Category Archives: Mumsie

Painting and sewing projects

Painting and sewing projects

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Hellerrr, blerrrrg. I’m attempting to blog this with the baby in the room with me, so we’ll see how it goes…here’s Mumsie last week on a dogwalk with the baby. She left this past weekend, on Saturday morning. BOOOOO. Good thing she’s coming back for Christmas, with my father as well.

Met a new friend at work today. πŸ’šπŸ’™βœ¨
Look who I met at work last week! Jealous?

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I’m feeling mostly improved thanks to medications. Although I still don’t feel “normal”. Then again, who does?

Tongue out Thursday? 😜😝
Baby M. is 10 months old now. He is finally taking both naps in his crib, no longer in the car like we had been doing from 3 months to um…a week or so ago. Heh. He has 6 teeth (the four on top haven’t popped out entirely), is taking a few baby steps, can scale a flight of 7 stairs with ease (but has trouble getting back down), and smiles a whole lot. And his first intentional word was DOG.

Cold sunny Friday afternoon walkies. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒž
Here he is sleeping on our Friday afternoon walk. Crazy baby!

Is this the dreamiest building or what? (thanks @jasoncampbellstudio)
Oh my this building in Spain is dreamy. Can we go there please?

Enjoying the sun today with Mumsie. She goes back home tomorrow, boo! 😭
How nice that the weather cooperated during my mom’s last full day here and was sunny and gorgeous.

Currently. 🎨
Painting in progress: a little sugar skull for my Aunt Claire. She loves Day of the Dead as much as I do!

Finished the little sugar skull painting for my Aunt Claire! πŸ’–βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
And complete! I like this one. Next up I’m painting something for Erika.

Today πŸ’š
The daily dog walk, always and foreverrrrrr.

I made Josh this fleece cap today by deconstructing a beanie and then using it as a pattern. βœ‚οΈ
I took a little fleece beanie of Josh’s, deconstructed it, and used it as a pattern to make him a brand-new beanie! Now I have a pattern for all those future beanies I’m planning on making. Snicker.

Walkies today in between rain showers πŸ’¦
The beanie Corinne made me is getting a lot of use, lately.

Me working out this morning
Look, I even manage to find the time to fit a workout in.

Bear Cub's fur flying during our walk today, which managed to be sunny/rainy/windy all at the same time. Alriiiiiight.
Bear Cub’s fur gets ruffled during a particularly windy walk the other day.

I framed baby's first painting with a glitter frame. It coordinates well with Phyllis and the Kit Kat Klock.
Finally got around to framing baby’s first painting, with a glitter frame I already had on hand.

Finally reading this one (thanks @madlymazzy) πŸ’–πŸŒŸβœ¨βœ¨
Here’s a book Christopher gave me that I suspect I will enjoy reading if I only had the tiiiiime (the first ten pages have been great).

All dog beds must be approved by Mr. Goo.
Here’s Mr. Goo testing out a new dog bed for Maggie. He is currently throwing a baby tantrum because I won’t let him type. And it is LOUD!

Baby jail! He's very talented at climbing UP the stairs but still needs practice going down. πŸ˜…
Here he is in baby jail. Good grief, I may have to cut this entry short. WHAT A BABY!

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!

Baby antics, funny shows, and Grammy

Baby antics, funny shows, and Grammy

Grammy gives Mr. Baby his first bite of ice cream.
Heyyyy bloooog. I’ve had the “add new post” box up for three days, just waiting for the opportunity to write. And here it is! Here’s Mom giving Goo his very first taste of ice cream. We would have waited, but it was important to her, so we let her do it. Of course he loved it!

Catching up on a bit of luxury with Mom last night...classic episodes of Aaaaaabsolutely Faaaaabulous πŸ’–
Plenty of Ab Fabs were watched over the past week (mostly by me, but that’s okay). We also showed Mumsie “Office Space” for her first time.

"Beverly Leslie with your pants so tight, won't you be my partner tonight?"
And of course, per her request, some “Will & Grace”. I wonder how the new season is? Did Beverly Leslie come back too?

Happy Friday! Let's frolic. 🌞🌲🐢
She’s flying back to Boise this afternoon. Josh is driving her to the airport…while I go to the gym and go to the grocery store and frantically try to accomplish some cleaning tasks that are very difficult to get done with a Mr. Baby.

Beautiful sunny day today. 🌞
We went for a walk (or two) every single day that she was here. Sometimes she went for a THIRD walk by herself after dinner. This is a woman recovering from two back surgeries, mind you.

First full day away from my baby while Josh/Goo attend his father's bday bash in Spokane. Mumsie and I bought fresh books, gorged on Oreo milkshakes and watched "Will and Grace". Not a bad way to spend a day baby-free! (I MISS HIM)
On Saturday I let Josh take my baby to Spokane and back in the very same day to attend his father’s 70th birthday party. I definitely missed my baby, but it helped having Mom around to distract me. We walked, snarfed Oreo milkshakes and read books. Not a bad baby-free day!

I can tell Josh has been using my car 😝
A surefire sign that Josh borrowed my car: Paul Anka appeared in the front seat. Gross.

Beach baby β›±
Josh took the baby to the beach this week and let him stick his baby toes in the sand (and pulled him away before he could eat a mouthful of sand).

No editing needed on these stunning hibiscus flowers. 🌺🌺🌺
The hibiscus is doing great.

Somebody wants attention and her name is Maggie dog.
Maggie dog says heyyyyy pay attention to meeeeeeeeee.

Pops and Goo vs Pops and me πŸ’•πŸ’•
My father and Goo vs. my father and me.

Post-haircut: better! I only get my hair cut 2-3 times a year, always the minimum. The hairdresser suggested I cut my hair every 6 weeks...that seems high maintenance to me.
Mumsie and I both desperately needed a trim, so went and got our hair cut together. This is the “after”…I also took a “before” shot, but Flickr seems to have not uploaded it, and I am lazy.

Last shave ice of the summer! 🌺
My mother is interested in Lake Stevens, so we drove around the lake and also stopped for one last shave ice.

#fbf: my baby shower last November with Erika and @idahoagogo πŸ’•(I finally looked at the pictures this morning! πŸ˜‚)
“One last”…because as of September 1st I am officially on a low-carb diet. My weight has stalled with a whopping 20 pounds left to go for months now, and IT WILL NOT STAND. Here’s a shot of me and Erika and Christy at my baby shower last year…I finally got around to looking at the pictures Erika sent!

Nature walks with Mumsie. 🌾
Mumsie off in search of Maggie, who was deep in the forest eating something disgusting.

Bear Cub!
Bear Cub also ate something disgusting during one of our walks…she had a shit-eating grin! What gross animals!

Goo laughing at videos of himself.
This baby loves to look at pictures of himself. He sure takes after his mom!

Maggie is 11 years older than Mr. Bennett but they get along just fine. πŸ’•
Bob and Fleeta brought Mr. Bennett and the kids over yesterday. Maggie and Mr. Bennett got along famously. I miss my dogs playing together like that! It’s been years.

Family walkies! It's hoooot. 🌞
One last family walk. Luckily my mother is going to come back for another visit at the beginning of November. What will Goo be doing by then? Running, at this rate!

Mumsie is flying back home today after a lovely 2-week stay. We're going to miss her!
We’re going to miss you, Grammy!

Alright, time to get this carcass moving. Ta ta for now, bloggers.

Camping again, la tee daaaah

Camping again, la tee daaaah

Found some glamorous trash at the campsite.
Hola blog! I’m finally getting around to posting the camping photos from two weeks ago. Here’s some glamorous trash I found at our campsite.

Mr. Baby in the Great Outdoors.
The weather on this trip was really bizarre. It was still smoggy from the Canadian wildfire haze, and then about 90 degrees on top of that–HOT.

A sexy cumulus cloud last night. It was 90 degrees and so hot...and then this morning it rained for hours so we left early. Booooo.
Over the ridge we could see smoke from a fresh fire, building up into this great big cumulus cloud that hung over camp for a few hours. In the morning, the smoke was gone.

Maggie dog in her element.
The heat made us sluggish. We didn’t even cook dinner that night, just ate some cheese and meat and crackers.

My sweeties.
Mr. Baby loves to be outside!

The weather went from a clear 90 degrees at night to a chilly rainy morning/afternoon. WA weather, you so crazy.
The morning was much cooler. It started sprinkling, we figured it would pass…it didn’t!

The coffee was a little...chunky.
The French Press missed a few grounds.

So inviting πŸ’¦
I regretted not going swimming the night we arrived, when we were so hot. Who wants to swim in a cold river in the rain? Booooo.

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We ended up leaving about 3 hours before we normally would have, due to the rain. We didn’t mind getting rained on, pre-baby, but when you have a squirrel-y infant being cooped up in a tent isn’t as much fun.

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Still: three camping trips this summer, not too shabby! And we’ll get another one too, if I get my way.

Yellow grass, dried leaves, colder temps...I'm not ready for fall yet! 😳
It’s feeling Fall-ish around here already. Cooler temps, dried leaves on the ground, that inevitable “crisp” in the air…

Siiiiiiighhhh...😍
I mean, could he be any cuter? Seriously.

Who drives to Lake Stevens for shave ice? Meeeeee 😍
Firmly in denial about summer ending, I drove Mr. Baby to Lake Stevens and bought myself a nice big shave ice. Mmmmmm.

Such a relief to see blue skies again. I was beginning to think that wildfire haze was going to last for the rest of the summer.
At long last, blue skies again. Those weeks of smoke haze were no fun.

Are these the dog days of summer?
C’est moi. About half of my eyelash extensions have already fallen out.

Dog pack!
Dogfriends! Dogfriends at the park.

Electric pink πŸ’–
My neighbor’s roses are still blooming nicely. Ours died weeks ago.

The scarlet begonia is really flourishing! πŸ’₯
The scarlet begonia, however, is doing great! It has tripled in size.

August is always a little melancholy 🌾
Pretty soon the blackberries will be ripe to pick.

Mmmm
So close!

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Bear and baby.

This Life Alert guy is kinda hot. Maybe I need to fall and then not get up. πŸ˜‚
This Life Alert guy is kinda hot, yeah? Should I fall and then not get up?

Grampy Steve and Mr. Baby.
Guess who came for a visit? My father flew over last Friday, and stayed through the weekend. My mother flew over the following day, and is still here.

Just the girls and I for today's dogwalk. 🌾
Every day I have to pressure her into staying longer. She’s recovering from her second back surgery this year, and subsequently cannot pick up Mr. Baby, or do household chores.

Mom and Goo.πŸ’™
She therefore feels that she is being a “burden”, so every day I have to stress that it is important that she is spending time with the baby, and she won’t be able to see him again until Christmas, likely. Who cares if she can’t pick him up off the floor? Who cares if she can’t do laundry? NOT ME.

Sweetness. πŸ’•
They only get to be babies once. This is a special time.

Happy Goo.
Look at that happy Goo!

Mother and daughter. πŸ’•
We go for short walks every day, and eat ice cream every night. Not a bad way to spend August!

Walkies. 🌾
Meeting new dogfriends along the way.

Hey Bear!
Now that Mr. Baby is crib trained for night, I’m working on the nap crib training. Yesterday afternoon it took him a whopping 45 minutes of flopping/sitting up/fussing…for an hour long nap. This morning it took 25 minutes. Improvement!

Verdict: gross. Maybe people only like this if they have forgotten what real ice cream tastes like?
One word regarding this B.S. posing as ice cream: YUCK.

Hey, that catches us up! See yer later.

The Big Ol’ Recap

The Big Ol’ Recap

Heyyo! Happy end of 2015! It’s that special time of year when I spend an hour or so reviewing just what exactly it was that I spent the last year doing…or at least, what I SAID I did on my blog. Heh heh heh.

January

Had my tri-annual haircut today from my favorite stylist.
Tri-annual haircut from Erika…always a pleasure.

shaved back
I had her do something I should have been doing for years: shaved the nape of my neck, where I always grow these awful wispy hairs that I pull on. No more wisps!

Kissy and Lizzy
Kissyfur visits and we all go out to see Dame Edna! Hooray! Totally worth it.

I finally have an easel like a "real" painter! Score! 🎨
I paint with my new easel like a “real” artist! Or maybe…an artist with better posture. Heh.

February

Made these two little skirts last night.
Made these cute little corduroy skirts.

Glamming up. πŸ’–
Got some highlights from Erika! What kind of weirdo gets highlights in winter? THIS ONE.

I decided a few weeks ago to quit 1 of my 2 jobs. Today was my last day at 1 of the jobs, and here I am sitting on my boss's desk, pouting. Change is hard sometimes.
Quit one of my two jobs. At the time I was kind of bummed, but I’m glad I did.

fancy stump
We visited Mukilteo for the first time.

Say hello to my little friend. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’™
Met this dude! Bah ha ha.

lovely ladies
Housewarming party!

March
NOT MUCH. Seriously.

April

the Butchart Gardens
Joshy and I go to Victoria BC and visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens! Can you even believe how gorgeous this is?

Birthday boy with his "Violet Martini". I was so disappointed that it didn't match his shirt.🍸
Fancy dinner out for Josh’s birthday.

Joshy at Pike Place. We bought salmon and some gorgeous produce.
A visit to Pike Place Market (always a good time).

May

My first mandala painting. I inked the design on the canvas so I can fill it in like a coloring book (very satisfying).
I start my very first Mandala painting! Incidentally, I started noticing this year a HUGE trend for adult coloring books–for Mandalas. Gee, I’m such a trend setter.

My Couch to 5K training grounds 🌲
I begin running at the park with the girls every other day. First I did a couch to 5K program, then a 10K, and eventually I trained for a half marathon.

June

Horizontal camping!
This year was so unusually hot, we were able to start camping in June! Yes!

Lizzy and Joshy
Josh’s cousin Chris and Hailey’s wedding.

Mom and Josh at Anthony's in Everett. YUM. 🐠
My parents come over for a visit and see the new house for the first time. We eat good food, and even drive to Whidbey Island.

Lizzy art II
I do another art show for RAW artists! They love me. This is my third show with them.

s and s at pike place market
Stewart and Stephanie come for a visit on their way to Hawaii, and we take them to Pike Place Market. I saw the gum wall for the first time!

July

teal and green
Camping trip number two, this time to Hyas Lake, one of my favorite spots. Isn’t it beautiful?

I rescued this sad Betta fish from work. I've rescued a Betta before, and Seymour lived a long time, so I think of myself as the "Betta Whisperer". I named this guy Angus. I just ordered him a "hammock" shaped like a leaf and I'm excited about it!
I rescue Angus, a sad Betta fish, from work. He’s doing great!

rainbow mandala 1
I finish this rainbow Mandala, and sell it! Woo hoo!

Flushed and sweaty, hiking in 85-degree July heat. And Josh's uncle says hiking isn't a "sport". Ha! (tell that to my calves today)
We hike up Tiger Mountain (in 85 degree heat) to watch Mike paraglide down.

Home renovation weekend: pulling up carpet smelling of cat piss from the previous owners and replacing it with laminate. I feel very "grown up" 🏑
Our first major home renovation project: pulling up the cat-piss stinky carpet left from the previous owners in the living room and replacing it with laminate.

nature poser
Our infamous hike to Snow Lake, where my iphone takes a dip in the water by mistake. They don’t like that.

August

on the pier
We celebrate our 7th anniversary.

Metallic Mandala on wall
I finish up this dude.

Liz and Josh and the Seven Year Itch
We REALLY celebrate our anniversary a couple weeks later, dressing up and watching the movie and everything. Good times!

pre Bubble run faces
The Bubble Run 5K. Boy do I look orange!

Maggie takes in some nature
Day hike to Lake 22!

puppy love
My annual visit to Boise, this time with a new puppy who chewed on me the entire time.

September

trail start
Camping with Mike at Glacier Lake! Not the first time I’ve been snowed on during a summer camping trip either, mind you. Although last time I was on mushrooms! Ha ha! Memories are fun.

Maggie on guard
Final camping trip at our old stand-by, near Cle Elum. Bliss.

J and L on the Rainbow Bridge
We fly to NYC! My first time. So wonderful. I wanted to go back immediately.

October

post run triumphant faces
I complete my very first half marathon! I spent months training for it. Totally tolerable at the time…but then two and a half weeks of the WORST foot pain afterwards, during which time I became very bitter. I have bought myself some extremely expensive running shoes and plan on getting back to it real soon.

Re-united with my Number One Gay (Bear Cub puts up with a lot). πŸŒˆπŸ’šπŸŒŸ
Kissy came back into town to dogsit for us during New York, then we had some Good Times afterwards.

Blue again! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
He also dyed Josh’s hair, and we’ve been dying it fun colors ever since.

Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ’€
We dressed up as the Countess and Donovan from “American Horror Story” for Christmas, and entertain hordes of trick-or-treaters on our doorstep, a fun change from our last house. I was thankful we didn’t throw a party–crippled with cramps with a tight white dress! Boo, indeed!

November

floral 1
Another Mandala painting complete! I could kick myself for forgetting to display it in the art show this month. Not that it would have sold, heh heh sigh.

Thanksgiving dinner success!
Thanksgiving at grandma’s house. Jsoh embarked on a diet soon after this, and he’s actually been sticking with it.Β 

December

Oh yeah baby ☁️☁️☁️
We celebrate my birthday at a really posh hotel downtown, followed by Moroccan dinner. Mmmmm.

Tonight Joshy bought a chunk of art.
I participate in Owen’s annual art show downtown. Josh purchases a hunk of art from this dude.

Frances surrounded by her grandchildren (and a few great-grandchildren).
We spent Christmas Eve with one half of Josh’s family, Christmas morning by ourselves, and the rest of Christmas with the other half of his family! Plus his grandmother’s 90th birthday party. AND A LOT OF COOKIES, FLEETA.

Looking back it seems as though 2015 was a pretty damn good year. I have a steady job, nice house (finally), no major stress…everything has fallen nicely into place to make 2016 the year of ROBO BABY! Feel free to offer male baby names in the comments. See ya next year!

Too much but never enough Tear it up and watch it fall*

Too much but never enough Tear it up and watch it fall*

Hug a dog today! πŸ’–

Hey dudes! Happy SaturGay. Josh and I slept in until an impressive 8 A.M. this morning…that never happens.

Sunset through the beauty room window this evening. ⛅️

I had a completely average work week. Ran twice, each time, less than two miles, each time my foot hurt worse the next day. NO BUENO. As is typical in my life, I finally start to enjoy exercise and now I’m wounded. Whiney whine whine.

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Other news: I have an appointment at the fertility clinic next month to consider Robo Baby options. That’s riiiiiight. I basically took all of 2015 off from being concerned about making a baby, and now I’ve decided to um, be concerned again. Robo Baby, ahoy!

Ohhh the possibilities! 😍🌟✨

I feel very relaxed about the whole idea. I guess I AM ready. It certainly took a while.

Hawt. πŸ’ͺ

Meanwhile in preparation of packing another 30 pounds onto my already not-needing-any-extra-weight bod, AND with the strong desire of core strengthening, Josh and I have started a weight-training program. It’s from a weight-training book I’ve had since oh, 2012 or so. Heh heh heh sigh.

Maggie is like, so OVER Halloween already.

Maggie is like, so OVER Halloween already.

Welcome to your nightmares.

Posting pictures of these masks every year guarantees horrified responses. I can barely tolerate it when Josh puts this one on. Noooooo!

Phyllis is getting the glitter treatment today. And I'm dangerously close to running out of my favorite neon glitter! 😿

I had a tragic accident with the neon pink glitter the other day, and now it accidentally has yellow and green mixed into it. Tragic indeed, because I have not been able to find neon glitter of this caliber for YEARS, and I do mean, YEARS. I’ve been parceling it out in tiny increments and always pouring it back into the bottle because I treasure it so.

Painting workstation, currently. I'm watching a doc about Richard Pryor. 🎨

I ordered a couple of neon glitter samples from two sellers on Etsy so that I can finish the Phyllis painting, but of course they aren’t as good as my favorite neon glitter. Should I look into making my own glitter? I mean…really.

Two new additions to my turban collection. The white one is for my Halloween costume. 🌟

The hot pink turban I bought at Patricia Field in NYC for something like 6 bucks…now I kind of wish I had gotten one in every color of the rainbow. The white turban is for my Halloween costume. I’m tempted to cover it with sequins.

The main part of my Halloween costume arrived today. I'm not a fan of white clothes...they always seem like a blank canvas to me. 🎨

Here’s the dress part of my costume…first try-on. Needs undergarments. Spanx are the devil!

I πŸ’™ Amy Schumer.

Have you seen the latest Amy Schumer stand-up, “Live at the Apollo”? We had a few chuckles, but agreed that it wasn’t as funny as some of her other work.

These "Chinese Lantern" plants are awfully cute. πŸŽƒ

I spied these “Chinese Lantern” plants at the hardware store and thought, “Awwww…I want one!” immediately followed by the thought, “Awwww…I’d kill that!

This is how my husband spelled "cream cheese" this morning. How concerned should I be?

This is how my husband recently spelled “cream cheese” on the grocery list. On a scale of 1 to 10, how concerned should I be?

Much needed/appreciated post-work dog park sun therapy today. Whew. 🌞

Outdoor sunshine dog therapy is the best therapy.

Color coordination: a celebration. πŸ’™

Cheap-o turquoise jewelry from an Indian vendor in NYC. It coordinates so well with the kitchen!

My mother said these floral curtains have "angels all over them!", and now I always see the angels. Love you, Mom. πŸ˜‡

My mother squealed during her last visit, “Liz, those curtains have angels all over them!” and now I always see the angels. πŸ™‚ Love you, Mumsie.

Siiiighhhhh 😍

Last Wednesday’s episode of AHS not only featured the introduction of Angela Bassett as a sort of Pam Grier-esque badass, but an entire fashion montage of Angela and Lady Gaga’s costumes over several decades! Ooooh!

Everything on this page looks good to me, "Elle" magazine. 🌸

I’ll take everything on this page, thanks, “Elle” magazine.

Cute? Not really, but the Brooks "PureConnect" line is the most comfortable running shoe I've ever owned. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’ͺ

My new running sneakers, the Brooks PureConnect 4’s. Not the cutest, and with WHITE SOLES (you know how I feel about white), but they feel so niiiiice.

Forgot my gloves today at the dog park, but luckily Bear Cub kept me warm. πŸ’•

I haven’t transitioned into thinking about cold weather yet, and keep forgetting a hat and gloves at the dog park. Luckily Bear Cub’s fur is really thick right now.

Ohhh Friday I'm glad you're here again. πŸπŸ‚πŸƒ

Who doesn’t love this time of year?

Breakfast for dinner is the πŸ’£

As it turns out, the parade of carbs and sugars we’ve been eating since our return from NYC has been doing us zero favors (bloated stomachs and zitty skin), but I strongly felt before returning to a low carb (ish) eating plan I really really needed sausage and blueberry pancakes for dinner. We had this last night, and it was heaven.

Today we are going out thrifting to purchase the rest of our costume needs. Christy is coming over for dinner tonight, and I’m making chicken yakisoba, because at least then we’ll be eating some vegetables along with our carbs!

* Lyrics from this song, which I heard on AHS and enjoyed.

Friday Instagram Superpost

Friday Instagram Superpost

Hey buddies. I thought I’d kick off Labor Day weekend with an INSTAGRAM SUPERPOST! ie, posting all of the IG photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks so I can, um, move on with my life.

Mother and daughter Butter Pecan Flavor Burst Good Times! 🍦🍦

How did I forget to post this picture of Mom and I during my Boise chronicles? It’s one of my favorites from the entire trip! Sitting outside Delsa’s with butter pecan Flavor Burst cones (note the size of mine compared to hers, bwa ha haaaaaaa).

“Did you whiten my teeth?” she asked me when she saw this photo.

“Yep!” I do that, you know. Free of charge. ‘Cause I care.

...and Wild Animal Number Two, as well! Have you hugged your dog today? πŸ’•

Bear Schnubs and I at the dogpark yesterday.

TGIF! I'll be spending my weekend with Wild Animal Number 1...

She cuddled up to me while I threw the ball for this wild animal.Β 

Turns out this polyester dress I've owned for __ years is perfect for #gameday (I don't watch the game but I care about the emotional stability of those around me ha haaaa). πŸ’šπŸ’™
Yesterday’s work outfit, minus the short-sleeved cardigan I wore over the top. It was a Seahawks game day, and as it turns out, this polyester green and blue dress I bought 10,000 years ago has Seahawks colors, delighting most of my patients, who are fans.

My new glasses. Can you tell I'm a fan of Dame Edna?! πŸ‘“

My new, ridiculous glasses from Zenni that only set me back 30 clams (well, 30 for the frames at any rate). I’ve always wanted cat-eye glasses and when I saw these online, they just screamed LIZ BUY ME and who could resist? So Dame Edna!

It’s official,” Christopher texted to me when I sent him this picture. “You REALLY are a fag!

Thank you,” I replied.

We finally agreed on a color: chartreuse! πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’š

After smearing 8 different shades of green on the office walls, Josh and I finally came to an agreement on chartreuse. Hurrah!

I was kinda critical of the previous owners' painting job until Josh and I re-painted the office. Ha!

Whoops! Apparently even using painter’s tape doesn’t guarantee a clean edge. Well, it WAS my first time ever painting an entire room, I expected mistakes. In fact, that’s why I wanted to paint the office first, because it’s a room that neither one of us care too much about.Β 

Bear Cub does not enjoy riding in the car. πŸ‘Ž

Josh brought the girls to the airport to pick me up on Sunday. Here’s Bear Cub looking supremely uncomfortable on the drive home. Poor little Cub!

Little Fluffy Clouds ☁️

Yesterday at the dog park I had the unique experience of having both sunshine piercing my eyeballs AND little droplets of rain showering on my head. No rainbow though. Harrumph.

Testing kitchen paint colors last night while listening to the Die Antwoord Pandora station. The letters match the color names. Which one is your fave? πŸ’™

The current state of the kitchen. Josh talked me into choosing two colors, so we are going with A (Art Deco Dreams) for the main kitchen color and P (Dip in the Pool) for the dining room. Mmmm, aquaaaaa.

Recent important additions to our cd collection 🐢

Recent important additions to our c.d. collection. I can listen to this song a LOT before I get sick of it.Β 

Hooray! "How to Get Dressed" by one of my fave @xojanedotcom writers, @alisonfreer arrived! Already I'm loving the chapter on laundry (and relieved that I'm doing it mostly right) ✨

I’d had this book in my wish list for a long time and went ahead and ordered it recently. I was relieved while reading the chapter on laundry to discover that I’m doing it mostly right! Mostly.

Oh Baddiewinkle! βœ¨πŸ’šβœ¨

Not into Baddie Winkle yet? You should be! She basically has my dream wardrobe.

Hangin' with my homies. 🎾

Celebrating National Dog Day with a couple of dogs.

Hmmmm...πŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ‰

Surprisingly tasty!

1985?! This chick looks like a modern-day hipster.

Hey nostalgic weirdos (like myself), did you know that Old School episodes of “Reading Rainbow” are on Netflix? I couldn’t believe this chick from the first episode (1985!), looking exactly like a modern-day hipster. The more things change, eh?

Recovering from a root canal, and the dogs are being very sweet. πŸ’›

Last Monday, root canal day. Being comforted by Schnubs.

With my Birthday Broad, @corinne_spoja πŸ’–πŸ’•βœ¨

Did I ever blog about The Broad’s birthday dinner? I feel like the answer is yes, and yet–I don’t remember posting this picture. I offered up “The Crab Cracker” in Kirkland as a possible dinner option, and she went for it. Here we are after stuffing our faces.

Celebrating the beautiful busty @corinne_spoja's b-day tonight with creme brûlée 😍

My Broad enjoying her birthday creme brulee. Josh and I split a piece of coconut creme pie with Lorna Doone crust that was incredible. Let’s face it, I’m basically only dieting now so I can eat my way through New York. Makes sense, rrrrrright?

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A little green-spiration at “Display & Costume” a few weeks ago.

Oof! That blog entry ended up taking a whole lot longer than planned due to about 42395482942534 different distractions. How do writers do it? REAL writers I mean. If you find out, let me know.