Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Just My Luck


Wouldn't you know that like, the day after I decide to start blogging again, our stupid computer up and dies?!  (Yes, I am blogging at work, but only for a minute)!

So, here's to hoping that the pictures can be recovered, and that all my Young Women notes and lessons aren't lost forever, and that my email archives can be restored, etc. etc. etc.

You'll have to stay tuned for lengthy tales of the wedding and of our most recent camping trip, because nobody wants to read posts about those kinds of things without pictures!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Upon Further Thought

I've been looking over this cute little blog, and reading some of my older posts, and I asked myself an important question.

"Why haven't you kept up with this blog?"

Ummm....because I've been really busy?  Because I've been really grouchy?  I don't know...I just haven't.

But I've been thinking about it, and I think I should try to do a little better.  There have been lots of great things happening in our lives, and I should document them so I don't forget.  Like Kate's beautiful wedding.  Like Paul and Nicole expecting a sweet little baby girl in a few months.  Like my parents' upcoming 50th wedding anniversary.

I think I can do it.  I'll commit to doing it.

Here's to me and my blog!

Photo:  Mark Philbrick

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Slippery Slope of Fall

 Don't you just love fall?  I didn't used to, when I was young and foolish.  Fall always made me sad.  The beautiful summer was dying, the cold and dirty air was moving in, and the days were short and dark.  I suppose those things are all still true, but I don't see it that way anymore.  Now I see the beauty of fall.  The crunchy leaves, the brilliant colors, the cooler weather, the long, cozy nights.  Hot chocolate and holidays.

And that is why, as soon as October arrives, I start to get excited.  Because here comes Halloween!  And here comes Thanksgiving!  And here comes Christmas!  Up go the decorations!  And before I know it, Halloween is over, and it takes me a week or more to get everything put away and get some Thanksgiving on.  And that never lasts very long because fall is just a slippery slope, and before I know it, we're enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner.  And the MINUTE the dinner dishes are done, we start testing the Christmas lights!

So Fall 2013, bring on the good times!  I'm glad you're here.


p.s.  This is Kurt.  He goes with Kate.  They are in love.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

WHAT THE....?? It's a BLOG POST!!

It's been so long since I've posted anything on here, I think I forgot how!!  If I still have any interested readers, I'll just let you know that when the radio is silent this long, it's usually because I'm depressed.  Yeah, that's something that I really, really struggle with.  Did you know that?  Well, it's true.  And the past while, almost a year, has been pretty rough.

I'm hanging in there, but I'm struggling.  I'm working on it, and some days are better than others.  Sooner or later these times pass, at least that's been my experience, but this one has lasted a long time, and it's been made worse by the busy-ness of my life.  In the past, I've kind of been able to declare a sort of "time out," and really cut back on things so I can focus on coping, but this time around I have not been able to do that as much.  My family, as usual, especially Dennis, as usual, has borne the brunt of my weakened state, and it's hard for me to watch them struggle on my account.  (That didn't make much sense...except it does to me).   They are struggling because I am struggling.  It doesn't seem fair.

Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there, and let you know that I'm still here, and that one of these days my blog is going to rise up and be the blog it was meant to be!  And while I'm at it, I might rise up too, and be the girl I am meant to be.

Here is a photo, because that's what I like when I read a blog post.  I assume you do, too.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Don't anyone have a heart attack or anything--I know it's been a while since I posted anything on this poor little blog.  I am vowing to do better.  A sort of Blog Resurrection, if you will.

My life is busy.  Too busy, in fact.  But there you have it.  I don't read blogs, I don't post blogs, I don't get enough sleep, and I don't get much done around the house.  But I see tons of students every day, and I am sort of caught up on my school work, so I guess I'm doing something!

Being an advisor is exhausting.  I spend all, and I mean ALL, of my emotional energy at work each day.  By the time I get home all I want to do is crawl, whimpering, under my covers.  But HELLO, I have children to take care of.  They need help with their homework, help with their practicing, help getting to practices and games and parties and scouts.  They also need to eat, and get haircuts, and shower, and clean their rooms.  If I can meet their basic physical needs, it's a good day.

I don't want to talk about meeting their emotional needs, because frankly, it ain't happening, and I feel pretty bad about that.

So basically, I've been riding that exciting roller coaster we all call life.  Usually I enjoy roller coasters, but this one isn't feeling very fun right now.  In fact, it has occurred to me that I really, really want to get off.  Just for a little while and regain my composure.  Because lately, and by lately I mean since about the beginning of October, I have been in a poopy mood.  I only write poopy because I'm slightly above writing the word you all know I'm thinking, right here, out loud, on my blog.


So, tomorrow morning I'll give myself a big pep talk before I manage to get out of bed, and I'll stumble through the morning routine, and with my sweet husband's help, get everyone out the door. Then I'll put on my happiest happy face and go to work.  After work I'll come home and try to keep my happy face on, but when I find out that someone told their friends that I'm a butt, or when they cry when I tell them it's time to practice, my happy face will go away.  And it won't come back.


In other news, today I mailed Keith and Becky's Christmas present.  And we have new windows!  (That is worth posting some pictures...maybe I'll do that later and resurrect Wordless Wednesday...)  Isaac is getting really good on his little cello, and Wade is starting Spring football training.  Isaac earned his Webelos badge, but he can't get it yet because he hasn't been in Webelos long enough.  Dennis and I went and saw Cyrano de Bergerac last night, and it was SO good.  Kate is almost finished with her first year of college, and Paul and Nicole are in Florida, using the plane tickets we bought for their original honeymoon, but they didn't end up using.  Dennis made me a birthday cake and I decorated it and wrote "Happy Birthday to Me!!!" on it.  I also arranged the candles to say "Hippy Bath Yard."  I'm gettin' crazy in my old age.

So there you have it.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  Check back later for more regular updates!!