In a Nutshell

It’s 2012.
And for that, I’m revved for all this New Year has to offer.

2011 was bittersweet: parts were overwhelmingly rough, yet I married the man of my dreams (which, in reality, tipped the scale to favor “sweet” – regardless of how craptastic the rest of the year was).

Super Step-dad, Romeo rocks. You’d hardly believe that he hated kids just two short years ago! {snort} In all seriousness, you’d never guess that this man had zero interest in living with/dating (let alone marrying) someone with children. Parenthood was NOT part of his plan. But, it’s ridiculous how amazing of a “parent” he is. He loves them, and EVERYONE sees it. He teaches them, and they appreciate it. He also surprises me with things like…playing Barbies with Mouse. Dude…Heart. Melt. I love that Man. On a side note: today marks 5 months of marital bliss for us. {smile}

Chunky Monkey: Yeah, that’s me. White chocolate at that. I cannot recall the last time my skin was this pale. ugh. skeery. While happy as a pig in poo, I’ve also become a beer chugging, bubble sipping, excessive movie-watching, snuggling my husband, recluse. I barely see the sun. I rarely see my friends. Sure, I go to work, but it’s right back home afterward. {sigh} I love it, but my body is suffering the consequences. Romeo and I are on a plan of more activity once again. Walks, runs, family bike rides, camping, socializing and a healthier, more BALANCED diet.

Munkees Bizness: How in God’s green earth do our children grow so fast? I had to buy my eldest a bra this winter. Ack. And her panties? Not the little girlie ones anymore ~ though Victoria’s Secret is a *long* way off (in our home anyway). Justice has a wonderful selection in this arena: The perfect segue into the undergarment world… Boo is still a crazy boy: Busy with Cub Scouts, baseball, Legos and the Wii. typical. Mouse started horseback riding lessons this past week. We are hoping this curbs her desire to OWN one. I asked her instructor to focus on hoof cleaning, body brushing and shit shoveling. {wink} What I love most about her teacher? There’s no hand-holding… “Why aren’t you moving? Give her a kick, let’s go!”

Christmas Toys: A tangerine Mixer and programmable Crock Pot were my two favorite gifts this Holiday Season. Oh, and the half case of bubbles, but I digress. Santa was good to me. Many more meals at home are in our future, along with an increase in my baking proclivities.

Pinterest: Where do I even start? Perhaps a support group. I’ve always had a “Black Book” that I’ve kept over the years that holds magazine clippings, recipes, photos of things I like, love or want to create or own. Now, it’s all in one place: online. I’m addicted. I’m obsessed. So much cool stuff in one spot. LOVE!

That’s it for now. Happy New Year! Wishing you all the Best, the Brightest and a Donkey-Free existence. {wink} xo



Being a single parent is a task in itself, but when compounded with the fact that I have ZERO family in my city, it’s downright rough (more emotionally than anything else) sometimes. The majority of my family lives 2.5 hours away! 😥 When I was married and a stay-at-home mom, I could travel anytime I wanted; Now that I’m a single mommy, it’s economically stressful to constantly be on the go with the kids. I miss my brothers, parents, aunt, cousins and all respective children terribly. Being a family-oriented individual, I always envisioned all of our munkees, the next generation, growing up together as we did. This several times a year Mumbo Jumbo is heartbreaking. Truly.


As Thanksgiving approaches, I am naturally reflecting more on this. I am hosting Dinner this year and I am ever so excited! However, my older brother and his family have been estranged from the rest of my immediate family (not me) for YEARS and thus will not be here. Another heartbreak. I swear, I truly am an anomaly on many fronts and it especially rings true in regard to MY family. I love them all, but sheeesh…there comes a time when the pride, stubborness and grudge holding need to be checked at the door. Permanently. Life is too short and precious for all this BS! I digress…

Plain and simple: I wish I lived back on the other coast. I LOVE the area I live now and have met some wonderful people whom have become dear friends…but my family is too far away and it saddens me. I want to be able to stop by and see my niece and nephew and let the cousins play together on a moment’s notice and not a month’s planning. Calling my little brother up to join us for dinner on a weeknight is a dream. Dropping the munkees off with the Rents, so that I could enjoy an evening of cohorts & libations and not have it require a 4 hour drive: that would be ever so swell. Alas, I am stuck because Dr. D is here, and more time in court is far too big a headache.

I will, however, enjoy the family that WILL be HERE this weekend! My little brother, the Rents & my Aunt & Uncle from Jersey! Yay! So this post DOES end in a SMILE! 😀