The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

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I’m a little late posting this wrap up of the week. My parents and my sister’s family have been here this weekend to celebrate FishChick8. We’ve had a great day, but that means I’ve stayed off the computer and relished in real life.

Here’s what’s been going on this week, in no particularly order.

We saw Big Hero 6. It is a very cute movie, a la Disney, but also has some fun twists for Marvel geeks. Definitely two thumbs up. Thanks to my dad for taking us all!

The battery in the Scourge died this week. It had been threatening to do so since my dad picked us up from the airport a few weeks ago. Imagine sitting in the loading zone of LAX with a car that won’t start. It’s limped along for three weeks but gave up the ghost this week, right when it was time to take FOUR kids to the dentist. Thankfully, our dentist is very forgiving.

And FishPapa knows how to fix things. He hooked up the drip charger to get enough of a boost to get down to Autozone. The folks there switched out the battery free of charge. But did you know batteries are now $150?! Holy smokes!

Gas is under $3 here which is a minor miracle. I never thought I’d see that in my lifetime.

Two of the FishKids had birthdays this week, bringing an end to our 2014 birthdays. The kids are now 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 17.

england bank

I bought a tin of English Breakfast at World Market this week. It came in this cool telephone booth bank. I confess, that was part of why I bought that particular tea. It’s my inspiration for saving for our return trip to England. 2016, baby!

FishBoy17 is learning to drive. FishPapa has taken on that task. So far so good!

College applications are due this month. Neither FishBoy17 nor I are ready for this. It has all gone by so quickly. We’re not ready for him to go away, but we don’t want to close any doors.

Part of me wonders if I should have been a pushier, more hardcore homeschool parent, getting him involved in fifty different sports and activities so that his “resume” would be tip of the top. But, I think we would have lost something special if I had been different. I’m trying to remind myself of that. I truly enjoy the person that he is. I like my teenage boy as well as love him! I know this is a gift, so I’m trying not to second guess myself.

I guess those are the main things going on in my head tonight…. thankful for you! Thanks for all your kind comments, shares, and likes. This place is fun because of what you add. Thanks for spreading the word about Life as MOM.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming soon:

  • Easy Holiday Treats to Bake and Freeze
  • More of Our European Vacation
  • 5 Ways to Be More Content This Season
  • How to Make Oatmeal Soap
  • A Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Happy birthday to the not so little fishes!!

    I empathize on the college issues, my eldest is a year behind and already pressing hard – I don’t think there’s any ‘right way’ anymore. I remember thinking going to the best school I possibly could was the key. Then my parents gave me their ‘budget’ – oy. Of course it’s even more insanely expensive now, and even more insanely competitive.

    But you know what? I’ve learned a few things over the years. College is not for everyone. If I have a kid that would rather be a plumber – then I’d help them get trained and wait for them to buy me a summer home LOL. And no one asks where you went to college after your first job, or after graduate school. There are good state universities throughout this country – and when I look at friends’ kids, newly graduated with mountains of debt and no job prospects, I shudder. There are other paths through this – like we’ve found with our life choices even since college – there is NO RIGHT WAY.

    I wish him, and you, luck, opportunity and wise choices.

    • I wholeheartedly agree! I’ve always told my two that if you can be an ethical person and have enough money to have the basics, then whatever you do for work should be OK. I don’t want them to not be able to afford medical care or food or a safe place to live. Beyond that, it’s all good.

      Jessica, maybe your eldest can spend the weekend with a friend who’s already in college. Perhaps someone he played hockey with? Many times life is just a bit different when it’s a weekend set aside just for prospective students or athletes.

    • Now see, I’ve got advanced degree friends who say your college does matter. They are in law and science, so I suppose in those fields it does? But, I can’t help but think that a motivated, charismatic person who went to a “lower” school can still get a great job based on who they are. Call me crazy….

      • I won’t call you crazy – I *am* a lawyer. And I worked out of law school in one of the biggest firms in NY [or the US I’m guessing] and had an office overlooking central park. Seriously – it can help you to go to a great college. But I don’t think it hurts you to go to a medium college – as long as you excel there.

        Let them call us crazy – our kids won’t have back breaking debt if we can help it!

  2. I thought you brought back the tin from England! Very cute motivator. I sorted all my teas this weekend and I have too many. But that’s ok. Happy birthday to the kids!! We have two coming up very quickly (Hélène and Lou). And then it’ll be the Christmas season. Even Sean said this year has gone by too fast.

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