May 22, 2013
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Wednesday, May 22, 2013
May 21, 2013
Soo ummm. Yeah.
I forgot the blog logon. I forgot the password. There are 463(!!) comments waiting for moderation.
I told you in January I had legit qualms about this spring, and those were not unfounded.
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Tuesday, May 21, 2013
January 23, 2013
I have so much to say, and as always, I am going to dive right back in. I have taken a few hiatuses (is that even a word?) over the last 7 years and I make no excuses. This blog has always been, and will remain unplanned, unscheduled and unapologetically me.
I have some serious qualms about the next 4 months (not that I am counting down to Granny Camp or anything). The boys are about to start 2 different sports in 2 different cities and I haven't worked full time through a spring season before. It's always a bit of a circus to get everyone where they need to be when they need to be there, but this year in particular is going to be even more so.
In the end, I know it will all work itself out, it always does. But this year, I am putting my foot down. I refuse to put myself last, again. I will not be the mom dragging arse everyday because I stayed up too late, ate gummy bears for lunch and put everyone's needs before my own. This year, I am making myself a priority, and if that means asking for more help, so be it. If it means that everyone has to be more patient and chip in more, then that's what will happen. The boys are getting older, and they are certainly less demanding of my every moment. I need to grant them more independence and with that, more responsibility.
Working from home is wonderful. I have a 20 step commute to my home office and I frequently work in my pajamas. I pick the children up from school and I sure as hell get to meet my girlfriends for lunch on occasion. Ok, like a lot.
But it's still "new" to me. This fall, the boys didn't play any sports (don't ask...it was a shiot show and the details of that decision would bore you to tears) and this winter, basketball and Lego Robotics were both at school, with minimal effort required from me.
It's going to be a test of what I am made of. How much I can stick to my guns and not ignore my needs. Every spring, I run myself so ragged I end up getting so sick that I need reinforcements and the ER. I won't do that this year.
I won't. Watch me.
But I will need someone(s) and something(s) to keep me accountable. I had a great conversation today with a friend and we talked through some of the things I want to keep on track. I also gave a new gym a test run. Yeah, yeah, go ahead and call me out on the erratic (at best) nature of my physical whatnot. In any case, I decided that the 20-something college girls at the local gym would motivate me and keep me accountable.
Be careful what you wish for. There is no one quite as able to keep you accountable and honest as the person I worked out next to tonight.
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Wednesday, January 23, 2013
November 29, 2012
Outside the boys' bathroom at the top of the stairs...right next to a basket of laundry that has been giving me the side eye. It's one step up from a Charlie Brown tree, but the orange and purple makes up for all of that.
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Thursday, November 29, 2012
November 26, 2012
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Monday, November 26, 2012
November 19, 2012
The boys had a backpack that I don't think was ever unpacked as we spent the entire drive either watching movies (Little Rascals, Looney Tunes and Disney everything ever produced) and seat dancing. In the event that you were wondering, you can ABSOLUTELY choreograph dances with a seat belt and one hand (mostly) on the steering wheel. If you screw up the lyrics to anything by Skynyrd, Ice, Ice Baby or Call Me Maybe, I will repeat the song and give you a second chance. Then I will just laugh at you for another 10 miles.
We laughed so hard on that trip. I had the boys undivided attention, well mostly. Except for the hour and half during the Anime movie. I am a dork, admittedly, but that level of dorkdom is too much even for me. So I let them have that to themselves while I indulged in some Beach Music and some Scritti Politti. We decided that our Musical Palette needs it own zip code it's so wide.
Around 8:30p I started getting a little antsy. My left arm gets sore when I drive that long. Something to think about: wearing a ponytail when driving on a road trip SEEMS like a good idea. Natch, it is not. You can't lean your head back and eventually that ponytail is going to make you stabby. Ergo you have 2 choices, wear it down (which I did until 8:30p) or sport pigtails. Check and check.
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Monday, November 19, 2012
November 15, 2012
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Thursday, November 15, 2012
November 14, 2012
My girlfriends drop their children off at school, and pull up to my casa. No cookie exchange, no white elephant gift. I don't want them to do anything, no work, no stress. Then we sit around for the majority of the day and drink coffee and make fancy hot chocolates from the bar. Freebase on sugar and icing and generally just take a few hours off duty.
There is not much discussion of being SO INCREDIBLY BUSY and of CHRISTMAS TRYING TO KILL US, because we are all in it together. We all know how hard it is, but this day, we tend to focus on each other. The elements of those friendships that transcend the busyness of the season. Giggling and much discussion of what (if any) ridiculous gifts the men in our lives will manage to have picked out. Some mention of putting on our winter weight, but then vehement insistence to one another that, YOU LOOK AMAZING and JUST EAT ANOTHER CUPCAKE PRETTY GIRL!
It's one of my favorite things. No stress, no work. I don't do the baking, I order everything and just sass it up with my magic. Before we realize it, it's time to run afternoon carpool and everyone scoots out with promises not to go so long without seeing each other.
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Wednesday, November 14, 2012
November 12, 2012
Posted by clemsongirlandthecoach at Monday, November 12, 2012