Thursday, January 18, 2018

15 Things--Writer's Workshop

Prompt #2: A list of 15 things to make this your best year yet.

  1. Travel.  With a beach. So Florida is on the list for this summer.  We need to introduce Bruiser to the ocean. And then maybe (OK definitely) a trip to the Mouse.  Turbo went when he was 5 so now it's Bruiser's turn to do Disney.
  2. Cook.  I am rediscovering the fun in cooking.  It helps that Bruiser is starting to expand his accepted foods. IT's hard to cook when the littlest in the house hates the food.
  3. Paint.  This is a new one for me.  I had a friend give me a few paint by number for my birthday.  Once we have moved I will have a place I can set up and work on them.  I also enjoy going to paint parties.  I may have to figure out someone to go with in the new town, but going may force me to make new friends.
  4. Date night.  Make date night with my hubby.  Or at least one on one time.  We have a whole new city to explore this summer.  Kind of looking forward to it.
  5. Decorate.  I have an entire house, with acres of wall space and tons more floor space than our current house.  There will be decorating.  After the unpacking.
  6. Camp.  We must get out camping this summer.  There are lakes that are fairly close to our new town.  We have kayaks and a camper.  This is a must go situation.
  7. Date time.  Time out with the boys.  I really need to spend some time with each of them.  I need to encourage Nick to spend one on one time with them too.  It will be good for them.
  8. Kayak.  We have four of them.  the new town has a river with a kayak park in it.  We need to utilize the facilities available.
  9. Time with friends. I will spend time with my friends as much as possible before we move.  I know we will be seeing them still, but two and half hours makes for a long commute with necessary planning involved.  Not so much with the spontaneous get together.
  10. Be brave.  I need to be brave about making new friends. Not an easy task for my introverted little self, but I will try.
  11. Movie school.  We are introducing the boys to some of our favorite moves from when we grew up.  They need the pop culture references and it's a fun evening.
  12. Relax. Stress less, let things go. Really right now the things that should cause me stress are so small. the big ones are all taken care of now. If I stress less, relax more, life is easier.
  13. Four wheel.  We have two machines, a trailer and with any luck the time to go enjoy them this summer. We just have to do it.
  14. Exercise.  I'm not the most diligent at this one, but I need to make myself move. I do have some motivation in the Florida trip we want to take this summer.  Swim suits. Beaches.   Enough said.
  15. Be positive.  About the move, life, love and everything.  I won't let negative be my go to reaction.  I'm not bad at this one, but if you have a positive attitude, lots of things are so much easier.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hogdepogde Again!


1. What keeps you blogging?
I have lost some of my diligence with blogging, but it is a great way to feel connected.  I will need this connection when we move in June.  Something fun and there for me.

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter? 
I would love to visit a beach in the winter, it gets mighty cold here and outdoor stuff is not so easy when the snow is lacking.  I have not visited any of the beaches listed, but this coming summer we are thinking of taking the boys to Florida.  Turbo was there when he was 5, but Bruiser has never been.  A beach and a visit to the Mouse are most likely on the agenda.

3. What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?
I know most of the lyrics to Mickey by Toni Basil.  a total one hit wonder from my high school years.

4. When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?
Being able to do what ever I wanted and no one could tell me what to do.  Yeah, that doesn't actually work out like you think it will when your a kid. Sure no one tells me what to do like my mother did, but I can't do what I want to all the time.  Bills need paying, kids need to eat and be told what to do.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.
I need to embrace change this year, so this quote works for me.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
So invite to Bruiser's party went out today.  Ten 9 year olds doing laser tag.  We may be completely wiped by the end of the party, but Bruiser will have an excellent time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cold Random

Yep, it's cold here, but then it's been cold all over.  We just dipped below zero here this morning. It wouldn't be such a big deal but I had to be out in it this morning to take Turbo to swim practice at 6 am.  I have my doubts about there being air out that early. This morning was -8 F.  Far to cold to be outside.

On with the random:
  • So it's Tuesday.  Turbo has a swim meet tonight.  With any luck he can drop more time. He has been doing pretty good with his breaststroke.  He loathes the butterfly and does OK at both freestyle and backstroke. We just hope he can qualify for state.  We keep rooting for him.

  • Bruiser has a birthday coming up.  He turns 9.  I'm not sure where the time has been going but it has been going far to fast.  He gets a Laser tag birthday party with his friends and then a dinner with family after that. He should have a great time.
  • Nick and I binge watched Bondi Beach Rescue yesterday.  It was kind of like visiting the beach, only not sandy or wet.
  •  I made a great pot of Minestrone soup yesterday. I'm liking this whole cooking thing. It does help that after practice Turbo will eat anything as long as it doesn't move. we have taken to calling him The Stomach. Combine growing teenage boy with hard workouts and yeah he's eating like crazy.
  • I went to put my arm around Turbo's shoulders on Sunday and I have to reach up to do it now.  He's taller than me. and only going to get taller. Make me feel just a bit small. I'm still taller than Bruiser, but the way he's growing, not for long.

OK so there you have it, random in our neck of the woods. Have a great week!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!?

So, 2018.  All I can say is I hope this year will be kinder to us than last year. 2017 had a lot of ups and some truly deep downs for us.
2018 will hopefully have more ups than downs, although we will have to move to a new town come June, so not sure how that will go, it could be an up, but also a down.

Anyway, it's a new year and that means a couple promises.  Not resolutions, but promises.
  1. Be positive about the move to Casper. This one will be tough for me, but I'm going to be as positive as I can be.
  2. Menu Planning.  I have been taking more pleasure is cooking and trying to mix up the menu just a bit.  It helps that all of a sudden Bruiser has decided that he likes more foods.  Not too many, but I'll take what I can get with my picky eater.
  3. Routines.  I need to embrace routines, but not get stuck in a rut. It can be tricky to get into a routine and not let it become a rut.
  4. Date night.  Nick and I need to make more effort to get out and have time for us.  Rediscover the fine art of conversation.  We have been working on this one.
  5. Camping.  Yes, we are moving at the beginning of summer, but we can still get out and camp.  And we have a whole new territory that is easily accessible.  So outdoors here we come.
OK, so there a few promises for 2018.  I hope I can keep them.

On to MMMM: It's freebie week so here's what I have been listening to recently:
 David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney with Everything's Gonna Be Alright:

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with Meant to be:

Sugarland with Still the Same:

Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year Hodgepodge


1. It's that time of year again...time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, or genera uselessness) in 2018. You can read more about the decision making process and word meaning here, but this year's top vote getters are-
unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?

I hadn't really known that "fake news" was a thing.  I mean I know fake news happens, ~National Enquirer~, but that it was a thing that needed to be dropped from the lexicon is news to me. I can kind of see the "hot water heater" being a bit redundant.  Around our house I hear "for some odd reasone" from Bruiser all the time.  I wish he would drop that phrase from his vocabulary.

2. What's something you need to get rid of in the new year?
I need to get active and lose just a bit of excess weight.  I need to get rid of my "Oh that's good enough" attitude. Be a lot more accepting of new things and ideas. There is going to be a lot of new this year.

3. Where do you feel stuck?
I have been getting out of the rut I have been stuck in and doing better at making dinner, being Mom's Taxi, and household chores--laundry, dishes and cleaning and such.

4. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day?
We had a Italian sausage and lentil soup last week.  It's a copy cat of a Carrabas Italian Grill soup I had years ago.  It was great and fed not only us but Nick folks too.

5. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.
I can't say I'm exactly looking forward to it, but we are moving to a new town when school is done for the boys.  June is moving month for us, although the move started in October when we bought the house in our new town. I am going to miss our friends here and having across town access to them. I don't make friends easily and this move is very intimidating for me. The rest of the family is getting more and more excited about the move.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
The holiday break was good for us.  Turbo dropped time during his meet.  Bruiser got to have game time, time to play outside and snuggle inside.  I got some great present for Christmas and got to cook and enjoy having little to no obligations. Nick got to relax and enjoy time with the boys and me. Now we are back at the routine.  Time will fly by and before we know it June will be here and with it our big move. 2018 will be bringing lots of changes, but over all, I hope the changes will be good for us.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Cookies and MMMM

So, not much happened this last weekend.  Turbo had his first swim meet for time and did not too bad for himself for his first time out.  He had fun so there was that.

I did make Christmas cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal and sugar.  I found recipes that work for our high altitude--7200 feet.  All the cookies came out fantastically:

So Santa has cookies and there will be carrots for the reindeer.

Now for MMMM:
Brett Eldredge and Megan Trainor with Baby It's Cold Outside:

John Denver and the Muppets with The 12 Days of Christmas:

Pentatonix with The Carol of the Bells:
Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?
I start collecting gifts along about September or October, just so I can avoid the last minute rush. This year we have the added activities of our teenager to keep us moving and distracted.  I keep plans in my head and sort of have a list that I check off as I get things done.  Nick and I have only small stuff to shop for (my chocolate) and after I get some wrapping done this afternoon I will feel pretty good about Christmas. New Years I will worry about after Christmas is over.

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?
We are complete do it yourselfers. Nick takes care of the outside stuff like hoses and water faucets and I help with the raking of leaves and this year Turbo helped with the gutter cleaning. We have less inside stuff to accomplish, but Nick gives the furnace a check over and I make sure the winter coats are found and still fit and locate the winter accessories. We really don't do much, but then the summer season is short here so we don't put the coats and such away to well.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?
My first thought was the health food store went crazy.  It all sounds very hippy granola to me. Lentils might make the food list but that's about it. we already do more veggies and while I like sprouts, Bruiser would definitely rebel against the food.
As for the "dairy free milk" isn't that what soy milk and almond milk are all about?  I'm not a fan of something so processed when there is a less processed option. And I'll drink soy milk when I see baby soys drinking it.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?
Purple was one of our wedding colors. The other was forest green. I like deep purple or a lovely violet.  I did read the book, but didn't see the movie.
For Turbo we got a lovely large bath sheet in a deep dusty violet.  The kid needs a swim towel that he can take to meets.  He has stated a recent preference to violet, so he gets a violet towel for Christmas.

I would choose a deep teal for the color for 2018.  I guess I would like to see a beach with that color in the ocean.

5. Favorite book read this year?
I started reading the Richard Castle books this year.  The ones based off the TV show.  I really like them, they are fun and quite entertaining.  Not deep literature, but good anyway.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
I ahve talked before about Nick's Dad's love of decorating for Christmas.  he truly loves to put up lights and the blowups and everything.  He had a fall this year in November and it made him have to go slowly with the decorating, but he's getting more and more up every day.

Have a good week and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Randomlike Tuesday

Yeah, so hi Tuesday! Christmas is creeping ever closer.  I think the boys might be a bit worried as I have yet to wrap any presents for under the tree. I might have to do some wrapping tonight...

On to the random:
  • I have 95% of the shopping done.  Stocking stuffers and treats still need to be gotten and I need to take Turbo to shop for his brother and Dad. after that I'm done.
  • There is a staff Christmas party this Thursday.  Nick and I will be making an appearance, but can't stay long as Mom's Taxi is needed for Turbo right in the middle of the party. That's how it goes I guess.
  • The memory is going, I blame the kids:
  • I am so glad next week is Christmas break.  We are taking time to be home with the kids.  Turbo has a slightly later morning practice.  It will be almost getting light when I take him to practice. I think I need the break, I'm getting tired and sleep is looking more and more attractive.
  • I feel this about the laundry:

 So that's a wrap, have a great week!
Stacy Uncorked

Monday, December 11, 2017

Crazy Busy and MMMM

So this last weekend was crazy busy.  I guess life gets that way when you have teenagers involved in a sport and two homes in different towns.
So Turbo had his first overnight swim meet.  It was 5 hours away by bus. He had a blast and is looking forward to his next trip. He swam well but the meet was an unconventional meet.  There were several relays the first day and the second day was a Pentathlon. Next weekend is his first opportunity to swim for time.  We shall see how he does.
In other news I got all the laundry done--washed, dried, folded and put away.  Go me!  And don't listen to those crazy towels.  I'll get to them tonight.
Sunday I took Nick back to Casper since he came home with a coworker last time he came home.  We took advantage of the lack of children and got most of the Christmas shopping knocked out. There is only a couple of things still to get.  I have a massive wrapping day ahead of me, but that's OK, I'll manage it.
So that was our weekend in a nut shell.  Nick and I had fun actually talking about fun stuff on the drive to Casper and after this trip he's home until after the new year.

No for some Christmas music for MMMM:
Lady Antebellum with Baby It's Cold Outside:

Brad Paisley with Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy:

Kenny CHesney with All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan:

Have a great Week!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hodgepodge: That Time Of Year


1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?
The Mom's Taxi years.  Turbo is 14, in high school, not able to drive and participating in swimming.  He needs a ride to practice, home from practice, to the bus for away trips and picked up when home from away trips, for all of which Mom's Taxi provides the transport.  I remember my mother doing this for me and Nick remembers his parents doing the same for him.  It's part of the cycle.

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?
I microwave frozen veggies for dinner and the microwave often makes ramen noddles for the boys.
We would be a bit lost with out the microwave, things would take more effort to heat up.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why? 
Winter Wonderland.  I love that it is all about enjoying a snowy afternoon outdoors.

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.
We have had so many beautiful places we have driven, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons, The Black Hills, Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park to name a few.  We also have beautiful mountains near to our home that lead to lovely vistas as well.  I'm not sure I could choose the most beautiful.
This observation tower is 40 minutes from town in the Snowy Range.

Also the view of the peaks in the Snowy Range

5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)
I really want a vacuum sealer for food. Fuzzy socks and a warm snugglely throw blanket (University of Wyoming style) would be appreciated as well.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Bruiser's art was chosen to be displayed at the university art museum for the beginning of December.  We had to go see what masterpiece he had created.  He was quite proud to have been chosen.

The art piece was an abstract self portrait.  I like it.

Have a wonderful week!


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