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what's really going on

i thought i might take some time today to let you all in on a lil' secret.   //my house does not look like my pinboards.//
it's true. it's true. 
 in the event that you started comparing your behind-the-scenes to my highlight reel, let me show rather than tell you what i mean.... 
my pinterest kitchen goes something like this:  my actual kitchen looks like this today:  i dare you to find the countertop. it's running over with crap that doesn't "live" there. drawers open, fruit and beverages strewn about all willy-nilly, leftovers from lunch, school books for myself and the kids, large appliances waiting for me to figure out where to put them....
on your right you will find juice and coffee stains (always), sinks overflowing like too much pudding in a too-small bowl, opened cookie packages from a moment of weakness last night (okay, and this morning), dish towels and store bags on the floor, and that ain't all.
a little further in and you'll f…

//pentatonix | somebody that i used to know

pentatonix, if you don't know, is an a cappella group.   everything that you hear is them vocalizing. 

so good it's bad.

like the kids use it, capeesh?
compare with the original.
there is some bareness in this video. it doesn't actually "show" anything, but there is skin, so.  Now you know.

 this video though, the facial expressions, the body language... it is exceptionally well done.

the sunday six: edition 46 (i went back and did the math)

can you believe it?
i should maybe oughta start thinking about something fun to do for the 50th, since it'll be my GOLDEN anniversary...

please, only monetary gifts.  make all checks payable to cash, and you can rest easy knowing i will very likely spend it all in one place.

probably ross. or maybe hobby lobby.

anyway, let's save that conversation for a later date.  it's a little early to start celebrating.  at my rate it may take 6-10 more weeks to even get there.


we've finally arrived to today's list! 
let's begin.

//1 home schooling this past week marked the end of our school year, so it may be an odd time to add home schooling to the list, (or maybe not) but this week was just one of those times that i could really see this thing.  granted, it is easier to feel the pleasure of it when i'm not in the trenches.
still, i am so thankful that i am able to be home and spend so much time with my littles, and with 3 years of it now under our…

The Sunday Six: Edition: a few of my (for now) favorite things

//1 my half n' half not all half n' half is created equal.
 indeed not. this stuff comes for the cows that God talks about owning, the ones from the "thousand hills".  it's probably been milked by baby angels.
also, it is a fact universally accepted that coffee tastes better from well-loved, ratty cups.
forever and ever, amen. //2 raw sugar the actual product (like when you buy it in the stores) looks like this: i don't bother with the packets, though. i'm a heavy user so i buy the 2lb. "bulk" box.  i can't be trifled with opening so many tedious little packets of not enough sugar when i need my coffee now.  mine looks like this: by the way, that is not the glint of the flash off of my shiny gold spoon (which, now that we're on the subject, is another of my favorite things); no, that glint is the approval of heaven.  it assures me that having so much sugar in my coffee is good for me because it is raw.
//3 method madness  may i introduce…

{april} 10x10

...and i quote: "This is what 10 on 10 is about: Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments. Then share your beauty with us! "

consecutive.  psh.

before i even set out,  let's let the cat out the bag, shall we?  i did not take photos every hour.  i started at almost 2 in the afternoon so i had to cram.

typically, you're supposed to do this every month.  oh look, do i see another cat wiggling its way out?  i probably won't do this every month.  right now it seems like a good idea and i (sorta) have the time for it.  next month may be another story entire.  (meaning, i will forget about this and therefore be as inconsistent as ever.)

these are snapshots of my day (and night)....  i did not follow the rules (as i am wont to do) so while it is not exhaustive, it is accurate.
01. banana bread ...for dessert after bible study for stretch. it is delicious. 02. com…

The Sunday Six: Edition: who-even-knows-anymore

whaaaat?! is this for real?
yes. yes it is.
it may be here today, gone tomorrow, but it is here today.
-1- when dead things live again happy resurrection sunday.
-2- my new iPhone i, of course, am tardy for the party.  as per The Usual. 
before i had one, i was all meh.  but then i got one and bam! it's my new boyfriend.  i lurve it hard.
-3- the particular refreshment of sweet tea + lemonade arnold palmer would be proud.  
or maybe he would feel robbed that i stole his idea but didn't buy his product.  
-4-  getting my wordsmith email, particularly the A.Word.A.Day portion. here's a little gem i just learned:

MEANING: noun:
1. A fancy dish; delicacy.
2. A trinket.
USAGE: "I assume it's a gloriously handsome affair ... slices of homemade seed cake and other toothsome kickshaws." 
isn't that dandy? you'll be seeing that one again.
-5- stumbleupon have y'all seen this?  probably so. 
it's new to me.  [see exhibit 2]
my friend, robyn, introduced …

for less

i've recently introduced my children to the glories and wonders of The Discount Store (not to be confused with The Dollar Store... they've known that place for ages).  they're always on the hunt for some way to spend their money and for a while, the big chain stores had their hearts.

i was failing them as a mother.

if i'm being honest, the reason i went in the first place to The Discount Store was so that i would have fun things to peruse while they took a painfully long time deciding on what they wanted... choosing this store made is less painful for me.

one day though, as luck would have it, after walking out with a Legos Hero Factory Dude Thing (yes, that's what they're called)(no, not really) for half off the retail price, my eldest man cub realized he could get what he wants without blowing the whole wallet.  the same toy, still just as cool, for half the price!

i heard a bell ring from his belfry.

'mama', he says, 'i don't understand... …


when we first became parents (God help us) we were like something akin to the taliban.  it's true.  we were fairly fresh from the new christian oven and we had some ideals, you hear me.

i bet you knew people like us.  or maybe you know them now.  or maybe you were them.  or are them.  

there were ways for things to be done and by george we were not gonna veer from that path.  we were gonna do things right.

Santa Claus, bless his heart, was not on the right path.

being the fascists that we were, we wouldn't even entertain the idea because we couldn't enter the world of all the lying parents who lied to their children about Santa (liars!) (and if they lie about that then who knows where the lying ends! First Santa then tax fraud?)

it was a slippery slope, so we decided that no, we would stay on the straight and narrow.

so naturally, we told 'em from Jump Street that there was no Santa... that all of their gifts came from people who love them. 

after all, we didn't …

the year of do-overs

last year i began the practice of naming my year. 

this year, with january approaching too quickly (and now here) i just felt heavy with what was still left undone.  or done poorly.  i felt dissatisfied.

i felt very strongly what geneen roth(you're gonna see that name alot today) calls "the inclination to bolt".

i didn't (don't) want the pressure of new resolutions.

i've never liked them.

they feel like another way to feel badly about myself.

i am well practiced at regret, judging myself, at self-inflicted violence for things done. or not done.  that is a well-worn groove.

so i came across a few words over the past few weeks that struck my heart and felt like, "this is the way, walk in it".

i'm naming this year the year of do-overs.  i will add nothing new to my plate.  i will take on no new goals. i will not keep things that imply "previous conditioning or beliefs or shoulds or have to's". the game…