Forgive me readers, It’s been 4 days since my last post…..

Yeah OK, enough of that.

I feel like I have had the craziest 3 weeks that have ever come to pass within my current life’s span… can any of you relate?
My brother was home for 2, we literally lived at my moms for 2 weeks. As much as I adore my family, and I LOVED spending time with a brother I haven’t seen in 2 years. I was glad when we got to go home. Honestly, I missed my bed. Had we been able to bring our bed with us I do believe we would have fared much better. There is rumor that my brother will return in about a week without the girlfriend. I have high hopes. Sometimes girlfriends just complicate the family visit. Regardless of how sweet they are it’s hard to really be yourself around someone who is new. I hope to actually take some photos. we’ll see how that goes.

I have spent this past week rushing around town, running school related errands. I have gotten all 3 mini-nerd’s school registrations completed. The oldest attended day camp at her new Jr. High school ALL week. ( I thought I had a couple weeks before I had to get up in the morning…HA!) I made a trip to the laundromat and washed, dried and folded 2 weeks of laundry…. fun. AND we attended the oldest’s pre-open house, open house night. Even my evenings have been filled with child related chaotic events, which while fun, also caused me to miss out on my normal Friday evening activities. *sigh*
I did manage to spend a few fleeting moments of quality time with my Sims. I missed them while I was gone.

I believe my biggest accomplishment these past weeks was I managed to get a star trail picture before the clouds covered. I have been desperately wanting to try, but there is way too much city light where we live. So I tried it out at my mom’s. Not perfect, but not too shabby for a very first attempt.

Star Trails

Star Trails © Erynne Nicole Photography .

I really do love the night sky and all it has to offer.  It’s truly amazing!!

Side Note: Have any of you read the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn?
I am curious what your thoughts may be on these books? Did you like them? Why? Didn’t Like them? Why not?

I just started this series and I’d like to hear feedback from you guys…

One of THOSE days…

You know exactly what I am talking about. Those days where nothing goes right. Those days when you just want to go back to bed, wake up and get out of bed on the other side JUST to see if it will make a difference? Who knows, maybe you really did get up on the wrong side of the bed! Those days when every step you take seems to be in the way of a random Lego trying to make its what back to its designated living area?

Yep you know exactly what I am talking about. I will warn you now, this post may become lengthy. Simply because it has been one of THOSE days. Bear with me, we can get through this together. No really, I promise!

So the past 2 weeks have passed by far too quickly. We are drawing to the close of my brother’s visit home. He leaves Monday morning, or so I am told…
I am also told that there is a rumors that he will return for a week after his visit with his girlfriends family comes to an end in a couple weeks. I have not heard that from him so it may just be an idle rumor. No hopes going up on that one.
This past Sunday we spent at Six Flags, we had a great time. My mother bought us season passes for Christmas And we are trying to remember to use them! Included in these passes are passes to the near by six flags water park. That’s where we spent the day today. But let’s back up JUST a wee bit!!

This morning began like any other that we have woken at my moms house. Rough. My eyes didn’t want to open. And my whole body was sore. Nerd Dearest had to go to work for the morning so I sent him off with a kiss.
My step father wanted to leave by 10. Mom over slept which means pretty much everyone else did also. Not me. I woke up at 6:30 when his boss started texting. And I woke with a major migraine headache… Yay…
My brother And his girlfriend were both up and ready to go in decent time. The kids were fed. All that was left was for my parentals and sister to get up and ready… Did I mention my sister is 17? And my mom has to look perfect before she can walk out the door. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is important to feel confident when you walk out the door, but then the server that hosts mom’s website went down… needless to say, We left 45 minutes late…
So we go to the water park and we’re having a great time. I didn’t even get sunburned!!! It’s a miracle! Seriously. I burn so bad these days. Perhaps it comes with old age. I am trying really hard not to think about it much!
Need dearest joins us late afternoon. We take the miniest mini to the kiddie pool where my brother and his Girl join us a while. Miniest Mini and my brother had some seriously positive interaction. She has avoided him as much as possible this whole visit. She is very shy and it has been 2 years since they met last.


We decide to rejoin the family and there we conclude that every one is super hungry and we need to eat.
The decision is made to visit our (mine and Nerd Dearest’s) favorite pizza place. We go, we enjoy AMAZING. Philly cheesesteak subs. The best we have found outside of Pennsylvania for sure. And then discover that the keys were locked in the car and I left mine behind because I wouldn’t need them. I will NOT be doing that again!
We were in a bit of a hurry because Nerd Dearest was already late for his visit to the Nerdkingdom for Friday night magic. To top it off I STILL had the migraine from this morning.

My step father manages to find a wire hanger, takes it apart and the two of them go to town trying to break into our car.
At some point a gentleman joins their courageous quest. And does his best to try and unlock the car from the outside. I noticed a woman sitting a couple tables away from us sitting alone, she’s had a man with her last time I looked. It was then that I realized that the man helping my nerd and nerdpapa (he is also a complete nerd) was this woman’s husband.
A few minutes later their food arrives at their table and she starts picking at her plate, patiently waiting for her husband to finish helping us and come join her. I was seriously touched by this.
At least 20 minutes passed and he was shill helping And she was still sitting there calmly. She gave no indication that she was put out by this change of plans. I found myself drawn to her. I could not just sit there and watch her play on her phone to pass time with out any negative attitude and neglect to talk with her.
I got up from my table, left my mom with all the kids and went to her table. I asked if her husband was the one who was out there helping. She said he was. And I did get a little teary eyed (don’t judge me) and I told her how much I appreciated their generosity. Not everyone will sacrifice their time to help some one out of a jam. I told her that her patience was such a blessing to see and that it’s becoming more rare to find people willing to take the time out of their day to give aid to a random stranger. I explained that we had spent the entire day in the sun, the kids were exhausted. (Seriously my miniest mini was crying about EVERYTHING at this point.) and that I wanted to take the opportunity to thank her and let her know that I was blessed.
20 more minutes passed and the lock finally lifted and the door of our car was opened. Meanwhile, this man’s food had grown cold and they both still seemed to be in such high spirits. I really was surprised. They were very obviously on a date, probably had left kids behind at home and needed some time to be just them. They were so happy that they had been able to help us out.
Now. I had been sitting at my table for the last 20 minute trying to think of something that I could do for them as a thank you. In this instance words just did not seem to be enough. So I came to the conclusion that the very least I could do was buy their desserts. So I went up and told the guy taking orders that I wanted to do something nice for this couple. I wanted to buy them desserts of their choice. So I paid for 2 of the most expensive desserts to make sure their choices were covered. Then I joined my husband at their table and chatted a couple minutes. Before we left I told them that when they were ready, dessert was on us and I thanked them again for helping us out.
On our way home Nerd Dearest informed me that they were indeed on a date and they had 10 kids!!! That made their help mean even more to me. It’s hard to get away from 3 kids for a night. And 10 kids? Wow. I can’t possibly imagine…. Ok maybe I can, I have 7 younger siblings. But still …
And on top of that, while searching for a way into the car Nerd Dearest discovered that one of the tires was almost worn through. He said he would have never known that had the keyd not been locked in the car and the tire could have gone out enroute somewhere.
I was seriously touched and my attitude regarding the whole day shifted to something much more positive!

I am grateful for today’s experiences. Remember that everything happens for a reason and be generous with others because you never know when you may need assistance yourself!

Random moment of the day:

Our Mid-mini decided he wanted to try modeling…

I am going to go enjoy my LUSH bath and then spend some quality time with my Sims! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I would LOVE to hear about your plans and events!

A Night…

Friday nights have become something of a bittersweet time for me. It is a night when I can do whatever I please, but I generally do so alone. I despise being home alone. However this one night a week gives my Nerd and I some time apart to do things we enjoy. The end result is generally a pleasant one.

My Nerd ventures into the Nerd kingdom to the comic/card store on Friday nights to play Magic the Gathering with all of his Nerd kingdom buddies. It gives him the opportunity to spend time away from home and doing something he enjoys, without our little mini-nerds asking for something every 5 minutes. Honestly I really enjoy going with him when I can. I don’t play. That is something I do with him alone to avoid as much mockery as possible, but I truly enjoy going out there. It is nice to be around my Nerd while he is in his element. I also like to watch the games unfold and a lot of the guys over there are fun and very witty. Good times are had.

MY Friday nights, unless I am with him, are much quieter. To be honest by the time Friday evening rolls around, after spending the week with rambunctious, chaotic little mini-nerds I usually just want quiet and mind numbing activities. For instance tonight’s plan:
• Feed the minis. ✅
• Put the minis to bed. ✅
• Occupy myself while the minis eventually fall asleep.
• Take a LUSH bath.
• Turn on the TV, find something to watch that is acceptable background noise. (I hate being home alone)
• Play The Sims 3 until my Nerd comes home.

Currently I am at the end phase of #3 on that list. I cannot WAIT for them to pass out so I can fix myself a yummy drink and run my LUSH bath and read a book for a couple hours.

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Ladies – though it’s a little pricey, really it’s worth the money.
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So after my bath I’m going to play with my Sims. They had download purchases on sale the other day so my Nerd bought me the Supernatural and Generations expansions for a total of $17. It totally made my rotten day better. Just like when he brought me LUSH home yesterday!!
I made myself a werewolf family and they now have 4 little werewolves of their own running around and another on the way!! I am trying to decide which supernatural species to create next! Next thing I know I am going to have my town overrun with supernatural creatures in no time at all!

I know, I’m 31 I should get a real life rather than live vicariously though my little Sim People. At least that’s what my old man tells me. But how am I supposed to do that? At this moment I have zero werewolves in my life. Uhg. Oh well, some people really just don’t get it! And really? That’s ok.

Now I do believe it has been a while Since I last heard Transformers clicking their parts in place as they are making their grand transformations from cars to awesome robots and back again! So I am going to make myself a drink, run a bath and grab a book. Y’all have a fabulous night!