Monday, May 21, 2018

Mundane, Milestones, and Murder

I thought I would take a quick little break from commenting on blogs to write a post of my own.  An expanded status update, if you will. Might as well say something before my blog gets hijacked or taken down for inactivity.

I have been working from home most of the time now. It is actually the expectation that I don't come into the office. It is sort of frustrating because sometimes I need to be in the office more but I share my space so it doesn't always work.  It is going to be great come summer though since I only want to go in once a week!

Speaking of summer, we are just a couple weeks away from summer break. I can't wait to spend lazy afternoons at the pool.  I just need to survive the next two weeks. I had to go shopping for lunch stuff tonight and it was really painful. I am just over all of the tediousness of it.  I can't quite believe that Ava is about to be done with 6th grade though.  Time has really flown by this year.

Tonight I officially became the president of the PTM (our school's version of the PTA) for the next school year.  That is exciting but also going to be a lot of work. In July I start my 3 year term on the state board of directors for the domestic violence certification blah blah blah. (I was trying to be vague and it became a struggle so I went with blah blah blah).

I am also currently slightly obsessed with true crime podcasts. It has now spread to documentaries, and books.  I feel like I keep finding out about new ones and it is getting out of hand!

Ok, back to my virtual assistant work. Say hi.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Time is flying

So my big ideas of posting more often on the computer didn't work out. Life just seems so busy lately. It is race to get out of the house, race to work, run around work like crazy, run around picking people up, make dinner and make sure homework is done, try to spend some sort of time with Isla because I spend way too much time thinking about how much time I DON'T spend with her, take the bigger kids wherever they need to be and then it is bed time. All that is to say, I rarely take time to blog or knit or do anything that isn't just sitting staring off and marveling that I am able to just sit. 

Don't despair though. I will be more focused soon. Starting in May, I will be a guest writer once or twice a month at so you will have to be sure to check me out! Check the blog out anyway, it is good stuff.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

She leads a lonely life

A little ace of base to start things off...

Summer break has started though summer has not really started. Things are going well at home. I feel like work is much easier right now with the summer schedule so that is good. We are all set up for private school and that looks like it is really happening. I am excited about it and relieved. I am still worried about the future but it is really not anything I need to worry about now.

The hardest part of our summer so far is trying to get together with friends. They are more interested in getting together with their school friends and so that means I have to make plans. I am trying to do this around work. I understand that they want things to do, I am just trying to make life work. Anybody want to play with my kids???  Invite them over. :)

Isla is getting so close to walking. I doubt she will wait until she is a year old. I am getting interrupted.

Editor's note: 1/2/16 I found this and it was never posted.  This was from June of 2015. 

Computer post

I was going to go update my template but then I thought, let's not get carried away.  Set realistic goals and just actually write a post. I don't have any theme or topic to really write about.  Just same old, same old life.

New Year's happened.  It was pretty uneventful.  We played some games at my mom's.  The older two kids spent the night there with their cousins.  Justin, Isla, and I were home and in bed by eleven.  Yesterday we went and spent time with some old friends.  By old friends, I mean some of my high school friends.  As I was looking around the room, I realize I became friends with most of these people 20 years ago.  How did I get old enough to say that?  And old enough to remember when I met them and the fun we had together.  It isn't like we were babies at the time.

We have our January reading assignment.  White Teeth by Zadie Smith.  I don't have it yet so I haven't started.  I will keep you posted.

The other thing I am starting is the 21 day fix.  It is a beachbody fitness series and meal plan.  I am in an accountability group and everything.  It isn't so drastic that in 21 days you will have met your goals or anything like that, but it is in 3 weeks you will have made it part of your routine so it is easier to keep going.  Plus it isn't that hard to say you will commit to 3 weeks instead of 3 months or something like that. It requires meal planning which is something I need to do anyway. I typically have always at least had a meal list planned when I went shopping.  It makes evenings easier when I know what I am making ahead of time and it also prevents me from only buying half of what is required for the recipes.  Overall, it should help me feel more organized.  Dinners on work nights don't work if I haven't planned ahead.  That is how we end up eating out or just eating random stuff I find in the freezer and cabinets.

Luckily I have dragged my feet on posting regularly for the last few years that I have lost almost all readers and feel no pressure to have time worthy content! Enjoy my drivel.  P.S. I wrote this on the computer. I don't think it improves things.

Monday, December 28, 2015

You know what that means...

Santa brought us a new laptop for Christmas. You know what that could mean???? Easy blogging! I will be able to type faster and actually edit. It might really happen. I have felt like I have a lot on my mind lately. 

We are a few days out from the new year. I don't often have resolutions. I don't start some drastic diet, or cut stuff out of my life. I just usually have ideas of where I would like to see changes in my life. I don't really know what that will look like in action. 

My goals: 
1. Blog more. Get thoughts out. Write for myself, not an audience. I have slowed down with Facebook because of work, so maybe I won't feel like I have already said what I need to say. Maybe I will password protect old posts and use code names or something to protect the innocent. Not really sure about that though. 

2. Read 20 books this year. 

3. Along the lines with the 20 books, finish the 12 books written by non-American authors that have been assigned by my friend. 

4. Finish at least one knitting project. I have been working on the same thing since April and it is just about halfway done and it is a scarf. I think one project this year is a reasonable goal. 

5. Make some sort of effort on my house each day. That is all I have to say about that.

Overall, I want to stop feeling overwhelmed and frozen in place because I went back to work full time. It has been 5 months. Life hasn't really slowed down and it probably won't anytime in the foreseeable future, so it is time to suck it up. So I need to be more proactive with dealing with it and just move forward. 

Oddly enough, this was all written on my phone. Maybe I will get up and post sometime soon while I eat my breakfast. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


So I have been asked to blog by a few people. Little do they know I have been blogging for a decade. Just off and on... And more off than on in the last 5 years. But that isn't the point! I am blogging. The end.

Isla is on a roll with the talking thing. Her new word is "eat." I brought some amazing tacos home after work today and when I opened the container she said, "Eat! Eat! Eat!" She also calls Enrique "Kiki" which is pretty cute. She seems to really love him. 

I am exhausted from Isla trying to sleep on my face last night so I can't say too much. One more day of work this week and it couldn't come at a better time. Jeans tomorrow! Who would think that getting to wear jeans would make me so happy? It just does. It is a trickle down effect. Everything is more comfy when I can wear jeans.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Can we just discuss this?

 I like to overwhelm myself. I mean, really, truly, over-commit and overwhelm myself.  I can't help it. It is like a compulsion. I work better under pressure. If I pause I lose momentum. 

Update which is relevant, we have decided to definitely go with private school. Justin hit a car this weekend and messed his car up. He is taking it in for an estimate and we are debating all the possible scenarios of what that could look like. Taking on a car payment is a very bad idea. 

Recently I have been debating working full time. Like full time at just one job. 40 hours a week, m-f, 9-5. It hasn't quite sat right with me. The kids' school just posted a part time librarian position. I think I need to investigate this further. I think I may need to do this. This would bump me to full time hours at three different jobs. Isla would definitely need childcare. But would also keep me looser and freer in the summers and breaks. It seems like it could be a creative 
solution. It also seems like a horribly stupid idea. I'm not sure which one will win.