I’m kind of a big deal: Mother’s Day 2014

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Mothers everywhere were likely bombarded Sunday morning with hugs, kisses and mother’s day presents carefully assembled from Popsicle sticks, construction paper and a lifetime supply’s worth of glitter – and maybe a few other gifts as well. Though I’m obviously a fan of being treated like a Goddess 365 days out of the year, it was nice to be spoiled a bit this weekend by my littles and my tall dark and handsome as well.

The morning began with the mother of all Mothers Day Craft gift assortments. BB gave me the most adorable picture framed photo of herself with puzzle pieces glued around the side and the clever message “I love you to pieces” – well done preschool teachers, this was an adorable gift to receive and she was so proud! MM meanwhile seems to have been crafting his heart out for easily a month.  He handed me a gift bag full of paper presents: homemade cards with original poetry by my eight year old, a book put together at school with lots of little cute details to cherish, a bouquet of construction paper flowers, a “tv commercial” advertising mother’s day and even a caricature of himself drawn by one of his teachers!

Needless to say, I was loving every little bit of this – but the day didn’t stop there.

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Before heading out for breakfast, that awesome hubby of mine also gave me a gift – a print of a painting of the TARDIS exploding by a fictional Van Gogh from one of our favorite Dr Who episodes. LOVE. I’m always saying we should get more artwork for the house – this is exactly what I had in mind lol.

We had breakfast out at one of our favorite local places and coffee afterwards at our favorite coffee shop because none of the good breakfast places seem to have good coffee, too. After a perfect latte miel, we ran a couple of quick errands and then went to Olbrich Gardens for a nice walk before the rain came (we missed it by several hours).

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One downside: Apparently Olbrich is the place to be for local moms on Mothers Day – it was way too crowded for my liking. But I snapped some cute pictures of the kids and a few more floral pics (I was just there less than a week ago, so I refrained from going nuts) and got in a bit of exercise, then we went out for lunch and then a little more shopping (no mothers day is complete without buying new laundry baskets you know).

That night, Dan made us an awesome homemade dinner and of course we had a little dessert, too, and finished the evening by finishing Season Three of Veronica Mars. So torn between disappointed that we’re done marathoning the show and super excited to finally see the movie!!

So yes, it was a wonderful Mother’s Day and I feel quite well loved by my family. How was your weekend?

10 nerdy things about me.

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My bloggy friend Betsy shared ten nerdy things about herself last week and I felt compelled to play along because 1. nerd – check and 2. chance to talk about myself at great length, um, yes. If you play along, let me know so I can see if we’re samesies.

  1. If your house was burning down and you could only grab one book, which book would it be and why?  Well hopefully I have my phone so I can read all the books on my kindle, but other than that I’d be torn between “whatever my book club is reading right now” (currently The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom) or a beloved favorite, perhaps one the kids will want to read, too, like Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time or gosh… I’d hate for Fangirl to get burned up or Gone With the Wind. Truthfully, I’d be most likely to burn in this fire deciding.
  2. When you get stuck into a really good book how long will it take you to read it? One or two days if I have spare time or lose the will power to choose cleaning / cooking / paying attention to my family over reading. A typical book takes me about 2 weeks to read though.
  3. Have you ever become totally obsessed with a book or a series of books before?  Have we met? Um, yes. There was the time I read the entire Selection series by Kiera Cass in basically one sitting (the ones that had been published at the time anyway) or you known my entire tween years being consumed by The Babysitters Club. Truthfully, once I read a book in a series that I like, I’m going to keep reading. And I think we can all remember that day I read Fangirl
  4. On average how many hours a week do you spend on the computer?  I don’t even know how to answer this question without sounding pathetic.
  5. It is Saturday night and all your friends are going out to a party but on Monday morning you have a really important maths exam that you know you need to study for even though you will probably pass. Do you a) not study, go to the party and hope that you pass, b) study for an hour or so and meet your friends a bit later on or do you c) not go out and study hard so you are fully prepared for Monday mornings exam? Honestly, I can study on Sunday. I’d probably do B and study on Sunday also. I don’t know if College Jen would have agreed with this assessment but it seems obvious to me.
  6. Do you sometimes come across as anti-social in some situations? If so when?  haha, um, yeah. I think that is an understatement. It’s more like, sometimes I don’t come across as anti-social and manage to function in society. I do fine when I know exactly what’s going on and my role in the situation but I don’t like being flung into new things where I’m expected to be friendly, too.
  7. What music do you love listening to that others would see as weird or totally uncool but you love anyway? I still legitimately watch American Idol and enjoy it, listen to Top 40 music a lot, and happily listen to the Frozen soundtrack with my kids. Basically my musical tastes haven’t changed much since junior high, though I actually listen to a lot of different kinds of music aside from this.
  8. Have you ever sat there and completely planned out your whole entire life? I love to plan things. I’ve planned out entire vacations that have never happened. Life is a little harder because the variables are always, always moving but I spend a lot of time planning small aspects of life.
  9. What TV shows are you obsessed with that other people think are so nerdy? Nerdy or dweeby? We could talk about the shows on ABC Family and the Disney Channel that I watch with or without the kids – dweeby. Or fave shows like Big Bang Theory, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Top Gear, etc – nerdy. 
  10. Now say three other nerdy facts about you. 1) Sometimes I write my blog posts entirely in the HTML editor. 2) I still feel a little guilty that I’m using Windows 8 instead of Linux. 3 ) I sometimes hide my Sherlock coffee mug when company is coming over because I’m afraid it will get broken or used by someone other than me. Wait, is that nerdy or just lame?

Your turn!

10 Nerdy Things About Jen

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My bloggy friend Betsy shared ten nerdy things about herself last week and I felt compelled to play along because 1. nerd – check and 2. chance to talk about myself at great length, um, yes. If you play along, let me know so I can see if we’re samesies.

  1. If your house was burning down and you could only grab one book, which book would it be and why?  Well hopefully I have my phone so I can read all the books on my kindle, but other than that I’d be torn between “whatever my book club is reading right now” (currently The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom) or a beloved favorite, perhaps one the kids will want to read, too, like Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time or gosh… I’d hate for Fangirl to get burned up or Gone With the Wind. Truthfully, I’d be most likely to burn in this fire deciding.
  2. When you get stuck into a really good book how long will it take you to read it? One or two days if I have spare time or lose the will power to choose cleaning / cooking / paying attention to my family over reading. A typical book takes me about 2 weeks to read though.
  3. Have you ever become totally obsessed with a book or a series of books before?  Have we met? Um, yes. There was the time I read the entire Selection series by Kiera Cass in basically one sitting (the ones that had been published at the time anyway) or you known my entire tween years being consumed by The Babysitters Club. Truthfully, once I read a book in a series that I like, I’m going to keep reading. And I think we can all remember that day I read Fangirl.
  4. On average how many hours a week do you spend on the computer?  I don’t even know how to answer this question without sounding pathetic.
  5. It is Saturday night and all your friends are going out to a party but on Monday morning you have a really important maths exam that you know you need to study for even though you will probably pass. Do you a) not study, go to the party and hope that you pass, b) study for an hour or so and meet your friends a bit later on or do you c) not go out and study hard so you are fully prepared for Monday mornings exam? Honestly, I can study on Sunday. I’d probably do B and study on Sunday also. I don’t know if College Jen would have agreed with this assessment but it seems obvious to me.
  6. Do you sometimes come across as anti-social in some situations? If so when?  haha, um, yeah. I think that is an understatement. It’s more like, sometimes I don’t come across as anti-social and manage to function in society. I do fine when I know exactly what’s going on and my role in the situation but I don’t like being flung into new things where I’m expected to be friendly, too.
  7. What music do you love listening to that others would see as weird or totally uncool but you love anyway? I still legitimately watch American Idol and enjoy it, listen to Top 40 music a lot, and happily listen to the Frozen soundtrack with my kids. Basically my musical tastes haven’t changed much since junior high, though I actually listen to a lot of different kinds of music aside from this.
  8. Have you ever sat there and completely planned out your whole entire life? I love to plan things. I’ve planned out entire vacations that have never happened. Life is a little harder because the variables are always, always moving but I spend a lot of time planning small aspects of life.
  9. What TV shows are you obsessed with that other people think are so nerdy? Nerdy or dweeby? We could talk about the shows on ABC Family and the Disney Channel that I watch with or without the kids – dweeby. Or fave shows like Big Bang Theory, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Top Gear, etc – nerdy.
  10. Now say three other nerdy facts about you. 1) Sometimes I write my blog posts entirely in the HTML editor. 2) I still feel a little guilty that I’m using Windows 8 instead of Linux. 3 ) I sometimes hide my Sherlock coffee mug when company is coming over because I’m afraid it will get broken or used by someone other than me. Wait, is that nerdy or just lame?

Your turn!

You aren’t seeing double: This was cross posted at Jen’s personal blog.