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

Day Book 02.21.14

Outside My Window: Lovely last few days of spring, including a few spring storms.


I’m not sure what it is this year, but I’m obsessed with photographing birds. Yes, I’ve even contemplated wanting those binoculars that zoom in awesomely and take pictures..not that I would.

I Am Hearing: Doctor Who (of course) I’m already really missing Matt Smith and new episodes. I’m afraid that we’re going to fall off the bandwagon and the story just won’t be as good with the new one. I miss the mystery and time differences of him and River. Oh River! This is ridiculously too long to wait for a new one. I actually feel like it’s already happened and we’ve just been so out of touch with it. Any who…anxiety much?

I Am Thinking: A few thoughts of random. I finally saw Frozen. You’re Welcome! I loved the “plot line twist on true love”. I feel semi caught up with the rest of the world on must see movies, but not even nearly close to the back logged list of movies I haven’t seen. I will admit this one was good, I wouldn’t go as far as saying the greatest Disney movie ever. When you live in a houseful of boys a movie that breaks into song every two minutes does not hold its appeal. We do love our musicals, this one just seemed a little too saturated and we just wanted to continue the story already.

Easter Wrap Up:
We did the melted crayon dye method.

I don’t recommend it for small children, the eggs have to still be pretty warm. It really does just melt on with no effort but it’s just a little tedious and messy, not to mention the egg is very warm to handle. We’ve kind of come to a small close on egg coloring which pains my heart. The boys are just past that age. The youngest thinks he’s 9 going on 15 and is above coloring like his brothers. Sigh. Yet, they are still very inspired to hunt said eggs, as there is incentive involved called cold hard cash hidden in said eggs. Whatever it takes to let them be little.

Currently Reading: I realize I’ve been really slack on posts- I blame the month of April and all of the gazillion celebrations of birth and death rising. Did I mention I found my Kindle? In other words it was exactly where I left it near my desk at work. I keep thinking I have really lost my mind and can’t believe it was exactly where I left it in the first place and exactly where I looked. Anyways, I say all that because in that week or so that I lost it I also ran out of library time on my Cinder download and wasn’t able to finish it. Woe is me! I’m back on the waiting list again and am reading a Vampire series/romance that I can’t even think of the name. It won’t last, but at least it’s more tolerable than Vampire Academy.

I probably should break all this down in multiple posts. Right? Maybe Not.
Saturday was also busy. I had the great pleasure of helping work out at the Heart Walk. We are big time sponsors of a lot of things including ahem… this thing…the Thunder and its playoffs.

It warms the heart when you know you work here and you know you had a little part in the planning/preparing process of this and everyone and their brother sees it from the highway. It’s the little things.

Also to mention (Sorry, I should break these things up!)

After the Heart Walk, I decided to take the kids plus one to the Memorial downtown. I’m not sure how much more of a big deal it was outside of Oklahoma in 1995 or this last Saturday of the bombing but of course, it was a big deal here. The plan was to take the kids on the tour and visit the museum which was free on Saturday. The very instant we walked up to the front, kid plus one loses his cookies right there on the sidewalk in front of everything. Sigh! Needless to say we were there all of 6 minutes and left.

Oh To Be 14

It’s time again for the next birthday victims interview. I know what you’re saying didn’t we just do this? Of course we did, don’t you remember I had fraternal twins that are a year and 16 days apart. Of course it wasn’t planned that way.

1 Who Is Your Favorite Person: Zach

2. Your Favorite Color? Purple because it is the color of Mace Windew’s light saber

3. What is your favorite television show? Doctor Who

4. What sport do you like best? Football

5. What is your favorite song? Daft Punk –Harder Better Faster Stronger
6. What is your favorite cereal? Count Chocula
7. Who is your best friend? Zach
8. What do you want to be when you grow up? Actor
9. What is your favorite book? Marvel Comics

10. What are you really good at? Drawing
11. Where do you wish to go on vacation? Legoland
12. What is your best memory? Meeting Weird Al at Barnes and Nobel and told him some good ideas for songs
13. What would you buy with a $1000? Would buy stuff for my family.

14. What vegetable do you hate the most? Broccoli
15. If you could have one wish what it would be? A super hero
16. What is your favorite ice cream? Strawberry
17. Who is your biggest hero? Spiderman
18. What do you like to do with your friends? Spend the night
19. What do you hope to get to before your next birthday? Be trusted to be on the computer again.

What To Wear Wednesday

I’ve decided to go with my own little “theme” on Wednesday instead of Wordless Wednesday. This kind of goes along with my work outfits that I know all two of you are excited to see each week. I appreciate, that really wasn’t complete sarcasm.

Anyway, here are two of my last work outfits from the week. I figure 1 or 2 is plenty for this little theme I just made up. I also keep thinking I should simultaneous post on my other site since I sort of started that one. Oh well.

I admit this one was taken right before going to bed, from which I came home late from Bunco so I look all sorts of drained and bloated or something. UGH! I know I’m my own worst critic.

Morning is better…though now I think I could have unbuttoned my cardigan a little more at top… I was self conscious of non existent cleavage. I normally don’t wear skirts/dresses this short so this was kind of a risky first. I really liked this dress at Kohls
I will also admit that spanx is my best friend.

P.S. On a unrelated note..did I mention my Kindle reappeared under my desk out of nowhere as if it was never gone in the first place? I’m not crazy but my mother didn’t have me tested so who knows?

Day Book 04.06.14

Outside My Window: It’s been rainy today which is a good thing. We need the rain and this is spring after all.

I Am Hearing: The news.

I Am Hoping: That my youngest gets over this mental condition of him thinking he’s sick every 5 minutes. If it’s not his stomach feeling sick, it’s his heart, or pains somewhere here or there. When he complained of his sore throat Thursday night, he was literally ready to go to the doctor at 9 at night. No fever, no other real symptoms. When I did what every good parent does and call in to the new job and take my child to the doctor, he refused to take the strep test. Now granted I hate getting the swab just as much as anyone but he was being ridiculous. The doctor finally just looked carefully at his throat and deemed it bad enough to possibly be strep. Sigh. So please send good vibes to the paranoid child and his possible sick scenarios for tomorrow. We’ve tried to talk with him to see if there is something else going on at school that is making him have anxiety about going and he claims nothing is going on.

I Am Thinking: I’m slowly losing my marbles and with it is all my technology. I’ve lost my phone and my Kindle so basically my entire existence. It’s been over a week since I lost my phone. I think my Kindle was stolen at work of all places. It’s my fault, I accidentally left it over night and nowhere to be found the next day. Sad Sad… I just hope the person who got it really needed the money that badly. I know I shouldn’t make accusations but it had to have been the cleaning crew. It was under my desk in a very inconspicuous place by the trash can. You literally had to be under my desk to even know it was there. My phone I have no idea. Needless to say I’ve re started my St Johns Wort. It really strangely does help me focus more and not have such mom ADD.

GEEZ I have a lot to say tonight.

I Am Currently Reading: Well I was in a really good part of Cinder but now I’ll have to physically go to the library and reserve it again and actually read the physical book. I’m guessing I won’t be getting a Kindle anytime soon. I did make sure to delete my credit card off my Amazon account in case whoever really just wanted a older generation reading device and was going to crank up my account with expensive book downloads.

Plans For The Week: Not a lot. The past week was pretty busy and I survived 5 teenagers in the past 48 hours so I think I’m good on any major plans.

I keep thinking there is something else “life changing” that I needed to say…(not really but I’m all about the dramatics) I am playing along in the #UBP14 at 5 Minutes For Mom. I may even join in my first twitter party in over 4 years so there is that. Life changing.

Oh yes now I remember! I’m still one of the lasts of the lasts to see Frozen. I admit I’m a little apprehensive. All this pomp and circumstance about this movie and I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed. I did finally see Pitch Perfect and it lived up to everything everyone told me it would be. Awesome! I’ve seen it 4 times now and it still never gets old. It’s right up there with Juno, Sound of Music, and Forest Gump. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel even though I know it will be awhile. I told you it was life changing.

Picture Thoughts:

A rare look at the 15 year old and his compadres.

Shhh..don’t tell him I posted this for all the world to see.

It’s That Time Of Year Again

I can’t even wrap my brain around the fact that I have a 15 year old. He is every bit of a typical 14 going on 15 years. He speaks in mono syllables, anything more than a few phrases requires extra muscles in his mouth that don’t get much usage. When he does have something to say it is important and usually requires my up most attention as in “mom enrollment for next year is tonight in 2.3 minutes…” He’s really not quite that bad and he is super smart and has a love for history and mythology that astounds me.
So glad he’s still willing to participate in his mom’s silly interviews.
Name:Game Boy
Age: 15

Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Subject in school: History
What do you want to be when you grow up? Gaming Writer
If you could be any animal what would it be? Tiger..I guess
Best memory of being 14: “I can’t remember…I’m sure it had to do with doing stuff and stuff..”
Worst memory of being 14: When Annakin died
Favorite T.V. show: Big Bang Theory

Favorite Movie: Avengers
Favorite Sports Team: New York Giants
Favorite Athlete: Eli Manning
Favorite Movie Star:” Just a random thought that comes to my head…Robin Williams since you won’t let me choose Morgan Freeman”
Favorite Food: Hamburger
Favorite Place To Eat: “Whatever I’m in the mood for.”

Favorite Place To Go: “To my computer”
Favorite Place To Go Online: Mine Craft and Skype
(I’m trying really hard to embarrass him a little bit with random pics that aren’t just baby pics)

Favorite Book: House of Hades

And of course the obligatory butterball baby pic

The Latest On The Leaf

The latest on the Leaf thus far, is that Nissan worked really hard with us to get the payment back down to where we were more comfortable and so YAY we have a Leaf! I admit I am still very apprehensive about our new purchase and really hope it will make a huge difference in a lot of things. I’m pretty sure this very apprehension is why most Americans don’t take that leap to look more into electric cars.

The following are a few things to note about our/my experience so far….

I think I mentioned before that it only comes with a trickle charger. This means this particular power source to charge it is a lower voltage and takes a lot longer to charge -we’re talking 12 plus hours to charge. This is why it is imperative to purchase the actual wall charger and have it installed. We checked both Home Depot and Lowes and they don’t carry them in store so it will have to be purchased online. This was kind of a bummer as we really wanted to check our options on the chargers in person. In fact they looked at us like we had grown an extra head when we asked. For now we are still charging on the trickle and it works good enough for now. If you don’t let it get the full charge you may only get 45 to 50 miles which may seem like a lot but it really depends on how your going to drive it. Which brings me to the next point.

How it’s driven:
If your main commute is all highway and your going more than 20 miles one way it’s going to be always best to have a full charge, at least it is in my opinion based on my personal comfort. The hubs says he does fine going back to work even on a partial charge. When it is at a stop it gets a recharge for a few more miles. It’s actually fantastic for stop and go and we drive it on the weekends for errands.
One must also look at the amenities of radio, air conditioning and all the extras that use power. It’s another one of those things you have to take into account and adjust to. This kind of adjustment maybe an inconvenience for many as who wants to turn the AC off if power is getting too low? We really haven’t made that much of an adjustment and don’t feel it’s too big a deal. I’m just a little paranoid so I watch the power gauge like a hawk and if I feel like the miles are dropping too much for my comfort than the A/C goes off.
We have done a lot of research and apparently extreme temperature cold or hot also has a lot to do with its charge. This is something we are planning to really test, as Oklahoma is the epitome of one extreme to the other for weather. When I say “we” I mainly mean the hubs, as this whole Leaf thing is his big picture science experiment.
The drive is no different from any other car it’s just a big adjustment on getting used to the get up and go from stop to start.
All 3 boys actually fit just as comfortably as they do in the back of my Toyota, so the roominess is decent for a smaller car. I admit I feel like we’re a bunch of clowns getting out of the car when we get out but the youngest hasn’t complained and he is not one to hold back on his discomfort.
This whole power concept instead of gas is a completely different way of thinking. You plan your trips accordingly. If absolutely necessary, the Nissan dealer near us has reassured us that even if we need a charge on a Sunday when they are closed, they will open the gate for us if we call security ahead of time.

The plan is to try to keep you guys up to date on our findings at least once every two weeks. The hubs is actually starting up his own blog based on our experience as well.

Day Book 03.30.14


Outside My Window: A very windy but lovely sunny day, despite the numerous earthquakes we had yesterday. It really is beyond crazy that we here in Oklahoma of all places get as many earthquakes as California. Many blame fraking. I’m not really sure what it is, it’s never enough to cause damage. I can understand how one would get used to them.
I found this article on photographing dogs by http://500px.com/blog/1091/the-secrets-to-taking-awesome-dog-portraits-by-elke-vogelsang and fell in love and suddenly I became inspired to set up my makeshift photo studio with lighting and everything. It’s probably not going to happen but I appreciated getting a kick in the pants in inspiration.

Prepare for randomly placed pics ahead…

I Am Hearing: Mythbusters and probably about to watch Believe. It’s our new show and we have really enjoyed it so far. It’s really unusual for us to start in on a new show from the get go.

Currently Reading: I’m currently reading Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles. I like the premise of a futuristic Cinderella kind of story but I’m afraid it’s almost a little too predictable. I’m enjoying the story none the less. I’m not sure why YA distopian like fiction is the way to go these days but whatever sells the books and grabs my attention. I’m also reading Vampire Academy. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I haven’t come across any vampiric like action yet and it is truly high school young adult focused to the tee. This one was just a “filler” until Cinder became available. 100 % of the books I read I download and borrow from the library. I love that option for my Kindle.

I Am Thinking: It’s probably going to be a busy week, which means April is going to fly like always. It’s always our busiest time of year.

Plans For The Week: It is my oldest child’s birthday on Tuesday, hence why it’s going to be a busy week. I can’t believe my April Fool is going to be 15!!! I am way too young to have a 15 year old…just saying. Doesn’t help that I got started early at 21. It’s also parent/teacher conference day for the youngest and high school enrollment for the oldest this week. Then onto his paint ball party for next weekend. Busy Busy Busy

It’s getting to the point that I have to take what I can get on photo shoots of the boys because they are having none of it sans bribing and even that isn’t working anymore.

I Am Hoping: To find my cell phone. It cannot have gone far but I’m clueless where else but the obvious places I’ve looked for it to be. Where or where has my cell phone gone…oh where oh where can it be? With it’s case so blue, A Galaxy it be. /Yes I totally broke out into random singing, my apologies.

Menu Plan: Monday-Roasted chicken in the crock pot w/ carrots and potatoes Tuesday- Out for birthday boy Wednesday-Chicken Rice and Broccoli Casserole Thursday-Leftovers or spaghetti Friday-Hopefully pizza or some such if I’m hosting some random paint ball partying 15 year olds.
Picture Thoughts
This kid and his freckles slay me. His dimple and freckles really slay me but you take what you can get because this is as good as it gets for a pose for picture. He claims I have ruined his life with his toddler youtube videos and has become some kind of angry celebrity who becomes hostile with the paparazzi blocking his face with even the slightest hint that the camera is focused on him.
In two weeks this one will be 14. Hold me the teen boy invasion has landed.

What I Learned -March

I’m slowly coming back around to getting back into “routine blogging”. I haven’t quite picked up a good writing rhythm and for now I’m using blogging prompts to get me back on track.
On my path to new blogginess Jen@ MommaBlogsAlot steered me toward Chatting At The Sky for this particular blogging prompt based on what I’ve learned for March. This was a good learning month for me with lots of changes.

1. I have learned that patience really is a virtue, even though I’ve known this forever. I have a tendency to become very impatient about things I feel need to happen right this instant. In this case, since I graduated with my degree in Visual Communications in December, I felt confident that I would land said “dream job” immediately. Obviously, reality doesn’t happen that way. For the record, I am very fortunate that I did land a very good job in a very short amount of time than the normal college graduate. It’s going to be a great stepping stone for future job growth and dream job worthiness.

2. I also learned that having a long term and short term career goal does actually work, which was something I really took nonchalantly. My goal was to remain in the company I have currently worked for the last 4 years but once I graduate target getting a job with in the department that was more focused on my degree. I believed this tactic would work out better for me due to my lack of real world experience pertaining to my degree and it did!

3. I learned that my youngest, even though he is quite stubborn and resistant to change has adapted well to the complete change in morning routine. I miss our morning bus stop chats and relaxed regimen but so proud of him adapting to the new routine. I had my doubts.

4. I have also learned that my new role is a complete change from anything I’ve ever done. It’s all a trial by fire and normally this is not my style of learning something new nor has it ever been my normal way of being trained in a new position. I’m adapting and learning as I go and I think I’m doing okay.

Working Girl

I have a soon to be write up on the Leaf, in case inquiring minds were wanting to know. We settled on a price that were willing to pay. Notice I said willing? We’re Leaf owners now for reals. I’m hoping it’s going to work out for our driving situation more on that later.

I promised a somewhat daily post on what I wear to work every day. Some days I try a little harder than others, so of course I will only provide the best when I remember. Yes, this was taken tonight after I got home and had lounged on the couch catching up on all things social media. I’m usually one to change immediately after work, but I was lazier than normal tonight and obviously not too uncomfortable to not need to change.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret; the skirt (yes that’s a skirt not a kilt or britches or shorts..I know it looks like I just rolled out of bed) and the black sweater came from the thrift store. I’m very particular on what I buy at the thrift store but this skirt is the perfect business skirt and so versatile. I actually wore my most favorite boots with this outfit. Those also from the thrift store for $15 made in Italy..they look practically new. I wasn’t sure if the print from the scarf and stripes from the skirt was a bit too much but what I do know? I’m not a fashionista, just a girl trying to look somewhat representable for work.

Day Book 03 24 14

Outside My Window: Windy and Chilly. Spring is so temperamental here, you really have to prepare for 70 plus temps one day and 50 degree temps 5 hours later day by day.

I Am Hearing: Nirvana – I know it’s hard to explain.

I Am Thinking: I really do appreciate the company I work for. It helps to work in a department that really does have “connections” sorta. Today they pulled my arm and gave me Thunder tickets because they have them and need people of marketing of my company to represent. We are a big sponsor of the Thunder so yeah…

P.S. that blimp was flying all around the arena dropping prizes. No that’s not my company.

I Am Hoping: I’m hoping for a good week, I’m still waiting to get more access to doing more stuff. It’s a slow pace.

Plans For The Week: We have to go back to the car dealer tomorrow. I’m not too happy as they are trying to mess with our rate/price. We have decent credit but it never fails when we buy a car they have to call us back for a price change. They really promised us it wouldn’t happen, they all say that. It’s a possibility that our Leaf experience may be short lived. We already told them if something like this were to happen we weren’t keeping the car. The manager of finance lady shook our hands on it that it wouldn’t happen. Yeah…about that.

Picture Thoughts: This kid had an absolute blast at the Thunder game. He was trying to do everything possible to get on the jumbo tron. He danced and waived his sign and yelled when he was supposed to yell and cheered when he was to cheer. One of the thunder dancers not the cheerleaders but the booster drum/dancing group was in our section and he danced with him and gave him a shirt. That made his night.