…But still a good day

Tuesdays are Steven’s day off, and for almost a week I’ve been looking forward to it for one reason: Bowling.  We haven’t been bowling in quite some time, and I was so ready to change that.  And to involve Jake in our bowling adventures.  Bowling is just one of those kinda nerdy things that Steven and I have enjoyed since we started dating almost nine(?!) years ago.  He is much better at it than I am, but we always have a good time.  However, we don’t particularly like going to the bowling alley when it’s crazy busy (outside of league bowling.  Yup, we do league bowling and have even participated in local tournaments.  We haven’t won yet.), and I really don’t like cosmic bowling.  You know, when they turn on black lights and such.  Just not my cup of tea.  SO, going to the bowling alley on a Tuesday in the middle of the day when we basically have free reign of the place sounded awesome.  Plus, we wouldn’t have to worry about Jake running off and bothering others.  He might even get to roll a few frames himself, and the pictures would have been epic.  To top things off a Corner Bakery just opened nearby, and I was promised a meal there immediately.  I was giddy.  I was even going to vlog it all for my YouTube channel.  But, things did not go as planned.  Womp, womp.

About two weeks ago Steven bruised his ribs, and hasn’t really tended to the injury properly.  So the idea of twisting his ribcage with a 14 pound bowling ball for at least 3 games did not sound appealing.  In fact, the only thing on his agenda today was resting.  Can’t say I blame him, but I was definitely a little disappointed.  No worries, though, there will be other opportunities.  I, however, needed some out-of-house-not-at-the-grocery-store time so I headed to the mall sans husband and son.

I only spent about an hour or so at the mall today.  To be honest, I get bored, and I end up missing my boys.  I usually take the opportunity to go makeup and candle shopping, because I can’t imagine anything more boring to boys.  Jake literally melts down the moment we walk into Ulta.  Clockwork, I tell ya.  So today was a trip to the mini-Sephora in JC Penney (which I hadn’t been to since they opened it up a few years ago), Bath & Body Works, the Victoria’s Secret’s fragrance section, and MAC.  Plus, my Glossy Box for June was in the mail when I got home!  I may have a makeup problem.  Not really, but I do have a lot of makeup.  It’s my collection.  Some people have snow globes; I have makeup and nail polish.

I also got my meal at Corner Bakery at dinner time, and it was perfect.  If we didn’t have so many sweets in the house I would have gotten a whoopie pie (yum!), but I’ll save that for next time.

I plan on doing a haul video tomorrow to replace the vlog that would have gone up about today (had we gone bowling).  I know things are getting a little beauty-centric, but that’s just how life has been lately.  There will be more than just beauty things here, I promise.

Hope y’all are having a great week, and I’ll talk to you soon!


The first step

After my last post I was very motivated to find a way to get some kind of schedule set up for myself.   I wanted some kind of permanent reminder for myself of what I’d (ideally) like to get done on a day-to-day basis.  So I made this:

My Ideal Schedule

My Ideal Schedule

The full-size version is my laptop’s background.  Some things to note:

  • This is obviously going to change when Jake starts pre-school/activities
  • This is an IDEAL schedule.  I’m not going to beat myself up about staying in pjs a little longer some days, or if Jake’s not in the best mood for morning errands.  Honestly, I don’t have many errands to run, so there are days we just stay at home.
  • The evening schedule is odd because my husband works 12-hour days and doesn’t get home until it’s almost Jake’s bedtime.  We always eat together, and Jake eats at 6pm.  Would I like us to all eat together?  Absolutely, but that’s a whole other post.  We’ll chat about that at a later date.  At some point I’ll switch to eating dinner with Jake, and Dad will just have to deal with re-heating a plate. 😉
  • “Daily Cleaning Task” refers to The Fly Lady method.  Her site has changed my thoughts on the cleaning process, and makes life quite a bit easier.  I am not a cleaning marathon kind of person; I get frustrated and never finish when I start.  I could go into a whole other post just on Fly Lady, but I won’t.  Check out the site and see for yourself.  I don’t follow it precisely, but a little work everyday gets the job done.
  • “Projects” refers to something around the house that needs to be done.  On the list right now: Hang picture frames, Jake’s Second Yearbook, Organize Goodwill run, etc.  It is a never-ending and changing list.

As I said before, it’s not a big deal if the schedule isn’t followed exactly, but it’s nice to see what I’d ideally like to get done each day right there in front of me.  I’ve never been good with keeping lists or daily planners, so this is my modification.

Other things on my mind right now:

  • Jake needs other kids around.  I don’t have friends with kids his age and he’s not getting other kid interaction.  I’ve been looking at some Mommy’s Day Out programs (2 days/week), but I just don’t know.  Most are religiously affiliated, and I don’t know how I feel about that.  Plus, he’s never been in a structured setting, and I worry about that.  I feel like if he’s more…rambunctious than most that I might have done something wrong.  But I also know that he needs that environment.