Over It and Loving It

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This post was copied from inspired by Leigh Ann of Genie In A Blog.

Over It

  • The sickies: We have been battling colds, coughs, viral infections, stomach bugs, high fever, for weeks. No one has been spared. I just want a healthy household
  • Sweating profusely: This is one postpartum symptom I really, really wish was over already. Temperatures here average 32 degrees Celcius (90 degrees F), and I’m hauling around two children all day, and I sweat. All. The. Time.
  • My crazy hair: Since I had the boys, my sleek straight hair is no longer. It’s wavy in weird places. It does not look like this anymore.
Asymmetrical bon

This was how my hair was in 2008, taken at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, pre-kids.

  • The neighbors’ endless renovations: Apartment living means we can hear every drill and every hammer that happens. There are about 180 apartments in our block, so go figure.
  • Apartment living: My dream is to live in a house, with a large backyard. My boys are energetic and boisterous and they need a place to play, that doesn’t require us to drive out somewhere.

Loving It

  • Baking: I love the whole process – measuring, weighing, mixing, scooping, then tasting and eating. Then, taking pictures of course.
Poppy seed bread

I took this picture with my Canon PowerShot. I like to think that with a DSLR, I’ll be able to take amazing food pictures – exciting!

  • The Walking Dead: I just started watching this series. I know, what took me so long? It is SO good.
  • The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Activity Table: We’ve bought a fair few duds for the kids before, but this one? It’s kept the baby entertained for ages.
  • Camera360 Ultimate: I use this to take all my photos with my (fairly old, needs to be replaced) Android. It makes my terrible pictures ever so slightly better.
  • PicMonkey: Best free photo editing website ever! (no, I was not compensated for this post, I just really love it).

 What are you over, and what do you love?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • June 17, 2013 Leigh Ann

    Ugh I hope you get rid of the sickies soon. Having it continually passed around the house is miserable. And I’m over my crazy hair too. I finally got my grown out bob trimmed into a more suitable cut for my curly hair, but…I hate the cut. Time to look for a new stylist?

    I’m glad you did this, and thanks for the shout out!
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Time for a new stylist, definitely! Have you thought about short short?
      Thanks for the post inspiration!

  • June 17, 2013 Maureen

    Love your hair, Alison! Wish I could pull off that look.
    Love Picmonkey too it’s the best 😀
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      That was before. I miss it. Sigh. 🙂

  • June 17, 2013 Michelle

    I love PicMonkey too…having so much fun with it! And since it’s fresh on my mind, the smile on my son’s face after his team won their game today, the last one of the season. And the smile on the face of my other son when he came home from running a Father’s Day race with his dad this morning.
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Those are awesome reasons!

  • June 17, 2013 Julia

    Sickies are the worst! And you still have great hair. 🙂
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Aw, you’re too sweet, hon. 🙂

  • June 17, 2013 Kimberly

    I loved my pregnancy hair…it is falling out now. Damn kid.
    So is your hair wavy now?
    I can’t even imagine that friggen racket. I live in a home and our neighbors homes are fairly close to one another and we can hear everything…but apartments? That’s probably a whole different ball game.
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Yes, wavy, but in a weird way, ugh. My hair IS thicker now though. Just not sleek.
      Yes, apartment living can be very challenging. Sigh.

  • June 17, 2013 melissa

    Over it…hmmm…construction zoned house. And a crazy messy home school room. I have been trying to get this stupid room ready and no matter what I do it just gets messy again!

    Loving it..I bought this bright pink acrylic paint by Golden and it is my favorite paint. Summer starts for us on friday. Planning a girls weekend with my friend before she has her very first baby 🙂
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      I hope you get to your room, and yay for summer and happy paint colors!

  • June 17, 2013 Carolyn Y

    Oh I’m over being sick too! I went away and got sick and two weeks later? Still a lingering cough.
    What am I loving? Summer! But not temperatures above 85…
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      May the sickies end for summer!

  • June 17, 2013 Tracie

    I know EXACTLY what you mean about the hair! I used to have perfectly straight hair, and now it is a crazy frizz ball. I just want my old hair back. *sob*

    I am going to have to try the camera app you shared. Yay!
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Have you tried the camera app yet? So awesome.

  • June 17, 2013 Kim

    I hadn’t heard of Camera360 Ultimate. I just looked it up and it looks really cool. Going to give it a try!
    For me, I am over the rain. We had sun over the weekend, but the rain is back today. And likely tomorrow.
    I am loving my new coffee maker – it is so convenient and brews such tasty coffee.
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      I hope you continue to get good weather.
      And yay for coffee makers!

  • June 17, 2013 Tricia

    Love PicMonkey too! And in every recent photo of seen of you, I love your hair 🙂

    I’m over big changes. The last year+ has been overrun with them and all I want is to settle in and be boring and the same for a while.

    I’m loving little ones in swim suits right now. Sweet, sweet summer.
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      I get what you mean – sometimes, you just want to settle in and just be.
      Hurrah summer!

  • June 17, 2013 Martine

    We are over the sickies, too! Well, at least the husband and my son are. I’m still dealing with the remainder of my asthma *cough cough*
    My hair? Your photo just inspired me to go to the salon. My hair looks awful, that’s why I’ve been keeping it in a ponytail for months!
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    • June 17, 2013 Martine

      In terms of what I’m loving…
      1. Less work, more free time.
      2. Being able to eat cake and ice cream again. Avoided them during the sickies.
      3. Rainy weather. Ironic, but it’s respite from the scorching post-summer days we’ve been having!
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      I have asthma too, but thankfully, it’s under control these days. How did you do with the new hairdo?
      My husband is heading to Manila tomorrow and he just checked the weather and it’s going to be stormy, after I told him I remember Manila being really hot 🙂

      • June 19, 2013 Martine

        Yes, it’s going to be quite stormy until Saturday. Predictions are that there will be constant, heavy rainfall on Saturday 🙁
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  • June 17, 2013 Nicole

    I’m loving summer weekends at the pool with my girls. Nothing wears them out like splashing around all morning, and long naps = happy mom & dad! I’m so over teething! My youngest is cutting a bazillion teeth at the same time and poor thing is a miserable, drooling mess!
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Oh teething, tough times for both of you. I hope it gets easier! It did with both my boys. The first few are the hardest. Yay for summer and outdoors!

  • June 17, 2013 Ilene

    I am over my sleek hair too! I had a very trendy bob, a lot like yours, and now it’s pony tail length, which I need for my sanity! And Pic Monkey – loving Pic Monkey. I need to use it more! I may have to write my own over it loving it post – as you have now inspired ME 🙂
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Yay, do it!
      Actually, I’m over my non-sleek hair. It was sleek before. 🙂

  • June 17, 2013 FitBritt

    I love PicMonkey too! I just started using it and it is fabulous! I’m loving summer weather, fresh food, grilling, the beach and outdoor exercise classes. I’m so over working in an overly air conditioned office!
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Hurrah for summer!

  • June 18, 2013 Tamara

    I can’t stand the way the sickies latch on and linger. No one is spared sometimes! Our last bout was last summer at this exact time so of course I’m on high alert for it. Loving it? The fact that it’s been a year since the last bout of the sickies. Over it? My postpartum stomach. It’s still small – I know this – I’m naturally thin, but I can’t wear any of my old clothes yet. And I can’t afford new. I’m over that too – no money.
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      I know all about the postpartum body. Sigh. Good luck, you’ll get back into your old clothes in no time!

  • June 18, 2013 Mama and the City

    I missed Walking Dead. I just finished S1 and loved it.

    True Blood just started yesterday, so I guess I won’t have time for catching up on this show.

    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      I’m watching both simultaneously! And Dexter is back too, in 1 1/2 weeks. 🙂

  • June 18, 2013 Lady Jennie

    So what’s the Walking Dead like I’ve not heard of it and I’m always looking for new series to delve into.

    I already think your food photos are fabulous.

    I think the hot flashes stopped for me with breastfeeding, and I have, like another year or two before menopause. 😉
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      It’s about a zombie apocalypse and how the survivors, well, survive. Interesting stuff! Also very gory in some parts, if you have the stomach for it. 🙂

      And thank you. I sure hope what I’m going through are hot flashes, I’m only 36 going 37!

  • June 18, 2013 The Dose of Reality

    Oh, so sorry about the sickness. It’s the WORST. Hope you get some wellness around your house PRONTO!! We love PicMonkey, too. It’s the best!!! –Lisa

    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      I hope so too! We’re *almost* over it.

  • June 18, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    I hate when everyone is sick!! Hope it passes soon. I also feel your pain with the sweating. I don’t know if I should tell you that 8 years after my last baby I still sweat all the time, well I guess I just did! Lol! Love your bread. I have not joined the Walking Dead yet, seems a bit too creepy for me. Enjoy your camera!!
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    • June 19, 2013 Alison

      Oh man, you mean this sweating thing could go on for much longer???? I need to live in a colder climate!

  • June 18, 2013 Leah Davidson

    The sickies are the worst! It drags everyone down:( Hope you all feel better soon. I also love pic monkey – but I think I’m over trying to organize every single pic I have – and just try to deal with a few good ones making some cute collages. One day maybe I’ll love browsing my computer and finding random pic files everywhere!
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      We are all better, thanks Leah!
      Organizing pictures is cray cray. Fortunately, I’ve had a system in place since my first was born, by organizing his pictures in monthly albums, and I’ve continued with the 2nd one. Good luck to you!

  • I love PicMonkey, and I still think your hair is fab. It’s sleek and beautiful.
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      Aw, you’re too sweet!

  • June 18, 2013 Kristine

    But I like the way your hair looks now.

    I’m over my short temper so far. I’ve managed to take steps to become patient and understanding and properly respond to situations out of my control.

    Thank God we’re over the sickies too! My son’s first year was really terrible, he was hospitalized twice.

    I’m also lovin picmonkey and camera360.
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      Sorry to hear about the hospitalization, glad to hear he’s okay now.

  • ugh sickies… they were epic this year.
    That picture is amazing, I just want to grab that slice cover it in salted butter and eat it.
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      That’s a great compliment, my friend! (it was delicious with a great slab of butter, yes)

  • June 18, 2013 Julia\'s Math

    OMG THE SWEATS. if I even think about having a glass of wine, it’s all over. I wake up drenched in sweat. My husband has laid down the law that I’m not allowed to have the house colder than 64F… It’s like I’m sleeping in a furnace. It’s awful! After almost four years, I’ve sorta given up hope that I will ever go back to normal mortal defined as not having to change my shirt in the middle of the night.
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      Fortunately, I don’t wake up drenched in sweat. Just yet. Usually, it’s during the day, my hair looks wet all the time. Sigh.

  • June 18, 2013 KG

    I love the heat! I can say I don’t like to be in it too much because I get tired especially when I’m PMSing but I’d rather be hot than cold..just my personal preference.

    I love picmonkey too! I use that thing for everything!!

    Keep it Touched,
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  • June 19, 2013 Kerstin

    Love this, Alison!
    And I feel the urge to write my own post about this 🙂 – I also always need a while to think about things like that, since I’m not very spontaneous. Oh wait – there is one thing that I’m totally over: beating myself up for not being spontaneous 😉

    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      I”m glad you wrote the post!

  • June 19, 2013 Suniverse

    I’m also over the whole sweating thing. Ugh. ALL. THE. TIME.

    I’m loving whole wheat pasta with vegetables. It’s such a great summer dish.

    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      Yum, that sounds delish!

  • June 19, 2013 Christine

    The sickies really are the worst. I think that we might be over them here (tho’ I probably just jinxed myself), at least for the boys. I’m also kind of over living an apartment right now but I also know that I don’t necessarily want to deal with the hassle of living in a house either. Oh and the hair. Yeah, we won’t talk about haircuts 🙂
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      Yeah I know there will likely be hassles with living in a house. But what I wouldn’t give for a backyard!

  • June 19, 2013 keely

    Um, you look awesome in that pic. (And still do.) I hear you on the pregnancy post-stuff. My hair was falling out from Susannah until like last April- right when I got pregnant with this Roo. (I SO look forward to what post-3 looks like.)
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      Maybe this third one will turn things around! I think the sleekness left because I actually have MORE hair now.

  • June 19, 2013 Rivki Silver

    Cute idea! I’m over needing to have my wisdom teeth out. Every time I go to the dentist, that’s what they say. So Ima gonna do it. Ugh. Also, I’m over having to reassemble my couch every single day. I look forward to the day we can get a new couch. It will have non-detachable cushions.

    I also love baking! I’ve been making challah (bread) every Friday, and it’s been delicious. I’ve been steering clear of the cookies, though, sadly. I love them. Too much.
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      Yum, bread. Nice.
      I had my wisdom teeth out a few years ago. It was torture. I suggest that you just get it over with quickly. 🙂

  • June 19, 2013 Natalie

    I haven’t started watching The Walking Dead but people rave about it! I need to check it out. And the sweating? I thought I was over that until last week when I was sweating all.the.time. What is up with that?
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      I think it’s because it’s summer? 🙂

  • June 20, 2013 Andrea

    These lists appeal to me in so many ways. Although I think I’ve overdone the lists a bit on my blog lately. I’ll have to bookmark it for the future!

    Hope you and your sickies are well soon!
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    • June 20, 2013 Alison

      This list is always a good one to use for whenever one is stuck!
      We are all better, thank you.

  • June 21, 2013 Elaine A.

    I wish I was your neighbor and could come partake of some your awesome baked goods. Although that would NOT be very good for my waistline… Hope everyone gets well and STAYS well ASAP!!! xo
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    • June 21, 2013 Alison

      Wouldn’t it be nice though? We have some tea/ coffee and baked goods, while the children play?

  • June 21, 2013 Greta

    My hair is crazy, too. And sickies suck….hope they pass! I also truly hope you can get your backyard at some point before the boys are all grown up.
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    • June 21, 2013 Alison

      I thought we were over the sickies – but the little one just came down with a fever 24 hours ago. SIGH.

  • June 23, 2013 Katie

    We have the Laugh and Learn activity table too…so great! The boys both loved it. And I adore picmonkey. I use it for all my collages and stuff that I put on my blog.
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    • June 23, 2013 Alison

      I don’t know why we didn’t think to get the table for my first boy!

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