Sunday, February 17, 2019

What We're Eating This Week 6/52

Chicken wrap pinwheels from Costco with chips and salsa and fruit.
Enchiladas.  Chips, salsa, guac.
 Chicken breasts, baked potatoes, salad green beans
Pork chops, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, canned pineapple tidbits
Burgers, fries, veggies and dip
?!?! Hockey picnic or terrible fast food, I am guessing.

SO half-assed, and yet groceries were like $300.  So, that's awesome.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


We have talked about how much I love Valentine's Day, right?

Because I do.  I love it so much.

The candy!  The cookies!  The little kid parties!  The Galentine's celebrations!  I love all of it so much, the cheesier the better.

Wine tasting with friends.  I probably should have taken a picture BEFORE I took a bite of my candy, but, alas.
 Heart-shaped lunch food.
 Ha!  Maybe I should have shopped a little more carefully.
 Yay!  Valentines for the kiddies!
 Cooper's Vday party-- we played minute to win it games galore.  Here they are trying to suck conversation hearts out of a cup with a paper straw.
 Making cookies!
 Dorothy's class did the same thing.
 Aggressive use of edible glitter, yes?
 Love it!
 He has hot pink teeth from using his straw to drink frosting.  Erm.
 Give me that!
 She was PUMPED
 Papa Murphy's for the win!
 I love this card
 We had THE BEST grown up dinner at one of our favorite supper clubs.
Also, yesssss!
 Ben didn't get dressed up for dinner.,  THAT'S WHAT HE WEARS TO WORK NOW.  It has been at least 2 kids since Ben wore suits to work.  Honestly, I think it has been 3 kids.  And all his suits from a decade ago?  Still fit.  The bastard.
 Platonic ideal of a (brandy) old fashioned (sweet).

All the heart eyes

Friday, February 15, 2019

Back to work week what the heck week is it?

Between the snow day and the increased domestic demands on my time because Ben is working more hours at the office and a day of elementary parties and a glorious day spent volunteering in junior high, I am just like OH MY GOSH a little bit tapped out.

Good news: I am working so efficiently and finding snatches of time where time didn't used to exist, which I think is a really important skill for any worker/parent to have.  Like right now!  Blogging has been on my list for a couple of days, and I decided to take Jack and Coop to the library real fast after school and am sitting happily in the children's area writing this update.  Also, I got some amazing holds, so.

Bad news: I am getting everything done, but there's no time for the extra stuff.

More bad news: To make up for the snow days our district is releasing 11 minutes late for the rest of the year, and that really cuts into Dorothy's dance class.

Also, I am gaining weight, I'm pretty sure.  And you know what? The Valentine's sweets have nothing to do with it.  Shut up.
TFW you use your snow day morning to finish all your homework FOR THE WEEK
 Snow day screen time. The mini-Bens were watching a Wrigley Field DVD. Because of course they were.
 Sledding.  Why yes, that is Dorothy's Beauty and the Beast nightie hanging out from her coat.
 Ill-advised sled races
 It's a really big hill.
 Harry and I finally got to go out for pancakes at the diner by his school.
 Dorothy is so happy to be back on the big! red! mat!
Next week, I want to fit in more maintenance house work.  It would be ideal if I could dust and vacuum the bedrooms and dust and mop the living room once in the middle of the week.  I am managing to do bed making and bedroom tidying and bathroom wipe downs daily, but the other stuff would make me feel better as the week drags on.

I also want to do yoga, something I have completely cut out.

Finally, I want to write more than this blog at least a couple of times a week.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Snow Daze

It happened.  No school yesterday, and I had to put my class online and stay home because the roads we totally treacherous.  We tried to go to the movies just to get the heck out, but we couldn't even leave our street.  Cars were stuck up and down the hill.  It was intense.

The kids ate a pint of buttermilk, 15 eggs, 1.5 pounds of bacon.  For lunch.

We went sledding.  We binged some Nailed It.  It was cozy and delightful and then?  THEY WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AGAIN.

But I already committed myself to helping with a junior high speech contest.  And the day before, Cooper was home "sick."  And tomorrow after class, I have double Valentine parties.  WHEN AM I GOING TO HAVE  A NORMAL WORK WEEK, I ask you??

Monday, February 11, 2019

Oh my gosh. Tomorrow might be another snow day. Is this real life?

You guys. 

There is a chance that the children will not have school tomorrow because we are getting another million inches of snow, and I just cannot even.  I am going to have to take ANOTHER day off to care for them.  I just cannot even.  That'll be the second day since Ben got this job and their SIXTH snow day.  WTAF?  Any other winter any other time we would split these days down the middle.  But now.  Default parent.  Neat.  Engage in some kind of anti-snow dance for me, won't you?

I realized I have a huge backlog of pictures.  So, lucky you.

Movie niiiiiight (we watched The LEGO Movie in anticipation for the second one in the theater.
 Dorothy and Cooper and I went out for the best waffles in the world
 Making Valentines
 Not sure, actually, but I thought it was cute.  She is still a little bit of a baby with those cheeks and wrists and fat little hands.

 Oh yeah.  My building had a burst pipe and we all go evacuated from our offices for AT LEAST 60 days.  There's my stuff all labeled, and I miss it already
 I took my very favorite favorites home with me.
 LEDO movie!  Loved it!
 So bored.  How about a midday bath with rubber duckies?
 Want to play with some rice?  In a big bowl?
 Cooper had a tummy ache so he stayed home and was clearly TOTALLY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT FINE.  But hey, at least I had someone around to take a picture of me with all of those shirts.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

What We're Eating This Week 5/52

Saturday:  Burgers on the grill, fries, peaches, green beans
Sunday: Pulled pork in the slow cookers, sweet potato fries, veggies and dip
Monday: Leftover pork, I hope.
Tuesday: Spaghetti, green beans, pineapple, garlic bread
Wednesday: Hot dogs, fries, cooked carrots, peaches
Thursday: Heart-shaped pizzas from Papa Murphy's
Friday: Movie night

Kinda of half-assed, I will admit.  And even though I spent a million dollars at Costco and the regular store, I don't have garlic bread or the pizzas.  Boo, hiss.

I don't even know when Jack took this picture, but I sort of love it
Also!  I have to make SO! MANY! COOKIES!  Both kindergarten and first grade are making these cookie monsters fro their class parties.  So that means I need to make about 4 cookies per kid, and I am going to figure 20 kids in case siblings are there.  And also! Jack wants to bring cookies to his class, and how can I resist?  This is his last elementary school Valentines Day.

Friday, February 08, 2019

A case of the Mondays on a Friday


Everything was great this morning.  I think we are all a little bit tired after a long week, but we plodded through our routine.  I managed to work out, take a shower, do my hair and makeup-- all before Harry and jack woke up.  Harry had breakfast first and Ben took him to school since it was too cold to wait for the bus.  Jack's breakfast overlapped with Harry's a little, like it usually does, and because he finished his homework already for the week, he had a little bit of extra time.  He walked the dog by himself because it's so cold, and it seemed easier to do that than to listen to Cooper complain when he got up in a few minutes.

It took Jack forever to put his boots on to go for the dog walk, but I purposefully did not help him because these are new boots and they're kind of hard to lace up, and he needs to practice.  I should have noticed how long it took him, though, because that would have been a helpful thing to think about later.

The reason Jack eats breakfast before the other little kids even though they all go to school on time is that I need him to get dressed and brush his teeth, etc, right away after he walks the dog do I can clean up his bedroom and bathroom.  This used to be Ben's job, but now he has to go to work early, so I have added it in.  Unfortunately, I also need to go to work early.  The kids and I all need to be out the door at the same time, even.

Jack went downstairs after he walked the dog while Dorothy and Cooper ate breakfast, got dressed, went downstairs, and joined him playing Wii U or watching TV or whatever-- their screen time is not my business.

I cleaned up breakfast, made all the upstairs beds, wiped down the upstairs bathroom, and then ran downstairs to clean up Jack and Harry's bedroom and bathroom before throwing on my clothes while the little kids all bundled up-- all of their stuff was waiting for them, all laid out an warmed by the dog laying on it, even. I was getting increasingly annoyed during this because all of the kids were screaming at each other downstairs because Dorothy and Jack wanted to watch different things on the TV. I have no idea why Jack didn't just go in another room or why I didn't suggest this.

That's when the whole thing fell apart.  Jack never brushed his hair or his teeth.  He just got dressed and zoned out in front of his phone and the TV (can I just say, as an aside, that when the kids are double screening, it drives me CRAZY).

And then everything fell apart.

I yelled.,  He yelled.  I yelled more.  He yelled more.  You get it.

We went upstairs to get everyone out the door and Jack struggled with his boots and then Dorothy and Cooper started yelling at him because they said he was making them late. Then he FREAKED OUT and all three kids were screaming at each other.

That's when I realized that there was no reason for us to all be yelling and separated everyone and zipped coats, found hats in the pile of back packs, etc.  And they all went to school all pissed at each other over whose fault it was that we were all late.

Here's what I should have done:
Tied Jack's boots
Told Jack to carry his boots and wear his slip on Uggs since everything is frozen and there's no mud
Suggested that Jack come upstairs and hang out when he and Dorothy started fighting instead of hollering down the stairs for them to knock it off.  This would have had the added benefit of me noticing that he never brushed his hair and teeth before the last damn minute.
Noticed that I was getting anxious and stopped drinking so much coffee (I seriously had one cup too many and have a serious case of the jitters even now)
Walked away instead of getting upset that I couldn't clean the bathroom.  It would have been so much easier to just hustle everyone out the door and take 3 extra seconds (okay, probably more like a minute) to wipe it down once they left.
NOT CARE when exactly Jack brushes his teeth even though, yes, the whole morning is designed around me having enough time to clean up before I leave for work

All of these things occurred to me when Cooper and Dorothy started yelling at Jack and Jack started yelling at them, and I realized everyone was going to leave the house angry.  I wish they had occurred to me like 3 minutes sooner because I could superficially soothe everyone, but I literally had to leave the house in about 90 seconds or be late to class.

I feel like I am balancing too much stuff, and the thought of coming home at 3:30 to a house still dirty from the morning really bothers me, especially because the kids walk in the door and make a huge giant mess with mud and ice and salt and snack.  That happening in a house that is already a mess makes me twitch. But!  Does it bother me as much as the thought of being away from the kids all day after we all yelled at each other while getting out the door?  No.  It actually doesn't. 

Maybe  this crappy end-of-the-morning is a win  because I had such an important epiphany?  Bah.  Cheers to better mornings!

Thursday, February 07, 2019

A rocky start...


This has been the most frustrating start to a semester EVER.  The polar vortex!  The lack of computer!  The flooded building!  Ben's new job and my being the default parent!

And now!  We are being totally evacuated from our building for at least 60 days.  I am so going to miss my sweet building, even though I have often made fun of how ugly it is.  Do you know how hard it is to work on campus without a real office?!

Luckily, I am finding some lovely cozy little spots, like a charming greenhouse, a bench tucked away in the corner of the most beautiful museum (where I am lucky enough to lecture!), the adorable coffee shop by my building that looks like Instagram come to life.  You get the idea.

Also, it's pretty cozy here these days:

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

19 for 2019-- How's It Going?

19.  Less phone but more pictures!  FAIL FAIL FAIL all the fails.
18.  19 dinner dates.  We are so working on this one.  3 next week, in fact!  And one planned for the next week.
17.  Monthly pedicures.  GAH.  I skipped January, but I gave myself a great one yesterday. I have no clue what's preventing me from hitting the salon.  Maybe now that the polar vortex is over?
16.  Regular massages:  ON IT.  I have had 2, and I have more on the horizon. The trick with my HMO is to remember when I can schedule them.
15.  Cardio 5 days a week:  YEP
14.  Yoga 3 days a week:  Well, I have done twice this week, but it's the first regular spurt.  Again, what in the world is standing in the way of meeting this goal?
13.  Read 200 books, at least 150 by women authors and at least 10 poetry.  I am making progress here in all categories.
12.  Finish my novel.  FOR REALZ.   I have moved backwards, you guys.  I lost an entire YEAR of writing when my computer crashed.  Maybe this isn't a totally bad thing?  Or maybe I am insane.
11.  Do meaningful PD every quarter.  ON IT.
10.  Girls nights out:  Yes!  Moving positively in this direction.
9.  Move.  Or come to terms with not moving.  Still thinking.
8.  Write poetry: Oh shit, you guys.  I also lost 30 pages of poetry.
7.  See all the Oscar nominees for best picture before the Oscars 3/8 so far-- need to get moving on this one, obvi.
6.  24 POTY podcasts:  Not sure about this one anymore, guys, because of Ben's new job.
5.  Family movie nights (aim for 3 a month): SLAYING IT.
4.  WORK ON MY ABS for the first time in 12 years:  Doing this!  I hate it!
3.  Get a puppy?  Maybe?
2.  Remember my vitamins: Mixed.  I have added more vitamins, but I have also started writing "VITAMINS" on my to-do lists, so.
1.  Find perfect black heels.  I forgot about this one and also want to add fine the perfect ankle boots for next fall on clearance.