Category Archives: what’s up

what’s up / 03

Making: elaborate obstacle courses for my kids throughout our house because it’s currently -28 degrees outside and I just can’t even.

Drinking: coffee coffee coffee! (in the voice of Lorelai Gilmore)

Reading: weather updates, instagram updates from kaitlyn bristowe and jason tartick, my new Dining In cookbook, where the wild things are, and crazy rich asians. among other things.

Wanting: to find a good neck cream. yes, a NECK CREAM. i looked in the mirror the other day and realized that my neck is starting to look like slime that’s being pulled apart. i’m sorry for the nightmares. #33

Watching: the bachelor. (basic and proud!) and i also just finished watching the ted bundy tapes on netflix, which is equal parts interesting and horrifying.

Wishing: that i was back in portland. good gawd I miss it. especially when it’s -28 here and 50 there. just a casual 78 degree difference and yes i used a calculator. a friend of mine from portland posted a picture of herself wearing sandals outside yesterday and it made me want to punch a small bird.

Listening: to podcasts, nonstop!!! my favorite lately is the my favorite murder pod (don’t knock it til you try it). i also love off the vine, criminal and of course… the queen herself, soul sessions with oprah. (also my friend erin and i are thinking of starting a podcast about parenting and life and women and wine, would anyone listen???)

Enjoying: red bull. i used to work for red bull in college (yes, i drove the truck with the can and no, i didn’t just go into bars and sample it to drunk people it was more sophisticated than that OK!!???!!) and i OD’d on it for 4 years and then took a long hiatus… but for the past few months, i’ve been living for it.

Loving: my kids playing together! we’ve had a rough go of it lately with crosby and willa just screaming at each other nonstop. ever since willa found her words, she’s been USING THEM. and crosby was not prepared for her strong-willa’d-ness. it’s been stressful and frustrating… but i’m trying a new tactic where i put the responsibility on them. for instance, if they are playing together and start arguing (AKA screaming at the top of their lungs) I ferociously calmly tell them that if they can’t resolve their issue, then they can’t play together. and if they can’t, they have to separate. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. but it’s wayyyyy better than me yelling at them to take breaks and then breathing into a paper bag while simultaneously pounding wine. i’m kidding. maybe.

Hoping: that my husband will pick up more paper bags and wine on his way home.

Needing: somebody to come to my house and change willa’s diaper because i can smell it from 20 yards away. better yet, i need somebody to come to my house and potty train her, because a toddler who eats the same things an adult eats has diapers that look and smell like burning garbage (AKA donald trump).

Feeling: cabin fever. although a part of me kind of likes the feeling of coziness and surrendering to just having a lazy movie marathon day.

Wearing: leggings and sports bras. i recently got certified as a bodypump instructor and have been working on certification as a ymca group instructor! (humble brag) that said, i’ve been at the gym a lot lately to train get free childcare for 2 hours.


what’s up / 02

Making: i made crosby “turkey kebabs” for lunch today and he flipped.  and all i did was put a small piece of deli turkey, a cherry tomato and a chunk of cheese on a toothpick.  ordinarily, he’d probably nibble on a few of those individual items.  but since they were on a kebab!  he put down 7.  i’m basically calling it a day after that friggin win.

Drinking: water, surprisingly.  we had our first full weekend away from the kiddos (since willa was born) last weekend and we attacked it with the aggressiveness of…. two parents on their first weekend away from their kids (since willa was born).  among other things, we went to a grape stomp at a winery with our friends ALL day on Saturday…. and i’ve felt the need to rehydrate ever since. give me all the blue dolphins on the rocks.

Reading: currently reading In the Woods, which i’m liking so far but it’s kind of a complicated read. the author likes herself some fancy werds.  i’m into murder mystery thriller types lately but… will you laugh at me if i tell you they give me nightmares?  (i’m such a loser.)

Wanting: a camel coat for the fall/winter.  so far i’m digging this one from topshop and this one from old navy of all places… you guys, old navy has been turning up the heat lately!!  (seriously, such a loser. don’t hate me.)

Watching: i think i’ve officially given up on game of thrones after 5 episodes.  sorry, nerds.  any other binge-worthy suggestions that won’t make me lose faith in humanity?

Wishing: that crosby hadn’t fallen out of our couch fort and hit his forehead on the coffee table on sunday, resulting in his first ER visit. luckily he just needed some butterfly tape on his gaping wound and an apple juice and he was good as new.  well, almost… he still has what looks like a nasal strip taped down the middle of his forehead that he has to keep on for a few more days… but i’m so very very aware that it could have been much worse.  file this also under: things that give me nightmares.

Listening: the newish War on Drugs album. it feels like an old friend.

Enjoying: oreo thins!  we were supposed to have friends over for dinner tonight so i bought some oreo thins “for the kids”…. ahem…. but we ended up having to cancel because willa has been feeling kinda funny the last few days and anyways.  i needed to try them to see what all the hype was about.  and you guys, they’re so freaking good.  i mean, they’re obviously the same as…. oreo fats (???) … but CRISPIER.  go, get on out of here and buy yourself some, go on, git.

Loving: picking crosby up from pre-school. it’s currently the favorite part of my day.  if you don’t count the part when both kids naps overlap.

Hoping: that i’m not a punch line at my kids’ pediatricians office after calling there today and giving the receptionist the WRONG bday for willa, like 4 times.  i kept saying oct. 16th and she couldn’t find willa’s file and then she was finally like… um do you mean oct. 19th?  face —-> palm.  (have i mentioned lately that i’m a loser?)

Needing: to win the lottery so i can shop for fall and winter clothes.

Feeling: like i should feel more refreshed after a weekend off-duty. and by “off-duty”, i mean “off-doody”.  (ugh. seriously how are you even still reading this?)

Wearing: JEANS! the only upside to the weather changing is the ability to wear jeans again. i kinda hate shorts.  but jeans…. mama likey.  (you’re unsubscribing from my blog now, aren’t you?)


what’s up / 01

Making: this salad.  I’ve made it 3 times in the last 2 weeks… it’s so good!  My only complaint about it is that if you have children you’ll need to allow yourself 7.5 hours to make it.
Drinking: do I even have to answer this question?  Wine.  From a bottle… from a box… from a can… from an IV…
Reading: I’ve been on page 7 of this book for like, a month.  Is it good?  Don’t know, I’ll get back to you in 18 years when I’ve finally finished it and my kids have moved out so it won’t even matter how I parent anymore waa.
Wanting: like, 12 more months of summer.
Watching: the bachelorette.  I love this season so much.  I love Rachel.  I love Peter.  Ugh, that Peter.  He’s such a treat for the eyes.  Also, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but after the first episode of the season my friend and I sent each other our top ten predictions… and I accurately predicted the top 4… (in this order: 1. Peter 2. Bryan 3. Eric 4. Dean) so… tootie tootie toot toot!
Listening: so much country music.  Who am I even?
Wishing: that sweet Bill (Willa) would sleep through the night.  And not get up at 5am.  Excuse me while I shovel more coffee into my face.
Enjoying: our pool! I went back and forth between buying our pool and another shallower, more obvious kiddie pool with animals and a jungle and 37 other pieces of flair all over it.  And anyways, I’m SO glad that I went with ours because it’s so much more substantial and family friendly.  And it fits all of us.  And it has a bench. And a cup holder.  For my wine can Crosby’s water bottle.  Best buy of the summer.
Loving: when Crosby will group-hug Casey and I and say “I love you guys”.
Hoping: that we can make room in our budget for a house cleaner.  Please and thank you, amen.
Needing: to get my hair done.  My regrowth since Willa was born is almost all gray.  Not kidding.  Not fair.
Feeling: like I want my kids to have a genuinely happy life.  More than anything else in the world.
Wearing: one piece swimsuits.  No makeup.  Jorts.  Birkenstocks.  Basically anything that’s the opposite of sexy.

And some summer photos to send you on your merry way….