Currently : April 2019

It’s the (day after) the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time to see what I’m currently up to!

Currently

Experiencing : A little bit of a mental funk. I don’t know what exactly is causing it – not enough sleep, water, vegetables, whatever – but I just feel kind of blah and unhappy and self-critical right now. How do you handle those low points in your own life?

Appreciating : My husband and parents for all they do to help Charlotte and me, and Koopa and Charlotte for just being adorable and fantastic (most of the time…ha!). Oh, and sunshine. Always, sunshine!

Wishlisting : Clothes on Amazon! I see so many cute recommendations from other bloggers, so I put them straight on my Amazon wishlist to buy…eventually…

Posting : Not very often, even though I want to post more! I always think that I should take some time on Saturday or Sunday and write out posts for the week, and then I don’t! I think it could be related to the mental funk I’m experiencing though, so maybe as that starts to lift, I’ll write more.

Considering : Mother’s Day Out programs for Charlotte! We are so fortunate and thankful that she can stay with my parents while we work, but my mom and I have discussed potentially having her start a program in the fall just to get her used to being around other children and in a little bit of a routine before she starts Pre-K (!) in Fall 2020!

What are you currently up to?

Linking up with Anne for Currently and Penny for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone : March 2019

Happy (chilly) April Fool’s Day, everyone! I hope that no one had too many pranks played on them today!

I haven’t joined in on this linkup since May 2018, which makes me think I’ve been pretty boring for almost a year now! No more! I’m going to start joining in, even if it’s something small like it is this month. Time to start mixing things up again!

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My one entry for March is that I bought (and wore) a jumpsuit!

For those of you unfamiliar with what a jumpsuit is, it’s basically an adult onesie! Ha!

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I got it from Old Navy, and even though it’s cropped on the model, it basically touches the floor for me. Short girl problems. I was reluctant to get it because I haven’t taken any fashion risks in a long time. I think part of it is because I’m not super comfortable with my weight right now, and the other part is just because I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. However, I love all things polka dot, so after seeing it and getting Will’s stamp of approval that I didn’t look like a toddler, I bought it!

I don’t have a standing up picture of it, but here’s one where I was holding Charlotte at a children’s theater event we went to a couple of weekends ago.

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(The one leg is shorter because of my dear daughter’s tennis shoes that pulled it up!)

Overall, I’m glad I took a little bit of a fashion risk. The only time I regretted it was when I had to use the restroom at Target…

I’m glad to be joining Leslie’s linkup again, and I look forward to stepping outside of my comfort zone…beyond the Target restrooms! 😉

Linking up with Leslie!

Spring 2019 Bucket List

It’s finally Spring! We spent the weekend playing outside and enjoying the sunshine, which made for one happy little girl! I’m a couple of days late in joining the linkup, but I wanted to share my Spring 2019 bucket list. There are 2 items from my Winter mini bucket list, which means I did accomplish going on a date with Will!

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1. Celebrate our family’s spring birthdays – I’m the only one in our house who doesn’t have a springtime birthday! Koopa and Will actually have the same birthday (as determined by Koopa’s vet, without us giving her any clue about when Will’s birthday was), and Charlotte’s is about 3 weeks after theirs. We usually keep Charlotte’s birthday pretty low-key, but we may go even more simple this year and just take her to do something fun and then go to eat. I don’t know how we’re going to celebrate all of the birthdays, but we’ll think of something fun to do! By the time I post my first check-in, we’ll be past all of the birthdays!

2. Create a playroom for Charlotte – This is the first of two items from my Winter mini bucket list. I explained the rationale and plan in that post, so I won’t bore you with too many details here. My mom found a toy organizer with bins on Facebook Marketplace for $10, and we bought a bean bag that holds Charlotte’s stuffed animals, so we’ve gotten a little bit of furniture for the room. Now, we just have to get all of the other furniture out of it! It’s packed in there right now!

3. Finish a course – I have a slight tendency to be hooked by courses that bloggers and other online content creators sell. Put a phrase like “get it done in 30 days or less” in the course name, and I’ll sign up in the time it takes for you to finish reading this sentence! Unfortunately, my follow through for actually finishing these courses is not as good as my purchasing skills, so I’m going to make it a goal to finish at least one course every season for however long it takes me to get through all of them. No, I don’t know how many I’ve purchased. Yes, I know it’s a problem. I wonder if there’s a course for finishing other courses…

4. Go on an Easter egg hunt – Last year we tried to do this, but we were a little late to it, plus it was a pretty huge event, so Charlotte didn’t enjoy it at all. My work hosts an egg hunt every year, so that’s the one we’re going to attempt to go to, weather permitting!

5. Participate in Rachel Cruze’s contentment challenge – Okay, I don’t know if this is a challenge necessarily, but Rachel Cruze (Dave Ramsey’s daughter) has a 90 day contentment journal coming out in April, and she’s going to be journaling with the hashtag #contentmentjournal on Instagram and Facebook, so it feels challenge-ish. Since my word of the year is “complete” and one of the meanings I’m using is “I am enough,” this seems like a good book to fit in with that theme. Plus, it’s available on Amazon (affiliate link) for a few dollars less than on her website, and I have some gift card money on there, so it’s a win-win!

6. Practice brush lettering – This is the other item that was on my mini Winter bucket list. I missed the planner group gathering where they had a lettering tutorial because we had some flooding that weekend, so I need to find a couple of good YouTube tutorials and dive in!

7. Spring Cleaning – I stole this one from Leslie’s list! However, we definitely need to do some spring cleaning in these parts! We’ve been able to open the windows a couple of times this spring, and there’s nothing like natural light shining in and illuminating the dust bunnies that makes you want to clean! Plus, we’ve been on the hunt for a couple of papers to verify some insurance stuff, and digging through boxes and paper piles makes me want to organize every single piece of paper in our lives.

8. Take Charlotte to the Children’s Museum – There’s a children’s museum in a town that’s about 45 minutes away from us. I had forgotten about it until I saw a college friend of mine post about it on Instagram. I’m not sure how much of it she’ll enjoy, but the ticket prices looked pretty reasonable, and it would be something fun and different for our family to do!

9. Take Koopa to the Dog Bakery – I know that he will act ridiculous, but we really only take him on car rides when he’s going to a grooming appointment or to the vet, so it would be nice for him to be able to get out of the house and go somewhere that’s specifically for him. Plus, that will take care of his birthday gift!

10. Walk a 5K – I used to be pretty active and participated in quite a few 5K races. I know that I’m nowhere near as in-shape as I used to be, and I’ll probably finish pretty close to last place (if not completely last), but I have to restart somewhere! There’s a glow run coming up in our area in April, so that one may be a fun one to participate in.

I know there are some other fun things that we want to do this Spring also, but this is a good list of goals to work on, and anything else fun we do will just be a bonus! Do you have any items on your Spring Bucket List? Leave a comment and let me know what fun things you have planned now that there is some sunshine and warmth outside!

Linking up with Leslie!

Amber Can Read : March 2019

 

Hello friends! I haven’t done one of these posts since July! I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t realize it had been that long! I’ve definitely been reading since July, but I guess writing about it has just gotten away from me! 

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The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

This was the first of three celebrity autobiographies I read this month! I also listened to all of them as audiobooks as opposed to reading them. Tiffany Haddish read this one, which made it really entertaining! I didn’t really know anything about her beyond the Groupon commercials, but now I feel like I know wayyyyyy too much about her! She is funny, and she has overcome a lot in her life, but there were things in this book that made me really uncomfortable to listen to! Recommended for fans of hers or those who like to read books about people who have bounced back from adversity…and don’t mind a lot of bad language (spoken like a 95 year old lady…)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

The second of my three celebrity autobiographies and my favorite! Like I said above, I’ve been listening to more audiobooks lately, and this one was also read by the author, which lends something extra to it that a regular narrator couldn’t provide. I didn’t know a lot about Anna Kendrick, but now I feel like we can be best friends…or at least acquaintances! Recommended for Anna Kendrick fans or anyone who likes funny celebrity autobiographies.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Oh y’all. This was my choice for the Erin 10.0 category of written at least 100 years ago, and it was not a good decision. I felt like this book took me about 35 years to read! If this is one of your favorites, please leave me a comment and let me know what you love about it because besides a few moments scattered throughout the book, I was so, so, so ready for it to be over! Recommended for anyone who wants to spend 17-35 years reading an old book.

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

And to round out my trio of celebrity autobiographies, I’ve got this one by Ellie Kemper who was on The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I haven’t seen many of her Office episodes, and I’ve only watched a handful of Unbreakable, so I didn’t know a lot about her or her characters. This one was interesting because she gave some of her background and talked about her failed Saturday Night Live audition. I’ll put it in the middle of the other two autobiographies I read this month. Recommended for anyone who is a fan of her two shows or just enjoys reading random celebrity autobiographies. 

Ida, Always by Caron Levis

Oh man, this one made me cry! We bought a couple of books for work about children and grieving, and I read this one day after cataloging it and seeing it was based on a true story. It’s about two polar bears that lived in the zoo at Central Park. I won’t say too much more except that you should be prepared for tears with this one!Recommended for anyone who wants to explain the concept of grief to elementary-aged children or anyone who needs a good little cry. 

Total for the month : 5

Total for 2019 : 27

Have you read anything good lately? Leave a comment and let me know (or fight me about Little Women!)

Linking up with Stephanie and Jana!

Currently : March 2019

It’s the first Wednesday of the month (for real this time!), so it’s time to see what I’m currently up to!

Currently

Scheming : This is the hardest one to think of! I looked at some of the other linkup participants’ posts, and many of them were related to upcoming vacations. Since there’s no vacation or getaway on our radar, I’m stumped! Maybe I should say I’m scheming for something to scheme? Ha!

Reading : I’m juggling a couple of books right now! I’m listening to Thanks, Obama which was written by President Obama’s former speechwriter. I’m reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on an app called Readercoin, which rewards you for reading or listening to books in its library. They also have an app called Podcoin that rewards you for listening to podcasts! If you decide to sign up for either of those, I’d love it if you used my referral code – Ambermei 🙂 You won’t get rich using either of these apps, but it’s nice to get a little reward for listening to podcasts or reading stuff I would have anyway!

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Buying : Nothing too exciting. I made a list of everything we needed to get/pay for/do with our tax refund, so we will be “buying” exciting things like a teeth cleaning for Koopa. Okay, I might buy a new sticker book or two from Friday’s new Happy Planner release, but otherwise, it’s all business in our house!

Making : Lists and plans. So exciting, right? I’ve been on a kick my entire life lately to try to get my act together and quit procrastinating, automate some tasks, reach goals, etc, so I’ve been working on a family notebook, meal plans, and a writing schedule.

Accomplishing : Work things! The students are on Spring Break this week, so it’s been really quiet and slow in the library. This is always a good time to get those boring but necessary tasks accomplished.

What are you currently up to?

Linking up with Anne!