Saturday, October 16, 2010

Enjoy the Moment

Today was a day filled with soccer.  The sun was shining.  The wind was blowing.  Parents, grandparents, and siblings lined the fields.

Little Man was the first to play today.  It was mid-morning and the fields were still damp from last night's rain.  The sky was bright blue with just a few stray clouds.  Gusts of cold wind blew red, orange, and yellow leaves past me in a perfectly choreographed dance before falling gracefully to the ground to be discovered by curious child hands.

I sat curled up in my furry fleece, shades over my eyes, warm toddler on my lap, watching Little Man tear up and down the field in relentless pursuit of the black and white ball.  He scored effortlessly, high-fiving his coaches and jumping for joy with arms outstretched.

He's good.  I am proud.

One hour later, Big Girl played her game under a warmer autumn sun.  Despite the occasional moments of pure warmth, the strong, chilly wind gusts would not let us forget what was in store for us.  Old Man Winter grows impatient - we'll soon be feeling his wrath.  The slight scratchiness I felt in my throat as I sat watching Big Girl run with her teammates reminded me of past winters and the agony of flu, cold, gray days and cabin fever.  Knowing what is just around the corner, I treasure Fall's comfortable weather and vibrant colors that much more.

Sitting there today in my skimpy folding chair I began to dread the very thought of Winter's imminence.  I wondered how I could possibly make it through all those cold, dark days when....

....the scent of steaming, hot, pumpkin-spice flavored, caffeinated goodness wafted my way and I was back in the moment.

I love my hubby.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Five Question Friday

I'm participating in a blog hop over at My Little Life today. Stop by, link up and discover some great bloggers!

1. What do you listen to while driving?
Why, that's easy!  Lots and lots and lots of whining. :)

2. What is your least favorite thing about Fall?
When it's over and the dark, dreary days of Winter begin.  I really can't think of one thing about Fall that I don't like.  It's my favorite season.

3. What does your dream house look like, inside and out?
 I love Mediterranean style homes!  My dream home would look a lot like this:
The front:
My bedroom:
My kitchen:

My backyard:

4. Would you ever own a minivan?
I do own a minivan and I totally rock it like nobody's business.  Rust, chipped paint, fingerprinted windows and all!

5. Do you wash new clothes before wearing them?
I never did (well, except the obvious - swimsuits and undergarments) but I may reconsider after reading this:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Could Never Be A....

In response to Mama Kat's weekly Writer's Workshop prompt, Describe a job you absolutely would never want to do, I decided to compile a TOP 10 No-Way-Could-I-Ever-Do-These-Jobs list:

10.) Funeral Director
I have a hard enough time just attending an open-casket funeral.  And I have seen one too many horror movies to endure a job where you spend your day surrounded by dead people.  After a while, I might even imagine that they are talking to me.  No thanks.

9.) Dog Walker
One word: poop
I clean enough of that already as a mommy to 3 humans and 1 canine.  No thanks.

But if the dogs are potty trained, I might reconsider.

8.) Lifeguard
I won't sink like a brick in the water; I can swim enough to save my own life.  But, the rest of you are ON.YOUR.OWN.  No thanks.

7.) Theme Park Ride Operator
I enjoy the thrill of a good roller coaster too much to spend my work day watching other people have all the fun.  No thanks.

6.) Road Kill Scraper
Yes, there are people that do this for a living.  Our roadways would be a messy and dangerous place without these brave folks.  But,...ewwww, not for me.  No thanks.

5.) Bomb Disarmer
Waayyyy too much pressure.  I'm all for meeting goals and deadlines, but when it means getting blown to smithereens when the clock runs down to 00:00....No thanks.  I'd rather live another day to try again.

4.) Barista: a person who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks.
I would much rather drink it, than serve it.  If I did work as a barista, I would look more like this:

than this:
No thanks.

3.) Sommelier: a trained and knowledgeable wine professional who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as food and wine matching.
I would rather drink it, than recommend that others drink it.  If I did work as a sommelier, I would look more like this:
than this:
No thanks.

2.) Professional Clown
Please, is there anything scarier in this world?  Not a fan of clowns.  Never was, never will be, never want to be one.  No thanks.

1.) Mime
I consider myself to be a bit on the shy, quiet side, but a mime I could never be.  Also, mimes are almost as scary as clowns.  Almost.  No thanks.