Monday, January 20, 2014

I Broke Up With Facebook

I did it. I broke up with Facebook. It was as easy as clicking a button. Or three. 

It had been on my mind for awhile, and I finally just did it. I am not sure how long I will stay gone. I am not sure how long I want to stay gone.

I was just tired of the constant pull. To check my notifications. To reply to others' comments/questions. To check up on my 1200 "friends."

And then there was the internal pressure. To be funny. To be real. To be all things to all people. I had to reevaluate why I was posting things. Why did I need/want all these people to approve of my life? Should I post a picture of the beer I ordered? What if someone is offended? If I put on there that I'm going on (yet another) vacation, will a few people say, "Vacation? Again? Are you ever home?"

I've been gone for a week. About 15 people have reached out to me to ask me where I went. (I'm still on Instagram & Twitter.) When I explain why I've taken a break, the overwhelming response is: "Oh, yeah, I've thought of doing that, too." One friend did the very same thing a day or two after I did.

It's like I lost 20 pounds. Pressure is off. I don't feel the need to be the "Angela" I think everyone expects me to be. I can just be there for my husband and my kids.

It's simple. And nice.

(But I do want to say that I do plan to rejoin FB again. Maybe soon. Maybe not. I don't want people to think I'm a hypocrite once I do rejoin. FB is not evil; it's not bad. I just needed a break.)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Unexplained Mysteries

I don't understand how everyone on television goes around chugging these giant cups of coffee all day, and no one gets the poop shoots.

I mean, I know it's probably not socially acceptable to talk about this, but this is my blog. Please tell me I'm not the only one? 

I don't understand what possesses people to run a full marathon dressed like this: 

Or this:

Or this:

I don't understand how Monica Braverman can go from this 

to this 

in just a matter of months. 

I don't understand how my husband can run 26.2 miles at a 7:10 pace, yet I struggle to get a sub-30:00 PR for a 5K!! (That's 3.1 miles at roughly a 9:30 pace.)

Oh, yeah...I *do* understand that one:

I don't understand how Thomas can fearlessly ride in the front seat of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 

yet have a giant meltdown whenever Big Jet threatens the Little Einsteins. 

But what TRULY blows mind is how this man 

has stuck by my side for all these years. Yesterday, we celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. THAT'S A LONG TIME. 
Yet it feels like yesterday that I said "I do" at Patten Chapel on a chilly (it snowed that morning!) November day back in the year 2000. 

This is where a normal person would post a few pictures from said wedding. But since we got married before the digital age and all my pictures are buried upstairs in a junky closet (and covered in Christmas wreaths that will soon be hung once again on my windows), I will instead post pictures of our dinner at Hennen's last night. 

It's practically the same thing anyway. 

Have a GREAT week!

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Amicks Who?

Remember me? I used to blog. A lot.
Then the third kid came along, and my DVR is about all I have time for.
I used to read and keep up with multiple blogs daily.
Now, I cannot even remember the last time I read a blog.
But we are still here in North Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, TN.

Just a happily-married couple in their mid-30s with three sons.
Here's a quick recap.
Matthew is a runner. A bonafide marathon runner. He ran Boston this year & will be running again next year. He ran the NYC Marathon as an Achilles International guide to a disabled runner. He is SUPER fast, and is in the best shape of his life. (See also: amazing six-pack) He works for Cigna Healthcare. He *loves* his job. There is something wonderful for a wife when her husband loves his job. It makes for a peaceful and fulfilled marriage and home. The one downside to his job is that his busy season (roughly March through June) means we don't see him a lot. He's either out of town or working super-late hours. BUT the good thing about all that travel is that he racks up tons of Delta miles & Marriott points.
So, yeah, we travel. A lot. We're homebodies when we're in town, but we're often leaving for trips. We go on solo trips, couple-trips, and whole-family trips. There is just something exhilarating about seeing new and familiar places with and without our children! We especially love Disney, Myrtle Beach, New York, Boston, and California.
I am a stay-at-home mom to our three sons. I absolutely love being at home. I love predictability. I love "running the household" even if I don't do the best job of it. It is especially nice now that the two oldest boys are in school full-time! I am still running. As of Nov 2013, I have run nine half marathons and various other shorter races. I can finally say that I think I *might* run a full marathon ONE DAY. I'll get back to you. I still struggle with a love-hate relationship with food. I am currently about 15-20 pounds heavier than I was about 18 months ago. Clothes don't fit like I want them to. I can't wear the jeans that are collecting dust in my drawer. It is all up to me to stop putting so much crap in my mouth, but I love it soooooo much. UGH.
Andrew is 7.5 and in the 2nd grade. He is in the gifted program, and especially excels in reading. He is such a NEAT kid. He isn't into sports or video games (though he loves to play Poptropica on my laptop), but he loves to play with his toys, read books, and watch Phineas & Ferb. He enjoys school and baked goods. :) I love that he is a friend to everyone.
Benjamin is 5.5 and is still in preschool at the same school where he's been since the day after his 3rd birthday. If he could stay in this class FOREVER I'd be a happy momma. He loves the bus, he loves school, and he is doing well there. He knows all his ABCs and numbers up to 10. He says a few words, and remembers songs & routines well. Sadly, he still is not talking, nor is he really communicating. He stays relatively healthy in the spring/summer, but now that it's full-on fall, heading into winter, we're constantly on our toes. He just recovered from being sick for a full week from a tiny stomach bug. BLAH. But his laugh & smile are infectious, and I simply love the stink outta him.

My feelings on Down syndrome are still very complicated. Do I believe it's God's will? Yes. Has it changed me for the better? Yes. Would I wish it away in a heartbeat? Hell to the yes.
Thomas is my baby, at 3.5. Long-time readers of the blog (hey, there, JILL & Queen!) will remember that up until he was 13 months, Thomas was TPB (The Perfect Baby). That alllll changed, and remains unchanged. He is all boy in one minute, running full-force into a lamppost while trick-or-treating yet then collapsing into a heap of tears the next minute because his Tigger is in the washer. He has such a sensitive heart and is genuinely sweet. He is my only cuddlebug. He loves to sing and play and RUN. We are holding out hope that he may be our only runner. The other two seem to have zero interest. The most frustrating thing about Thomas right now is that he is WILL. NOT. POTTY TRAIN. I have given up for now. I had to change (twice weekly) preschools b/c he just simply will NOT poop on the potty. I'll try again more hardcore in a few months. Ain't nobody got time for that.
We still have Frank & Nancy. They're 10 years old. They're fat and lazy. They're all I want to be.
Here are some pictures from this month. 

Dinner with friends in NYC the day after Matthew ran the marathon.

New hair. Style courtesy of my friend Taryn. :)

Trying to be cool. Just vanity glasses. My vision remains perfect. (Other than my thin wrists/fingers, it's all I have going for me right now!!!)

Matthew running with Kai during the NYC Marathon. Love this man so much!! (Matthew, not Kai, although he was awesome.)

Matthew and I just started drinking coffee this year. Where has it been all my life?

I think these two are a big part of the reason I drink so much coffee...

Breathing treatments: Twice daily during the fall/winter.

Love my first-born.

I love his innocence. He still carries The Big Red Dog (yes, that whole thing is his name--that is NOT Clifford) all around the house and in the van. Every. Time. we go somewhere.

So glad to see this smile after he was sick.

This is the misery we deal with when he is sick. PITIFUL.

This boy has my heart. He is FUN.

I'm a goofball.

Frank has had bad gas lately. I am not impressed.

Yep. Our tree is up. Before Thanksgiving. Deal with it.

Nancy making a brief appearance. She tends to stay hidden sometimes. See: Thomas.
So, that's it for now!!!!!!!! I'm hoping to blog a little more frequently. PLEASE feel free to leave a comment and let me know how YOU are doing, and let me know that you're still out there!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Throwback Thursday--June 13, 1999

I had just graduated from college & moved into an AMAZING house with two girlfriends. I had a job teaching 4th grade waiting for me in August. 
But this was June. And the fun summer was just beginning. 
On this particular Sunday, after church, these guy friends & I decided to eat at all of their houses. 
But their parents weren't expecting us, and they all lived hours away in different Tennessee towns. 
But we were hungry, poor, & gas was way cheaper then.  
So we took off from Chattanooga and drove first to Brass's house in Oak Ridge for lunch. (109 miles)
I'm pretty sure he called his mom first. I don't remember what we ate, but it was good Southern food. 
From Oak Ridge, we drove to Greeneville, TN, to eat dinner at Lloyd's house. (94 miles)
Again, I don't remember what we ate except that it was good. 
Then we drove to Athens, TN, where we had dessert at Matthew's house. (127 miles) (Notice: I didn't say it was good...)
Then it was back to Chattanooga late that night. (59 miles)
We were in Matthew's ginormous Lincoln Continental with no air conditioning. 
Matthew & I spent all day (389 miles total) in the front seat of that hideous car, talking, laughing, & listening to music.
He had had a crush on me for a few months, but I was oblivious to that fact. (And, really, ladies, wearing those sunglasses wasn't helping his case any...)
Little did I know, however, that this was just the beginning of our journey in life together.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Tasty Tuesday - Weekly Food & Drink Pics

**For some reason this did not auto-post like it was supposed to last night. Yes, I realize it's not Tuesday. But it was when I wrote this. :)

If you follow me on Instagram (@MommyAngela3, which is also my Twitter handle), you know that I am one of those annoying people who posts food pictures.

What can I say?


I have actually been on a month-long calorie-counting challenge (ends tomorrow!) following a girls' weekend in Boston (more on that later), so most of my food pics lately have not necessarily been to-die-for.

And, just to clarify, I didn't take these pictures for the blog. These are all the food and drink photos that I already had on my phone.

Big River for my friend Jennifer's 30th birthday dinner

Peanut butter pie at the Foundry a couple of hours later

One of my go-to meals these days:

1 (6.4-oz) packet of Starkist Solid White Albacore Tuna
1 (individual, microwavable) cup brown & wild ready-to-serve Minute Rice
grape tomatoes, quartered
finely diced cucumber and red onion
salt & lemon juice

My favorite post-long-run snack

What the babysitter served the kids when we went out last Saturday.
Don't judge.

Coffee tastes better when Donald's involved.

My most recent favorite microwave meal. It's really tasty!
Last night I added a cup of Minute Rice b/c it's not much food.

That's all I've got. Happy eating!