The snow piled up by our driveway last Tuesday. Garbage can for height context.
I think a lot of things probably happened last week but the our weekend descended into chaos.
Long story short about two weeks ago I noticed our furnace was making a whistling/howling sound. The repair team finally came out on Friday and found nothing wrong. On Saturday around 11 AM we noticed a burning smell in our house so we called them back and then spent the next 24 hours at my parents’.
Pro: I got to cook scallops for dinner and I had eggs with prosciutto for breakfast.
Con: If you haven’t noticed yet I am a real creature of routine so it was all a little off-putting.
We’re home now, everything and everyone is fine.
On Sunday we did our annual hamantaschen baking at my in-laws. Critter also got to attend (typically this is a girls-only event) because he is quite the avid baker. Having him there was so much fun. He exuberantly folded the cookies into balls and semi-circle shapes declaring all the while “I am making a hamantaschen!” While we waited for the cookies to bake, my mother-in-law did a public kon-mari-ing of her cookbooks and it was 11/10.
I read this article this week and promptly sent it to my family. Wild.
Our hardcore winter continues. This week we’re going to get like another foot of snow, no lie. Right now everything looks like we’re in a wintery car commercial – there’s so much snow that many of the roads are still white (instead of totally cleared and slushy) and since it has been so cold everything is frozen in place.
I caved and ordered a pair of tall Sorel boots because my short UGGs are not tall enough for this powder and who are we kidding I will be living in this snow globe for the rest of my life. I will say I have been VERY happy with my Chelsea wedge booties this winter. They really are waterproof and the traction is great. That made it easier to hit the purchase button on a pair of snow boots.
I will also just say that today I am tired. Not in a wearying sense, just in an overall physical exhaustion sense. A combination of weather, life, and how I have actually been sleeping to be sure. I could feel the extra cup of coffee today.
My parents hosted the kids for an overnight on Friday night. That was great because I got to work out on Saturday morning without and then I got to go to Bellecour. I ate this breakfast and finished my book.
It was perfect.
I need some advice on where to get ankle/low cut athletic socks. I had some from Target that lasted YEARS and ACTUAL MARATHONS but they finally started to disintegrate. I bought some new, colorful C9 ones from Target and they last about eight wears before there is a hole in the sole of one sock in the pair. No good. So. If you have socks you love, please advise.
I will also note I LOVED this episode of Call Your Girlfriend about Instagram Anxiety. And this episode of Welcome Home about Personal Style. It gave me some things to think about.
Happy Monday, friends!
We got a tiny cactus for the kitchen window on Sunday. Lest you find us to be too hip, we also have this sweet cup of grass Critter grew at school.
It is finally “warm” AKA above zero again and we are so glad to be able to get out of our house!
I ordered a few Lilly Pulitzer Elsa tops which I’ve wanted for like…five years. PSA. Order on Amazon. If you don’t need this season’s prints you can save serious cash. I ordered two tops and saved no lie, $109.
We had Critter’s birthday party on Saturday afternoon. It was not Pinterest-y in the slightest (we got a dozen balloons, scene) but he wore his crown for its sixth and final day. We celebrated with all of the people who came to meet him at the hospital plus he got to invite his first friend, G.
I continue to watch Tidying Up on Netflix. I just purged another round of things from our closet and organized some of our kitchen stuff. None of this accomplishes the real goal of tackling the basement bedroom but soon.
I got a Copper IUD on Friday. We’re going to see how this goes since hormonal birth control really is not an option for me right now with all of the side effects I have been experiencing.
Last night we attended a Superbowl party some friends were throwing. I watched none of the game, Marcus watched some. Probably 25 kids were running around having the best time, Glitter focused all of her efforts on practicing climbing up and down the stairs.
Even though we have been living here for a year and a half we only just managed to hang mezuzot on the kids’ doorways. Critter loved helping Marcus, now we need to sort them our for the rest of the house.
Finally, we (mostly Marcus, I just Googled it) a did battle against a leaky kitchen faucet. It needed a new cartridge in the handle. $35, some YouTube videos, 1.5 hours of work and experimentation. Cheaper than a plumber.
Happy Monday, everybody.
Scene from our hike up Camelback Mountain, last Monday.
It is screamingly cold here. I cannot overstate it, I cannot explain it to anyone who lives beneath the 45th parallel. We got 5″ of snow last night (it is still snowing), Critter’s school has a delayed start. It is too cold for road salt to work. By Wednesday we are supposed to have a windchill of somewhere between -35° and -50° and probably everything is going to shut down because even though we are Minnesotans that is too cold, even for us. I have drawn every blind in the house in am effort to keep the heat in.
On the other side of the coin, we just planned our first cabin trip of the summer so rejoice and be glad.
It is just impossible to overstate how nice it is to be back in our regular routine. I truly love waking up at 5 AM, walking downstairs, lighting a candle, playing some music, drinking a few cups of coffee and reading in the morning.
I wrote up two recipes over the weekend: Toddler Breakfast Bars and Harissa Salmon Salad (do it!!!).
I watched Fyre on Netflix. I knew about the scam that was Fyre Festival but even if you don’t, worth the watch. It’s nuts.
Glitter is finally cutting her bottom 12 month molars. Critter turns three on Wednesday.
I bought a new planner from Target. About 2.5 years ago I switched to the $10 planners you can find there and every six months I get a new one because I need to be able to see the full twelve months ahead. It’s great. I am never disappointed by the quality of the planner and even when I buy two per year, I still save at least $30 compared to a premium planner. I also like the smaller size because frankly if the space for a given day is “full,” then we cannot do anymore things based on our life’s pace right now.
Right now we are thwarting the cold snap in MN and enjoying a long weekend in AZ.
We are celebrating a two week streak of familial health. Honestly this winter has just been a tornado in our lives. Seven weeks of sickness and a wrecked routine left me with a pretty decent case of anxiety and this week I feel like I can breathe again. We could go to music class and host playgroup and run errands and plan on all of it.
I joined the craze and started watching Tidying Up on Netflix. I KonMari-ed our house several years ago after reading Marie Kondo’s book so I don’t feel the need to do a big purge. It is great motivation to keep on with our big declutter project in the basement bedroom!
I have been complimented on my skin twice in the last week and one friend (BLESS YOU) even asked if I was doing Botox?! I was like can I tell you about retinols!!! And washing your face once or twice a week? And moisturizing every day? And not putting all-over products (powder, foundation) on your skin?
Regarding last week’s Facebook experiment, I cut my total time down to (drumroll) 18 minutes. For seven days. This feels like a good amount of time. My life is better, I don’t miss it or the updates at all. There is some irony in that I use it to publicize the blog but what are you gonna do? To all, if you need me, you know where to find me.
WE HAVE NOT BEEN TO VISIT THE DOCTOR IN A WEEK!!!
Rejoice and be glad, all.
Absent suburban medical tourism, I don’t know what I should write about but I am confident we can navigate this new world together.
We got a new comforter (our old top blanket was white and not looking crisp any longer…it was also seven years old) and it is big and fluffy and warmer and heavier than the old top blanket we had on our bed and I love it. Marcus thinks the tufting looks wrinkly but tolerates it.
Every afternoon when the suns streams into the backside of our house I thank God we cut down our ash tree at the end of the summer. Note: increased sunlight into the house was NOT why we cut it down but it has been a surprisingly excellent by-product. Especially at this point in the winter where days have been so short for a month, every little bit of natural light is precious.
We are heading to Arizona on Saturday with all of my in-laws. I am really looking forward to being warm for a few days.
Facebook is the worst. I love that iPhones tell us how much time we spend on social media. I find the scrolling on Facebook pointless and while I appreciate that it allows me to stay connected to people I would otherwise lose touch with, I don’t believe the platform has our best interests at heart. At all. I have been trying to find ways to cut back. When I told my friend Megan about this she said Oh I only check my messages and notifications, I never scroll anymore. I said okay I will try this. YOU GUYS. I only spent 41 minutes on Facebook the entire week. Amazing. Next up: Instagram. Not sure how to tackle it yet but any and all strategies are welcome.
Scene from downtown Wayzata two minutes before a seven engine BNSF train barreled down the shoreline.
The plague continues. On New Year’s Eve (again, after I pressed publish!) Glitter got the same stomach plague that struck everyone else in the family. She had a fever for two days. We had one full day of family wellness and when Critter came home from daycare on Friday, he had a fever that evening that stayed with us for the weekend. Despite our request on our first visit to urgent care on Friday evening for a strep test they did not do one. On our second visit on Sunday afternoon they tested him (the nurse was honestly surprised the doctor didn’t do one the first time) and surprise, he had strep!
On Saturday night, my in-laws took the kids for a sleepover so that we could have a real, relaxed date night and it was a beautiful thing. We went to dinner at Corner Table and were in bed by 9:30 PM!!! On Sunday morning we got to simply enjoy a morning where we could relax and do things of our own accord. Marcus did some projects that were calling to him. I enjoyed a morning workout and went to Bellecour for some pastries and tea.
This weekend I rotated out the clothes in Glitter’s closet/dresser for 24m/2t. I realized we were overdue when her little leggings looked like clam diggers.
Cloud Paint update. (1) After a week, I finally watched a tutorial on how to apply cream blush. (2) Storm is 100% a more natural color for me, however Dawn still looks great with neutral makeup. I think it is so coral-y it will really shine come summertime. I will also say that I am glad I made the jump. It looks great, it’s lower maintenance and is better for my skin.
One of our projects for 2019 involves painting more of the house. Most of it a normal color that goes along with what is on most of our main floor but we will do a dark blue living room? Our dining room is Sherwin Williams’ Dutch Tile so when I looked at the coordinating colors, it suggested navy and y’all know I love a blue room. I got some paint chips last week and put them up and my confidence in this plan is growing.
Finally, we started our big purge of the back bedroom in our basement and have one trunk load ready to go to Goodwill. I am so excited to have that room organized and to know what we actually have in there.