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I Volunteer; I’m just that Selfless

It’s 6:51 am.    I just worked out at Crossfit, made lunch and breakfast smoothies for everyone and made Kevin an omelet.  In the next half hour, I will make pancakes for the kids as well.  And Tuesday is the day I volunteer at the school and bestow my knowledge upon Littles and basically change lives within half an hour.

I feel like that should be enough for the day.

Isn’t it kind of greedy for my family to want more?

Isn’t it the time of year to be nice and kind to all?

Wouldn’t that mean letting me stay in bed for a few days?

Aren’t I part of ALL?

If EVERYONE is supposed to be nice and do good to all species during this time of year, then who gets to sit back and enjoy all this niceness and goodness?

I volunteer.

It should be me in sweats, in bed, with a tv, and this cake.

It should be me in sweats, in bed, with a tv, and this cake.

Tis the Season

I feel like December is a sprint to the finish line.  And I’m tired of hearing how I should slow down and focus on the reason for the season.  I think we all know what we need to do this month and we should all just get on with it as cheerfully as possible.

Being thankful was last month’s problem.

We don’t have to do that anymore.

This month we are supposed to focus on being cheerful.  Holly and Jolly.  Merry and Bright.  Silver and Gold.

So let’s do it.  Let’s go to three different children’s school performances all in one day with a smile on our faces.  Or go to those three Christmas/Hanukkah parties in seven days wearing a bright and happy Christmas sweater.  (Do they have Hanukkah sweaters?  Christmas has plenty of ugly ones to cover all denominations so maybe that was seen as being enough.) Let’s spend more than the suggested budget for our coworker secret Santa.  And laugh merrily as our kids switch their entire Santa list on December 23rd.

Come on everybody!  Let’s get going in the festivities.

We will have all the time we need to relax in February after we spend January trying to improve ourselves and lose weight.

Now is not the time to slow down and enjoy.

Now is the time to buy a box of chocolates and hide it in your underwear drawer so you can sneak a piece before every celebration!

I may not be found consistently on this site this month but when I am you will know it will be with a smile on my face and a box of Sees chocolates in my hand.

And if all else fails, I’ll see you at the gym in January.



How We’re Teaching Our Kids About the Founding Fathers

Yesterday we celebrated President’s Day by not going to work or school. It’s kind of odd to celebrate the Founding Fathers who worked their tails off with no work but I got to sleep in so I’m happy. My husband decided we should take this time to help our kids appreciate what life was like for Washington and Lincoln so we turned off all the lights.

Growing up, the power would go out all of the time and we’d often spend a night by candlelight. I remember doing homework and playing monopoly with candles and a flashlight.

My kids have never experienced a power outage (minus the huge one in NYC when My oldest and I got stuck on a subway but he was 1 and has no memory of it. I still remember walking along rails holding him and sighing in relief when I reached the street.). But we do take them camping and so they’ve done things without electricity before. I think the problem yesterday was that my daughter saw NO REASON to go without electricity when it was readily available. And she let us know.

She was dead-on with her observation of “I thought the whole reason people invented things was so WE COULD USE THEM.”

And that “George Washington would’ve used electricity if he’d had it.”

We couldn’t argue with any of that. So we simply said, “You may be right but we’re your parents, so deal with it.”
(I believe it was Adam and Eve who came up with that brilliant line.)

Next month we’re making our kids speech in an Irish accent and learn how to chug a nonalcoholic beer.

(It’s really hard to sneak a picture so this is what I got. I should’ve just taken one and said George Washington would’ve had an iPhone.)
Happy Holidays.


Valentine’s Gift Suggestions

I’m about to put my hair in a ponytail so I can go buy my Valentine’s gift from my husband.  He’s already told me what he’s getting me but the store closes before he gets home so I’m off to get it myself.  I told him I’d bought myself some nice shoes on sale and they could count.  (When I bought them, I decided I could wear them for Valentine’s Day thus giving me justification for purchasing them.  And they are Via Spiga for under $40.  Via Spiga shoes are generally $150-$300.  They’re strappy dress shoes completely unrealistic to wear in the 6 inches of snow we have but when I saw them for under $40 and in my size with free shipping, I knew it was a sign to purchase them and wear them the first chance I get.  Due to the horrible winter everyone is having, this is looking like it will occur sometime in July.)

(Of 2015.)

But my husband had different ideas.

We’ve been having a cold winter.  Last week, most nights were below -30.  For some reason, our bedroom is not very warm.  So I’ve been compensating.


I think this screams Romance

I wear a hooded fleece, long john sweats, and socks to sleep in.  I also wrap up in a blanket before I get under the covers.  I sleep incredibly warm.  AND My sweats, fleece AND blanket match.  I’m incredibly stylin’.

So my husband came home last night and declared we were getting a fireplace for our bedroom and it would be my Valentine’s Day gift.  We went to the fireplace store and it was closed.  Lowe’s selection was replaced with vegetable seeds so I’m heading back today.  It’s going to be a bit of a process because I have to figure out if we’re going to tear a hole in the wall for gas or just plug in an electric one.  I’m hedging toward electric, because if this is what I wear when the wall is complete, you can’t imagine what I’ll be wearing if there is a hole in the wall.

It won’t be Via Spiga sandals, that’s for sure.

This week’s Holiday Gift Suggestion


A Pedi-in-a-Cup. Nothing brings to mind foot and mouth disease so easily. So buy this for your loved ones today.

Christmas Tree version 2010

Christmas trees are supposed to be wonderful, happy things.  You get it out of the basement and put it up if you are environmentally aware and choose to have a fake tree.  Or you go to a lot and choose a tree within your price range.  It is a simple process.  In Montana, and some other mountainous states, you can pay $10 or so and go up into certain areas and cut down your own tree.  Kevin has decided that this is a great idea and I guess his family did it while growing up.  My family was more civilized and we bought our prefabricated, live trees.  Our trees were raised to be killed so it was ok.  And it took 20 minutes.  And then we had hot chocolate.

Now we get the kids into the car and drive somewhere someone has told Kevin has the “greatest trees ever.”  The last few years, we have ended up with trees that would make Charlie Brown proud.  It has been too cold and so Kevin cut down the first thing he found, or we have left too late and it has been so dark that we thought we had found a good tree and once in the light, it had changed.  The limbs hide in light, I guess.  One year, Kevin cut the bottom branches off and drilled them into the middle of the tree and wired it all together.  Surprisingly, they did not last until Christmas.  You can generally see the trunk and I wrap twinkle light around the trunk to make it better.  Let’s be honest; twinkle lights make everything better.

This year, Kevin thought we would stick to property we actually own.  We have a commercial lot Kevin is building an office on and we have a residential lot we will be building a house on.  The office building will start in April, so we went there first.  There were two trees there that would work – there were only five trees there total.  We thought we would give the tree a last hurrah as a Christmas tree instead of being ripped out and turned into mulch.  Well, the commercial property borders residential property.  And there are residents there, unfortunately.

So we start cutting a tree down and a guy starts yelling at us from his deck.  I yell back that we own the land and a dental office will be here next year.  Who makes that up?  Well, the guy obviously thought we were hooligans because while we were tying the tree to our car, two cop cars showed up.  Kevin thought it would have been funny if we had gotten in our car and driven away at this point.  I don’t understand his sense of humor completely.  So we gave the officer my name because I own the property and told them the name of the company that owns it – that’s right, I have my own company.  I should give my employees (just me) a HUGE bonus for their amazing work this year.

We told them to call a friend of ours who is a cop in case they needed more info.  And then they let us go.

What is so sad about this story, in my opinion, is that the tree is ugly.  If it were a gorgeous, symmetrical tree, I think I would be ok with Kevin spending the night in jail.  But this tree just looked like it ate all our previous anorexic trees.  So I added twinkle lights.  Lots and lots of twinkle lights.

I wished out loud for a really pretty tree one year.  Kevin’s solution: next year, we will spend all day Saturday looking for a tree.  In the snow; in the cold; on top of a mountain you have to climb. I think I may need something extra special in my hot chocolate next year!