T4T | Inside Katie's Brain

You know that it is going to be a day when you bolt straight up in bed at 6am worried about work.

I have been pacing my house this morning like my morning coffee was laced with meth. 

Katie's brain: "The boy has a game tonight -- have to wash his uniform, gotta stop by the grocery store, interview interview interview -- can't be late for the interview, don't forget to send $12 with the girl tomorrow for her Thanksgiving feast, running low on underwear must do load of darks, the tiny newspaper ornaments for our work tree are ready at Staples -- don't forget to pick them up after your interview interview interview don't be late, must email Big Kid's teacher, do I have time to return that tablecloth or can that wait til next week, can I make the work lunch today -- yes, and afterwards run next door and buy the ever-growing boy two pairs of pants, why won't she email me back with that information I needed yesterday!!!"

It is a hectic place in my brain sometimes. Okay, all of the time.

So I feel like I need a musical chill pill this morning and this is what I came up with:

Yes, it is a holiday song. Sometimes you have to pull out the big guns.

Do you ever have days like this? When your mind is on fast forward?


Dear Santa | Christmas List Linkup

When all of the Christmas catalogs (and they just keep coming) started arriving in the mail, I told Little Kid to grab her a sharpie and circle her favorite toys. I did caution both children that just because you circle it, does not mean necessarily that you will receive it, because Santa Claus has to have enough toys for everyone. We haven't had many logistics questions yet but with a fifth grader, I know that they are coming.

Since I can't Sharpie my computer screen, today I am joining up with the My Favorite Things Link-Up to share what is on my Christmas List.

1. Erin Condren 2015 calendar

Confession: This gift has already been ordered and shipped. I made the mistake of ordering my calendar above -- which was a gift from The Engineer -- after Christmas last year, and it did not arrive until the end of January, which left me without a planner for the first month of the year. Not good in the newspaper business. I know so many people live by their electronic calendars and as a techie, I totally get that. But for me, there is just something about being able to flip open my EC and see my appointments for the day. Writing them down in my planner seems to cement them in my brain. And it is pretty.

I have been looking for an affordable speaker option forever. I had a Sony set with my very first iPhone that I liked but as is the plight of the iPhone, when they upgrade models often all of your accessories become out of date too. 

3. Starbucks Gift Card

Always a fave, always used up by the end of January.

I am obsessed with my new FitBit -- post coming soon. One of the goals on the FitBit is to take 10,000 steps per day. And you can watch your counter go up on your mobile device app while stepping. It is a Type A person's dream. I might have found myself power walking around the house at 11pm the other night to get in my 10,000 steps. #crazylady

5. Dept. 56 Snow Village set

Last year, some dear friends of ours at church gave us their Snow Village set. They just did not have space in the house for it anymore. I was ecstatic. My aunt collects Snow Village and I have always wanted to begin my own collection. I have already been on eBay scouting out additions. I was *this close* to snagging a Starbucks collectible for an amazing price and while I was bidding, it sold! eBay!

So what about you? What is on your Christmas list?


Tune for Thursday | What If I Do

Big Kid has gotten into the Foo Fighters lately which is excellent. The kid is cultivating some pretty cool musical preferences. I could not be happier.

So for today in his honor, I give you my all-time favorite Foo Fighters song ...

... Which he deemed "too slow." Well, you can't win them all.

Happy Thursday!