It is not always easy to balance the need to write with the need for sanity.

I want to talk about the things I have planned.

When I start writing about them, alarm bells go off. Loud, klaxon RED ALERT AOOOOOGAH alarm bells.

You can’t talk about that yet. What if you don’t go? What if things fall through? What if someone is stalking your blog and goes to your house while you’re out? OMG What if someone is stalking your blog and SHOWS UP AT THE EVENT! 

Which is why you are just now finding out that I walked The Color Run on March 18th and acquired myself a quite lovely UNICORN MEDAL. 

Shiiiiiiiiny




My first public 5K is also probably going to be my last though. I had a really super fantastic time, getting powder/color bombed was AWESOME

BUT

about halfway through, I was done. Bored with walking done. Wish I’d brought my camera because that’s an interesting picture done. Holy crap HOW MUCH FURTHER because I am SO DONE. Did I mention done? Because done. Oh, and by the way? Done. 

It was in that mental state that I walked up on the Foam Zone and [boredbrain] turned the stage over to [panicbrain]. 

Is that soap? That’s a lot of foam. I can’t see the road. What’s under the foam? I don’t want to slip. The road is slippery and I don’t want to slip. Maybe penguin walk? No can’t lift my feet up off the road. Moonwalk forward without lifting my feet off the road? THIS IS NOT A FANTASTIC IDEA.

The good news is I managed to overcome the boredom and the panic to complete the course. 
We’ll just file that under “experienced, no repeating” and move on.

Revenge of the sixth?

The grand plan was to make a post titled “MAYDAY” on the first. Then it became a plan to make a “May the Fourth” joke. But NOW you have this.

So. Howyabeen? How’s your Mom ‘n them?

I was really hoping to have fun things to tell you about, but we haven’t really been anywhere or done anything worth the story. 

Example: I got a wild hair and drove to Georgia to meet one of the women I’ve been friends with online FOREVER. The boys took the trip down reasonably well…but then didn’t want to stay. I didn’t have it in me to argue to sleep over (knowing that I wouldn’t sleep well in a hotel anyway) (and also that a certain insomniac teen would try to wake me at 1am with “can we JUST GO HOOOOOOME”) so 

we drove six hours down, hung out for a bit, then turned around and came back. I *did* promise Joe that we’d go back to visit the Atlanta Aquarium though, just gotta save the $$$ for that.

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We need a different dinner table. 

We need a different dinner table and to knock out the wall between the dining room and the kitchen.

We need a different dinner table, to knock out the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, and to scrape of that stupid blanketyblank popcorn ceiling.

And replace the cooktop. I’m actually tempted to leave the wall oven in but demolish the cabinet where the cooktop is and replace it with a stove/microwave/AIO unit.
And that’s kinda all the news that’s fit to print rightthisverysecond. I’m having a hard time balancing the boys’ requests to not have their pictures taken/posted online, the fact that it takes a whole lotta prodding to get them out to START with, plus my own (not entirely unreasonable) paranoia about letting people know where we are and how long we’ll be gone.

the Post Christmas Haze

T’was the day after Christmas
and all through the house
Teenagers were stirring
in search of a mouse.

We’ve entered Strange Territory at Casa MamasBloggin. The boys both asked for nothing but downloadable content.

No gifts to wrap.

No panicked promises to the Gods of Commercialism.

Just enter your cardnumber to complete your purchase.

THIS. IS. WEIRD. AND. AMAZING.

No panicked dashing around town for the Latest Greatest Thing. No looking at the price tag and cringing. No wondering if I’m getting THE RIGHT THING. No getting upset when something breaks 10 minutes after opening lol.

It feels kinda lazy, being this NONSTRESSED.

Reblogging because it is STILL VALID

Our Lady of Perpetual Laundry – 2007

The laundry is my chore, I shall not want.

The children lie down in green pastures; they splash in muddy waters.

The wash restoreth my clothes: it leadeth me in the paths of cleanliness for all my time.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the depths of the closet, I will fear no stink: for my soap is with me; my washer and dryer, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me for folding: thou annointest my head with sweat; my basket runneth over.

Surely dirty clothes and clean clothes shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the laundryroom for ever.

it doesn’t feel like THIRTEEN years

But my “years ago today” plugin tells me it really has been.

If you’re still reading, thank you so very much. We’ve been through some crazy stuff together. Also thanks to the above-mentioned plugin, I now know what a pain in the ass vague blogging is. I read some of these older entries and I wonder what in the world I was talking about..

The Story Thus Far

Our heroine has finally bitten the bullet and agreed to publish a blog in order to help sort through the many muddled thoughts in her head. At the tender age of 33, and as a single mother of 3, she is about to embark on the journey we hope will all rescue her from the doldrums of depression. Why? Well, something from a favorite TV show keeps running on an endless loop in her head – “The power of 3 will set us free”.

*It wasn’t depression as much as it was PPD, and pulling myself out of it was a genuine bitch. (Yes, I needed medication. I was too paranoid to find a doctor, much less admit that I had bigger problems than I could fix.)

Technologies

I’ve just spent the better part of 2 months flipping between my tablet and my phone for internet use.

(Why? Turns out laptop screens aren’t immune to frustrationnnnnnTEENPUNCH)

I have a bluetooth keyboard with three channels, so technically I *could* connect to one more device, but I’m over it. The Internet is just not ready for full-time [NOTcomputer] use.

My bank has a full site, mobile site, and an app. The app is relatively intuitive and easy to use…. BUT it has the same issue the mobile site has. I actually vastly prefer using the mobile site, it’s easier for me to focus on the actual banking without worrying about SQUIRREL!.

So what’s the big issue? I’m signed up for “e-bill” through my bank’s website. On the full site, the dollar amount prepopulates for me. It doesn’t do that on the mobile site or the app.

And those are some of the *smaller* bitches I have about The Mobile Web. Some of the sites I want to visit (Lane Bryant!!!!) do not automagically redirect you to their mobile site, or display all the products in a category. Facebook displays different things on the tablet and the phone even if I’ve got one next to the other, open at the same time. Not *horribly* different, but enough that I have serious FOMT (fear of missing THINGS).

Moving on (before I completely lose what’s left of my cool) – tonight I’m putting a hard drive in the Dell Mini10 Netbook. 

(replacing the hard drive is less expensive than a whole new computer). 

Hopefully it will be “enough”.
PS – #sorrynotsorry about all the parentheses.

PSS – really sorry about the disjointedness. Can’t make the entry screen take up the full page in the app.

PSSS – previous entry is dated Aug 24. That’s obviously not the date the damage happened. I’ve just had ENOUGH. 

We interrupt your regularly scheduled silence

Dear Internet: 

As you’re very excruciatingly well aware, I’m the proud parent of two [ALPHABET SOUP] kids.

One of these kids is having a really rough time right now.

When the boys were much younger one of them had problems controlling his temper and was responsible for more than one broken laptop screen.

Now that they’re older, the OTHER is responsible for more than one broken laptop screen.

My internet access now comes through the tablet (that I almost didn’t take when the dude at the phone store said “It’s part of the deal, it’s FREE!!!”) and through my phone.

I’ve invested in a bluetooth keyboard to make writing physically less challenging (but that’s not addressing the lack of verbiage here).
I love you all <3 

Uses Time Wisely

[N] Needs Improvement.

I’ve read books. I’ve downloaded apps. I’ve manually written reminders both in lipstick and dry-erase.

Still let months go by without writing anything here. My apologies.

We didn’t do any travelling in May but had friends over for a weekend of fun and annoyances lol.

I was PLANNING on having a weekend getaway with the boys this month BUT my phone bricked. And I had a tooth to abcess, resulting in an entire weekend spent mostly asleep on pain meds. (gooood tiiiiimes) (Does it count as “vacation” if you don’t actually go anywhere and are in too much pain to move much? because that happened and NO I don’t count it NOR am I happy about it.)

And now I’m hungry and not all that much in the mood to cook.