I’m baccckkkk

Oh man, you guys. I’m really not a slacker. Well….take back. I am kind of a slacker, but only when it comes to doing things for myself. Blogging is really just a big therapy ball for me, so when things start going crazy in life, the first thing to drop off is blogging. I would say it’s exercising, but let’s be real, I don’t exercise. I tried a few times, you know, thinking I could do it the next time and the next time. This most recent time, I lasted for three months before I gave up. That’s an improvement, right?! I was pretty proud of myself.  But for real, one of the big reasons I dropped off the blogging world as long as I did was because I did a crazy thing and deleted the Google Authentication app off my phone. Not a big deal, right? Well only not a big deal IF you still had your back up codes printed out somewhere. I apparently did not have them printed out. That, or I threw the list of codes away eons ago during a wild and crazy cleaning day. Those get kind of crazy, dontcha know.  Thank goodness for WordPress for getting me back up and running. What’s the phrase the youngins use these days? You da real MVP! I think that’s right, but it just sounds so wrong in my head, probably because I sound like an old lady.

School has been all-consuming and of course LuLaRoe. Let’s not even mention being a mom and wife. Holy smokes. Sometimes I feel like I bit off more than I could chew. Probably because I did, but we won’t go there. I only have ONE more semester of school after this one. THANK GOODNESS. I absolutely cannot wait to be done. Honestly, though, it’s been really enlightening and sometimes really challenging. I need a good challenge to make sure my brain is still operating and can think about things logically. Do you ever get scared that the creativity and the learning parts of your brain are just going to shrivel up if you don’t use them? I am super paranoid about that, so I try to keep it functioning so that it will keep working for me. So far, so good. I’ll let y’all know if I start slipping. My burning question at the moment is why is it soooo easy for me to write things like this, but when it comes to writing papers for class, my paper looks like the North Pole. White. Ugh. It’s probably because “I’m not in to it”. Not that I’m into myself either, but it’s way less time-consuming to write my thoughts because they are already in my head. Class papers require me to put things into my head to get that stuff down on paper and there’s not a lot of room for new stuff. Hello, data dumps.  EVERY semester, y’all. Every semester.

Business is going well. It’s waayyyyy more work than I anticipated initially. I don’t know what I was thinking to be honest, but I will say that it’s rewarding. It makes me feel good when I can make someone’s day or if we find just the right dress for that special night out. It’s nice to be able to contribute to someone’s happiness, no matter how trivial it may seem. A smile is a smile, y’all.

My boy is growing up on me. He’s FOUR, you guys. FOUR. How is that even possible?! Doesn’t it just feel like yesterday that he entered this world? He’s terribly handsome if I do say so myself and most of the time he’s too smart for his own good. He got his first report card a couple of weeks ago. I know what you are thinking and yes, it was like a legit report card. I had the same reaction. He’s four. HE’S FOUR. But, I will say it was cool to see what he’s excelling at and what he’s struggling with. He’s smart as a whip, but he struggles with listening on the playground and well listening in general. He has this bad habit of being a typical kid and only wanting to do what he wants to do. Serious business, y’all. For real though, I know he should listen and we are talking to him about it, but if that’s the worst thing he does, I’m okay with that for now because I really do think it’s just a thing kids his age do.

Work is going well. I’m still at my library. Let’s face it, I’ll probably never leave. We had our fourth Vintage Viands event. It was pretty awesome. It was featured in Our State magazine and 1808: Greensboro’s Magazine, so that’s been interesting and fun. It was so nice to have people from the community come and sample recipes from our collection. They had fun and we had fun in the moment at least. The clean up afterwards is always a doozy, but we made it through.

We added a new member to the family. Everyone, meet Turbo Whiskers. I betcha can’t guess who named him.

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We got him in August because the animal shelter was having free adoption month. He was five months old when this was taken, so he’s grown a little bit. He already looks full-grown. Surprisingly, our dog really doesn’t mind him. They play all the time. Sometimes the cat gets a little rough, but the dog just yelps and the cat slows his roll. My husband is less than thrilled with the cat. We (as in me and our son) might have gone and gotten him one day while he was working. I was feeling rebellious that day. It was two against one, let’s not forget. I have no regrets. NONE.

I think that catches us back up for now. Now that I’m back in action, you’ll probably be hearing from me again. I’ll be sure to bring my awesome work stories and recipes back to the table. I did get my very own old school jello mold the other day. My aspic game is about to grow stronger, so y’all know I’m going to sharing the love with you guys.













Another semester bites the dust

You know, it really is true. Time really does pass quicker and quicker the older I get. When I was little, I always kind of just nodded my head when older people told me that without taking it to heart (and maybe incorporating a little eye rolling in that nodding during my teenage years). I think the truth of the matter is that time doesn’t pass quicker (obviously) but that our lives become so much more complicated and busy that it just goes by so fast. Here lately I’ve been dreaming of the day when I can get back to that slow pace when everything seems to take forever. Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments when things still take forever, like buying a house. Will we ever be able to buy a house? Right now that’s a BIG negative, or so it seems anyway, but that’s another conversation for another day.

I finished my fourth semester on my road to obtaining my Masters just this week, which probably explains the silence on my blog for a while. I took Library Administration this semester which I fully expected to struggle with but it wasn’t too terribly bad. I came out with an “A” but it was in a format that almost made it impossible for  you to get anything but an “A” as long as you did the work. I’m not a take-charge kind of person, so it was an interesting experience to write papers on critiquing leadership styles and how to handle high-charged situations. Thank goodness I took all those leadership classes. That really helped a lot.

Speaking of leadership classes, I completed my silver level of leadership! I only have the gold level left! I contemplated just stopping at silver but I seriously want to complete the full program and get as high as I can in this program. It’s going to be a 60 hour program, but I have a whole year to do it. I can do it, right? Maybe? Possibly? Yes! Yes, I can! Luckily, I have the most supportive mother-in-law in the world who will watch my wee one. Not only will I have this on my plate but classes, a full-time job, mommy, wife, the parent representative on my sons daycare baord) and a new adventure that I’m embarking on which I will talk about in a different post (because all exciting things deserve their own post, right?) I told you I have the most supportive mother-in-law ever! She’s usually the one who ends up having to pick up my son and watch him while I’m doing all this crazy stuff.


With my medallion after the ceremony!

Speaking of my little one, he has exploded! Not literally exploded but like blossomed, changed, grown up, all those kind of words! Exploded is just more dramatic, kind of like my wee one (but what 3 year old isn’t dramatic, am I right?)! His vocabulary is just amazing and he’s just so smart! Poor guy is struggling at the moment with allergies, but he’s making it through. He had surgery (yes another one!) in February to remove a cyst on his neck. I wasn’t prepared for that one like I was with the hypospadias surgeries (yes, plural. He had three of those in the past, poor guy). This one took a lot longer and he reacted not as well to the anesthesia. Throwing up after you just had your throat cut into is not fun, by the way, in case someone needed to tell you that. He was miserable for a day, but by the next day my crazy guy was back to normal, surprisingly. My little guy is seriously my favorite person in the world! He just lights up my whole life. I mean, who wouldn’t love a kid who says “Aw, shucks” every time you give him a kiss (I’m thinking he picked that up from Bambi? Or was it Cinderella? One of those creatures says “aw shucks” at some point I think. They watch a LOT of movies at daycare in the mornings until everyone gets there so I have no idea where he picks up half his phrases). =)


My wee one playing music on fruit and veggies at the UNCG Science Everywhere event. 

By the way, in case you didn’t already know, it’s gardening time! We had a spring garden for the first time ever this year. I planted strawberries, lettuce and broccoli. The lettuce has done amazing, the rest hasn’t produced yet so we will see how it goes. It’s definitely time to get the tomatoes, green beans and peas in the ground, though. I wish it would stop raining so Icould get this all done but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. Such crazy weather!

I think that’s all for now! Stay tuned for my fun post on my crazy new adventure later on! I just have to end with my painting I did yesterday! I had so much fun with one of my oldest friends yesterday! She seriously lights up my life!



My Truth Be Told painting I did with a bunch of awesome ladies yesterday!