Posted in life, random thoughts

Life Lately : Volume 4

  • WE’RE MOVING IN THREE DAYS!!! How do we have so much stuff?!?
  • Why do companies still make you call them? It’s 2017 and chat software is not expensive! Quit making me talk on the phone to change my utilities, ask a question about my bank account, or the six thousand other things that shouldn’t require going through a twelve layer voice menu that tells me to listen carefully as the following options have changed…
  • And while I’m being snippy, can I talk about how much I don’t enjoy listening to people in my neighborhood shoot fireworks? Of course, I’m an old lady, and I don’t want anyone to have fun, so I’m probably in the minority on this one.
  • I’ve got one more post scheduled for this week (Guys Behind the Blog! Woo hoo!), and then I’ll be “gone” for a few days while we get things going at our new place. I plan to do a before and after post at some point.
  • I have been working on posting more consistently and have a rough schedule for July already. One thing I’m debating is changing Fit Friday to a monthly post instead of a weekly one. Thoughts or comments anyone?
  • Sonic doesn’t have mint flavoring anymore. Sad day. One of my favorite drinks there was water with strawberry, lime, and mint. My mom told me about the combo, and it was delicious! I tried it with mango instead of mint, but it just wasn’t the same. Yet another reason to quit going there (you know, along with poor service, inconsistent food that sometimes tastes good and sometimes is still cold when it shouldn’t be, and those two ridiculously stupid guys in their commercials).Until I boycott them completely, I’m open to new drink suggestions, especially water flavors.
  • Check out the picture below. Cutest little girl in the entire world!!
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How does she get cuter every single day?

What’s new in your life lately?

Posted in life, random thoughts

Life Lately : Volume 3

  • Things have been slightly ridiculous lately because we sold our house!!! The housing market in our town is insane right now. We listed our house on a Friday afternoon, and by that night, we had a contract on it, and here’s the kicker, the girl that made the offer hadn’t even seen the house in person yet! Luckily, she had a showing on Saturday morning and decided to keep her offer! Phew!
  • We’re closing on both houses on the 29th. We can’t have access to the new place until we close, so we’ll basically be homeless nomads for a few days until we’re finished painting/updating/cleaning/all of the other fun stuff. I’ll definitely take before and after pictures!
  • Charlotte is 13 months old now and her personality is getting bigger and bigger! She’s such a little ham and loves attention (I have NO idea who she got that from…). She’s not crawling or walking yet, so we’re meeting with an early intervention specialist in a couple of weeks to work on a therapy plan for her. I don’t think she needs therapy because all kids do things in their own time, and she scoots and rolls and sits up just fine, but her doctor recommended the initial consultation, so we’ll give it a try.
  • Speaking of Charlotte, I’ve been carrying around thank you notes from her birthday for about a month now. Maybe I’ll actually send them this month!
  • If you’re a fan of Chick Fil A and don’t have their app on your phone, you need to download it right now. They give you “treats” pretty often. Today, I got a free smokehouse BBQ bacon sandwich. Those suckers aren’t cheap! I’ve got a free regular sandwich waiting too! Woo hoo!
  • Uh, so semi-related to that last note, I’ll pick up Fit Friday tomorrow, and I imagine it won’t be too great. I had a doctor appointment yesterday, and let’s just say that the weigh in portion was not my favorite. Not at all.
  • Google Trends released a map of America’s most misspelled words. Tennessee’s is chaos. Chaos? Really? Come on. That’s an easy one! I guess I can have some reassurance though since Mississippi’s word is nanny, and Georgia’s word is gray (maybe they don’t know whether or not they’re British and need to spell it with an -a or an -e). Rhode Island can’t spell liar. Are there any words you have trouble spelling? Did your state’s word surprise you?
  • I’m facing my quarterly dilemma of whether I should cut my hair shorter or let it grow. Internet, help me make life choices…

That’s what’s happening in Amber world right now. How are things for you?

Posted in life, random thoughts

Life Lately : Volume 2

Welcome to the much-anticipated, long-awaited second volume of life lately…aka random thoughts to tell the Internet what I’ve been up to when I don’t really have something to write about but just feel like writing. Phew!

  • HOW IS OUR CHILD ALMOST A YEAR OLD?!? That is all.
  • Our furry, spastic kid just turned four a few days ago! I don’t want to sound too cliche, but I can’t believe how fast time is going!
  • I stepped down from blogging for Nashville Mom Blog because I was falling way behind on submissions, but this recent article about baby-friendly hospitals really resonated with me!
  • I’ve also decided to drop the #Achieve2017 posts. They’re some of the lowest read posts I have, there’s never really any interaction on them, plus I haven’t been finishing the goals I set every month, which kind of defeats the purpose of blogging about them in order to finish the goals!
  • I will still be sticking with the linkups I’ve been doing…and probably more. Yay for those who like the linkup posts! I’ve also got 21(!) posts in my drafts folder, and I’ve got some ideas of other things to write about. I started a new writer planner, so let’s see if I can become more consistent with my posts!
  • My husband is starting college this summer! I’m so excited for him and proud of him! And, I get the opportunity to help him plan his class schedules, which is one of my favorite things to do. I think he needs a new planner, which means I also need a new planner because logic.
  • A friend and I are presenting at a library conference on Friday, and then Charlotte and I are supposed to have a play date with a former co-worker and her son on Saturday. It should be a fun week/weekend! Anything exciting happening in anyone else’s world right now?
Posted in life

Silent No More

Yes, another election-related post. However, in a departure from my usual style, this will be serious, maybe even annoyingly polarizing, but I don’t care.

I’m tired of being quiet.

I’m tired of stifling opinions so as not to “offend” anyone that has differing opinions.

I’m tired of females being told they if they act like that, they’ll be perceived as this.

I’m just tired.

For the last few years, I’ve thought of myself as a conservative Republican. Lately that tide is shifting. I am becoming more concerned with human rights and basic decency and other things that I see reflected more in the liberal side of the pool than on the conservative side.

I have a lot of researching and reflecting that I want to do, and I urge others to do the same. If you chose the new president because “he wasn’t her,” then you’re one of the ones who really, really, really needs to take some time to do some soul-searching.

I have a daughter that I need to set a good example for. I want her to grow up being able to stick up for herself, voice her opinions, and do anything she sets her mind to. I don’t want her to feel the need to be silent just to keep people on her social media feeds happy – especially if deep down she wonders why she even still follows or is friends with some of those very people. I want her to know that I will always love her and will be there for her, even if we have differing opinions. Actually, that goes for all of those who I really care about.

There is no singular thing that every person on the planet, in the country, in my state, in my city, or even my neighborhood can agree on. That’s not the problem here. The problem is blatant disrespect of people’s valid opinions and the hatred that people have been throwing back and forth. I’ve heard so many stories about this hatred that have made me sick and sad. I don’t know whether to cry, get mad, or stress eat (D. All of the above).

I’m not sure what our next steps are as a country or even what my next steps are as a person, but I do know that it’s time for me to start owning my opinions and stop letting the fear of what “others might think” get in my way. It’s time for me to get to know myself and where I stand on things. It’s time for me to stop being silent.

 

Posted in life, love

50 Reasons Why I Love My Mom

Today is my mom’s 50th birthday. I know that shocks some of you as much as seeing Luke Perry on the cover of AARP magazine did, but it’s true!

Here are 50 reasons why I love her*:

  1. She doesn’t care if people knows she’s turning 50. Life’s too short to try to hide your age.
  2. She also doesn’t care that people have made fun of her football team for years…and this may actually be their year…
  3. She managed to keep me alive when I was a baby, even though she and my dad were really young.
  4. Plus, she managed to keep me alive when I was a teenager, even though I probably deserved to be smacked in the mouth…a lot…
  5. She sat through all of those crappy plays I was in during elementary school. Yep, even the one where I was a moth in the underworld. Let that one sink in for a moment.
  6. She also sat through all of my plays in college, usually multiple times, so I would always have someone in the audience to cheer for me.
  7. She was a rock for me when my husband and I lost our first baby.
  8. She also brought us a lot of groceries then, including Oreos. Oreos make sadness a little better.
  9. She is teaching me the fine art of calling someone a putz.
  10. I don’t have to fight against her when I see change on the ground. It’s always mine!
  11. She always gave me a bite of her food…
  12. …Even her steak…want a bite of my steak?
  13. We have so many silly inside jokes like that, and it confuses people…usually the men in our family!
  14. She has an entire room that my dad converted into a closet for her, and I can borrow anything in there, anytime I want…or whenever it’ll finally fit me again!
  15. She taught me to always speak my mind, even if I’m not always good at that.
  16. She always tells me the truth, even when I don’t want to hear it.
  17. She is an upstanding member of the community.
  18. Her coffee addiction usually results in free Starbucks for me!
  19. Hearing her argue with people on the phone is usually the highlight of my week. I’m not even half as good as her at it!
  20. Snap, snap, Sebastian.
  21. She’s way cooler than I’ll ever be. Charlotte may not have a cool mom, but her grandma rocks!
  22. She taught me that I was not a bad person to let other people watch Charlotte when she was a newborn. Sleep is important!
  23. She took me to my first concert, NKOTB!
  24. She took me to my most recent concert, Chris Stapleton! (Okay, technically, her other daughter and I took her, but it didn’t flow as well that way).
  25. She’s warping her other daughter so much that sometimes I forget she hasn’t been in our family her entire life! 😉
  26. She reluctantly accepts Koopa as her granddog (well, maybe not, but it’s on the Internet now, so it has to be true).
  27. I can ask dumb questions and sometimes not get made fun of…hahahaha.
  28. She always encouraged me to read.
  29. She has always told me that I can do anything and be anything I want to be.
  30. But, she’s been realistic too. She made sure I never tried out for American IdolSo You Think You Can Dance, or any show that requires any physical talents…
  31. She spends her free time doing mundane things for me, like cleaning up my yard…in the middle of July.
  32. She checks on Charlotte every day…
  33. …And she checks on me daily too because this motherhood gig isn’t for the faint of heart!
  34. I know that no one is guaranteed tomorrow, and I’m grateful to have her, especially since I know so many people who don’t have their mothers anymore.
  35. She’s stubborn. If you tell her she can’t do something, then you better expect her to do it or die trying!
  36. She (and my dad!) have taught me what a great marriage should look like.
  37. She told me the truth about all of those boyfriends who I thought were the greatest thing since sliced bread (see, I’m not cool at all). If I had not eventually listened to her each time, I wouldn’t have ended up with my awesome husband!
  38. She was the reason I got into the library field. I never would’ve imagined myself there, but it’s been a fun ride so far!
  39. She always wants what’s best for me.
  40. Her woman crush is P!nk. How many other people can say that about their mom?!?
  41. She always reads my blog!
  42. She can take a joke, even when it’s on her. Still wearing that MB shirt, ma?
  43. There’s no one else I’d rather go to the Southern Women’s Show with. You hear that, mom, NO ONE SO DON’T EVER INVITE THAT ONE PERSON AGAIN BECAUSE SHE RUINED OUR FLOW… 😉
  44. She showed me that you don’t have to wear 15 pounds of makeup and perfume to be beautiful.
  45. She keeps Charlotte while my husband and I go to work, so I never have to worry about daycare costs and whether or not Charlotte is being loved and cared for.
  46. She is the best Goodwill shopper I have ever met, hands down.
  47. I know I can call her anytime, with any problem, and she’ll always help me.
  48. She has always encouraged me to be goofy!
  49. She knows that Batman is superior to Superman.
  50. Because she’s teaching me to be an awesome mom just like her!

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you!

*Quite a few of these can apply to other people in my life too. Don’t think I’m ignoring you or downplaying the love/good feelings/whatever I have for you, but it’s not your 50th birthday today, you selfish person/people…

Posted in Charlotte, life, random thoughts

Life Lately : Volume 1

Why hello there. I thought I would dust off the cobwebs of the ol’ blog and post some non-Charlotte related content (okay, mostly non-Charlotte related…and next week’s post is about her, so her fans can rejoice!).

I thought I would share some bits and pieces of what I’ve been up to lately and make it a “volume 1” posting that way I can use this idea again when I want to write but don’t want to use valuable brain power!

(I actually just switched out the vase filler yesterday and took the Easter stuff down. Go me!)

  • I made pizza wonton crisps and cheesy bacon roll ups for my husband and a few of our friends that came over. They were super easy and delicious! I made a couple of other things too, but these were my favorites!
  • My younger brother will be 25 this week. 25!! I remember when I was about to turn 25, and it doesn’t feel like that long ago. I’m getting old!!
  • I’ve been decorating my planner and obsessing over planner groups on Facebook. I’m even going to write a post in October about switching from an Erin Condren Life Planner to a Happy Planner (thanks for the idea, Trista!). My husband is really glad that I’ve finally found a hobby because that means I’m more forgiving of him spending time and money on his hobbies. 😉

Okay, that’s about as much excitement as I think all of us can handle right now. What have all of you been up to lately? Who’s ready for summer to be over? Insert cliche about fall and bloggers and pumpkin spice lattes here…

Oh yeah, here’s a picture of Char just because I know people love her more than me or my mundane life updates!

That would be a piece of melted chocolate chip on her face. My dad let her put her tongue on a cookie “to get the taste of it.” She eats like her mother…

Posted in deep thoughts, life

Abundance

I started this post about 10 months ago and never finished it. As I’m going through my drafts and trying to get the blog ready for “maternity leave”, I discovered this one again, and it really hit me tonight. I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed about getting the nursery “ready”. There are so many things that need to be put away, hung up, and made just right before she arrives. But, in reality, she doesn’t need 90% of the items I’m stressing about. We don’t need 90% of what we have either, but that’s another post for another day…

Original post, drafted on June 9, 2015:

I recently heard a radio campaign trying to raise money for Guatemalan children. In the campaign, they stated that a $50 donation could give the child food for a year and water for life.

If you’re like me, you can waste $50 (or more) on practically nothing throughout a month. A trip or two to Starbucks here, an order off of Amazon there, and before you know it, you’ve frittered away the money that could save a child from being hungry for a year or thirsty for life.

For. Life.

Think about the circumstances that brought you to your current lifestyle. If you’re reading this, you have Internet access, a device to read it on, and the knowledge to be able to read. All three of those things are not available to everyone.

We have been abundantly blessed, even if we don’t always feel that way. It’s so easy to get caught up in pressures and negative thoughts and forget that people all around the world would gladly trade lives with us in half a millisecond.

I’m guilty of it too. Just a couple of weeks ago, I got mad at our dog for jumping on me and getting muddy paw prints on my shirt because I had to find another shirt that would match my outfit. Never mind the fact that I’m fortunate enough to have a dog, a home with a muddy backyard, and enough clothes that I could choose another shirt. Let’s not forget the equipment that we also possess that magically cleans mud out of clothes.

I know I’ve written similar posts to this, and chances are, I will write more in the future. I think all of us need constant reminders that we are very, very fortunate, blessed, lucky, whatever word you want to use to describe our lifestyles.

And, if my guilt trip wasn’t enough for you, here’s a video from a couple of years ago that might help dig the knife in a little deeper.