I’m baaaaaaaack. And I’m already in need of another break. 😀 It’s weird how sometimes a break absolutely recharges you, while other times you need a vacation from your vacation. My blogging mojo was fine going into my holiday but somewhere along the way … perhaps over Colorado … I seem to have lost it a bit. Ruh-oh.
Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere or quitting. I just need a few moments (or blog posts) to regain my enthusiasm. Because people, my mind is filled with lots of ideas and thoughts that I want to share with you.
A Few December Highlights
A few notable moments from last month.
Bitterly Cold to Thunderstorms
It was the coldest or second coldest day in Minnesota when I arrived. I froze my tuckus off and fondly remembered complaining about the 60 degree temperatures in LA. Since I love my family and desperately wanted to eat the dressing my Mom promised to make me, I put on my winter coat and braved the frigid temps. Of course, because MN is weird, it warmed up to the point where we had a thunderstorm on Christmas. Yes, a real thunderstorm with lots of rain, wind, lightning and thunder. This only happens in Minnesota.
I’m going back this Spring to attend my nephew’s high school graduation and expect it to snow. Because Minnesota.
This was the picture from my bedroom. Minnesota is weather weird but pretty.
My parents bought me a pair of boot last year when they went on clearance. For the past 10 years I’ve tramped around in the snow in my tennis shoes and froze my feet. Now I got some spiffy boots to wear! Thanks Mom and Dad!
I Cheated on Max
Yup. And I feel real bad about it too.
Not really. I need cat hugs. They are my Prozac.
Douche Dad (Not Mine) Rant
There was a douche dad on my flight. His wife was sitting in a row with their two young sons and a baby on her lap. He was in the aisle seat across for them. Baby started screaming and she couldn’t get him to stop. Douche Dad would look over occasionally and then go back to his game on his smartphone. The lady in front of her was trying to be helpful, which made the Mom start crying. I wanted to throw his phone and scream at him. So rant time: Moms — please teach your son(s) that regardless of whether or not he is the breadwinner, he has to engage with his family and help out. It is not 1950 and men help out in the home. If he doesn’t want to handle crying kids, then don’t become a parent. And if his damn wife is bawling, he should put his f*cking game down and help out. And equally as important for Moms to teach your daughters that if her husband ignores her literal cries for help, then that’s why God created divorce lawyers.
MaxE is Santa Kitty Klaus!
Such a happy, happy face.
Retaliation will be swift. And involve puke and my favorite pair of flip-flops.
May you be the year where I leap out of bed every day with energy and excitement to conquer dreams, both simple and long-cherished. Or at the very least — may you not suck. See, I’m totally capable of compromise. 2017: Be awesome or don’t suck.
I’m linking up with Kristin’s What’s New with You Link-Up. Be sure to checkout what everyone else is doing.
What were your December highlights?
Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says
Oh my gosh – I want to SLAP dads like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The phone thing thoroughly ticks me off. Rick doesn’t have one and I hope he never wants one. You’ve got to think of a new term for dads like that. “Douche dad” is too kind. 🙂
Me too, Laurie. Me too! It took a lot of restraint for both me and lady sitting next to me. In fact, I noticed there were lots of people mumbling about the “dad of the year”. Douche Dad is too nice of a name for him.
kathy @ more coffee, less talky says
don’t even get me started on electronics and idiots who are constantly attached to them… and yes I’m referring to adults AND kids. i HATE it so much! the kids, well, the parents don’t put rules around it so i don’t really blame them but I do blame the adults.
that poor lady; but also – she hasn’t said anything to him either and to be honest, if she’s let it go that far to let him treat her like that, then obviously she hasn’t said anything to him about it at all. he should definitely know better than to behave that way but at the same time, she shouldn’t be letting it slide all the time. put a kibosh on that shit!
I felt like it was sort of a Duggar situation where she wasn’t permitted to have thoughts for herself or ask for help, which is sad. I agree that it is so important for us to teach our daughters to not be a doormat and speak up because it was terrible to witness.
Rebecca Jo says
Retaliation will involve puke… I busted out laughing at that.
GIRL – how have you made it so long without snow boots?!?!??!
I always say I need a vacation from vacation. Those are hard work to prep for & recover from
It always does, Rebecca Jo. Sometimes he hides it so I will step in it too, which is very, very rude. He just laughs and runs away. 😀 Honestly, I don’t know how I made it for so long without boots, probably because I really only need them for one week. It’s nice though to have them now!
Mattie Dulka says
UGH…douche dad makes me angry. If you’re gonna be a dad (not just a father), your DNA isn’t the only contribution required, sir!
Also, Max is the best Santa. And at least flip flops are easily washable, right?!
Agreed! Being a dad is way more than just being a DNA contributor. Participate, people! Max does make a pretty terrific Santa, even if it does involve puke later! LOL!
holy crap, i can’t believe that dad. what an ass!
Max is the prettiest.
i am with you on 2017. be awesome or don’t suck. to be perfectly honest, 5 days in it is leaning towards the sucky side, but i’m hoping things improve and this week is just a hump.
love your fancy snow boots!
He was. He really, really was. And I think about those 3 boys following his example. Ugh. Max is the prettiest! I always tell him that he’s so handsome! Honestly, 2017 hasn’t really wowed me either but I’m still hopeful!! Hopefully, it will improved quickly and get awesome for the both of us!
What a turd of a “father.” That’s absolutely ridiculous!
I’m glad you had fun in Minnesota, even if the weather did throw you for a loop. Ohio tends to do the same thing. I was just glad there was some snow on the ground pre-Christmas this year!
Max is adorable in his Santa get-up! Hope your 2017 is off to a great start!
I really wanted to grab his phone and stomp on it. Minnesota is always so weather weird. The snow was nice to see, being Christmas and all, but the thunderstorm was just plain strange! Max did look rather cute in his Santa hat, even if he felt very differently! Hope your 2017 is off to a great start too!
Nancy @ NY Foodie Family says
My cats would never let me put a Santa hat on them! LOL! But yes about the retaliation! They are so bad! Ooh that dad on the plane would make me so mad. I feel bad for his wife. I always think of Minnesota as being really cold. Congrats on finally getting some boots! 10 years in snow without any is impressive!
Cats don’t let any slight go by without a proper response! It’s one of the things I love about them. Oddly, both Emeril (my previous cat) and Max allow me to put clothes on them, even though they don’t like it. Douche Dad made me so angry too. I get all ragey just thinking about him. Minnesota can be absolutely frigid. It was sub-zero temperatures when I get there and rain when I left. Only in Minnesota!
Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... says
My December highlight was going to Chicago to see the musical Hamilton!
I love the sly, side glance your cat is giving you. Yep, he’s totally contemplating his revenge! LOL!
Be awesome or don’t suck – I LOVE IT! Happy New Year to you!
OMG! OMG! You got to see Hamilton??? I am dying to see that play. It’s coming to LA but tickets will be tough to get. How was it? Amazing, I bet!
Yeah, Max was absolutely contemplating his revenge on me. He also knows that I’ll yell but I’m all bark and no bite! 😀 Happy New Year to you too, Ericka!
I lost blogging motivation over the holiday also! It was nice to completely turn off, though!
It is nice to take a blogging break over the holiday. I know many keep up a full schedule over the holidays but I need the break. Hopefully your blogging mojo has found its way back to you!
Oh, that douche dad story. I’m sure that you were shooting lasers out of your eyes that told him exactly what you thought of him.
I really wanted to buy Christmas outfits for my fur babies, but never could find five appropriately sized ones. My dogs aren’t THAT huge, but XL is still too small on them. I’ve tried. Maybe I just need to make the cats play along.
Oh yeah. If looks could kill, the whole plane would have destroyed him. I never meet anyone so willfully obtuse, ya know? All of your fur babies in holiday clothes would be magnificent. It’s too bad you can’t find proper clothes for your dogs. I definitely think you should dress up your cats! I’m sure they will love it as much as Max does. LOL!
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
That guy sucks!
I often think the winter is the prettiest. Even frigid, mother nature makes me swoon.
Winter really is pretty, especially when I can admire from inside a nice, warm house! LOL! And yes, that guy sucked terribly!
Ugh, that dad sounds awful! Um hello guys, it is not the 1950’s!!! Don’t even get me started 🙁
Glad you had a good time in Minnesota 🙂
I wanted to slap him and stomp on his phone. ARGH!