What I’m up to:
– That’s my friend Dave in the photo. This wasn’t the smartest thing he’s ever done (that would be marrying my friend Stefanie, obviously) but it was good times. His mom was there when this happened and afterwards she demanded a copy of this photo. Don’t try this at home, kids!
– Oh, and happy Independence Day! I can use the internet to post photos of my 30lb cat and bitch about anything I want! GOD BLESS AMERICA! I am thrilled to live in a country wherein the Affordable Care Act was deemed constitutional. I can’t wait until we grant full rights to all humans.
– Anthony and I have decided to embrace the pop-song sentiment YOLO, or, You Only Live Once, but instead of shouting it before we down a line of shots or rub up against a hooker we’ve decided to use it as a threat.YOLO, lady at Michael’s who’s holding up the line by arguing about an expired coupon. YOLO, guy on a mini bike driving down the goddamn center of the road because he thinks he’s a car. And YOLO, lady at Target, for thinking we all want to hear your conversation on your Nextel phone.
You only live once, bitches! It would be shame if we murdered you.
– I have been extremely grateful for the support and love of my friends on twitter this past week, especially all of those mothers I’ve made connections with. After months of little to no activity, my anxiety came back with a vengeance and talking about it on twitter really helped. I am so grateful for the circles I have made both here and on twitter. You guys, you are the best.
– My two vintage-loving, nerdy fanboy friends Brandon and Noel held their second annual Geek to Antique yard sale last weekend and we went with a bunch of friends and loaded up on video games, comic books, music, records, and vintage goodies. I walked away with this enamel poppy bowl. I have lusted over this exact bowl on Etsy for months and when I saw it I think I must have lunged for it like baseball player sliding for home. I also picked up a pink tutu-like skirt for myself that Isobel immediately told me was her favorite thing ever. My friend and co-birthday girl Stefanie said we should design our birthday celebration entirely around this skirt. Prepare yourself this fall for invitations to our tutu party.
– Isobel has reached the point in her development where she has become very aware and interested in grown-up conversations. Anthony and I can rarely discuss anything now without hearing a constant barrage of “What did you say? What are you talking about?” Explaining concepts such as “direct deposit” or “MRI” to a three year old is exhausting. Listen, kid. I know it’s confusing! I, myself, have a tenuous grasp on the finer points of our financial system and the inner workings of a shoulder joint at best! Each stage has its own joys and challenges. As we move forward I am a little saddened to know I’m leaving the joys of saying inappropriate things to my husband behind.
Little Big Links:
The Supreme Court Rules the Supreme Court Rules. Anthony came across this article while we were having breakfast together at the bagel shop. We couldn’t stop laughing.
Night Skies. Maria from Brainpicker called this, “Positively the most breathtaking timelapse visualization of the night sky I’ve seen, complete with an astronomy lesson.” I don’t even have anything else to add because I’m speechless. I’ve watched it a dozen times at least.
YOU GUYS. Two episodes of Star Trek:The Next Generation are going to be shown in theaters on Monday, July 23rd in honor of Star Trek TNG’s 25th Anniversary. They will feature two completely remastered and fully restored episodes. I have seen the Blu-Ray versions of Farpoint and I cried tears of pure liquid latinum they were so beautiful. We are going to have to drive over an hour away to find an theater civilized enough to screen it, but I cannot wait. Episodes shown will include Datalore and Where No One Has Gone Before.
Cross-Stitch iPhone cases. I have been meaning to share this link for months now (my apologies to Elaina), but I LOVE these iPhone cases. They come ready to cross stitch and include some thread, a needle and a packet of patterns. Here are some photos of how some have turned out. I’m still a novice at embroidery but I’d be willing to quit and devote all my energy to cross stitch for one of these babies. Elaina said that if she makes three sales that originated at Little, Big she will give me one for free. Score!
Robot Party! I love the idea of making t-shirts instead of goody bags for the kids.
- Life is hard when everyone adores you.
- Playdate with Kingston.
- Goodbye, gorgeous mod daisy tray!
- Favorite travel mug.
- He does this every. time. I feed him.
- In six hours — deliciousness.
- Shhhh, treasure.
- Playing croquet inside, like a boss.
- Happy OvershareWednesday!
It’s been a little while since you redid your backyard. How’s it holding up, and is Isobel still enjoying it?
I keep meaning to post garden updates over the summer but my garden is so meager and pathetic and I have been keeping so busy with other things that I haven’t gotten around to it. The photo above was from June and it’s one of the more recent photos I have of the backyard. Don’t let the hat and sweater fool you, we were out in the backyard at around 8 am that day so it was quite cool and she wanted to wear the hat because the wind was “making her hair crazy.”
When I started to plan for the summer I did not anticipate Anthony’s surgery. Neither of us did, but it happened and we’ve rolled really well with the punches. Since I’ve been doing the bulk of the work around the house and watching Isobel I just haven’t had the time to devote to the yard or garden. Also, we’ve spent less time outside overall because since Anthony is home we try to include him in whatever we are doing and he is so much more comfortable inside. Our pergola is still just three posts in the ground since he’s in no shape to tackle that project, though my Dad has been coming over regularly to mow our lawns and repair our fence. Our lawn has taken root quite well though it is still patchy in places. Isobel loves to run through the sprinklers on it, something she never could have done before we redid the lawn.My pride and joy this year isn’t the flower bed full of weeds behind Isobel (though it is quite impressive, isn’t it?) but the multicolor poppies we planted late last winter. Aside from playing on the lawn, Isobel really enjoys “cooking” in the dirt, watering my succulents, and helping me plant marigold seeds.
I’ve been pretty disappointed in myself for not making time to garden, but injured husband, growing toddler, and abandoned kitten came first. Our climate is so mild I’m going to continue to attempt to grow things as long as I can and through the winter. Anthony’s recovery is coming along quite steadily and I’m no longer doing everything by myself. The garden isn’t yet the Eden I hoped it would be, but Isobel has a great time and does not seem to mind.
Do you have a question for me? I’d love to answer it! You can leave your question in the comments, @-reply me on twitter, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a messenger pigeon. Don’t actually do the last one, though. My cat will eat it.