My CoW cleaning spree I mean. Yup, I spent yesterday working on cleaning & rearranging the CoW. Not that I needed to, but because reasons.
and once again, I got nothing. Sorry, no clue what I'm going to post today.
I've spent the last hour trying to come up with something, but so far all I've come up with is nothing.
So I went to the internetz, did a search & found this on YouTube. I have always loved this song & was feeling a little nostalgic, so....
I hope it brings the kind of smile to your face that it brings to mine, even if it doesn't stir up memories of "small kid times".
So I've been doing pretty good as far as frequency (if not quality) of my postings. ***By the way, mahalo planny (thank you very much) for reading my ramblings. I truly appreciate it, even if you get bored & only read two words.*** But I'm afraid I'm finding it more & more difficult to come up with things to write about.
I do want to try to keep up with the daily post, but also don't want to promise anything. So if I start missing a day or two, please don't think I've abandoned you. Just know it's because boring lil' me is trying to find something to keep you entertained.
If you have any suggestions or things that you'd like me to blog about, please feel free to email me. I won't make any promises, but any & all feedback is welcome. ***Know that any hate mail will be ignored & discarded without answer.***
Okay gang, I'm gonna go prep some potatoes for roasting to accompany the ribs & chicken (not THE CHICKEN, but a chicken) that the Stork is barbecuing for dinner.
I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend & that you find beauty, joy & laughter in the most unexpected of places today.
all you have to do is look for it.
This week has been a rough one. I won't lie, I've been considering crawling back into bed & not coming out until Christmas, not even for cawfee.
But I haven't, I've pushed forward & made myself get up to do the things & love the peoples. It is what I do.
There have been so many of my people giving me love & encouragement this week (for that you all get extra bubble privileges when I take over the universe), which I greatly appreciate. But sometimes, no matter what people say or do for you, it just isn't quite enough to snap you out of whatever funk you're in. No matter how badly you want it to.
That has been me this week. Feeling helpless as my boys suffered with migraines, the viciously evil "not a cold, not the flu, not an infection, but the early stages of a virus that won't respond to antibiotics", high school & just being a teenager in general, has rendered me blubbery. I don't normally sleep well to begin with, despite trying everything I can think of/is suggested, but add the worrying about my babies & call me exhausted beyond belief. This has added to the general yuck of the other stuff.
As I said, I've been getting up & doing the things anyway. (No, I haven't been able to nap at all. Curse you grownupdom!) I've also been taking time each day to do something just for me (aside from using the bathroom without someone texting or yelling at me through the door).
Most of the time this includes logging into Pandora on my PC in the CoW & singing along with/bopping to whatever pops onto my current station (which is actually on shuffle because why pick on particular type of music when you can listen to all of them?). Obviously, because I've shared quite a few of the songs (which I searched on YouTube because some people don't Pandora & I wouldn't know how to link that anyway) you know I like all sorts of music.
Doing this relaxes me. It helps me center myself & for the most part, helps me focus. It also makes me happy. Even the sad songs.
Anyway, this morning was particularly stressful because the Chicken was feeling as miserable as I've seen him in a long time (this is one tough kid, so if he's that bad, I'm scared), so I decided it would be a good time to start with the peeling of my new bar of Lavender Chamomile soap. Those two things are supposed to help ease tension & bring stillness or something.
As I unwrapped the soap & inhaled the comforting scent (while also in inadvertently cutting myself on the veggie peeler blades) I recognized the beginning of a familiar song. One that I hear on a semi-regular basis on my Pandora shuffle, which I do not mind in the least. In fact, I've heard that song at least once a day all week long.
But today, as I was trying to decompress while simultaneously trying to not peel my fingers again, I finally got it. At last I understood what my peoples & the universe have been trying to tell me all week. I will still be stressed & tired, but I will be able to relax a bit more because of it.
You got me guys, message received.
Yes, I'm in a mood. Because, sleep deprivation, teenagers & reasons.
Seriously just because we're moms & meant to be superheroes, doesn't mean we don't need some extra love every now & then.
So I forgot to post a pic of the nice surprise the Stork brought home the other day. To thank me for being second in command (answering only to our Feline Overlord *see chart*), cleaning up after him (including but not limited to bathroom messes, kitchen messes, garage messes, living room messes...) & most importantly, being mom to the two greatest kids a human has ever created. (That's right, I said it & I don't apologize one bit. I think they're amazing, there's no denying it.) ***He also may or may not have been trying to butter me up for something.***
So here's the pic.
Sorry, but you're gonna hafta work for this one. Click "read more" or be bored.
Today has been full of cleaning, grocery shopping & migraines. Am currently feeling like a slow death in a meat grinder might not be a bad thing compared to the way I feel right now. Seriously, at this point I'd rather be naked in a hole full of non-poisonous spiders.
But I have been on a sort of streak & have made it my mission to see the streak through to the very end. So, in lieu of snark & rambles, I leave you with this piece of music I just recently discovered thanks to Pandora.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
If you're a regular reader of this blog (thank you!) you'll know that "because, reasons" is a frequently used explanation of mine. What you may not have realized, because even I didn't realize it until just a few minutes ago, was that I apparently use it on a regular basis in real life.
The reason I know this? The Squab just answered one of my questions with the answer "because, reasons". Snark much? (Yes, yes he does. He comes by it genetically.)
So yeah, that just happened & you know what? I'm actually kinda proud of the kid. He's not only turning into an incredibler (today I declare it a temporarily legitimate word) young man & awesome older brother, but he is truly learning things, important things, from me.
Yeah, so I was going to write a bit more, maybe even throw in a picture, but it's late afternoon & I have chores to finish so I don't get grounded by myself for not doing them when I asked me to do them. So yeah, reasons.
Here's hoping you all had a good week & that your weekend will be filled with love, laughter, bubbles, hugs & just the right amount of sarcasm.
Like not frying an egg on the sidewalk hot. More like my feet are sweating, in my slippahs (flip flops for those who prefer), in the air conditioned car. Like, praise be that my air conditioning is working, please don't make me leave the house until it's snowing, kind of hot.
Well, maybe not even that hot, to some people. Me, I'm melting. I don't do well in the heat. ***Cue the question "Then why did you move to the desert?" (Yes, this area of Idaho is desert.) The answer is because reasons.*** I'd much prefer to live near the coast, where I can see, hear & smell the ocean. Where it doesn't typically get this hot.
high school is hard. I'm pretty sure I've addressed that fact earlier this week. So it is with great pride, that I share with you the fact that as of today, the third school day of this new school year, both the Chicken & the Squab not only have perfect attendance, but they are both currently getting straight A's in all of their classes.
Laugh if you want, but for some people out there this is actually a major accomplishment. I just happen to like bragging about/praising my boys, no matter how small their successes, because I think every success is a cause for celebration.
of the first week back to school. Day two of both my boys being in high school. Day two of having the house to myself (well sans other humans anyway).
So far we're all surviving. Both boys had "meh" kind of days yesterday. They're both at a new school, so we are all expecting a natural period of adjustment. (The Squab decided to transfer to a school that isn't as overcrowded as the last & the possibility of actually have staff that will care enough to give him extra help is greater. The Chicken transferred for basically the same reasons, but also because that is where his brother is.)
I did pretty good myself; I can count the number of times I cried from missing them on one hand. I can't say that I wasn't worried about them, especially the Chicken; freshman year is hard., but when I found out that the Squab took his brother for ice cream after school ("because freshman") I felt reassured that I don't have to worry as much. As much.
So day two & both boys made it out the door on time, with little struggle. I unfortunately woke up with a very bad, very strange headache. I think I might have been sleep stressing again. A few hours (read:most of the day so far) of rest (because I could not fall back asleep) & some meds are watching it slowly march out of here. Unfortunately this means I have not been able to accomplish much of what I wanted for the day.
Still, surviving the first two days so far is a good thing & I'll call it a win for us. I just hope that the week gets better for both boys & that we can all transition back into the school routine as smoothly as possible, because next week the Stork's work schedule changes. This will mean earlier bed times for him & earlier wake times for both of us.
Hope you are all having a good week. Oh yeah, if you don't mind, please take a minute to send some strength & positive thoughts to my girl Janelle over at Hands and Harts & her ohana. They are in the middle of major geographical & lifestyle changes as they move from Michigan to Alaska. (Send them hug filled bubbles too if you can.)
Well gang, I'm going to go do something domestical (read: I need to get something out for dinner or we'll starve!). Have a spectacular rest of the day & I'll ramble at you later.
No, I'm not just saying that because school starts tomorrow & I'm trying to motivate my boys. I actually mean it.
(Till the Sun Goes Down: A Reading by David Sandum)
So much yay! I have been waiting for this all summer & can't tell you how excited I am to meet David & hear an excerpt from his book. I'll try to take pics & will update you tomorrow. Yay!
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Aloha my name is Clare! My main job title is Mom, but I'm also an artist, crafter, avid experimental cook & occasional rabid baker. I live in Idaho with my husband & two sons (the "we" or "us" part of this website), but was raised in Hawaii. Feel free to explore our pages as we grow & change. Mahalo! (Thank you)
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