–Last week while Anthony studied I loaded the car with binoculars, cameras, and the kids and drove into the country to look for a good spot to view the super blood moon lunar eclipse. We saw nothing, even after driving around for awhile. It was just too cloudy. Super blood moon bummer. We did see this gorgeous sunset, as pictured above.
–I’m always asking Isobel questions about how her day went after school. She answers them as noncommittally as possible. Last week I was caught up in making a snack and didn’t ask my questions right away when Isobel said, “Mom, aren’t there some questions you want to ask me?”
–I have a pretty sneaky method of getting her to answer questions. First, I start in about lunch. Because I pack the bento, it’s a safe topic to begin on. She’ll tell me her favorites, if she finished everything, etc. Then I’ll just sort of slide in after that, like, oh, and who did you sit with during lunch? Then I’ll ask if she ate inside or outside. Then I’ll use her answers to ask more questions in kind of an offhand way. I’m getting pretty good at it. I ask very specific questions about what I know she did that day, and about her friends. Some days she’s more chatty than others, but I’m usually satisfied with the information I can get out of her. I try to make it feel like I’m not interrogating her and it seems to be working. When she first started school, I was so bad at it I had to bribe her with french fries to find out how her day went!
–The neighbor kitten who keeps trying to get into our car and house has done so successfully on occasion, and after doing so, pooped all over Elias’ changing table. This happened twice. He is now verboten in the house and I have nicknamed him The Shittin Kitten. (My mom doesn’t approve of the name for some reason.)
–I finally did some more work around the blog and got the archive (sort of) working. I am really terrible at this sort of thing. I can generally figure things out but it involves much sobbing and rending of garments. If you click on archives you can get the posts to load by category or date, though the images refused to load for some reason. Probably I didn’t do enough sobbing.
–Remember Pumpkiny, Isobel’s pumpkin friend from last year? We grew it in our garden and Isobel decided it was her new best friend forever, and she took it with her everywhere she went until one time she left it in the garage over night and when we finally did locate it, it was so hot and dry Pumpkiny had shriveled like a prune to a fourth of its original size? And I thought she was going to scream and cry because she made this weird noise and then the words IT’S EVEN CUTERRRRR emerged from her lips? And then over the course of two months Pumpkin continued to shrivel and shrink in the heat until this happened? And then Stef came over and found it under our couch? Yeah. Well, move over, Pumpkiny. Meet this year’s BFF, Gourdy La Forge.
–Speaking of Stef, the mighty posted a fabulous article she wrote called 9 Things to Say To a Loved One With A Chronic Illness. I also really liked 36 Things People With IBD Wish Others Understood. Applicable for those who have a loved one with Crohn’s. Recently, it was Invisible Disability Awareness week, and I wanted to write about what I wish people understood about having an invisible illness, but I was overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start. I’m going to think about this, let it percolate, and see if I can unpack my thoughts on paper. I missed IDA week, but there’s always next year.
–Elias is gaining so many words and communicating in ways that don’t involve headbutts, karate chops, punches, or saying, “hi-ya!” Though there are still plenty of those. He likes to pretend to whisper, hold my hand, and invite me to tickle him and hang him upside down. He’s pretty great.
How to get your family (or yourself) to drink more water. Take it from someone who lives in a place where the summer lasts five months of the year.
FF Making Swords with Dad. Making swords and hilarious tweets.
Snapshot 09.30.15. I’m changing my bio to read “Not featured in Redbook.”
FF Wasp Costume. DIY meets funny tweets.
Local Girl Scouts encourage reading with book box. Long live the Little Free Library!
I don’t know what this means. Nothing good!
Portrait of me, my airport barista, and, center, the cappuccino she gave me at 5:30 AM. Bless you, my child.
Have you seen this kickstarter for Parenting Merit Badges? Hilarious. (Warning: links to auto-playing video). Thanks, khamsin!
Disney Princesses Reimagined as Garbage. Belle is my favorite!
Hide & Watch. Oh, Bad Album Covers. You complete me.
Completely not alarming photo of discarded mannequins. Sleep tight!
Total Elliptical of the Heart. I discuss working out, and how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. I mean, elliptical machine.
Snapshot 12.31.14. In which I become a Victorian country shop keep who just sold Mr Cuthburt 20lbs of brown sugar.
Thrift Store Score: Church Sale. Piles and piles of vintage goodness.
Thrift Store Gore: Sad Cats & Scary Bunnies. Classic Thrift Store Gore.