Here are some random pics from the past week or so.


Shadow family.


Swim date.


Angry Birds Theater.


Teeny helicopter.


Trying out a Pinterest inspired ‘do.


Our neighborhood ducklings are looking super cute. I wish they’d stop hanging out near the road though.


Snuggly morning.




Really happy to get back to (somewhat) normal eating again.


Wizarding 101.


MK lovin’.


Big stack of photos printed for Father’s Day.


We bought this book in West Virginia and he had it finished by the time we got home.


Banana milkshakes!


Okay this wasn’t the actual Super Moon. I got my dates confused. But pretty cool anyway.


Camera shy.



Random weekend stuffs

Pretty nice weekend. Nothing too exciting or earth shattering, which is a relief. It was my first weekend out completely sans crutches! I’m a bit unsteady still and I have absolutely no stamina whatsoever. We’re going to take walks in the evenings this week to hopefully build that up.

I got some good mail from Megan at the nerdnest.com. A journal for December Daily! I’m pretty excited to start, but I guess we need to get through Halloween first.

Speaking of Halloween, the decorations are continuing to go up. And I’m working on a pretty awesome Halloween box for the Little Man. I’ll do a post on that once I’m finished.

Jason is loving his stereo. It’s making the long commute a lot more bearable. He can play things directly from the iPhone through bluetooth now. He still likes the roadster, but unfortunately the radio stations fade in and out a lot between home and work so it was becoming a hassle.

The Little Man is now in student council! He didn’t talk a whole lot about it, because there were more exciting video games to discuss. But we think it’s pretty cool.

MK is being a pain in the butt, waking us up too early, scratching at the blinds and making a lot of unnecessary noise. Not sure whats up with her.

Oh and also in news that is only important to us, Jason installed my brand new super awesome antimicrobial magic toilet seat this weekend. It’s magical because it’s “anti-slam”, which means instead of slamming closed like a regular toilet seat, when you drop the lid, it slowly and gently floats down into place without making a sound. Like the feather in Forrest Gump. 🙂

We’re making plans for the holidays, which will involve NASA, so I’m super excited for that. I miss my space shuttles!

I think that’s about it. I’m so ready to get back into my normal routine of cooking and house stuff and being a bit more active. Lot’s of fun stuff coming up in the next couple of months.

Bullying… (may contain adult language)

I’ve been thinking a lot about bullying, especially with the recent news of Jennifer Livingston, a local news anchor who went on air to speak out after a viewer sent her an e-mail about her weight. You can see the video of her statements here.

I admire Jennifer for her willingness to stand up for herself. And I admire her station for supporting her in doing so. I think it’s a great story of standing up for yourself with grace and dignity.

The problem I have with this situation is the media jumping on this story with the word “bullying”. That is a very strong word, and I don’t know if t applies here. To me, bullying is about intimidation. When I think of bullying, I think of kids getting physical on a playground. I think of swirleys. I think of gang mentality. I don’t think a nasty email is bullying.

Of course that doesn’t make it right. Words can hurt just as much as physical blows. I know this all to well. But a critical email, while hurtful, does not equal bullying. Just because someone is an asshole, doesn’t make them a bully.

Was the little girl in kindergarden who wouldn’t sit next to me on the carpet squares because I was “ugly” a bully? No, she was a brat.

Were the girls who made fun of me all through elementary school for being part of the “Nerd Herd” bullies? No, because they were in the “Snob Squad”, and their opinions didn’t matter to me.

Was the guy in high school who got in my face, and ultimately smacked me in the cafeteria line, a bully? No, because I hit him first.

Were the women at my job bullies because they consistently called me names on a daily basis for the year and a half that I worked with them? No, they were ignorant bitches and not worth my time.

And I guess what I’m trying to say here is that to me, bullying connotes intimidation. They want a rise out of you. They want to make you feel bad. They’d love to see you cry. They make you a victim.

Jennifer Livingston does not seem like a victim to me. She is a woman who had to find a way to deal with a jerk. Most of us deal with jerks on a regular basis. I’m not saying this to downplay her experience. I’m sure it was really hard to have a complete stranger criticize her for her appearance in that way, especially when he said she was a bad influence to young girls. He was extremely rude, and obviously had too much time on his hands. I don’t think that makes him a bully. I think that makes him an asshole.

When we label people as bullies, I think that gives them too much power. Call them jerks, call them bitches, call a few of them sociopaths. Just don’t call them bullies, because that implies that there is a victim involved.

And I’m nobody’s victim.

Curious to hear if anyone has opinions on this.


Just some random stuff from the past week or so…

Saturday we went bowling for charity with some people from Jason’s company. The proceeds benefitted Junior Achievement. I can’t say I was super excited to go initially. I’m a terrible bowler. So terrible that the last time I bowled I only scored a 12. And the guy from the bowling alley asked if I needed bumpers… also this was in front of my FIL, so that made it even more embarrassing for some reason.

We ended up having a really good time. As soon as we walked in and were doing introductions, one man shook my hand and said “Your husband is one of the smartest people I know”. That just made me grin because he is totally one of the smartest people I know too… and I know a ton of smart people 🙂

We brought the new camera, so when we weren’t bowling, we were taking pictures. I forgot to do my usual “I have a blog and do scrapbooking and such so do you mind if I plaster your face all over the internet?” speech, so I won’t put any up here. Except this one, which shows off Jason’s excellent form 🙂

 I’ve been working out here and there for the past couple of weeks. It’s crazy how out of shape I’ve gotten since I left work and I’m not walking 30,000 steps a day. I keep hearing all this junk about how working out gives you more energy. When does that start? It’s just making me tired…

I love Costco. I love Costco like some people love Target. I mostly love it for the ladies with the free samples of lobster dip. And apparently I love taking instagrams of the cart while waiting for Jason to finish looking at TV’s.

Oh and then there’s football. I love football season. Not so much for the actual football, but for the hours and hours of scrapping time. And pizza. And getting to see Jaws again. And C’mon man. And the Play 60 commercials.

Last Sunday was also National Step Family Day. Which according to Hallmark ranks right up there with National Apple Dumpling Day, National Cheeseburger Day, and Rice Krispies Day. I did talk briefly to the Little Man Sunday, so that was nice. And since today is National Talk Like A Pirate Day, I thought I’d just combine the two holidays and show a picture of my stepson as a pirate 🙂 From Feb. 2008. He’s so little!

So that’s a little bit of the random stuff going on with us. Oh and then there’s this… just because.