Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Age is Just a Number

One of my friends told me that I'm too young to enjoy Elvis, 60s music, 40s swing, etc. Apparently, I'm also too young to like Stevie Nicks. I disagree. I may be too young or too old for a few things, but not for good music. Never.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


It was an easy decision to skip my workout this evening and instead curl up in pajama pants and an old t-shirt and put this day to bed.  I'm sleepy today and looking forward to conking out for the night.

I've been working on getting things together for summer school and doing my best to keep up with housework and laundry.  I'm often convinced that laundry breeds when nobody is looking.  It's like the gremlins or something--get it wet and it multiplies, feed it after midnight and the evil takes over the household.  I'm pretty sure Stripe lives at the bottom of the dirty towel bin.

I decided today to take two weeks off work later this summer.  I believe I haven't taken more than a straight week off since I was on maternity leave and my kiddo is now six.  It occurred to me that I have almost 8 weeks of vacation hoarded and I need to take some of it.  Money is scarce, but I'm hoping to get in a real family vacation.  Nothing over the top or fancy, probably a distance that we can reasonably drive and no 5-star accommodations, but just to get away.  I'm hoping that putting some physical distance between me and everything here that I'm worrying about will be helpful.

Our hopes for selling the house are mostly dashed--it seems like the housing market is starting to recover in some areas, but not here.  There are homes in our neighborhood on the market for $50-70k less than what people paid for them 10 years ago.  So discouraging.  The only alternative is the for the hubs to find a full-time job.  After 23 months of not having a full-time job, something has to give.  He's got a lead on a job that would start with the new school year and we've got our fingers crossed.  It's so hard to understand how a well-educated academic professional can't find work, but competition is intense.  I've heard that there are often anywhere between 300-1500 applicants for a single position in a school district in this area. 

I'm keeping my hopes up that things will work out.  I tell myself that things DO work out and they WILL, one way or another--not always the way I want them to, but I'll make the most of whatever the outcome is and travel that road when I come to it.

I wouldn't mind if that road led to some lottery winnings or a big bag of money landing in my lap.  Just sayin'.  Of course, with my luck, the bag of money landing in my lap would be attached to cinder blocks and break my legs or something.  'Cause that's just how my luck usually rolls. 

But anyway, just for today, I'm going to push some of my worries aside and daydream about a vacation.  My kiddo has expressed interest in riding a roller coaster.  I haven't been on a roller coaster since I got married--the hubs is really afraid of heights and won't ride them with me.  At this point, I wonder if I'd get sick riding one?  I hope not.  I kind of like that adrenaline rush and would so enjoy sharing that with the kiddo.  Off to dream about roller coasters and the beach...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Well Then!

Can I post now??

Well, apparently, I can.  The hubs downloaded a new toolbar which lost Java which then meant that the previous blogger settings wouldn't allow me to post.

Anyway, I've lost several decent posts.  Just my luck that I was in a mood to write and couldn't.  And tonight, I kind of don't feel like writing. 

But I do have a picture...

Yay for birthday parties!  And yay for cake!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Excuse me.

I'm trying to find myself.

Any idea where she is?

She's about this tall...brown hair...brown eyes...a deep wrinkle between the eyebrows...I know she's around here somewhere.

Ever get that feeling? Like you've gone missing, even though you're right there?

Normally, May is a good month for me--birthdays to celebrate, flowers blooming, a break between the spring semester and summer session, nice weather. The last few days, though, I've been in a sour mood. I thought it was because I was sick, but I'm feeling better and still crabby. Thankfully, it's early in the month, so if I'm going to have a few off days, better to have them now and get them out of the way.

On a happier note, I've been working out a design for my kiddo's birthday cake. It's a ladybug theme with sunflower accents.

That sounds funny, doesn't it?

But birthdays are serious business in this house, which means the birthday cake is serious business. I think I'm going to go with two tiers of yellow cake, light green tinted icing and a big ladybug on top, with tiny ladybugs and icing sunflowers on the sides. It should be fun! The party is next weekend, and by now, I usually would've done a trial run with the cake, but I can't seem to get caught up on anything these days, so I'll be winging it the day before.

The way I see it, people usually like cake, so even if doesn't look like I'm hoping it will, at least it will taste good. Yay for cake!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

A Brand New Day

A little Sunday morning pick-me-up:

I'm feeling better knowing that my kiddo is (mostly) okay.

The beast of a cold that I have is starting to ease up.

The sun is shining.

It's a brand new day...