April 24, 2015

Imma Throw Around Some Thankfuls

When your week goes screaming by so fast -- and a bit dramatically -- and you never get a calm moment to write anything else, you sit down on Friday and decide the very least you can do is come up with things to be grateful for.

10 Things I'm Grateful For This Week

1. Birthday money that I could put towards carpet cleaning and dryer fixing. Livin' the life, people!

2. Finding a counselor for my husband to start seeing before his upcoming surgery.

3. Being able to talk about some sticky things with my friends, and it's OK.

4. Learning a little bit more how to better parent my teen.

5. Being able to cry on my husband's shoulder after punishing said teen.  It really, really, REALLY is very hard on parents to hand out harsh consequences!

6. The TV show Supernatural, because our teen isn't mad at us when we're watching it.

7. Our neighbors, for looking out for each other and all the kids. We had an attempted luring incident this past week at a local bus stop. Everyone kept level heads, were protective and the guy was caught.

8. Learning that we are able to put extra recycling out any pick-up day that we need to. WHY didn't I know this a long time ago? Oh, maybe because I never read the info they send out. Oops. But this Sunday, baby, ALL the amassed cardboard GOES!

9. That my email is more easily managed since I unsubscribed from a whole crapton of, well, crap.

10. Caramel pecan turtle cheesecake!


Linked up with Ten Things of Thankful.

April 16, 2015

41 Things I've Learned in 41 Years

Today is my 41st birthday.

I didn't !! that sentence because, meh. Forty-one just isn't sexy.

Although, I have a friend who thinks it's the bee's knees. She's not here yet and is hoping to have life a lot more figured out by 41.

I told her I think maybe I have it at least half figured out. Also, that some of us are late bloomers. I say that because I think I should have learned more by now. Slowly but surely...

You wanna know what I've learned in my 41 years? Here ya go!

41 Life Lessons

1. Be open to the possibilities.

2. Always shave your legs before doctor's appointments and massages.

3. Oh, and trim up the downtown for THAT particular exam.

4. This too shall pass. Really.

5. Non-fat dairy is wrong.

6. Be spontaneous.

7. Don't be judgy.

8. Dr. Seuss was a genius.

9. For example:

10. And:

11. One more:

12. Soul mates come in various forms.

13. Don't eat Twizzlers.

14. Take time to watch clouds and sunsets.

15. You will drop at least one ice cube when getting ice from the freezer. Every. Single. Time.

16. Things rarely go according to plan.

17. "Life limps along at subsonic speeds."

18. Think before you speak.

19. Having children both fills your heart, and breaks it at the same time.

20. Stick anything in a tortilla, call it a burrito, and it becomes AH-MAY-ZING!

21. A lot of people are straight-up assholes and it's very disappointing.

22. The Serenity Prayer isn't only for 12 step programs.

23. Laughing with your friends till your face and belly ache is some of the best therapy.

24. Romantic gestures are nice, but the little every day things your significant other does just because they make you happy mean so much more.

25. Trust your gut.

26. You can feel completely different about a movie the second time you see it than you did the first.

27. Never let anyone make you feel less than.

28. There is not enough time for all the Facebook game invites. Block 'em!

29. Let go of pride. Admit mistakes. Sincerely apologize.

30. A mani/pedi goes a long way toward making you feel pretty.

31. Put your mobile device away when you're face to face with someone.

32. Don't take things personally right outta the gate. It's usually not about you.

33. Spending time alone is a good thing.

34. Kids really do grow up way too fast.

35. Be grateful. For everything.

36. Don't try to do it all. Ask for, and graciously receive, help.

37. Drink water and get enough sleep.

38. Breakfast is better had at any other time than breakfast time.

39. Love with all your heart.

40. Music never fails to lift your mood or get you moving.

41. Life is a journey.

OK, so now I'm off to attempt to be a lazy sloth surfing Hulu and Netflix and only eating chips and cookies all day!

Anything NOT on my list that you've learned?

April 14, 2015

How Others See Me

Looking for reasons to blog and topics for blogging, as I am wont to do these days because I have been having a hard time with that, I noticed a prompt to simply list 10 random facts/things about myself.

Well, I have done this several times before, so I was like,sigh...I'd probably just repeat myself.

Also, one of the reasons I'm having such a hard time with blogging is my brain doesn't seem to be able to form its own thoughts.

I have started and stopped a few blog posts lately because I simply lost what I thought I wanted to say.

Poof! Gone.

April 9, 2015

I'm Still Lucky

I read some awful news on Facebook yesterday.

A blogger friend's wife passed away. I knew she had been diagnosed with breast cancer some time back, but I had apparently not kept up with how she was doing...

But that's not my point. It floored me, of course because of the loss, but also because fuck yeah, that does happen. People do lose their best friend and significant other. All the time, in fact.

And there is a very real possibility that it will happen to me.

March 30, 2015

6 Months of Trying to Heal

Sort of healing.

Halfway healing?

It has been six months since my husband was hospitalized for multiple infections and debridement of infected areas on his right heal and the middle of his chest.

I've been saying I would write up an update on how things are going that is more than a short quip on social media about doctor appointments or home health visits....

I've procrastinated, though. It's kind of hard to give updates on something that is fluid and ongoing. We haven't really had answers as to where things were going or any sort of end result.

Such is the nature of chronic illness. It's difficult to explain HOW THINGS ARE GOING when things, well, aren't really going anywhere.

Not to mention all the feels.

March 24, 2015

How to Build a TARDIS

Or, How to Get Your Creative DIY-er Best Friend to Build You a TARDIS Pantry.

One day a few months ago my husband and I (I think it was me, he thinks it was him) had a Whovian epiphany.

That you could totally make a pantry cabinet look like the Doctor's (Who, that is) TARDIS time machine!

I am slightly creative, but I have a few very creative friends, one of whom happens to enjoy DIY projects....

March 20, 2015

Old School Blogging: Things You're Dying to Know

The theme of my life this week is "old school".

From my best friend since high school visiting, to the kick-ass new cabinet she built me*, to finally getting the retro diner style table I've always wanted....

Yeah, old school.

So, Elaine says that Old School Blogging this month is "full-on random".

Random works for me because, along with old school, everything feels pretty random to me right now as well! (I cannot seem to have a day go according to plan to save my life.)

March 11, 2015

Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Daughter?

Dear 14 Year Old Girl I Call My Daughter,

Every single year something changes in you. Often it starts the month before your birthday in July. For example, when you turned 14 last year you finally began having more of an opinion on what clothes you wanted to wear. You also got very into anime.

I thought that might be the extent of the changes for this age. Boy, was I wrong!

Everything about you morphed into something different after starting high school.

During the first four months of this school year, you went from being my sweet, funny, quirky little girl, to a full-fledged adolescent with an attitude to match.