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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.


bundle.

Oh hi! Guys. It me. Casually strolling into here after a few months of rechargin the batts. Not like, the computer batts… my batts, like my internal battery, not actually batteries, not like double A’s, like…. oh never mind.

Honestly, it was nice to take a little break from spewing my words onto the interwebs. As much as I love writing and sharing, sometimes a girl just needs a minute. Ya feel?

So, what have I been up to, you ask? Well, the past few months have been spent bundling my children. Yes, bundling. *The act of putting shitloads of layers on before going outside.* Bundling up, then bundling down, then back up, then sideways, then upside down, then again, and more, and two more times, in that order, but backwards. If you have no idea what bundling is, then I hate you. (JK I love you and can I come visit?)

Ok ok, so I also watched this past season of the Bachelor, but other than that my winter has been spent bundling. Of course I might be exaggerating just a bit (who me?) but I seriously do feel like a large part of my life these days consists of getting my kids prepared to literally open the door and brave the elements. This is something we haven’t ever really had to deal with until this winter since Portland never got this cold and the few months that we lived here last winter we pretty much stuck to the skyways. If you have no idea what skyways are, then I hate you.  (JK I love you and can I come visit?) Our kids never had thick winter coats until this past year… and sweet baby jeezus they are a pain in my ass to deal with. (The coats, not my kids. Maybe.) Anyways, Crosby’s preschool is a half mile from our house and in the fall we’d walk 10 minutes to get there, easy-peasy. But since basically mid-October we’ve been driving because it’s just too cold. And it literally takes us 17 hours to bundle halfway, drive, get both kids out of the car, re-bundle, bring Crosby and Willa inside, drop Crosby off at his room, then take Willa back to the car, de-bundle, drive home, and throw all of our winter clothes into a pile and light them on fire and then go to Target to buy more winter clothes. What I’m trying to say, if it isn’t blatantly obvious is: wine me.

THAT SAID. It’s finally attempting to warm up around here and I find myself finally feeling slightly at home here? ::she says as breathes into a paper bag:: This winter has been a tough re-adjustment but it’s also made me appreciate my home and my sweet little family so very much. Our house….I’m still at the point in the relationship where it gives me the warm fuzzies. It just feels like a hug. And although the cabin fever is strong within it, this winter has meant lots of fun times with my family in our new home.

You’re like, what is this, a Lifetime movie?

So I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. So hi! To the 3 of you who are reading! How have you been?? What should we talk about??

PS my winter hands look like Voldemorts face.

PPS if you want to know what it looks like to be a Minnesotan… this is it. Chilling Coors Lite required.