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About robynbird

I've been a writer since I could hold a pencil in my hand. I'm learning new and wonderful things about myself through my writing and realized it isn't enough just to write it down, I need to share it. What I have to say may not be Earth shattering, but it is filled with love and I hope it moves those who read it.

would you rather – cinquième partie

lose your sense of taste or your sense of smell
Either of these would suck, but if I had to choose, I’d say taste. I mean, most times when the sense of smell goes, so does taste. At least this way I’d be able to smell things…?

live on a houseboat or in an RV
The people who know me know I don’t like boats. However, I think I’d rather live on a boat than in an RV. With a boat, I could travel the entire world, with an RV I’m landlocked.

live in space or under the sea
Am I a mermaid?
If I could breathe underwater, I’d choose the sea. I feel like space would be cold and lonely.

be completely invisible or be able to fly
Invisible. All day every day.

be a kangaroo or a horse
Kangaroo.
Because Kanga and Roo.

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a tune for Tuesday vol 100

It’s December first.
Y’all know what that means…
C H R I S T M A S M U S I C!

I love this Mel Torme and Bob Wells classic.
Here’s Teddy Swims with The Christmas Song.
I’m desperate for him to do an entire holiday album.
Merry Christmas to you.

Please listen responsibly.

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a tune for Tuesday vol 99

YBW shared this song with me.

I like how Alicia Bognanno’s kind of shouty but also melodic.
Little bit alt and indie, little bit grunge, little bit punk, whole lotta fun.

“I don’t know where to start with you.” this lyric is relatable.

This is Where to Start by Bully.
Let me know what you think.

Please listen responsibly.

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all those lost rewards points

I have a TJX rewards credit card. When I use it I earn points that convert to dollar amount rewards to be spent at TJX stores. I earn one point per each $1 spent out in the world, and five points per each $1 spent at any TJX store.
That’s Home Goods, HomeSense, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx.
Needless to say this card comes in handy. I once bought twelve dinner plates for about 89 cents.

Last month as I was paying bills, I noticed a charge I didn’t make.
Nearly $800 to wine dot com in California.
Look y’all, I buy some wine. But I normally buy wine at Naked Mountain.
Or Wegmans.
Or Lidl.
Or Trader Joes.
Or Total Wine.
OK, you get it. We like wine up in here (up in here).

Anyway…
I didn’t buy that particular wine.
So I immediately called the card company to get it sorted.
They removed the charge.
Canceled my card.
Sent me forms to sign.
Sent a new card.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Not so fast!
I use that card for subscription payments.
Hello Bello for Baby K’s diapers.
The water deliver guys. (we have a water cooler)
But I completely forgot about one!
I got an email that my subscription would be canceled because they needed updated payment information. That’s Disney + and we can’t lose our access to that! YBW would be especially disappointed now the new season of the Mandalorian is on. Baby K would be bummed she couldn’t watch Bluey.
Of course, I sorted that immediately.
The diapers and water are a monthly delivery and payment, therefore easy to remember. Disney + is an annual payment that I never even think about.

I changed passwords.
I haven’t used the new card online (yet).

Of course, this happened at the height of me being sick with lyme disease. I’d pretty much had it.
So there was some shouting. There were some tears. There was a whole lot of me being a hater, and being defeatist, and wanting to take to my bed in the most dramatic fashion.
But it was quickly and easily sorted. And I feel a little better each day, so I’m much less in my feels about it now.

I’m relieved that charge was removed.
Though I’m kinda disappointed I won’t get all those rewards points.

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I amuse myself

Thing 1 and I created a way for anyone who’s curious to know at a glance what’s for dinner.
A damn cool magnetic whiteboard slapped right on the front of the fridge.

Last week it had things like:
shakshuka
and
lemon garlic shrimp with pasta
and
breakfast
Oh! And macaroni and cheese because Thing 2 requested it when she was here.

This week our menu looks like this.

I didn’t feel like giving any fucks when it came to food.

The only reason Monday and Tuesday have real things is because the menu gets written on Wednesdays after grocery shopping.
We have food in the house.
Frozen veggies and meats. Pantry staples. Some fresh produce.
Enough to last nearly two full weeks.
I just didn’t have any real interest in planning meals.
Gonna be flying by the seat of my pants.
While that would normally freak me right out, I’m embracing it this week…

More than anything, I amused myself.
It was worth it.

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grateful for joy and sadness

Thing 2 and Boyfriend M were here last weekend.

Thing 1 was thrilled to see her sister!
Baby K was excited to spend time with her Auntie!
Loads of peek-a-boo, story reading, block building, and media table play. (dried beans are excellent for sensory play)

Friday saw us at 2 Silos.
Even though it was chilly, the sun came out and we enjoyed our beers.

Saturday Thing C and Thing G came over.
We played Bye Felica, Uno, and Phase 10, and had burgers and dogs for dinner.
YBW and I had all the joy at all of our kids in the same place at once.

Thing 2 went through my shoes and took home four pair. (less things for me to move)

Thing 1 drove her sister and Boyfriend M to the airport Sunday afternoon.
Baby K cried when they drove out of the driveway.
So did her Birdie.
A LOT!

I was making leftovers for my lunch Monday and asked Thing 1 when we made that particular meal.
She told me it was Wednesday, because “they came on Thursday. As short as they were here, it felt like an eternity.”
She’s right. They weren’t here all that long, but it felt good and long.

I’m sad they’re gone, but chock a block full of joy and gratitude they were here.
My cup runneth over!

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would you rather – quatrième partie

be a pirate or a ninja
Pirate. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush made it look so damn fun! (and I’m way too clumsy to be a ninja anyway)

live in Harry Potter’s World or Narnia’s world
These are two of my all time favorite book series how can I even choose!?! I think I’d give up being a Queen of Narnia for the ability to do magic. Oh good Lord! What if I was a Muggle? Or worse! A Squib?
OK I’ll choose Harry Potter’s world if (and only if) I’m a witch. If I’m can’t be a witch, Queen of Narnia beats Muggle any day.

be able to breathe underwater or to breathe fire like a dragon
My initial impulse is to say dragon fire. And I mean why not?
But honestly, if I didn’t have to come up for air, I’d never stop swimming and exploring bodies of water.

be able to see long distances or hear things that are far away
My hearing is not so great and I have 20/15 vision, so I’m going with hearing things that are far away.

sleep on the floor or sleep on 10 mattresses
Princess and the pea me. I’m past my floor sleeping days.

“Who Put This Pea in My Bed” by Patti Ballard from my personal collection

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a tune for Tuesday vol 98

The more I hear this song, the more I love it.
Check out Post Humorous by Gus Dapperton and let me know what you think!

Please listen responsibly.

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favorite things: November edition

Time for a game of favorites.
Y’all wanna play?

What’s your:

favorite advice
trust your gut

favorite outdoor smell
a no-win tie between: freshly cut grass and that crisp smell in the air in Autumn

favorite quote
“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.” ~ W H Auden

favorite card game
Phase 10

favorite thing about a rainy day
wearing my monogrammed rain boots

favorite Dr. Seuss book
Fox in Socks

favorite store
depending on the day, it’s either Home Goods or Target

favorite day of the week
Monday
I like the beginning of things…

favorite punk band
The Clash

favorite gif

Please play along, what are your faves?

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it’s all happening

The foundation footers were poured Friday last at the new house!
We went over there Sunday morning to take a look around.


This is the back right corner of the house looking towards the front, the rise in the foundation is where the garage begins.

Y’all!

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