Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Fifty

I woke up late this morning. It was picture day at the middle school and I had already screwed up more than a few times this week. Stinkbug informed me it was picture day at the elementary school on Wednesday. In the pick-up lane. After School. Big Yankee had gifted me with a sleep in morning so this was the first time I had laid eyes on my kid for the day. I had promised to curl Peanut's hair this morning. Clearly I forgot how long and thick it is. Two hours later I dropped her off at school late...with beautiful curls and mumbling "she had an appointment" to the scowling attendance secretary.

 I desperately need an easy button and thanks to the amazing Alison who gave birth to twins 9 days ago I found it with these questions. Here's hoping her sweet little ones get to go home soon.

1. What are you wearing? A t-shirt featuring Snoopy & Woodstock that says "Someone tweeted" and a pair of running shorts.

2. Ever been in love? Definitely
3. Ever had a terrible breakup? Several of them.
4. How tall are you? Taller than my seven year old and shorter than my eleven year old. 5 ft 5 inches.
5. How much do you weigh? Enough.
6. Any tattoos? Nope.
7. Any piercings? Once upon a time my ears were double pierced but they have all grown over.
8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)? I got nuthin'.
9. Favorite show? Of all time or currently? New Girl, Parenthood, Big Band Theory, Seinfeld
10. Favorite bands? 80s rock and country music.
11. Something you miss? How about someone I miss? My mom. Every freaking day.

Visiting Idaho-August 2012

Leaving Kansas-May 2012

12. Favorite song? Anything Country
13. How old are you? Old enough to miss the 80s!
14. Zodiac sign? Libra. Scale?
15. Quality you look for in a partner? I am not looking as I found him 19 years ago!
16. Favorite Quote?  I have so very many but this is my favorite today!

17. Favorite actor? Funny ones!
18. Favorite color? Hot pink.
19. Loud music or soft? Depends on what it is and where I am.
20. Where do you go when you’re sad? Inside my head.
21. How long does it take you to shower? 15 minutes if I am shaving.
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? It depends on the day and what I have planned..whether I am seeing clients or working at home or attending meetings or conferences.
23. Ever been in a physical fight? Not that I recall!
24. Turn on? Humor.
25. Turn off? the lights when you leave the room.
26. The reason I started blogging? To try to make sense of and survive my commuter marriage.
27. Fears? Losing those I love. Disappointing others.
28. Last thing that made you cry? Missing my mom today.
29. Last time you said you loved someone? This morning when Big Yankee left for work
30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? I started blogging to survive my family living in different states. Thus the name--Fractured Family Tales.
31. Last book you read? Black Listed from the PTA--for book club this month
32. The book you’re currently reading? Gone Girl, Driven to Distraction
33. Last show you watched? We don't have tv so it was something on NetFlix that was lame since I don't remember what it was.
34. Last person you talked to? Two of my three children. 

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? My husband/Soccer coach asking when team pics are scheduled.
36. Favorite food? seafood, nachos, artichoke hearts, salads, gouda cheese, grilled veggies...
37. Place you want to visit? Mallorca

38. Last place you were? My work office.
39. Do you have a crush? Yep.
40. Last time you kissed someone? I planted one on Big Yankee before he left for work.
41. Last time you were insulted? I don't recall.
42. Favorite flavor of sweet? Dark chocolate.
43. What instruments do you play? Play would be stretching it. In junior high I had a clarinet.
44. Favorite piece of jewelry? James Avery Charm bracelet
45. Last sport you played? Soccer-I helped coach at Monday's practice.
46. Last song you sang? Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree
47. Favorite chat up line? I don't even know what this means.
48. Have you ever used it? …That would be a NO!
49. Last time you hung out with anyone? Sunday lunch with friends to celebrate my birthday.

50. Who should answer these questions next? EVERYONE who reads this! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Old School Blogging: Fall

1. What Fall traditions do you have? We go to pumkin patches and trick or treat of course! Someone in my Mom's Group usually hosts  Halloween recipe.

2. What is your favorite fall recipe? My award-winning chili recipe, and white chicken chili and yummy, soul warming crockpot soups. I don't actually follow recipes which makes sharing them quite difficult.

3. What is a favorite Fall photo (or photos) you’ve  taken? This was a HUGE challenge since I don't have access to most of my photos and the ones I do have are incredibly disorganized. Therefore I give you a random assortment of fall photos.

Our annual pilgrimage to Walt's Pumpkin Patch--when she was eight.

Beware of mad scientist..when she was 10.

Beautiful bush (or was it a tree?) in front of our rental.

At my sister's ranch

A firefighter, a hippie and a secret service agent walk into a bar....wait walk around the neighborhood.

Cutest pirate ever.

4. Football – love it or hate it (maybe it steals your hubby away)? I don't understand it and I find it to be very annoying and time consuming.
5. What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?  We always created our own.  I  loved dressing up like an old lady. One year I went as Dolly Parton...if only I had seen the foreshadowing in that!
6. Pumpkins or Ghosts or both? Pumpkins. My kids are very irritated that we don't do scary/gross Halloween decorations. When your mom sends 12 years teaching preschool that is what happens.
7. What’s your favorite fall fashion item (boots? scarves? sweaters?, etc.) Definitely boots. I am ALWAYS hot so you won't find me sporting sweaters.
8. Is “leaf pile jumping” your thing or not?  LOVE!!!
9. Is “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” a must-watch at your house?  It use to be...but these darn kids keep growing up.  

10. What are you going to be for Halloween this year (or your kids…)?  Not sure yet but I usually try to incorporate my big hair! Here are some pics from last year:

Don’t forget to tweet with Elaine (@elainea) and Mindi (@SimplyStavish) using the hashtag #OSBlog!  We are excited to hear all about your Fall! Link up HERE!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I am sharing a Coke with Kelly today. This is weird because I cannot think of anyone named Kelly who I would want to share a Coke with. Or should it be with whom I want to share a Coke?When this clever marketing campaign started I would rummage through the cooler looking for a name. Looking for someone important enough to share a Coke with. I will never find my name on the side of an ice cold 20 oz. Coke bottle. I won't find my children's names either. That's the price you pay for unique names.

It's a work from home morning for me, which means oodles of distractions  interspersed with brief periods of frenzied productivity. I anxiously check the mail for my copy of Driven to Distraction. I suppose it will likely confirm what I already suspect. The piano teacher called me in August to chat about Einstein and suggested I might read it. She was in no way diagnosing him but just sharing observations and experiences she'd had with her own daughter. Mrs. V did not see my head bobbing up and down in agreement. Not only was she describing some characteristics of my oldest so but she was describing me. It was eerie.

The ringing cell phone brings me back to reality. While conversing with my student mentor I check my grades, check my bank account balance which is never enough, rationalize to her why I have yet to submit my Classroom Management assignment but have started course work in classes that I am not yet enrolled, start another load of laundry and try to figure out how I am going to meet my work deadlines, shower, plan dinner and zoom to the post office and be at the school to volunteer within the next one-hundred and twenty minutes.