Archives for category: life: family

+ writing.  Lately, it seems that all of my creativity has flown out the window.  Usually, it waits until the beginning of the fall semester to pack its bags, but it would seem that my inspiration decided to leave early this year.  To make up for the half a dozen or so blog posts I’ve started and subsequently trashed over the past week or so, I decided to try a different approach – I’m writing this entry on OmmWriter, a downloadable program with pretty backgrounds, relaxing music and and minimal features.  I used OmmWriter Dana the other night for the first time, and wrote a 700+ word article in far less time than I’d alloted for myself.  This thing is magical.  Either that, or it’s a psychological trick that my mind is playing on me because the program is new (to me) and has pretty backgrounds and music.  Nevertheless, whether the program is magical or whether I’m crazy, I still managed to write an article and I love OmmWriter.

+ future stepmomhood.  The boys and I have recently taken to playing Monopoly and asking to visit a nearby park.  I may or may not play on the equipment with them until other adults show up, and then quickly pretend I’m just taking photos because I’m clearly too old to be playing on a playground. …  Since they learned that the Nikon D5100 has a video-recording feature, they’ve begun scripting their own movies and commercials.

+ journalism.  The 2011 Associated Press Stylebook arrived in the mail the other day.  Or, maybe that was yesterday … the days all run together.  Either way, I was super-excited to upgrade my 2009 edition.

+ pcs.  Yesterday, I decided to finally begin sorting my belongings into pack/sell piles.  After a couple of hours, my room looked like it exploded (and, actually, it still does) and I didn’t even have one full box to show for my efforts.  I’d like to hold a yard sale, but I don’t live in a high-traffic area and I wouldn’t be able to ask reasonable prices for a lot of my more pricey things (like two prom dresses).  I considered posting online, but I’m not keen on the idea of shipping said prom dresses, in the event that someone is interested.  So, at the moment, my room is a mess and there is a box of randomness on the floor.

+ wedding planning i haven’t done.  In other news about things-I-should-have-started-half-of-forever-ago, Alan and I still have yet to select a caterer.  I suppose one usually schedules a tasting with potential caterers, before selecting one.  Which, we still have yet to do.  On the upside, my mom, sister, K, N and I are going bridesmaid shopping next month.  Which, apparently, is only two days away.

+ more wedding planning i haven’t done.  Also, we’ve decided to send out our save-the-dates nine months ahead of time (mid-September) and our invitations six months ahead of time, instead of the usual six- and three-month mailing dates.  Since almost everyone on Alan’s side will be flying in or driving in from outside Pennsylvania, it only makes sense for us to give everyone early notice in order to arrange flights or vacation/leave dates.


For lunch today, the boys had sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches (T had Colby Jack on an English muffin and C had American on white bread) and strawberries with lemon dip.  T’s dessert was a chocolate-covered strawberry; I packed yogurt-covered pretzels for C, since he didn’t like the chocolate I used for the strawberry.  Hot sauce is in the small container in T’s bento box.

C has a habit of always falling behind T and me when we go for bike rides. He’s either tired or his seat is uncomfortable. When I tell T to stop so we can wait for C, he usually becomes frustrated with having to wait. All of that changed on Tuesday.

With about a mile to ride before arriving home, I told C that, if he could stay close to his brother – no farther behind than the distance between two telephone poles – he could have ice cream when we arrived home.

He beat both of us to the driveway.