What I Learned This Week

So, it’s Monday night. That means it’s time for another version of What I Learned This Week.

Here’s the hodge-podge list of what I learned this week.

1. Before slicing a fresh pineapple, place it upside down in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the sugar to run from the bottom back to the “top”.

2. To test a pineapples freshness, the middle leaf should pull out with a gentle tug.

3. I would really miss baseball if my boys decided not to play.

4. Clean eating takes some work, but it is so worth it.

5. My favorite Big Brother characters are Donnie and Caleb.

6. My boys enjoy shooting BB Guns.

7. But they enjoy riding 4-wheelers even more.

8. One of the biggest aggravations in my life is a dead phone battery.

9. When my phone is dead, I feel lost.

10. Be careful what you pray for.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Easy enough?

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What I Learned This Week

Each week, I come here and tell you all about my plans to get back to a regular bloggy regimen and each week, I discover that I have failed, yet again.

So, the first thing I learned this week is that I need to stick to my word and get back to dishing out my daily dose of crazy here on the blog. So much crazy has happened, I’ve got enough crazy to fill the pages of this blog for months.

All I need, really, is time.

Here’s the short list of other things I’ve learned this week.

1. If you have a broken bone, they now make a camo cast.

2. When it was released in the 80’s, Dirty Dancing was a low budget film with major stars, but it became a huge success and the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video.

3. Steel cut oats are straight up nasty.

4. Hydrocodone is the single most prescribed drug in the world.

5. Having your carpets professionally cleaned will make your house smell so good.

6. Professional carpet cleaners can make your upholstered dining room chairs look brand new.

7. There are very specific lift points under the Saturn Sky. If the mechanic isn’t paying attention, he can crack the underside of the SKY body.

8. Bath & Body Malibu sunset smells wonderful.

9. The SMART car comes in a convertible.

10. In my opinion, the ice bucket challenge, the cold water challenge and all the other challenges on Facebook are goofy. Instead of participating in all that nonsense, how about just donating to the cause.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Easy enough?

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What I Learned This Week

Well, we all survived the first day of school.

When asked if he had a good day, Alex replied, “You better believe it! It’s going to be a great year!”

After picking Stevie up, and asking him the same question, his response was, “Yes, the day just flew by!”

So, I’d call that a successful day.

But, here’s what you’ve been anxiously waiting to here….. Here’s what I learned this week.

1. When you don’t want to wrestle a queen size bed ruffle, use a fitted sheet over the box springs instead.

(Thanks for that little tidbit, Jean!)

2. Five Guys serves up a great burger.

3. The SKY is even more fun to drive after not driving it for weeks.

4. My very favoritist pair of black capris are in the trash thanks to a hole in the thigh area. [May they rest in peace.]

5. I never thought it would be a big deal to miss out on an entire week of The Young and The Restless. Apparently, I was wrong.

6. Y’all. Shemar Moore is going to be back on Y&R for two days in September. SQUEAL!

7. Power washing a wooden porch (after more than 10 years) will make it look entirely different.

8. Colorful Sharpies make me so happy.

9. You can actually purchase positive pregnancy tests on eBay. Or, if you live in Charleston, WV the local Facebook yard sale site has them for $10.

[What the heck is wrong with people?]

10. The reason our ceiling fan remote rarely ever controls both fans properly is because we were really supposed to have two remotes, one for each fan. I only learned this today, after ten L-O-N-G years of wondering why the remote didn’t work correctly.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

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To My Sweet Boys

Dear Stevie,

Tomorrow, you will begin an incredible journey – Middle School. I know you are nervous because you are always nervous the night before school starts. Sweet boy, you are so incredibly bright, I know that you will do just fine in 6th grade.

SIXTH GRADE?

How is that possible?

It seems like just yesterday I was cuddling your eight-pound body and trying to figure out how I helped to make such a perfect little being.

And just days ago, you spiked your hair before your first Middle School Cross Country practice.

Son, these next few years will be ones you will never forget. You will hear things and see things that you are not used to hearing and seeing. You will encounter a lot of crazy. Please know that you can always come to me with any questions you might have. And believe me, there WILL be questions.

As you start down this Middle School path, I pray that you keep Jesus close to your heart. He cares about every detail of your life and will always lead you in the right direction.

You are a kind, compassionate child and I pray that you have a great year in Middle School.

Align yourself with good kids. Love like Jesus. And always do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

I love you sweet boy!

Mom

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Dear Alex,

It is the night before your first day of third grade. You are most looking forward to wearing your new Adidas Spring Blades tennis shoes. I love that shoes make you so happy. Tomorrow, you will meet a teacher that you have never met before. I hope that your new teacher enjoys your bright personality as much as we do. I have a feeling you will shine brightly in third grade.

You were kinda bummed to learn that none of your good buddies are in your class. Well, guess what? You will make new buddies. Buddies that will enjoy running around the playground with you and buddies that you will no doubt want to invite over for playdates. I have never been big on change, but thankfully, you are always ready to, in your words, to “make the best of it.”

I know that you will do wonderful in third grade. I know that because, you are great at anything you set your mind to. You work hard and you play hard. Thankfully, you still climb up on the couch beside me to cuddle.

I look forward to hearing all about the third grade. And your new friends. And your new teacher. And even, how much you loved wearing your new shoes. You are such a great kid and I am so glad that you are mine.

Remember – and you knew this was coming – always do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

Love, Mommy

 

 

What I Learned This Week

Y’all.

I just spent the past hour trying to figure out how to save a Facebook video to my iPhone.

The first thing I learned this week is that there IS an APP out there that will let you do just that. (As in, there’s an APP for that!)

The next thing I learned is that an APP that allows you to save a Facebook video to your iPhone is of no use if you aren’t smart enough to figure out how to actually use the APP.

If it weren’t so late, I’d call one of the teenagers from my church. I’m sure one of them could walk me through it.

Yesterday at church I videoed a quartet singing. Shortly after that, we left church a little early to attend McDaddy’s promotion ceremony. Then, I remembered that I also wanted to video the ceremony. Since the song video was almost five minutes in length, I was worried I wouldn’t have enough storage to also video the promotion ceremony, so I downloaded (or is it uploaded? I never know!) the song video to my Facebook and then deleted it from my phone. Now, one of the singers in quartet wants me to text him the video. And I’ve been scouring the internet for a way to save the video from my Facebook to my iPhone.

Did you follow all of that?

Do any of you out there in Blogville know how to do it? If so, please allow me to draw from your fountain of knowledge.

Here’s all the other things I learned this week.

1. Target now has a refrigerated dog food section. [Insert eye roll here.]

2. The song “Radioactive” is quite possibly the dumbest song I’ve ever heard.

3. When you hear a stupid song in the iHop early in the AM, there is a good chance it will be stuck in your head all the live long day.

4. After his first Cross Country practice this evening, Stevie loves it.

5. Because of Cross Country, Stevie will probably not play fall ball this year.

Please join me in a moment of silence.

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Baseball has been such a huge part of our lives the past few years, it is hard to imagine our lives without it. Most of the parents of Stevie’s teammates are our closest friends and it makes me so sad to think we might not be a part of it this fall.

6. When having your nails air-brushed, you should make sure your phone is tucked securely away in your purse or pocket. Otherwise, you may have droplets of white spray paint on your phone that will aggravate the daylights out of you.

7. I am not ready for school to start back next week.

8. Alex did not get the third grade teacher I was hoping for. In fact, he got a new teacher that I’ve never met. This hasn’t been the case for either of my boys since Stevie started Kindergarten.

9. That fact makes me very uneasy.

10. The boys have more shirts than we have hangers.

11. I cannot fathom paying over $100. for a pair of tennis shoes for my eight-year old, but there are apparently lots of people out there doing it.

12. It is hard to concentrate on typing a What I Learned This Week post when I have two loads of laundry staring up at me.

13. Home Goods has some great deals on curtain panels.

14. Indoor water parks are awesome. No sunscreen. No crazy hot temperatures. COUNT. ME. IN.

15. I am not liking this mother of a Middle Schooler thing.

Seriously, at all.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Easy enough?

GO!