Monday, January 2, 2017

And It's Already January 2

Molly and I head to Disney tomorrow, and guess what - I'm not packed! Technically I have packed my race outfits (because at Disney, if you're in my pace group, you have to look Disney-cute, mainly because your pace is so slow, you need to justify being in the race). The rest of the packing I will do tomorrow, which will be the usual counting of the underwears and tossing in black capri stretchy pants and whichever clean/non-stained/non-hole shirts I can locate.

Last night Everley and Lindley spent the night, so we all slept in the Animal Kingdom room upstairs (because it has the king-size bed). We watched "Storks" which I couldn't quite get in to, but seemed to occupy both girls - well until after 11pm (okay, so we didn't start watching until nearly 10 - that's what you get when you sleep over at LaLa's). Since nobody had school/day care today, and parents had to work, Emmatha came over and we all spent a lazy day at LaLas.

The good news is that Sam came with a workout friend and carted off the treadmill and exercise bike. Yes, I know - most people purchase these types of machines in January to start off the year with good health intentions. Me? I get rid of it!! Actually, we've had both for many, many years, and their use has steadily declined over the years. Sam's workout place agreed to take them off my hands, and in just a short while the machines and a basket of other exercise-related equipment made their ways out the door. I did keep my punching bag, because it's the only thing that I am determined to use. So does that mean I have given up on fitness? No - it means that I am ridding myself of useless stuff that clutters up my life. We belong to the YMCA, which has plenty of equipment for me to use - I just have to get my butt up there and use it. Meanwhile, my sunroom now looks more like a restful sunroom than a hoarder's delight - and that makes me pretty happy.

Anyhoo, that's my start to 2017 - hope yours is starting out stellar, too!!
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Today's blessings include: Everley, Lindley, and Emmatha time; Everley and Lindley sleepover; Maribeth delivering Sonic for dinner; fun photos from Marilyn and family's WDW trip

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!

... aaaand I'm back. Again.

I wish I could tell you that I've been on an around-the-world trip. Or that I've been at "The Biggest Loser" camp. Or that I've been in a cave writing the next great American novel. Because if I had done any of those things, or any of another possibilities, then there might be some valid excuse from my lethargic blogging of late.

So I won't even attempt to make excuses. Instead I shall just say that here I go again, hoping to at least keep current. And maybe do a few catch-ups in between. As for now, here are the newsworthy bullet points ...

  • Maribeth, Everley, and Emmatha have returned to residence in their own home. It is still under some minor construction, but is livable. Mathieu has returned from his year in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay, so the family is back together!  In a semi-construction zone, but together! Hopefully the final inspection will be in a week or so, and they can fully move into the new part.
  • My knees are slowly improving. Maybe it's because LaLa has backed off Everley/Emmatha duty. It certainly isn't because LaLa has been doing the right things to get them better, but 2017 is a new year, so hopefully that will take place soon.
  • My house still looks like a hurricane has been through it, but as Maribeth and Co take things back to their house, my house is looking a little better. 2017 is also going to be a year for decluttering and cleaning, so maybe I will quit tripping over things soon. Well, probably not, since if there is anything that is bigger than an atom, in a room the size of a football field, my foot will somehow find it to trip over, but a person can hope ...
  • I am heading to Disney World in a few days for the annual trip for Disney Marathon Weekend. No, I'm not marathoning, but I will do a smaller race or two, and will be Molly's support team while she marathons. Then we will be doing a short Disney cruise, because Molly deserves it after four races in one weekend, and I have to go because I am her support team.
  • 2016 - lots of sadness and losses in all kinds of ways. Here's to hoping that 2017 is a great year.
See you tomorrow!!  Seriously, one can hope, can't she?
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Today's blessings include: the start of a new year; Sam bringing lunch and dinner; Steve's safe travel home from GDiz's house; Marilyn and family's safe travel to Disney

Monday, November 7, 2016

Yup, It's Me Again!!

Yes, I am at this point again. Behind in blogging. Again. I don't know what to say except that it seems like yesterday I was caught up (relatively). And yesterday Emmatha was born. And tomorrow it will be Christmas. In other words, time is cruising right on by, and I just seem to be running in circles.


Oh well, not to fear - I shall get caught up again. I shall start by getting caught up for the past six weeks, and then get caught up for all of last summer. I thought it might be odd to get caught up for time so far past, but then I realized - you read history books, right??

Anyhow, here we are again. Catch you on the next circle!!
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Today's blessings include:  waking up in my own house and snuggling with my bed buddy for the night, Everley; getting caught up with stuff before the next trip

Monday, September 26, 2016

I Watched The Presidential Debate ...

Actually, I couldn't say if one candidate was better than the other (although I had my favorite). And actually, I didn't watch the debate in its entirety, because it did start to get on my nerves. And I really don't like arguing/debating anyhow, so when two adults start interrupting and saying stuff just to be heard, it really gets on my nerves. And when the moderator doesn't take charge and keeps mentioning a time limit but doesn't enforce it, my nerves have had enough.

Is there going to be another one?
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Today's blessings include: Ms. Indira taking care of Emmatha's "code brown" upon arrival at school; spending a lazy zero day at home; planning for Disney races/trips; Steve's safe travel to Memphis and then Birmingham; Catching up on blogs for September 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Busy Sunday

Steve has been in Boston for the weekend to watch Mississippi State play football. The game was yesterday (MSU won), and Steve took the early flight back this morning. He even managed to pick up doughnuts on the way home from the airport! Which worked out well, since Everley was awake by the time he got home.

Tomorrow is Steve's birthday, but since he is going out of town, we decided to have his party this evening. Sam's gift to him is twofold - #1 is getting rid of the monster tv in the living room. It's an old (relatively) big screen tv that's about five feet wide and three feet deep. Steve has maintained it for years with new bulbs and whatnot, but I'm ready for it to go (maybe it's my gift). Sam volunteered to put it on Craig's List and get rid of it. His #2 gift is to upgrade the wifi router thingy so hopefully our internet will be better - but since I am rather technologically illiterate, I'm not sure how that's going to happen - maybe with a magic wand?

Anyhow, Lynnette and Lindley were out running errands, and stopped by for doughnuts. They had a Mother-Daughter book club (part of Lindley's 1st grade class) before Steve's party, so they left for a while. Meanwhile, Dude saw the tv on Craig's List and contacted Sam to pick up the tv. Maribeth needed to meet Renee, the person in charge of deciding finishes for the house remodel, at Maribeth's house, so she and I loaded up Everley and Emmatha in the car to meet Renee. While we were there, Dude came by to get the tv, and Steve and Sam then left to get a new tv. Which ended up being just as wide, just not as deep. It does have a nice picture, though.

Anyhow, eventually everyone ended up back at the house to celebrate Steve's big day. Sam cooked burgers on the grill, and we had Rotel dip, baked beans, and mashed potatoes to even out the dinner. For dessert we had old-school chocolate cake, which Everley and Lindley helped me make. After opening gifts and playing with the packing styrofoam from the tv box, it was time for everyone to head back to their houses.  It's been a good Sunday!!
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Today's blessings include: Steve's safe travel home and picking up doughnuts on the way home; Everley, Lindley, and Emmatha time; Lynnette bringing Panera lunch; Sam getting rid of old tv and going with Steve to pick up a new one; meeting with Renee and Maribeth to go over house layout