Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's Been Awhile.

You probably think that I have a very exciting life because I haven't blogged for awhile. Unfortunately, you're wrong. Not much excitement here.

But, I have been a busy little sewer. I have been sewing up a storm and I love it! I'm working on all sorts of clutches and makeup bags. I even have two wedding orders!! For one of them I am making 11 clutches! ELEVEN! That's nuts-o!

I'm so happy at where this little business of mine is going!

So, I've been busy working on Poppy and Pippa....

What else is new?

Bill and I are working on saving money so, we made some changes.

Cancelled cable

We have an Apple TV and are able to get Hulu (super cheap) and Netflix (also super cheap) and Amazon (prime membership) as well as watch pretty much everything we want online. It's fantastic!


Cancelled my People Magazine subscription
Cancelled my Real Simple subscription
Cancelled my gym membership for the summer
Cancelled my monthly shipment of Zevia
Bill also made sacrifices...

And

I haven't purchased nail polish in about a MONTH! I'm trying really hard not to spend money on frivolous items. And you know what? I don't miss cable, or the magazines, or the gym! I miss the Zevia because it's just so delicious!


Whidbey and Willa are as adorable as ever. Willa decided to take a little swim in the toilet the other night. Boy, was Bill pissed at me! You'd think that I purposely put her in the toilet. I guess it was my fault the toilet lid was up. Not sure what I was thinking by not putting it back down. Oh well, she survived and seems fine to me :)

Well, that's a little sneak peek into what's been happening in my life lately. What's up with you?



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Working With Kids is Hard.

It really is. For many, many reasons. All ages have their challenges. If you're a parent you know what I mean. Being the director of an early childhood center, I work with children from age 18 months through 3rd grade so, I've seen the good, bad, and unfortunately the ugly of working with children. But, that's not what this post is about.


Working with kids is hard because you can never "just be gone." Ever. There are people (tiny humans) counting on you to be there every single day to care for them and keep them safe. It's not one of those jobs that when you're gone the work will be on your desk when you return.

Working with kids is hard because when you're having a bad day more than likely they'll be having a bad day too. They won't listen, they may be emotional and even whiney, and they will most denfinately do exactly the opposite of what is asked of them. They have fabulous perception.


Working with kids is hard because you have to have a college degree and continuing education credits, you come early and leave late from work, and most of the time take work home. All of that hard work adds up to getting paid with hugs (basically).

Working with kids is hard because even though you're not their parent you spend 8 to 10 hours with them every single day (or most days.) You are their first teacher outside of the home. You are responsible for setting them on a positive educational path. You teach them to love learning. If they don't like it when they're young - they probably will have a hard time throughout the next 12 years.


*a little tangent*
Did you know that most states in the US (probably almost all) spend more on the prison systems than on ensuring children are getting the proper start in life? Did you know that children who have positive early childhood education and care are less likely to commit crimes as adults?

Did you know that early childhood teachers make wages that are almost at poverty level? We are the ones entrusted with the care of tiny humans - fragile little people that aren't able to make decisions or care for themselves and yet, we pay famous people such as Lindsey Lohan millions of dollars to get high and set a bad example. Awesome. I love America.

That's why working with kids is hard.  I just wish the rest of the country understood how important children are to the future. I really don't think people understand how important, now more than ever, early care and education is to our children. More parents are working and those parents are working longer hours. There's more video games for ALL ages than ever before and more and more children are occupying themselves with these hand-held devices rather than learning and exploring. Ugh. I need to stop.
*...and end tangent*



If you've read this far you deserve a medal... or a hug (I'll check my paycheck - I may have enough left to share).

Now, if I just would win the lottery I could forget all about this and move to a tropical island. Just kidding! Or not, I could really use the money - I work with small children.

Stay tuned next week for  - why working with kids is the most rewarding career choice!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Romantic Comedies

Do you ever wonder what we see in romanic comedies - you know, the ones that have you rooting for the adulterer or wishing you were the hooker? Seems strange when you read it, doesn't it?

Last night my husband and I went to a play called, Same Time, Next Year. It's about two people who have an extramarital affair one weekend every year for 24 years. As we walked out of the theatre I told Bill that I really liked the play. That's when he really made me think about the types of characters you root for. He said, "It's kind of weird to enjoy them cheating on their spouses." I agree. 100%. But, that doesn't change the fact that it made me want them to end up together... eventually.

After the play, I started thinking about all of the other movies/plays that have you wanting something that you should never want.


Pretty Woman. I love this movie. Seriously love it. I wanted to BE Julia Roberts character in the movie. After seeing it for the first time (when it first came out in 1990) I wished that that would happen to me. I wanted the Pretty Woman experience. The shopping, the dinners, the clothes, and the romance. At the time I didn't think about the fact that I wanted to be someone who was paid for sex. Yup.


How about My Best Friend's Wedding? You find yourself hoping that Julia Roberts character wins the guy. Never mind that means that she has to rip apart a relationship in the process. Seriously. 

Or even Titanic. It's such a beautiful love story but, when you get right down to it, Rose was cheating on her husband. I know he was a "jerk." Should that matter?

I could go on and on. And I really want to but, I'll spare you the lengthy post.

I don't know what made me get up on my moral high horse all of a sudden. I guess after being at a wedding this weekend and seeing how they were meant for each other and thinking about Bill and I  - I just hope Same Time, Next Year never happens to me.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Live-in Stylist Needed...

To preface this - I get my work clothes out and ready the night before because I get up at the crack of dawn and I don't want to wake my sleeping husband by digging through my closet. (Wow, that's a long sentence!)

Do you ever have one of those moments when you're looking through your closet and you actually find something different to wear? You know, mix and match items that you've never put together before that moment? Well, I had one of those moments last night. I thought I found the cutest combo. White crops and a bright coral button up. 

That brings me to this morning. Ugh. I put the outfit on and it's hideous! I'm not exaggerating at all. It's lumpy and too bright. 

What was I thinking last night?!

Or, do you ever have one of those days when you're picking out clothes and you think, "hey, I have some cute clothes" I can't wait to put this with that and that with this it's going to be sooooo cute. Then you wake up the next day and can't find anything to wear?

Seriously.

So, today, I look like I'm old enough to retire with the outfit I'm wearing. Oh well, can't win them all.

But, If I did have endless amounts of money and someone to put some things together for me - this is what I'd like. Simple and kinda preppy.

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Seems easy enough to put together. White top, jeans, matchy accessories. So, how come I can't find things like this when I'm shopping?!





Monday, July 8, 2013

Mondays are hard.

Because sometimes and e-card from Pinterest says it all.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Antibiotics and Vacation

 I'm here, at the lake enjoying a beautiful view...finally.
 my favorite room - it's screened in and oh so wonderful!

My vacation started off a little rocky. Which is no surprise to anyone who knows me. For some reason I have the worst luck with vacations. Last year I had my first real "no problem" vacation and it was wonderful. I was hoping for the best this year. Well, I can't win them all.

It started with two trips to the walk-in clinic and a prescription for antibiotics that make me feel like shit. I'm crabby and nauseated and generally uncomfortable. I started the antibiotics on Sunday. Tomorrow is my last day. Thank God!

Here are my plans for today...

Don't forget - tomorrow is Poppy and Pippa's 2nd Anniversary!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Vacation.

I am on vacation. All week. 

This is the forecast

Heading to the lake tomorrow.

This will be my view.



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