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Sunday Night Chit Chat May 12, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 9:14 pm

I read a story this week that I LOVE. It’s an old Taoist story.

 

There once was a farmer that had only one horse. One day the horse ran away. The farmer’s neighbors said “Oh that’s so unlucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

 

Three days later the horse came back with two others. His neighbors said “That’s so lucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

 

One of the new horses threw the farmers son and broke his leg. The neighbors said “That’s so unlucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

Soldiers came to conscript all able bodied men and because of his broken leg the farmer’s son was not taken. His neighbors said “That’s so lucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

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  • Reading? The Widows of Eastwick. But, I think I’m gonna give it up. It’s just not holding my attention at all. I want to read Mayim Bialik’s Beyond the Sling.
  • Listening to? The Boy slurping my water from my cup he just stole from me.
  • Watching? G is watching Step Brother’s in the living room. I’m between shows and have cancelled my Hulu Plus, so I’m gonna start Family Ties on Netflix this week. My friends are trying to get me into Doctor Who, but it’s just not taking.
  • Cooking/Baking? Eh… This has been the week of deep frying, so healthier fare is definitely in order. Plus, my lettuces are coming in.
  • Happy you accomplished this week? I accomplished nothing! I mean, we worked on addition and subtraction and I did some laundry and I made some new crochet things and I made some Mother’s Day stuff for my mom. But, I didn’t do any of the crap I was planning on doing.
  • Looking forward to next week? Leaving for vacation. That means lots of laundry and cleaning this week to prepare, but then we’ll be leaving for 10 whole days!
  • Thankful for today? Nightgowns, yoga pants, my boy
  • *Bonus Question* Do you ever gamble, play the lottery, BINGO, sweepstakes, etc… Sometimes. I like the idea of gambling, but I hate losing money. I used to try to find some kind of formula to win the Pick 3 consistently. But, you know, randomness and all of that.

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Ok, it’s your turn!!

  • Reading?
  • Listening to?
  • Watching?
  • Cooking/Baking?
  • Happy you accomplished this week?
  • Looking forward to next week?
  • Thankful for today?
  • *Bonus Question* Do you ever gamble, play the lottery, BINGO, sweepstakes, etc…

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OK, now head over to Carla’s and play along.

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Sunday Night Chit Chat May 5, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 10:44 pm

I was all on a bloggy roll, then totally dropped the ball. Wanna see why?

Sexy, no?

 

That, friends, is yours truly wearing an eye patch. Like a real, honest to goodness, the doctor put it on eye patch. Why? Because I got another corneal ulcer. The opthalmologist called it “a giant gash” and I was super lucky to have gotten in to see him when I did. On the other hand, this f’ing thing hurt for DAYS and has cost me $200 so far.

 

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Let’s chat, K?

  • Reading? I finished “The One I Left Behind” and had planned to start one of my Craigslist books, but I picked up the “Widows of Eastwick” at the Dollar Tree today, so I think I’ll be starting it first.
  • Listening to? Duck Dynasty is on the TV and I can hear it.
  • Watching? Working my way through Parks and Rec right now. Then gonna start Game of Thrones.
  • Cooking/Baking? We had a little fajita fest with the fam and I made some awesome guacamole. But, for real, it was good. Even Big C ate some.
  • Happy you accomplished this week? Eh… Not sure I accomplished too much this week. Well, I did make a new hat pattern, but I haven’t typed or listed it, yet.
  • Looking forward to next week? My Mama’s coming home!
  • Thankful for today? Vigamox, Actemra, Avocados, My Boy
  • *Bonus Question* What are the “top 3” things on your “to do” list for next week? 1) Get laundry caught back up, 2) Make Mother’s Day crafts with the littles, 3) List two new patterns in the Etsy shop.

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Your turn!! 🙂

  • Reading?
  • Listening to?
  • Watching?
  • Cooking/Baking?
  • Happy you accomplished this week?
  • Looking forward to next week?
  • Thankful for today?
  • *Bonus Question* What are the “top 3” things on your to do list for next week?

Pop on over to Carla’s if you want to play long.

 

Sunday Night Chit Chat April 22, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 2:11 am
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Ghost tree at sunset

It’s time for some Sunday night chit chat! Hop on over to Carla’s to play along.

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What are you…

Reading? *Just* started a new book! The One I Left Behind: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon came highly recommended by a girl who took my blood this week. She was reading it when I came into the lab and talked about it the whole time she was taking my blood. So, I have high hopes 🙂 Also, learned you can get free books on the Kindle from the library. Mind = Blown.

Watching? Duck Dynasty is on the TV right now, but I’m not really watching it. I finished the latest season of Parenthood, and am working on Park’s and Rec, now.

Listening to? The TV

Cooking/Baking? Got cheap chicken at the grocery this week, so I cooked and shredded it this morning and made stock. Made buns yesterday. But the big baking project this weekend was the Mudslide Whoopie Pies I made for my cousin’s Girls Night In party last night 🙂 FYI… no baked good can go wrong with three cups of Bailey’s in it!

Happy you accomplished this week? On Tuesday literally *all* of the laundry was done! Of course, all of the laundry soap was gone, too. I also got every surface (I can reach) in my kitchen cleaned off and organized, and got the kids’ art supplies organized.

Looking forward to next week? Tackling the living room!

Thankful for today? Getting closer to vacation, my boy, warm weather

*Bonus Question* Fill in the blank: I am by far the biggest ________ snob! Books. I am so rarely satisfied at the end of a book. For a person that loves bad movies I am a complete snob about books.

 

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Your turn!! 🙂

  • Reading?
  • Listening to?
  • Watching?
  • Cooking/Baking?
  • Happy you accomplished this week?
  • Looking forward to next week?
  • Thankful for today?
  • *Bonus Question* Fill in the blank: I am by far the biggest ________ snob!

 

Chit Chat of Undetermined Origins April 15, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 3:39 am
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Is it Sunday? Is it Monday? Well, technically, it is Monday, but the sun’s not up, yet and that’s how I tell Lil G we know it’s a new day. But, I’ve been to bed and gotten up. So, yeah, call it whatever day you like.

 

My kid is apparently a social butterfly. Whenever we go places he makes friends and plays games with them. This day he was playing a game with a five year old boy where they had to catch an Angry Bird. Then a couple of days later we went to a Burger King playland and he told two older kids (5 & 8) that he was a dragon and they were knights. Then a little girl came in and he said “Oh good, a princess!” What I wouldn’t give to have that level of imagination back. Or that fearlessness. He just walks up to any ol’ kid and says “Hey kid, mine G, let’s play!”

Very likely the last long hair pic 😦 Daddy scheduled the haircut for Wednesday…

 

On to the chatting!

What are you…

Reading? Almost done with Timeline. Then I’ve decided to re-read the Hunger Games books since there is a new movie coming out.

Watching? Season 3 of Parenthood. It’s like they bottled my worst fears. Throw in a drowned toddler and this season will kill me.

Listening to? Sweet, sweet nothing. Everyone is asleep.

Cooking/baking? Dinner tonight was tacos. Tomorrow is bread day, and I’m thinking about giving tortillas and crackers a go. Why not, right? I’m challenging myself to not go to the store except for milk this week…

Happy you accomplished this week? Laundry? Within one load! I call that caught up. Got my seedlings all potted up. Got one of my surfaces decluttered. Been a pretty successful week.

Looking forward to next week? More organizing. Planning our trip to RI to see Mom. Getting Baby Hooked back up to snuff after going into semi-vacation for a couple of months.

Thankful for today? Orders are already starting to come in. The boy and I can walk to the library without much fuss! We found a playground within walking distance of the house, too! Also, there is this really sweet and handsome boy, and he loves me so much and he calls me Mommy.

*Bonus Question* What is your *ideal* wake up time and what time do you usually wake up? Ideally? I’d like to be up early. But, I’m no early bird. My body will sleep until 10am if I let it. Sometimes on the weekends or if Ladybug isn’t coming, I do sleep that late (Lil G likes to sleep in, like his Mama). But usually I’m up at 7:45am during the week and 9am on the weekend.

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Ok!! Your turn! 🙂

  • Reading?
  • Watching?
  • Listening to?
  • Cooking/baking?
  • Happy you accomplished this week?
  • Looking forward to next week?
  • Thankful for today?
  • *Bonus Question* What is your *ideal* wake up time and what time do you *usually* wake up?

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Please head over to Carla’s and play along, k?

 

Sunday Night Chit Chat April 7, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 10:05 pm
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Time for more chit chat! If you want to play along, head over to Carla’s and join in.

 

Playing dino dig OUTSIDE!!!!

 

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What are you…

Reading?

Still working on Timeline. But, I have a stack of new to me books we picked up for free off of Craigslist waiting in the wings 🙂

Watching?

With The Walking Dead being over 😦 I’m catching up on other shows on Hulu. Right now I’m working on Season 4 of Parenthood. Not the comedy I was planning on getting into!

Listening to?

The dishwasher

Cooking/baking?

Definitely bread and buns tomorrow. Not sure what dinners are going to be next week, but something with cilantro for sure.

Happy you accomplished this week?

Got the laundry within three loads of being caught up! That’s a big deal. Got other cleaning tasks done, but they have all since been UN-done. Got the last of my seedlings started. I am hoping for LOTS of tomatoes and peppers 🙂 Also, got our “cold” bed planted (peas, carrots, radishes, lettuces, cabbages and broccoli).

Looking forward to next week?

Warm! Ladybug will be back. Starting on my new books.

Thankful for today?

A fantastic weekend with my family.

*Bonus Question* What is your regular day to day “outfit”?

Yoga pants and t-shirts. It’s bad. Really bad.

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Ok, your turn!

  • Reading?
  • Watching?
  • Listening to?
  • Cooking/baking?
  • Happy you accomplished this week?
  • Looking forward to next week?
  • Thankful for today?
  • *Bonus Question* What is your regular day to day “outfit”?

 

 

Wednesday Morning Chit Chat April 3, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 3:20 am
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OK, so I am way late. But, it was the season finale of The Walking Dead on Sunday and that kind of eclipsed everything. By “kind of” I mean “totally.”

 

This Easter was the first major holiday of his whole life that we didn’t have or at least spend the day with Big C. It was hard. But, we did get to spend a lot of time with Bro C’s girls. It was only the second time I’d seen Baby M.

 

The Easter Bunny left a basket and a bunch of eggs outside!

 

Miss H is getting so big.

 

Baby M doesn’t have a Minta-made hat, yet…

 

On to the chat!

 

What are you:

Reading: Still reading Timeline.

Watching: Since The Walking Dead is over (boo!), and I’m all caught up on Dexter and Downton Abbey, methinks I’ll need to find a new show! Maybe a comedy? Suggest something, ya’ll.

Listening to: Snoring

Baking/Cooking: I made cabbage rolls today and they were the bomb! Tomorrow I’m thinking chili and even though lent is over (and I totally don’t participate, anyway) fish and chips are on deck for Friday. At some point this weekend Thai Peanut Noodles will be on the menu, because I heart peanut sauce.

Happy you accomplished this week: Gave the HR department and benefits coordinators at Gar’s work a thrashing re: insurance trying to dictate the boys asthma meds and their completely incompetent response. Accomplished nothing so far, except getting the benefits guy to submit an exception claim for meds we had to pay for out of pocket. Oh, got the cat spayed, finally…

Looking forward to next week: Ladybug coming home! Getting some writing done.

Thankful for today: My boy, bed and jammies

Bonus Question: Do you wear slippers around the house? Nope! I am all kinds of claustrophobic and can’t stand to have my feet covered by anything. Wearing shoes out of the house is even an issue for long periods of time. (I don’t do blankets, either…)

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Ok! Your turn!!

  • Reading:
  • Watching:
  • Listening to:
  • Baking/Cooking:
  • Happy you accomplished this week:
  • Looking forward to next week:
  • Thankful for today:
  • Bonus Question: Do you wear slippers around the house?

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So, even though this was way wicked late, you can still hop on over to Carla’s and see what everyone is chatting about…

 

Sunday Night Chit Chat March 25, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 2:20 am

We did our first Skype birthday party with Nana today and it was a hit! Sister and I made food (and I made a kick ass Matilda cake) and everyone ate and had a good time. Even the kiddo’s were well behaved. They enjoyed their second round of Easter, too 🙂 Mamaw was paranoid as usual (she’s fed up, Mrs. Wiccan won’t let her use the phone/the kids visit her/name something), her Alzheimer’s is getting a lot worse… But, she recognized me, I only had to tell her Lil G was a boy once and when Big C told her that he tried to visit her a couple of times last week, but she was asleep, she dropped the topic (sometimes she would argue). We had to leave a little early due to Lil G’s asthma (too many triggers… smoking house (obviously NO ONE smoked while he was there, but they do smoke in the house on the reg) and spraying air freshener literally EVERY TIME someone used the bathroom), and it was a good thing we did. By the time we got home, everyone was stripped and bathed and the boy was asleep it was 8:58pm. We all know The Walking Dead comes on at 9:00pm. So, I got to watch it AND The Talking Dead, so yay!

 

You would think I’d be sharing a pic of the party I just yammered on about? Nope! Sometimes when it’s yucky outside I let the kids get their “PE” time by jumping off of the furniture, and I love to take action shots…

Daddy moved the crib mattress into the living room to make this activity “safer.” I think it was just an excuse to make it funner.

 

On to the chat!

What are you…
  1. Reading? I gave up on the ghost-in-law romantic mystery *blech* and am re-reading Timeline, one of my favorite Crichton novels.
  2. Watching? The encore of The Talking Dead 🙂
  3. Listening to? Just the TV, yo.
  4. Cooking/Baking? Today I made a Matilda cake, baked Mac-n-Cheese and some yum-a-lum green beans. This week will be bringing Black Bean Burgers (with homemade buns), and bread and more. Who knows 🙂
  5. Happy you accomplished this week? Yeah, I need to start making goals so I can feel like I accomplished stuff.
  6. Looking forward to next week? Spring finally hitting the Heartland? IDK, my Actemra is tomorrow and that tends to knock me out for a day or two 😦
  7. Thankful for today? Sleeping kid, Skype, my juicer, tramadol, successful IVF for my cousin-in-law
  8. *Bonus Question* What is your absolute favourite dessert? OMGeezle, wrong Q for me, I majored in Culinary Arts with a minor in Bakery Science (no lie, that’s a real thing…) in college. Probably my favorite dessert is Buckeye candies.

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