Thumbs up: Grad party gauntlet. Oh yeah, baby. Went to a slew of parties this month and all that passed my lips were three cucumber slices and a bottle of water. I’m calling this a resounding “thumbs up” despite being fully aware that a “normal” person could have gone and enjoyed a morsel or two or three. But I’m learning what works for me and, for now, this worked like a charm. Just a few more parties to go and I am feeling confident!
Thumbs down: Rain. Rain. Go away. Don’t come back; it’s biking day.
Thumbs down: Cardio. Things have been unusually busy around here lately and it’s cutting into my cardio time. But I’m still getting some done, just not as much. And thumbs down that my husband, aka cardio partner, hurt his calf and was side-lined for a while, leaving me to find the motivation to work out by my lonesome. But thumbs up that I did pretty well getting going on my own. Now if only he’d recover enough so that we can work out along to the season finale of The Biggest Loser. Don’t you dare tell me who won!
Thumbs down. The end of the TV season. I will miss you, Grey’s Anatomy. And The Good Wife. And so many more. And don’t get me started on the end of the Oprah era. Thumbs up that summer shows are starting soon. Hello, Kyra Sedgwick:)
Thumbs up: Baking. Dozens and dozens of treats baked and frozen. I can count on one hand the tastes I had. So… for those who want details, here is my baking confession. I ate two Cake Joys (thanks to Cammy) on my birthday. Had to see if they tasted better than they looked. They did. And since it was my birthday I splurged and ate two. And I ate one gingersnap that was a new recipe and did indulge in “cleaning” the beater. So, not 100% on this goal but pretty darn good if I say so myself.
Thumbs up: Graduation. I interrupt this post for a moment of maternal bragging. My teen gave a speech at senior class day and, in my totally biased opinion, he was great. He and we have gotten tons of lovely compliments. And he won an award for being one of the top students in his class! It’s intended for the top 10 but because of how the GPA math worked, there were 17 this year. Yep, I was feeling pretty darn proud. But his best thumbs up might be from winning a 32″ flat screen TV at the after-graduation party! Teens put things in perspective; graduation is over but the TV lives on. Thumbs down that now we pretty much have to drive, rather than fly, when we take him cross-country to college in August.
Thumbs up: Other son. Home from college for two weeks. He brought a friend with him for the first week and she was very sweet. Thumbs up she is one of my son’s housemates for the fall and she loves vegetables. I’m hoping she’ll rub off on him. Thumbs down that my son has to make the 18 hour drive back to campus alone next week but he’s an old hand at it by now.
Thumbs down: Kansas City BBQ. Had it twice in the past weeks. Once when we took my son’s friend, so she could have the local dining experience. Once when we went for dinner at the home of friends. There is just no healthy BBQ option. But I can report that I didn’t have any of the bread or fries or onion rings or dessert that so often come with the meal. Thumbs up for that, at least. Thumbs down for the very heavy, rumbling in my tummy after my last BBQ meal. Clearly my body is telling me something. Thumbs down that our house-guest this weekend always wants BBQ when he comes to town.
Thumbs down: Busy. Hectic. Stressed. Lots going on to get ready for my son’s grad party this weekend and our house-guests. I’ll probably have little time to spend in the blog world over the weekend. Thumbs up that the end is in sight.
Thumbs in my ears: We’ll be babysitting our three young nephews next week for a few days. The noise level will be high! The activity level too. Must plan some quiet time.
Thumbs on the road: Family reunion. My in-laws. Could be lots of fun; maybe not. Fortunately it’s only two days and the next state over, sort of. Not sure how many will be there. I know the food will be abundant. Thumbs up that I am going with a sense of control over my social eating. Now that is progress!
Thumbs up: The check really is in the mail. We got two biggies this month: for the hail damaged roof and for the jet ski we sold. The latter, of course, is already spent on our new kitchen appliances. Thumbs up that they look pretty spiffy. Thumbs down for the huge learning curve that comes with four fancy new appliances the week before a big party.
Thumbs up: Teen un-privacy. For Mother’s Day my uber-private teen, unbeknownst to me, unprivatized his facebook page so that I can actually see it all now. I’ve been
threatening encouraging him for months, saying that there would be no care packages sent to college unless I could see his page. Mean mom. Thumbs down that I now have to be very careful not to mention anything I see on there. But I can live with that:)
Thumbs down: Tornadoes. Major damage in so many places. Fortunately, not here, despite having the closest one touch down yet since I moved to Kansas over two decades ago. The sirens went off while I was at the gym and we just kept on working out as we waited for things to pass, with one ear glued to the radio updates. Meanwhile my husband and sons were waiting things out in the basement at home.
Thumbs up: For May. Yes, it flew by just as fast as I expected. It was filled with excitement. And stress. But all in all a great month in so many ways. The thumbs may not reflect it, but trust me, I had a very good month. So, here’s to June.