Chronicles of a Selfish Mommy

Archive for June 2010

I really, really, really wish that getting massages and facials were more me.  I want so badly to love them, but if I have to be truthful – I just don’t feel more relaxed and refreshed from them.  Maybe I am just not going to the right places, maybe I need a different style or type?  Whatever it may be; in the end, I know why I don’t get them often. 

As I am trying to relax in a dark room, my face pressed into this massage table – I am thinking, “wow, I must have a small face or head”.  Basically, it almost went straight through that donut shaped head cushion.  The massage starts and it’s nice, yet I don’t feel the “ah” moment.  The facial scared me, let’s just say lots of hot towels covering my face – um, no….

The place I went to was great, though.  Very well-managed, organized, clean.  My masseuse & facialist was lovely and very accommodating.  I am fairly sure this not really enjoying it is just me.  At very least, I knocked 2 more things off my 101 list: Massage and Facial.  I won’t add these back for the next round of things I want to do, yet I will probably try it again – yea, I know….

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, this little Texas Family got some coverage.  We had a great long weekend starting on Friday with family fun time on Lake Travis.  Connor and I rode on the tube, Jeff did some boarding, we went to lunch at Carlos n Charlies, followed by some hang time in Devil’s Cove.  While at Carlos n Charlies, we caught the eye of a KVUE News.  I was interviewed about our Memorial Day plans and about boating on the lake.  You can see that tidbit here.

On Saturday, Jeff and I headed out to Lake Austin sans kiddos.  We met up with some of our friends and checked out a killer pad right on the water.  This place was S W E E T!  As we were waiting to pick up some folks, we were snapped by the Austin 360 crew for their A-List Gallery.  You can check out that picture here.  This was the start of the day, I will not post any pictures of the end.  Let’s just say drinking boxed wine in the heat might make you look better to me, but most certainly not the other way around…..

Finally, on Sunday we headed over to our friends the Malek’s for some BBQ.  It was a great time, with great food, and even better people!  Lots of yummy Fajitas with all the fixings and sides.  The kids played in the backyard with a pool and sprinklers while the adults got to chill and chat.

Ah, living the good life…..  🙂

Just  a quick update on the kiddos in the Selfish Household.

Connor

Not too much new to report on the lil man.  He talks too much, thinks he is always right, & has to have the last word.  Where does this kid get it from?!  Hum, I wonder….  😛

He is now an advanced Yellow Belt & is still hating every minute of it, but I think it is exactly what he needs.  Mom wins!  He starts gymnastics again next week and this time some of the boys from his soccer team are joining in on the fun.  God bless those instructors!  I still need to find some swim classes for him – bad Mom….

His favorite color is orange and I cringe as I write this – I will infiltrate with the maroon….

Brooke

Brooke had her 15 month check up a couple of weeks ago.  She’s bow-legged – awesome!  She’s also short – I blame being bow-legged (ok it’s prolly my fault, FINE!).  Anyhoo, she’s only 29.5 inches tall (15%tile) & 23 lbs (50%tile).  She has about 12 or so teeth which she will bite you with & which she LOVES to brush using the electric toothbrush.   Her new fave word is ucky (aka yucky).  She says about 10 words and signs 4 words.  She climbs, is starting to run, likes to tell us no, complains if her brother gets something and she does not, loves her babies, and sleeps & eats like a champ!  Recently, she has started sitting on her potty.  Apparently she just likes the attention and the applause she gets from doing this – again, who is this like?  Seriously?!  Cause I don’t think it is Mr Selfish at all……

Brooke starts gymnastics next week as well and I am really excited to take her to the first class.  I am sure it will not be as exciting nor as fun as I imagine, but still.  She loves to be in the water just like her brother.  When we went to Lake Austin this Memorial Weekend, she had no problem getting in the water at all.  Thank goodness!

We have come to that point.  The point where we realized that we really need to make our house, our “home”.  Jeff and I have a laundry list of things we want to do

Crown Molding

Hardwood Floors in all rooms except baths and bedrooms

New bathroom light fixtures

Silestone/Granite in bathrooms 

the list is longer, but you get the picture….  lookey there, we actually have something to mark off this here lil 101 list – #49: Crown Molding!  We (meaning Jeff) found a guy who came and installed trim in all areas but the guest baths, back hall, and the kids & guest rooms.  It really made the house looked finished.  We are very pleased!  Jeff also was great enough to install new light fixtures in all our bathrooms.  We got something a bit more “upscale” than those glass bulbs. 

Oddly, our next door neighbors had their bathrooms updated with granite (great minds…) and Jeff took the info from the workers.  Now we just need to commit and make the call!  Finally, we need to start shopping around for wood flooring.

Then it is just true decorating: back bedroom, master finishing touches, Connor and Brooke organization, pantry organization, some odds and ends to pull everything together.  I am looking forward to the updates and the final product.  I should since it will have taken over 3 years to achieve.

have finally paid off for me.  It took going through 3 years of  struggling, being told I wasn’t good enough, that I was never going to make it, that I was nothing but a dumb chick & then finally (mercifully) getting laid off to get to this point.  After many, many years of trying to find my way and my fit…..I was fortunate enough to take what could have been a difficult situation and turned it into a positive.  I made it to the organization that I had been trying to get into for years within the timeframe of my package. 

I took a position that I had no experience with and was and is so completely different from my skill sets.  Being a Buyer has been a great opportunity.  I have been enjoying it, but most important it paved the way to the position I had applied for 2 previous times – New Products Introduction Buyer Planner.  This role came open when I had been in the new org less than 8 months.  I REALLY wanted to apply, but was anxious to do so.  Lucky for me, I had both the hiring mgr and my own mgr ask me to apply!  My 2nd line mgr even told me that he was completely supportive of me taking on this new role. I interviewed and waited, waited, waited….then – job offer with the promotion!  WHOOP!

The grade change has taken effect and I now report to my new mgr; however, I am and will be working both the current gig and this new one until a backfill is hired and trained for my existing position.  Bring it!  I am beyond excited, grateful, and just ready to rock this new job.

Thank you new org for being supportive and building my confidence back up!

#21: Promotion/Job Change – strike this accomplishment off the list, baby!


101 in 1001 – Ongoing

Continue:
6. Workout 3x per week
7. Keep weight below 130lbs
8. Use Teeth Whitening Trays
10. Volunteer 1x per quarter (3/11)
11. Prepare 1 new recipe a month (15/33)
18. Professional Family Photo once per yr (2/3)
19. Date night every other month (12/18)
32. Keep my sites updated (Facebook, Wordpress, and personal)
33. Family Vacations once per yr (1/3)
34. Monthly Pedicures and Manicures
37. Donate Blood once per quarter (3/11)
38. Spring and Fall Cleanings (3/6)
39. Donate items from those cleanings to Goodwill (3/6)
40. Use all my gift cards
43. Use cloth bags for shopping every chance I get
44. Read one book every other month (31/20)
46. Decorate Home for the Holidays/Seasons
51. Clean out fridge twice a year (3/6)
52. Clean out pantry twice a year (3/6)
53. Take photos at important events
54. Learn and keep tabs on personal and home finances
55. Monthly work performance plan updates (5/33)
56. Update resume yearly or with every job change (2/3)
64. Say a one positive thing for every one negative
92. Give Jeff and kids kisses EVERY day
94. Adhere to my anti-aging cream ritual
99. Wear something OTHER than jeans once a week (144/143)


No Longer Interested:
2. Attend said Church 2x per month (2/66)
22. [PRIVATE]
47. Event Planner courses or readings
82. [PRIVATE]
83. Spend at least once a every OTHER week on boat during warm weather (May-Sept)

101 in 1001 – One Time Event

High Motivation:
12. Landscape Front Yard
13. Landscape Back Yard
16. Remove Spider Veins
17. Update Driver’s License restrictions
26. PGMP Certification
30. Green Belt Certification
31. Repair Acura Leather
35. Participate in an Adventure Race
36. Start kids' College Fund
41. Update my phone and address excel spreadsheet
45. Appraise and insure Rings and earrings
48. Clean out jewelry box
61. Travel outside the US
62. Update MP3 player songs
66. Buy a safe
68. Sift thru mementos to either keep, sale, or donate
71. Try Snowboarding
77. Write will
81. Own a Louis Vuitton Purse
86. Actually catch some air wakeboarding
87. Bunny Hop Switch on wakeboard
88. Give Microdermabrasion a try
90. Beat 5k PR - 28:15 Completed: 7/03/10 28:09
91. Beat 5 Miler PR - 47:13
95. Get back to VEGAS!
98. Come up w/new Morning Shift Plan


Low Motivation:
9. Start Side Business (House Flipping, Event Planner, Book, Vending, Duplex/Apt)
15. Take a Spanish Language Course
27. Resize and Wear Aggie Ring
28. Attend an Aggie Bonfire
29. Attend an Austin Midnight Yell Practice
65. Organize my body & mind by buying & using a treadmill
72. Be an extra in a movie or TV show
80. Wii & Wii Fit
84. Play in Poker tourney that doesn’t include friends nor family
85. Poker moratorium for 3 mths
96. Get someone else to start a list
101. Visit Holly’s place when baby comes

101 in 1001 – Completed

1. Register for a Church Completed: 6/06/08
3. Laser hair removal Completed: 2/24/10
4. Baby #2 Completed: 2/09/09
5. Run a 10k Completed: 4/26/08
14. Take a Creative Arts Class (writing, painting, photography) Completed: 2/12/10 at Painting with a Twist
20. Register Connor for a sport when he’s able Completed: 8/12/09
21. Promotion or Job Change to do so Completed: 5/14/10
23. Find and hire a housekeeper completed: 2/8/08
24. Potty & Bed train Connor
25. Wean Connor from pacifier complete 6/1/09
42. Buy and use a PDA Completed: 6/16/08
49. Crown Molding in dining, living, and master bedroom Completed: 4/2010
50. Built in shoe storage in master closet Completed: Dec 09 as Jeff built them for me!
57. Visit a historical site Completed: 9/5/08
58. Visit a museum Completed: 9/6/08
59. Visit a zoo completed:12/24/07
60. Ride a train Completed: 10/11/09 Riding Thomas the Train & 12/20/09 riding the North Pole Flyer
63. New MP3 headphones Complete: July 09
67. Obtain concealed handgun license completed: 1/27/08
69. New pots and pans completed: 2/28/08
70. Frame Family photo completed: 11/08
73. Pay off one of our vehicles Completed: January '09
74. See a Play Completed: Disney Live 12/19/08, Dora Live 7/22/09, Wicked 8/25/09
75. Vote in the next presidential and local elections completed 10/08
76. Become CPR and First Aid Certified Completed: 4/12/08
78. Ride the Zilker Zephyr Completed: 5/28/08
79. Go on a cruise Completed: 9/14 thru 9/19
89. Get a Facial Completed: 6/4/10
93. Have 2nd Baby’s room finished BEFORE she is born Completed: 2/3/09
97. Get a massage Completed: 6/4/10
100. Visit my brother’s new condo Completed: 3/22/08

Supplemental List

102. Watch 1 Netflix Movie a week (53/143)
103. a canopy tour Completed: 11/14/09 for Amanda's 30th
104. Join the Capital City A&M Club Completed: 4/13/08
105. Attend 2 A&M Club events a year (0/6)
106. Have Jeff hang curtains
107. New bedding for Master Bedroom completed: 1/11/09
108. Kitchen Organization System
109. Be a mentor to someone
110. Do a family year end blog every yr end (1/3)
111. APICS Classes
112. Migrate Connor to new room Completed: 8/21/08
113. Update Workout to a Guest room Completed: 1/14/09
114. Office Furniture: desks, chairs, bookcases Complete: 8/09
115. Visit a Chiropractor
116. Get Moles checked out Completed: 4/29/08
117. ITIL Certification
118. Attend a circus, rodeo, or fair Completed: 8/24/08 circus
119. Create photo books once a year for great-grandparents and grandparents (2/3)
120. Update and organize personal cookbook
121. Fall &/or Holiday Festivals (0/2)
122. Renaissance Faire

The Bucket List

Things I want to do before I die
1. Ride the tallest Roller Coaster, Kingda Ka, in Jackson, NJ at Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Visit Redwood National Park to view the oldest and tallest trees in the world
3. Camp Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to see the tallest geyser eruptions
4. Florida Everglades
5. Smithsonsian Museum in Washington, DC
6. Grand Canyon
7. Pyramids of Giza - Egypt
8. Paris, France and all it's relevant sites
9. Great Wall of China
10. Taj Mahal, India
11. Petra, Jordan
12. Greece & Italy and all their relevant sites
13. Chicchen Itza, Mexico Completed: 9/16/09
14. Statue of Liberty, Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, Niegra Falls, Empire State Bldg
15. Britain/England and all it's relevant sites

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