School Fundraisers can bite me


I don’t know if y’all’s kiddos schools do anything like this, but I’ve gotta get this shit off my chest.

Every year, Boo’s school does a silent auction and Spring carnival. Where do they get the stuff to auction, you ask? WE DONATE IT. AND THEN FIGHT EACH OTHER TO BUY IT BACK. Good times.

In years past, the classroom auction baskets have been pretty low key. For example, a “Family Game Night” basket (board games, cards, Twister), a “Movie Night” basket (boxes of candy & popcorn, movies, tickets to the movies, soda), a  “Go Play Outside” basket (chalk, bubbles, ring toss, basketball, soccer, nerf guns), etc.

Evidently when you hit 5th grade, shit gets real, y’all.

This years basket, which is being put together by TWO 5th grade classes, is titled “Outdoor Fun”. Sounds innocent enough right?

This is the list that came home with the “suggested” items to donate.IMG_4753

  • New sleeping bags? Those can be pretty spendy here in the Pacific Northwest.
  • A kayak, canoe or float-able boat?? I would freakin’ HOPE gently used would be okay!!
  • A new tent? Who, in this day and age (God, I feel old!) has the money in their monthly budget to just go out and spend $100 on a tent they are never going to use?

The rest of the list is pretty much de rigeur for what one would expect to go into one of these things. But here is my problem: remember when I told you (in the About me section of the blog) that I suffer from OCD and anxiety? This sets it off, big time. I automatically feel obligated to purchase one of everything on the list so I will fit in with the “cool kids”. And if I don’t, I feel like I’ll get that “look” from the other classroom mothers. Y’all know the “look” I’m talking about, right? The one that says, “Oh! You don’t care about supporting your child and her education!”.

For me, this is a no-win situation. I will probably go out and buy more than I should because of how I’m feeling and I’ll regret it later. <sigh>

Oh well. Pick your battles, right?


What your workout playlist says about you


gym to walk a mile on a treadmill

Have you ever taken a good, hard look at your taste in music and what it says about you, or what you might be going through at any given time? For instance, I have an 11 year old daughter who is all about One Direction, so I find myself inadvertently enjoying some of their music, along with Cody Simpson and Big Time Rush. So sue me!!

However, the other day I was messing around with iTunes, trying to organize a few playlists, the first of which was my workout playlist and I noticed a trend in my song choices that I hadn’t noticed previously.


  1. Ain’t It Fun by Paramore (No, working out BLOWS!!)
  2. Birthday by Katy Perry (Just THINKING about this video causes me to gain 5 pounds, hence the reason I’m working out)
  3. Boom Clap by Charli XCX (….the sound of my thighs smacking together on this treadmill)
  4. Bulletproof by La Roux (What I need to be in order to keep working out)
  5. Burn by Ellie Goulding (Oh I feel the burn alright!!)
  6. Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins (Where my heart rate is headed)
  7. Die Young by Kesha (I sure FEEL like I’m gonna!)
  8. Flat on the Floor by Carrie Underwood (Where I am AFTER my workout)
  9. Hangin’ Tough by NKOTB (DON’T HATE ON MY NEW KIDS!!; and I sure feel tough after I’ve worked out)
  10. Heart Attack by Demi Lovato (I just might have one)
  11. Hells Bells by AC/DC (I can hear them ringing)
  12. Hot n Cold by Katy Perry (Damn hot flashes!)
  13. Hummingbird Heartbeat by Katy Perry (Mine would rival a hummingbirds’, I’m sure)
  14. Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer (Just keep thinking about the reasons you’re doing this)
  15. Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts (It’s all about the miles traveled)
  16. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi (that I will be able to move tomorrow)
  17. Part of Me by Katy Perry (I’ve gotta fight for that piece of me that I know is still in there somewhere)
  18. Roar by Katy Perry (and grunt and groan, trying to do sit ups and push ups)
  19. Shake it Off by Taylor Swift (That twisted ankle? Those cramps in your side? You’re fine. Just keep movin’!)

See what I mean?

What about you? Are you looking at your playlists a little differently now too? If not, you should try it. It’s both funny and interesting to see what you come up with.

I’ve got stuff to say, y’all!


It was bound to happen at some point in time…. Your eyes do not deceive you; I’ve jumped on the blog train!

I haven’t really decided yet what this blog is gonna be all about. Probably just my day to day stuff, along with the weird and random things that run around in my mind.

Mainly, I just wanted to let y’all know that I’m here. So, yeah. Here I am!