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Five Things.

1. I have recently become obsessed with houseplants. My favorites are Angelvines, which look so wild and tangled and spontaneous (everything I am not) and Chinese Money Plants. I didn’t know until I checked Le Google, but this is a popular plant for propagating and sharing with friends. Now if only I had some plant loving friends.

Angelvine in the front…

Chinese money plant… It’s so cute!

2. We got a new (used) piano and I had my first lesson this week. My favorite part about playing is that it requires full concentration and focus and I kinda get lost in it. It reminds me a little bit of cross stitch in that way. I am working on Let it Be by the Beatles, which is probably every beginning piano player’s first song. It is SO FUN!

Charlie disapproves of all the noise I make.

3. Tom and I finally splurged on a King sized bed. Now we no longer have to contort ourselves around Charlie and his bed hogging ways.

It feels rather luxurious!

4. We have house guests arriving this weekend who will be staying for a week!

No photo… Just imagine me frantically cleaning.

5. These are my latest reads. I suppose this is a pretty good representation of my current interests.

a little bit history + a little bit philosophy = a lot of nerd

Happy Almost Weekend! What’s new with you?


Here we are at the end of July already. I’ve been struggling with anxiety these days. It’s hard to avoid the bad news around us. Between the election drama and shootings and acts of terror, I worry all the time about the state of our world. Add to that the unrelenting noise of social media and the internet and negative opinions from angry people, I just can’t take it.

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Times like this, I find myself retreating to home and simple tasks. I got so much done over the weekend. I made broth, soup, squash bread, enchiladas, and grilled chicken so we have a full fridge and easy lunches for the week. I laundered and shopped and organized cabinets and closets. There’s nothing quite like good old fashioned hard work and a sense of accomplishment. Being productive is so satisfying!

And best of all, I finally picked my long neglected stitching.

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I’m working my way in from the right hand side now. Fingers crossed that the two sides will match up. You all know that moment when you hold your breath, right?

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We got a new board game called Googly Eyes. You have to draw things while wearing vision distorting glasses while your teammate tries to guess what you’re drawing. It is pretty fun (and funny looking).

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Tom assembled Littlest’s new bike. Littlest isn’t so little anymore. Time is moving fast.

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I guess we can’t control all of the craziness that’s going on out there, but we can choose to focus on the good and reflect happiness and change into our small part of the world. It’s not much, but maybe it makes a difference. We can only hope.

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Happy Tuesday, Friends


What a weekend!

Biggest went to see the new Hunger Games movie with some of his friends on Friday night and didn’t get home until after 10:30pm! This gave us a glimpse of the future teenage years and I DID NOT like it at all!

On Saturday, we took the train into the city for a Scout trip at the Franklin Institute. Did you know that a canary has a really fast heartbeat?

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I love the pendulum that swings in the main staircase.

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And, of course, the giant heart. Who doesn’t love the giant heart?

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Afterward, we rushed home for the big soccer tournament. It was pretty exciting. Our team didn’t win, but I was super proud of the boys for playing really hard.

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The best part of the weekend, though, was when we lit our first fire of the season, had a picnic dinner on the living room floor, and played Life.

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Sammy snuggled in to watch.

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Charlie insisted on being the banker. (He’s very good with money.)

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There is just something so wonderful about a fire in the fireplace and all my peeps at home. I feel so cozy and thankful and happy in moments like these.

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Later on, the fire died out, the kids were tucked in bed, and we were left with sleepy animals and our books. It was an introvert’s dream come true.

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Sunday was a long cold day. Littlest and I somehow ended up at home by ourselves. He was bored so we looked up science experiments on the internet. Who knew that Borax could be so entertaining?

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Scientist hard at work.

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A homemade lava lamp!

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In other news, Charlie showed his displeasure at wearing a coat.

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And I did a little stitching on Day 4!

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Have a great week!

The Universe and Stuff

Blogs are a funny thing. I come here a few times a week and blabber on about my life. Usually it’s random stuff that I think no one would even be interested in and then… (YAY!)… there are actually people who come along and like the same random stuff as I do! It is so great!

I have been feeling bored and blah and out of sorts this week, then I found out (Thanks M!) that Venus is in retrograde and (Thanks S!) that we will have a second full moon this month! See! I am not just bored and blah and out of sorts for no reason. The whole Universe is working against us! We might as well just crawl right back into bed.

Littlest drew this. Isn’t it terrific?

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I have been experimenting in the kitchen this week and have had 2 successes so far (according to my menfolk). On Monday, I made meat sauce in the crockpot. Thanks Pinterest! The boys had it over pasta but Tom and I had it over spiral cut zucchini. It was SO GOOD! I have tried making zucchini “noodles” before, but sautéed and served with tomato sauce and they were always too mushy. The trick is RAW zucchini and meat sauce to give it some substance. Thumbs up!

Last night we had flank steak marinated in lemongrass and curry. It is my Mom’s recipe and it is delish. For any Vietnamese speakers, it is called bo xao xa cari. Yum.

I like this little verse..

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And this little cat…

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!


I try not to be too complain-y on here because, really, who wants to read another person’s complaints? But sometimes it can’t be helped.

This weekend was challenging.

On Saturday, I got a ball kicked into my face at soccer. It wasn’t even my kid who did it. I saw stars and then had a bad headache for the weekend. Thankfully, I did not get a black eye, but am now traumatized about indoor soccer.

I was looking forward to the Super Bowl, but not for the same reason as everyone else. I was excited because no one was going to be home but me. I had it all planned out… dinner, a long hot shower, painting my nails or some other lazy self indulgent activity, reading and lights out by 9:00. Heavenly, right? I spent all day Sunday running around; shopping for a birthday gift, dropping Biggest off at a friends, dropping Littlest at a party, getting groceries in between, picking up Biggest and taking him to tennis. All the while with my eye on the prize… Super Bowl Sunday aloooone.

Then, it all started to fall apart. Biggest wanted to stay home and order Chinese and have alone time with me. OK… I guess if my son needs me, I can deal. Then Littlest wanted to stay home too. OK… how could I say no? Then, since the rest of us weren’t going, Tom decided to stay home too.

I suppose I can’t complain. There are worse things in life than spending an evening on the couch eating Chinese food with the 3 people I love the most, but yeah… so much for alone time. Maybe next year.

Then, I sent in paperwork for a $50 rebate one day too late.

Then, we had health worries.

Then, the piano tuner came to look at our piano. Apparently he tried it out and then covered his ears, shaking his head. It sounded that bad. Guess that’s what you get for a free piano.

Then, my anxiety went through the roof.

Then, it was another week.

So it is time to pick myself back up and try this again.

Today I am thankful for:

A good conversation on Saturday night

A reliable car that is safe and comfy and gets me anywhere I need to go

My children and my Love

My friends who make me laugh and understand my anxieties

Our super duper babysitter

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Happy Monday, Friends.

Thoughts this Thursday.

Today’s happy thoughts…

Things at work have settled down a bit.

Littlest got his new retainer. Goodbye crooked little baby smile. 🙁

It’s Thursday.

My boss is the best.

Charlie has been sleeping next to me.

I bought more oranges.

It snowed enough yesterday to feel winter-y nice but not enough to make life difficult.

I’m finally embracing Pinterest.

The border is almost finished!

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Around here.

I don’t really have anything to write about today, least of all cross stitching. There’s not been much of that going on.

Things have been pretty uneventful around here. Poor Tom caught the bug. He is such a trooper and doesn’t milk it nearly as much as I do when I’m sick.

There is a big work industry event next week. That means a lot of long days in NYC. I think I got out of the evening events except for 1 night. Phew.

Let’s see. The happy little things lately…

Cleaning out my desk drawers (They needed it! How do I end up with so many random pens and plastic forks from the cafeteria?)

Burning candles and puttering around the house (Current fave – “Sugar Cookie” by Yankee Candle. It tricks people into thinking that I’ve been baking.)

Listening to Biggest practice Mississippi Hotdog on his violin (This will probably get old at some point, but right now I love it!)

A steamy hot bath (Bonus points when it’s chilly out)

Fried Dumplings from the Korean food court (Way better than steamed)

Ron Swanson jokes (No explanation needed)

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Life these days.

I have been feeling so restless lately. I don’t know what my problem is.

I have a ton of hobbies (stitching, messing with my herbs, taking pictures, cooking, baking, etc. etc. etc) and a ton of responsibilities (boys, sweetie, work, home, etc. etc. etc.). My days are so full, yet I feel so bored. The weeks go flying by. And I keep wanting something more. More time with my sweet family? (YES!) More adventure? (maybe?) More lazy-time? (YES!)  More style? (hopeless, but YES!) More insight? (I WISH!!!)  More friends? (DEFINITELY!)  More passion for work? (Groan…) All the above? (SIGH…)

It’s not to say that I am not happy or thankful for my life. I am. (It’s really pretty amazing.) But is there more to it than just rushing through the weeks?

I found my Kindergarten yearbook in a box of old papers.


Littlest said, “You look like me!” I think it’s the cheeks.

I wonder what that chubby-cheeked girl would have thought about all of this.


We are going to the beach this weekend. I’m looking forward to it since it will probably be our last chance before the weather gets too cold.

There is so much that needs to be done at home, but I suppose those things will still be there when we return. Life has been such a whirlwind lately, that sometimes I find myself inexplicably bluesy. It’s usually a reminder that I need to slow down. The beach is always a good cure.

Today I am missing my boys and friends and youth and free time. I guess some people would just call that life.

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Yesterday, I had to travel to New York for work. I was really looking forward to some on-the-train stitching. After sitting in traffic then running for and almost missing the train, I finally got settled into my seat, pulled out my stitching bag and … blergh… no scissors. Fail!

I had to pass the time with blog reading and Words with Friends instead. Entertaining for sure, but not as relaxing as stitching.

I’ll tell you what IS relaxing, though… the long luxurious bath that I got to take last night. The air is starting to be chilly and I like my baths reaaaallllly hot. I like watching the steam rise and swirl around the room. It’s meditative.

Tonight, however, will not be relaxing. We are having our Scout Open House. I get nutty on the details when planning things like this. I am trying to let goooooo
and not be such a control freak. Life is too short to worry if you have enough photocopied handouts.


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