Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tell All Tuesday: Alphabetically Me

I've seen this around on some other blogs and thought it'd be fun in case there are any inquiring minds out there.

A. Age: 37
B. Bed size: Queen (Seriously wish we had room for a King)
C. Chore that you hate: Dishes
D. Dogs: One beloved hound
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee
F. Favorite color: Green
G. Gold or Silver: Yes, Please!
H. Height: 4 ft 11.75 in
 I. Instruments you play: (Played) Piano, Flute, Oboe
J. Job title: Mom
K. Kids: One precious daughter
L. Live: My hometown in Upstate NY
M. Mother’s name: JoEllen
N. Nicknames: Gabby, Gabs, Mom
O. Overnight hospital stays: Only to bring my gorgeous girl into the world
P. Pet peeves: Do I have to pick just one?
Q. Quote from a movie:
R. Right or left handed: Right handed
S. Siblings: One awesome big sister
T. Time you wake up: 7ish?
U. Underwear: Comfy cotton
V. Vegetable you hate: Beets
W. What makes you run late: The snooze button
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, back, foot...?
Y. Yummy food that you make: Homemade mac & cheese
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffes...just LOVE 'em!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I may be showing my age a little with that title. Yes. I listened to Cyndi Lauper growing up in the... ahem...1980s.

Anyway, today is Monday aka "Fun"day here. I had planned to share some great craft or game or some delicious cook together as a family recipe but came up a bit short in the inspiration department. At 3pm, as I headed out the door back to another store for something I had forgotten earlier in the day, my internal voice started up. "The end of the day and you've got nothing, again."

Thankfully, twelve-year-olds and Taylor Swift tunes are quite successful at winning my attention and blaring over top of those voices that try to tell me I'm not good enough and will never be.

Though I was singing along with the cd player and my girl as we drove towards Target (one of if not THE favorite store of mine) I was a bit cranky. I had already been to several stores including the grocery but somehow the coffee slipped my mind (shopping list, anyone?) and we all know what it's like when Mama doesn't get her coffee in the morning. So, back to Target for Round Two! This time with my helper. As I pulled into the lot, I gave her the lecture that we were getting the k-cups I like and right back out of there. The bank account and my patience were already spent and we just needed to get done and back home.

But, I guess there is something to be said for being with one of your favorite people in one of your favorite places that changes everything. Suddenly, it was as if my impatience, worries, bad attitude had all gotten trapped on the outside of that automatic door.

As we wandered the aisles of that store, we giggled, we tried on hats and sunglasses, we picked out crazy nail polish colors for her that I wouldn't dream of wearing, we reminisced over the baby clothing section, and I even kept my cool as she perused the shelves of the dreaded toy section.

In that moment (hour and a half, really) it was just her and I. No bank balances, no dog hair to vacuum off the carpet, no frustrations, no homework, no ticking of the clock...it was just me and my girl and we were having FUN!

P.S. I remembered the coffee, as well! :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Life Lately


I knew it'd be a BIG challenge to not have any words. Just have to clarify that the medical photos are from a simple day surgery ear procedure (she's FINE) and her new furry baby's name is "Fiona".

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Weekly Line-Up

As I work out the details of the direction I want to go with this little space, I've decided to create a "schedule" with themes, prompts, link-ups and more. So, for the time being, here's what you can expect:

Monday "FunDay": Crafts, DIY, trips, recipes, games, shopping finds...ANYTHING FUN!

Tell All Tuesday: News and Life

Wordless Wednesday: Photo(s) Only - This will be a great challenge for to get back behind my lens and to be still and let the picture do the talking.

Thursday: TBD

Friday: Fabulous Favorites (What I'm loving lately) and/or Linking up with Lisa Jo for Five Minute Friday (Five minutes of uninterrupted, unedited, flowing thoughts on her weekly prompt.)

Another Shot

I don't know how many times I have "started over" here after an absence. When things are good, I get too busy enjoying them to take the time to write. When disappointment rears its ugly head, I fear my words would be a downer and would serve no purpose other than to help wallow in my moment of self-pity. In the in between times, I often feel I have nothing of any "importance" to say.

The time away grows and I feel first off like a failure and secondly that it's too overwhelming to try and catch up with all that has happened. Up until this point, my purpose, vision and the overall "snapshot" of this little space has been blurry. So, I've stepped back, am changing my perspective and am ready to "take another shot." Who knows what might develop!