What I Learned This Week

I spent last night in a local hospital having a sleep study.

It’s not very lady-like, but according to McDaddy I’ve been snoring in my sleep.

And, to make matters worse, he says I quit breathing sometimes.

If that’s not enough, I am always, always looking to sneak in a nap.

So, after an appointment with a sleep Doctor, and two new allergy medications, he signed me up for a sleep study with the understanding that I might need a Darth Vader mask to help me sleep soundly.

It took the technician a good 45 minutes to hook me up to this mess.

As you might imagine, it was no picnic wearing this crap to bed.

Knowing that a living, breathing stranger is monitoring your every movement as you sleep, makes it almost impossible to actually SLEEP. You know, because there might be unwanted body noises. Dear goodness.

Or unplanned conversations with yourself. Heaven help me.

Especially looking like a hot mess.

Needless to say, it was a restless night.

And I learned that the epoxy, paste, putty, glue used to attach these wires, leads and sensors to my body is a pain in the tail to remove.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

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Thursday Thirteen – 13 Things I Did Today

The good news is: Grey’s Anatomy started back up tonight.

The bad news is: It is hard to concentrate on this blog post.

Just for fun, here are 13 things I did today.

In no particular order.

1. Tried out two new recipes, tonight. One for Momma’s Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and the other for slow cooker pork. One was great, the other was BLECH!

2. Watched a painfully long baseball game.

3. Helped pop 180 bags of popcorn at Alex’s school today.

4. Heard that the trip McDaddy and I made to the Middle School last week, as well as the phone call to the Superintendent of Schools paid off. (It’s going to be a l-o-n-g four years, y’all.)

5. Cleaned the windshield, headlights and taillights on the SKY.

6. Drove with the top up to drop Stevie at school, and then drove topless to pick Alex up from school.

7. Gathered all iPhone charger cords to figure out which ones work and which ones don’t. (Y’all there is madness in the iPhone chargers!)

8. Had a late lunch at McDonald’s with two friends after popping popcorn at the school.

9. Fixed Alex a “cold lunch” because he didn’t want the ham and cheese sandwich offered at school.

10. Banged on a pot with a wooden spoon [AGAIN] when CARD SERVICES called.

11. Fussed at the kids for their messy rooms.

12. Emptied the dishwasher (as I do, each and every day!)

13. Lighted my yummy Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Cupcake candle.

 What have you done today?

The Other Sky

The splendor of a king
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice


How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end


The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit and Son
Lion and the Lamb
Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
You’re worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God 

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God 

Name above all names
You’re worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

 

What I Learned This Week

A few weeks ago, I was at the grocery store and ran into my friend, Becky. It was the first time I had seen her in weeks. Maybe even months.

And the stupid part is, she lives about five miles from me.

Anyhow, we agreed right there on the Foodland parking lot that it had been way too long since we had spent any time together and we made plans to get together the next week. Between her two girls, my two boys, our husbands, her cats (you do still have cats, right Becky?), my hamster, soccer games, homework, gymnastics, home-schooling, two baseball schedules, scouts, volunteering, and therapies, we are crazy busy.

We made plans to get together the next week on what would be our only free evening.

Because it was a beautiful evening, we had no choice but go in this sucker,

First, we went to a Pampered Chef party at her friend’s house. When we left there, it was dark and only about 65 degrees. Becky insisted we leave the top down.

We drove to the Coldstone Creamery, where I ordered “That’s How I Roll” – and I was more than aggravated when the jokers told me they were out of pecans.

Yes, I said out of pecans. Who forgets to order the pecans at the Coldstone Creamery?

To make matters worse, instead of ice-cream, yellow cake, cinnamon, and PECANS, the CC goofballs substituted peanuts for the pecans.

And I spent the rest of the evening reminding Becky that it sucked. Mostly because it did. But also because I am not big on change. Which is exactly why I should have purchased a coke to go with my ice-cream instead of hot chocolate, because peanuts and hot chocolate do not play well together.

We enjoyed catching up, but mostly we enjoyed adult conversation without referring a fight, wiping a mouth, and / or accompanying a kid to a bathroom.

After Becky had enough of my complaining, we headed home. By this time, the temperature had dropped to a mere 62 degrees, but we didn’t care. We were wild and crazy and free.

And cold.

Becky began to sing the words to Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa, and I came alive. Shoop just so happens to be one of my favorite songs from back in the day, AND, as an added bonus, I have Shoop (Ghetto Lab Full Rub Mix) on my iPhone. We cranked that bad boy up, and blasted the stereo like two high school girls high on Coldstone and Hot Chocolate.

The fun didn’t stop there.

Oh, no ma’am.

Next up was She’s Got Skillz (All-4-One), TLC’s Waterfalls, Creep, Red Light Special. Then, Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-A-Lot), and finally, Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.

We sang at the top of our lungs.

We laughed.

We talked over the roar of the turbo engine.

We hollered.

And we also might have danced in our seats.

And upon returning home, I discovered that when I turn the SKY’s engine off and the fan continues to run, it is running because the engine is still hot and it is trying to prevent the excess heat from breaking down the oil prematurely.

And now, I can sleep better at night.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

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This Parenting Thing Is Tough

This parenting thing is tough.

I kind of expected things to get tougher now that Stevie is in Middle School, but I never dreamed it would happen just weeks into the new school year.

I should have known better.

Sometimes, it is necessary to step up to the plate and stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you ruffle some feathers.

McDaddy and I had to do that on Friday.

We were met with opposition and unkind words.

And if you’ve ever been there, you know that stinks.

Still, we will always do what needs to be done where these two are concerned.

Even if it is unpopular.

Even if we do it alone.

My heart aches when I think about the look on his face as he asked us tough questions.

Questions that he had no business thinking about.

I am thankful for this guy, who always seems to have an [age] appropriate answer.

We take the responsibility of parenting very seriously. In fact, as a stay-at-home-mom, it is my only job. It angers me that we were treated so poorly by school administrators simply because we questioned them.

As parents, we are cheerleaders, protectors and advocates.

I am a loud cheerleader.

I am a fierce protector.

And I will step up to advocate each. and. every. time. I feel it necessary to do so.

Doing the right thing is not always easy.

It appears as though this might be a l-o-n-g road ahead of us.

Whatever the cost, these two are worth it.

 

 

Thursday Thirteen – Random Thoughts

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a Thursday Thirteen post.

It’s also been quite some time since I’ve lost my ever-lovin’ mind over some homework.

And no, before you ask, it was NOT math homework.

Stevie and I don’t go round-and-round often, but when we do, it’s generally because he forgets to bring homework home. Today was one of those days. In his defense though, there were at least three other kids in his class who were just as confused as he was about what he needed to bring home.

I am hoping tomorrow will be a better day.

In the meantime, here are thirteen random things rolling around in my head today.

1. I just watched the Big Brother finale. I was so sad that GinaMarie couldn’t take home the grand prize. I love that show/game and I think I would be very good at it.

2. The 7.0 IOS update was all over the Facebook today. I am patiently waiting [and praying] for the update to jump out of my laptop and onto my phone. I have seven more minutes to sweat it out before I can make sure everything is where I left it.

3. It took me two days but I finally got all of my fall décor out.

4. I wish I had never painted the back side of my front door. I liked it better when it was yellow, but got a wild hair up my butt one day and painted it blue. The blue matches perfectly but makes the front wall seem so much darker than it was when it was yellow.

5. I have somehow misplaced a 31 bag (Cindy tote) and it makes me crazy trying to figure out how I could lose something like that.

6. I hate candy corn. But it looks really cute in my fall candy dish.

7. I just love fall! I just don’t like what follows it.

8. It has been in the high 70’s for the past two weeks. That is PERFECT weather to go topless.

9. I am sorry I ever did this 7.0 thing. WHY? OH WHY? I want my friggin’ calendar back!!!! UGH!!! *facepalm*

10. The older I get, the less I like clutter. For that reason I’ve taken four bags of crap to the Goodwill this week. I think I am ON A ROLL.

11. A sleep Doctor started me on nose spray and Claritin this week. So far, it seems to be working.

12. I need an idea for dinner today. Any suggestions?

13. Well, now Facebook had to jump on the update train. Dang.

Have a great Thursday, y’all!

Years Of Service

Twenty-two years ago today, this young man,

took the Oath of Enlistment at the West Virginia Air National Guard Base. (At that time, he was a Junior in High School).

After six l-o-n-g weeks of Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas, I travelled with his parents to see him at Tech School in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Isn’t he cute?

My big hair and bedazzled shirt on the other hand?

A hot mess.

Then, in 1999, he attended Air Force Officer Training School in Knoxville, Tennessee where he was commissioned as an Officer of the Air Force.

(He is pictured here with his dad who was first to salute the newly commissioned (Lieutenant) officer – his son.)

We’ve lived through a deployment to Cuba and even got to visit him there.

And we rejoiced the day he came home to us.

Most recently, this guy,

 

studied almost nighty for months to pass seven tests required to make Lieutenant Colonel.

I am so proud of him!

While he rarely complains and serves with humility, this gal

is not always so supportive.

Deployment is tough.

Being a military family isn’t always easy.

Still, we support McDaddy in his service and sacrifice to our country.

Congrats on 22 years of service, McDaddy! We love you!

What I Learned This Week

It’s time to share what I’ve learned this week.

And y’all? This week was a doozy with a capital “D”. After four draining medical appointments last week, I could fill this post with all of the fascinating medical information that I learned. But, I’ll save the medical drama for another kind of day.

Here’s what I learned this week…

1. It is dangerous for me to get on a cleaning tangent. Especially if I have some place I need to be.

2. Surprise birthday parties are a lot of fun. Even when the birthday girl is 30 minutes late to her own party.

3. The magic eraser will remove almost anything. It has never failed me.

4. I will NEVER get tired of driving this car.

5. Instead of “SKYHIGH” on the vanity license plate, I should have gotten “ITSASKY” because I answer the question, “What kind of car IS that?” A LOT!

6. My fellas do not like brussel sprouts.

7. Consequently, neither do I.

8. Once I get an idea in my head, it is difficult for me to forget about it. Especially when the idea involves remodeling a bathroom with a fancy new shower like this one.

9. There is ALWAYS a way to make it work.

10. My ten-year old can change a light switch plate and closet door knobs all by himself.

11. I can look at twenty items and pick out the most expensive one every. single. time.

Yes, I am a joy to shop with. Just ask McDaddy.

12. There are some really cute fall things at the Home Goods, and I need to get there soon.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

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Letters To Crazy People

Because it’s been w-a-y too long since my last installment of Letters to Crazy People….

Dear Baseball Coaches,

If your team is ahead by more than 10 runs, you should BY ALL MEANS instruct your team to knock off the taunting and the clapping.

Sincerely,

An aggravated bookkeeper

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Dear Miss America Audience Members,

What exactly is Vemront, anyway? Get your letters in the right order, ding dongs.

Signed,

An Amused Viewer

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Dear Julie,

The next time there is painting to be done up in this house, you should make for darn sure you choose something besides oil-based paint.

Just a Thought,

Your Big Dummy Self

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Dear FOX Sports Commentators,

Before commentating a West Virginia University football game, you should do your homework. West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA, not Western Virginia. You truly are a crazy person.

Yours Truly,

A Proud Mountain Mama

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Dear McDaddy,

There are some things that even I won’t share on the blog. But you do make me laugh.

I Love You,

Julie

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Dear Bath and Body Works,

You hit your mark with the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle. My house smells divine!

Yum!

A loyal customer

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Dear Crazy Neighbor,

It is comical to me that you are complaining about our brick mailbox to another neighbor. When we moved up on this hill, your peach of a daughter refused to allow McDaddy to turn around on your property, which meant he had to drive the largest moving truck available at the U-Haul off of our hill IN REVERSE. Maybe you should try being kinder.

Sincerely,

Well, you know who I am

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What would your letter to a crazy person say today?

Filed Under Great Kid

My boys are very good buddies. They enjoy playing together, and more often than not, they get along very well. A few weeks ago however, my boys spent what seemed like the entire day – arguing.

I threatened to ground them.

When that didn’t do the trick?

I threatened to sell them.

Not that I would ever do that, of course, but it made me chuckle thinking about what all I would include in the ad.

Cute, sweet, seven-year old boy, comes complete with massive critter collection and lots of shoes. He gives great hugs and loves to cuddle. He is stubborn, fiercely independent, and sasses his mother on occasion. He fights with his brother, loses glasses frequently, and changes clothes MULTIPLE times per day subsequently increasing the laundry load.

He has a beautiful smile even though he is missing several teeth. He is a good back-scratcher and all-around goofball. He can knock the heck out of a baseball, and runs like a lightning bolt. He enjoys reading his Bible and loves to play his darn DS.

He is a great kid who loves to have fun.

Serious inquiries only.