all the public walking areas and even on the building steps and I can’t get through! I see red when this happens and I never ask nicely. I mean, how stupid do you have to be to block people from walking? OK, I’m letting this go now because you know what? My kids started school today!

Dakota moved up to the 2 year old room, Isaac started kindergarten, and Elliot is in 3rd now. It’s insane how quickly time passes. They all did great this morning. Dakota I wasn’t worried about but Isaac I was. He was quiet but he didn’t cry and he even smiled before I left. I call that a win. Ell was fine, of course. He just wants a good teacher and I do have high hopes for this woman. I’m pretty excited to hear from them at the end of the day!

SO. Weekend. We just a literal ton of work on Saturday in the yard: mowing, weed whacking, weeding by hand, moving old deck concrete supports, and hedge pruning. I was exhausted by noon but we still went out to lunch. Every single one of us napped then later, we did some more yard work – nitpicky stuff – and Elliot played with Matthew for a bit. Ash picked up the keg and we finagled that thing into working. It wasn’t as easy as you’d think! But finally, we had beer flowing’ in our own garage and all was right with the world.

Yesterday was less work intensive. I ran to target EARLY to avoid every other mom shopping for school supplies. In fact, I got everything I needed to do done in a timely manner. It was odd to be on the couch at 9:30 and NOT have laundry still in the dryer or things to fold. I had all the kids’ school supplies organized and in bags by the door. I was at peace with day one of school. Now I can do my work work at the pace I set. And I am!





This was the song that came to m first and well, I think it speak volumes to the theme.