Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Random Tuesday Time

Here we are trucking through another week.  Today it's Random Tuesday Thoughts.  Not sure how much random I can  find, but here goes:
  • Last day of March.  One whole quarter of 2015 is over now.  Exactly how did that happen? Really, it seems that the last couple months went terribly slowly, but still I feel like I blinked and missed most of it.
  • Turbo was quite happy telling me that he had 10 weeks of school left this year. 10 weeks.  Gah, it's going by so fast!
  • I often feel this way in the morning:
  • Turbo is this way too.  Nick and Reece are much slower to actually wake up, but once up they are pretty bright and happy about it.
  • Love, Wine and Chocolate, that's everything right?
  • And on the wine subject:
Have a good week and may it include wine, cause wine makes everything better!

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Stacy


Monday, March 30, 2015

Hey, Hey, Monday

Yeah, so it's Monday, again.  And here we are right back at the old grind.  It could be worse.  It could be snowing.  Today we have sunshine here.  I'll take it.
Our weekend was kind of quiet.  We hung out at home, I ascended Mt. Laundry--almost summited, but had to turn back and wait for better conditions. Or, I will be doing the towels and sheets tonight.  I got all the clothes done, folded and put away, so that counts, right?!
Anyway, we did go to the nearby State Park and go for a hike yesterday.  A good 2.5-3 miles.  Not bad for the fam. We hope to make this sort of outing a semi regular thing.
Sorry no pictures, although it was beautiful.  Kind of left all cameras/phones in the truck.

So, shall we move on to MMMM? Sure, why not?
This week is all aobut music from when you were sweet sixteen.  Here goes:
Martika with Toy Soldiers:

Billy Joel with We Didn't Start the Fire:

Alannah Myles with Black Velvet:

These were songs I listened to and enjoyed in High school. Oh to be 16 again...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Friday

Whoop it up, it's Friday!
Yep.  I am ready for going home time.  Now let's hope the day flies by. Then it's wine time!
So shall we pass some time with a confession or two?
  • I get to summit Mt Laundry this weekend.
  • Do hope the ascent is painless.
  • I also have a hot date with the vacuum.
  • Yeah, my weekend is looking like an exciting endeavor.
  • You all want to be me, am I right?
  • Oh, Oh, last night we were catching an old Saturday Night Live on TV adn there was a clip with Billy Crystal and Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. It was hilarious.
  • Ok, here it is, but it a pretty bad recording, but it still made me laugh out loud:
  • So there a smile for Friday.
  •  There was a Spider in the shower a couple days ago it went kind of like this:
  • So are you ready for the weekend?  After the week I had I am:
So go enjoy the weekend once you reach going home time in your neck of the woods!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hodgepodge For Wednesday

Questions:

1. This coming weekend is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. Do you celebrate Easter in your home? What was your favorite Easter tradition as a child? Not really.  Oh, we dye eggs and do baskets for the boys, but that's about it. Well we have family over and have a nice brunchish type do.  And then after that it's a pretty normal day for us.  Since it's usually cold--or snowing--we don't do much outside.



Easter as a child was about a trip to church after ransacking Easter baskets. then home for a ham dinner and maybe movies as a family.  Fairly traditional all together.

2. George Weinberg is quoted as saying, 'Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.' Agree or disagree? Share your own thoughts on the word hope. Hope is what keeps people going--hope for something better, hope for something kinder, hope.  However, you get by on hope alone. You do have to work for waht you want.  Hoping is like wishing.  Nothing happens until you do it yourself.

3. Weigh in with a yay or nay on the traditional Easter candies. A solid milk chocolate bunny? Cadbury Creme Eggs? Peeps? Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs? Jellybeans? Coconut Cream Eggs? Of the candies listed, which one would you most like to find in your Easter basket? So not a fan of Cadbury Creme eggs.  Just too sweet.  Give me a good dark chocolate bunny, peanut butter egg, Jelly Bellys, or Malted milk eggs--Robin's Eggs.  I also have never found the appeal of Peeps. Too much pure sugar, not enough flavor for me.  Although roasting them over a fire might make them tastier...

4. When did you last feel 'like a kid in a candy store'? The last time I spent time in a bookstore.  Or maybe it was the last Library book sale.  All those books, so much possibility.

For Nick it was last week when he went archery bow shopping.  He had such fun.  It would have been fun to watch him, but also would have driven me up the wall trying to occupy two cranky kids.

5. What's something you know you do differently than most people? Does that bother you? Does it bother other people?  I do my dishes under running water.  I can't bring myself to wash dishes in a sink full of water.  Doesn't bother me that I do them differently from most.  Oh, I put lots in the dish washer, but there are things I just can't bring myself to run through the dishwasher.  Namely knives, wooden spoons, pot and pans, certain things I use more frequently than I run the dishwasher.

6. Palm Springs CA, Palm Beach FL, or the PALMetto State...of the three mentioned, which sunny spot would you most like to visit right now? Which have you visited at one time or another? I think right now it would have to be Palm Beach FL.  It would be warm and have  beach, something I could really use about now as it is currently snowing here. Can't say I have actully visited ant of them, to my knowledge.

7. If you could change the length of a day would you lengthen it or shorten it? Tell us why.
I would shorten the length of an hour so we would have more in the day.  Then it might be easier to delegate hours to certain activities.  Maybe.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
We took the boys to Denver last week and Bruiser got to experience his first 3D IMAX show.  He was excited, but got bored after about 20 minutes. He did look cute in the glasses though.

Turbo really like the show and now has ambitions to be a deep sea explorer. We shall see how long that lasts.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Break Random

We spring breaked last week.  Or is it spring broke? Either way, Spring break happened. 
The first part of the week was pretty quiet but Wednesday afternoon we headed to Denver and I let Nick go to the archery store so he could buy a new recurve bow.  The kids and I stayed at the hotel and enjoyed the upgraded suite we got and the fun of having a pool to swim in.
Thrusday dawned cloudy and rainy and chilly, so it was indoor activities.  The Aquarium and the Natural History Museum called our names:







Friday was a beautiful day so we headed to the zoo before heading home.  We caught the seal show and the elephant show.

Over all, it was a pretty great day and a wonderful Spring Break.
In random news:
  • I still don't feel caught up on my sleep from the time change.  Or maybe that's just in general not caught up on my sleep.
  • Little boy have entirely too much energy and if put in the same space for too long together will find dozens of ways to annoy each other and their parents.
  • Spring colds are the worst.  Nick has been kicking around something resembling a cold for the last few days.  Not quite sick enough to be down and out, but not well enough to be called healthy.
So how's things where you are?
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Stacy




Monday, March 23, 2015

Back to Monday

Our Spring Break flash trip was fabulous.  It was great to get out of town and when a free upgrade happens at the hotel, well the trip gets even better.
Yep, the hotel we picked to stay at had over booked on the standard room we wanted, so they upgraded us to a two room suite.  Not gonna lie, it was fantastic. There was tons more that happened but I'm saving that for later.
We did get a chance to hang out with friends and have the first backyard grill and such on Saturday.  Drinks, ribs, and friends.  Nothing makes for a better Saturday night.

And now for MMMM:

Freebie week so lets see:
Miranda Lambert with Little Red Wagon:


Kasey Musgraves with Biscuits:


Luke Bryan with Spring Breakdown:
Have a good week!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Questions? Yes, Please:

1. Share a favorite song, book, or movie title containing the word green? I have to go with a classic:


Yep, It's Not Easy Being Green by Kermit the Frog.

2. Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, 'Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.' Would you agree? Are you a believer in luck? Cause and Effect are powerful, but there is always an element of luck at play.  I really am a believer in luck--even if ours seems to tend toward bad luck.

3. Spring water, Hot Springs, handspring, spring fling, spring break, spring fever, offspring...which 'spring' word best applies to something in your day, week, or life right now? Oh Spring Break definitely.  We are in the middle of ours and we are taking the boys to the big city and hitting the zoo and aquarium.

4. What's something you do to make yourself look or feel more confident? Wear clothes that fit.  AND getting new (to me, as they are often second hand) clothes always helps with the feeling confident.

5.  It's National Celery Month...are you a fan? If so, what's a snack or dish you enjoy that calls for celery? I can take or leave celery.  It's not bad as a peanut butter delivery system and I like to have it for soups, but I don't really miss it if it's absent.

6. What's one thing you wish you'd learned sooner? That participating in discussions is a good thing. I tend toward the shyer end of the spectrum, but I did end up figuring out that actually speaking up in discussions is a good thing while in college.  I just wish I'd figured it out sooner.

7. Would you like to own a second home? If so where would you want that home to be? If I ever had a second home it would be on a beach somewhere.  However, we sort of have a second home--we have a pop-up camper that we can take anywhere and set up and hey, presto, a cabin in the woods.
8.  Insert your own random thought here. Here's to things that can shake up the routine.  Getting out of town and enjoying a road trip, visiting something new, or just mixing up the routine.  May the travel season be a good one this year!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Random Leprechaun Tuesday

So, Happy St. Patrick's Day! The day when everyone is just a little bit Irish.


Now on to the random:
  • We are running off to Denver this week.  We plan on getting a little bit of sightseeing in (the zoo and possibly the aquarium) and some swimming and lounging and such.  Of course this will all be packed into two fun filled days. Yes, we are ambitious.
  • But I am really close to this:
  • So a quick jaunt out of town it is.
  • We are kicking around the idea of visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton this summer. The boys have never been and Nick and I would like to take a bit more time to explore both parks.
  • I think I need more wine.
  • I'm really hoping that the quick trip we are taking out of town helps with the lack of motivation I have had for the last couple weeks.  But I have started walking, sort of.  On Mondays, with a friend. It's nice to do when the weather cooperates.
  • Any one need a leprechaun name:
  • Greetings from Vibrant O'Whacky.  From other leprechaun namers today I am also Mickey O'Toodles and Stumpy McWhiskey. Not the best combinations, but I'll go with it.
  • Housework is a never ending battle.  It just goes on and on and there are days when I wish this would work:
May you all have a fabulous St. Pat's Day!
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Stacy


Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday--Spring Breaking It

Yep, that's right it's all Spring Breakish around here--we even have good weather to go with it. This last weekend was a relatively quiet one--good weather and a fantastic archery shoot for Nick--they had over 140 participants.  Nick was pretty jazzed.
The crowd lined up to shoot the indoor targets.

Turbo aiming for a target.
I managed the laundry.  And we got to cook out on the grill--first time this year.  Food just tastes better when cooked outdoors.

Now for MMMM. Funny songs are up this week.
Big & Rich with Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy:

Mindy McCready with Guys Do It All The Time:

Jaron and the Long Road to Love with I Pray For You:

Have a smile this Monday!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Confessions

Definitely time to confess a few things:
  • I have to haul out the vacuum this weekend.  
  • The dust dinosaurs are charging the kids.
  • I also have to tackle Mount Laundry.
  • Our Spring Break is next week.
  • Nick and I have to figure out something for the kiddos to do until later in the week when we are taking a bit of vacation and heading to Demver.
  • Bruiser gets to go to the zoo.
  • Nick is probably going to get a new bow.
  • The kids get to swim.
  • We get out of town.
  • It'll be fun.
  • The time change has kicked my butt this year.
  • Maybe after this weekend I'll feel back in the swing of things.
So got any good confessions?

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