Friday, July 26, 2013

High Five for Friday!

Overall, it's been a pretty busy week. 
I'm ready for the weekend, 
although I just remembered my husband is working tomorrow, 
and apparently racing on Sunday, 
so not sure how restful it will be.....

Some highlights of the week:

So proud of my hubby who completed his first Ironman 70.3 in 6:26!!!

When I wasn't running around Racine, 
tracking him on the swim, bike, and run, 
I was enjoying some quiet time.
 Some storm excitement mid-week
(That's our garage)

I am gearing up for August.
Back to school time for the kids
means extra meetings/doc appointments/busyness
for me!

And just because it's been a crazy week,
I need to laugh.
And nothing makes me laugh more than

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Friday, July 19, 2013

An Open Letter to Sleep

Dear A Good Night's Sleep,

Hey, it's me.  I know it's been awhile.

I... I just wanted to say that...

that I miss you. 

I don't know how long it's been, I'm so tired I've lost my ability to count past the number three. I don't really have an exact reason for not seeing you in days. Well wait, yes I do.

  • Idiot neighbors who party and set off fireworks thru the night, which then wakes my kids
  • thirsty kids
  • kids with ear infections and lots of pain
  • kids with molars trying to pop thru and lots of pain
  • kids who leak thru their pull-ups, then cry because they can't wear their favorite shorts to bed
  • kids that wake at the crack of dawn, then ask if they can play Fix it Felix on my phone
  • that little girl with the long hair who stands (somewhat creepily) next to my bed staring at me because she needs water...
Dunkin Donuts' iced caramel swirl latte and I have become best friends in your absence. Although stopping there before work is contributing to me being late for work (well later than normal, because I have too many kids to get out the door on time...)

I'm not sure how much longer I can go without seeing you - just once. You know, for old times sake.

But sleep - I'm a mess without you. My little fashion diva, dressed in an Ariel costume, light-up princess shoes that are two sizes to big, and wearing three purses, questioned my outfit. I actually found myself considering her advice! Not to mention, being up all night makes me astutely aware of how my husband continually turns the air conditioning up so it doesn't kick on all night. I'm stuck consoling a 7 year old or sleeping on the floor in the twins' room in a hot, stuffy house. And I just don't do well in hot and stuffy atmospheres. Makes me want to smother the guy sleeping soundly all alone in our queen-sized bed...

I just hope that we can be together soon. Hopefully not during the day while I'm supposed to be working in my quiet, air-conditioned office, but soon. In about 12 hours.


Thursday, July 18, 2013


Reading: An advanced copy of Erin Knightley's Flirting with Fortune. I'm almost done (I hate when life gets in the way of reading a great book!) Look for a review in the coming days! I'm also juggling it with Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones. Because seriously, I love me some Charley and Reyes. (Mostly Reyes.)
Listening to: Right now on Spotify, I've got a mix of music playing.  Lately I've been drawn to songs that I used to listen to back in college (think 90s alternative). A song can take me back to that exact moment when I first heard those musical chords. It brings back feelings that I thought were lost. It comforts me when I am feeling down. And it reminds me to live in the moment, because time changes so quickly. Annnnnndddddd..... Add it Up by the Violent Femmes always reminds me of that time I got hit in the head by a shoe in their mosh pit... my family still makes fun of me for that. ;)
Thinking about: This weekend, and my time alone on a (hopefully sunny and warm) beach! Keith is doing a race, and I'm going along to rest and relax on the beach support him. 
Watching: Nothing! I don't really watch tv in the summer. Although on my lunch breaks at work, I try to catch up on the latest episode of The Daily Show. Because summers suck at this place, and I find myself needing to laugh right around lunch time so I can make it through the afternoon. 
Bummed out on: Summer is almost over. And that means THE TWINS ARE HEADED TO KINDERGARTEN!!! And I will HAVE A SECOND GRADER!!! Sorry, didn't mean to yell.  But I'm dealing with my no-more-babies, what-do-I-when-they-are-big-kids, omg-this-means-homework-every-freaking-night issues. 

Loving: My new dress! On clearance at ON.  BTW, did you know that on Wednesdays, ON card holders get an additional 40% off?!?! Neither did I, until I went shopping last night! And picked up this cute little dress for $6. That's right folks, six whole dollas!

So, how about you? What are you up to today?

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Dear husband and children... I'm reading

Dear husband and children,

Sorry that all cleaning, 
meal planning, 
and laundry has to wait, 
but Mommy is busy!!!


Friday, July 12, 2013

A Summer Day

I walk,
around the lake.

The cerulean sky reaches on forever, as brushstrokes of white
paint clouds as though they were wisps of steam.
The water sparkles as though someone sprinkled diamonds on top.
The only sounds are the chirping of the birds
and the faint humming of the bees that dart from flower to flower,
nestling deep into the bloom to extract the sweet nectar.
The tiger lilies stretch high into the sky, swaying gently in the light breeze.

I walk,
and breathe in the smell of summer.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Writer's Workshop

The wind whips through the night, as he perches on the roof like a handsome gargoyle.
His leather coat billows around him, as he curses to himself as she looks up at him.
She shouldn't be able to see him...yet she pauses, then blinks in wonder.
Her cobalt eyes twinkle.
With a wink, she turns away.
Long brown hair twirls around her as she continues to walk.
His own eyes, the color of an antique green bottle, widen in surprise at her reaction.
With another curse, he leaps from the rooftop ledge and glides to the ground.
He stares at her disappearing figure for a moment;
then stalks off in the opposite direction.
She feels a slight breeze as he lands.
And smiles to herself as the distance between the two of them grows. 

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