Things I Love Thursday

Magenta for Trunk or Treat!
Magenta for Trunk or Treat!


Getting caught up at work (YEAH!)


Barbecue (4-H banquet is coming up this weekend!)

Wood Sprite <3  I can’t believe she’s 11. It’s been an emotional day for me, but she’s had an awesome birthday filled with Minecraft, pizza, cake, Doctor Who comics and costumes.

Indy filling in for me at field trips while I burned midnight oil and/or caught up on sleep

Cool temperatures

Did I mention Halloween and costumes?

What do you love this week?

The Tuesday Currents

The death of a thousand pumpkins! Wood Sprite had pumpkin in her hair well into the evening...
The death of a thousand pumpkins! Wood Sprite had pumpkin in her hair well into the evening…

Rocking to… The Who. Wood Sprite went camping last weekend with Scouts and one of the moms had a band shirt on that she couldn’t stop talking about, so now I’m in the mood for some Pete Townshend riffs!

Laughing about… Goofing around with my 4-H moms and dads! We had a Halloween party today and it was wonderful to see them all, chuck pumpkins off the deck, get dressed up (I was goth Where’s Waldo, but Indy has the pic on his phone so I can’t share!) and enjoy treats together.

Drinking… Blackberry tea. OMG yes. With you at my side, I can move mountains, write a book and maybe get that basket of laundry empty for the first time in I don’t know how long. My BFF, S, also brought me a coffee over before our party (THANK YOU!!) but that’s long gone now. Ha!

Reading… I wish I had something to report. I did flip through some New X-Men comics over the weekend.

Writing… Pretty much the same as last week: Ganjarama pieces, Visions of Sugarplum, product descriptions (mostly hardware and jewelry), tons of emails/reminders/agendas/materials for homeschool groups, 4-H Club, Girl Scouts and another homeschool group steering committee and site testing. I have a fun new Screen Rant piece about Supernatural up and a few others I’m working on, too.

Watching… Nothing to report here, either. Wood Sprite and I watched a couple of short science videos yesterday, and a video on the Federal Reserve today.

Planning… Now that the 4-H party is over, I’m working on Wood Sprite’s birthday (Thursday) and park day party (Monday), 4-H banquet logistics and events around it (thank you, H!), and a homeschool group Halloween party. We have two more coming up, but another parent graciously agreed to plan one of them (thank you, B!).

Making… cupcakes. Lots and lots of cupcakes!

Wanting… To wake up with this cute makeup on every morning. I don’t wear it often, but I was a “goth girl” for a couple of years in junior high and I have to admit, I still rock it.😉


Monday’s Music

Wood Sprite’s birthday is this week! I can’t believe she’s turning 11. She is so much fun to be around, as ever, but time is just passing so quickly. She’s an artist, a scientist and an outspoken person who is not afraid to meet new people, speak up or speak out. I grew up such a shy child and I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

Sprite loves to swim, swing at the park, ride roller coasters, take off on her scooter and take night walks. She loves her pets, her art supplies and sketch book, Minecraft and Halloween. She’s so close to her fluffy black cat that they climb a tree together just to hang out while she reads or draws pictures; if she’s inside and still, you’ll find him snuggling or asleep on her.

Sprite is a lover of musicals (her favorites are Hairspray and Rent), light horror (Goosebumps, Five Nights at Freddy’s), sci-fi (Back to the Future, Stranger Things), geek culture (Avengers, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Labyrinth, X-Men) and finding out how things work. Her enthusiasm is often that of several people and you can’t stop her from learning about what she’s interested in!

This year, Sprite enjoyed making more new friends, diving off the high dive, getting into the Goosebumps books, at least twenty sleepovers and camping. She enjoys listening to books on tape, making simple meals and snacks, baking, archery, photography, and depending on the day, either chatting or playing pretend with her friends. Her favorite thing in the world is her mp3 player, with her Spotify station running a close second.

Wood Sprite is my favorite person on Earth and I’m just overjoyed that I get to be her mom. Our lives get so hectic sometimes that it can be difficult to stop and remember the best things about our lives, and I’m just stoked that I get to homeschool and be with her while she learns, grows and follows her dreams. In honor of Wood Sprite, here’s her current favorite song…

…our song for her arrival (she’s not a huge fan of this one):

This is the song I sang to her all the time while pregnant:

And here’s the song that was playing when she first kicked!




Stranger Things Addiction

In our house, we don’t have much time to watch TV. In fact, it was a random Sunday when our daughter was at a sleepover when Indy and I decided to put the work, housework and other responsibilities aside to binge watch something on Netflix. We hadn’t done that in over a year, if not longer, and it was heaven. I told my sister this and she laughed, “We do that every night!” I can definitely see the appeal, even though I felt guilty.

With so many options, it took us a few minutes to settle on a show. Boy am I glad we went with Stranger Things! As with many people I’ve talked to, it took me back to my childhood in such a good way. I loved it so much that I decided to take a look at the strangest moments of all. Which did you find the strangest?

Screen Rant
17 Most WTF Moments in Stranger Things

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