Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ten Eye Rolls This Week

Sometimes annoying things make me mad. Sometimes they make me laugh. They almost always make me roll my eyes. (Frances has that habit now and I have NO idea where she got it from!)

I had a different plan for Tuesday Ten this week, but of course I hadn't written it. Then a few things happened last night and this morning and the eye rolling got out of control. I thought to myself, "I wonder if there are ten things I've rolled my eyes about in the past few days? Surely NOT!" But of course I was wrong. I came up with this list at the traffic lights on the way to work. And I didn't even roll my eyes at the traffic lights since they were giving me time to write down my thoughts.

In no particular order, here are ten eye rolling occurrences this week:

1. My parents came up for Ben's birthday this past weekend. I love my parents and I love it when they help me out. However, it will now take me another week to find all my dishes and get them back in the right places. Also, there are a lot of clothes missing because my mom hung them up downstairs, and I never put them there.

2. Frances and Henry have a violin concert this evening. She's supposed to wear all black, so I told her to get her clothes ready last night so I would know if she needed anything. This morning she came downstairs in a cotton skirt and a black velvet, long-sleeved top. I rolled my eyes thinking about how hot she was going to get today and then let my cereal get soggy as I went on a quest to find her a less heat-stroke-inducing top to wear!

3. Last night when we got home from school/work, Henry casually mentioned that he had seen his jacket in the trash the night before. The outside trash. That gets picked up on Monday mornings. His heavy winter coat that we had bought after he lost his other good winter coat. I could think of no good reason why someone would have put his coat in the trash, and he had no explanation for why he had waited until the trash had been collected to mention it. We scoured the house looking for the coat and racked our brains trying to remember the last time he had worn it. Then I found it. In the hall closet. Ugh! And what he saw in the trash can? A big, black trash bag full of birthday trash!

4. We got out a cooler for the ice at Benjamin's birthday party on Sunday. We never ended up using the ice. Nor did we remove the cooler from the kitchen. I found quiet the puddle this morning when I walked in. I got a few towels to clean it up. Then I discovered the rest of the puddle! Good thing I wasn't planning on wearing socks this morning!

5. In related news, Benjamin needed to throw something away this morning. He walked almost all the way to the kitchen and then turned around. I asked him what he was doing and he shouted at me about throwing something away. "Go put it in the kitchen trash!" I said. "I can't!" he yelled. Exasperated, I asked him why. "Because you said 'no socks in the kitchen!'" he yelled back. So the one time my kids actually listen to me, I still yell at them! Good one, mom!

6. Rain. Rain. More rain. The weather finally warmed up, but now it won't stop raining. I just want to see some sunshine!!

7. I have a great group of kids on my soccer team this year. I really am enjoying them. The parents, though? A few of them are driving me nuts! I had a parent drop off her son for our game on Saturday. Then I turned around to look for her and I couldn't find her. I asked her son where she was. "She had some errands to run." Seriously!?! She dropped her kindergartner off at a soccer game to go run errands! Why is she not staying to watch and cheer him on? That makes me sad. Plus she was thirty minutes late to pick him up after the game.

8. Bieber. That probably doesn't need much explanation, but I will anyway. Every time we get in the car, I hear a Justin Bieber song. Then it gets stuck in my head and I sing it all day. I finally get it out of my head and then it's time to go home. I get in the car, and guess what!?! Another Bieber song!

9. Yesterday, I had a series of things go wrong. I was at the point of wanting to thrown my computer across the office. Instead, I decided to take a break. I had an errand to run at the fabric store and there just happens to be a 7-11 around the corner. I decided that a Slurpee would be just the thing to get my afternoon back on track. And the Slurpee machine exploded on me! Good thing I was wearing dark colors!

10. I wrote it down this list and thought I had ten. Then I typed it and it turns out there are only nine. But that made me roll my eyes. Now I had list inception and item number ten. Yay!


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z: zàijiàn #AtoZChallenge

That's a common way to say goodbye in China, or so I read! I'm not going anywhere, per se, but this is the end of the April blogging challenge. I think I did pretty well. I only had to backdate one post. Many of them went up in the afternoon instead of the morning, but I managed to get something written for every day of the challenge.

I enjoyed getting back into the habit of writing, but I'll be honest: I'm looking forward to taking a few days off. I've got some things planned for May and beyond, just not enough to fill every day on my calendar. My favorite part was not worrying about SEO or comments or my stats. I enjoyed writing just for the sake of writing. I'll be the first to admit that not everything I wrote was interesting to other people. That's fine. They all meant something to me.

I'll give myself some time to recover before I decide if I'll do a challenge like this again. For now, I'm just going to get ready for my son's birthday party this weekend, finish out the year of religious ed at church and get into summer mode at work!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Y: Years Go By #AtoZChallenge

I've come into contact with a lot of people in my life. Some have stuck around; some have moved on. Technology is nice because it allows me to keep in touch with people better than I might be able to otherwise.

We had our end-of-year staff meeting and pizza party today at work. It's one of the few times our whole staff gets together. We invite the new students who will be coming aboard next year as well. It's bittersweet to say goodbye to students we've known for a few years at the same time that we are welcoming those we hope will stick around.

We got to talking about past students after the meeting and it was interesting to see where they are now. Many of our former students are married and having kids of their own. Some have settled into jobs and some are leaving the country for new adventures.

It's funny to be in a settled place and watch so many students spreading their wings and taking flight. It's an exciting milestone to graduate and go out into the "real world." I wish all of our students the best. I hope that wherever they go brings them joy and fulfillment. And I hope that they keep in touch so that I can live vicariously through them and their adventures every once in a while!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X: Six #AtoZChallenge

(I know I missed yesterday, but I'm gonna write it anyway and backdate it. It's my blog and I can break all the rules that I want to!!)

Today is a big day! Benjamin went to sleep last night as a five year old, and woke up this morning as a six year old. Technically, he was born in the afternoon, but I know better than to argue with him about details like that!

I have been super busy with a bunch of last minute things this week, so I didn't get to do Ben's birthday interview until this morning while he was eating breakfast. You may notice that as a theme in some of his answers!

I ask these question every year so that I can see how their answers change as they get older. They have fun answering them and also enjoy going back to read old interviews.

1. What is your favorite color? green
2. What is your favorite toy? Hot Wheels
3. What is your favorite fruit? raspberries
4. What is your favorite TV show? Football (Henry says, "That's not a TV show!)
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? carrots
6. What is your favorite outfit? my 6 shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Dragon Land (app on my phone)
8. What is your favorite snack? cereal
9. What is your favorite animal? tiger
10. What is your favorite song? Radioactive
11. What is your favorite book? Jack and Annie (Magic Treehouse series)
12. Who is your best friend? Jack (but not Annie, LOL!)
13. What is your favorite cereal? Honey Nut Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play soccer
15. What is your favorite drink? Orange Fanta
16. What is your favorite holiday? MY BIRTHDAY!
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? my cars
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? cake...chicken (What kind of chicken?) ROOSTER CHICKEN!
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? vet
Happy birthday, Little Man! We love you very much!!
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