The Good Day


Don’t say it too loudly, but Northeast Ohio has been giving us some fantastic weather lately.

Yeah, I probably just jinxed us.  It will probably snow 4 inches overnight.

(Not 6 inches.  That would give us a snow day, and Ohio doesn’t work like that.)

Never underestimate the chances of “More Winter” invading “Road Construction”

So anyways, awesome weather means that it has just been…great.

Today was such a good day.  It wasn’t spectacular or amazing or out of the ordinary.  It was just deliciously, deeply good.

I got a large task done at work that I’ve been tackling for a while.

I came home to hugs from my hubby and my children.  My husband watched the kids while I took a short nap.  (Naps are fantastic…but I always feel guilty for taking them.  Am I the only one?  Yeah?  Fine then.)  On the negative side, I thought of an excellent Facebook status as I dozed off…then I forgot it.  Wisdom lost for all time, folks.

After my nap we played and did art together and practiced Corinne’s letter cards.  We read some stories.  We watched some Scooby Doo.

For dinner I made one of our favorites, Brunswick stew.  For once, the girls were happily occupied in their own toy kitchen and did not attempt to fall in the soup/add toys to the pot/drop bar stools on my feet.  I also made some ranch snack crackers. SO addicting.  Those crackers turned out to be all Ashlynn ate for dinner, but whatever, you know?  She’s not going to starve to death.  She’ll just be…ranchy, I guess?

And she’ll have great views and horses and invite mom to come for vacation every winter…oh sorry. Got distracted.

After dinner we grabbed popsicles and played outside until dusk fell.  We came in and did the pajama routine, then we started Stuart Little.  The girls saw the movie and fell in love, and bibliophile that I am, I couldn’t let it go at that.  A) I’ve been dying to start reading them chapter books, and B) They did a truly awful job with that movie.

Hugs and kisses and the girls were in bed, on time, and with a minimum of excuses to get up and whining.

(I swear, the other night Ashlynn got up FOUR TIMES to ask me if I was going to feed her breakfast the next morning.  I know sarcasm is lost on young children, but I was finally like “What?! Do you think I would suddenly and randomly decide that tomorrow is the first day in your life I would cancel breakfast?!  TO SLEEP!!!!  GO!!!”)

Also the dog stalked neighbors out the window while totally missing the squirrel two feet from the house that was making faces at him.  Thank God we have an electronic security system.

Now it’s time for a bath and a book and probably some brain-rotting tv.  Hopefully no insomnia, as my pre-interview jitters have turned into “the million things I want to do with my class next year” ideas and I’ve been running on fumes the past week.

My husband will be home soon.  I love and miss him and we’ll probably curl up on the couch together.  What was that noise?  Did you hear that?  It sounded like gagging.  Oh well.  Must be imagining things.

Ooooo, and it sounds like there’s a thunderstorm coming!  I sleep best with rain pouring down!

Who needs TV?

There you go.  My good day.  Deliciously, happily good. What makes your days good?  I know you’re out there, readers!  Comment and share!



A Cautionary Tale

A few days ago, we went to the Chinese buffet for lunch.

I can hear you all now, OMG buffets are gross or full of germs or unhealthy or whatever.

I will agree with the fact it never looks like this.

Well, they’re also cheap, and one of the few places we can go where everyone in the family finds something they like to eat and leaves full.  Plus, we do like the food*!

*Ok, not the weird stuff.  There was this thing labeled “Green vegetable.”  I don’t know what was scarier-the fact they couldn’t be more specific, or the fact that despite knowing loads of green vegetables, I couldn’t identify it.

It’s always a little crazy.  We each take a girl to get a plate, then we take it in shifts to get or refill plates, then Corinne has to go conduct her bathroom inspection, then Corinne has to go back to the bathroom because she forgot to go the first time, then we have to drop food on the floor for no good reason and whine because what’s on someone else’s plate looks better than what is on ours.

But eventually, we all sit down and eat and life is good.

So my husband and I were having some lunch conversation when Ashlynn tapped me on the shoulder and said “Mommy, my tummy is grumbly.”  And my response was: “Well, maybe you’re hungry, since you have not eaten one.single.thing.”

And then I went back to our conversation.  And then I learned an important lesson.

Pay attention to your two-year-old’s stomach comments.

Because she barfed all over me.  And herself.  And the table.

My friends, no Chinese buffet is complete without some random vomit.

We took it with aplomb and cleaned it up and went about our merry way. (Thankfully, we were almost done anyways.)

The good news?

It must have just been a case of coughing too hard or something, because Ashlynn was just fine.

The bad news?

Well, when you see anything falling toward the floor that you don’t want to hit the floor, what do you do?

Yeah.  You reach your hands out to catch it.

That was me.  I don’t remember this in my job description.

Thankful in November

At the beginning of November, I noticed many of my friends posting that they were going to put up a status everyday stating something they are thankful for.  There were also people claiming they were not going to shave all month and that they were going to do a blog post everyday.

Well, I think my husband would kind of object to the whole “no shaving thing.”  My legs.  Not my face.  God, people.

And yeah, a blog post a day sounds nice and all, but I’m the first to admit my life just is not that interesting.  I mean, as I type this I’m sitting at home on a Saturday night watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on ABC Family.  Didn’t you just die of the excitement in that sentence?  I know I did.

But something I’m thankful for everyday?  I could probably swing that.  And so I did.  It became a committment, something I made sure I never skipped. 

It also became a really cool time to be introspective, because honestly there were grumpy/tired/rotten days when I was on Facebook at 11:00pm muttering “I’m thankful for friggin’ NUTHIN” under my breath.  But then I always thought of something, and it really helped me focus on the positive, even if it was something teeny-weeny!

So of COURSE I saved all my posts so I could look at the whole month’s worth!  It’s actually pretty cool (well, I think so, anyways).  So, here it is: my month of thankfulness.  With comments, of course!  In parentheses!! because I forgot to mention it in November, but I am so awesomely amazingly thankful for parentheses because HOORAY PARENTHESES!!!

November 1

Today I’m thankful for the sunny weather that let me take the girls outside while I cleaned out the garden.

(Ripping it all up was actually rather gratifying.  Plus I love any reason to utilize hedge clippers.)

 November 2

Thankful today for: being a good resource for my fellow staff members at Watson. I really appreciate that they are comfortable coming to me when they have questions or need some help! 🙂

( I had just run my first staff meeting!)

 November 3

Thankful today for little things today: the joy on my daughters’ faces when they showed everyone their fancy painted fingernails.

 (Took them to the salon since Corinne had stopped biting.  Oh, have I mentioned that I was an EPIC FAIL on the not biting?  Indeed.)

November 4
Today I am thankful for all the family that stopped by to wish my hubby a happy birthday. It was nice to see you all!
(Shhhhh, I’m also thankful he’s thirty and I’m not.  Yet.)

 November 5
Thankful today for layaway. It gives us a much better structured way to finance Christmas for our family! Thanks to Deanne for cluing us in to the fact that Toys’R’Us now has layaway! We got Christmas AND Corinne’s birthday finished!!
 (Also?  Kmart layaway.  It’s the best.)

November 6

Thankful today for Aldi’s! That place knocks some serious money off the grocery bill! 🙂

November 7
Following in the theme of the day, I am so thankful for my friends. Great friends are very rare, but I’m happy there are several on my list. You know who you are!
(Everyone seemed to be thankful for friends on this day.  So I was a copy cat.  This is also when people started disappearing from the “Thankful in November” posts.)

November 8
I am thankful for every.single.person that is or has voted NO on issue 2 today.

November 9
Thankful for my parents. Who’ve been married 32 years and still tease each other and  laugh together.
(I wanna be like them when I grow up.)

 November 10
Today I am thankful for authors whose hard work and creativity produce great books.
(Anne McCaffrey, Brian Jacques, Suzanne Collins, J.K Rowling, Dean Koontz, I could go on and on and on…)

November 11
Thankful for our veterans today and remembering my Grandpa Mauger.
(Miss you Grandpa..I know you’re watching over my girlies from Heaven!)

November 12
Thankful today for my Keurig.

November 13
OMG-Today I am SO thankful for my Bissel Proheat Carpet Scrubber. My living room carpet looks BRAND new…definitely some money well spent!!

(Within two days of this post, the dog chewed a red marker up on the carpet, Ashlynn dumped an entire bowl of chili on it, and at least three drinks were spilled.  Sigh.  It was like an invitation, you guys.  Like it was a challenge or something.  Oh well, I’ll scrub again before Christmas!)

November 14
As shallow as this may seem, today I am totally thankful for my DVR.

 November 15
Today I am thankful for my amazing husband. I could rave on and on, but let’s just say he does anything and everything for our family. If there’s a man lottery, I 100% hit the jackpot. Love you, sweetie!!
(I am posting this on December 3rd, the 12th anniversary of our first date.  Still remember it like yesterday.  And I love that man more than I ever dreamed!)

November 16
Thankful today for laughter and sarcasm (for me, sarcasm  usually=laughter.)
This is where I was down to like, me and two other friends doing these posts.  Everyone else copped out.  Go perseverance!

November 17
Today I am thankful for my job. Not only for just HAVING a job in this economy, but for having one that I love. Seriously-it’s like it’s not even work.
(And I get 16 days off this year for Christmas this year!  The vacations aren’t why I teach…but they’re a rockin’ fringe benefit.)

November 18
Corinne singing
NO clue if this video will post.  Sorry.  But it’s Corinne singing “You Are My Sunshine.”

November 19
I am thankful today for my extended family. I enjoyed seeing Grandma, Jeremy, Kelly, Becky, Cathy, Dan, Brock, Grandma, Sally and Kirk tonight!!
(Yeah, there were a lot more people there.  Apparently Facebook kind of freaks out if your try to tag 15 people in one status.  And I deleted last names for privacy.)

November 20
Thankful today for my organizational skills. Between my parents and teachers, you have taught me well!!
(I have no idea why I posted this.  Maybe I cleaned the house or something?)

November 21
Thankful today for the health of my children. No feeling beats the feeling of the pediatrician telling you they miss your kids since they only see them once a year at well visit time.
(Sorry all you Facebook friends that were talking about sick children…you definitely inspired this one.  Hope your little ones all felt better quickly!)

November 22
Today I am thankful for craftiness, art supplies, and the ability to sit around on a cold rainy day and make “awesome stuff” with my kids.

November 23
Today I am thankful for my home. It may not be the biggest house on the block, but we love it and I’ve never once second thought our choice. Home is where the heart is!!

November 24
Today I am thankful for family and good food.
(I was too full of good food to think of anything better on Thanksgiving, apparently.)

November 25
Today I am thankful for the Christmas spirit that is pervasive in my house. The holidays are always wonderful, but having children makes them truly special and magical!!
( I am pee my pants excited about Christmas.  In case you didn’t notice.)

November 26
I am thankful today for this gorgeous weather. We played outside for two hours AND got all the outdoor stuff stowed away for winter.
(Which means it will be winter here until May.  Sigh. Enjoyed it now, though!)

November 27
Today I am thankful for the sweet laughter of my daughters and their amazing sense of humor.

November 28
Today I’m thankful for Disney Junior and Nick Jr. Most of their shows are fun and educational, and my girls adore them.
(But NOT Yo Gabba Gabba.  God.  Who was tripping on LSD when they made that show?  And that one guy looks like a bumpy orange penis.  Gross.)

November 29
Today I’m thankful for Facebook. It’s a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family and I love seeing all the wedding, baby and etc pictures!!
(And to waste hours worth of time.)

 November 30
Today I am thankful that I have so many things to be thankful for! I am truly blessed and taking this “30 Days of Thankful” challenge has made me more aware of that!
Annnndddd…the end.  I hope everyone had as much of a blessed November as I did.  Coming up next…November Fan-Dom.  (I promise by the end of this coming week.)

(I had to end with parentheses!)


(((Bye Bye Now!)))

September Fan-dom

What I adored in September:

1. My Nook Simple Touch Reader

I sound like a total hypocrite when I say that I’m really sad Borders went out of business…but I love my Nook.  Guess I’m a hypocrite.  It’s true that I love the smell of books, adore libraries, and get a little high from cracking open a new (or much-loved) book.  But I also love the ease and convenience of being able to download an 800 page book in 20 seconds and then throw it into my purse and have it only weigh an extra 10 ounces. 

When my old friend the Sony eReader Touch went to the big electronic depot in the sky, I was lost.  Nook?  Sony?  Kindle?  Ipad?  Technology flummoxes me.  I wanted something that could download library books and use all the books I’d bought for my previous ereader.  Nook was the answer!!  I LOVE this thing and would recommend it to anyone!  Here’s my justification for my choice:

Sony Ereaders: are being phased out and got rid of their touch edition. (boo)

Kindle: Could not handle EPUB editions at the time I was buying, so I would have missed out on library books (this problem has since been fixed)

Ipad: Tempting.  But expensive.  And if I have an Ipad full of games in front of me, the odds of reading a book get significantly lower.  Plus my kids would take it.  And I have an Iphone.  Which is just an Ipad Mini.

Nook Color: Books are black and white.  Children’s books are in color.  And my Nook is MOMMY’S Nook.  So I skipped the color and the extra price tag.

2. Ramseyer Farms

I’ve been to multiple pumpkin patches in Northeast Ohio, and after going to Ramseyer 3 years ago, I’ll never go to any other.  This place is amazing!!  There are so many crazy fun things to do for kids AND adults, and their pick-your-own pumpkins are only 25 cents a pound!

Corn slide! Woohoo!

Now, given we went on a rainy, chilly day because my hubby had specially requested the day off and the weather gods were angry, we still had a fantastic time!  More so because there was hardly anyone else there, so we had free reign of the place with no waiting!

Rainy, cold duck races are SO much better than warm, sunny ones. Mostly because there aren't rude big kids shoving my kids out of the way!

 That’s how you know a place is awesome-it’s cold and rainy and you STILL love it!

Ashlynn, the pumpkin princess and Daddy the coachman

3. Karin Slaughter

If that’s not the world’s silliest pseudonym, I don’t know what is.  But I also don’t care, because this woman writes some awesome crime/thriller fiction.  Her characters are really believable and the plots are full of constant action so you never get bored.  The best part is she wrote two separate series and then a third series that combines the two.  And I love a good crossover!!

If you’re interested in her books, the first one you want to start with is “Blindsighted.”  Highly recommend!

4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

nom nom nom

I make these every fall and my hubby adores them.  The smell of pumpkin and chocolate chips in our kitchen means that fall, trick or treat, and Halloween decorations are definitely here!

5. My Friend Kristin

She’s been through some tough times lately, but she’s still an awesome person and I wanted to let her know we’re behind her 100%!  Love ya, woman! 🙂

6. Students and Family

Because we are revamping our intervention system in my school district, I just got to actually start working with kiddos this past Monday.  Love it!  I know that bureaucracy and paperwork have their place, but I’m in this job to work with students!  So happy that’s finally started happening, and now I know this school year will fly by in an absolute blur 🙂

And, as for every month, my kids and family.  My husband is amazing at keeping this family trucking along any way he can, and my kids are simultaneously crazy/hilarious/enervating/annoying/silly/surprising all the time, at one time!  Wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world…

Picture courtesy of Corinne. Because my four-year-old is an awesome photographer, that's why!