Archive for the ‘General’ Category


I generally consider myself to be a pretty routine-driven, systematic person.  Laundry on weekends.  Solid school morning routine that works great.  A cleaning schedule that is formalized enough to keep the house clean but flexible enough to adapt to our family’s changing daily schedule (and mess!).  All in all, I feel like I have things under control.

But what I can’t seem to stay on top of is grocery shopping.  I’m curious how other people handle it.  For awhile we were pretty good about going regularly.  But we are so busy with, well, life, that it seems like one of two things are happening.  Either A.) when I have time to go to the grocery store, it’s after a very busy time during which we haven’t eaten a lot at home and therefore don’t need much; or B.) when the stockpile is low, I’m so busy that I don’t have time to go to the grocery store.  So – you see – I’m either shopping when I don’t need to … or not shopping when it IS needed.  Surely there has to be a better way.

Please share your ideas!


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Diet Coke

There really is no way to describe my affection for diet Coke.  First thing in the morning, always.  My day doesn’t start until that first sip.  (OK, not really – because by the time I get downstairs I’ve already dressed myself, two girls, and done two heads of hair. Not including my own unless you count a headband as “doing” hair.)  And periodically throughout the day.  I probably shouldn’t admit how much I drink … I’d say the equivalent of 4-5 12 oz. cans a day is pretty average.  Note I said AVERAGE.  Some days are more.  Some days are less.  Err on the side of more.

I have a very particular way to drink diet Coke.  Fountain is my first choice, followed very closely by from a can but with a straw.  I don’t like drinking it from straight from the can or straight from the bottle.  If poured over ice, the ice must be fresh from the freezer.  Not reused ice that was in a previous diet Coke or water.

McDonald’s is my diet Coke vendor of choice.  Theirs is just superior, I’m not sure why.  Has to be a medium, not a large – the ice-to-diet-Coke ratio is just all wrong in a large, but it’s perfect in a medium.  Though this weekend I had a diet Coke that might take the new first place, and that was from a mini pitcher at Red, Hot, & Blue – a BBQ restaurant in north Dallas. OMG, yum.  Ice cold with the perfect amount of bubbles and fizz.

I’ve thought about quitting a few times.  I’ve done it twice just to prove that I can.  But truthfully, it’s a joy for me.  The way I see it is that there’s a lot worse things to be addicted to: coffee (more caffeine and more money), alcohol, drugs, shopping, and a whole lot more.  I know it’s not the best thing, but it’s also not the worse.  And so, for now, this mom runs on diet Coke.

If you have an affection for diet Coke, share it here!  Favorite places to get it?  Specific ways to drink it?

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The end of the school year always gets crazy.  OK, not just crazy.  INSANE.  It’s one special event after the other, and because I like to volunteer at my girls’ school, there is never a lack of things to do.  Science Fair.  Field Day.  Organize and shut down the library.  End of year meetings for Daisies.  Room mom duties.  Award ceremonies.  Then add all the extra-curricular stuff: the recital, the performances, the showcases, spring sports.  And all the details that you can’t overlook: sign up for fall soccer, order new uniforms, think about NEXT year’s extracurriculars, attend evaluations, get haircuts so everyone looks nice for these special events, meetings and preparations for summer camps and special projects, end-of-year gifts for teachers, Mother’s Day.

And this year in particular, we have an out-of-state birthday to attend AND an out-of-state wedding to attend in May on top of all that.  Add our annual vacation is in early June, and it’s a recipe for insanity.  In fact, the only reason I have time to write this now is because I’m waiting on an e-mail to come in that I need to print before leaving the house.  Were it not for that, I’d be out running errands … picking up snacks for 19 Pre-K kids, copying letters for teachers, and picking up a diet Coke at McDonald’s.

Oh, I haven’t told you about my love of diet Coke?  Yeah, that’s a whole other post entirely.  I’m going to be needing a LOT of diet Coke over the coming month.

The only way I get through it all is with two software programs: Mac’s iCal and Evernote.  Both sync automatically and instantaneously with my iPhone and I can see where I need to be and what I need to do at any given time.  Were it not for those two tools, I’d be in trouble.

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Today’s To-Do List (So Far)

  • Drop girls off at school
  • Breakfast with a friend
  • Straighten up at home, gather/sort/start laundry, sweep floors, general cleaning
  • E-mail to PreK class about school events next week (I’m room mom)
  • Several other calls and e-mails that took way too much time but were, unfortunately, necessary

That brings me to now, almost 2:00.  I have to leave in 30 minutes to go pick up the girls from school and I don’t feel like I’ve gotten much done at all.  Therefore, I will be getting up off the couch momentarily and going into warp-speed mode so I can actually feel productive today.  

Plus, the longer I sit here, the stiffer my hips become.  I thought I was all that and more when I could do most everything at the yoga class I tried, but my body decided otherwise overnight.  Clearly I’m not 20 anymore. 😉

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A Life Imagined

That’s the name of this blog.  Why?  Well, this is why:

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to life the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.  -Henry David Thoreau

This was my senior quote and to this day remains one of my favorites.  Is my life perfect?  No.  But when I look around I realize that I am so fortunate, so blessed, and so proud of what I’ve built.  Of what WE have built.  But more on the family in a future post.

Where will I go with this blog?  My best guess is that it will be a little of everything: a little organization, a little parenting, a little photography, a little baking, a little complaining, and a whole lot more.  Stay tuned!

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