Patches, Training & Plastic, Oh My! #NaBloPoMo

I went to another Cub Scout Leader training today – it was fun, but more importantly, it was informative. And – for attending the training and being trained in Youth Protection – I was awarded with my first leadership badge…the Trained Patch. Not only am I grateful for those who volunteer to put on these training sessions, but the excitement Connor expressed when I came home and showed him my 1st patch made getting up at 6am after being woken at 3am totally worth it! He wanted me to put it on the shirt I was wearing today, RIGHT THEN…forcing me to explain that I’d rather put it on a uniform shirt. His response to that was “Well, go get one mamma!”

Our portable air conditioner decided to spring a major leak on us a couple of summers ago, and to avoid paying several hundred dollars for a new one, we purchased a $13 under-the-bed storage bin to catch the water and just scooped the water out every few days. This year, the air conditioner suddenly decided to add a peculiar stench to the water it was leaking. It’s kind of a cross between stinky feet and vomit. A wonderful, nasty, nightmares-about-rotting-corpses-chasing-you-down kind of smell. So we’re finally bringing it to the transfer station to be dismantled and rendered as close to nothing as possible tomorrow. Hubs wanted to chuck the plastic bin, too…but after my environment class, I just can’t bring myself to put any more plastic than absolutely necessary into a landfill or incinerator somewhere, so rather than throw it out, I’m just going to clean the shit out of it using rubber gloves and copious amounts of bleach.

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Zombie Apocalypse, Milk Jugs & Day What? #NaBloPoMo

One of the drawbacks to me being overwhelmingly busy constantly re-organizing our home after the 3 males living here trash it is that I never know what day of the week it is. EVER. Especially when the week is short because someone was home sick, then it was election day. And next week is short too because of Veteran’s Day, so I’ll more than likely think it’s Tuesday on Sunday. *sigh*

We are also dealing with a toddler version of the zombie apocalypse at our house. Kyle has figured out not only how to climb out of his crib in 2 seconds flat, forcing us to replace his crib with a big-boy bed, but he’s also manage to climb over every gate in the house – including the extra-tall one I put in the doorway hoping to keep him in his room and safe when he wakes up at 3am rather than trashing Connor’s room and waking everyone in the house. Needless to say, there is lots of excess baggage around the eyes of those living with the dreaded toddler-zombie.

Yesterday, I was thankful that my mom has such a good sense of humor and that we can make each other laugh about stuff that would normally push us over the edge (thanks Mum!).

Today I’m ever-so-grateful that Kyle is the kind of kid who will see you doing something a particular way a few times (like getting ready to bring Connor to the bus), then insist on that action being done exactly the same way for the rest of eternity. Yes, I’m totally serious! He knows how to help us empty the dishwasher (although he does want to put away dirty dishes quite often), he knows how to load the dryer (again, sometimes it’s not clean laundry he wants to load), and going out is easier than ever as he knows we have to put on his coat and that he needs to go onto the porch for me to pick him up and put him in the truck (even though he does sometimes make a dash for the sandbox). It makes life SO much easier now that he’s cooperative and wants to help!

My “Going Green” mission today is to save as many milk jugs as I can to organize Connor’s crayons, colored pencils, and craft supplies. I figure I could save about an acre’s worth of jugs from making it into landfills just with this project alone! I got the idea from one of my fave websites…Pinterest! Check it out…

Yesterday, we saved a ton of food from going in the garbage by eating the leftovers of our “camp-out stew”. Seriously – it’s so easy to make and is delicious! The best part is that it gets young kids active in preparing their dinner, and they have control over what they have to eat (to a point, lol). I’ll be posting the recipe after this weekend…I’m going to another Cub Scout Leadership training tomorrow. 🙂 Thankfully, this one is indoors and is only 4 hours, but probably won’t be as fun as the last one.

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