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The Real Good Luck Charlie, Chapter 4: The arrival

1 Nov

Finally!  After 41 weeks and 2 days you, Charlie, have decided to be born.  You came kicking and screaming into the world at 2:12AM(!), Saturday, October 26, 2013.  The Boss and I arrived at the hospital Thursday afternoon for a non-stress test.  Well, you failed.  Don’t worry, it wasn’t a bad failure, and I’m sure it will be your last failing test.  You were very sleepy, having been very active the hour previous, so your heart rate wasn’t fluctuating like the Dr’s and nurses would have liked.  So we had to stay.  Thursday night, mom (The Boss) was given some medicine to try to move things along.  Well, guess what?  It didn’t work.  Big surprise.  So on to Pitocin.  After MANY MANY MANY hours (and trips to the bathroom), mom was sort of ready to go.  Before we knew it, it was 2 in the morning, and you were born!

First impressions:  1. WOW, what a head of hair!  2. Doctors lie.  We were told you would be about 7lbs.  Well, you weren’t.  Not even close.  You were 9lbs 5oz.  Not quite the monster your brother was, but close.  3.  You were beautiful.  Even all slimy and gross, you melted my heart.

Your brother and sister came to visit us a few hours later.  They took one look and were as in love with you as we were.

You also had visitors from your aunties, grandparents, and several of mom and dads friends.  By the end of the day, mom and dad were as pooped as you were.

After a good nights sleep (yes you actually were very good that night), we all felt much better.  You even let mom and dad watch Sunday Morning while you lay in your bassinet looking around and not caring about things at all.  Your sister would have never let that happen.  She’s a pain in the butt that way.  Your brother might have, however, as he’s grown up, no way.  Before we knew it, we were going home!  We couldn’t wait to get your settled into our house.  Since we were breaking you out of the joint, we figured you should wear appropriate clothing:

See:  perfect for a jailbreak…

More to come, as we get more settled in, download more pictures, and share you with our friends and family.

As always, Good Luck Charlie.  You’re going to need it.

When Good Enough Isn’t

27 Jun

I am by no means a perfectionist.  “Good Enough” might as well have been my motto.  I am SLOOOOOOOWLY starting to realize that “Good Enough” is NOT Good Enough.  For me it all started with a table.  Yes, I know how weird that sounds.  I started to make a coffee table for my living room out of reclaimed wood from an old mill.  The top and apron came out just about perfect.  The legs?  Not so much.  They wobble.  Not badly, not dangerously, just a little bit.  I know what I need to do.  It’s not a huge deal to fix, I’m just not sure I can be bothered.  Rather, I’m not sure I should.  I’m thinking that I should leave it alone as a reminder that “Good Enough” isn’t.

I recently completed a second coffee table.  This one is made from old pallets, hand cut nails, and a reclaimed 4×4 for the legs.  This one has no wobble.  This one is “Better Than”.  It’s built better than the other.  It’s stronger than the other.  It’s all around a better table.  As soon as I figure out what sort of finish I’m going to apply to it, I may put this one up for sale.  Should it sell, I plan on starting on a dining table.  Eventually, I think I’ll start a shop on Etsy or something to sell custom reclaimed tables (just like the other 9,647* people currently doing exactly that).

At the moment, I am slowly working my way through some old barn wood to build a table for my dining room.  I know I probably shouldn’t be focused on a table for me, when I could/should be making tables to sell to others.  However, I feel that I need to get my “Good Enough” dining table out of the way, so I can start making a bunch of “Better Than” tables for sale.

Here’s a song I love titled “Better Than”:

*number MAY be exaggerated.  Slightly.

Celebrity Doppelgangers

28 Jul











So yesterday Renee over at Lessons From Teachers and Twits let me onto this cool app that will match up your photo with what celebs you look like.  So of course I had to try it (vain b@stard that I am).  Yesterday I didn’t really like my results.  I had some great ones in there such as Dave Chappelle, and Rebecca Gayheart (see, I am HOTT!).  I also had some nobodies like a 50 year old Turkish singer, and Joey Fatone.  So in order to bring out the real me, I got a hair cut.  I’m much happier with today’s results.  Bruce Willis (who looks a lot like my grandfather), Vin Diesel (I’m buff like him too…  Yeah.  Right.), and for whatever reason Dave Chappelle again.  Do I really look like him, or is it that I look stoned and therefore am associated with him?  Whatever the reason, I’m cool with it.

Blog Love

23 Jun

A HUGE thanks to Life’s Little Slices for giving me the Blog Lovin’ Award!  Thank you so much!  I really don’t think I deserve it, but will of course accept it.  Thank you so much!  This comes as a huge surprise to me.  I wasn’t sure people were even reading this silly thing.









Of course these things have requirements.  It’s not like you’re given a gift and you don’t have to give anything in return.  It’s not Christmas people, it’s an award.

So without further adieu:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you

Thanks to Life’s Little Slices!!!!!

2.  Share seven random facts about yourself

  • I pee in the shower.  On a recent trip I took with my dad and brother I peed in every shower in every hotel room we had.
  • I wish I could bring myself to leave the toilet seat up.  I honestly think it would be the funniest thing in the world if Thing 1 fell in because she didn’t look where she was sitting.
  • I love science fiction / fantasy novels.
  • My dad is one of my heroes.
  • I want to be a teacher when I finally grow up.
  • I often pretend not to hear people.  Life is easier this way.
  • I make lunches for Thing 1, Thing 2, and The Boss before they head out to school / work.

3.  Pass the award on to several bloggers you know and maybe even respect (see, I changed this one because I’m rugged and manly and numbers don’t really apply to me).

close enough to several if I do say so myself.
4.  Congratulate those to whom you are giving the award.  See, I used whom, that makes me smart.  The rest of my posts prove that I’m dumb as a post.

30 day music challenge

8 Jun

Life’s Little Slices has started a 30 day music challenge.  I’m going to give it a shot starting tomorrow.  I may stretch this out longer than 30 days, but I WILL get through all 30 challenges.

Day 01: Your favorite song
Day 02: Your least favorite song
Day 03: A song that makes you happy
Day 04: A song that makes you sad
Day 05: A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06: A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07: A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08: A song that you know all the words to
Day 09: A song that you can dance to
Day 10: A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11: A song from your favorite band
Day 12: A song from a band you hate
Day 13: A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14: A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15: A song that describes you
Day 16: A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17: A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18: A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19: A song from your favorite album
Day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22: A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24: A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25: A song that makes you laugh
Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27: A song that you wish you could play
Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29: A song from your childhood
Day 30: Your favorite song at this time last year

Let me know what you think of my choices.  I know I’ll get funny looks from my selection(s).

Thoughts that run through my head

24 May

I constantly have thoughts running through my head.  Sometimes I can concentrate on one or two of them, other times I fixate on one and focus on it for hours on end.  Often times this happens when I’m reading a good book.  I get so fixated on the book, the characters, and the story that I start forming pictures of the story in my head.  This is why I believe that when books are turned into movies, I get so disappointed.  They never live up to the expectations I have already created in my head.  Take movies such as the Harry Potter franchise.  I hated every single one of them (with the exception of Deadly Hallows, that one I’m meh about).  They have all fallen short of the books in my mind.  Eragon is another such book that I loved, yet hated the movie.  Of course in the case of Eragon, I believe that most people hated that movie.  It was truly terrible.  The Seeker:  The Dark is Rising based upon Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising is another.  The movie was pretty good, but no where near as good as the book.  Why does Hollywood do this?  Why can’t they make movies that actually co-inside with the thoughts running through my head?  Yes, I realize that this would probably make movies 3+ hours long.  So break them up into two parts.  It’s working for the Harry Potter people.  It may work for the Twilight people.  I wouldn’t know about that, however as I’m not a 12 year old girl.

Anyone else do this sort of thing, or am I the only nut job?  Comment below.

I am a guest blogger, imagine that.

18 May

Today I am a guest blogger at Lessons from Teachers and Twits.  Check it out:  Click Here!