27 August 2014

What the Hell Wednesday

Ahh... What the Hell Wednesday...

I really like to keep things as positive as possible, but this is really turning out to be a 'what the hell??' kind of week.
  • School stuff - ESPECIALLY at the elementary level - should be inclusive. School starts next week, and so far I've heard of TWO changes since the end of school last year. One involving the actual date for welcome night (my letter says last night, a bunch of people and then finally an email yesterday afternoon announced it as tonight), and one involving the first day of school. It was originally a full day (I'm not the only one who copied it down as a full day..), but I went double-checking dates after yesterday's snafu only to find that it's now a HALF day. Things I kinda think I need to know to properly help my second grader start the year off on the right foot.
  • I'm seeing lots of posts saying this winter will be like last winter. I. Cannot. Take. That. No, I mean it, I seriously cannot handle that again.
  • My hair? Needs to grow faster. I finally gave up on keeping the short style I like. Hubby gives lots of sideways comments about it being SO much better long, and I just can't find the money in the budget to get it cut regularly. So now I usually have wings. Keep in mind that I tried growing it for a year and a half before finally going with a short style, and it never reached pony tail length. I wonder if he'd consider a shaved head too short?

19 August 2014

Wild Summer Nights at the Detroit Zoo

It's not too late for the Detroit Zoo's Wild Summer Nights concert series!

You have two weeks left to enjoy the fun :)

The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesday nights during July and August with its annual Wild Summer Nights concert series.

Concerts take place in the Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 2 through August 27.   Wild Summer Nights features a variety of live music from local bands, including children’s, jazz, pop, folk and blues.  Concert-goers are invited to bring a blanket and pack a picnic.  Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.

The concerts are free with Zoo admission, which is $6 after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August. For the first 100 non-member car or vans that arrive at the Zoo for the Wild Summer Nights, Ford Motor Company will be paying for your parking of $6 (Members receive free parking). Plus, the Zoo remains open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays during the concert series.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change will also have a booth where they'll be giving out candy, coupons, and prizes from their spin-to-win wheel! They've also provided a coupon for me to share here - good for zoo members and non-members alike :)

12 August 2014

So Big! :(

Sometimes all the issues in my world just get too big for me to confidently comprehend. And if I can't get my head around it all, I feel like a skipping CD... Nothing gets accomplished, and I just wander around in a funk.

This is turning into one of those times.

Metro Detroit? Is under water. Literally. While it luckily didn't extend to my 'hood, I'm watching friends with flood damage, hearing about local friends stranded or taking hours to get to and/or from work, and seeing the videos and pictures of washed out or underwater roads. One intersection reportedly hides about 30 cars completely submerged. There's a reason I don't watch the news anymore, but my new phone now brings it all to me. Ugh.

And Robin Williams. I have to go there. I've suffered from depression. Not everyone can understand how that feels. I'm glad for them, but I'm not in their numbers. I know what it's like to realistically wonder if you'll be able to face another day. And picture how to escape that inevitability. And consider it. It's a horrible, painful place to be, and no one person can get you out. Not even your self. The disease, and its demons, are huge and overwhelmingly powerful. It crushes me that yet another smiling face was a facade.

I didn't sleep last night, contemplating all this. And then my baby boy picked up on that (and maybe the 1 1/2 pizzas he ate for dinner) and 'helped' me stay awake too. So now I'm exhausted, and confused by the world. I just wish I knew some way to make it all feel better.

05 August 2014

Walking with Dinosaurs - 2nd Ticket Giveaway WINNER

Congratulations to Kristen D! You are the winner of four tickets to tomorrow's opening night performance of Walking with Dinosaurs at the Palace of Auburn Hills!

Enjoy the show :)

30 July 2014

Walking with Dinosaurs Arena Spectacular - ANOTHER Ticket Giveaway!!

I cannot WAIT for this show!! And I've been so excited about it that I'm now able to give away ANOTHER four-pack of tickets for opening night, August 6, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

We're doing it old school this time - leave a comment with your favorite dinosaur (or your favorite little person's favorite dinosaur ;))
Please note: I moderate my comments, so it won't show up immediately.

Feel like sharing this giveaway? You'll get two chances for sharing. Share a link to this post either on your Facebook or your own blog, then leave me the link showing the 'share' in the comments.

Got it? One chance for your initial comment, two more chances for sharing and commenting about it.

I'll use random.org to determine a winner at 10PM ET on Monday, August 4.

Good luck!

Edited to add: I'm so excited to draw for a winner on Monday night, but if you're leaving me ANONYMOUS messages with NO way to identify/contact you, you can't win. Thanks for leaving your comment through something that gives me your info, or leaving your contact info with your comment.

Wordless Wednesday

#chocolatewolfpack <3

28 July 2014

On the Road Again...

Well, we're in the middle of a whole lotta traveling. Nothing in an airplane, although that may have been easier, the way things turned out.

Last weekend I went to my chocolate conference in Pittsburgh, PA. In another week or so I'm going to a beach in Deleware with my kids, to meet a friend and her kids. It's sure to be lots of fun. But my first choice would have been driving the car I love, which is now at the dealer for warranty work for almost a month!

Flying is usually a blessing and a curse. I love to grab my musician's friend noise canceling headphones and just checking out from reality. I can put on my favorite tunes, and enjoy the solitude. Hubby has known this for years, and wouldn't even trust me to take his on my trips, so I had to get my own. It's really the only way to enjoy air travel.

As luck would have it, I've borrowed a friend's car for the foreseeable future, and traffic isn't very forgiving to me ignoring it. So I'll listen to noisy traffic, and pay attention to my surroundings.

But when I stop for lunch I just may imagine what it would be like to check out for just a little while ;)

27 July 2014


Congrats to Rachael W on winning the four tickets for Walking with Dinosaurs on August 6!

Enjoy the show :)