Why I blog

Why I blog

Today, in Movies That I Watch in 30 Minute Increments Because I Have A Baby: “Desperately Seeking Susan”. 😎
Sometimes in the late afternoons after baby wakes up from his second nap, I watch movies in 30 minute increments while rolling around on the stability ball while baby plays. One of these recent movies was “Desperately Seeking Susan”. Lately it’s been “Comedians in cars getting coffee”, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld. It’s cute.

Come on blue sky! I know you can do it!
I think about quitting blogging frequently, but what always keeps me coming back is the accountability. I know that I need to journal; it’s important to me. So if I quit blogging, will I still journal every week? Who will I be accountable to? Myself?

I used to blog every single day and I did so for years; I don’t need that level of frequency any more. Just once a week seems to work for me.

In a way, this seems like yesterday. In another way, it seems like ages ago. I’ve never loved anyone quite like I love my baby boy. Happy first birthday, son.
I thought once I had my son last year I would be too brain-dead for a while to keep blogging–and certainly when I look back at those first few weeks/months I feel like I was in a fog–but I still blogged. I’ve blogged through moves across states, I’ve blogged through break-ups. I’ve blogged through panic attacks. I’ve blogged under the influence of various chemicals…I’ve blogged sober now for quite some time. I’ve blogged since 2003.

Here’s the birthday boy climbing into Maggie’s crate to show her his stuffed black puppy (she wasn’t interested). 😂
I used to blog pictures of my dogs, now it’s the occasional pictures of my son. How could I omit him from my blog? I know people who do it, never post any pictures of their children online. I admire them.

Dog puzzle! Thanks Grammy Kim. 🐶💙✨
I’m blogging right now as my son takes his first nap of the day. I’m blogging to remember that he used to take two naps a day. I’m blogging to remember that this is the first period of ovulation I’ve had since October without any bladder issues! How else would I remember that?

#tbt: my portrait of my mom’s dog Abbie, 2009. Abbie was a great dog!
I blog to remember Abbie dog. How vividly I recall walking her around the neighborhood that Nico and I lived in, with my Birkenstock sandals that gave me enormous blisters. Good old Abbie dog.

Heyooooo one of my favorite artists to be inspired/amused by @ashleylongshoreart is throwing an amazing contest! Post a selfie and if she chooses your pic she’ll paint it and send it you! What?!! Amazing! 🌈🌸✨✨
I’m blogging to remember that I love a New Orleans artist named Ashley Longshore, who is throwing a contest right now where you can post a selfie on IG, and if she chooses your selfie she will paint it, display it at Bergdorf’s, and then send it to you to keep! What an amazing contest. This was my entry.

We had to take down our Christmas tree a week ago for the baby’s birthday party. It still looks so good that I’m sad it’s outside. It’s the prettiest tree we’ve ever had and it was 50$ from a hardware store. 🌲
If I didn’t blog, would I remember that this is the most beautiful tree we’ve ever had, and it was only 50$ from the hardware store? It’s finally dropping needles and it’s been WEEKS. It’s so pretty I was sad to move it outside for the baby’s first birthday party. Maybe for future birthday parties we’ll leave it up.

TGIF! 💥💥💥
I blog to remember baby’s first year. What a year!

Above: refuse from one of my magazine purges. Except my 90s Vogues! You can pry those out of my cold dead hands! My MIL has been supporting my “Elle” subscription for years and she finally let it lapse. What US fashion magazine should I subscribe to next?
How about blogging to remember that my “Elle” subscription finally lapsed, and I have no idea what US fashion magazine I should read now? Go back to “Vogue”? Oh, I don’t knoooooow. Maybe I don’t need to read fashion magazines any more. But oh I WANT to.

I think I see the light 💚
My son is obsessed with this green light. We have it on a timer, so it comes on at night, and he loves to coo and goo over it. I need a picture of his little baby hand outstretched, trying to touch it.

The sunset tonight. 😍
The weather the last two days has been insanely spring-like. Mid-50’s, sunny, and delightful.

Current mini painting projects: blue sugar skull for @madlymazzy, another Love VW, and a tiny Monroe that I will probably re-work forever because...well, just because. 🎨
I currently have FIVE paintings going, which really is too many, but they are small so maybe that’s alright. A blue sugar skull for Christopher, another “Love is a VW” painting, a Marilyn that will never be finished, and two green hearse paintings for my mother and aunt, not pictured here.

Maggie and Bear Cub don’t mind swimming in January. 💦
On Sunday Josh ignored his uncle’s pleas to go skiing with him and we all took a family hike to the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. Maggie and Bear Schnubs went for a swim.

Maggie and me in Mukilteo. I’m wearing Josh’s Adidas track pants...it’s fun to be able to wear your spouse’s clothes and shoes.
I wore Josh’s Adidas track pants, because I can!

Brunching with my Broad at The Breakfast Club.
If I didn’t blog, would I remember that the Broad and I had brunch at the Breakfast Club with Goo? He flirted with some little girls at the table next to us, shamelessly. That’s my boy!

The portraits I painted in 2016 of the Broad’s 4 cats. The sign I bought her from #Etsy. 😺😸😻😽
Nice grouping of cat paintings by moi at the Broad’s house, along with the sign I bought her from Etsy.

I blog to remember my life. Without photos and words, I would remember so very little. And I hate that. So I’m gonna keep on keeping on! Thanks for stopping by.

Birthday baby and another painting completed

Birthday baby and another painting completed

The beginning of 2017 was celebrated by the arrival of our baby boy, the baby we had prayed for during those long six years of “unexplained infertility”. 2017 has been the longest and shortest, most sleep-deprived yet deliriously happy year of my entire l
Hey it’s 2018, blog! Here’s a throwback post to last summer with my little Goo-age. He turns one year old in two days. One year of Goo! One magical first year! He’s such a good baby. We are very, very fortunate, and believe me I don’t ever forget it.

Dropped Mumsie off at the airport this morning and then paid a visit to @idahoagogo and her adorable baby. 💕
One week ago Goo and I drove Mumsie to the airport and then paid a visit to my friend Christy and her adorable little baby and her new house. We hadn’t seen her since summer of last year, and she wasn’t able to make it to Goo’s birthday party last Saturday because she was preparing an elaborate ice cream cake for her husband’s birthday the next day. Look at those curls!

First sunny walk of the year with my favorite little dude. We’re off to a good start, 2018! 🌞
Since Goo’s actual birthday falls on a Wednesday this year, we had his party on Saturday. I wanted to keep the guest list nice and short, and I did: the guests were Bob and Fleeta (staying with us for the weekend), Brenna and Ronia, Shirley and Lew, our friend Vivienne and her adorable baby as well as her sister and niece. And that’s it! The party had a train/rainbow sort of theme going on. I didn’t stress out about party decorations too much, or making a perfect cake. Pinterest-worthy I am not interested in. Just fun!

Beautiful sunrise this morning 💙💕
I made Goo a “funfetti” cake with frosting covered in rainbow sprinkles, his name in blue sparkly gel, a rainbow that I drew with gel and a few sparkle stars. You’ll have to imagine it in your head because I couldn’t post it online…privacy!

This basketball court is ah-mazing 😍 (thanks @taxcollection)
Actually you’ll have to imagine the entire party because none of the pictures uploaded to Flickr as they are all in an album. But look at this amazing basketball court. Why don’t more basketball courts look like this??

Brenna brought me this beautiful bouquet yesterday. She said in Brazil, baby’s first birthday includes a celebration for the mother. I can get behind that! 🌸
Here’s a shot of the flowers Brenna gifted me with the day of the party, saying that in Brazil, they celebrate the mommy on baby’s first birthday! Sounds great to me!

Maggie and Bear Cub in hot pursuit of their little friend Bubba.
Bear Cub and Maggie give chase to their little dog park friend, Bubba. His owner’s name is Janet–I’m blogging her name to help me remember! Like most dog owners I tend to remember the dog’s name and not the owner’s name.

What an ungrateful little baby! 😝From the funny book we received for Christmas, “Reasons my kid is crying”.
Brenna gifted us with “Reasons my kid is crying”, and this picture was one of my favorites.

Freshly re-lashed self-portrait.

I assumed I wouldn’t find anything I liked at T. J. Maxx but this glitter traveling make-up/jewelry case said Hellooooo! 💚✨✨✨
Josh bought me some body butters for Christmas which was a sweet gesture but pregnancy/motherhood has made me even MORE sensitive to smells so I returned them to T.J. Maxx. I hadn’t been to a T.J. Maxx since I lived in Idaho, and didn’t really expect to find anything I wanted (except chocolate–they have lots of chocolate), but lo and behold, what’s this? A sparkly green-and-blue makeup/jewelry case for travel that is very ME.

I saw this Caboodle case yesterday at T.J. Maxx and was struck with nostalgia—I had the very same one! Fun fact: they’re selling it on Urban Outfitters as a “Vintage Make-Up Case”. 😂😭😭😭
And I HAD to take a picture of this…T.J. Maxx had my original Caboodle case! Awww, the nostalgia! Fun fact: now Urban Outfitters is selling Caboodles as “vintage make-up cases”. I am oooooold.

Today. I BEGGED Bear Cub to look at me but of course she refused. What an obstinate Cub!
I don’t have any work lined up this week, but I have a new job to apply for so it’s time to polish up my resume. And sign me and Josh and baby up for baby swim lessons, since we’re taking him to Maui in April (thanks to my in-laws, AGAIN! Hooray!).

Testing out the macro lens on Josh’s #olloclip with Angus the Betta fish. I rescued him the summer of 2015, and I am continually amazed he’s still alive. He’s always been a sickly little guy.
Playing around with Josh’s olloclip macro setting and Angus the fish. Every time, and I do mean EVERY TIME I post a picture of Angus on IG I have some concerned Betta freak piping up about how I’m mistreating him. Seriously, Betta people are THE WORST. I’ve kept Angus alive for 2.5 years now, I think we’re doing just fine, thank you very much! “Appreciate your concern“, as Kurt would say.

Can someone tell this kid that we need to wear hats and gloves during winter weather?? He won’t listen to me. 😝
Here’s a short list of items my son refuses to keep on his body: hats, gloves, socks and shoes. Oh, and cute sunglasses. Sigh.

I reviewed the video I made of Erika’s painting and realized it needed a little more glitter. Taking pictures and videos of the paintings in progress is an important step for me—it’s like I see them with new eyes.
Erika’s little painting is finally complete! Next up: matching “Six Feet Under” paintings of green hearses for my mother and Aunt Lisa, who are obsessed with that show.

Rainy day walkies with Fleeta, Josh, Goo and a couple of dogs.
Yesterday’s rainy walk with Fleeta, Josh and Goo, and a couple of crazy black dogs. Goo would not keep his gloves on.

“Ugh, Mom! Not another selfie!”
“Mooooom! Enough with the self-portraits!” So long bloggeroos!

Books and art and sparkly things

Books and art and sparkly things

New reading material.
Hiya blerg, happy New Year’s Eve! Here’s one of the several books I received for Christmas. I started reading it but got distracted by “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”–not an easy read, particularly–but I’m starting to get into it now. I also received “Heaven is for Real” (great read), the book about Sharon Tate written by her sister (beautiful), and a bunch of thrillers, including a James Patterson (ugh).

“I still love you,” I told Josh when I opened up the James Patterson.

My Broad brought over this crazy bottle of wine that talks when you point your phone at it.
This bottle of wine the Broad brought over to Brenna’s house for Christmas dinner talks when you point your phone at it. Technology is crrrrrazy, mang. My Broad is drinking again–initially I was very upset about it, thinking we were sisters in our mutual booze sobriety (I will have TEN YEARS next month!) but ultimately she is a grown ass woman who has to make her own decisions in life. She’s also vaping–something I would have loved in my 20’s but can’t even entertain the idea of now.

“Are you backsliding into your 20’s?” I asked her on Christmas evening when she pulled me outside to watch her vape. She says no, but it sure looks like it. Heigh ho! I’ll just be over here drinking my room-temp water and sucking on a Werther’s original, like the old sober woman I am.

Mumsie and Mr. Bennett.
Mumsie and Mr. Bennett love each other. Mr. Bennett was just as shitty to my father in his own home as he was in our home, so Brenna locked him upstairs for the majority of the evening.

Yyyyyyowch! Josh gets a scalp massage from Goo at Thai tonight.
Josh’s parents drove over to Seattle on Christmas Day, joined us at Brenna’s house for Christmas dinner and the next evening treated us all to Thai food. Here’s little Goo giving Josh a “scalp massage” at the Thai restaurant.

#tbt to little Lizzy.
Here’s little Lizzy in a throwback Thursday post. Mom and I have had some sort of stomach bug the last couple of days–feeling headache-y, nauseous, and bloated. Yesterday I drank a ginger ale and inhaled an entire sleeve of Ritz crackers for my stomach and then my stomach blew up like a balloon and I had a whole new set of problems! My body does not handle carbs well AT ALL. Yesterday was a clear reminder of that. Burp.

Gift from Joshy to me, a grown-ass woman. #youngatheart! 🌈✨✨✨
I have immature tastes, so this rainbow tape dispenser shaped like a unicorn was a great present to me from Joshy. Not sure why the company named him “Stuart” though… he is CLEARLY an Adam.

Bear Cub on a sunnier day. I’m looking forward to less rain tomorrow.
This afternoon Josh is taking the baby over to his grandparents house to watch the Seahawks game, freeing up my day nicely. I think I’ll paint my nails. Too bad I’m not feeling up to going to the gym–I so rarely have the opportunity to go these days.

🌈✨✨✨✨More, Now, Again (thanks @lisamcconniffe)
Perhaps I’ll throw a little glitter on and take a self-portrait to commemorate the end of 2017–the year I became a mommy!

Beginning the glitter phase (my fave) ✨✨✨
And of course I’ll use the time to work on this little sugar skull painting for my cousin Erika. I’ll bet I could finish it today, if I applied myself. It’s in the glitter stage of the process!

Hey Carter’s does this come in my size? 😍
Getting distracted by rainbows while clothes shopping for my son. I would totally wear this if it came in my size.

Mumsie goes back on Monday and unfortunately we are both feeling a little sick. I suspect I’ll spend my NYE horizontal, reading books. 😷
Here’s a moody self-portrait that I took sometime in the past month, with the light shining through our bedroom curtains for a little added texture.

Testing out Joshy’s new #olloclip fish-eye lens while Mumsie makes me grilled cheese for dinner.
Onward and upwards, blog-logs! Here’s to a fabulous New Year!

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal

Is the back of my SIL’s Christmas card this year the cutest, or what? 😍
Happy day-after-Christmas, bloggy-logs! This is the back of my sister-in-law’s Christmas card, and it is simply TOO cute.

Similarly too cute: my son’s tiny bum. How is it that cellulite looks so cute on babies? Why aren’t we more tolerant of it on our own thighs? Hmmmm?

My mother came into town on December 17th, and we spent our week eating grilled cheese and wrapping Christmas presents and dogsitting Mr. Bennett until my father arrived on the 22nd.

Grammy Kim and Goo on our drizzly walk this morning. 💦
Unfortunately for my father (and all of us, really), Mr. Bennett HATES my dad. He growled and barked and fussed and even nipped a little bit for two whole days until Brenna picked him up on Saturday. Yikes.

Mr. Bennett will be joining us for the rest of the week. 🐶
He loves my mother though!

Mr. Bennett wouldn’t stop growling and barking at my father when he arrived last night. This morning, things seem a little friendlier.
Here’s the mens. Bennett seems a little tense.

A trio of dog butts on our walk today. 🐶🐶🐶
Trailing after a trio of dog butts daily, instead of a duo.

Mumsie and me. 💚❤️💚
Christmas Eve we took my parents over to Josh’s grandparents’ house, for pulled pork sandwiches and the always chaotic but always fun White Elephant gift exchange. I ended up with my own gift–a purple zip-up sweatshirt with an asymmetrical neckline. Josh ended up with two clamps, from his Uncle Mike, of course.

Mr. Baby received some gifts from his cousins and great-grandparents, like a tiny frog-shaped baby boy urinal and a set of plastic baby keys and even–wait for it–a sock monkey. I suppose I have to be tolerant of monkeys for my son! (eye roll)

This stunning photo of Kirsty Hume and her daughter Violet finally prompted me to buy an American “Vogue” for the first time in years. 🌞
This beautiful photo of Kirsty Hume and her daughter Violet prompted me to buy an American “Vogue” for the first time in years. Makes me want to highlight my hair. And grow it waist-length.

Well, this relationship is still going strong. 😂
Maggie and Baby M. got a good thang going on.

Freshly re-lashed and the sun is shining 🌞
Self-portrait with fresh eyelash extensions and work outfit on. I’m working 1 or two days a week…better than nothing!

Josh and I made the baby’s Christmas stocking this year. 💙✨✨✨
Here’s the felt stocking that Joshy and I SLAVED over. Name covered to protect privacy, of course.

Mom has been doing physical therapy and she’s stronger than she has been on previous visits this year, but I still have to yell at her not to lift the baby up off of the floor. It’s tough to resist! Look at this little chunk.

Sooo...is it wrong to give my best friend this cool yarn for Christmas in the hopes that she might make something for me? Please reply yes or no.
Yarn porn. This caught my eye at Michael’s. I found a cool little yarn shop near our house and bought two skeins of pretty-pretties for the Broad for Christmas.

Merry and bright! 🎄
One of my favorite Christmas images to post every year. Always gets a laugh!

This is a good one too.

I use a method called “Hands Off Parenting”. 😂
“Hands-off” parenting right here. Sometimes I just want to see what will happen. He hasn’t made it to the other side…yet.

Catching some rays with Mumsie, Goo and a trio of dogs this afternoon.
We went from cold sunshine straight into cold snow for Christmas Eve, and I have to admit, I kind of liked it. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

Looks like we got a white Christmas after all. ✨❄️🎄❄️✨
The first snowfall is always the prettiest.

Weather forecast looks like this ❄️❄️but we got our sunny walkies in today!
Of course now I’m ready for the snow to melt so we can resume walking. MELT SNOW!

Get into the holiday spirit and throw a little glitter on, honey! ❤️✨✨✨(thanks @muffinheadnyc)
Love this.

Happy Christmas Eve. ✨🎄✨
Our Christmas tree this year was especially pretty.

Classic Pops—note the box of chocolate donuts. The only thing missing is his signature shorts-and-Uggs combo. 😂
Classic Pops–little chocolate donuts and all. Love his “ugly” Christmas sweater.

Merry Christmas from the Holcomb Family!
This was our Christmas card this year. Josh’s uncle Kevin suggested we use our Halloween portrait, making he was joking, who knows…but we took his advice!

Christmas morning with Goo. He was a little grumpy and not particularly interested in opening presents, but we won’t hold it against him. ❤️
Baby was a little fussy on Christmas morning and not really interested in opening presents…but I suspect that will change in the future! More about Christmas later…I hear him calling my name. Like this WAAAaaaHHHhhhhh. Merry Christmas 2017!

Glow sticks, glitz and glamour

Glow sticks, glitz and glamour

A proud moment for this former raver: baby’s first glow sticks.
What’s shakin’, turkey bacon? Here was a very Proud Moment for this former party girl: baby’s first glowsticks. We danced to trance with our baby! Hooray!

Sometimes...size matters!
Josh and I are making the baby a stocking this year. We’ve been working on it very slowwwly, a little bit at a time, so it turns out looking good. Size-wise, it is in between Josh’s tiny stocking and my monstrosity. We are adding the BLING right now, and then I’ll give it a final stitch with the sewing machine.

Our gay nutcracker (thanks @madlymazzy). I added the glitter. What shall we name him?
Speaking of BLING, Christopher thinks our gay nutcracker (Timmy?) needs more BLING. Maybe so. Too much is never enough, ammirite?

I requested some art for Christmas from my talented 8-year-old niece Ronia, and she drew me this. 💚
I requested some Ronia art for Christmas and she drew this for me. It’s now in a green glitter frame adorning the wall. Love that kid!

I mean I don’t really see a problem here. ✨💎✨
Here is a picture of a woman with her fiance, a chandelier. I saw it on Twitter (so it must be true) and I think it’s kind of sweeeeeet. What?

“Roll it, Smoky!” I love Amy Sedaris’ new show. You even get to find out where glitter comes from! ✨✨✨
I’ve managed to catch ONE episode of Amy Sedaris’ new show (mostly because I have to watch it on the desktop computer, who has time for that?) and it’s hilarious! I watched the astronaut episode and even learned where glitter comes from! Can’t wait to catch the lovemaking episode with Paul Dinello aka Mr. Jellineck from “Strangers with Candy”.

Goo and I yesterday in coordinating outfits. ❤️🎄
Two pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight! Finally, it happened to me.

Health-wise, I finally went to a uro-gyno who took me off of the OAB medicine (hallelujah) and doubled my dose of amitriptyline, which treats nerve pain. He pronounced that I had a “beautiful vagina” (to which I replied, “You’re not the first person to say that,”) but after a little poking and prodding determined that my pelvic floor was unbalanced. Evidently I am too tight on the left side. So now I go to a physical therapist once a week to learn to RELAX my pelvic floor. By doing reverse kegels! Life is strange. My burning bladder flares up when I ovulate–like right now, as I’m sitting here typing this–but overall has gotten a lot better. I’m hoping with the PT and reverse kegels and medicine that someday this pain will be a thing of the past.

The mens. ❤️💚❤️
My boys. Awwwwwww.

We are family. 💚❤️💚
Look at dat baby! One week ago we all got dressed up in our holiday colors to go over to Espe’s house for a baby/daddy/mommy hangout. Pizza and salad and cookies were snarfed, and a Good Time was had by all.

Trying to pose three baby boys for a picture: adorable chaos. @espedp @vvswai ❤️❤️❤️
Trying to get all three boys to pose for a picture was utterly impossible (and so adorable).

Today. This sunny weather is treating me riiiiight 🌞
We still do this, every single day. Although it’s a lot more pleasant when it’s not raining.

Oh Christmas tree! 🎄
The Christmas tree this year. Josh built a little wooden box for it to stand on, because we didn’t want to shell out 100 dollars for a tree, but still wanted that glorious height. So far, no baby-related tree disasters! (fingers crossed)

We’ve been watching Downton Abbey (or “Downer Abbey” as I like to call it). Edith’s clothes get a LOT better in Series 4. I liked this dress especially.
We have been working our way slowly through “Downton Abbey” (I like to call it “Downer Abbey”–if you’ve seen the show you know what I mean). The early 20’s dresses are to DIE. Edith, the dowdiest sister, suddenly has a fabulous slinky wardrobe at the start of Season 4 and this aqua number was one of my favorites.

Spotted this morning. I agree! 👊❤️✨✨✨
I spotted this car sticker outside of the craft store the other day and enjoyed it.

Look it’s our @parlorftattoo art collection 👊✨
Owen is the family tattoo artist but is also a fine artist and here are two of his prints that we own. I bought Josh a gift certificate for two Owen tattoos for Christmas. He’s getting–wait for it–a mountain scene and a SNOWFLAKE. Bah ha haaaaaa. How Josh.

Need a seat? Spotted at the Pound Art studio.
It’s thanks to Owen that I am able to participate in the Pound Art Studio annual holiday open house every year. Here is a fun chair I spotted during the art show this year.

Found my calendar for 2018! 😍
Calendar for 2018? Huh? Yeah?

New tiny sugar skull painting in progress, for my cousin Erika.
Painting in progress for my cousin Erika. I told her two pick two colors and she picked black and gold, and since I’m not on a time constraint I’m taking my time and playing around with it.

Playing around with Erika’s sugar skull painting today (including mistakes). I don’t have a direction with this one, but I do know it will have a shit-ton of glitter. ✨🌟✨✨✨
Here’s the progress as of yesterday, including the mistakes I made that you can see covered in black. I really can only paint when the baby is taking naps, and sometimes…I just want to lay horizontal under the heated blanket instead of paint! You understand.

Bear Cub on the back porch.
Bear Schnubbs. She’s a lady!

This kid and hats!
Foiled again: not only does my son hate hats on his own baby head, he likes to yank them off my head as well! Sheesh.

Once a cheeseball, always a cheeseball. Stay cheesy! #tbt
Little Lizzy and Pops. Look, I was doing the “Home Alone” face before “Home Alone” even happened.

Holiday...celebrate! 🎄
The Christmas wreath that I DIY’d a few years ago. Does it need more…glitter? Probably.

One of my favorite 90s models Kirsty Hume, looking just as fabulous now in 2017. ❤️💚❤️
Kirsty Hume was one of my favorite models in the 90’s and would you believe that this is her in 2017? She looks exactly the same! Oh to age like a supermodel!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to wear more eyeshadow. It’s good to have dreams. This is “Smoky Mauve” Extra Dimension eyeshadow by MAC. 💕✨✨✨
And finally, one of my superficial New Year’s Resolutions is to wear more eyeshadow (and also start wearing my contacts more). To that end, here is “Smoky Mauve” Extra Dimension eye shadow by MAC, YEAH!

Ahhh it’s so nice to get through an entire blog entry without interruptions. My mother is flying over this afternoon to stay with us for an indeterminate amount of time, hooray! Grilled cheese GALORE! TTFN blog.

Birthday fun and an art show

Birthday fun and an art show

Art show face! Wearing a tiara tonight because life is short. ✨✨🌟✨✨
Say! Is the font on this blog kinda small, or am I just getting old? Shhhh don’t answer that. Hi. Here I am, last Saturday, before the art show. I wore a tiara Christopher gave me 10,000 years ago…because that’s whatcha do in December. Holiday! Celebrate?

Had a beautiful birthday today. Started out with the "Birthday" episode of Ab Fab, bought some shiny things at MAC (while "Groove is in the heart" played), talked to my Broad for an entire hour, then finished up in Ballard with Joshy at Volterra followed
The bangs were even semi-cooperating that evening, for once. I wore teal eyeshadow with gold glitter, teal stockings and some black wedges that didn’t even hurt my feet, as my plantar fasciitis is finally 90% resolved. Yeah!

Portrait of the artist with her art (and a light-up constellation skirt ✨).
Viola! I felt like a car show hostess. I wore the light-up constellation skirt I received as a Christmas present last year, and it was definitely a hit! I suspect I can re-use this skirt over and over again with different accessories for the next 10 years at EVERY holiday party and still be pleased. I love it.

Joshy at the art show last night, in front of @brandonvosika's work. Believe in your drems!
The show was not nearly as well-attended as last year’s for some reason but ne’er mind that, I sold three of my mini paintings! Bringing this year’s Sold Art Total up to a whopping FOUR paintings and ONE drawing (thanks blogfriend Liz MWAH). Believe in Your Drems, Kids!

I also finally won a piece of Owen art at the silent auction…which turned out to be a print signed by him. DAMMIT! Still. It’s framed!

Todayyy is my birthday, and I get one every year ✨✨
Here I am the following day, my big ol’ birfday on Sunday. In the morning, wearing a mint-colored paisley muumuu, and a glitter birthday tiara, and no make-up (but some Facetune, best believe). Josh made me pancakes, and then I had a couple of hours to spend baby-free (the best present of all).

I went to Nordstrom’s and had a glorious time playing at the MAC counter. “Groove is in the heart” was in the air and every shiny eyeshadow they had was smeared on my hand and I was furiously texting with Christopher the entire time (next best thing to being at MAC together). I had SO much fun that I was worn out by the time I hit Sephora, where they didn’t have the Georgio Armani “Luminous Silk” foundation I wanted and I went blank on everything else I wanted. Beauty Dementia, the horror!

This eyeshadow palette by #hudabeauty certainly called my name. 🌈✨✨✨
Here’s an eyeshadow palette by Huda that I enjoyed looking at, but didn’t buy. I ended up getting one of those incredibly overpriced “beauty blender” egg-shaped sponges and a new foundation by Urban Decay. I was already to the register when I suddenly remembered that I like that soy facial cleanser by “Fresh”…but it was too late! And then just yesterday I found a gift card to Sephora in my purse with 10 dollars on it. Darn!

RUN don't walk to Hot Cakes in Ballard. This is chocolate molten lava cake served with cookie dough ice cream with a cookie on top, and a glass of ice-cold milk. Did I mention the grilled cheese menu? Arrggggffsssss.
Later in the day Josh and I dressed up again–unfortunately, the dressing up was not nearly as inspired as the night before and the pictures turned out boring–and we dropped Mr. Baby off at Brenna’s and went to a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant in Ballard. The dinner wasn’t noteworthy, but the dessert–chocolate molten lava cake at “Hot Cakes”–thanks to Jerry’s recommendation–was AMAZING. I can’t wait to go back and snarf a milkshake and grilled cheese sandwich. MMMMMmmmmMMM.

The closest thing to a smile we were able to wrangle out of baby last night. He was so serious!
Monday night I figured would be an unpopular night to take the baby for his Santa photo and I was correct! We were the only ones there. Santa was sweet and so was the photographer and assistant, and Josh and I pulled all of our tricks to make him smile…but this was the best he could do. At least he didn’t cry!

How about a little headdress inspiration today? 🌟(thanks @martinimystery)
I mean I’m BARELY working these days, I’ll bet I have time to pull together a quickie Christmas headdress, like this. What do you think?

Nice day for it 💚
It’s been sunny lately, and I’m loving every second of it. Serotonin is flowing! Now if only these damn cramps would ease up so I can get crackin’ on a new painting.

Intense PMS and the only cure is homemade fudge brownies NOW
Speaking of my PMS, I made regular fudge brownies from the “Better Homes and Gardens” recipe book, and “primal” brownies from my Paleo cookbook, and guess which ones turned out better?

Holly in seasonal colors. ❤️💚❤️
If you guessed the regular fudge brownies, you are CORRECT. The primal ones were too cake-y. Although I suppose if you were following a strict Paleo diet they would taste amazing.

Chance of rain: 0% 💖🌞✨
It’s ear muff season.

I do I do.
Oh I do miss summer. I suspect I’m about to miss Fall pretty soon, too.

Caption Maggie dog!
Maggie dog sighs, “I’m getting too old for this shit, Liz.”

One of my birthday presents. Stoked! 👊🎨✨
One of my birthday presents this year: Art Resin! I’ve been following several artists on IG who have been inspiring me to get into this medium. I’m returning to wood, and I’ve got some paintings schemed up that I’m excited about!

I’m really impressed that the hibiscus plant we moved inside is still flowering! 🌺
Here’s the hibiscus we brought inside, amazingly still flowering, even in December.

Wow! I made it through this entire entry and Mr. Baby is still napping. Thanks for playing. I’ve been thinking about getting rid of this blog entirely, is that just my hormones talking? Stay tuned.

Buying Nothing, new art and fun books

Buying Nothing, new art and fun books

Mantra for today (thanks @madlymazzy)
Hallo blog. So apparently if I post an “album” to Instagram, it uploads NONE of the pictures in the album to Flickr. Therefore, I have no photos to show for Thanksgiving this year, just this cartoon of Courtney Love howling my Thanksgiving mantra. Shucks! I can tell you that we went to Grandma Shirley’s, I made blackberry cobbler and Josh made a pumpkin pie and a chocolate cream pie, the food was delicious, the company was as boisterous and fun as always, and we had lots and lots of Shirley’s special oyster stuffing for leftovers. Mmmmmmm.

Hey kids, it's that time of year again! Time to #buynothing! Tell your friends! #participatebynotparticipating
And then the following day we Bought Nothing, as is our annual tradition since 2008.

#buynothing and #optoutside 🌲🍂🌾
“Opt Outside” was also trending on Black Friday. I opted outside!

Don't buy anything today, create something! Here's a lil painting of Bear Cub I just started. 🎨
Meanwhile, I decided when I invited myself to participate in Owen’s show this year to add two more paintings to the mini painting collection: a tiny Maggie and a tiny Bear Cub. Then, if they don’t sell, I’ll have two cute little paintings of my dogs!

Spotted yesterday on Amazon. I can think of a few people that would enjoy this for Christmas! 💚✨💚
Psychedelic art AND a scratch ‘n’ sniff book? Adorable.

Faaaabuuuulouuuus ✨❤️✨✨✨
We took Mr. Baby to a quaint little shopping village in Bothell to explore a “learning” toy store. While there we also explored some of the surrounding shops–a notable shop was stuffed to the brim with satin gowns, little faux fur shrugs, rhinestone bling, and for 5 clams…these heart shaped sunglasses, which I bought on the spot. They look so cute on Goo–if only he would tolerate them for more than half a second.

Hello, rock turtle. 🐢
Spotted this rock carved like a turtle at the village. Speaking of that village, there are rumors that it might be torn down and replaced with yet another boring housing development. To sign the petition to stop this from happening, go here! I did.

Ughhhh so sad that #displayandcostume is closing their Everett store! As long as the Northgate store stays open, I think I'll survive. It's doubly depressing because I didn't go to their going out of business sale until today...I could've purchased so man
In other sad news. the costume shop in Everett is no more! Sure, it was never as great as the Northgate store, but I like to have options! DAMMIT.

Bear Cub and Maggie mini paintings in progress.
Maggie and Bear Cub, in progress. Speaking of paintings, another photo set that did not show up on Flickr was meeting an Internet friend who flew all the way to Seattle from Alberta Canada (for the Tori Amos show) and bought one of my mini paintings! It was the little painting of Louise Brooks, which was the very first mini painting I put up for sale in my Etsy shop, earlier this year. So I can happily say that in 2017 I sold one painting and one drawing! Woo hoo! Now there’s no pressure to sell tonight. Not that there ever was, heh heh heh.

Cooking with Goo: I put him in his high chair in the center of the kitchen and narrate while I cook...I'm expecting him to start preparing meals for me REAL soon! 😜
Cooking with Mr. Goo. I like to place him in his highchair in the center of the kitchen and narrate every thing I’m doing while I cook (with Pandora music on in the background). This way he sees that cooking is FUN, and, more importantly, he can start cooking for his mother ASAP!

Siiiigh I love this woman. 👀👀👀✨
Note to self: find Amy Sedaris’s new show and watch it, STAT.

Pretty sunset. We'd be out for a walk right now if it wasn't dark at 4:20! Looking forward to the #wintersolstice, big time.
Currently Josh has strapped the baby to his back and he’s vacuuming. I’m enjoying my 3 hours of non-baby time that I won two weeks ago. Toenails have been painted a festive dark green with gold glitter and I’m typing out this blather.

Cub in the Wild 🌾
Then I just have to decide if I would rather do my birthday trip to Sephora today or tomorrow, on my actual birthday.

Michael's has a "boho holiday" section now, featuring a lot of magenta and teal. Did I fall for it? Uh huh.
The baby and I went to Michael’s this week and their new “boho holiday” section, featuring a lot of bright colors, caught my eye. Not shown: adorable photos of Goo reaching for glitter shakers and playing with feather boas.

Reading "Alligators All Around" by Maurice Sendak, long one of my favorite children's book authors/illustrators. Josh and I always read this book in a Tammy Grimes voice, like the recording. Because we are weirdos, all around.
One of the joys of parenting is getting to enjoy all your own childhood favorites all over again, and no children’s book collection would be complete without “Alligators All Around”, by Maurice Sendak. I can hear Tammy Grimes’ voice every time I read it.

Re-lashed yesterday, then this morning a much-needed trip to the eye doctor for some new "moist" contacts. 💦I can see clearly now the rain is gone...
For this week of Getting Pretty Before My Birthday, I had my eyelashes re-lashed, and finally went to the eye doctor for the first time since 2015 for some new, ultra “moist” contacts. My vision has definitely gotten worse over the past two years and it’s nice to be able to see again. I also had my nails shellacked last night–black with silver and dark blue glitter. Holiday, celebrate!

Don't mind me, just dying while watching this documentary about baby bears in Romania 😍🐻🐻
Having a bad day? Treat yourself to “Beary Tales” on Netflix, a documentary about baby bears in Romania that will have you howling “HOW ARE YOU SO CUUUUTE?” to the screen if you’re anything like me.

Happy Friday! Make it a weird one. 💖💚✨✨✨
That’s all, folks! Today is my very last day being 27 years old, tomorrow I turn 28. Shockingly close to 30! But I still have fun!