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Monday, November 23, 2015

Whine or Wine?

I'm the one who told the maintenance dude that today was a good day.  That was before my schedule became jam-packed full of everything under the sun.  Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but what can I say?  Now it's 9:32 and I'm starting to panic. 

I need to get to the grocery store for the items needed for Wren's school thingy tomorrow.  Very important - I need to go to the wine store for a case of wine.  It's 25% off on Mondays, so I really need to get that done today.  :)  A friend and I are in charge of making turkey gifts for the kids school -- thanks Pinterest for the idea -- with clear gloves that will hopefully be turned into turkeys.  (The kids and I tried to make Oreo turkeys last night and that didn't go exactly as planned!!!)

Then, it's going to be off to Costco (goodness help me) to get some last minute things for Thanksgiving. 

I'd like to get to Target to do a return and to Uniqlo -- but who knows if that'll happen.  I actually don't even know how much longer I have to do the Uniqlo return.  Better check that out!  Except I have no idea where the shipping label is anymore -- oy vey!

Then there's laundry, dishes, trying to organize a trip into the city for Wednesday, packing -- EEEEK.

Ok - the gutters are now clean and the windows are being touched up.  Time to get the ball rolling and make sure I'm ready to go as soon as the windows are done and done!!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Poor Tamales

This is a bit odd, but I woke up this morning thinking about those poor confiscated and destroyed tamales at LAX.  I mean really?  What did those poor innocent tamales do that was so wrong?

And how sad is it that TSA can catch a suitcase full of 'illegal' tamales but not when people carry knives and loaded weapons through security?


I should go out for tamales somewhere in their honor.  Yummy tamales. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Today's Rambles...

I've got literally 6 minutes till I need to leave.  I just realized that I'm 2 ingredients short for tonight's baked potato soup.  Oy.  Story of my life...

I got a quick peek at the blog today.  It needs some work.  It's looking a bit tired as the Brits would say.  Remember when I started learning HTML  -- perhaps its time to revisit some of the learning sites.  Sheesh.  Get with it girlfriend...It's not like you've got anything else to do, right?

I'm still in the midst of putting together all the broken LEGO sets.  The good news however is that my sorting system seems to be working.  At least for the little lady.  I haven't yet moved onto Atticus.  He has a lot of LEGO.  It's a bit daunting to try and tackle.  But... it must be done!!! 

Budgets.  Those are new.  I'm trying it out.  Being an adult sucks.  I'm not exactly sure how it is that I've gotten to acquire this status.  I'm really not ready.  A giant shout out to my friend Amy who's given me an outline to really get going.  I'm sure that once it's just part of my day it'll get easier... but taking on household budgets are even more daunting than LEGO pieces!  But, it's time to adult people.  Gotta suck it up.

Also in the gotta suck it up category -- organizing.  I love organizing tools.  Buckets, binders, pretty baskets.  I'm really good at using them.  I'm not as good at getting started using them.  But I'm working on it. 

I've gotten better at email.  Yay.  I've finally sent some overdue letters to friends.  Next up is to do the catching up on all the pretty stationary I own.  Which - I'd like to say, I do know where it is.  It's all in one drawer in my desk.  Neatly organized.  At least that drawer... (top of the desk, don't ask.....)

Ok - kids are getting out of Clayworks.  I'm off like the Flash.  Or like SuperGirl.  We're digging that new show.  Go girl...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mental Turmoil

This has taken up a lot of my mental energy.  I suppose in a way that's good.  I'm thinking about it.  I'm trying to raise better humans.  Children who will show compassion to others, think about how their choices impact others and children who ultimately live full lives where they follow their hearts.  That's a lot of pressure to put on a person. 

I'll get off topic if I'm not careful, so this is me mentally skipping over a rant about something similar to move on to other issues at hand....

Where to send my kids for Hebrew School.  Which shul is right for me?  For my family?

These are big decisions. 

Ultimately, I've decided to go with the reform temple that's here locally.  I've met all of the clergy and several of the professional staff.  While it is different from how I was raised - there are many opportunities at this temple to be involved.  That I think will be the biggest factor for the kids.  Seeing both Greg and I involved as a family makes this the better choice.  And - as a friend counseled me recently - reform Jews are just as Jewish as conservative ones. 

Life is what you make of it.  The paths you choose to follow and how you look at problems, challenges, religion and relationships....

So - now I'm off to get the kids registered for Hebrew School.  Decision made.  Moving forward...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Previews

Today, the day before Halloween is oddly a busy day.

Wren went to school in costume - and the kindergartners then did a parade around the playground for parents and first graders.  Super fun.

Atticus went to school as usual, but is changing into his costume post lunch before his class walks over to the VFW to play a rousing game of bingo (in costume) with the seniors.

Both kids super excited.

My friend took a video this morning and Greg got some photos as well.  I'll see if I can manage to post them later.

Today, I had Supergirl and an English Bobbie (policeman).  Not sure if we're sticking with these costumes for tomorrow or if we'll move onto others... stay tuned!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shhhh.... Enjoy the Silence

I've got 15 minutes until I need to go get the kids from their Clayworks club.  I should be cooking the chicken to make dinner prep easier - but I thought, why not be wild and crazy and do a blog post?

I'm in the midst of trying to decide which synagogue is the right fit for our family and where I want the kids to go to Hebrew School.  It's more complicated than you'd think from the get-go.  I grew up in a Conservative shul, but since Greg isn't Jewish - I had this notion that maybe a more Reform temple would be the place to go.  We attended High Holiday services at the Reform temple and even recently went to a New Members brunch.  That said - it's big.  That's good and bad I suppose.  Lots of kids, lots of families, lots of opportunities to get involved with different programs.... but the melodies were different for almost all of the songs and prayers and it makes me a bit nuts.

So, today, I went to meet with the director of the religious school at the Conservative temple.  After meeting with her and briefly talking with the Rabbis there -- I think it may be more "me".... But, it's smaller which means smaller classes, less kids, etc etc.

Oy.  What to do???

The kids are settling into school and enjoying the after school clubs.  Atticus it seems may have a knack for chess, he's had three classes thus far and is doing really well.  They're both in a class called Clayworks on Thursdays which they've enjoyed.  I can't wait to see what they've been working on once it returns from the kiln!

I have acquired lots of things to organize my office and craft room -- but it's still pretty much a disaster.  I promise to get stuff out of boxes and put away soon.  I've made a sizable dent in the playroom organization!  That's a start, right??

Ok - still need to organize the costumes for tomorrow.  Wren has a mini parade in the morning and Atticus is going to play bingo with the vets at the VFW in the afternoon.  Fun times.

Last thought - should I buy a piano?  I really want one.  I've wanted one since I was a kid.  I need to find a piano playing friend to come with me to look at the one that's for sale to see if it's a deal or not!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pond Hopping

So, in case you missed the big announcement.  :)  The Badens have jumped the pond once again and landed back in the US.  NY State to be exact.  While it seems all of our family is thrilled at this news, we're actually quite sad to see the end of our London rotation.  London life suited us quite well.  I am fairly confident that life will take us back to Europe in one way or another before too long.  I'm already plotting a 3 or 4 day stay perhaps mid-May during half term?  (Just thought I'd toss that out there for any UK friends that might be reading this and think - hey - we'd love to put you in the guest room/air mattress for a couple nights!!)

All things told - we're doing alright.  We're about 90% unpacked.  Mostly organized - with the exception of my office/craft room... but that's up next.  As soon as I finish rebuilding all the teensy tiny LEGO sets that got crushed in the move.  Sigh.  I was so careful to try and remove loose pieces and label the ziplock bags -- but a bunch of the big parts still got smushed.  Boooooooo.  I'm actually thinking now that I need to get some clear shoe boxes and put the sets that the kids don't play with all that often in boxes and then stack them in a closet.  But that makes me sad too.  I'm kind of Mr. Business in that way.  I want to build a pretty room with all the sets all built and then just look at them.  I don't want any of the little bows, or wrenches or whatever getting lost.  OMG.  I'm totally Mr. Business.

But yeah, we're here.  Lots to catch up on.  Mainly the 10,000 photos we took on our epic summer holiday.  It was a dream come true.  Not exactly how I imagined it would be when I was 18 and day dreaming of back packing Europe, but in some ways even better.  It was epic.  And fun.  And exhausting.  And I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

But while I know I could write and write and write... it's actually Sunday night and I must get to bed before the fun starts tomorrow morning.

Been too long little blog... I'll be back.  I know, I say that often - but this time I swear.  Really, really.  :)