Katherine at Having Left the Altar tagged me so this is what you are supposed to do:

1.  Post these rules.
2.  Post a photo of yourself and then write 11 things about your life.
3.  Answer the questions for you set in the original post.
4.  Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you have tagged them.

(Pic at the beach 3 years ago this August, my grandma, Shelby, me and my mom)

1. I am 1/4 Italian. My grandma in that picture is FBI.

2. I overuse ellipses and am addicted to the Oxford comma.

3. Speaking of addictions, I am addicted to memes.

4. I am the only daughter. I have three younger brothers.

5. My all-time favorite movie is The Crow and has been since I saw it in the theater at 14. My all-time favorite band is Red Hot Chili Peppers since I was 12. When I find things I like, I stick with ’em!

6. This list is really difficult for me.

7. I watched Spongebob before I had kids.

8. My favorite sports are surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, hockey and Yankees baseball.

9. My kitchen table is the same one I had growing up.

10. My favorite month is October because it’s when my birthday is, my favorite holiday (Halloween), the state fair, the autism walk, football and so much more.

11. “11” or eleven is my lucky number. It is also the number of my all-time favorite hockey player, Mark Messier. It’s not coincidental.

Katherine’s list of 11 things for me to answer:

1. Favorite movie genre? Drama
2. Ideal date? Anything without kids…seriously. But I enjoy dinner out and a walk around.
3. Favorite painting? Edvard Munch’s The Scream
4. If you had/have a garden, what would you plant? Currently we are growing peas, tomatoes and cucumbers.
5. Mountain person or beach person? Beach person, which is why I live so close to one.
6. Favorite type of restaurant? Really good Mexican or Chinese.  Or the Cheesecake Factory 🙂
7. Do you play video games and if so, what is your favorite? Well, I do play occasionally and I love the original Super Mario Brother’s Series
8. You won the lottery. What’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings? Pay off my debt
9. Ideal vacation? Surfing in Hawaii…or being on any beach
10. Beverage of choice? If by beverage we mean “alcohol” currently White Russians (The Dude abides) but non-alcoholic, sweet tea
11. Favorite childhood toy? I had a Fisher  Price AM/FM “boom box” with a microphone that was pretty cool.

My 11 Questions:

1. What is the best gift your husband could give you for your birthday or anniversary/mothers day etc?

2. If you suddenly could not speak English, what language would you choose to speak?

3. Do you prefer real books or e-readers?

4. If you could live in any one time period, what would you choose?

5. What is your favorite fruit?

6. Do you snore?

7. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

8. What is your radio set to?

9. Do you know all the words to any tv theme song, if so, what is it?

10. How do you exercise? If you don’t, what exercise would you like to try?

11. What app on your iPhone, Android, or iPad (or related device) could you not live without?

I’m gonna tag Ambrose, Sonya, and Munchesmom.


Seven More Memes

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First off a sentimental one that I think we can all love:

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Next the true definition of a good writer (of which, I am not because I fail at this daily lol):

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The truth about motherhood (not to mention keeping up with NFP):

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By Friday of this week, this is exactly how I feel (and by “this week” I mean every week):

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This is what Shelby does every day of her life. She is totally my inspiration:

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Another Mommy-truth:

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And finally, I am sure an entire level of hell is like this:

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Small Successes


Joining Sherry at Chocolate for Your Brain to share small and mighty successes!

1. We got Shelby to skate on Sunday! And while it started out rough, she loved it!

2. I survived Shelby’s IEP with all three kids in tow minus the husband. And we got everything added in that we wanted plus the school threw in more! Yeah!

3. I got Shelby to an “interview” for summer camp. A local autism group offers half day summer camp for kids with autism and they interview candidates to best fit their needs! Yeah!

4. I’ve got my boys on a fairly consistent cleaning schedule in regards to picking up their toys.

5. I wrote a blog post on Shelby’s experience at A.skate and sent it to the organization.

A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

Joining Judy for more gratitude. 

1. For the wonderful people behind A.skate. Shelby had an amazing time at their clinic! You can see her skating in this clip.

2. For our awesome IEP team that came up with some great goals and ideas for Shelby.

3. For how unexpectedly helpful my boys have become.

4. For a very sweet friend who surprised me with a gift today!

5. For the money that keeps appearing in my pocketbook…it’s not a lot but it’s always a pleasant surprise.

Lovin’ My Husband

Joining Judy to share some love for our husbands this morning.

1. Lovin’ my husband because he went to lunch with Shelby yesterday. He took the day off because I was supposed to have jury duty (I got excused at the end of the week last week) and took advantage of the rare chance. He brought Joey along and they had fun.

2. Lovin’ my husband because he totally jumped in the pit with me on Sunday at the Skate Barn to get Shelby on that skateboard. And she loved it.

3. Lovin’ my husband because makes awesome bruschetta.

Ten on Tuesday

Questions from Chelsea

1. Would you rather give up pedicures or flat/curling irons?
I’ve never had a pedicure so I’d give it up in a second. I also have super sensitive feet and super frizzy hair, so yeah, bye-bye pedicure.

2. Does your middle name have a family meaning?
Sort of?! It’s Michel which is the French form of Michael which is my dad’s name.

3. Do you like to sneeze?
Not really. Never thought about it.

4. Do you think kids should need to learn cursive?
Yes, because servers do go down and it’s faster than printing.

5. When you go to the beach for the day, what do you take?
towel, sunblock, hat, chair, sunglasses, water, camera

6. Which decade had the best music?
Wow, um the early 90’s followed by the 80’s.

7. Are you a good hand-shaker?
I guess.

8. Do you have a go-to meal for when you are at a restaurant and you can’t decide?
Almost all Italian restaurants have Eggplant Parm

Almost all Chinese have sweet and sour chicken

Almost all Mexican have a choice of three and I choose chicken on enchiladas, tamales and tostadas

9. Do you have slippers?
Yes but I don’ t know where they are

10. Are you easily grossed out?
I’m not fond of bodily fluids, but I can deal with them. But stitches/staples in skin really gross me out and so does anything with teeth. Our current adventure of baby teeth to permanent teeth is not as fun as one would think.

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Seven Quick Memes

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I never, ever expected that being a Catholic parent in the 21st century would mean I would be explaining the Resurrection like this.

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Thanks to the Crescat for this one which never fails to make me smile.

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This sign says it all.

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This was me on Wednesday:

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Nothing more to say about that

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And this is my pet peeve of all pet peeves online (in Google Chrome) and in the world of word processors

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And last but not least…ever done something that sounded like such a good idea at the time and then in execution, well, um…

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