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I might be getting too old for this

Last night hubby and I did something we haven’t done in quite a while. We went out without the Boobah. My gracious and wonderful sister-in-law came over while we snuck off.

Okay, not really. But kindof. We quietly left, as the kiddo was already in bed. He never even knew we were gone. Yet I did. My heart did.

Let me back up. I have been looking forward to this outing for several days, ever since SIL said she’d come over. It was exciting. A date! Music! Libations! Motorcycle ride! The weather has been increasingly nicer. So much so that J has been riding the motorcycle to work. We used to go on rides all the time. I miss that. A lot.

I never realized how much I missed that time until we had a chance to go out. I don’t have a lot of people around who can babysit. I haven’t been building that network of people. I didn’t want to impose on the SIL, my best friend has been out of town for months and the daughter is just too busy. So we take turns going out to do things. Watch the daughter’s band. Meet up with friends. Or we just do things that can include the Boobah. It’s not that huge of a deal most of the time.

Until the daughter has a gig late at night. I have a hard time going out by myself that late at night. Meeting friends? Fine. Going solo? Different story, for me anyway. So we made plans to go together (and I worked up the courage to ask SIL to babysit).

And then, the night before, I started thinking. A little too much. I do that a lot. I tell myself I’m trying to cover all the bases, make sure I’m prepared. But the truth is, I worry. A lot. If I’m not careful, it can turn into a panic attack. So I start worrying about what would happen if, well, something… happened. J is an excellent careful driver. I trust him implicitly. But other drivers aren’t so careful about motorcycles. You hear about it all the time.

My worries can keep me from doing things, from enjoying things. From reaching out to meet new people, make new friends, find new business. From living.

So I sat on the back of that motorcycle last night, trying to quiet my fears. To just enjoy our time together. It eventually worked, but we were most of the way there before I could relax.

But we had a great time. Daughter’s band did a great job. We got to see her for a few minutes afterwards. It really was a nice respite, something we’ll have to indulge in more often.

As for hopping on the motorcycle without a care? Those days are over. It doesn’t mean I won’t get on the bike ever again. I love going up to Julian, out to the Hideout, and other places on the bike. It’s a lot of fun. But I have to think more carefully about it. And no matter how distasteful it is, we need to plan for the worst scenario. So I can worry a little less. And enjoy life a little more.

Coming soon, I promise!

Had a really nice night with hubby, complete with music and motorcycles. I’ll be back later today with details.

A couple of people claimed the coupons. Thanks, ladies!

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Give it away now!

I recently got to try the new Kraft cheese 2% singles. Guess what? They’re made with milk from cows not treated with added growth hormones (rbST). Once I heard that, I was eager to check them out.

We eat a LOT of grilled cheeses in our household. It’s a comfort food for us, and the kid seems to like them, too.

We gathered everything we needed to make a grilled cheese (in case you’ve never made one, that would be bread, butter, and cheese). And you know what? It was pretty darn good! I couldn’t tell a difference between the 2% and regular singles. Yet by using the 2% singles, we’re cutting a little bit of fat out of our diet – just like when we drink 2% milk! How many of us buy 2% milk but don’t think to buy cheese made with the same?

I have two coupons to try a 12 oz package of Kraft singles. So if you’d like to be one to try it, just respond in the comments. If needed, I’ll draw randomly to select names. I’ll wait until the weekend, and then contact the winners to get these mailed out asap.

(Disclaimer: Yes, my son is under 2 and yes, we give him whole milk as recommended. Just trying to head off any emails that might tell me what I’m doing wrong.)

That couldn’t have been me

I decided to try “Not Me Monday” and see how it goes. This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

  • I did NOT cut my son’s hair tonight, butchering it ever-so-slightly and causing hubby and I to fight. Nope, not me.
  • I did NOT feed my son goldfish crackers when he wouldn’t eat anything else.
  • I have NOT taken a nap the past several days because I stay up late working, get up early, and then crash mid-evening, only to wake back up and start the pattern all over again. I wouldn’t do that.
  • I have NOT found at least 25 new friends on Facebook over the last couple of weeks, thanks to a bunch of high school friends signing up.
  • I have NOT been stepping over the cheerios on the floor, rather than getting the sweeper out to brush them out of the way.
  • I did NOT put a bunch of lingerie that I’ll never wear (and has never been worn) for sale on e-bay.
  • I did NOT save the curls from my son’s haircut tonight. Nope, who would do that?
  • I am NOT so tired that I want to chuck it all and just go hide somewhere. That would be silly.

How about you? What did you not do today?