Monday, August 30, 2010

the other shoe doesn't have to drop.

my darling husband recently went all the way to england for work
and did an awesome job of bringing me beautiful pictures
of that country we fell in love with when we lived there
over 14 years ago.

i remember how
we took a day to ourselves not long after our daughter was born
to celebrate our anniversary.
i remember standing with him in front
of this marquee. snapshot taken.
only visible in my memory now
we were so young.
the marquee remains the same.
we do not.
and i am okay with that.

i am looking forward to my days.
i am excited and hopeful for each one to begin.
i cut back my hours at my job...and
i've started classes at the community college
the boy is happy at university in san angelo
and the girl is enjoying her new school.
the husband is standing in a good place at work,
it looks like he may be getting into a different area
of his field, one he is actually looking forward to.
life seems pretty darn good right about now.
no need to wait for more, i am loving what life is at the moment.

Monday, August 16, 2010

boy goes to university.

i forgot for a bit that i was blogging again.
: )
forgive me, for i am exhausted.
this weekend pretty much ran both ends of the
emotional spectrum simultaneously. why?

because we packed up the uhaul and drove the boy one to university.
i am so grateful he doesn't have to stay in the dorms.
he will be living with my father in law, so he has family there.
and his uncle lives in town too...he'll be fine.
we spent the weekend unpacking and setting up his space.

it's a nice space, very light.
i should've waited until i hung the curtains to take this pic
but i had to sneak it in.
the boy didn't want any overly mushy show of emotion.
and apparently taking too many pictures counts as mushy.
(i am suprised that spell check accepts the word mushy. and also, i used mushy twice in one post.)
at least he allowed me this indulgence once we saw this old door.

oh, how i love downtown san angelo.
and that boy.

Friday, July 30, 2010

a lil bit crafty.

last week i got a lil bit crafty.
i woke up early, got on the treadmill
then decided to get ready for work right away
so i could play with ink, paper and glue
then go straight to work.

it is such a lil thing,
and this pic is a bit blurry
but you get the gist.

i found a stack of those lil white envelopes
collecting dust but they are ready for a purpose!
so i am thinking i need to make a book.

i want to make a bunch of these "pages"
and then throw random bits of ephemera
in the bags.
things like movie tickets
roller derby ticket stubs
and all sorts of other fun stuff.
because you know i collect a bunch of junk!!
(i am working on this bad habit, though!!)

i haven't decided how i want to bind them together.
i am a fan of the rings.
but i am thinking stuff may slide out.
so i may make covers out of chipboard covered in paint
or a cute patterned paper.

i'm thinking polks dots!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

new delish.

God loves me.

here's the proof:

don't let the 100 calorie label fool you.
it's not a smaller drink than the regular mocha frap in a bottle
nor is it a smaller taste!
this is the yummy-est treat i have found
next to my keebler right bites fudge grahams and banana combo.
and you know how picky i am about my starbucks lovin.
just thought i'd share. : )

p.s. the iced VIA is yummy too!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

summer is the heat.

after lunch with friends i took the girl to visit her
swimming is not my thing.
but sitting poolside with a camera in hand is. : )
speaking of my favorite fourteen year old:

i am so jealous i can't dye mine too!!
damn you corporate america!!!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

on being a mom to teenagers.

i am struggling lately.
i am trying to find a balance between
working 40+ hrs a week
and being a mom.
but because i have to do things *my* way
i can't just be a mom
i have to be the *best* mom.
holy heck am i tired.
and guilty.
and so very anxious.
i mean, because:

the girl one starts high school this fall.
next month, actually.
we are trying to get an assignment overseas
but with J being in the reserves and a civilian
it's a lil bit tougher.
a few more hoops to jump through, but i digress.

so she's a freshman.
and fragile in so many ways.
she loves art and anime and her friends.
none of whom will be going to her school.
she loves books about vampires and dragons and mythical creatures.
and girls are mean.
so very mean.
especially to those girls that are different.
like my girl.
so i am super nervous for her.
and nervous for me, because i don't know how
i'll handle it if her little heart is broken

and this one.
this one is going to be a freshman at ASU.
i am so not sure about how i feel about that.
i am sure i am excited for him
but i am also unsure of how he will do.
he is so much like me.
often times moody, but more often looking to find the light.
i worry he will be discouraged,
or worse; lose his light. his passion for what he is going to school for.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

on not complaining.

oh geez i miss this guy.
i have gotten so used to having him here
every day- no deployments, no TDYs
since he got out of the USAF...
apparently as a reservist, he has the same commitment.
at least it's just a two week separation.... i know it could have been
that 6 month deployment to afghanistan. i know this.
so i'll quietly miss him, without complaint,
for the next two weeks.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

on my part.

i usually brew at home.
but some mornings, when i have to be at work
at ohhh, SEVEN A.M.- i stop for my fave drink.
venti non fat caramel misto with 2 splenda.
just typing that made my mouth water.

for the past 3 1/2 months i have been taking my re-useable mug
to my girls at the bucks. and i have been so happy with the little steps
i am taking to make sure i am creating less waste.
it started when we were in NYC during this event.
(i took pics, but they are on the mac daddy, and i am on the babymac at the moment)
i wondered how many cups i was responsible for,
and what the impact could be if i just took one of my plethora of travel mugs with me each day.

i am happy to say that i have stuck to my resolution thus far
and i am now thinking about what more i can do.
like: if i take a reuseable cup to chick-fil-a, and paid for a medium but
had them use my cup instead of wasting one of their styrofoam ones,
would they let me?
i think its worth a try.

more later. gots to get to work!!


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

on slowing down and loving sushi.

i was able to grab some sushi the other day with a gal pal
from work and i was reminded how much i love it.
the restaurant she chose wasn't (and never will be) a fave of mine
but the company more than made up for the lousy waiter
and the pricey dish i chose.
i usually head to goro's sushi (on mossrock, if you're in the 210)
the O Roll and the Stephanie are my faves...

i need to remember to do this more often.
being in the retail business, i very often stick to what is close to the hour for lunch leaves little wiggle room
if you want something other than
a McFatass. don't get me wrong.
i loved the golden arches when i lived in Oz.
but for some reason here in the U.S. i am not a fan.

the yoga dvd i mentioned in my last post can be found here.
although i picked mine up at barnes and noble a couple of years ago.
i am still loving it.
i love how it makes me feel so peaceful and powerful all at the same time.
i am thinking i may try julian's yoga DVD for more of an umph...
anyone try it yet? i'd love to know what you think!

more when there's more.
or when i feel like there's more
when there really isn't. : )

Saturday, June 26, 2010

on catching up.

since we've spoken last:
  • my boy has turned 18.
  • and graduated.
  • my girl has turned 14
  • i've panicked 84 thousand times
  • and gotten over it and gone through it
  • i've found the perfect yoga DVD
  • and have been re-united with a part of me i've missed
: ) more later. maybe. probably.