It’s time once again for some Friday fill-in fun, the perfect way to wrap up the week and kick off the weekend! 

From Ann of McGuffy’s Reader:

“The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts!”

And away we go! Here are this week’s statements with my fill-ins:

1. The first thing I think about in the morning is… Coffee!

We have two coffee pots – a Keurig plus a ‘regular’ KitchenAid one that I set up the night before, so it starts brewing at the same time the alarm is set for, so that when we get downstairs the coffee is freshly brewed and hot. It also makes sure I don’t dilly-dally upstairs, as the smell of fresh brewed coffee always wafts upstairs as I’m getting ready for my day – even the smell makes me happy, and ready to go downstairs to pour a steaming cup.

We use the Keurig mostly on the weekends, since I don’t pre-set the coffee pot as there’s usually no alarm on the weekends. That way we can enjoy a fresh (fast) hot cup of coffee while waiting for the other pot to do its thing. And it comes in handy if the hubby has gotten up earlier than me on the weekends (like he usually does – but he makes up the difference by taking a nap in the afternoon) and if it’s been a couple of hours since he ‘pushed the button’, I’d rather not drink coffee that’s been sitting in the pot all that time. Fresh is best!

I usually only end up having one or two cups a day – the hubby, on the other hand, can polish off the whole pot solo, since he drinks way more coffee than I do. I learned early on I happen to be one of those annoying ‘morning person’ people – cheerful and ready for the day, even before coffee. But I learned early on that I best not speak to anyone who isn’t a morning person like I am, at least not until they’ve had their first cup of coffee – like the hubby.

I also thought this was funny, and I can relate:

2. The last thing I think about before sleep is… Usually it’s a breakdown of what I need to get done the next day, like a mental list. But more often, I’m calculating how much sleep I’ll get if I fall asleep right away, and based on what time the alarm will be invading my dreams.

3. I am looking forward to… Next week both kids are on Spring Break, so there’s a reduction in the self-administered strict daily schedule. It’s too bad the hubby already had his spring break last week – it would have been fun to do something as a family, but instead I’m the mean mom and taking them to doctor appointments during spring break…heh!

4. I am so pleased… the weather is getting warmer daily. The next few days should see less rain and more sunshine, which also makes me pleased.

Now it’s time to Celebrate the Small Things! I’m joining in this fun blog hop to join some awesome bloggy friends and meet new ones – click on the badge for more information and if you’d like to play along, too!

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This week I’m celebrating that in spite of Little Dude’s ADHD, ODD and Sleep Disturbances, he’s shown great progress in school (especially after having to switch schools mid-year because of the move) so our Parent/Teacher conference on Wednesday was a much more pleasant meeting than anticipated.

He’s still testing his limits with his new teacher and classmates with some behavioral issues, but luckily his teacher has a son with ADHD, so she knows how to reign him in effectively when necessary. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – teachers really do make a difference! 

I’m also (still) celebrating the fact that a recipe I entered in a contest ended up being a finalist! I submitted a recipe “Kahlua Glazed Black Russian Boozy Cake” – the deadline for voting is coming up on Monday, so if you could pretty please take a minute to go vote for my recipe, I’d be forever in your debt!

The finalists have been posted here:

Please and thank you!

That’s a wrap! Hope you join in the fun! Check out the other Friendly Fill-Ins participants and join in if you feel the urge for some fun!


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  1. Hi Stacy! I can relate to almost all of the above except for the morning person thing. That’s definitely not me. When I worked an occasional day shift in my EMS days, my partners always knew that the first mission was coffee after checking our ambulance. 😀 If a job came in before then, my partner got the wolf face.

    I’m glad things are working out with your son at his new school. Have a great weekend! Eva

  2. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I drink coffee all day long ( I switch to decaf after lunch), I am definitely like that picture of the dog without coffee. Sorry your vacations didn’t all line up together to go somewhere. I am sure you will come up with some fun staycation ideas for them. I am glad your son is doing well in his new school. I am going to try to remember to join the Celebrate the Small Things next week. I hope your recipe wins, I voted. Have a great weekend!

  3. Hi! I just recently switched from coffee to tea but caffeine is definitely a must in the morning (and throughout the day for me). I like that graphic that goes with #2. The problem is it takes me a while to fall asleep, some nights a very long while.

    That is so great that your recipe is a finalist! It’s good that your son is doing so well. I hope that continues. Poor guy. That’s a lot to deal with.

  4. Your recipe has been voted for, i’m glad your son is doing better, and as ready as i am for blue skies and blooms, i am not looking forward to having to turn on the A/C!

  5. I love the smell of coffee, but I do not drink it. I just sniff it. 🙂
    I do the time calculating thing sometimes, too, including factoring in the 9 zillion times I’m going to have to go to the bathroom during the night. I usually end up with the thought that there’s not much point in lying down.
    Spring break for our area was last week. I’m sorry you and the kids have to spend theirs in doctors’ offices. No fun!
    Our oldest son had ADHD and was a handful and then some until David discovered a way to help him through it. Maybe he’ll share what he did for our son in his comment.
    Have a blessed weekend!

  6. Oh, my gosh…I need that mug. I fear Summer. I do not do well in heat; I am made for the North Woods! Winter was so mild, I am afraid Summer will also be too warm.
    Enjoy that spring Break. The kids here just had theirs. It was quiet, as I guess everyone went away.

  7. If you need more detail than I provide here, email Suzanne and we will get more detail to you.

    Back when our oldest was in school, he was terrible at staying in his seat, doing his classwork, etc. His grades kept dropping. Every week, we would drill and drill and drill on his spelling words until he had them all perfect. On Fridays, he would take the tests and get zeros. I had studied sleep teaching and thought, “Nothing else is working, so it can’t hurt. ”

    I had a tape from Potentials Unlimited on self hypnosis. I recorded that onto a tape and then recorded his spelling words several times on to the tape. After those, I recorded the self-hypnosis tape again. We played the tape at night while he slept.

    Next day, he got a 100 on the test. The next week, we did not go over his words with him but played a tape of that week’s words along with the self-hypnosis tape every night. That week he got a 100 on his spelling test and EVERY test he took that week. The next week the same thing happened and the next. Finally we were able to reduce his medication and ultimately take him off of it. See our video, A mind is a terrible thing. .

    Also, play Baroque music while your children are reading/studying. The results are amazing.

  8. Good Morning, Stacy! When I hear you describe your morning coffee routine and how just the smell of coffee makes you feel happy it makes me wish I liked coffee. I like the idea of coffee but I am not a coffee drinker… wine drinker but not coffee. CH, the husband, loves his coffee and goes through a whole pot in the morning and then around two in the afternoon he has a pour over which I am fascinated with. #3… you crack me up! Right there with you on #4!
    I am happy to hear that your son is doing well. Teachers do make a difference! Good luck with your cake! Fingers crossed for you!

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