–This holiday weekend, after a terrible health day on Saturday, we celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary. This weekend was a long one due to Anthony having a rare day off for Memorial day weekend. This holiday weekend twelve years ago we got married. It’s been long enough now that I can say weddings were different back then. Pinterest didn’t exist (who can imagine planning an event without Pinterest now?), the Knot was brand new, and digital photography wasn’t common. We put a large chunk of our small budget toward photography, a decision I’ve never regretted for an instant, and it was all done on film with no retouching or fancy editing. In fact, my poor wedding photographers lugged around three cameras, each loaded with a different kind of film: color, black and white, and sepia. We paid them a lot of money but damn, they earned it. I hope the don’t have back problems.
–For our anniversary Anthony bought me a Star Trek mug because love means giving your wife a mug you know she’ll love when she already has so many mugs she cannot fully close the cupboard. I love it.
–Some of the Crohn’s symptoms that were kept in check by the steroids are starting to return, particularly the arthritis. Sometimes it’s so bad by the end of the day I can’t stand in the kitchen long enough to make dinner. The medicine that I’ll be injecting myself with every couple of weeks hasn’t arrived yet. I’m worried about how far my health will degrade before it gets here. I have an appointment with my Crohn’s specialist at the end of the week, so I’ll know more then.
–There are lots of things I’d rather the internet not know about me. My butt isn’t one of the them, I guess. Talking about my butt on the internet is a thing I guess I do now.
–Anthony tried registering his D&D table for the fair but was put on a wait list. It’s a bummer but also a sort of surprise. There are that many people registering to compete in table place settings at the fair? That’s awesome, but unexpected. I truly had no idea the category was so popular. Or popular, like, at all.
–Elias’ new favorite toy is a small bedraggled pot of mint, which he loves to carry around and also eat. It’s in pretty poor shape from being loved on so much, and several times I caught him sneaking it indoors when I’ve left the patio door open for him to wander. He likes to carry it around so much that on occasion Isobel calls him “Minty.”
–Elias spends a lot of his time carrying around an inflatable ball I bought him for summer. He can say “ball” and loves to throw it, toddle over to it as fast as his chubby legs can carry him, pick it up, and throw it again. One day we were in the garden and I think he must have spend forty-five minutes doing this, going from one end of our yard and back again, over and over. I play ball with him about four or five times a day. One time he threw the ball at Zorro and it reflected off his amble flank back to Elias, hitting him in the head, and knocking him over backwards. Fortunately, both were unhurt.
–This is Isobel’s last week of Kindergarten, and if my mood while I type this is any indication, there will be tears at her last-day-of-school picnic on Friday. A lot of tears.
–Isobel has been so kind sharing her water bottles with Elias lately. When I commended her on her sharing she replied, “I share because I don’t like his loudness.”
–She still wants a pet pig. She also wants a hamster. It’s going to be a long summer.
Follow Friday: Roses. The very best.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
Snapshot 05.20.15. Really deep thoughts.
Follow Friday: Al Fresco. My love letter to the internet.
What would a Commander Riker StarTrek spinoff have been like? I will never stop cry-laughing.
A list of 130 costume and period dramas (and where to find them). “Put a cravat on it.” Thanks, Lisa! And happy birthday, @MrsFridayNext!
12 Sexy Things About Nerdy Guys. According to this I’m a nerdy man.
Quiverfull of Shit: a Guide to the Duggars’ Scary Brand of Christianity. I know so many wonderful, loving, intelligent Christians. They ain’t them.
Obama is making a highway to save the monarch butterflies’ epic migration. First bees and now butterflies. I love you, Obama.
I’ve reopened pre-orders for my Miyazaki print collection. Miyazaki is everything.
Some creative ideas for an earth flag. I like the first one. The last one looks like an emoticon to me.
Scrapbook: Grandpa’s Pirate Ship. We found treasure.
50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do: Nearly Free Coloring Pages. Never buy a coloring book again.
Thrift Store Gore: The Feeder (For People). The solution to the problem that doesn’t exist!
Thrifted Closet: Brown Dress, Orange Shirt. Post-maternity.