I promised a post every day all month, but you know what? I simply couldn’t deliver one every single day, in order, on the actual day. The actual days were jam packed with events, meetings, planning sessions, absolutely-have-to-be-present school related stuff, a fun dinner date on a Saturday night to meet new people and reconnect with special friends, a narrowly avoided parenting sit’i’ation, an awesome launch of an awesome national program, drop-offs, pickups, and mix-ups, musical instrument acquiring, a whole heck of a lot of form filling, and I even managed to somehow squeeze in a lot of extra hugs, get two gigantic yellow Fall Mums, and have a coffee date with some of my peeps and a couple of tweeps who are now included in my #tweepstopeeps people I have met in real life (IRL).
I will however reimburse you with an equal number of posts by month’s end because, as I have said before, you just don’t show up with a problem. When you are able to do so, you show up with a solution (or two), too!
Welcome to my solution!
My last post was Friday, September 18. It was a photo post because by then the pressure of September was already starting to squeeze me like a Boa Constrictor. Oh well. At least I know better than to stress myself out over a blog post – for Tempered With Kindness.
Oh, I totally stress out over blog posts for other people’s blogs – like, 13 revisions and a near panic attack over photographs stress out, followed by a sanity-stealing screen shot scenario that really was quite the comedy of errors (that I am still not quite sure has worked itself out – whoopsiedoodle!). Thank goodness no one is here at my desk with me as I am giving a colourful language peppered, colour commentary on just exactly why computers are the ruination of all good things in the world.
Ha ha! Hee hee! No worries.All in good fun! I feel much better now.
You have to go through it to get through it and all that jazz …
Anyway, here I am. I am going to post this and then I will somehow post another. I am not sure the second one will be posted tonight, but by the end of September I will be all caught up. I will! I know I can do it.
I hope your September is going well!
Let’s catch up soon!
How has your month been going?
Are you Crazy-Busy?
How are you handling it all?
*Never Google images of the phrase “double header”. You’re just going to have to trust me on this point. Scarred for life, I am!
**Does every single blog post really require an image? Really?!
My Spidey Senses are always tingling and I rely on my intuition a lot.
Sounds crazy, but there you have it.
Sometimes I just know stuff. I say it to people. They take it or leave it. That’s fine.
I, however, always take it seriously. If and when I ignore my little voice – as we all have our own lives to live and mistakes to make – it always comes back to haunt me in one way or another.
I was thinking about mistakes I have made in the past and inevitably that is exactly what happened. I wish I was the kind of blogger that could spill it here for all the world to see, but no, because it just isn’t my style. I can’t go against my own manifesto now can I? Plus, as anyone who knows anything knows – that would definitely come back to haunt me!
We all must listen to our own little voice. Mine might be different than yours and that is okay. Yours might tell you to go a completely different way than me and that is okay.
So, in keeping with the Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man theme I give you this most eloquent quote from Peter’s Uncle Ben.
With great power comes great responsibility.
Sometimes bloggers like to talk about music (some of us a bit more than others) and when two people who happen to love the same tune find each other, well, it’s a bloggy goodness match made in heaven!
A while back, Becky – Hi Bitsy! – over at A Little Bit of MomSense began sharing what she called “song obsessions”. Well, I was all over that because it is very happy-making to learn that a person you enjoy in the Twitterverse is really that cool/nice/kind/friendly IRL (or as close to RL as we can get – for now!) Facebook is not quite IRL, but it can be close, especially when people are themselves and not trying to make everything all shiny and perfect. Becky is one of these real people.
Her last song obsession (or two) was different. For once I wasn’t totally in agreement. I loved one and the other, well, the other I felt wasn’t the best offering from Flo and her machine. In fact, I had moved right past “What Kind of Man” (which I found … umm … yell-y) onto “Ship to Wreck” because I feel it is truly Flo at her best.
So I am here to share it … and a few others … with you and Bitsy. I hope everyone enjoys this random, Peak Performance Day, dance party.
Florence + The Machine = Awesome
Said the Whale -live no less!
And here is the recorded version I dance to on the regular at Chez Peady.
Okay, I can’t really explain why I love this one so much, but I love it! It’s so groovy and melancholy and yet boppy all at once. The refrain “don’t think I could forgive you” over and over through a myriad of scenarios makes it a pretty rad “forget you”, don’t you think? Forgive me the ahem full moon in the video, but hey it’s already so odd you might never even get there. Wait. Did I just intrigue you into watching the whole thing? Tee hee hee. Please enjoy Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz “Prayer In C”.
This Jimmy Eat World song is very catchy and I really love it. I feel like I have been hearing it for many years and that’s because I have, but it seems to get fairly regular airplay, here in Halifax, on one of my favourite radio stations Radio 96.5 FM and every time I hear it I find a new reason to enjoy it. It’s happy-making. The last time I heard it I decided to dig a bit deeper and when I read more about it’s origin I liked it even more. Here’s “The Middle”.
And for awesome, if not obvious, reasons I leave you with this bonus tune from the Foo Fighters, who clearly are amazing human beings as well as musicians.
So there you have it. These are the mind worms that have invaded my brain of late.
I hope you enjoy them.
What songs are on a permanent loop in your brain or on your playlist lately?
Go ahead and share with me in the comments. You can even add a link to your favourites!
Time is what is on my mind, so forgive me as I ramble. Why not right? I’m sure you* have the time!
School is in full swing and with the start of every new school year comes a boatload of extra-curricular activities and sports and lessons and and and …
Now wait. Before you ask me why I am over scheduling my kids, you should know that I am not. I never do. Once you learn a good, solid, lesson on what your children really need, that stuff sticks! I have learned what works best.
I have also learned that what works best one year doesn’t necessarily work best the next.
My Things are not itty-bitty anymore. With one Thing in his last year of Junior High and one Thing in Upper Elementary, the status quo was bound to change eventually.
Well, it’s changing!
Thing 2 will be in the Strings program – which I am thrilled about – at her new school (note: more new!) and Thing 2 is already in Instrumental Band at his school. While these two things individually are terrific, I can’t help but cringe a bit as I consider all the “what if?”s that are sure to be answered over the next few weeks. What if Thing 1’s infamous (well it is to me anyway) early morning band rehearsal is on the same day as an early morning strings rehearsal? What if the winter concerts are on the same night? What if there is a special practice outside of the regular (still mysterious) rehearsal times? I know that having my kids in music is the best thing for them. I don’t think that is a matter of opinion, by the way. I believe it is a matter of fact. I need them to be able to continue and my need for my kids to have music means I cannot possibly choose one kid’s need for music over the other kid’s need for music.
Did I mention we are a single vehicle family?
Did I also mention that that single vehicle is not a DeLorean?
Though, it is almost as old as one, so there’s another timeline I am unclear on. How long will it last? How many kilometres will we have on it when it finally decides to fail? I mean, it’s a car. They definitely do not last forever and I have grown rather accustomed to driving it. I will miss it for a myriad of reasons. I have lived without a car and it is not easy. It wasn’t easy with a 4 year old. It wasn’t easy with a 4 year old and a newborn. It certainly wouldn’t be easy with a 13 year old, a 9 year old, a violin, and a trumpet (wasn’t that an ’80s band**? Oh.. never mind. Where was I?), and trying to cart all over the city following a strict schedule and having to arrive on time!
Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself.
Maybe I should give myself some time to find out the answers to the “what if?”s.
Maybe the car will be fine for a little while longer.
Maybe I should spend less time thinking about the questions that bother me so.
Speaking of time (all the time, apparently), we are having a harder time waking up in the morning than any of us anticipated. We are still searching for the sweet spot of bedtime versus wakeup time, so far, this school year and we have overslept by a little bit a couple of days. (Gee, I wonder if committing to post something to my blog every day has anything to do with it? Why are late night talk shows suddenly so appealing to me? Why must Jimmy Fallon be so incredibly charming? Perpetually!) Today we overslept a lot! Not good. Everyone managed to get out the door on time, but Thing 2 was juuuust in time to catch her bus, running. Not ideal.
On the upside, I have started running!
Mostly for buses.
Out of desperation.
Still though, at least I could run!
I’ll consider it practice for when the car dies.
*I kid. I kid. Especially if you have a kid. Extra especially if you have more than one and they are in school! Seriously, go take a nap! Why are you still here?!?
I have two pretty adventurous kids, where food is concerned, but as any parent can tell you each kiddo always has his and her own preferred tastes.
Thing 1 is my the-hotter-the-better guy. Need I remind you of his little adventure with Ghost Pepper salsa?
Thing 2 used to think ketchup was “tooooo thpicy!” when she was a wee thing (with an ever so slight developmental lisp).
So, in the interest of keeping “thpicy” things out of Thing 2, I always found little ways to distinguish spicy from mild foods – even if they looked remarkably similar.
Picture a food such as homemade burritos or chimichangas. How can you decipher which one is mild and which ones are sweating-from-your-eyeballs spicy?
Well, in each of the aforementioned cases I would place a hint on the outside to remind me of what was on the inside. I bake chimichangas and if there are chilis or hot peppers inside, I always place one on the outside, so it’s easy to tell. Since Thing 2 loves tomatoes, I would place a thin slice on hers, just so she still had the “Ooh! Fancy!” reaction when it was time to eat.
Tonight’s supper was oven fried rice with red peppers and Italian sausages – mild and hot – and as I was preparing to pop everything into the oven I was reminded of this little life saver of a tip. I have been meaning to share it, but it is old hat to me and easy to assume no one would really care.
Then I thought of busy Mummies with little kiddos and how sometimes one little tip can bring joy and decided to make an effort.
I am building this up way too much.
I’ll get to my point now.
So I know which sausages are mild and which sausages are hot I simply place the mild sausage with the curve turning up, like a smile, and I place the hot sausages with the curve turning down, like a frown.