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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Currently: My Math Wiz and Lots of Rambling

I'm once again joining Lindsey from Ot and Et, Randalin from Harvesting Kale, and others to share what is "currently" going on with us, based on the week's themes.

This week's themes are:
finding, writing, dressing, thinking, beginning

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I had to move my desk at work this week, and I have been finding all kinds of fun artifacts. I can't believe I had been in my old desk for about six and a half years (I was pregnant last time we moved). Oh, and I found lots and lots of dust. I tried to corral it all with a Swiffer today. Hopefully that will help because my nose is mad at me.

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I took last week off from writing because it was a busy one. Also, I haven't had much to write about lately. That's not a bad thing at all, just doing a lot of internal processing. I do love to write, though. I wish I had more hours. Right now, I tend to be way too much about photos and genealogy when I have free time, but that's OK. I have a lot of interests. And other times, I just need to veg.

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Mmm... dressing. I am ready for Thanksgiving. Seriously though, I usually call that "stuffing," and if I eat too much of it, I won't be dressing very stylishly anytime soon. This week, I have been dressing rather warmly, actually, as it's pretty cold these days. I don't mind, though. I love this hoodie and sweater (and toque!) weather. I just need to find some gloves. And my snow scraper, if Buffalo ever decides to stop hogging all the snow and share some with us! (Yeah, I'm pretty certain they would if they could.)

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Josh has always liked numbers and gotten basic math concepts, but this week, I am beginning to see just how well he gets it, and enjoys thinking about and manipulating numbers (just like his mama). He has a chart of numbers that he has written out, with the numbers lined up in groups of ten, and he was studying it one morning.

I think he was only supposed to go to 50. #overachiever

"Mom, did you know that ten tens makes one hundred?"

Pretty good. I explained that this is a concept that he'll be learning later called multiplication, "So ten sets of ten makes one hundred, and you say 'Ten times ten equals one hundred.'"

Without a pause: "Oh OK, so ten times eleven is one hundred and ten."

Cool, he gets it!

Earlier in the week, we were traveling in the car with my father and step-mother. Josh had brought twelve toys over to their house, which he remembered because we also had to bring the piece of paper on which he wrote the number twelve, so everyone would be counted, and no one would be left behind. He only brought four toys to the restaurant with us, and my step-mother wanted to teach him how to figure out how many toys were still at her house. By the time she finished asking me what I thought would be the easiest way to help him figure it out, he said, "Eight. I counted it backwards in my head." Crazy kid. He continued to correctly answer every addition question we asked after that, too (forty plus sixty is one hundred... duh!).

Come to think of it, he's always writing random numbers all over the place. He writes them on his school papers sometimes, like 3895-294874-3948, and tells me that's his password. Maybe I'm raising a math genius, or at least a math nerd like me. And all I keep thinking is, "Please God, don't let there be Common Core AP Calculus when he's in high school."

Loves vehicles and math and wants to be an engineer. I think his path is clear.
Well, if he doesn't decide to be President or a doctor or an actor instead.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Writer's Workshop: My Window

This week, I am following the theme: 3. Write a haiku about what you see out your window.

Cars, a parking lot
Neighbors smoking on their deck
I miss my old view

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The old view, last February
Unfortunately, sometimes you have to sacrifice some good things and some comfort to get to where you need to be, and to be truly happy. It's a process, but I know it will happen. And I can't complain; while the current view from my office isn't as beautiful as the view six months ago, the backyard view isn't exactly shabby:

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Got woods? Check!
And the front patio is perfect for roller hockey!

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Wordless Wednesday: Photo Inspiration

Another week went by without me taking a whole lot of photos. I (finally) started my online photo class this week, so hopefully that will change soon. I haven't had much picture inspiration lately, but Josh and hockey always help!

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Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Friday, November 7, 2014

Currently: I Want Candy

I'm once again joining Lindsey from Ot and Et, Randalin from Harvesting Kale, and others to share what is "currently" going on with us, based on the week's themes. This week's themes are: reading, running, sending, liking, valuing

I haven't been reading too much of anything, besides Ree Drummond's children's books to my son. He's quite taken with the Pioneer Woman and her dog, Charlie. Josh just loves any book that personifies animals (Duck on a Bike is a favorite). I think he's going to love Animal Farm one day (I did), but maybe we'll try Charlotte's Web first.

I haven't been running much of anything, either. Just myself on the elliptical machine. I definitely prefer Zumba, though. And hockey. Which reminds me: I need to find out when pick-up starts again. I miss playing, big time.

I just finished sending in my Movember donation to a co-worker. I also need to get going on food and toy donations. I really want to involve Joshua this year, because I feel it's something he needs to start learning. He had a meltdown in CVS the other night because I wouldn't buy him a stuffed animal. I think he needs to help me shop for kids who can't even afford socks.

I'm really liking those Kit Kats in Joshua's bowl of candy that he'll never eat. Maybe too much. (Seriously, my child eats zero candy, but hey, it's easy on the dental bill.)

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"When I snap my fingers, you will eat all of my candy!"
I have been learning a lot about valuing myself this week. Really digging deep to find my strengths and passions, trying to build my self-esteem and figure out where I can be successful. I realized that, while I may not be an idea person, I am pretty good at executing ideas and supporting those who have them. I make a pretty good cheerleader to those I admire, for whatever reason, or at least I hope so. And I am realizing more and more that photography is my biggest passion. I have always been into things like sports, concerts, and political events, but I realized what I really like to do there is take photos, capture exciting moments. My dream is to be a photo journalist. I know I am nowhere good enough to do so right now, but I want to learn. I signed up for a photo class this week and cannot wait to begin!

How was your week?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Random

It's Thursday. I'm late, and this is random.

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Little man is back in action!

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Fun with Finz

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Creepy moon

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I voted!

Linking up with Ruchira for this week's Wordless Wednesday (better late than never!)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Currently: Halloween Preparations

I'm once again linking up with Lindsey from Ot and Et and Randalin of Harvesting Kale for another edition of "Currently."

This week's themes:
committing, loving, organizing, watching, shopping

I'm committing to go to the gym at least 3 times a week: twice during the week and at least once on the weekend. Lucky for me, Josh loves the child care area. (Who wouldn't? It has a bounce house!) I have been going for the past couple of weeks, and I already feel so much better. So far it's just running on the elliptical machine and Zumba class, but I am hoping to get into weights and hopefully some Yoga classes. The Zumba teacher is super fun, which is good motivation. We even got in touch with our inner zombies tonight while dancing to "Thriller."

I'm loving:
- Joshua's sorcerer costume, hand-made by my talented mother.
- Music by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Especially this.
- My dinner from Chipotle. Nom nom nom.
- All of the fun plans I'm making with my friends. Good times ahead!

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I spent a good portion of my August and September organizing my apartment, so I haven't been doing much of that lately. I still need to get my office organized (so many papers), but I keep telling myself it will happen when it's too cold to go out in the Winter. I'll just have to fight off the hibernation instinct that tells me to lay on the couch and watch some movies instead.

I've been watching a lot of television lately, but I am trying to limit myself to one show a night. Currently on my DVR: Once Upon a Time, The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, The Biggest Loser, and Finding Your Roots. I am a history nerd, so I'm totally fascinated by that last one. I received a discount offer for Ancestry.com a couple of months ago, and have started doing my own genealogy. Turns out, my family has American Revolution patriots, and Scottish Lords, and who knows what else (rumor has it: King Macbeth). So interesting. Oh, and I'll be watching Hocus Pocus tomorrow night, because I love to watch that every Halloween. I also need to find Practical Magic because I love that one, too.

I went shopping tonight for last-minute candy and a little gift for Joshua. Oh my word. It's Christmas everywhere! Apparently, Halloween is the new Thanksgiving. And then, I have to admit, I bought the first gift of the season (some planes Joshua has been eyeing). Oh well, it will be here before we know it, and personally, I wouldn't mind shopping in November so I can enjoy December.

Have a Happy Halloween, and a great week! :)

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