All posts by Nichole

Eleven

Today my tiny baby boy turned 11 years old, and we celebrated at a trampoline park with several of his friends. They were all worn out by the end of the evening, as was I, even though I jumped nary a jump.

Happy birthday, Petey. You’re my favorite boy in the whole wide world.

It’s Election Day and I want to eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for dinner

Today is Midterm Election Day in America, and it’s kind of a big deal. We talked about that yesterday, though, and I am trying not to spin the wheels of anxiety thinking about that. I’m also trying to be more mindful about eating my feelings, so instead of diving into a big pile of Halloween candy let’s talk about our menu for the week.

Monday: Crab cakes

Everyone else was elsewhere for dinner last night, so I bought myself some crab cakes from Publix and had a nice and tasty little dinner all alone. It was not unpleasant.

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Bacon Apple BBQ Chicken
It almost takes longer to type the name of the recipe than it does to prepare it. Not really, though, because I have to peel and chop five apples and I am slow at that.

Wednesday: Poppyseed Chicken
Wednesday is Pete’s birthday, and this is what he wanted for dinner. I haven’t made it in a long time because it’s chock-full of sour cream and I don’t eat dairy anymore. I have not decided if I’m going to pop some Lactaid and go for it or not.

Thursday: Undetermined
The kids have play practice and we’ll have guests visiting, so we may go out.

Friday: Frozen pizzas
Fancy Friday, as always.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

Midterms matter

I was going to write something today about the midterm elections and why I think you should vote, and then in a Facebook post my little brother said pretty much exactly what I wanted to say.

Alright, y’all. Tomorrow is Election Day in America. Make your plan to go get it done.

Because there are a finite number of times in your life when your opinion really means anything.

Because it’s the only way you get to continue to be proud of living in a country that serves as a beacon for the democratic form of government.

Because it’s how you earn the right to complain when the government isn’t doing what you think it should do.

Because you will never regret going to the polls.

Because you get a great sticker.

Because it will make you feel part of something bigger.

Because I promise you that you will feel a great sense of accomplishment – and I’m not sure there is anything easier in the world that gives you a great sense of accomplishment.

Because most of you have the ability to use Google to find their sample ballot and then do ten minutes of research into the things that are on it. And if you can’t? Call me. I’ll help you.

Because you are a Patriot.

Go vote.

I also wanted to say this: I know the outcome of this election — even if it goes the way I want it to go — won’t make everything perfect. But it could make it better, and better is always good. Even if we just do a little bit better every day, that’s good. A lot of small, positive movements can add up to big, positive change.