Monday, December 2, 2013

The -Ing Episode

I'm stealing this from Grace, who, in turn, stole it from Sydney.  Apparently, there are no original ideas on the wonder that is the world wide web. 

Making: fun of this ridiculous article Nick just sent me. 
this isn't actually a video, it's a screen shot from the article. sorry if you're confizzled. 

I love amazon as much as the next guy (okay, I love amazon more than probably anyone else on the face of this blessed planet) but come ON. And the best part is that he basically alludes to the fact that this is a ridiculous pipe dream that will never come to fruition. Ugh. People with too much money are just not good for life. 

Cooking : this crock-pot apple cider pulled pork. Except with just apple juice because I couldn't find cider on the website. And no brown sugar because I forgot. And no coleslaw because I don't like it. So basically, it's just a pork shoulder in the crockpot that I'll shred and put on a bun. 

Drinking : a spinach and orange and pineapple smoothie in one had and a cup of water in the other, and fantasizing about two thirty when I drink my daily diet Coke. I hate water so much. 

Reading : The Husband's Secret. Although, wanna know the weirdest thing? I was sitting here typing this out, and I typed The Silent Wife. Is that even a book? Is it on my list? WHY DID MY FINGERS TYPE SOMETHING THAT MY BRAIN DIDN'T TELL THEM TO TYPE? Do you think I have a brain tumor?!

Wanting : this too cute (and too expensive) mistletoe decoration. 
You can never have too many excuses for a quick make out session, am I right?

Looking: out the window every two minutes for the Tesco delivery guy. You have to buzz to get in here, and it's worse than a doorbell. WAY WORSE. It scares the shit out of me EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear it, so I want to be prepared in advance. Ugh.

Playing: soduko. Too. Much. Soduko. 

Wasting: all this time on a blog post that only my mama and my bestie will read. 

Sewing: the Christmas quilt. Should be done soon!! Excited happy face. Then I'll have to go back to the king sized. Angry crying face. 

Wishing: that I was one of those people who couldn't relax until the house was spotless. You know, instead of one of those people who can just step over the pile of cheerios, shove all the laundry off the couch, then lay down and keep her eyes focused on the tv instead of on the shit laying ALL OVER THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR. 

Enjoying:  Warren going to school. Besides the obvious fact that it gets him away from me for however many hours a day, he's learning SO MUCH and he always comes home with the BEST stories. I guess when Ava and Scott were each his age, I was knee deep in a two year old and a new baby, but I've got nothing going on right now (Daisy's pretty self sufficient) so I take the time to listen to this dude and he is HILARIOUS. 

Waiting: for Santa. My Christmas list got a tiny bit out of control this year and I'm so excited to see which of the seventeen things I've told him I ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE OR I'LL JUST DIE  Nick goes with. Aren't I too old for this? Yes. And I haven't been this excited for my own selfish presents in YEARS, but for some reason, I just can't hide it!!! I'm also pretty dang excited about the kids, we got Ava and Scott a kindle fire and I can't WAIT to see how excited they (probably won't be) are. And Warren has wanted one thing and one thing only for the last seven months (a remote control helicopter) and I'm pretty excited to finally sit down and get that ordered, hopefully tonight. 

Liking: my free 30 day trial of PSE 12. I usually hate all change, based on principle alone, but despite the HUGE cosmetic changes (all the colors are VERY different and everything is in the wrong place) the nitty gritty is very similar to 9, but better. It's more user friendly (ie, it's set up like it's an apple product) and oh how I love the thirds grid on the cropper. If you're interested, give it a go, it's free, and if you like it, it's on sale for fifty bucks. No idea how long that sale will last though. 

Wondering: why my groceries are now one hour and six minutes late.  Very unlike Tesco, and I am NOT happy. 

Loving: the Yankee Vanilla Chai candles I got last time we were up at the base. Perfection. 

Hoping: that the driver didn't get in some sort of horrible accident. I mean, I want my groceries, but not at the expense of his life. Do you think Tesco would call and tell me? How would that conversation go? "Mrs Engelbrecht, we're so sorry to have to be the ones to tell you, but the man who was supposed to deliver your groceries died in a horrible accident. We will of course refund your purchase price." And how would I respond? This is a nightmare!!!

Marveling: at the fact that we don't use diapers. At all. After eight years of nonstop diapers, all day every day, we are done. She doesn't even wear one to bed. I cry a little every time I think about it. No, not tears of sadness or regret or wish-i-had-another-baby, tears of sheer joy and wonder. No. More. Diapers. EVER. 

Needing: A Christmas travel coffee mug. Spill proof and dishwasher safe. Any suggestions? I don't like either of the patterns at the starbucks here. 

Smelling: dang, shouldn't have wasted the candle comment up there. 

Wearing: yoga pants over leggings (for warmth, and bonus, an extremely slight slimming effect) a tunic length top, and a cardigan. All day, every day. Nick is so lucky. 

Following: the Fitness Blender 8 Week Fat Loss Program here and lovin every minute. Seriously. I'm that girl who says she loves working out. It's so FUN! And it makes me feel strong. Does that sound stupid? Regardless, it's true. I don't know that I am any stronger, but I feel like I could lift the entire school, possibly with one hand. 

Noticing: that Warren is developing a slight British accent. Life is fun.

Knowing: that we have an episode of Walking Dead to watch tonight after the kids go down makes me happy. I just love that show. 

Thinking: that I might need to have a little look-see at my zoloft prescription, as I am now, in addition to spending hours every day rehashing my children's deaths (which haven't happened, obviously) but I can't stop going over the details of the Tesco driver's death since he is still not here. This can't be a good sign of mental health and stability. 

Feeling: that horrible cycle start. I'm anxious. Then I get all worked up and anxious about my anxiety. Which makes me even MORE anxious. And so on and so forth until I'm just sitting on the couch staring into space and wondering if the sun will ever come out again and how I'll continue living if my kids all die. Which naturally makes me very anxious. 

Bookmarking: to be completely honest, I'm not entirely sure what 'bookmarking' means, but I think it's what people used to do on the computer before pinterest? Maybe? If that is the case, I am pinning all the things for our future home. What? Why? No idea. We're here for AT LEAST another year, and we have no idea where we'll be going next, but instead of cleaning or cooking or reading or engaging with Daisy June, I spend a few hours a day pinning gorgeous rustic country farmhouse chic living rooms and kitchens.

Opening: all the cabinets looking for the chocolate orange that I asked Nick to hide from me this morning.

Giggling: when I remember Nick telling me yesterday that when the train dude said "This is an all stations train to Watford" Daisy scrunched up her perfect little face in confusion and said "WATFORD?!?! WE'RE NOT GOING TO WATFORD!!!" 

Feeling: satisfied with the way my life is turning out. I mean, I live in London with my main squeeze and the four greatest slash assholiest kids on the planet. What's not to love?


  1. I LOATHE the anxiety cycle. It sucks.
    You know...I was wondering the other, totally random of course, if your kids would pick up an accent.
    Until proven otherwise...the Amazon drone stoopit.

  2. day. I was wondering the other day

  3. That last photo is absolutely amazing. It’s perfect.
    I love this blog post. Whenever I get my site working (sigh) I’m totally doing this one first. b/c I love it so much. (although I don’t know what I’ll put for ‘bookmarking’)
    Did you make it without seeing a spoiler for walking dead? b/c I didn’t. grrrr.
    You can make a Christmas travel mug! Remember you made them for the teachers!
    Soduko is like mind exercise, so you’re good.
    Tell me I’ll be diaper free one day. Please. 
    I need some yoga pants. My leggings are too tight. [I’m getting too big for my britches. LOL!!!]