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being the day the scarf came out. {and other random thoughts}


fall scarf

I’ve had most of my scarves packed away and kind of forgot about them… until this morning, when I dug this pretty thing out before I ran out the door. I’ve missed her. She’s my favorite and makes up for the fact that I have bare legs and am wearing a light-colored denim jacket. (I’ve had mine for about 10-years, but you can still find them here at Nordstrom.)

The guys next to me are discussing airplane seats, at length. Although, sometimes, their conversation turns to car seats. It’s very confusing, and oddly enough, also very informative.

We’re taking family pictures this weekend and I am having a hard time pulling together outfits. Last time, the girls were in stripes, which is always fun, but I’m thinking about something a little cozier for fall. (spotted in those pictures: favorite scarf. i told you that i love her.)

I can’t believe that Kris and Bruce actually split up. Also, I spent WAY too much time last night browsing Kourtney Kardashian’s Instagram account. And Scott Disick’s. (you’re welcome.)

Pandora is playing all of my favorites this morning. Dirt Road Anthem. American Honey. Don’t You Wanna Stay. All in a row, at that. It’s the sure sign of a good day to come.

I just read that the rapper, Nelly, said that we shouldn’t have to pay taxes while the government was shut down and I think he’s on to something there. In fact, I say we hand the entire federal government over to the rappers. I bet you shit would get done. Kanye for President and Kimmy as First Lady? They’d get my vote.

Feeling thankful for new friends this week.

And, missing old friends.

Trying to get up the guts to make a work-related move, but oh, it’s so hard to step off of that ledge and into the unknown. Maybe a new pair of shoes would help.

My non-work to-do list: Clean the bathroom. Help the girls write birthday thank you notes. Fold the clean laundry.

I’m going to order some glasses from Warby Parker. Anyone have tips?

Dear Tieks. I’m stalking you. Love, Katie.

Josh has been having really bad luck since we moved to Bellingham. Things keep getting lost or sent to the wrong person or shipped to the wrong city. It’s very weird. I told him he needs to have a cleansing or something. Maybe get saged? Do you think the drum circle at Boundary Bay would work?

Every time we watch The Amazing Race, I always think about what we would wear for matching outfits. Does anyone else do that? No? Just me

They’ve cranked up the A/C in Starbucks, which means it’s time for me to go… Why do I always pick the coldest spot in the entire store? Brr.

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 7 things before i make the kids lunch.



1. They’ve having mac n’ cheese for lunch today. From the box. And not the organic kind. The kind with radioactive “cheese” powder. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

2. Tonight is our neighborhood block party. We close down the street and party until the sun comes up. Or, until our children start screaming. Whichever comes first. I’m bringing baked beans (they’re very good. my SIL’s recipe.) and cupcakes in cones for a cupcake bar. I love neighbors. They’re the best.

3. See that picture? That’s Josh’s view from work today. Straight from Jersey over to Manhattan. I might be bitter. A little. (a lot.) If I told you that I’ve never been to NYC, could we still be friends? I hope so. Although, I feel like if I went, I might never come back.

4. We had to cancel our plans to go camping this weekend and while I was really looking forward to going, I was not looking forward to packing, so I figure it’s a wash.

5. Article of the day: Should you leave Facebook for these family-friendly social media sites?

6. Did you watch the Bachelorette finale last night? Can we discuss how Seattle is such a hot spot for Bach/Bachelorette couples? Jason and Molly? Sean and Catherine (she’s from Seattle)? That dark haired chick who was the runner-up a few Bachelors ago and lives on the Eastside and is married to a professional football player or something? Lindzi Cox? And now, the adorable Dez and Chris (who I hear is even hotter in real life, per my sources). I thought their ending was the most genuine I’ve ever seen, didn’t you?

7.  To-do list for the rest of the day // Write 3 articles. Email a ton of people. Put the clean laundry away. Do that huge stack of dishes that isn’t doing itself. Get Everett to nap. Convince (bribe.) the girls to clean up the basement playroom. Clean the pink bathroom (yes, we have a pink bathroom). Watch something trashy on TV. Go to bed before midnight.

being empty minded.



I think my mind is empty today.

<Feel free to insert your favorite blonde joke here>

Here’s what I do know:

Meg has two big teeth coming in behind her two baby teeth on the bottom. We’re on Mission Wiggle Those Suckers Out.

Everett has discovered that putting things in the toilet is awesome. He’s obviously been watching “Sink or Float?” on Letterman again. Also, he’s not allowed in the bathroom by himself anymore.

I have a lot of work to do tonight.

I need to get groceries, badly.

Summer vacation is ruining my house. I think the entire first month the kids are back in school will be a fall cleaning session.

Book club is in one week and I’ve only read the first chapter. I mean, page.

I’m feeling a little stressed. A little overwhelmed. A little like I need to lock myself in a room and figure everything out and plow through my to-dos so that I can think again. By a little, I mean kind of a lot.

photo by me. flower by josh.

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 a guest post. {cortney}


I begged some of my favorites to guest blog for me while I’m away this week, asking them to send me their 10 random thoughts. Meet Cortney. I can’t even tell you how much I adore her and how much she makes me laugh. While we’re only just getting to know each other, I love her outlook on life and I can tell you, as a witness to them, that she has some really great shoes. Among other places, you can find Cortney at HaitiBabi.


  1. 8:43pm. Children in bed – check. Heating blanket on – check. Teeth whitening trays on – check. Urine cleaned off my butt and the toilet seat that was left on by my three boys: Ben 42, Oliver, 10 and Tucker, 8 – check. It’s MOMMY time!
  2. First Quarterly Relationship Review with my husband (AKA: QRR) 2013: Cosmopolitan Las Vegas or Aria Las Vegas? THAT is my question?
  3. Today my eight-year old son said, “Wow mom. I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day. I mean, New Year’s wasn’t a “real” holiday, but Valentine’s Day is!”  I want to know when did Valentine’s Day become a holiday?
  4. Odds are that it will be grey, cold, wet and crappy this weekend in Seattle. I have never thought of myself as a feminist, but I am taking a recommendation from a fellow 40-something female and have just sampled: Naomi Wolf’s Vagina: A Cultural History. Stay tuned…
  5. My love-hate relationship with Seattle continues. I have been following Seatown boy, Ben Haggerty, musical stage name Macklemore, for a while and feel like a proud mamma seeing him recognized in Time Magazine for reaching number one song without a record label. I relate SO strongly to the fervent individuality that comes out of Seattle and adore the creative genius that overflows from the Pacific Northwest incubator.  I just wish it all wasn’t covered in my great grandmother’s itchy, grey, musty wool barn blanket.  If there were more sun here would it be the same, just better?
  6. Output from my kitchen in the last three days: Chocolate chip muffins, brownies, meatloaf with homemade scala bread, sautéed mushrooms, rosemary roast potatoes and blasted broccoli, carnitas sliders with homemade sweet onion pickle, eight-layer fudge torte, chocolate mud bars, pancake breakfast, three-dozen Beyblade-themed cupcakes, multiple “Jamba” style smoothies… Oops, I lost track of the rest.
  7. Just inked the calendar. I am co-hosting a fundraiser in February for HaitiBabi with THE most amazing Spanish woman in Seattle. A book club at Sofia’s house with special guest, another phenomenon Seattle popped out: Maria Semple.
  8. Mental health needs to be a priority – guns should NOT be acquired by ANYONE with a history of mental illness.
  9. My ten-year old grifter made $16 from adults swearing at the Super Bowl party we went to, and then had the audacity to ask for $10 a week for allowance.
  10. Crap, I forgot to buy milk and the washer just dinged. There goes Mommy time!


And, Cortney’s cute picture too… just for good measure…

being a guest post. {sheena}


I begged some of my favorites to guest blog for me while I’m away this week, asking them to send me their 10 random thoughts. Meet Sheena, who is actually the brilliant mind behind The Invisible Hostess here in Seattle… and sometimes she lets me borrow her baby for the afternoon too. Also, how amazing is her hair?


1. Are you kidding me? Bill Clinton is a guest of the Betty White Birthday…excuse me, SECOND… 90th birthday special. Am I the only person on the planet that doesn’t get it?  I think she’s funny, I’m impressed at her sudden zeitgeist popularity, but I refuse to think her poop smells like roses. As creeper Creed from The Office so wisely said, in reference to following Michael Scott’s jerk nephew’s Twitter feed, “Everywhere I look it’s Betty White this and Betty White that. Finally a kid who’s not talking about Betty White.”

2. I laughed for five days straight and then cried for 10 when I realized the character I most identify with on that show is the weirdest.

3. I have an unhealthy obsession with eyelashes. Length and thickness – I have spent stupid amounts of money trying to figure out how to give myself my own lash extensions to avoid the monthly fill fee…ironic. The only reason I don’t get extensions, and this is not a lie, is every time I think of the money I would spend on such a vain alteration of my face, I picture villages in Africa that don’t have clean drinking water and I can’t do it. Stubby eyelashes = #firstworldproblems. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of unnecessary vanity rituals I go through on a monthly, hell, daily basis that are equally unjustifiable, but for some reason, eye last extensions lead me to think of dehydrated villagers and I can’t do it. Sigh.

4. “I am slowly realizing there will never be a time when I am “all caught up” so I might as well enjoy the hell out of whatever I am doing… I don’t want to let “owing” someone something stand in the way of ease — I owe myself my freedom, my joy, my engagement, my passion.” – Molly Mahar of Stratejoy.  This was a revelation to me.

5. If I could only wear one outfit for the rest of my life, it would be skinny stretchy jeans, boots, and an oversized sweater.  I always feel comfortable, yet put together in this outfit.  Like, “I’m an awesome Mom-on-the-go!” is what goes through my head.

6. I’ve had some serious “what am I worth” debates in my head lately and I have my husband and this lady to thank for sorting me out. Why do I place my value in our home on how much coin I put in our bank account? If that’s how I measure value, I’ll NEVER feel good enough. As my insanely supportive husband pointed out, my contribution to our home (childcare, housecleaning, general life organization) has a price tag and I save our home from spending that. My contribution also allows him the ability to do his job, so we can have the life we have. I wear a lot of hats — wife, mother, business owner, to name a few — and while the Benjamins aren’t piling up, what I do for our family means the Benjamins aren’t flying out the door either. Hey mamma at home or from your desk at work – you are incredibly valuable.

7. I have awesome kids. They are crazy cute, very funny and if I didn’t have to be sober for 9+ months, I’d totally have more of them. Who’s with me?

8. For my fellow entrepreneurs out there, my favorite piece of advice from entrepreneur Natalie Bradley is very simple: “Blinders Up.” What does that mean? Like a horse that is kept on track by putting blinders on its face, put up your own blinders and ignore what the people around you are doing.  Who cares what your competition is doing? Be your very best, be genuine, never be jaded and don’t waste your breath comparing yourself to others.  “Blinders Up” my friend.

9. A Generation Y Mother’s Prayer: “Dear God, Let those that value the privacy of intimate moments be damned so my kids aren’t cursed by the potty training photos I posted last week that will haunt them for all eternity.  May those that chose to not post every waking hour of their child on Facebook be questioned, ‘What are you hiding?’ so my over exposed son will have a one up at his college interview. May the video of my two-year old daughter running after a squirrel be considered a valuable workplace trait displaying her ability to work with others when she’s interviewing at age 32.  And may all of my selfy pics knock it out of the park on the first try till the day I die.  Amen.”

10. Can I turn this into a diaper bag?

11. Have you seen PBS’s three part series, Prohibition? Part 1 is the most fascinating.  What we consumed as a country that led to the prohibition movement is disturbing – and this is coming from a woman who doesn’t want to get pregnant again because she doesn’t want to be sober for 9 months.  The average male American drank the equivalent of a fifth of whiskey a day  – A DAY!  Just think on that for a minute. (Sheena wrote 11 random thoughts. She’s totally an overachiever like that.)

being a rainy tuesday 10.



1. I’m working this afternoon, which means I’m at my office, which means I’m at the Starbucks that’s a block away from my house. But, there were no tables, so I’m sitting at one of these ridiculous bistro tables and feeling like a top-heavy flamingo that’s going to fall over at any moment. I hope that there’s a small child underfoot to break my fall.

2. The girls are taking swim lessons on Monday nights. We’re at the pool for about an hour, between both of their lessons and I’ve found out, very quickly, that I’m not a pool mom. Being in there makes me feel sweaty and annoyed and ohmygod would you please tell your child to stop kicking the bleachers and is every book club on Queen Anne reading Gone Girl right now and are you people really showering your kids at the pool and putting them in pajamas and why didn’t I think to put some anti-humidity product in my hair before I left.

3. Someone tell me — how are the margaritas at the Great Wolf Lodge? Like, in the pool area? Can I order one at my cabana? How much do the babysitters that are going to take my children in the pools charge? Is the room service menu good? Wait. WHAT? NONE OF THOSE THINGS EXIST THERE? Fuck.

4. I’ve been running again. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

5. I didn’t tie my shoes today, which are my running shoes and I’m wearing them with yoga pants. I’m going for that effortless, overly styled athletic chick look. I don’t think it’s working.

6. Speaking of shoes. These are at the top of my wish list right now.

7. I’ve been trying SO HARD to get into Casual Vacancy, which is the new book by JK Rowling, but I just can’t do it. Has anyone read it? Should I stick with it?

8. Things I did last weekend: Went to the Alumni Lunch at SPU. Things that made me feel old last weekend: Being at the Alumni Lunch at SPU and realizing it’s been 10 years since I graduated. Things that made me feel young last weekend: The fact that most of the people at the lunch had graduated in 1983.

9. The number of emails in my inbox right now: 194. The amount of money on my Starbucks card: $0.34. The number of Weight Watchers points I have left for the day: 16. The number of miles I ran this morning: 1.3. The number of times I drove to Queen Anne from Magnolia: 2. The number of Advil I’ve taken today: 3.

10. Reminder to Sara K. Willy: Get me that salad recipe. You know the one.

Don’t forget about this sweet giveaway. I’ll throw in a pack of baby wipes to clean up your kiddos afterwards.

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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