–We went to a thrift store recently to look for a birthday present for our buddy Kingston. While there Elias, who was in the carrier, began to fuss. I started swaying back and forth to soothe him when I noticed the 1940s instrumental band music the store was playing. It occurred to me that Elias and I were slow dancing.
–I’d like to say I don’t start listening to my favorite Christmas album, Midwinter Graces, until around Halloween, but in all honesty I keep it around all year.
–Isobel has long had her own nicknames that she’s used for things, including me. She used to call me Miss Meems, but eventually settled on Mimi, which she’s called me for over a year. Occasionally she’ll call me Meepers, and recently we were at a family party when Isobel became stuck on the trampoline. We were inside chatting with family when a cousin popped his head inside and said to Anthony and I, “Your daughter is calling your. Um, I think.” I went outside and there she was, shouting “MEEPERS! MEEPERS! MEEEEEEEEEEEPERRRRRRRRRRS!”
–Isobel has decided Elias’ nickname is to be a riff on his middle name, Lars. She’s calling him LarLars so much that passerby are probably very confused about his name. We chose his middle name as it’s the Scandinavian riff on my Dad’s name–Larry. He often goes by Lar. When I am not using Elias’ full name I often call him Lai Lai. I’m not sure if this is true in all Hispanic families, but in Anthony’s it’s common to have a well-known family nickname. We didn’t plan it this way but we seem to be falling right in line with tradition.
–I love love love helping out in Isobel’s classroom. I love it. I love it so much.
–We’ve been playing Windwaker as a family and we were going through a dungeon of some sort when Isobel said, “Why did someone leave their treasure in the middle of a dungeon?” Because they don’t trust the Hyrulian banking system, obviously.
–I was taking photos of the kids the other day when Isobel said, “Are you ready to make Facebook happy at you, Baby Elias?!” It was especially hilarious since this wasn’t something she learned from me. I have never been very active on FB except for more recently. Although I love social media, I’ve never been shy about expressing my distaste for Facebook in particular. Its shady practices and dubious algorithms it seems to me a hotbed for pointless drama. As Isobel frequently says, “I am allergic to barf,” except in my case I’m allergic to drama. I’ll state my opinions and stand up for what I believe in, sure, but nothing was ever achieved by slinging insults in the comments section on FB. Nothing good, anyway. I have a hard time navigating FB, and well, I’m a grumpy old fart. But recently I’ve been thinking about my participation on Instagram and how much I love it. I end up describing a lot of what I post there to my mother or sending it on to my sister. Eventually I decided that these things I’ve been sharing with friends I’ve never met face-to-face (but still valued friends to me nonetheless)I wanted to share with family, too. All of whom are on Facebook. So I’m more active there, but I’m still firm in my commitment to avoid drama.
–My Mom’s name is Dee, and why she never started a nut company called “Dee’s Nuts” I’ll never know.
Scrapbook: DIY Wasp from the Avengers Costume. Wasp is basically a superhero fairy, so, yeah, all Isobel wants in life.
Snapshot 11.13.14. What I’m up to.
Thrifty Costumes: DIY Pikachu. Shockingly cute (I’m so sorry).
Little Big Collection: Vintage & Handmade Bookends. These are a few of my favorite things.
Follow Friday: Waterpark. My love letter to the internet.
In Focus: Work Avoided Through Extensive List-Making. Sadly, this is sometimes me.
I googled “bear conversation” and was not disappointed. So I says to Mabel, I says… Via InternetEh
Poovey Farms Butter. Holy crap!
Slow-motion surfing. Mesmerizing and relaxing. Via my own personal link librarian, Ellen.
How to draw a perfect freehand circle. Isobel will totally get a kick out of this. (Also via Ellen).
Californians try to pronounce the names of New York towns. I would not fare any better. Via Hokuboku
Warriors, Come Out and Play. My husband and friends swim through mud and jump over fire.
Thrift Store Score: Toy Camera. Still one of our favorite scores.
Follow Friday: Keep On Truckin’. Follow Friday featuring a collected of thrifted trucker hats.
Welcome to my SPAM folder. I make fun of my SPAM comments.
Scrapbook: Halloween Carnival. A tiny Isobel dressed as Kiki. A diminutive Kingston dressed as Max.
Scrapbook: Sweeping at the Library. That is one hardworking witch.