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thursday things, on friday.


shawnnathompson_thursdaythings_9251. Over the past week, I’d been working on an essay on being an unexpected stay-at-home mom. I finished it last night and when I went to publish it this morning, it had disappeared.  I almost weeped.  And it was kind of an emo post, so not really one that I could bang out quickly again. I don’t know what to do.  Rewrite it?  Write the jist of it here in this list?  Let’s see if I run out of things to talk about…

2. Thank you all so much for the podcast recommendations!!  So far I’ve listened to (and loved!) the Longest Shortest Time and Call your Girlfriend.  AND I also started listening to Limetown.  Have you heard of it?  It’s the same kind of investigative reporting setup as Serial but it’s fiction and it’s a little more sci-fi-ey. (<—- what?)  There are only 2 episodes available so far and even though some of the… acting?… is questionable, it’s still pretty great.  At the end of Episode 2, I got the shivers so bad and was legit scared while walking down the street. Like, I kept looking behind me and walking faster and faster.  It was mid-day and there were people everywhere, but #imababy.

3. Ok, ok so I finally started snapping.  Snapchatting, that is.  Snap-C-ing.  Snap-sizzle!  Ok, I’m done.  It’s mostly pictures of Crosby and coffee so if you’re into cuteness and caffeine, feel free to follow along!  I’m @shawthomps over der.

4. Have you heard of the book the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?  I’ve been wanting to read it for months but I was #9 billion on the waitlist at the library and it just finally came available this week.  I’m ready for it to change my life!  Or so everyone who’s read it says.  So far I’m about 40 pages in… my house is still messy and honestly I’m just kind of annoyed with how much the author says the word “tidying”.  It’s such a funny little word and reading it so much has made it lose all meaning to me.  To the point where I pronounce it wrong in my head sometimes… as tid-ying.  And then I feel like a perv.

5. Speaking of the library!  Before they let me check out my book, I had to pay off $33 in overdue fines.  I’d somehow managed to dodge paying since I hit the $20 limit.  So… you might say that I’m the nerdiest rebel around.  ::shoots an imaginary gun and then blows off the gun smoke and puts it in an imaginary holster::  ::then reads a book::

6. And speaking of guns… Casey is on his way to Minnesota right now for some good old-fashioned duck hunting.  Yeehaw!  While I’m not the hugest hunting enthusiast (my dad and brothers are totally laughing and nodding their heads reading this) Casey really loves ducking hunting so I’m super excited for him.  And quite a bit jealous that he gets to see some of the fam.  So if anyone in the Portland area wants to come keep Cros and I company this weekend, let me know!  We can sit around reading books about TY-DEE-ING.

7. On the way home from dropping Casey off at the airport this morning, I saw a rainbow.  Which is no huge thing but it made me smile and feel like hey, today is going to be a good day!  And THEN.  I swear this is true… the song Somewhere over the Rainbow came on the radio.  I swear!!  (I had the “coffee shop” satellite station on.) And I was all, wow, today really is going to be a good day!  BUT THEN!  I literally saw the rainbow disappear.  The clouds covered it up in about 10 seconds.  I’ve never seen a rainbow disappear in action before.   It was kind of eerie and poetic and what does this all mean?  Am I going to have a good day?  Or was the rainbow disappearing behind clouds an omen?  TBD people, TBD.

8. You know what I was thinking about last night?  When I was trying to fall asleep?  That someone should rename “bedtime” as “the time of day when you should be going to sleep but instead you go over all the conversations you’ve had that day in your life and think about what you should have said instead of what you actually said”.   Ya feel me?

9. Have you seen or heard about these adult coloring books that are making their way around the various blog-o-spheres on the interwebs?  I’m really intrigued.  But considering I still haven’t finished a paint-by-numbers that I bought 6 months ago… it might not be the best investment for me.

10. Ok, so I tried the new Starbucks drink, the Toasted Graham Latte.  And I gotta say, it tasted exactly like a vanilla latte to me.  Sorry, ‘Bucks.  Maybe it’s because I ordered it with soy milk?  I don’t know, I didn’t think it was all that special.  And it wasn’t just me… Crosby didn’t really like it either.

Calm down!  I’m kidding.

He loved it.

 


a list of places you could find us on any given day. plus, happy fall!

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Happy first day of fall!  Slash happy official opening day of all things pumpkin popping up in your Instagram feed.  Is what the day should really be called.

I think I’m probably the only person on Planet Portland that isn’t ecstatic about fall being here.  I love fall, I really do.  I love the changing colors and the flannels(!) and the pumpkin patches and I freaking adore Halloween. But. I also have a really hard time saying goodbye to summer.  I reeeeally love summer.  Even this past one, which for the most part resembled the surface of the mf-ing sun.  Good gaw, it was hot.  Even so, I loved it and didn’t want it to end.  I think more so this year because I have a kid and being able to outside most of the day is the stuff mom dreams are made of.  But whatever, we’ll have another summer next year, right?  And so.  I will embrace fall with the rest of the Basic B’s and unpack my sweaters and haul my sweet ass down to Starbucks for a PSL to officially ring in the season.  Or a Toasted Graham Latte?  Which is apparently the new drink of the season?  Oh Starbucks, you naughty little siren.

Well so anyways.  Now that it’s getting cooler and there is rain in our forecasts, I’ve been looking into indoor activities for the Cros and I to do during the days.  We like to have at least 1 extracurricular activity per day, besides errands, to get us out of the house, talkin’ to the people (hallelujah!), gettin’ some of our wiggles out.  I’m always really interested to hear about other families’ schedules and activities, so I thought I’d share what’s on our agendas these days, if you care to read/are really super bored.

I’ve talked about this over and over again, but we almost always start our day with a long walk with the pups.  This helps to wear the dogs out as much as possible for the rest of the day so that they’re only moderately annoying instead of severely annoying.  Also, the fresh air that early in the morning really kickstarts our day.  Well, that and a vat of coffee.

We’ve signed up for music class again, which starts next week.  We took an infant music class in the spring and other than the very first day when Crosby wailed the entire time, he loved it!  Fun fact: Crosby actually crawled for the first time at music class.  Onto another baby girl’s blanket.  And then plopped down on his tush and reached out and rubbed her cheek.  I have a feeling we’re in for some fun times with this baby man.

Our friend introduced us to an indoor park near our house that offers toddler open gym as well as “art parks” (TBD WTF that actually means) a couple of times a week.  So we will most definitely be heading there more often than not.

We’ve just moved up from baby to toddler storytime at the library.  Toddler storytime at a library is kind of an oxymoron, because it’s pretty much the loudest situation ever.

I typically take a barre class once a week that has a little childcare situation included, which is lovely for both of us.  Speaking of which, I took a class on Monday morning and my legs are still slowly being murdered from the inside out.  Halp.

We have a membership to the zoo so when it’s nice out we love to wander around there.  It gets a little more fun each time we go because Crosby can actually SEE the animals these days.  As opposed to the first few times I took him when he could barely see as far as his own hands.  #noob

We usually try to head to the burbs to meet Casey for lunch once a week.  And almost every time we get stuck in stupid traffic on the way back into Portland.  Traffic with a baby is why Jesus invented happy hour.  We all deserve a cocktail after surviving that shiz.

Every so often when we’re feeling lavi$h or if we can tag-along with our friends who have a guest pass, we like to go to the science museum (OMSI).  They have an amazing space for littles to play.  Just watch out for a little tyrant named Ziggy, he likes to dump sand on unsuspecting baby’s heads.

I have been wanting to try Hike it Baby, which is hikes… with your baby.  Doi!  Any fellow Portlanders done it?  Or recommend an easy hike to get us started?

On top of that, we’re still in the phase where Crosby loves to be in carts… so trips to the grocery store or Costco or Target are great fun.  I’m fully planning for this phase to pass once he starts to walk.  So… maybe a couple more days?  Gah!

So there you have it!  I realize that to anyone who isn’t a mom, a nanny, a grandma or really sensitive father figure, this all probably sounds incredibly… unsubstantial?  But!  It’s my everyday and I love it heaps.  So thanks for indulging.  And hey!  Maybe next time I’ll come up with a list of things I do at night, that will better serve the non-baby folks interests?  Orrrr…. I could just tell you right now.  Netflix and wine.  The end.

These pictures have nothing to do with fall or daily activities but what’s a blog post without pictures?  … A really… uhh.. plain-looking page with words on it?….  Is what.

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Go get yo fall!