Wednesday, May 25, 2016

10 Things That Make Me Happy

1.  Blogging/Writing.  I enjoy looking at pictures I've taken and thinking about things I've done.  I agree memories are the most valuable thing you can carry with you.  Sadly I haven't been taking pictures lately.

2.  Reading.  I find it more rewarding than tv or video games as an escape.  I really wanted to put them both on the list but they have too much of an addictive component that can leave me feeling irritated.  So I would rather do those things instead of reading but it doesn't pay off in the long run.  Long-term happiness = reading.  I haven't been reading lately either.

3.  Painting.  Painting minis.  It's fun to do and I like looking at them when they are done.  And let's just say I haven't been doing any of this stuff.

4.  Planning Trips.  I like planning trips as much as I like taking them.  I really want to go to St. Louis.  I've planned multiple trips.  Looked at lots of maps and pictures.  When I finally go I bet I feel like I've already been there.  It might take a lot of surprise out of the trip but I feel like being overly prepared will make me more adaptable and less likely to get lost.  When I went to Berkeley I memorized the maps before I went.  Best decision ever.  Anyway, I guess this is a fun escape but it could provide to be useful someday.

5.  Decluttering/Organizing.  Once again, fun to do and I enjoy the results.  I hate actual cleaning though.

6. Thrift Shopping.  And this is why I need to declutter more.  I don't know the appeal.  I like to think I'm an anti-stuff person.  I guess it's like taking things out to borrow.  You pay a little, take some crap home, and bring it back when you are sick of it?  It's fun.

7.  Exploring.  Parks, trails, beaches.  I enjoy the change of scenery, the simplicity, the little surprises.

8.  Dining Out.  Not sure if there is anything to point out here besides the obvious.

9.  Festivals and Events.  I like that these things give me something to look forward to and they are usually all about art, education, and food.  Can't go wrong.  Until you mention parking situations and crowds....  I can handle it.  Sometimes.

10.  Vacations.  I enjoy adventures.  The bonus to vacations is after one I'm usually content to be home for awhile.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bees in the Blackberries

I got our bees while the boss was in the hospital.  I just asked Nels about it because I thought he was there.  Nels said that I let him and Guy stay home by themselves and use the computer in the bathroom and I just took Daisy.  I want to tell him that's crazy and irresponsible of me.  But maybe he is right?  It was all a blur.  Except the part where the bee people asked if I wanted the "stragglers taken care of".  I replied "They're not bothering me."  Because I didn't know who the stragglers were.  It was the bees on the outside of the cages.  So I threw two little cages of bees covered in "stragglers" into our car and hoped Daisy, Rogue, and me (oh...I guess the boys weren't there) didn't accidentally eat one.

Nels, Daisy, and Rogue helped put the bees in.  Where is Guy?  He must have been hiding.

I asked Nels to take my picture.  I put bees into two hives.  This is the one picture I got. 

Plus I got two dozen of these pictures.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

You Need A Brother

Guy's school had a track & field day.  He did not want to participate because he thought it would make him feel bad about himself.  Then he found out little brother could participate with him.  Although I think competition is fine and dandy, it was nice to see Guy excited and proud to be in a supportive role.  

Daisy also participated.  She started out hard and pooped herself out.  Didn't matter because she was really just there for the candy.

Friday, May 13, 2016

10 Years

I've been married for 10 years!  And we went on our longest, most expensive vacation ever!  To the hospital for emergency open heart surgery!  The best part of this trip was that I was not the one getting cut open and it was my spouse.  I thoroughly enjoyed the cafeteria and enjoyed my anniversary meal from there.  And now he's home, showing much progress in recovery.  So all is well for now.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


I'm 33.  I'd say it will take awhile to get used to but I've said I was 33 while I was 32 so it would all be a lie.

Guy really wanted to make a birthday breakfast.  He made me a chocolate chip eggo waffle with sprinkles and cinnamon sugar on it.  Daisy tried to copy his super secret recipe.

I wanted to leave the house for my birthday because I don't like being home most the time because it's like being at work 24/7.  Not cool.  It was hard to get out of the house because of Daisy's super stellar hiding spot.  She was not pleased with her choice.

We went to the movies.  It was my birthday so I picked.  The kids kept trying to talk me into The Angry Birds Movie which isn't out yet.  Some days you can't please kids.  So we went to see Zootopia.  I liked it. Daisy had to use the potty twice.  Nels kept whisper during the previews "Is this the movie? No?  How about this one, is this the movie?"  Eventually I started ignoring him.  About 30 minutes into Zootopia he yelled "This is the movie, right?"  And after that he kept yelling "When's it going to be over?  Is it over yet?"  Guy generally did okay.  I think I only caught him in hiding in his shirt twice.  We are getting there.

Since it was my birthday I yelled at the kids a bit and then we went to some stores and I yelled at them a little more.  Then we went out for dinner and I yelled at the waitstaff a bit.  And then we went home and I watched some Stargate Atlantis which is really all that I had wanted for my birthday.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Them vs. Us

Spring Break has been going along smoothly although it's about to come to an abrupt end.  The one who will be most disappointed is Nels.   He doesn't get this kind of attention from big brother all that often and he loves it.  I'm so happy for him to have such a great big brother.


And that leaves us.  We are always stuck as buddies.  Some days we like it.  Some days we don't like our main buddy to be 30 years older/younger than us.  She starts dance classes soon soon she can meet some like-minded tots.  I bet all 3 year olds are "like-minded" but I thought it sounded funny.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I Rearranged Some Stuff

I didn't do much to the guest room.  I'm scared of painting.  It's messy and I'm not really set on any color...besides NOT yellow.  I love the white but there is a yellow wall in that room.  It's like someone was smoking over by the window for decades.  Before the house was even built someone was standing next to that drywall just smoking away.  Maybe I'll start a year of painting when Daisy is older and can stay out of my paint or at least help without dripping all over the place.  No yellow.

I rearranged some furniture.  Took some stuff out, put some stuff in.  It's nice.  It's going in the right direction.

Old roomie left some stuff in the room I could use.  Plus I had a bed frame my mom gave me.  I bought new bedding (ordered online from Ikea), towels for the bathroom (in gunmetal grey because that's the best color for painting the weapons on minis and I want my imaginary guests to be reminded of this), and a different chair.  I don't like chairs with wheels or armrests.  Too much going on.


I thought I would really make an impact here and I kind of just straightened up.  I tried my best.  I like to say that.  I recently attempted to super glue something at the table and I ruined it and part of the table and my response was "Oh well... I tried my best."  When has doing something as quick and as messy as possible "my best"?  I'm not sure what my best even is but I think hitting is rare.  Very rare.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I Don't Need No Reward Stickers

I still don't understand the double negative.  Do people mentally strike both negatives? Or do they accept the first one and take the second one as a note of passion (aka crazy)?  I love passion.  I'm passionate about passion.  When I hear someone use a double negative I'm always like "Preach!"  But when I use the word "always" I usually mean "one time or possibly less".

Daisy was proud of her reward sticker artwork.  They were quite cute stickers.  The arrangement keeps my interest.  Nicely done, little lass.

If I had a reward sticker chart I would have put a bunch of stickers on it and then later when the guilt hit I actually didn't do anything I would have to try to peel them off and I'd be stuck with a wilted, torn up piece of paper.  In other words, I'm not accomplishing goals I've set out for myself.  And I don't know how much I care.  I started taking anxiety medication at the beginning of the year and I can't figure out if it's good or bad. I wouldn't say I'm apathetic but the cons don't bother me because my anxiety that would tell me to care is quiet.  Too quiet...  Which is tough when anxiety was the only motivator I've had for along time.  I think I just need time to readjust.  Perhaps my values aren't quite what I thought they were.  That's okay.  I'll figure it out.  In the meantime I'll sleep a little more, daydream a little more.  ALTHOUGH...On my drive to the library I started on a thought process of living without arms and it made me cry.  I need to be more careful.  I can't just start showing up at things sobbing and then try to explain that I feel so bad for people who don't have arms.  I know if I did that someone without arms would show up out of nowhere and just slap me.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dinosaurs Aren't So Bad

I took a break from using technology because I felt like the kids (not me, of course not me) relied on it too much for entertainment.  With Daisy's love of Dinosaurs you'd think she'd appreciate my old ways.  No.
It was hard for me to deal with the whining and the obsessive asking but I did fine not using.  Although sometime in the last 15 years the fabric store moved and I was too stubborn to use my GPS.  Didn't matter anyway because I know how to get to Izzy's, the pizza buffet.  Izzy's replaced their chocolate lava cakes with bread pudding.  I'm not sure if it's permanent?  I need to go back soon to investigate.  Anyway I know where the fabric store is now and will make another attempt later.

Here are some things I kind of wish I took a photo of during the technology freeze...
*Daisy riding down a steep hill on a tricycle.
*A cat in a thrift shop sitting in a suitcase full of hats.  (I want to find someone with a cat allergy and buy them a hat.)
*Nels pulling a duck toy on a string, while insisting he was in fact a big kid and should be allowed to ride a hoverboard.
*Daisy drawing a band-aid on paper, cutting it out, and attempting to glue it to her arm.  (It failed if you want to know.)
*Nels telling me my stomach felt so pizza dough.  (Maybe I don't want a photo of that... but the compliment made me feel really good about myself for a second.)
*Daisy matching some hot pink pants with a hot pink shirt and then getting into the make up to make herself look like a "cat".  (She looked more like the joker but when I told her this she became very annoyed with me.)
*The kids laughing at me when I told them to be on "their best behavior" in Izzy's and then accuse me of joking.  (I guess constantly yelling stuff like "Food fight!" and "First one to eat 100 ice cream cones wins!" might have me losing credibility.)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Chalk Drawings

I'm going to post pictures of my kids because they drew some stuff I think is super cool.  If it embarrasses them later in life I will blur their faces and change their names to "Octopus Advocate" and "CEO of Fish Car Inc."

Nels says they are holding hands.  That may have been after he beat him up and dragged him out of a bay.  I need to look up if that's still legal.  I don't want to do it but it's nice to know in case someone I know ever gets into some legal troubles.

Daisy drew a fish car first and then followed it with this adorable little stick dude.  I think different sized eyes is something I find cute.  It's probably human nature to be attracted to someone who's missing half an eye.