Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weird, Wet Wonderful Sunday

Favorite Day of the Week!  And it's pouring to boot!  Yay!  Love a good, relaxing Sunday!  And, let's not forget, Vikings season finale tonight on the History Channel!  Such a great show!  Hate that the season is over but it has been renewed!

Finished reading "Wedding Night" by Sophie Kinsella (eh; definitely not my favorite Kinsella book).  Started reading "Paris" by Edward Rutherford (he's not following his usual formula and that's OK!). 

The Hoover Varsity lax team is spanking Oak Mountain as I type in play-offs.  I went to the Spain Park game the other night and we lost (thus ending our undefeated season) so I think I'm the bad luck charm.  I'll just stay away from now on.  I'm good with that. 

My parents are here and today (in the pouring rain!) my dad planted all my flowers for me since I have a black thumb.  His "yuppie" granddaughter helped him for a little bit but the rain got to be too much for her.  The two of them also painted my mail box and the post on Saturday.  Good, quality grandparent/grandchild bonding time. 

T was at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville this weekend for a fraternity prom.  She's texted a few times and sounds like they had a good time. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's OK Thursday

...It's OK that my parents arrive tomorrow and I have no idea if there are clean sheets on the guest bed.

...It's OK that I bought a bunch of books for my Nook.  Now I just need to buy some time to read them.

...It's OK that I don't care about the Jodi Arias case and wish Nancy Grace would just zip it once in a while. 

...It's OK to covet thy husband's side of the bed. 

...It's OK that one of the girls I work with secretly judges me by the car I drive, my clothes and my accessories.  I'm 20 years older than her and have worked hard for everything I have.  Judge away. 

...It's OK to really, really dislike small-minded / closed-minded people (please refer to previous post). 

...It's OK to have an issue with ignorant people (please refer to previous post).  If you are unfamiliar with something, look it up!  Or better yet, ask questions!  Don't verbally attack it, don't put it down, don't make stupid comments, don't make faces.  Educate yourself!

...It's OK to be nervous for daughter #2's middle school volleyball try-outs next week. 

...It's OK to wear socks to bed. 

...It's OK to not be able to pass up a Lord of the Rings marathon whenever it's on TV. 

Its Ok Thursdays

Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm Crabby

Yes, I'm crabby.  But it's really a good thing!  KJ and Coach had an AMAZING time in Baltimore this past weekend and brought me back some cute pajamas pants with crabs all over them and the saying "I'm Crabby."  Pretty funny.

They flew up Friday afternoon and had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Inner Harbor.  Saturday morning they met Brye for breakfast and then toured the Naval Academy and walked around Annapolis.  Coach then drove her past our old house in Crofton and they headed to Johns Hopkins for the game.  It was supposed to be a cold, rainy dreary day but they lucked out and had the most magnicient weather!  This was Brye's last game as a senior before he gets his orders.  Coach was so happy to be there and is so incredibly proud of Brye.  After the game the Navy Parents host a big post-game tailgate so Coach and KJ were able to hang out with Brye and his teammates before heading to the Orioles game against the Dodgers at Camden Yards.  Sunday morning they went to the Aquarium and had lunch at Bubba Gump's before heading to the airport. 

I would say they had a pretty successful weekend! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's OK Thursday ~

Its Ok Thursdays

...It's OK to want to tune out sometimes -- no phone, no computer, no Facebook, no Twitter.  Sometimes the news is just too depressing and I really hate shows were people are being out-right mean to each other (i.e., that damn Abby Lee on Dance Moms). 
...It's OK that I didn't wear a bra to work the other day and no one noticed (I wore a cami with a built in bra under a shirt). 
...It's OK that my daughter texted me the other day and said, "Mom!!!  I had a dream last night that you got a tattoo!!"  (I didn't).
...It's OK to leave work early for a mammogram.  Got to take care of the boobs. 
...It's OK that I just pre-ordered a bunch of books for my Nook (Sopie Kinsella's latest, Dan Brown's new one and Edward Rutherford's "Paris").
...It's OK that I have Journey's Greatest Hits on serious rotation in my car (such a fun CD to listen to with the sun roof open!).
...It's also OK that I have Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits in my car.  Don't judge.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Heavy Heart

I haven't been to Boston in years and years but growing up in the Northeast and having a hubby who went to college in Vermont and being part of the lacrosse community, we have a lot of friends from the city of Boston and from the state of Massachusetts.  And my heart is so heavy and hurts for them.  And for our country. 

I've seen many, many blog posts/ Facebook status / Tweets regarding the horrifying events at the Boston marathon.  Some are angry, some are fearful, some are encouraging for the citizens of Massachusetts and some hopeful about the future of humanity and proud of the first responders and the many many heroes from Monday.  And some are surprisingly ambivalent. 

To me, Monday's events are eerily reminiscent of 9/11 and bring out horrible feelings of helplessness.  It's so hard in this day and age to continue to be compassionate when we are constantly bombarded with disturbing images, but as with the coverage of Sandy Hook, 9/11 and now Boston, I have a hard time watching the news yet oddly feel compelled to watch.  Pardon the horrible pun, but it's like a train wreck or a car accident.  You can't not watch.  And your heart goes out to the victims, especially the littlest, innocent ones and their families.  I think I watch to show that I care and to pay my respects. 

But as with 9/11 I am buoyed by stories of heroism and the kindness of strangers and that restores my faith in humanity.  The worst of times usually bring out the best in people.  Bostonians are tough and stoic and resiliant and will get through this and emerge stronger.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Got My Life Back

While I'm sad KJ's travel volleyball season is over, I am so happy, happy, happy to have my life back!  I'm looking forward to not traveling on the weekends and I'm looking forward to not having to organize my life around her weekly practice schedule!  Whoop!  Whoop!  They had such a great tournament this past weekend at the BJCC.  While they didn't win Regionals, they played SO incredibly well and had a couple of really awesome games! 

Coach had DALC all weekend but was able to leave Mountain Brook and catch KJ's last match Sunday afternoon.  DALC is so unpredictable -- we've had tournaments where one day we're freezing cold (using space heaters, sleeping bags, and people are buying sweatshirts to wrap around their head to keep warm and buying socks to use as gloves) and the next day is in the 80's.  And at least one day is pouring rain or it rained the week leading up to the tournament and the fields are a disaster.

Saturday night KJ and I left the BJCC to meet Coach and some friends at Jackson's in Homewood for dinner.  It was such a beautiful night we all sat outside and watched the kids going into Prom at Rosewood Hall.  I don't know what school it was but the kids looked nice -- some of the girls had long gowns, some had short cocktail dresses.  A lot of party buses and stretch Hummers pulled up and we had so much fun counting the kids coming out of the cars. 

So I always bitch and complain about how much of our personal time lacrosse takes up but I have to say, I absolutely love our lacrosse family.  Coach had a couple of guys come down from the Louisville store to help out with DALC and they came out to dinner with us along with Patrick, Evan, Schuler and Nick.  Lacrosse is definitely a special fraternity and we've made life-long friends across the country.  Just a great group of people and I know if Coach was unavailable and me or the girls ever need anything, they would help out in a heart beat.  My girls love all these guys and, depending on their age, think of them as the big brothers they don't have or honorary Godfathers (of course it doesn't hurt that most lax players are good-looking and in great shape!).  It's a very special relationship. 

T had a great weekend, too.  Saturday she was up at 5 AM to participate in the AOPi Run for the Roses 5K, then she was off to the Grove Bowl and then she went to the baseball game to see the Rebs sweep the series against Bama.  Sunday she had an RA meeting and then rush practice.  Busy girl!  She has had an AMAZING freshman year and we are so happy she's right where she needs to be! 

I am proud to say I am now flip-flop worthy.  Friday afternoon I had what was quite possibly one of the best pedicures of my life.  Holy crap.  I was so damned relax I was afraid I might fall asleep on my drive home.  And for a brief second I thought about stepping out of my comfort zone, I snapped out it at the last possible minute and went with my old stand-by, "Cajun Shrimp."  Why mess with perfection? 

Friday, April 12, 2013

America's Worst Tattoos

So last night KJ was flipping channels and came across this show on TLC.  I was on my laptop and really wasn't paying much attention.

A couple (IDK if they were husband and wife or co-habitating) were first up.  She was complaining about the Wile E. Coyote tattoo he had at his waistband / going in the crack of his butt.  And I mean she was going on and on about how bad this tat was, how it had to go, how she hates waking up in the morning having to look at it, etc.  At this point I look up from what I'm doing to check out his tattoo.  Honestly, it wasn't terrible (I've seen worse) and thought it was actually kind of funny.  It was an outline of Wile E. holding up a "Help" sign like we've all seen him doing a million times on a Saturday morning growing up (see below for an example). 

Again, it wasn't terrible and I actually thought it was kind of funny and relatively cute.  At this point in the segment they speak to the man with the actual tattoo.  He has a full technicolor tattoo across his neck as well as a tattoo that goes up and over and around his ear on his shaved head.  And she found the Wile E. Coyote tattoo offensive?????  Seriously lady???  The guy ends up getting some weird skull with octopus tentacles coming out of the eye holes kind of thing to cover up poor Wile E.  I would have stuck with Wile E. 

Next up . . . the guy with flaming red Ronald McDonald hair and one of those ear disc/plug things.  I'm not judging.  He seemed like a nice guy.  Unfortunately, he lost a bet a couple years ago and had to get a tattoo of George W. Bush on his calf.  Again, I can thing of worse things I can tattoo on my body.  It wasn't very large at all but he wanted it gone and replaced.  With a dancing, juggling circus bear.  Did I mention the circus bear was juggling teeth?  Yes, teeth. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's OK Thursday

It's OK . . .

Its Ok Thursdays

...I didn't like Zero Dark Thirty and fell asleep on the couch with less than 10 minutes to go. 

...that I can't wait for my kids to get out of school for the summer.  I love having everyone home and I love the casualness of the summer. 

...that my car is completely covered in pollen.  Hopefully the big storm rolling through today will wash it all away.

...that I luv, luv, luv the frames I bought for over the fireplace for our family photos but I strongly dislike (OK, hate is a better word) the paint color I chose to accent the wall for said family photos.  Hubby doesn't know it yet but it's a total re-do. 

...that I'm thinking of switching the girl's rooms around this summer and giving KJ the bigger bedroom (T's away at college; she doesn't need it, right???).  Unfortunately, T is unaware of my plans.  Oh!  And hubby doesn't know it yet either. enjoy Man Candy Mondays.  I'm married.  Not dead..

...that I've been thinking about using #ImTheShit and #YOLO as part my signature line for my work e-mails in honor of a co-worker who really does think #ShesTheShit and really does walk around the office using stupid phrases like #YOLO not be particularly excited about next week's mammogram. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It's Been a While

Had such a nice weekend in Nashville with KJ.  We (most of the team) sat in horrible traffic Saturday afternoon and the team had to forfeit their first match but then played great the rest of the day which put them in a good spot for Sunday.  Unfortunately, they didn't play great on Sunday and ended up in 4th place.  They played really great as a team and these girls are SO sweet.  No divas, no drama queens, the parents are all nice and supportive and KJ luvs, luv, luvs her coach.  We met up with friends from another team for dinner and had some nice, quality mother/daughter time. 

Travel volleyball season is winding down and then she'll be getting ready for 8th grade try-outs.  7th grade has flown by and I'm not complaining.  Middle school is tough and hit us like a ton of bricks.  Interestingly I'm not the only one to feel this way.  The other day I ran into the mom of a boy KJ has been friends with since Kindergarten and she said her son is driving her insane -- hormones, puberty, attitude, boy smells, etc. 

T-bone came home this weekend for the Dave Matthews concert so we were all together Friday night for a family dinner.  She had a GREAT time at the concert, caught up with some friends and even a couple of former teachers and she and The Boy tailgated with some friends from the hotel.  She left Hoovs super early Sunday morning to head back to Oxford for two lax games. 

Things are about to get really, really weird in the Cos household.  Got some cool stuff going on over the next couple of weeks/months.  Some things will be getting back to normal, some things will be changing.  A lot.  But it's all good.  Can't complain but we're all gearing up for a bumpy ride!   

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

All the Chicks

Had all the chicks in the nest for a very brief moment on Easter Sunday!  Which was great because neither one of them were supposed to be home.  T texted us Friday night that she was planning to come home Saturday afternoon and KJ got home from the beach a little ahead of schedule so they were able to see each other before T drove back to Oxford. 

KJ had a GREAT time at the beach!  She came home with a little bit of a cold and a lot of laundry.  I wouldn't say she's tan by any means but she does have a nice little glow.  It was a low key, laid back trip but she had fun at the Track in Destin and enjoyed kayaking. 

T got home Saturday around 2 PM and we had to hit the mall.  She was invited to a fraternity formal at the end of April and needed to find a dress.  The mall was positively insane but thankfully daughter #1 is a "one and done" kind of girl.  I had been at the mall earlier in the week and saw some cute dresses at Cache.  We walked in, she took several things into the dressing room, tried one dress on, loved it and walked out with it.  Absolutely gorgeous silver sequin cocktail dress with an open back -- makes her legs look a mile long!  Went to Belk for shoes, tried on one pair, walked out with them.  One and done baby.  That's how we roll.

We had Easter dinner with friends and had such a good time!  They have two boys who play lacrosse for Coach and had just gotten home from SB'13 the day before.  She was in no mood to cook and since we originally thought it was just going to be me and Coach, I wasn't planning on cooking either.  We decided to have dinner at the hotel instead.  How awesome is that -- no cooking, no cleaning the house before, no clean-up after and someone else did the dishes.  My kind of holiday!

So it's the beginning of April and as far as I'm concerned, it's over with already.  This time of year gets so hectic.  We have plans for every weekend in April and it's going to be insane.  Lacrosse, volleyball, Double-decker festival/sorority parents weekend and my parents are coming for the weekend on their way from FL back to PA for the summer.  I will be living out of a suitcase for most of April. 

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