Sunday, June 17, 2018


We brought a dinner of Qdoba to Jenny (post-injury: mix yourself a paloma and read about that here). She had a Get Well Soon balloon in her living room and...

Clem: Where did you get that balloon?

Jenny: My sister gave it to me in the hospital, after I fell.

Clem: (quizzically) Did you fall on your birthday?


Josie, peering at a zit on Grandma's face: You have a little nipple on your face.
Clementine, quick to correct: THAT'S NOT A NIPPLE! THESE [points emphatically to her chest] ARE NIPPLES!


 Came home from spin class to Clementine wailing: Josie said I DON'T ... LOOK... FANCY!!!


Clementine, up on the bathroom counter so she could look at her entire outfit (tank top, bike shorts, Birkenstocks, flower crown headband), shaking her hips and saying, I LIKE MYSELF!


And, I just think this is hilarious: Josie loves yellow mustard.

Our neighbor's backyard.

Qdoba dinner. (It's a theme).

I saw these mermaid purses in the hospital gift shop and bought them (pink and purple).

They turned out to be perfect for stuffing with figurines and bringing to dinner.

Unicorn patrol.

Royal Wedding Weekend

My friend Laura and her daughters came all the way from Kentucky to watch the royal wedding with us! My girls named so many of their loveys after meeting these sisters during our Kentucky trip (here and here)

Most of these pics are Laura's and we didn't get too many - too much chasing, too much laughing, too much karaoke singalong!

Field trip to the Volvo dealership to see a paint color not stocked in Lexington; frozen custards from Andy's.

Getting up early for the wedding.

Josie: her cape is so long.

Sheetpan pancakes and London apron.

Look at these girls!

Lunch al fresco.

Dinner at Katie's with Jenny (and palomas).

Cake from La Bonne Bouchee

Thank you for the visit and for introducing us to the Greatest Showman, which we have seen/listened to/talked about/danced to every day since!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Liking Lately

A combo of What's Making Me Happy This Week with a few Favorite Products thrown in...

// I saw these ring popsicle molds at Home Goods and bought them for the girls. For a second I thought I'd make my own popsicle recipe, but opted for the much more expedient bottle of mixed berry Simply Delicious juice. It takes less than a cup of juice to make a tray of 6 - it's a great small dessert. (When I had a dog I remember reading some quote by the Dog Whisperer that dogs only understand the concept of "one" - it doesn't matter if you give them a small morsel of dog biscuit or a steak - it's the unit of one that matters.)

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// The Chantelle Soft Stretch collection: I have several styles and they are so comfortable! (I also like the Wacoal B Fitting and Cotton Suede undies).

// Sports bra: I'm going to slowly replace all the ones I don't like that migrate to the bottom of the pile with this Zella one that is so comfortable yet supportive.

// This Eileen Fisher shirt that I'm going to wear all summer - to work, on the weekend, without fear of it getting stained, etc. Spendy but so flexible and ethically made, down to the dye. #costperwear

// Finding my favorite sunglasses - spending some solo time with Clemmie.

sidenote: I'm getting a keratin blowout in a couple of weeks because I cannot handle my natural hair texture in the summer. I leave for spin class at 5:15, home by 6:30, and either run out of time or interest before I have to go to work. Looking forward to losing a step (the ineffective blow-dry) from this routine. 

// Refried black beans, from a can, topped with pickled red onions and a spoonful of sour cream.

// Hospital cafeteria pro tip, breakfast edition:

  Step one: Ask for one (generous) scoop of breakfast potatoes with two made-to-order over-easy eggs on top.

  Step two: Ask for a sriracha packet (15 cents) from the secret stash behind the register and make your own sriracha mayo (mayo packets are free).

  Step three: Enjoy perfect eggs dabbed with sriracha mayo over crispy potato cubes. Whoever said you can't buy happiness obviously didn't have $3.85 and a thorough knowledge of the grill station.

// This chartreuse short tree/tall bush outside my spin studio. What is it? It's beautiful. I'm getting a yard consultation next week to jazz things up out there (my goals: stunning but also low maintenance) and this color/texture is my inspiration.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chicago for a Wedding

A weekend in Chicago for a wedding. Luke picked me up from work and we took the 5:30 train from downtown...

... other than forgetting snacks, it was a restful journey. I brought a huge stack of accumulated magazines and finished the novel I've been picking up and putting down, Lunar Attractions.

We stayed with my sister and brother-in-law and she and I went to Spin class in the morning. Not just any Spin class - the bike moves laterally! #QueasyMODE

Brunch at Publican.

Wedding fun at the Blackstone Hotel, a $3.30 Uber ride from Elise's condo.

Mother's Day brunch at Duck Duck Goat which was delicious. This was heavily-spiced goat with noodles -- so good! We enjoyed some downtime too, watching John Mulaney's Netflix special and playing with Isla.

Back on the train. It was so nice to have some time as a couple - thanks, Mom and Dad, for watching the girls!