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Coffee Date: What’s new?

The best thing about this book is that every time I sit down to read a bit, I follow it up with purging some area of my home. By the time I finish it, I’m guessing my house will be empty.

I’ve been struggling to come up with stuff to write about this month, trying to somehow dream up “the perfect post” to write about – waiting for something momentous to happen and for me to have taken gorgeous pictures of. But sometimes we don’t need momentous and gorgeous. Sometimes we just want to touch base. To throw on a comfy sweater, grab a cuppa and just dish on the normal boring stuff. Let’s do that! I’ll grab my cup, you grab yours.

If we were having coffee together today I’d tell you about how we finally got the roof replaced on our house. Apart from having shingles that didn’t really match, the only real problem with the roof was that it was the original roof – more than 30 years old – and the insurance company decided they didn’t want to insure it anymore. Or any damage to the house caused by damage to the roof. Not comfortable with this scenario, we got some quotes, took out a small loan and eventually hired a company.

Then we just had to wait for a couple days without rain. The actual process of replacing the roof took about 8 hours. Including clean up. They were very thorough and we loved the company we went with. Keeping the kids entertained out of the house for 8 hours? Kind of torturous actually.

this what the whole day looked like basically

We stumbled to our favorite coffee shop at way too early in the morning and got breakfast, then meandered various stores and picked up a handful of things on my shopping list. We attempted to go to the movies but plans failed and we ended up at the library and then eventually the bowling alley, with a quick lunch in between. I should have planned better and arranged some activities that would take more time but I guess that’s life.

1455071_10100294417841496_11564080_nWhat else is new? We’re signing the dog up for more dog training – this time for a class specifically geared towards the problems we are having. It’s called a “scrappers” class and the description for the class was what ultimately sold me.

Does your dog bark and lunge at people or dogs when you are out of a walk? Do you have to put your dog in another room every time someone comes to visit? Is your dog uncontrollable when he gets excited, aroused or anxious? Then this is the class for you! This class is specialized class for reactive dogs that may have aggression issues. The purpose of this class is to help owners to manage their dogs in difficult or challenging situations. Control Unleashed techniques and emergency commands will be used in this class. Our instructors will help steer you in the right direction for the management of your dog.

I was like, “Have we met already? Do you know my dog?? Is he really not the only one?”

The class doesn’t start until this fall but I’m already feeling a weird sense of relief that maybe his behavior issues will be a distant memory someday. Cross your fingers for us.

obviously mine don't say Dolce & Gabana on the lenses.
obviously mine don’t say Dolce & Gabanna on the lenses.

I picked up my new glasses today! I’m still getting used to the new prescription and just like every other time I’ve gotten new glasses, I’m paranoid that the prescription isn’t quite right – luckily I happen to work at the place where I got them, so I’m not too worried. They fit fantastically and I’m dorkishly in love with the glasses case that came with them. And they are super cute.

History has proven that I’ll get used to the prescription within 24 hours but if that isn’t the case, here’s what I’ll do (and what you should do in a similar situation):

1. Go back to where I got them and make sure the measurements are correct for where I’m wearing them – and that the prescription was entered in correctly. It probably is, but you never know. Sometimes if the glasses aren’t sitting right on you – your vision won’t be correct, especially if you have an astigmatism or a bifocal / progressive prescription.

2. If that doesn’t work, go back to the doctor and ask them to recheck the RX. As long as you do this within a month or two of your initial exam, a simple recheck should be free and quick.

If either of these two steps results in needing to change the lenses, Target Optical will replace the lenses for free within 90 days and I’m guessing other optical places have a similar policy – but I recommend finding that information out before you buy your glasses. The more you know…

Is anybody else struggling to stay on top of normal daily chores this summer? For some reason doing the laundry and making dinner have become a daily struggle (#thestruggle) and I’m not sure if summer is making me lazy or if it’s just the shift in our weekly schedule that has me feeling lost. But I’m guessing I’ll find my rhythm roughly four days before the kids go back to school and then I’ll have to adjust all over again.

What are your favorite quick summer dinners? I’ve been really into roasting potatoes in the oven with some chopped veggies (whatever looks good) and a polish sausage of some kind from the refrigerated section. Season it right and this dish tastes like heaven and it reheats well. But on nights like tonight when my kids have karate at 4pm and then a sparring class at 5:45 – even this dish will take too long to cook and eat in between. And that first karate class will leave my son starving – trust.

Any healthy dinners out there that can be cooked in less than 5 minutes?

Okay, now it’s your turn! Leave me a comment and tell me what you’d talk about if we got together for coffee today. Or let me know what to cook for dinner or if you want to come fold laundry for me.


Ranking the Pixar Movies.


Geek Dad had the brilliant idea to rank the 15 animated feature films by Pixar and now everyone else on the internet is doing it, too. You know I can’t resist a good bandwagon so I thought I’d throw my opinions into the void like everyone else.

Here’s where the Pixar movies stack up, imo.

15. A Bug’s Life: Poor A Bugs Life is getting no love from the internet. I’m not sure what about this movie just reads as unspectacular all these years later but considering it was only Pixar’s 2nd film ever, I suppose we can forgive it for not being amazing.

14. Cars 2: I’ve already forgotten most of the plot from this one, but I do remember there being spies and that some of the cars were embarrassed by other cars but then learned not to be a jerk to their friends. It was fine but not great.

13. Toy Story 2: I love Jessie and Bullseye, but I didn’t really love this movie. That magic ah ha spark of the first movie wasn’t really there for me. I mean for a sequel, it was pretty darn good, but for a Pixar movie, it was just fine.

12. Toy Story 3: It wasn’t that I disliked this movie, I just liked eleven other movies more. This movie was also pretttty depressing and I recall the end being the only bits really worth watching in the end. It could have been a 10 minute short film leading up to whatever new movie was coming out that year.

11. Cars: My son obviously loved it when he saw this movie at three years of age, and at the time I thought I loved it, too. But even he has moved on so I think we can, too. Don’t get me wrong, this movie had it’s good points, but compared to other movies on this list, it doesn’t seem to shine with age as much as others.

10. Finding Nemo: I know what you are thinking: How is Finding Nemo ranked so LOW for me?  Isn’t that blaspheme? I love Ellen Degeneres, too, but Dory is only in like 1/3 of the scenes and I find Marlin to be one of the most annoying, ridiculous characters in the history of animated cinema (yeah, I went there) and it kind of brings the movie as a whole down for me in spite of some absolute brilliance.

9. WALL-E: This was a  very tedious movie with a few moments of brilliance. It’s better the second time you watch it because you know the brilliance is coming so you aren’t so bored watching all the repetition and monotony.

8. UP: This is like the saddest movie ever but also the most beautiful. It has scenes that make me want to call it the best movie ever, but to be honest, the majority of this movie bordered on boring for me. It was like a sandwich with excellent bread and mediocre filling.

7. Brave: Pixar’s lone Princess movie, Brave broke the mold with Merida, the unruly red head Scottish princess who doesn’t really want to be a princess. This movie had all the feels and a lot of funny, too – and awesome accents to boot.

6. Ratatouille: I loved everything about this movie. I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of going to France someday, like every other stereotypical girl – and though I’m not a chef or quite a foodie, I do love to eat good food. So this movie was easy for me to love.

5. Inside Out: Time will tell if Inside Out manages to hold onto a spot in my Top 5 once the glamour of being the New & Shiny Prodigal Child wears off. But I truly adored this movie in basically every way. They were blessed with a dream cast and the writing was brilliant on literally every level. It was brilliant on levels I didn’t know were levels.

4. Toy Story: I got a little burnt out on Toy Story after being subjected to one million reviewings as a tween but I can’t hold that against this movie which was brilliant and kind of revolutionary when it came out. Pixar wouldn’t be Pixar without Toy Story. Period.

3. Monsters University: This is probably my favorite sequel (or really, prequel) to date. This movie would have been amazing even if you had somehow managed to never see the first one (don’t do that – see the first one). The whole family loved it and I would totally sit down and watch it again right now.

2. The Incredibles: This movie was incredible, with a heart warming story and lots of clever humor and easy humor, too. A movie the whole family will enjoy and think of fondly. I have no critiques really. But I haven’t rewatched it much and that keeps it from being a number one for me.

And the winner is…


1. Monsters, Inc.: This movie is everything. It is hysterically funny and gives you all the feels and frankly, it’s perfectly written. It made me want to be a mother before I’d even really considered motherhood. Boo is still my favorite and I’m down to watch this movie, whenever.

How would you rank the Pixar movies? Which one is your favorite?