Sunday, January 17, 2021

Here I Am, Late Again

Is there a vaccine for people who can't get their shit together? I will volunteer to be in the test group for that one. I was late getting this week's link up posted, because I honestly couldn't believe we had finally made it to Friday. I thought this past week was never going to end. And since I have Monday off in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, today didn't feel like Sunday and I nearly didn't get this post written.

Here's my list, better late than never....

My daughter found out this week that she has been accepted to three law schools she applied to. She had already been accepted at Arkansas, and now she only has one outstanding application.

One of the law schools she applied to has offered her a full scholarship for tuition for all three years. Major thankful! Here's hoping her negotiation skills are such that she can get at least one of the other schools to match it.

And she came home for the long weekend, and that always makes me happy.

I've been looking at thrift stores for a small tray to hold Nora Pearl's food dish. The boys' bowls are on a cafeteria tray, but she prefers to dine alone. However, she is a horrid pig, which necessitated the hunt for a tray just for her. Found the perfect one at the Salvation Army thrift store:

Nora agrees: Troy is dreamy.

We had a little snow on Friday, and while it fell pretty much all day and evening, it only stuck to cold stuff, like cars, left a dusting on the grass, and didn't stick to the streets. 

I made a cookie cake for the first time (think Great American Cookie Company), and while I got it a little thicker than I would have liked, it still tasted amazing!

Betty White just celebrated her 99th birthday.

The Chiefs won today. Hoping Mahomes gets over his concussion quickly - it was a scary moment. My daughter said if he had been a cartoon character, there would have been little birds flying around his head.

How adorable is he?!

There was a lot of snot in my classroom this week. A lot. A LOT. That is not a thankful, but I'm about 95% sure the itchy, runny eyes, congestion, headache, and scratchy throat I now have came from them and is a cold and not the Covid.

I'm in a purging mood. Today, I cleaned out our butler's pantry and our glass cabinet (as in the one that holds drinking glasses).

Found in the back of a cabinet, tucked away
from a previous life. Didn't purge them.

This week could be a rocky ride. I fervently hope not, but y'all, be safe out there, just in case.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Put It In A Box And Write Some Thankfuls

I was at a Beth Moore Living Proof Live event a number of years ago, and during it, she said when something was troubling you, put it in a pretty box, tie a bow around it, and lift it up to God. Those are words I have carried with me ever since. Sometimes, that box falls back down, the ribbons rumpled, the paper torn, and I have to package it better and try again. But most of the time, once I release that package, tossing it towards the heavens, I feel a release in my heart as well.

This week, though. This week. The package keeps tumbling back down, and I scoop up the contents and try to stuff it back in the box, but the lid won't stay on and parts of it fall out and scatter, and I am frustrated and sad and tired. Oh, so tired.

I think I need a bigger, sturdier box. And packing tape. Maybe a staple gun. 

I'm no quitter. I will persevere.

I just need time.

Here are my Ten Things of Thankful for this week. They are not deep.

I'm thankful for:

A husband who enjoys doing laundry. I'd count this as two thankfuls if he also put the laundry away.

Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a smidge of butter.

Warm kitties who like to snuggle with me.

Finn and Nora Pearl

Finding hiking boots on sale. 

Grilled cheese sandwiches.

Streaming services. Wednesday evening, I couldn't watch one more minute of news coverage and instead watched "The American President" on Netflix. And cried at the end.

Streaming services, part two. If you have ever danced, had a child who danced, or just like dance, watch "On Pointe" on Disney+ which follows young dancers at the School of American Ballet for one school year. 

My tiny dancer, ten years ago.

The downstairs furnace is still working. That's all I'm going to say about it, because it's probably listening....

Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic curl stimulator. Seems to be helping with frizz. I only wish it smelled better (perhaps that's the funky part?).

"At Home With Baker Mayfield" commercials. I don't even know what he's supposed to be touting, but they're funny as hell.

Write them. Post them.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Some Words Of Thanks To 2020

Oh, 2020, I don't think there are many who are sad to see you go. To be fair, I don't think it was your FAULT, exactly; you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens. But you are going to be remembered for the various shit shows that occurred and not for the beautiful moments in between. And there were NICE things that happened this year. REALLY, there were. To prove it, here are ten of them, from me to you, 2020:

1. The KC Chiefs went to the Super Bowl. And won it. I was 9 the last time that happened. 

2. We spent a weekend in February in Fayetteville with my husband's sister and her husband. We stayed in an Airbnb and had a terrific time with our college kids and their friends as well. We had such a great time, in fact, that we all vowed we would do it again a minimum of once a year. Gonna have to wait and see how that plays out for 2021.... 

My SIL, her husband, and I on a cold, wet hike.

3. The university child development center where I work shut down in late March and didn't reopen again until mid-May. While the reason SUCKS (sorry, 2020, nothing personal), I'm not going to lie: it was kind of nice to have all that time off. Did I use it wisely? Not at all. I completely squandered it, with no regrets.

4. Thanks to the shut down, I had enough extra time on my hands that I committed to doing the A to Z Challenge again. 

5. I put my fabulous (cough cough) sewing skills to work and began making facemasks. Since I can only go forwards and backwards on a sewing machine, despite any fancier accoutrements the machine might possess, it was right up my alley to fashion them (need one? hit me up).

My RBG mask.

6. I ate a lot of bread during the coronacation. And cookies. And pizza. And ice cream. It was great while it lasted.

7. Thanks to #6, I got on the stick and lost 35 pounds. It needed to be done long before the bread, the pizza, the cookies, and the ice cream, but coming out of the haze of mindless eating was a slap in the face (truly, I gained less than 10 of those pounds during that time, but I really felt gross).

8. We are a mask-wearing, hand washing, stay home as much as possible family, and it has (thus far) worked in our favor.

My fam.

9. There's a vaccine. There's a VACCINE. THERE'S A VACCINE!!! 2021 is going to get all the credit for it, since that's when most people will get theirs, but it was discovered in 2020. I should be in line to get mine after the medical workers and before the prisoners.

9. I love working with my little nugs. I switched from toddlers to preschoolers this summer, and they are truly night and day (take that however you want - it can be both a positive or a negative, depending on the day or the situation). One of my favorite parts? Every. single. morning. when I walk into the classroom, I am greeted with shouts of "Dillon!" along with a rushing of feet and many little hands and arms hugging me.

10. We lost Ruth Bader Ginsberg this year, and that was rough, 2020, but the nation has elected the first female vice president IN OVER 240 YEARS! 

So thanks, 2020, for the good times. For the gift of forced family time that we might not have enjoyed otherwise, for Zoom calls and binge watching tv. For making us appreciate what a supply chain is and the effects of just one broken link. For getting us outside (where we don't have to wear a mask) and for teaching us to appreciate the little things.

That being said, and I say this with the utmost respect to you, 2020, don't let the door hit you where the Lord split you.

Peace out.

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Time For Joy, Time For Cheer

 Christmas, Christmas time is here,

Time for joy and time for cheer.

We've been good but we can't last,

Hurry Christmas, hurry fast!

It's heeeeeere!

This Christmas will be different than the past 25, as my son is spending the holiday with his fiance's family. This takes me to my first of Ten Things of Thankful this week:

I now have until mid-January to shop for my son and future daughter-in-law's gifts, so I can take advantage of after-Christmas sales.

I'm thankful that the caramel corn factory that has been my kitchen is winding down. Only have to make a batch when my son comes next month and one for my husband's sister's family for whenever we get to see them.

I'm thankful for warm flannel shirts.

And sleeping with kitties at my feet.

For homemade peppermint marshmallows (shout out to my brother - I. Ate. Them. All.).

Holiday cards from friends.

Clothes that fit again.

As of Tuesday of this week, the days are now getting longer! 

Extended family Zoom call scheduled for this afternoon and for my cousin Delaney for setting it up.

Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating!

Lewis on the second floor, Finn in the basement.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

You Are My Sunshine

You know that feeling when you start a new job and you're more than a little overwhelmed and maybe a little lonely from leaving your former work friends for your new adventure? That was me just over a year ago, when I started my new teaching job at the university child care center, and while I had no regrets about making the change, and I was surrounded by little humans and college workers and all sorts of commotion, I was still kind of lonely.

Enter Annie.

One morning, I was in the office area when a college student walked by the window, saw me, and began wildly jumping up and down and waving. To my joy, I realized it was my daughter's friend from high school, and she was coming to work for us. I immediately claimed her to work in my classroom, and it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

It wasn't easy telling them apart during
show choir performances (Annie on the 
left, Emma Kate on the right)

For the past fifteen months, we have worked together nearly every day. Annie opened in my classroom, arriving every morning at 6:45 (okay, make that 7:00, maybe 7:15) and started the day off for my little nugs. When I transitioned this summer from teaching one year olds to two and three year olds, Annie came with me. We quickly developed a pattern and were a well-oiled machine. And did we ever line those little houligans out! They went from feral to reasonably domesticated in just a couple of months.

The downside to working with college students is they, just like the littles in my preschool class, grow up and move on, and sadly (for me, anyway), that day came this week for Annie. She will be doing her student teaching starting in January, followed by her college graduation in May. 

I knew this day was going to come, but as FREAKING SLOWLY as this year has progressed, these final two months have flown by. Whyyyyy???

This week, my Ten Things of Thankful are for Annie (I could list a hundred more, but I won't). Thank you, sweet girl, for:

~finding my phone countless times a day. Also my big cup, my glasses, my whistle, the pointer, the remote, stray preschoolers (just kidding), my face mask, and numerous other items.

~seeing what needed to be done and doing it.

~endless hours of potty time duty, so I could spend more time in the classroom rather than spending it in the bathroom.

~singing duets with me - we especially rock Hamilton songs

~encouraging me when I felt I was failing.

~being both my second daughter and my friend.

~random texts, funny photos, and memes.

~handling dozens of duties throughout the morning that made my job easier.

~all the tech support.

~the laughter. SO much laughter.

~being my daily dose of sunshine.

Good luck, Annie! I will miss you, but I know you are going to do Great Things and be an amazing teacher. I love youuuuu!!! 

I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.
(It was me; I was crying)

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

I'm Late, But I Got Them Done!

 I've gotta get my shit together.

Yes, it was a busy weekend. Yes, I could have gotten my post written, like, Thursday and been ready.

No, I did not do this.

It's as if I invited people over for dinner, but after I let them in the house, I disappeared upstairs and then didn't come down again until my guests had completely given up on me and started rooting through the cabinets and refrigerator for something to eat.

Here are my thankfuls, LATE....

The weather was GAWGEOUS most of the week, especially Thursday, when it got up into the 70s. We stayed out on the playground forEVER, since Friday it was rainy and yucky and today it snowed. SNOWED.

It snowed all. day. long. But no accumulation. So you got to see pretty snowflakes float past the windows, but the roads remained completely clear. Not that I went anywhere, but still.

We went to the lake house Friday evening, and on our way, we stopped at Red Racks, where my husband (and by virtue of this, my DAD) was the big winner with the bargains. I found nothing.

Friday evening, we went through the drive-thru at Zaxby's and got chicken finger plates, then sat in the car and ate them (last time I did this was in May and I dropped the fork I was using to eat coleslaw. Oh, and I had a big ol' forkful of coleslaw at the time - the fork with the coleslaw fell between my seat and the console and disappeared for months). It was the first time we had eaten fast food since early June, and it was darn good.

My dad turned 86 on Saturday. He requested taco salad and scalloped potatoes for supper. Interesting combination, but I made both and they were delicious.

Hmmm. Camera or stove crooked?

Taco salad requires a crap ton of dishes.

For his birthday cake, my dad wanted chocolate cake. I made it like my mom always did, with a cooked brown sugar frosting, and it was perfection.

Bonus thankful: he neither spit on the cake NOR lost 
his teeth when he blew out the candle.

I bought a pair of Allbirds Tree Runner shoes from Poshmark, and they arrived Friday morning. I LURRRRRVE them! I have two pairs of wool runners, and I think the tree runners are even better! They were used, but not much, and I only paid $30 for them, rather than the $95 they are when new.

They are so prettyyyyy!!!

We left the cats home when we went to the lake this weekend, so we could stop on the way and shop at Red Racks. All was well when we got home. I'm always just a little afraid that I will come home to the final scene of Eugene Field's "The Duel" where the gingham dog and the calico cat ate each other up. There was evidence of some kind of rave in the upstairs hallway and under the Christmas tree, but the three of them were unscathed.

Chiefs clinched the AFC West title today. 

Five more school days and then Christmas break. Wahoooooooo!!!

Did you write your thankfuls? Did you link them up? Do both, please! Oh, and wear your mask.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Menu: A Six Sentence Story

Rudy's All-The-Time Diner was fairly quiet from 10:00 pm until midnight, and the waitresses took advantage of the lull to fill ketchup bottles and salt and pepper shakers, and they wrapped silverware in clean white napkins while gossiping and giggling. Mimi enjoyed the comraderie, but she would rather be waiting on tables; with two small children at home with her mother and sisters and secretarial school tuition to pay for, she needed the tip money more than she needed the fellowship.

As the neighborhood bars began closing down, the doors to Rudy's began to swing open, booths and tables rapidly filling up with drunks, some quietly downing coffee before facing the reality of home, others boisterously shouting across the dining room to their drunken cronies while jovially shoveling in eggs and pancakes and sausage. Mimi worked her way through the tables, refilling coffee cups, carrying plates, and dodging the gestures of wildly animated diners while dropping tips into her apron pocket and wiping up spills.

As she paused at a newly seated table of exuberant drunks with her coffee pot poised to fill their cups, the man nearest her looked hungrily at her, his face leering, and he slurred, "I'll have a piece of you a la mode, baby," as he reached out and squeezed her bottom with both hands.

"I'm not on the menu," Mimi replied as she poured the contents of the coffee pot into the diner's lap and walked away.

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge's Blog for Six Sentence Stories with the prompt "menu"