Posts Tagged ‘i love to watch tv’

being 10 things we did this weekend.


we have lice

after i took this picture, i threw some lice shampoo in my cart. just to be safe.

one. Josh made beer on Friday night, which means that I fell asleep on the couch before 9 p.m. It was lovely. For both of us.

two. Finally watched the last episode of Breaking Bad. Oh, Walt. I wasn’t as thrilled with it as I expected to be, since everyone who watched it a few weeks ago was FREAKING OUT. I thought it was okay. Just okay. I’m sad it’s over, but I was ready to move on.

three. Laundry. A lot of laundry. Both washing and folding. And sorting and putting away.

four. I thought about Christmas. For about 18-seconds.

five. A friend left a little splash of moonshine at our house on Friday night. It was mixed with apple cider and some other stuff that made it really good. I drank it. And I didn’t go blind.

six. I’m not sure how I got an entire two-hours to myself this weekend, but somehow, the stars aligned and I did. I used it to watch Pitch Perfect, which was brilliant if you love movies about a capella. And college. And 90s music. That’s pretty much the movie trifecta for me.

seven. We took the kids to the marina to ride scooters. That sounds weird, if you don’t know that the marina in Bellingham has a really great paved path that goes all the way around it. They scootered their little hearts about and the fresh air had them fast asleep quickly last night.

eight. Meg and I have been working on a huge coloring sheet and we worked all weekend and getting it done. Almost there. I love to color and admit that sometimes, when she’s at school, I sit down and work on it for a few minutes. My favorite marker is this pretty lilac-ish/magenta-ish color. Also, I’m six.

nine. Steak. For. Dinner. (I’m still full.)

ten. Stayed up way too late last night, working and watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey in the background. I try not to write pitches when I watch that show because I start to come up with some odd ideas when I do… We’ll leave it at that. #somanysparkles

What did you do this weekend? Raise your hand if you went to the pumpkin patch! (everyone.)

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being “just like the hamptons. only fucking horrible.”


fyi. video not suited for work. or play dates. or if your kids are in earshot. or if you’re sitting at starbucks.

I was going to write about something else today, but I can’t hold back this new obsession any longer.

Orange is the New Black.

At first, I was skeptical. This series is a Netflix-exclusive, which seemed to make me think that they couldn’t sell it to any of the major networks, so they just stuck it on Netflix and called it good.

But, I was so wrong.

I started watching it over the weekend, in between unpacking session, and got completely hooked. Like i’m-putting-the-kids-to-bed-at-5pm-so-that-i-can-watch-it hooked.

Add it to your must-watch list before the fall shows start coming back. It’s good in such a major way.

I don’t want to give too much away. Just watch it.

(are you already hooked? let’s chat. i’m only a few episodes in, so don’t give away any secrets!)

One of my fellow allParenting writers wrote this: 10 Reasons why you should be watching Orange is the New Black

being 14 random thoughts from bellingham.



1. I hear that it’s Friday?

2. I’m so tempted to take the kids down to Seattle this weekend to see Josh and help him out at the house, but I know that we’d probably set both him and the kiddos back a step, so we’re staying put. We miss him and he misses us. Just a few more days, right?

3. Tonight, I have a serious date with my email inbox which has over 300 emails to deal with. Not spam emails. Real emails that need real responses. (any suggestions of a place to go work in bellingham? somewhere that’s open late?)

4. Article of the day: Bloggers we love with books that we can’t put down on allParenting

5. Have you been watching The White Queen? I think it’s on Starz? It’s based on Philippa Gregory’s books, which I love (are you reading this, Mrs. Simon?).

6. I couldn’t find my calendar for about 10-minutes today and it nearly gave me a heart attack. Turns out it was on the front seat of my car. Also turns out that I need to finish unpacking and getting organized so that I can find my mind again. I think my brain is still packed in a box somewhere that says “Misc. Shit.”

7. Have you seen the picture of North West? Um, she’s a doll. I probably should say that she’s cuter than Beyonce and Jay Z’s little girl, but… Nice work Kim and Kanye. Now, let’s try not to make her an asshole, okay?

8. These boots. (need I say more?)

9. Meg, while looking at houses: “Mommy, does this house look like it comes with a puppy?” (no.)

10. Dear book club. Did you have fun last night? I missed you all. Who was the first to bring up the sex club? Love, Katie. (who didn’t read the book.)

11. I can’t even tell you how well the kids have been getting along and how good they’ve been since we moved. There have been hard moments here and there, especially without Josh here, but overall, they’ve been playing together sweetly for hours upon end and have been so helpful. I’m feeling very thankful for this smooth transition.

12. Today, I was trying to find those mason jar sippy lids online and instead of typing maSON, I typed maJOR about six different times before finally realizing why I was only getting camo flasks as suggestions.

13. The girls’ new school has early release every Wednesday. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet… It could be a great way to recharge in the middle of each week. Or, it could

14. Okay, now it’s actually Monday evening…

being 20 random things. summer vacation style.


note: it took me over a week to write all 20 of these, so… just go with it.

one. So You Think You Can Dance is back, which means that I’m going to cry over some crazy ass contemporary style dancing all summer.

two. I’ve officially survived two days of summer vacation.

three. I’m exhausted.

four. Can we just take a moment and appreciate this? Because, ohmygod. Andria posted these last night and I can’t stop staring at them. Seriously. Hello. Way to capture a moment, AL.

five. I organized my closet by color last weekend and there is something about it that is so comforting to me. Like, I can feel my blood pressure settle a little bit every time I open my closet.

six. We’re taking the kids to Wild Waves this weekend. Good idea or bad? I can’t decide. I’m hoping that it’s not raining, although, I’d rather have it be raining than crowded.

seven. I just browsed through the newest editions on Nordstrom and couldn’t find a single pair that I was obsessed with to share with you. Scratch that. I couldn’t find a single pair to share with you that was under $400.

eight. I think the most I’ve spent on a pair of shoes was around $250 for a pair of Frye boots. I’ve worn them about a dozen times in the six-years I’ve owned them.

nine. We took a little online poll about what Kanye and Kim would name their baby. My guess was that they’d name her Kanye West, because we know how Mr. West feels about himself. I’m pretty sure he only had a baby with Kim because he couldn’t have a baby WITH HIMSELF. I have to say, there were some pretty hilarious suggestions.

ten. Today, I calmed a frantic soon-to-be-kindergartner mom who was consumed with mommy-mill rumors. Can I tell you how fantastic it is to have your second child start school? I think I’m actually enjoying Meg’s kindergarten experience because I don’t feel like my head is spinning with the unknown. It’s really lovely.

eleven. There’s a new Kidz Bob version of Macklemore‘s Thriftshop. It’s pretty good. Especially when I still add the “motherfucker” parts.

twelve. We should go to this. Want to?

thirteen. I wish that my single girlfriends would give me little calling cards with their picture on it that I could discreetly slip to the single guys that are always working at this Starbucks. It would be so helpful. For all of us.

fourteen. Swim lessons. Every weekday for two weeks. It seemed like a really great idea when I registered and I’m sure that I’ll be pleased with the progress that the kids have made at the end of next week and really, they’re loving it. BUT, swim lessons is totally ruining the flow of my day. Lessons for all three kids, back to back to back, keep us there from 9-10:30 a.m. and by the time we get home, they’re wiped, hungry and semi-cranky, which means that the morning swim session is pretty much our activity of the day. Swim lessons, you’re cramping my style.

fifteen. My first book club is this week. From what I hear, I should hydrate for the next two days in preparation.

sixteen. I bought Macklemore tickets today. I originally had four amazing reserved seats in my basket, but something funky happened and the page accidentally refreshed and I lost them. And, I nearly cried. After trying for another hour, I finally got my hands on two general admission floor seats, which means that we’ll be in the crowd at the Key. Better brush up on those mosh-pit skills from the old days. (I’m not kidding.)

seventeen. We popped up to Menchie’s after dinner tonight, mostly to just get the kids out of the house for a few minutes and get some fresh air in their lungs before bedtime. I was disappointed with what I picked. Such a letdown. The whole thing tasted like plastic to me.

eighteen. Tonight was the first time ever that we’ve walked to Menchie’s without someone falling/tripping on the way there or the way home. It was a small miracle.

nineteen. My to-do list for Wednesday: Run. Clean the bathroom. Swim lessons. Play date for Janie. Housework. Eye surgeon appointment for Janie. Prep dinner. Work. Hopefully be in bed at midnight.

twenty. There is a jicama in my fridge right now.

being an oscars review. {part one}



Honestly, I have no idea who the host is. Seth MacFarland? Is that his name? He’s cute. Gay? He looks like a small little guy.

Does Ben Affleck have a square bow tie on? That’s interesting.

Here’s the thing about the Oscars — I don’t get half the jokes. And by half, I mean all.

So THAT’S Daniel Day Louis? Hmm. I was picturing a beard.

He looks a bit like that crazy guy that Angelina Jolie was married to.

No, not Brad Pitt.

The other guy.

Whoa. With the boo-ing. I like it.

Was Jennifer Lawrence the Hunger Games girl? I’m feeling confused about that. Katniss?

I like all of the pretty ceiling lights.

This boobs song is pretty catchy. Who’s posting it on Facebook tomorrow? I dare you.

Okay, too much intro. Can we move on to the pretty people please?

Still not that interested in Channing, by the way.

Charlize’s dress makes her look much bigger than she is.

Movie to watch: Flight.

Other movies to watch: All of the other movies they’re talking about.

Maybe all movies should be made using sock puppets. Think about the money you could save — each actor can play two characters at once!

Okay, seriously. Are we over this intro now? No wonder the show is so damn long.

I spy Helen Hunt.

Sally Field looks pretty in red.

I just heard that SkinnyGirl is donating $2500 to Dress for Success for every red dress on the red carpet tonight. Good PR work, Bethenny. (Thanks for the tip, Tina!)

Side note: I made myself a cup of tea (black, splash of milk) over two hours ago. Still haven’t taken a sip.

Actor in a Supporting Role.

Are they all over 70?

Yes, looks like they are.

My father-in-law looks slightly like Tommy Lee Jones. The one at the Oscars, not the one in Lincoln.

And, the young guys wins it! Although, he plays an old guy in the movie, so it doesn’t really count.

I think Jack Nicholson is asleep. Wait. Jack Nicholas? Which one is the golfer and which one is the actor?

I can’t tell you how much I love fast-forwarding through commercials.

Why does Paul Rudd insist on that horrible, horrible hair?

Melissa is so good.

The gathering on her dress is perfect. Ditto with the glitz.

I’m pretty sure that Maggie Simpson short is about 10-years old.

I’ve actually heard of Paperman. Oh yeah, at the Golden Globes. Nevermind.

I still haven’t seen Brave, but I know Frankenweenie freaked out the girls… and our nanny.

If you’re wearing a kilt are you also suppose to wear a bow tie?

Whoa. That lady went all the way with the Brave attire.

Pretty Reese. I think that dress was just on Project Runway this week.

Is Anne Hathaway’s dress from Jessica McClintock? In 1998? Yes, I think it is.

Please, oh please, do not let Anne win and make us suffer through another “humble” winning speech. I can’t take it anymore.

Do you think that guy had a blow-out? When I squint my eyes, I can seen him bald. I like that better.

His wife is super pretty.

Oh, Snow White and the Huntsman? I think I have that on a Netflix DVD somewhere around here.

I’m liking this new straight across bust line for the less busty girls. Totally flattering.

I really need to see Anna Karenina. I adore a good Kiera Knightly period-piece.

Oh gosh. That hair on the gal for the winning hair is not so good. How’s that for irony?

Halle Barry in the perfect dress to celebrate Bond.

Who is the girl in the crazy ass, low-cut dress that they keep showing? Maybe I should start watching the red carpet first.

I wonder if the Oscars get nominated for Golden Globes.

I love love love Kerry Washington. I do not love her dress. Or her center part.

Jamie Foxx was performing in Seattle a couple of years ago — singing, I mean — and I still regret not going. I think he was at one of the casinos.

This guy who won for the short film made the best speech. Loved the way he thanked his mom and dad. And wife, Nina.

I love the name Nina.

The guy with Amy Adams was not impressed with the “standing up for the arts” speech. Not impressed.

I always think Liam Nielsen is that drunk guy. Nick Nolte. They look nothing alike.

Sometimes, doesn’t it seem unfathomable that people lived in the time of Abraham Lincoln? It makes my head spin to think back in history.

Was that Coach Taylor? In Zero Dark Thirty?

I wish that they would show the actors in the crowd more. Come on, Oscars! But, I guess it’s not as fun when everyone’s sober. Unlike the Golden Globes.

I feel like Ben Affleck can never quite oppress his inner-geek. It’s always lingering there, right under the beard and the New Balance shoes.

Are the two Jennifers racing to the mike? It looked like it. Go, Jennifer, go!

Jennifer Garner looks so good. Perfect color.

Oh my, he’s talking too slow. The Jaws music is coming.

Salma with that high bedazzled neckline. Wow. It looks painful.

How interesting that the orchestra is in another building! I could use a behind the scenes special for the Oscars, please.

John Travolta is looking as Botoxed as ever! Although, I feel like his hairline looks a little better than usual, so we’ll call it a tie.

I like that everyone says Les Miserables differently — John put a lot of flare on his version. Obviously.

Oh my gosh. It’s only half way over? I can’t take any more tonight… Part II to come.

being 10 things from me.


iPhonePictures 703Flashback of Ev when he was just a tiny little thing…

one. I have an OMGmyheadhurts-type of headache tonight. I think that means that I got a lot of work done today. And, that I had a lot of ideas. Which I did. But still. Ouch you bastard. Go away.

two. Can we please discuss… Downton Abbey? The Bachelor? I watched DA over two days. Well, more like three. I watched some at 1 am after it premiered. But, I was also working and wasn’t fully watching it, so I had to go back and re-watch. Then, I watched some more the next afternoon, but fell asleep. And, I finally finished it up yesterday. It was everything I was hoping for. You? And, The Bachelor. I’m not really that into Sean. Are you? Too nicey nice. Those girls are going to eat him alive. I really hope he picks that Kacie from last season.

three. There are a million people I know on vacation in Hawaii right now. I’m having extreme jealousy issues.

four. Janie and I are reading this book together and we’re both devouring it. And, we just realized that there is a second book too. We read it together in her bed at night, after the little kids have gone to bed. We lay on her top bunk, snuggled under the covers. Janie puts on her headlamp so that we can see. There are often giggles. And chats. And sweet time together. I love the book, but I REALLY love her.

five. I’m itching for a new pair of shoes. Badly. I can’t even remember the last pair I bought. It’s been that long. I’ve had my eye on these for a while now.

six. Parents… You need to read this. Please. For the safety of your children.

seven. After this long school break, I’m starting to itch for summer. Trust me, I love having my kids in school. And, it is nearly impossible to work when they’re home — in fact, I don’t even try to work when they’re home anymore. Or, if they’re anywhere within a 1/4-mile radius of where I’m trying to work. It’s just not worth it. BUT, I love love love the lazy mornings of summer, the adventures, the lunch picnics in the backyard and the evenings that seem to stretch on for hours.

eight. I signed the girls up for swim lessons. They start Monday. There is going to be a lot of post-swimming ice cream trips to get us through the next 10-weeks of lessons, but seriously. These girls need to learn to swim and they need to know asap. (I like to say it A-sap, instead of A-S-A-P, in case you were wondering.)

nine. Here’s my Wednesday: Girls to school. Groceries. Finish up an article. Or 12. Get Meg from school. Quiet time for the little ones. Work time for me. Prep dinner. Play date for Janie. Bust out the door when Josh gets home for more work and a PTA board meeting. Crash into bed. (because thinking straight post-PTA meeting is impossible.) Also: Attempt to squeeze in a treadmill run. Write a few thank you notes. Write a few business New Years cards. Vacuum. Fold the clean laundry.

ten.  Now it’s about 5am on Wednesday morning. Just wrapping things up, catching another hour of sleep (I napped between 2 and 4am!) before Meg comes stomping down the hallway to watch cartoons and beg for a morning snack. Best news… that pesky headache is finally gone.


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