Frank said…#107

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

Recently there was an article about water shortage in California. All the sudden I hear the following

Frank: If I want to get guacamole at Chipotle, sorry California, I will. I’ll send you some bottles of water.

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Good things 2015: Week #27-29


Purple is my favorite flavor

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

Here we go (in no particular order of importance or timing):

  • A surprise visitor at work
  • A trip to Fenway with Sue for her bday!
  • Friends that make me laugh
  • Streamlining systems.
  • My command center at work cutting distractions
  • Sealing and staining the deck
  • Google-fu being strong for vetting purposes
  • Super awesome lessons with some of my swimmers.
  • Random snail mail
  • Tasty fresh fruit and purple freezy pops. (Purple is my favorite flavor)
  • Dinner ready when I get home from the pool.
  • A good book on the deck
  • The top of my RedSox cup doubling as a tray to collect condensation.
  • Samples from advertising websites. (Wine bottle, cupcake and cell phone shaped stress toys anyone? They’re mine but I’ll tell you where you can order yours.)
  • Finding my orange highlighter
  • Voyager and NCIS on Netflix (Kes and Abby are my favorites)
  • Fun dinner’s with Daddy-O and DexPaul
  • Checking out the new Wal-Mart. It’s so good for people watching.
  • Brodsmontana being back
  • The Metformin doing its job in some ways, maybe working all around?

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes?

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Frank said…#106

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

We were watching a Hallmark movie and the main character had just broken up with her fiance. I looked up and he was pouting at me.

Me: Why are you pouting at me?
Frank: I’m trying to interface with what you humans call emotions.
Me: huh?
Frank: You know [does air quote motion] “empathize”

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Friday Fill-In and a ‘Ku

Friday Fill-In and a quick haiku. (Friday Fill-In seems to be no more, but maybe I’ll write some myself.)

I don’t have much time for today, but I thought it would be fun to do a


I’ll likely have another of this pic this weekend.
Maybe a different color head band.

just quick hit and run
interesting week for me
and how has yours been?

i hope it was fun
filled with interesting things
and lots of delight

thought i’d bring ‘kus back
do you love a good haiku?
i do, that’s for sure

On to the Fill-In. Please feel free to play along.

1. Right now I’m tired. really really tired.
2. Seeing connections and possibilities is my well known quirk. (Among others.)
3. Are you afraid of the dark?
4. Dessert first, then dinner! (Dinner travels well, dessert rarely does.)
5. That’s why you should do that.
6. Murder She Wrote is one of my favorite tv shows ever!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting home – but it won’t be til later, tomorrow my plans include too many hours at the pool and Sunday, I want to go to yoga and take a nap!

How about you?

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Frank said…#105

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

Last Saturday we were feeling a little bit of cabin fever after being stuck inside all day because of the rain. We went to Target to get out of our own heads for a bit…


After I posted this to Instagram and Facebook,  Frank was looking at it and we had this conversation.

Frank: Daaaaamn.
Me: Sup?
Frank: I can’t get over how small my ears are.
Me: Yeah, like little dried apricots.
Frank: You’re a dick. Talking time is over.

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Over the weekend.

share_temporyThis past weekend was filled with a lot of productive activities, but very little fun. The deck was scrubbed, stained and sealed. A baby blanket I’ve been working on is almost done. There was some napping and watching of Voyager.  (Also, I worked for way too long at the pool on Sunday.)

Was it the awesome weekend I hoped for? No and some points really were not good, but it was okay, I mostly didn’t have to go to work, and it was quiet so I’ll take it.

One of the high points is that Frank took me for ice cream down the street and I discovered what seems to be raspberry bushes.

I got my usual mixed soft serve with cherry dip and rainbow sprinkles in a cup. They do an okay job but I’d really like to get in there and show them how to do it right. What is the proper way to put cherry dip on ice cream in a dish? I’m so glad you asked. The proper way is to dispense the ice cream in to the cup so it has a hollow space inside. Then you put the cherry dip and rainbow sprinkles over the top and get a delightful additional reservoir of sprinkles and cherry dip.

I don’t see that happening though and I’m not about to climb through the window to show them. I think it would be frowned upon and it’s a little window. My tuckis wouldn’t fit.  (Not being depreciating here, just being truthful!)

I realize that I’m a little different in my love of cherry dip. I don’t know what it is about the waxy deliciousness, but I can’t be alone if all of the ice cream places around here have it. I just wish they’d make it right.

What’s your favorite ice cream? What do you wish people would make “right”?


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Summer bucket List 2015


Double rainbow to cheer us all up.

I’ve been such a gloomy gus lately that today we’re going to have a bit of fun. Well, I am, you’re welcome to join me in planning a great summer bucket list. We’re a few days into summer, but I figure it goes until it gets cold again so we have time.

If you need some suggestions to get started, here’s a list of free things to do. and you should feel free to borrow from mine also. There’s also this one and this one (except for the Bethany Mota thing, I can’t get behind that.)

A week or so ago was the first day of summer and it made me think of how I might make my summer AWESOME. Rather than just slap a list together, I took some time (the last 9 days to be exact) to come up with a list of things I’d like to do to make my summer enjoyable, happy, and maybe even relaxing. Sure some of it looks boring, but I think even those things will go a long way to making me smile.

The first change I want to make globally is to wake up a smidge earlier so I can get in a bit of yoga into my morning. If I can make it to work earlier I can leave earlier. Also, I’m going to set up a few things to better utilize my lunch break at work. I’ve been just putzing around for the hour and I could be doing something more productive, creative, etc with it.

Here’s my tentative list:

  1. Enjoy a full meal on the deck with friends.
  2. Reader Assigned
  3. Organize closets
  4. Fenway with Sue for her birthday
  5. Pickle garlic scapes
  6. Visit the beach with BatGirl
  7. Go berry picking
  8. Play with bubbles with Em and O
  9. Touch up walls after Brody leaves again
  10. Go to a flea-market
  11. Clean and seal deck July 5th
  12. Reader Assigned
  13. Hang doors for bedrooms
  14. Go through extra clothes and donate/trash what needs to go
  15. See a Valley Cats game with fireworks
  16. Finish my coloring pages
  17. Hang out by the pool at with my cousins
  18. Make new to us foods
  19. Have home made Fro-Yo for dinner
  20. Take a photo a day for 100 days.
  21. Plant my rose and raspberry bushes
  22. Go to the drive in
  23. Make a few skirts for the fall
  24. Take Brody out to MsBix’s to play with Nyx and the boys
  25. 3 social media free weekends
  26. Make limoncello
  27. Lay in the grass and stare at the stars up at Daddy-Os
  28. Clean up the flower beds and weeds (try to keep them clean too!)
  29. Take my camera on an adventure
  30. Reader Assigned
  31. Go to a live music show
  32. See Hockey Joe
  33. Make and hang bedroom curtains
  34. Mani/Pedi/Eyebrows just once.
  35. Fill up the tank in the Little Sentra that Could and end up wherever
  36. See Theater in the Park
  37. Read 4 books
  38. Volunteer
  39. Visit Robbie at the beach
  40. Reader Assigned
  41. Hang out at the pool with Voice of Reason – Alb edition
  42. Send anonymous surprises.
  43. Water balloon fight
  44. Doodle/sketch a few days a week
  45. Mini Road Trip with Frank
  46. Host a theme gathering (Lemon party? Coloring day? I’m open to ideas.
  47. Reader Assigned
  48. Take a guitar lesson
  49. Reader Assigned
  50. Paint my nails in colors that make me happy each week

Ultimately I just want to enjoy the summer. The spring was filled with a lot of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety which shut me down a bit. Damn it, I need to live a little.

If you’d like to claim one of the “Reader Assigned” above and plan something fun, let me know and we can talk about it. I’m not made of money and I’ve already got some weekends taken, but I’d love to hear your idea

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Good things 2015: Week – well, um lately?


A kiss for Aunt Court? Sure thing

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

Yes, I’ve been a Gloomy Gus and sometimes even a Debbie Downer lately. Anxiety, whoremones, insomnia rearing it’s ugly head, uncertainty, worry, and discontent have all played into a very unhappy Court. BUT! I’m taking steps to address it and fix where my head is at. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Here we go (in no particular order of importance or timing):

  • Warmer temperatures and sunshine
  • Pics of Brody from Frank and my brother to make me smile. They work
  • I’m down about 10 lbs since starting Metformin
  • Being the first person the Executive Director has handed tissues to in his office (even though it was so embarrassing to need them.)
  • Coffee at Stewart’s back home
  • Seeing my family last weekend
  • Some very sweet words from my boss prior to her departure on her last day
  • Coloring with the girls.
  • Hot bath with bubbles
  • Gluten free pretzels for barfly mornings
  • Controlling the jukebox via phone app so your friends’ husbands don’t know it was you
  • Corn on the cob
  • A Friday off just because. I should schedule more of these.
  • Being able to have difficult conversations even when you know the other person doesn’t want to hear it.
  • Hugs
  • Support for the work I do and the kind person I am even if it didn’t result in what I wanted.
  • Optimism.
  • Seeing a friend delighted even if they’re not sure
  • Knowing I have a long weekend coming up
  • Beautiful photos from my sister in law
  • My Pandora Shuffle
  • Sticky/sucky situations being resolved.
  • The Supreme Court getting the marriage thing right and all the rainbows
  • Having my coordinator and boss at the pool actually be thankful for the work I do for them.
  • No alarm days after a night of not much sleep

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes?

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Five on Friday: Snippets from my email drafts

Do you ever look through your draft emails? Sometimes I do and I find the darnedest things. Mostly I think they’re emails that I’ve started from my cell phone and got saved to drafts but you never really know. Also, I have no idea what I meant by something or who it was to.

Since it’s Friday which starts with F as does Five, here’s a few of them.

  1. I hope today is kind and gentle.
  2. With gratitude, affection, and love…
  3. Perhaps the goal is to keep people busy doing long division so they don’t have time to eat food.
  4. The stressed part is unfortunate because I’ve deliberately taken on less this year than in previous years, but hey, life sees it fitting to have my stress levels at a certain point during every holiday season so why not? (I’m fine.)
  5. The mark of a good supervisor is when your employees hate you (I know what this is from, but I still laughed when I saw it.)

Go ahead, look in your email drafts and comment with something you find there. It’ll be a fun game. Ready? GO!

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