Friday, May 15, 2015

To Catch You Up

So, I've been a little quiet in this space the past couple of months even though I had vowed (resolved, aimed, promised... you fill in the blank) to write every day. Namely because life gets busy and also because I've been trying not to get on my computer as much. It hasn't worked, but I've found myself advancing in Candy Crush like never before. Ok... maybe that's a lie, because I've always been pretty addicted to Candy Crush.

Let's stop to think about that a minute.

How is it that a game can hold someone's attention for so very long?  I mean, I loved Tetris and Super Mario Brothers growing up, but a girl could only play so much before her eyes started crossing. I think Candy Crush baits me in by having limited lives.  I hold my breath for 25 minutes until I can play again... and in the meantime read and sleep.

And I've also been walking a lot, holding hands with Caleb when he'd allow it, and watching TV with Wallace (we are currently addicted to AD, Criminal Minds, and I've found myself involved in Bates Motel, which I find really, really hard to believe. And just last night there was a new Pawn Stars, so I'm pretty sure that our summer is set.)

I've also been following the NFL Deflategate situation pretty closely, only because I used to think Tom Brady was pretty cute but I developed a strong dislike for him a couple of years ago for some reason. And cheaters never win... and he looks a little too scruffy sometimes... but we won't point fingers at quarterbacks who sometimes make poor decisions because Big Ben hasn't always been the sharpest tool in the box. Speaking of my Steelers, I have been in slight mourning because Troy retired (yes, I can call him Troy. He is younger than me and I feel like I know him on a first name basis).  I was elated when Bud Dupree was drafted and signed by the Steelers, though... because he is a Wildcat and we all know that Big Blue Nation is great... maybe not always at football, but Dupree is legit.

Also going on in the last couple of months: I've been trying to lose weight, but I like chocolate a little too much, and also Lemon Oreos (which are divine.  A small taste of Heaven in between two cookies. God did good when He gave someone that idea). I have lost some weight, though... but I couldn't tell you a number because I have no idea what I weighed this time last year. Seriously.  Scales were not my friend.

And they still aren't, but I'm happy to say that despite the Lemon Oreos, I've also managed to lose all  most of my baby weight.

It's just taken me 12 years... but Wallace said the other night, "This just might be the smallest you've been since you had Caleb."

So we can call it baby weight...

One way I would NOT recommend losing weight is the horrific stomach virus that has been going around.  The whole family was down for the count last week (except for Wallace. I think he must have some kind of secret immunity. That, or he quarantined himself in the bedroom and I was nice enough to sleep on the couch.)

I'll let that sink in for  a minute, too... the SICK individual in the house on the couch, while the healthy individual enjoyed the luxury of the bed. However, if you know Wallace and know how much he enjoys his sleeping, you know that I couldn't take that away from him. And obviously, I didn't do much sleeping that night because I was too busy dying... He was nice enough to occasionally yell, "Lauren, are you ok? Do you need anything?". Well... hmm... nothing that I can think of. And in the midst of dying, when I thought I was going to pass out because I felt like my sugar was dropping, he did come running to my aid...

with a bag of blueberry muffins in one hand and a Fiber One strawberry streudel in the other. Um... STOMACH VIRUS??? But it was the thought that counted...

Anyway, things are pretty much back to normal around here and no one died from the virus. I actually have some control over Mount Laundry in the hallway and am vowing not to sleep away the summer.

I'm making no promises about not reading it away, though...

Or relaxing in the hammock most of the day...

Now that I've filled you in on all things going on in the Bates house, I'm going to go get my Lemon Oreos and grab Nobody's Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle ( a must read!). Have a blessed day!!!


  1. Lauren, so nice to see you here again. Criminal Minds is one of my faves. How have I not known about lemon Oreos? I love anything lemon. I'll totalky have to check those out! Glad you are all feeling better.

  2. I wondered where you'd been :). I'm glad that things are ok and that you're feeling better (I HATE the stomach flu).

  3. I love that your watching Bates Motel. I haven't seen it, but it just seems like a good fit because of the name. I have not heard of lemon Oreos. Interesting. I am an Oreo fan, so I may have to try those. Anyway, glad you're back!