Tuesday, February 17, 2015

10 Questions

1. When was the last time you cut your hair? Did you like the haircut?  Just before Thanksgiving, and yes (it's the same haircut I've had for the past few years).
2. Grapes with seeds or seedless?  I don't like grapes, so neither.
3. When was the last time you went to a fancy party? What did you wear?  Last summer.  I wore a pink/peach beaded tea-length formal dress
4. What colour is your bedroom wall?  All the walls in our home are a light beige/tan.  (We have never painted them from the color they were when we bought the house.)
5. The worst smell in the world is…  Rotting flesh (like in a badly infected and non-healing wound)
6. Last thing you spat out.  A dog hair.
7. Do you sing when no one is around? What do you usually sing?  Yes.  Whatever pops into my head. . . usually some random pop song.
8. Your least favourite name (and it’s okay if it’s Melissa; I can take it).  So hard to pick just one. . . I can say, it's NOT Melissa.  I like that name.
9. Did you like the food served at the last dinner party you went to?  I can't even remember the last dinner party I went to, but I am not a picky eater at all, so probably.
10. What is your most prized possession? Would you kill a unicorn in order to save your most prized possession?  Again, hard to pick just one.  I probably treasure my photos of family more than anything else.  I have never seen a unicorn, but if one threatened my photos, I probably would kill it.  :-)

Monday, February 2, 2015

#Microblog Mondays 23


  • It's funny how there seem to be certain stages that all kids go through.  About a week after turning 3, MJ (and, to a lesser extent, AJ also) has started asking "Why?" often.  Stereotypical 3-year-old behavior, right?  So far, it's cute.  We'll see how long it takes before the novelty wears off. . . .
  • I discovered an iPhone app this weekend that I'm excited about.  It's called Little Hoots and is a way to preserve the cute/funny things your kids say.  I've often thought that I should be recording these things, so this will give me a fast (and potential creative/artsy) way to do this.
  • Hard to believe it's already February!  Living in Pho.enix, I could care less about Punxsutawney Phil's pronouncement that there will be six more weeks of winter: we are headed into the mid-to-upper 70s for the daytime highs this week.  That's our winter weather!

Monday, January 26, 2015

#Microblog Mondays 22

I am at a mediation today with an actual client.  Believe it or not, this is a fairly rare occurrence for me; at most, I generally attend mediations with an insurance company representative, and more often, the insurance company representative is just available on the phone.

It is actually quite refreshing to spend time with a real business owner and talk about legal issues with a non-lawyer.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On a random Tuesday

I am (pleasantly) surprised to report that I actually exercised before work today (it was just a 20-minute walk with the dog, but that's better than the usual "nothing" I do most days) and did two loads of laundry before leaving for the office.  (I had intended to do 20 minutes of yoga but couldn't find the DVD remote, so the dog lucked out.)

I've been at work for over an hour and am feeling motivated, rested and alert.  I am contemplating the project(s) I can tackle tonight after the boys go to bed.

Meanwhile, I have a full work day ahead of me.  I hope this energy and motivation last. . . .

Monday, January 19, 2015

#Microblog Mondays 21

Happy Third Birthday, AJ & MJ!

[PHOTOS REMOVED AS OF 2/17/2015]


I can hardly believe it's already been three years since they were born. . . .

Friday, January 16, 2015

2014 Recap

I realized I never wrote one of these last month, and I really should because I enjoy looking back on them. . . here it goes.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Found a new job in less than two weeks after being unexpectedly let go from my last one.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any new year's resolutions for 2014 and don't intend to make any for next year.  I've come to believe that, for me, all resolutions do is set me up to fail.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my friend Jay, who blogs here.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Hmm.  I don't think so.
5. What countries did you visit?
None.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Same answer as last year: I need to exercise more so I can have more energy and better health
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No particular date stands out.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think MM and I did a lot of important work on our relationship this year.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I'm not sure.  I feel like I am failing at *something* nearly every day. . . .
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought the family a streaming DVD player for Christmas.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Once again, to child care expenses.
13. What did you get really excited about?
No particular thing excited me, but it has been exciting watching my sons grow and mature.  Over the course of this year, they have ceased to be babies in any way and have become little boys (sniff!).
14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
All About That Bass
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? about the same
– thinner or fatter?  about the same
– richer or poorer? about the same
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Complaining
18. How did you spend Christmas?
At home with my family--first time spending the holiday with both my parents since before their divorce in 1980!
19. What was your favorite TV program?
I don't have one.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I read the first four books of the Outlander series, all three Divergent books, all three Maze Runner books and The Willpower Instinct
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
I don't remember
22. What was your favorite film of the year?
I don't think I saw any first-run movies
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I honestly don't remember what I did.  I turned 43.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A vacation.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Basic
26. What kept you sane?
Not sure. . . some days I was hanging on by a slim thread. . . .
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
No one is coming to save me.  I have to pull myself out of any mess I get into.

Monday, January 12, 2015

#Microblog Mondays 20

I made a little progress on my backlog this weekend, insofar as I got Chri.stm.as put away.  The tree and all decorations are down and put away; cards have been appropriately dealt with; and no trace of the holiday remains in our home.

In order to make this a reality, as well as get my other necessary household chores done, I had to give up my usual Saturday outing alone, but it was worth it to me for this week.  I did not even start on going through the boys' clothing; I left that for another day (again).

I still feel behind at home, but perhaps not as far behind as I felt at the end of last week.

Work is another story.  Lots to do, so nose to the grindstone. . . .