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Braveheart and the Mutiny


Would it be wrong to drink a glass of wine, a beer or a Jack and Coke at 6:54 AM? Would that make me a lush? Hmm… Does it still count if you haven’t been to sleep yet? I mean, technically that means it’s still part of the last 24 hours right?

Before you think I’m an alcoholic I’m drinking coffee. Regular, old coffee, cream and sugar. (Not Irish Coffee I promise)

I think Braveheart is out to see if his mutiny will succeed if he can outlast me on sleep. Being the insomniac that I am I can NEVER go to sleep before 2 am. Since the hubby has went back to work Braveheart has decided that he will wake up and fight Joker and the bad guys at 2am EVERY morning, refusing to let me sleep. Then he falls back to sleep at about 4:30a when Daddy’s alarm is going off. Now Daddy is very good about letting Mama sleep, he doesn’t expect me to make him breakfast or coffee. (If anyone knows how horrible of a morning person I am, it’s him) but by the time his alarm is going off, I’ve yet to even go to sleep. So I haul my butt to the kitchen to eat breakfast with him and see him off to work.

You would think after working for the past 3 years, work starting anywhere from 4a-9a, I’d be a morning person. But it is IMPOSSIBLE! I am just one of those people that my brain does not function before 9am and don’t even think about having a conversation with me before 10am, unless you’re okay with my answer being, “Mmhmm, yeah, alright, whatever.” I am also one of those people who after waking up, no matter the time, I HAVE to have at least 15 minutes to fully wake up. Within that 15 minutes I don’t like loud noises or important conversations. I have to have time to adjust to the morning people who are chattering away. I thrive at night, My brain is at it’s best from 2p-2a. A good example would be this:

Remember that show Animaniacs? Now do you remember Pinky and the Brain?

Between the hours of 2p-2a I am Brain. I could conquer the world and be Wonder Woman..well, err, Catwoman πŸ˜‰

Between the reverse hours ofΒ  4a-10a I am Pinky. My brain is just mush.

The older kids understand this, they typically give me time to adjust from Vampire Master of the Night to Mama tolerating that the world operates during the day. Of course this may be that they learned this lesson the hard way. Or as Empathetic Engineer described in his very matter of fact child way, “Mama turns into that woman with snake hair and might turn us to stone.”Β  πŸ™‚ Gotta love kids right?

Braveheart on the other hand is the loudest child I have ever met. He inherited this from his father, the difference being age. That and the fact that Daddy doesn’t want Mama turning into Medusa either.

Not Braveheart, he doesn’t walk, he STOMPS. He doesn’t talk, he YELLS. He doesn’t shut doors, she SLAMS them. You get the picture.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. (Too much anyways) I ADORE his personality. He has no fear, he takes the bull by the horns and wrangles it to the ground barehanded. I love this about him, no one will ever be able to stop him from achieving his goals in life.

But at the moment his goal is for Daddy to go back to being the stay at home parent and he is determined to break me.

Little does he know Mama has the willpower of a boulder. I don’t budge and I am an expert at taming wild animals.Β  πŸ˜‰

Now I’m off to drink my coffee, pretending there is a little whiskey in there, imagining that I got some sleep and tame that wild beast that I love so dearly.Β  πŸ™‚

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Choices & Decisions


I thought long and hard about what I wanted my first blog post to be about. So here it is, my 2 cents.Β  πŸ™‚ Or maybe 1 cent depending on the value of a penny in today’s economy.

1st: Let me explain a bit about myself. Mother, wife, teacher, business owner, teacher, friend, daughter, veterinarian, nurse, taxi, cook, seamstress, event planner, personal assistant, prepper and genealogist. I’m sure the list could go on and on and on. I am not JUST a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) or JUST a Housewife. All my life I’ve had problems with labels. Popular, Geek, Boyfriend/Girlfriend, Career Woman, Soccer Mom. I am me. I am a culmination of many things that make me ME. The things above are things I do, they are what I do, not who I am. I am adventurous, spontaneous, loving, caring, a little bit country and a little bit rockstar, fun loving, responsible, spiritual. I am not a helpless female, I don’t NEED my husband, I WANT/LOVE my husband. I am organized to the point of OCD. Yes, this means my books look like I cataloged them library style. I express my opinions more than people like but that’s part of me, I do it because I care. I have tattoos and piercings. I am not ashamed of them or feel the need to cover them around other mom’s or my kids. They are part of me.

2nd: I love my favorite blogs but I only have a few that I read because I don’t feel like they speak to me. A lot of blogs out there that are done by Mothers/Wives make it sound like we should be Donna Reed, they set an expectation that, let’s face it, none of us really fit into.

3rd: Prepping/Survivalism are important to us. I hate the idea of being dependent on anyone for anything just as much as I hate the idea of being unprepared. Yes, my fear of Zombies got me started prepping but let’s face it disasters happen everyday. Was anyone prepared for Katrina? What would you do if hit by an Earthquake? A tornado? A power outage?

4th: I feel like the idea of getting back to basics is sometimes misrepresented. Let me preface this by saying: Everyone has their own reasons for getting back to basics or staying at home instead of working. ALL of these reasons are respectable, but they are not all my reasons. I respect all religions, in fact my motto is “Freedom of Religion means ALL Religions.” But I feel like they’re are no blogs for those of us who have made the decision to stay at home for other reasons. Most of the blogs I come across talk about how it’s Christian values and what the Bible says that makes them stay at home, home-school they’re kids and get back to basics. This is great for those of you who have those reasons but I wanted something for those of us who don’t have those reasons.

What are my reasons you ask?

Let me start by saying this. I have been a career woman and a stay at home mom before. To me both have it’s challenges and both have it’s triumphs. I went from being a stay at home to a full time career woman in a matter of a few short years. My husband and I made the decision for him to be a stay at home dad while I focused on running a million dollar business after years of me staying home when I was offered an opportunity that I could not refuse. After a few years of being a successful business woman we were faced with a decision. I was told that due to a few serious health problems that if I kept working like I was that I was basically putting the nails in my own coffin. So after a lot of discussion and thought we decided to reverse roles again. He will now be working again full time and I will stay home.

But I learned from doing both roles in the past that I am one of those people who have to have a little of both worlds to truly be happy. While raising my kids, homeschooling and prepping for the Zombie Apocalypse πŸ™‚Β  I will also be running a business from home. My own hours, no one is my boss. I can have the best of both worlds.

This is why I decided to start a blog. I wanted a place for women like me who are stay at home mom’s for a multitude of reasons (whether that is religion or personal preference). A place for women (and stay at home dads) to join me in getting back to basics, run a successful at home business and prepare your families for the hordes of Zombies.I have gained a lot of years of experience in all of those areas and more so if I can help others get through this process and maybe learn something myself along the way I will feel as if I have shared my experiences in life for a good purpose.

No matter what your reason for being here is I welcome you! Career Women trying to balance home and work, stay at home moms (new and experienced), Stay at home dad’s (if you’re anything like my hubby you may be grateful for a little help), Homeschoolers, Preppers or anyone else! Welcome and follow me on my journey af getting back to basics while attempting to keep my sanity!

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