This isn’t really the place for all the writing needed for politics. I suppose it could be…. but I’m choosing to keep my political stuff for my campaign 99% on facebook on a special page just for it. It does tend to pull time away from here though, just like any topic I don’t want to post here, I end up not posting at all.
Any-hoo – life has been a little crazy. Last weekend we went to a wedding and it was one of the most pretty and well done weddings I’ve been to. Probably because it was at a resort that was in the middle of nowhere so we were there with a ton of people we know and no other agenda but hang out. The key might have been that there were actually very few wedding activities so lots of free time. The resort was built in the 40’s and 50’s and other than necessary modernizations it is a time capsule. I told the kids it would be like how grandma went on vacation when she was a little girl. There were cabins and quaint stoves and tiny cabinets and a beach and overall a mellow vibe. My kids were 3 of 10 flower children and they had a great time with the crew of kids. The dresses turned out great overall and in a group you didn’t notice any one individual.
I was absolutely worn out by the weekend and various interactions and packed us up eary to leave so we actually had time at home on Sunday. I was so tired I went to sleep at 9:30pm and woke up at 6:30am.
Contributing to the crazy of last week was a fundraiser for technology in the schools – something I totally support. We treated it like a ‘date’ and had a great time but that night led directly into the crazy weekend so it was 3 nights in a row of being ‘on’.
Back to the ‘normal’ week and I’m slowly getting a routine. A very odd unforeseen circumstance has come up – the sun rises directly in my face when sitting at my desk. This makes morning work really impossible until I figure out shades. The to-do list for the house is still giant but got to make that one more of a priority. I have become fond of cloudy mornings though, funny how things happen.
Knocking around in my head are all the books I’ve managed to read over the past few months, I need to get back to talking about them and my blog friend posted about her summer reads, bringing that back to the front of my brain.
I’ve gotten my gym membership straight again. We were on a pause for the move and I’m officially back as of tomorrow. Making time for a real workout is important and Vacation Mom and I need it. I’m sure all the people we annoy at the gym because we talk missed us terribly. Thank you, parents, for the good genes that even though I have not worked out properly in months, I’ve kept at a good weight just by watching my intake and being generally active.
The next project to start is garage shelving. There are still things to finish on ongoing projects but new is more fun right? I also need to get them up so I can get space in the garage before it gets cold here.
I have also regained my ‘commute’ when I drive to/from the school I get to listen to NPR. I loved tuning in to the supreme court confirmation hearings last week and I usually catch a good segment one way or the other. Today though I missed my grandmother (who I also used to call weekly while I drove) because the topic was feminism. It is a big topic to unpack and the goal if this segment was to highlight the inequality in race and feminism. That is something I would have loved to talk with her about and I’m just going to have to settle for thinking about it. Maybe posting about it sometime.
How are you all doing?
In case you ARE interested in the politics
Here is a link to my facebook if you want to read
3 and done, just like my kids. See my Monday post for more background, and, here is my final installment (although I might make a quote a weekly thing, sooo many good ones out there)
Rules; Thank the person who challenged you, post a quote, tag 3 others, for 3 days in a row.
Thank you, Fancy Paper – you are right, these are fun to post
I didn’t come this far to only go this far
I found this quote last year and have found dozens of uses for it over time but today I tried to find if it had an original author. I’m going to say the origin is unclear but it has been said by plenty of big names including Tom Brady (a pro football star) and Mick Kremlen (fitness guru) but I can’t imagine that they were the originals. Either way, it is a great ‘stick with it’ phrase.
The funny thing about quotes as I have noticed over time is that sometimes the opposite is equally true. The one I often use is “don’t throw good money after bad” meaning that just because you invested so far if it is not worth doing; just stop. Also, a good one, and a favorite of my mom “the first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging” . It depends on the situation whether you need to just finish the thing, or, recognize that it is time to stop. Personally, I tend to hold onto certain things like friends and hobbies for ages, I place real value in the persistence of a long-term relationship, or, experience gained over a long-term hobby. One can come and go but never quits. This is probably why I’m still acquainted with friends from elementary school, and, I’m still blogging way way after the peek of popularity.
Tagging – Please please, if you are reading this and you want to do it, consider yourself tagged. I know the ‘left out’ feeling of not being picked and seriously, I’m giving thought to my picks but also consider my brain addled by lack of sleep and focus in 55 other directions at all times. If you do it, put a link in the comments and I will be overjoyed to read your quotes. Seriously, I actually subscribe to a quote a day blog, I like them.
Miss Zoot – This is one of the first blogs I started reading ever, we are often on the same page about what is going on in our lives and I always enjoy reading her. I tag her now not with any real hope she will do this because she tends not to, but, because I recommend reading her thoughts.
Unbound Roots – In contrast, this is a blog I just started reading because it was tagged in a Fancy Paper post and found that she is from 2 towns away. Her style is fun and well written and she even edits her work (unlike me. I edit for work, here I write fast and between projects)
Amanda’s Plate – a cooking blog I found while researching how to make a Muslim girl my daughter is friends with comfortable in our home a year ago. While Amanda is Muslim, she mostly just talks about great looking food. Again, finding another person who is more the same than different is one of the great things about the internet.
This concludes my 3 quote posts for this challenge. I look forward to reading other people entries if they feel so inclined. I also am looking forward to getting my life back and with that, more time for things I enjoy like blogging.
You know, I look forward to the challenge of blogging every day for a month. I know, I could do this any month or every month but the community of doing this together is part of the fun. I know the original concept was to write a novel of 10,000 words in the month of November and I think that might be either a ‘get it done before the year end’ for last minute publishing dollars, or, ‘I have no family so lets do something else’… Either way, 10k words or every day posts with basically a WEEK of real life in the middle is asking for trouble~
I’ve done it every year, but, every year are days with almost nothing or just a picture. My computer is far away from the family center (on purpose) but when my kids are home and parents are visiting I’m just not creating time to run away and post. I actually have posts in my head that I planned on doing this month but I think they will wait, or, they weren’t that important in the end. 🙂
So Thanksgiving! Parents were here for a week, kids were home, we went out a few times and stayed home and visited a bunch. We did the normal things like games and puzzles and watched some John Oliver highlights. I can’t exactly take a week ‘off’ but the load was shared among more for a week. Grandparents love to hear kids read (or at least its novel and they are willing) and every time I turned around my Dad was tidying or making tea, making it way easier around the house. He also did a minor project that he had an idea about using a real tool and not just the saws-all that I had planned. Mom re-taught the girls knitting for the 5th time and she knows that it takes about 10x so she is half way there. Cooking was a joint effort and while it was not a giant fancy crazy vacation week it was a nice and happy and home vacation week.
On the other hand…. while I did pre-do 95% of my paid work, I had a big pile of things to sort through today, and, more for tomorrow. Today I skipped the gym but I did 7 loads of laundry, took down all the thanksgiving and started putting up a bit of Christmas. Washed all the dishes, did all the baking, wrote a press release for Turkey Bingo as well as edit and post a ton of pictures from the event. I also got in a good walk with Fiona and we got two Magikarp, and tonight before I sat down here, I did 45min on the elliptical and rounded out my 10k steps for the day. Not too shabby a start on the list.
Speaking of ‘the list’ the next countdown in my world is not to Christmas but to our trip to Hawaii! In 16 days we leave so that is not a lot of time to get quite a bit done. I’m toying with the idea of not doing all the decorations this year, but, I do need to get on the ball about shopping and some crafting etc. Same with Christmas cards and teacher gifts, my timeline is pulled up a week at least. I’m sure the trip will be worth it, I’ll swim in the ocean on my birthday (a once in a lifetime event) and be ready for a Christmas on the beach picture in 26 days.
To anyone who found me during NaBloPoMo, I don’t usually post daily but I do post often so I hope you don’t leave. I hit 1000 followers this month, something I intended to post about but obviously did not. That is a pretty big number and I’m sure not everyone actually reads often at all, but, I hope you that do feel you are getting your monies worth.
It is time for me to wrap this up and expedite bed time and then back to the list. That laundry won’t fold itself and I have 1 season of Gilmore Girls to finish before I can watch the new movies. (ps. saving the movies for Hawaii with my sister, can’t wait!)
Weather; Fall again, feel the chill
Kids; 100% in school today
Workout; 1 bodypump class today and maybe I’ll walk to get that elusive 10k steps
health; heard a dishearting rattle in a sudden cough that was not there yesterday…
calories; resisting the candy. Not resisting a cookie for breakfast.
Here I am again! In my old job there was a predictable season for all sorts of thing. The time I would send this or budget that or schedule the other… One of my odd worries when I started to stay home was that I would lose that rhythm to the year. I was wrong. Plenty of things. There were the expected holiday and birthday things that roll around like clockwork but those were already a given. Things like posting every day in November is oddly like when I would review the prices of every item in my zone of influence. It is nice to have built a new framework, there is basically no dull time in the year, no time when I’m just doing the same thing week after week with no variation. I think I actually have more variation now than I did at the mundane job!
On the other hand, posting every day the topics start to get thin. I have not decided if I’ll go with a theme or jump onto the prompts they send out daily or if I’ll fall back on my routine prompts from last year. Each have merit and I guess we will find out tomorrow! One thing is for sure, its going to get a bit random because I am using all my strategy and planning on the 5 other blogs and web presences I’m managing right now!
In the vain of random, here is a picture of Niamh in a shirt she was given when she was 3. It says ‘my dad rocks’ and has been in her wardrobe ever since. The friends that gave it to her are expecting their first baby in March but back then just had no concept of kid sizes – soon they will laugh at themselves (more, because they laughed in the first place too).
ps. I just remembered I could have gotten away with just a picture today as ‘wordless Wednesday’ oh well, I just can’t keep my days straight when my Monday is off balance.
Today I have actually done so many of the things my head says one should do .
- Got up a little early to read and snuggle with Niamh
- I made healthy lunches for kids
- ate breakfast on the go, but, ate breakfast
- dropped off and hugged 5 kids at school
- worked out with a friend who totally made the workout possible by pulling out equipment for me too
- Showered! before noon!
- met up with friends for an hour
- took a 1 mile walk where I got 5 pokimon
- Finished an awesome biography on Birdseye
- ate lunch with my husband
- answered a few pressing e-mails
- did a work call
And now I look toward a major project – swapping kid rooms – that I’ve been trying to get underway for weeks. The bed is here, the mattress arrived this afternoon, I cleaned the kitchen last night so that’s still good and I have a ‘free’ hour before my first sewing lesson student arrives.
This week has been decent in rhythm. I’m working out more if not at normal/regular times. I can spend time with the kids doing individual things because I can get some of the annoying chore things done faster solo. Work is increasing since I’m onboarding a new client so I have way more setup work than normal but its also fun. I still need to work out my computer time because if I’m not with Fiona I tend to work all day non stop and if I’m with Fiona I can’t break away as regularly as I used to. I’ll get that dialed in sooner or later 🙂
So thats my life right now. I need to do some posts on projects I’m working on because the big Halloween holiday is coming and we have a few new hobbies going that are totally worth talking about but I’m too busy doing to get writing.
Hope you all have a great weekend. Mine will involve a chainsaw!
Weather – cloudy but warm, sunny afternoons. Can’t complain
Bath water – unwashed!!! given more daylight and less strict schedule we somehow lost the routine. Zoe and Fiona did roll down muddy hills the other day, that bath was NOT skipped and was very dirt colored.
Naps – Fiona just requested one. Poor bug, we have plans, feel free to fall asleep early tonight (post bath)
Exercise – the Y opens tomorrow! I’ve done 35min or more on the elliptical at least plus parent.
Last week I had some intense anxiety. Usually I know what I’m worried about, its a trip or an event or something but this was just free floating like something really really bad was going to happen. I even had nightmares of loved ones dying and overall my normal 5 hours of sleep slipped down to 3ish. The problem was there was nothing I was actually really worried about personally, especially after the bogie of a last day of school/party/another party/camping trip was complete.
Then Orlando happened.
I have seriously no ties to the city, I care on a human level but I’m not personally linked. I don’t even want to make the claim that my ‘premonition’ had anything to do with knowing something like that might happen. The anxiety, however, is gone.
The thing is, if you are lucky enough to live in a nice place with good health and friends living in the bubble is a nice place to be. Poke your head out of the bubble on any given day and you are likely to see something bad happening in the world. This week it is 50 dead in Orlando followed by a 2-year-old being snatched and killed by an alligator – just to show us all that nature won’t be ignored just because you are paying attention to the horror show caused by humans. And I’m not even looking hard! If you start looking you can find any number of massive atrocities and minor tragedy.
Last night we watched a movie titled “Look who’s back” and it is the story of Hitler appearing in 2014 exactly where his bunker was. Starts a little along the fish out of water and is vaguely funny but progresses to show how easily he picks right back up. I could write thousands of words (I have actually, in various papers for college) on the fact that he was a brilliant man who identified real problems but solved them with a VERY VERY bad solution. The thing is, the movie shows how easy it was to start small and build up using a mix of truth and hate and it pulls in the common man. New Hitler marvels at the TV and the internet and how wonderful a propaganda method they are. It’s a really well-done movie but a bit too close to home right now in the US. I’ve ignored the ‘like Hitler’ references up to now because people overuse the phrase , every president/president candidate has been ‘like Hitler’ to someone. Now though, it is closer to truth and I’m not sure what can be done. I fall back on the fact that we are not electing a king, unlike 1933 Germany our government has a 3 angled check and balance system of government, and, I hope the good people who will stand up for themselves and their neighbor outnumber those who watch or follow.
I fall back on the fact that we are not electing an all-powerful king, unlike 1933 Germany our government has a 3 angled check and balance system of government, and, I hope the good people who will stand up for themselves and their neighbor outnumber those who watch or follow. The outrage over each thing that happens gives me hope that we would not be silent. However, it makes me not want to leave my bubble, because in here the biggest problem is who got more blueberries.
There is a little saying going around now and while I usually will appreciate and move on, this is one I will stand with and share;
And now I go out into my bubble world of friends and garage sale and sunblock and sprinklers. I think I need a break from the news and the world.