Saturday, January 21, 2012

Falling Into Oblivion

Not me... but my blog sure is!

I am a blogging failure lately.  This used to bug me, but it really isn't right now.  I have SO much going on, and a lot of it is away from the computer.

Any obligations that require me to be on the computer have taken the sidelines.  If I can't do it on my phone, it either gets done day before deadline, or probably doesn't get done at all. 

Right now, I am ok with that.  I'd rather be with the kids, or knitting (usually both).  Yesterday I let my son watch a tv show episode and I started singing along to the theme song and he scolded me "Don't sing that mommy, just knit!"  Well, if he says so, I will!

I figure it's only fair.  We started the new year getting rid of our cable and limiting the kids screen time (tv, video games, iphones, etc).  Makes sense that mommy limits hers as well (during daytime hours that is)! The kids got many new toys for Christmas, with birthdays following, so there is no need to be spending time sitting on the couch letting the minutes waste away.

With the new year, new ideas, new personal goals, I hope to keep my blog afloat, but it will probably take the sidelines while I get distracted!

Now the computer will be turned off.  We got many inches of snow last night and it is time to bundle up the kids, brave the "feels like" 1 degree F weather, and have some fun!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to my family, friends, online friends, and blog readers!!

I haven't been too faithful to my blog the past few months.  I apologize.  I can make promises to do better, but I don't like making promises I'm not 100% sure I can keep!  Therefore, I will promise to try my best to keep up with my blog... at least blogging once a week!!

I hope to find some inspiration again, but right now all my creative brain power has been taken up with knitting.  I blame Pinterest.  So many fantastic ideas that keep my brain running on overdrive!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Three Thanksgivings, Three Years of Thanksgivings, and Friendships

I'm pretty sure the pilgrims only did one Thanksgiving for a reason- stomachs are NOT designed to handle three Thanksgivings!

However, this year my family will be putting it to the test... more specifically, my husband and I will be putting it to the test (so far Thanksgiving dinner is a fail on my son who only ate waffles....). 

Being in the Navy has made planning Thanksgiving dinner fairly tricky.  Our first Thanksgiving here we did potluck with friends.  It was unclear if the band would get leave, if they were doing a parade, if there were other gigs.  So everyone stuck around.  It was a nice dinner, though a bit awkward since I didn't really know anyone who was there.  We had only been in Great Lakes for 8 months and I was still trying to make friends.  My husband accepted a dinner invitation before realizing there were other options.  But that was fine.  We ate good food, I made an awesome peppermint cake =) 

Last year we did another Thanksgiving potluck.  The band was certain to do the Thanksgiving day parade in Chicago, so everyone was here.  This time was with closer friends.  I made two pies and bread. YUM! Challah is kick-ass bread! 

This year, however.... my parents were in town last week.  So we did an early Thanksgiving dinner.  It was Thanksgiving as I remember.  All my favorites, cooked by my mom (all I did was pie... do you sense a theme with my contributions??).  It was awesome! But in tradition of my mom's cooking, there was WAY too much leftover.  Just as I finish recovering from turkey and stuffing overdose, I am about to do it ALL. OVER. AGAIN. 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Again, the band is doing a parade.  We are doing a small dinner with our close friends.  I'm making turkey (just the breast... I don't think I could handle the whole thing!), stuffing, pie, cookies (my kids don't like pie...WTF?!), and either bread or rolls, I haven't decided yet.  It will be a nice, quiet dinner. Hopefully a lot of the leftovers will be brought home by our friends. Because...

We also accepted an invitation to a potluck on Friday. Lots of people, so I am told!  New friends for me, new friends for the kids.  It will be fun, chaotic, and what Thanksgiving is about.  To me, it is not just family that makes Thanksgiving.  It is all of our relationships.  Close friends, acquaintances, in laws, new friends. Everyone is what this holiday is about.  I am very thankful for many things (if I ever update my 30 days of thankful you will know... oops...) but near the top of my list is my relationships.  Even ones that have long since past have helped shaped me into who I am today. 

So, tomorrow night, as I lay back in my turkey induced coma, I will think about my friends.  I will think about my best friend from birth, Emily, whom I played with for 12 years, went to elementary and middle school with.  We may not talk to each other every week, or even every year, but she helped shaped my childhood and adolescent self.  I think about crushes in high school, the friendships of my best friend circle whom I still hold dear to my heart and think about constantly.  I think about the friends I partied with, the ones I was a bit too wild with.  I am thankful I did that in high school so I could focus more in college.  I am thankful for my college boyfriend.  He not only put up with a lot of my crap I was going through, but he is still a good friend.  I think about finding Dave again after not seeing him for years. I think about all my new friends here, who have made my first move with the Navy a positive and rewarding experience.

So thank you, friends.  Very very much from the bottom of my heart.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 Days of Thankful: Day 3

Day 3: I am grateful for my cats. Sometimes just a rub against my leg, a mew, or a cuddle can make all the difference in my mood.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 Days of Thankful

I will be joining Holly over at Sunny Side Up in an Upside Down World this month for 30 Days of Thankful challenge. 

I am excited about this one... partially because it is only 30 days, and we've all seen how I tried to do a 365 day challenge. Yeah, not so much.  But also because I think Thanksgiving seems to get lost in all the commotion between Halloween and Christmas holidays.  This will get me to really remember what it means to be thankful.  Each day I will post something I am grateful for.  Please join me in this wonderful opportunity!

Day 1: I am grateful for my husband's job.  Not every musician out there is so lucky!

Day 2:  I am grateful that my daughter woke up today and said "I promise not to do anything to annoy my brother today."  Even if she doesn't follow through completely, it was nice of her to say that.