Bramell, Party of Five: I'm BAAAACK!

Friday, January 16, 2015


Wow, I just realized that it's been two whole months since I blogged here. I'll be surprised if I still have any readers left.
Anyway, we had kind of a rough ending to 2014 with Girl Twin's surgery and how much time I was working through the holidays...just not enough time or energy to blog. We had a great Christmas with family, and the kids are still thrilled with all their loot.

Now, here we are at 2015. I'm trying not to freak out. There's so much going on in my head, I'm not sure that I can get it all out here. I'm turning FORTY this year, y'all. 4-0. I haven't given it much thought until the calendar flipped over...then, BAM, there it was. I don't think I like it and my body knows it--I've been gaining weight, my skin is breaking out and I have had an eye twitch for over a week now. It's time to fall apart, I guess.
I think about my mom when she was my age and it's really weird. When she was 40, I was TWENTY. Yes, that's right. She had a kid in college and one in high school; I have two kids who still need help going to the bathroom! I always thought she was so young and cool--now I know why; she was. I go to Big Sister's classroom and I'm probably the oldest mom there and older than most of the teachers, too. I guess I'm glad that I was so old when I had kids, but does that make it easier or harder? It just makes me tired. Oh well. I kinda like those little buggers and I hope they don't grow up wishing their parents weren't such old farts.

I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I do want to work on a few things. Mainly, I'm going to focus on finding motivation. I need a some serious motivation to get some things done this year. Here's my short list:
1) I'm going to do this darn blog makeover I keep talking about. I need to get on it and make it a priority. Like, now!
2) I want some new furniture. Seriously, Lee and I have been living together for nearly 12 years and we still have our mixture of his & hers hand-me-down furniture. The only furniture we've bought together is a mattress and our tiny kitchen table. I desperately want a new couch with end tables that match! I want a couch that doesn't smell like dog/vomit/juice/bodily fluids. Can we make this happen please?
3) I'm finally going to get my butt in shape and lose some of this weight. Because I'm turning 40, you know. It won't get any easier.
4) I cannot believe I'm saying this--I'm (probably) going to walk/jog a freaking half marathon with my friend Tara this spring. Why, you ask? Because I'm turning 40, I guess. She's asked me for at least 3 years to do this thing with her, and each year I decline and blame my fat. So, what better motivation to get in shape than to commit to some serious training? And please note two things: I only wanted to run a 5K before I turn 40 NOT a half marathon. And, two, we will probably walk most of it because, God love her, she's not the most athletic person I've ever known either. I can say that because I've known her for 30+ years and because it's true and I love her. She says if she can do it, then I can too. I guess we'll see about that. And to make it worse, she sent a Fed Ex package to my door with some new running socks inside; she's in my head now.

I'm ready to get everything back on track--I want to blog more, be healthier and make more time for playing with my kids. Keep watching to see if I can find the motivation.


  1. made me cry! As you get older, you will find that it doesn't take much to make you cry. At least, it doesn't take much for me these days. I blame it on the aging and I'm sticking to that!

    If you are turning 40 this year, that means I'm turning 60! WHAT?!!! Not so young and cool any more, am I? Well, not young anyway.

    I am confident that you will do whatever you put your mind to. Sometimes, it's just hard. Really hard. You can do it!

    I'm looking forward to this blog make-over I keep hearing about. I'm ready for it, so bring it on! I miss seeing pics and hearing stories about my grandkids.

    I miss all of you like crazy and will try to come that way soon. You never know about this crazy Arkansas weather. It can change in a matter of minutes.

    Love to all...

  2. It is weird to think about our parents at our age, huh? I'm turning 36 and when my mom was my age I was 16. Geez, I can't imagine having a teenager right now! Good luck with that running. I NEED to get my rear in shape and do something, but I'm lacking that motivation thing.

  3. If it helps at all, I had NO idea you were that close to me in age. (I will admit, my 40th birthday was the hardest birthday for me...I spent it at the beach to ease the pain) And yes, the body does fall apart a bit at this age (for me, it is my eyes). At the same time, I am more physically active now than I have ever been so it is not the end, my friend. Good luck with those goals!

  4. If it makes you feel any better, I'm on the other side of 5-0. Not sure how that happened!


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