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Five Question Friday – November 19

Yay Friday!!!!!!!!!! 

Today’s Questions:

1. What Christmas song do you loathe?

Loathe might be a strong word but the Christmas song that I just don’t get into is “Last Christmas”.  I first heard Wham! sing it when I was younger and I know Taylor Swift released a version of it recently. I really don’t get why its a Christmas song other than it has “Christmas” in the title.  It’s really just a break-up song and the break-up happened “last Christmas”.  Weak sauce, my friend.

2. Do you and your significant other cuddle at night or sleep on opposite sides of the bed?

Remember the scene of FRIENDS in which Rachael goes on about how her and Ross are cuddly sleepers, annoying baby talk and all?  Then she leaves and Ross comes clean that he wriggles away once she’s asleep.  Well, luckily Keith and I are both well aware that we are NOT cuddly sleepers.  When its time to go to sleep we both roll over, backs to each other even, and go off to dreamland.  Usually after I’ve reminded hubby-man to get on his own dang side of the bed but that’s a whole ‘nother issue!  I read an article in college (probably in Cosmo or something credible like it) that if you slept with your backs to each other your relationship wouldn’t last.  For a long time I took it seriously and refused to sleep back-to-back.  But then I realized that Keith is more likely to leave me if I’m making my sleepy noises in his face so I let it go.

3. Have you ever had surgery?

Yep.  Primarily minor little ones that you probably would call “procedures” rather than surgery.   I had my wisdom teeth out in high school  In May, I had an excision on my hand to make sure the melanoma that was found was all gone.  Luckly it was all gone then and I’ve had clean scans ever since!!

4. When do you typically have your holiday shopping done?

I think most years I’m still running around tying up loose ends on Christmas Eve.  Since most of our gifts have to be shipped back to Michigan where all our family is, we have to be somewhat on the ball.  That is definitely not my strong suit but I’m getting better!

5. If money were not an issue (and you HAD to pick something), what would your ultimate luxury item be? 

I’m so lame I think “What to get if money’s no issue…” and I come up with “oooh, KitchenAid stand mixer” or something boring like that.  So I had to take off my “responsible and practical” hat and think.  My ultimate luxury purchase would be a trip with my husband.  We didn’t do a honeymoon, have never taken a vacation together and don’t really get an opportunity to do recreational traveling.  Not that we don’t enjoy our trips to visit our family in before I get slack for saying that.  We could just really use the time to relax and get away for a little bit.  While I’m at it, I’d get an awesome camera to capture those memories!!

It’s a good thing its Friday because now I’m daydreaming about being on a tropical beach somewhere, reading a book with a drink in my hand!!!

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Five Question Friday – November 12

Don’t you just love my original and highly creative title?!?  Well, the reason I decided to participate in this carnival is because I tend to suffer from writer’s block and I thought this could get the juices flowing.  So that’s all I got up there!

On to the questions for today!

1. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?

The first thing that comes to mind was the first time I had surgery for an ingrown toenail.  My family doctor tried, bless his heart, but he didn’t have the specialized tools & skills that I later learned a podiatrist would have.  I remember squirming on the couch in pain and my mom calling the nurse because I’d already maxxed out my painkillers for next couple hours.

2. How much sleep do you get at night?

Unless I’m stupid and let myself get sucked into blogs, message boards, Facebook or TV, I can bank on at least 7 hours.  I’m in bed by 11:00pm and up at 6:00am.  Well, that’s when my alarm goes off.  I’m definitely out of bed by 6:30 when I have to get Brooke up or we won’t make it to school in time for breakfast.

3. How long did you believe in Santa Claus? How did you find out that he does not exist?

I don’t remember when I finally learned “The Truth” but I do remember the day in 4th grade when some stubborn kids who had figured it out was trying to make our teacher admit it to the whole class.  She was doing her best to give ambiguous answers and not give it away.  Those stinkin’ brats would not give up though.  She got so frustrated because she didn’t want to be the one to burst that bubble.  Man, I wish I could remember if they reached a compromise.

4. What was the last movie you saw in a theater?

It’s probably not a good sign that I don’t know.  Keith and I saw Iron Man 2 on Mother’s Day but I’m pretty sure we’ve seen one since May.  Right?  It was when his parents were in town in August.  Ha!  I had to email Keith to figure it out but it was The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

5. What do you wear to bed?

My bedtime wardrobe depends on the season.  Sticky summer season is shelf tanks & capri pants.  As it gets cooler, the legs of my pants & my sleeves get progressively longer.  I’ll usually add socks to the mix as well because my feet get cold easily and once my feet are cold, my whole body feels cold.  I’ll be totally honest and add that I also wear a night guard to keep from grinding my teeth.

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When is Recess?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we still had recess?? Working Mommy Wednesday has us talking about how we lunch at work.

I would imagine my lunchtime is pretty similar to most.  Some days I go out with a coworker, some days when I’m swamped I’ll walk over to the deli in the next building and days like to today, I grab something to eat from the little cafe in Tar-jay while I do some shopping.  Most days though I aim to bring my lunch.  It saves money, its healthier and it appeals to my desire to multi-task because I tend to eat at my desk.

Making my lunch is actually something I really enjoy.  I even have another blog where I showcase the lunches I put together bento-style.  I use different containers and try to make lunches look appealing and use as little waste as possible.

Some favorites…

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My favorite container is the EasyLunchbox*, the first one pictured above.  They make packing lunches super easy and were invented by a Mom-preneur.  Today (11/10) is the last day you can order a container set and get a FREE cooler bag!!  I think they’re awesome for a busy mom who’s packing lunches for her kids, her husband and/or herself!

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WMW – I confess…


Today on Working Mommy Wednesday we’re spilling our Mommy confessions.  Here’s my confession:  It can be lonely to have someone with you all the time.

People assume that working moms get all kinds of social interaction while they’re at their jobs but for me, that’s not the case.  I spend a majority of my day in my cubicle staring at a computer screen.  My team works in different locations throughout our region and only a few are in my office.  I’ve had days where I’ve literally not spoken to anyone.

Then I pick up Brooke and come home.  I scramble to make dinner with the kiddo under my feet.  Dinner conversation with a 2 year old is hardly rivoting and usually involves endless requests for Barney.  Then its up to bed for Brooke and I head back downstairs to clean up the kitchen play on the computer or watch TV.

On weekends, I try to come up with fun things for Brooke and I to do.  Many times though, its not worth the effort or I’m trying to either catch up or get ahead on household chores.  In addition, most moms’ groups and playdates I found get scheduled for weekdays when I’m at work.

With Keith’s work schedule there’s not much use in trying to find something to do without the kiddo.  Not to mention the typical working mom guilt trip in my head that makes me want to spend each available moment with her to make up for the times I’m not able.

This post feels like its become a pity party but I just find it ironic that now that I have something in common with so many other women, I feel quite alone.

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