Random Thoughts – 10/24/2014

Another backyard sunset

Another backyard sunset

Greetings from ATL, GA!!!  Time for some thoughts.

  1. I’ve read more java code in the last 2 days than I have the rest of my 15,800-ish days on this earth combined.  I’ll be honest… not my favorite thing to do.  But I’m still kicking a$$ at it!
  2. I’m trying to start an AIP paleo diet again.  I do pretty well for a few days and then something happens and I blow it.  Ugh.  I suck.
  3. Related note – I think I’d do better if I could get my nighttime snacking under control… and my nighttime drinking.  (DAMN YOU, RUMCHATA!  I hate you.  Go away.  No, come back.  I love you.  NO, I HATE YOU.  Awww, I’m sorry.  You know I love you.  <sigh>)
  4. Had parent teacher conferences this week.  I was needlessly worried.  (SQUIRREL – I was a little surprised and then concerned to learn that this school is a little more academically advanced than our last school…  which I thought was already advanced.)
  5. Related note – Daughter #2 is doing very well.  She has her struggles with paying attention, but she’s getting great grades and is reading far beyond the expected level of her class.  Feel free to ask her about Ben Franklin or land masses.  She’s now an expert on both.
  6. Another related note – Daughter #1 has higher than a straight A report card (she had more than one 3+ grades on her 3 point grade scale).  She is also reading AND writing far beyond her grade level.  Her teacher will be putting her in an advanced group in the next grading period.
  7. Unrelated note – #1 is learning to sew.  We’re making her Halloween costume.
  8. Back to related notes – I’m one VERY proud momma.
  9. Since I’ve moved here, I have several grocery stores I frequent, but I cannot find a place I like to shop for clothes yet.  It’s killing me!
  10. Apparently this week is the official start of boot season down here.  WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!

One last thing…  I’d like to ask a favor.  If you are religious or spiritual, I have a prayer, positive thoughts, white lights, or whatever you can spare request.  My husband’s grandmother just got released from the hospital and is home now with hospice.  Please pray for comfort and peace for her and her family.  Thanks much.

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Atlanta Adjacent Observations

Now that I’ve been here for not quite 2 months, I’m sure I can be considered an expert on all things Atlanta.  Just kidding!  Heck, I haven’t even technically driven into, or even all the way around, Atlanta.  But there are a few things I have noticed since I’ve been here.

  • Traffic does suck.  I only have a 6.5 mile drive to work and somedays I can get there in 15 minutes and other days it takes me closer to 35.  I’ve caught myself almost at a dead run through the parking deck to make sure I get on the road to come home before 5:00pm.
  • Not many people use their turn signals in “turn only” lanes.  And I don’t blame them one bit. There are times when you are sitting there waiting for 4-6 light changes for other lanes.  That’s a long frickin’ time to hear click click, click click, click click.  I’m sure that listening to that long enough would definitely lead to increased road rage, let alone turning someone into a full on bell tower candidate.
  • 60 degrees is f-ing cold here.  I know I haven’t been here long enough to be acclimated.  But when it dips down under 70… I don’t know if it’s just the humidity that makes it colder or what… but it feels crazy cold.
  • I risk developing an accent only on the weekends.  At work, most people are transplants (meaning they didn’t grow up here but moved here).  But when I’m not at work, everyone I talk to has a fabulous southern accent.  Hard not to pick up just little of it, y’all.
  • I cannot air dry my clothes like I am used to.  Nope.  Letting them just hang will result in musty smelling clothes.  Gross.  I have to at least put them in front of a fan.
  • Fruit lasts like 2 days sitting out on my counter.  I’ve thrown out so much produce because it goes bad faster than I can eat it.  Gotta figure out how to make that work for me.
  • There is a lot of expendable income around here.  You can’t drive by a strip mall (and there are hundreds of them) without seeing a dry cleaner, nail salon, massage parlor, and some kind of fancy pet *something* store.  No judgment…  I’m just sayin’.
  • The views are breathtaking.  Every morning when I come around the first curve where I can see the Atlanta skyline, I can’t help but smile.  And then there’s my back yard… I make it out there to catch the sunset at least 3 times a week.  <Insert content sigh here>

It’s all way different for me, but I sure am a lucky gal.

Just in a GOOD mood…

Hi FRIENDS!!!

I’m in a good mood today so I thought I’d write about it.  I’ve been a Georgian for about 7 weeks or so now.  We’re still not entirely unpacked.  We’re still eating off of a plastic table with folding chairs.  And I don’t have a lot of set routines yet… but there are some super awesome things that have been happening since we’ve been down here.

1.  I have 30-45 minutes of free time every day after my kids get on the bus and before I leave for work.  I’ve been prepping dinners, cleaning house, and even exercising in the mornings before work.  This is a HUGE deal and a BIG difference from what I am used to.

2.  My kids have been extremely well-behaved.  We had one of the most enjoyable family dinners at a nearby restaurant a couple of weeks ago.  Everyone was in a good mood, we talked as a family, the kids were polite and sweet and grateful.  (Not to mention, one kid told us all about Ben Franklin and all of his inventions and the other kid explained Greece and the history of the Olympics and democracy to us.  My kids are 6 and 8.  That. ROCKS.)

3.  The kids have also been more than willing to eat the healthy food I make.  They eat and compliment darn near everything I give them.  You should have heard them go on about this meatloaf I made last week that was chock full of veggies they don’t usually eat.  Again, this is a HUGE deal to me.

4.  I made cupcakes with my youngest last weekend (gluten-free of course).  We have *never* done that before.  And I had the time and energy to do it.  We haven’t had that kind of quality mommy-daughter time since….  well, it’s been years.  Actually, my kids have been helping me a lot in the kitchen.  Another again, this is a HUGE deal as well.

ALSO…

I found a new CSA!!!  (That’s community supported agriculture for those of you who I have not bored to tears about it already.)  Actually, I found 2!  One for fruits and veggies and the other for…  (wait for it)…

GRASS-FED BEEF AND PORK!!!  <girlie scream>  I picked up my first fruit and veggie bag today.  Check it out!

First CSA bag!  All organic, as much local as possible, some hydroponic.

First CSA bag! All organic, as much local as possible, some hydroponic.  Boom.

Aaaaaaand we got a new shiny mailbox today!  This was a HAO improvement and everyone in our subdivision is getting them (we all have the same mailbox).

Our shiny new mailbox!

Our shiny new mailbox!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we had another beautiful sunset tonight.  (SQUIRREL – My kids actually say “Oh MOM!  It’s sunset time!”  And we all go out and watch it together.  It’s so nice to have this kind of family time.)

Oh how I love my back yard

Oh how I love my back yard

Hope you are all having as good a day as I am!!!

Talk to you later  🙂