–Are you tired of carrying your lunch around in your hands?! THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY!! Now, THERE IS! Enter to win a Yumbox bento-style lunch box! It’s open until Friday and if you enter now you’ll get extra karma points ABSOLUTELY FREE! Act now and you’ll also get MY GRATITUDE! Supplies limited!
–We went to the Denair Farm & Family Festival and in addition to learning more about sheep testicles than I ever wanted to know (they are the size of a large grapefruit on an animal the size of a medium dog–and, sweet baby Picard bless us, fluffy), we got to support my cousin (in-law) TJ, or Travis Lake, who is running for Denair School Board. My cousin had dedicated his career to helping disadvantaged and at-risk youth, and I could think of no one better to make decisions about education. Vote Lake, Denair residents, he’s refreshing! (If they had a campaign manager other than his wife, my cousin Liz, they’d probably ask me to stop saying this. I’m not going to.) My cousins had to sit and man their booth so we got to take the kids Sam and Victoria around the festival. It was hot and I was feeling poorly but I loved seeing the kids run around together. Victoria rolled around in a giant hamster ball and even convinced the more timid Isobel & Sam to try it too. It was not their jam. We were there with my parents who helped take the kids through the petting zoo while I photographed Sam have an anbo–jyutsu match with Anthony. The annual community sale I look forward to every year was also that day, but I wasn’t well enough to do both. I would have really liked to go, but I have no regrets.
–I also took this compromising photo of a goat while at the festival and planned on sending it to my sister. I texted her “Guess what?!” and before I could send the goat photo she replied “chicken butt!!” I felt beaten at my own game.
–Louie, the neighbor’s black and white kitten who keeps sneaking into our house, took it upon himself to help out the plumber who came over to help us with an emergency sink installation. It was so funny to see the plumber’s lower half hanging out from under the sink next to the lower half of a black and white kitten. Fortunately, the plumber was a really nice man who loved cats. Unfortunately, he didn’t want take Louie home with him.
–Things haven’t been going well for me, health-wise. I know some of it might be due needing more injections last week, but the fatigue is back and so are my naps. I napped three times in one day last week and still felt tired. It’s hard to explain what this bone-deep weariness is like on a daily basis. It’s that feeling you have when you want to hit snooze on your alarm but you’ve hit it five times already, when you are struggling to stay awake but you could fall back to sleep in an instant if you just closed your eyes. It’s that feeling, but all day long. Even now, if I were to lay down on the floor next to my desk, I could fall asleep. I’m aware of the need to sleep at every moment. It’s physical, but it also affects my mental clarity. I forget things, I have a hard time focusing on what I’m doing, sometimes I get momentarily confused. It really is like that feeling when you are trying to wake up in the morning but your body isn’t there yet. Imagine going about your daily life like that.
–My friend Tristina, YA writer and babe of the highest order, posted a photo of an awesome Wonder Woman shirt that she bought for her young daughter at Target. Seeing as I had a trip to the ol’ bulls-eye coming up, I vowed to get one for Isobel. Tristina told me that the shirts run large and since I run small I was hoping the large size would fit me. It’s snug, but it does! Yesterday Isobel and I celebrated a new holiday called Wonder Woman Twins’ Day, and we got lots of giggles and even a thumb’s up from people who saw us walking to school.
–I mentioned that my old iphone that Val gave me when mine was stolen is still bravely chugging along. It crashes a lot and sometimes I have to hit a button repeatedly for it to register, but I’m going to try to hold out until the next phone is released. I’m due for an upgrade. (No tell Isobel that it comes in pink otherwise I will not be allowed to make another choice.)
–It’s hot an gross and screw all the other wonderful things about fall, I just want it to stop being so hot. I cry constantly but no one can tell. My tears evaporate before they fall.
–Every day after school Isobel bursts out of her classroom door and runs to us as fast as she can. She tosses her backpack aside for a giant hug… from brother. While at school she draws pictures of them having adventures. I love my job.
–Some friends and I were recently talking about Meyers-Briggs personality types. I’m an ENFP, though I fall somewhere in the middle between introvert and extrovert. I was reading the description to Anthony to see how well it fit, and when it came to the part about the “silly switch” he said, “Nope, stop, not you–a switch implies you can turn it off.”
FF Red Leaves. Hilarious tweets and my boner for fall.
Snapshot 09.09.15. Stomach injections and badass little girls.
FF Fancy Baby. Pictures of a fancy baby plus the week’s best tweets.
Snapshot 09.02.15. Family photos and other updates.
Whenever I’m having a bad day, I read the wikipedia article for the high five. The photos make it. Via DanaSchwartzzz
This Toddler Is So Obsessed With A Local Personal Injury Lawyer It Was His Birthday Theme. I love this so hard. I totally understand what it’s like when your kid inexplicably latches on to something extremely ridiculous because it means something different to them then it does to you.
DIY Crochet Bath Scrubbies. I’d love to do this with Isobel.
So saddened by refugee crisis in Europe.We can help. Donate here. I cannot FATHOM the inhumanity of denying these people a home in countries where the birthrate is falling so dramatically that they literally will not have enough people in skilled labor positions. The people arriving on their shores are engineers and accountants nurses and teachers and people who are willing and motivated to work incredibly hard for a future. It is inhuman to deny them entrance, and fucking stupid to act against their own best interest.
I Accidentally Convinced Voters That Donald Trump Hates Pavement. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
Girls build spacecraft, attach pic of their cat and R2-D2 Lego, launch it to the edge of space. This made my heart grow three sizes.
@NatGeo graphic on how scientists found the bones of a new human ancestor is bonkers. Completely amazing they found it at all. And how in the world did they get there?!