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weather, mood, wordless wednesday

According to the Farmer’s Almanac — Summer starts at 1:16 p.m. on june 21, 2011…….Still a loooonnnngggg way off.

Today is going to be 50 degrees – I will take it!  RB


packing and weather stress! spark & hustle or bust!

Oh….the packing dilemma! I am leaving tomorrow for Spark and Hustle with Tory Johnson in L.A.  I also get to spend some time with two great girlfriends in the City of Angels.  I am looking forward to this trip on so many levels….too many to even mention.  I have babysitters and dog walkers lined up to help the big guy with the 2 legged kids and the 4 legged ones. I have a visiting nurse scheduled to help with my mom after her surgery. Now, it is time for me to ditch my UGGs (required pedi) and head out to Southern California, and I have packed and unpacked three times today. Oh….the packing dilemma!

I have not been away by myself in a long time, and I want to make the most of every moment! Of course, I want to dress perfectly for each one of those moments. Instructions were business casual for day and fun for evening. Being from Pittsburgh, I am wondering if business casual and fun mean something different in Cali? So, I just keep adding and subtracting from the suitcase (actually mostly adding more).

There is also the issue of being true to my style…my brand. Not the actual label brand, but my Backngruv-Brand.  I feel like my overall style should exude getting my ass back in the groove.  Not to mention, I am working on lingerie-related products.  One person suggested I should show a little bra – I don’t think so!  BUT, I do think that I live and breathe my brand.  So, the skinny camo pants are staying in the suitcase, but my bra will remain under my shirt.
(I am packing the Incredible Demi Racerback Bra by V.S. Which is Bckngruv-Recommended).

The pile is growing – slacks, jeans, sweater dress, tights, boots, my workout gear, and of course –  a Steelers jersey to travel home in on Super Bowl Sunday! Now, that I am opening up the suitcase for the 4th time, I face a weather dilemma!  Winter storms throughout the midwest are screwing up flights all over, so rather than obsessing over weather, I will probably pack and unpack for a 5th time.

What is your best packing suggestion?


anxiety, excitement, babies, beagles and meditation

I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time.  ~Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz

A few weeks ago, I had some time to sit down with a mom-to-be, Jenny, and chat about what is on her mind. Due in April, this mom-to-be expressed two emotions – anxiety and excitement.  The two feelings were very intertwined – there was excitement over the anxiety and anxiety over the excitement.  Most of Jenny’s emotions center around the “unknown.”  She was both nervous and intrigued (a bit) about the unknown.

Obviously, the baby-to-be would change Jenny and her husband’s lives.  It is impossible for them to imagine what will happen to their current routine, existence, and established patterns. I did not want to spoil the surprise for Jenny, and it sort of is unofficial “mom code” to not tell.  If we told new moms what to expect, it would strip them of all the crazy emotions that we went through.  That would be unfair!

All this fear, anxiety, and excitement got me thinking……are these themes that cycle through a woman’s lifetime?  I am definitely experiencing high anxiety over my entrepreneurial vision; forging ahead with my career while still doing everything I did before (nuts); leaving the fam to go to Spark and Hustle in L.A. for a few days; my mom’s recent surgery and ever-present recuperation; and who can forget how my week will go off its chartered path because of the impending snowstorm. Don’t get me wrong – there is definitely some thrill at the core of this, but right now it is manifesting itself as anxiety.

**editor’s note – I have a background in clinical social work, so every now and again – I have to throw out a term like “manifesting.”

Bckngruv-Readers – I am a planner (I know – no surprise to any of you).  I like to map everything out, make lists, deadlines, timelines, and I could go on and on.  Sometimes, this does not work out.  There are times when everything is just too chaotic, to make exact flight plans (I like traffic metaphors – read this for more).  However, it occurs to me that during these particular times when life is crazy and chaotic and so much is unknown, I tend to accomplish a great deal. I run around like a hurricane and just start cramming everything in to the 23 & 1/2 hours of the day that I have.

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snow days part 2, getting groove back, & girls night out

After a week that included one snow day, one 2 hour weather-related delay, my crazy attempt at a vlog, a mostly non productive Friday, and yes – no school this coming Monday…I felt the need to address the snow day discussion again.  I will not spend a lot more time on it — just a few more thoughts.  By the way, Backngroove Readers — did you ever notice that my background pic is the ocean? Guess what? I do not like snow!  I know crazy…I should move, but my mom would miss me too much (and that is a blog for a whole different day).  My groove was totally off track this week.

First of all, I am not the first to say this, but what is with the snow delay?  We did not have snow delays growing up (I know – my grandmother used to walk miles to school), but honestly the delays are ridiculous.  Not ridiculous because the school wants children to safely travel to and from school, BUT ridiculous because why is it not a priority for cities, townships, communities to make certain that roads are clear so buses and cars can take kids to school on time.  As far as the cold weather goes — I cannot even go there because in reality how much does it warm up between 7 & 9 a.m.? Not much.

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a little re-prioritizing, laughter & venting on a SNOW DAY

Last week, I attended a webinar led by social media guru, Ann Evanston.  One of the main takeaways was — vlogging is in.  If you do not know what a vlog is – it is basically a  video blog.  A little panic set in me after hearing that vlogging was in because I really do not love making videos.  In an effort to offset making a vlog, I inserted a quick slideshow  (of my adorable dogs) in one of my blogs last week.  I knew that I had to make a vlog sooner than later, and it was on my list for today.

Except that today ended up being a SNOW DAY for my boys, and everyone was HOME!  Originally, today was supposed to just be a two hour delay for school, so when I prioritized my day, I still kept the vlog in the top 3!  Then, school was cancelled, and I thought what a great excuse of getting over the fear of vlogging than a day that has already gone hairy.  Why not have a little fun with my 2 little cameramen running around.  AND, fun was what we had.  The boys helped me with the first part of the taping, and when we lost sound on one part – I figured, run with it!  That is the theme of this day – run with it!

So, without any further introduction, I give you THE attempted SNOW DAY VLOG (unedited, run with it version).

I know that many of you, moms, are stressed today.  A number of you have touched base and shared your thoughts and stressors.  Sometimes, the best cure for chaos is to laugh and make fun of yourself like I did in my vlog AND/OR vent to a good friend.  Feel free to leave your SNOW DAY vent below!


woke up to snow, but not time for mini-marshmallows (yet)

Generally, I make it a rule not to take calls on family outings, but yesterday “prototype guy” needed to follow-up on a few important items before this week.  I should note that I was NOT driving the car, so I was able to answer the call in route to the destination. But, you try to keep 2 grade school boys quiet while you discuss bras! Before answering the phone, I prepped the boys about appropriate behavior and set the tone….I took the call with little interruption, but definitely a few giggles.

This adventure reminded me of a recent article that I read on the plus side of working at home.  The article was geared towards anyone who is considering working from home.  It was not focused on any specific gender or group, but made some overall blanket statements about working from home (especially for moms and dads).  The excerpt definitely included some great tax incentive information and offered little tidbits on the convenience of a home office.

While I agree that there are many benefits to having a home office (especially an entrepreneurial one), this article stuck in my mind.   The piece was missing several important details.  First of all, when a writer decides to write a piece like this, I think that they should specify their background before making recommendations to others.  For example, if a person does not have a family of their own and they are making statements about working parents, they should state that they do not have real life knowledge of this particular area.  Admitting that you do not know something first hand or may not be the expert in a particular area, actually gives you more credibility.

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