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9 Things I Learned in January


I started Bullet  Journaling again this year after reading this post at The Lazy Genius (possibly the longest post she’s ever written) and this time around I find I’m actually picking it up almost every day to write in it – one of perks to this new trend is that I’ve written down notes on thing that I found interesting  throughout the day and this means that I have actual stuff to write about for the Things I Learned link up hosted by the lovely Emily P. Freeman.

  1. I learned that there are people out there who genuinely actually believe that the world is flat and that there is a giant clear impenetrable dome covering the world which has prevented us from actually going into space which for some reason led to us faking all accounts of space exploration.
  2. I learned that if you show up at Olive Garden with a reservation for four and a fifth person joins your party at the last moment – that the servers won’t even bat an eyelash and will just pull up a fifth chair like it ain’t no thang. My husband says this is because – science – rectangular table = easy solution. Also more money for them.
  3. I learned that Rutherford B. Hayes was a total  hottie. Ditto to James Garfield and Richard Nixon.
  4. I learned that a Buick Encore probably won’t be my next vehicle. Despite loving the height advantage and the satellite radio and backup camera, the SUV felt smaller and tinier in just about every way compared to my Le Sabre. I want my next vehicle to be smaller in length, but that’s about it. Taller – good leg room and shoulder room, decent trunk. These things are non-negotiable. But it sure was pretty (I had a rental car this month while the service department repaired my parking brake).
  5. I learned that my children are competitive at least with each other and that you can use this fact to accomplish the impossible. This month my husband invented the Adventurous Eaters Club – one night a month, in theory, we’re going to go to a restaurant that is either new to the kids or serves a cuisine they aren’t typically game for. Whoever tries the most new foods without complaint gets to pick dessert. We gave this idea a trial run at PF Changs and my children (the world’s pickiest eaters) tried white rice, lo mein noodles, crispy honey chicken, mongolian beef, egg  drop soup and crab rangoons – and pretty much liked everything. It’s a small victory perhaps but it feels monumental. We’ve carried the concept into more meals since then and even if they don’t love it all, they are suddenly motivated to try. Huzzah!
  6. mayflowerI learned that the state flower of Massachusetts is actually the mayflower – because that is a real plant and Massachusetts is super sentimental. Digging up a mayflower in Massachusetts is punishable with a $50 fine.
  7. I learned that nail art pens are not as easy as they look and that my daughter is very forgiving of my sloppy attempts at painting her nails. I also learned that my husband is awesome at painting nails which should be unsurprising as he has steady hands that make him great at woodworking, knitting, working with tiny electrical device innards and anything else Dan has decided to be good at that day. My husband might be a cyborg. But I read The Lunar Chronicles, so I’m okay with that.
  8. At Team Trivia this month I learned that on the television show, Married with Children, the Bundy family name was apparently inspired by a professional wrestler. I’m guessing it was King Kong Bundy who even had a couple guest appearances on the show, but the host at Team Trivia didn’t specify.
  9. I also learned at Team Trivia this month that President Woodrow Wilson disliked automobiles and considered them a symbol of the arrogance of wealth. Haters gonna walk.

What did you learn this month?

What kind of car do you drive? Is there room in the front seat for you and your sig. other and maybe an elbow or two?

Which of the former presidents (or the current one if that’s your cup of tea) would you like to go back in time and grab a drink with? What are you drinking?

Where should I take my kids to eat next now that I can trick them into eating new foods?


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What I’m Into: January 2016


I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately – the geeky news that has me squealing like a twelve year old girl, the shows I’m binging like it’s my job and the books keeping me up at night.

What I’m Watching

It’s the farewell season of American Idol and I’m feeling all kinds of sentimental about this. But also judgy. Judgy McJudgy Pants. I’m feeling way harsher than the judges on the whole but I’ll confess that Mackenzie Bourg’s audition gave me goosies so to speak.

I know it’s early but I’m kind of ready to give him the crown right now. Anyone else?

We’re also just digging into Season Four of Game of Thrones and our obsession is getting to Possibly Unhealthy Levels. Like googling and searching on everything to figure out how we can watch all the episodes immediately without waiting for the next disc to come in the mail and without paying for it with our souls. We’re now signed up for a three month free trial of HBO through our cable provider (AT&T UVerse – what uppppp?) and are catching up on HBO Go. For other people still catching up, for some reason HBO Go seems to work way better on our PS3 than our XBox One. I have no idea why.

I also just started binge watching Younger on TV Land which stars Hillary Duff and Sutton Foster so basically it’s magical. It’s about a recently divorced mom in her 40’s trying to get back into the work force (and dating force) and somehow decides it would be a super idea to lie and pretend she is 26 so that people will hire her (and stuff). And hilarity ensues. Hillary Duff is actually in her 20’s and kind of on the other corner trying to be taken seriously in her career in spite of her age and the two bond and it’s adorable. Being a 30 something I feel like I can so completely relate to both ends of the spectrum so it’s awesome.

What I’m Reading

18222740I just finished reading Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia with my book club which met last night (I got home at like midnight so I’m still a little deliriously tired #worthit). It took me awhile to warm up this one, largely because I had to get used to each narrator and accept the fact that the author doesn’t always tell the truth right away sometimes even in the same sentence it seemed she would write in one direction and then be like jk that didn’t happen. But eventually the characters began to find little corners of my heart to nestle themselves in and the mystery itself became enticing enough that I found myself wanting to follow it through to the other side and I was pleasantly surprised when I found that NONE of my suspicions were correct and the author had managed to write a mystery that I could not predict the outcome to.

24384702Right now I’m reading The Royal We by Heather Cocks which is living up to it’s hype of being surprisingly well written and fleshed out despite it’s super dorky premise of being, seriously, pretty much Kate Middleton fanfiction if you will. It’s a massive book and a little bit of an undertaking but also quite bingeable so I’m making steady progress when I have time to sit down with it. I’m about 60% of the way through.

I’ve also been perusing The Martian by Andy Weir which my husband and I watched the film version of last weekend and LOVED ; and I have serious plans to stop being a giant baby and finally crack into Winter by Marissa Meyer already even though the twelve year old in me is pouting about now wanting the story to end yet.

What I’m Loving

I started bullet journaling again and I’m kind of obsessed this time. The Lazy Genius did a whole super thorough post about bullet journals and how amazing they can be and after following her advice, I’m so into it.

This song:

Also this song because of the AT&T commercial:

Also loving my new Nespresso Inissa coffee maker. I got the one that comes with the Aerocinno milk foamer / warmer thingie which means my coffee at home is super fancy now.

Also: red toe nails, lazy mornings, snow flakes on branches, lunch dates with my husband, The Cheesecake Factory and girls night out

What have you been into lately?


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Daybook: 01.25.2016

Outside My Window: It’s another cold Monday in January, though admittedly not as cold as it has been on other January mornings. ::knock on wood::

I Am Thinking: about the laundry I need to fold and pretending to be blissfully ignorant. I’m researching Girl Scout troops in the area because BB asked me at the Pinewood Derby yesterday why she couldn’t be a cub scout, too. Or ‘scubscout’ as she still sometimes calls it. In my imagination. Because I still think she’s four sometimes. On the one hand, I don’t know how our schedule could possibly withstand me adding anything to it. On the other hand. Cookies. Also, she’s totally at that age where I’d like to get her involved in something and she’s been waiting patiently. MM will be in the Arrow of Light den next year which means it will be his last year of Cub Scouts – I’m not sure if he’s planning to continue onto Boy Scouts or not but it’s feeling like the end of an era. Perfect time to start a new one, right?

I Just Watched: The Martian last night with the hubby. I’d been planning to read the book first but I got impatient and when I suggested renting it, he jumped at the opportunity. He loved the book and had a great time letting me know what things stayed true to the book and what was better or worse and which actors were perfectly cast. He says Kristin Wiig was a perfect casting choice for her character. We both loved the movie and now I really want to read the book.

We also started Season Four of Game of Thrones this weekend and we were starting to feel the burn of waiting for each disc to slowly make it’s way to us via netflix DVD and somehow ended up signing up for a three month free trial subscription to HBO so that we could get the HBO Go app and have access to all five seasons so that we can binge more efficiently. Or something. Game of Thrones may bring out the worst in us. It is known. To help justify the eventual cost, we cancelled our netflix DVD plan again and we’ll probably cut something else out as well so the guilt doesn’t eat me alive.

24384702I Am Reading: The Royal We by Heather Cocks which is living up to it’s hype of being surprisingly well written and fleshed out despite it’s super dorky premise of being, seriously, pretty much Kate Middleton fanfiction if you will. It’s a massive book and a little bit of an undertaking but also quite bingeable so I’m making steady progress when I have time to sit down with it. I’m about 60% of the way through. I’ve also been perusing The Martian by Andy Weir and have serious plans to stop being a giant baby and cracking into Winter by Marissa Meyer already even though the twelve year old in me is pouting about now wanting the story to end yet.

I Am Hearing: Nothing. Blissful silence. This means the kids are at school, the dog is sleeping peacefully next to me and the dishwasher is in between loads. Which probably means I need to do the dishes. Shhhh….

Weekend Wrap Up: Watched Dogma with the husband and friends also. Forgot to mention that up there ^. Somehow none of those heathens had seen it and I had to rectify the situation. As I mentioned, it was also the Pinewood Derby yesterday. Both of the kids entered cars. No award winners in our household this year, but they had a blast and I enjoyed not volunteering the event for a change so I could just sit with my family and enjoy the event.

We also drank copious amounts of coffee (new coffee maker so we’re all experimental right now, trying new coffee flavors) and ate our weight in cheesecake because The Cheesecake Factory just opened up a location in our town which is dangerous, dangerous news. Luckily they are insanely crowded and for sure overpriced, so we can only do so much damage so often.

Plans For The Week: My book club is discussing Bellweather Rhapsody on Wednesday. I liked the book a lot, especially the further into it I read. The first couple of chapters took awhile to grab me but once the mystery truly unfolded I was in.

Picture Thoughts: A snapshot from the weekend…


More to come soon!



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Weekly Geekly: 01.22.16


I think we geeks have had a rough go of it, losing a few too many legends lately. I’m trying to get my hands on a copy of Dogma to watch with my husband this weekend but it’s proving more complicated than I anticipated. While I figure that out…

I think this would be my kids’ favorite subject in school. And mine, too. Can I take this class?

This would be a very different television show. Related: now you can knit the damn scarf yourself. Properly.

When worlds collide adorably. One of the better Star Wars inspired things on the internet right now.

GeekMom says 2016 is going to be the year that Harry Potter returns. I’m not hating this. Speaking of Potter and the image above: Apparently ‘always’ was a weighty word for Professor Snape.

And now I think I’ll be a dear and leave you guys with something a little lighter:


Have a great weekend guys!

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Link Love: Vol. 20


For reasons mostly relating to finding the right balance in my schedule as a working mom, I left my retail gig as of last week and I’m now planning to focus my energies on being a substitute teacher / teachers aide and a rockstar mother. This week I focused my energies on American Idol and cleaning my kitchen. I needed an emotional cleanse – a moment to just be – and now I’m ready to take the world by storm. Next week. While I linger in these last moments of unadulterated laziness….

US Presidents when they were young and hunky? Oh myLeslie Knope and I need to have a long conversation about this over waffles.

I’m on a soup kick! I made this P Dubs recipe a couple days ago. And this tasty Greek soup last week. (My children are not on a soup kick and despite their efforts at politeness, I think they will breath a sigh of relief when I serve them leftover pancakes for dinner tonight.)

Thanks to Facebook’s On This Day… algorithm , I’ve been finding all sorts of throwback goodness. I’m pretty sure my daughter needs this Horse Catalog in her life immediately.

I think this should go without saying, but in case you weren’t sure: dads are not babysitters. I’m not surprised or delighted that my husband carries equal weight around the house or that he’s capable of handling the kids on his own. He’s their father and an equal partner in our relationship. Not a very tall child that must be managed.

Lastly… I’m clearly in a fowl mood¹:


Get it?

¹ I’m actually in a great mood, I’m just feeling punny. hahahahaha

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More Pictures from New Years at Dan’s Office.


I thought I’d share some more of the pictures from our trip to Dan’s office on New Years Day. Some pictures of the kids and one of the more successful family photos that we took. Still only scratching the surface of all the pictures taken, but I don’t want to completely bore you guys to tears. Enjoy!





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WAYRW: The Royal We

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:

  1. What’s the name of your current read?
  2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)
  3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

24384702Right now I’m reading The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan which is kind of like a fanfictionish imagining of Kate Middleton and Prince William. That sounds ridiculously cheesy but like every woman who has come before me admitting to having read this, I have to admit, it’s awfully well written and the characters, especially Bex, are wonderful and easy to cheer for. It’s split into several parts, comprising about ten years of their relationship – from meeting to wedding – and I’ve just finished the first part which is just shy of the 34% mark (because the story is nearly 500 pages long)  so I’m giving myself some spoilers, but here goes…

“…Do you know what it’s like to never, ever be asked what you want to be when you grow up? Or being told not to bother about it because it doesn’t matter?”

“No,” I said softly, wanting to hug him and hating that I couldn’t.

This quote from Prince Nicholas struck a chord with me, being a parent, it’s crazy to think about the fact that his life’s ambitions were decided at birth basically. I know this isn’t an earth shattering revalation, but the way he describes it puts things into perspective perfectly. A couple of pages later, Bex and Nicholas are found out by a reporter (they’d been keeping their relationship a secret for years) and Bex and her friends begin a plan of attack for how she’ll handle the spotlight’s eye. Too good not to share at least one anecdote from that as well:

“They’ll start going through your rubbish, Bex, so take it out in the wee hours and change up the bins you use,” Bea went on. “And for God’s sake, shred anything interesting and divide the pieces into separate bags: credit card bills, prescriptions, receipts. If Nick is in the habit of writing you love letters, burn them. Or bury them, I suppose.”

I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in this story, or a friend of Nicholas and Bex who is rooting them on and helping them succeed, but as much as the idea of falling for a prince has a certain romantic charm – just reading about their relationship is exhausting enough. From having to contemplate even pursuing it, to keeping it secret, to dealing with constantly being in the public’s eye. I’ll pass on that one. Nevermind the end game where you find yourself running a country. I don’t think I’m qualified.

What are you reading right now?

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Top 10 Tuesday: New Books on my TBR List


This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’ve been trying to keep my amazon book wish list relatively pruned down to the books I *really* want, carefully curating my list, including descriptions and reasons for everything and weeding books out as I lose interest in them. But then I read blog posts with book recommendations and start salivating and going #allthebooks  and find my list exploding with unfettered potential again. I’m currently at a not quite pruned state so a lot of the books mentioned here were added very recently and have not been terribly well vetted and investigated. This is by no means, “The books I’m going to read next!!!!” These are the books that most recently waggled their eyebrows at me all suggestively and managed to find their way onto my list of books I’m hoping the magical book fairies will leave me. /Explanation.

Here are the Top 10 Books which were recently added to my wishlist:

51fwofyhf4L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Jennifer E. Smith is kind of having a moment in the blogisphere right now. We’re all swooning over her love stories and if we’re going to be honest, her cover art. Her books just look like you want to read them immediately and tell all your friends. Or maybe never tell your friends. I have a few of her books on my list, but This is What Happy Looks Like just recently found it’s way there after reading a review with a more thorough description that had me all, “Wait, it’s about what??? How am I not reading this yet????”

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

61BMpmDw23L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I think I’ve probably heard about The Man In High Castle by Phillip K. Dick a few times now – it’s a tv show on Amazon as well as a book and I’m told I need to experience both and can’t decide which I want to experience first. I mentioned it casually to my husband the other day and he’s heard of it as well and is intrigued. Imagine if America lost World War II and now Nazi Germany and Japan basically own us. This is what that would look like.

51mTOJy+P2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_You guys know that when Marissa Meyer writes a book, I’m going to be there with bells on. I just heard about her newest project, Heartless, which is about The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland before she became the Queen of Hearts and yeah, I’m all over that business. It won’t be released until November 2016 though so I’m going to have a long wait. Which means I’ll have to make due by finally reading Winter as soon as I can allow myself to walk that closely to the end of the Lunar Chronicles. I’m having weird reluctance there for some reason. I don’t want it to end, guys!

51Ck+KNuRTL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_I think Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy might have mentioned this next one, because she’s usually Suspect # Probably when it comes to me and my book wish list exploding. The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson (of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand fame) sounds like the next historical fiction book to make my book club swoon.

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

41MDPRGpAML._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bookish woman in possession of good taste must be in want of a Jane Austen inspired novel to read. I’m certainly no exception. Curtis Sittenfeld is releasing a novel called Eligible in April 2016 that is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I know there are no shortages of modern retellings of Jane Austen novels, especially Pride and Prejudice, but I don’t care. I’ll be there with bells on.

41SWP08EYTL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_Fingersmith by Sarah Waters was highly praised by a book blogger recently, sorry I can’t remember which one. What I do remember is that her gushing about this book was strong enough that I added it to my wish list immediately. It doesn’t hurt that the cover is beautiful. It definitely sounds super Dickensian, specifically, Oliver Twistian but that isn’t a bad thing.

Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

51GjUbF6dPL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I’m pretty sure I’ve seen The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows pop up on book blogs for ages, but then I heard it being compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I was all like, “I’ll take two.” It’s got a similar root story of a female writer finds herself smack dab in the middle of a very small town and thinks she’ll be bored but finds herself loving it and learning more than she imagined.

51cU1DvID8L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_I think The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett is a book I heard about on a late night talk show and was googling and adding it to my wish list while the author was talking. I do that sometimes.

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

51V0W1ODnkL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_So, Anyway… by John Cleese is definitely a book that found it’s way to my wishlist while watching him on a late late show. When I saw him on Stephen Colbert’s show and they had the Dictator Hat-off, I pretty much fell madly in love and would have bought anything he was selling. Large furry hats have that effect on me apparently.

Then he talked about his book and I was like, ” I should read that.” I’m guessing my husband would read it, too, as he’s already legitimately a John Cleese fan – I’m late to the party, but ready to catch up.

51Kn2ohB8FL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Lastly, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman is a science fiction kind of apocalyptic book that sounds like it has enough humor and levity to keep me from being a flight risk.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

What books are on your TBR list right now?

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Daybook: January 18, 2016

Outside My Window: It’s pretty cold out there with a windchill of even colder. I heard that several schools cancelled today due to cold weather. Luckily for us we already had the day off because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will have to brave the elements in a couple of hours to go to Parent Teacher conferences though.

12347612_10100804172129816_3466193175543782033_nI Am Thinking: that my new shampoo for my new red hair might be irritating my skin. There are other suspects (possibly my winter hat or pillowcase?) but the more I think about it, the more the shampoo seems like the most obvious suspect. So I’m planning to try using my old shampoo next time I shower to see if the problem goes away. Cross your fingers for me!

I Just Watched: Galavant last night and I continue to adore the heck out of that show. The actors are all so talented and somehow I’m never annoyed when the singing starts. I was bummed when I thought it got cancelled after one season and I’m disappointed that this season won’t be very long but just trying to enjoy it while it lasts. I think every night I say, “Can you believe that’s the same guy who played Lassiter on Psych????” We’re also loving Big Bang Theory and Modern Family and terribly missing Doctor Who and Sherlock.


I Just Read: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia. It took me awhile to warm up this one, largely because I had to get used to each narrator and accept the fact that the author doesn’t always tell the truth right away sometimes even in the same sentence it seemed she would write in one direction and then be like jk that didn’t happen. But eventually the characters began to find little corns of my heart to nestle themselves in and the mystery itself became enticing enough that I found myself wanting to follow it through to the other side and I was pleasantly surprised when I found that NONE of my suspicions were correct and the author had managed to write a mystery that I could not predict the outcome to.

I Am Hearing: The dishwasher do it’s humming little dance of reassurance that something is in fact getting cleaned around here. The kids are rather plugged into their kindles this morning but after I finish this post, I’m planning to go rally the troups and do something more active.

Weekend Wrap Up: The kids worked on decorating their cars for the Pinewood Derby next weekend. MM’s car looks very futuristic and sleek. BB’s car looks like a disco ball of silver glitter. Obviously. It was also my last day of work at Target Optical on Saturday as I am planning to switch to just subbing now which I think will work a lot better for my family’s schedule.

We went out to dinner at PF Changs on Saturday after a moment of hesitation because everything on the menu is chinese food, including the kids menu. But Dan had this moment of like “Nope, I’m done catering to their whims!” which we’ve said before in a “This is your dinner, eat it or go suck an egg,” kind of way (but kinder, I promise). But that night he had this genius moment of ah ha where he came up with an Adventurous Eater Contest. Whichever kid tried the most new things without complaining would get to pick a dessert and even where that dessert would happen. They were so game for this and ended up trying all sorts of new things that they never would have touched like crab rangoon, mongolian beef, lo mein, crispy honey chicken and rice (which probably only sounds impressive in my household but seriously guys, my daughter ate and enjoyed RICE) and egg drop soup.

So last night we took them to Culvers for ice cream as a reward for their incredibly adventurous and successful dining experience the night before. We’re planning to make this a regular occurrence.

Plans For The Week: Parent Teacher conferences today. I’m going to Team Trivia on Wednesday and the kids will be weighing their cars that night for the Pinewood Derby so we’ll probably want to put wheels on them and stuff. I need to majorly clean the house and maybe cook an actual meal at some point.

Picture Thoughts: 


Another moment of genius that is working like magic in our house right now.