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He Said, She Said: Playing With Kids

{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}

Setting the Scene: Zoey is at an age where she likes to play with us with actual interaction instead of us just sitting next to her while she plays. She has a serious love affair going on with Maia’s Littlest Pet Shop toys and wants us to spend hours playing with them, complete with animal voices and acting skills. Matt will spend those hours playing with her until I start to see the panic in his eyes that he may never escape. The following conversation took place one night last week after he spent 2 hours playing pet shop with Zoey.


He Said: How come you don’t have to spend hours playing with tiny, strange looking, plastic animals?


She Said: Uh. What do you think I do all day while you’re at work?


He Said: Oh.


She Said: Yeah. So by the time you get home, it’s totally your turn.


He Said: Sigh


She Said: You know, you could always play my version of hide and seek with her. It worked with the big kids when they were little.


He Said: Hide and seek is even worse than pet shop.


She Said: Why?


He Said: Because I have to actually get up and find her.


She Said: Silly man. That’s not how special hide and seek works. 


He Said: What are you talking about?


She Said: First, she hides and you don’t seek.


He Said: At all?


She Said: Not for awhile. About 10 minutes and then just follow the giggles until you find her. Then you hide.


He Said: What’s so special about that?


She Said: Depends on where you hide. Last time I took my Kindle and hid in the car. Took her about 20 minutes to find me. 


He Said: Huh. So you got 20 minutes of peace and quiet and you were technically still playing with her. It’s brilliant.


She Said: Yes. Yes I am.


He Said: And so modest. 


The End.


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Shows I Will Always Watch in Re-Runs

I love TV. I admit it freely. Sometimes I just like to veg out on the couch and watch a show that doesn’t require me to pay close attention. For me, that means reruns. I have a whole bunch that I look for when I just need a mental break. Some are newer shows, some are from years ago, and some bring me back to a simpler time in my life. Either way, they all represent comfort like a warm, fuzzy, blanket for me. 


10 Shows I Watch In Rerun


1. Everybody Loves Raymond- this is my holy grail of comfort TV shows. It makes me laugh every time- no matter how many times I’ve seen a particular episode I will still laugh. It’s my pick-me-up show when I’m having a rough day.


2. Roseanne- another one of my favorite shows from long ago. I love every season except for the final one which was horrible. The early seasons are my favorite. 


3. Supernatural- um, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in one show? Yes please. I’ll take two. Again, the early seasons are my favorite. This show is a no-brainer for me. I will watch every episode in repeat no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I just love it.    


4. The Middle- even though this one isn’t an older show it’s still a favorite. I relate to Frankie- poor, tired, stressed out Frankie. I relate, sister. Plus Ty reminds me of Axl and Matt is a total Mike. It’s like watching my life minus the bad home decor.    


5. Criminal Minds- once upon a time I wanted to be a criminal profiler so this show speaks to me. I love it. I can watch every episode in repeat and love them all over again.    


6. Reba- oh Reba, how I love this show. It makes me laugh. I was so sad when it went off the air.    


7. Charmed- I watched every episode of this show the first time around and now I’ve seen them all in repeat as well. I wish I had some of those magical powers- there are a few people I’d like to body slam with my mind. 


8. Mad About You- probably one of my most favorite shows ever from years ago. Helen Hunt and Paul Raiser were just the best in this show. I formed a lot of my ideas of marriage from this show- just ask Matt. Ha!


9. King of Queens- no matter how many times I see an episode it never gets old. It’s just funny. And Matt says I have a lot of Carrie in me. I’m not sure that is intended as a compliment but I’m going to go ahead and take it as one. 


10. Big Bang Theory- Matt and I have watched this show from the beginning and it never gets old. It’s just perfection- and one of the few shows we completely agree on. 


Do you have any shows you love to watch in reruns no matter how many times you’ve seen them?


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The Problem With Chronic Insomnia

I’ve never been shy about sharing my struggles on this here blog. I’m human and therefore I have struggles just like everyone else in the world. Keeping them a secret just feels fake and unrealistic. Sharing your crazy with the world clearly seems like a better idea. I mean, duh. And finding some humor even in the sucky moments is essential to not cracking up. If you take your crazy too seriously then one day you’ll wake up to find yourself wandering through the neighborhood in your bathrobe using a banana as a phone. Not that it’s happened to me….yet. There’s always tomorrow. 


7 Consequences of Chronic Insomnia


1. You look horrible after a few days with minimal sleep. People who don’t know you ask if you’re sick. Or, even worse, when you’re at the store people will noticeably move away from you as though you have a contagious disease. 


2. You are a cranky bitch. Seriously. Just ask your spouse, your kids, your friends, your neighbors, the dog, the mail lady, the UPS guy, the customer service rep from the cable company, the garbage man, the solicitor who tried to sell you a new roof, the pest control guy who called to cancel an appointment, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses who had the misfortune of knocking on your door. 


3. Your diet mainly consists of coffee. And the amount of coffee you consume on a daily basis could quite possibly power a small plane. But without the caffeine you will die. Literally just curl up in a ball and die.


4. Your head is so fuzzy that after a few nights you find yourself opening a box of (insert some completely useless As Seen On TV item here) that you purchased during an insomnia-induced shopping spree at 4am from QVC. Seriously, it’s disturbing how practical some of those items seem after a week of little to no sleep. 


5. Your house looks like a scene straight out of Hoarders. And you just don’t care. The energy it would require to clean up the mess, or even to yell at your kids to clean up the mess, just isn’t worth expending when you’re working on 30 minutes of sleep. 


6. You find yourself wandering aimlessly around the house in a haze of confusion because you lack the brain power to remember from one second to the next what the hell you were supposed to be doing. Bonus points if this happens to you while out in public. I was all the way inside a Lowe’s store a few weeks ago before I realized I had absolutely no idea why I was there or what I was supposed to be buying. I still haven’t remembered. 


7. You make decisions that are better left to a clear head. For example- cutting 9 inches off your hair and dying it black might seem like a great idea to a fuzzy sleep deprived brain but when that haze clears out and the reflection in your mirror resembles Harry Potter you realize just how bad of an idea it really was. 


Insomnia is bad, y’all. So so bad. 



Currently I Am

thinking about a post I wrote but haven’t published yet. It’s about extended family. I’m not sure it’s vague enough to not cause hurt feelings within the family. So I’ll wait until I’m sure.


reading a book called Shaken by Kariss Lynch. It’s a Christian Romance Fiction and it packed a punch. The story revolves around a woman who is in Haiti as a missionary when the earthquake brought the city down around her. I shed tears while reading this book and I almost never get that invested in a story. 


listening to the rain pounding on the deck and thankful it’s not snow.


planning our summer beach vacation. We’re hoping to spend a whole week this year and I cannot wait!


working on our taxes. I hate doing the taxes. I love the big refund but I hate the work involved.


eating a new Loaded Potato Griller from Taco Bell. It’s so good. So so so good. I’m hooked.


watching Troy Dunn reunite a family of brothers and sisters on his new show APB with Troy Dunn. I need more tissues because this is so sad. 


thinking about my sister-in-law who had a miscarriage recently and ended up with a hysterectomy after some complications arose during the D&C. My heart just breaks for her. 


accepting that my house will not be truly spotless until all the kids leave home. But I’d rather have it messy and full of life than empty and clean. 


enjoying my second cup of Green Mountain Island Coconut coffee this morning. So delicious. 


thankful that so far we have managed to avoid any severe illnesses this winter. I should probably knock on wood right now. 


anticipating the start of the 2014 NASCAR season. 17 days until the Daytona 500. Not that I’m counting down or anything…


finishing my second load of laundry for the day. Only 3 more to go…


hoping you all remember to enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Target Gift Card on my Target Cartwheel post.


My head is a jumble of half coherent and somewhat chaotic thoughts today so typing them out into a few sentences helps me to organize and process through it. Clearly all that therapy finally paid off. About time. 



Easy & Delicious Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

We are a family of chili lovers but a person can only eat regular chili so many times in a month before it gets a little monotonous. So I went on a hunt for some different chili recipes to try. I found a Chicken Taco Chili recipe but it wasn’t quite right so I tweaked it a few times until I got it perfect for our family. This recipe is super easy- it’s a dump and go crockpot recipe using frozen chicken breasts. I don’t even defrost them first- just toss the still frozen chicken breasts into the crockpot with the other ingredients and your prep work is done! 






Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili



1 can (16oz) black beans

1 can (16oz) kidney beans

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

1 pkg (10oz) frozen corn kernals

1 can Hunts Fire Roasted diced tomatoes with garlic

1 pkt taco seasoning

2 T cumin

2 T chili powder

3-4 frozen chicken breasts



1. Combine beans, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning in crockpot.

2. Place chicken on top.

3. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.

4. Half an hour before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot.

5. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.


I’ve added this recipe to our regular dinner rotation- that’s how much we love it! The crunch from the tortilla strips (I found them in the salad toppings section) really makes the dish and the sour cream adds the perfect amount of creaminess. I love tossing this together in the crockpot early on a Sunday and smelling it cook all day long. Yum!


Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
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  1. 1 can (16oz) black beans
  2. 1 can (16oz) kidney beans
  3. 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
  4. 1 pkg (10oz) frozen corn kernals
  5. 1 cans diced tomatoes with garlic
  6. 1 pkt taco seasoning
  7. 1 T cumin
  8. 1 T chili powder
  9. 3-4 frozen chicken breasts
  1. Combine beans, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning in crockpot.
  2. Place chicken on top.
  3. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.
  4. Half an hour before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot.
  5. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.
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