December 2013 lessons…

Ah December – this month is always a time for regenerating. I don’t know about you, but after the holiday craziness, I always get real quiet and stay cozied up at home.

This month I have learned a lot and I thought I would share. Hope you find some nuggets of wisdom in my truths.

1. Sometimes I just need to chillax and watch some Jimberlake.

If you aren’t familiar with Jimberlake it is the combination of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. I was so thankful they were on Saturday Night Live this month. Here is one of my favorite skits from Jimmy Fallon’s show.

2. Zone in

I am a professional, top of the line, best ever zoner outer. I can zone out anywhere, anytime. It is something I developed in my sports days. I guess it isn’t truly zoning out because I just have extreme focus on one thing – like TV or writing or reading, but I can’t hear or sense anything else going on around me. While that is good, many times I zone out to the extent that I catch myself just going through the motions. You know how you drive somewhere and all the sudden you catch yourself and you think; whoa I don’t even remember the last stoplight or you pass your exit – sometimes I feel like I do that through life. There is so much going on day-to-day that sometimes I just don’t have the energy to focus on everything or everyone that comes my way, so I just go through the motions. I need to choose to zone in and really focus on all the things that come my way whether I have the energy or not. It will pay off in the long run.

3. Having the same shirt in multiple colors is never a mistake.

Okay, you heard me right I said never – so don’t hold me to this one. But you know how you go shopping and you get a shirt and you LOVE it and you think to yourself, man I wish I had got another one of these? Well I am here to tell you I finally did that and it was SO WORTH IT! I got the sweatshirt below in peach and gray and I have already worn both multiple times. Next time splurge for both or all three; it is totally worth it.

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4. I am an obsessive reader.

This is just a weird tid bit if you needed any more random knowledge about me, but I can’t be alone on this one. So for example, I read the Hunger Games Trilogy in 3 days. I know I am late to the Hunger Games party, but I read a book a day. Then I had to go on Netflix and watch the movie and maybe just maybe I can get to theaters to see Catching Fire. I did the same thing with Fifty Shades of Grey – I read all the books in just days. I read every Harry Potter within days of them coming out and the kids and I read every Percy Jackson book back to back as quickly as we could. Same with the Spiderwick Chronicles. Maybe there is something wrong with me or maybe I just love books, when I find one I can’t put down and it is a series I just zip through them like Mario Andretti on the race track.

5. I am so grateful for modern technology and fantastic ER staff

One of my little guys had a horrible case of croup over the holidays. Poor little guy was wheezing something awful and nothing we were doing was making him any better so my husband said, “he needs to go tot he ER.” So I took him to the ER. They rushed us right in and got him several doses of EPI and some steroids. We spent just about six hours there, but they were amazing. They even got us into a room where there was a door and they shut of all the lights so each of us could get some sleep while they watched him after the last dose of EPI.

Plus the nurses and doctor were fantastic. The doctor made everything seem like it was no big deal. She had the best voice and was so calm. Of course my little guy was a trooper, never cried or got upset. He really disliked the nebulizer but her listened to the nurse letting him know he had to use it because he needed the medicine.

Just such a blessing that we can so easily get the medical attention we need to help our children or ourselves.

5. Duck Dynasty Bobble-Heads are a MUST have

Okay so I know Phil Robertson has created controversy lately, but I am not even going to touch on that. I just have to say I love these little bobble heads! They make me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY! Seriously, listening to Jase and Si spout wisdom while I work is FANTASTIC.

“If you don’t know what you are doing you better do it quickly.” – Jase Robertson

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6. Living out loud has its setbacks.

So if you have read my blog you know I am doing my best to “live out loud” which is really just being my authentic self out in the real world. 99% of that is great. I feel better about myself, I have more fun, and I worry less…most of the time. Occasionally when I am talking to someone and since my filter is set on wide open, things will pop out of my mouth that can be taken as hurtful. Twice at our team meeting I said something to someone that could have been taken the wrong way. I apologized right away and even again with a phone call later, but that is the hardest part for me, having the filter set to wide open and then sometimes the things I say just come out wrong. My therapist says if I apologize right away and correct my mistake then all is good, but I am still having a hard time with that part. I know it is okay to be imperfect, but I absolutely detest with a passion hurting someone’s feelings.

7. Quick internet shopping can lead to cheetah print shoes.

Yup, I asked for Cheetah print Nike shoes for Christmas.

So my dad asked me for ideas for our family for Christmas and I knew something for everyone else, but I had a hard time thinking of something for me. I quickly thought – running shoes, I could use a new pair. So I looked online at the running shoes from Nike and saw a cute black and pink pair. Sent the link over to my dad who responded “are you sure you want that color?” And I thought, um yeah what’s wrong with black and pink. But I just replied with yes, please. Any way, I opened them on Christmas to reveal these little beauties.

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So from the side they look black and pink, but in light they have a reflective cheetah print. Maybe they’ll make me faster…I’ll keep you posted.

My husband recently told me about a quote he heard – “I am winning and learning”. So here’s to winning and learning my friends –


4 thoughts on “December 2013 lessons…

  1. awesome post and the shoes are fabulous! great choice. they will make you happy …. and faster … 2014 is going to be a great year for you …. wide open!

  2. Croup, epi pens I want to hear more. What set him off ? We have a specialist at Stanford for all the times Mass has croup. I too asked for those shoes from Santa.

    1. He literally went to bed with a bit of raspy breathing and in two hours was wheezing horribly. You could see his whole body pulling for breath. I can’t imagine how you deal with that on a regular basis. Poor Moss it’s awful.

      The doctor had him take two doses of EPI through a nebulizer and administered a steroid by mouth. They watched him four two and a half hours and he still had slight strain breathing so they gave him some more EPI through the nebulizer and monitored him for three hours and then let us go home.

      He is still hoarse but way, way better. What does the specialist at Stanford do?

      I love that we have the same shoes!

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