Thursday, March 9, 2017

Doing Something New

So, one of my New Year's promises was to try new things.  Last night I did try something new.  I attended a Pop Up Paint Party.  It was held at The Library, a local bar, because what college town doesn't have a bar called the Library?
A good friend went with me and we painted a really fun picture:

I'm on the far right, in front

Definitely made me smile.
 
Fence Post Daisies
I am going to do this again, next week in fact, but that one is with a different group. I will be doing the Pop Up Paint Party again.  It was so much fun!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge, Perfect

Questions for the Hodgepodge:

1. What is one area of your life where you're a perfectionist? Is that a good thing?
I'm not really much of a perfectionist, I'm more a get it done as well as possible, but get it done kind of girl. Striving for perfection can really slow things down.  My mom found the saying that finished is better than perfect and she started applying it to her crafts because trying for perfect can cause a project to never get finished.

2. What's something you find perfectly ridiculous?
The "style" of boys wearing pants that hang so very low. The over sharing that goes on via the internet.  The over offense people take at the slightest hint of criticism. I could go on and on...

3. What's a skill you've developed by way of that old fashioned saying, 'practice makes perfect?
Meal planning.  I learned the basics before I left home, but mom was the cook at home.  It wasn't until I moved out that I started learning the making of a meal, not just cooking parts of it. There is a skill to having all the elements of a meal come together at the same time. Pleasing multiple people with that meal is a whole other issue.

4. What's your idea of a perfect breakfast?

Biscuits and gravy.  Nick makes a mean version of it too. Although, Nick's hash browns, eggs and bacon is really good too.  I guess, mostly, a perfect breakfast is one my hubby cooks!

5. What's a trip, holiday, vacation, or day outing you've taken that you'd rate a perfect 10? Tell us why.
We have so many trips that could be perfect 10s.  We love to get in the truck and hit the road. It helps that we have so fantastic scenery within driving distance.
Rocky Mountain National Park

Death Valley National Park

The beach at LAke Michigan

Rafting the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument

Road trip to the Snowy Mountains
The Black Hills

Yellowstone

Arches National Park

Four wheeling about an hour from home.

And so many more...

6. What quote or saying perfectly sums up your life right now? If you can't do perfect, how about one that comes close?
It always gets better. No matter how bad things look now, it will get better.  Just keep moving forward.


7. How would you spend $300 today?

I'd got to Bed Bath and Beyond and get new flatware and towels and sheets.  It would be easy to spend it there.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I'm going to my first wine and paint party tonight.  I'm looking forward to it as something new I have wanted to do for a while now.  I have a friend going with me and we are looking forward to having a fun night out.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hi, Still Alive

Yeah, still here.  Not to diligent with the posting, but still like having the outlet.  I think I can do a bit of random today, so here goes:
  • I have really been missing my mother recently.  I keep getting little reminders of things I used to do with her.  Bruiser had a school program and I was reminded of the last one she got to see.  Nick and I went to lunch and I was again reminded of the Friday lunches we used to do when the boys were little. I just miss her.
  • On a brighter note Bruiser had a very cute school program and he got to be the shark that ran across stage at the end of a song.  It was the punchline of the song.  It was so cute.
  • Turbo has joined the swim team.  He is just getting into the whole idea of a sport. I hope he ends up enjoying it.
  • Our spring break is creeping up on us.  We aren't doing anything exciting this year.  Some home improvement and just hanging out with the kiddos.  Might be a trip to Cabelas for some camping supplies (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, a new tent, possibly ice fishing stuff like a hut/shelter, and whatever else strikes our fancy). There might be a sleep over with cousins and a garage party, weather permitting.
  • This:
  • Although I have been doing better in the meal planning and execution department. I do think I want to introduce a bit of variety, but Bruiser is still a bit picky. Or a lot picky. Yeah, the kid drives me nuts with eating dinner sometimes.
  • Turbo on the other hand is fixing to start eating us out of house and home.  He's right there with the increasing appetite. Swimming will only increase it more.  Goody.
  • Some days are just like:
Hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Randomized

Let's get just a little bit random today.
  • We have had a run of very nice weather recently.  Just about all the ice has melted away.  It's been in the 50s during the day and sunny.  Yes, we have had some wind but still, warm weather for us.  That all ends tomorrow.  We will be getting snow again.  Not sure how much.  Could be an inch, could be a foot. Weather is so fun in it's unpredictability.
  • Turbo gets to start swimming next week for the junior high/middle school.  Yeah, since this is the first year that 9th grade has been part of the high school here, the former junior high is now a middle school--I think.  It's all rather murky.  Anyway, Turbo and swimming.  He's excited. I'm sort of excited.  Mom's taxi gets to go into service.  It's really good that Nick likes to cook, and he's quite good at it too.
  • Tax time.  We do our taxes tonight. Shouldn't be scary, but it's kind of like going to the principal's office for adults isn't it?
  • Freya has been fitting in well.  She loves Thullee.  Really, really loves him. He's less sure of her, but since all his experience of cats was mostly them telling him to stay away at claw point, it's understandable that he's confused by this little cat that wants to cuddle.    
  • Bruiser is in swimming lessons again.  He had to start out in level 3 again (about his 4th time in level 3) but on the second lesson he moved up to level 4.  He was so excited to move up. I had told him he wouldn't be in level 3 for very long.  He was less than thrilled about going to lessons, but he's all excited about them now. I'm just happy he's swimming.
  • I've been finding my mojo, motivation, or whatever again.  I've been cooking more, Nick and I have been doing more things both together and separately.  It's been good.
  • Nick started snow biking.  He has always been a fan of biking, most especially mountain biking, he raced when he was younger.  He had a friend finally convince him to try snow biking and he fell in love with it.  So much so he bought a bike to do it with. (He only rented the bike to try it first) So now Nick is the proud owner of three bikes: the old hard tail mountain bike, the full suspension mountain bike and the snow bike.

So hopefully the weather is good where you are this week!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines

Happy Valentines Day!  No really, Happy Valentines!! I know there are those who hate this "holiday" but I like it.  Little kids trade silly cards and candy, I got to have a great dinner with my hubby and the boys Sunday as an early celebration of the fact that Nick and I have spent 23 Valentines together. 

We got together on February 26 1993.  So our first Valentines was February 1994.  Seems so very long ago.  Just about 24 years together. Longer together than not together. Now that is pretty cool I think.

Bruiser had a bit of a sore throat yesterday so we spent the day at home doing what we do when the kids are sick.  We watch Big Bang Theory.  Nothing like a dose of Sheldon and the gang to help one feel better.




The ice has just about melted off here.  It's nice, but I know we have more snow coming.  We get the most snow in the "spring" around here.   I'm kind of looking forward to the spring snow.  It's messy, but doesn't last very long.

Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful day!!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Stinks

Especially the Monday after the Superbowl. Even more so when my hated companion Insomnia comes to visit.  I didn't even drink that much yesterday.  It stinks.

My feelings on Monday. 

And on to other things.  We had a relatively busy weekend.  Nick and I got to have a late lunch on Friday.  Sort of like a date. It was really nice.
Saturday morning Nick took the boys ice fishing, but it was really windy so they didn't stay long.  Bruiser did manage to hook a fish before the packed up to come home though.  It got off the hook as he got it up to the hole to pull it out of the water.  He wants to try again though, so that's good.
The rest of Saturday was kind of just bumming around.  I did make bison burgers for dinner with some bison burger that was given to us.  They were delicious.
Sunday Nick went cross country skiing with a friend and then he took the boys to shoot archery.  In the afternoon we headed to our cousins house for Superbowl fun.  The food was awesome, the commercial disappointing and the game so-so.  Not the biggest football fan here so I had no real investment in either team. It was interesting to see history made with the overtime though.

So that was our weekend in a nut shell.  Some go and some relax and I'm not quite ready to be back at it this morning.  Was your weekend better?



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Eight

Bruiser turned eight last weekend.  EIGHT!! I really need to stop blinking, time just whizzes past when I do.  It seems like just yesterday that he was tiny, new and such a cuddle bug.

Now.  Now he is an opinionated, stubborn, talkative, Pokemon obsessed, Batman loving, Youtube watching, mock sword/nerf gun fighting eight year old. He likes riding his bike.  He likes camping and kayaking. He loves four wheeling. He is a trooper when we go skiing.  He just trucks along with non stop babble falling from his mouth.
Bruiser has discovered music, as in 80 rock.  He likes Poison and Bon Jovi. He loves the song My House by Flo Rida.  Radioactive by Imagine Dragons is another favorite. He has been having fun finding music on Amazon Prime.  
He is a very picky eater as far as anything remotely spicy is concerned.  He hates potatoes, except for french fries and mom's home fries.  He adores chicken nuggets, fish sticks and corndogs.  He has found that he likes potstickers and rice with soy sauce (a blessing for when we want to order chinese). The only pizza he will eat is cheese. A rather bland choice, but we have hopes his tastes will improve as he gets older. The kid will eat any kind of pork put in front of him.  He eats chicken just as well.  Not a huge fan of beef, but likes steak.


I love my little man.  He drives his brother nuts (just like any little brother is supposed to) but they do get along fairly well. It will be a wonderful adventure finding out where he goes from here.  Here's wishing eight treats you well Bruiser!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Jones Family Member

Last November we had to put our old (18+ years) cat down.  She became frail and had lived a good long life.  This left me without a cat in the house. The first time this had happened since I met Nick, so 24 years or so.
I really missed having a cat around.  Thullee is a wonderful dog, but he's a dog. So the hunt was on for a new cat.  I had expressed years ago that I wanted my next cat to be a siamese cat.  Or at least a siamese colored cat.  A purebred siamese is a bit out of our budget range. Anyway last week I decided to check out the rescue sites around our parts and darned if I didn't find the perfect candidate to have join our happy home.
Meet Freya:
She is a 4-5 month old kitten that was rescued from a feral cat area and put up for adoption.  She is very sweet, kind of shy, but curious and playful and she loves Thullee.  He's not so sure about her, but he's good with her anyway.
The boys are over the moon and I'm thrilled with the addition.


I really think we could have called her perpetual motion.  Or blur.

Have a good week all!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Getting Out

We were able to get out of the house this weekend and go skiing.  The weather was wonderful. Cold and crisp, the snow fabulous for skiing and the kids had a blast.




We are hoping the snow and weather will cooperate and we can get out again.  Getting out of the house makes the winter that much easier to get through.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year's Thoughts

For years now I have resisted the dreaded new year's resolutions and instead made promises to myself. Keeping these promises has been more successful than resolutions adn I thought I would keep up the tradition. 
Therefore, these are my 2017 promises to myself:
  1.  Exercise more.  Now, since I am not doing a whole lot right now, this one should be easy.  I need to clean the room with the elliptical so I can use it again. There are also some outdoor activities I can engage in, cross country skiing, hiking, biking, yeah, I just need to get active, or more active.
  2. Cook something new twice a month. I used to do this, but got out of the habit.  It's a habit to get back into.  Our meals have been getting a bit ho hum. The almost 8 year old in the house is rather picky. Turbo in the other hand, will try anything and enjoys most of it. The joys of being a teenage boy.
  3. Reconnect with my hubby.  Find time to spend just with him, doing something outside of the house.  Go for lunch, go for a bike ride, go for a walk, do something.  We are so work oriented that we have lost the mojo to do the fun stuff. We need to dream again. It might help us over come the inertia of being home and get out and do things.
  4. Have a shopping day (or two) with girl friends.  It's been ages since I got out of town with friends to go shopping for me.  Black Friday does not count. I want to go be fun and frivolous.
  5. Go camping.  We never got out camping last year.  It was a crazy summer that just didn't give us time to go camping.  We need to go this summer.
  6. Bike to work this summer.  Nick got me a lovely purple cruiser bike and I want to ride to work.  I will once the need to take the kiddo to school and/or pick him up from school is not there.  
  7. Do something new once a month.  Not sure what the new thing will be, but something new.
  8. Continue the organizing of the scrapbooking room.  We made progress in there, but then the stuff from my mom got stacked in there and I'm not sure I'm ready to go through it all quite yet. I'm getting there, but it's not easy.
  9. I would like to make an epic trip this year.  Florida (the keys), the West coast, Washington/Oregon area, Glacier National Park in Montana, something grand and maybe involving plane travel.
  10. Do something frivolous for me.  Get a makeover, buy high heels, get a manicure/pedicure.  Just do something that is just for me and not for any particular reason other than to feel good about myself.
So there are my promises.  We shall see what I am able to keep.  Hopefully all of them.  They seem like good for the soul and mind and body, don't they?

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