–I took Easy E in for a well-baby appointment and while we were there the doctor diagnosed him as having a previously unknown congenital condition. He’s fine, Elias is just fine, but it’s something we need to watch, and it scared me shitless for most of the afternoon. It was a shock–he’s nearly two years old and every indication is that he is a strong, healthy guy who breaks bones with this daring feats and is wild and crazy. He has seen numerous doctors since his birth (different ones in the hospital, ER, and Valley Children’s, and our pediatrician moved so we’ve seen a few docs in the practice since then) and it was never diagnosed. I was just not expecting to be told he had a problem he was born with at an appointment wherein I we were practically in-and-out for a flu and hepatitis shot. He is fine, we have to go see a specialist just to be thorough, and keep an eye on things, but he is fine, and otherwise healthy, and that’s what I need to focus on. I hope I didn’t alarm anyone.
–In better news (just about everything else is better news), Isobel lost one of her top two teeth, and the adorableness of it all has me collapsing every time she says something. If she loses the other top tooth in the next month or so, she can sing All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth with a genuine lisp, and mean it. Speaking of Isi, the poor lamb currently has a cold, so Anthony is playing hours upon hours of Windwaker for her, and when he is at work I’ve given her unfettered access to episodes of My Little Pony.
–Last weekend Isobel started asking me if we could make bread together. I’m no expert, and I haven’t made it in awhile, but I used to bake bread quite frequently, and I’ve made several different types of loaves. It felt like magic every time. She really wanted to make bread after school one day, but it was already late, so we made WTF biscuits instead. She helped with every step! As she stirred the dough together she happily exclaimed, “It looks like barf! But it doesn’t smell like barf!” She loved eating the fruits of her labor and even asked for a biscuit in her lunch the next day. I feel like I can’t ask for a success better than that.
–Twitter gave me the power of polls last week, but not before I gave my phone to a baby. Somehow Elias posted not only my first poll, but also my second. He has got to stop hanging out with North West.
–Anthony and I went to the most ah-may-zing estate sale this last weekend. I have not been to an estate sale that amazing in years. There so so many wonderful things about it, I’m going to save my gushing for a post. Because, wow. We took home a trunk full, and if our budget allowed, I would have taken home more than that.
–Elias’ word explosion continues! If you follow me on FB you got a small taste in the video we recently posted, but he’s been talking nonstop. It’s thrilling. Speaking of nonstop, he’s also been making me read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons nonstop. Every time I ask, “How many buttons does Pete have left?” Elias holds up one finger and shouts “TWO!!” We’re working on it.
–PS I’m still managing to post every day for NaBloPoMo, and it’s feeling good, even when I don’t.
Little Big Kitchen: Food Pantry Donations. Boost people’s spirits by boosting their nutrition.
Scrapbook: The Secret to Carving Terrifying Jack-o-lanterns. Welcome to California.
Scrapbook: Sky. It was so great my mom called me on the phone.
FF Victoria Spring. My love letter to the internet.
Thrift Store Score: Thrift Haul 10.06.15. The secret of Bend Over.
Snapshot 11.11.15. We only saw the movie once and we were making jokes the whole time.
It’s going to be okay. This totally amazing, inspiring, and true nerd story is going around the internet right now. Tears.
What really happened at the first Thanksgiving? The The Wampanoag Side of the Tale. I grew up with the happy myth of the Pilgrims and Native Americans feasting together because we’re all so thankful, goshdarnit.
Want the perfect grilled cheese? Get some good sourdough bread. Science has done it again! Thanks, Bonnie.
Nine costume-design secrets from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I swoon over Phrynie’s fashion. What a fun read!
There’s a little ‘wild’ out there for all of us. Written by my friend Jose Gonzalez.
It’s here. TNG ladies’ underwear. Yes please. (Thanks, again, Joes!)
Man interviews himself 38 years later, makes it into amazing film. This guy is so great.
This portrait of Jesus and BFF Ben Carson is my favourite religious painting since that lady touched up Ecce Homo. Why isn’t this airbrushed on Ben Carson’s truck.
Johns Hopkins gives Honorary Master’s Degree to service dog after attending every one of his owner’s classes. I love you, professor dog.
A Detailed Neck Pillow Designed to Look Like a Giant Comfortable Shrimp. I’m pretty sure the Bible’s against this.
SCUMBAG BABY BOOMER MEME SO RELEVANT. It’s painful how true this can be.
Astronauts wanted! HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT I mean, I am too old and broken (always was), but this is amazing.
Snapshot 11.26.14. Do you want to make fun of this movie with me?
Little Big Kitchen: The Thanksgiving Table. We decorated our table with things from our garden and nature walks.
Scrapbook: Rainy Halloween. Don’t call her a ‘cute little bee.’
Scrapbook: Isobel & Kingston. Some of my favorite photos.