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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A {Mini Break} Virtual Coffee

Ok, I have twenty minutes to spare while dinner is in the oven to hangout, chit chat and down a mug or two of coffee {hopefully spiked with Baileys}.

Ready. Set. Go.

How was your weekend? Where did you go? What did you do?

I spent Saturday catching up on random household tasks like twenty loads of laundry, decluttering the kitchen table {on which I found a bag of cat food, a random clay object by E and five magazines that I haven't read yet}.

On Sunday, the boys and I joined Mimi and Papa for brunch. We almost didn't go because my little clothing Diva, E, didn't have the right sweat pants and wanted to wear his PJs all day. UGH....this truly needs to stop. Papa even invited him to work with power tools outside and he said "No" because he'd have to put on real clothes. I think I've created a monster.

Are any of your children like that? Do they have special outfits they can't live without?

If we were really meeting over our spiked coffees I'd tell you that I registered E for kindergarten today. Yep, already. I can't even believe it! He's getting so big and so old it's making me sad. Trust me come August I'll have some sob story post about the first day of kindergarten. The only consolation to this milestone is the money we will save on child care. I think once E is in kindergarten our childcare will finally be less than our monthly mortgage payment.

Well, that's all I have up in here. We are sitting down to dine on Calzones that I found on where else Pinterest. Not that calzones are all that hard, but these you wrap it in this super cool way that makes you look like a fancy cook, and I need all the help I can get.

Thanks for coffee, sorry for the rushed date. I think there will be a time {probably when the kids are in college} that I could finally linger over coffee.

I'll be stopping by Amy's later tonight to catch up. Ciao!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lunch Will Never be the Same

I'm not a cook.

I strive to be, but as documented in a national magazine I need a little help in that arena.

And preparing lunch is no exception.

Why? 

Well, the dilemma for me during this noontime nuttiness is I'm short on time {aren't we all}, and I don't want to make something too elaborate as I'm saving the big guns for dinner.

Which leads to something slapped between two slices of bread. Often peanut butter and jelly on white bread no less.


Not the healthiest.

So, when I was emailed by BuzzAgent about a new campaign for Brownberry Health-Full Bread I couldn't sign up fast enough.

This bread is great!

If you look at the label the health benefits are obvious. First of all it has 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and only 18 grams of carbs, and it's filled with healthy whole grains like flax seeds and oats.

But the BEST part is the kids ate it...like scarffed it down. I was worried with my picky eaters, but they loved it. I think because even though it's a whole wheat bread it's still soft. I think it's softer than the usual white bread we buy.

Now that I have this new bread in my lunchtime arsenal it's time to change out the usual PB&J and try something different.

Since EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE has been raving about curry and putting it in everything I figured I'd try the Chicken Curry Salad recipe on the Health-Full Breads website.

Chicken Curry Salad Sandwich
Ingredients
2 slices Brownberry® Health-full® 10 Grain bread
1/4 cup cooked skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2" cubes
1/6 medium celery stalk, cut into 1/4" thick slices (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup halved seedless red grapes
2 tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt
2/3 teaspoon curry powder (or to taste)
1/12 teaspoon black pepper
2 leaves Arugula

Directions
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well-coated. Spread about 3/4 cup of chicken salad onto a slice of bread; top with a second slice of bread.



Serving size: 1 sandwich
Nutritional Value
277 calories
5g fiber
24g protein
42g carbs
5g fat

This was so yummy!

I loved all the flavors...although I might swap the celery out for something else, like apple, but we'll see.

Included in my BzzCampaign were a couple of coupons to share with friends and of course I had to share one with my friend Casey over at Your Daily Dose of FIT, because I knew she would make something totally awesome with this bread. Check out her recipe for Clean Eating Curried Turkey Burger Sliders. YUM! I told you curry was the "in" thing.

Who knew bread could change your perspective on mealtime, but this truly does and it will now be a regular at our house.

Disclaimer: I am a BzzAgent and will receive coupons for FREE items in order to spread the word. All opinions are my own and I believe in honest reviews of products. As we all know I never sugarcoat it and if I don't like something I'll tell you.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

A {Monday-ish} Sound Bytes of Week

Hello Monday eh Friday.

Is it Friday? A friend felt this has been a week full of Mondays and I have to say I agree. It has been one of "those" week's. The kind where I take two steps forward and twenty steps back. Only to realize I'm back at the beginning of whatever project or task I'm trying to accomplish. It's quite tiring I tell ya. 

My only consolation in this week's chaos is that I"m finally back to normal and can get back to my triathlon training schedule. I missed FOURTEEN days. UGH!!! FOURTEEN!!! Talk about having start back at the beginning. Oh...well that's life and I've been in worse predicaments. 

Now that the plague has been purged from my brain, I'm finally able to remember some quite wonderful Sound Bytes of the Week...so let's get started. 

3. "The best part of our restaurant are the hugs."
E was playing "restaurant" and when I paid my bill he gave me hug. Now that's service!

2. "I like my coffee dark and rich, just like my men." 
I think I scored on my coffee and my guy. Win, win.

1. "Grandma I love you, but if I was a police officer I'd still pull you over for speeding."
My MIL got a speeding ticket while she was here, and E gave her hard time about it. Perhaps he will be a police officer when he grows up. Better watch out G you are drinking and driving.


Ok...now it's your turn. 

My friend Courtenay at IASoupmama has been linking up some Sound Bytes, so give it a try. 


Well, I'm off to work, hopefully I can cross some items off the To Do List. I have to go into work tomorrow for a bit too...work is NEVER done is it? 

Even so I'll make sure to enjoy all the hours of my weekend ... even the silly ones.



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Thursday, February 23, 2012

For the Love of Boys: Bigger Picture Moment


Did you know that Batman adopted Robin?

Did you also know that a dog leash is actually a Batarang?

And...did you know that the "fort" made out pillows is actually the Batcave?

I have received a thorough education in boyiology these past four years.

And I'm loving every minute of it.

This wasn't an instantaneous love though.

In the beginning when I found out E was a boy, I was nervous.

I'm a girly girl and I know EVERYTHING about Barbies, and fancy dresses. But boys...boys baffled me. They were known to pee in your face {which has happened} and they play with gross things like dirt and worms {has happened}.

For those three years with E, I was comforted by the thought of "the next one", and that I might have a girl to share my Barbies with.

Then...the next one came.


We sat watching the ultrasound {all three of us} as the little baby squiggled and wiggled inside me. "Do you want to know the sex?" the tech asked us. I vehemently shook my head yes, and then came the words I didn't want to hear "It's a boy."

Now, I'm not diminishing the fact that I was overjoyed by this pregnancy and so excited to add another mini B2 to our family. However, I was sad.

And people knew. I had friends call and ask if I was ok. How I was holding up. I know this sounds terrible, especially to those that have experienced a loss, but to me it was. This was our last baby there would be no more trying.

I had the nursery designed {at least in my mind}, and THE PERFECT girl name all picked out.

It took months to wrap my head around it. I would be the ONLY girl in our family, even the cats are boys. I'd be surrounded by Star Wars, comic books, super heroes and basketballs. And my future would consist of dirty sweat socks and jock straps...YIKES!

I mourned for months over the fact that I would never have that Lorelai and Rory relationship, that shopping trips and spa dates weren't in my future.

It wasn't until I started decorating the nursery and looking at E's old clothes that the blessing fully gripped my heart and held on.


Now, after almost two years with my little redhead boy I couldn't imagine a life without him. He was born parallel to my dad's passing...a boy to carry on his memory.

And while it has been hard to give up playing with Barbies and knowing I'll never go wedding or prom dress shopping.

The love I feel for my boys is indescribable.

Thanks to them I'm learning new boyisms everyday. Things I NEVER would have discovered in a house full of girls. Like the fact that the blue light saber is Luke's and Darth Vader's is red.


So I embrace this boy love and hold it in my heart forever.

*Oh, and on the plus side I'll never have to have the thong conversation....hopefully.


Each Thursday, we come together to share the harvest of intentional living by capturing a glimmer of the bigger picture through a simple moment. And to spice it up a little, during the month of FEBRUARY, we’ll be reflecting upon the tender gifts of love that bring sparkle our lives.





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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A {Cheating} Virtual Coffee


Ok, so I'm a cheater...because I'm writing my virtual coffee on Monday night. Sorry, but I have no choice. I'm going to be in training again all day and I know I'll be wiped out afterward. I'm still not sure how just sitting for eight hours and listening makes me so VERY tired, but it does.

If we were really meeting for coffee I'd tell you that I hope to be holding a yummy caramel latte in my hand, but then again I'm writing this a day ahead. What will most likely happen is I'll be running late and miss the latte entirely. Story of my life.

I'd tell you I was pretty bummed about missing my boys' stay home day yesterday. My mom was nice enough to watch them for us, and it sounds like they had a BLAST. One of the MANY benefits of living closer --a free babysitter quality time with the grandkids. Did your kids have the day off?

Then I would tell you about today's training. Our retirement community is participating in a pilot project for Advance Care Planning. Basically, the state of Iowa is creating an initiative to replace the standard Advanced Directives / Power of Attorney forms with a more in depth form that delves deeper into your wishes should something happen to incapacitate you. Probably not the feel good topic of the year, but one we must all address at one point in time. Do you have a will or anything? I keep telling B2 that we need to make one, but we just keep putting it off...add it to the To Do List.

Of course I'd have to ask you about your weekend. What did you do? Who did you see? On Saturday I met my friend Ashli and we signed up for one leg of RAGBRAI. It's only 40-ish miles, so we should be fine. One of these years {after I've retired and can spare a week of my life} I'll do the whole thing, but for now baby steps.

And then my Mother in Law came for a visit. Which, can sometimes be stressful. However, this time perhaps due to my horrific cold I just rolled with it, and the visit wasn't half bad. She entertained the boys while I spent quality time on Pinterest looking up ideas for the boy's upcoming birthdays.


Well, that's all from here. As you are reading this I'm probably knee deep in case studies and conversations about CPR and funerals {exciting stuff}.

Thanks for coffee and don't forget to stop by Amy's, and join in the conversation. Make it a good one peeps.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

I've Won an Award...

On Friday the lovely Gem from Dreams of a Life in the Country awarded me my first blog award. 


If you haven't visited her blog yet I encourage you to do so. She's super sweet and lives in LONDON! Which is pretty cool {at least to me}. 

We met during Virtual Coffee early last year, and have been chatting back and forth ever since. We even exchanged gifts over the holidays. E was pretty impressed by the package that came all the way from London. He even made me look London up on the map. 

The origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, Liebster meaning favorite or dearest, it is used to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note. 

Here are the rules:
  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  • Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to FIVE blogs of 200 followers or less who you deserve to be noticed.
  • Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.
So to keep the Liebster award going AND most importantly recognize some WONDERFUL bloggers, I am giving the Liebster blog award to the following FIVE amazing bloggers who you should also check out. If you haven't already.

  1. Karin at In Bloom, her photography {which is just a hobby} has won her acclaim on I Heart Faces and the stories of her two boys will make you giggle.
  2. Ivy at Inspirations by Ivy, another stellar photographer and mother of four {two of which are twins} My hero.
  3. Ashley at Peters Party of Five, one of the first {non-friend} bloggers to start following my blog and commenting. She keeps is real, and shares her opinions on motherhood everyday, and her What the Hell Wednesdays are HILARIOUS!
  4. Chelsea at On the Road with D. A blog about what happens when, against your father's wishes, you sell all your belongings, buy a van and travel the country with your boyfriend and dog. Her posts are sporadic due to internet connections, but when you find one it's bliss.
  5. Courtenay at IASoupMama is becoming a regular at my Sound Bytes of the Week. She doesn't write a cooking blog, but she is cooking up fun in the Midwest. Oh, and she's mom of four, two of which are itty bitty twins. Another hero.
So there are my choices for award winning blogs. Check 'em out and give 'em some props, because sometimes this blogging thing is tough and it's nice to feel the love once in while. 

Thanks again to my sweet girl Gem...I humbly accept this award and wear it proudly. You're the GREATEST!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Five Minute Friday {On Saturday }: Delight

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication. 

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Won’t you join us?
Today's topic. DELIGHT
Ready....GO...
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"You're Going to Dance."

"You're Going to Dance."

"You're Going to Dance."

"And Have Some Fun..."

Perhaps you recognize those lyrics. They are from one of my FAVORITE songs "Grove is in the Heart" by the one hit wonder group Dee Lite.

Probably not the "delight" you were thinking, but when my mind wanders one way it's hard to steer it back...so I will roll with it.

This is one of my go to songs when I'm running late, I'm grouchy, the kids are running around like crazies and the world just seems to be coming to an undeniable end {at least until my head hits the pillow}.

As soon as I hear those first three lines, my mood immediately changes and I can't help but tap my toes and on many occasions a spontaneous dance party will occur. The song is actually so old vintage that I even hear it in the mall once in a while, and the urge to break out in dance is overwhelming. I have strong urges to reenact the early 90's iPod commercials. Ha! I'm totally dating myself.

But when a song moves you so much that it just takes the first three lines to turn a frown upside down I'd say that's pure Delight no matter how you spell it.

STOP!



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Friday, February 17, 2012

A {Solo} Sound Bytes of the Week

It's FRIDAY and I'm taking a vacation day.

B2 asked me if he should take the day off so we could see a movie.

To which I answered an emphatic "NO".

Don't get me wrong I enjoy his company and a movie would be superb, but...but...mama needs some alone time. Some time to think, regroup and get her S-H-I-T in order. {and yes I am talking about myself in the third person}.

So, after taking the boys on our monthly breakfast outing. I am here at my favorite coffee house. I have a coffee, my journal {which I thought I lost this morning...almost FREAKED}, and my laptop. I'm also sitting in the "illegal" section of the coffee house where laptops aren't allowed. "Kick me out...I double dog dare you."


I love coming to the coffee house on campus. There's an ambiance here that electrifies me, fuels my creative spirit and allows me to be creative. Most likely it's all the caffeine I consume while I'm here, but I like to believe it's the creative mojo.

Well, I digress {as usual}. Let's get to this week's Sound Bytes of the week.

3. "My sunglasses are pushing the sun out."
Little dude got some new Batman sunglasses a couple of weeks ago and can't stop wearing them...EVERYWHERE.


2. "It's a fart in a glass."
This is Papa's way of explaining carbonation to E...nice.

1. "Mama, I'm sorry you are sick and I hope you feel better soon." 
E said this to me on Valentine's Day, and it made my heart melt. My little guy is really turning into a big boy. Sigh...


Well, there you have it. This week's Sound Bytes. Not the greatest, which I blame on my cold induced stupor. There's always next week.

Hopefully, you can do better.


For now, I will enjoy the day solo and pretend I'm a college student...minus the binge drinking and final exams.

Have a wild weekend.


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Selfish Love: Bigger Picture Moment

A couple of days back on the Bigger Picture Blog Facebook page someone asked "What do you ALWAYS make time for?"

Immediately in my head I said "the gym." As I went to post my answer, I read what others posted. Things like spending time with my kids, cuddling with my husband, etc.

I felt so guilty I didn't comment.

That night I asked B2 about it and he said don't worry. It's not like you don't do all that other stuff.

Yeah, but...I still felt bad.

Then I thought some more, and more, and more {you know cause I ruminate about things}.

Then I thought WHY am I feeling guilty about this. WHY should I feel guilty about loving myself so much that I would do ANYTHING to make sure I get that 45 minutes of bliss?

As a mother and wife I beat myself up over not being there enough, not being attentive enough to OTHER peoples needs. BUT WHAT ABOUT ME?

Some would say I'm selfish. However, I remember what a friend told me right after I had E, she said "Make sure your oxygen mask is on first, then put everyone else's on." In a nutshell...take care of yourself first, so you can be there for those you love.

And I love them truly I do, but I HAVE to love myself more or I will disappear in their love.

After taking care of everyone else and giving, giving, giving there just wouldn't be anything left. So I take 45 minutes to love myself and do something for me, so I can have more for them.

I'm a better mom, wife, friend and all around person after I've had that 45 minutes. It helps me let go of the yuck so I can embrace the joy.

If that makes me selfish then so be it. I'm done feeling guilty.


Each Thursday, we come together to share the harvest of intentional living by capturing a glimmer of the bigger picture through a simple moment. And to spice it up a little, during the month of FEBRUARY, we’ll be reflecting upon the tender gifts of love that bring sparkle our lives.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A {Love Sick} Virtual Coffee


I'm sick again.

Boo. Hiss. 

I feel like every time we have coffee I'm stuffed up or coughing or some other disgusting thing that makes you wipe your brow and say "Whew" I'm glad this is virtual coffee. 

Luckily enough I was able to get an early doctor appointment and after checking the nose, ears and mouth it turns out I have an acute sinus infection. Joy...my only consolation for going to the doctor was this...


My favorite coffee shop actually has a location right inside the hospital. Ah...nice.

Anyway, it's Valentines Day. The day where all the florists, candy and card stores make a mint on our ability to get suckered by a holiday. {can you tell I'm not buying it} I'm a marketer. I make up these holidays so businesses can make money...it's all smoke and mirrors people. Plus I'm old school and believe we should show people you love them EVERY day not just when a card store or florist tells you too.

How about you? Are you into the whole Valentine thing or are you over it? The hubs says it depends on how long you are married, and perhaps he's onto something. Since it was me and twenty old guys hanging at the drugstore today looking at cards. Keep in mind I probably wouldn't have even gotten him a card had I not been waiting on my script for my full blown, mucus inducing sinus infection. 

And of course since I have little ones in the house I felt the need to spread some love and make some Valentines. After getting sucked into the vortex of Pinterest and all it's glorious Valentines Day ideas, E finally picked this one...


It was relatively easy {since I'm more craptastic than craftastic}. Unfortunately, due to my plague I was quarantined to the confines of home sweet home and not allowed to distribute said Valentines. {insert sad face} But that's ok, because this feverish mama needs to rest up, so she can face the rest of the week.

If we were really meeting for coffee, I'd fill you in on Saturday's date night. Yes, we did go. Yes, we did see the most depressing, and violent movie {The Grey}. Yes, I ate a big greasy hamburger and drank a large drink with the word zombie in it. So all in all a great evening.


Although, I think the boys had more fun with Mimi and Papa. They were spoiled, and played with and Mimi made their favorite {mac and cheese with fish sticks}. They were in Heaven. And so were Mimi and Papa. That's what moving closer to family is all about.



Well, I'm gonna pull the shade and settle in for a nap and try to sleep off this sickness, so that maybe just maybe the next time we meet the word mucus won't be in our conversation. 

Don't forget to stop by Amy's she'll keep the coffee warm for ya.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Writer? Maybe...





Today I'm featured over at Bigger Picture Blogs, visit me there and help celebrate creativity and inspiration.

Here's a peek at my post...
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“You’re such a good writer.” Someone said to me recently.

Immediately I mumble a thanks and blush, because honestly I DON’T consider myself a writer.

I never have. Not even when I wrote freelance articles for the local paper or wrote stories for newsletters I NEVER once considered myself a writer.

That title is special. It’s saved for people who write flowery prose and meld words into a picture for the reader.

I write in broken paragraphs, and run on sentences with commas in the wrong places. I write in a frazzled hurried way {mostly because I’m writing on my lunch hour and need to crank my thoughts out as quickly as they come to my warped brain.}

What do you think makes someone a writer?

Read the whole article here ...and tell me how you define a writer.
Source: tumblr.com via Brook on Pinterest

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Friday, February 10, 2012

A {Randomite} Sound Bytes of the Week

Happy Friday...so glad it's finally here.

Wait. I say that every Friday, but it's oh so VERY true, and I know I'm not the only one feeling that way. This week has zoomed right by {just like me behind the wheel}, and as E says "we will soon have two stay home days."

Ahhh, stay home days. We love 'em at our house. We do have some plans for this weekend. Our school is hosting an open gym playdate on Saturday, and as our favorite teacher said "you just have to go. Two hours of letting the kids run around and wear themselves out is priceless." Ah...yes...I concur. Run, kids, run.

Then...drumroll please...B2 and I are going on a date. Yep a real one at night, at a real restaurant. Can you believe it? I know I can't. The funniest part is once we do have alone time all we talk about are the kids or we are too tired to even talk so we just sit and soak in the fact that we can eat in peace.

Of course since I wrote this I probably cursed myself, I'll let you know what happens on Tuesday.

And one last totally awesome thing before we get to this week's Sound Bytes. I have NEW Followers. Yep, a bunch of new ones. And I would like to take this time to extend you a formal welcome. I try not to get too hung up on stats and gaining new followers, but...it's so cool to know that people like my writing so much they just keep coming back for more. I'm like a potato chip...you can't have just one.

Ok, back to the task at hand...hold your hats folks...the Sound Bytes are heeerrrreee!

3. "I"m zooming to give dad some refreshment."
E "'bought" this Star Wars fan Valentine candy type thingy for B2 and kept trying to blow the fan in his face. It kind of reminds me of some sort of weird tool for menopausal women who like Star Wars.


2. "You know why I don't try the food you make? Because I want to make sure there's enough left for both of you."
You have to hand it to the boy. He's pretty clever. But I hate to break the bad news E, you will still need to try at least one bite.

The number one Sound Byte is by my little redhead. I knew it was only a matter of time before he would give big brother a run for his money. I'm not big on sitting through videos, but if you are patient you will hear at least three or four actual words. Way to go big guy.

1. "Cracker" , "Apple" and "Bye Bye"

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What did you hear this week?



That's it from me. I'm off to work, and hopefully I'll have time to pick up a much needed latte on the way.

I'm looking forward to chilling with the boys this weekend...it looks like they are getting a head start.


What are you looking forward to this weekend?

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A {Super Quicky} Virtual Coffee

Welcome all...it's time for coffee or in my case some water and LOTS of it.

Our water cooler at work has been empty for three days now and I'm a tad dehydrated, so I end up going home with a minor headache every evening and guzzling gallons of water. By now you're probably saying ok dummy just go to the tap and get some, well...the water here is YUCK!! Like it tastes like dirt and it takes all my being to drink it. Plus, I figure if it tastes that way then I'm putting something in this body {you know the temple} that isn't very good. Ya know...



Can I digress even further. Probably not as I can't stick around long.

I MUST pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner, some Valentine's Day wrapping paper and some coffee for a gift all before the troops beat me home. Just saying all that makes me tired. Plus...I'd like to swim for at least a half hour, but...that might have to wait till Thursday. We'll see.

So, how was your weekend?

Not much from us. I again made my annual pilgrimage to Target and I FINALLY was able to get my hands on some Quinoa so I could see what all the fuss is about. Have you tried it yet? Do you have a super awesome recipe you would like to share? No really I need a recipe I have no idea what to do with this stuff.

On Sunday we spent the evening with friends watching the Super Bowl commercials. I didn't really have a FAVORITE commercial this year. As a marketer I was a little disappointed that all the commericals were either for cars or beer. BORING...oh and naked girls. Good grief...

I have to say I'm SO glad that the Giants won, because I can't stand Tom Brady and Gisele those two are CRAZY {imagine finger circling side of head}

Anyway, this is anything, but a quicky Virtual Coffee. So I will end here and let you take over. Please tell me about your day or week. Tell me if you watched the game or not and if you too hate Tom Brady. And PLEASE tell me what to do with Quinoa.

Ok gotta jet. Have a GREAT week and thanks for coffee. Don't forget to head over to Amy's and see what's brewing.


BTW - I apologize for not making the rounds as often as I should, BUT I do read all my comments and I WILL email you back. Just so you know I do care. XOXOXO

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Welcome to CRAZY TOWN: A Day in My Life

When Sarah at This Heavenly Life said she was going to link up at Rebekah's for a Day in the Life, I was so excited. I've wanted to this for a LONG time.

So many times we read blogs and Facebook posts and only get the highlights of a person's life, which isn't the FULL picture. I never want someone to think I'm perfect based on a blog post or Facebook update. So, here's a glimpse of what REALLY goes on in my life. Hopefully you will see it's anything but perfect, and that's just the way I like it. Because as I've said MANY times before perfect is boring, and real...well...that's exciting.

Let's get started...

On the average my alarm awakens me at 5 a.m. EVERY morning, even on the weekends {thanks to the internal alarm clock}. I hop in the car and head to the gym. Some days Farrell's and other days Pilates...this was a Pilates day.


Then I ZOOM home {although NOT too fast of course}



Hop in the shower with the assorted sharks, cars, trucks.


Then I zoom to school with the boys...Have you noticed I zoom alot. I think the only time I moved slowly this morning was during Pilates.


Finally! Whew! Made it to work. 8:40 a.m. {ugh...late}

FYI In between these two photos I had three cell phone conversations...One asking B2 to bring my contacts to work, one from school saying G was out of diapers and another call to B2 telling him to take diapers to school. Welcome to CRAZY TOWN.



10 a.m. snack and breakfast. Yep no time for breakfast {at least for me}.


More work and making phone calls...Trying to fill apartments at my retirement community. FYI if you know of someone 55 and over looking for Independent Retirement living in Iowa PLEASE send them my way {insert shamless plug}


NOON = LUNCH TIME!!! And blogging break. If you read my blog often enough you will realize that many a blog post is written during my lunch break.


Entering minutes for my team's Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Challenge. Hopefully we win catered lunch...cross your fingers.


B2 remembers to bring my contacts. Hurrah.


Took a small break to print the Tough Mudder Workout. Next year this is my goal.






Random office shots. Trust me work isn't that exciting.


Time to go. Hurrah.


Zooming to Farrell's for kickboxing.


Workout done! 


I didn't make it home in time for dinner, but I did make it for bath time.


Bedtime stories.


Sleep tight!


Cuddle time with my favorite leg warmer.


Sweet dreams peeps and thanks for visiting CRAZY TOWN.



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