This Monday is brought to you by coffee and positive self talk…
I’m very much looking forward to the summer when I can read what I want for at least three months! I have quite the tbr list ready.
Today is my 37th birthday. I had a final this morning in my human sexuality class and an eye doctor appointment – this is what happens on birthdays when you get older. My youngest has a performance at school tonight and then the family is taking me to dinner. I also have to study for an international econ final tomorrow. No rest for the over thirty college student/mom/wife.
The funniest thing to happen – birthday wise – was an email from my middle and youngest’s speech teacher wishing me a happy birthday. She knew it was my birthday because the kids had been telling her for the last few weeks. I find this ironic because if you asked them what day my birthday is, they wouldn’t know. However, they know that it was Tuesday of this week.
I’m making my first Easter lunch this year – ham, twice baked potato casserole, macaroni and cheese, and pig cake. In the past we’ve either gone to my grandparents or to my in-laws house. My mother-in-law passed away in October and we couldn’t get away for the weekend because of soccer. So, lunch is at our house. I made it to almost 37 without having to cook a big holiday meal. I guess it’s time.
I was worried that the kids were going to be “too old” to do the whole dying eggs and having an Easter egg hunt thing, but they all loved every bit of it (even the teenager). It reminded me of when they were toddlers – except with a lot more competition.
After taking a year off from blogging and writing I am back. I have settled into my office and will start a new book sometime in the next week. I’m going to start doing book reviews again too. I miss posting about what I love (and hate). There will also be other kinds of posts about things I love – movies, television shows, websites, obsessions, etc. I can’t wait to start interacting with the book blogging world again! My first “official” post will be Monday, April 17th.
For the last several months my husband has been working on a special project. He built me an office in the garage, complete with a/c, heat and a door that locks! (With three kids, a door that locks is the best part!) My office is my own space that I can decorate however I want (Doctor Who, pictures of sexy men, superheroes, and cute animals), listen to music at the highest volume without complaint, and write until my wrist hurt. Heaven! Today was move in day and when I walked in there were flowers on my desk. Thank goodness I married my very own romance hero!
Ugh – today started off rocky. My oldest kid’s bus was over thirty minutes late and it was raining. I finally got a hold of the bus barn and the kids got picked up. Then tragedy struck! I ran out of coffee creamer before I even made one cup of coffee. It’s hard to get three kids ready for school on a rainy Monday morning without coffee. So, instead of posting my goals for the week (which is my plan for Monday’s blog post, although I haven’t done a great job of keeping up with it) I’m going to post 5 things I’m grateful for this morning to remind myself that even to be happy even on icky mornings with no coffee.
- All three of my kids are healthy enough to go to school – even if we have to wait in the rain for a bus that’s late 🙂
- My wonderful husband promised to buy coffee creamer on his way home from work so that I don’t have to get out on the one day there isn’t a kid related reason for me to leave the house.
- The words are flowing.
- I have a new episode of Doctor Who to watch once I hit my word count for the day.
- I have a new USB drive and it is Olaf from Frozen (Olaf is replacing Wonder Woman who is finally full!)
I have the type of personality that lends itself very well to obsessions. I have things that I love to collect – candles, pens, post-it notes – and I end up with a huge stash. My husband then pulls me back and reminds me that I should use some of these things before I buy anymore. It’s a great partnership we have. I’m the same way with books, bath bombs from Lush, and really good chocolate. I think I would make an excellent hoarder. My newest obsession is washi tape. It’s like regular tape, but pretty. You can buy it in craft store, Target, and on Etsy. I now hunt for the perfect one (I NEED baseball washi!!) and anything will make my planner cute.
Luckily I’m married to a wonderful man, Restaurant Guy, who is willing to put up with all of my obsessions and smile as I look through the twenty rolls of washi tape I own for just the right one.
Lately I have been finding lots of little ways to NOT do the work I’m supposed to be doing. Not just my writing (although I eventually make my self mandated word-count), but house work and everything else that I need to do. It started when I had foot surgery last month. I was out of commission for two weeks – unable to do anything but lay in bed. I did get some reading done and a lot of television and movies watched. My foot is still in a surgery boot and has limited use, but I’m able to get around the house and do most of my normal stuff. (Just no trips to my beloved Target!) However, instead of getting back into the swing of things quickly I’m having the hardest time readjusting to the real world. I’ve only been vacuuming once a week instead of every other day and the dishes only get done when I run out of coffee cups. Laundry, is pretty much the same, because my husband and eleven year old have taken over. I can’t get to our laundry room because of the stairs so they have been keeping to my one-two loads a day schedule. In my quest to procrastinate I have found a new hobby…planner decorating.
I am an ErinCondren.com addict. I have the notebook, notepads, note cards, desk pad and life planner. I recently found a group on Facebook that decorates each week in their life planner with stickers, washi tape and colored pens. I did my first week on Sunday and I think it turned out pretty. Here are a few pictures: