Wednesday, March 27, 2013

crappy day

this is a rant. sort of. more like a whine. it’s totally self-indulgent and unnecessary, but oh well. my blog.

this morning just kind of totally really sucked. nothing major happened. no one died (well, not anyone I know. but it’s a big world.) everything was fine until I took shane to school. well, that part was fine, too. except that I noticed that I needed gas. kind of badly.

but I was wearing my pajamas.

(yes, I do this. I’m THAT mom. I drive my kid to junior high wearing pj pants, a hoodie, and my slippers. I never have to go outside, nobody has to see me… I’m safely concealed inside my minivan.)

so I really didn’t want to have to stop on the way home to get gas.

I went back and forth about it. this is the ONLY situation in which I wish I lived in oregon, where you are not allowed to pump your own gas. ultimately, I decided against it.

I estimated that I had enough gas to get home, plus the few miles back to the gas station, which is right near where I have to drop both micah and layla off at their respective schools.

so that was my plan.

go home, get ready (shower, put on real clothes), eat breakfast, take layla to school, get gas, take micah to school, go to workout, go from there to buy new running shoes, go to costco, pick up micah, head home.

I only had about 35 minutes in which to get myself and the kids ready. fortunately, I’d made their lunches ahead of time. this shouldn’t be an issue.

so, it’s getting down to crunch time. we’ve got to head out now or layla is going to be late. layla being late means that my whole schedule got messed up. if she’s late (or even JUST on time, for that matter), then I won’t have time to get gas before dropping micah off and then I’ll have to do it after, which will make ME late.

well, that’s just what happened. as soon as I send micah to get his shoes off of the back porch, the cat escapes. ugh. so then I have to spend several minutes I DON’T have to spare coaxing the cat out from under the porch.

I realize that I haven’t had time to eat. so I grab a trio bar and dump the remains of a smoothie I made yesterday into a cup and call it good.

then, in the process of getting from the garage door to the car, layla manages to misplace the locket her grandparents gave her that she was wanting me to help her put on. spend several more minutes I DON’T have searching for that. don’t worry, we found it.

so we finally leave, layla’s in tears, I realize that micah doesn’t have anything for show & tell, but oh well. no time for that now.

miraculously, we didn’t run out of gas on the way to school. layla jumped out and ran off to class just as the bell was ringing, which meant that I had to head straight to the preschool or micah would be late.

which meant that I had to get gas AFTER dropping him off.

so I got gas, and then I had to high-tail it across the road I got a ticket on a year ago, so of course, I had to watch my speed, and pulled into the parking lot of the church where my aerobics class is held RIGHT at 9:15 (which is when it starts). that would be okay except for 2 things. 1) I had to pee. 2) ever since cheryl put an article in the paper about the class, it is totally slammed! like seriously busting at the seams. not that that’s a bad thing. it’s a great class, so people should know about it, it’s just busy. which is why I like to get there a little early and get a good spot.

that was not going to happen today.

we were packed in like sardines and I had to get a spot on the OTHER side of the room. I know that sounds stupid, but my perspective on it is always from the left side of the room. I couldn’t figure out what I was looking at or adjust my brain to make my body do what I was seeing from the RIGHT side of the room! aggghhh!

add to that that the right side of the room is right next to the kitchen, where they were cooking something for the seder meal they’re having tomorrow night, and it SMELLED really strong which was highly distracting and made me feel a little queasy.

all of that led to a sub-par workout, which messed with my head even more because I had my first crappy run experience yesterday.

blah blah blah…

whine whine whine.

at any rate, after class I did manage to go out and get my new running shoes, which I love, so hopefully that makes up for it, I can get a GOOD run in, and make up for all of this other stupid stuff.


I am happy to report that my day picked up in the afternoon. trying my new shoes out on the treadmill and adjusting my hyper-competitive attitude a bit led to a really good run that felt awesome and restored my confidence in my ability to actually progress to running longer than a couple minutes at a time without feeling like I wanted to die.


and then, just as I was about to throw dinner into the oven, my day got even crappier. literally. darn dog had a random bout of doggy diarrhea ALL OVER my dining room floor. it was a mess of gargantuan proportions. the kind of mess you look at and can’t even force your brain to think clearly about how to begin cleaning it up. (I eventually managed with a roll of paper towels, a plastic bag, and a mop. there’s still a rug outside on the porch that I’m not ready to deal with, and one of micah’s shoes that I’m considering just throwing away, since they’re old and on the too-small side.)


at least there haven’t been any repeat performances…

Monday, March 25, 2013

week 12 in pictures

sunday: just a sampling of things the kids did that day: make shift xylophone playing; cat snuggling; brady bunch watching.2013-04-08

monday: ginger. always ready with the ball. hoping someone will play with her.047

tuesday: she has to be on the bus in 40 minutes.052

wednesday: super messy playroom. he was supposed to be cleaning it up.064

thursday: jazz band concert at the high school. the teachers got to play. it was awesome.075

friday: woke up to a ton of snow and it just kept dumping. shane did not have a delay, but layla did. the road was nasty. I kept shane home, and we walked down to the bottom of the hill where the bus picks up on snow routes. 2 hour delay + early dismissal for conferences = a very short day for layla.085

saturday: even though we were buried in snow the day before, saturday was SO gorgeous. layla was off at camp lutherwood and shane was helping grandpa with yard work, so dave, micah and I went for a walk down on the waterfront. that’s seattle across the lake.IMAG0047

a couple of skinnies I’m sticking in center slots… 1 - me trying to stretch = the dog totally getting in my face. she thinks I do it so I can pet her or love on her. 2 – dave and I at the movie theatre on an impromptu date night. we had a nourishing and romantic dinner of taco bell in the car before dashing into the theater to see ‘silver linings playbook’. it was a great movie, and we figured out that it was the first time since before micah was born that he and I went to a movie alone!

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and I have some big collages that I will use as inserts of the extra snow pictures and the pictures from our walk on the waterfront.2013-04-0852013-04-086

book shots:


Monday, March 18, 2013

week 11 in pictures

monday: made a dinner that made a huge mess and lots of dishes. it was yummy, but not good enough to be worth the mess.046

tuesday: my tuesday/thursday/saturday destination: barre3. love it…048

also tuesday: day 1 of my “couch to 5k” running program. I didn’t die, nothing hurt, and I went 2.02 miles in 30 minutes. I guess I have to do it again.052

wednesday: micah, pouting in his closet about his shorts. he was very sad when I put his shorts away last october, and has been begging to have them back, counting down until april, when I said he could have them back. when I sent him to get dressed for preschool, he just cried in the closet because he wanted to wear shorts, not pants.059

thursday: layla’s mountain of dogs.020

friday: micah, hanging out at a MOMS club playgroup.026

saturday: noticed this, walking through the room. apparently micah felt he needed some hand weights, too.031

and a couple I’ll use as skinnies to stick in center slots. mom and layla selfie, early in the morning. a terrible, unflattering gem that I discovered micah took during my aerobics class on friday morning. yes, we wear belly dancing skirts. they jingle. it makes it super fun to shake your hips!

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and a non-square collage of instagrams from the week. 2013-03-242

book shots:


Monday, March 11, 2013

week 10 in pictures

monday: micah’s favorite food in the whole wide world…035

tuesday: his new favorite passtime… setting up soccer cones in ‘roads’ that he then ride through.001

thursday: earning their keep! actually, the just wanted to help me clean so I gave them rags and a bottle of windex. 015

also thursday: at book club, ingrid telling her famous “making meatballs with the kids” story.017

friday: a sunny afternoon MOMS Club park playdate. micah got hungry and wanted to leave, so his friend was kind enough to offer him some of her lunch to keep him there a little while longer.020

also friday: layla at a pj party with the birthday girl.024

saturday: a dry, sunny saturday meant the first mow of the season followed by fertilizer application!029

just one skinny this week… micah was ‘on the ball’ at target. yes, that’s a plastic axe stuffed down the back of the shirt… pretty sure he’s a ninja.021

and some little squares I will collage to put in the book.034 004 007009 012 018026 035

book shots:


Monday, March 4, 2013

week 9 in pictures

sunday: micah and ella snuggling up during the children’s message at church. LOVE this! 035

also sunday: my sunday school girls working on arranging the words of their memory verse in the right order.032

another skinny of my ss girls, plus one of micah doing some ‘weeding’ in my parents’ backyard. these will go into center slots.

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monday: a nightly occurrence – dave checking shane’s math homework.004

wednesday: tuesday evening, I found myself at urgent care due to a very unwelcome UTI. 008

thursday: for R week at preschool, micah’s class made a giant robot! isn’t it awesome? all those red dots are his doing! 020

friday: 10 year old dog snagging a frisbee out of the air…040

saturday: we headed down to visit amy and meet her new baby boy for the first time! while there, sue and layla constructed a huge lincoln log hotel. 024

and some instagrams:

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book shots:



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