Week-End Ramblings

This was the week of strep throat. Poor Cash tested positive for it on Wednesday. I had been running a low-grade fever for a few days so after I took him to the doctor, I went to urgent care and asked them to swab me for it. I figured why not? I didn’t have a sore throat but I have no immune system so better safe than sorry. And I did indeed test positive. The bright spot is that oral antibiotics actually worked and the fever is gone now without a trip to the hospital! Cash is all better too. It was his first time being sick this school year. And West and Neve managed not to catch it. *knock on wood*.

Shen YunIMG_2839-001The highlight of the week was my mother/son date with West. We went to see Shen Yun, a classical Chinese music and dance company. He’s been wanted to go since he heard about it last year. I was dubious that he would actually find it entertaining but I was wrong. He loved it! I liked it too but I think I liked watching him watch it more.

Lastly, I want to give a shout out to my talented friend Sarah, who made this awesome hat for me! Isn’t it cute?



Week-End Ramblings

I’ve decided to start a new feature whereupon every Friday, Saturday or Sunday, I post something about what I’ve done during the week, whether or not it’s bookish. And I’d like to hear from you about what’s going on in your life! You can tell me in the comments or link up a post you want to share. I’m trying to think of a catchy name (let me know if you have suggestions!) so for right now it’s just Week-End Ramblings.

IMG_2767-001The absolute highlight of the week was my daughter’s fifth anniversary of joining our family. She got to choose what we did to celebrate. She prefers store bought cake over my homemade cake (the nerve!) so she picked a Secret Life of Pets cake. The bakery lady thought that was a “very out-of the ordinary” choice for an anniversary cake. I’m sure she assumed it was for a wedding anniversary. Neve chose getting take-out and watching the Johnny Depp version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at home. She and West got McDonald’s and since Travis, Cash and I have good taste, we got 54th Street. It was fun. Neve has brought so much love and joy to our family, it’s nice to take the time to honor that.

IMG_2772-001The next highlight was my Mommy/Son date with Cash. We went out to a fancy dinner at McCormick and Schmick’s and then to see the show Stomp. Cash got a lot of attention at the restaurant for his dapper outfit.

IMG_2774Cash ordered a fish called Bronzini, which came whole. The entire time he was eating it, I had the song Fish Heads in my head. I’m really glad he’s grown out of being a picky eater – even if it does mean that his meal is giving me the stink-eye from across the table.

Stomp was great. Cash loved it. He plays the drums and is always pounding on things around the house. It drives me nuts! I’ll probably regret taking him if it makes him pound even more, but we had so much fun that it’s worth it.

IMG_2776Finally, I got to have lunch with my BFF Nerdy Apple. She brought me these fabulous Christmas gifts and I brought her nothing! Except for some books I had borrowed from her and an ARC of Laura Lippman’s new book that I ended up with two copies of. To make it up to her, I bought her lunch. I’m not THAT bad of a friend.


What’s going on with you?

Monopoly Marathon

West, Neve and I started a Monopoly game this morning. Then when Cash and Travis returned home from a scouting event, we started over so they could play too. We played straight up until bedtime with only a couple of near meltdowns. I’ve loved Monopoly since I was a child and it’s so fun to see the kids getting into it. And they are even learning – making change, budgeting, patience, delayed gratification, negotiation skills, strategy, sportsmanship –  the list goes on. Don’t tell them though! Let them think they’re just having fun.

Sweet-Ass Sunday

My church had a clothing swap this weekend. Give what you want, take what you need. I got a ton of cute clothes for Neve. West picked out this sweet-ass shirt for himself. It looks familiar to  you because your grandpa wore it in 1976.

Kids Say (And Do) the Dardest Things

Neve: Mommy, will you play with me?
Me: After I have my coffee.
Neve: But you had coffee yesterday.
Me: That’s not how coffee works, Neve.


Neve: How did I get in the other Mommy’s tummy? Did she swallow me?


Neve: Can you play the song they sing in the jungle?
Me: What song is that?
Neve: You know, it’s the “La Surfer Face” song.
Translation: The Monkees (jungle animals) I’m a Believer “then I saw her face…”


West: There’s a boy on my bus who’s really mean but his name is Christian so I thought he would be nicer.


Neve told me that she went to the store with Daddy and saw piggy rabbits. Translation: Guinea pigs.

Kids Say (And Do) the Darndest Things

Cash: Mommy, next year I want you to be an active member of the PTA instead of checking your email and chatting on Facebook.


West: When I’m 18, I’m going to live with you and say cuss words.


Neve: I know that dog’s a boy because it doesn’t have a shirt on.


Cash: In the olden days, did you have to type in the https when you were typing in a web address?


West: Daddy is not the boss
Me: Daddy and I are co-bosses
West: I know who the real boss is – SANTA!…and God
Cash: No, the president is

A Little Break

Hi all! Just wanted to let you know that the blog may be quiet for a bit. I’m having surgery today and I’m not sure when I’ll be off of the post-surgery painkillers enough to be able to read and write coherently again. Hopefully, everything turns out way better than last time! This time it’s GI surgery for complications from Crohn’s disease so respiratory failure seems unlikely. Fingers crossed that I’ll be back to reading and posting in no time!

Kids Say (and Do) the Darnedest Things

Cash, tonight at dinner: “These chick-peas look like little butts.”


Neve knows three things about Jesus:
1. He’s a silly man.
2. He thinks carrots are yummy.
3. He is coming back in 5 years.

5 years people! You had better get your shit together.


Cash, you’re a hooker.
What’s a hooker, West?
I don’t know. What’s a hooker , Mommy?


Shake Your Booty by KC & the Sunshine band comes on the radio.
Neve: Mommy, shake your booty is in-a-ppro-pr-iate.

Kids Say (And Do) the Darnedest Things

Neve: How did I get in the other Mommy’s tummy? Did she swallow me?


West: There’s a boy on my bus who’s really mean but his name is Christian so I thought he would be nicer.


Neve told me that she went to the store with Daddy and saw piggy rabbits. Translation: Guinea pigs.


Cash, how do you know you don’t like mushrooms? Have you ever tried them?
No Mommy, but it’s imprinted on my brain that I don’t like them.


West bought a Magic 8 Ball and he told Cash to ask it a yes or no question. Cash asked what his lizard’s name was. I told Cash that a yes or no question means a question you can answer “yes” or “no” to. So he asked “What does Y-E-S spell?

Weekend Ramblings – Stitch Fix Edition

I know this isn’t a fashion blog but I have to share with you my latest obsession – Stitch Fix. It’s an online personal shopping service. When you sign up, you feel out a detailed questionnaire with your sizes and style preferences. It even asks you which areas of your body you’d like to accent and which you don’t.

Then you schedule when you’d like your Stitch Fix box to arrive. You can either have it sent to you automatically every month or just schedule them come whenever you’d like. I’m doing mine quarterly for now but I love it so much I might have them come more often. I love it because I love clothes but I’m not a good shopper and with three kids, I don’t make the time to shop very often. I love that these items come right to my door. Most of the time, the items are things that I would have walked past in the store but end up looking great on me. Like I said, I’m not a good shopper! I’d like to share with you what I received in my February Stitch Fix box.

Valencia V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Blouse and Sophia Skinny Jeans

The blouse is navy even though it looks black in the pictures. I liked this top but I felt like it was a bit too short for me. The jeans are great. They are a bit snug but since they are stretchy, I think they would loosen up as the day went on.

The back view of the Sophia Skinny Jeans

I think the back view of jeans is much more important than the front view and I like the back view of these jeans. These jeans are an example of how great Stitch Fix is at listening to feedback. In the Fix I got before this one, there was a pair of jeans that had big back pockets and looked like mom jeans to me. (I didn’t keep them.) I noted that on the online feedback form and got these jeans with small flattering pockets this time.

Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse

I love the color of this top. As a red head, I love to wear just about any shade of green. I don’t think the fit is for me though; I prefer a more fitted top.

Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

This cardigan is super comfy and has a bohemian feel which I like.

Alisa Open Heart Post Earrings

These earrings are silver, small and sparkly – all the things I like my jewelry to be.

There is a $20 styling fee for each Stitch Fix box but if you buy something, you get a $20 credit. If you choose to keep all five items in your Fix, then you get 25% off of your total order.

For this Fix, I decided to keep the cardigan and the jeans. I wanted to keep the earrings also but they were priced more than I usually spend on jewelry. Stitch Fix provides a postage paid envelope to send back the items that you don’t want – so convenient!

If you’d like to sign up for Stitch Fix, please use my referral link – I’ll get a credit if you do. And then when you are a member, you can refer your friends and get credit for it. Let me know if you have any questions about this great service!