Time To Give It Up

My head is spinning right now. I've spent hours working on an assignment for an article I'm supposed to write that focuses on music.

The only problem is the group I've been working for wants me to write about a topic I know absolutely nothing about, and that translates to hours and hours of research and staring at my computer screen until I found a headache.

At least I was able to answer one question. A search for info on what is bit depth gave me a pretty good article that explained a lot I needed to know, but I still have hours more research to do. It's almost 1:30am, everyone is asleep except me, and I would much rather be in bed that doing this.

Maybe it's time to consider walking away from one of my long time freelance groups. Why continue to write for a group that no longer sends me work that interests me, right?

Nurturing Musical Interests

I want my kids to develop an interest in music. At 2 and 5 years old I'm not running out to buy them jerry jones guitars, but I am working to point them in the direction of the instruments they want to learn to play. My oldest runs around the house with a recorder most days trying her best to play Mary Had A Little Lamb. Does this mean she'll want to play a wind instrument when she's older? Probably not, but I still want to nurture her love of that little recorder. Actually, she is rather fond of the drums, and she has asked if her grandpa will teach her how to play. I want to invest in a few instruments my kids can grow with, so I'm considering purchasing a child size drum set. It might drive me crazy, but it will melt my heart at the same time!

Protecting My Favorite Shoes

The truth is I'm not your typical chick who loves shoes. All my friends think I'm crazy because I don't go gaga for every pair of cute shoes I see. I guess most of that comes from a lifetime of being frugal. When I bought the shoes for my own wedding I spent 3 days staring at the pair I wanted because they were $57, and I had a feeling I wouldn't wear them very often. I eventually broke down and purchased the shoes, but it was really hard to do!

Now I do spend a good amount of cash on shoes from time to time, but I'm still don't own many pair. I would rather buy 1 expensive pair of tennis shoes, 1 expensive pair of boots, etc, and I expect them to last me a long time.

If you take care of a good pair of shoes they will last! My favorite (and only) pair of cowboy boots is going on 14 years old, and that's because I've taken really good care of them. Not everyone knows how to properly care for their shoes, though. Check out Hanger Project's shoe care guide if you want to keep your shoes in great shape but aren't sure how to do so. I bet you'll learn some really useful tips that will keep those favorite shoes around a lot longer!

Ready To Go Out

I'm so excited because I finally get to do something this weekend I haven't done in a long time. We're getting some kid free time, and we're going to a local bar and grill to hear our friend's band play.  Hubby's dad used to play drums for the same band, and we haven't seen them since his dad had to leave the band a couple years ago. I can't wait to get to actually go out and do something. That's how long it's been since I've had a night out away from the kids.

Hubby will actually end up working part of the night because he's been asked to play roadie. He's done so a few times for this band in the past.  He meets up with them and loads up some of their equipment in the truck like their portable amps and stuff, transports the equipment, helps them setup, then we get in with no cover charge to hear them play. He'll help them back up and haul everything home at the end of the night, and we'll head off a couple miles down the road to pick up the girls from Grandma's house. It's a win-win for everyone.

Like I said I'm just happy to get to go out and do something.  It's long overdue, and this mama needs a little break. I love my kids, but every no and then I need a little "me time" to unwind.

Yard Sale Time!

All the Autumn-like weather we've been experiencing this past week has me giving my whole house an overhaul.  While most people get Spring cleaning fever, I find myself with Fall fever each year. I tend to want to clean out the clutter and do a major deep cleaning right before I have to close everything up so to speak for the year. I guess that comes from knowing we will spend the majority of our time indoors in the Winter, and I don't want to live in a musty old house (and this one gets very musty) while doing so.  I can't help it if these cooler temps induced my Fall fever a way early this year!

I've spent the last few days preparing for a yard sale this weekend.  As much as I want to get rid of everything I tend to procrastinate when it comes to Summer yard sales because it's just so muggy and hot so early in the morning in the South.  The cooler temps have me prepared to do the yard sale thing this weekend and get it over with.

I've pulled out so many baby and toddler clothes I think I could supply a small baby army.  I've got a huge stack of books, some housewares, and a few video games. Hubby went through his tools and picked out a few things to sale, too.  He doesn't need 3 jig saws! He's even willing to part with one of his old motorcycle helmets and his old pair of leathers we both know he'll never fit into again.  I convinced one of our friends to turn it into a multi-family yard sale, so they're bringing more clothes, some furniture, and some musical equipment.  He used to be a DJ, so he has turntables, some records, a digital recorder, and from his band days a trumpet and a guitar.

Now if I can only find the time to sort through the mass amount of toys we have in this house and successfully get them out of here without my bigger munchkin screaming that we must hoard everything!  At least half of the 26 baby dolls she has accumulated will be out the door if I have my way!