Let’s Have a Post Shall We?

Were you getting concerned that right as I get the ball rolling, I was going to stop mid stream? It has just been that kind of week. Late nights of random wonderings of grocery shopping, guitar lessons, then vocal lessons cancelled two seconds before we arrived ( clear across town) causing us to detour to guitar center. So Thursday and tonight was basically my first non active night. Zzzzzzz

Not too much to update as of yet. We are still up in the air on Branson and I’m just tired just thinking about it. The acapella group is also still uncertain, they finally said to the group who is doing the latest songs that they are using less kids due to cost, which caused a stir in support of us who weren’t in the know. It’s just kind of professional to keep us all in the know, ya know. Again this is a fickle business we are in and we really just need confirmation to keep our schedule clear. We aren’t crybabies. So that’s life.

The diet is having it’s ups and downs. No, I haven’t cheated…on purpose. I haven’t broken down in temptation at all. It’s been close. The problem is, I happily start eating something that I feel certain is low/no carb like grilled shrimp, feeling happy and no guilt and I check my carb tracking app and I’ve eaten 18 grams of carbs like that. When I saw that and checked nutritional guides from the restaurant to confirm, I almost kicked it to the curb right then…the diet. I was pretty mopey about it for a day. That’s life.

I honestly have really kept myself in check on this “diet”. It’s not really about the weight loss per say, but the awareness of what I’m eating, and mind strength to not indulge. I think it has really been a good test of mental focus. I’ve been just kind of floating through mindless and mundane from day to day that one becomes complacent. I figure this new focus would be good for me. Plus, it is a focus on me and not anyone else which hasn’t happened in awhile.

I’m looking forward to a lazy weekend where this artic blast coming in is going to keep us barcaded inside and I’m ok with that.

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The Sings The Thing

You didn’t think I would get through January without a little singer post did you? There may be a lot of times that’s all I post about…just saying.

He has a lot of irons in the fire right now and in a holding pattern as well. Right now we are just waiting day by day for the release of the video he did with a kids acapella group founded by Pennatonix. It was a national audition and he made it , we have been back and forth to Dallas for the recording and video. I may have mentioned a time or twelve that the kids are all amazing singers and we are super excited for this release. We are hoping he gets included in a few more they plan to do, but so far we haven’t heard anything yet, despite that most of the other kids have, so that’s frustrating .

Now Branson is in talks with us. In case you don’t know, Branson is a big family entertainment town during the summer and has a lot of shows catered to adults primarily. One of the theaters wants to create a show catered to kids with kid singers with current pop music. They would like him to do 2 shows a week for little pay. He would be doing probably a hundred shows a season! Now the drive one way is 5 hours and they want him on Thursday and Saturday nights. I would basically have to go part time work to do this and it wouldn’t include travel and hotel expenses. Sigh…but there are very few 14 year olds who could say they had a hundred some odd shows in Branson. How about that resume?

So we have a lot to think about as usual and if you think this music industry stuff is easy…well it ain’t.

Low Carbing Is A Little Harder

One day I’ll get in the groove of better headlines. It was sort of a play on the song Low Rider…yeah ok moving on…as the singer would “cringe mom!”

I’m going on Day 14 of doing this keto esqe diet. I went in crying and screaming but have been pretty strong once I got through day 5. I pretty much have dropped bread,pasta,rice,beans, potatoes, sugar …the bad kind?…basically all the good things in life. The hubs has been doing it for a while and I got my work bff on board and now that’s all we talk about and keeping us in check at lunch and dinner.

There has never been a stronger possible braking point than today. During a staff training meeting someone brought in 4 dozen donuts of all kinds and not just donuts, like all the good other pastries that the donut shop has. It was like full on donut fest and it was all around me and I stayed the course. Then dinner came. Tonight was my sister’s birthday dinner and of course it was at a Mexican restaurant. Carb city. My little piece of heaven. Queso, Tortillas, and Sopapillas oh my! I again maintained my will. I had a fajitas salad and didn’t eat the shell. Ugh I admit, I’m a little over salad, but it’s easy and fast when doing lunch.

I’m pretty much afraid that once I have a bite of yumminess, it’s over. I’m done I won’t bounce back. We’ll see how this goes and will keep in check.

Alright 2 In A Week Day Book 01.06.19

So bare with me as I get my blog legs back…get it sea legs…ahem…

My writing may be a little off for a bit, but hey look at me blogging, just like riding a bike. I’d like to warm things up with one of my favorite ways to start the week with The Simple Day Book meme if that’s ok with you. Thank you dear reader for keeping me in your feed. ūüėä

Outside My Window: It has warmed up significantly since our snowstorm this past week. We are talking like 60 outside today. We Okies could and can never handle the snow for more than 2 days max. We sure love our snow days off though. We’re wimps

I Am Hearing: The middle is streaming some music that I’m unsure of the singer but it’s kind of relaxing for writing deep thought blog posts. Like I’m in a coffee shop doing some serious writing or you know just in my recliner even better.

I am Thinking: Back to a full real work week…oh yeah and I’m trying be all low carb. It’s been rough I’m not going to lie. I’m going on a full week (technically 6 days but it feels like eons) I have yelled out of pure hangriness and might have wanted to cry and give it up, but so far I’m hanging in there. My main goal is 30 days give or take to see how it goes and how I feel. More on it in future posts.

I am Hoping the week goes smooth and that I’ve done enough planning to eat through the week and not starve. If that makes. Carb goals

Weekend Update: If I say I didn’t even get out of my pajamas Saturday is that some kind of life goal thing? I think it is. I admit, it’s been years since I’ve done that or I was sick, I think my main focus was to not feel starved and keep busying myself. That’s the extent of my weekend.

Plans For The Week: The usual things Tuesdays are guitar lessons for the singer and Wednesday is Bunco (I’m in two groups that meet once a month) I blame these activities and more on my blog slacking. Also Friday is my sister’s birthday so we will meet up at our favorite Mexican place and I will try not to gulp down the queso and refrain from carbs as best as possible. Think about me in my time of struggle.

Picture Thoughts: Some random snow ball fighting. Indulge me we don’t really get this much this often. Yeah I may start breaking out the good camera now that I’m blogging again…yeah that’s right if I keep saying it, it’s totally true. I’m blogging again.

Another Year Of Blog Promises…

Sadly for the past 3 years I have written a post at the begining of the New Year with hope and promise to write more and less Facebook. Just like every resolution, it comes to an end quickly. This time no promises and we will see how it goes. A little reverse psychology on myself.

Here’s a little recap of the last couple years..short and sweet.

2 of the 3 of my boys have graduated high school. They still live at home and do the college thing and work…at least the oldest. He is still trying to figure things out career wise and I’m ok with that.

The middle we are working to get into some work assistance program. With his Aspbergers his situation is a little different.

Then there’s the youngest, the boss, the singer, the actor. If I stick with this blogging thing and I really hope I do, I will try my best to Not make it all about this kid. There are no guarantees since he keeps an interesting story on the weekly. I thought of even doing a separate blog just on his singing, and acting stories alone, but that’s too much work. #lazy #doinggoodjustposthere

We have come a long way technology wise and blogging…look at me blogging on my tablet. I think I can muster up time to do the blog thing again. We have cut a lot of corners on spending and that includes cable, internet streaming was really bogging us down on data usage, so don’t have Netflix anymore either. You know what we moms did before binging Netflix and Facebook? We blogged gosh dang it and we were a happy little community that did not do it for just the free products to review and paid posts, we did it because we loved to tell stories on our kids. I think it’s time to go back to basics and do it!

Auld Lang Syne

So completely ironic that I would literally start a blog post minutes after the new year when blogging for me was so desolate in 2015.

This year literally was the roller coaster of all¬†years. I’m pretty sure I haven’t had this amount of highs and lows in one year than this past year. Of course a lot of it had to do with the little singer (obviously). Most all one of you know the gist of his adventures this year.

The honest to blog thing is, I have no idea if this is going to pan out or not. If it doesn’t who cares? We had an amazing adventure to this point and what more can you ask for it’s really a million to one shot.

Our trip to NY was amazing, we felt like rock stars, the people loved us and we felt we had a second family in NY. I have a lot to say about it but in the end that may just be it, the end. This industry is so volatile that up to this very moment I’m feeling unsure and down and the momma bear in me¬†is praying for no disappointments for my child. The crazy thing is, he probably will be the last to be disappointed because he is so just “whatever will be will be” kind of attitude. As for me, the disappointment is already rearing its ugly head. Everyone is riding our wave and I don’t want them disappointed either, if that makes sense. No pressure. It’s not so much that he didn’t do great, he did awesome. People just move on I guess.¬†It’s just one of those things that’s hard to explain. I just needed to write it down.

I could completely be wrong and all be sunshine and rainbows in the next few weeks. It’s just that so up and down. Honestly, it’s been that way since the beginning so I should take it with a grain of salt. I will say that he will continue to have the love and support from the local singing community we have so it doesn’t mean he’s done by any means. It’s the “national” scene that¬†is very up in the air.

We had some amazing opportunities and any kid in the¬†nation would be so lucky to have had what he had, definitely something he could randomly bring up as a highlight of his life. I still have to beat myself upside the head to say there should be zero disappointment and that’s just how this craziness works.

As for everything else in the life and times of WM247…I’m strongly thinking more blogging less facebooking. I have seriously gotten to the point where I felt I was completely going crazy if I wasn’t checking it every few hours. I would get the twitch that I probably was absolutely missing something, even right now at this very moment the little red button is lit up and I feel desperately that I need to check it and most likely it’s just a stupid game request. It’s amazing¬†the weird high of warm fuzzies a few “likes” does. I guess it’s the people pleaser in me that makes facebook my addiction. I want people to like me and what better place for them to do it?¬†I took a two day hiatus and it was the best and hardest¬†thing ever and I’m going to try to¬†do that a lot more often. At this point blogging has already been so much more therapeutic and it’s only been all of 20 minutes. Because I can be wordy and it’s totally acceptable if zero read or like it or not.¬†Thank you for listening! This day has just been taxing.

I want to focus on getting my oldest his license and him a job. We just have totally set all driving practice to the back burner because of busyness.

My house has also completely fallen to the wayside because momma just wants to chill the minute she walks in the door from work¬†and then I think of lame excuses that has to do with the little singer and excuse after excuse. I’m over myself and my excuses.

I know that resolutions by no means work for me but maybe if lay all this out instead of let it swirl in my head it will be more actionable and less intentional. Wow, look at me sounding all self reflective.

Bring it on 2016! I’m seriously ready to kick a a* and take names. Sorry but I really needed to say that. Really to kicking my own a* and no one elses…sorta.

 

Hello. Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Thanks to the time change I feel I strangely like I have “more” time to do stuff…like procrastinate on house work.

October has been the month of crazy! I think I mentioned last time about the little singer and his extraordinary opportunity. I plan to blog about this more in depth as things are more certain. It’s one of those things where a ton of things are in the works but nothing set in stone. We are planning a trip to NY the first week of Dec. to record his demo. I can’t even believe the words I am typing. A bunch of other crazy things that again, are not yet set in stone. It’s hard to get excited about things until it’s completely etched. We are still working out the contract technicalities. We want to make sure that things are not going to bite us in the butt later.

We talk to his manager just about everyday. He calls to let us know what he is working on for him and just so he can get to know him and so the little singer can feel comfortable around him. If you haven’t noticed he mentions us a lot on facebook as well. It’s completely surreal. We will be staying with him in his home (it’s probably a semi mansion) in NY when we visit, then off to LA in February.

You probably are wondering how the older two are fairing on this whole new kind of crazy..they are taking it like the good laid back brothers they are. Sure they feel a little overlooked a lot but they understand and take it in stride for the most part. The manager actually talked to them specifically how he appreciates their support. He’s going to make sure that they have an important role in all of this. That means a lot. We kind of like him.

My dad had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure you heard my pleas for prayers on facebook. I don’t normally ask for that kind of thing on facebook but it doesn’t hurt to channel good spiritual vibes for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

He’s doing better I suppose. After his triple bypass they let him go just under a week and then he passed out not two days later and they rushed him back. He stayed all of another 24 hours and is out again. He’s having a hard time getting around and it’s hard for my mom to leave him for more than an hour. So we still have a long ways of healing to go. He’s no spring chicken so this is harder for recovery than the average joe. I worry about him a lot and just hope things don’t go down hill from here. I hate to even think much less write about that, but sometimes it’s kind of therapeutic and is what it is. Ugh!

In other news, the oldest is this close to getting his license, the time and effort just has not been there to have him driving as much as he could. Don’t get me started on parallel parking cause it hasn’t started. Parking is still very unsettling for me. I just don’t feel he has that comfort level yet to do the more complex things of parking, so we’ve been taking it the lazy way and parking in the back where no one else is parked. I suggest never letting you’re teen learn to drive ever… as then you’re stress level is so much more relaxed. It’s going to be a very very long time before I’m actually half way comfortable with him driving alone once he has his license. I know he needs the experience to learn but it’s hard, I’ve got enough stress as it is.

Shall I mention my forgotten middle child? He is in a film making class and loves it. He is also working with the morning news group at school. Basically they do a little morning closed circuit “tv” show for announcements and it’s an actual class where they do the school news broadcasts and such. They liked his design work on something so he apparently is doing stuff for them. I only get pieces of information from him so this was “big” for him. Go wonder boy! I haven’t used that name in like ever. I’m still on the fence on using their names on the blog. Not that anybody reads it but still I’m sure they would appreciate not being googled and they pop up in the blog. Then there’s the singer where it’s practically “necessary” to mention his name to get him out there. The double edged sword as they say.

So I am completely rambling and I apologize. Until I see you again very soon.

BTW: Winter is coming soon! I think you know what I mean…not Game of Thrones.