Hiding In The Office

CootieBoy is having a belated birthday sleepover with three of his pals and so Denis is hiding upstairs and I’m hiding in the office. They’ve had pizza and soda, have played video games, have chased each other through the house, have debated whether or not to watch a movie, and screamed so loudly I’m positive the neighbors think we’re abusing someone in this joint.

One of the boys is afraid of our dogs, so they are cooped up with me here in the office, with Dobby the Dog going on alert when the screeching gets particularly loud/high pitched. And since the boys have just had cupcakes for dessert, they’ll be wired for the next few hours.

I’m glad today is Friday and that the work week is done. I took a day off from work yesterday and I’m so glad I did because yesterday was … continue on, dear reader!

Sometimes Facebook Isn’t So Bad, Though

I’m a week into my Facebook Fast, and it has mostly been positive. Sometimes, though, Facebook can come in handy when you want to vent something really quickly, but it’s not worth a whole blog post. I’ve needed that a couple times this week.

Today I wanted to vent about a work project, and the fact that someone was trying to get me to do their portion of the project, when all I’m supposed to be doing is gathering everyone’s stuff and then dumping it into a Powerpoint. I’m not supposed to actually begin number-crunching their piece of the presentation so they never have to do it. But sure enough, someone tried to do that today. I quickly shut it down and said no way (I was polite, don’t worry).

In other news, our lone cat, the elderly Mini, has decided she’s not fond of … continue on, dear reader!

A Productive Morning of Cleaning

Clean Up or You're Out! :Brooklyn Street SignRemember my desire to accomplish a bunch of decluttering goals this summer? Ha ha ha. So, I’ve only accomplished a dozen of them. Literally, 12 things. Out of 51 things. Pffft. Today I accomplished three of them, all office related. This morning when I woke up I immediately headed downstairs into the office with the goal of cleaning out part of the office.

I first tackled the areas behind the french door – that’s where we keep old keyboards and computer mice that no longer work or are no longer needed. For years – YEARS – I’ve had a random box sitting in the office, the contents of which were unknown. All this time, I assumed it was old paperwork just waiting to catch on fire some day. Once I cleared out the keyboards and mice, I pulled out the box and opened it to … continue on, dear reader!

Movie: “Foxcatcher”

Have you seen "Foxcatcher" yet? If not, let me be the one to tell you not to waste your time. The movie is terrible.

I was looking forward to seeing Steve Carell’s much-lauded tour de force performance, but after watching it last night I can only say that the whole movie was boring.

The "true" story was boring.
The actors were boring.
The musical score was boring.
The direction was boring.
The lighting was boring.
The sound editing was boring.

Boring, boring, boring.

About 30 minutes into the movie I debated turning it off completely, but decided to give it a bit more time. Then I fell asleep about 20 minutes later, but woke up after 15 minutes and realized I hadn’t missed a thing. So I kept watching, and waiting. And nothing happened. Until then suddenly Channing Tatum’s character did something a lot of … continue on, dear reader!

It’s That Time Of Year Again!

Last year I took some time away from Facebook for a few weeks, and in the end I enjoyed it thoroughly. I’ve decided to do one again, and today is Day 2. So far, no pangs to log in and see what’s up. And I think I have no pangs because I’ve done it before and remembered how much I enjoyed not checking my phone every ten minutes.

I opted for this year’s FF (Facebook Fast) to run from yesterday, August 18, until Friday, September 25. That’s about five weeks, give or take a couple days.

As a result, you’ll see me around these parts a bit more over the next five weeks as my need to tell stories will be forced to expand from a few sentences to a complete blog post.

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A Celebration of CootieBoy

Today CootieBoy turned 11 years old. Yesterday he started middle school. How did this happen. Isn’t it just recently that I held his cute little infant body in my arms, marveling at how much he looked like a cranky old man at the age of 1-2 weeks old? Isn’t it just recently that I taught him how to write his numbers on a chalkboard that sat outside his room? Isn’t it just yesterday that I washed his really dirty clothes and lamented that he’s old enough to do it himself? Oh wait, I DID do that yesterday.

He’s a fun kid. He makes me laugh all the time. 99% of what comes out of his mouth is from a TV show, and yet it is always applicable to the conversation we’re having. He’ll stay something really witty and we’ll ask, "Okay, what show was that … continue on, dear reader!

Wow…Is Summer Really Almost Over?

I can’t believe my last post was near the beginning of summer vacation, and now it’s the last day of summer vacation! Time went quickly – I can’t believe it’s over!

Of my decluttering goals from June 4, I can say that I only did about a dozen of them. But hey, I’ll take it. And technically summer isn’t over YET – you never know when I may get a wild hair and get out there and tackle 4-5 more of them in a day. What? It could happen!

The rest of the summer was a blur – after our vacation to the beach, the kids went to camp for a week, and then went to my parents’ house for a week. The result is that the three trips made the summer whiz on by.

I’m still knitting, although CootieGirl stopped soon after our return … continue on, dear reader!

This Year’s Vacation Brought to You By the Word “Sunburn”

The family and I just got back from a week’s vacation in Hilton Head Island. Our new tradition is to go to a different beach – a couple years ago we hit Myrtle Beach, SC for a long weekend, then last year the kids and I went to Topsail Beach, NC while Denis recuperated from knee surgery. This year we all went to Hilton Head Island for a full week of sun and fun. It was much needed and very much appreciated to get away for seven straight days.

We arrived at our 2-bedroom condo rental last Saturday afternoon and settled in for the night, and hit the beach on Sunday morning. Five hours later we all returned to the condo with sunburns. Denis was sunburned on his chest, CootieBoy on his face, CootieGirl on her lower back, and me on my upper back. We … continue on, dear reader!

Stress and Stress

At my job the team I work with has been doing these corporate retreats since April, trying to invigorate and re-energize the staff. We created the content ourselves, honed it and presented it to the head honchos, who approved it and gave their blessings to begin presenting this to staff. We started in April, and are slated to do these retreats for the rest of the year, twice a month. We’re also going to do them in 2016, again twice a month. It’s exhausting work, and I’m not even the one presenting the material. I’m there to run A/V and occasionally pipe in on the conversation topics when I feel so led. Our team has worked hard on creating these retreats and for the most part they have been received well. The stress comes from requiring constant vigilance – not only for things to go … continue on, dear reader!

Slide the City!

The other big event on Saturday was taking the kids to the local Slide the City event. Don’t know what Slide the City is? Check out their video:

It was a beautiful day for it – bright blue clear sky. We got there in time to check in and were handed our inner tubes in need of filling. I was able to get CootieBoy’s blown up but knew there was no way I could do the other two. The local high school’s dance team had an air compressor set up and were blowing up tubes, and the line wasn’t that long so we hopped on. Over 30 minutes later we still weren’t near the front of the line, so we sent off CB to go wait in the line to go on the slide. FINALLY we got our tubes blown up, and off CootieGirl and … continue on, dear reader!

And Now I Can Say “I Saw Barry Manilow In Concert…”

I don’t know if going to see Barry Manilow live in concert has necessarily been a bucket list item for me, but when the opportunity presented itself back in February to buy tickets to see him in Charlotte, I thought, “Why not?” I coerced my co-worker L-train to go with me (Denis said no thanks) and immediately bought tickets. I was able to snag floor seats, in one of the front sections – not bad considering I didn’t buy tickets the day they went on sale.

70s shag haircutThe concert was this past Saturday night and was so.much.fun. We opted to skip the opening act (Dave Koz, saxaphonist) so that we could catch up over dinner and strolled in just as Koz was finishing his last song. Twenty minutes later, Barry took the stage and for the next 90 minutes we were completely entertained. He was very … continue on, dear reader!

On Growing Up

The kids are officially done with school as of this past Thursday afternoon. I now have TWO middle-schoolers in the house. How on earth has time passed so quickly? I still remember cuddling with a 2 month old CootieGirl, or driving around in the car all night to get CootieBoy to sleep in his carseat because he hated the crib. Surely that was just yesterday???

Alas, it wasn’t. And so instead I have an about-to-start 7th grade daughter. I’ve decided she’s allowed to get a cellphone now. She did really well with becoming more responsible over the past year – she’s leaps and bounds ahead of where she was at the beginning of the school year. When she messes up, she takes ownership and accepts her punishment. While her hormones do get the better of her sometimes, she is quick to apologize when she calms … continue on, dear reader!