FF Duet

This year at our annual Christmas party Isobel played a duet with Stefanie. I think they are playing Jingle Bells. Isobel knows about three notes. Stefanie was very gracious and accommodating. Have a great weekend!

EDIT: Stef informed me that they were not playing Jingle Bells, but instead they were playing Stairway to Heaven, and according to her, Isobel “nailed the flute part.”

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  Learn more about it in my FAQ.See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here.

undeadmolly  His kiss was slow, but firm and unyielding like an old man backing his Lincoln Town Car over a handicapped parking sign.

amydillon  5: It’s funny how you put down your phone and start wiping counters every time Dad comes in the kitchen. ME:*makes throat-slashing motions*

runolgarun  oh haha don’t worry he does that when he wants to be held [baby precariously balances several hostages at the mouth of an active volcano]

PastorBate  [Spelling Bee] Your word is palindrome “Can you use it in a sentence?” Go hang a salami I’m a lasagna hog.

lanyardigan  Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene (werewolf dick).

stanedward  My dream is to get the whole word to work together ignoring Donald Trump so he thinks he’s a ghost

JoeFernandez84  Whenever a friend gets married I’m always psyched for them FINALLY being able to have sex the Lord approves of.

nbadag  SON: how do crickets chirp? DAD: by rubbing their legs together SON: but why do they make noise? DAD: they’re wearing tiny corduroy pants

FeralCrone  An alien makes contact. I take it home, give it a sandwich. Then ice cream. And then, to show we’re an advanced race, an ice cream sandwich.

iliezabeth  ALIEN:*points at Chihuahua* whats that? ME: a dog ALIEN:*points at Husky* whats that? ME: dog ALIEN:*getting angry, points at Pug* whats THA

Sarah_Ricard  Why does the pharmacy think I would cook meth from Sudafed instead of just buying it from my neighbor? I don’t even make my own pie crusts.

RickAaron  You’re totes deplorbs.

PJTLynch  Ladies: To see how a guy is in bed, watch him put on a shoe. Does he just cram his foot in? Or does he lick the shoe fully then gently enter

fro_vo  When you wear a cardigan for the very first time it’s just called a card

VaguelyFunnyDan  That awkward moment when you have a nice thing.

Toaster_Pastry  I swallowed an antibiotic and a probiotic at the same time and the irony almost killed me.

JerryThomas  I expect any day now I’m going to get one of those diseases where I have to tattoo helpful reminders on parts of my body.

Leemanish  Guy in the Petco express line clearly has more than 15 snakes

ibid78  MARLEY: you’ll be visited by 3 goats SCROOGE: ok. Wait did you say goats or ghosts? [the goat of Xmas past appears and starts eating a shoe]

michelleisawolf  Sometimes I want to be in a relationship but then I finally get the duvet cover on and I’m good again.

Super_Cynthia  I just saw an old woman in the cafeteria slowly eating a leaf of lettuce like a turtle. I can’t wait to get old

bourgeoisalien  Donald Trump’s hair is what happens if you cross the streams.

dadrats  GF: come over ME: im coming over GF: we should stop using walkie talkies in bed over

jasonroeder  At this point, too many things have to go right for me to attend an outdoor concert.

skullmandible  HBO drama: a man has trouble at work, while his son has trouble at school. On the way home, he sees a horse gets shot by another horse.

PeachCoffin  Fuck Devoe marry Biv kill Bel

saladinahmed  WIFE Black people can do anything. DAUGHTER, 5 Can we miniaturize to ride butterflies? SON, 5 Can we shoot grappling hooks from our mouths?

_mindflakes  “Stop misquoting me on the Internet,” said my boss, “it makes me sad because I’m a massive baby with a stupid haircut.”

freypalm  Me: I guess I like cats ’cause they have a lot of personali— Cat: [too loudly as his headphones are still on] YO’S THERE MORE TUNA OR WHAT.

jennschiffer  felt something on my boob & almost freaked out & then realized it was a googly eye i put in my bra for some reason. i have a masters degree

AlisonAgosti  No matter what time, there is always someone outside of CVS having the worst day of their life

JermHimselfish  I don’t know why they call it a toilet brush, you can brush anything with this bad boy.

nbadag  GENERAL: they say you’re the best there is—maybe a little crazy MERCENARY: [eats lit cigarette & burps smoke] i fucked my bazooka one time

trumpetcake  Me and my buds blindfolded Devin and then jostled him around with some serious horseplay. We call it the BRO-ller Coaster. He was smiling!

KalvinMacleod  ME: Weird how every song seems like it’s written about me. WIFE: This is Raffi. ME [thinking about the time I was down by the bay]: yeah so?

zarascottio  I like to rock up to karaoke and sing The Smiths, just so everyone knows I’m really, really serious about having a bad fucking time.

joshbupkes  Tom Hanks ends all of his tweets with “Hanx”

AbbyHasIssues  I react to hearing the UPS truck the way a cat does to hearing the can opener.

AndrewMichaan  All couples should have a cheat day where you can have sex with any kind of food you want.

joshgondelman  My brain keeps looping the first four lines of “O Captain! My Captain!” to the tune of “Pony” how do I make it stop?

danforthfrance  Ever listen to marimba music and think you keep getting texts?

alldrolledup  How many Kegels makes a sit-up

J__Swift  There’s just no getting around how awesome I am unless you turn left a couple times.

TheCatWhisprer  Autocorrect just changed my kissy face emoji to “stop it you’re 37″ then powered down my phone.

BuckyIsotope  When I say “happy birthday” what I really mean is “congrats on not being murdered in the past 365 days even though you clearly deserved it”

Home_Halfway  ME:*steals bread* CLERK: You have to pay for that! ME: I’m on a gluten-free diet *wink* CLERK: Then why do-*realizes my pun*-ugh just leave

drewtoothpaste  32-yo man: Being an adult means I get to define what adulthood means for myself. Doctor: You are going to die from only eating Chef Boyardee

essokfine  I meant to say, “busting your balls” but I said, “busting your nuts” and then it got a little weird.

listenyoungman  Do you know what the dirtiest part of your body is? Wrong. It’s your phone.

Sarcasticsapien  I’m like a fine wine, I get better with age but people can’t actually tell the difference between me and something you pick up at Walmart.

mattselman  7 Stages of Kid Monopoly: *Fight over Dog *Change rules *Brief fun *Predatory trades *When will this end *Mega-tantrum(s) *Put game away by yourself

MarkAgee  *Donald Trump at the Sistine Chapel* “I have a Seventeen Chapel.”

Little Big's Tweet of the Week

audipenny  *dressed in a locust costume* it’s laundry day

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  Learn more about it in my FAQ.See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here.

Snapshot 07.22.15


–The past week started strong but really took a downturn after we went to the fair with our boos, the Waltons. The next day, Sunday, I spiked a fever and was nauseated and just generally couldn’t move. This is quite worrying as catching a cold or a virus can be very serious with the immuno-suppressant drugs I am taking. I’ve been taking it as easy as possible and moving through my days with the kids at a very slow, but deliberate pace. Surprisingly, I’m finding myself actually making progress on my to-do list, however slow that may be. It was such a boost to realize this, and I’m focusing on that instead of on the usual guilt and feelings of defeat of being quasi-couch ridden. I’m taking a page from Stef who knows how to fight every day to get stuff done, and I marvel at her ability and strength even when she’s had little sleep and a hard time breathing. I would never wish a chronic illness on anyone, but having someone there for me who can relate to my challenges has meant more to me than I can ever put to words.

–Currently I am at about 50% functionality, which means I’m not completely down for the count, but I’m not able to leave the house and barely up to wearing pants. We are all done with swimming lessons (Elias’ cast kind of cut into the Mommy & Me class I’d planned), so instead I’ve been trying to plan a Daily Fun Thing for the kids. Mostly this is for Isobel, since Elias finds most everything fun, though nothing is quite so fun as doing whatever sister is doing. He is easy-peasy, which is how he earned the nickname “Mr Wonderful.” So far we’ve done things like made stuff out of Sculpey clay (playdoh for Elias), read letters and written back to a pen pal, looked at things with our microscope, spent time with friends, went swimming with Grandma, visited the Farmer’s Market with my parents, and made a ton more DIY Sparkle Clips. The stuff Elias couldn’t do or was too young for we either did an alternate activity (such as swap playdoh for clay) or waited until his nap time (microscope). It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m going to miss the relaxed creative playtime when school starts again.

–The lady on my package of Cimzia injections may not look like me in the face but she has my hair and wardrobe down pat. BRB I’m going to become and Rx model because I can open my mouth wide to DRINK THE FLAVOR OF LIFE and be like HELL YEAH I LOVE STABBING MYSELF IN THE THIGHS EVERY TWO WEEKS too.

–Elias is doing really well and is adjusting to his life with an arm-prison. He accidentally punched me in the face with it while giving me cuddles the other day and it was like being hit with a burrito made of cement. I’m just glad I didn’t need new glasses. Our friend Dave thinks it’s a shame he didn’t suffer this injury in the fall because the cast could help him be a wicked Baby Hellboy for Halloween. I already have a costume in mind for him, and it isn’t Hellboy, so he better hurry up and get out of this cast. The next most frequent question I get about Elias, after asking about his well-being (thank you, I appreciate it!) is, how on earth do you change his clothes? I have a method. He can only wear t-shirts right now–onesies, rompers, or button-down shirts won’t work. In this way, we are fortunate it happened in summer because none of his long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, coats, or jackets would fit over the cast. So t-shirts it is, and here’s where the method comes in: the sleeve that will go over the cast is put on first, then the head goes in, and lastly, the right arm. The shirt has to have some give to do this, so a cotton jersey works perfectly. I usually stretch the shirt out a bit first in case it tightened up in the wash. To take the shirt off, I have to reverse the process: good arm goes out first, then the head, and lastly, I pull the shirt gently off the cast arm. Presto! The car seat isn’t a problem, either, because we just adjust the straps to the largest setting, scoot it over the cast arm, and then tighten things back to snug once he’s buckled in.

–My friend Bethany, of the fabulous Reware Vintage, sent me a positively jaw-dropping package “to make my day a little more rad.” Which is an extreme crazypants understatement. She sent Anthony and I a bag of goodies containing tea, chocolates, one of her famous notebooks, and a set of handmade earrings. She sent the kids each their own bag of goodness to unwrap, and Isobel nearly reached critical mass trying to get to hers. Elias was napping, so Isobel graciously offered to open his present, too. Isobel’s package contained a dress, a golden bear lapel pin, a notebook (just like Mom’s from way back!), stickers, and healthy treats. Elias’ package contained healthy treats plus a cute Grover plushie, a thick flannel shirt that will fit him perfectly come fall, and (my favorite) squee-worthy miniature converse. I die! Bethany has been a constant supporter and just an all-around wonderful friend. Her shop is currently celebrating its ten year anniversary, which is not only longer than many small business keep shop, is also a damn long time in human years. She sells amazing vintage clothing and accessories and has a large section of her shop dedicated to her Rewaresaccessories and notebooks and other goodies that she makes herself by transforming vintage treasures. You should absolutely check out her shop because her wares are awesome, her Rewares are amazing, and she is fantastic.

–I haven’t gotten very interesting spam comments in a long time, but today I was thrilled to open my dash board and find that some bot left the comment “HOT MONKEY?47??” and it restored my faith in spam bots after all.

My Unruly Garden, Early Summer 2015. So many plants! So much green! So little 100+ degree temps!

Follow Friday: Volunteer Poppies. Sunburst gold and orange gorgeousness plus hilarious tweets.

Snapshot 07.16.15. Shot days & tiaras, True Magic is Real and the language of Unicorns.

Snapshot 07.12.15. Two Castillo grandsons down with broken limbs in as many weeks!

I came in like a Pokeball. I just wanted to catch them all. Via 

My friend and twitter wife Kristin co-hosts a new podcast, Secret Stacks, about comics in and around libraries. Pass it on!

Recently Spotted 103-Year-Old Orca Is Bad News For SeaWorld. Orcas do not belong in captivity. Via Corrin.

Serena Williams and how we understand her in the context of a society that oppresses black women. I love that she is unapologetically herself.

“We don’t subordinate the natural setting to the characters…” -Miyazaki Hayao on nature. I first saw Princess Mononoke at The Metreon. The forest spirit appeared to be twelve feet tall and and it moved me almost to tears.

New Horizons Posters.

Me, exiting a conversation. Especially the tongue.

Just noticed that Geraldo Rivera shows up as a huckster in this Berenstain Bears book. The man is gross.

I love you, mysterious and unsettling procedural moth generator bot.

The Weight of My Son’s Name: why I named my kid Atticus, and what GSAW means.

There’s a fan-made Guinan series? () I love living in the future.

A snail spent years glued to a card in the british museum before they realized it was alive. So damn cute.

Two Brothers Have Been Mailing the Same Birthday Card Back and Forth for Over 40 Years.

Fellow anxiety sufferers, this is a great site for calming. Click, drag, make starscapes. Choose colors. Repeat. Thank you, Tristina.

Morbid Twist Ending To This Album.

I like to pretend tech execs are always talking about how big the sub they ate for lunch was.

If you use Chrome, here’s how to keep your privacy more secure. Thanks, Schmutzie.

Video games have profoundly influenced popular music.

Winners of the 2015 Earth and Sky photo contest reveal the beauty of the night sky.

Thrifty Living: Spring Decor. Backyard flowers and thrifted finds.

Scrapbook: The Kite. We had such a great time with that kite! Can’t thank Stef enough for it.

LBK: Ten Ways To Eat Your Greens. I have to pull out all the stops with Isobel.

Know Your Garden Plants. Isobel is so adept at recognizing local flora that she’s unnerved more than one person when she started chowing down on miner’s lettuce in their backyard.

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