It’s been a long time and the whole “no one needs to know” thing worked for nearly 20 years, but the time has come.
The jig is up.
Everyone needs to know what a sweetheart my husband is.
We have weathered a number of storms and we even had a few close calls with actual tornadoes when we lived in Austin, Texas (Stay weird, y’all! It’s so beautiful on you.), but we have been together for almost 20 years and even though we both would like to change approximately one million things about each other on a daily basis (as every married couple will NOT tell you – Hah! Hi! Have you met me? We tell the truth ’round here. All you have to do is ask or not ask, as it were.) we wouldn’t change a single thing.
On our first date we went to the movies to see “Twister”. Yup.
I own a copy on Blu-ray. OH YES I DO!
You want proof?
See? (Also, please look at that gorgeous blue sky! That is happening in real life right now in Bedford, Nova Scotia. I am so thankful. We were beginning to forget what blue sky looked like ’round here. Hopefully this is the start of summer v. 2.0 because v. 1.0 has been a doozie thus far. Time to upgrade!)
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes! First dates. This was ours and though to some people it might seem like a really bad omen to go to a disaster movie about a divorcing couple on a first date – and furthermore to move to a city in a state where actual tornadoes happen – clearly we fear nothing, because it’s been great!
Twister will always have a very special place in my heart.
Consider this song. We did almost nothing in it in the traditional sense of having the “whole darn thing”, but we have a little girl, a little boy, a tall, dark (haired), handsome man and we are all still busy making big plans. We have thus far survived the storms of life – though we almost never go chasing them on purpose – and we are happy.
What more could we possibly want?
Okay. Okay. Maybe, if you are pressing, we would all love a little Benji (or Lassie, or Corky, or WishBone, or Murray) to call LeRoy, but on that point, no one needs to know right now.
I decided against posting a blog every single day for the month of June.
The timing just isn’t right.
Besides, I already did it in November and that seems a better time for such insanity. (It was no easy task, I assure you.)
There’s no reason to put that pressure on myself. Silly! I actually stopped for a second and thought about what I would do. I contemplated all the last minute stress it can cause when I already have a busy schedule. Then, like a grown up, (Who am I?!?) I told myself no.
It’s very freeing to say no – even to yourself. Try it.
I did it again last night, actually. I was peckish after dinner and – even though dinner was delicious – I went in search of a little something sweet. You know how it is.
Anyway, I got halfway there (I’ll just wait here while you finish belting out the lyric and I told myself to do the right thing.
Me: Do the right thing.
Me: But we need something sweet.
Me: Listen, no one needs something sweet.
Me: * stern look *
Me: * raised eyebrow and head tilt of righteousness *
Me: You bought some yummy good-for-you Greek yogurt today. 100 calories. Good protein. Not too sweet.
Me: FINE! * mumbles “I hate it when I’m right.” under breath *
Sometimes I adult very well.
Speaking of doing things that are good for me (and you) I will be going for a short walk in a few minutes and as luck would have it one of my favourite radio stations played one of my favourite songs, “The Walker” by Fitz and The Tantrums. I think it’s a great walking song, actually. It’s an excellent tempo and it’s also (if you take it literally) about walking so it’s a fun fit for getting fit!
I had never seen the video and I have been wanting to post a song* so I went to YouTube to find it. I like it!
So, here it is!
Do you use music for motivation?
What song gets you up and running?
If you were to make a playlist for a 20 minute daily walk, what songs would absolutely make the cut?
*In fact, I was just talking about song posts yesterday with a friend. I hope she sees this! It made me think of her and her work in the online world and the lyric “can’t keep up with my rhythm, though they keep trying” brought her to mind because she is faster than the speed of light!
Well they are certainly not “little” stars, but they are not exactly fully grown, so they get to be called ‘Tween Stars, for now.
Make no mistake about it though, these actors who appear in Disney and Nickelodeon television productions – despite their ages – are pros.
That is why I am very happy to tell you I am taking my very own ‘tweens to see ‘Tween Stars Live and I have a promo code so you can take your ‘tweens, too.
Here are some more details.
A Non-Stop, Fun, Family, Star-Studded Variety Show and Concert
Featuring the Biggest Stars on Disney & Nickelodeon LIVE!
This highly interactive, ‘Up Close and Personal’, family variety show features Improvisation, Comedy, Tween Star Musical Performances, Games, Totally Tween Trivia, and an always unpredictable, in-audience, Q & A Session with The Stars!
There are prizes, surprises, secrets, and Tween Stars interaction both on-stage, and in the audience, throughout the show. You might have a chance
to act out scenes on-stage with the Tween Stars too!
Get Up Close and Personal with the Tween Stars. Following The Show, hang out with the stars, get their autographs and take pictures with each one of them! A limited number of VIP tickets will be available and a show ticket is required in order to purchase a VIP Autograph & Photo Session ticket. Parents do not need a ticket to attend the VIP Autograph & Photo Session. This event always sells out!
Tween Stars Live now in Canada! 10% off TICKETS!!!! Promo code TSLCan15 http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=11988&dealid=1931 @usfg
We have very high expectations. My Things are really looking forward to seeing “Dez” and when I told them about this opportunity they both had the exact same reaction upon seeing a photo of the featured Tween Stars. Can you guess what they exclaimed?
Yup. Noah Munck will probably hear that a lot on this tour.
There are four shows left in Atlantic Canada.
I hope you go and I hope it’s great. Calum Worthy makes me laugh every single time I see him. I am sure he’ll be great.
I’ll be writing about our experience after we see the show this weekend in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.
*Promo code is good for all remaining shows in Atlantic** Canada
**St. John’s, NL (May 16) – Halifax, NS (May 17)
Moncton, NB (May 30) – Fredericton, NB (May 31)
***As you know, I don’t typically promote specific events, but this seemed a very good fit for my Things, so I am once again stepping outside my comfort zone and trying something new.
As long as I live and breathe this song will remind me of you.
Our first date. A disaster. The movie! Not the date. Twister. We were tempting fate, apparently, and not to get all overconfident or anything, but so far, so good.
I can’t really explain this one. Do you even know? *swoons*
So mellow. So indulgent. I haven’t heard this in a long, long time.
I sincerely don’t think there is another human on this planet (Are there humans on other planets? Wait. Not the point. Sorry, sorry.) who could tolerate my ugly cry like you. Thanks for that. You never make me feel crazier than anyone else. I appreciate that so much.
“The Object of My Affection”. The little kiddos singing at the end. I was done. Holy ugly cry. That was pretty intense and as I recall went on for quite some time. I am pretty sure you have been there for all my really great ugly cries of the last 18 years. Wait. That sounds wrong. What I mean is that when I really need to let out the stress of the world or a self-inflicted sadness (Watching “Step Mom” on Christmas Day when we were very far away from home, comes to mind. Hoo boy! There was another doozie of an ugly cry.), you are always there.
I have a bunch of blogs to write, find and organize photos for, edit, agonize over, contemplate deleting forever, talk myself down, and post.
I am hitting a few little roadblocks, so I thought I’d pop in here for just a minute and post something super-fast that is enjoyable, makes me happy and has the added benefit of sharing my current mindworm with my tens of readers.
Isn’t that kind of me?
I know. I know.
What can I say?
I’m a giver.
I hope this sticks in your brain as it has stuck in mine.
You get bonus points if you know the words and sing them out loud.
Oh!! It’s better than I expected!
The reason I love this song so much is that it has such an ’80s feel about it and well I was right! It wasn’t my imagination.
It’s SO ’80s**!
Now I love it more!
Forget singing, you guys! Shut up and dance with me!
Today might be a three post kind of day because I have so many drafts, that I am starting to get anxious about it.
Anxiety at Christmas? You don’t say!
Who doesn’t have a little extra anxiety during the holidays? I don’t think I know a single person, actually.
However, I have vowed to not be that stressed out Mummy. No way. It’s no fun to be told Christmas is nothing but stress. Or worse, to think it. Especially when you have little eyes and ears watching and listening to everything you do and say. It’s simply not true, anyway.
Christmas is a wonderful season of perpetual hope, and if there is one thing I have learned in my years on this planet* it’s that hope floats. It’s always there and you have to hone your hope holding skills throughout your life, because it’s short. Really, really short. Even when it seems long.
Christmas is what you make it. You can make it all about stuff and spending and stress. Sure! Go right ahead. Seriously, fill your boots, but don’t blame your getting caught up in the commercialism on Christmas. Nope. Christmas didn’t make you do that. Santa didn’t point to the most expensive, elaborate, electronics and say, “By the powers of Comet’s Candy Cane, I command you to buy that!”. Not a chance.
Christmas is simple.
Humans make it complicated.
You have to be human, but you don’t have to be pressured into a holiday that stresses you out.
Cool your jets.
Take a breath.
Remember the wonder.
Breathe in the aromas.
Think back to a time when you believed in the magic.
Embrace the simplicity of an old fashioned Christmas, whatever that means to you.
Know that you are not alone.
Everyone is stressin’ a bit.
No one has *everything* done.
Martha Stewart has a team!
We just have each other.
Smile and know that even when people around you seem to have everything under control, there’s always an element of mystery in how the heck things get done.
For instance, we here at Chez Peady have been having the soggiest December I can ever recall and we have also been fighting a wicked cold, so we are very admittedly behind our typical December schedule. All the things that have not yet been done, were put on the back burner while the things that had to be done got done. School concerts, finding the lost trumpet, trumpet practice, finding the right shoes, making sure everyone was where they needed to be on time, getting a bit of shopping done, making sure I talked to my mother as often as possible, getting to a few charity events – even one in my Jammies – these all took precedent over making sure the ornaments were in the perfect place.
It’s life and it’s messy.
Am I freaking out? Nope. Why should I? Why should I waste a single drop of my precious energy freaking out when it will get done, with or without a grown-up tinsel tantrum?
It always has. I have yet to miss a Christmas. *wink*
So, my best advice to you, as Christmas is festively, twinkling up on us, is to take a deep breath and embrace the merriment.
Don’t forget to take care of your own needs, too. You matter! We need you to be at your best**, of course.
This morning I went to Zumba – just so you know I really am practicing what I preach – and I almost jumped for joy when I heard this pop up in the middle of class.
Yes, we did a Hula this morning to Mele Kalikimaka***. It was so fun! Could my Zumba instructorbe any cooler?
So, tell me, what stage of preparedness are you in for the upcoming Holidays?
Are you about ready to be Dasher and flee the scene?
Are you happily a Prancer ready to take on the task and dance your way through your cookie exchange?
Are you feeling Grinch-like and wondering what the heck is the big deal anyway?
Has your inner Ebenezer reared his Scrooge-y grumpiness?
What is your best advice for having a yule that’s cool?
Leave a comment and share your best tips for avoiding tinsel tantrums.
*No, I have never lived on another planet. Though there was that time last winter when it felt like we lived on Hoth.
**But we even like you when you are at your worst.
***Mele Kalikimaka**** has been a month-long mind-worm. Go ahead and ask my chicas! Ukuleles at Christmastime? Oh YES!
****Then there’s this, which I saw on Saturday, but wasn’t blogged out until today, hence the edit! COME ON!! This is hulu-arious! (Day #8) Zucchini is the sweetest doggie!