Monthly Archives: October 2019

What I’ve Been Reading

More books. If you’ve read anything you have loved lately feel free to share in the comments.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath


An Update on the Children

The children and I hiding during hide and seek. They are convinced we are truly invisible. Everything about this is precious and great.

I have not given a dedicated update to parenting/the children in quite some time.

Halloween approaches, at their request, they are both going to be pink sprinkles. They do all of the sprinkle shapes (ball, star, stick) and then do jumping jacks and laugh and it is all hilarious and adorable. This is probably the only year they will ever match.

Glitter is potty training (she showed us she knew when and how to change her own diaper, we immediately knew it was time), we are done with diaper pails and diapers, changing pads and diaper tables in general and it is beautiful.

Last week we kicked off the six month period of sickness spanning fall, winter, and spring with a family trip to urgent care. Critter had an inner and outer ear infection in one ear. Glitter had a fever that was mysterious and variable and seems to have finally resolved completely.

And so it begins.

Some Things

This week skipping the bulleted list because we all know that formatting is not working right now.

Maple coffee note. Starbucks and Caribou are slacking heavily on maple flavored seasonal drinks, much to my disappointment. BUT. Trader Joe’s and ALDI are both selling maple flavored coffee so that is a WIN.

I feel borderline ashamed but after a year I finally ordered Bombas socks because my second set of Target socks started to fall apart and I was going to have to buy set three. They are amazing, I don’t know why I didn’t buy them sooner. Referral link HERE if you are interested. You get 25% off your order, I get $20, we all get socks.

I watched the documentary Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary, which is about an elementary school in North Minneapolis produced by our local news station KARE 11. They put it on YouTube, I would tell anyone to watch it. To watch, click HERE.

ThredUp update. It took about 6-8 weeks to get a clean out kit, and to have it processed once I shipped it. So, not super fast, but still very easy for what it is. Some of my items have sold, I have made about $11, so worth the effort? The rest of my items have about two months left to sell before they’ll get removed from the listing. If you haven’t used ThredUp before to buy secondhand clothes online, click HERE. It’s a referral link, we both get $10 to spend if you use it.

Happy Monday.

Some Things

Happy Monday!

Lindsey and Mike’s wedding was yesterday, today my body hurt from a day of heels and dancing and I am seriously wondering why I did not take the day off from work! There is not enough coffee in the world!!!

Related: Today I learned that the Caribou closest to me finally added nitro cold brew taps. This is a joy.

Back to yesterday. It was the most wonderful best day ever. I wore full eye makeup this weekend for the first time in a month and felt like a real beauty queen. My heart is filled with happiness to see my best friend’s ever after!

It is time for us to get into a routine now. The kids have some weird daycare closures in the next few weeks but otherwise our lives are going to start to look very normal/typical effective immediately. I have been waiting for this. Based on the children’s reaction to packing up for Auntie Lisa’s house this morning (they thought it was going to be a sleepover) they have been waiting for this too. I think I can also (safely) say at this point that I am just tired.

Some Things

  • PSA: If you bake Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in a cast iron skillet, it really elevates the experience.
  • Other PSA: There is some issue with formatting in the WordPress app which is why there are lots of odd bulleted lists and things in list format that are not lists at all. I cannot figure out how to resolve it but like all things it should pass.
  • Hello, all. (Yes, seriously this is in a list too)
  • Thus concludes a three day business trip by my husband, we are all looking forward to seeing him this evening.
  • The weekend went better than expected, I was less anxious about Marcus leaving than I have been in the past, things are getting easier simply because the kids are getting older. I cooked real dinners, did not meal prep, we did all of our grocery shopping for the week together. I drank all (ALL) of the nitro cold brew.
  • There was a point on Sunday morning where the children had assembled a literal MOUNTAIN of diapers, wipes (ripped from the package of course) and Cabbage Patch Dolls and instructed me to leave them to play by themselves. I was like BY ALL MEANS. I do not want to interrupt this, whatever this is.
  • Also, a Toy Purge update: We did it, we purged four bags of toys/books. It was…a lot.
  • I would say we are looking forward to getting into a normal routine again, but not this week. It is Yom Kippur on Tuesday/Wednesday, my best friend is getting married on Sunday and we have a weekend full of festivities ahead.
  • Some Things

    This AM’s treats from Honey & Rye AKA my new post-daycare drop-off spot on Thursday AMs.

    What else is new?

    • Over the holiday I did some organizing/decluttering/purging of our basement storage room. As a part of this process, I also took a trunk full of things to be donated to the local thrift shop.
    • I also realized we need to purge a lot of toys. Tons, even. My goal for the next week or two is to go through all of the toys (main floor, basement playroom, toy closet) and really be honest about what the children like to play with and also what they have outgrown. I expect to be appalled by the results.
    • When I was at Target to buy berries and bandaids, I saw their 20th anniversary collaboration area and found a pile of Lilly scarves and dresses. I had thought them to be sold out! I bought the scarves on the spot. The dresses motivated me to get online to see what I could order for Glitter to stash away for later. Now she has a few frocks for the future!
    • We survived family photos and got some great snaps. Whether or not we will get organized enough to send a holiday card this year remains to be seen.
    • Glitter’s baby monitor died which was just very inopportune. They don’t sell the one she was using anymore so we ended up testing out three before choosing a new one.
    • Our waffle maker also died (I did not realize there was a theme here until this instant! There is!) and now we own Marcus’ grandparents’ waffle iron that they used one time.

    Operation: (Rosh Hashanah) Turtle III

    Preface: We all know my concern for turtles in the middle of the road to be well-documented. To read more click here and here.

    Yesterday, I went on a walk during naptime, on what was truly the last nice day of the year (80! Sunny! Humid!).

    Not two minutes into my walk, I found a painted turtle, in the middle of the street.

    The last day of September seemed to be a little bit late for a turtle rescue. I have not seen many turtles at all this year and so to have this happen on the first day of the new year seemed to be auspicious? Strange? Telling of the new year to come? To be sure, a sign.

    Following the direction the turtle was pointed, I carried it across the street and set it where it would be safe to carry on. I was then greeted by two concerned women who told me that this tiny painted turtle was a snapping turtle and “very dangerous.”

    Happy New Year, indeed.