About Jean

I'm a full time working momma of 3 boys, we recently moved back to our home state of Oklahoma from our former other "home state" of Texas. T

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I still can’t understand why WordPress makes it so many steps difficult for me to find the New Post button. Isn’t that the whole point of a blog host, to let me post? Never mind that I don’t post enough to get the hang of it, that is beside the point.

Let’s see… I got accepted into the Master Writing program, so I’m stoked about that. I won’t start until February which is perfectly fine with me because a break during the holidays would be lovely. To think this time last year I “assumed” I was done with all matter of learning via school. I know better than to assume.
Now I just have to finish this accounting class which is not near as terrible as the last class but I have no desire to really try but I still must float by as it’s better to just finish the class than cut out right in the middle. FAFSA is picky like that.

We survived Halloween. I’ve probably mentioned the non stop drama that occurs with the youngest and dressing up too many times. Once it actually occurs he then immediately goes into “diva” mode and everything about his costume has to be just so. He demanded I run to the Dollar Store to get him his bow and arrows to complete his costume of Arrow. Of course I jumped in the car at the last minute to get him said bow and arrow (the cheap dollar kind). Of course they didn’t have any. I then proceeded to talk him into getting a nifty sword that would be just as cool. It took 10 minutes of convincing him that it was this or nothing at all. When he got it home he determined it was indeed a pretty cool sword.

There was literally no one else trick or treating in the neighborhood and there were very few houses that were open for business. I guess more kids now a days do the trunk or treat thing.
This was before I jumped in the car to get his own bow. He refused to carry his daddy’s bow around the block.

I realize the older two are too old for dressing up, but you’re only a kid for a short while and who am I to refuse to let a kid remain a kid? This for sure is his last. I think. He does think his excuse is valid as he is taking his little brother out. Yes they went a lone for a short while. Yes they had their cell phone, and yes they were fine. I picked them up on the other side once they complained via text it was too cold and they were tired.

Also we got a puppy, because my husband is weak and if someone mentions they are planning on getting rid of a dog…well the conversation ends there.

This is Abigail and Pebbles too of course. I tried really hard to persuade everyone to call her River Rose but they wouldn’t have it. I’ve named or convinced on the names of the last two dogs, so I let this one slide. She still doesn’t really look like an Abigail to me. I have yet to really call her anything else but puppy. She’s a good sweet girl for a puppy that is.

That’s all I have right now. Besides the fact that my oldest is now officially legal to have a permit. The thought of the future costs we are to endure just for this child to drive makes me want to pretend this whole thing is not happening at all. He’s in no big hurry. I keep thinking did I really jump after getting my permit the second I turned 15 and half? I did not. I had a month or so before drivers ed started. So really there is no immediate need for me to get him on to this whole permit thing right now. My only fear is that the winter months are coming and Oklahoma roads are sketchy in winter ..or course that is if we get any precipitation which we are expected this year based on models. But who knows? I just don’t want him missing out on driving opportunities and before we know it he’s sixteen. Again no hurry.

A Meme or Something

You always know it’s been a day or two since blogging when WordPress goes on updating stuff without you. Not sure how I feel about this change yet. I’m guessing for those mobile bloggers that need to blog from their phone. Whatever.

Let’s see before I get started on the meme… I’m in the process of transferring from my MBA to something more my speed…writing. I’m waiting to be accepted so send good vibes for me. Did I mention this already before?
Also I was this close to making the opening ceremonies speech for our local Race for the Cure for work but the boss came through for me and did the speech for me. He had the better credentials after all and if I would have gotten up there the all of two people who were paying attention to the speech would have questioned my authority on giving the speech on behalf of the presenting sponsor. I could see it….just who does she think she is? …who is she again? Where as the boss actually has a title that sounds more important, if you catch what I mean.

Another warm fuzzy for the day… the copywriter actually asked for my advice on a certain way a piece should have been written. This from the girl who’s writing for the blog is less than stellar. One of these days I will actually get to write something for the work place. Watch out world when that happens, even if it’s one sentence and it’s printed and posted for all of our customers to see, Jeanie will feel the need to take that piece and frame it with a big gold star or something. It doesn’t take much to thrill me.

On to the Meme I suppose.

Sit Down Restaurant: Teds is our local favorite Tex Mex place. I have so many favorites though.

Cookie: Mmmm.. well I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like but the frozen cookies from Otis Spunkmeyer-mint chocolate chip is pretty delish.

Bath Product Scent: I think it’s called Hello Sunshine from B&B. I had to get 2 bottles because I liked it so much. It’s just clean and citrus like but not overly orange smelling.

TV Shows: Of course the regulars Who, Big Bang Theory, I started on How to Get Away With Murder but haven’t been dedicated. I enjoy Selfie too (Jen) but haven’t had a chance to consistently watch it. Scorpion is also a good one that we have stuck with so far and really like.

Flower/Plant: Mmmm…that’s a good one. I am really big on sunflowers this time of year so there’s that.

Bad For Me Snack: Ice Cream is my nemesis but I love it dearly. I recently had banana pudding ice-cream and it was everything banana pudding and ice-cream could be. Thank you Blue Bell for that. If you don’t get Blue Bell where you’re from, I’m sorry so so very sorry.

Magazine: I guess I’m a Family Circle girl. I rarely get to really read it, my mother orders me a subscription but mostly it sits nicely on my coffee table (when the coffee table is cleared off) and looks pretty only to be removed at the next clearing of said coffee table.

Hobby (besides blogging): I have really become addicted to the whole wine and palette thing. If you missed my T.A.D.I.S painting on facebook..well you really missed out. On top of that I have painted two Halloween scenes that I haven’t posted yet. These were actually ones that I did at home which is cheaper. I plan on another actual “class” in the near future. It completely gives me that creative outlet that is kind of taking place of my photography habit-though I sorely miss it. It really almost fills that need over writing, almost.

Holiday: I of course enjoy Christmas like everyone else, as well as Halloween. I enjoyed getting dressed up for work but we don’t dress up anymore as too many people have been offended- no idea. The boys including the youngest is totally not into Halloween besides the candy. He doesn’t want to dress up, he hates wearing masks or painting his face. He would dress up like Sheldon like he did last year if he could get away with it. I think we have settled on Indiana Jones. Do you remember a long time ago the oldest was Indiana? Well the youngest is now the same age that the oldest was when he was Indiana. I made that awesome whip out of duct tape and everything. I think I still have the whip somewhere. Anyway, they could care less about decorating or carving pumpkins. Lame is what they are.

Favorite Thing to do for Girls Night Out: Bunco is about the only GNO I really get once a month. I enjoy it.

Favorite Thing to do for a Date Night: The hubs and I like to take on the thrift store, and just run random errands. Lucky for us the oldest is a good babysitter. The boys really get along when we’re out and we never have any trouble with them when we’re out. It’s nice.

So How’s It Going?

Let’s see…

I”m on my last week of this Quantitative Whatchyamacallit Class. I’m surviving I’ll say that much. It’s very practical kind of math but interest and it’s intricacies is still not really my forte.

I’m sure you have seen my youngest child’s solo debut. Some people have kids that make 58 yard touch down receptions and post it facebook, and mine just belts out a solo for an assembly. It really is the same difference in my opinion. The hubs and I admit we have watched the video more than is probably reasonable but we are pretty smitten and proud so yeah. He has had huge kudos through out the school, in fact the principal I assume was blown away and has been really giving him the compliments. Yeah, were a tinge proud.

Just for my own memory jot down, the other interesting tidbit that happened at the assembly was that the music teacher who was conducting the singing threw his shoulder out mid conduct. So he immediately laid on the stage in front of the whole school assembly. Needless to say it was quite the OMG scene and all was concerned and a good awkward long 5 minutes lasted and he finally got up and the show went on.

It’s my birthday week which hasn’t really felt birthdayish. I did get a new little tablet/laptop. My Kindle Fire bit the dust in other words I can’t ever seem to hold a internet connection and it’s kind of pointless without it, because hello? How else am I supposed to download my library books? Love this little guy that allows me to connect to the little keyboard and detach it. It’s not the cool colored ones that you see but it’s apparently actually better as stated by the husband.

Work has been able to use every capacity of my brain and I still love and loathe the fact that every single day has been some kind of random new thing. Sometimes it’s as small as finding a drawer organizer on the Staples site or taken on a brand new big project/report. It’s all scarily fascinating. It’s one of those things that I’ve had what I thought were “decent” jobs before but nothing really overly challenging and new. ( Stop me if you’ve heard this before for the 20th time.) It’s kind of mind blowing really. I know I’m sorry. I could go on really. I drive the hubs crazy.

I’ll leave you to that…

My Thoughts On New Shows So Far

I’ve actually never been big on new show premieres. I think it’s actually been a really really long time since I’ve even been halfway interested in any new shows in say never. This season seems a little more interesting and I shockingly have a long list of potential shows I want to watch and will probably review. So as of tonight here are my thoughts on what I’ve seen so far.

-BBT ( Big Bang Theory) It’s not new of course, well it is..you know what I mean. It didn’t do much for me. I really thought there would be some intriguing new changes what with all the changes happening, though I guess Penny’s hair and new job is bringing that change, but still it was pretty much status quo. Which is fine, because I’ve been very fearful they would jump the shark. BTW did I miss something where she was no longer going to pursue acting?

-Scorpion  I think this one will do well. I like the storyline of “geniuses” solving the government’s problems. It definitely gives me an Alias/ Sherlock vibe. Who doesn’t love acute attention to details and planes crashing due to bad software glitches? I think they picked a great time frame for right after BBT. I most likely will watch again.

-Forever I wanted to try to like this one. It was trying WAY to hard to be like another Sherlock with a Captain Jack Harkness feel to it based on the never dying thing. I’m not sure why they are all trying to jump on all of this attention to details bandwagon and then make detectives look really dumb like they have no clue about what to look for in suicide cases that aren’t suicide cases. This storyline itself is really really old. Just saying. There is a unique twist with his not dying thing but I’m not sure if it has captured my attention enough to come back. Dang, just thinking about the storyline I think I just figured it out…at least I have a theory.

We also watched the new episode of Agents of Shield. This is one where I have been roped into watching and I didn’t want to try to get involved but did anyway. Yes, the new story is intriguing. Yes, Lucy Lawless (Xena) appeared in this one. Hope she sticks around. It’s certainly going to be a new story that I really don’t want to get into but I know I will anyway.

Next up will be Selfie and How To Commit Murder. I have high hopes for both but I have a feeling only one will stay standing.

I also have Gotham recorded and I also want to watch The Red Band Society which are the hospital kids on Fox I think.

Tell me your thoughts…what have you watched so far that I need to see? Because the time for some reason, I think I have lots of, all of a sudden.

DAY BOOK 09.15.14

How long has this been? It’s like I don’t even know how to at least post something I’m consistent with.

Outside My Window: It’s certainly getting cooler…for September, which means it will get hot again come October.

I Am Hearing: Not much, a clock ticking I think?

I Am Hoping: That I make it through this week of busy planning meetings for next year. I may or may not have mentioned the overwhelming projects I have been coordinating. I’m thinking that’s a good thing. I love it, and hate it at the same time. ‘

I Am Thinking: How awesome this whole cooking club concept is. It just started last week. We prepared 92 meals, paid all of $5.00 per meal we “ordered” and browned/prepared any meat needed before cooking club. A very cheap way of having freezer meals won and done in one night and having fun doing it, because your with a bunch of other ladies who are busy doing other stuff. I’m looking forward to the next. It’s a lot of work but so worth knowing I have a nice stack of dinner at the ready.

I Am Reading: Reading has taken a back seat again. Reading chapters of quantitative math instead. It wasn’t as bad as it sounded but I still like to complain.

Song I Can’t Get Out Of My Head: I can’t get Shake It Off, or All About That Base. I know it’s a thing.

The Boys: The oldest finally decided to get rid of the mop on his head and we shaved it. Now I have twins (again) him and his middle brother, it is difficult telling them apart from the back of the head. And most escpecially if you only seem them in your peripheral vision. I hope to obtain a pic soon.

Plans For The Week: Bunco tomorrow, and hopefully a trip to the fair with just me and the hubs. The boys have already gone.

Picture Thought:

I was going to post this on facebook… this is my husband grocery shopping (two carts full) and the itty bitty trunk to put it all in. Not to mention the trunk is already half way full from other shopping visits. I’m not sure why it made me laugh, but I’m weird like that.

Because My Brain Needs To Defrag

In other words I am on brain over load this week and just need to clear a bunch of junk out of my head. Random conversation at dinner was about history and how the moments that just passed at dinner is now considered undocumented history. I quipped, unless I blog about it. So now it’s for sure documented history that we had dinner today at Furrs and the conversation about history has now been documented. Let it be written Let it be said.

About this week…
Let’s just say I’ve had various “challenges” through out my many careers, none of which I felt actually challenged by all of my mental prowess and with a lot of different aspects all at once, say like coordinating a major process that at this point isn’t just going to take a day or two to do, but weeks. Lists, Spreadsheets, Budgets, Meeting Coordinating, Planning of the Planning kind of stuff. Oh My! My mind is completely blown and I love it and am scared to death of it all at the same time. When I went into the planning of the planning meeting, I had no idea of the capacity of responsibility I would be manhandling pretty much on my own. I’m so used to sitting in on meetings and just shaking my head and nodding and not really being a part of the meeting. Today I was completely the main focus for the meeting to plan and do the stuff I need to do. Hold me because yeah.

Yeah so I needed a major brain dump tonight. Hence the random.
In order to do that I broke out the Guitar Hero and practiced a few bars. I’ve gotten really bad since 2006.
I’ve also been “socially” busy this week doing my wine and paint thing, which is the best thing on the planet for stress relief at least for me. Who cares if the painting isn’t the next Monet?

So the youngest made honor choir. I may have to blog about the “tryouts” or in other words no note was sent home of when they would be and what song or kind of song he needs to sing. In other words we were completely in the dark on when, where, how. It happened at recess. He sang Oklahoma, which he doesn’t know very well at all. We listen to a fairly wide range of music and he knows a wide range of songs; from all of the words to the National Anthem, down to Billionaire by Bruno.
So he made it and here was the kicker, he was told at school and then because he made it and practice was literally that same very day after school, he called the hubs to let him know “hey dad, I made it, btw practice is after school today, so you’ll need to pick me up at 4″. Now like some average American middle class families, both of us work an 8-5 kind of day. So when you give less than 24 hours notice about things like this, it tends to become a real inconvenience. Practice is everyday but Monday and Friday. Like I said a real convenience. (eye roll) Luckily my mother who is the after school amazing wonder grandma, will be picking him up after school like she always does when it comes to any after school activities. Sigh. Next year friends this time, I will have a son that can drive, in other words I have a son that will possibly be able to pick up little brothers’ from school. Let’s not go there yet. The thought literally and utterly completely puts every fear known to man in my soul and I just cannot take that right now this week. I’m sure it will be fine.

Brain dump over and out.

Take Me To The Ballgame…So My 14 Yr Old Can Network

Last week was our bi annual outing to the ball park for work. I’ve mentioned how spoiled we are in my little department? We get the suite, even if it is a minor league game, I will take free “entertainment” and dinner any day of the week. I’ve actually come around to enjoying watching the games it’s relaxing if anything.

The plan was to bring the whole family again because I literally could not give the tickets away. I guess a Tuesday on a school/work night is not everyone’s ideal time for a ball game. Me? I’m thinking I don’t have to cook. I ended up just taking the older two because the youngest had his singing lessons and we are trying to make that a big priority for now.
I let the older two know that my bosses would be there so they need to play it cool…in other words don’t embarrass mom in front of the bosses. It’s kind of funny how I’m warning them instead of them warning me not to embarrass them. Any who I don’t know if you recall that my middle child has never really known a stranger and can literally walk into a room and own it. When your an introvert like me who has no problem just quietly entering a room and no one really notice even with people you do know and it’s very low key with a “hey how’s it going?” kind of entrance. That’s more my speed, very low key.

When you combine my low key approach to my middle child’s approach of “HEY HERE I AM, THE PARTY CAN START NOW” It takes every fiber in your being to not sink into the floor and feel like you’ve been doused with water like the wicked witch of the west.
That my friends is exactly what happened the very second my hand opened the suite door and didn’t even take two steps inside. My middle son loudly exclaimed, “HEY YOU GUYS MUST BE THE BOSSES!” Granted, there was all of only 3 people in there at the time, 2 of course being the bosses. At that point it was ha ha omg I’m gonna die but funny for everyone, but the worst part was that it then re drew attention to myself as my boss exclaimed, “No your mom is really the boss.” The middle child took it literally and it’s hard to explain to him based on his Aspie ways that he was joking. He couldn’t get over thinking that I was the boss of my boss and was just completely blown away by that. That’s how my middle child suddenly became buddy buddies with my boss and yes was literally giving him marketing advice the entire evening.

My oldest child is just like me in social aptitude and awkwardness, I’m pretty sure he was dying a thousand more times inside than I was. He didn’t want to be there in the first place so this was like complete torture and his brother was the torturer. On the one hand, I am in complete awe of my middle child and that he can literally own the place two seconds after walking in the door. People remember him and feel comfortable around him, maybe because he is the ice breaker of social awkwardness. He is that person at parties that is per say the one you don’t want to be -the life of the party, the wild and crazy guy, because you think people will talk about you later and make fun of you. Since he could care less of what you think of him people flock to that and get a sense of comfort from it.
I will never get over my social inadequacies but it’s nice to know that my middle will never have a problem anywhere.
As we left he high-fived my boss and told him we will have to do this again sometime..maybe a Thunder game or something. You would have thought that he was on a business outing with his marketing ideas and advice. Watch out boss man he’s coming for you.