Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Little sentiment, huge meaning...

Out of nowhere this afternoon, I received this photo from Thor:


That meant that at some point, he saw those little sweets, and they made him think about his love for me, and that made him take the steps to set up the photo, take the pic, and send it to me.  He took time out of his busy/stressful work day to do all of that. There's something really lovely about knowing that I was the person most forefront in his brain just then, amidst his difficult day.  The thing is, we're together for 5.5 years now, and we still show each other how valued we are.... and that's SO important in all relationships. So people, remember to show your love, it makes a world of difference! 

I love you too, Thor. 
Jules :O*

This photo is copyright to Thor. You may not use it. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Northern Lights...

Last night, just before bed, talking on the phone with Thor, I didn't know if I'd locked my garage door. It was really cold, and I dreaded going out to check, but it had to be done. So I throw on my big winter coat and boots and open up the back door and I look up to see a magnificent display of Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights). OMG. It was superb!! So I quickly went inside to get my camera (which is something I never do at night and am not very capable at) to take photos. Thor says "just set it to the biggest ISO and set it on something to steady it," so I did and these are the photos I got. They aren't the best, the camera wanted to focus on the houses, but it's enough to mark the event. It was just BRILLIANT. Ribbons of green and pink freely dancing across the sky toward me until it slipped away. It only lasted about 5 or 6 minutes. I'm sure I sounded silly on the phone, squealing and repeating "OMG, it's SOOO beautiful!!" over and over again, but Thor reciprocated my enthusiasm from his end. It would have been really nice to witness that in person together.



Wow, just wow.
Jules 8OD

Photos are copyright to me. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

It's worth it...

Raising a child is hard work. But it's not always hard.

Every day you doubt your ability as a parent. But every day you see something that makes you feel like you're doing a great job.

Every day you experience frustration that tests your limits. But every day, you get to bask in the pleasure of experiencing unconditional love.

Each day you worry. Each day you are filled with pride because they proved they could handle it.

One moment you are ready to walk away and give yourself a time out. The next moment, you are jumping for joy inside at something they've accomplished.

Parenting is the most roller-coastery, spin-you-around, knock you on your feet and pick you back up job you will ever have. It's a lifetime career.

And at the end of the day when your child is laying in bed, peaceful, sleeping and you check in on him/her before you go to sleep, you'll realize that...

It's sooooooo worth it.

Jules :Oilovemyboy)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Each and every morning goes something like this...

7:15 - "Thanan, wake up, wake uppp Buddy." (I do this by gently nudging him, sweetly talking in his ear, kissing him on the cheek, maybe I throw in a playful little tickle)

7:20 - 7:30 - Repeats of 7:15.. with little to no response.

7:35 to 7:40 - Thanan pokes his head out of his room and declares: "I've told you before Mom, I don't get up before 7:30. Don't even bother to wake me up before that!" To which I reply:  "Do not speak to me that way, son. And honestly, if you can't speak nicely, don't even speak at all, seriously, just don't even talk."

7:41 - "Mom, can I please have some paper to write on?"  (I direct him to a notepad on the fridge).

7:45 - This note appears on his bedroom door (yes it took him 4 minutes to do this):

It says: DO NOT W-Ake up util 7:30 AM. 

8:05 - We leave for school at 8:30am. None of his morning routine is done yet. In my head I'm beginning to go a little bit ballistic as I read the note on the door. So I say: "I wake you up early because it takes you 20 minutes to pull yourself out of bed in the morning, and an hour to do your 4 morning routine things. If I woke you up at 7:30, it would be 7:50 or 8am before you even get out of bed and we'd be late for school. Prove to me that you can get up within 1 or 2 minutes and do your routine quickly and I'll start waking you up later."

For the rest of the morning, every remark was snarky that came out of his mouth, every single task to get ready was long drawn out. It literally took 13 minutes for him to pee and brush his teeth. 13 minutes to do something that should take 3, max.

8:15 - Thanan enters the bathroom and squeals in disgust: "OMG Mom! What's that SMELL!?!?! UGH!!!"

To which I matter of factly reply: "I pooped."

He says: "That's so gross, I can't handle the smell! How can I even begin to brush my teeth in there!?! Uhhhhh!!"

I say: "Look, it's not my problem that you were so incredibly slow and didn't get your morning routine done before I had to poop. Figure out a way to get your routine done. I don't freak out when you drop a bomb in there and I have to go in after you, and honestly, it barely smells in there. Turn the fan on and deal with it."

One would think that would be enough incentive. I'm gona bet it won't be though. I'm going to make it my mission in life to poop every morning just prior to when he needs to go in there and use the bathroom before school now. If he hates it that much, it ought to be all the push he needs to get up and ready quickly, because shit happens, every morning.

By the way, my beloved son, you forgot the "n" in "until". If you're going to tell me off, at least spell correctly.

A morning in the life of Jules. *sigh*

:O\

Monday, January 11, 2016

So funny... and SO true!

This is probably the funniest thing I've seen on Facebook in a long long time. I very literally could not stop laughing at it. And yes, I did share it on my own timeline, it was just. that. good.  Credit goes to Mike Cook, I don't own this, it's his. I'm just sharing and giving credit where it's due.  Anyway, have a read. It's soooo friggen funny, and now, my male readers, you shall know.


Jules :Obahahaha)

Friday, January 08, 2016

Some tidbits I've learned...

I haven't posted anything in a while. Well, that's obvious. I've been really busy with my new project (not so new anymore), and it seems to be taking up all my time, what with having to do all of the components of it... there's the website, facebook page, twitter, and blog. It's theISMproject.org. Go ahead and check them all out if you have time!

Here are some things I've learned in the last little while:

  1. There are always going to be enough hugs to go around, and it's ok to hug someone you aren't even all that close with, especially if they just suddenly come toward you with outreached arms expecting a big ol' huggy hug. Just go ahead, give in, after your initial thoughts about how weird it is.
  2. A compliment can either be taken as a compliment, or as you making a pass at someone unintentionally. Be weary of how and when and to whom the compliment is given. 
  3. It is SO important to check in with your nipples from time to time and make sure they are both pointed the same direction. Especially if you are going to be doing a tv commercial. Men are lucky that this isn't applicable to them.
  4.  If you want to find something out, normally all you have to do is ask. 
  5. If you want something done, normally all you have to do is either do it yourself, or ask someone else to help. They're usually willing. 
  6. Coconut oil (in liquid form) works wonders as both a makeup remover and a skin moisturizer... it's natural an smells good, and despite what you think, it hasn't clogged up my pores, so it probably won't clog yours either.
  7. I heard it before, and I recently heard it again (on a doctor show) that men who gain weight, lose penis length. Men who lose weight gain penis length. I did look into this fascinating subject. Turns out that the penis stays the same size, but the "fat pouch" around it all eats it up and makes it appear smaller as you gain weight. So men, if you really want to seem impressive, lose 10 or 20 pounds and then walk around with your willy hanging out. Err.. well, maybe not. That'll just get you arrested. 
  8. Sometimes all you need to do is sing a song and it will dramatically change the situation. Try randomly singing to change things, see if it works. 
  9. I am having a desperately difficult time finding a new pair of glasses frames. Such a difficult time, in fact that I've made it my new year's resolution do accomplish this. At least I know my frame size now. That helps. 
  10. Being kind to your neighbors really does matter. Aside from the nice sense of community, you get other benefits like free food over the holiday season. 
  11. When your autistic foster guy is given an animated singing Christmas chipmunk and decides that it's his favorite thing on the planet, you must just resign to the fact that its inane jingle will permanently be lodged in your brain for the rest of your life. There's nothing you can do about this. Go with it. I'll be singing Christmas jingles in July this year. 

So I guess that's good for now.

Jules :O)