Saturday, March 25, 2017

Movin' on....hitting the road again

Hi! I'm back. Just limped home after having Bulldog for an exercise instructor. Remember the burpees? Well, Bulldog added a twist.....Jump....drop....push up.....4 mountain climbers....jump back up....repeat....repeat....repeat...repeat...repeat....

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Light breathing.....

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In and out through the nose.....
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Heavy breathing.....
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IN and out through the mouth.....
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Heavier breathing.....
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Perspiration impeding my vision......
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Light breathing......
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No breathing at all......
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Yep, when I saw Bulldog in front of class, I knew that I was figuratively going to die.....

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After crawling home and a hot shower, I have the ice bag on the knee and warm pack on the back. Image result for burpees ecard

What am I doing? Why am I doing it? AM I insane? Don't answer that one....

What else is knew?

Well, the big kid is on the wait list for a big law school in Wisconsin. Yes, I said Wisconsin.

What does this mean? After all, he has his choice but so far the number one is close to home.
Naturally, dad has the answer and he let me know this morning as I was dreaming about boarding a plane to go to Italy....he called and shared the semi good news with me.

Did I wake you? Image result for road trip to midwest gif

Uh, yeah......

Sorry....I got some interesting news about the school in Wisconsin. You and the big kid should fly to Chicago and drive to Wisconsin.

Even in my stuporous state, I knew that Milwaukee is no where near Italy. And so.....

Yep! Big Rig and her lil buddy hit the road again and go to the Midwest. Image result for road trip to midwest gifWe should have an on the road reality show starring Big Rig and her side kick as we look into law schools. I am not sure how many miles I have logged in during the last ten years, but I can safely say that it is tens of thousands.Image result for road trip to midwest gif

It's actually fun for me to see these places. Big leftie is a great travel partner when he is awake and as long as I drive. Image result for road trip to midwest gifHis driving is a bit....hum, how do I say......aggressive....yep, it is as if he grew up in New York city and drives on the Long island expressway. The only time I saw a fist fight over a parking space was in Long Island in Lord and Taylor parking lot. Image result for fighting over parking space gifThere must have been a huge sale for these two drivers to come to blows the way they did. It was a bit horrifying as I watched two grown men physically fight over a stupid parking space. Who says my life is boring?

OK, now it is time to finish laundry and pull my quiche out of the oven.Image result for burpees ecard

Yes, I said quiche....No, I did not make it, the Amish farmer and his family did and I bought it.Love their food. Tonight we are having Amish fried chicken, Amish potato salad, and Amish broccoli cauliflower salad. Yep, it is an Amish kind of day.Image result for amish  gif

Peace!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Movin on.....Jack of All Trades...Master of None

Good morning! It's an early one since dad woke the house up looking for his razor.....you see.....

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With adult children living at home, they are less inclined to follow established rules such as don't borrow anything without replacing it....close garage door....walk dogs before they mess the floor.....close cabinets after opening them....close the freezer after removing a Skinny Cow ice cream bar.....pick up after yourself....help others....keep a positive attitude and so on and so on and so on.....

Therefore, at 5 am, I decided to get out of bed and start my day since my sleep was disrupted by the missing razor.Image result for sloppy adults gif

What is going on? Well, I guess the adults around here...namely Tink and the big leftie no longer take ownership of property and people's possessions. They borrow or take...never replace....Image result for sloppy adults gif

Is it all bad? Naw.....it's bad when dad has to borrow my pink razor to shave. He was not pleased and encouraged me to spend the extra dollar and purchase better quality ones. All's well....
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What else is new?

Well, work has kicked up in a big way. As some readers know, I am the editor of the department's magazine. It is published once and year and generally an arduous project because I have to beg people to write articles, take photos, and make my project their priority...which it is not. Therefore, I am left creating the entire magazine almost alone.

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This year with the budget crunch, I was told by marketing that the magazine was on hold. After 8 months of preparation and lots of work in it, the project was moved to the shelf and labeled....."dust collector..."

Just as I was exhaling, 'cause frankly I did my work and if it is not published, so be it.....I bumped into the Provost.

"How is the magazine coming?"

BPM: "Didn't you hear? It's on the shelf."

Angrily, "No, it is not. Get it moving for publication. I will find the money...."

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Crud....double crud....triple crud.....

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And so....we are back on AND I have a deadline....Crud....double crud....triple crud....Image result for working gif

Since there is no money for professional photography, I am carrying my camera around campus and snapping photos of poorly dressed and unprepared community members who scowl at me. Last year, I was told that my photos were terrible....this year I got the job because I have taken lots of birthday and holiday photos with my Nikon. Yep, my job qualifications are being a mom and snapping pix of the kids with cake on their faces. Hey, you never know when life events qualify a person for the big time.....I should add "mom duties for 28 years" on my resume....Related image

Let's see, I am qualified based on past experience as a:

nurse (boo boos, headaches, stomach viruses and vomit are attended to with a kind word or gagging)
chauffeur (I have logged thousands of miles in car pools)

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cleaning professional (cleaning up dog poo and pee plus pulling out the vacuum, dusting, and making beds)
plumber (I unclog toilets like lightening)
landscaper (I plant the flowers and weed.....)
carpenter (got my screw driver to tighten knobs on cabinets)
artist ( I color in the lines)
sculptor (check out my Play dough figures)
counselor (BP mom's attention is yours when you need it as well as the sentence "What are you going to do about it?")
bartender (we know what happens at 5p)Image result for working mom gif


secretary (Controlling schedules....except the time when I put Tink on the bus when she did not have school....that was bad)

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financial adviser (no, you cannot buy a Corvette with $98. 24.....)
mathematician ( I can figure out a tip with my trusty calculator)
singer (itsy bitsy spider is my signature song...kind of like Sinatra's New York, New York)
waitress and cook (yep, my recipe for noodle surprise has won lots of local awards....NOT!)
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With that said, I am also qualified as a personal shopper and have to get my body to the grocery store to buy some razors. I would like more than 5 hours of sleep tonight....

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Peace!.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Movin on....March Sadness

Hi! The thermometer hit 45 today and it feels balmy. The snow is melting and the car is coated with crud. You know what crud is....it's the salt and dirt from the road making your car not only cruddy but grimy too.

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Anyway, not much going on....except....

Yep, this is my fault.....

I picked Villanova all the way as opposed to last year when I did not.
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AND....

They lost in the 2nd round thereby confirming my theory that it is all about me. If I had listened to the class and not selected them, they may have pulled it out. As it stands, my bracket is busted and I have to buy a cake for the class on Wednesday. Image result for march Madness gif

I vow that I will never participate in March Sadness gambling again....

Nor will I select a Fantasy Football team. My team last season came in last.

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Dead Last.

Carson Palmer was my quarterback. That says it all, right?Image result for fantasy footballs gif

Oh, I also had RG III. Again....what do I know? I called the team the "Avengers..." Yep, they avenged, all right.

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Sometimes I take BP Grandmom to Harrahs to play the penny slots. I take $20 and try to make it last 90 minutes. I walk away with 3 cents, she has over one hundred dollars burning a hole in her pocket that she won. I could learn from her. Maybe, I should let her pick my brackets next year.

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Maybe I stop gambling today...no more raffles....lottery tickets.....sports betting....penny slots....

Done!

The only way to have money is to earn it, so I will get back to work.

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peace!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Movin on....Luck or mojo?

howdy! I am sitting in the waiting room as BP Grandmom is in the scan room. They are checking to see if her cancer is still gone. Prayers, please! She is amazing as she never complains....ever....not even when she stubs her toe. She has earned the right to complain about chemo and surgery, but does not. She is our role model....
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And so, I sit and type BP Mom movin on, since I do not feel like grading papers or prepping for class. You see....the Internet is full of amazing lectures. Why should I lecture when I can get Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or the guy in the wheelchair (sorry, I can't remember his name, but the actor who played him in a movie won the academy award...you know who he is....)?


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Yep, so I found a great lecture online that I will present in class. The students can fall asleep or buy shoes online while someone else speaks and not me.

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In yesterday's post, I mentioned that I had Villanova going all the way in the tournament. While watching the first half, I realized that (once again) I may have jinxed them. Me picking them means the kiss of death. Hopefully, I break my streak of being such a loser this year. As I agonized during the game last night, I thought about my good pal, Big Girl.....

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BG is 6 feet tall and totally athletic. She can dunk a ball and was a college volleyball player. She coerced me into coaching elementary school volleyball as I knew nothing about the sport. Did I say 'nothing"? I meant less than 'nothing'....my knowledge of volleyball was there is a round white ball that one hits over the net. That's it. Nothing else.

Yet, BG was so persuasive that I finally agreed and went on to win a few tournaments and championships once I figured out how to set the girls up so that the ball goes over the net and not backwards. Yes, these were the fun years.....

Back to BG....she once told me that she entered the family room while her husband was watching the Philadelphia Eagles play football and sat in the lounge chair. Immediately, they fumbled the ball. He shouted at her "Get out of here. You are wrecking the game."
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She got up and left.


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I said to her:" I did not know that your bottom was so powerful."

She smirked.

"Look at the power that you hold just by sitting in the lounge chair. Harness your powerful butt for good and not evil and we will have peace on earth...all thanks to your bottom."

Sounds silly, right? Well, BG and her superstitious husband are no longer married. Gee, I wonder why?

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Yet, I have the same superstitions as does any other person. Do I think that my March Madness bracket will be the determining factor of who wins or loses?

Nope. Yet, there is a strange correlation of my picks and the teams that lose. Just sayin......coincidence? maybe not....


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As a tennis player, I never had a pre game strategy before playing. Perhaps I would have won more.

The Big Leftie had a few and gave BP Grandmom the tee shirt that he wore before his pitching wins. Is there good mojo there? Hmmmm....she wore it during her chemo treatments and as of this morning, she has been clear. It has been a few months so...maybe....just maybe.....But cancer is a formidable opponent. I pick BP Grandmom in this bracket. Image result for grandmother wins gif

OK, gotta go. This laptop is burning a hole in my thighs as it heats up.

Enjoy the day!
Peace!

PS: Steven Hawkings is the genius whose name escaped me.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Madness....movin' on

Good almost afternoon. Sorry about the missing post from yesterday but it was a work day, so I had to prioritize and choose work over the blog. I guess one would say that is a bit of leadership.....you know....making good decisions rather than poor ones....which leads me to leadership class yesterday.

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As many know, this is one of my specialties since my doctorate focused on leadership. For those who do not know me, I am sure that you are shocked that I have a doctorate. Sure, as a youngster, I used to think that a PhD meant a person was a brainiac. Well, let me dispel this rumor. Except for BD (who is a brainiac), I rarely tell folks that I have extra education......PhDs do not get respect. How so?

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I am standing at one of the Big leftie's high school baseball games. It was a chilly day with a bit of a breeze (not a breeze....there was a bone chilling wind.... It was COLD!). Anyway, the first baseman's  mother walked up to me.

"I hear you are a doctor....."

BPM: "I am not a medical doctor. I have a doctorate."Image result for mean lady gif

Mother: "Oh, I thought you were a real doctor...." as she walked away.....oh, chilly......Cold, man, cold.....

Yes, I think I disappointed her because I did not go to medical school. Yet, let me assure you that I had as much education as a MD and suffered through a multitude of insufferable professors and classes.....I don't complain. It is the reality of my life. And so, I do not tell people that I went to school longer than their children combined. I loathe the look that I am given....it's kind of a pity look.....Oh too bad....you could have been a medical doctor.

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My Wednesday leadership class is full of seniors for two hours. They think that it is a cake class, but let me assure you....it is.....

Anyway, we watched a webinar on incivility for the first hour with a decent discussion afterwards. I enjoyed it. Then I noticed that I had 20 minutes left in the class. I could not let them go early, since accrediting bodies frown on it. So I had a few minutes to spare. Not wanting to start a topic and not finishing it, I did the next best thing.....

I pulled out my bracket for March Madness and had the class choose my picks. Image result for leadership gif

Picture this.....I am such a loser when it comes to gambling that I don't bother. If I had put a blindfold over my eyes and threw a dart at the teams, I would stand a better chance than if I thought about it.

And so, the discussion started with.....

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Now, motivation theorists would have a great deal to say about my strategy,  but the students were cool with it. After all, one student commented..."hey, this is about cake..." Take that, smarty pants theorists....Maslow and Herzberg! Bring in cake and they will jump through basketball hoops.

Back to the picks.....

Round one.....
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Villanova...naturally. I am a homer....

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UNC...why? One girl likes the blue uniforms....

Gonzaga....No...hate the name....

Marquette....Love the name....

One student in the back was so bored that she almost fell asleep. No cake for her.

Kansas....they are good....

Michigan....like the uniforms.....

Iowa....Iowa? huh?

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With our final pick, I promised them cake even if we lose. What does this mean for this group? After all, they grew up in the generation where they were awarded participation trophies just for showing up (which they continue to remind me that it was my generation that started the trend). Image result for leadership gif

I suppose the answer is that I am rewarding them for the help in choosing my teams, staying focused on our task (except for the girl in the  back) and cake is the universal thank you and NOT a participation trophy.Image result for picking march madness brackets gif

On to work.

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Peace!