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What are we doing out here Mom?

The meal plan for the week has long flew out the window.  In my defense, it was not for lacking of trying!  Monday I had not anticpated a stop at CVS for a prescription to take close to an hour.  After trying to keep Brooke occupied there that long, there was no time or energy for dinner preparations.  Daddy brought home Wendy’s.  Fast forward to last night when I had planned to just slide Monday’s dinner of Spaghetti and Meatballs into Tuesday’s slot.  That was until I turned the faucet to get Brooke a drink of water and realized the City was still working outside on a water pipe issue and our water was turned off.  So much for making pasta!  My confession is I probably could have come up with an alternative but at that point, I gave up!!  Last night became pizza! pizza! night at our house and Keith picked up Little Ceasar’s on the way home. 

My favorite quote is by John Lennon…”Life is what happens to while you’re busy making other plans”.  I’m going to keep meal planning but when things don’t work out according to plan, I just gotta go with it!


Now, on to Working Mommy Wednesday!!!

 We had a choice of writing about our favorite or most annoying celebrity or write from our child’s perspective of a time when they had to wonder what the heck her Mom was thinking.  I chose the latter.

Last February in an act of homesick desparation, Brooke and I made the trip back to my hometown in Michigan to visit family & friends.  The February before that I swore that I would NOT be visiting February again.  I like my Texas winters for a reason!!  As mentioned earlier though, I was really homesick so off we went!!

Now Brooke is a native Texan and this would be her first encounter with a Michigan winter.  So of course everyone was excited to see her reaction to the cold and most importantly, snow!! 

One of the last nights of our trip we got Brooke all bundled up and plopped her down on the snow.  I wanted to get pictures so my dad helped her stand up in the snow which was that really crunchy kind that doesn’t really give under your feet.  Standing wasn’t really working too well so we sat her down and I’m sure her butt must have instantly frozen!!  She looked at me with this pitiful face and after a couple more pictures (I’ll admit it!) we headed back inside.  I can only imagine what she must have been thinking and I know she had to wonder what I was thinking…


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WMW – Oh the Irony!

We get to pick our own theme for this week’s Working Mommy Wednesday and write about whatever we want!


This is a really busy time of year at work.  New groups are coming on board for the upcoming January 1.  Existing groups are deciding whether they are going to continue their coverage with us to move to a new carrier.  Of course, we still have the everyday reporting and service issues to deal with.  So I’ve worked late a couple nights to keep up as  much as I can.

Last night was one of those nights.  Keith and I made plans to have him pick up Brooke from school and all that fun stuff.  When I got home around 8:30, she had already gone to bed.  The first thing I did was go upstairs and take a peek at her.  She was snoring away in her cute little pink Minnie Mouse jammies looking so sweet and peaceful.  Keith filled me in on their night and felt a pang of jealousy that he was there and I wasn’t. 

When she woke up this morning, she called for Daddy.  I was only gone one night and she’d already moved on!!!  Then when I dropped her off at school, I hugged her a little longer because it seemed too soon to be saying goodbye again.  Sitting at my desk this morning I was sad that I’d only seen her awake for a less than an hour of the past 24.

This all comes to me as quite ironic after remembering our last weekend.  This football season in general has been hard on me.  Trying to keep our household functioning essentially by myself has worn me down to almost nothing.  So while Keith was traveling with the football team last weekend, Brooke and I were home alone.  On Saturday, we had one of the first Mother/Daughter Showdowns that we will experience.  She was not interested in obeying me and I had lost what little patience I have/had left.  I was mad at Brooke for being “bad”, mad at Keith for being gone, mad at me for not being able to handle it, mad at anything and everything I could think of.  I wanted a break from caring for a 2 year old by myself.  So I finally get that break, albeit by working late, and I bemoan missing out on those moments with her.

Moms, do you get those same feelings?  You desperately need to get away but once you get the opportunity you desperately miss your kids??


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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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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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WMW – What $24K In Student Loans Got Me

My first 3 years of college, I knew I wanted a Business degree but wasn’t sure what I wanted to specialize in.  Coming in as a Freshman, declaring General Business seemed like a good start.  Then my sophomore year I enjoyed an Accounting class so I thought that would be my calling.  Then I actually started the Accounting course load in my Junior year and I realized that maybe I didn’t enjoy number crunching that much.  Looking back now I don’t remember what prompted me to decide on Marketing.  By that time I had worked a few season for the Lugnuts and I had started dreaming of career in the sports industry.  I imagine I thought Marketing would be a good segway into that area.  Plus, I liked learning how companies decided to make products the way they did, how to present them to consumers and convince them to buy them.  When I left Michigan State, I had Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Supply Chain Management.

Fast forward 8 years and I in no way use my Marketing degree.  And although I’ve had part time gigs with various sports teams, I haven’t worked my way into sports either.  For the past 5 years I’ve been working in Sales & Account Management for a national health/ancillary insurance carrier.  My job is primarily Administrative in nature but every once in a while I pretend to be a Marketing genius and try to help Keith with ticket promotions for UH.  I think he sometimes wishes I wouldn’t….

What about you?  Are you actually working in a field that utilizes your degree?


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