Ten things that distract me

Squirrel Day

January 21st is National Squirrel Appreciation Day.

I know. I can’t believe, either! In honor of squirrels, today’s Tuesday Ten is all about distractions!

10. Squirrels distract me. Yes, they really do. My yard is full of trees and therefore also full of squirrels. They are really fun to watch! I also like to talk to squirrels. Yes, I do. You’ll see an example of me talking to Little Squirrel in the video below:

Watch video here.

9. Ice cream. Late at night, everyone else is in bed except for me. I’m sitting on the couch, reading a good book, and then I think about having a bowl of ice cream. I won’t be able to concentrate on my book until I get up and get that delicious, creamy bowlful! Vanilla is my favorite.

8. My garden. My back yard is covered with snow right now, and it’s very distracting. I stare out the kitchen window, daydreaming about the flower garden I want to plant this spring. This fall, we had our old willow tree cut down, and we have a large bare space to fill. I promised Lily and Emmy we would plant a butterfly garden in that bare space. I think we also need a bench and a birdbath. Don’t you?

7. Big trucks. When I hear a large truck rumbling outside my window, I wonder if it’s the delivery man with a package for me! Usually it is not.

6. Snow. When snow starts falling, I run to the window just like a classroom full of 20 second graders.

5. Twitter. Sometimes I get sucked in. Sometimes I don’t.

4. TV. Right now I’m hooked on watching Breaking In with Christian Slater on Crackle. I mean, c’mon. Christian Slater. Very distracting.

3. Facebook. I don’t know why I check it every 5 minutes. You people are not that interesting.

2. Email. Same thing…why every 5 minutes? It’s an illness I have.

1. A good book. Once I get caught up in a good book, I’m useless. Right now I’m reading The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. It’s about the beginnings of the police department in New York City, and it’s so interesting! I’m going to publish this post and go read!

What distracts you?

 Tuesday Ten is hosted by Lisa from The Golden Spoons and Rabia from The Liebers. Visit their blogs for more Tuesday Ten!

Tuesday Ten



10 Things I Love About Winter

snow cave

Snow. I just love snow. I love the way snowflakes drift down from the sky, covering everything softly, muting the traffic sounds and smothering the ugly brown grass. Snow is just one of the things I love about winter, and so I’m joining in to today’s Tuesday Ten with Lisa and Rabia, two of my co-authors of The Mother of All Meltdowns.

Ten things about winter

10. I love to put on my favorite sweater. I’m not someone who gets cold easily; I always have warm hands. But I love wearing my favorite sweaters in the winter, when it’s cold enough for me to wear sweater all day long. (My husband and I are probably the only couple in the world who don’t fight over the thermostat.)

9. Hot coffee in the mornings is lovely. I drink coffee year round, but it’s so nice on a chilly morning to hold that hot mug in my hands and warm my cold cheeks with its smooth sides. More recently, I’ve been drinking Lisa’s hot Russian Tea, and I swear the Vitamin C in the Tang helped me thwart a cold that my six year old daughter tried to give me.

8. Snow is beautiful. Even people who hate snow admit that snow is pretty.

Snowy Street

7. Taking my daughters sledding is so much fun! There’s nothing like that rush of adrenaline as you’re sledding down a steep hill with other kids sledding down without paying attention to other sledders! Once we’re at the bottom of the hill, I thank God no one got hurt, and then we drag the sled back up to the top to do it all over again.

6. Snow Days are awesome. I know, we regret them at the end of the school year when we’re making them up, but getting that phone call saying, “No school tomorrow due to the weather” is like a little piece of heaven.

5. My birthday is in the winter. Enough said.

4. Christmas and New Year’s Eve, also in winter, also enough said.

3. Snuggling under a blanket and reading a good book feels oh-so-right in winter. It gets dark so early that snuggling under a blanket and watching two movies in a row does not make me feel guilty at all. I also seem to get more blogging done in the winter.

2. Having the freedom to NOT shave my legs in the winter is wonderful

1. I love it when my husband builds a fire in the fireplace. It makes our family room so cozy.

girls by fireplace (2)

There are definitely things I don’t love about winter, but overall it’s one of my favorite seasons (along with Spring, Summer, and Autumn).

Tuesday Ten is hosted by Lisa from The Golden Spoons and Rabia from The Liebers. Visit their blogs for more Tuesday Ten!

Tuesday Ten
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