I need ALL the coffee!

I think this about sums things up:

I had intended to post this on Monday. It was absolutely fitting after a weekend spent building a bookshelf. I may not have done any of the heavy lifting, but I did spend Sunday cleaning, and for some reason, it wore me out more than normal. Monday morning was rough.

Then I thought I’d post it on Tuesday. That didn’t happen, either. Nor did it happen on Wednesday. Or yesterday. Tuesday we went home early. Yesterday we went home early.

Today we worked from home, but I still didn’t get to sleep in because I had to drive Seymour to work. Today, I needed ALL the coffee.

So I had some. And now I’m sharing this lovely nerdy meme because coffee is the finest organic suspension ever devised (even if I haven’t beaten the Borg with it).

And also because I’m trying a new recipe and something that was supposed to take roughly an hour and a half is proving to be much more labor-intensive than I’d originally thought and now I need more coffee, but it’s getting late and if I have more coffee, I’ll be up all night and that probably wouldn’t be good.


Perhaps tomorrow morning, I’ll indulge in another cup.

How are you all doing? Are you safe? Are you sane? Are you ready for the schools to reopen again? *hugs*

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Photo 365 #141

Santa left me a pretty awesome gift in my stocking this year:


Rumor has it they make comm badges that actually function thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth, if I remember correctly. I’m not sure I want to know how much those cost, though. ūüôā

What was your favorite gift this year?

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Photo Friday: Birthdays!

Today, Bubbles turns eleven.  How in the world is it possible that my beautiful baby boy is suddenly eleven?

Startin' 'em off young FTW.

Startin’ ’em off young FTW.

Since this is his weekend at his dad’s, we had his birthday supper last night: Spaghetti with meat sauce and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (and the Heath bits leftover from Tuesday night’s Pampered Chef party). ¬†After he opened his presents, we cleaned up and put the boys to bed before settling in for an episode of¬†Star Trek: Voyager. ¬†It was a good night, and I hope his day and night today will be just as fun.

I love you, Bubbles. ‚̧

Do you have any family traditions surrounding birthdays? ¬†If so, share ’em below, and don’t forget to stop by Charnele’s blog and check out¬†her birthday pictures – you won’t regret it!

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The Great Wall of Fiberglass

I spent this morning watching¬†Star Trek: Voyager and eating Goldfish crackers with Cricket and Thumper. ¬†They love watching “the ship.” ¬†And Cricket trying to say¬†Hirogen was possibly the cutest thing ever.

But this afternoon? ¬†This afternoon I spent stacking insulation in my garage while Bubbles and Tadpole made trips down with it from our attic (Yes, they were appropriately attired for dealing with the stuff. ¬†I, on the other hand, was stupid, meaning not appropriately attired.). ¬†We’re moving shortly, and since the insulation isn’t in any way affixed to our house, we’re taking it with us. ¬†Unfortunately, my attempt to stack it neatly in our tiny little garage did not go well.

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Greath the wall was, but stable and sturdy it was not.

A fun little post to pass the time

I found this survey thanks to S.T. Lakata, a friend I would not have were it not for GUTGAA and Twitter. ¬†And since I’m bored and my posting has been a bit sporadic of late, I hope you enjoy this while I draft up a whole bunch of posts with which to keep you entertained. ¬†More on that tomorrow. ¬†But now, a little more about me! ūüôā

Filling in your kid years:
What’s the one television show you wanted to stay up late to watch?
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. ¬†My parents watched it every week and my sister and I used to beg them to let us stay up and watch it, too. ¬†Sometimes we won; sometimes we lost. ¬†But now I have the entire series sitting in my DVD cabinet, awaiting a rewatch. ¬†Muahahaha! ūüôā

Boot Scootin'.......

Boot Scootin’……. (Photo credit: Sandy/Scarlett Images ‚ô• Finally back!)

What two songs remind you of that period the most?
“The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks
“Boot Scootin‚Äô Boogie” by Brooks and Dunn

Clearly, I listened to a lot of country as a kid. And if they still played it on the radio, I’d still listen to it. (Yes, I am aware that country music stations still exist. That was a comment on the state of country music today.) Continue reading

To the journey

This was originally posted on Griffin’s Quill on November 30 as a reflection on Goal Achievement Month for Authors. I had planned to post it here as well a bit sooner than this, but, well, you know how it goes…


I started this, my GAMA post, on November 7.  You can see how well that went for me.

November disappeared on me this year.  I was all set to do GAMA and NaNoWriMo and have a fantabulous month.  But you know that old saying about the best laid plans of mice and men?  Well, I used to know it, too.  Then November snuck up behind me and walloped me over the head with this really cool frying pan I saw on the FAIL Blog the other night.  Now I have no memory of pretty much anything beyond the last five minutes.

I’m like Dory from¬†Finding Nemo, only hopefully much more endearing and much less annoying.

Onward and upward!

That’s right, things started looking much better for me in my twenty-fourth year.¬† Much better, as a matter of fact. ¬†The whole year was pretty stellar, really. ¬†See, my birthday is at the end of January. ¬†Shortly before my birthday, I signed up for Yahoo! Personals. ¬†I had gone to a wedding a few months prior for a couple who had met on eHarmony.com. ¬†The groom and I had gone to high school together and I thought, “Hey – if Seth can meet such a nice girl online, maybe I can find a nice guy myself!”

I had a few first dates, but nothing that really went anywhere. ¬†Then one day, I was scrolling through matches in my area and came across a guy who was a few years (okay, six) older than me and hailed from my hometown. ¬†I had¬†no¬†idea who this guy was. ¬†My hometown has a population of 1800 people, so everyone pretty much knows everyone else. ¬†The first thought that ran through my head was, “Who is this guy and why don’t I know him?”

I clicked on his profile and read through it. ¬†That was when I had my second thought: “I need to know this guy!” ¬†He was a former military officer and a single father who was “not looking for a mom” for his daughter. ¬†He was also a self-professed¬†Star Trek freak. ¬†Could this guy be any better?

So I sent him a message.