Oh... Hey

A1

- Wow... I haven't updated in forever. It wasn't entirely intentional. I would start posts and either A) would forget all about it or B) didn't feel like I had too much to share. I get in ruts. I'm still scheming how I would like to organize next year. Do I want to post more? less? the same? once a week? twice a week? three times? Who knows. This year seems to be doing me in. Some people excel through adversity, I tend to go left with it.

- So the biggest news (for me anyway) is that I have a boyfriend again. I haven't had a boyfriend since Dominic was a baby. It hasn't been very long. A couple weeks tops. We haven't even announced it on Facebook yet, because I/we (mostly me) want to make sure we make it past a month (maybe even two or three), before my "basic" friends (and relatives outside my parents) know. I pray this works out, but I try to take it all a day at a time. I was straight trippin' (to myself and best friend) 3 days into it. I'm used to being alone. I don't want to be alone forever, but nonetheless I've grown accustomed to it. To have someone want to be around me ALL the time is new for me. But he's sweet, kind, and Dom adores him (I do too) --- and before you get all high & mighty, yes Dominic has met him, because he was with me when I met him.

- My little big boy started Kindergarten about a month ago. He's LOVING it. It's been a rough adjustment though. He was so used to taking a two hour nap in the afternoon, and now he doesn't get to nap at all. He's been grumpy and mouthy! Where did my sweet child go ?! We are still slowly adjusting. He's loving all the activities and growing in knowledge in leaps and bounds. He also wanders around the house chanting Catholic prayers. We are not at all Catholic (just Christian) and there are some things I don't agree with (hail Mary's anyone?), but his education is top notch and there are worse things he could be repeating or learning.

- The AC in my house died. This could't have come at a worse time. I am so in the hole financially I was in a bit of a panic, but my gracious parents fronted me the money- needless to say they'll be getting my entire tax-return & then some. Dominic and I spent a couple days sweltering. One evening it was almost 90 degrees in the house. I threw him in a tub of cool water and he played in there for a good hour and a half. It's amazing humanity lived this way for centuries! Often times with a mountain of clothes on too.

- I'm OBSESSED with the show 'Power'. (Ghost ANYONE?! yes, please). I've been watching off and on all summer. I'm a bit of an odd duck- I love all the movies & shows filled with gangsters and drugs. (God Father, Scarface, American Gangster, Revolver, Narcos, Lilyhammer, Power, etc). I am completely and totally against drugs (minus medicinal reasons) & crime in "real life" however- haha.

- On the home front I've done nothing this year. I was on a home remodel high about a year ago, and had big plans for my small abode this year, but life got the best of me, and I flat out couldn't afford it nor did I want to deal. Plus I've realized I'm hardly there. "I live at work/Dom's school & chill at the crib" type of deal. A big part of me wonders if owning was the right option.

I hope everyone is doing well. I have blogs I need to catch up/comment on still. See you all on the Snap Chat :D. 

Benson Days

2 3 4 5 6 7 01

- I live in Omaha. A lot of people don't know where that even is. Usually they say things like "oh, like Omaha Steaks?". Like yah.. I guess. I neither care about steaks nor Husker football (which I'm sure makes me a traitor or something, but sports have never been my jam).  Anyway, Omaha has a population of 430,000. 500,000+ if you count the surrounding suburbs. Like most mid to major cities in the U.S., usually you're divided by "sides" of towns and neighborhoods. We live in the Benson neighborhood. Every year they do their "Benson Days" which consists of a parade, food trucks, activities for kids, and booths ran by local businesses.

I called up my best friend and asked her (and her son) to go with us. We went out for breakfast before the parade, thankfully found a close parking spot, sat down on the curb and watched the boys snatch up candy as it was tossed to them. Dominic's favorite part was the dancing, he also enjoyed all the vintage old cars and vehicles (like the fire truck), and seeing a "cowboy" about made his whole year.  Afterwards, we wandered down the street, got some ice cream, let them get fake tattoos, and then headed home.

- It was such a gorgeous day out on Saturday that I insisted on being outside as much as possible. I briefly went to the library to pick up a book I won't read (lets get real), and a few kid books for Dom (which we will read no less than 20 times over in the next 3 weeks). Afterwards, we went to the art museum just to wander around the grounds. Dominic messed with the fountains, we looked at stuff, I snapped pictures. I'm not sure why, but I seldom want to be at home, except after work. I always want to be out seeing things, experiencing stuff, forcing people I don't know to talk to me (I'm that lady), and just about always I want to be outside.

- I bought Dominic all his school supplies. I think I was more thrilled about it than he was, I've always enjoyed school-supply shopping. The only thing he was excited for was to pick out a brand new backpack. He will start kindergarten in about 3 weeks and he has his first loose tooth! Big things for this little guy.

- I found out I am allergic to Herbal Essences. I bought it because it was on sale. For the past week or so my head has been itchy. I was so concerned about this that I checked Dominic for head lice and then I forced my reluctant mother to check my scalp too. Nobody has lice. She suggested I try a different shampoo and what do ya know- I'm not itchy. I tried Herbal Essences... itchy. So I shampoo'd once again and it was all good in the hood.

- Instagram pulled a Snap Chat, and now I'm torn on which to use. Why is there so much social media ?! Overwhelming. I think I had twitter for two days, and I recently deactivated Facebook for the 100th time.

- Well this coming weekend I have two days to myself, and I have no clue what to do. I have a tentative lunch date with my friend, but I really want to go out at night. Guess I'll see what Saturday brings. Have a good weekend <3. 

"Attacked" By Bats

1 2 3 4 5
His expression in this last picture is EVERYTHING <3

- Since I am a glutton for punishment I went to zoo twice in one week. On Saturday Dominic and I went so we could check out the new spray-ground they put in. Y'ALL! It is so awesome. It is much bigger than what is pictured (darn me and forgetting I had my 50mm lens on) - I'm sure some of you saw it on Snap Chat! Dominic and I both had the best time running around... it was 99 degrees out, so even I got in on it.

We also saw a few other exhibits. One included our jungle. A nightmare came to life. We were walking on the bottom floor and suddenly there was 50+ bats EVERYWHERE. Flying over our heads, landing in front of us. Dominic was screaming and crying. I was screaming , holding his face, and running along with the other people visiting that exhibit. I'm not sure what happened, but the bats were not in their netted off habitat. Once we ran through and got out, I laughed HYSTERICALLY. If  nothing else it makes for a funny story. No matter how terrifying.

- On Sunday my 'little' cousin had a piano concert of sorts. Her piano teacher is this elderly man name Leonard who teaches piano, classic guitar, and voice. My cousin and another kid took turns playing their respective instruments and pieces. They held the little intimate concert at the other kids house (his name is Jack & plays Spanish guitar or something). The house was gorgeous. My entire home could fit inside their kitchen. They had windows from floor to ceiling in the living-room (which also faces the sunset). We had gourmet pizzas and they served the most delicious white wine I've ever had. It's amazing how the other half lives (lol, I may or may not be mildly jealous). All the kids are fluent in other languages, are amazing at music and singing, educated, and have done more traveling in their short 18 years that I'll most likely never be able to afford. It's amazing how accomplished some people become before they are even adults, and then there's me . . . I've literally done nothing and I'm 31 :\ .

- I've introduced Dominic to the world of Ice Pops. I've never bought them before, but I just assumed he would know how to properly eat them (because he's a genius like that). He did not. After I snipped off the top so he could push his flavored ice to the top he proceeded to hold it upside down, slide the thing out, and complain how cold it was. I looked at him aghast and explained that it stays in the plastic. He than tried futilely to put it back into it's small narrow wrapper (poor little tink-tink). It was a hot cold mess.

- Oh, yah, I re-did my layout (again), updated my 'About Me' page and few other things. I didn't mean to change my layout exactly ... I was browsing Etsy, for God only knows what reason and this layout popped up for 5 bucks. Sold. It's minimal & monochrome. My favorite.

Have a good weekend!

© [Emily] Jane. Design by Fearne.