Thursday, March 31, 2011
I was always at home on the stage and I am still friends with most of the people that were in those classes, and the musicals/plays, with me! The rest I am still trying to find :) Those classes helped me form life long friendships and self confidence.
If I could go back to high school and take just a couple classes again, with the same people, it would be those!
My other favorite, suprisingly, was Criminal Justice. I took this as an elective in college while majoring in Sociology. I absolutely loved this class. It was intriguing and interesting. I learned so much. I even thought about switching majors to criminal justice, but that program was hard to get into at my school and I was already 2+ years into my Sociology major. I wouln't have wanted to be a lawyer or a law enforcement officer or anything like that. Maybe a paralegal or something in the field, though. The subject matter was just so captivating!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I really do enjoy the time I spend online. I take my college courses online and I also spend most of my time online - so now I even Skype.
It is what it is and one of these days I will fall behind, but I don't think it will be anytime soon!
I do Tweet. I run the SaratogaCountyMommies Twitter (http://twitter.com/SCMommies) as well as my own. Though, I don't tweet a lot. In fact, the last time I did was about 3 weeks ago! (Except for SCM I do that often as possible)
I remember starting out with a MySpace (does anyone use that anymore lol) and then moved on to Facebook, back when the page was full of apps that you could move around...kind of glad they changed that! I remember starting a Twitter in 2007, but then went about 2 years between my first and last tweets! I deleted that one a while ago to start fresh!
I love what social media does to help us find old and new friends, make business connestions, and more! Even though it can have its downsides, I think the positive out weighs the negative!
I love social media! I use it all the time. You name it, I'm probably on it. Most of the time you will find me blogging or on Facebook or Twitter. I just joined Foursquare as well, so I'm still trying to figure that one out.
I love it. I think its fun. Its a quick and easy way to connect with other people, to find information or just chit-chat. I also find many people that I probably wouldn't have connected with otherwise. I feel like sometimes these people bring so much more to the table that I wouldn't have thought of or been exposed to if it wasn't for social media.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I am also trying to lose weight because after I took a medication I gained a lot of weight and now I need to lose even more weight - I am over 200 pounds and it is driving me nutso!!
I also try and make healthy dinners and enjoy cooking for my family. I try to teach my kids what is healthy and what isn't. They're learning why we eat things and what benefits we get from food. I mean food is there to make us healthy and heal us. As long as it's the right kind, it'll do wonders to heal you when you're sick and prevent future illness.
But then I see french fries and everything I just wrote goes out the window :-) he he!
I am currently trying the HCG diet and so far I have lost 23lbs since January, but I could do a lot better!!! Now that I have my car back, I can get out with the kids more...and when it warms up the playground will be our new home!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Now, Sunday means church plus football during football season and during off season it means soccer and having a good dinner.
Once I am in my own place it will mean Sunday dinner again with family and friends - since I love to cook and bake, that is the best time of the week!
I remember them being pretty lazy, and the smell of my grandmothers sauce cooking for sunday macaroni (or spaghetti) dinner!!
Did you have family dinners or something else?
See above! We had some kind of pasta every Sunday, and up until my Saratoga County Mommies started having Family Sunday Dinners, we had it too!
What about today?
We usually get things done on Saturday, and finish anything up on Sunday before dinner (which is usually between 5 and 6 and lasts a couple hours!)
What is on your agenda?
Today? We ran to the grocery store to get our contributions for Sunday Family Dinner, picked up prescriptions, and now we are chilling at home before picking my daughter up at her friends house and going to dinner!
Hope everyone has a great Sunday!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I think the other one that tops my list is eating noises. I do NOT need to see the food in your mouth. I do not need to HEAR you eating whatever it is. Do not slurp. You CAN eat soup quietly. Trust me. Lip smacking is a no no. Humming while you eat and general orgasmic happy sounds just annoy me to no end. I don't need to hear it. Food should be a quiet experience. Finger sucking. Licking your fingers after you eat? That is just gross! Oh, and please, please, PLEASE refrain from talking to me with food in your mouth. I will be quite happy to wait until you finish chewing.
I have a friend who feels the same about the noisy eating. We are planning a coup in the name of the quiet eaters of the world. We plan to unite and take over.
Now I sound like an uptight psychopath, don't I? LOL!
As soon as I see it, I will immediately take it off and flip the roll over so it's going over the top. I feel like I cannot get the toilet paper properly if it isn't going over the top. The annoyance I feel when I see it going under and the relief I feel when I switch it is truly baffling.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Of course, for once, it would be nice to KEEP our returns!! We always have something we pay off or pay down...this year is was almost $2000 for both cars to get up to par!!!!
I do wish my husband would get less taken out...but that means we would have less back! I think I can deal with that though
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I prefer chicken to steak. I would even rather eat the chicken wings then the pizza!! If I could, I would eat chicken for lunch and dinner every day!! (And eggs for breakfast!)
I am picky with sweets. I hate fruit pies, except apple...and even then, it can't be too sweet!
But I also have a weakness for Girl Scout cookies!!!
Now I want some chicken...or maybe cereal!
I would love to eat healthier as a family we really need to be doing this. We will do good for about a week and then fall off the wagon!
Ah Food such a love hate relationship!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I do not even think I remember what it is like NOT to rush. I even rush when I am alone with out the kids...it has become something that is normal to me.
I wonder what it will be like, when the kids are out of the house, and I have no where to rush to! I will certainly miss it, I am sure of that!
Regarding rushing and doing things hastily. It happens at times. I always try to do things right the first time. It is something that I was taught by my parents at a early age, but it doesn't always happen that way.
Anyway, I hope one day I am able to slow down and enjoy life. I keep thinking that it will occur one day..... Maybe when I'm in heaven!
I think the rushing ends when i go to bed, and i dread waking up having to do it all over again.
We are definitely not morning people. We'd stay up all night given the opportunity. Staying up all night does not make for easy or early morning. I hit snooze for approximately 45 minutes before jumping out of bed yelling, "OH CRAP!" Except I don't say the PG version. Then I run around yelling, "Get up! Get dressed! Hurry up!"
When you are running around like that you are bound to forget things. Just ask Noodle. I don't think the kid has had a snack for school in her backpack in well over a week. Oops.
(FYI - I am so sorry I didn't post this earlier, I was rushing around and totally forgot to like a million things, this being one of them! ~ Jody)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
It is a pretty boring cereal, but yet it is so good with ice cold milk (which by the way I do NOT drink after I eat all my cereal).
Every once in a while I can go for Cherrios, Life, Cinnamon Toast Crunch or something else, but at the end of the day - Special K - with skim milk!
That about sums it up!
My husband is the cereal KING. LOVES it! He eats like half a box in one sitting. He takes my huge pasta bowl and dumps it in! Lucky Charms, Captain Crunch. Cream of Wheat too if we're counting that. He's just a big kid!
My children love cereal too. They like ANYTHING! From Cheerios to the sweet yucky stuff that I don't let them eat very often.
It's the handiest breakfast food too!
I can do oatmeal with boiling water thou.
My children on the other hand love milk and love cereal for breakfast and dry cereal for snacks. They like lucky charms, apple jacks, and captain crunch.
I really haven't figured out why I dont like milk.. which made me not like cereal...Total Sad Face!
We will eat it for breakfast, as a snack, any time of day, and it s not just cold. We like oatmeal and cream of wheat, except the Hub's he doesn't like Oatmeal who doesn't like Oatmeal?!?!?
I usually have a gigantic bowl in the morning. Of course, my younger 2 usually want eggs lol, so more for me! My faves are mini shredded wheat, Kix, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Krispies, Rice Krispies, and Corn Flakes.
I used to put a lot of sugar in my Corn Flakes, but I stopped that once I was older then 13 lol. That is when I realized it was probably NOT a good idea to put a whole sugar bowl of sugar into my already sugared cereal :)
I have a confession to make, that might make most people gag or make funny faces...I LOVE my Rice Krispies soggy! They have to be soggy for me to enjoy them. Sometimes Corn Flakes too. Any other cereal, well maybe sometimes Mini Shredded Wheat, has to be crunchy!!
And sometimes...I will buy a box of my favorite cereal, and hide them from the kids! Sometimes I have to hid ein a closet to eat it, but hey, a moms gotta do what a moms gotta do!
Mostly we have Cheerios (blech!) and Life in our house for the weekends. Occasionally I will give in to my cravings and get Cinnamon Toast Crunch (YUM!). For obvious reasons that usually doesn't last too long in our house.
I envy the people that can eat cereal outside of breakfast time. I sometimes want to, I just can't bring myself to do it. It just doesn't feel right.
Think about and talk about cereal - we are all wanting to know!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I despise nylons, they make my legs hurt and are so constrictive or just the opposite they fall down and annoy my ankles - at the end of the day - nylons sucks!
Then there are regular socks - if I have to wear socks because I have tennis shoes on I only will wear white socks that barely show above the shoe. I really hate the socks you have to fold over - they again annoy my ankles.
Slipper socks are okay, and only recently have I allowed myself to wear them because I can't walk around the nursing home in bare feet - gross!
So, bottom line is I hate socks, I hate things touching my feet. I like to paint my own toes and show them off and if I could go year round (it will never happen in Cleveland) without wearing socks I would!
Ever since I was little I have HATED socks. I prefer bare feet or flip flops/open toed shoes. IF I HAVE to wear socks, I prefer to wear new ones. I don't like having socks for more then a month. They gross me out, no matter how often I wear them!
And back on the if I have to...they have to go above the ankle and stay up when I put them on!
I wish I lived back in North Carolina, where I could wear flip flops 99% of the time for the 3 years we were there!
The other day, I got a pedicure with a friend of mine. I was able to wear flip flops that day to it, and the day after. But yesterday, and today, and maybe every day after, lol, I have to wear socks and shoes, covering my pretty flowered toes :)
Yea socks...we have a love hate relationship!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
When I get HOME it's dinner, family reading time,jammie time, Stephen makes sandwiches at 7:30 when Tim brushes his teeth. Tim is off to bed by 8:00 and I head down to work out most nights. Stephen is off to bed at 8:30. Steve and I sit down to watch a TV show or movie when I'm done with my workout and shower (9:30ish). Sometimes I get the fantastic idea to make tomorrow night's dinner (if it's one that takes awhile to cook) and save myself some time the next night. Crazy. I know! Then by 11:30 or so I am ready to just drop. Day has been lived to the fullest and soon it will be time to do it allllll over!
Weekends are just freebies. We stay up late, sleep in, do whatever we want. Take Stephen to play practice...Do not fun stuff like laundry, cleaning but it all has to get done, right?
Anyhow, right or wrong, it works for us...usually. :-)
It is always an interesting morning and evening around my home!!! The excitement never ends!!!
Routine to me is getting things accomplished when they need to be accomplished. Like getting the kids out the door for school in the morning and doing my morning postings for ClevelandMommies. My routine is soon to change though and I think it will go something like this:
- Wake Up
- If Sammie is over get her out the door to school
- Do exercises (alternate days - some strength training and some cardio)
- Do postings for ClevelandMommies and One-Minute-Blogger
- Clean a portion of the house
- Check TMN & CM to make sure all is running smoothly
- Get dinner started
- Study and get the school stuff out of the way
- Do homework with Sammie if she is over
- Eat dinner
- Do something that is good for brain stimulation or an art/craft project
- Watch TV
Now, all of this is subject to the moon and the stars aligning correctly and not having doctor appointments or meetings or something else going on elsewhere.
So, when it comes to routine - I hope to have one and if not - that is okay with me as well.
Now, not so much :(
I would love to have a set routine in the morning, at least. It seems to make whatever else we do for the rest of the day go much easier!
So here is what I would love: Get up 7:30. 8:15 get the 8 year old out the door. Give younger 2 breakfast. Go out for a couple hours...either playdates, parks, or whatever we can do for them to get energy out. Lunch...either out or home. Come home (or continue staying home) have some outside time. Naptime (for the baby). Crafts, reading, some TV time (that would be my work time lol) etc...
Maybe someday I will get a good schedule going. You would think, after 11 years, I would have one down. Goes to show that each child brings a new adventure!
For myself, I usually eat whatever I feel like. Lately it has been cream cheese bagels. Once we have our food and drinks ready we crash on the couch for a bit. While she is watching cartoons, I surf the web, catching up on email, facebook, centralpiedmontmommies, and TMN. I also start looking around seeing everything I need to be cleaning and wishing the magic cleaning fairies would come out and clean for me.
But alas no fairies have appeared so usually I wait till after lunch to really kick it into gear and clean house. We live in an apartment so there is never to much space to clean. But I try to keep the kitchen and living room cleaned each day. And I always start a load of laundry, even though there are only three of us, it seems like my laundry pile never goes down.
Not sure why I follow this same routine most days. I guess it is just comfort and I am lazy. I will admit my routine at the moment doesn't work, because well I am lazy. I am working on creating a better cleaning routine where I clean certain areas each day. That way it doesn't add up and I find myself cleaning all day on Saturday, right before the in laws come over.
But I have to say somedays I just dont even want to wake up!
Friday, March 18, 2011
I was so dedicated to the game I was going to try out for a college team. I even was asked by the coach to come practice with the team while before I started my first semester in college.
But I didn't get that chance, I ended up getting pregnant with my oldest daughter. But it doesnt matter. I love my family.
Now sports I watch, love baseball,softball, and volleyball. My fav baseball team is the Yankees (I married a Red Sox fan) Can you say interesting baseball season! :)
Fortunately for me I had a dad who was and still is very into sports. He got me into loving football, I used to be able to name all the NFL teams and their quarterbacks and coaches. I was never a huge fan of baseball, but on occasion you would catch me at a game.
My dad also loved golf and basketball - long gone are the days of Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, but I have been to my share of golf matches and really do enjoy the sport. Then there is basketball....I do enjoy watching it, but playing it was never my thing. I did enjoy playing it with the Serbian National Federation and going away a couple of times, but more importantly I enjoyed spending time with friends and seeing new places.
Overall I am a sports lover and still enjoy being active and playing. If I had to tell you my favorite teams they would be the OSU Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Lake Erie Monsters.
I dated a guy in college who played Lacrosse, and so I got a taste of that for a little while...now, I am secretly hoping that one of my kids joins a lacrosse team!!!!
Hockey has always been something I love to watch, more in person then on TV. I love going to the rink and watching the action. My oldest, 11, played hockey for a season when he was 4. I was hoping he would stick with it, but it just was not for him. He still loves to skate :)
Both my older kids played soccer at some point in their lives. My daughter wants to get back into it, so I may need to start looking for a fall program for her. My oldest has also taken karate, which I really would love for him to take again!
I love sports, but I like to watch them in person or participate in them, instead of watching on TV. Just does not seem the same to me!!
Hopefully, one of my kids will play sports for more then one season!
Let me be clear, I LOVE sports. Baseball (I manage my own strat-o-matic baseball team and have drafted numerous fantasy teams) is my favorite, football, basketball, boxing (which is my new interest. I actually got a heavy bag, some gloves and go beat the bag into submission-great stress reliever and KILLER upper body work out!). However, as mentally prepared as I am for any of these, physically I am klutzy and inept. I broke my toe cleaning my bathroom once...I broke a different toe carrying a basket of laundry across the room and tripped over a ginormous chair! Athletically inclined I am not. I know what's supposed to happen, but getting it done? I'm not your girl! I will try, and if you don't mind my crazy flailings on the field, I'm there! If you want to win, make me your statistician. I am one MEAN record keeper! (I think my husband STILL resents the reach on error I gave him one year in softball when he got to third on the right fielder's miscue. He argued to make that a triple all season!)
My sisters and I all played softball since we were eight years old. You could find us on the softball field year round. In the winter you could find me on the basketball court being a little more rough then in my daily life. Sports played a huge role growing up, most people identified me as the athletic one or the artsy one. I played one form or another of a sport until I had my daughter at the age of twenty-six.
Now I am back on the sports wagon playing in a bowling league. Don't laugh, after bowling three games in one night I find myself quite tired. I have my average up to 136 and rising. I believe playing sports growing up taught me discipline and leadership. Sports also brought me some of my best friends in life.
I cross my fingers that my daughter will follow in my footsteps and find a sport that she enjoys. But I will be happy either way. As far as watching sports, I enjoy watching any sport as long as I am watching with someone. I am not big into watching sports on TV by myself.
And the best way I know to close, for it's one, two, three strikes I am out!
It is funny how where you live influences the sports you watch and play.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Why? I am fascinated by history. I adore Thomas Jefferson. You have to appreciate the spirit of a group of people who were just like you and I, but possessed such a spirit and determination that it laid the foundation of a nation.
In 1776 Jefferson, Adams and Franklin wrote the Declaration of Independence (one of the most eloquent documents ever composed if I may throw that in!) in such a short time. They were just men. They were a lawyer (among other things-and believe me that profession did NOT hold the status that it does now), another lawyer, a printer/scientist-respectively. Not the type of people you'd expect to produce such a work of art and immortalize themselves as some of the greatest minds in history.
Then there were the battles. EVERYONE fought, not just the soldiers. In Baltimore, merchants chose to sink their own ships in in the harbor and lose their only source of income in order to prohibit the British ships from entering and getting close enough to take the city. It was a turning poing. Ft. McHenry is still a breathtaking site at sunset, but I imagine what Mr. F.S. Key felt when he penned our national anthem-waking on a ship, frantic to see if "What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming" was still visible at dawn. Did the Brits take the fort?
Now, I hate parades, and I can live without fireworks..but the SPIRIT of the day inspires and moves me. It makes me want to honor what so many men fought so valiantly for.
I laughed the other day because I think she has finally realized that, get this, holiday characters are make believe! Imagine that...so, while the fun of that is gone, now I can move on and try to teach her the importance of each holiday and the meaning behind it.
So, after some serious thought (and typing) I would have to say my favorite holiday is Easter. It shows signs of Spring arriving, there is always good food involved in it, you get to wear pretty dresses and take pictures outside, unless you live in Ohio and it snows or rains, and it is a time of celebration in the church.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Pretty simple, but yet I am still grateful that my family is safe, but I want to recall the good times, which is why I take a ton of pictures - to recall those good times when there are bad times.
My initial response was that there was so much I'd want to save, but as long as my family was safe nothing would matter. Then, like Stephanie, I thought grab the laptop! So much information, pictures, etc could be saved.
Then it hit me. My purse. Why? My e-reader, my cell phone, my iPod, wallet, and (most important of all if the house is on fire!) my car keys are ALWAYS in there! We could make sure we drive off to safety, call the fire dept, have money and access to our bank account, call people and let them know we're ok.
So there it is, final answer. And I realize after telling you all this, I have waaaaay too much crap in my purse! I think I should go clean it out now!
You may think that grabbing my computer is silly, but it has so many family pictures on it, just like the memory cards and CD. I know that these memories can never be erased from my mind, but looking back at the pictures helps to remind me of the wonderful times we have had and places we have seen. They remind me of how fast my children are growing and how I need to take a step back sometimes and think of how far we have come. Our family photos, to me, are priceless!
However, thinking about this question further I guess I would have to say that I would grab a wooden box that I have in my closet. In this box, is memorabilia from both my grandfathers.
After their deaths, I received a tie, handkerchief, and bible that belonged to my mother's father and an old coin that belonged to my father's father. Each of these things have meaning behind them to me that bring back memories of each grandfather. My mother's father always went to church every Wednesday and Sunday and always wore a tie when attending church. He studied the bible daily and always allowed me to use his handkerchief when I had a snotty nose or was crying. He was a gentle and caring man who loved his Lord dearly.
My father's father was not as religious and not as sociable, but he was caring and I always remember him giving me half dollars when I visited him as a child. He was a man who loved children, especially his only granddaughter. I miss them both dearly and only wish I leave good memories as they did to my children and grandchildren.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
But sharing now is different, it's not "stuff" anymore. It's thoughts, opinions, friends, food, time, love, books, ideas. Those are things I love to share.
My favorite time of day is dinner time. The prep part. Each of my kids has a job. Little things I have them do, not because I need help, but because I want to share that time. Share their day, hear their thoughts. Then after dinner we have reading time. Tim is 5 and likes to read "our" book. "My Mommy Hung the Moon" by Jamie Lee Curtis. He says I'm that mommy. We each read a page and giggle. Stephen reads to me from whatever book we have together. Right now we're reading "1001 Arabian Nights".
Sharing is about the connection. Shared recipes make me think of the person who gave it to me and allowed me to share with my family. Shared friends allows my adopted family to grow. Shared ideas and opinions allow both parties to grow and learn. Shared dinners allow me to say I love you to the people I cook for...
So, I guess, as an adult, sharing isn't so bad, right? But, still, hands off my chocolate!
Interestingly enough, I did end up graduating from college where I majored in Criminal Justice, but decided to work in the probation field with adolescents instead of be a police officer. I did this because I felt that I wanted to help fix the problem instead of just take care of the crisis situation. I decided to work with adolescents instead of adults because I felt like that was where the problems started and if I could help get the child on the right track early it may prevent any further problems occurring when they became adults. After 12 years of working in this field I do feel that I have helped some juveniles and their families.
I know that I can't help them all as it is truly up to them to make the change in their life. However, it is always nice to hear the success stories and have an adult visit me later stating that I had made a difference in their life.
I don't think that anyone would guess that I am really a creative and artsy person. I love to do crafts and make cute things for others. I also love to scrapbook, read, write, cook and bake. Those are just some things that I really enjoy doing and don't think that if you met me initially you would guess those things.
I also don't think that people would know that I am a chocolate lover if you first met me, but guess what - I am! I love chocolate in any shape or form!
So, there is a little bit about me that I didn't think that you already knew!
Monday, March 14, 2011
You have March Madness - how great is it to watch 64 teams play basketball and it all ends up with the final two to see who will be the champion - total sign of Spring - right?
There is baseball - I won't talk a lot about it, because I am not the fan of it like Amy is. However I do know that here in Cleveland you know it is Spring when the season opener happens. You just need to be careful that it doesn't snow!
Lastly, for me, there is Lent - it is kind of a preparation for Easter (the resurrection of Christ) so to me that means being reborn and that relates to the topic as well.
All of these things mean to Spring Ahead for me. I look forward to Springing Ahead with this great group of people and starting a great new blog!
It is also the time of the year that the kids start back into playing sports. Therefore, not only do I have to be working on the yard and keeping my children focused on their school work, but I also have to start running them from one practice to the other.
It is fun at first and then it becomes exhausting. However, it is nice to see them making new friends, getting exercise, playing and laughing with their friends, and learning about being a good sport. And if this is not enough I am now going to be my daughter's softball coach so I will be trying to keep 10 6 to 8 year old girls interested in a game that can become dangerous if they are not paying attention. Oh well, it should be interesting and fun. I love the sport so I want to pass my love of the game onto others.
With that being said, I am looking forward to the months ahead.
The kids are outside playing ball...basketball, football, baseball, doesn't matter. All the neighborhood kids find each other and there's something each night.
It means Spring cleaning (which I HATE with a passion but I'm always pleased when it's done!), changing of the wardrobes from winter things and school uniforms to summer shorts and flip flops.
And shoes. Oh the shoes. I love my summer shoes. :-) There's always an expectancy about spring, like something is coming and you just can't wait! And THAT (as well as a brief mourning period for the hour of sleep I lost) is what I think about when we spring forward.
Take some time today to think about how you "Spring Ahead" in what you do this time of year.
Just a few reminders:
1. Make sure under labels you label your post with your name and the topic of the day. ex: Sammie, Spring Ahead
2. Try to write for only a minute or two. Don't waste a lot of time on this, just take a few minutes to yourself and think about the topic and write/publish a quick blurb.
3. Have fun! This isn't a contest, it is just a chance for friends to have fun!