23 June 2015

The End of Birthday Season

Birthday isn't just a day in our house - it's a season. Hubby's birthday and mine are a day (okay, two years and 364 days) apart, and then Maggie's is little more than a month later. While we are adults, being a few years apart means it feels like half the time it's a landmark birthday! And as soon as we recover from our birthday season, it's past time to start planning for Maggie's. Whew!

This year there was nothing complicated (for me) like a korg m50 on hubby's wish list. The biggest music requests lately have been specific songs/tracks/albums for me. Even those didn't quite make it to my birthday list, since I've earned a iPod I need to take delivery on first.

We are getting to the point where Maggie will be encouraged to pick an instrument soon, though. I saw someone giving away a piano recently, but pianos are...big. They feel like more of a commitment than I'm ready to make just yet. A keyboard may be just perfect.

22 June 2015

Reading Challenge - Book 13

Lucky number 13 ;) Unfortunately, it was slow-going, and not one of my favorite books so far.

I read 'Everything is Illuminated' by Jonathan Safron Foer to satisfy my 'book set in a different country' requirement. Since hubby's family is originally from around the Ukraine and Lithuania, I figured this would be interesting.

It was a pretty dry read, really. I really wanted to like it, since it's being made into a movie (so I assumed the storyline would be more interesting) and based on the popularity of the author's 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.' No such luck.

The story started falling more into place by the end, but all of the drivel leading up to that point had already worn out the book's welcome in my Kindle, and I just wanted to finish. I did.

Now I will go have a cookie to congratulate myself, but I really wouldn't recommend this book. The fact that it's set in another country doesn't really make it enlightening about the country, and really only had bearing on the story because of the war's effects on the characters they were talking about.

I'm optimistic about my next read being quicker and more entertaining, if not fine literature ;)

21 June 2015

Happy Father's Day!!

Thank you, dads, for all you do <3 <3

10 June 2015

They Say it's MY Birthday - Post 2

Huh. Shopping should be fun, right? I've only got a few more days until my birthday, but nothing is really jumping out that I need...

Cookie jar?


Quality make-up brushes?

All good ideas, but when I look online for specifics, I'm not seeing exactly the one I want.

I need clothes too, but I'm pretty sure I'd be at the same point. It's just not a decisive day in my world.

I want more time.
I want motivation.
I want more true friends.
I want my favorite people to live closer to me.
I want to be surrounded by positive people.
I want ready-to-eat, delicious, healthy food.
I want six-pack abs.
I want eternal good health for my family and friends.
I want hair that looks great in a ponytail with no effort.
I want hair-free legs, without shaving.
I want a self-cleaning office.
I want my children to be happy.
I want a money tree in the backyard.
I want the mommy wars to end.
I want new flooring in my house.
I want a new doorwall.
I want Jack to want to potty in the potty.
I want more ice cream.
I want my back pain to be gone.
I want to wear high heels again.
I want the laundry to do itself.

What else should I want for my birthday??

05 June 2015

10 Random Things for Friday

  1. Tonight I'm hosting a party for KEEP Collective. You should check it out. And if you want need to buy anything, here's my party link: keep-collective.com/soc/4ir90
  2. I was really annoying my daughter this morning, and she still said she wanted to stay home with me! While she doesn't dislike school, she really loves her family best, she says.
  3. I bought vegetables to stir-fry for lunch the other day, and they were DELICIOUS. I still have the other half of what I bought, but I'm not quite ready for them yet. Cross your fingers they'll be fresh enough for another yummy treat on Monday :)
  4. I'm going to put up a special for my Perfectly Posh customers next week in honor of my own birthday. Want to play along? Please join my Facebook group here.
  5. And hubby's birthday is the day before mine. It's his big 4-0, so we're having a party next Friday night with some friends to celebrate :)
  6. Sorry - I stepped away for a few minutes. Jack got the Mini-Wheats out....upside down. So it's 9AM and the vacuum has been tested. It's still working.
  7. Hoping the rain holds off this weekend. We have a birthday party to attend tomorrow, and a Brownie party at a park on Sunday. 
  8. We need room-darkening shades in our bedroom. Everyone started waking up a little after 6AM today instead of 7AM. I'm already tired and the day has hardly begun!
  9. So glad I ran around most of the day yesterday, so I only have one delivery to make today. Then I can come home and get the house ready for company tonight. And maybe even bake some cookies (break and bake, but it still counts, right?).
  10. June is when summer really gets rolling - hope you have a great weekend too!!

03 June 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's something you're looking forward to in the month of June?  My birthday!!!

2. In what way have you come full circle?  I think when I was younger and still single and childless, I was more who I wanted to be with little regard for what others thought of me. Now I'm back to being who others want me to be as a wife and mom.

3. Lonely Planet lists 10 spots in America you should see in 2015 and the reasons why. How many on the list have you seen? Which one on the list would you most like to see?

(Queens NY, Western South Dakota, New Orleans, Colorado River Region, North Conway NH, Indianapolis IN, Greenville SC, Oakland CA, Duluth MN, and the Mount Shasta Region CA)
Let's see. I've been to New Orleans LA, Greenville SC, and Oakland CA for sure. Hubby laughs at me because my family traveled a lot when I was younger, but I really don't remember specific places. That being said, I really, really like New Orleans and would go back there at any opportunity.

4. A song that describes your mood right now? Honestly, that changes frequently. Both the mood and the song ;) But I currently can put a Pitch Perfect song to nearly any moment in my day.

5. Strawberry ice cream, strawberry short cake, strawberry pie, or strawberries right off the vine...your favorite? Hmmm... Strawberry isn't really a favorite, but I don't dislike them either. I'd take any of the above.

6. Aesop's birthday is celebrated on June 4th, although there is some disagreement as to whether or not that's accurate, or if he was even a real person. Regardless, the name Aesop is associated to this day with many well known fables. Which of the following best applies to something in your life right now? The Tortoise and the Hare (Slow and Steady wins the race), The Ant and the Grasshopper (Be prepared), The Fox and the Goat (Look before you leap) or The Crow and the Pitcher (Necessity is the mother of invention)? Most of my current life is usually handled with 'Necessity is the mother of invention.' I'd love to say we are always prepared, but that would be a lie. We usually just go with what we've got while we're out and about. My kids are past the diaper bag stage, so I don't have a good mental list of what I should always carry. Instead, I usually find something that will work for what I need.

7. The answer is yes...what's the question? Are you busy?

8. Insert your own random thought here. Yay June! Just a couple more weeks til I get to spend my days with both kids and ever-so-slightly less daily schedule.

02 June 2015

Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo

You'll want to Visit the Detroit Zoo and stop by Dinosauria on Saturday, June 6 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to win fun JURASSIC WORLD prizes (while supplies last)! Prizes will include screening passes and promotional items. 

From the Detroit Zoo's site:
Forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit – have taken up residence at the Detroit Zoo to provide a mega-dose of Vitamin Z for visitors of all ages. Dinosauria, presented by Kroger and Michigan Education Savings Program, runs through Labor Day.
Enter a veritable “Zoorassic Park” as you travel back in time along a lush, winding, 5-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life. Enormous primeval creatures lurk at every turn, including adult dinosaurs, youngsters and even a nest with eggs and hatchlings.
Dinosauria is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August). Tickets are $5 with Zoo admission for visitors ages 2 and older and are available at main admissions, or the Dinosauria ticket booth.
It'll be a good prep for the Jurassic World movie opening June 12!

Hope to see you there :)