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Five on Friday 8/9/13

Today I’m linking up with “5 on Friday” to share five good things that have happened lately and/or five things I’m excited about (or a mixture of both) Here are mine!

1) Tomorrow we’re going to ride Thomas the Tank Engine. Some of you may remember that we planned on doing this last year but at the last minute, the venue backed out of our agreement. This year, I bought tickets early on so we wouldn’t have to worry about it. While we asked Mason a few months ago if he wanted to ride on Thomas (his answer was a resounding yes of course) he doesn’t know we’re going tomorrow and it’s going to be a great surprise when we show up at the train station.

2) I’m signed up to do a Biggest Loser 5k this October. I’m a big fan of Biggest Loser and it’s one of the very few TV shows I watch. Last season there was a contestant from the same town my aunt and uncle use to live in and I’m on her “team” for this 5k. Super cool!

3) The other day we told Mason we were going to go to the indoor water park and he instantly thought we were going to the Dells (how he remembers a trip we took well over a year ago AMAZES me) and proceeded to pack both his penguin backpack and his Brobee backpack. They contained some clothes and lots of monster trucks. SO cute.

4) SuperDad started dayshift at the end of June and it’s going well. It’s so nice to have him home (and awake) when I come home from lunch some days and his weekends start on Thursday afternoon instead of him sleeping half the day away all weekend long. Mason and I are both enjoying it and Joe the Greyhound isn’t doing as poorly as I expected with being home alone so much. Yay!

5) In the past month, I’ve gotten back in touch with my best friend from 2nd grade thru college. We fell out of touch because of some stupid decisions I made and I finally got the courage to suck it up and reach out to her and much to my delight, she responded with something other than “screw you.” It’s been fun catching up on the last few years of our lives.

ABCs : Old School Blogging

Linking up with The Miss-Elaine-ous Life and Jennifer for a little Old School Blogging. I have to admit when I had my blog in 2001-2003, I did a LOT of memes like this!

Alphabet Meme

A. Attached or Single? Attached

B. Best Friend? Yep, I have one of those 🙂

Sarah, Colleen, Molly, LeeAnn, Amy

U. Unknown fact about me? I use to be a certified storm spotter

V. Vegetable? I don’t ever want to become one

W. Worst habit? Depends on who you ask. LOL

X. Xray or Ultrasound? X-ray. Ultrasounds mean babies or HUGE problems LOL

Y. Your favorite food?  Pasta

Z. Zodiac sign? Sagittarius

You can link up too!

Things I’m Afraid Of: Blog Every Day In May

Things I’m Afraid Of

(Not including obvious stuff like people dying, people getting hurt, the house burning down, that stuff that’s on everyone‘s list)

Heights above water – bridges, airplanes, whatever – if it’s above water, I don’t want anything to do with it. I like swimming, but even a fishing dock freaks me out.

Driving in busy traffic – I live in the sticks, my commute to work is a three minute drive where I might come across 5 other cars. This is good because multi-lane freeway traffic FREAKS me out. Like, hyperventilating, can’t drive in it, can barely ride in it freaks me out. I think a lot of this fear is due to my really poor depth perception. Either way, it’s very annoying, frustrating, and really limits my plans at times.

Getting burned by the oven – yep, this is part of why I don’t cook. I’m a huge klutz and reaching into the oven freaks me out. One of my last attempts to cook with something other than a cookie sheet resulted in me dumping a casserole down the oven door because I tilted it too much in an effort to not touch anything hot.

When I was little, I use to be really afraid of skunks. I was convinced I would get sprayed by one and my parents would disown me. I had nightmares about it all the time. LOL

And because this list makes me feel like kind of a freak, I’m NOT afraid of spiders, snakes, birds, tornadoes, big dogs, public speaking, severe weather, or clowns. LOL

How about you – what random things are you afraid of?

Blog Every Day In May: Favorite Quote

This is a tie

It’s better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not”

I just find this to be so true. I hate fake people and I hate feeling like I need to pretend to be someone I’m not. It seems like an incredible waste of time to pretend to be interested in something or care about something that you don’t, beyond common politeness I mean. I would much rather people were my friends because of who I REALLY am rather than some sort of “fake” self I put out there to please them. I’m very much of the “I am who I am, and if you don’t like it, well that’s too bad” frame of mind.

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Souza

This is a big one for me. I’ve spent a lot of time in my life thinking “Well, once this happens, things will be great, no, wait, once THIS happens, yep, then it will all be good….” and every time I turn around, there is another “thing” that I feel is standing in the way when in reality, life is NOW. Yes, I can look forward to RockFest this summer, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy the next two months. Yes, I can hope that I finally can fit into a size 8 pants at some point, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll magically be 100% happy with my body and fitness level – and that’s OKAY! Sometimes, I get so busy making to-do lists, it’s easy to forget to stop and smell the roses. Life is happening all around us, even as we hope for a new house or our kid to get through this next phase. Enjoy it because there is no magical “if this, then life is PERFECT” point.

How about you – are you guilty of life being a destination and not a journey? Have any favorite quotes you’d like to share?


Blog Every Day: Things that Make Me Uncomfortable

The next prompt is “Things that Make Me Uncomfortable”

This is what just popped into my mind – I tried not to think too hard about this one so this is pretty random!

People suggesting they can “fix my hair”

Having bosses with who have very loud political opinions that are very different than mine

My parents (who are in their 70s) saying they’re not racist/sexist/homophobic/etc but then making remarks that are everything but

That horrendous moment when you audibly pass gas in an otherwise silent room

Being the party pooper when a group is deciding on a restaurant – I don’t do most ethnic foods, but hate being the complicated one.

When friends do something that is incredibly “against” my parenting views – I know that it’s their kid and that it’s not my place to say anything, but it’s still awkward.

Glass foot bridges with heavy traffic underneath – I prefer metal and railings, thank you very much


Being expected to practice high pressure sales techniques when I know the recipient isn’t interested. The #1 reason I hated my banking job!

When people insist on gossiping about someone who could walk into hearing range at any moment

People who suggest shooting their pets instead of spending money at the vet clinic – while I’m working at said vet clinic

Public changing rooms

When daycare employees give me the “Your kid listens to me, why doesn’t he listen to you?” look

Going out for a night on the town with people who are REALLY into the “getting all gussied” up because I’m so… not


How about you? What random things make you uncomfortable?

Back on the Bandwagon

it’s been two weeks since I’ve posted anything and I’m just not feeling the whole blog motivation lately. It’s not for lack of post ideas (I have a list of things I want to post about, spanning back to Easter 2012, but more for “I have so many things I WANT to do (spend time with SuperDad, work out, blog, read, sleep) that I feel guilty doing any of them so instead, I mindlessly surf the internet and do none of them! It’s pretty self defeating and needs to end! Then since I haven’t blogged in weeks, I feel like I need to play catch up, which makes me avoid it more.

So I decided I’m going to be a HUGE cheater and jump into the “Blog Every Day in May” challenge and try to post something for each of the prompts. I will probably combine a few prompts into one post until I get caught up, but I think trying to blog every day and the whole “challenge” concept of it will help me get back into the swing of things! It can’t hurt, right?

So, Day One Prompt: The Story of My Life in 250 Words or Less

I was born in the Children’s Hospital 30 years ago as a very sick baby. I had numerous surgeries and spent the first year of my life on oxygen. Let’s just say, I was very  fortunate to grow up into a pretty healthy adult despite everything. I grew up in a small town with my Mom and Dad and two older brothers. As a kid, I was a tomboy and my favorite things were animals, riding my bike, reading, and my small close circle of friends. Oh, and I loved school. I grew up with a Sunday drive being our family’s main entertainment and “vacation” meant visiting my Grandma in Milwaukee. My brother was my best friend when I was a kid and I actually met SuperDad through him. After high school, I got my Associate’s Degree at a local 2 year college with plans to go away to college. Instead, SuperDad and I bought a house. The same year we bought our house, we adopted a greyhound and became engulfed in the world of greyhound rescue. Since high school (and prior to today), I’ve worked as tech support, a bank teller (where I met my BFF), and an office manager.  In 2009, I became involved in an awesome online community and to this day, those folks are some of my best friends. In 2009, my brother and SIL had a daughter and we decided  a kid seemed like a good idea, so we followed suite and Mason was born in 2010. The rest of the story can be found here on the blog.

Are you doing the Post a Day challenge? Do you have a blog post that has the very very condensed version of your life story? I’d love to read it!

2012 in Review


We kicked the year off with a trip to urgent care and learned not to say things like “My kid isn’t a puker” and went to the Children’s Museum. The only things he’d watch on TV were his train video and Yo Gabba Gabba and he couldn’t go to sleep without his puppy and yellow mouse car in his crib. We went a little stir crazy being stuck in the house due to the snow and cold.


Mason carpet burned his face right before Valentine’s day and then went on his first trip to the dentist. This month brought the start of some serious tantrums. We started another round of swim classes, went to a model train show, and I started a new job. We got 15 inches of snow on Leap Day and played in it to celebrate


All my reading to him started paying off as being read to and looking at books became one of his favorite passtimes. Mason got his first haircut two days before he turned two. Of course, we celebrated. He peed on the potty for the first time (at daycare) and I barely blogged at all since I was working 3 jobs all month. Swimming lessons continued.


In April, Joe the Greyhound turned 10, we joined the Ultimate Blog Party and Mason got ahold of some sharpies… The weather got nice enough to play outside regularly and Mason fell in love with his bubble mower. Mason went on an Easter Egg hunt and we got a new car. He loved playing with Thomas and Mr. Potato head, but still not a big TV Thomas fan. I pinched my sciatic in my back and became a huge Instagram addict. Mason’s grandparents bought him a motorized tractor. We went on a family vacation to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.


We Celebrated Plagiocephaly Awareness Week after being helmet free for nearly a year! SuperDad rescued some baby bunnies from getting hit by the lawn mower. I finally shared how we picked Mason’s name. Mason was still obsessed with cooking and added Wonder Pets into his TV regimen. He also started getting picky about clothes and requested to wear a tractor or Elmo shirt every day. He started having issues sleeping at night and anxiety about being left at daycare. Not fun.


We played at a new playground and hit lots of parades. He started getting really bossy  and also got really into doing everything” by me self.” Ohhh, toddlerhood. His sleep issues nearly drove me to drinking and I begged for help. We made a casual attempt at potty training that was a total #mommyfail. We added regular story time to bedtime and read 3 books every night, including Llama Llama Nighty Night, which he loves. We started Geocaching again and I started Couch to 5k.


We got the sad news that one of Masons favorite daycare ladies was leaving. He spent 3+ hours a day playing outside at daycare and even got comfortable with the sprinklers. He was scared by something he saw on Alf, which we still laugh about today. We celebrated a heat advisory with Mason running a naked truck wash in the yard. SuperDad and I went to RockFest and Mason started getting serious about the potty… at daycare. We realized that Mason was addicted to TV.


I participated in my first 5k. Mason loved watching SuperDad int he kitchen and repeating everything he hears. We had some rough days. We went to Wilderness Walk, a semi truck show, and National Night Out. Being chased or chasing you was Mason’s favorite game.


I came down with mono and spent a week in a feverish haze. Mason became obsessed with the movie Cars and Bob the Builder. Mason slept with 3 books, two trucks, 2 tractors and trailers, two giant Gabba pillows, and 3+ stuffed animals in his crib every night. Loves shouting “I did it!” whenever he accomplished anything.  He went to a kid’s fair and also went to the dentist again. He was basically fully potty trained, but only at daycare as we struggled at home.


I admitted to lying to my toddler. Mason kicked his webcam out of his room due to it “making scary noises.” We went to the pumpkin patch and carved pumpkins. We attended bedtime story time at the library and nearly got kicked out. Mason a was a skunk for Halloween and loved trick or treating.


Mason declared that ice cream is for sharing. I appreciated stores that are open on the holidays. Mason got a Strider bike and loves to ride it.He started loving Mickey Mouse and liked to give us reports on the weather. Officially potty trained except for bedtime. We celebrated Thanksgiving at his Great Aunt’s house and took a road trip to Duluth to visit Bentleyville. I turned 30. I REALLY need to do some back-blogging….


Mason cut down his first Christmas tree. “Yippie” aka “ChipElf” the Magic Elf came to visit us starting St. Nicholas Day. Mason visited Santa several times – Ghetto Santa at the mall, Santa came to daycare, and Santa came to town on a train! We had Christmas celebrations with SuperDad’s extended family, my extended family, at our house, and Grandma B’s, and with Auntie Sarah. Santa was very very good to Mason this year.

I hope 2013 brings us more fun family time, more adventures, more playing outside, and more time to blog about it. If I find some time, I still really want to post about many fun things we’ve done in the last month, including all the Christmas photos!

Happy New Year everyone. Hope 2012 was good to you and 2013 is even better!

Yo Gabba Gabba Live is coming to Minneapolis!

As you may know, Mason LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba and in fall of 2011, we went and saw them live and Mason had a great time!

We’re super excited to see that they’re coming to Minneapolis on January 16th! They’ll be doing two shows (At 3:00 and 7:00) at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets range from $38-$60, depending on your seating preference. If you live in the Minneapolis area, you can purchase them right from Hennepin Theatre Trust and avoid the box office fees (bringing the prices down to $25-$45)

If your kiddo is super lucky, you can get front row seats, attend a backstage party, participate in hassle free merchandise shopping, and attend the character meet and greet with the “Gabba Party Package” for $125! I’d love to get individual pictures with Brobbee, Muno, Foofa, Plex, or Toodee and I think Mason would lose his mind meeting the characters! Even without that, I know he’ll LOVE seeing his favorite show live!

So join us and Get Your Sillies Out!!

To get more information or buy tickets, visit Ticketmaster or buy party passes here.

A Fun Christmas Meme

So I’m about two weeks behind the rest of the world on this one, but what’s new? We brought home our tree today and hopefully will decorate it tomorrow, so let’s get into the holiday spirit around here!

fun Christmas meme

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Definitely hot chocolate! It’s the only warm/hot drink I will drink and I LOVE it.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wrapped, possibly all in the same paper (haven’t decided that yet) We learned last year that anything that is super large will be hidden in another room. (See “The Kitchen that Ruined Christmas”)

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored!! I like white lights on some houses, but on most (including ours) colored are much more festive.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nope.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Outside lights go up (but not on) whenever the last for sure “warm” (aka 35Âş) week occurs, inflatables go up in the beginning of December, and we try to get our tree the first or second weekend and decorate the inside of the house at that same time.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Mashed potatoes. sorry, but I just LOVE mashed potatoes.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Riding around with my parents, brother, and Grandma looking at Christmas lights all over Milwaukee.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I really don’t remember. I DO remember fighting with a friend in 3rd grade in line for music class that Santa had to be real since he left presents at my house even when we were out of town so that meant it couldn’t POSSIBLY be my parents. Still haven’t quite figured that one out. LOL

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, we open one. Since Mason came along, it’s been Christmas pajamas. I do like the idea I read on this meme about doing a box that contains Christmas pajamas, a movie to watch that night, snacks, a Christmas book, etc though.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Lots and lots of penguins and then custom year ornaments both made by some crafty local friends and some greyhound and kitty ornaments as well.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Dread it. I totally live in the wrong state.

12. Can you ice skate? I can but it’s been years.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? As a kid it had to be either the “fashion designer” plates I got (which is freaking HILARIOUS now since I never wear anything but jeans and a hoodie/t-shirt or my “Crackers in My Bed” game.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Now it’s creating excellent memories for Mason. My family never really did anything for Christmas other than look at lights one or two nights and then spend half an hour opening presents, so I really want to create a bunch of fun traditions that Mason can look back on fondly.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Cookies or nutless fudge

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? From my childhood: Driving around looking at all the decorated houses. Newer: Watching Christmas movies while decorating the tree.

17. What tops your tree? Pine needles

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I kind of hate gifts. I never know what to buy anyone and then I feel badly when I get the perfect gift from them. Giving is awesome when you are struck with a great idea though!

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? They’re okay, but I probably average one a year, if that.

20. Favorite Christmas show? Either Elf or A Christmas Story.

21. Saddest Christmas Song? Not sure I know any?

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

This time last year – All Dressed Up / Mason Makes Words

Two years ago – Down and Out / Christmas Traditions

Update Your FeedReader!

It’s been brought to my attention that some people aren’t getting my posts anymore in their FeedReader / GoogleReader / etc !

When my new design (and address) went live, the Feed changed from to

If you haven’t seen Halloween Posts, a Currently post, and a Giveaway from me in your reader recently, PLEASE make sure you are subscribed correctly! I’m sending this through my OLD feed to make sure everyone sees this, but this will be the only post that comes through that way. I definitely don’t want to lose anyone in this transition, so PLEASE click the new link if you’ve been missing posts! Thanks so much!