My Bucket List in Reverse

Wow, I am so glad I stumbled on Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop.  It’s kinda fun to do something different.  So this week, I am choosing the prompt:  Create a reverse bucket list that names the top ten things you never want to do. (Inspired by The Hairpin).

Holy cow…when I picked this prompt I thought “easy pease!”.  Yeah, I was so very wrong; this was hard.

#10:  Complete a triathlon:  Why would anyone want to do that to themselves?  I think I will be just fine in life without doing one of those.

#9:  Watch the complete series of Star Wars, Twilight or the Godfather:  Why do people seem so shocked when you haven’t seen all of those movies?  Get over it people!

#8:  See the Ball Drop in Times Square:  Every time I see that crowd on New Year’s Eve, all I can think about is–where do you go to the bathroom?

#7:  Learn to dive:  I think I am a bit claustrophobic, and the thought of being at the bottom of the ocean with a tank on my back and a think shoved in my mouth gives me the willies.  Don’t need to do that!

#6:  Learn to Fly:  I hate to fly, hate hate hate!  While other people may believe I will feel more in control and comfortable if I am flying the plane myself; I don’t buy it.

#5:  Hike the Appalachian Trail:  I had this old ex-boyfriend who really wanted to do this.  I am not sure what part of it seems appealing.  Hiking all day, no bathrooms, no hot shower, no wine, no hot coffee, no internet.  No way, not for me.

#4:  Skydive or Bungee Jump:  In a world of so many things that can go wrong, why laugh in the face of fate?  Just doesn’t seem safe to me, why risk it?

#3:  Live in a cold place:  I live in Florida, and yes the summers are brutally hot and humid; and the hurricanes aren’t fun either.  But I get cold when it gets in the 60’s.  I have no desire to shovel snow.  I don’t need a White Christmas to feel merry.  I am just fine with my palm trees and sand!

#2:  Get married again:  I know I probably said I would never get married before I got married, but there is really no reason for me to ever get married again.  I am not having any more kids so I don’t really need to be married.  I just need to be loved!  Although, I do appreciate fine jewelry!

#1:  Die:  Yeah, somehow I don’t think I will be able to keep from doing this one.  But man it scares the ever-living shit out of me and I just really don’t want it to happen.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day…..so much pressure!  It sucks when you are single and is just full of pressure when you aren’t.  Today, the Milkman and I were supposed to go to a hockey game.  Well, stomach issues with him and my mom (the babysitter) siderailed that plan.  Yet, it was still a great day!  Milkman came home from work early, with tummy issues, and I went over after I was done working (which is essentially never as I take my laptop with me).  To my surprise, there a were a dozen roses waiting for me.  I just find this so special.  My ex-husband never got me flowers.  And I am not one of those freaks who thinks I need flowers every other week, but once in a while is nice, very nice to be exact.  It just feels good to be loved.  So it was a quiet Valentine’s Day, and that is just fine by me.  The girls were happy, I am happy, I think Milkman is happy–all is well on this Valentine’s Day night.

Happy Valentine’s Day to the loves of my life!!

Of course my girls are the loves of my life!  They keep my world spinning even when it feels like it is spinning out of control.  The crazy part, when I first started dating my ex-husband I didn’t think I wanted kids, or at least that is what I said.  I didn’t want them to grow up in the inevitable broken home that I did.  But, I fell in love and found myself wanting a family more than anything.  And we did, the best thing that ever happened in my life.  The marriage didn’t last, but I think we have done a darn good job of ensuring the girls don’t feel like they come from a broken home.  I am quite proud of that accomplishment.  And even though it didn’t all turn out as I had hoped, it is better than I could have ever asked for.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Oh what to post?

What to post?  The blue sky pic I took for the picture a day or a pic of my awesome girl at swim practice?  Ok, you twisted my arm, I will post both!

I love the blue sky picture.  The sky was gorgeous today.  It was cold, but the sky was gorgeous!  I am a FL native so days that don’t get highs higher than the 60’s are brutal for me.  But I must keep perspective because soon there will be days that don’t get lows below 75.  Those are the days your electric bill goes insane and you die from heat exhaustion checking the mail.  Winter is wonderful in Florida, but summer is hell–hot as hell to be exact.  And that doesn’t even speak to the fabulousness of hurricane season.  (I hate hurricane season!!!!)

My other pic is of Allie at swim practice.  She has jumped in with both feet and is doing so great.  She isn’t the fastest, but she tries so hard and still seems to love it.  She makes me so proud.  I suspect my picture on Saturday will be at her first mini-competition which they call ribbon races.  We all can’t wait to see it!

Hoping for a good week!  Hope the same for you!

Making Valentine’s Boxes

After a long night of 4 girls and a sleepover, today we needed to do Valentine’s Day boxes.  Allie was pretty good from the start with doing SpongeBob, but Ashley originally wanted to do a volcano Valentine box.  After scouring Google and not finding any instance of such a critter, some fabulous off-task folks at work helped me find a penguin box, which she immediately fell in love  (thank God!!).

Today we spent shopping for most of the morning for all the goodies we needed and then the afternoon putting these bad boys together.  Does anyone have hints on how to get spraypaint off your hands?

All in all, I think they turned out pretty good.  So glad they did, because I didn’t want to hear Ashley tell me again …”Fine, I will just do a box with stickers on it like I have every year since Kindergartern.”

Trip to the Crowley Museum

Today the girls and I went to the Crowley Museum and Nature Center for a field trip for Allie’s class.  Some of the kids and parents were staying for camping tonight, but since it is going to be in the low 30’s tonight, us Florida gals decided to not camp out but we are having a sleepover with their friends here.  We had lots of fun walking the trails, doing zip-lines, seeing how “Crackers” lived back then.  While having hotdogs for lunch we watched a Civil War Enactment.  All very interesting activities.  It is amazing that 30 minutes from home is a place that seems like another state.

Wish me luck, I am off to referee 4 girls who can’t all seem to get along all at once!

More field trip pics here, but they weren’t taken with my iPhone

Daddy-Daughter Dance

I think last night was the absolute sweetest thing I have ever seen.  It was the night of the daddy-daughter dance.  It was the first time the girls had been and they were so excited.  We went and got their hair done, they got all dressed up and then waited for their dad to pick them up.  They were so nervous, it was almost reminiscent of my first date many moons ago.  When he arrived, he had them each a corsage for their wrist.  They happily put them on and swept out the door to their dance.  They were home a few hours later, so happy and so excited, even though it was pouring rain when they got out of the dance.

I love seeing the girls so happy!

Click here for more pictures.