Saturday, November 19, 2016


I have no idea how to use Snapchat as a social network, but I have hundreds of pictures like this on my phone. It's the epitome of narcissistic fun :) 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Want to see something adorable?

Averson asked if she could get her hair cut so that it won't get caught in the swings anymore (I don't know that that's actually ever happened, but whatevs.) Her hair was super long and super thin, which made it super hard to keep untangled, so off we went!
They stylist said there wasn't enough to donate but now I'm questioning whether that was true. I'm going to comfort myself with the fact that there was candy in the hair and probably no one's looking for crap covered donations. 

It's ridiculously cute and she has that strut that lets you know that she thinks she's pretty hot shit. I love it so much. 

And in other news. I'm still working through my feelings about the election. I am sad and scared and disappointed. I think I'll probably feel more strongly after the 19th, because I'm still holding out hope that we'll get an electoral upset. I know there's not a chance, but that's how I roll. It's not over until it's really over. I, like everyone else I think, is getting inundated with really awful messages from both sides. I'm trying to avoid the "all the idiots" rants (from both sides) but I've grasped on to the calls for kindness. In church yesterday I glanced over to what Syd was coloring and she'd created this
I'm going to hang on to this. I think that our power as women lies in our power as women and I love this as a rally cry. We are strong and valuable and capable and important, and we have the ability to change the world through our passion and our fire. Love is my life.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Catching up - Halloween!

So it turns out that Daylight Savings Time is AWESOME when you don't have to be anywhere. I found myself quietly wandering a silent house at 6:30 this morning while all of my sickies slept. I'm at about 70%, which technically means I could've gone to work if C wasn't hovering at about 10%/catatonic. So I'm cleaning and resting and may venture out to the grocery store and will definitely be doing our laundry and dishes.

And catching up on the blog. I looked back and it's been THREE WEEKS since my last post. I briefly had thoughts of participating in NaBloPo, but damn. I almost went an entire month without posting. Daily seems overly ambitious.

Halloween has become at least a weeklong event with school parties (not for the Bigs this year), Trunk or Treats, and Scout parties.

These were the original costumes
Wonder Woman! Loved this so much when I found it in the bottom of a bag of hand-me-downs. She wore it to preschool, but with pajama bottoms and a sweatshirt, and without the cape, crown, or boots. It was an ambiguous costume to say the least.  

Zombie Princess! This is the only costume I put any work into. She wore it to ComicCon and I think she got overwhelmed by the attention because she was OVER IT by the time Halloween happened. Still an awesome costume though. 

Fighter. Totally thrown together but he owned this one. Mad Props to the Boy Scout photographer for the legit shot to memorialize this.
And then there was actual Halloween

Both girls changed their minds from their original costumes (Avery twice), making me very grateful that I hadn't put a ton of time and energy into their first ideas this year. I was a little bummed about the Zombie Princess. I learned years ago though to let go of my Pinterest-y goals of homemade, original costumes. The kids mostly came up with their own this year, they loved them, and they wore them without complaint. Bonus that it cost me almost nothing. I would've gone whole-hog if they'd wanted it but I'm totally cool with them being creative and independent.
Entirely inappropriate birthday gifts from my girlfriends. "Luckily" most of our kids can read now, so advance apologies for anyone that discusses the Gliterati with them. Because we love sparkles so much. #girlpower #lieswetellchildren

My zombie princess changed course and went as a football player. Easiest, comfiest costume ever. 

Fighter, Football player, and "Little Einsteins" (not Rocket or any specific character)
Our friend offered to let Averson borrow this costume and she was so overcome with gratitude that all she could manage was a whispered, wide-eyed "Thank you!"  She was adamant that she was not a character though, and yelled at several people about it. 

Dressed up for our work Trunk or Treat. I'm in the middle. NOT the comfiest, easiest costume but it was a hit. Pro tip: If you wear control top pantyhose as a top, your strapless dress will slide down. Keep that in mind at work functions.  

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Plague

I blame the flu shots (which are mandatory for state employment thankyouverymuch). Thursday I had to drive to our state headquarters, and by the time I got there I was noticing the tell-tale tickle in the back of my throat. I muscled through and thought that I'd make it through without casualties. By Friday afternoon I was sniffing loudly in the back of the conference room and no one was making eye contact with me.

Friday afternoon Syd spiked a fever and passed out on the couch. She and I were out all day Saturday while C ran point with Eli and Averson. I day-napped, went through a box of Kleenex, and binge-watched Shameless.

Saturday, C woke up feeling very sorry that he'd slept in the same room with Syd and I. Because I have my priorities straight, I drugged him up and made him rally to get our Christmas card pictures done before my photographer moved out of state. Averson fell asleep on the way there. At 9:00 in the morning. (collective "Fuck") I literally told everyone, "Just half an hour. Then we can all go home and die."

So we did. So far Eli seems to be clear, but the rest of us are a gross, snotty, emotional, semi-conscious mess. I Prime Now'd soup last night and today I stumbled to the kitchen to throw together peanut butter sandwiches and ice waters. I called out of work tomorrow partly because I want people to know that they should stay the fuck home if they're sick, but also because even if I do feel better, C is going to be a mess and we have no food or clean laundry.

So con: We're all disgusting and emotionally fragile
Pro: Shameless is an awesome show and I've lost two pounds.

Poor booger trying to fake it. And Avery too.