Good, Better, Amazing

Good

I have jury duty on Wednesday. It’s my first time and I’m excited about it.

Better

I am reading Persepolis for class. I have been reading a lot lately. Recently, I finished Discovery of Witches and Stardust on my own and for school I finished Things Fall Apart and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. I have liked all of these. There is nothing quite like the escape route one takes through a book.

On Sunday, I did a lot of cleaning and picking up. My house looks much nicer now and it makes me happy to see it that way.

Amazing

My dad took me to the sailing club in Key Largo Saturday with some of his students. One of the managers took us out on his Hunter 28′ foot sailboat. It is a beautiful boat. He taught us how to tack and explained a lot of terms to us. After, all the kids hopped on tiny Optis and figured out how to sail. I passed afraid of being smacked by the boom or capsizing the boat in the cold water. Next time, I won’t be such a chicken. I witnessed a glorious Key Largo sunset and felt very calm.

Your turn…

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The Good, the Better, and the Amazing

Better late than never. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!! By the way, I know I’ve been light on the content here. I’m sorry. This isn’t a permanent change in how I blog or anything like that. It’s just the amount of time work occupies right now is insane. Things will be back to normal soon.

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Good

  • Conference is two weeks away. The major stuff is pretty much past but now it’s details, and tons of them. I like details.
  • The car is still running. I haven’t made it to the mechanic yet but I will.
  • Had a midterm today. I knew all the material but it was half essays and I know those are subjectively graded so I always count those as up in the air. I was the first one to finish. So far though the professor has liked everything I’ve done.

Better

  • I actually got commissioned for a couple of crocheted items. It’s weird because I have no clue how to charge for these things and the standard way (materials plus labor at a fair rate) makes things really expensive. I mean if a project takes three hours to make and I pay myself $10 an hour, that’s $30 right there and we’re not including materials. I find that expensive. But hey at least I got commissioned. That’s cool!
  • Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat.
  • Two nights in a row I get the kids into bed around 9ish.
  • I’ve been able to get some deals for you guys for the coming holidays– one will be a giveaway and one will be a discount. I like being able to score cool stuff for you guys.

Amazing

  • I saw my best friend on Saturday. We haven’t seen much or talked to each other much lately but she’s the kind of friend that ends up sitting in a bakery with me for four hours talking.
  • On Sunday I saw a friend who had moved away six years ago and is now back with a wife and two kids. Their youngest is a delicious ten month old baby who I fell in love with. Baby smell people! That stuff is intoxicating.

Your turn! What’s going awesome for you?

 

 

The Good, The Better, and the Amazing

Sometimes, I don’t feel like doing these. But I really push myself to do them because I know deep inside that my life just isn’t that bad and it’s my way of fighting off the yuck. So without further ado, here is this week’s Good, Better, and Amazing.

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The Good

  • Something’s wrong with my car, my mechanic is blaming the transmission, and my warranty ran out about 700 miles ago. Might be time for a new car. Maybe.
  • Eldest was sick last week but is a-ok now and it looks like no one else got it.
  • My parents are still helping me as child support is still not coming through. Their father IS receiving Unemployment and it’s not being garnished and he’s not paying. This is why so many people just give the hell up. From what I could gather, he’s received three payments so far. And not one garnishment. And not one payment. But at least I have my parents. Thank God I have my parents.

The Better

  • Crochet is relaxing.
  • The Single Parent Stories series is so good. I hope you guys have been able to read them and enjoy them.
  • Stallion is working crazy hours. I think last week he worked almost 50.
  • I paid my car off. The one with the bad transmission? Yeah it’s officially MY car with a bad transmission not the bank’s car with a bad transmission. So yay.

The Amazing

  • Teenager came in from Tampa to surprise Stallion this weekend as an early birthday present. He was overwhelmed and amazed and it was fantastic.

Now you tell me– what’s Good, Better, and Amazing in your part of the world?

The Good, the Better, and the Amazing

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It’s Monday! And instead of being all Boo-Hiss about it, I’m trying to get into the Woo-Hoo frame of mind instead. And with that, I bring you this week’s, The Good, the Better, and the Amazing!!

The Good

  • I feel pretty today. Oh and yesterday too.
  • I really like the book we are reading from class right now, Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro. It’s my favorite so far although Hedda Gabler was pretty awesome.
  • My car started doing this crazy shaking thing this morning while I was taking the kids to school. I was able to get them to school AND drive the car to the mechanic. At first look he says it’s just a spark plug but wanted to let the car completely cool before taking a deeper look. So fingers crossed it’s just the spark plug.

The Better

The Amazing

  • I have the coolest idea for Stallion’s birthday. Still munching over details but the gears are turning. I love surprising people with something awesome that they really want.
  • I tried a new to me crochet technique this weekend called filet crochet. It looks so much harder than it actually is. I made a neat little skull doily type thing I am going to send to an artist as a thank you for some stuff they’ve sent me. And now I’ve got a new technique to add to my skill set!

So what about you? What’s your Good, Better, and Amazing this week?

What we did this weekend: AT-AT Walker Model building, girls play date, swing twisting, fort building, chores with the gecko, taco night, and filet crochet

 

The Good, the Better, and the Amazing

I realized last Thursday I didn’t do a Good Better and Amazing last Monday and was determined to not skip it this week. Well it turns out that I seriously need to do this right now so no way am I going to put it aside. Are you ready?

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The Good

  • Super busy with every single aspect of my life– work, kids, school, and the blog. And busy is good. At work it means the conference is doing well, with the kids it means the school year is in full swing, at school it means things are getting interesting, and with the blog it means lots of reading and writing–two of my favorite things.
  • Mom and dad helped me out this month. They don’t want me to keep surviving on the credit cards and they can afford it. Apparently they’ve been discussing adopting a foster child so they’re adopting me instead. I’m going to work really hard so that foster kid gets a chance sooner than later, I promise. But right now thanks to them, we have food, toiletries, clothes and shoes that fit, a full tank of gas, and a whole lot of peace of mind.
  • I won a blog giveaway for a free salad dressing shaker at Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Yay!
  • I sent the paperwork in to child support to change the bank account the child support payments get deposited into (if they ever start coming in again). My Credit Union has started to get crazy with the fees so I’m closing the account and going back to ING Direct only.
  • I want to give up, get depressed, and withdraw from everyone and everything but I am fighting it and so far I am winning. It’s weird that I can feel it so acutely inside of me and that it takes such a considerable effort to combat it but I’m still at it, resisting stubbornly.
  • I’m almost done with my September CAL project. I can’t decide what it’s going to be. I thought I’d make it a capelet but it’s not the right shape. And then I thought that I would make it a shrug but I don’t like it either. So now I think I’m going to make it either a super skinny stole OR a super short scarf. We’ll see how much longer it gets.

Better

  • After trying for weeks, I was finally able to get something at Express with the gift cards my mom gave me. The deals at Express aren’t very good unless they’re on clearance. And they don’t put out the clearance until they have their semi-annual clearance sales. But I still like what I scored and they fit nice. Also the conference is quickly approaching and I need to look on point so this helps.
  • The Dollar Tree is very helpful for necessities you haven’t been able to score at CVS.
  • Last night I got a lot of the papers on my dining table and my desk cleared. I have a lot of “hot spots” in my house– surfaces that attract clutter daily. I am trying to eliminate them and keep them clear. I also threw out of a ton of ancient coupons.
  • Food stamps can seriously help people out. I don’t qualify for them as I earn too much money but Stallion qualifies for them; not much since it’s just him, but it’s something and it’s amazing how much they help.
  • My best friend let me know she’s interested in NaNoWriMo this year as well. Her idea sounds really interesting and she liked mine. I think it might be fun to banter off each other and I’m pretty sure there’s a big pool of writers participating on Google+ too.
  • Stallion had a second interview for a full-time job. He mentioned he is in school and the semester is too far along for him to change his school schedule. He also told them he is not going to drop out of school– he worked too hard to get back in and to get his financial aid reinstated. Instead of passing on him immediately, they discussed alternatives that might work until the semester finishes in December and they asked for a copy of his schedule. They also made sure that if they do hire him and they work with him this semester he will schedule his classes in the future to work with their schedule.
  • He has also started his second part time job with Mattel at an American Girl they are opening down here. It has been a very interesting environment so far– super high energy. He mentioned it felt like they were going to find your inner child and put it front and center whether you liked it or not. Thankfully, he loves it. Right now, it’s not really going yet. Just orientations and trainings scattered here and there but soon he’ll be there more often stocking the store. If the full-time job makes an offer, I’d wish he could find a way to keep the Mattel job too. I know it’s a lot but I have a feeling about the Mattel job being better in the long-term. Maybe if he lets them know he has a full-time offer they’ll give him one too?

The Amazing

  • Dad bought me a Nexus 7 as a belated birthday present. I love it.
  • Two of my posts were featured on BlogHer. One was last week (Single vs Married Families) and the other was the week before (Child Support Collection Methods). Pretty exciting. The one that they put up last week had over 1800 reads last time I looked at it. Crazy.
  • My mom had given me JcPenney gift cards as well and that’s where I really cleaned up. I bought a pencil skirt, two tops, and two pairs of cute patterned tights for $25. I have another $25 to go. There is a really cute scarf that I want but it’s regular priced right now for $16. I’m going to wait and see if it drops to the clearance price of $8. There was also a dress that I liked a lot too. It was down to $15 in one location but unavailable in my size and in the location that had my size it was still at $30. Patience pays!

Your turn! What’s good, better, and amazing for you?

The Good, The Better, The Amazing

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These holidays throw me off when it comes to getting my blog on. But it’s never too late to reflect on some good stuff.

The Good

  • School’s good. I like it. I can’t remember how long it’s been that I’ve sat in a room and discussed books with people. I do force myself to stay quiet some of the times, but it’s hard. I love talking about what I’m reading and never really get the chance so I just want to yap, yap, yap.
  • I still have credit cards that I am living off of which is good because child support is still not coming through and there is no word of anything forthcoming so at least I have credit cards to cover the necessities like $70 to fill my gas tank!
  • I got sick again a couple of days ago with the whole congestion thing. It’s not as horrible as it was the last time and the Advil Cold & Sinus is helping big time. Oh and the Afrin. That stuff dries me up majorly.

The Better

  • My dad is helping me out with the blog and such. I have a lot of ideas for content for the blog and things I want to do with it. I do believe there is a need for a blog that helps single parents without resorting to the same old stuff that’s been regurgitated several times and without attracting negativity. And of course, I think there is also room for me to keep my voice and my stories. It’s scary and exciting at the same time.
  • Since there’s not much I can do about the finances, I’ve been taking it out on the house. I have this theory that I tend to freak out about cleanliness when I’m more stressed because it’s something I can control. So today, for instance, I stink of Clorox and it makes me feel a little better.
  • The paycheck I got on Friday was the first one after I paused the 401k contributions and guess what? It was enough to cover all of my bills and give me $50 towards necessities. Last month, I didn’t have enough for all the bills from my paycheck. So yay, big relief there.

The Amazing

  • This weekend. I went sailing with my dad and Stallion. I’ve crocheted. I did all the homework readings for the week. I slept a ton. I watched movies– including one called Tenure that made me think of NicoleandMaggie of course. I got some cleaning done. I wasn’t in a super social mood and I did have some stressed out, just wanna cry, moments but for the most part, I just stuck to little pleasures and all was good.
  • My grandmother told me her friend who knits and crochets told her I should go to this yarn store that she goes to because everything was 50% off and that it was a really big, really great store. So today, I went because I wanted to get out of the house and look at yarn and because I knew it’d make my grandmother happy. Well, it turns out the store is having this big giant sale because they are selling the store– to a girl I went to high school with. She recognized me immediately and was so sweet. I’m excited I found this place. She is keeping everything the same, it’s just that the previous owner is ready to retire. They have a ton of variety, including some really affordable stuff. And now I know someone at a yarn store. She said I could pop in whenever I wanted to crochet and just hang out. So exciting!

I am pretty sure there was other good, better, and amazing stuff to share with you all but it’s getting to be my bedtime and my brain is shutting down quickly. So do tell, what are you good, better, and amazings this week??

The Good, the Better, and the Amazing

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It’s never too late for The Good, the Better, and the Amazing!

The Good

  • Isaac was a Tropical Storm when it came through and it passed way South of us so all we got was a yucky gray and wet day on Sunday.
  • First week of back to school went a-ok. I’m trying to get the routines in place and smooth as butter. So far, it’s been going pretty well. The Timer is my Friend– I must remember that!
  • I’ve been using a sticker chart to track Baby’s night time potty activities. He has to go five nights without an accident to get to sleep with one of his siblings and without a diaper. Accident = diaper. Well he’s been perfectly dry with me but wet the bed over the weekend at his dad’s house and his (paternal) grandfather’s house too.

The Better

  • My first class was Thursday. I think I might be older than my professor which, if it’s true, would be a first for me. The class looks like it’s going to be really easy. She kind of came across that she hasn’t had the best time with this type of class before (200-level) as far as participation and stuff goes so she’s threatening all kinds of things like pop quizzes and big deficits for points on participation things but I’m not worried about any of that because I’m a good student– I do my work, I open my mouth, I show up to class, and I turn my phone off before walking in.
  • It’s been really nice to have school start and not have to deal with the stress of being a homeroom parent. It just dawned on me today how free of all the chaos I’ve been. Yes, I’m way more out of the loop but way calmer too and that is fantastic.
  • I discovered Aldi! Stallion had been going a few times and loved it and my mom lives right by it and loves it but I hadn’t had the chance to go. It’s pretty neat. It’s got very limited options but all are affordable which is great for satisficers. Not sure I’d make it my regular store but it’s a good card in the deck that’s for sure.
  • My University was very confused on how to handle the storm so we got a bunch of emails from them. The didn’t have any confusion on how to handle the main campus (Shut Everything Down) but the Medical Campus was a whole other story. Needless to say, I got dressed and went to work yesterday, found absolutely no one, grabbed some papers, went home and did my work there. So I had pretty much a day off and it was good because I had a migraine attack in the early afternoon that would not have been fun to deal with in the office. Also worked out as strangely enough the worst weather was on Monday!
  • Ex got worried his street might flood so he brought the kids to me Sunday. Since I had to work, my parents took the kids Sunday night and then brought them back Monday afternoon during a lull in the storms.
  • I saw my header. It’s almost done. It’s so rad.
  • My grandma lives next to me. And I don’t know why it’s taken me so long but I’m really starting to get comfortable with the role that we play in her life. It’s hard to gauge with her sometimes. I always think I’m going to bother her so I tend to leave her alone but she hates being left alone. I called her often during the storm because I had a feeling she was antsy about the storm even though she kept shrugging it off. Sure enough, my mom confirmed it to me and that the calls were helping. And when we lost power yesterday and she didn’t answer the phone, Stallion went to check on her and she told him how happy she was he had done that. We got power back as soon as he stepped into the door so I think that’s some good karma right there don’t you?

The Amazing

  • Having to deal with Isaac pretty much made my fantasy weekend of being totally lazy, mandatory. I crocheted. I watched Season 2 of Game of Thrones. I watched a full anime called 11 Eyes with a free 48 hour Guest code on Crunchyroll. I read my 17 chapters of Candide. I slept. I ate. I cuddled. I had to clean the backyard and patio on Saturday but that was way overdue anyways and it gave me the chance to trash so much junk. I did only one load of laundry, and actually I just realized I forgot to put it in the dryer! I picked 14 avocados and gave away 11 of them. I put away laundry that had been sitting in my room for a long time so my room is a little neater. I put my shoes on the shoe rack and picked a few to give away. And that was the extent of my labor this weekend.
  • Stallion’s work got cancelled too so we actually got a full weekend together and most of it alone! That never happens anymore so we were super happy.
  • Speaking of Stallion, he started school today. He got a Pell grant to go back to school. There was enough left on his book advance for a Kindle Fire but when he went to buy it today, the bookstore told him they were being phased out and being replaced with the Nexus 7– the tablet I’ve been drooling over since it was unveiled. So he prepaid for it and they’ll let him know when it’s ready. I’m so happy he’s got his own thing now. My laptop is dying too so this is a good backup. New and free technology!

What are you Good, Better, and Amazings this week?

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