Sunday, August 25, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 64

It's still Sunday! Some childhood questions...
 
 
Sunday Social


1. What do you miss most about being a kid?
Life was reasonably responsibility-free.
 
2. Did you have a nickname growing up? What was it?
Maybe they aren't really worth repeating...
 
3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?
Play on the bars! Some things never change.
 
 

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an accountant for as long as I can remember. I don't know why, but I knew at a young age that math was kind of my thing, so I guess CPA sounded good. One of these days...

5. Did you participate in any school activities?
I started cheerleading in 7th grade, then softball, gymnastics, dance, and bowling by the time I got to high school. I don't remember being that busy, but I guess I was!

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?
I can't think of anything specific, but I was always called a clutz and asked if my real hair color was blonde. I guess I made them all laugh!



If you have an extra few minutes, please vote for me. Thanks!

 
~Michiko

Thursday, August 22, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 63

I can't believe it's Wednesday - for a few minutes longer. Can I still get this in for the week??


Sunday Social


1. What is something you've always wanted to do but are afraid of?
Maybe skydiving. I've bungee jumped, so skydiving seems like the next logical step, but as I've heard all too often being the wife of an Air Force pilot: Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, happy - with bigger kids.

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2013?
A stress-free holiday/birthday season. Too much to ask for? ;-)

4. What are your hopes for your blog?
Just that I keep readers interested and maybe have more time for it. And hopefully get a new design one of these days!

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current town/city?
No.

6. What is your morning routine?
During the summer or after school starts? Just for me - hit the snooze a couple times, take a shower, get ready, have breakfast, then go to work. Squeeze in getting the kids up and dressed, and making lunches during the school year. Yikes - not looking forward to that!

And if you feel like it, you can vote for me! Thanks!


~Michiko

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

There's Something About: Emails

Ok, so, I'm not great about reading/keeping up with my emails. My personal email account has over 4500 unread emails. But you know, those are mostly promotional emails from all the online shopping I do. Shhh - don't tell the Major!

I definitely try to make sure I read anything from friends and family, but I might not get to "the other stuff" very quickly. If that means I didn't respond to your email, then I'm soooo sorry! It's not intentional, I promise.

The email account attached to my blog, however, is not quite as full as my personal email. I currently have about 20 unread emails. But that was still enough to miss this: I've been chosen as a Top 50 Military Mom Blog! Yay! I'm not sure how I was nominated, but I am so grateful.

And now, if you want, you can vote for me and I have a chance at making the Top 10. Wouldn't that be awesome?




~Michiko

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

There's Something About: Bruises

I don't mean the Train song, although I really do like it and maybe my bruises will make for better conversation.

I have at least 4 bruises. I feel like new ones keep popping up. Never have I ever been so proud of my bruises! I did my first 5K mud run this weekend. What a blast! And my best neighbor did it with me.

I apologize in advance for the barrage of photos, all thanks to the best neighbor hubby!



Ready to go!

We got there an hour before our run time, checked in, got our bibs, checked our bags, stretched out and then watched and waited till it was our turn to go. The starting line was right next to the finish line so we could watch some runners coming in and do the last couple of obstacles. It looked like soooo much fun!

I had no expectations going into this race. I had never done a 5K before so I figured I would just play it by ear. The course was set up with black diamond obstacles (higher difficulty) and green circle obstacles (not such high difficulty). I didn't want to limit myself and just automatically do the easier obstacles. So, I took it one obstacle at a time. And, you know what? The black diamond obstacles weren't impossible. In fact, I attempted and completed every black diamond obstacle, except one! I was pretty proud of myself.


Look how clean we are - but not for long!


 
So, I don't exactly like my face in this pic, but how cool is it that I'm hanging by one hand?!



Ok, a little muddier by now.

 

Teamwork!



I needed a little help, but I got over!
 
 
 
 
 You can't tell, but I got stuck and had to push myself down.
 
 
 
More mud! 

 
 
 
Love this photo, but this would be the one obstacle I couldn't complete, due to short legs maybe?  :-( 


We're already talking about doing this mud run again next year, and hopefully with the husbands, and maybe even a kid or two (minimum age is 9). And maybe more family and friends! We're even talking about doing harder and more difficult mud runs, as well. Who knows what we're getting ourselves into, but we have plenty of time to train!


Happy Girls!!!! 

So, who's in??

~Michiko

Monday, August 12, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 62

I know, I know - it's Monday. Better late than never! Hope you all had a great weekend.

Sunday Social
1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oh boy, a CPA, or so I thought. I know, boring, right? What can I say, I loved math. I had dreams of attending UCLA and becoming an accountant. Isn't that every young girl's dream??
2. What was your favorite way to kill time as a kid?
I guess during the single digit years I played outside with my sister and friends. Eventually, all I wanted to do was talk on the phone.
3. When did you get your first cell phone?
My husband and I got a "joint" cell phone shortly after we were married, for emergencies only. We used to keep it in the glove box! Aging myself, huh? Finally, got my OWN cell phone sometime in 2000-2001, I think. It was a little tiny Nokia and I loved it!  ;-)
4. What is your favorite magazine to read?
I don't read magazines very often, but recently, I got a good deal on a subscription to Shape. Although, I do enjoy Cosmopolitan and People at the doctor's office. I used to love Time magazine, too, but haven't read that one in awhile.
5. What is the one random object people would be surprised to find in your purse?
Probably my mini-fan, or my glasses repair kit. (I wear contacts now!)
~Michiko

Sunday, August 4, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 61

Hello! It's been a busy weekend, so let's get on with the questions! They were a little tough for me this week.


Sunday Social

1. What are 3 items you can't live without on a daily basis (water, food, shelter, and clothes don't count).
Probably my iPhone, sunglasses, and a hair-tie.
2. What is your all time favorite book? Why?
I don't think I can pick a favorite book. I don't reread books, and I don't read as much as I would like to. But the last book I read was The Night Circus and I really enjoyed it. The imagery was great and it was such a unique story.


3. What is something you'd like to accomplish before the end of 2013?
Purge all the old stuff out of everyone's rooms, the garage, the basement - basically the whole house. Think I can do it? (I don't really want to.)

4. If you could go back and relive any year of your life which year would it be?
I think I had a great senior year of high school, so that would be good. Or the first year I was married. Also, great!
5. What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?
That I always try my best to have a positive outlook on life and that I'm a lot more insecure than I may seem.

~Michiko

Friday, August 2, 2013

There's Something About: Family Reunions

Every year, we go to the Major's family reunion. Everyone looks forward to it all summer. Family and friends come from Florida, and all over Long Island. My parents were even here from California one year. Everyone's invited!




This year's theme was country western. What perfect timing, since Tink was a cowgirl for Halloween last year. She was really the only one of us that dressed up.




Country western is not a fashion trend that I sport and I wasn't about to go out and buy a plaid shirt, boots and a hat for one party. Luckily, there were really cute straw cowboy hats available for us to wear. Perfect!




We set up one of our new bounce houses and everyone loved it! Hopefully, that will get us some future customers.




And, of course, we all enjoy the pool.




It's great to see faraway family members, but it's also nice to see more local family members that we don't actually see that often. The Major has cousins galore that probably all live within an hour's drive, but we hardly see any of them. We all know how busy everyone's lives are, and that's what makes this once-a-year reunion so nice; to see everyone, near and far. Cousins all get to play together, too. First cousins, second cousins, removed cousins - they're all there!

 



The food is always delicious, the company is always enjoyable, and we're already looking forward to next year's reunion. Until then, we all need some sleep!

 

~Michiko