Category Archives: Family

Tacos & Taking Time to Tune Out

Everyday I’m consumed with trying to figure out what we are going to have for dinner. Why is this such a daily struggle? Maybe because I’m not a great cook. My meals are passable by most standards, but not spectacular by any standard. So it remains a daily dilemma to find something to make that’s within my skill range.

I heard the best idea on a podcast recently, unfortunately I can’t remember all the details. But it went something like having a weekly plan that’s simple – like Monday Pasta, Tuesday Taco, Wednesday Chicken, etc.

Well Tuesday Tacos was easy enough to remember and easy enough to do today. I even remembered to take out the ground turkey this morning! (We use ground turkey for most things that require ground beef).

The tacos were a hit!

But this momma had a long day, so after the tacos, it was time for a momma time out. I spotted a quiet room in the house and used it to escape into the world of the Bravermans. Parenthood season 6 was just released on Netflix and I’ve been itching to binge it!

I was able to get 2 episodes in before my quiet location was discovered and it was back to the reality.

I think Tuesday Tacos might be a new tradition around here. Hopefully I’ll be able to see my Bravermans again before next Tuesday though.

He Walks On The Outside

Its January. That means I’m trying to get in shape just like the rest of the world.

This year’s routine consists of walking the path near our house that gives my husband and I a good 2.25 mile walk.

To get to the walking trail, we have to walk about a quarter mile on a fairly busy street. The sidewalk butts right up to the street, no grass partition between us and the cars.

For this short stretch of our walk, my husband insists on walking on the outside. It used to annoy me. I didn’t understand why he would bark “inside” as we turned the corner onto the bust street. Finally, I asked him what’s your deal???

He explained that walking on the outside was he way of protecting me. The outside is the most dangerous position because of its closeness to the cars. He places himself there to buffer me from harm.

Can you see my heart melting?

He’s not a mushy romantic guy, but, he walks on the outside and I get to call him mine.

Now when he barks “inside” I just take my position and try to keep up the pace. Keeping pace, that’s another story!



I’m In Love With The Maintenance Man

Late the other night I walked into the halfway and flipped the light switch.

Nothing happened.

My husband was in our bedroom at the end of the halfway. I walked in and casually said, “The light is out in the halfway.”

Can you guess what happened next?

My husband says to me “I guess that means the Maintenance Man needs to fix it huh.” (With that little twinge of attitude that makes a wife defensive…)

Believe me when I say I didn’t tell him about the light so that he would fix it. I was simply stating a fact. I mean, the light WAS out. But that’s not the way he took it. I even apologized and said I would replace the bulb myself. (I even said it without any attitude – can you believe that?!?)

It made he think though. I do rely on my husband for just about EVERYTHING around the house.

Toilet will not flush? Don’t use this bathroom until your daddy gets home.

Check engine light on? Honey can I drive your car – something is wrong with mine.

Vaccuum cleaner belt broken? Babe, can you replace this, please?

So yeah, when the light in the hallway didn’t come on. I suppose subconsciously I was putting in a request for the Maintenance Man.

He really does take care of me (and our sons, our house, our cars, our everything).

And I really don’t want to take him for granted.

So, I was determined to show my gratitude (and independence – let’s just be honest here) and I was going to replace that light myself. But, in true crazy overcommitted mom fashion…I forgot.

And in true Maintenance Man fashion, the next time I recall flipping that hallway switch, the light came on. I flipped it about 3 more times before I even remembered I was supposed to replace it.

Man, I love that Maintenance Man. He rocks! I love him! I’m gonna have to bake him a cake or something.heartChanda