Monthly Archives: May 2013

Random Updates

The weather this weekend was not very impressive. 60 degrees and windy today with the threat of rain allll day. Instagram kept me in a constant state of jealousy over everyone’s outdoor barbeques, trips to the pool, and swimsuits on the beach pictures. Oh Wisconsin, what a crappy Spring you’ve given us.

Mason is FINALLY starting to call Grandma B “Grandma B” instead of calling her his black grandma. As you can imagine, the phrase “black grandma” always gets some funny looks considering we’re all pale skinned blondes around here. LOL But for the longest time, Mason called both grandmas by the colors they were wearing last and after a while, Grandma J became his “pink grandma” and Grandma B became his “black grandma” (despite neither of them wearing lots of pink or black) My mom successfully got Mason to call her “Grandma D” two months ago but despite millions of corrections, Grandma B stayed his Black Grandma. We’re finally getting there.

Last week, I took a weeklong hiatus from Facebook. I found that, unlike the other social media outlets I frequent (aka Twitter and Instagram), I was checking it a zillion times a day but never really interacting with anyone. Other than maybe one status update a week and liking a picture here and there, I don’t really interact with anyone on it, yet I was “checking in” on my phone or hitting refresh on my computer a zillion times a night. Totally a waste of time for what I was getting out of it. So I deactivated my account and instead spent time reading, interacting with my family, and being more active on Instagram. Totally worthwhile. It also got me re-excited about Instagram and taking more pictures, so that was an added bonus.

Mason and I started going to church a few weeks ago. I had been debating about this for a long time and while I haven’t been to church myself regularly since junior high, it was important to me that Mason get brought up in a “church family” so he could make educated decisions for himself. I’m totally impressed with the sermons I’ve heard so far (including the ones I’ve listened to online) and their kids program seems pretty fabulous. Mason asks if he can go see his “new friends” so that’s a plus!

I have a day date planned next week with my BFF and I’m super excited. It’s been way too long since we’ve gotten together.

I was suppose to run my first 5k this Saturday but instead I’ll be working so my dog can have a play date on the 22nd. I’m way more excited about a doggy sleepover than I should but, but I’m okay with that. It also helps with the fact that I’m stuck on Week 4 of Couch to 5k and I am starting to think that I’m never going to be able to run two five minute segments in one workout ever. Which is definitely an issue when I want to run an entire 5k, not a 2k. I’m doing a Color Run on the 8th, so yeah… I have a problem. At least that’s just a fun run and not timed or anything!

There are swim lessons I want to sign up for in July but they start at 5 pm. I’ve said it a million times but I really wish there would be more “working mom friendly” things available schedule wise. Or maybe all the other moms work 8-4:30 and getting there by 5 isn’t an issue? *sigh* (I work til 5:15….)

I really wish I could figure out a better commenting system for the blog. I HATE Disqus entirely because there is no spot for commenters to leave their URL. I’ve commented Disqus about this issue and they say they expect people to sign up for an account if they want to share their URL. Seriously?! And the plain old WordPress comments are kind of ugly and don’t offer threaded commenting. Ugh, six of one, half a dozen of the other!

Mason has gotten to have several playdates with his cousin Blake and even asked if Blake could spend the night. How cute is that?! I’m so happy that he has at least one relative he’ll grow up close to. It’s also nice that he comes home from said play dates totally exhausted and bedtime is a breeze. Anyone want to come over for a playdate? LOL

Mason & Blake

How about you guys? What randomness has been going on with you? Anything new?

Spring Program

The Friday before Mother’s Day, the daycare had a little “Spring Program” in the 3′s and 4′s room – basically all the kids sang a few songs and then we enjoyed some refreshments. The whole thing lasted about 20 minutes and required I missed out on the chance to go to something else I’d really been looking forward to, but it was so worth it!

Mason was super excited to have his Mommy and Daddy AND Grandma and Grandpa come see him perform that he ran away from the singing line to give Grandma a hug on multiple occasions. springprogram

He also left in the middle of one song to use the bathroom which is the door right behind him. Everyone got a good chuckle out of that!

Afterward, he was over the moon to be able to drink punch and eat cookies and muffins with Grandma. What more could he ask for?!

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And, for your viewing pleasure, a video

Currently… 5/16/13

Mason is currently

hoping that when he wakes up he can get a sucker for pooping in the potty and look at the picture of the fire in the newspaper like I promised him. On that note, how do I break my child of the whole “rewards for using the potty” thing? Oops

reading a Mickey Mouse book with buttons and make sounds and gears that really turn. I picked it up at a garage sale and it became an instant favorite

wearing shorts and a John Deere shirt. He was so proud of his new John Deere shirt that he had to tell each kid at daycare this morning about it.

making his monster trucks crash and help each other out of the imaginary mud over and over again

planning his next trip to Grandmas. It involves wearing his boots and riding his tractor. And he mentions it frequently.

Mason’s Mom is currently…
hoping that I can stay on track for Couch to 5k this time. I attempted running outside yesterday for the first time basically ever and it went pretty well. I’ve got three weeks until my first 5k and all I can say is Thank GOD it’s an un-timed fun run. LOL

reading All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg. I love “all these people are tied together by some random thing” plots.

wearing my scrubs and a hoodie. SuperDad hates it that I don’t always change out of my scrubs when I get home (I do if they’re dirty!) but they’re so freaking comfortable and he’s at work right now, so scrubs it is!

making calendars and charts and planning out our new schedules as SuperDad switches to dayshift in July for the first time in over twelve years. Daycare transport, my bookstore job, and “who will watch the dog during a thunderstorm” are front players in my obsessive planning and I’m also trying to finalize plans for all of our usual music festivals of the summer. It’s all coming up fast!

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How about you? What are you up to this week?

Things I’m Afraid Of: Blog Every Day In May

Things I’m Afraid Of

(Not including obvious stuff like people dying, people getting hurt, the house burning down, that stuff that’s on everyone‘s list)

Heights above water – bridges, airplanes, whatever – if it’s above water, I don’t want anything to do with it. I like swimming, but even a fishing dock freaks me out.

Driving in busy traffic – I live in the sticks, my commute to work is a three minute drive where I might come across 5 other cars. This is good because multi-lane freeway traffic FREAKS me out. Like, hyperventilating, can’t drive in it, can barely ride in it freaks me out. I think a lot of this fear is due to my really poor depth perception. Either way, it’s very annoying, frustrating, and really limits my plans at times.

Getting burned by the oven – yep, this is part of why I don’t cook. I’m a huge klutz and reaching into the oven freaks me out. One of my last attempts to cook with something other than a cookie sheet resulted in me dumping a casserole down the oven door because I tilted it too much in an effort to not touch anything hot.

When I was little, I use to be really afraid of skunks. I was convinced I would get sprayed by one and my parents would disown me. I had nightmares about it all the time. LOL

And because this list makes me feel like kind of a freak, I’m NOT afraid of spiders, snakes, birds, tornadoes, big dogs, public speaking, severe weather, or clowns. LOL

How about you – what random things are you afraid of?




Seriously Cute

If you follow me on Instagram (and if not, you should!) you know that SuperDad suprised me with a mini vacation this weekend!

While we were bumming around the LaCrosse area, Mason had a sleepover at Grandma’s and was thrilled to FINALLY be able to ride his tractor.

At first, I felt a little guilty about spending most of Mother’s Day away from the boy who made me a mother, but I woke up to this picture and all was right with the world again.

Breakfast at Grandmas

After all, pancakes at Grandmas followed by a day of riding your tractor beats 4 hours in the car any day, right?!

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.

Blog Every Day In May: Favorite Quote

This is a tie

It’s better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not”

I just find this to be so true. I hate fake people and I hate feeling like I need to pretend to be someone I’m not. It seems like an incredible waste of time to pretend to be interested in something or care about something that you don’t, beyond common politeness I mean. I would much rather people were my friends because of who I REALLY am rather than some sort of “fake” self I put out there to please them. I’m very much of the “I am who I am, and if you don’t like it, well that’s too bad” frame of mind.

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Souza

This is a big one for me. I’ve spent a lot of time in my life thinking “Well, once this happens, things will be great, no, wait, once THIS happens, yep, then it will all be good….” and every time I turn around, there is another “thing” that I feel is standing in the way when in reality, life is NOW. Yes, I can look forward to RockFest this summer, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy the next two months. Yes, I can hope that I finally can fit into a size 8 pants at some point, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll magically be 100% happy with my body and fitness level – and that’s OKAY! Sometimes, I get so busy making to-do lists, it’s easy to forget to stop and smell the roses. Life is happening all around us, even as we hope for a new house or our kid to get through this next phase. Enjoy it because there is no magical “if this, then life is PERFECT” point.




How about you – are you guilty of life being a destination and not a journey? Have any favorite quotes you’d like to share?

 

Blog Every Day: Things that Make Me Uncomfortable

The next prompt is “Things that Make Me Uncomfortable”

This is what just popped into my mind – I tried not to think too hard about this one so this is pretty random!

People suggesting they can “fix my hair”

Having bosses with who have very loud political opinions that are very different than mine

My parents (who are in their 70s) saying they’re not racist/sexist/homophobic/etc but then making remarks that are everything but

That horrendous moment when you audibly pass gas in an otherwise silent room

Being the party pooper when a group is deciding on a restaurant – I don’t do most ethnic foods, but hate being the complicated one.

When friends do something that is incredibly “against” my parenting views – I know that it’s their kid and that it’s not my place to say anything, but it’s still awkward.

Glass foot bridges with heavy traffic underneath – I prefer metal and railings, thank you very much

Thongs

Being expected to practice high pressure sales techniques when I know the recipient isn’t interested. The #1 reason I hated my banking job!

When people insist on gossiping about someone who could walk into hearing range at any moment

People who suggest shooting their pets instead of spending money at the vet clinic – while I’m working at said vet clinic

Public changing rooms

When daycare employees give me the “Your kid listens to me, why doesn’t he listen to you?” look

Going out for a night on the town with people who are REALLY into the “getting all gussied” up because I’m so… not


 

How about you? What random things make you uncomfortable?

Back on the Bandwagon

it’s been two weeks since I’ve posted anything and I’m just not feeling the whole blog motivation lately. It’s not for lack of post ideas (I have a list of things I want to post about, spanning back to Easter 2012, but more for “I have so many things I WANT to do (spend time with SuperDad, work out, blog, read, sleep) that I feel guilty doing any of them so instead, I mindlessly surf the internet and do none of them! It’s pretty self defeating and needs to end! Then since I haven’t blogged in weeks, I feel like I need to play catch up, which makes me avoid it more.

So I decided I’m going to be a HUGE cheater and jump into the “Blog Every Day in May” challenge and try to post something for each of the prompts. I will probably combine a few prompts into one post until I get caught up, but I think trying to blog every day and the whole “challenge” concept of it will help me get back into the swing of things! It can’t hurt, right?


So, Day One Prompt: The Story of My Life in 250 Words or Less

I was born in the Children’s Hospital 30 years ago as a very sick baby. I had numerous surgeries and spent the first year of my life on oxygen. Let’s just say, I was very  fortunate to grow up into a pretty healthy adult despite everything. I grew up in a small town with my Mom and Dad and two older brothers. As a kid, I was a tomboy and my favorite things were animals, riding my bike, reading, and my small close circle of friends. Oh, and I loved school. I grew up with a Sunday drive being our family’s main entertainment and “vacation” meant visiting my Grandma in Milwaukee. My brother was my best friend when I was a kid and I actually met SuperDad through him. After high school, I got my Associate’s Degree at a local 2 year college with plans to go away to college. Instead, SuperDad and I bought a house. The same year we bought our house, we adopted a greyhound and became engulfed in the world of greyhound rescue. Since high school (and prior to today), I’ve worked as tech support, a bank teller (where I met my BFF), and an office manager.  In 2009, I became involved in an awesome online community and to this day, those folks are some of my best friends. In 2009, my brother and SIL had a daughter and we decided  a kid seemed like a good idea, so we followed suite and Mason was born in 2010. The rest of the story can be found here on the blog.

Are you doing the Post a Day challenge? Do you have a blog post that has the very very condensed version of your life story? I’d love to read it!