Amanda

I'm a wife, a mother, a smart ass, an enigma, a nerd, an artist. A sci-fi fan, a live music lover. I take pictures and write random thoughts. I have been in love, I have despised. I am trusting to the point of stupidity, and stubborn beyond belief. I like to party, I like to chill, I am versatile, I am flexible. I like cartoons, I play video games, card games, board games. I avoid mind games. I'm feisty, lippy, sassy, quiet. I love my husband, my baby, my cats. I love my glasses, trains, art, music, dancing, drinking, eating, reading, drawing. I have a favorite pair of boots, I name my vehicles, I love commas. Trade size paperbacks, Jameson, and coffee. I like to climb, I like telling stories, just not all of them. I love my family though we see each other rarely. I often over think. I don't sleep when unhappy. I hate doing laundry. I love taking care of people but hate to have to rely on them. Chicago, Balintoy, Uptown, St. Paul, the Balcony, the Mill, Red Dragon, French Meadow, Caffeto, Bettys, Bread and Chocolate, Quangs, Bulldog, CC Club. West River Parkway, all of the lakes, downtown, uptown. Easy to confide in, tougher to confide. Red headed, bull headed, working on clear headed. I laugh...a lot...I want good things. I surprise people. I have another side. I want the best for everybody. I am understanding. I care a lot. I can be mean, I can hold a grudge, I cave when apologized too. I am always in flux. My accent changes, I call people by the name that fits them in my head. My friends are more important to me than they can even imagine. Motorcycles, campfires, blankets, blueberries. I need people. People that remember. People that have passion. There is a lot about me that I don't even know yet, but I love finding out. I walk, I bus, I skip on occasion. I love lap time, robe time, coffee and ice cream time. Time with my family, time with myself, time with the gang. Ping pong dance parties, walking in the snow, serenade baths, dinner parties. I've been through a great deal in the past. Now I find myself where I feel I am supposed to be. It's funny where the road map will lead you, bumps, detours, flat tires, scenic routes, truck stops, and explosions. I feel like everything that has happened in my life had to. I wouldn't change a thing. These are some of the things that come to mind when trying to describe myself, I imagine I am leaving a lot out.

Ah the joys of womanhood...

There is a danger in the internet.  The way a person can travel from blog to blog, just surfing, seeing what catches the eye....today I have taken a step away from the political blogs...a day of rest in celebration and thanks.  Unfortunately that pause has led me in another direction...food blogs... ...more

The things you do for love...

Sherman and I have been trying to get Ijah back on the bottle.  For some reason, be it teething, taste, comfort, ease, whatever, he has been FREAKING out every time we try to give him one.  So for the past few days we have been trying different things.  New bottle with a nipple that seems more like...well...a nipple.  Warming the formula up more.  Nipple shaped like his pacifier.  Different people feeding him.  Holding him in different ways.  Walking while feeding.  Different music.  Different scenery.  Me in the house.  Me blocks away.  Using ...more

My own personal Titanic...

I admit it.  I have a pretty bad case of the new mom overwhelmed.  Maybe it's not even a bad case, it could be a perfectly average case, but either way it is taking a toll on me.  I've been getting out during the day, trying to get out with just Sherman, trying to be a part of group activities with friends, but it's still hard.  I still feel different, a little isolated, a little confused. ...more

We just had kid number two and I feel so over whelmed it is not even funny. It took me by ...more

Third grade wisdom...

"Well do you want to be her friend?" "Yes...but I'm not sure if she really wants to be mine." "Why, don't you think Olivia likes you?" "Well, every time she asks to be my friend she wants me to do something for her." "I think if she was a true friend she wouldn't just want something from you every time." Read the rest at Not Quite Set ...more

Britax Decathalon or Alpha Omega Elite...

There are lots of pregnancy books, tons of parenting books, videos on childbirth, information on "sleeping techniques", advice, warnings, websites....you name it you can find information or advice on just about everything. I say just about because I'm not sure anything can prepare a parent for the first trip to Babies R Us.... Read more at Not Quite Set ...more

Love and potatoes...

On the way home today I caught about one minute of a show on potatoes...strange I know...They were talking about how in this particular culture a woman had to peel this particular type of potato to show the family of her future husband what a dedicated wife she would be. This was no average potato either. They described it as looking like a cluster of large grapes, tightly packed together in a potato type shape. Wow...thats one heck of a trial. Read the rest at Not Quite Set ...more

Britax Decathalon or Alpha Omega Elite....

There are lots of pregnancy books, tons of parenting books, videos on childbirth, information on "sleeping techniques", advice, warnings, websites....you name it you can find information or advice on just about everything. I say just about because I'm not sure anything can prepare a parent for the first trip to Babies R Us. ...more

Retro cool...

Certain things will automatically earn people a special place in my heart. Today it was the fact that the Dr. I went to see had a typewriter. ...more

When we were away a couple of weekends ago, some sales company or something tried to call us. ...more

Floods...and poor word usage...

After a week of worry I find that I can stop. I can stop and be great full that Comma is healthy (and was moving today). This relief has brought with it an unexpected wave of other crap though. A kind of tidal backwash. So now I find that not being completely wrapped up in Comma right this second that any annoyance that I tossed out at the time has just sloshed right back up. Read the rest at Not Quite Set ...more

Good news and Sushi...

"Looks like you have a very healthy baby in here..." No more perfect words have ever been spoken at this point in my life. The genetic counselor put things into great perspective, starting out with the "statistics" on false positives for this type of test. She seemed almost apologetic about it, but did a great job of explaining the could be's and the probably nots. My only disappointment was that she didn't catch the "tremendous good looks" that we had noted as genetic conditions our families carry. Ah well, she obviously wasn't THAT worried. ...more