Five Below Favorites

If you have a Five Below in your area, and haven’t visited it is an awesome store where everything is FIVE Dollars or Below. We got one about ten minutes from us about a year a ago and I love going and seeing what they have. In the time we have had one near us, I have found a few favorites to grab from there.

Candy is one of my favorite things to grab. It is typically cheaper then a gas station and there is way more choices.

I love buying organization stuff from there. The tray organizers fit perfectly on the target rectangle metal rolling carts. They have fun storage cubes like my cat one pictured above. There is always an array of baskets in different styles and prices.

Salt Lamps are so easy to grab there. My favorite are the plugin style. They are on the smaller end of salt lamps but for the price they are great.

Also if you love Graphic Tees and don’t want to break the bank. Five Below is the place. They are $5 and so many designs to choose from.

If you have a Five Below near you and you haven’t checked yours out. You should, you are missing out.

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The Friendship & Adventures of Siobhan and TootToot Part 3

If your new to this story and would like to start at the beginning.

These post will be written by the player who plays Siobhan, at the point that these started these characters had been playing together for 2 years. They are no longer being actively used in our campaign. They are still doing stuff behind the scenes. There has been a ten year time jump in our campaign since these have been written. Nothing TootToot does majorly is done with out discussing with me; lets be honest though most of our party knows what TootToot is going to do before he does. This series is long, be prepared. Also it will reveal a lot of TootToot’s backstory that he hasn’t shared with others before and Some of Siobhan’s. Yes; believe it or not my party had been playing with me for two years before I revealed TootToot’s backstory. Hard to believe, I know.

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Monthly Meal, Success? Maybe.

Last month we decided we needed to dive back in to meal planning; we knew though that we eat left overs a lot plus have take away a few times a month. So how many meals do we really need? We sat down as a family and talked about it and decided on 20. The boys gave ideas too, it wasn’t just me thinking of things to feed my family for a month. We sit at the table while we talk and discuss things we like and how we want to try new things. We look through my obscene amount of cookbooks for someone who doesn’t do the majority of the cooking. We also had to plan one of the meals for The Dresden Files Game group. That meal was included in the 20 meals. I bet you are wondering how many of the 20 meals did we make and eat. Well we made 15 out of the 20, with plans to make the other 5 this month. This month we decided that we would go with 15 instead of 20. There were some old stand byes, but we had some stand out favorites and I will share those below and what we are most excited for this month.

July Stand Outs:

Mississippi Roast and Mashed Potatoes (I just googled a recipe)

Shredded Chicken Tacos (we made this up as we went)

Excited for August:

French Dip Sandwiches (Made in the Slow Cooker)

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

What are you planning on cooking for August? Anything exciting you are cooking? Please leave me comment to help give me ideas.

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The Musings of a Newly 34 Year Old

I wrote this before my 34th birthday and set it to go live on my birthday, and just realized it didn’t. So I am publishing it now. I am not reading it again. 8/4/2019

Who says only kids get to do
Birthday Photo Shoots!!

So another trip around the sun is wrapping up for me. It has been a kind year, which is unusual for me. Many of my 33 years have been filled with a lot of different kinds of struggles. Mental health being one of my biggest since I was very young. I have talked about those in the past, this post isn’t mainly about them.

What do I hope that 34 has in store for me? Well I would like to meet more of my friends who live in my phone, haha. Since discovering twitter in 2009, I have met some amazing people who have been life changing. 33 lead me to meeting a few and those people were amazing. Those moments were amazing, memories I will cherish forever. I wish Mary Beth and Family didn’t live in hell to me, haha. I don’t think Emily will ever leave hell either though she talks about coming closer. I have plans to travel to meet one more friend and her family this summer, I can’t wait. Other things, I would like to buy a better couch for our living room. Our living room is huge and the one I picked out on wayfair when we moved in is so small. I want to successfully meal plan and cook more, I have let Casey cook for most of the almost 12 years of marriage. I hate cooking, there is a lot of reasons. I want to eat things no one in my house wants to eat but Ollie will try new food and surprisingly eats like the majority. I want to make more meals in our regular plan. I would like to make it thorough the summer with my mental health stable. I did it last summer, that was the first summer in I don’t know how long that I did. I don’t know if it was because it was constant with things going on. That isn’t the plan for this summer. Our family vacation is happening during the end of the school year and my Dad is coming too. I want the boys to have this memory of this trip with their Pop. I would like to take a weekend away with Casey even if we just stay somewhere local, I want to make dates happen more then once a quarter if that. I want to be a better friend, I feel like I have a lot to learn here. I want to be a better spouse. I guess I want to be better, shouldn’t that always be a goal?

So 33 also had a lot of learning and growth plus a smidgen of that adulty stuff. We bought our first home, honestly if you read my archives never thought that would happen. I tackled mount laundry and kept tackling it, the biggest game changer was getting rid of all but two laundry baskets. Okay that isn’t completely honest, that was game changing but the real game changer was I have a vindictive asshole of a cat and when he gets mad pees on clean laundry. So I can’t leave it laying around, thanks Bra’tac. Your being an asshole as lead me to tackle one of my biggest challenges. I have kept my house tidy for a year, like it has had messy moments and floors are dirty sometimes. Overall though, company can stop by and I am not ashamed or shoving shit in closets. Before we moved I hired a junk hauler and if I didn’t want it in this house it didn’t come. Then once we moved in, if we didn’t want/need it, it left. Holy shit people talk about this all the time, but it never clicked. I completed vlogmas on youtube, that may seem lame but I did it and it was a bug deal to me. I finally openly admit that I agnostic, that was a tough one. I struggled for years to accept that. There is more to this story, maybe it will be it’s on post. The biggest one is I realized is that blood doesn’t make someone your family. I have an amazing family that I have made and support me as I am and don’t ask me to not be who I am. You know who you are and I love you.

Bottoms Up 34!!!
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The Friendship and Adventures of Siobhan and TootToot Pt. 2

If your new to this story and would like to start at the beginning.

These post will be written by the player who plays Siobhan, at the point that these started these characters had been playing together for 2 years. They are no longer being actively used in our campaign. They are still doing stuff behind the scenes. There has been a ten year time jump in our campaign since these have been written. Nothing TootToot does majorly is done with out discussing with me; lets be honest though most of our party knows what TootToot is going to do before he does. This series is long, be prepared. Also it will reveal a lot of TootToot’s backstory that he hasn’t shared with others before and Some of Siobhan’s. Yes; believe it or not my party had been playing with me for two years before I revealed TootToot’s backstory. Hard to believe, I know.

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What is Coming and Where I have Been?

I don’t know if anyone noticed but I dove back into blogging last week. After basically being MIA for the last 3 years maybe longer. It wasn’t that I didn’t love blogging anymore. I do, I mean there was a post here and there. It was that I was floundering, I didn’t know where I fit into the blogging world anymore and what I want my blog to be. Believe it are not there was a 6 month period in there where I thought I would let my domains go and just have my archives. Then I was like that isn’t what I want. I enjoy writing, I enjoy sharing MY life (more on that later) and things that make it easier. I knew that I couldn’t be a Mommy Blog anymore, which is what this blog started out as. Does anyone remember “When did I go from a Kid to a Grown Up?”, my blog’s original title. I started it when Ian was 2 months old. I doubt my boys want a full blog dedicated to them and their lives? When I realized I wasn’t comfortable with that genre anymore that is where I started to flounder. I mean I am not out here to get rich from my writing. What do I want to write about, I blogged for 5 years before this blog, sadly those archives aren’t here and I don’t think I could find them even if I wanted too. Mostly the ramblings of a manic college student (not joking spent most of late teens and early 20’s manic). So none of us are missing anything.

Now what is coming to BadWolfBobbi, now that I am no longer a mommy blog. There might be parent post, like a back to school prep post or stuff like that but nothing super invasive about my boys lives. More post about me and my life; my struggle with my mental health, being awkward, geek, and all that jazz. More lifestyle post; more hacks that I have found to work for me, how I overcame the messy house past, and more mumbo jumbo. And most exciting for me is the on going series about TootToot and Siobhan, that is written by Micheal who plays Siobhan. I contribute but the overall idea and writing is his. We have played these characters for two years, they are best friends. The series starts after they split from their party to return somewhere to handle some business. More will be revealed.

A brief catch up with me; we purchased our first home in 2018 (exciting). I recently started therapy for the first time since leaving Colorado. Lost my mom in August of 2017. We lost FootFoot in May 2017. We went on our first vacation as a couple and family vacations. Celebrated our 12 wedding anniversary; 14 years together. Dude that is almost a quarter of my life, he is amazing to put up with me. We got a cat, his name is Bra’tac; he is our furry overlord. We hope we serve him well. Was hospitalized in April 2017, and the months after that until October 2017 were hell. Since October 2017 and a new medication cocktail; my mental health has been the best overall it has ever been in my life. Please don’t think it has been perfect there are still tough times, but they are shorter and farther apart. I quit Facebook (we already talked about that). With no plans to return, it has been over two weeks and it has been great. I got a new to me car that isn’t a late model and is going to last more then a year or two. With that came our first car payment in 4 years, ouch (haha). I have traveled a bit by myself, there is something about taking adventures if you can. I have began to accept myself a little more. I am a work in progress. I am excited to see what this new path for me on BadWolfBobbi holds, I hope you come along.

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The Friendship and Adventures of Siobhan and TootToot Pt. 1

These post will be written by the player who plays Siobhan, at the point that these started these characters had been playing together for 2 years. They are no longer being actively used in our campaign. They are still doing stuff behind the scenes. There has been a ten year time jump in our campaign since these have been written. Nothing TootToot does majorly is done with out discussing with me; lets be honest though most of our party knows what TootToot is going to do before he does. This series is long, be prepared. Also it will reveal a lot of TootToot’s backstory that he hasn’t shared with others before and Some of Siobhan’s. Yes; believe it or not my party had been playing with me for two years before I revealed TootToot’s backstory. Hard to believe, I know.

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It’s me, not you…

Facebook, I am breaking up with you after 14 years. I didn’t go as far a delete my profile but I did deactivate and only briefly reactivated when I couldn’t remember a password for a site. So there is one for only deactivating. It has been 12 days, funny thing is, I don’t miss it. I don’t miss the anxiety that it brought. Within 48 hours of deactivating, I felt better then I had in years (no not manic). I woke up and didn’t instantly fill with dread. Before you say it is just a website, it brought me lots of anxiety and stress. Another thing I realized since deactivating, I wasn’t thankful for my real circle of friends. Both online and off (believe it are not, I don’t hate social media), when I told my circle they all supported me. The friends I talked to a ton through messenger, were quick to give me their number. They didn’t write me off, they understood. They want whats best for me. I do know that you can keep messenger active when you deactivate, I knew though that wouldn’t be a good idea for me. If you want to deactivate messenger I will include how at the bottom.

Back to what I realized, my circle and not realizing how great they are. I saw groups of friends, that I wanted to be a part but no mattered how I tried I wasn’t. It hurt, these people weren’t mean to me; no they were extremely nice to my face. Just when I tried to reach out to them to do things, it was never reciprocated. Being on Facebook, reminded me of how I felt in high school. Always and outsider never an insider. I realize now, I have a circle they are amazing. We may not hang out as much as we want (most of us introverts too, so when we have a day off we want to recharge). I am awkward, and not the cute & quirky kind. I want friends that accept me and awkwardness; which means I say some off the wall things (they call me on it and help me learn), they accept that I have odd interests, and I talk about social media a lot (it just won’t be facebook anymore).

If you are feeling overwhelmed with what you are seeing on Facebook; remember it is basically a highlight reel of peoples lives. That you too can deactivate to take a break or delete the apps off your phones. It doesn’t have to be permanent.

If you would like to follow me elsewhere:

Youtube

Instagram

Twitter

Lastly; how to deactivate facebook messenger. Step one; open app and tap on your profile picture. Next scroll down to legal and policies, and choose deactivate messenger. You will have to enter your password, but then messenger will also be deactivated.

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Here I go again

So with Facebook and Instagram both going down for many hours yesterday it reminded me that I need to pay more attention to this little ole piece of the world. I used to blog with so much more frequently when Ian was smaller, I had a mommy blog. It is back in the archives on this site. I enjoyed that but it was not the fun enjoyable blogging of my college days. Those are not archived here, I don’t even know if they still exist they were on live journal, xanga, and myspace(those were the days). I don’t think I will blog much about my family as the boys are older and they have voice about what they want on the internet. Our lives are drastically different then they were even 3 years ago at this point. Casey was getting ready to leave the army and we were preparing to move back to Texas. Now we own our own home, have 2 reliable cars (we had two but lets just say car two was iffy for the first bit once we were back here.

Mental health wise I am the best shape I think I have ever been, there is a lot of factors to this. Some I can discuss publicly; like a great medication cocktail, amazing husband and friends, and less stress. Then there is something I can’t discuss public but if you have known me most of the time I have been active on twitter (I bet you can guess what it is).

Maybe I can talk about our Dungeons and Dragons campaigns here? Would that interest anyone? I can delve more into what is going on and who characters are and such. I am only in two active campaigns now; I play in a bi weekly Friday night game and a bi weekly Thursday game. I also play a once a month RPG based in the Dresden Files universe. It is a Fate based game, we have yet to have combat it is heavy on role playing. It has helped me role playing so much.

I still love planners, I can always write about them.

I guess it isn’t for a lack of content that I haven’t been writing but um a lack of trying. Oops, I am going to try and be better.

My amazingly talented friend Skye did this.
Check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/majinmayhem/

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Fan Expo Dallas 2018

I went to Fan Expo Dallas in April, I finally found my memory card with the pictures and thought I would share.

FanExpo1

FanExpo2

It was a good time, with friends. Enjoyed the panels and cos players, Can’t wait to go next year.

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