Try It Tuesday

29 Jul

Happy Tuesday, folks!

While looking around on Pinterest (mostly on Doctor Who-themed boards) I found an awesome pin! Apparently, you go to this website and you’re in the Tardis’ control room! You can click different areas and it will “teleport” you to a random place.

tardis teleporter

So I went to the website and was a little disappointed. I mean, the views were amazing, don’t get me wrong.

teleporter hawaii

 

Teleporter Japan

 

But, when I first went to the site, there was no Tardis control room (super sad about that!). And, honestly, its like a glorified Google Maps. So, double sad. But, like I said, it was nice to get to see some of the pretty views!

 

Recently, Huff the Hubs has really been into playing video games on my old NES. Last Friday he spent about two hours trying to beat Super Mario Brothers. While on Pinterest, I saw this and did a nerd girl squeal:

snesfun

 

THIS website did NOT disappoint! There were tons and tons of video games! I chose a game that I never played as a kid but always wanted to:

snes animaniacs opening panel

 

I was actually pretty cool! And really got me all nostalgic. I mean, check out those awesome 90’s graphics:

snes animaniacs 8 bit

 

 

 

snes animaniacs game

 

 

I think I’ve found my new procrastination website. Look out, Pinterest, another site’s gunning for your crown!

Judge and Jury

28 Jul

I’ve been struggling lately, struggling with my own insecurities and anxieties. No, not with my post-baby body…with how I’m doing as a mom.

 

I’ve only been doing this for ten months, and it’s been an exhausting, fun, tiring, awesome, eye-opening ten months. Some days are good and some involve me crying into a pillow. And, to be honest, it’s not so much the diaper changes and the crying fits and the lack of naps that get me down. It’s that I feel like I’m not measuring up; to mine and other people’s standards.

 

What exactly do I mean? I’ll explain.

 

There are days that I look at Facebook and think, “OMG. She’s such a better mom than me. She can do A, B, C and it’s like she never runs out of energy” or “Why am I having such a hard time with this? I bet my mom never lost her patience like this.”

 

Then there are other times that I feel like other people are saying those things about me.

 

Do you ever feel like you have to put a “disclaimer” before you do something with your kid? Like, “I put her in the fenced-in area to play because I don’t want her to get used to somebody holding her all the time. I want her to be able to learn and explore.” Or, “I have my husband feed her dinner because I breastfeed and he has said he feels like he’s missing out on a bonding opportunity.”
I guess there are many times I feel like maybe I’m being judged by others so I have to let them know why I’m doing. And I know people are judging… Because I do it too.

 

There have been so many times (pre-child) that I would think, “I can’t believe she doesn’t want to stay home with her kid” or “Why do they just let their kids run wild when they go to someone’s house?” or “Can they not hear that their kid is so loud?” and “Why don’t they play more with their kids?”

 

But then, I had a baby. And I started to realize things. Parents are tired. Even if they don’t work outside of the home, they’re tired.

 

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They’re weighed down by stresses of bills, making sure the house is in order, and a barrage of other worries. They are also thinking the same things, “Am I giving my child enough attention? Is he/she eating properly? How is my kid treating others?”

 

I didn’t get it until I became a parent. But I also didn’t get the amount of self-criticism that came along with this new role. I’m nervous about what other people are thinking.

 

Some days I don’t care about what other people think of me. I just think, “Well, they have the right to their opinion.” But other days, I’ll lay in bed unable to sleep because I’m replaying all of the things that I’ve done wrong or the things that I think other people think that I have done wrong:

 

What are they thinking about me today? Do they think I’m a bad mom?

Do they think I’m a bad wife?

Do they think that I don’t play with her enough?

Do they think I’m a bad mother because I take her to day care?

 

I know I can’t be the only one that thinks this. I see how my people repin my Anxiety Cat pins on Pinterest.

 

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I feel like all the baby books I read prepared me for taking care of Hermione: when to feed her, when to change her diaper, what to do if she has gas; but none of them prepared me for the insecurities that I would feel and the self-loathing that would follow.

The baby books also didn’t prepare me for postpartum depression, postpartum OCD, or postpartum anxiety. We all have struggles that we’re dealing with and thinking about what other people are thinking about you just makes it even worse! Why can’t we all just support one another and be kind to one another instead of talking about them the minute they walk out the door? And why can’t we look at ourselves and change things about us that maybe we are insecure about and that’s why we’re so harsh with others?

 

I’m not simple going on a tirade against people, let me make that clear. Trust me, there so many things that I need to work on because I’ve been guilty of every one of these things. This post isn’t about me blaming others and playing the victim by any means. It’s about me putting my thoughts out there, reflecting on my own behaviors, and thinking about ways that I need to change.

 

I’ve decided the first thing I need to do is watch what I think. If you think a thought enough times, eventually you’re going to say it out loud. From now on, every time a thought pops into my head of, “I can’t believe she is letting her kid get away with that” or “Why won’t he get on to him?” I’m going to replace it with something positive about that person.

 

What about you? Do you ever feel insecure as a mom? Does it get easier after you have more kids? How do you handle your own insecurities?

Fan Girl Friday

25 Jul

Happy Friday! It has been one, long, HOT week here in the Middle of America. But I’ve found some cool treats to help us chillax (see what I did there?) into our weekend!

 

I love anything and everything related to the UK. I’ve been to London three times and my Netflix queue is filled to the brim with British shows. I’m also a Game of Thrones fan (even though I haven’t watched too much of this season). So when I saw this, I was so. Freaking. Excited!

It’s the Queen’s Guard playing the GoT theme song! And people say that Britons have no sense of humor…

 

Speaking of Brits; get ready Whovians! Word on the street at SDCC (aka, San Diego Comic Con—happening this week!) is that Peter Jackson, our favorite Hobbit-loving director, will be using his talents on the small screen! That’s right, PJ is going to direct an episode of Doctor Who!

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Do you have a picky eater in your house? Is dinnertime a battle? Make it fun with this game board-inspired plate from Give Simple!

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Just put your kid’s dinner in the little openings, and have them eat as they go! Then, when they reach the Finish Line, they can uncover a treat! (I actually know a few adults who need to eat off of this—HA!)

 

And speaking of eating (aka, my favorite hobby), dessert just got a whole lot better! Some students at Harvard came up with the most amazing invention ever: cake in a spray can!

Snack time is forever changed!

Writer Wed–Er, Thursday

24 Jul

Hey peeps!

Sorry for no post yesterday. It was mine and Huff the Hubs third anniversary! We took the day off and spent the whole day together! It was awesome. So I’m making up for no Writer Wednesday by having a Writer Thursday.

 

Here is today’s prompt:

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Seven days ago, I won the lottery. Now, nobody will talk to me.

 

I thought winning the lottery would give me more friends. Instead, it drove them away. I wasn’t expecting to win when I walked into that Gas ‘N Go. I just needed to fill up my tank and maybe grab a Diet Coke. On a whim, I bought two scratchers. I never bought those kinds of things before. But they were just sitting there on the counter. I figured, why not?

 

I completely forgot about them until I cleaned out my truck two days later. They had fallen out my pocket and got stuck in between my seat and console. I took them inside, searched for a quarter, and scratched the first one.

 

I had to reveal three cherries if I wanted to win. I rubbed the silver coating off the first box: cherry. I chose another box and did the same. Another cherry. I picked a third box and started to get excited. A banana.

 

“Dang it!” I moaned, tossing the worthless paper into the trash. I grabbed the other scratcher. I chose my boxes more carefully this time.

 

The first box was a cherry!
“Yes!” I whispered.

 

The next one? One more cherry.

 

My hands shook as I chose the final box to scratch. I kept second-guessing myself.

 

The upper left?

 

 

Lower right?

 

No.

 

Bottom middle.

 

Yes, that one.

 

I scratched off the silver. I closed my eyes before I could sneak a peek of the shape. With my eyes still shut, I blew the shavings off the card.

 

“One, two, three,” I said aloud and opened my eyes.

 

A third cherry! A third cherry! I couldn’t believe it!

 

I did a happy dance and thought about what I should do next. Naturally, I posted on Facebook that I had won the lottery. People were quick to congratulate me. I told them I would take them all to dinner to celebrate and pay with my winnings.

 

I went to the store to collect my prize and then drove to the restaurant. But no one showed up. I waited for another fifteen minutes. Still, no one was there. Another thirty minutes passed. I saw many people coming in and out of the parking lot, but none of them were my friends.

 

I sighed and walked inside.

 

I told the young woman that was assisting me, “I won the lottery today.”

 

“Wow! Congratulations!” she said. “How much did you win?”

 

“Fifty dollars,” I said proudly. “Can I have a McDouble and a McFlurry, please?”

Try It Tuesday

22 Jul

When I was in elementary school, there was this kid in my class that ALWAYS ate the art supplies. I’m not even kidding. He drank glue, he chewed on pipecleaners, and he sucked on tissue paper to make his teeth change colors. No joke.

So, if you’re out there (and you know who you are even though I’m not going to call you out on this blog) this Try It is for you, sir.

Its edible glitter!

original pin

 

According the pin, its easy peasy and awesome.

Here’s what you need:

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~1/4 cup sugar

~1/2 teaspoon food coloring (any color)

 

First, preheat your oven to 350*. Then, add the food coloring to your sugar. I chose red because I thought it would look like pink glitter when it finished.

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Mix well.

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Pour the sugar onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

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After its finished baking, let it cool. Pour the sugar into a small bowl and stir, breaking up all the chunks that have formed. And then prepare yourself for disappointment.

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Yeeeahhh…. totally doesn’t look like it did on Pinterest. Womp, womp. Oh well. Guess I’ll stick to store bought sprinkles!

Beauty and The Beat

21 Jul

My sister and I have gotten into the habit of sending each other funny pins on Pinterest. She typically wakes up to about 20+ pins from me each morning because perusing Pinterest is my nighttime ritual. Some people drink tea, others do yoga; I pin.

My sister, however, wins the Pin of the Week award for what she sent me last night. This video had me CRACKING up! I seriously watched it three times!

I love Disney and I also love cheeky parodies, so this video made my day! I hope it makes you giggle too!

Fan Girl Friday

18 Jul

Happy Friday, peeps! I have SO much to share with my fellow fangirls and boys! Get excited because the web has been a buzz all week with news about our favorite fandoms!

 

Was I the only one who audibly gasped during the season finale of Once Upon a Time when a certain blonde in a blue dress sashayed out of that portal? Didn’t think so. After months of speculating, we finally have a face to put with that braid!

Fabulously Frozen!

Winter is coming.

Her name is Georgina Haig and she’s a relative newcomer (i.e., she hasn’t been in a lot of well-known projects) but I think she looks pretty great as Elsa! What do you think?

 

One of the reasons Huff the Hubs and I went to London last year (other than to take a big trip before Hermione was born) was so we could see Oxford—AKA, one of the inspirations for the set designers of the Harry Potter films. I was pretty excited to see The Great Hall (which looked very similar to the one at Hogwarts) but these girls put our trip to shame. They are on a quest to find all of the famous locales from their favorite fandoms! Check it out!

We'll be late for Herbology!

We’ll be late for Herbology!

You can keep up with their ongoing quest here on their Tumblr page! Go look; its awesome!

 

 

I don’t know about you, but I am really suffering from L.O.D.W., which stands for Lack of Doctor Who. Symptoms include staring longingly at the BBC America channel’s listings in the TV guide, wearing fezzes when its not appropriate, and telling people to hurry up by saying, “Allonsy!” And sadly, the only cure is more Doctor Who. But, that won’t be happening for a while. Thankfully, we can watch things like this and get our Who on!

 

 

There’s going to be changes coming to a comicbook store near you! Not only is Marvel going to be replacing Thor with a lady this fall, but they’ve also chosen someone new to carry the star-spangled shield! That’s right, there’s a new Captain America in town!

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And he’s non-other than Steve’s BFF, Sam Wilson (AKA, The Falcon)! What do you think about the change? Like it?

 

 

Huff the Hubs is a HUGE Weird Al Yankovic fan. He adores the guy. Seriously. I think he’s alright. I mean, the main reason why I love him is because he works with Hanson a lot; he even directed and made a cameo in their music videos! Yankovic’s new album dropped this week and he’s been giving us tastes of the new songs with a new music video every day this week. My favorite so far has to be this one. It speaks to the Grammar Nazi within me.

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