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Mumsie and painting and sewing projects

Mumsie and painting and sewing projects

Boy am I glad we got out the last couple of days and explored nature because the weather forecast is all β˜”οΈπŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦β„οΈπŸ˜³
Hola, blog. Things around here are better, health-wise.

Is this the most beautiful staircase or what? In San Fran, of course. 🌈 (thanks @streetartmagic)
I reeeeaaaally need to go to this gorgeous staircase in San Francisco some day.

Happy Dia de los Muertos! My lil' sugar skull painting with easel is still available in my Etsy shop! Only 30 bones. πŸ’šπŸ’€βœ¨βœ¨
I’m currently taking the OAB medication prescribed by the urologist, which has helped about 80%. I don’t want to be on it forever, though…it causes dementia. And I certainly don’t need any help in that direction!

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I’m also taking a small dose of a medication called amitriptyline at night. It was formerly used to treat depression but also works in small doses for nerve pain, and it makes you very sleepy. Much like my beloved Trazodone that I’ve taken for years.

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So over the past 3 weeks of nonsense I’ve gone from being a breastfeeding mama only taking 50 mg of Trazodone at night, to a pumping (barely) mama who takes three different meds. BOOOOO.


Next month I have an appointment at the UW with a doctor who specializes in problems like mine. It’s certainly better, but not 100%. Yesterday was kind of a bad day, but I did get my eyelashes done in the morning and then Mumsie and I got our hair cut last night so it wasn’t the WORST.

Mumsie and I got our hairs cut. βœ‚οΈ
Freshly-cut hairs.

Lab pack! Pack 'o' Labs!
My mother is here for the week, and it’s been wonderful. She’s getting a whole lot of Goo time in..

Medium cheddar on potato bread made with real butter. It's how my mom shows her love. πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›
…and I’ve had grilled cheese for lunch three days in a row! YES!

HOT.
Jeff Goldblum somehow is hotter in his old age, eh? I want that space sweater he has on.

Gotta love Moira's commitment to her wigs. Also, I think it's hysterical that it took Josh three seasons to notice that she wears different wigs in every single episode. πŸ˜‚
I love the Canadian show (also on Netflix) called “Schitt’s Creek” so much, I’m re-watching it from the beginning again. We started watching it when Goo was just born and who can remember that time?? It’s all a blur.

Everyone was surprised by the snow in Seattle yesterday. I'm not ready! Still enjoying the Fall colors too much! πŸπŸ‚πŸƒ
Seattle decided to skip Fall and go straight into winter temps this year, GROSS. I already have my snow tires on. Better safe than sorry, buddy.

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These are photos I took during our nap/drive (the car was parked, of course). I decided now that Goo is almost 10 months old and winter has started AND I’ve had all these bladder problems that it’s time to crib train for naps! He’s napping right now. After 17 minutes of sobbing.

Apparently this happened while I was in the shower this evening. πŸ˜‚
Look at what he did while I was in the shower the other night! Whaaat?? Adorable.

Bear Cub and my mother. πŸ’•
Mom and Bear Cub love each other.

How adorable is this look? And who else is so friggin' tired today from the time change?? (thanks @ellenvonunwerth 🌈)
Ellen Von Unwerth has been inspiring me with her photography since the mid-90’s.

Working on a new sugar skull painting for my Aunt Claire. πŸ’–
Current painting project: a lil’ sugar skull for my Aunt Claire.

Reading time with Grammy Kim. πŸ’™
Mom and Goo reading time.

Mumsie and me on a cold sunny dog walk yesterday.
We’ve been going for dog walks every day, of course.

Baby's new favorite spot.
Goo has a new favorite nook.

I made matching hedgehog scarves for my mother and I. She picked out the fabric. πŸ’•
She watched the baby this morning while I whipped up these little scarves for us. She picked out the fabric.

Ughhhhh he’s crying again. What was that, a 15 minute nap???!!! Help me Rhonda!

The end of the wig series and some Halloween inspiration

The end of the wig series and some Halloween inspiration

Candid family portrait at Alyse's new house yesterday. You can't tell, but we are all wearing black Converse.
Hola blog! Here’s a candid family portrait snapped by Alyse a weekend or so ago at her place, for her son’s 9th birthday and Grandma Shirley’s 87th (!!!). The baby and I had a cold, but so does 90% of the planet right now so we went and “partied”. We are all wearing black Converse sneakers, I’d like to add.

Alyse's new backyard is pretty. πŸπŸ’š
Alyse has an amazing and giant backyard…that I wish I’d photographed more of. Here’s one pretty corner.

Day 15: the REAL Vanessa Kensington wig! Apparently the wig I posted before was the Austin Powers wig! No wonder it seemed so flat and dry. Ha ha!
Day 15 of the October 2017 Wig Series…the REAL Vanessa Kensington wig! Apparently the one I wore towards the beginning of the series was the Austin Powers wig. Roops.

Day 16: the Kurt Cobain wig! Maggie dog quotes: "The worst crime is faking it."
Day 16: the Kurt Cobain! It didn’t seem right NOT to post it, and it didn’t seem right to wear it myself, so luckily good ol’ Maggie is now too old to resist wigs and sunglasses. For five seconds, anyway.

Day 17: the mystery wig! Who will I be for Halloween 2017??? This concludes my wig series. It was fun...although I can't help but reflect on wigs I've lost over the years. RIP: the brown curly wig I bought from a thrift store in Eugene that started it all
Finally Day 17…the mystery wig for Halloween 2017! Woo hoo! I bought that Styrofoam sugar skull head at the fabric store…couldn’t resist! It wants to be painted, badly.

My mother texted me this pic today of my very first wig, bought at a thrift shop during a high school debate trip. Wonder where the old gal is now?
My mother has been texting me old pictures, and here is my infamous first wig. I bought it at a thrift store during a high school debate tournament, and I have no idea whatever happened to the poor old girl.

Spotted recently at the fabric store...ohhhh the things I'd like to do with YOU, ombré turquoise sequin fabric! 😍
I also ogled this amazing silver and turquoise ombre sequin fabric at the fabric store…MMMmmmMMMM.

Phyllis is getting the Halloween treatment. πŸ‘»
We’ve been slowly decorating the house for the upcoming Halloween baby party this weekend.

Are you scurred? πŸ’€
I have more envisioned for the couch here…I feel like the skull is missing something. A giant spiderweb around it?

Josh crams all the Jelly Belly's in his mouth at once instead of enjoying each flavor one at a time...GROSS.
This giant jar of Jelly Belly jellybeans has christened our living room for a while. Josh likes to cram all the flavors in his mouth at once…GROSS. I eat one at a time…until I feel sick. Doesn’t take long. Usually about two in.

My neighbor's neon flower garden is still going strong. Anyone know what these are?
My neighbor’s neon flower garden: still strong. I’m impressed.

Bear Cub thought she was safe on the bed...πŸ˜‚
Poor Bear Cub thought the one place she’d be safe was our bed…foiled again!

Last night we watched "Christina P: Mother Inferior" (filmed in Seattle) and laughed and laughed. It's a good one!
Recommended stand-up: “Christina P: Mother Inferior”. We laughed our butts off!

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I love this tree each year. So dazzling.

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These too.

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This one impressed me this morning.

Here comes the rain again...β˜”οΈπŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Took this self-portrait with the baby and dogs before the shitstorm hit last week–my very first UTI/bacterial infection. It’s been a nightmare of walk-in clinics, contaminated urine samples, going back for a second urine sample and then not having a doctor’s order…UGH. It’s been a hard month for us! The baby and I had just gotten over our second cold since September and then I was hit with this gross infection. Not to mention Maggie dog had a bacterial infection that required antibiotics too. What a sick bunch!

A little color inspiration on a gloomy grey Saturday morning. (thanks @richardquartley)
I’m on day 3 of antibiotics and maybe starting to have the tiniest bit of relief. Maybe. Taking care of a 9 month old baby with a UTI has presented with its own set of challenges.

Fun with baby at the costume shop again.
Here’s my sweet baby, “enjoying” the costume shop with his parents again.

It's REALLY a shame that my dogs don't tolerate Halloween costumes! πŸ˜‚
Will Maggie ever tolerate a Halloween costume? Nahhhh.

All the fun wigs with a big glittery E in front of them...it's a sign, I tell ya. ✨✨✨
I noticed that the FUN wigs had a big glittery E in front of them. Coincidence?

Nice day for it. 🌞
Family walk yesterday in the sunshine.

Maggie and Bear Cub get their romp on. 🌼
Maggie and Bear Cub romped in the field.

Drawing googly eyes for the windows today (@djmagicelf's idea) πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
Today’s art project (after another visit to the doctor) was drawing up some googly eyes to post in our window, Joshy’s idea.

Oof! Writing this entry took three tries. Sometimes Mr. Baby doesn’t want to let Mama do a THING. Catch you on the flip side, bloggeroos.

A wig a day keeps the blues away

A wig a day keeps the blues away

I can get behind this look 🌟🌟🌟(thanks @beautycon)
Happy mid-October blog! These are not my lips…but they COULD be.

What's this? Another sinister finding at the playground?!
Gee, I thought I was all done with my Creepy Things Found at a Child’s Playground series…and then I saw this!?!

Day 6: I "acquired" this neon magenta bob from the Broad, but seem to have lost my beloved blue bob. You know what color I don't have? AQUA. I need an aqua wig.
In continuing with my post-a-wig-every-day-until-I-run-out idear, here is Corinne’s magenta wig that I “acquired” many years ago.

corinne purple
She wore it first! Here’s my Broad at Burning Man, circa 2004, wearing my corset (still have it), and skirt (nope).

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Fall is dazzling me with all the changing colors, I love this time of year.

Halloween #fbf: Little Lizzy as a princess in a Gunne Sax dress with my two neighborhood BFFs Samantha and Alexis. Boy did I love to boss those two around! πŸ‘»
Dressed up for Halloween with my two neighborhood pals, Samantha and Alexis. Their father filled candy machines for a living so they always had candy and gum at their house, and they were younger than me so I could boss them around all the live-long day. Hooray!

Day 7: the Hayley Mills wig! It wasn't supposed to be. It was supposed to be a cool little pixie for when I felt my Edie Sedgwick coming on (which used to be a LOT)...but somehow it had more of a Hayley Mills vibe, so the nickname stuck. Oh well. "Let's g
The Hayley Mills wig. She was supposed to be an Edie Sedgwick but that just wasn’t in the cards for her.

blonde ambition
Notable for a series of self-portraits I took back when Josh and I were on a 4-day hiatus because of my drinking and I immersed myself into a bottle of whiskey and put on a lot of eyeshadow and took some of the best self-portraits of my life. The series even inspired a painting…

"Self-portrait with Grapes", 2008. My Aunt Lisa has wanted this painting for years, and I'm finally mailing it to her! #procrastination: a celebration.
…that my aunt requested, and I gave to her. Good ol’ Hayley Mills wig!

Saturday morning Daddy/baby dance party πŸ’™
One week ago today: daddy and baby dance party in the kitchen. He has the baby currently–I won the chore chart so I get my 3 hour break from the baby. I’m using it to type this blather and then I’m going to make my Halloween costume.

For me October involves watching a lot of horror films. Today's pick: "The Legend of Hell House", 1973.
It just wouldn’t be October without watching a few scary movies, eh? This one is from 1973 and it’s called “The Legend of Hell House”. It was…okay. Not scary. Almost campy.

Oooh yeahhh ✨✨✨(thanks @ashish).
This is an image from the account of a designer in the UK called Ashish who smothers all of his clothes in sparkle and I LOVE IT ALL.

Day 8: the Cleopatra wig! Worn for Halloween 2011. I was proud of the fact that I made both my Cleopatra and Josh's Marc Antony costumes.
The Cleopatra wig! Back in 2011. I worked SO HARD on our Cleopatra and Marc Antony costumes and then we both got disgusting colds just in time for the party. BOOOOO.

Marc Antony and Cleopatra
Seems to me we were on a lot of cold medicine, here. Heh.

Spotted in my neighbor's yard: zombie flamingoes! Cute! πŸ‘»
My neighbor’s zombie flamingo graveyard is too cute. Josh refuses to do the graveyard in our front yard this year, he tells me it’s “too macabre”. However, he WILL do the giant spider devouring the human skeleton. ?

Prismacolor/metallic ink. Not dated. 🌟✨✨
It’s an older Lizzy drawing, frustratingly NOT dated but it must be after 2008 because I signed it EP Holcomb, my married name. Note to self: ALWAYS DATE EVERYTHING. It will help with the dementia later on.

Day 9: the old lady wig! We dressed up as old people/our "future selves" for Halloween 2014. It was one of my favorites! πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄
The Old Lady wig! Josh said I looked like the Starbucks logo, which was entirely unintentional.

Test run today of our Halloween costumes and make-up. We watched a bunch of YouTube tutorials on how to make your face look old...then we couldn't stop laughing! I ❀️ Halloween!
This was Halloween 2014, and it was SO much fun. I even had an awful cold which just made me look even more pathetic and elderly. I would have won the costume contest at work, but I didn’t want to stick around an extra 20 minutes because I felt so crappy…now I regret not staying.

Granted, Maggie's had to wait almost 12 years, but now food opportunities are literally falling into her dog mouth! πŸ˜‚
Maggie’s got a real good thing going on with the baby. I’ll have my back turned for a second and he’ll be feeding her his baby crackers!

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween at Casa Holcomb. πŸ‘»
Starting to decorate the house. Party is in two weeks!

Gotta say, I like the look of the scary portraits against the aqua wall.
Really enjoying the scary portraits against the aqua wall.

'Sup, glitter skeleton. πŸ’€βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
And of course, the glitter skeleton.

Another beautiful Fall day πŸŒ²πŸƒπŸŒΎ
Mixed in with the rain and gloom, we are still having nice days like this.

Day 10: the blonde beehive! I don't remember buying this wig and I don't remember using it for any particular costume...but there it is! Huh. My 20s were craaazy. πŸ˜…
The blonde beehive! I have no memory of buying this wig or using it for any particular costume…although all of my photos from 2005-2007 are gone so anything is possible. It’s a little sad to me how limited my memory is unless I have photo proof. What would I do without obsessive documentation of my life?

9 months of Goo! 😍
Aw, sick Goo. 9 months old! 9 months of this sweet baby boy. I love him so much it catches in my throat sometimes. I sit and look at pictures of his face before I fall asleep because it makes me happy. I slept downstairs this week to spare Josh from my coughing and nose blowing and germs and for 10 straight minutes one night, we just texted each other pictures of our son back and forth. It’s LOVE.

Out buying vitamin C at Walgreens yesterday and discovered that they have a Day of the Dead section. Cool. πŸ’€
Walgreens has a Day of the Dead section now! I resisted. It was hard.

Day 11: the Courtney Love wig! It was called the "white trash" wig on the wig website, but I used it to play Courtney with Josh's Kurt in 2009. It has not aged well. πŸ˜‚
Oh man, the Courtney Love wig did NOT want to cooperate. I did two different sessions with it, a week apart, so I can’t blame the cold…and I hated all of them! The wig kept sliding back and not even my GUM would cooperate. Heigh-ho. What am I gonna do, throw her out? We don’t throw out wigs in this family!

Day 12: the Peg Bundy wig! Worn for Halloween 2012. It's cute. πŸ’–βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
Ah, the Peg Bundy…one of my favorites! I liked how this whole look came together. And being so sick, it even raised my spirits!

Yesterday's clouds were real plump and juicy. ☁️☁️☁️
These big ol’ cumulus clouds look like whipped cream…mmmm…whipped creeeeam. Oh yeah, speaking of food/my low-carb diet, officially this morning I am the same weight as my husband! FINALLY! I’ve lost a little over 50 pounds and only have 12 to go! YAYYYYYY I might even make it to my goal, which was back to my pre-pregnancy weight by December 3rd.

Yes! (thanks @madlymazzy) πŸ˜‚
Christopher sent this to me and I laughed and laughed.

Day 13: the pink bob! Always a good time. πŸŒΈπŸ’•βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
Finally it’s…the pink bob! One of my favorites, and worn many times with many different outfits.

party on, garth
Here’s Joshy with it on, HA HA. Ta ta!

New painting and spring flowers

New painting and spring flowers

Spring-colored cauliflower. πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’š
Happy spring! (cauliflower). I’m blogging today before Christopher descends upon us sometime this evening. I already took the dogs and baby out for our daily walk, now the baby is down for what I hope will be a loooooong nap because the last couple of days he’s only taking one nap a day. Oof.

The magnolia tree is beginning to blossom.
Here comes the magnolia tree! I’m hoping to get a few pictures of it in full blossom before the coastal winds whip all the petals off. It’s a beautiful tree.

Today's color: Aqua (thanks @richardquartley)
Feeeeling everything about this gorgeous aqua photo, spotted on IG.

Lucite grapes and Kate Moss (both still for sale). πŸ‡
Meanwhile, the Lucite grapes painting sits next to Kate Moss in the parlor. I’m thinking a mini painting of Lucite grapes might be fun.

Family walkies.
Out for family walkies. Look at that big fat baby! Not even three months old yet.

Spying on the neighbors.
These two always find something to bark at when I put him down for a nap. Kind of similar to how they would always bark every time I would take a daytime shower (a thing of the past!).

Switched to my springtime sunglasses. 🌸🌸🌸
My mother asked if I had abandoned my bangs already after she saw this photo. Nah, I just don’t see any point in “doing” them if my only activities are walking the dogs at the park and then breastfeeding allll dayyyy looooong. You understand. Sometimes I put eyeliner on, though. And I wear earrings every day. Trying! Trying!

White blossoms on our walk today.
Not sure what this beautiful white-blossomed tree is in my neighbor’s front yard, but I think it’s pretty pretty!

Beautiful sunset tonight.
Beautiful sunset out of the nursery window.

Flying baby alert!
Oh these two cuties. My mother bought him those leggings with the dino feet and I’m LOVING THEM. He has so many cute clothes (that he is rapidly outgrowing).

Think pink πŸ’–
‘member this heart Mandala? Still for sale. I knocked the price all the way down to 80$ sometime last year and then just kept it there.

New mini painting in my Etsy shop! "Love is a Glitter VW". πŸ’–πŸŒŸβœ¨βœ¨
New mini painting! This little baby is called “Love is a Glitter VW” and it’s available HERE! I love this one. Give it long enough around the house and I probably won’t sell it at all.

Gorgeous day out there! 🌞
Ahhhh Monday the weather was so glorious. I made it a point to get outside as much as possible.

Chomping on a strawberry popsicle and enjoying the sun with Bear Cub on Monday.
In the afternoon I ate a strawberry popsicle and romped with Bear Schnubs outside in the backyard a bit.

Bear Cub!
She’s always a happy Cub outside!

M.'s first trip to the beach was nearly foiled when Josh and I both got stuck in quicksand! Luckily we didn't lose shoes (or a baby). Siiiiiigh.
When Josh got home from work, we packed up the whole fam and drove over to a beach park that we hadn’t been to in a long time. It was M.’s first beach experience, and it almost went VERY BADLY because as Josh and I were strolling to the water’s edge, we both got stuck in quicksand! As you can see from the picture, Josh went in all the way up to his thighs. I went up to my knees, and after I made it out stood there with my heart stopped, watching Josh struggle to get free…all the while with the baby strapped to his chest. Luckily he didn’t fall, and we didn’t lose a shoe, but it was an overall SUCKY (ha ha) experience and now I don’t trust that beach anymore. Dammit.

Love rocks.
I did see a heart-shaped rock, though. That was nice.

Water dogs! πŸ’¦
Other than the quicksand, it was a pleasant experience. Maybe we learned a lesson here…don’t trust the shoreline. Especially when you have a baby attached to your body.

Graffiti in nature
I’ve always liked that particular graffiti: “Not all who wander are lost“.

Maude braids.
First attempt at Maude braids in a long time, yesterday. Today’s version went a little smoother.

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And that brings us to today’s monster butt! I’ll be back next week with pictures of our antics with Aunt Kissy. Always a good time!

Christmas, Christmas time is near

Christmas, Christmas time is near

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Hello blerg! Instagram and/or Flickr is STILL not letting me upload from my Instagram to Flickr, so here we go again using the “embed” feature on Instagram. I hope these pictures are showing up for people other than me. Can you seee meeeeee?

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It’s like, almost winter time and stuff. Brenna is having a party next week to celebrate the Winter Solstice, which I RSVP’d us yes to. I told Josh he should glitter his beard silver and gold for the party. Ooh, maybe with some tiny glitter snowflakes!

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My father rarely texts me photos, but he did send me this recently. Ah, “What About Bob?”! The gift that keeps on giving!

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Baby M. now officially has more clothes hanging in “our” closet than I do. Mainly because, at nearly 9 months pregnant, I only fit into about 6 of my dresses. Sob!

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I tell ya, it’s not easy, waddling around the dog park every day in these temperatures, with a pretty raging case of plantar fasciitis permanently in my left foot. It’s my blog and I’ll whine if I want to!

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Last Thursday Josh and I went to a late afternoon OB appointment, went to the gym, and came home to find that one or more dogs had demolished and eaten this ENTIRE BOX of delicious Pepperidge Farm cookies. I was a little worried about the chocolate in the cookies, but other than Maggie’s guilty dog face they seemed fine that night. Brats! Little brats!

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Woke up to this nonsense last Friday and was very very thankful that I had snow tires put on the car. Lots of my co-workers called in “sick”, and one of the nurse managers slid into a ditch! Roops!

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I even took the girls for a very short waddle around the park in the snow, after work. The park was filled with about 11 8-year old, rowdy boys. I hope that other women around my neighborhood are pregnant right now so Baby M. will have some buddies!

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I didn’t think the snow would stick around too long, and I was right. By Sunday the rain washed it away.

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Josh was able to make a snowman first. Those are my adorable ear muffs.

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Here’s our slightly pathetic Christmas tree, that we picked out in the middle of a hailstorm at Fred Meyer’s, dressed inappropriately.

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On Saturday we went to “Display & Costume” to buy some tiny Christmas ornaments for his beard decoration. I oohed and aahed over this section of glitzy ornaments for a while.

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Like these little chandeliers! Oooooh.

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Looking cranky because I had some trouble with the false eyelashes, which were more of a pain in the ass than I remembered. I bought some cheap eyelash glue from the costume shop, that was my first mistake.

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Glittered up for our Christmas card photo shoot.

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Smooch! I’ll post the final picture next. We used the actual camera and tripod, and didn’t feature the dogs this year, can you believe it?

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Here’s a sneak peak of the baby quilt Fleeta is making us, and I LOVE IT.

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We just discovered “Skin Wars”, and we’re already up to Season 3! RuPaul is one of the judges! It’s very inspiring.

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The “crossover” episodes with the queens from “Drag Race” are even better!

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Josh was flipping through one of those parenting magazines during my non-stress test yesterday, and showed me these BABY SPATS. Do you die? I die.

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Corinne doesn’t Instagram anymore, so I Instagrammed for her because I had to share this bubble backpack she bought to tote her cats around in! So far Edward is the only one who likes it. We always knew he was the coolest.

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This was today! You can’t even tell that three days ago there was snow everywhere.

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I did a little nesting this afternoon. Here’s Corinne’s baby blanket that she made us. I am 35 weeks and 3 days pregnant today, and other than feeling like a great big fat balloon, my biggest problem is that my feet hurt. Not too much to complain about. Now I need to go eat! Ta ta, blog!

Dog training, painting away stress, and home improvements

Dog training, painting away stress, and home improvements

Fall doesn't need a filter 😍
Hiya blog! I am sleep deprived currently so here comes a ramble. Would you look at those beautiful Fall colors though? Siiiiigh….

Things are gettin' real around here.
Josh took this last night and it made me laugh so hard for so long that of course I had to put it on social media and then text it to everyone because that’s what you DO, right? Right.

Gorgeous Fall day today. 🌲
Last night was the worst night of sleep I’ve had yet, but I suppose since I’ve been pregnant since the end of April that’s not a bad record, eh? (trying to look on the bright side) (TRYING SO HARD)

More progress. I had to work on it last night to Zen out after watching 20 minutes of the debate 😳
On Sunday we tried to watch the second Presidential debate, got 20 minutes into it and were both so disgusted and sick to our stomachs we put on “Ridiculousness” instead, which in comparison was practically therapeutic. I also worked on the latest Mandala to paint away the stress. This election can’t come quick enough, I’ve finally reached my Politics Saturation Point.

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
Hey now, who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? Ramp training went a lot better than I expected. For now I have the back seat of the car down so they can have the entire back of the car for a couple of months. I thought I’d gradually eeeeease them into their new reality which is going to be delegation to the back back of the car. The way back, if you will.

John Mulaney is so funny. If I lived in NYC I would definitely go see "Oh, Hello" on Broadway.
I’ve been watching a lot of Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix show while I paint. She interviewed John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, who do an obnoxious duo named Gil and George who apparently now have a show on Broadway! Good for them! I’d go if I lived in NYC! They make me cackle.

First day of ramp training: success! A string cheese may have been involved (for motivation).
I listen to a lot of stand-up comedy these days. Louis CK, Margaret Cho, Amy Schumer, Pablo Francisco. I’m even finally able to listen to Robin Williams again without feeling the sads. His routine about GPS voices made me laugh out loud at the gym last night! Can you imagine? A giant pregnant blonde lady waddling around lifting weights and laughing deliriously? Good thing I don’t have any “shame”.

Tonight we watched "psyCHO". Oh Margaret Cho! I love youuuu! 😻
We also watched “Psy-CHO” the other night. I’m relieved to find that my love for Margaret Cho is as strong as ever. Also a new revelation: she mentions wanting kids in this stand-up! I never knew she wanted kids before. Maybe the hormones finally caught up with her.

Headdress inspiration! (thanks @reformthefunk)
Kind of obsessed with Bert Stern’s photography at the moment. This would be so much fun to paint.

Josh had some "fun" hair this morning.
He’s growing out a beard but promised to shave it off after Thanksgiving (before my birthday). To counterbalance all that crap, he’s also growing his hair out. This was his morning hair the other day. I thought it was cute!

Anyone watching "All Stars"? I'm #teamkatya, but I love Detox too. Especially this outfit! πŸ˜‚
Speaking of that dude, I can credit him to discovering that we can watch RuPaul’s “All Stars” on vh1! Alriiiiiight. #TeamKatya again! (this is Detox and I loved her outfit)

The vanity I will eventually be moving my giant make-up collection to. I'm not in a hurry...still have 3 months!
I’m in the process of slowwwwwly moving all my beauty stuff into the office. Thanks to Fleeta for giving us this vanity and also letting me have the bench (after I begged). I think it looks pretty great against the acid green walls!

DIY'd some lights onto the vanity Josh's mom gave us. I'm sacrificing the room with the best light for the nursery. 😭 Does it need more lights?!
I bought these cool lights at Lowe’s that stick onto the mirror. They are remote controlled and dim and brighten, oooooh.

Happy Friday! πŸ’š
I still have three more months to utilize the good light in the nursery though. And I’m gonna use it.

Current inspiration to re-paint the dresser we scored on "Buy Nothing". Loving the ombrΓ© look!
Speaking of that nursery, we scored a free dresser on “Buy Nothing” and are in the process of re-finishing it to resemble something similar to this. I’m loving this ombre look on furniture.

Going to start ramp training the dogs for my Subaru soon. Wish me luck--one dog is 8 and hates change, one dog is nearly 11 and well, Maggie dog is many things but she isn't too bright! Sigh.
I’m trying really hard to recall what we did last weekend, and nothing is coming to mind. Harrumph.

Siiiiiiigh...(thanks @richardquartley)
Another Bert Stern.

Dog park yeah! πŸ’–
Who likes dogfriends? We like dogfriends!

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My dogfriends are currently passed out at my feet as I type this entry. I am 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and other than the heartburn, restless legs at night, and sleep deprivation…everything is FINE, JUST FINE.

Another minky/flannel baby blanket complete! Now I need to find some dinosaur flannel.
Three more months! Then it’s gonna be a whole new kind of sleep deprivation, right? Groan. Look at this adorable little minkie blanket I made for my son, before he started keeping me awake all night with kicks. Have a fabulous week, bloggeroonies!

Spring flowers, house paint and a man in a skirt

Spring flowers, house paint and a man in a skirt

Stepping on Matisse. 🎨
Stepping on Matisse’s head in downtown Everett. I haven’t spent a lot of time in downtown Everett (although there is a Hawaiian restaurant that I’ve been wanting to try forEVEr), but I know that we did one of our long practice runs last year there and I don’t remember seeing the artist’s heads!

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We had also never seen this fabbuu mirrored wall, near the Village Theatre. Oooh, ahhhh. Cool. This was last weekend, when we were doing a little exploring in a windstorm.

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These pretty white flowers are blooming in my neighbor’s yard. I don’t know what they’re called, but they scream SPRING! Speaking of which, my husband just informed me that today is the first day of spring. Awwwwrrriiiiiite!

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More colored glass that I did not purchase at “Home Inspirations” last weekend.

Couldn't resist buying these fun little vintage Japanese tea cups/saucer set. The color spoke to me. 😍
For 6 bucks a set though I could not resist buying 2 sets of these gorgeous little Japanese tea cups and saucers. We used them last night for our Sleepytime “extra” tea.

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The bedroom window. The bedroom is now teal and light green, we just haven’t put up all the art. Some of the art doesn’t go with the light green. I felt a little ridiculous paying for curtains from Cost Plus when I could EASILY whip some up…but since we had a gift card that guilt is alleviated.

What a beautiful day! 🌞
I always feel guilty spending money when I’m not working, it’s a curse. Hey, guess who’s working all next week though? ME ME ME! Finally. Actually I did work one day last week, I forgot about that.

Thanks to a Groupon, we finally got canvas prints from our Hawaii trips to hang in the kitchen. I took the top photo in Kauai; Josh took the bottom photo in Maui. They look so good against the aqua paint! I wish I was in Hawaii right now, mmmmm.
Thanks to a Groupon that Joshy purchased a few weeks ago, we finally got these really nice canvas prints from our Hawaii trips for uber cheap. The top one was taken by me in Kauai; the bottom one was taken by Josh in Maui. They really POP against the aqua paint in the kitchen.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear green. πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ€β˜˜
Thursday was St. Patrick’s Day, and even though my period hit and was awful (also 4 days late!), I smeared on some green eyeshadow and this vintage dress that I bought months ago on a thrifting trip with Fleeta and felt cute enough to take a selfie. I have about 3 eyelash extensions left on each eye. Did I mention that I’m giving up eyelash extensions for Robo Baby? Also nail shellac, but that’s mainly because a year of doing nail shellac has completely wrecked my nails. They’ve been bare for weeks. At first it was weird, but I’m getting used to it.

Wet pets! Pets who get wet! πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Thursday and Friday the weather was so gorgeous that the pets and I spent an extra-long time romping at the dog park. I just couldn’t bring myself to stay inside! On Friday we actually spent an unprecedented hour and a half at the dog park! It was glorious.

Maggie and Bear Cub made a new puppy friend today.
I’m still paranoid about the dog poisoner but I can’t let fear destroy the fun of taking my dogs to a park to socialize. I refuse!

I πŸ’š green.
The onset of two of my favorite seasons (spring and summer) means the return of all of my favorite clothes: my dresses. Yesterday I went through my closet and removed all the pants that don’t fit me right now…about 75% of them. I also took all the dresses that don’t fit me right now, folded them up, and placed them in the back of the closet. No constricting clothes! No tight pants! Stretch, baby, stretch!

A man in a Utilikilt in my kitchen. 😍
He wore his Utilikilt for me on St. Patrick’s Day, much to my delight. He’s training to run the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon again so it fits. I made him a Crockpot full of corned beef and cabbage that day, and tried not to get pissy at his beer intake. Ya know.

...mmm? Oh hello, Dream Bedroom! πŸ’šπŸŒžπŸ’•
Googling “bohemian bedrooms” for decorating inspiration makes me happy. Look at this room! It’s like my Dream Bedroom! Snivel sniff.

Trying to sort out the color of the guest room next and the indecision is strong. Looks like a unicorn threw up in here!
All of the paint swatches on the wall make it look like a unicorn threw up in here, huh? We finally decided on the primary color for the guest room yesterday. I think. The indecision was really strong for this room.

Waiting for slowpoke me. 🌿
Currently Josh is out running 17 miles. Yuck. I’m icing my back and my foot (getting old sucks) in preparation for a nice little 3 mile jog on the treadmill downstairs, preferably while watching something funny on Netflix.

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This afternoon we have an archery lesson that Josh bought us from Groupon. It was supposed to be two weeks ago but my back was really screwed up, so I bumped it up. My back is still a little screwed up but the show must go on!

Relaxing on the back patio with Maggie dog. The weather can't decide what it wants to do today. β˜€οΈβ›…οΈβ˜οΈ
Anyway how much damage can I do to my back during a measly hour-long lesson? (stay tuned)

These yellow blooms! πŸ’›
Also in my neighbor’s yard. I love these bright yellow blooms.

Bear Cub appreciating nature. 🌿
Ah, nature. Have a great week, blog logs!