Monday, January 8, 2018

A Working Woman

I have had a job since May.  It's part-time.  Very part-time.  I put out greeting cards at stores and I like it a lot.  I felt like a needed a new hobby, but one that didn't cost money.  Plus with the kids being in school I need to start doing more.  I have a couple volunteer jobs I do at the school too.  I might just have to find a full-time job someday.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Paper Mario

My oldest (10 years old) is always making stuff out of paper.  Has since he was 3 years old.  It's paid off because he makes stuff like this on a whim.  I don't know what to do with it, but hey, it's pretty darn cool.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


I got this for Christmas. 
Well I got myself a Popple stuffed animal that was super cute.  My daughter loved it so much she traded me this penguin for it.  And then... the watch. Black hands on a black face.  No numbers or marks.  What is this for?! I'm just going to wear it and yell "No idea!" when asked for the time.

"Everything must be black, like the storm of justice." -The Drizzle
Everything must be black, like the storm of justice! 
Everything must be black, like the storm of justice.

Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Year: 2018

I want to write more and New Year's Day is a good day to start anything.  I just don't know what to write about.  I'll figure it out a I go, I suppose.

Good bye country driveway.

2017 brought many changes.  Most notably selling our home and becoming pet-free.  We are in the process of buying a new place in the downtown area of a town.  I am excited for that.  Until then we have some friends who took us in.  We are living in a small space and it totally works.  It works until there is too much stuff.  Down with stuff!  I know, I'll write about all the stuff I want to cram into my tiny space...

#1.  A new keyboard.  Someone got peanut butter on the keyboard and I pulled keys off to clean them and the space bar is not working correctly.  It works actually, you just have to pound on it for awhile.  I guess I don't need to get a new one.  I can live like this.  Or I can fix it.  Never mind, I just fixed it.  The little metal pieces on the bottom were bent the wrong way. 

#2.  Now that I don't need a keyboard... no idea what else I want.  I'll think about it.

So what will 2018 bring besides a want for undiscovered stuff?  New house, new organization, new routines... I want to make sure I read and play games and ride my bike.  I want to go to St. Louis.  Who knows if it'll happen.  I will try like I have tried to get to Legoland. And never did.  I will keep on trying.     

Here's to having an adventurous but calm and mildly predictable 2018.

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's October!

October is not my favorite month because the weather gets sad.  But it is a good month for gaming.  Last Halloween I replayed Costume Quest so this year I shall replay Costume Quest 2!  And the cycle shall go on.  I remember one year, many years ago, I played Costume Quest on Halloween with my curtains open and every light on in the house.  Kids were going to see!  They would be like "This lady loves Halloween! I bet she gives out giant candy bars!"  And they would be right... if kids actually existed in that neighborhood.  Someday I will live in a trick-or-treating path.  Someday.

I ordered the book!  This came out in 2014 and I have never read it.  Three years of Halloween traditions wasted!  I'll make up for it.

Friday, June 2, 2017

8 Years Ago

Miss Lucy was here eight years ago.  It seems far away but at the same time, it doesn't.  I guess so much has happened since then.  I still get sad and sick over thinking about her but who wouldn't?

What Daisy Bought

Daisy lent her talents to a university study for $10.  We went to the thrift shop for her to spend her easily earned money.  She wanted to try on all the clothes.  Eventually she picked out this dress and some fancy necklaces.  We were shopping for a shelf to store her Red Rose tea figure collection, but she found a fancy silver tray she wanted to put them on instead.  Works for me.  Lastly, she picked out some Minecraft toys.  She waited for the boys to get home from school and then she waved them in their faces while saying "Ooooooh boys! Look what I got!"  And she got very popular for the day.  I'm pretty sure she planned that.  Plus they can't exclude her from Minecraft playing now when she brings her own toys.  We had $2 left over to buy donuts and they were delicious.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

An Enchanted Afternoon

I took the Little Miss to Enchanted Forest before the summer crowds.  I gave her a heads up and had her look at some pictures before we went.  A CANDY HOUSE?!  What's inside?  Oh.. just a witch cooking up some children...maybe I'm hyping this place up. I'm not even going to show you the picture of the witch you have to walk inside of.

Our first stop was Humpty Dumpty (auto correct is telling me to write Humphrey Dumpy, I like it.)  What I like about only taking one kid to Enchanted Forest is you actually get to read all the nursery rhymes. I don't know what it is about taking more, but they run. Stampede, really.

Daisy actually did not want to go in a lot of things because they were dark/scary.  I did force her to do some, like the Seven Dwarves Mine, because it's the best.  After I saw some other parents force their kids to do stuff I realized how mean it looked though.  It didn't feel mean when I was forcing a child screaming "NO PLEEASE!!" into a dark, scary place she obviously didn't feel comfortable with.  I knew it was safe.  But I don't want her to hate The Enchanted Forest.  So I stopped pushing.  Except when she went down the slide 20+ times, I helped push when she told me I had to ride with her.

 We went on the log ride.  Daisy loved it.  Wanted to go again.  But Mom is too cheap.

 I let Daisy ride one kids ride.  She picked the bumper boats.  I stared at my phone while she was yellling "I'm all done! I want out!"  The attendant wasn't paying attention either, or most likely had no idea what she was saying.  I knew.  I just wanted her to stay in the boat.

 We enjoyed Western Town which was a teeny bit scary but the bouncy hallway was pretty darn great. European Village was also a little scary but the light show was pretty great.  Daisy had popcorn.  It was some of the best popcorn Daisy ever had.  She might say that about every popcorn that is covered in butter.

We rate this trip a success.

Summer Goals

⟹Summer Goals⟸

I'm trying to keep things simple so although I want to read so many books, and go to such-and-such places, and so on, I'll just try to keep things focused.

Get Kids' Scrapbooks Up-to-Date
I am technically 4 years behind?  This is not good.  But I made a list of 63 "simple" steps I need to do to complete this...

Watch Seasons 1-3 (maybe more?) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
This has been on my watch list for awhile now and I need something to watch while doing above work.  Hopefully this works out.  Last time I got the books caught up I watched Project Runway which requires one to look away often to stay sane.

Save/Plan/Pay for Legoland Trip in Fall
This has been on the goal list for over a year.  Time to make it happen before the kids are too old.  I have other things I want to save for - laminate flooring, a new dishwasher, a covered porch... but why have tangible things the whole family can enjoy while improving the quality of life at home when you could go yell at your kids at Legoland?

⇒We will be participating in typical summer activities... library events, cheap movies, swim lessons, ceramic classes, a couple of camping trips, and I'll also be working my part-time job.  So summer will probably go by super fast and be somewhat chaotic.  I really want the kids to practice on bikes and with musical instruments this summer but no one is excited by those ideas except me.  And I don't think I'm willing to work that hard.  Maybe I'll surprise myself.  Maybe I'll be riding a bike and playing a tambourine by the end of summer.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Middle Man Turns 6

 Mister Nels turned 6.  He is still very similar to his personality as a baby.  He can be very serious and sullen.  And then he can be did-I-forget-to-sleep-last-night silly.  I'm not sure if I got him quite figured out yet.  A stranger could probably pick out future hobbies or a career for him as well as I could.  He is interested in gardening and soccer.  He loves games and comedy.  He is quick to make friends although he is slow to approach others.  When you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he will tell you something ridiculously silly.  He's 6.
He requested a chocolate peanut butter cake with cars on top he could keep.  Big brother wanted to make the cake and he made it to spec.  Awesome job, Guy.
Happy Birthday Nels!