Tuesday, June 19, 2018

This and That



Walk or Bike ride? Walk. 

Favorite Picnic Food? Potato salad or watermelon.

Pool or Lake? Pool. I really like to swim so I would do either, but I really hate not seeing the bottom beneath my feet and stepping in gross mud. 

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream? Mint chocolate chip, usually. But since this is about summer, Haagen-Dazs has a Pineapple Coconut flavor that is so delicious and summery, so we'll go with that. 

Ice cream cone or dish? Cone.

Flip-flops or slides? I really dislike slides. Flip-flops or bare feet all the way. 

Jean shorts or jean capris? Capris, perhaps only because finding shorts that I like is such an ordeal. 

Favorite summer fruit? Watermelon.

Corn on the cob or off? On. Grilled. With butter. 

Favorite summertime song?  This song was a thing when it was cool to hang out at the public pool. They played it over the speakers all. the. time. 



Favorite summertime activity? Bonfires. Baseball games. Barbecues. 


Favorite berry--strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, or blackberry? Can I get them all in a fruit salad? If not, raspberries. 

Bikinis, tankinis, or one-pieces? The word "tankini" is incredibly annoying to me. But I guess I pick that. 

Dresses or skirts? Skirts. 

One word to describe summer? Freedom.

Questions from here

Monday, June 11, 2018

Summertime Day in the Life


Hey. Hi. Hello. 

We just got back from a fantastic vacation visiting friends that we miss so much, and now I'm trying to settle into a summertime routine. Come along with me for a day in the life, will you?

7:45 Got an email that Lauren Graham's book, which I have been on an Overdrive waiting list for was available. Hooray!

8:00 Met up with a friend from college who is in town visiting family, and went out for a kid-free breakfast. Well...my kid-free. My friend's sister-in-law and her three sweet nieces came along.

10:45 When I got back from breakfast I got hit with a wave of motivation and started cleaning my stove top, which is a job I despise as much as I despise the glass-top stove itself.

11:20 Jackson was snacking on an apple when I decided it would be a great time to try making this home-made finger paint recipe.
     

Finger paint summary: Easy to make. More like slime than paint (I think I boiled it a little bit too long). Safe for consumption (which was nice as it went into Jackson's mouth immediately)(but...ew). Easy to clean up 


12:10 The theme of the day is Getting. Stuff. Done. After cleaning up the paint slime on the porch it was time to move on to the kitchen. For a while I have been wanting to rearrange some of our kitchen cabinets. Jackson loves to wander around in the kitchen when we're in there and I thought it would be nice to have a cabinet that's not locked or blocked off with some kitchen stuff that he can play with. He is pleased. 
1:00 Lunch break! Homemade salsa is the best summer food and chips and salsa is a completely acceptable meal, yes?

1:45 Nap time. There's more to be done in the kitchen but I'm taking a break to listen to Lauren Graham and do some blogging. Woo! Speaking of blogging...is everyone having this comment e-mail issue? Have any of you switched to Disqus or something else? Is it worth it? Please let me know.

4:30 Start cutting up sweet potatoes to roast for dinner. Jackson is having a fit in the living room because I am in the kitchen and he is not. Side note: I could eat roasted sweet potatoes every day.

7:00 After dinner and child cleanup we head into the living room to settle down for the night. I turn on the television and So You Think You Can Dance is on. Jackson thinks he can dance.
You need to know. His onesie is a monster made out of a slice of cheese and it says "Cutest Little Muenster". 

7:30 Bedtime routine.

7:45 Kid is in bed and I am enjoying the luxury of setting my glass of water on the floor next to me instead of in another room.

8:00 Hitting "publish" and picking up my knitting. Goodnight! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer Thoughts

Today is the first official day of summer vacation. The difference, though, is that this year I don't have a job to go back to in the fall. My position was eliminated. My school was eliminated. I taught at a very small Christian school and during the last week of school a vote passed to close the school. It wasn't really a surprise to us, but is still weird and sad. Instead of cleaning up and rearranging my classroom this summer, I will be emptying it out.

Since this possibility has been on the table for a while I've had time to think about what I might do next.  Have I decided? Of course not. Maybe I'll teach again. Maybe not. Maybe I'll find a way to stay home. Maybe I'll do something completely different that I haven't even thought of yet.

In happier news, it's summer. Summer was never my favorite season, but seeing how much Jackson is loving it I've started to change my mind. It's so much fun watching him run around and explore...especially rocks and sticks. We took him swimming when we visited Justin's parents where they were camping over the weekend and he. loved. it. Seeing him crash at the end of the day, tired out from a day of fun, fills my heart. Unfortunately he has my fair skin and is a walking sunburn waiting to happen.
            


I have a little while before I really need to decide what I'm going to do next, so in the mean time we're going to pack as much fun into the summer as we can.









Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Where Have I Been?

Yikes.

The last few weeks have honestly felt like months. There has been so much going on at school. The end of the year is always crazy, but the last few weeks have brought a whole new set of challenges. There have been lots of difficult conversations, long meetings, and emotions and I don't see it getting any easier any time soon.

Currently I'm sitting on the back porch eating ice cream out of a coffee cup listening to Jackson not nap.
Update: we gave up on nap and played with water toys outside. He was okay with it.

Usually during nap time I scramble the first few minutes debating whether I should spend my moments of solitude reading, knitting, blogging, or taking care of my house. Obviously blogging has not won any of those battles. Does that mean my house is in pristine condition? Absolutely not. I've knit a little (side note: I started a second Instagram account solely for crafting purposes. @stephilouknits, if you're interested), but lately I have just been zoning out staring at my phone or the tv and he is awake before I decide what to do.

I did finish a book last week. I use the Overdrive app on my phone and check out audio books from the library. When we had Hulu I binged the Mob Wives series from VH1, and when I saw that Mob Daughter--written by one of the women from the show--was available at my library, I had to check it out. It only took me three days of nap times, solo car rides, and getting ready in the morning to finish it. The writing wasn't spectacular, and her reading was really choppy or something...so it wasn't the easiest thing to listen to, but the story was really interesting. Now I'm listening to Amy Poehler's Yes, Please. I'm not very far into it but she is a freaking queen.

My ears have also been enjoying Mat Kearney's new album. His music has kind of been the soundtrack of my life. Is that weird to say? Maybe that's another story for another time. Anyway, it's a good album. Check it out.


I did a week of Whole30. I'm not a good meal planner; that diet is a lot of work and can get expensive when you're not a good planner. But let me tell you. I learned some things. A week without dairy, sugar, etc. wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I'm sure if I had gone longer it would have been more difficult, but over all not so bad. I noticed even in that short time how certain foods affected my body negatively, and how much better I feel when I consciously limit them. I don't really like cooking. It stresses me out. If I had gone 30 days I probably would have had baked chicken and roasted sweet potatoes for 25 of them
                    

I took a break from this post to go to choir. I came home and realized that I had a smear of peanut butter on my face, because I'm a super mom and Jackson had last night's leftovers for dinner and I had pb&j. So there's that.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lately and Currently

It was a caffeine day today. I had a raging headache that I was hoping to kick with caffeine, so I stopped in a drive-through on my way home from work and asked for a small Mountain Dew. Apparently that's not a common request, because this happened:
"Can I have a small Mountain Dew, please?"
"Sure! Do you want the meal or just the sandwich?"
"Oh, no...just the small Mountain Dew."
"Oh. Okay, sorry. Do you want the three piece or the six?"
"......"


Cleaning: Does anyone else feel like cleaning with a pet and a child is like taking one step forward and three giant steps back? Last night I cleaned the kitchen floors. This morning Jethro knocked my coffee mug off of the table and not only spilled the coffee, but shattered the mug.

Wearing: Blue. Today we had a "class color" contest today and every article of clothing counted as a point toward your team's total. I was thankful to have been put on the blue team because I found out this morning that I have a ton of blue. Also it meant that I got to wear blue jeans. Score. The blue team won by a landslide too, by the way.

Watching: The Resident-If Grey's Anatomy and House had a baby, it would be this show and I am here for it. 

9-1-1 - First, this show has taught me that I could not handle working any in any kind of emergency field. Also, it's just a really good show.

I'm watching both of these shows On Demand and experiencing the entirely first-world problem of having to wait a week (or more) for a new episode.

Reading: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It's a devotional that one of my friends from church gave me for Valentine's day; if you're looking for a nice, short daily devotional I recommend this one.

Listening to: The soundtrack to Finding Neverland.

Planning: A first birthday party. My head is spinning. My baby is going to be one. I have a child now, not an infant. When did that happen?!

What I thought would be a small get together with my parents and Justin's parents has turned into five more of my family members coming to stay with us for the weekend and a whole bunch of Justin's extended family is coming up for a party. I'm really excited that everyone is coming to celebrate with us, but I'm feeling a little stressed about getting my house clean and making sure everyone has clean bedding and a place to sleep.

 I searched "first birthday" on pinterest thinking I could find some easy, cute decorations that I could make myself and fell down a rabbit hole of despair because I didn't order a special birthday outfit or make one of those elaborate chalkboard signs and am I even a mom if I didn't bake my own "smash cake" specifically for  photos? I have a few whale/anchor decorations that I found in the clearance birthday section at the party supply store. That's about it. I'm also ordering a cake instead of making one like I had planned because the thought of baking for that many people gives me anxiety, plus it's one less thing I have to worry about while my family is here.


So that's life lately. If you need me, I'll be crying over the stack of pictures I printed (one from each month since he was born) to display at this party. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine's Things

1. Kisses or Hugs?
Hugs.

2. Candy or Flowers?
I like candy, but flowers are a rare treat because our cat is a jerk and if we don't shut them in a room he will knock them over or try to eat them. So when I do get flowers, it's pretty special.

3. Baking or Cooking? 
Baking. I do better with baking because it's precise; I don't do well with things like "a pinch" or "to taste". I also hate cooking meat. If I were only cooking for myself, I would probably be a vegetarian.



4. Do you remember your first kiss?
I do. It was on the steps outside of my dorm building, saying goodnight after a date. 

5. Favorite color of Roses?
Plain old red.

6. Conversation Hearts, yes or no?
I always have them in my classroom for Valentine's day and use them for sorting, counting, graphing, and bingo markers...but I think they taste disgusting. 

7. Do you leave love notes? 
Lol.

8. Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?
This year I have this canvas that Jackson's babysitter made with him, but other than that not at all. 


9. Red or Pink?
Red

10. Milk, White or Dark Chocolate?
Milk

11.  Do you believe in love at first sight?
I don't think so.

12. Do you give Humorous or Serious Valentine Cards?
I've done both, but humorous ones are more our thing. 

13. Favorite Chick Flick or Romantic Movie?
Just Friends--my favorite movie, period. 

14. Stay In or Go Out? 
Going out always sounds fun, and on occasion I like to, but we when we get the chance I really enjoy just staying home together and being able to cook and eat together, and just relax. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Mondayest Monday of All the Mondays

I offered to host our faculty and board of ed get-together Sunday night at our house. It was fun; good food, good times, and all that. But by the time everyone left and we got everything cleaned up it was after 10:30 which is--full disclosure--past my bedtime.

Monday when I got home from school I noticed that the front door was open. The logical and obvious explanation was that it didn't get latched when people were leaving the night before, and it popped open when I came through and opened the inside door. But because I am 1) proficient in all things dramatic, 2) the queen of jumping to ridiculous conclusions and 3) buried in a My Favorite Murder marathon, I had myself convinced that there was trouble afoot. Even though nothing was out of place or missing, and all of the other doors were still closed. So I texted Justin (S: "The front door was open when I got home..." J: "Stay sexy. Don't get murdered") and then wondered if I could kill the next two hours before Justin got home at Target. You know, just in case. 

I made it approximately 56 minutes at Target, but the baristas at Starbucks were aggressively passing out coconut milk latte samples at the door, so...ya win some, ya lose some. Jackson needed a bottle when we got back to the car, and at some point between leaving Target and the end of the bottle the underwire of my bra poked out and began stabbing me in the chest. It was obviously a sign that I needed a new one and I still had an hour to waste so we went to Kohl's. 

The last time I went to Kohl's I carried Jackson all around the building looking for a cart that had a baby seat, but to no avail. So this time I brought in the umbrella stroller whose front right wheel refused to turn the whole way through the parking lot. Jackson was overjoyed that there was a whole rack of bras within his reach and managed to yank three hangers down in the first five minutes. 

By the time I got home I had just enough time to beg Justin to check the whole house for burglars--just one more time--before I had to leave for choir practice. I decided that I could wait until after rehearsal to have something for dinner. Mistake number one. After practice, my brain was clouded with hunger, it was late, and Taco Bell was right around the corner. Mistake number two. I grabbed my food out of the bag before I left the parking lot. Mistake number three. By the time I reached the first stop light I had a puddle of melted cheese down the front of my wool coat. 

I nearly jumped out of my skin getting out of my car when I saw a shadow by my foot...which turned out to be my car tire.

 I stayed up to finish this post last night but none of it saved and I lost it all. 

And now my phone is stuck in a limbo of trying to start but shutting itself back off before it can. 

Brb--going to hide under my pillow until spring.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Some Thoughts I've Been Thinking

Today we were at Costco and we walked past an employee sitting in one of the display chairs scrolling on her phone and now I know what I want to do with my life.

Can we talk about mom advice? I know this subject could go on forever. But I just want to say that if your comment isn't helpful, constructive, necessary...then maybe don't say it. A few days ago we were at lunch with Justin's family. I took Jackson into the bathroom to change his diaper and he--like me--hates public bathrooms, so he was not happy. The changing table was crammed inside the large stall and everyone in the vicinity could hear him crying. I was packing the diaper bag back up when I heard Justin's aunt call out asking if we were okay. I answered that we were and walked out. Then she said "OH! I didn't realize it was you in there. I was starting to wonder if there was an abandoned child." I didn't know what to say. So she continued. "It was just weird not hear an adult try to comfort a screaming child". Listen. Of course I was trying to comfort my child. If you're super-mom and your baby never cries or is soothed immediately after your first effort then I'm really happy for you, and one day maybe I'll ask you to share your secrets. But until then can't we all just support each other and recognize that we're all just trying to make it through? End rant.

I've been thinking about renewing my gym membership. I cancelled it midway through my pregnancy because it was becoming a waste of money because I wasn't going. That was also the time in my life that I fell into a terrible habit of "I'm just going to sit on the couch because I'm (pregnant)(nursing)(am taking care of a baby all day)". Now I'm in the worst shape of my life and feel awful. Says the woman who just aspired to sitting in a Costco chair on my phone for a living. This is me asking for advice. Please tell me how you fit in exercise with taking care of your kid(s), working, and keeping your house clean during the day.

My grandma sent Jackson some books in the mail and he is loving them right now. For Christmas my parents got my grandparents a wi-fi digital picture frame that lets me to send pictures and videos to it from my phone so I was able to send them a little clip of him looking at the books just now. Neither of them are really computer savvy so it's nice to be able to send pictures right to them.

We're finally near the end of our cranio journey. Today we saw the surgeon, next week we have another set of scans with the orthotist, and once that's done we have the all-clear to start weaning out of the helmet. We'll still have to see the surgeon a couple of more times in the next year, but it's going to be so strange without the helmet.

If you hadn't heard, we got a new dishwasher for Christmas. And as soon as it started running for the first time I swear we could hear a chorus of angels singing from the heavens. Not only has my kitchen been exponentially cleaner without dishes piling up on the counter, but my hands are much better for not being soaked in dishwater multiple times a day.

Is it too personal to ask if you are a bath person? I'd like to be. I decided to take a bath the other night because I wasn't feeling great and it just sounded relaxing. First of all, we do not have a a big luxurious tub. I'm not tall by any stretch of the imagination, but even for me it was hard to get comfortable. Also, I was bored. I was listening to a podcast, there was a candle, it was quiet...I lasted maybe ten minutes.

So there you go. I guess that's what has been on my brain this week. Feel free to alert my tiny proofreader of any typos or errors.







Sunday, December 31, 2017

Out With the Old, In With the New

When we decided to stay in town for Christmas I had all sorts of grand plans. As soon as school was out for break I started planning what I would bake, what Christmas movies we would watch, how we would spend cozy mornings in with coffee before going to church and opening presents. Visions of sugar plums danced in my head, and all that. 

I did get a lot of baking done. As soon as school was over on Thursday I had molasses cookies and spritz cookies whipped up and ready to go. I found my grandma's old cookie press and after getting the hang of it vowed to use it instead of making cutout cookies henceforth and forevermore. Cutout cookies and decorating are fun for about two and a half seconds. Spritz cookies still have the same sugary deliciousness and some fun shapes without all of the rolling and cutting and pain-in-the-assery. 

We have been enjoying sub-zero temperatures which has been fun for our old plumbing and we've been dealing with frozen pipes in our downstairs bathroom. Also over the course of the week we've all been sick. 

Last Saturday we were supposed to go to Justin's parents' house for their Christmas with his mom's side but I woke up feeling like death--my sinuses were so full that my head felt like it weighed a thousand pounds--so I had to stay home. They had a great time exchanging gifts and eating all of the good foods (including the cookies I baked) while I cried into my tissue box. They were super nice and saved Jackson's gifts for Christmas day when we got together again so I didn't miss him opening them. 

I was feeling 84.3% better by the time Christmas was over so we went out and bought the gift I have been waiting for--A NEW DISHWASHER. We also painted the dining room. At night. After Jackson had gone to bed.

Justin and Jackson both cycled through snotty noses and coughs so while we are all recovering I have been viciously cleaning every surface of my house hoping to kill the germs.

It shouldn't surprise you that we didn't have big party plans for New Year's Eve, but we were planning a low-key night at our house with a few people that we ended up cancelling. When I woke up for church this morning Justin was already up. And puking. I had to play organ for both services but thankfully Jackson slept a good chunk of the time I was gone so that Justin could rest. Now both of my boys are in bed and I'm debating whether or not I will stay up to ring in the new year by myself. 

Despite a few hiccups (and throw ups) the holiday season and the whole past year have been pretty good to us, bringing blessings beyond measure. I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store. 



Saturday, December 9, 2017

You Knew I Had to Do This

1. Real tree or fake tree?
Justin and I have always had fake, my family has always had fake. Every year that goes by the thought of a real tree is less and less appealing to me. 

2. Favorite Christmas cookie?
There is nothing Christmas-y about them, really, but peanut butter blossoms. My grandma always made them at Christmas time so I have associated them with Christmas. I have made them every year since she died. 

3. Home on Christmas morning or travel?
For the last 27 years we have celebrated with my dad's side of the family on Christmas morning, and it would either be at my parents' house or my grandparents' house. This year Justin, Jackson and I are staying home and I'm really looking forward to it--sleeping in a little bit, going to church together, and opening a few gifts with Jackson. We will probably end up with Justin's family later in the day but I'm excited about the idea of a slow, relaxing morning. 

I guess my answer is I like both?

4. Clear or colored lights?
I like colored lights outside. We have clear on our tree, but I guess I could go either way. 

5. Send Christmas cards?
We are sending them this year for the first time. 

6. Favorite Christmas present received?
Hard to choose, but a couple of years ago Justin got us tickets to see I Love Lucy Live on Stage and it was amazing. One of my favorites for sure. 

7. Favorite Christmas present given?
A few years ago I got Justin the Calvin and Hobbes book box set. That was pretty cool. 

8. Stockings or no stockings?
Stockings! 

9. Christmas PJs?
In my dream world, I would sew the three of us matching PJ pants to wear on Christmas. Maybe one day. 


10. Favorite Christmas carol?
I like O Come, Emmanuel...also O Holy Night. And All Is Well. 

11. Favorite holiday tradition?
For pretty much my entire life, my mom's side of the family would go to church together on Christmas Eve, then we would to go someone's house for dinner, and when the night was over we would go back to my parents' house and we would exchange gifts while A Christmas Story was on in the background. 

12. Early shopper or last minute?
So last minute. I always try to be earlier, but it never fails that we are sitting around at the beginning of December saying "What are we getting our parents?"

13. Favorite Christmas movie or t.v. show?
So so so many. A Christmas Story. Elf. Every Christmas party episode of The Office except the whole Jim/Dwight snowball fight because that's dumb

14. Favorite holiday beverage?
I don't really have one. I made mulled wine one year...that was pretty good. 

15. Cookies and milk for Santa?
We haven't decided if/how we're going to do the Santa thing with Jackson. Thankfully he won't care or remember that Santa wasn't involved this Christmas. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Stranger Called Sleep

Please talk to me about sleep.

When Jackson was born, he would not wake up to eat and was not gaining weight. Everyone on our medical team said that I should set alarms to wake him up at night to eat, otherwise he would sleep right through. Shortly after we started with formula we got the go-ahead to let him sleep--and sleep, he did. He had one bottle in the middle of the night for a few months and quickly went to sleeping through the night.

I'm sharing this so that I can remember the days when I had a baby who slept. For the last ten days or so, restful nights have been very rare.

Jackson has had a cold on and off. He also popped three teeth out of the blue. So that's what I blamed for his lack of sleep. I gave him Tylenol. I carry the humidifier from room to room with us throughout the day, and forced myself to use the dreaded snot-sucker. But he will not sleep.

I've held him, rocked him, and walked with him which usually gets him to fall back asleep. Until the second I put him down, when he immediately wakes up and cries. I've tried patting his back, sitting on the floor next to his crib, and singing to him. I've played music, turned on white noise, made the room completely silent, changed the temperature, changed the light, changed his diaper, and fed him. The first few bad nights he would settle down after a bottle. So I tried giving him a bigger bottle at bedtime. Nope. Then I thought maybe he just needed night feedings again. Then that didn't work either.

Until this point I was determined that I was not going to let him "cry it out", just because that personally is not my style, but last night I just had to leave the room. Eight minutes later he had not calmed down at all and I couldn't take it. Justin went in and held him for a while and finally he was asleep enough to be put down in his crib. Then between the exhaustion, a cold from hell, and feeling like the worst mom for not being able to get my son to sleep (Is he sick? Is something wrong? Ear infection? Teething? Sleep regression? Separation anxiety? Have I started bad habits with sleep associations? Is he hungry? Hot? Cold? Growth spurt?)...I lost it. Poor Justin just held his crying infant baby to sleep and now he has a giant grownup wife-baby sitting in his bed teary and snotty. We had both finally passed out around 3:00 and Jackson was up at 5:00.

Today like a paranoid first time mom, I called the pediatrician to beg for answers and hopefully rule out sickness. Of course our doctor wasn't in today but after giving a lengthy message to the receptionist (who kept referring to Jackson as "she" and "her") to pass on to the nurse and I was able to set up an appointment for tomorrow.

I'm sorry there is no structure to this post and it is rambly and maybe doesn't make sense but if you have any sleep advice...please share.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Currently

Watching: I caved. I'm not proud. I started watching Stranger Things.  Justin started watching it a while ago and telling me I'd like it but it just wasn't the type of show I usually gravitate towards. But I started watching it and now I'm ahead of Justin and he wants me to wait to start season two until he catches up so we can watch it together. Ugh. Anyway, I love it. 

Consequently I believe that my washing machine is the gate and two of my bras are lost in the upside down. That's the only explanation. Not that I am so far behind on laundry that I don't know where anything is. 

Making: A sock and a shawl. I finished a project too! I made this car seat poncho for Jackson. Let me tell you. I walked around Joann's for a long time trying to decide on two fabrics. I had it narrowed between this combo, and a gray arrow pattern with a solid teal on the reverse side. I went with the arrows/teal. Then I messed it up so irreparably that I was convinced the deer and plaid combo was the one we needed so I went back to get it immediately and whipped this guy up. It's not as long as I'd like it to be, but it works and if he grows out of it, it's just another excuse to pick out more fabric. I also saw this avocado fabric and it's a daily struggle not to go back and buy enough to make a blanket for myself. 


I had a crazy notion to knit mini stocking ornaments for each of my students. I have this vision of giving them each a stocking with a candy cane and an ornament with the first letter of their name. We'll see if anything comes of that. 

Loving: My husband. Duh, I always love my husband but I have to gush a little bit. You guys. The musical is over and I am very happy. The days and weeks leading up to it are so stressful; we hardly see each other, and even when he's home he's working on it. It can be frustrating and difficult being on my own so much (and I know this is nothing compared to what some couples go through!!!) but seeing the finished product just makes me feel so proud. Knowing all of the work, time, effort, and love that went into putting the show together makes it even more wonderful. Every year I say "I think this show has been my favorite", but this year I really meant it. It was fantastic. My husband and everyone who was involved in this production are so incredibly talented, dedicated, and hard-working. That's all I wanted to say about that. And no, he doesn't read this, so I'm not just trying to butter him up. If you haven't seen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, you should. It's weird, and funny, and fantastic. The Donny Osmond movie version is all on Youtube, if you don't mind Polish subtitles in your movies. 

Drinking: Coffee with flavored creamer--this is new. If I drink coffee at all in the mornings, I usually drink it black. But I found some chocolate toffee creamer at the store that I really wanted to try and it's delicious. 

Also, hot lemonade. Whenever someone was sick, my grandma would always fill the kettle with hot water and mix it with lemonade mix. Obviously it's not as healthy as hot water with an actual lemon, but it's good and it's comforting and it's my go-to when I start getting sick. 

Eating: Pumpkin spice Kit-Kats. I found them in the leftover Halloween candy stash at the grocery store for $0.99. Definitely not something I would eat on a regular basis, or probably even buy again, but not terrible. 

Listening to: Jackson tell me that nap time is over.