Thursday Ten: A Stitch In Time edition

1. Got my first StitchFix delivery yesterday – I had been hoping for some fun, flowy summery dresses, so I was a bit disappointed on that front, but I’m definitely intrigued enough that I’ve already scheduled another “Fix” for July after giving some pretty thorough feedback. I really hate mall shopping, so I want this to be the answer. Time will tell.
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2. The end of the school year is always the worst. Ten thousand activities, things to remember. Gah. It always seems that the schools cram SO MUCH into the last few weeks. Drives me bonkers. And wears me out, too.

3. Also, the girls are so antsy and energized and have short-timer syndrome that getting them to go to bed at night is like pulling teeth. Tuesday, Pumpkin lost a tooth and didn’t fall asleep until 10:30 that night. The “Tooth Fairy” was so worn out by the time Pumpkin finally zonked out that the Tooth Fairy maaaaaay have forgotten to stop by Tuesday night. Good thing she was finishing up her route Wednesday morning. Gah.

4. Is there anything more annoying than trying to figure out which smoke detector is chirping in a house with over a dozen smoke detectors?

5. I helped The Princess with her homework last night. I did algebra AND: I GOT THE RIGHT ANSWER. While I couldn’t describe it to her in words, I was able to explain the steps I did after I had done it — I spend so much of my time most days with words! Good to know I can still number.

6. The kids aren’t the only ones not getting enough sleep. I’m pretty sure that I’m not either. A lot of stress and a lot on my mind. I wish for a bit of calm. Maybe once school gets out.

7. Went to Chicago the other day to watch Debbie and Barbara cross the finish line for the Chicago Avon Walk – felt weird to not be walking with them, but the plan is still to walk in NYC this October. I don’t know how that will go without Debbie and Barbara – I’ve never done a walk without them, but I love New York and I can’t wait to see what I see during 40 miles on foot around the city.
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8. The So You Think You Can Dance audition rounds are on and there was a performance last night that made me cry – sometimes I just don’t *get* dancing, and sometimes it kicks you in the brain.

9. Woke up yesterday with the urge to rent a dumpster and just CLEAN. HOUSE. So much clutter and junk we don’t need anymore. We start today. The girls are going to go through their playroom and get rid of the stuff they don’t need. Next week, we tackle dressers and closets. I’m just tired of so much useless STUFF.

10. I think I know what smoke detector is chirping. Thank god.

Thursday Ten: Oh Look I Have A Blog edition

1. One of these days I really WILL follow through when I say I’ll write on a day other than Thursday. This week, unfortunately, is probably not that week. And it’s too bad, too, because I’ve got this awesome post about Shel Silverstein books and National Poetry Month marinating in drafts (BUY THE BOOKS. Except The Giving Tree, because the Giving Tree is crap).

2. Work is very busy – and while I’m not complaining! – I still feel very new, very fresh and very behind the curve. I want to do an exceptional job on everything! And it’s hard to do when there’s so MUCH to do. And when work emails come in after hours, I’m tempted to dig in and solve the problems and do what needs to be done but I’m fighting the urge because…

3. Work-life balance, man. I don’t really do it well. Business idea – take it, please – an email app that automagically (WHY DIDN’T AUTOCORRECT CORRECT THAT?!) turns off work email after a certain time and on weekends. Sure, I can turn on DND on my iPhone, but that would turn off all my emails and I don’t want to do that. Because I cannot be trusted to not read work emails on a Saturday morning, I should somehow be prevented from doing so.

4. Love me some latte art. Was glad to continue the latte tour of Grand Rapids with Chris over the weekend, trying a lovely coffee shop that I’d driven past but never before tried.
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5. Now that the weather is warming up, the fuel economy of my Prius is EVEN BETTER. God, I love that car. (Except when I, uh, forgot to turn it off the other day. I remembered, of course. It’s just that it’s so quiet! And it’s a push button. AND OH MY GOD I FORGOT TO TURN OFF MY CAR.)

6. I caved and signed up for StitchFix this week because I’m tired of my clothes and I really hate shopping. But they’re so busy that my first “Fix” won’t be coming until June. When it does, you’ll hear about it.

7. I’m planning on walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this fall- want to support me? Click the link to donate!

8. I’m back to using the Lose It app because I’m back to not being able to breathe in my pants. Sigh.

9. Diners Drive Ins and Dives would be way better if Guy Fieri wasn’t such a tool.

10. I have made plans to do something spring like and color-y to my hair. Mostly because the gray is now winning. Because those 10 gray hairs are more noticeable than the billion brunette ones. Sigh. Aging. Whee?