Monday, February 29, 2016

Okay, February...Be Done Now

     Happy Leap Day! Things have been crazy around here this month, so much so that February has gone by in a complete blur. My husband completed ALS and graduated, and my baby Owen turned 2 (!!!). My in-laws came to visit, our van broke down, and to cap off such a crazy month both of my boys woke up this morning with a horrible stomach bug. I'm kind of glad that February is the shortest month of the year, because I don't think I could take much more of this. Some of this month's events have been great ones: our visit with the in-laws, Owen's birthday, and my husband's graduation. Great, but stressful for someone like me who gets horrible "host" anxiety. Really, other than the vomit-capades this morning the only "bad" or difficult event was our van's transmission dying. So March, if you could just be a chill and relaxing month that'd be great. No vomit or catastrophic mechanical failures please!
     Starting today I'm renewing my focus on my writing. I love this blog, and I want to make it into something better. I hope to help it grow and become truly reflective of myself as I am. Being a military spouse can be lonely and isolating, and this blog was created so that I could feel like I had someone to talk to when I felt alone. So thank you, anyone and everyone who reads my blog. Comments, and even page views, let me know that in some way I'm being heard. Thank you for being there and listening while I shovel emotional crap.

     Okay, enough with the heavy. This past weekend I crossed a line. A big one. A big, nerdy line. I played a Dungeons & Dragons board game with my husband and our friends. And I even posted about it on Instagram (no denying it now).
My archer facing Shimmergloom, the lamest dragon in the history of dragons. I mean...come on....Shimmergloom?

I remember sitting on my dad's lap when I was a little girl and blowing on his D20 for good luck when he played D&D with his friends. I've never played "real" D&D on paper, and I think that this board game may be the closest thing to it I can manage. That being said, it was fun. We slayed the dragon, and I only died once (which is good for me). This nerd girl just got a little bit nerdier, if that's even possible. 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Things I'm Digging This Week

     This week has been jam packed with busywork for everyone. My husband is in his second to last week of Airman Leadership School so he's prepping for tests and whatnot, Liam is gearing up for his school Valentine's Day party, Owen is being Owen as the date of his second birthday gets closer and closer, and I am trying to keep up with everything else. I managed to make Liam's Valentine's Day party box (to put all his Valentine's cards in), do a seemingly endless pile of laundry, and tonight Liam and I have to address all of his cards for his classmates. We've all been so busy that everyone in my house has been going to bed before 10pm. Everyone. Last night around 9:15 I was begging to go to sleep.
     So now I'd like to slow down, sip my cup of coffee, and let you know about a few of the things that I've been digging this week:

 Almond Breeze Reduced Sugar Almond Milk

I absolutely love this almond milk. It's not as overwhelmingly sweet as the regular vanilla almond milk, and it has a really delicious flavor. It's mellow enough that I can put it in cereal and still enjoy it. I use it in the morning in my breakfast shake, and if I get a craving for something sweet at night before bed I can drink a little bit of this and be (pretty much) satisfied. I mean, it's not cheesecake or anything, but it IS a much healthier option. I've been enjoying it in conjunction with the second thing I've been digging this week...

Slimfast

I was recently told by my doctor that I needed to lose weight. I had been doing really well after I had Owen, but since he stopped breastfeeding my magical metabolism disappeared and I've put some weight back on. Not a ton, but enough. I decided that I'd try a meal replacement shake for breakfast to see if a) it helped and b) I could drink it without gagging. So far, so good. The regular vanilla Slimfast was a no go. It was so sweet it tasted like I was drinking vanilla birthday cake. The "high protein" version has waaaaay less sugar and only slightly tastes like cake. I'm on week two of my Slimfast for breakfast routine and I'm actually doing pretty well. I put my almond milk, Slimfast mix, ice, and a banana into the blender and voila: breakfast. 

Downton Abbey Season 6

I jumped for joy when we got season 6 of my favorite PBS show in the mail. Literally. I think I may have spooked the mailman. Anywho, my husband and I just finished episode four and we're going to watch episode five tonight. I absolutely love this show, and I'm so sad that it's ending. We've been watching an episode a night so we don't burn through the whole season too quickly. I don't want to post any spoilers, but let's just say that in episode three something that I've been wanting to happen since season one has finally happened and I may or may not have teared up a little when it did. So cute! 

Remington T-Studio Luxe Conical Wand

I got my hair done last weekend and decided that since I'm *trying* to grow it out I should buy a curling wand so I can learn how to achieve the beachy curls that I've always loved but never been able to achieve. This wand came with a pouch to store it in and a glove to protect yourself from burns (*note* the glove protects your hand, but you can still burn your head, ears, and face.....don't ask....). The good news is the wand is pretty easy to use and I got my hair to curl. The bad news is I looked more like a poodle who had gotten into a fight (and lost) than a woman with effortlessly beautiful curled hair. I guess I need to practice. A lot. 

My Son, the Amazing Hulk

Liam decided that it would be rad to swipe a magic marker, hide under his blanket during nap time, and color himself green. His face doesn't look very green in the picture because it had already been washed repeatedly when his teacher realized what he had done. Liam did his face, ears, hands, and stomach/chest. When asked why he colored himself green his answer was, "I don't know". So, there you have it. I'm digging his Hulk vibe, though I've discouraged him from doing this again. I also now make a disclaimer when he watches the Avengers Assemble cartoon that he isn't allowed to color himself like Iron Man or Captain America either unless the whole family can get involved. Methinks we may have to be the Avengers as a family Halloween costume this year......hmmmm.....