Sunday Matters: A Nice, Sunny Weekend

Sunday Matters

This week was pretty good. Lots going on (as usual). Seems to be the norm with me but not a bad week overall. We had fun at the track meet yesterday. I worked the long jump pit for the first time. It was a lot of fun but it was HOT. I think The Girl struggled a little with the heat because her get up and go, got up and went. After a full day in the sun, it was nice to come home and rest a bit. Then, The Teen’s girlfriend came over for dinner. It was a good day.

Right Now:

Udi’s makes a new gluten-free bread and it’s delicious!! I am having it toasted with butter and marmalade and of course, there’s coffee too. We are about to head off to church and then from there, The Hub and Girl will be going to Six Flags. That means, that I have the afternoon to myself!

This Week:

Nothing out of the ordinary. Same old stuff for the kids with the addition of two doctor’s appointments and book club.

Reading:

This is becoming a thing but I am STILL reading The Book of Strange New Things. It’s really good and gives me lots to think about but it takes a lot of time to get through. So much so, that I forgot to read my book club pick, The Tempest. I gotta get on that for this week’s meeting.

Watching:

Tonight is all about the season finale of The Walking Dead. I feel as if we are about to lose a major character. I am thinking Glenn but I sure hope not.

Making:

Tacos!

Grateful for:

My free afternoon. I promise not to clean. I will most likely use my U-verse coupon to see Mockingjay, Part 1.

What are you up to today?

A Day in the Life – Ti’s Typical Day

A Day In the Life

Oh, that Trish. She comes up with the neatest stuff. The other day she invited us to document a typical day and then to share them all on March 27. I joked with her that she’d fall asleep if she read about mine so jab jab, don’t fall asleep! Okay? Ready?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

4:20 – I wake. Shower. Get dressed. My in real life friends are so glad that I shower!

4:30-4:45 – Go downstairs. Pop a piece of toast in the toaster. Turn on the morning news. Do make-up while listening. As you can see from the time used, my routine is minimal at best. A quick swipe of lipstick and some eye shadow and I am good to go. Unless I wake up looking dead, then I use some BB Blur cream. Today, the cream got used.

4:45-4:50 – The Otter Pup staggers down for her morning treat which happens to be a sweet potato stick from Trader Joe’s. After her treat, I give her snuggles and then tuck her into her downstairs bed. Pink blanket and all. She is a crazy little sleep head in this pic!

The Otter Pup

The Otter Pup – Not amused that I am snapping a photo while making her sit.

4:50-5:00 – Fix hair. This consists of some styling cream, a brush, safety goggles to prevent a repeat of the eye stabbing that took place several weeks ago and hair spray.

5:00-5:05 – Prepare breakfast for The Girl. Today, it’s a bowl of cereal. Sometimes it’s toast with PB. Breakfast MUST be ready when I wake her up because the Otter Pup and I do not like loud slamming and screaming in the morning. Also, toss some food into my lunch box to eat later. Today, it’s an egg salad sandwich made the night before.

5:05 – Run upstairs to get The Girl up. She groans. I toss stuff into the laundry basket. I then return and tell her that breakfast is on the table. She groans. The Otter Pup comes up to get her moving. Today it’s loud barking. Some days, it’s a nip to the butt. I run back downstairs.

5:10-5:15 – Get my bag ready for work. Grab toast that I forgot about. Make an iced coffee. Blowing kisses at The Girl, who is still half asleep but eating, I run out the door. Her brother is still asleep but The Hub and Pup take it from here. Run back to write out check to the gardener. Almost forgot. Also leave a note for The Teen to remember his SAT workbook for class tonight.

5:15-5:55 – Jump in the car. Turn on radio. Drive, drive, drive 25 miles to campus. At this hour, the traffic is not bad. Pull into favorite parking spot. Make the short walk to my building, seen below. I work in the basement (garden level but there is no garden) of the library. No windows down there.

The Oviatt Library

The Oviatt Library – Rear Entrance

6:00 – The Girl calls me. Wants to know what time I am picking her up. The same time as always, 4:50 p.m. She says, “Okay” and then tells me what the pup is doing. I tell her to have a good day. I ask her if her brother is up. She says “sort of” and then I tell her I love her and to have a good day and remind her to do her homework at daycare. She groans at me. I say goodbye.

6:05-6:45 – Say “hi” to custodian in the hallway. She doesn’t speak any English but always smiles really big. I really have to go to the ladies room but she just mopped so I skip it. Arrive at office. I keep the door locked because weirdos hang out on campus in the wee morning hours. Make tea. Pull Kindle out. Get comfy in shameless reading spot. Read a little. Check phone a little.

6:45-7:15 – Check work email. Update some webpages. Glance at Facebook to see what the heck has gone on since the night before. Spend a few minutes in Feedly catching up on blogs. Check and answer personal emails.

7:15-9:00 – More work stuff. Emails. I can’t seem to get through them. One has to do with troubleshooting an issue but the person doesn’t give me any info to go on. Freshen up tea. Search for content for some news articles I need to draft.

9:00-9:20 – Run to next building to attend a change management meeting. This is where everyone decides what services will be maintained and when, to not cause problems with multiple outages going on at the same time.

9:25-10:00 – Answer more emails. Write-up some survey answers for a web discovery project. Pop a cup of tea into the microwave.

10:05-12:00 – Grab tea. Head to training lab to assist co-worker with a training session on our web content management system. While there, answer work emails, write-up outage notification, draft some news items, check personal email. Help participants with class exercises. Answer questions.

12:05-1:10 – Return to office to grab lunch. Head back to empty lab to catch Breaking Bad on Netflix. I am on Season 4, episode 10. Of course, one this posts I will be done with season four.

Breaking Bad

Watching Breaking Bad at Lunch

1:15-2:00 – Answer more web discovery survey questions. Not sure how to answer these. Review webpages for old content and broken links. Contact appropriate areas for any outages taking place this weekend. Publish news items sent to me by the student.

2:00-3:10 – Pull some images for a design project I am working on. It’s for an event in May but probably needs to be done soon for marketing purposes.

3:15-3:30 – Took a break. Contacted junior high about choir auditions for The Girl and then chatted it up with another blogger in chat.

3:30-4:00 – Attempting to troubleshoot an issue that really doesn’t belong to me but no one seems to be helping her so I shall. It would help if I had the access to actually look something up.

4:00-4:55 – Leave work. Cannot leave fast enough. Head to car. Turn on radio. Drive home. Traffic is okay. Not too bad. I take this road over a mountain to avoid the freeway, which is packed at this time. As you can see, others have the same idea.

Traffic

Traffic on the way home.

4:55-5:05 – Pick up The Girl at daycare/school. Ask her if she has her sweater, homework, etc. She gets upset because she made “food craft” which is a pretzel and it’s not done cooking so we wait for the damn pretzel.

5:05 – Head home, which is just down the street.

5:10-5:15 – Arrive home. Call out for The Teen. Forgot he is at his SAT prep class. Get The Girl to unpack her backpack. Make her a snack before track practice (fruit, cheese, crackers & pretzel). Open mail, get bags ready for the next day. Dinner?

5:15 – Hub calls and says he is stuck at work with Time Warner and an internet issue. Can I take The Girl to track practice? I guess. I wander around kitchen and throw a tuna casserole together with the meager items found in the pantry. Pop in the oven to cook.

5:45 – I take The Girl to track practice. Come home. The Teen calls me and wants to know who is picking him up at 7. I was JUST there. Geesh! Told him that hopefully his dad will.

6:15 – Dinner is a mess. Gluten free pasta does not bake up well in the oven. Tossed it into the trash as I cannot salvage it. No dinner and the entire house smells fishy. Grilled cheese?

6:30 – Throw a load of laundry in. Open mail. Hub calls and says he is finally on his way home. I tell him to pick up The Teen.

7:20-7:50 – Go to high school/track to wait for The Girl’s practice to be over. Chat with another mom.

7:50 – Get The Girl. She wants jelly beans. They hand out jelly beans after practice so I wait for her and then drive her home. I do a lot of waiting around, don’t I? Take laundry out and throw it into dryer.

8:05-8:30 – Late dinner. Kids eat cereal and waffles. Hub comes home.

8:30-9:00 – Get The Girl to shower and put her stuff out for tomorrow. Tuck her in. We say goodnight which the Otter Pup “helps” with, knee nip included.

9:00-9:45 – Watch a little TV. Too tired to stay up long. I introduce The Teen to season one, episode one of The Walking Dead. He watches the show with me now but has never seen episode one. Imagine! During he show, I fold the laundry.

Rick TWD

The Walking Dead – Season One

9:45-10:15 – Go upstairs and get ready for bed. Read for about fifteen minutes. My current night-time read is In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Sometimes I will read a little of the Bible from an app but my eyes are bugging me so I skip this. The Otter Pup jumps on my back and falls asleep.

10:20 – The Hub comes up and makes a bunch of noise which of course wakes the pup up.

10:20-10:45 – I prattle on about the day, what’s coming up this week, etc. Hub is already out and yet I am wide awake. I probably fall asleep somewhere about 11:20.

Thoughts:

Kind of exhausting, isn’t it? And this day didn’t even include play rehearsal which is usually squeezed in between practice and dinner. Since The Girl didn’t get a big part, she doesn’t have as many Wednesday night rehearsals and since The Teen had SAT prep, he didn’t go to rehearsal either.

I realized after I wrote this up that I never had dinner that night.

Documenting all of this was really hard to do. I find that a lot of the time I am on auto-pilot with all the kid stuff but putting it in writing really makes me wonder how I make it through the week. Most of my days have more stuff going on and then the weekends are not used for rest, which is a problem for me.

I suppose I should use this as a reason to change things up but there really isn’t much I can change with the kids being where they are right now. They’ve given up activities too and yet, the day is still full.

I have to ponder this some more as the process of documenting it all has left me a tad depressed. No time for fun carved out in any of this. I am just a bucket full of sadness today!

Have you ever documented an entire day?

Sunday Matters: Madness

Sunday Matters

This has been a very interesting week of challenges. I think I caught myself going mad at least three times, possibly four. Just too many things coming at me at once and me being too tired to want to deal with any of them. Some things that put me over the top:

  • My daughter not getting the part she tried for in the play.
  • Attending junior high orientation, the same night she got the news about the play. Hysterics. Sadness. I needed drugs. Didn’t have any.
  • My car leaking gasoline everywhere the same day we get the other car back from having the alternator repaired.
  • A freak electrical storm which forced track practice to end early and caused The Girl to almost pass out from fright.

But that’s all behind us now and Saturday we had The Girl’s first track meet and she decided to add High Jump as an event. Something she’s always been afraid to try. It was a proud moment to see her do that when I know that deep down, she was terrified. We also attended a choir concert for The Teen. A very nice way to end the day.

The Teen? How has he been? Well, he’s been pretty good. Plugging away at his SAT prep class and preparing for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in May. He should be getting his license here pretty soon if he ever finishes his driver’s training.

The Girl? Trying to decide what elective to take in junior high. Will she take yearbook like her brother? Or audition for choir? Or will she opt for four quarter long electives? She’s not sure yet. She’s leaning towards yearbook but that and choir she has to apply/interview for so who knows how that will all go.

Right Now:

About to head to church. I sure need it! In addition to my coffee I really want to tempt fate and eat a bagel but I know I can’t do that with my gluten issues. I really want one though.

This Week:

Should be a better week. We don’t have much going on except track and the basic ensemble rehearsal for the show.

Reading:

Reading

  • The Book of Strange New Things (really good but it’s a big one)
  • The Bullet (hoping this is a page turner)

Watching:

Same old stuff but soon things will be ending and I’ll have to fill-up my time with something else.

  • The Walking Dead has only two more episodes! Daryl is on a bike again! Things are happening.
  • Bates Motel is getting good too but this is a quieter show. Not as much action but it’s riveting.
  • Breaking Bad has become one of my fave shows. I am on season four, episode six. My lunches have been enjoyable while watching this one.

Making:

I never got to make gumbo last week so I really want it this week. Of course, The Teen will complain. He doesn’t like food that goes over rice.

Grateful for:

My bed. I need to catch-up on sleep and although my bed is not new or fancy or adjustable in any way, it feels good to get into it after a long week.

Sunday Matters: Time-Change Hangover?

Sunday Matters

Is it possible to be hung-over from the time change? Sure feels like it. My internal clock is still off. Twice this week I worked past my normal working hours because I thought it was earlier than it was. And… I cannot seem to fall asleep when I need to. I end up being a chatter box until The Hub tells me to be quiet. I hate that he can fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow. I mean, really. Also, it was 90 degrees the other day and I am sure today will be a repeat of that.

In other news, The Girl got called back for both the role of Brigitta and a nun (The Sound of Music). She said the call back went well. The final cast list posts on Tuesday afternoon.

And… if this isn’t a coincidence then I don’t know what is. My daughter is auditioning for a part in The Sound of Music and then Thomas writes up a post with this title which happens to be a play on my name and is a direct result of a comment I made on his blog. I tell ya, that post put a huge smile on my face.

Right Now:

Enjoying some coffee. Seems to be my usual Sunday morning thing. Also enjoying some cheese grits and an egg over easy and then we are off to church.

This Week:

This is one of those weeks that will be difficult for me to juggle. Lots and lots going on. Rehearsals and maybe even more rehearsals than scheduled since the final cast list posts on Tuesday. Track practice with the first meet this Saturday, high school open house the same freakin’ night as the junior high orientation which will force us to go on a night not assigned to us, Jazz pop dress rehearsal for choir, Jazz pop concert on Saturday night, and I am sure I am forgetting something. Oh  yeah, SAT prep classes start.

Reading:

I am really trying to catch-up with my review copies so I am putting a huge dent in The Book of Strange New Things which is reminding me a lot of The Sparrow, at least the first part is.

Watching:

  • Bates Motel started up again with Season 3 and yes, I am watching crazy Norman and his mother.
  • Still watching The Walking Dead. It’s just so compelling. I cannot look away.
  • I just started Breaking Bad, Season 4. OMG. Just, so good.
  • Movies? Haven’t really seen any but I feel like watching Tootsie.

Making:

I haven’t a clue what I will make for dinner but I have a craving for:

  • Tacos ( I can eat tacos 24/7)
  • A really large BBQ Chicken salad with homemade ranch dressing.
  • Gumbo

Strange cravings. All so different.

Grateful for:

The quiet moments. Hard to imagine that I have any, but I do.

What are you up to today? What’s on your plate for the week?

Sunday Matters: Well, Hello

Sunday Matters

It’s so easy to be consumed by sadness. I don’t get sad too often. I am mostly content and happy. My kids will say I yell too much. I do. Patience is not my strong suit. But these last few weeks really brought me down. My father’s death, the eye injury, etc.  I tried to be all quiet with it all. Sleeping, living on gluten free toast which is like prison food. And yes, I yelled a lot. Short fuse.

Now, after after a few weeks of moping around I am better. I think it’s good to just give in sometimes and to realize that you don’t have to keep it all together. It felt good to just let it all go. I want to thank all of you for the kinds words, the numerous “check-ins” and the fun stuff you all sent me to cheer me up. Seriously, thank you.

Right Now:

Coffee, breakfast, church. Over the last twelve months, church has played a bigger role in my life than it ever has. Mostly, because we finally found a church that we can live with. It’s called Real Life Church and that is what it is. Practical messages for daily living. Come as you are. No fancy schmancy dressing up and they even have a coffee house which even The Girl takes pleasure in. They make a mean hot chocolate. So that is how we will spend the morning. Oh, and trying to get used to the time change. I am not a fan of Spring Forward.

This Week:

  • The Girl auditioned for Brigitta (The Sound of Music) and a lead nun. We find out on Tuesday if she got a callback.
  • Track is in full swing, but The Girl missed some practices because of the show and we had some practices cancelled because of rain. Not sure she is going to be ready by the first meet on 3/21.
  • The Teen continues with his rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
  • The Teen is starting his SAT prep course soon and the college packets are starting to arrive at the house. He is a senior next year. Wow.
  • I have a parent teacher conference on Tuesday and I am working the book fair on Thursday but forgot my kid will be at track. Bad planning on my part.

Reading:

I am about 70 pages into Pet Sematary. I fell behind for the read along because of the eye injury (so stupid) but I am trying to catch-up. I think most have finished already. I am also reading The Book of Strange New Things. I started this one ages ago and got totally sidetracked so now I am reading it FOR REAL. I’d like to fit one more book in. A page-turner like The Girl on the Train. Any suggestions?

Watching:

One thing I did a lot of while moping around was watch Breaking Bad. I started that first season and did not think I was going to like it and now I am more than halfway through season three. What an awesome show.

Still watching The Walking Dead and it’s getting really good. You can’t trust anyone on that show. It’s a fun one to watch and now The Hub and Teen are hooked.

Gearing up for the return of Bates Motel (Season 3) which premiers this Monday.

Making:

A new Mexican market opened up on our side of town so me thinks some tacos might be in the works.

Grateful for:

All of you.

Happy Thought For the Week:

Hoping for a good outcome when the callback list is announced on Tuesday. Thinking happy thoughts, doing a happy dance. Also, the Teen is narrowing in on what he wants to focus on when he does go to college and it looks like Arts Management. That makes me happy.

Sunday Matters: Chinese Take-Out & Zombies

Sunday Matters

This past week was good. The weather was warm, I didn’t have to rush around and I even managed to cook some meals at home. Valentine’s Day was a little uneventful, but mostly by choice. I don’t deal well with crowds and often just opt to stay in, which is exactly what we did.

Except for the 4 a.m. registration for The Sound of Music on Valentine’s Day which wiped me out, only because I managed to turn my ankle. It’s not sprained or bruised but I managed to turn it just enough to keep rolling it every time I take a step. People were running! I was not. All I did was step out of the car wrong. The Hub says this could only happen to me. He’s probably right.

These cake pops that my friend made helped make-up for the early morning wake-up:

Cake pops

My book club met to select the books for the year and it’s an interesting list. I will post it soon. I agonized over my choices but they both made it in, The Boys in the Boat and Norwegian by Night.

And…I got to meet one of my fave people (Karen) for lunch. She and her husband stopped by to have lunch with me on Friday and she made me these awesome pillows.

There is a story behind these pillows. She posted the fabric on Instagram and I was drooling over it. Japanese prints always make me think of Murakami. And then when I met her for lunch, she had these pillows for me! I was near tears and so surprised. I am going to take the two pillows, reclaim the loft and finally have my reading loft. The Teen may protest.

Pillow

Right Now:

We are going to church this morning. I am looking forward to it since I missed last week’s service. I have coffee in hand now but will probably pick-up a green smoothie on the way home from church.

This Week:

Track starts. It was delayed by a week but will start for real this Tuesday. The Girl needs it.

I have a hair appointment. The one that was rescheduled since the one I had two weeks ago ended up being a no-go since the salon was closed. My hair is a disaster because of it. I am debating if I should go shorter.

Reading:

Just finished Her by Harriet Lane. The book was pretty wonderful until the very end when it all went to crap. Seriously, the last three pages. What the heck?

I need to choose my next book and once again, I haven’t a clue what to choose. Dead Wake is looking pretty good.

Watching:

We watched The Sound of Music last night, in prep for the next show. We also watched Definitely, Maybe. I had seen it before but I thought The Girl might enjoy it and she did. I started watching Breaking Bad at lunch. I am almost done with season one and it has grown on me. Tonight, The Walking Dead.

Making:

I am not making anything today but we are going to pick up Chinese take-out. I have been craving it for weeks but no one else has so this is sort of my Valentine treat. Chicken in black bean sauce and House Special garlic and rice noodles. I can’t wait.

Grateful for:

I am grateful for so many things, the roof over my head, my health (even though I have issues now and then, my issues could be so much worse) and I am grateful for friends. This past week, the actions of some of my friends really brought tears to my eyes.

Happy Thought For the Week:

One last week before rehearsals start for The Sound of Music. I will be starting a new book, my hair situation will be taken care of and every night this week I am going to tackle the clutter that has built-up over the past few weeks. When the weather is like this I just want to clean. Sad, but true.

What are you doing today?

Sunday Matters: The Sun Will Come Out…on Monday

Sunday Matters

We’ve been in the theater this week for Annie. The Teen fell ill (always does during production week), The Girl had her street clothes taken, and my legs are about to fall off from working backstage but it’s amazing to see the results of all that hard work. The Teen did this show once before as Wacky, the dummy and now he is Rooster. Seems he’s come full circle. The Girl has a dancing part which involves a feather duster. I would love for her to dance around the house and dust for me but she’s not all that into it.

Our home this past week. They’ve performed here many times. It’s a nice venue but Monday can’t come soon enough.

PAC

You may have caught a picture or two from the show on Facebook or Instagram but I promise to post whatever I have later in the week. It’s getting harder and harder to grab these kids for a decent photo because they are old enough to know where they should be, so I no longer catch them wandering around aimlessly.

Right Now:

No in-person church today. With a matinée show and an evening show, which happens to conflict with The Walking Dead mid-season premiere (what??), there is no time but I am about to watch the online service. I am tossing coffee back like it’s nobody’s business, pounding Advil to take the edge off of my aching body and after a very busy day and night the show will wrap and we will be on to the next one (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for the Teen and hopefully The Sound of Music for The Girl, if she gets in).

This Week:

This will be a total cinch of a week compared to last week. Track practices begin, one doc appointment, a work party for an Apple project we all worked on, and at the crack of dawn on Valentine’s day (really, 4:30 am), I will try to register The Girl for The Sound of Music. It’s getting harder and harder to get into the shows these days. Just to get a spot in the ensemble. you have to get there really, really early. Once in, she can audition for a lead but she needs to get in first.

There is also my book club’s book selection meeting but now I am not sure if I can go. The date changed and now it conflicts with something I volunteered for. I will be very sad if I am not able to attend as we choose books for the entire year.

Reading:

Finishing up HER by Harriet Lane.

Watching:

All done with season two of Orange is the New Black. Ended with a bang. The other night, I watched half of Chef with Jon Favreau while waiting around in the theater parking lot. I need to watch the other half. What I’ve seen so far, I’ve liked a lot.

I am unable to watch The Walking Dead tonight!! As I mentioned above, I will be working backstage so I will be off of social media all night long and all day Monday so that I can sit down to watch it Monday night. 

Making:

Today, nothing. I plan to grab each kid when I can and stuff food into them at some point. The juggling of meals and required stage time is a very fine art. But after all of this, I suspect I’ll hit the market and whip up some fantastic comfort food but not today.

Grateful for:

I love the shows. I love seeing my kids on stage but I am glad the week is almost over.

Happy Thought For the Week:

Track season begins this week. I know it’s one more thing on the list of to-dos but we all love track. The Teen no longer does it, but The Girl loves it and has good friends who do it with her. Makes it super fun. Maybe it will motivate me to get up off my butt and actually do something.

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