Monthly Archives: November 2012

A title escapes me

I am going to see SC tomorrow. It will be the first time we’ve seen each other in over a year.

I don’t know what will be the outcome of our visit. Whether we will decide on more visits, or whether we will decide that we can’t keep things up/start things up the way our lives are right now, despite what we might ultimately want. But I am looking forward to finding out, either way.

Pick a Number – stolen idea

I am an avid reader of several blogs. Most of them are written by regular people, like me, probably like you. But some of them are written by “famous” people.

One of those blogs is written by Dale McGowan, a man I first “met” via a podcast he was a guest on about 5 years ago. I started following his blog and have purchased his books. He is a man I admire greatly.

He posted something last week that he says is a rerun, but I must have missed it the first time around because it’s new to me. And I absolutely ADORE this idea.

In a nutshell, in case you don’t feel like clicking through, it’s a way to tell stories about your own life to your children. Have them pick a number (age), and then tell them a story about something that happened to you at that age.

I love this for the window it will give my kids to my life (and am curious about the ages they might pick the first few times). I also love it for the creative juices it will inspire in me.

I can’t wait to try it – tonight!

Coffee anyone?

My whole life I haven’t been a coffee drinker. More than that, I’ve even begged off hot drinks in general, save for the occasional hot chocolate or chai latte (till I saw the calorie counts that is!).

I strongly dislike coffee ice cream and I don’t care for desserts with a coffee flavor of any kind – mocha – pphht! (that’s me stinking out my tongue in disgust)

And yet….now I drink 2-3 cups of coffee most days. How did this happen?

I blame it all on 2 things: a Keurig and flavored creamer.

About 3 years ago I got suckered by consumerism and bought a mini Keurig when it was both on sale at my local Kohl’s and I had a 30% off coupon. I figured we could make non-coffee drinks in it, and it would be nice to be able to offer visitors a cup of real coffee on occasion.

I quickly found out the selection of non-coffee K-cups is very limited and we exhausted those very quickly. The Keurig went into hibernation for awhile, clearing up counter space.

Then we spent a week a friends out of state. As often happens with me away from home I had trouble “going” if you know what I mean. We are good enough friends that I could share that with her, and she suggested coffee. Knowing I don’t care for the taste, she suggested I douse it with some of her flavored creamer.

Wow, was that a good cup of coffee! (it got results too!)

That was about two years ago and my repertoire has expanded considerably.

I don’t “need” coffee, but I like the ritual, and I like having something to do and hold if I am at my daughter’s soccer game, for instance. I don’t really know how to order it at Dunkin Donuts to get what I want though. I also don’t seem to feel the caffeine. Is that weird?

I still don’t like coffee flavored anything, and if I don’t have plenty of creamer I don’t like my cup of coffee either. Maybe you could say I’m actually a creamer drinker. But somehow that just sounds weird.


Kitty Woes

Poor Everest!

Our kitty wasn’t acting right. He was hiding from us and not eating. Totally unlike our little social butterfly.

Krystal swore something was on his back and after a day I had to agree. I saw a gaping wound on his rump and knew he needed a vet.

Over $400 later this is our guy. I feel like the worst pet owner ever.


Here’s to 50!

One of my oldest and dearest friends is turning 50 next month.


I’ve had other friends turn 50 of course. But this is the first one who is the same age as me. If that makes any sense at all.

And it means that I’ll be 50 in a few months.

Good Grief!

(it vaguely occurs to me that my use of the phrase “good grief” might even give my age away)

Cheer Hangover

Today I have a cheer hangover.

First, the good news: Krystal’s team took first place at Regionals, qualifying them for a trip to Nationals in two weeks! They worked really hard and put on a fantastic performance. I am so proud of them all, but especially my own kid (duh).

The bad news is that we didn’t get home until 12:30 this morning and I am dragging. It was a v-e-r-y long day (and night).

I kept thinking to myself – if we do this again next year and her team is in the afternoon session (meaning awards are done at 10-ish at night), I’ll book a hotel room for that night and come back Sunday. And as soon as I thought that though I remembered that I’m hoping she decides not to do this next year (even though she probably will)

Off to rest and relax for the rest of the day!

This makes it all worthwhile:



It’s a Cheer-y kind of day

Off to Krystal’s Regional Cheer competition today.

It’s an hour and a half drive away. She has to meet her team at 12:30 to do hair and uniform preparations. They check into the arena as a team at 2:30. Their team performs at 4:18 pm. Awards are after the final 9:02 pm performance.

Belle is going to be so much fun to hang out with for 9 hours.

I figure we’ll be lucky to get out of there by 10. And then drive an hour and a half back.

Updates tomorrow after I sleep hopefully REALLY late Sunday morning!

A new blog is born

I started a new blog.

It’s temporary.

I’m not going to link to it here since I will be using my family’s real names in it, and sharing it with real life friends and family (neither of which are true about this blog). But if you’d like to read it, and follow along on the trip my kids and I are taking to China next month, email me and I’ll send it to you.


Gobble till you wobble!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! No matter what you do today, take a moment to remember all you truly have. I bet the most important things in your life aren’t things at all. At least that’s true for me!

School Conferences

In our school district the teacher conferences are always scheduled for Thanksgiving week. There is no school today (the day before the holiday), but the teachers work because parents are expected to take the day off to come in and meet with them.

I say that like I’m complaining. I’m actually extremely fortunate to have a ton of flexibility in my work schedule/location, so I don’t actually have to take a day off. But I also know that not everyone is so lucky. Anyway!

At the conference with Belle’s teacher we both kept making surprised faces at each other every time one of us would make a comment about Belle.  Seriously, it’s like we know different kids! I want to meet the one she sees every day!

She said Belle is organized, seems “older”, is a natural leader and things are really clicking for her academically.

Huh? My Belle has impulse control issues, can’t sit still, asks a ton of questions about things she already knows the answers to (or to which there are no answers: what are cats for?) and seems to go out of her way to annoy those closest to her.

Krystal’s conference was the first at middle school, where there is a different teacher for every subject. Each one said glowing things about her. The only negative comments were about how she can rush through her work, thus missing silly mistakes, and a reminder to check her agenda, where they write down all their assignments each day.

All in all – a very proud week for me. Now, how to encourage the school behavior in Belle at home!