I got Not a Lot....
Life as a reformed Zookeeper. Now living a life as a working mother who dabbles in karate, scrapbooking, and Coors Light!
...so those of you who know me well know that I'm a hopeless book worm....although I'm a relatively slow reader, I do love me a good book..... So... here comes another bullet list, brought to you by yours truly....
Now...my bullet list will come also with a bitch and a moan....no surprise at all for those of you who know me well.... I tend to do that a lot. So what's my big hairy deal? ALL of the series that I'm reading have new books and ALL of the brand new books of the series are in HARDCOVER ONLY! Sucks, bro! The good news behind all of this is that the series are really YOUNG ADULT books (shuddup, you all...they don't have pictures or anything...), so they tend to run a bit cheaper. But I don't like to hold hard cover books....
And my final bitch and moan for the evening before I get back to work is that I ordered a couple of books on Amazon on September 14th. One of them was a pre-order that wasn't due out until the 20th of September. So, I would have thought it would have shipped last week, right? Wrong. It's not supposed to ship out until today or sometime until the FOURTEENTH of October! WTF? Am so sad not to have my book. But that's ok, Collin snagged the 8th Pendragon book for me from the library at school (I do so love that boy!), so I am not without reading material.....
So yes, folks...that's all my life revolves around right now. Karate and reading. There are other things, too, but do you really want to know whether I've shrunk my newest gi in the laundry? Or that I finally got all my clothes folded and put away? There are so many more interesting things to talk about! Oh, Oh, Oh! I shall not forget that I had a loverly time on Sunday afternoon....after my nap outside, that is. I went to Uno's with Rebecca and Stephenie to make good on my birthday present of taking Rebecca (I know, I know...her birthday's in JULY... I do so suck as a humann being!) to dinner. And we had some yummy yummy food. Sans kids. And it was so very nice. I do not get to hang out with them enough.
...than laying on a comforter outside in the warm autumn sun?
...so while I've been instructed not to divulge too many of the family secrets, we went out last night to celebrate Andrea's 30th birthday. I may or may not have partaken in more alcohol than anyone else....but I feel no worse for wear today. Amazingly enough. I think that everyone had a good time. I know I did. I ate and drank like it was my last meal, though..... Aaron teased me and said that I'd have to be working the kata in the yard today to make up for it.
....so how come I didn't tear up much at all when the kids went to Kindergarten, but am getting a bit verklempt that my baby girl has her first loose tooth?
....so the past two days I went to karate class and bowed on with the black belts. We did katas, with and without weapons, and did grappling. I learned that I really want to start wearing my gi top to class, no matter how hot it is....mat burns on my elbows weren't fun. But I also learned how it feels to be learning again. The part where you're humbled because you're looking a bit like a foal learning to walk, bumbling about just trying to keep up. And the part where things finally start coming together....still so much to learn, yet enough to where I can practice at home. Excited.
Funny things that happened this weekend:
These are memories that will make me smile for a long time....
....so we went to Southern Indiana this weekend to attend a reunion for my mom's side of the family. The only negative of this is the sheer amount of driving we had to do. It was a lot. The bright side to that was that we got to take my car instead of the van, and I got to drive half-way on Saturday morning.
And by the way, Judy.... NO ONE should EVER wear horizontal stripes on their ass. EVER.
Nance....I did pair the tone-on-tone brown striped pants with a patterned cream and brown shirt today.... No one said I looked like a clown... do you think they were laughing behind my back? Am currently paranoid.....
Greg...nice navy. Navy's not blue. Not by a long shot. *winks*
....have noticed an increasing trend in what I am drawn to as far as dresspants go.... stripes. Nearly all my pants have them. And when shopping Saturday, I was drawn ever to fun pants with stripes. Does anyone else get in a clothing rut? Would stripes be considered a signature thing? Am not used to noticing this type of thing. Could my testosterone levels be decreasing? If so, why doesn't the friggin' facial hair go away already?
....It's ME! *grins* This is the competition that I actually won at the tournament. Kind of fun to see myself at the head of the pack at the moment.
....so we went to one of the guys' houses tonight to work out in his HUGE garage. It was hotter than a muthafucka, but we were able to work out for almost an hour with very few interruptions. We're getting better as a WHOLE. Which is going to make for an AWESOME test night. So very awesome to see us in synch with eachother. Even more awesome to know that people are going home and working on things themselves. And I see major improvement from when we started this review belt in May. I was the only one who was running them all along. So I remember the MOVES. But getting BETTER at the moves is something I've managed to do over the past few months. And I still see the need for improvement. But what I see in my classmates is astounding to me. They were bumbling around and had forgotten the moves. So the first few classes were really kicking their asses both physically and mentally. But now? They remember them. And we're all showing good improvement. And it's fun.
....so the teacher's set the date on my black belt test. It's September 26th. My grandma's birthday.
....If you've seen my naughty dietary self-control hiding out, will you please tell it to come home?
....so last night I went over to a friend's house after the kids were in bed and sat in her hot tub with a few bottles of beer. Afterward, the guy that was over, the friend, and I all shared a really good cigar. (Hey...after four bottles of beer, it seemed like a good idea!) Was up way too late. But had a nice time relaxing.
....that the boy would be accused, but he was just trapped by a girl trying to kiss HIM! Aaron asked him this afternoon whether he kissed a girl on the bus today. He said no, that C was trying to kiss him. Aaron asked Griff if he let her. His adamant reply was "No!"
....so here is the text message that I just got from Aaron:
....the celebrations, that is. I can now resume my normal eating and exercise regime.
....single digit pants will return to their elusive state! I have celebrated three times already (four if you count opening my presents from the kids AS.SOON.AS.I.WAS.UP thankyouverymuch), and mostly with food. And I've not really celebrated yet today. Feeling the need to exercise right now!
....this girl amazes me. Many people have always marveled at how I've been able to do it with twins. Preemie twins at that. But this woman has had to deal with things that I didn't. And she amazes me. And will continue to amaze me.
...is it really that awful of me that I think a woman who has a baby with Down's Syndrome should have a job closer to home and be instrumental in caring for that child?
...so I had my first-ever weekday lunch with Katie today. Was weird to admit that, yes, I've known her for 26 years now. What?! So we went to Panera, where you can't really get anything too good for you. Funny how they disguise themselves as a sandwich shop that's better for you than a Big Mac, all the while hiding the calories you will consume. So, instead of eating in moderation, I completely stuffed myself on a Bacon Turkey Bravo and Broccoli Cheddar soup (in a bread bowl, thankyouverymuch).
....so I took another shot in the nose tonight. No bleeding, but the Rudolph look is quite stunning on me!
...nothing much ado here. The best part of my day was eating lunch with my friend Judy, who surprised me with a call this morning, asking for a lunch date. Am still feeling a bit under the weather from the cold/allergy thing I've got going on right now. It's not stopped me from eating more than my fair share, though! Good job sparring class is tonight so that I can work some of it off. Dinner tonight shouldn't be too terrible for me, though. BLT's! One of my friends had about twenty or so tomato plants in his yard...only lives with two other guys...and doesn't eat tomatoes. So he let me have some. Boy, I do love me some home-grown tomatoes! So I'm excited about the prospect of a good BLT tonight.