Saturday, March 13, 2010

Random Sherisms: Survival Mode

First, let me apologize for the misinformation I gave you on Thursday. I thought my post was going up that day, but it was bumped. You will be able to read my post on MMB on Monday.


Since our last virtual rendezvous, I've kept myself pretty darn busy. About three weeks ago, we threw a bridal shower for C's brother's bride-to-be at my house. I got a little gung-ho crazy, being on the upswing of my manic depressive state, and decided two days before the shower to paint my kitchen.

I wish I'd remembered to take before pictures, but I think I might have one from Thanksgiving...


And I gotta say, I really, really love it! Red calms me.


That same night (after the shower), all of my sisters-in-law got together to sew little dresses for the wedding since we couldn't find any to buy in the right color. I think they turned out pretty darn cute.


At the beginning of March, I decided to start teaching piano again, and added 6 new students within the first week. It's been two years, since I taught more than just my brother and my niece, so its been an adjustment for both me and the kids to get used to Mom having "busy" time after school again. Especially for the little one.

Speaking of the little one, Peter, who really isn't so little anymore, has been a little holy terror lately. She's so naughty. But she's so stinking cute, I can't resist her. This week, she was so naughty in her karate class that she had her belt taken away, and she had to re-earn it. I was humiliated. And it was a rude awakening for me as a parent.

I suddenly realized that my "baby" is not a baby anymore, and I need to quit treating her like one, because she's turning into a spoiled brat.
So, I grounded her from TV and friends permanently until she earned her belt back, and made her have quiet time every day.

I'm am seriously amazed at the difference. She finally earned her belt back on Wednesday, and I can tell she's been trying harder to be good.


We also had a visit from the tooth fairy this week. This cute little monkey had a snaggle tooth for two week, and he finally lost it at school.


Thursday, C's youngest brother got married. We all helped out with the wedding, and for some reason I was really stressed about it. Each of the sisters-in-law, Mom, Grandma on our side made the food for the luncheon. I also played piano for the wedding. In the end, though, it was a beautiful wedding and they do make a lovely couple. I'm happy to welcome my new sister in law into the family.


I've been doing this little Healthy Contest thing with a few of my family and friends. We each put in $20 and basically we just have to eat healthy and exercise. I gotta say, I'm liking it. Except that Thursday, at the wedding, I had a piece of cake. C told me that is shouldn't count because it was carrot cake, and that's like healthy or something, but it also had like 2 inches of cream cheese frosting, which I totally licked completely clean.

It's been down hill from there. Today, I ate a whole sleeve of Lemon Girl Scout cookies. But, that has fruit in it, so that shouldn't count, too, right?

Oh well, there's always next week.


Friday night a group of my most wonderful amazing besties took me out to dinner for my upcoming birthday. Yep, I'm finally going to be 21!

I sure do love all these girls!

I was showered with gifts, too.
Thanks, my amaxing friends, for making me feel special!


I've also been rehearsing for this:

Except, this weekend I decided not to sing in it because of the massive time commitment and I just don't feel like I should be away from my little family that much.

But, last year, it was one of the most amazingly spiritual and musical experiences of my life, so I want to tell all of you to go see it. I promise you, you will be truly touched and amazed. The pic links to the website where you can get tickets.


I was asked by an up and coming author who is publishing a new book, to write a song to go along with the book's release. I feel so honored. And overwhelmed. I now have to write a new song (thankfully, he already wrote the lyrics) before May. I will be doing a lot of praying for inspiration.

I've been playing a few "gigs" these past few weeks, too...mostly accompaniment gigs, but it's something.


My birthday is on Tuesday.


You know, honestly, when I write it all down, it doesn't seem like that much, but I had a little mini break down on Friday after I woke up to realized that I had a flat tire, so instead of gettiing to go to my spin class, I got to haul the monkeys to Les Schwab instead. It just started my day off wrong, then other stuff happened, and I was just a speeding train heading fast down a collision course. I guess Friday was my low in my manic cycle. Gotta love those gosh darn hormones!

I'm just grateful to my husband and wonderful friends who are there for me to talk me down from the my ledge, over and over again.

I guess I just need to know my limits.


Kristina P. said...

The little girl's dresses look adorable! The wedding looks like it was a success, with lots of hard work. :)

I didn't know you were composing a piece for a book release! That is awesome. It will be beautiful.

And I always love hanging out with you women. You are a girl after my own heart. Steak and lobster!

Erin said...

Wow, you've got a lot of stuff going on in your life right now!

I need to search out some Girl Scouts because Thin Mints are calling my name.

6 piano students in one week? Wow! Is that going to be your limit right now?

Happy birthday very soon...

Love Fam said...

holy smokes you are a busy woman! (after reading yours I feel pretty pathetic for complaining =) Thanks for your comments though!) ps love the kitchen and the little girls dresses!

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for including me on Friday! It was awesome hanging out with the "cool kids" for a while. I love you dearly and I hope you have a great birthday!
On a funny note, my verification word is potty! Yep thats right POTTY!!! I hope that made you giggle.

Julie said...

I just read your post on MMB and I just had to stop over here and tell you that I know what you're talking about. Man, do I know. Thanks for sharing your story. I know that our problems are not identical but I really believe that as more and more of us share what we go through the other "closet depressants" (is that even a word?) will feel like maybe it's okay. And then they'll get help.

Anyway, I'm rambling in a comment. Feel free to read about my experiences at

or email me at hoolianna55(at)hotmail(dot)com.

P.S. Your hubby is SMOKIN'! I'm just sayin'...

Garden of Egan said...

Sounds like you had a totally overwhelming week. Call me on your next manic....I could use some painting.
You all look so beautiful at the wedding.
See, if you weren't so talented no one would ever call you! Me....the phone never rings!
Hope you have a happy birthday!

Sherrie said...

Holy Cow you HAVE been busy! Thats really exciting you get to compose music for that book. You are a really talented lady! BTW Happy Birthday!

Emma said...

Wow busy.... you looked so cute and so did your little fam!!!

A flat tire and other stuff would have made me a grummpy mommie too!!!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Does that mean that your birthday is today? Happy Birthday!

I totally hear ya on the karate class thing. Last week I actually watched my daughters clogging practice (usually I just pick her up afterwards) and she was being so bad during the whole thing. I felt so embarrassed not knowing how long she's been flopping all over the floor and not listening to the teacher. We had to have a talk.

Your kicthen looks UH-MAY-ZING! And you finished it all in two days? Wow!

Motherboard said...

Happy Birf-day.

You're amaxing.

word ver: chingle. I get a chingle when I get to go to lunch with the girls.

tiburon said...

Love the new paint - it looks fab! Makes the room feel really cozy.

Glad you had a good birthday!