B) Mr F and I are working our way through Breaking Bad on Netflix. I don't love it. It's fine... I think it's incredibly slow moving and it doesn't have that pull that other series have had (Lost, FNL, Justified) where Mr F and I can't stop watching the episodes back to back. We need another one like that, any suggestions (must be dvd or Netflix as we have no TV service).
C) I was making great strides (Ha!) working out in the AM after the kids went to school. Then last week the school stress just got unbearable and I started going to back to sleep after sending them off for another hour or two. I don't know what it is but extreme stress shuts me down and I am INCREDIBLY sleepy. I used to be like that during finals in college. Also, I was just burning it at both ends. I have to get up a couple of hours earlier to get everyone ready for school and then I don't actually go to bed a couple of hours earlier. Plus I'm driving so many hours a day... it's really mentally fatiguing (seriously it is). Well, anyway, now we have mice in the basement and I can't workout until Mr F secures the perimeter. I'm am going to try and do ye olde Cathe in the living room. If I get motivated... hopefully soon.
Get your lazy asses up and get on that shit.
E) Kid has 4 tests this week. Pray for us. I am now keeping a daily emotions calendar and charting how she feels about school before, after, and during homework. I'm hoping sometime before the next tuition payment is due we'll have a clear pattern we can go off of. She said if she could choose again she'd choose to homeschool, but now that she is there it's very hard for her to quit. I get it. I'm hoping that by charting it, I'll be able to make the best decision possible for her. If after 60 days the negative feelings dominate then I think we should pull her out.
F) Despite living in the safest area we've ever lived in, we just installed a home security system. For those of you that already have one this will seem like no big deal, I'm sure. For us, this is ground breaking! We've always kind of felt like if someone was going to break-in they were going to break-in and you might as well leave your door unlocked than have them smash out the glass of your antique door. You know? But then we were hit by the tornado and I have a very different feeling about how much stress and trauma I want to live through and feel much more comfortable being proactive. There has been a huge increase in break-ins in our county and even extending into our little village... the beauty of our house is that it is set way back on a heavily foliaged acre lot... which is also the negative in this circumstance. Better safe than sorry. We've got this baby rigged up tight! It seems a little overboard, but as I said, I'd much rather be in that situation than the other. One of Mr F's coworkers, at his old job, had their house ransacked while she was at work... when he saw how devastating and traumatizing it was he was on board lickety split. We got our system from SimpliSafe and I have to say, I'm loving it. It was very easy to install and use and I love having the key fob... really does make it as easy to use as a car alarm.
E) The weather decided to abruptly match the change in season. We've had the heat on the past two days (and trust me I really try to prolong that as much as possible since I'm crazy about our heating bill) and we're back to hot coffee. This kind of weather really makes me miss Asheville. I loved the sound and smell of the heat coming off of the radiators in the morning... I had the perfect spot to drink my coffee right next to a big radiator and my windows looking out at our gorgeous maple tree lined street. Fall was definitely the best season there. Of course, now we have THIS at the end of our street... so I'm not complaining ;)