Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Samplings

So being late is once again the rule instead of the exception in the story of my life. For those of you new to my blog, I am supposed to do a Friday Fill In (pay special attention to the word Friday). This rarely happens anymore so I just fill them in when I get time and change the title accordingly. :) Yesterday was consumed with our last Friday brouhaha at Nashville Shores followed my a great evening with my boys. I love how we can all pile up in the bed and watch TV but I don't love how many heels, knees and elbows I take to my rib cage while sleeping. Occupational hazard of being a mom, I suppose.
Marshall starts his first day of Kindergarten on Monday so I am taking yet another day off for that. He is only going for an hour an Michael is going for two hours. Why do they even bother? Then they have Tuesday off. Marshall's first full day of school isn't until the tenth of August. I truly think it is so silly that they 'break-in' the K5 peeps. Just throw them in the class like they did 35 years ago when I started school. We really baby kids too much now days and it is such a disservice. Anywho, going to spend the rest of the weekend with my babies and relax relax relax.

1. Life is what you make of it and you will get out of it what you put into it.

2. Walmart is one of the best places to people watch EVER because well, I think the because is obvious.

3. if I was going somewhere, the one thing I have to bring is my ipod. Life without music isn't a life.

4. Some things that are happening in my life are not happening soon enough.

5. Next year, is going to be a fabulous year, I just know it.

6. I let go of the negative and I found a quasi nirvana.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out with my boys and playing wii, tomorrow my plans include swimming, shopping and eating :) and Sunday, I want to relax, hang out and have a safe trip home!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Time Keeps Slipping Away

I had full intentions to blog last Friday, i.e. July 8th, but was horribly sidetracked and the Fill In person was doing something different that I didn't quite get into so I just said forget it. Here is a catch up in extreme non sequitur fashion:

*I have officially embarked upon a new decade. My fourth! I am not at all bitter or disgusted by it and didn't lament leaving my 30's. Is that weird? Just another day as far as I was concerned. Not to sound like a bitch but I feel great and look pretty dang good for 40 so I am just rolling with it, you know? I am in better shape and actually feel better than I did ten years ago therefore I seriously have no complaints.

*I was kidnapped (so to speak) by my favorite cousin Gina for my birthday and was not even told where I was going just what to pack. Come to find out, I was whisked away to the Grove Park Inn located in Asheville, NC. We had so much fun as I welcomed my new decade with a mountain view massage, followed by a pedicure and then lounging by the pool, sitting in the steam room, sauna, mineral bath and the like. This place was utopia and I truly needed it. They even give you a small bottle of lavender to spray on your pillows before you go to bed and who knew I would have an affinity for peppermint infused wash clothes packed in ice placed on my eyes? After this trip, I believe essential oils and myself have something going on :)

*As hard as it is for me to believe, school starts in a week and one day. My little guy is starting kindergarten. I am ok as of now but I am ready for an emotional attack on the first day, after all, this is my last time. Michael is not terribly thrilled to start 6th grade but I suppose the choice is not his. The summer flew by for him and he feels a little cheated. At least we all had fun taking advantage of our Nashville Shores passes this summer.
Well, I am sure I could continue to bore all of you with potential ramblings but I will choose to stop. The weekend is over already :(

1. I hold onto all hope that my life will turn out the way it was meant to.
A person who can make me laugh and seems as if they truly want to be there is someone I would like to travel with because both of the qualities are extremely important to me.
3. That day,
will play over and over in my head and haunt me forever
4. I am having a difficult time grasping what all has transpired this year.
5. Trust
is something I will have again someday.
6. I lay motionless in the dark only because I am scared to death.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to
having a little time to myself and catching up an a couple of movies, tomorrow my plans include hanging out at the pool with my friends and Sunday, I want to buy some school clothes and see my boys!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Playing Major Catch Up

I am not going to write an update that is an entire week late but at least I can blog my belated fill ins :)
Act as if this was filled in on July 1st......

1. Blue skies
make me happy regardless of the season.

2. Whenever I walk down
memory lane I try to walk down the path which makes me smile the most.

3. Kids
are a blessing but leave you wondering at times.

Getting away, a new location, sleeping in; these are some of the best things about vacation.

5. Love is living in the moment with someone you want to be with and not a care in the world

I wonder if there is such thing as submarine races.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to
chilling at my mom and dads house, tomorrow my plans include going to Nashville Shores and relaxing followed by dinner with friends at the Boundr'yand Sunday, I want to sleep in and head home to see my boys!

Friday, June 24, 2011

For Once, Not My Fault

I was up early this morning with the musical stylings of Pantera in my head (Dont ask, because I haven't the foggiest idea why) and felt as if this was going to be a bright sunshiny day :)
Well, it ended up being a good day after the locksmith let us all back in the house at 9:30 in the morning! Don't even ask how we all were locked out. Just know that we were all still in our pajamas with no shoes trying to corral Princess Leia for 45 minutes while waiting for our to speak.
The boys decided they wanted to take it easy around the house until late afternoon instead of rushing off to Nashville Shores right away. They have been at golf camp for the past four days and were tired of running around from dawn to dusk. We had a good time lounging around and I was thoroughly soaking it in because I never get to just lounge! We ended up plugging the iPod into the Mac that is here and danced like maniacs to some of Michael's music. Mainly all those silly 'line dancing' songs for lack of a better description....Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide and who can resist a little tail feather shake to the Madagascar 'I Like To Move It'. We needed this time together and it was truly good stuff!
Oh, the reason why the tardiness of the post.....the Friday Fill In's girl was late and didn't post until after 5 p.m. I guess I could do my own fill ins but quite frankly...I just don't have it in me right now.
Tonight the boys have requested a big fish fry so I am going to run my arteries through their paces. Fried fish, my infamous hushpuppies (which have turned many people to the hushpuppy side who usually turn their noses up at said edible canine named food), and I will roast the can only take so much fried food. I do think I will throw in something green....spinach salad or roasted asparagus (even though it makes your pee smell funny). I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. I know I will.... :)

1. Getting away is something I get to do the for a couple of days the week of my 40th birthday. Apparently, I am getting kidnapped by some friends and family and heading to an unknown destination. I truly cannot wait.

2. Waking up early and going for a run is a good way to start your day. (I dont actually do this but you must agree it would be a good way to start a day)

3. Coffee, tea or an extra extra large Diet Coke with light ice.

4. Tolerance and understanding in place of cynical and blaming.

5. The lights are always on in our house in some capacity. Mainly because my children take after their scared of the dark mother. I am not sure what I think is lurking in the dark but I don't want to find out either.

6. I do think I will one day be able to find happiness. I truly believe it will take a considerable amount of self-reflection first.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I am looking forward to having a nice meal with my boys and finding a movie to watch we all agree on, tomorrow my plans include heading to Nashville Shores, going to see Cars II in 3D and who can forget the fish fry, and Sunday, I want to spend another nice day with my boys and get home safely.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lovin' The Short Weeks

I am really starting to get spoiled by my four day work week. As my life starts to settle down a bit, I am hoping this can become a regular thing in my life. I feel it is absolutely possible in the near future...we shall see. I still find it so hard to believe that one extra day can make such a difference especially since I work extra hours the other four days to make up the time. Hopefully I can seriously start a new and improved work schedule in August....fingers crossed...please please please.
This week went by quickly, thankfully but I have a feeling next week will go slow. The boys will be at golf camp all week and I will miss them...that will make the week pass a little slower than I would prefer. I know this blog entry is only 2 days late but I do hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and a wonderful Father's Day.

1. One of my favorite birthday presents was
my very first ten-speed bicycle when I was 10.

I did it because it had to be done, it was as simple as that.

3. The moon
is so beautiful when its full, large and that cool orange color.

4. My future
includes four day work weeks and a complete overhaul of what I think is important in life.

5. I was tempted by
laughter and frivolity.

Read, relax and other activities are some of the things I like to do on vacation. :)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to
watching the Tourist and having some yummy food from O'Charleys (I never allow myself to eat there), tomorrow my plans include totally relaxing and seeing what it is like to not do anything then catching up with some friends and Sunday, I want to have a safe trip back home to pick up my kids and take them back into to town and get them ready for golf camp!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

AAHHHHH, Summer Vacation

I promise I copied and pasted on Friday morning with the best of intentions. The problem....I was running behind as usual and had to get six boys together to take to Nashville Shores for Michael's belated birthday celebration. Apparently, I had lost all touch with reality when I came up with that brilliant idea. Anywho, at 830 a.m. we begin our trek to the great waterpark in the sky.
It actually turned out better than expected. The trip down was filled with fights over the single iPod, who's turn it was, when the cut off for that person should be, etc. etc. It was very interesting to hear each of the boys weave their own little web as the vied for the lone iPod. Little minds are always thinking. Once we arrived there was intermittent dissension in the ranks but it all worked out. One exhausted 4 year old and multiple burned pre-teens later....we made it home.
The evening concluded with a campfire/wiener roast (not the political one going on now) hahahaha, one of Michael's friends playing happy birthday on his Fender and some fabulous Baskin Robbins ice cream cake. For the first time during a sleepover, I was in bed before midnight and actually slept until 8...which is unheard of for me. I made Star Wars pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and link sausage for breakfast and they inhaled every bit of it. Whelp, survived another birthday party. :) Here we go............

1. I remember when I first heard
my child crying.

I love to feel rain showering down on me. (sans lightening, of course)

3. Most humans
are good people they have just been thrust into bad situations that they have to fight their way out of.

I will do my best...sound familiar? :)

5. I was inspired by
this persons non-judgemental ways and accepting of most things personality.

This time next year? Who knows where!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to
a sleepover for my favorite oldest son and his friends, tomorrow my plans include seeing my mom and hanging out...out of town and Sunday, I want to take the boys swimming and hopefully have a relaxing and drama free evening!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Four Day Work Weeks Go Faster

Well of course four day work weeks go faster than five, it is simple math. I promise I am up to date on simple math (complex, too for that matter) but what I am referring to is exponentially longer than one more number. The three day Memorial weekend was a much deserved and rewarding break from work coupled with a four day work week to follow. I can hardly believe it is Friday again and I am looking forward to yet another relaxing weekend to recharge and recooperate.
My Michael celebrated his official birthday last night with me, his best friend and (much to his chagrin) his little brother. To celebrate the arrival of his 11th year we ate at Blue Coast Burrito, a scoop of ice cream at Baskin Robbins and ended with Pirates of the Caribbean....which I really did enjoy, by the way. Not only because I have a HUGE crush on Johnny Depp but I truly appreciate his acting ability and I think he exudes a crazy amount of sexiness. The latter mentioned is way way down on my list of reasons....extremely unimportant :)
I really wish I was starting another three day weekend but that cycle doesnt start until next week. I think I only have about a half day of work today so maybe I can start a little earlier than anticipated.

1. Hey! I am doing the best I can considering the circumstances so give me a break.

2. Are the lies people tell truly a lie if they contain one kernel of truth.

3. Eat your favorite foods at least one time a week. Especially if it makes you happy.

4. One of the worst feelings in the world is to feel like your constantly in the middle.

5. First thing to note: I have got to be serious and regimented in regards to eating better for me any my children and exercise. I truly want to do another triathlon this fall but I am not even close to being ready.

6. No matter how hard I try, it has been very difficult to find a solid distraction.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching my kids at soccer practice and going out to dinner with a friend, tomorrow my plans include soccer games and heading out of town to shop and see family for the weekend and Sunday, I want to have a safe trip back home, spend some time with my children and get ready for another work week!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Started Off Right

Yet another close to my one-zillionth crazy week in a row. I survived once again but only with a little help from my friends who really know how to help me relax. :)
Let's see what went on this nanny started work on Wednesday and will be with us for the summer. I have actually known her since she was Marshall's age and it is so weird that she is so grown up. I do believe that makes me old!! Two main qualities I love about her, 1. She actually plays and interacts with the kids, 2. She takes initiative to do stuff around the house. WOW, initiative...I haven't been around people who actually practice that religion in so long that I almost forgot what it was all about. Michael has enjoyed his first week off from school and has caught on his R and R. I am sure he and Marshall both are looking forward to living at the pool this summer.
I am looking forward to a much deserved three day weekend and getting a little R and R myself. The summer will be over before you know it, therefore I want to slow down at work and take full advantage.
1. This week I allowed myself to slow down a little and have a good time in the interim.

2. Good deeds offer many returns but don't perform them expecting said returns. Do them because you want to and because its the right thing to do.

3. It's all about trying to enjoy life regardless of your situation. It takes more energy to sulk than to just go with the flow.

4. I plan on spending this entire holiday weekend in the sun. (protected, of course)

5. I demand my children to respect adults and others. It is a dying art.

6. On a forest path path, it's filled with lot's of really fun things. :)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going on a date with my youngest to see Kung Fu Panda II while my oldest is at a sleepover , tomorrow my plans include hanging out at Nashville Shores all day, Sunday, I want to sleep in for a bit and spend the remainder of the day guessed it.....Nashville Shores and Monday, I want to sleep in (at least until 730) and then spend Memorial Day with my dad and brothers in Franklin.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

That Time Again, Unbelievable

I swear I need to rename this Sunday Somethings or Saturday Shenanigans. The odds of me actually doing it on Friday are so far removed that I just dont really care anymore. Now that I am finally getting to them on Monday...I think I will name them Monday Musings. I had a busy but pleasant weekend and now it is time to put the nose to the grind again. To start the week off with a bang, one of my assistants had a death in the family so she will not be at work today. I really really hope this is not a precursor to the rest of my week. I hope that last statement didnt sound selfish because that wasnt my intent. I have just been running around like a headless chicken for almost a month now and my dual end burning candle is about out of wick.

1. I see trees of green, red roses too.

2. Yippee, its that time of year again for mosquito bites that make you scratch.

3. They begin the same but hopefully they will end differently.

4. I would have never guessed this would be my life so many years earlier.

5. This I know: I am not even close to figuring out what it is I would like to accomplish in the next five years.

6. Steak lightly drizzled with maple syrup and topped with pecans and feta cheese for dinner.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having dinner with friends at Maddux Station, tomorrow my plans include going bike riding, watching soccer games and heading out of town to visit friends and Sunday, I want to ride about 12 miles, visit with more friends and have a safe ride home!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Close Of The Day

Here I sit at my computer and it is 630 in the morning on a dreary Sunday. That sounds like I am a little down but I am just a lot tired. I have been in Chattanooga again for the weekend but this time it was mixed with business. My company holds a mandatory corporate compliance meeting every two years to catch everybody up on the new Medicare rules and regulations. My choices were Gatlinburg in April or Chattanooga in May. Well, since I am one of the select few who finds Gatlinburg more kitschy than entertaining, I chose Chattanooga. They put us up in the historic Read House and other than the faint waft of old in the air, it is pretty swanky.
Friday night we ate at one of the best pizza places I have ever been to, Lupis....yummy. Saturday, I was supposed to be in class until 3 but the last few hours of class was information I had just been taught 3 months I was allowed to leave early!! Look at me! I had to spend part of that time finding a mall since I was ill-prepared and didnt bring one long sleeve shirt and it was chilly outside. We followed that with Michael and I doing two challenge courses at the zip line/obstacle course in the sky thing they have at Ruby Falls. It was loads of fun and I have pictures but I am going to wait until I get home to upload all that.
Lastly, today is a couple of hours of Osteoporosis and the like. I think we will head to the river one last time after that and walk across the huge pedestrian bridge and then head home. As usual, weekends go waaay too fast!

1. I know and feel like I am truly waiting patiently for the light at the end of my tunnel.

2. I am going to try to stay on top of things or at the very least, a teensy bit behind them if at all possible.

3. This weather has been great for walking around downtown Chattanooga. We have kept the truck in the garage all weekend except for the 8 mile trek to the mall.

4. I don't like people who always walk around as if the have a problem. Show me one person that doesn't have any problems and I will show you someone who is either lying, medicated or dead!

5. I'm really happy I have the ability to look at the bright side and keep smiling at people even when I am not feeling it. I am not saying I do that all the time, then I would be in the category mentioned in #4 :)

6. Meant to be, happens for a reason, or something to that effect.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting settled in Chattanooga and eating at Lupi's, tomorrow my plans include going to class and ziplining and Sunday, I want to have a safe trip home, pick up Princess Leia, and catch up on some things around the house!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I Am All Over It

I am all over the deal today. Blog finished by 9:30, only 5 patients to see today followed by a relaxing evening...I hope, I hope, I hope.

This week has been super crazy and I found myself in a little bit of a funk on Wednesday morning. I think the pressure of all the home work that needed to be done coupled with all the paperwork from both of my jobs that I keep getting behind on hit my like a truck and I felt crazy overwhelmed. Luckily, I pulled through and convinced myself that sitting around being sad and anxious about it all doesn't get it done either so I might as well get started. Unfortunately, I am still behind but my outlook on it all will get done when I can get it done. No more stressing about it!

1. Seinfeld is my favorite TV show (or movie) because its a show about nothing, of course!

2. Go to page 45 of the book you're reading or of the book closest to you; go to the 6th paragraph and make a sentence out of 7 words from it: The rain slowed to a drizzle as we continued to shovel mud into the hole.

3. I am so glad it's Friday.

4. I prefer jogging a few leisurely miles instead of taking long walks.

5. Take some time to to reflect and try not to make the same mistakes again.

6. My chicken Parmesan needs a bit of a kick. It was awful bland.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing with Michael and getting to bed early, tomorrow my plans include chaperoning a trip to Dollywood for the concert band and Sunday, I want to drive to Franklin and spend time with my mom, grandmother and the rest of my family I rarely get to see.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Too Good To Last

I should have known the bragging which ensued last week would be followed by a bitter disappointment. Not only am I late this weekend, I have almost waited until the eleventh hour.
It was nice to wake up to a light, stormy Sunday morning. I know that sounds a little strange but when my windows are slightly open, I love waking up to the sounds of a storm. The wind rustling the leaves, the soft hum of a steady rain and the low rumble of distant thunder...especially on a morning I don't have to jump out of bed. If only I had been served a big cup of coffee while I stayed snuggled under the covers. :)
It's official, as of Friday we have a new member of the family. Don't even think about it being anything more than a four-legged addition. She is a Shi-Poo and the boys have lovingly named her Princess Leia. At first I wouldn't describe myself as being excited about that name because it sounds incredibly corny to call it aloud. However, the name and most definitely the dog have grown on me big time. She will make a wonderful addition to our family and as a bonus she is taking to this potty training thing fabulously. Only one little accident since we brought her home Friday afternoon. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.
1. I love to let myself go and be completely uninhibited.

2. I like to end my day with a lot of laughs and a smile.

3. It's how you look at things in life which determine how good or bad they are .

4. If you have a lot of negative things to say, don't tell me!

5. Well, would you ever give it a shot.

6. I love looking at my home through spring peepers.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to bringing home our new puppy, tomorrow my plans include soccer, soccer, seeing my mom, getting lots of laundry done and washing my car and Sunday, I want to hanging out at the house and going to the movies!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I'm On Time, I'm On Time, I'm On Time!!!

Holy cow, look at me. Friday fill-ins being completed on a Friday....what a concept. I am definitely not going to get too comfortable with my timeliness because I am positive this is a fleeting thing.
Well, for a little impromptu vacation, we finally arrived in Chattanooga yesterday for a little much needed R and R. We had no agenda initially as to how we would spend the time here...then last night my Clark Griswold alter ego emerged and I scratched up a rough draft. Couldn't help myself.
Well, we are off for a day of mostly unplanned fun. I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend.

1. Pardon me, while i burst into flames.

2. For anyone who truly knows me, I am always looking for a good deal.

3. I was surprised to find that I really like a lot of things I have recently discovered.

4. Most things physical is one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

5. Hi, my name is Angela and I'm self-consciousalohic.

6. I love low humidity, just rain kissed summer afternoons.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to swimming and relaxing after a busy day in Chattanooga, tomorrow my plans include seeing Rock City and having a safe trip home and Sunday, I want to have an early Easter egg hunt at the house and enjoy some Easter lunch with my mom and kids!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Right In The Middle

Although I did actually copy and paste the fill ins yesterday, I am just getting around to doing them today. I know the pasting is important but the real clincher is actually completing them. See, I am getting it...just taking more time for the slow one. :)
This week went much better than last week and I was actually able to spend more down time doing the things I enjoy the most which has enabled me to sleep well and be more relaxed. This week ended with a little bit of a hiccup, I am getting over it but not quite. I hate that about myself. Why cant I just see past what is happening at the moment and focus on the good that has been happening in the past, present and will happen in the future. I am usually not one to harbor negative feelings (I have them but don't keep them) but in this instance I just cant help myself. It is a tough place to be in, I tell you that.
The kids are doing well which is always a good thing. Michael is half way through the TCAPS and not complaining about all the testing. He seems to actually be enjoying it since the tests are only half a day followed by fun time the rest of the day. I think it has been a good break for him because he needs and deserves a little fun in his life. Next weekend I am taking the boys to Chattanooga and am looking forward to spending some time with them. Should be a fun and relaxing trip...I really really need fun and relaxing at this point in my life.
Well, that is my exciting week in a nutshell. I hope everyone has a fabulous and safe weekend.

1. For me, it was everything they did that I liked.

2. I have zero anonymity at my local supermarket.

3. Behind the sound of the wind in the trees, I heard leaves crunching under someone's feet as they neared.

4. Experimenting is something I always wanted to do.

5. When it was over, I was fulfilled and satisfied, as usual.

6. I have been in some dark places more frequent than usual but I never felt alone.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having a nice dinner out with my boys, tomorrow my plans include soccer if it doesn't get rained out, maybe a movie or going skating and having dinner with friends and Sunday, I want to take the kids to church for Palm Sunday, run a few and relax!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sunday Snoozers :)

My weekend has been tumultuous to say the least so I am finally getting around to my fillins and have lovingly renamed them. I feel it is a fairly appropriate name the more I think about it. For today that is.
This past week has been a blur due to the start of the new Medicare rules which went into effect on Monday. I don't want to complain because it further concretes my job security but it does require a more hectic schedule. I am continuing to try and think of the positives and other than job security, it allows me to see my patients more frequently so I can monitor goal progression, change their plan of care if needed and upgrade/downgrade their goals as necessary. Basically, the new Medicare rules will make me strive to continue to be a better therapist and that is a fabulous thing.
That being said, I also registered little Marshall for kindergarten this week. I cannot believe it is that time already. I think he is ready and I am also hoping he is ready so I can save 600 a month in child care!! Selfish?, You Betcha!! There isn't one person out there who would turn their nose up to a seventy-two hundred dollar raise per year.
In conclusion :), I am really hoping for a better next week.......

1. In the near darkness I could tell something was out there....watching me.

2. As stupid of a decision as it may be, I am in this til further notice.

3. But this too shall they say.

4. Salmon swim the opposite way in the stream.

5. It's always nice to hear someone tell you how much they appreciate you as a person.

6. I long for happiness, acceptance and pleasant company.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to consecutive soccer practices and eating at our favorite Mexican restaurant, tomorrow my plans include three hours on the soccer field, haircuts for the boys, spending time with mom and basically having the crappiest Saturday night that I have had in a long time and Sunday, I want to make amends with people I care about, spend quality time with my boys, get a sunburn and go to an outdoor swim party!

Thought I would close with a picture of Marshall at the swim party today. I will have to get a pool at my next house.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

That's Right.....

That's right, people...late again. I almost put it off until tomorrow so I could have some type of crazy catch title but it lost luster the more I thought about it. This week passed so slowly while I was in the middle of it but so fast now that I glance back. I am still confused as to why weekends cannot feel as if they were moving slow when you are smack in the middle of them! Someone please help me understand!
The big excitement this week was Michael was the proud recipient of braces, AGAIN! He is less than thrilled but I told him it will all be worth it in the long run...a nice smile goes a long way. Today, he participated in an ensemble at the local high school. Basically, you perform in front of a 'professional' in a solo, duet or other type of group and graded based on performance and skill. He was so excited about doing it and I was thrilled he loves to get in front of people without the slightest bit of hesitation. He was in a duet with his sax and a clarinet player. The only problem was he didn't practice...AT ALL! So, basically...he bombed and came out of the room crying. My only advice was...try to make this a learning experience and then it won't be a mistake. Next time maybe you should practice. He quickly got over it and we all loaded up into the Tahoe, drove to Nashville and went to the Adventure Science Center. Good times, good times!
Off we go.................................................

1. I can't believe I am in the throws of starting again.

2. I can offer nothing but thanks for everyone who has been so incredibly supportive of me. I am truly blessed by so many true, non-judgmental and fabulous friends.

3. How can I ever be so open and forthcoming with anyone else...ever!!??.

4. OMG...I am so embarrassed to say......Tatertot casserole was the last thing I cooked and only because it was requested by my eldest. :)

5. Six of one just one of the other please. I don't really like it that much anyway. :)

6. Actually completing a Friday Fill In on Friday; nonono!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a relaxing night with my boys and then catching up on some of my Real Housewives dvr programming, tomorrow my plans include driving to Nashville with the kids and spending the day at the Adventure Science Center with them and my mom and Sunday, I want to take Michael to church to Acolyte, finish up any residual laundry and ready myself for yet another work week!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I Won't Even Bother Explaining

I seriously am not going to bother explaining in too much depth but here goes. I have decided the incorporated name of this portion of my blog is Friday Fill-Ins but my d.b.a. name will be Whenever The Hell I Can Get Around To Doing It.
Last weekend was a great way to recharge with the family and it was so nice to see my boys having a fabulous time. I did a couple of things over the weekend that were not my usual 'chose habituelle', if you will.
First of all, I usual don't ride all the water slides for a couple of reasons. One: I always wear a two piece which is usually string bikini and as we all know....they don't fare well on water slides :). Two: I normally want to just lounge in the sun, read a good book and take the occasional picture of my kids. Well, this time I rode 'em and I am so pissed that I haven't been a participant in the water slide activity until now. What a loser!
Second...we all went on a helicopter ride. This is definitely off my usual radar, so to speak. I have been in an airplane two dozen times but prefer to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground. Well, to hell with all of that and we all loaded up and took a tour of the mountains! The kids had an absolute blast and so did this mom! The pics are on Facebook so if you are a follower of my blog and want to see them, just friend me on Facebook with a reference of who you are. Otherwise, I wont accept.
Lastly, I did my usual shopping extravaganza!. It just so happened I had a 30% off entire purchase coupon for Gap and Banana Republic which could be used over and over again. Well, I ran it through it's paces and used it over and over and over and over again! I am now the proud owner of a kick ass summer wardrobe.
Happy Happy weekend to you all......

1. Why does it seem to not turn out quite right when I am really really really hoping/needing/wanting it to?

2. I hate when people think one type of wrong is equal to another. Wrongs are wrongs so quit comparing.

3. My favorite breakfast includes anything non-sugary. I like the old fashioned eggs, hashbrowns, biscuits, fried butterfly chops, sawmill gravy and bacon. Getting a little hungry right now!

4. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen was the last book I read. I actually have two books signed by her. (I used to be a real fan of standing in line to get books signed.

5. I am SO glad I have crossed into new territory in regards to many aspects of my life. I can cross a few things off my bucket list and feel liberated at the same time!

6. If I could only type in this blog what would make me feel better right now.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sending Michael off to his school dance and chilling with my Marshall, tomorrow my plans include enough laundry to clothe all of China and getting caught up on my music downloads, and Sunday, I want to take some tween boys to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

This Truly Is The Story Of My Life

Late again for fill ins but, as the title implies, that is truly the story of my life therefore I have decided to just embrace it! We finally made it to our weekend vacation destination around 11 eastern yesterday. Luckily the drive is less than two hours so the "are we there yet" question didn't get asked too many times. The outdoor water park is open too (well, one of them) so the boys were able to enjoy some outdoor fun yesterday and feel a little warm sun on their skin. Michael got a teensy little sunburn but it will go in by the end of the day today, I am sure. The only negative I can find is I (we) have had to endure two spring forwards in regards to time in less than a week. That is just not right!! My circadian rhythm is totally awry!!
Other than that, nothing terribly exciting to talk about. Soccer starts for both of the boys next week so that should keep things interesting and my life hopping. No complaints, everything could be a lot worse.

1. I love to go on vacation because that little get away can be totally recharging.

2. It's not the quantity of how many times you can do it, it’s the quality!

3. The last thing I had to eat was fudge cookie and a Diet Coke.

4. Always having something going on around me is no longer essential.

5. Please take a moment to imbibe whatever is happening at that moment and don't even bother questioning it... especially if it is something fantastic.

6. Charming wiles have brought you this far.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging at a water park of course, tomorrow my plans include water park and water slide fun, putt putt and maybe a helicopter ride and Sunday, I want to play play play and have a safe ride home!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Late Again And Thanks For Good Friends

I am not certain how many of my friends frequent this blog but I receive about three dozen hits a week from people in Cookeville. I am thinking it is safe to assume that many of those are acquaintances and/or friends. You always know exactly who your friends are in times of crisis. Not that I am necessarily in a crisis but they are the ones who remain in the passenger seat regardless of how many potholes are in the road.
I only preface with that because I have hit a few potholes over the past couple of weeks and my friends have remained steadfast and true. They intently listen even if they are secretly hoping I would wrap it up, they will give you heartfelt advice and not get their feelings hurt if you don't accept it, and I have another friend that offered to look into and fix my little plumbing problem/incident from 2 weeks ago. These are the types of people I want to surround me and have in my life. So, If you are that kind of friend to someone, I can assure you it means a lot to them even if they never actually say it. we go!

1. Oh gross! I thought it was mashed potatoes and it turned out to be turnip mush....

2. Skydiving, well THAT's off my bucket list!

3. No, I don't always understand but will try to keep myself open in order to see things from a different point of view....but I don't have to like it!!!! :)

4. I want to start experiencing life with all my heart and soul.

5. And then.....Whelp, see you later.

6. I can't forget how sometimes I even surprise myself with things I am willing to do.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to taking the kids to Chili's, tomorrow my plans include hanging out with mom and going for a little run and Sunday, I want to hopefully run again if the weather ho
lds up and just chill!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Omg, Not Late And A Little Early :)

Well, another week has come to a close without much excitement. I guess that is a good thing but a little excitement never hurt anyone. My work week was actually normal instead of chaotic so I am not near as exhausted as I usually am (physically and mentally) this time of the week.
I am, however, counting down the days to Spring Break. I need a break, regardless of how short it is. We are going to head to Wilderness at the Smokies for weekend...our usual Spring Break thing. The kids love it, I love watching them love it sooooo win win! :)
The kids are doing great, by the way. I am registering Marshall for kindergarten in a few weeks and he couldn't be more excited. He cannot wait to go to big kid's school. Michael received a 105 on his science project he has been working on over the past couple of months. I am very proud of him. As of the last grade update I saw yesterday, he is on track to have the best report card this year. His lowest grade is a 92 and the rest are 96 and above....I am beaming!!
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.

1.Bring your favorite movie and we'll veg on the couch for hours!

2. Unfortunately, insecure feelings are included in my mindset.

3. I am hoping all of this is exactly what I think it is.

4. Well, you see, it all started with a three hour tour!

5. I need things to start changing and looking up, soon!

6. But what if, I could what if myself to death and still not get any answers or not get the answers I was hoping for.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to running a few miles if the rain holds off then pizza and a movie at home with the kiddos, tomorrow my plans include going to the movies with friends and the kids to see Rango, and Sunday, I want to just have a great mental day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday On Saturday Evening!

Well, the usual story of my being late holds true. Look at the time, I haven't been this late in a while. Have had quite a bit going on lately. Some information I will indulge and some information I shall keep to myself.
Another incredibly long work week as finally come to a close. Working a full time job and an additional contract job wears me out. Seriously, when Friday comes...I just want to veg but then there are all the things to do around the house. Arrrgghh, it shall never end! In addition to my 2 jobs, I took Marshall for his first dental check up. He received a clean bill of health but left the office still afraid of Mr. Thirsty. You know, I must admit, I still have an uncomfortable relationship with that apparatus too! I also took Michael to an orthodontic follow up. Looks like he will be the proud recipient of his second round of braces on March 31st. He is not terrible excited but is looking forward to getting it all over with. Who can blame him?
The last news bit of my life occurred last night. Apparently, when the boys were in my jacuzzi tub, all the jumping type of activity Marshall likes to perform dislodged the drain area. Soooo, when I drained the tub on the 3rd floor, it preceded to not follow the appropriate pipe, came through the ceiling on the second floor and all over the wood floor. Talk about a mess. Now, my ceiling is completely ruined and the floors could use a refinishing. Kill me now....really!!!! Alright, I am tired of pissing and moaning, believe it or not, so off we go with the tardy fill ins.

1. Ooooh, I cannot wait to see how this ends. Wait, maybe I can if it is going to end badly.

2. I want my house back to normal so bad, I can't stand it!

3. How the heck did I end up with so many issues in my life. I swear I don't enjoy it.

4. Anywhere away from the chaos of every day life is one of my favorite places to visit.

5. I'm not a high maintenance girl, I'm not!

6. If it has butter and or sugar in it, it has to be good.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to taking a Benedryl and getting a much needed good night of sleep, tomorrow my plans include conquering this incredible load of laundry that has seriously taken over my laundry room and Sunday, I want to run a bit, possibly take Michael skating and trying my damnedest to relax (although I seriously have no concept of what that word means, teach me)!

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's Here....It's Finally Here

OK.....I had the best intentions yesterday morning to have my fill ins finished before ten a.m. but as you can plainly see, I hoo. :o
I over extended myself this past week and have no one to blame but myself....damn...there has to be someone else to blame except me. Let's see....nope...just me! Working a full time job and doing contract work on the side takes up a big chunk of my week but the money is so hard to turn down. I so want to be out of debt and that is good incentive to work harder. I cant keep up the pace indefinitely but will try to do so until the summer, at least.
Let's see, a kiddo update....Marshall continues to be my spirited, full of himself child. Luckily, we have made it almost completely through the winter with nary a sickness....blessing blessing blessing. He loves to color, paint and write his name over and over again. Oh, if only all of life could be that simple. Michael is doing great, as usual. He is playing basketball this winter to incorporate some sort of activity into his week. He has all A's and one B so far on the report card coming up next and I am hoping this momentum can continue. He did, however, get after school detention for getting his cell phone out of his pocket during the school day. He was actually on the playground so he thought it was ok. Well, guess's not ok! They take your phone and detention for three days. Poor thing...he told me afterwards the kids in detention kept getting into trouble and I was glad to tell him that is a place he doesn't 'fit in', which is a good thing. Out of his element for sure.
I hope everyone has a great and productive/relaxing weekend.

1. New experiences and possibilities are definitely in my future yet it is totally up to me as to what that entails.

2. Taking an unexpected turn on a daily walk (or drive) can allow you to see unexpected pleasure of nature.

3. I'm looking forward to my life settling down and getting back to some type of normalcy.

4. If you would have told me this would be my life ten years ago, I would never have imagined.

5. Try to find a little humor in everything. I promise its there.

6. Being wicked loyal, a good listener, able to forgive, able laugh at myself and make others laugh even if it is at me is what's extraordinary about me.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to just hanging out...that sounds really good, tomorrow my plans include going through the kid's closets and going shopping for their new season of clothes and Sunday, I want to once again try to get things done around the house and run a few miles!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Well, we all know what day it is and I welcome it with open arms. Hopefully, I only have a half day of work, followed by a little pampering with my beautician, then it is off to Murfreesboro with the kiddos to visit the land of Chuck E. Cheese. That bastard mouse!!
My nephew's sixth birthday is tomorrow and they live in Murfreesboro so we always go a day early to visit the Chuckster and spend the night. The kids love a night in a hotel and being able to swim. I am also going to make a little visit to Target and take Michael to Fleet Feet so he can be fitted for a good pair of running shoes. Doesn't this all sound terribly exciting. I know, I is incredibly hard not to envy a lifestyle such as mine.
On a positive note, I am looking forward to seeing my brothers and sisters in law tomorrow at the party. I haven't seen any of them in what seems like forever and am needing a good catch up session and family time. See folks, this is yet another prime reason to move back closer to my hometown. I feel so far away from everybody that is important to me. :(
I am also looking forward to the warm weekend. I was able to run in my new shoes last Sunday OUTSIDE (i hate treadmills) and am looking forward to doing it again. Thanks Fleet Feet for selling me a fabulous pair of running shoes. I hope everyone has a fabulous and fulfilling Valentine's weekend.

1. Family is very important to me even if that family is by marriage and not blood.

2. Life obviously has it's ups and downs but what is the most important is how you handle the chaos.

3. Trust is a trait I believe all my closest friends possess.

4. Sometimes you just have to jump and hope for the best.

5. Parents are almost always a positive influence, you just have to listen to what they are trying to say.

6. I look back at times and cannot believe what was said.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to see the above paragraph, tomorrow my plans include see the above paragraph and Sunday, I want to straighten up some around the house. It is getting out of control!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Decided Against It

I was going to post all the pics of the 'strange place' but there were 25 of them and I got lazy. Please sign into Facebook and look them up......

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday On Saturday

Another roller coaster of a week is in my past as I brace for yet another one in two days. Forty to fifty hour work weeks get real old when you cant just come home, prop your feet up and veg for the rest of the night. AHHH, the joys of Momdom where life never stops, not even for one second.
Not that I would technically want it to stop but I do think a nanny would be nice. A fun one but not too much fun...might make me look bad. :)
Nothing much exciting happened this weekend. I was able to do quite a bit of contract work which will yield me a decent extra paycheck...debt free I come!!
I did, however, accidentally stumble upon an interesting place in the upper northern portion of Putnam County. I really cannot quite describe it except for surreal. It is in a mostly non-populated area of the city and looks as if it was hit by a tsunami. The uprooted trees of massive proportion littered alongside the bank of a seemingly innocent creek, debris and other various litter was scattered everywhere from ground to 30 feet up (where trees were still standing), and lastly, parts of old shack like houses demolished when after being swept off their foundations and forced to sift through remnants of rotting tree trunks. It was the weirdest feeling to be there. So weird, I actually put the truck in park and got out. My stupid GPS was what led me here, you know, to take me on a short cut. Normally, I have it out with my little global friend when he does this to me but this time I thanked him. I did, however, end up turning around in a very narrow area where the width of the gravel road kept getting smaller and smaller. Hoping the area I was backing into wasn't soft creek pebbles but some kind of substantial gravel.
Anywho, I know this is probably weird to read but I really don't know how to describe it. I am going back tomorrow to show my boys and take some picture. I am sure the pics won't even come close to doing it justice but I will make an attempt and post them later.

1. We are on this earth because someone has an interesting sense of humor and wanted to see what would happen if a bunch of different types of peeps where thrown into a mix and left to their own devices.

2. Something I would never like to experience is being lost in the wilderness or desert for days and having to forage for food and water. I would probably die in an hour!!!

3. One of the hardest things for me to learn is to sit back and let the world and life happen.

4. I can let life affect me so that it is hard to stay connected.

5. I remember the way that made me feel and hope to never forget it.

6. My children are one of the best parts of my life. (even thought I need a break sometimes)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to eating out and spending time with my mom, tomorrow my plans include lounging, lounging and basketball and Sunday, I want to revisit that strange place and take some awesome pictures.

Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Over....Really??

Wow, this week is already over. What the hell? One minute I was complaining about it being Monday and then....bam....over...another week of my life left to the history books. I only had to work 3 days this week thanks to the continuing education clause in my license renewal, which is required every year. Wow, that last sentence was a grammatical nightmare....anywho....I drove to Murfreesboro on Wednesday morning in a Tennessee 'Snow Storm' had class until five, shopped at Target, bought a pair of custom running shoes at Fleet Feet and then submerged myself in a great bottle of wine from Argentina, a People magazine and American Idol. No kids, wine, mag, show, Embassy.....BRING IT! Good times, good times. I begin to look back on those two days with a twinge of disdain (only because I really didn't miss my kids too bad) but quickly realize I have to take advantage of times like this.

I am the run on sentence queen!

1. Up is seriously the only direction I can go from here.

2. They say there is a virus going around however, I am not familiar with said virus nor the people who are saying 'its' going around.

3. Coats and scarves, mittens and boots: garb I would like to don only two to three days per year.

4. Because of my profession people often request a nice back rub. Hello, why would I want to bring my work home with me.

5. I'm thinking about my future which I am sure does not include selling my house in a timely manner.

6. What is now will hopefully be will be....without all the disturbances.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to playing a little Green Day Rock Band with my son and compete with the PREMIER of a new will I ever compete, tomorrow my plans include getting the items together for Michael's science project and Sunday, I want to watch Michael acolyte at church, chill, and maybe try out my new kick ass running shoes!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Late, Late, Late

I believe being late is the story of my life. It all started almost 40 years ago when I decided to enter into the world almost 2 weeks late. (My poor mother) Apparently, that incident has set the tone for my entire life. That is the story I am sticking to anyway. Let's take this blog, for example. Late again, which I do realize is a serious personal problem. For some reason the fact that yesterday was Friday didn't register in my brain. I think I am going to blame this particular instance on the snowfall. I had to get out of the house and focus on getting to work safely while other people had the pleasure of lounging in the bed. :) So not fair!
At this point I am in pout mode in regards to all the snow. I am SICK of the white stuff people. I need warmth...I need to feel the warm sun on my skin...I need to don shorts and bikini tops as I dig in the mulch beds...I need my summer Fridays off!!!!

1. So many of us settle for whatever situation we are in instead of saying 'life is too short for us to allow tolerance and acceptance for certain things'

2. I have in my past and will continue in my future to keep my head up and a smile on my face at least 80% of the time even in hardship.

3. Those who are accepting of other people's quirks and differences can become more accepting of their own.

4. My future is waiting quietly.

5. Light is in both the genuine smile on the face of someone you care about and the incessant giggle of a child.

6. of all that is ordinary. (I am struggling with this one so I am leaving it blank for now. I cant seem to find anything that makes sense)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I am looking forward to eating pizza and hanging out with my extended family, tomorrow my plans include bowling or skating with the kids with a late basketball game for Michael and Sunday, I want to get some little things done around the house because those little things add up to big things.