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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

It's Not Really Missing Until Mom Can't Find It.

Something went missing at my house.

My dad looked for it.

My husband looked for it.

And both assumed the item was gone.  And I was busy at the moment but I laughed and said "No, it's not missing until a mom can't find it."

If a mom can't find it, it might truly be missing.

Story Time!

A few weeks ago we at work we had over 100 power cables go missing.  To replace these specific cables was going to cost around $500.  So everyone looked high and low.  We looked in our office, we looked where we thought they should be.  We looked in our storage closet, we looked in the server closet.  And everywhere we looked...they were missing.

Except....I hadn't looked yet.  I asked our office manager not to purchase new cables just yet.
And she said "Dani, I looked....I couldn't find them."

We even emailed our summer interns to see if they remembered where they were.

Finally...I got a free moment.  I went looking.  And I found them.
They had been hidden underneath some large headphones.  If you didn't look UNDER the headphones, you wouldn't have known they were there.

That's some mad-mother sleuthing skills right there. ;)

Now...the office manager...she's a mom too.  But I told her it was obvious that 3 out 4 kids had left her home.  She was losing her mom skills. (that's not a bad thing!)

So I saved the department $500 by finding the missing (hidden) cables.

And guess what.....I found that thing my dad and husband were looking for too.
It's not really missing until a mom can't find it.....Just sayin.  ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out.

Fear of missing out.  Yep....I definitely have that.

And politics is making me crazy. I'm really starting to worry that I will need to cut out people from my life.  People I have known my whole life.  And I don't want to do that...but I have a feeling things are just going to get uglier as we approach the election.

So I have decided .....to quit Facebook.  Cold turkey.
For at least one month.

I need to get away from social media (mostly Facebook) because I have become too addicted to it. I can't stop looking at it, even when it's making me mad.

Everytime hubby sees me on my phone he says "Whatcha doin?" and I always respond with "Facebooking."

And lately ....what I'm seeing is making me more sad/mad than happy.

August will be the perfect time for a break.  I'll be spending a week in the woods and won't have access to it anyway.  And when this experiment is done, maybe I can break the addiction cycle.

Or maybe I'll just stay away until after the election.

Oh hey...look at that...summer is half over...

And I haven't started my Summer Reading List yet.
And I have an Airstream to get ready for camping.
And a few tv shows to watch with my hubby.
And some fun projects to do with my kids.  (back to school shopping! woohoo! my first time!)

Hmmm.  Maybe I will even try a game.
Or take an art class or two.

This will be good for me.
And if you normally contact me through facebook...you've got about four days to find a different way to reach me.  And if you want me to come to your event....send me an email. :)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Reading 2016!

Hey....did I do a summer reading list last year?

I can't remember....but before I forget....I've got a few GREAT books I need to read, so what better time than summer?

If you've been following along The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, she recently released the very last book (ever...she says) in early May.  I might re-read that entire series at the end of summer, but the last book was The Crown and I loved it.  Definitely pick up that series and read all of the "extras" if you get a chance.

TO READ:

A Tyranny of Petticoats Edited by Jessica Spotswood

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter

Rebellion (Elysium Chronicles #3) by J.A. Souders
(released July 12th, I've already re-read #1 and #2 this past spring, can't wait for this one!)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
(released July 31st)

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
(first in a series, if I like it I'll keep going)

If I finish all of these I still need to finish up Christopher Pike's Thirst series (The Last Vampire) and I was considering starting that series fresh from the beginning...but I might wait until Fall for that one.

What's on your list this summer?  Got any recommendations?

Stay tuned...I'm going to do at least one, maybe two book giveaways this summer.


Friday, May 06, 2016

The Force Awakens....

I meant to write and post about this yesterday.

But then my sister had a baby, I had a doctors appointment for the carpal tunnel in my wrist and my parents flew in.  And typing/writing, etc is very difficult when your wrists hurt.

For May 4th, we decided to let the kids stay up a little late (9:30pm) and watch Star Wars, Episode 7, The Force Awakens.  It went over very very very well.

First off you would need to know that our kids are 5 and 2 and they love Star Wars.  I might have influenced this a little bit....but then they ran with it.  And I was more than happy to start buying up all the Star Wars things. :)  When I mentioned we were going to watch the new Star Wars movie, my daughter said "Oh, I've got the perfect pajamas for that!" and she came back downstairs with her Darth Vader pajamas on. :)

My daughter's favorite is Darth Vader, we've joked a few times that we've lost her to the dark side. She's seen A New Hope about five times now.  She's only ever watched the original trilogy, never seen the prequels.

My son who is 2, has never sat down and watched a movie, because...well...he's 2. We are lucky if we can get him to sit still for one episode of Supergirl!  He's been around when the movies have been on, but for the most part his experience has been the toys and books.  His favorite is R2D2 and he just loves all of the Droids.  Chewbaca (Bacabaca) might be his second favorite.

We put on the movie and I figured that my daughter would stay awake for the whole thing and that my son would fidget too much or get too tired and I would put him to bed early.
Nope.

He stayed awake and watched the ENTIRE thing.
I was floored!  This movie is 2 hours and 15 mins long!  He would stand up and sit back down, but for the most part he sat and watched the entire thing.  Throughout the movie he would say "Oh goodness (Oh my gosh)" and "WOW" and "Ship".  The phrase "oh goodness" was used a lot.  As he recognized characters he would shout out their names.  He was very excited to see R2D2 at the end.
Needless to say....he loved it.  And now he has a new favorite Droid, BB-8.

For my daughter...who loves Darth Vader, she was a little disappointed that he wasn't in this film. But I figured that having a female Jedi hero would be pretty awesome and that she would focus on Rey.
However, as she went to sleep that night (and she looked over at her Lego Star Wars poster on her bedroom door) she says to me "Hey mom...I really liked that girl in the silver Storm Trooper helmet!".
Sigh.
We have definitely lost her to the dark side. She was talking about Captain Phasma....who is in fact a girl, but most definitely a bad guy....er....lady.

At the end of the movie I asked both kids if they liked the movie.
My daughter said "yes, but I like the movies with Darth Vader better, especially the first one."
My son said very clearly,  "YES".

And when he woke up the next morning....the first words out of his mouth were "Star Wars!"
Parenting win?  I think so.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I'm a big ball of sunshine today.

Today I was repairing a computer in a classroom and when I went to leave, the classroom volunteer was returning to the room.  I said "bye!  See you later!" and she said to me: "Goodbye, thanks for coming in....you are so full of sunshine today, just a big ball of happy sunshine."

Which honestly...just made me smile even bigger and feel even happier.
I'm having a good day today.

And I'm dressed in head to toe blue today.  Blue jeans, blue shirt, blue vest.
So I don't LOOK like sunshine, but I'm pushing the sunshiney-vibes today.

I'm happy today...for many reasons.  I do tend to get very happy this time of year (spring! yay!) and when you add in Easter (candy!) and my kids birthdays (toys!) and my own birthday...and the warm weather, etc...well, it's just a happy time of year.

I also feel like a zombie coming off an incredibly busy weekend.  We had the kids birthday parties and we hosted Easter brunch. I've done so much this weekend between cleaning, prepping, baking, child-rearing, puppy-training, etc.  And oh yeah, sleep...somewhere in there was sleep...

I feel like I need to write down everything that happened because so much happened, that I don't think I'll possibly remember at all. But that might have to be in a separate email to myself, my personal journal because I don't think I want to share it all here.

Mostly I just wanted to share that I am happy.  Because when I'm happy, I really want other people to be happy too.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! (again)

Today's post was written quickly and is mostly just me rambling on...

I did a quick search through my past blog posts....and apparently I have mentioned Valentine's Day at least 15 times.  Probably because I really really really like this holiday.

Last year I wrote a great post, this year I wanted to write something along a similar theme.
(http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2015/02/in-defense-of-valentines-day.html)

I'm not going to bother defending Valentine's Day this year against the haters.  If you hate it, you hate it.  No big deal.

However...I want to talk about something else.  How are hard it is to tell someone you love them.
Or even just using the words "I like you."

When I was younger, if I told someone that I liked them...or even used the more serious words of "I love you" then it meant that I was interested in pursuing a relationship with them.  Probably a dating/sexual relationship, preferably monogamous.

However...now that I'm older, I realize how silly and limiting this is. For example...in high school I couldn't just say the words "hey, I like you."  Because inevitably someone would say...."do you like me like me...want to date me?".

It was all very confusing.

But now I'm middle aged.  I've grown up a bit. I've learned a lot. And I'm a mom now, so now I know whole new definitions of like and love. Chances are if you are reading this post, I like you.
I might like some of you more than others.

And some of you I might even love.  I don't use that word very often.  I don't say it to people too often. I wish I did say it more often....but I really only use it every day with my children and sparingly with my husband.  But it doesn't mean I don't feel it, it just means I'm careful when I say it.

Not all love or like feelings are romantic.
Sometimes they just exist.

Anyway...for me...Valentine's Day is an opportunity for us to remind OURSELVES how much we like or love somebody.  This weekend, my heart will be full.  For I am blessed and lucky to like and love lots of people.

In a world full of hate (especially during election season!) try to feel the love this weekend.
You never know who might love you. :)

And try not to hate on Valentine's Day too much.  It isn't just for couples.  It's for everyone. :)

Past Valentine's Day posts:
I still have this perfume and yes it smells like pizza:
http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2013/02/pizza-hut-perfume.html

The reason I love Valentine's Day started when I was in high school:
http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2006/02/wow.html