Friday, Better than the 9th, 10th, or 11th

This week was LONNNG! I dunno what this week was doing with its life, but it needed to get its shit together ricky-tick-quick and it so did not. Maybe my weekend was too good.


Remember how I saw Marian on Friday and Saturday?


YES! Marian, Yay!
(And also, Batmobile!)

But you know what else? At the con, I got a new soap lady! Mmhm. I don’t know if y’all remember the tale of the Soap Cunt, cause that was 37 months ago, but I shan’t forget it. Alas, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the most serious, erudite, apothecary kinda soap goddess at the con and she shall make me soap henceforth. Soap is a big deal at our house. We are soap connoisseurs, okay, okay, soap snobs. Yes, all of us. I could write a series on soap, but I won’t, you’re welcome.


Monday began with technical difficulties, because who wouldn’t want that as a start to her week?
Tuesday night I went to bed hot and slept hot. I was all kicky restless and it took forever to fall asleep because I was so frickin hot. Not once, Not Once, did I ask myself if I’d turned the thermostat down to arctic sleep temps. Nope.


At work, I am in the midst of a project. Mentor gave me the project like, “Start this for me, it’ll lighten my load” — Oh, yeah, I work with Mentor again! I still need to tell you about that. One day. Gosh, I have so much to tell you, I’m way behind.

Anyway, I don’t know if Mentor gave me the project with forthright intent, like, “Oh I mustn’t tell Joey this is all hers, lest she have a total meltdown at the sheer overwhelm of it,” (my words, of course) or if she really intended for me simply to start it and now it’s become mine. I dunno. Her intent doesn’t matter, either way she’s a good mentor and it’s for my own good. I am doing the thing. I had previously only done sections of the things and doing sections of the things is pretty simple if you’re writery. I figured if I could do sections of the things in an afternoon, I could do a whole thing in a day, and then because practice, I could do the other seven in even less time.


Caffeine and I continue our love-hate relationship.
And now, a story:
I saw my K cups at work were growing fewer, and I sought to condense them into one box, because I have OCD and I like my shit tidy, okay? And when I went to combine them, I realized they were all decaf. Surely this could not be right! I went to the office manager.
Me: I need to know if I’m crazy.
Me: When you ordered the previous McK cups, did you order half regular?
OM: I don’t think so. I think they were all decaf.
Me: Have you noticed how much coffee I’ve been drinkin lately?
OM: Yeah, a little bit.
Me: That’s because it’s not ON. There’s plenty of regular in there, but I had it in my head that the top box was regular, and it. is. not.


Reminds me of the time I thought the tequila wasn’t workin. Achem.

IMG_6073Travel cup lies.

One day, I accidentally took Sassy’s crunchy granola bar instead of my chewy granola bar and lemme tell ya, that thing was CRUNCHEH!


And messy, Omalord. Crumbs everywhere. These are outdoor nola bars, okay?

Speaking of outdoors, look my ferns, tho:


They’re all huge and ferny. Prolly a dinosaur in there.

Moo went out to the movies with her friends this week, and she was not a victim of tuck and run. Any of y’all have a tuck and run concern? Moo is itty bitty and one of her friends is eensy-weensy and I would not let Moo go unless their tall friend went, too, because I am sizeist and ageist AND A GOOD MOM. Unfortunately, one of the girls lost her phone there and I had to take my yoga pants and freshly-washed hair into the theatre to be the responsible grown-up and all I really wanted in the whole wide world was to be on my sofa with a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, but no, I AM A GOOD MOM.

Any time I think about how I hate to be the mom who does the driving, I hate it more when I depend on other people to supervise my kids.

Me when my kids are home doing chores and chatting online:


Me when my kids want to have fun instead:


Today, cliff diving. Tell me it’s okay to worry, right? Ya let em go, and ya worry. Even The Mister worries. I don’t care how old or big they are, worry is forever.
Fortunately, Thursday came, with its doors and kittens and y’all, I went home and made spaghetti and meatballs and I sat on my sofa and it was the best.


Friday went fast all day, but I sure hope it goes slow all night!

Happy Friday Everyone!

About joey

Neurotic Bitch, Mother, Wife, Writer, Word Whore, Foodie and General Go-To-Girl
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55 Responses to Friday, Better than the 9th, 10th, or 11th

  1. marianallen says:

    What is tuck and run? Do I even want to know?

    Liked by 2 people

    • joey says:

      Moo is small enough that any grown man could swoop her up and carry her off and there’s not a damn thing she could do about it. 😦 Tuck and run. She’s a tuck and run concern. It inhibits her freedom and is particularly noticeable to her given her sister is and has always been much bigger for only 14 months older. 😦


      • marianallen says:

        :O I had never heard of that! I’m sure glad I didn’t know about it when Amazing was small! Of course, she was never out of my sight unless she was with family and/or friends. Because I have this anxiety disorder ANYWAY. Is she aware? Does she carry Mace?

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        • joey says:

          I’m not sure I’m fit to determine her level of awareness, and she cannot carry mace as she is a minor. This is why she must travel in a pack, preferably with at least one tall kid, even better, with a boy among them. 😦

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  2. Benson says:

    Soap snob? That’s a thing? You are such a good mommy. Foregoing pasta and meatballs to run to the rescue. Remind them of all those times when they want to put you guys in a home. Hope your weekend is good.

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    • joey says:

      Thank you! I tell you, I made that spaghetti with so much longing, lol!
      I’ve got way too many kids to end up in a home. *hopes* I’ve really spoiled the hell outta my older nephew, just in cases πŸ˜‰
      I hope you have a good weekend, too! We’re goin to the Caplinger’s tomorrow, gonna check out those oysters and snag some fishes πŸ™‚

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      • Benson says:

        Great. Haven’t been to Caplingers in a spell. Oysters sound great. I am going to Happy Brewing’s Grand Opening. Got to get some use of my need beer stein. So no oysters for me but some good Cream Ale.

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        • joey says:

          OOh! They really got you as a regular, didn’t they? We may try that next weekend, or maybe date night. Ever see minors in there?
          We got our oysters and some fish. Here in a bit Imma make us some Caprese salad. Then I think some strawberry shortcake. Mmm, tasty weekend is tasty! πŸ˜›


  3. Dan Antion says:

    I felt the same way about driving our kid and her friends. I hated having to get up to go pick them up or schlep them home but rather it was me than others.

    Sounds like a chaotic week. You sound like you handled it like a trooper (3 suggestions by phone for that word – none good).

    I hope the weekend goes by slow and good.

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  4. What a nice upbeat post. I may be a soap snob too. I only use Ivory… it floats.

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  5. The week is like me being a sea anemone and anchored somewhere, and the waves keep coming over and going back out.

    But tiny steps are being taken forward (our township inspector today, and they came for the fourth time from public works to finish the job on the tiny sinkhole that opened right at our curb right after the open house – it is now a neat, small patch, and they didn’t even dig the street up. Coincidence? I don’t know, but the sinkhole, the sign from the real estate agency, and our front door are on a line, and that line is very near where the water line comes into the house, and I was sure they had nicked it.

    The sign people are supposed to let the utilities (all of them) know, to come out and mark, and NONE of them came, so I’m pretty sure the sign people screwed it up. Except that maybe the water line is deep enough? Who knows – but it’s always something.

    Glad you survived your week. I’m shell-shocked continuously. Only about 7 more weeks of this… Maybe.

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    • joey says:

      I absolutely loved your metaphor in the first line. ❀ Brilliant.
      I sure hope the water line is untouched and the sinkhole is a worry no more. It IS always something :/ With any home. Soon, those problems will not be yours πŸ™‚
      We had a sinkhole on post and my Moo got her leg stuck in it. I thought I'd have to call the fire dept. Looking back it was like Pooh in Rabbit's door, but at the time, it was terrible frightening.
      Seven weeks. My goodness. When's the last time you felt this impatient?


      • I can’t be impatient – I’m sorting stuff, and it takes time, and only I can do my writing papers, my books, my office stuff, and my paperwork files. Husband brought 13 boxes from the basement (where everything was stuffed by the staging ladies as we left on our trip so the painter could get at the walls), to add to the 8 in my closet – I hope to get them down to half the volume and number of boxes. Then a few more in the other bedroom, then the rest of the stuff in the basement…

        Plus the garage things he hasn’t dealt with yet. It’s endless, and we will have very little storage there. I’m not ready to move – and have fewer and fewer things to live with here.

        Daughter came down for what is probably her last trip – and is taking two bikes, the snowblower, tools and tool chest, and husband is following her up so they have two cars loaded.

        We’ll make it – but I should have pushed harder to do it earlier? We couldn’t leave while his dad was still here.

        It’s time.

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  6. Carrie Rubin says:

    Now that you’ve been caffeine-free for a few days, you can give it up, right? Just kidding, of course. That would be masochism. I don’t drink coffee, but I need my morning black tea. Or else.

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    • joey says:

      I thought I was on one and a skosh cup caffeinated coffee per day. A splash of caffeinated beans in the travel cup, one real coffee mid-morning, and then decaffed drinks the rest of the day. Any less, I feel cranky and slow, any more and I get anxious and sick, plus, withdrawal headaches — ugh. But, yeah, apparently I’ve been on a skosh for a coupla weeks — which explains why mid-morning is soooooo slooooowww! lol
      It’s that 10:00 dip in energy, same as 3:00 — 10 gets caffeine, 3 gets sugar!
      It’s a fine balance, but I won’t go back to caffeine dependency. I’m SO much better. I know πŸ˜€
      Did you see the new Celestial Seasonings black tea flavor? It’s somethin Rose, for the Grateful Dead.


  7. loisajay says:

    Mentor is with you? Is this the one who was ‘having kittens?’ I like her! Tuck and run? Hmm-mm. Don’t know that one. A soap snob–yay, me too! Husband uses the store stuff. Not me. Special stuff all the way. Have a great weekend, Joey!

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    I once ordered an assortment of Kcups that contained all sorts of foo-foo coffees like vanilla bean and caramel delight and tofu burger that I can give away to people! Happy Friday – have a great and long weekend!

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    • joey says:

      OH FUN! We have some pretty interesting ones in the cabinet. I haven’t found any that tickled my fancy, but it’s fun to try new things.
      Thanks, Jan — you too!


  9. Bill says:

    This is so true: “I don’t care how old or big they are, worry is forever.”
    I’m a beer and coffee snob, but I will go with any soap or toothpaste.
    Now that I read this, I realize it’s Friday the 13th.

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  10. eschudel says:

    Mmmmm…spaghetti and meatballs….

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  11. Seeing “K cups” made me laugh very loudly inside, thinking of cup sizes, you know. K would be rather large and about 40 of me. πŸ™‚ Sounds like quite a week. Hopefully the weekend will go well and give you a chance to relax. Today was my first day of work since leaving for vacation, so that was quite an experience. Things have gone to heck without me there. πŸ™‚ I work tomorrow and Sunday afternoon/evening, too. Sigh. Ah, well, I did get a huge vacation, so I won’t complain.


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  12. Before I got married I never thought I was a soap snob. But, even amoung women folk it became apparent I too am a soap snob. Please I’m not interested in intervention! My skin likes the soap it likes and that’s that. I’ve been on this road a bloody long time and have learned that lesson…more than once.
    I use Safeguard on my body, and used that on my babies from the day I brought them home til they moved out and bought their own soap. He-Man likes Dove or Ivory. Safeguard is getting harder to find! I’m stocking up b/c I fear I won’t be able to find it before I know it!
    FYI- I used Head and Shoulders to wash their hair since the day I brought my babies home until they were 3 then I mixed in Johnson’s baby shampoo during the week. Neither never evah had cradle cap! I did the same with #1 Grandson. No skin issues or Cradle cap with him either.

    On my face… what a pain! My face is so sensitive! I only use Cetaphil or CervΓ©. If that doesn’t get my make-up and sunscreen off then I use Garnier Micellar cleansing water on a cotton ball or Neutrogenia cleansing wipes to get the residue off.
    Serums, oils, and lotions you might be wondering if I can use? Only a handful. The ones with the fewest ingredients…and most expensive unfortunately. πŸ˜₯

    OMG! Tuck and Run. I could hug you right now good and hard! My biggest fear still for Baby Girl is Tuck and Run! She’s not built like me at. all. Have you seen her on IG? How is this child mine? She’s a short shit, drop dead gorgeous, witty, smart, and built like Brick Shit House. How? She’s got all the genes from He-man’s maternal side that’s how! I never saw that coming when pregnant. NEVER! Since she started Kindergarten and had let her out of my sight I’ve been afraid for her, and to this day I still am. These last two days have been hell for me cause she’s traveling out of state for work. If I don’t get regular texts or phone calls from her I’m in a panic! Did you know I’m what they a helicopter Mom? I am. I have MAJOR Tuck and Run fears. She doesn’t get it, and I drive her crazy! I am Not So Much for Baby Boy since he grew to be 6ft,2in, built like Johnny Bravo, and he learned offensive, and defensive moves. I call both my children Freaks because they are built so different from each other. I call Baby Girl Jessica Rabbit, and Big Baby Boy Johnny Bravo.

    I am a helicopter Grandma too. I hope #1 Grandson grows big and strong, and learns self defense! I will sleep much better when he does. He’s more like his mom than dad so, I think he’s going to be small in stature for a man. He’ll need to be tougher, smarter, and stronger to beat the bullies. πŸ˜•

    Caffeine free…don’t know what’s that is like anymore. I only drink coffee in social settings or when I’m on the road because finding a good black tea bag in the mix is. so. rare! I used to carry my own, but gave up. I am a black tea drinker at home. If I don’t get my afternoon cuppa I get headaches, and cranky. How you managed with decaf for that long I don’t know?

    How you get me talking woman! 😊Going to quit and finish packing. I’m off to find Wild Mustangs again. My second happy place to be is out exploring with my camera. I hope your week-end is slow, and easy filled with favorite foods, family, and everything else that delights you. xx

    Talk to you next week…probably with TMI! xx 😜

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    • joey says:

      I do make you chatty πŸ˜›
      I think I told you before, coconut oil is my remover. I have dry skin, allergies, rosacea, and eczema so what I can use is a very small list. I do not use serums or creams of any sort. In dire winter times, I will use aloe, but I find that the coconut oil is effective moisturizer most days. (And a slight natural sunscreen.)
      Head n’ Shoulders has red dye in it, so we can’t. Lotsa can’t because of dye.
      We had no cradle cap babies.
      I’m sorry you’re running into availability issues with your go-to Safeguard! I hate that! I’m partial to honeys in soaps, honeys and milks. I totally agree that we’ve lived long enough and tried enough things to know what’s workin and what we will not try again.
      Yeah, I’ve been everywhere with the size and shape of these kids. My youngest girls are 14 months apart and they have never been near the same size. Sassy’s a giantesse and Moo’s wee. Sassy’s curvy like me, but much, much longer. Moo’s a solid mesomorph, but petite like me. My son, no worries, big and strong like your Baby Boy. Eldest daughter, taller than me, long and slender like you. Clothes love her, too πŸ˜‰ Youngest and oldest were both “underweight” at the pediatrician’s office like I had any control over it, and ain’t nobody worried about em now. Middle girls got chunky in the pre-teens, grew into their cheeks and feet, lol!
      I’m glad you relate to tuck & run — it’s HARD. I enjoyed reading about your worries, because I have often wondered IF Moo will get bigger and what life will be like for her if she’s tiny, if feisty, as an adult. Knowing you deal with that will no doubt comfort me for years to come. All the kids were taught combatives with The Mister. Training is ongoing.
      I did not want to decaf. I was totally overwrought with adrenaline/anxiety disorder and had to decaf for my health back in 2010. It made a huge difference. It still does. I am extremely sensitive to it, and because of this, I have to tread lightly and treat it like the drug it is for me. We’re all so different — my husband can drink espresso and fall asleep minutes later!
      I’m excited for your travels! Have a wonderful time and report back with as much TMI as you please! xo

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  13. Laura says:

    Lawd, Joey, that spaghetti and meatballs looks DIVINE. I would even be willing to suffer the unavoidable stomachache that comes with it since there’s no way on God’s green earth I’d ruin it with gluten free noodles.
    I’m all traumatized by your coffee experience because I am SUPER ocd about keeping those few decaf kcups separate and distinct from my please-lord-help-me-get-through-this-day-without-killing-anyone coffee. And you’re saying you didn’t march raging into the office manager’s space demanding answers? No stomping of feet or shaking of fists? You’ve got this adulting thing nailed, man.
    ps – Cliff diving? What in the fuck. The girl wants to go skydiving. She’s TWELVE. I just…I can’t…I don’t even know what to say.

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    • joey says:

      Thank you! I don’t stomachache after gluten — worse for me is the sauce!
      Exactly what you said about the coffee. Exactly.
      Cliff diving went well. I’m just glad she didn’t do the higher cliffs. Phew.


  14. markbialczak says:

    Dove for Men has won me over the past two years, Joey, but I discovered by wrong purchase once that it must be the right color green stripe box. I could learn the descriptions, sure, but the stripe color is easier for my brain than Aqua Impact and such.

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    • joey says:

      I totally get that. So much of our product knowledge is brand and aesthetics! Like the colors of the popsicle flavors — what flavor do you like? *names color*
      The MIster likes that same soap from time to time, too!


  15. JoAnna says:

    You know, decaf coffee actually has a little caffeine in it. I can feel it cause I’m lightweight. Either one is good for dunkin crunchy granola bars cause they need dunkin. You ARE a good mom and your ferns are gorgeous!

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  16. bikerchick57 says:

    Gosh, Joey, you really have had a busy week. One thing about an awesome mentor (because my last boss was that) is that they trust you enough to let you fly. They give responsibility because they know you can handle responsibility. It sounds to me like you are doing an excellent job and the mentor knows it and trusts you. So, fly Joey, fly!

    Spaghetti and meatballs…Mmmmm. I’ve had a craving for two weeks, which may end over the weekend.

    As for the decaf, unless it’s 7 pm at night, just say no, no, no, no. NO.

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    • joey says:

      Thank you, Mary. I hope so. I am always pleased when Mentor is pleased with me. I’m so fortunate to have her.

      I hope you satisfy your craving soon!

      Haha, well lucky you, can have ON coffee all the time πŸ˜›


  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    Soap snob – yes.
    Also a shampoo snob.
    And bagels. Picky about bagels.
    And chocolate. Please no cheap shit.
    … wait, I think I’m starting to digress …

    Good God In Heaven, it’s been a WEEK!! Except mine was self-inflicted and none of your’s was. So sorry for you. I’m still bagged but hoping to catch up by tomorrow ’cause I plan to do it all again next week πŸ˜‰

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  18. What a week, indeed:)
    Love your ferns a LOT. Any animal with good taste will make its home there, for sure.

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  19. Ally Bean says:

    I love your weeks. They are full to the hilt. I want to know about Mentor. And how it is that you get the coffee, but it’s not the coffee, but you think it’s the coffee. Seems like there’s a Seinfeld episode in there. Happy week to you.


  20. Amy says:

    I am picky about my soaps. I like certain smells (like shea or coconut). I break out on my arms if I am not thoughtful about soap choices. Those crunchy granola bars are tasty, but they are mess AF. I had to grab one to eat on the way to Big Mr’s freshmen orientation. There were crumbs everywhere. Love those ferns!! Makes me want to find a place for some ferns. We don’t have concerns about tuck and run around here. Cliff diving!? Eek! One of mine has done it. I’m not an adrenaline junkie and become the freaked out mama. lol.


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