Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Review

Another year gone by, a lot of stories that made an impact. Here are the ones that left me thinking about humanity . . . and where it's headed:
 
  1. Boston Marathon bombing
  2. Jodi Arias trial and verdict
  3. Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman debacle
  4. Shootings, shootings, and more shootings
  5. Lance Armstrong doping
  6. Oscar Pistorius murdering his model girlfriend
  7. The birth of the Royal baby
  8. Ariel Castro's Cleveland house of horrors
  9. Anthony Weiner sexting (yuck!)
  10. Miley Cyrus twerking (double yuck!!)
I could only hope for a better 2014. I hoped for a better 2013 but don't think I hoped hard enough. It's going to take a lot more than hope to change the way things are going. Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Great Escape


Ever want to run away? I do. I suppose I'm not having a good week. I think I've already checked out mentally. Physically, I'm trying to hang on.
 
Yesterday the kids had a snow day. The school called and woke me up at 5:30am to let me know school was closed due to the impending snowstorm. Want to know how much snow we got? A dusting. Thanks for burning 1 of those 3 precious snow days we get for the year!
 
The kids being home all day was a little rough. I've pretty much learned to ignore the yelling, screaming and crying unless someone is bleeding or I hear a loud thump. Needless to say, it was a long day.
 
Baby boy didn't want to go to school today after all the fun he had at home yesterday. I left him crying at drop-off. The guilt is wearing heavy on me this morning.
 
Tomorrow I have to take my mother for a colonoscopy. She's been stressing for weeks about this so by now it's rubbed off on me, and I'm completely stressed out.  
 
Today, my husband starts his vacation. He's using the rest of his vacation days for the year. That means he's home until January 2. Someone shoot me now!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

6WS

Call Me Cate at Show My Face hosts Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
 
Best gift to myself ~ sleeping in!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Inadequate Mom

Yesterday my preschooler had a Thanksgiving feast at his school. Being one of four class moms, I was on board to bring something. The other moms were bringing side dishes to a turkey dinner and a cookie craft for the kids to make and eat - sweet potatoes, cornbread, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn. I was in charge of the paper goods.

 
I admit that I hate to cook. Cooking is not something I enjoy. I don't spend time on Pinterest looking up recipes and cute ways to serve food. I pretty much dread the 4 o'clock hour when I have to decide what I'm cooking for dinner.
 
Looking at how these other moms also had more than one child (like me) and were working moms (not like me), I was feeling mighty inadequate at what they had accomplished. They were baking and cooking the night before and that morning. I was bringing paper plates in a plastic bag from the supermarket.
 
Clearly these moms were all over Pinterest with their sweet potatoes and marshmallows to get the kids to eat them, and their cute turkey cookie craft ideas. I felt such the loser, the slacker, the bad mother.
 
And then I thought, well, at least I'm here, in the classroom with my little guy. Who cares that I forgot to buy a tablecloth or bring plastic forks. One of the other supermoms had that covered with her supply of everything that could possibly be necessary for a Thanksgiving feast in her trunk.
 
After about 30 minutes, I didn't care anymore. My little guy could care less about all that food on the beautiful harvest paper plate I had purchased. I confess he did eat the marshmallows and, of course, that cute turkey cookie. He just was happy to be spending time with me. And that's what being a mom is all about.
 
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gratitude

I'm thinking of starting a gratitude journal. I remember Oprah talking about it years ago, and I thought it would be a great way to help me find some positivity in my life.
I typically seek out the bad stuff and wallow in it. I can usually find the bad in just about anything. Constantly worrying is an exhausting prospect. Perhaps a journal would be a daily reminder to focus on the good.

So what am I thankful for today? I'm thankful for the little family I have. I love my two boys. Nothing makes me more proud than them. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey

Sometimes I don't know what I'm thinking. I've offered to host Thanksgiving for over 20 people this year - something I haven't done in about 10 years. It sounded good about 2 weeks ago, right after I put together and ran a gift auction successfully for over 200 people. Now with a week before Thanksgiving and tons of prepping to do, it doesn't sound so good anymore.
 
Did I mention I hate to cook? Here I am hosting the biggest meal of the year. Guess who's the turkey?
 

 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

6WS

Call Me Cate at Show My Face hosts Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
 
Same old, same old. What's new?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Finds



MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Friday Finds. What great books did you find online, in the library or at the bookstore? What did you add to your TBR list? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!



"Love All" by Callie Wright
"Sea Creatures" by Susanna Daniel
"The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty
"The Silent Wife" by A. S. A. Harrison
"Thursdays in the Park" by Hilary Boyd
"Stag's Leap" by Sharon Olds
"Just What Kind of Mother Are You?" by Paula Daly
"The Violet Hour" by Katherine Hill
"How to Be Alone" by Tanya Davis

Saturday, October 5, 2013

6WS

Call Me Cate at Show My Face hosts Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
 
Out of sight, out of mind.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Auction Distraction

I am up to my eyeballs in Gift Auction preparation. I cannot believe it has been two months since I posted ANYTHING on my blog. There are mounds of prizes scattered throughout my house. I'm still picking up donations. I'm still soliciting a few places. This has been an all-consuming process that I don't plan on doing again. I keep reminding myself it's all for the kids (in between bad-mouthing everyone else who's giving me a hard time).
 
I thought I'd at least post a reason why I stopped blogging. Now I have to get back to work on this Auction. Only 22 more days and then it will all be over with - thank goodness!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

6WS

Call Me Cate at Show My Face hosts Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
 
Things are never as they seem.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

6WS

Call Me Cate at Show My Face hosts Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
 
Woke with headache. Overloaded on thoughts.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I'm So Sick of Men

Just another woman, standing by her politician husband on the podium, embarrassed by the fact that he is, yet again, just another pervert. Yet still she stands there. Sigh.
 
I could be referring to a few choice women, but in this instance I'm speaking of Huma Abedin, the wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. This fool has been caught, and admitted to, sexting with some little hooha while he was a Congressman a couple of years ago. He resigned, continued to sext, and is now running for mayor. I love these men who think they're entitled and can continue to get away with disrespecting their wives.
 
Of course, he's not the first and, I'm sure, won't be the last. Lest we forget Jim McGreevey who made a complete and utter fool of his wife, Dina, as she stood beside him while he announced he was, in fact, gay. They soon divorced, obviously.
 
What about the grand pooba of them all, Bill Clinton. Hillary stood by and is still wedded to this man who just couldn't keep it in his pants.
 
I don't have any doubt that the fact that a man has strong sexual urges impedes on his ability to perform his job. I do, however, have a problem with the blatant disrespect for the wives of these men and, quite honestly, the wives' willingness to show the world it's okay to be disrespected.
 
Of all the latest political scandals that have come to pass, the one woman I respect is Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of Congressman Mark Sanford. She never stood next to him on the podium when he finally admitted that his random disappearances were actually jaunts to see his Argentine mistress. Then she promptly divorced him. Good for you, Jenny Sanford!
 
I'm not sure why the wives of the others continue to stay, but I can speculate. Some would say Hillary's (and perhaps Huma's) own political aspirations required her to maintain the fa├žade of a marriage. Not sure if I buy that. Why does she need to stay married (to a cheater) in order to be successful? She was Secretary of State and will probably run for President again in 2016. Does she really need to be married to be so accomplished?
 
Maybe it's a lot simpler than all the speculation. Maybe these women are in love. Sounds sweet, but does not necessarily grant permission for these men to continue to be disrespectful. That's what gives me pause.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

6WS

Call Me Cate at Show My Face hosts Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
 
Another Jersey day, the heatwave continues

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Finds



MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Friday Finds. What great books did you find online, in the library or at the bookstore? What did you add to your TBR list? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!



"Tampa" by Alissa Nutting
"The Lemon Orchard" by Luanne Rice
"The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty
"Memories of a Marriage" by Louis Begley

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Heat Drain

Ugh, the heat is getting to me. We're in day 4 or 5 of the heat wave here in New Jersey, and although I have a pool and air conditioning, I am still feeling spent.
 
I wake up in the morning and feel exhausted and sweaty. Sleeping on the 2nd floor doesn't help matters, especially since it's about 5-10 degrees warmer up there. Maybe a night downstairs on the couch would do the trick.
 
The kids inevitably want to hit the pool at some point during the day. Last I checked (yesterday afternoon), the pool water temperature was 88 degrees. We have a large inground pool. If the temp in the deep end is reading 88, I don't want to know what the temp in the shallow end is. Not exactly a refreshing dip in the pool either way.
 
I am thankful that our power hasn't gone out. I'm sure the electric company is generating all sorts of amazing record usage this week. I just pray they keep it coming until Saturday or Sunday when this heat will break.
 
In the meantime, I will attempt to stay cool inside by drinking a glass of iced tea and wasting the day away online.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

6WS

Call Me Cate at Show My Face hosts Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
 
Getting my country music on lately.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Finds



MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Friday Finds. What great books did you find online, in the library or at the bookstore? What did you add to your TBR list? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!



"Astor Place Vintage" by Stephanie Lehmann
"Eleven Days" by Lea Carpenter
"The Widow Waltz" by Sally Koslow
"Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger" by Beth Harbison
"Gone" by Cathi Hanauer
"Fin & Lady" by Cathleen Schine