One step at a time

While doing some banking online and watching Jamie Oliver on tv, I was kind of irked that the interrupting commercial break advertised Kentucky Fried Chicken. Of all the fast food/fried chicken places, this one is probably the worst one. ICK. (And I like fried chicken but not with abused, factory raised poultry.)

Ironically, Jamie was cooking chicken. Fresh, organic, farm-raised, 20-minute chicken. Looked much better than the commercial, if you ask me.

This was the second thing that irked me today, the commercial. The first thing was booger kid on Cynthia’s blog. OMG I’m still shuddering at the gif in my head. 😛

(THANKS, friend.) 🙂

We’re dog sitting today. It’s going to be stupid hot later this afternoon and both kids have games in Timbuktoo which means driving and traffic and construction so I’m trying hard to keep a level head about this whole ordeal. I’m going to leave Molly at home. She’ll be much more comfortable here I think than stuck in a hot car and then at a hot and dusty baseball field.

Frankly, I would have preferred to just book off, but getting out of this house will actually be a good thing for me, since I’m having a hard time getting myself re-acquainted with this life I am currently in.

Do you ever get bored of same old same old?

I don’t know why I feel so down after vacationing in Europe (first vacation we’ve had in 16 years so I refuse to feel guilty about it) but I am just not feeling it. Getting right back into the hectic routine of things to do and schlepping kids to places and shopping and cooking and catching up on household stuff…blah.

You ever fantasize about the kind of break you’d love to take if money wasn’t an issue? I mean, I don’t need a lot of money to get away from it all but doing it without money is not an option since I will not sleep in the bug infested woods during the 40 degrees Celsius heat wave where the mosquitoes are the size of beetles. What would I eat? Roots, weeds and berries? Where would I sleep?


I wish I was back here:

Little Swiss-Italian town on the side of a mountain.
My vacation office on the balcony with this gorgeous view.

I can just imagine myself decompressing there for a few weeks. Who wants to join me?


Next week I will resume reporting on the vacation we just had and post more pictures. Until then, I will follow my bullet journal’s advice where I wrote these words:


Bullet journal advice


22 thoughts on “One step at a time

  1. My passport would be packed with stamps right now if money weren’t an option! I’d love to go on a European river cruise, see some real geishas in Japan, and enjoy an authentic Singaporean meal. If you couldn’t tell, I’m mostly driven by food to travel, haha, though I also want to absorb the energy of other places and sigh see on an unbeaten path.

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  2. I haven’t gone on vacation since I was a kid, I don’t think. When I had the time, I didn’t have the money. When I had the money, I didn’t have the time. When I had the time and the money I didn’t have anyone to be my back up. Now I have the time, the money, and the backup but I’m taking care of my 92-yo Mom and would refuse to go away even if someone offered to stay with her.

    I wonder if I will EVER experience a vacation in my adult lifetime. LOL

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  3. I am so sorry my booger kid disturbed you so much. My inner 12 year old forgets that actual adults don’t find the humor in boogers and farts. (((hugs))) Thank you for being my friend in spite of my juvenile delinquency

    Also? I totally get why you would want to just go back to that delightful place you just left😍

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    1. LOL

      omg I have the picture in my head again! 😛

      no worries. I actually witnessed some guy doing that while at a red light in traffic. He was in the next car over and completely oblivious to the fact that people could SEE him. ICK! Almost made me miss my green light! 🙂


  4. I haven’t had a real vacation in awhile, last was a few years ago with one close friend. Once the vacation was over we didn’t have any downtime so it was difficult to snap back into our usual everyday life. Since then I said after my next vacation I’m going to pencil in some “woosah” only doing the minimum days! That may work, then again maybe not!!! I’m sure you’ll find your rhythm soon.

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  5. Taking off and doing vacations at the drop of a hat, needs $$ and no responsibility. I have responsibilities that i allow to influence my choices, probably too much. However that is my nature and making certain im available when needed is for me part of being a dad.

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  6. Your vacation and photos look so peaceful I can understand why your having a hard time getting back into the swing of things back home. I think we get sick of the same ol around the house ,It will change when your kid’s get out of school,Then you may miss it.

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  7. I could sit on one of those hillside verandas and contemplate a quiet life and never leave. That’s my ultimate dream!
    Dog sitting as well over the next few days. The granddog again, and we have heat in the forecast as well. Glad to have a shady tree she can lay under, and fans- no AC here!

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