My Real Life

April 9, 2011

If You Met Me…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:26 am

I found this on Gypsy Mama’s blog last night.

She calls it Five Minute Friday.

The rules are simple:

“Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s write in shades of real and true and unscripted.

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.”

Love it.

So, I’m going to try it today, even though it isn’t Friday.

I may start switching it up on Friday’s from now on.

The prompt from yesterday was – “If you met me…”

So, here we go…

If you met me:

-You might easily think I’m unfriendly because I’m not adept at social chit chat.  If I have something to say, I say it, but talking for the sake of talking just seems like a waste of words to me.  I think this is one of the main reasons why I am often (as my friend, Sharon, says) a very misunderstood person.  I’m not unfriendly at all.  Ask my friends.  I’m just more of an observer of people.  My silence isn’t a rejection.  It’s simply my taking it in.

If you met me:

-You’d be meeting someone who isn’t perfect.  Someone who probably yells too quickly and apologizes too late.  Someone who has high expectations and can be easily disappointed, even though she doesn’t show it.  Someone who needs it to be done right now and cringes when you say “I’ll get to it later.”  Someone who shudders when her kids want to ride bikes because she can teach math and science and social studies and piano and flute and 21st century skills to thousands of children, but cannot muster up the patience (nor does she seem to have the skill) to gently teach her children how to ride.

If you met me:

-Someone who loves with her whole heart because she doesn’t know any other way to love.  Someone who, if you become her friend, will be fiercely loyal to you until the day she dies.  Someone who is brought to tears, almost daily, by how blessed her children make her feel.  Someone who can’t believe she gets to spend her life with her best friend.  Someone who knows how incredibly lucky she is to have this life.

April 8, 2011

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 9:44 pm
1. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’m going to assume that the question is asking you to reflect on yourself as a human being…not a quick, physical fix for some perceived imperfection, so I really tried to think about this one and not go with the easy answer of my asthma or my diabetes, etc.
That being said, I think that I would want to be more patient.  In general, I am patient, but there is definite room for improvement.  I could be more patient with the monkeys.  They are only going to be little for so long, and right now, so many things are still new.  I am constantly trying to remind myself to slow down and let them explore and enjoy.  Even if it is just walking slower through a parking lot so Baby Monkey can comment on every single car we pass.

2. Write about a time when you got lost.
I don’t remember a time I’ve ever actually gotten lost, but I can tell you about the time I was a senior in high school and my handbell choir was on our summer tour.  We were driving to Michigan in two vans and we had CB’s to communicate with each other.  I was in charge of the CB for our van, and not happy just talking to the other van, I started to chat with the truckers on the road.  That was a good thing for our group, as I wound up making friends with a trucker named “Brain Damage” and he warned us of some heavy traffic due to an accident on the highway and gave us an alternate route.  Brain Damage saved us a few hours that day, and there have been many times since then I wish I still had a CB so I could have him navigate my route around other accidents.

3. Camping or 5 star hotel?
I love to camp.  I love it, I love it, I love it.
However, I think a 5 star hotel would be my answer.
Because, at the end of the day, I also really like comfort.

4. Have you donated blood?
I have, many times.
I have CMV- blood and I don’t know what that means, but they always get all a-twitter and excited when I donate.
I don’t donate anymore, however, due to anemia.  When they started turning me down every time, I eventually stopped offering.

5. Do you have a budget or do you ‘fly by’ most months?
We don’t have a budget.
However, we are very careful with our money.  We don’t buy frivolously and don’t spend more than we make.
We don’t carry any debt, other than the mortgage to our house, and don’t plan to, until we eventually buy new cars.
So, we do okay without a budget.  We just make sure we are very conscious of where our money goes.

April 6, 2011

Field Trip

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 11:03 am

Yesterday, Real Man took the day off and we took the monkeys to the Liberty Science Center.

We might as well have been taking them to Disney.

Okay, maybe that’s a BIT of an exaggeration, but they were excited.

They love this place.

Baby Monkey was entranced with the crane.


And, once he realized there was construction worker gear to put on…forget it.


Monkey in Middle loved anything that resembled a video game.


(Yes, that is Monkey in the Middle wearing his sisters pink sweatshirt.  Deal with it.)


And, Monkey Girl?

She just wanted to get sneezed on.


Tiny was kind enough to sleep through the whole thing.

So, our big Spring Break trip is over, and while it might not be exciting by some standards, it’s exactly what my monkeys wanted!

April 4, 2011

Spring Break!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:17 am

It’s Spring Break and I’m just feeling like a pig in mud over here.

I’ve got all my babies home with me for the week!

It seems like everyone in our small town has packed up and headed to Florida.

I know at least 7 families who are there as I type.

We’ve never gone anywhere for Spring Break, but we are just looking forward to a week together.

Real Man has to work, obviously, but we might drive in and meet him for lunch one or two days.

We’ll hit storytime at the library (which is something Tiny and Baby and I have been doing) one day.

If the rain stays away, we’ll go for walks to the park.

We already have a pile of books from last weeks trip to the library that we’ve been making our way through.

Yet, the thing I’m looking the most forward to is being able to get a kiss or a hug or a snuggle whenever I darn well want one!

April 1, 2011

Five Question Friday!

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 10:42 am
1. Have you ever had surgery?
I have.
6 times, although I’m not sure two of them really count.
The first two were to remove dysplastic nevi from my skin.  Too many hours in the sun with too little protection led to some scary moles that needed to be removed.
After that, I had 3 c-sections which produced three wonderful babies!
Then, I had surgery on my neck to remove a lymph node which had grown to epic proportions.  Turns out, I have something called Kikuchi Fujimoto disease.  Go figure.
Finally, I had my last c-section and had a tubal ligation at the same time.  This last surgery produced my sweet, little Tiny Monkey.
So, yes, I’ve had surgeries, but the majority have been for fantabulous reasons, and the others, not really such a big deal.

2. Ever ride in an ambulance?
Nope, and I hope I never have to.

3. How are you in a medical emergency? Panicked? Calm?
Calm.  Mainly because everyone else is panicking (not Real Man, but kids, parents, etc.) and so the crazier they get, the calmer I get.
Someone’s gotta keep a cool head!

4. Do you have a garden? Flowers or veggies?
Perhaps I haven’t mentioned my brown thumb?
The answer is a resounding NO.

5. When did you move out of your parents house?
When I was 23.
Graduated college at 22.
Came home for awhile.
Decided to move out for everyone’s sake.
It was a hard adjustment to move back after living on my own, 9 hours away (6 if I was driving) for 4 years.
I moved into a large house with two roommates, Nita and Mike.  Not sure where either of them are today, but I lived there until Real Man and I got married when I was 26.  Loved it.
Well, except for the arguments over who would mow the lawn, or Mike’s dirty dishes in the sink, or…okay, maybe LOVED isn’t the right word.  Still, I think everyone should live “on their own” for awhile.
That’s my wisdom for the day.
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