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Back in the Saddle

Sugar cleanse: juice of one lemon in hot water. Also I chipped my new dottery mug. :( But it still works! @bethanyactually

You know what is good? Birthday cake. You know what is better? When you stop eating birthday cake every day and you realize you’ve been in a sugar coma for days and that was why you were spiraling downwards into a faux depression. Stupid sugar.


The other day I tried to take a Zumba class after eating a bowl of Cracklin’ Oatbran (also sugar) for breakfast and I felt like I was stuck in slow motion while the rest of the class jumped around like cheerleaders on meth. I was dragging so bad. Part of my problem is I’ve been sick for weeks and I’m just now coming out of the fog but still, it was pretty pathetic. I did a quick sugar cleanse of my own design (juice of one lemon in a cup of hot water) and stayed away from all sugar for two days and now I feel like my old self again. Phew!


I hate to admit it but money problems get me down. It’s my personal thorn I’m dealing with. I keep thinking, God, just take this away from me. Why I can’t I live from month to month without having to stress so hard about money? But then I think it’s probably better that this is what I worry about rather than my health or loneliness or maybe even something worse like the health or loneliness of someone I love deeply. I guess if I had to choose, I’d choose money problems.

Don’t worry. I’m fine. No need to start a fundraiser for me. I’m still poking away at what I do. Getting a real job in an office somewhere and putting Bug into an after school program is something I’ve thought about but I don’t think I want to go there yet. I love what I do. I don’t really want to work on motorcycle catalogues or real estate brochures. But it’s an option if things get worse. I’m not that desperate. Yet.

Little movies! This is so fun! Come find me on Vine!

And speaking of happy and fresh and new and not getting bogged down in the things that make you sad, have you guys checked out Vine yet? I have to admit this is one social media network that I got excited about right off the bat. Keep it simple, man. I don’t need another facebook. I need instagram on steroids! Woohoo!

I’m sure you’ve already read about this on everybody else’s blog but if you haven’t it’s just a way to post short little movies from your day. I love it. It still has a lot of bugs but if they work everything out like I think they will, this will be the funnest thing since Instagram. Come find me! (SecretAgentJo)

It's 57 degrees and she wants to go swimming. I gave in and let her swim in the jacuzzi.

What else is new? Bug went swimming in 52 degree weather. Is that news? Is your kid like my kid and they never want to wear a jacket? Is this some kind of trend or typical seven-year-old behavior? Are they never cold?


We also made lemonade and she wore a sundress. I think she’s missing summer.


Maybe I need a couch.

Okay, now I’m just throwing up pictures because I want to share them and I don’t really have a better way to tie them all together. I guess I just wanted to pop in and say hi! I’m fine. How are you?


  • beck

    Hi! I’m fine too!

    I’m sure you’ve heard of Dave Ramsey, but in case you hadn’t he has a method for living month to month (which we did when my husband was working in non-union construction) and it’s nice to have a plan that’s solid and proven to work. It tells you exactly what you do so there’s no thinking required (agonizing optional, of course.) Anyhow. If it’s useful, great, if not, great! Just wanted to share the info. Here’s the link to his irregular income budget. His website is kind of a lot of info. We took the financial peace university course. http://www.daveramsey.com/tools/budget-forms/

  • Susan:)

    My five yr old niece never wants to wear a jacket either. She says she never gets cold. She also tends to wear clothes that are the opposite of weather appropriate! Glad you’re feeling better. Sugar does that to me too, and financial problems get me down too. But I do what you do and remember that these problems are not so bad as some people have.

  • Ninotchka

    Anna Sofia never wants to wear a sweater or a coat. I just rescued 2 from the school’s Lost and Found because the teachers make them put them on for recess but my cheeky daughter obviously takes it off and tosses it aside on the playground. Ay! Ay! Ay!

    I’ll have to check out that Vine. I saw no less than 3 people post about it in rapid succession on Instagram last night and I was like “WHAT THE?” :)

  • Deborah

    That last photo (of Bug in the basket) caught my breath…I swore I saw a glimpse of the future teenage version of her in that photo. Holy cow they grow up too fast! Put her cat ears back on, quick!

  • bethany actually

    I think the not-wanting-a-jacket thing is just a personality thing. My brother, who lives in Nebraska, has always hated coats and almost never wears them. In the coldest part of winter he wears a jean jacket over his t-shirts and no gloves or hat. Some people have internal furnaces, I guess.

  • Jen Wilson

    Money problems suck (we’ve had our fair share, too), but I do agree with you. Better to worry about that than health or something, but at the same time, it doesn’t make the money problems any easier!

    A friend of mine growing up NEVER wore coats. Even in the dead of winter. He’d walk to school (only two blocks, but still) in a t-shirt, no matter the weather.

    I’ve been really loving your Vine posts! I’m trying to get better at it. It is quite fun.

  • Jen

    I hate worrying about money :( I hope you find peace with that.

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Vine, I should look into it. I tried a quick search for it on the iPad, but couldn’t find the app.

    Clothing and cold weather. Such a weird thing. Emily and Audrey are good at putting a jacket on without a second thought. Molly has to be reminded. If she could get away with it, she would wear flip flops and a summer dress all the time. We’ve had some pretty cold days and she doesn’t seem to notice it at all. I’m cold all the time, so I can’t relate at all.

  • Daisy

    My 10 year old daughter Lily claims to never be cold. She only wears a sweat shirt to school because I force her. Winter jacket? Not a chance.
    I mean sure we live in S Texas so there are not that many cold mornings but still.

  • Aspenroad

    Wonderful pictures. Nice to hear you are doing well. Money is always a problem…sigh. Will be ordering some books from you soon. Keep well, you and bug!