The Weekly Ramble

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

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Hey you guys! How is it Friday night already?! I honestly don’t know where the week went. It was a super cold week here, well, as cold as it can reasonably get in San Diego, so I was hunkered down at home as much as possible. Forecast is showing 41 to 66 for next week. Winter is here!

I know that’s like spring somewhere else. I’ve gotten soft you know. After that first winter in Kansas City, 41 was like flipflops and capris weather. Now, I’m like, hand me the gloves, coat, and hat! Wimp. California wimp.

And I’m totally okay with that.

Thanks so much to all of you who prayed for me or checked in on me last week. My hormones are still a little jumbled. I did labs to check my thyroid levels this week and will know more on Tuesday. My time of the month will be past by then (TMI?) so I’m looking forward to a good Christmas week!

I’m thankful for a little preplanning that has taken the pressure off this Christmas:

  • The freezer is full.
  • The cookies are baked – except for the Jesus cookies we’re making tomorrow.
  • I’ve shopped for all the kids and extended family.
  • I’ve delivered all the extended family gifts! I did that at Thanksgiving and I think I will make it a yearly tradition because it’s really made the month more peaceful for me.
  • I started wrapping! Usually I leave this for Christmas Eve, but this year, it’s taken care of! Whew. What a load off.
  • We decided not to travel anywhere until after Christmas, meaning I can just hunker down with my gloves, coat, and hat!
  • Really good friends are coming to spend the weekend with us.
  • My parents are coming for Christmas.
  • Sunday night trips to In-N-Out.

Also of note this week, we cleaned under the couch cushions. Let me know when the world’s record people would like to come see us.

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That’s a doll dress, NOT underwear. And I got $6 for my labors, so it was a win. A gross win, but a win nonetheless!

Periscope with Me!

If you haven’t heard the buzz, I jumped on the Periscope train and I’ve really been loving it! It’s been fun to interact with readers in real time — and get a little practice at video stuff. (FishPapa and I are working on a video course this winter, so I need a little practice talking to a camera.)

Practicalities aside, it’s been super fun to “scope” each morning. I’m doing a morning broadcast Monday through Saturday around the 7PST hour. If you’re on periscope, I’d love to see you! You can also watch replays later; they just can seem weird because I’m replying to comments, etc.

Find all my Scope Notes here.

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

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You’ll be all set for next holiday season, plus there are some debriefing worksheets that would be good to fill out in the next two weeks so you can improve on this year’s successes!

Coming soon:

  • Be Prepared for Being Sick
  • How to Be a Mystery Shopper
  • A Fun Little Christmas Gift from Me to You 🙂

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  1. Hah! I thought that picture was taken at our house! I found 2 Christmas ornaments under the recliner cushion today along w/ the usual assortment of crumbs, marbles, Legos, socks & garbage. I never find money.

  2. THAT’S where all the dissappearing pencils go! Off to check the couch……

  3. Oh my goodness – we cleaned out behind our couch and under the cushions too…. GROSS!!! We should win big awards for doing that. Ewwwww….it’s amazing what accumulates there.

  4. I live north of Kansas City and our temps have been close to 60 during the day. I don’t like it one bit. It’s winter and everything looks brown and dead. I wish we had 6″ of snow right now. Besides snow removal companies need the business.

  5. So that’s where all of the brand new Ticonderogas got off to! Loved the peek under the cushion!

  6. What would you do in this situation?

    My daughters had friends over for dinner last night. I made a menu I thought would work for most kids. In other words, there would be at least one or two items they could fill up on even if they didn’t like everything. For the main course, I made grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken corn chowder, and chicken tortilla soup. On the table were a bowl of peeled oranges, a bowl of fresh strawberries, a bowl of baby carrots and a bowl of cherry tomatoes. I offered ice water and lemonade to drink. One of the girls asked me to make her chicken noodle soup after declaring she was a picky eater and didn’t like anything I had served and oh by the way, she wanted milk to drink. This was the first time I had met this girl. I happened to have a can of chicken noodle soup so I heated it up for her, but not without feeling a bit resentful given what I thought were her very bad manners. I would be interested in hearing how other mothers would handle this situation. I think this child lis ikely to be a repeat guest in our home.

  7. Ha, I love your disclaimer about the doll dress! Along those same lines, yesterday our puppy was playing in my son’s bedroom and unearthed a toddler sock from beneath the dresser. The problem with this scenario is that my kids are 17, 15, and 13, so toddler socks haven’t been worn in this house for a looonggg time. Apparently, that sock had been lurking around in my son’s room for over a decade. And apparently, I need to clean underneath the furniture more often….

  8. Yesterday we had our first chicken bacon sub as shared in your book. Thank you so much for introducing us to this wonderful freezer treat! I look forward to the day when we can use that idea to make one with steak and cheese.

    I’m having a blast with that cookbook! It’s going to be great having those meal helpers over the holiday.

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Love the photo – happy Hanukkah / Merry Christmas / burger & fries / glass of wine! What a smorgasbord! Cheers to feeling better, and have a merry Christmas!

  10. HA! So that’s where my pack of Ticonderoga pencils went! I better go check the sofas.

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