Thursday Thoughts Link-Up


So, I am linking up with Jen at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for the very first time. I have been following her blog for a few months as I was starting my own, and it is a lot of fun to read, both for her box reviews and for everyday feel-good fun. She is also a Target bargain genius. So, here goes, my first Thursday Thoughts.

Speaking of big changes, I am also in a huge transition, having all but decided that I will try my hand at being a stay-at-home mom for a couple years. After getting laid off, the job market has been terrible for writers and I miss my boy. I am waiting to find out about one possible job the first week in December. If that does not pan out, then we are taking D out of school (we’ve kept him in thus far because they have an 18 month waiting list), and my life is going to totally change. I never thought of myself as a stay-at-home mom, but I am excited and, ok, kinda scared because I think it is way harder than going to the office. What the heck am I going to DO to entertain him all day? I’d better get crafty. But seriously, I got this.

I had dinner and drinks with my BFF last night to celebrate her birthday and promotion. I got her a Birchbox subscription for her birthday and she was also excited to get a gift bag of leftover subscription box schwag that I gave her just because. She is just one of the greatest people in the world, and we always have such a good time and awesome conversations. Wish we could spend more time together.

So, after I wrote about D’s first traumatic headwound on Mommy Mondays this week, he got ANOTHER one at school on Tuesday. Cut his lip up pretty good falling over a big tractor on the playground. Holy crap! I can’t take this. He looks like he was in a fight:

danny head

Mama, quit interrupting my terrorizing to take pictures!

And as soon as he came home with his second cut, he was at it again trying to climb up on top of a big box of diapers; I caught him just as he was about to fall, and he LAUGHED.  Seriously, how did I end up with a future X-Games competitor as a child? I blame his dad.

So when I started this blog, it was over at Blogger, which is where I used to have a writing blog a long time ago. I had been away from blogging for awhile, and what I found out is that Google kind of ruined Blogger. So I migrated to WordPress this week and am having fun learning it. So much better.

It is super snowy and icy here today, so Mike is working from home. I am finishing some freelance work and some schoolwork, then going to do some chores. What I want to do is snuggle up with a coffee and watch a movie, but duty calls. At least I have some candles going and, while my husband is on constant conference calls, it is nice to have company while we both work away.

I think I have some good boxes coming today, so look for reviews later!

Happy Thursday!  And thanks, Jen, this was fun!

Oh, The Insanity

I took this photo when Mike and I were at a football game a couple weeks ago. I was peeing while I took it; I’m classy like that. It was written on the inside of the stall door at about peeing-level. It made me laugh so hard, because, honestly, this is a pretty permanent solution to a temporary problem, amirite?  It did make me look right away though, and yes, there was some TP. Phew.

Now on to more important things, most notably, how I am a slacker and have not reviewed anything yet.

I am not sure how things can seem so out-of-hand busy when I am not working AND the boy is still in school most of the time. Job hunting has been taking its toll on me, and I am still waiting to hear on one offer. (Cross your fingers.  Right now!)

I WILL start reviewing boxes here soon.  I lied on the boxes I said I was going to review last week, but I swear, I will start with November boxes and review with gusto. I’ll be looking at PopSugar, ipsy, Citrus Lane, Bespoke (maybe, if it looks like something good), and Bike Loot (my husband is going to get that one as a surprise, but not until after I open it and dissect it for review purposes). I will also purportedly be getting the PopSugar Neiman Marcus Box in November.  swoon.

The PopSugar Holiday Luxury Box goes on sale today, too, so I will have that to look forward to in December, as well as the start of Sparaj, which I am SUPER stoked about.  That box looks right up my alley.

So, yes, I guess I that this means I am more focused on the Soap Box portion of this blog until November, because, honestly, my ipsy and PopSugar boxes for October are already old news. (but I still love them!)  But until November reviews, you can just count on more babbling from me as I try to sort out what the hell I am doing with my life.

Happy Halloween to everyone tomorrow.  Mike and I dressed as the Blues Brothers and D was a policeman. We did it a couple weeks ago for Trunk or Treat at D’s school, but will probably dress up again tomorrow night for a trick-or-treating gathering at my best friend’s house. Having a kid makes these holidays so much more fun! Even when they refuse to wear their tiny police hats. 🙂

Stay warm everyone, and always make sure there is TP.

Tomorrow, a review of the Favorite Things Party I hosted at my house last weekend.  30 tipsy women bearing gifts.  It’s a must-see.

Gearing up

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It looks like the PopSugar Neiman Marcus Must Have Box is upping the ante quite a bit. I’m not sure how much it will cost, but I am hearing about spoilers already that include a Neiman chevron printed throw (pictured above, retail $195).  I’m guessing $250 for the box right now, and I am thinking I will have to pony up.  We shall see. If anything, it might take care of a bunch of holiday gifts, although that throw might be too cozy to give up. It must be mine. Oh yes, it must. My box-o-gifts might just be short a chevron throw this year.  Sorry Santa, I was good otherwise.

So, this week, I have a third interview scheduled for tomorrow morning for an awesome job that I would love to have. I was supposed to have ANOTHER third interview for another seemingly awesome job this week, too, although they haven’t called to schedule it yet.  What did I do wrong between the last interview and now? They loved me when I walked out the door and said they would call me to schedule something, and I sent a thank-you, but now it is a waiting game. I am sure it is just normal corporate stuff, but seriously, the waiting makes me doubt myself.

My son is still in daycare while I’m unemployed because his school, that we all love SO much, has an 18-month waiting list. So we kept him in school, and are continuing to pay the exorbitant fees, in the hopes that I’ll find work before my severance runs out.  It will run out this week.  I have been keeping him home with me a couple days a week even though we are paying full time just because I want to take advantage of this time. But eventually, we are going to have some big decisions to make. He is a firecracker right now, and he wears me out while cracking me up with his hilarious toddler antics.  Stay at home moms are pretty phenomenal, you know?  I mean, being a working mom is hard in a different way, I guess, but seriously, when you are home with the kids all day, there is no break.  That boy owns me. And to be totally honest, while I am loving this extra time with him, I do miss working. I love what I do, and I love what D gets from his amazing school.  I am pretty crafty, as I hope to demonstrate with this blog over time, but seriously, they do such amazing things at his school, and he loves his pals. They have all been there since they were three months old together, and now they are actual friends.  They are starting to say each other’s names, and it is the most adorable thing ever. Being a working mom is definitely where it’s at for me, and his awesome school makes that easier.

My review of the PopSugar October Must Have Box will come tomorrow. Check out the box! I am kind of playing with how I want to do it. I know there are other sites that review these boxes, and I want to put a twist on mine.  More to come!!