Thursday Thirteen – The Olympics

I have been in an Olympic frenzy this whole week. My DVR hasn’t had much rest and I have spent almost every waking moment (at home) parked in front of the television cheering for Team USA. For that reason, it seems only natural that I would share my observations with you (while watching half-pipe and figure skating).

1. Shaun White - Y’all. First of all, he looks so grown up with that short hair. And secondly, OHMYWORD, how disappointing for him to not even make the podium in this, his third Olympics, but bless his heart for being so gracious to the gold-medal Swiss snow-boarder. And lastly, I can’t help but wonder if things might have gone differently if the pipe conditions had been better.

2. Can you imagine living life looking like Kirsten Moore-Towers from Canada. She is so cute, I would like to carry her around in my pocket.

Oh, and as an added bonus, she is so graceful on the ice.

2. I absolutely love the bright pink cat-suit worn by Russian figure skater, Tatiana Volosozhar. As it turns out, she and partner Maxim Trankov skated to Pink Panther.

3. I miss American short track speed skating eight-time medalist Apolo Ohno. Watching short track speed skating just isn’t the same without him. I have enjoyed his Olympic coverage commentary, though.

4. Pee-wee Herman showed up in Sochi and he brought an inflated red latex glove lapel decoration with him.

The day before, he dawned a bright pink jacket that matched Bob Costas’ eye. (Stevie asked if he was wearing the “pink coat” for Breast Cancer awareness day.)

5. I have never in my life, with the exception of the Olympics heard anyone refer to the sport of curling, ever. And to be honest, I didn’t really understand the point of the “sport” until I consulted Wikipedia. It referred to curling as chess on ice. Oh, and also SNOOZE.

6. I am completely in awe of those who compete in free style skiing. To fly through the air backwards and also ski downhill backwards, oh yes ma’am, super impressive.

7. Is it just me, or did Bob Costas’ one infected eye turn into two infected eyes right before our very eyes? Sweet mercy, are there no antibiotics in Sochi, Russia? I keep trying to figure out how he keeps from poking his eyeballs out on live television because THE BURN!

8. Either Matt Lauer has aged quite a bit in the last few months, or he made a decision to quit coloring his hair. Either way, I’d much rather look at Matt’s gray hair, than Bob’s runny pink eyes.

9. Earlier in the week, Russian cross-country skier (and medal favorite) Anton Gafarov crashed on a downhill corner as he made his way down the course. After the crash, he attempted to make it to the finish line – with a broken ski. (He reminded me of an injured dog dragging his back leg.) When Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth spotted Gafarov trying to make his way to the finish line, Wadsworth grabbed a spare ski, approached Gafarov, kneeled down and replaced the broken ski without uttering one word. In true Olympic spirit, Gafarov finished the race three minutes behind the other finishers. But, he finished.

10. Tears ran down my face while watching the story of Olympic moguls gold medalist Alex Bilodeau with his brother Frederic who suffers from cerebral palsy. When interviewed, Alex said that Frederic is his inspiration and helps keep him grounded. Oh my sweet mercy, just look at these two.


11. And what about US long track speed skater, Sugar Todd? I smile every time I hear her name. God bless her momma’s heart.

12. Are the khaki pants and khaki ski jackets the best we can do for our US Ski team? And while we’re on the subject of Olympic attire, I would like to say that I wasn’t too hip on the ”ugly Christmas sweaters” worn by the US Olympic team during opening ceremonies, either. I guess Ralph Lauren forgot to consult with me before approving that nonsense.

13. Just for fun, I checked the prices of several Olympic venue tickets. A “cheap” ticket to the men’s free skate competition (which includes the medal ceremony) costs 3000 Russian Rubbles which is $86.15 in American dollars. A ticket to the Closing Ceremony, on the other hand would set you back $129.22. And if you’re planning to travel to Sochi to just hang out in Olympic Park? Well, that will cost you $11. per day.

You’re welcome.


All Good Things Must Come To An End

We have been out of school so many days in January, I honestly lost count.

My Facebook Feed has primarily been filled with posts about the WV water crisis, the weather, school closing and or delays, and of course, opinions on the school closings and delays. It seems that no matter what decision the powers-that-be make regarding school, people complain. They complain because:

  • There’s a two-hour delay and parents don’t feel it is necessary.
  • There is not a delay and parents can’t understand why. Especially the parents who live on a big, slick, snow-covered hill.
  • We are out of school because the roads are bad. Parents are tired of their kids being at home.
  • There is a delay. Working parents are inconvenienced because WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS?
  • There is not a delay. But there was a delay yesterday and roads are worse today.
  • There is no school. Parents think kids should go to school anyway, despite single digit temps.
  • There is school. Parents are outraged because IT IS WAY TO COLD for our babies to be out in it.
  • School is canceled. Parents are angry because why should teachers be paid for sitting at home?
  • School is not canceled, but is dismissed an hour early. Parents are angry because they can’t understand why it is necessary.

You get me drift?

It has been a crazy month and I’m pretty sure I can count the number of days we’ve been in school this month on one hand. And you know what? I’ve enjoyed every single minute of having my boys at home. Especially since I can monitor them around the water situation. We received a call a few hours ago letting us know that school will be in session and on time tomorrow. You know what they say? All good things must come to an end. It will be tough getting back into the swing of a normal, regular schedule.

Here are 13 things I’m NOT looking forward to when my boys go back to school in the AM.

  1. Hearing the 6:45 AM alarm.
  2. The crazy, busy, day-to-day routine.
  3. Worrying that they might accidentally drink the water.
  4. Getting out of bed before dark.
  5. Going out in 7 degree weather.
  6. Dealing with the jokers in the drop-off line who refuse to follow the established route.
  7. Daily house cleaning and laundry chores
  8. The stupid alarm clock.
  9. Starting the car five minutes before we leave and the vehicle still being cold.
  10. Dealing with another Middle School issue that we shouldn’t have to deal with.
  11. Questioning my boys after school to insure they didn’t come in contact with the water.
  12. Missing them all day long.

Did I mention I am not a morning person?

Happy Thursday, bloggy peeps!

Thursday Thirteen – Random Thoughts

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a Thursday Thirteen, and I know my friend, Becky is excited because she loves a good Thursday Thirteen. I have lots of things rolling around up there, so I thought this might be a good time to give you thirteen random things occupying my brain…

1. My friend, Heather is working on a new blog design for From Inmates To Playdates. I’ve asked for lime green and bright pink. I know that it will be straight-up fabulous.

2. Most of McDaddy’s 40 gifts are sitting in the same place where he unwrapped them on November 7th. If my math is correct (and it’s probably not) those items have been sitting there for almost two weeks. This drives me nine kinds of crazy.

3.  Middle School drama is ridiculous. We are three months into the school year and OH MY HEAVENLY DAY why can’t we all just get along?

4. This time between November and the end of December is my favorite time of year. I have 80% of our shopping done. My Christmas cards will be finished by the end of the week. Now, if only I could persuade McDaddy to bend on his “no Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving” rule.

5. My iPhone battery is showing itself. At 20% the thing just dies. I spent most of the day yesterday on the phone with Apple hoping they would honor my one-year warranty, even though I was eight days past the one-year purchase date.

6. We’ve enjoyed a week of wonderful temperatures this week. Honestly, it wouldn’t bother me to NEVER see another flake of snow ever again.

7. I’m preparing for my friend Becky’s cookie exchange. If you have a great [easy] cookie recipe, I’d love to hear about it.

8. I am thinking about wrapping all of our Christmas gifts in coordinating wrapping paper. I see a lot of that on Pinterest and it looks fabulous.

9. It just dawned on me that I never mentioned the results of my sleep study.

10. Nor have I mentioned my five-year bloggy birthday. OOPS.

11. I forgot to stop at the store for a loaf of bread. OOPS.

12. I think I am getting forgetful in my old age.

13.  K-mart and Joe Boxer just aired the weirdest commercial. I am sitting here shaking my head.

Happy Thursday, y’all!

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?

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!