Friday, August 24, 2012

A Recap...

A lot has been going on since my last post (12 days ago!).

The most obvious and not so awesome thing is that I've been laid off, again, for the second time in less than 12 months. Fortunately (if you try to pick out some of the positives) it wasn't an immediate layoff, and they've let us know they will be keeping us on through the 31st of October! I love Halloween, and annually lament the fact that I usually have to work the day after. If things go absolutely as unplanned and I am in fact not employed on November 1st, that wish will finally come true! My hope is that I am instead dragging my butt into the office on November 1st, just a different office. I've actually got 3 interviews lined up for the 29th of August, and there is one job in particular that I've got my eyes on, and hopefully will be starting that gig as my current one ends.

Enough job stuff.

House is still awesome as ever. Love House. J and Pa-in-law have been tillin' away, planting plants and making the outside even prettier than it already is. I've got big dreams of slappin' some paint in a few places, but there seems to be a movement lately involving white walls, so I might have to give that some more consideration. I've got a pile of "thank-you's" to write, and I plan on handing them out with baked goods, so that will be a project for this weekend.

The weather around these parts has been simply amazing. Mid 80's. Breezy. The leaves on the dogwood trees are already starting to change color. Fall is just around the corner and I am SO excited for it! I'm also excited for scarfs, and leggings, and boots! I plan to enjoy every second of my very first fall season with lots of roasting (meat and vegetables!) and baking of pumpkin bread! If the mosquito's would just go away, we'd all be much happier and playing outside a lot more!

I never did get around to starting that Whole30 challenge. I still want to do it, but I don't want to eat garbage just because i'm NOT doing the challenge, so I think I'm just going to try and get back to my 90% paleo rule. The 10% off paleo for me involves diet soda and low carb rockstart energy drinks. And white potatoes sneak in every once in awhile.

*shrug*. My gut tells me that white potatoes are better for me than white bread, so I'm going to have to roll with it.

I need to try and get a little more organized for before/after school/work. It seems like everyone's got hurt feelings in the morning, and the only thing more stressful than getting two boys ready for school, is getting them ready for school while they are both having meltdowns. After school everyone is tired and cranky, and of course starving, so I've got to figure out a way to deal with that, too. In this case, I do think a little planning will go a long way. For example, Mikey is slow to wake up in the morning, so if I'm trying to shove his head into clothes before he is mentally there, I wind up with a sobbing mess on my hands. Instead, this morning, I snuggled him awake, walked him down stairs first thing and got him set up on the couch with Oobi (<3 Nick Jr!) and a cup of juice. Then I can go get dressed, and by the time I'm ready, he is happy and smiling and more than ready to get going for the day. After he is ready (and happily still entertaining himself with Nick Jr) I can conquer the Johnny monster. He is just a hot mess of 18 months who has recently acquired some new vocabulary. My least and most favorite are the same word: No! It sounds so cute coming out of his mouth, but if he is saying No! to something that we just have to do, there is no amount of cajoling, reasoning or convincing I can do to prevent the tantrum about to go down. Yesterday it was sparked by not allowing him to wear Mikey's shoes to school. Lastnight it was because I wouldn't let him wear his shoes to bed. This morning it was because I had to take away the wooden dowel used as additional security behind our sliding glass door. You and I both know that 18 month old + long wooden stick = disaster. With Johnny it is all about distraction and redirection, so I need to do a better job of being prepared with things that can take his mind off of his current object of desire.

Anyway, that is what is going on around here right now... Will try to post more regularly!