Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hippity Hoppity

Of all the gift bearing mammals

I have the pleasure of impersonating...

I have to say, The Bunny

Is the most fun.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Just Like Being There (you are so welcome)

#1 Woke up to a fresh couple inches of snow:

Which made my earlier procrastination of putting away the winter stuff totally justified!  Snow pants by the door is right where we needed them this morning.  (Self, you are welcome!)

#2 I've been really struggling to get back into any sort of normal routine since... Mexico...and then being sick... and then the road trip.  My internal clock is totally messed up,  I keep waking up ALL NIGHT.  It is the worst.

#3  I finally got in a good workout, today.  I've really only managed a handful since Mexico (curse you, Mexico!).  I hate how quickly I can fall out of a routine that I put some many months into creating.  I have to keep reminding myself that this hump (of self sabotage, masked as "justifiable exhaustion" or "urgent paperwork filing") is short lived and I have to just "fake it till I make it" and in a week I'll be back  on top of things.

#4  I did this today:

Yep, I tore a million pieces of decorative tape to tape up an old Easter project of Kid's to the window (See #3).  I finally snapped out of it, was able to call a spade a spade, and forced myself on the treadmill (also, See #3).  So... success on the sabotage front.  Plus, bonus, I know have a trifecta of holiday decorations up all at once.

#5  At the dentist today, I found out that Baby will have a gap between her adult front teeth. I figured Baby's fans would want to know this urgent dental update.  She is all set to be the next Lauren Hutton.  Phew.

#6  Tonight at bedtime, Baby was relating something to Mr F & I and said:
"That's just because I hypermelonated because I was crying."  We didn't correct her.  We're on the losing end with funny kid mispronunciations and we'll miss them when they are gone.

#7 I'm reading August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.  I've laughed pretty hard.  I'll be interested to see the movie, now.  Although Mr F hates Dermot Mulroney more than he hates Jessica Fletcher...

#8  I made this soup for dinner.  With these rolls.  I make the rolls in the mixer with a dough hook.  After I divide the dough into rolls I leave 8 out for dinner to rise & pop the rest in the freezer.  These are the girls' absolute favorite rolls.  They're good.

#9 Oh, also, I obsessed A LOT today about why the parent at school I talked to about carpooling has not responded to my return email.  (P.S. they probably hate me/think I'm crazy, etc... right?!?)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tell Me How You Really Feel

Mr F heaves himself onto the couch and queries aloud:

"What new show are we going to watch?"

"I've been thinking of watching...

 Murder She Wrote"  I reply deadpan.

"What is that bullshit??  Jesus Christ.  No, I don't want to watch that."  Mr F spews.

"Give me something else. Give me something else." He continues, muttering to himself,

clearly shaken by old Jessica Fletcher memories.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Long Story Short: I Did Stuff

I opened the windows today. (High of 77)

I tried to read this... and then after a bit wondered why I was still reading it and stopped.

I cleaned all the spiderwebs out of our front screened in porch, wiped off all the dust from the window ledges and vacuumed the furniture.

I took the change in weather as a sign I should take down our large wreath which has been hanging on the side of our house since before the snow in December.

And the Christmas lights left on a bush Mr F missed last week.

I picked up all the sleds and snowball makers, ski poles, and igloo flags that have found themselves deposited from the mouths of snow caves onto our lawn.

The girls played outside for 6 hours, making fairy houses and working on their "island".

I taught Baby two lessons from the math curriculum I just ordered, since she is having trouble with the one her school is using.

I brushed off our outdoor table and pulled it from the eaves so that tonight's impending thunderstorm might help wash off the cemented dust and grime of the last 7 months.

I half heartedly raked out one of our garden beds, during which time I thought about how I'd like less structured garden beds at my next house.

I went to the grocery store.

I made pizza.

I changed out Baby's duvet for a lighter one, since she was too hot last night.

I read this article.

I paid Kid's tuition and realized I only have one more payment to go... Europe you are getting closer.

I made oatmeal-banana-scotchies muffins for tomorrow's breakfast.  (they're good)

And I'm even showing up, here.  (which is still taking concerted effort)

I have to say, I started my day feeling pretty overwhelmed by all the stuff that needs to be done around here.  We are still not fully unpacked from our trip to Mexico.  I did do our taxes but we went out of town again before I could process all the papers from this year.  Our piano is still festively dressed in both Christmas and Valentine's Day decorations.  There are piles of snowsuits by our front door....

But now, at the end of the day... just writing down what I did accomplish... despite the glaringly obvious fact that I didn't do any of the things I said I needed to (whatever)... I do feel a lot better... at least I didn't just cave and watch Survivorman on Netflix all day.

Which considering I just got home from a grueling two day drive with the kids... is saying something.

Particularly since Baby has misinterpreted her classroom's free play rule of "everybody is in charge of themselves" to mean that she doesn't have to listen to me anymore.

Which resulted in more than a few tense moments on the road...

Saturday, April 12, 2014


But exhausted.

Remind me to tell you about the street racers on the Ohio Turnpike.

It took a few years off my life...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sick Bed

I'm sick.  SO sick, it is crazy.

First, on Saturday, while I was doing the taxes I felt weird and dizzy.

And I had a sore throat.

But, I actually thought...

this might just be tax induced psychosomatic illness.

You know, like during finals in college

when I would inexplicable turn into a narcoleptic.


So, I did what I always do: ate a bunch of high sugar simple carbs.

No effect.

Right now, looking back, at this point,

I cannot believe I made myself workout for 70 minutes yesterday.

I could have died!

Anyway, back to Saturday...

Every single time, my strange reaction to sickness catches me off guard,

and usually results in my doing something dumb

that could make me break my own legs off.

So, the weird thing for me, is that I never get a fever.

NEVER (ok, rarely)

I've even had raging infections...

dizzy, shaking with chills, red streaks...

and NO fever.

On the rare occasion I have gotten a fever...

I pass out, hit my head

(on a radiator, a marble counter, the kitchen floor...)

and have to be monitored for a concussion.


Does anyone else suffer from this strange malady?

I'm talking like a fever of 100 degrees not 105.

It's weird.

So anyway, I'm glad we are on break

and I don't have to get behind the wheel.

Because I feel deranged.

I mean, it's a cold.  A cold, people...

but I feel like someone has extracted part of my brain

in a cruel science experiment.

So, that's where I am at.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Remember when  said I WASN'T going to let other people's agendas start my day?  I was going to sit down and write first thing??... Yeah, well, that has been the hardest habit to adopt.  Dang it.  When I do focus on my own agenda, my whole day runs better... I end up being so much more productive.  But, the truth is... it just is easier to procrastinate in my early morning stupor.  I open my email, check in on FB, and my blog reader, and then... I've run out of time and my own writing gets pushed down the line.

So, anyway, I told myself yesterday to get at it this morning

and... well, it happened again.

I need to really work on this,

It is just another way I sabotage myself.

I've made a lot of positive changes in the last few months,

but this one thing is really hard for me to break.

Well, now that I've gotten that off my chest,

here is the RIVETING Furious lifestyle update:

Today I feel kind of sick and rundown.

After doing the taxes yesterday,

I just really wanted to have a bit of the day to relax in my room


(I foolishly thought I had earned this privilege)

Within fifteen minutes, this is what happened:

As usual.

It's like they can smell it and they ALL come one by one and smoother me out of bed.

That got me antsy and angsty and I ordered everyone to get at least 5 things out of their rooms to put in a donation pile.  I cleaned out our linen closet of 6 sets of sheets and duvet sets we don't use in this house and a pile of my clothes.   I'm feeling an extremely strong urge to just get rid of everything these days.  I'm just over so much of it.  I just want to shed stuff.  Plus, we're reaching that stage of parenthood where we finally can get rid of a bunch of the little kid crap that just smoothers your house (you know???!)... and I just want it GONE.  Plus, Plus:  I really want to travel extensively with the kids (I think I've mentioned this 1,000 times, yes?) and I want that to be our priority.  Plenty of deep thoughts on that around here lately.  We're assessing our real life priorities and how we are going to make them happen... What we'd give up or risk to make them happen. At this point, I think it is an achievable goal to travel/or live for a month internationally every summer.  But we aren't millionaires... so... let's maybe have a simpler life that allows us to have a more exciting and adventurous life.   I'm hoping this is doable on $10,000/year... which is roughly what we'll be saving in tuition next year.

Well, that's where my head space is at these days.

This video, actually got me seriously motivated on that front.

Other things I accomplished today:
I got cat poop off my nicest white pillowcase (for real...)
I worked out (70 min)
I made these chicken legs for dinner (the best!!)
I made brownies for dessert
I successfully avoided cleaning off the kitchen counter (again)

And now I'm finally alone in my bed with a cup of tea...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It's That Time Again

Welp, this is my 5th year using TaxAct, and once again... I TOTALLY recommend it.  Which is saying something, because we are always wrangling with some annoyingly complex tax return issue, like multiple State returns, freelance income for both of us, investment loss/gains, amendments because Mr F forgot about some of his 1099s, etc.

So far so good, anyway.  Plus, you really can't beat the $17.95 price tag.

Just to be clear, I am just this much of a nerd.  No one is paying me to endorse TaxAct.  
But, I wish they would...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Oh, Goody!

Another numbered post!


#1  The other day, when I was at Starbucks, I got one of their iTunes giveaway codes (does everyone else know about this? Get on it.  I have gotten so many great apps this way).  It was for KAMI a puzzle game, which I would never have known about or tried on my own... but, as it turns out, I love.  Plus it's too hard for Mr F and that's always a bonus for my self esteem.  Anyway, I've been meaning to tell you, 2 thumbs up on the KAMI app.

#2 This is the best I can do for a wedding shot of the Furious Clan:

Sorry about the sun in our faces and the weird angle... 
there were only drunk people around to take photos.
(P.S. doesn't Mr F's arm around my back look REALLY weird??)

#3  I have finally convinced Mr F to try concrete finish on our hideous flesh toned laminate countertops.  I'm so excited!!  Thank you, Katieo for helping me convince him it was doable.  We are going to try them with a stain that looks a bit like soapstone like these folks did.

#4 Kid DID put the cannibalism bit in her essay for her test.  We laughed all the way home. And now she's got $20 in her pocket.  (FWIW, She got an A+, but her teacher did not remark on the cannibalism)

#5 Spring Break starts tomorrow for us.  I am so excited to have the break, but also that it means we are almost done juggling this crazy school year with the two schools situation.  I cannot wait to give up this ridiculous school run I have to do. Anyway, the real news is that we are going to visit Mr F's mom in CT.  (What the what?!?!)  This should definitely be interesting.  I have to say, I am not as nervous about that as I would have been when his father was alive.  In many ways, we think that maintaining a relationship will be easier now.  We'll see... in any event, we are taking the northern route and stopping half way in Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, the falls are still kind of frozen and the Maid in the Mist boat isn't running yet, which explains why the hotels were so cheap.  Oh well, hopefully it's still impressive.  We need to stop somewhere anyway, it might as well have a view.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Things To Know...

#1  Yes, this is a numbered post! (you are welcome)

#2 I am suffering from violent hiccups.  Do you remember when there was that teenage girl that had hiccups for like 2 straight weeks (was it longer?!) and it made the national news?  Well, that terrified me.  Now, whenever I have hiccups I get a little stressed that they really might not ever go away.

#3 On a related note: when I was first dating Mr F... (oooh, the intrigue)... I had a bad case of hiccups.  For some bizarre and unknown reason Mr F became really pissed and told me to stop "milking it!".  I was like "What?!!!".  I mean, who milks hiccups??  Who is going to prolong diaphragm spasms... on purpose?  Is this something someone can even physically do?  So, I was all..."Thanks for the sympathy... sorry to annoy YOU."  This rather bizarre and rude response to my discomfort has thankfully proven to be a deep comedic well that I return to, again and again.  There is not a time that Mr F has hiccups that I don't shout out "Stop Milking It!!" (For the record, I think he feels deep shame about the incident)

#4  I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead which made think... I should get a juicer.  But then I thought.... "You always think you should do something super extreme... why is this different?"  And that stumped me.  Because, of course, it's not.  And I had recently promised myself to be more food normal and stick with what I know works for me... which is not doing extreme diets!!  Micro nutrients are good, no doubt.  But can't I just eat the food?  Do I have to juice it??... if I'm not doing a cleanse.  Because I am SO not doing a cleanse.  Me and my blood sugar don't cleanse.  We morph into the angriest drunk man you ever saw.  It isn't worth it.    (But, maybe I'm still thinking about it...)

#5  I would really like to live in a luxury hotel room made out of concrete:
I never thought I'd say that, but it is 100% true. 

 Yes, Baby is crying... 
she just found out we had to leave her bouquets behind
It was quite the mourning process.

#6 I styled the girls' hair for my brother's wedding:

I think I should go pro.  Did I ever tell you that I've always wanted to be a hair stylist?  
Or a private detective?  Or a bank teller?  Or a bakery counter person?  Or a mailman?  
Or a flight attendant?  Or a dance instructor? Or an accountant?  
When did this list cross over into weird?  
After bank teller??  
I still want all the jobs I thought were awesome when I was a kid.  
I have also always been smitten with jobs that require a uniform (I am what I am). 

Ok, I think that's enough weird for one night.  

See you tomorrow.
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