You know how I know I’m older?

I blame NicoleandMaggie’s giggle-worthy post, I had a Midlife Crisis in Class Today, for this one. Read it! Then come back!

Just yesterday I was walking out of class and it just hit me out of nowhere– there is a LOT of skin on campus!! Holy crap. Tiny shorts and tiny tank tops and everyone wears flip flops! I swear to god it wasn’t like that the first time I went to college– was it? And then I couldn’t really remember and that made things even worse.

And then just the other day the kids and I were in the car and we were blah blah blabbing and somehow it got to me telling stories of things my brothers and I did as kids. And then it dawned on me the reason we sounded so much crazier than my own kids is because we had way less “easy” entertainment, i.e. video games, movies,internet, cable were not in my house until I was in the double digit years, so the 90’s. I was explaining about TV before cable and counted off the channels we had access to– all 7 of them. Eldest says, “Yeah but one of them was a kids’ channel at least, right?”

No, my child. I had to explain there were no channels dedicated to children’s programming, there were only time blocks dedicated to children’s programming– after school until the 5 o’clock news, Saturday morning until noon, and then on Sunday ABC would put on an ABC Family presentation in the early evening and it was usually a Disney movie or something like that. They were freaking out.

But they suddenly understood why we did things like play pranks on each other (I sprayed them with a hose from outside through the window screen when they were in the tub a couple times and I was notorious for rigging up buckets filled with LEGO pieces and Hot Wheels on top of their bedroom doors and then waiting patiently until I heard the crash and the screams of the bucket falling on their heads).

Or why we played lots of imagination-based games– like declaring the whole floor was lava and then proceeding to walking around the room by climbing on furniture and jumping onto bean bags or pretending their bunk bed was a giant pirate ship and we were stuck in a storm.

Or why we were always doing things outside like running in sprinklers, riding bikes and roller skates everywhere, climbing trees to hide and read in (just me), and playing football in the street.

Or why it seems we were always tangled up in some sort of physical assault. I’ll never forget the time I shoved my brother and he cracked his head open against the iron bars and my mom freaked out. Or the time he and I were fighting and he got put in time out and I didn’t and like the asshat I was, I went skipping up and down the hallway he was stuck in showing off my freedom when he kicked his leg out, tripped me, and sent me flying down the hallway. Well played MutantWino, well played. Or the times I’d go in and pull MutantWino off MutantPirate. Or the time MutantWino broke his finger chasing MutantPirate around the room. Or the time MutantPirate turned his eye all red and demonic looking by running into a bedpost while being chased after by MutantWino.

And I also realized why it always seemed to me that as kids we played with our toys more than kids do today. That never clicked in my head until that conversation. Answer: we DID play with our toys more often, because we had to.

So my kids and I talked about it and we decided this weekend, we are turning the clock back 30 years and living like it’s 1983. And the fact that was 30 years ago is enough to make me slightly nauseated.

And then, today I was watching the amazing video Google put out about Glass and actually got choked up! We have come so far, this was science fiction when I was little!

What about you? What recent happenings make you feel older?

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I had a post on here but then I was like, “You know, I really don’t want to get into this right now.” So I deleted it. And then it’s like every single thought I’ve had in my brain the past few days I wanted to blog about (and there were like a gazillion) got deleted too. So I’ve had the Add New Post window open all day and it’s been sitting there blank and I was determined to not leave without posting. So then I figured I’d just do a link love based on all the crap I’ve been posting on Google+ because it seems I never have a shortage of things to say on there.

Paperman by Disney is pretty much the cutest, most sweetest romantic little animation since the opening scene in Up.

I am reading Nell Gwynn: Mistress to a King What are you reading?? Also, this book makes me think maybe I should’ve been an historian.

If you can spare a birthday card and a stamp, you still have time to participate in this special needs man’s 75th birthday festivities.

“The study concluded that the perception of sex as a fat-burning athletic activity was based around sexcapades lasting an hour or more, but that’s not the reality of most American sex lives. Brace yourselves for the truth, people: Americans have sex for “an average time span of six minutes per sexual encounter.” That’s pretty depressing, and it only gets worse. Those six minutes only burn 21 calories.” According to this article which claims because of this, knitting in fact burns more calories on average than sex.

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I loved these photos of skaters. I heart skaters. Stallion is a skater. I heart Stallion.

Goodbye Iron, Hello KITTY! (see what I did there?)

Fast and the Furious 6 is my huge guilty pleasure. I love these movies. And honestly what gets me gushy is the cars. I have a thing for sexy cars.

I really love tacos. There’s no a link to that, it’s just an observation.

There were a lot of shenanigans revolving a hashtag called #beforehashtags which resulted in me posting a picture of me as a very pouty baby ballerina and also gushing over Squeezits

This article on hair archaeology is super interesting and further reinforces my belief that maybe really I should have been an historian. Watch the video!!

dont want to do things

Always

Maybe I do want to live somewhere cold...

Maybe I do want to live somewhere cold…

Best mug ever?? I’d say yes for LEGO peoples.

Oh yeah, this happened. Thank God it’s better now.

Jimmy Fallon Spoofs Downton Abbey & It’s Awesome

My friend is an amazing face painter. I was her model at a full moon party.

My friend is an amazing face painter. I was her model at a full moon party.

Cracks me up every time

Cracks me up every time

Harlem Shake All The Things!!!! These are highly addictive, you can’t watch just one!!

Tissue please!

Tissue please!

It was Judy Blume’s birthday yesterday. I loves her.

The thing with the cruise ship is gross but I still love cruising. It’s easy breezy.

The Miami Heat and the Miami City Ballet posed together for a series of photos celebrating 25 years of basketball and ballet in Miami. I absolutely LOVE the photos. They are playful and yet graceful too.

Print this and keep close to your desk.

Print this and keep close to your desk.

My co-workers gave out donuts

My co-workers gave out donuts

My thoughts on the Pope’s resignation

I am making this pinafore for a baby shower Stallion is invited to

I am making this pinafore for a baby shower Stallion is invited to

Google's not so subtle way of reminding me I'm too damn broke for this city.

Google’s not so subtle way of reminding me I’m too damn poor for this city.

I like this nail art tutorial for Valentine’s Day. I don’t have masking tape though.

Best Valentine's Day Card Evernomnomnomnom

Best Valentine’s Day Card Ever
nomnomnomnom

Print this out and post it on your refrigerator

Print this out and post it on your refrigerator

OK that’s it! You’re all caught up on my Google+ activity in the past week. What nonsense have you found online you want to share with me? Don’t hold back the nonsense guys!

Brain Dump: Bachelorettes, 4ths, Compliments, Books, and Thrones Edition

I’ve been pretty sporadic lately hmmm? I think I was just really overwhelmed with the wedding and having the kids so many days without a break and just stuffs. But I think I’ll be back to normal soon, recharging this weekend should be nice.

Bachelorette party last Friday? Worst. Bachelorette. Ever. I was so hesitant about this one but that’s it– no more bachelorette parties that involve going out and partying. I freaking hate alcohol and I hate drunks and I hate sober people who take advantage of drunks. SO that’s it. Next time I’m invited to a bachelorette party that involves bars or clubs or whatever, it’s a no thank you. And if I’m ever asked to be maid of honor again, I’ll accept on the condition they do not expect me to host that sort of bachelorette party and that if that’s the type of bachelorette party they want, they can find another Maid of Honor or delegate the bachelorette party to a bridesmaid and not be insulted if I don’t go. Just, no.

Wedding? Exhausting but nice. I got a lot of compliments on my toast which honestly took me by surprise. I didn’t cry and that was the important part to me but apparently I did jerk some tears out of other people including the bride so WIN! It was absolutely gorgeous by the lighthouse on the beach and dealing with the swarm of mosquitoes was tolerable once the park rangers covered us in Off. The reception was a very silly good time.I’d show you pictures but all of mine sucked and I left the camera in the car during the ceremony.

I had a really nice 4th of July. Stallion and I were childless as Teenager went to the Keys with her grandparents. We went to the iconic Biltmore Hotel who brought back their fireworks after five years of not having them thanks to all kinds of financial crap and fighting between the City and the previous owners. We had a picnic and some friends joined us. I got us amazing seats right in front of the launch area. We even got rained on with ashes and firework debris.My 4th of July manicure is seriously cute and I’ve been getting compliments on it all day.

Know what else I’ve been getting compliments on? This gorgeous necklace Sandy from First Gen American sent me a while back as a little De-Frumpiness gift. It’s a crazy gorgeous loop of metal you can twist and coil and wear however you want. I will take pictures and share soon, promise. I tried taking some today but I’m just not looking my best.

Which reminds me of the De-Frumpiness Project. Wow I left everyone hanging! SKIN CARE! That’s July. For me it means getting into a morning and even routine as far as my skin is concerned. I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older that although my complexion is pretty nice I get weird dry skin issues like my elbows and hands. And I’d love to keep my skin looking all pretty. My daughter the other day was asking me what all the beauty products in a beauty box were and one of them was an anti-wrinkle thing and Daughter says to me, “But Mommy you don’t have wrinkles” and I said, “Oh my god come here I love you so much!”

Question: I was asked to do a book review for a publisher and I took them up on it because I love to read. What do you guys like to see in a book review? What makes you decide to read or not read a book in general? I was actually thinking of playing with book reviews in general so that I can have a healthy mix of reviews that are books I read on my own and books I was given to review because I’d like to remain impartial and consistent but I’m not sure how you all feel about reviews in general. So let me know.

The crochet project I was making for the wedding totally did not work out and I ran out of time to do the backup plan and I just got really frustrated so I put down crochet and have been reading. Right now I’m reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I’m having a blast with it because it’s just too OUT there to not enjoy. I like weird stuff. After that, I’ve got The Marriage Plot ready too which is actually a perfect line-up now that i think about it. I had actually started the Marriage Plot but then realized Pride and Prejudice and Zombies wouldn’t renew at the Library because another patron requested it.

I started watching Game of Thrones. I’m such a wuss, I run away during the violent scenes. I’m gonna read the books too but Stallion is having a blast watching it with me and it’s kind of nice to cuddle on the couch (and then jump up and run away with my fingers in my ears) and get all sucked into a crazy good story. I was thinking of crocheting while watching it but I just can’t. When it’s not violent, it’s so good I can’t tear my eyes away from it for a second. And all that jumping and running away would make it hard to stay on track with my place in the crochet pattern.

I’m off now so ta-ta darlings! Have a nice restful weekend and I’ll see you on the flipside!

Friday: Checking in to check out

Yes, I’ve been in a bit of a funk that mostly lifts but it can also be brought on with a vengeance in a rush too so I’ve been sort of quiet navigating the conflicting emotions.

I was finally told this week that my job was safe, I was “protected.” I have no idea what that means but it’s good enough for me. If they didn’t lay me off now, I doubt they’ll do so in the next round in July as that’s even closer to the conference. After the conference, I get to worry all over again if that sort of talk is still around come the end of the year.

And it’s little statements like that one that sort of floor me on how quickly time slips through our fingers. Good thing and bad thing right?

These next couple of months are the end of my slower season– personally and work-wise. Birthdays start pouring in, the conference is in November, class starts up again (I wanted a summer one but it was cancelled), and everything will turn into high stress time all over again. At least it’s only half the year right?

How are you all doing with the Hydration challenge this month? I’m getting better little by little. I thought I could start strong but it wasn’t happening. I have this sports bottle at work and it says I should drink 3 of them with water every day. So far, I can clear one for sure. Today, I even finished it off by noon. But I just can’t seem to get down the second one before 5. I’m trying though. I figure if I can get two down at work, I’ll have a much better shot of meeting the water requirement. Once I get home, it can get harder but I do tend to do more chuggings at home.

I’ve been crocheting a lot the past couple of days. I found a pattern for a really pretty shrug. So I tried it out and it worked up really fast and really pretty. So much so I was able to start a second one yesterday and I’m halfway through with it today. I basically only need three Mother’s Day gifts– my mom, my aunt, and my grandmother. The shrugs are for the first two. I’ll buy my grandmother something this time.

I should get some money this weekend so that’ll be good. I can shop for the Secret Sister swap. For the gift I’m making her, I do need to buy some yarn because I don’t have her colors in my stash. I’m excited about it because I finally got an idea. I was a little stumped for a while but I had a breakthrough so now I’m all ready.

Ok I’m going to make a really silly little whine right now so just humor me please. This weekend will be the third weekend in a row the kids are with me. And I’m worn out. The past few weeks have been some of the most stressful weeks I’ve had to go through in a while. They have also been extremely busy weekends. The Boyfriend works on weekends so it’s not like I can say “Hey babe do you mind watching the kids so I can get out for a breather?” and my mom does so much for me during the week, asking her to watch them on the weekend is unfair too.

Anyways, it’s sort of thrown me for a loop and it’s taken its toll the whole thing of the stress and no break sandwich. But I remedied it with a date night for tonight. Avengers, assemble! I really want to see Dark Shadows too but one great movie at a time, right?

I’m reading again. That slowed down for a bit too. I’ve only read 12 books this year which puts me 5 books behind my goal of 50. I don’t think I’ll make it this year, but I’d like to get close at least. Right now, I’m reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I’ve got The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) (Sandman New Editions), The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, and Dance Dance Dance waiting for me at home. Plus there’s a bunch of Young Adult stuff I need to catch up on– especially all the Rick Riordan books that have piled up. And I’ve got six more books in the library request system that are more popular and harder to get a hold of but should slowly make their way to me.

I can’t believe it’s Mother’s Day weekend already. For all of you mothers out there, have a beautiful weekend! I’ll be thinking of you.

Weekend!

Well it’s time for the weekend. I’m so ready. It’s going to be packed to the gills with stuff, especially Saturday, but I am so ready for it. Some Fridays are more festive than others and this one is one of those.

I got my test back yesterday. Another 100 for me! So that’s it for classes, our final is next Friday. I’m very excited to be closing this class with a 97, a 90, and two 100’s on tests. Seriously, that blows my mind. I’m wondering, “Who am I?” but in a really good way.

I can’t believe April is ending. May is coming and I feel like there should be some doomsday music to accompany that…

Yeah that’s perfect.

I did some more work on my mom’s crocheted afghan last night. I’ve begun the second of three repeats. I never thought I’d get here! But I’m not super excited about it or anything, that’s not even halfway. But still, it’s progress.

OK want to laugh? Watch this and know that the guy driving is a male version of me. Woooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Yup. Guilty.

It’s literally true heehee.

Ok that’s enough silliness for today. This post was pure fluff, so sorry. By the way, I’ve decided that I love my hair the way I got it cut. I was on the fence for a while but now I just dig it. I look so different than what I’m used to and I LOVE it.

Be safe this weekend, have fun, and I’ll see you on the flipside!

Besotes!

Seek and you shall find: Search Terms for Mutant Supermodel

I know everyone does this and I am so late to this party but honestly my brain is so asleep lately I can’t think of anything to write about so I figured I’d pick the low-hanging fruit of blogging and address some of the search engine terms that have brought you here.

Since I’ve never done in the two year life of this particular blog, there are a lot of different searches. Some are bizarre and some are funny and a lot are boring. But my top ten search hits are all different variations on only three things so I figured I’d tackle these first.

Most searched for term on Mutantsupermodel.com: Shera

Ok. First of all folks, it’s She-Ra. And her full name is She-Ra Princess of Power. She is the main character of a cartoon series from the 1980’s by the same name and originated from another cartoon series called He-Man who is her brother and who my brother MutantWino was obsessed with. MutantPirate was a bit too young to really appreciate the awesomeness of He-Man. But you don’t come here looking for He-Man, you come here looking for She-Ra. I adored She-Ra growing up and I have bemoaned the fact there is no awesome character like her for Daughter today. Leave it to today’s society to bring back the foodie Strawberry Shortcake and the man-filled Smurfs and leave out freaking She-Ra. But apparently you don’t even come here to hear all that jazz, you apparently come here for pictures of She-Ra. So here you go, enjoy some She-Ra Princess of Power eye candy.

OK I have more but I’m about good with this many don’t you think?

Second most searched term: hoarders buried alive

I’m amused my top two searches are television related because I really never ever watch TV and kind of think it rots your soul but hey, we all can’t be book worms because then the library would never have good books for me to read!

I’m going to assume most of you that come here are referencing the TLC show Hoarding: Buried Alive. It is a pretty shocking show but it’s also inspirational as I talked about here. This isn’t a one-day makeover or even a week-long transformation. The show addresses some deeply rooted issues and, in the cases I’ve seen, respects the emotional attachments these people have formed to their items. We can all relate to that, albeit in different degrees.

The fact is as much as we’d like to be rational beings, we’re very much ruled by our emotions and all of our negative behaviors are directly tied up with those dastardly things. And that’s my favorite part of the show– when the emotional trigger is identified. I’m really into this sort of concept lately and am dying to get my hands on the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Figuring out why you’re doing what you’re doing may not put an end to your behavior, but it should go a long way to at least easing associated guilt or shame while you work through the process of bringing the behavior to an end.

My favorite part is the before and after pictures because they’re not perfect results and I respect that. The improvements are still breathtaking and you’ve got to give these people some major credit on the transformations they accomplish.

Hoarder Living Room BeforeHoarder Living Room AfterHoarder Kitchen BeforeHoarder Kitchen After

Third most searched term: Mutant Supermodel

Yup, me. I have an About Me sort of page that you can read if you’re into that sort of thing. I promise you I worked very hard on making it not boring. The basics are this: I don’t run a niche site. I blog about my life as a single mom with three kids and all the many aspects of my life, loves, hates, etc. I love to write. I always have. As much as I love to read really. And I love networking and I love the interwebs. I love meeting new people. As a matter of fact, back in my prior lives as a blogger I used to participate a lot in swaps of all kinds and absolutely loved connecting with people that way. I love testing boundaries but in a really polite way, I’m not into controversy deliberate or otherwise. I’ve been doing this a while and as much as I love it, I do have my moments where I get sort of bummed with the fact I’ve never really been able to attract a really big following. Especially when I see some of these newer blogs come out and seemingly explode on the scene and the content is just… meh. But at the same time, the following I do have is amazing. And I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I mean how many single mom blogs can say they’ve only had one trollish comment ever on their blog huh? And that it happened after two years of existence?

You know how Get Rich Slowly got famous not just because of the content JD put out but because of the readers? I feel the same way about this little baby right here. Hope you do too.

So there you have it. The top three things people come to this blog looking for– She-Ra, Hoarding, and Me! One day I will tackle the more humorous ones that have led people here and another day I will tackle the more serious ones because there are some really good ones.

Brain Dump: Drained Edition

I am so tired. This is actually my second actual attempt at posting something but trust me I’ve made a thousand more mental attempts this past week.

One of my Abuelas died on Sunday. It wasn’t the one that lives next door to me but the one that lived less than a mile away from me– my Dad’s mom. It was unexpected. She actually had been in the hospital about three weeks ago with double pneumonia but she recovered and had been home over a week. She died in her sleep and from what my dad tells me, looked very peaceful so that was a huge relief to us.

I am down to one grandparent now. This is the first time I have had a close connection to the goings on of an estate. I’m not involved directly– my dad and his two sisters are the ones that know the details and I haven’t asked, but I’ve been helping cleaning the house and will most likely be in charge of the future garage/estate sale because I like doing that kind of stuff. But I have been witnessing the stress that comes with estates. Wow. I don’t want to go into details because I don’t want to potentially offend someone but to put it plainly, two siblings appear to be on one page while one is on another and that has added a weird layer to the week that I feel has even possibly interfered with proper mourning but maybe I’m wrong.

It has been an exhausting week. I have had this weird post nasal drip thing that is causing this crazy coughing fit to start up every morning around 4 or 5 in the morning even if I take medicine at night. So that is not making resting any easier and it shows. I look beat up.

I got my first Pre-Calculus test back. The class average was 65. Yours truly got a 97. No curve for this one.

I was supposed to have my second test last night. I had emailed my professor on Tuesday letting her know what had happened. I was trying to squeeze in studying wherever  I could but frankly, there was NO spare time. She finally emailed me back yesterday morning asking if I would like more time for the test. YES PLEASE.

Last Friday I used a bunch of boxes and things to create a makeshift standing desk. It’s pretty awesome and precarious looking.

Standing Desk at Work

Standing Desk + Pandora = Dancing at Work

My favorite part about it is that when I’ve got certain Pandora stations playing (like Santigold) I end up dancing at my desk a lot. I have my door only slightly open and not many people wander over this far down the hall but I’m pretty sure I’m totally going to get caught busting a move any day now. I can’t help it. Dancing is in my Cuban blood.

My dad is blogging! He’s a social worker and his blog, ProgressNote.org focuses on adolescents, especially as far as ADD and ADHD are concerned in that area because that’s what he does these days. He keeps things brief but really informative so if you have a need for this information, or know someone who does, please pass it on!He seriously knows his stuff. At the funeral, so many people came up to me to tell me how amazing he is at his job and what a huge help he is to the team he works with. That made me happy. My dad is awesome.

I’m going to get my taxes done this weekend. Have you done yours yet? I have a refund due. I want to buy a new bed, but I need to fund Summer Camp.I guess I’ll just have to live with the ridiculous dent in the middle a while longer. I want to pay off the credit card with the 31.99% APR but I MUST fund Summer Camp.

I owe you a post on February’s De-Frumpiness Project. And I need to remember (or choose) what’s going on this month because I really need a kick in the butt right now.

I’m the Maid of Honor for my cousin’s upcoming wedding in July. Not that it’s likely to happen or anything but seriously remind me to never ever get married again. Ever.

What’s been going on in your world lately? I have a lot of catching up to do blog-wise.