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Tidbits #3

7 Jun

I have approximately 7,309 posts in my head. I am still struggling, six months later, to balance this working from home/working for myself thing. It’s difficult when I’m “done” working (even though I’m never really done – it’s one of the drawbacks of having all of your work at home, staring you in the face) to take time to write for fun because there is laundry to do, errands to run, workouts to get through.

So! Bullets!

  • I’m becoming one of those people who I always thought were either weird and/or lying. You know the ones, the people who say they “love” working out and feel “bad” if they miss a workout. But it’s true. I get it now. I annoy myself. Now if only I would stop shoveling food into my mouth, maybe I would make it to my goal weight.
  • We’re buying a new car soon. And even though the thought of having another car payment (mine is paid off) makes me want to vomit, I really love the new-car smell.
  • My kids have perfected the art of whining. And by that I mean that they refuse to stop. They are, in fact, so persistent that as an alternative to literally losing my mind and/or inflicting harm on someone or something, I give in. I think this was their plan all along.
  • We joined a local pool this summer and even though I was not happy about spending hundreds of dollars on it, it has been awesome and I’m so glad we did.
  • I am FAR from perfect but sometimes people in my life do really dumb and annoying things and I really just want to say “Are you F-ING KIDDING ME??” Most of this involves Facebook posts and I’m starting to think I really need to quit Facebook so that I can keep a shred of my formerly nice and non-judgmental self.
  • I feel really, really, really lucky that I have an Internet friend as wonderful as Mrs. D.
  • I am already tired of the election crap and it’s only June.
  • I am also really tired of the stay at home mom v. working mom crap, in addition to the breastfeeding v. formula feeding crap. And pictures like this, with a title that suggests, however mildly, that if you don’t do [insert whatever thing you’re “supposed” to do] you are not “mom enough” does not help the situation. Let’s seriously just let other people live their lives.
  • I love Goodreads. Random, but true.
  • Hubs and I went to lunch yesterday and were talking about my job and the freedom it has allowed me to have and how much of a relief it is to me that I get to work and be the kind of parent I want to be. He cocked his head, looked at me and said, “So basically you’re living your dream life?” He was kidding around, but it hit me that, with some small exceptions, I am. And I am so incredibly thankful for that.
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Tidbits #2

22 Sep

I’m reading a book right now that is rocking my world. I’m going to review it for my next post. And until then, it’s really all I can think about so you get randomosity!

– The other morning it was really foggy and when we talked outside to go to school, Nolan said “Look Mommy! These clouds are taking a rest!”

-This morning he also told me that “One plus two clussded three.” Not sure what clussded means, but I got the point.

-Tessa is OBSESSED with Toy Story. Every single day she sits on the couch, looks at the TV and screams “Toweee Toweee!” We also have a little Buzz and Woody and she has started carrying them around with her everywhere.

-Tessa is also starting to like babydolls, which is so stinkin’ cute. She carries them around, pats them on the back and say “Awwww, so nice” which is what we say to her when she stops hitting, kicking, and screaming gives us cuddles. I also brought up from our basement this baby bed that my grandpa made for me. It’s just big enough for Tessa to sit in and stretch her legs out. I don’t think she understands that when I say “Let’s put the babies night-night!” I really mean her dolls, not her. But whatever, it’s cute.

-Hubs is a HUGE sports fan. A fanatic, if you will. But there is nothing he’s more passionate about than Cardinals baseball. And right now, the Cards are only 1 1/2 games out from earning the wild card spot in the playoffs. For a while there, it looked like we were totally done but they’ve totally rallied in the past couple weeks and now we have a shot. We went to the game on Tuesday where they kicked ass and then they won again last night. When the winning run was hit last night, Hubs jumped off the couch, started jumping up and down (literally) and hit the ceiling fan so hard I thought it was going to fall down. Once, before we were together, he even put his foot through a glass table because he was jumping up and down. It’s a sometimes annoying, but mostly fun, part of being married to him. When we’re at Busch Stadium, he’s like a kid and it’s awesome to see someone I love so much enjoy something so thoroughly.

-Freelancing is … going. I love it. I want more of it. But as it turns out, it’s not so easy to get work. Ha. I knew this going into it, but when you want something so much and keep getting rejection after rejection, it’s a little demoralizing. But! I’m lucky that I have any work at all, since I’ve only really been doing this for a few months, so I try not to complain.

-What’s the first thing you would do if you suddenly became Mark Zuckerberg-rich? I would hire someone to do my laundry. I HATE laundry. Also, can anyone tell me why I will stop and watch The Social Network every single time it’s on?

-Nolan started Pre-K about a month ago. Since then, I have shown up on the wrong day for the first day of school, and forgot that it was school picture day. He was wearing a t-shirt. Mother of the year, right here.

-There is a person in my life who is annoying me so much and I really want to bitch about it here, anywhere, if I’m being totally honest, but I can’t. I hate that. I don’t want to feel annoyed, as most of the issues do not concern me in a direct way, but still. Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who could say exactly what I want.

-Troy Davis. I don’t even know what to say. I used to think I was pro-death penalty. Then I went to work in the legal system and it’s all just so screwed up. It’s politics, it’s a game of who-knows-who, it’s so susceptible to errors and poor judgment that it’s laughable. I’m sorry for both the families involved and I wish the world was a more just place.

Tidbits

18 Aug

Here’s some randomosity for ya! My next post will be the next part in my sorority series. I found some notes I made back when I started that whole thing and you guys, I forgot to tell you SO MUCH STUFF about initiation. Specifically, about the goat. Yes, the goat.

– How do you discipline a 15 month old? Tessa is rotten. She is so strong-willed and will fight you do the death to get what she wants. Sometimes time-out works, but most of the time she just looks at you and says ” ‘Mout?”, runs to the time-out spot and laughs her chubby little head off. Then, if you try to take something away from her she screams bloody murder, will sometimes even hit us and OMG Nolan was an angel and I don’t know how to deal with a baby demon. Last night she hit Hubs, bit Nolan so hard that it broke the skin, but then proceeded to cuddle with me on the couch for 15 minutes while rubbing my shoulder and playing with my hair. She is full of contradictions already and someone please offer to take her in from the ages of 13-19 because I don’t think I can handle Tessa the Teenager.

-Look, don’t get me wrong. She is an angel. She is cute as a button and I want her to be stronger than I am – comfortable with who she is, a woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t take shit from anybody. I want that for her. And I’m hopeful that all this acting out now is simply an indication that she is going to be a strong woman. But she just cannot take out every single item from the pantry and leave it on the floor and she cannot rub her daddy’s deodorant all over her face and she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, walk around carrying the plunger like she is wont to do about 4 times a week. I need to find a way to encourage her free spirit and strength while teaching her limits.

-Farrah on Teen Mom might be the ugliest crier ever, and I may strongly, STRONGLY disagree with her decision to get a boob job, but lord almighty did I cry in this week’s episode when she had to take her daughter to her daughter’s dad’s grave. She has, literally, done all of it on her own and I have a lot of respect for her maturity and strength.

-So last Thursday I went to the grocery store. I was gone for maybe 45 minutes. When I got home and got out of the car, Hubs said “Look at your son.” I look over and Nolan is riding his bike with no training wheels. This was only the second time we had taken them off his bike (the first time only lasted for like 5 minutes and he wanted them back on, and that was months ago) so basically he learned to ride a bike with no training wheels in 45 minutes. Now, he zooms around on that thing like he’s been doing it his whole life. He’s four! I cried. Hubs and Nolan both laughed at me. But MY BABY!!

– Also, he started Pre-K this week which means he starts kindergarten next year and NO. Not going to go there.

– Of course that also means that in a year we’ll be saving approximately $29,837 a month in daycare, so there is that…

– Have you checked out my new blog? Things are picking up and getting exciting over there! And by exciting, I mean totally boring talk about construction loans and waiting and, well, you will probably think it’s really super boring.

-Last week, Temerity Jane linked to my Pink Princesses post. That was so many kinds of awesome, I don’t even know what to say about it. She is one of my favorite bloggers and even though I kind of directed her to the post in my comments on one of her posts, she still took the time to come over and read it and then link to it and OMG. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little starstruck!

-Speaking of being blogger-starstruck, when do you give up trying to forge an online relationship with someone? There are some people I have sent messages to on Twitter, and commented on their blogs, etc., and I just never get a response (which is totally fine-people are busy!) but I just don’t want to cross the line into crazy stalker OMGBLOCKTHISPERSONNOW territory.

– I’ve been on a really great streak with books lately. I think every book but one that I’ve read in the past couple of months has been unputdownable (totally not a word but I like it). I’m thinking of doing a “What I’m Reading” kind of feature here. Is anyone interested in that? Is it too over-done? Are you on GoodReads? If so, come find me!

-Speaking of GoodReads, they have this thing going on called the 2011 Reading Challenge. You basically set a goal for the year for how many books you want to read and they keep track of it for you. I started this a couple of months ago and couldn’t remember everything I’ve read, so it’s bugging me that I know there are more books I’ve read this year and they’re not on my list. But! I’m still ahead by one book and that makes me ridiculously happy. I am such a dork.

-Are you done with this terrible stream of consciousness yet? I am. Except for one thing. I watched TLC’s new show – Outrageous Kid Parties last night and O.M.G. This woman spent OVER $30,000 on her daughter’s SIXTH birthday party. SIXTH. That is… I don’t even. I didn’t spend that much on my wedding. This is everything that is wrong with America.