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Stephanie Bolinger
I'm a happily-married mom of three, just trying to keep my head above water and the laundry caught up.
Interests: Beading, knitting, music, books, travel
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I'm a few weeks into the "substitute teacher" experience now, and I have to tell you, it has been an education. (Yes, that's cheesy, but also accurate!) Here's a sampling of what I've learned so far. Teachers do not get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
Brace yourselves, people - I have a job! :-O I've been hired as a substitute teacher, and my head is spinning. I've been bouncing back and forth between excitement and panic for days now. In my calmer moments, I know... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
I almost don't believe I'm saying this, but here goes.....I'm looking for a job. Actually, I don't want to believe I'm saying it. It does not thrill me even a little. But hubby's been working his tail off for 25... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
Ah, spring in Michigan! The showers, the flowers, the unforeseen snow flurry....kidding! We're actually enjoying a very nice spring. We have had a lot of rain - in fact, we wondered if some of the local farmers were going to... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
I am sitting in our new house, looking at a gorgeous sunset out the living room windows while my Frodo-pup snoozes beside me. Content? You betcha. It feels like home here, and that feels good. We closed March 17th and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
It's Saturday, March 4th, 2017, and I am a happy camper because by Thursday March 16th we will be in MICHIGAN!! Yeah!!! We have a buyer here and everything has gone quite smoothly (thank You Lord!); we found a great... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
Our country is in a bit of an uproar these days. I'm sure you've all noticed the signs and the marching and the angry Facebook posts and Twitter rants and so on and so forth. It seems that everyone is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
Well, we're still sitting in North Carolina, me and the kiddos. Jon's been in Michigan since mid-November, working away at the new job; meanwhile we clean house obsessively and pray for a buyer. We had a rush of showings around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Grouchy Mom
The thing about moving a lot is that you begin to anticipate how things are going to go. If you're excited about the move, it's something like elation, panic, depression/anxiety, more panic, relief, and finally peace. Right now we're in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Let's just start with the big news first, shall we? Everybody ready? Here we go..... WE'RE MOVING NORTH!!!!!!! WE REALLY, REALLY ARE MOVING BACK UP NORTH!!!!! Okay, sorry for shouting but I'm just a teensy, eensy bit excited! Details: as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
My last post was pretty much one big belly-ache session....and while I'm sure it didn't do anyone else any good, it did help me. There've been a few changes (updates?) since then, and I'm still not 100% sure how I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
I've started and stopped this post about a dozen times because I can't decide what to say or how to say it, but now I'm aggravated with myself so it's just going to be what it will be. There are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Over the past few years, hubby has been experiencing more and more health problems. It seemed like he'd barely recover from one cold or sinus infection before he was down with another. His blood pressure went up, he was constantly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Today my daughter celebrates her 22nd birthday. How is that even possible? I swear I just blinked and she went from an adorably pudgy, curly-haired toddler to the amazing young woman she is today. Faith, there are so many things... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Yesterday, March 19th, Jon and I celebrated our 28th anniversary. We had a pretty low-key day (thanks in part to a migraine for me and septic problems for our house), went to dinner in the evening, and sat around listening... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Hello world! I've been all over the place the last few weeks (literally and figuratively) and I decided it was time to write it out. It's been an interesting time! Events both good and not-so-good, meeting new people, getting smacked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Thing the first: I am, in fact, capable of making myself exercise. Not only that, but it's kind of fun, and I'm feeling very proud of myself for having a plan and sticking to it. Thing the second: Root canals... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
I can't believe it's already February. I swear the months are getting shorter or something! There's been a lot of snotting around (unfortunately I mean that literally) at Grouchy House this past month or so, but for the most part... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Yesterday my youngest child celebrated his 20th birthday. TWENTIETH. My youngest child is TWENTY. ......give me a minute, I need to catch my breath...... Yep, true story. Seth turned 20 yesterday, and it is the weirdest thing. It really doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
It IS snowing!! YAHOOOOO!!! Yes, I know I'm crazy, but I LOVE snow and living in the south for the past five years has left me feeling very deprived. It's beautiful outside. I am ridiculously happy because of tiny bits... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
It's supposed to SNOW tomorrow!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOO! You have no idea how happy that makes this northern gal. I can't wait! *dances off humming "Winter Wonderland"* Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Yesterday was tough. January and February are generally somewhat difficult for me....less sunshine, post-holiday blahs, etc. The depression tends to try and kick my butt a lot more frequently, and with greater force. Yesterday was one of those days when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
I love music. If I'm working on things around the house, there's usually music playing in the background. I have to have music when I'm making beads, and I actually really enjoy traveling alone because I get to pick ALL... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
Look at me, will ya? Two posts in two days! Wooohoooo! Seriously, I'm pretty amused at myself right now for doing this. Moderation is not my middle name, folks. Feast or famine, that's how it is. But for the time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Grouchy Mom
I knew I hadn't been posting much this past year, but I was shocked to realize that my "not much" was actually only two or three posts. That's pathetic. I've been thinking a lot about simply ending the blog but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Grouchy Mom