Stuff I Love

As part of my attempt to blog more regularly, and for CDP purposes, here is a very exciting list of  things that I love.

  1. Dark chocolate
  2. Tea (Earl Grey, any sort of ginger/peppermint/herbal concoction)
  3. Owls
  4. HARRY POTTER
  5. Gilmore Girls
  6. Hot chocolate
  7. Nail polish (all the colors, especially sparkly)
  8. Purple
  9. Scarves
  10. Being a twin mom
  11. My iphone/ipad/macbook
  12. Tights
  13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  14. Tori Amos
  15. Books, books, books, all the books! (YA fiction, juvenile fiction, books set in Africa)
  16. Delicate jewelry
  17. Harry Potter (yes, he deserves mention twice)
  18. Fuzzy socks
  19. London
  20. Pretty Little Liars
  21. Teal
  22. Starbucks
  23. My wireless keyboard
  24. Samosas
  25. Switched at Birth
  26. All things etsy
  27. Stamped jewelry
  28. Sharpie pens
  29. Lush bath bombs
  30. You

Sunday Musings v.1

Just some random things on my mind this Sunday…

When I finish an ebook from the library, I return it within minutes of finishing it.  I often wonder if other people do the same, or if they hang on to the book until it expires.  Now, if I was checking out paper books?  They’d never be returned in a timely fashion!

Until this week, I’d never had chicken pot pie before.  It was quite the shocking announcement on twitter.  Here’s the thing…my mom isn’t the world’s greatest cook, and pot pie was just never something she made.  I’m not a fan of microwaved dinners, so I never bought a frozen pot pie before.  The verdict?  It was yummy, but tasted pretty much exactly how I expected it to taste.  Yes, it was good, but it didn’t rock my world.

I am suffering from a serious case of mom brain.  I can’t remember anything without writing it down, but I often run into this issue where I completely forget what I wanted to write down by the time I get a pen.  I’d really like my brain back, please.

Clipping my toe nails always makes me think of my dad.  When his toenails would get long, I’d tell him how gross they were, and he’d say the clippings would be perfect for making a stew.  Gross, right?  Still, it’s one of those memories that always makes me smile.

I’m sure I’ve shared this story before, but for some reason it’s on my mind lately.  Shortly after we moved into our house, someone knocked on the door around 10:30 at night.  He wore a badge, but was dressed in sandals and pajama pants.  Yeah…he was a bounty hunter looking for the previous owner of our house!  So crazy and random.

Anyhow, that’s what’s going on in my brain today.  What about you?

Things I’m Wondering Today

Why do stylists use so much shampoo when they wash your hair?

When did it become so common for teens to wear pajamas to school?

Why is is taking me so long to read The Time Traveler’s Wife?

When do I get to the point in the grief process where I don’t feel sad every day?

Why is it impossible for some people to follow simple directions?

Am I the only person alive who has no desire to own a pair of TOMS?

What should I eat for dinner tonight?

What are some good new shows that I can watch on Hulu Plus or Netflix?

Why doesn’t my mailman wear a uniform?

What are you wondering today?

A Certain Turn of Phrase

It occurred to me a while back that, while I generally feel that I write as if I’m having a conversation with you, I don’t often use a lot of the phrases that I would when I’m speaking.  If you were suddenly to have a conversation with me, you might be surprised to hear me say the following things…

  • Seriously. — I think this is probably something I tweet fairly regularly, but I’m not sure that I blog it.  For a while, on Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith was always saying, “Seriously?”, and it made me bonkers because I use it as a declarative.
  • Really?  Really??? — This is my, “Are you kidding me?” incredulous statement.  I almost always say it twice, and I say it with three question marks the second time.
  • Lord love a duck. — I don’t say this super often, but it does pop out occasionally.  I have no idea where I picked it up.
  • That really burns my cookies. — I say this when, well, something burns my cookies.
  • That’s a sad story. — I feel like this often comes off as me being facetious, but I don’t mean it that way.  You might tell me about how your car broke down or how you are out of Dr. Pepper.  I’d tell you that it was a sad story.

I feel like I had some more of these, but I lost them in the depths of my twin mama brain.  What about you?  Do you have certain phrases you use regularly while speaking but not blogging/tweeting?  If you know me in real life, are there things I say frequently that stick out to you?

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p.s.  So, in all my spare time, I decided to open an etsy shop.  I’ll do a full post on it soon.  It kind of got cleaned out over the weekend, but there are still a few cute things to take a peek at…and more coming soon!

Can We Still Be Friends?

I stole the idea from this post from my awesome friend Ginger.  You should be friends with her too!

Can we still be friends…

…if I don’t think Nutella is all that fabulous?

…if I don’t like honey crisp apples?

…if I think Friday Night Lights is a good show, but I don’t think it’s AMAZING?

…if I have all of the Harry Potter movies on DVD and still plan to buy the boxed set?

…if I just don’t get Jodi Piccoult?

…if I think Uggs are ugly?

…if I think you are odd if you don’t like cheese?

…if I don’t care if my twins are identical or fraternal?

…if I love those trashy Real Housewives shows?

…if I quote Gilmore Girls on a daily basis?

…if I’d rather stand around eating dips than a real meal?

…if I have an unhealthy obsession with apple cider?

Can we still be friends?

Accent Vlog

After watching accent vlogs on Lisa and Ginger‘s blogs, I decided it looked like fun and wanted to play along.  Apparently the theme of my blog this week is vlogging…and yes, I’m wearing the same clothes in this video as I did in the signing video.


 

Say the following words:
Aunt, route, wash, oil, theatre, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught

Answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that curls into a ball when you touch it?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?

So, what do you think?  Do I have an accent?

I Don’t Like That*

A while back, the very lovely Kate at Suburban Sweetheart posted about some things she didn’t like.  It reminded me of how good it feels to purge about things that I don’t like or that irk me, and I’m finally getting around to writing it down.  So, in no particular order, here are some things I don’t like…

  • Sippy Cups — Granted, we seem to be getting the hang of it, but sippy cups and straw cups have become the bane of my existence.  WHY are they so hard to drink out of?  I never had trouble finding a bottle my girls would like, so the sippy cup thing is infuriating.  (Please note, I really don’t need any more suggestions of sippy or straw cups to try.  Thanks!) I don’t like that.
  • The “If you hate cancer/love your daughter/hate child molesters post this on Facebook” malarkey.  Yes, I know, I know.  Only 5% of people will repost about how they love their mom…except it seems to be a good 50% of the people I follow, so the statistics are murky.  And seriously?  If I don’t post it does that mean that I’m all for cancer or that I hate my mom?  Oy.  I don’t like that.
  • Greek Yogurt.  I know.  I KNOW.  I can hear you now.  You all love Greek yogurt.  It’s the greatest thing that has ever happened in your yogurt-eating lives.  I just…don’t like it.  It’s thick and chalky and not good.  I don’t like that.
  • Pointing out that the food you are eating is organic.  You know what I mean.  “I had such a great salad yesterday.  I made it with organic romaine and organic tomatoes and organic cucumbers.”  Why do we need to know that the veggies were organic?  I mean…I eat organic food, but I don’t feel the need to point it out to everyone I see.  It always comes across as snotty to me, so I don’t like that.
  • Getting mad about seeing pregnancy/ultrasound/baby photos on Facebook.  I don’t understand this.  I mean, I get if you are struggling to get pregnant that you don’t want an ultrasound picture in your face.  I get that…but just hide the person.  I’m sure they aren’t doing it to be mean.  Personally, I mostly use Facebook to keep in touch with family, so all of those kinds of pictures go on Facebook because my grandmother wants to see them.  I don’t get why people are so opposed to it.  So, I don’t like that.
  • The Unknown.  Since Borders is in liquidation, things are obviously up in the air with Ted’s job.  There are some opportunities in the works, but no matter what, things are going to change a bit in our little family.  They could be great changes.  I just don’t know and I don’t like that.

There you have it.  Just a few things I don’t like as of late.  What aren’t you liking these days?

 

*Title of post must be said in really annoying little kid voice.  My dad would get it…

Ten on Tuesday

It’s time for Ten on Tuesday again…and I’m actually getting around to participating this week.  Yay me!  Thanks to Chelsea for hosting and to Sarah for the questions.

1. Do you do laundry all at the same time or a load here and there?

It used to be that we did laundry on the weekend.  Sunday was a pretty big laundry day.  Then we went and had twins, so we do laundry all the time.  It’s less frequent now that we aren’t going through 6 outfits and 14 bibs in a day, but we still almost always have laundry going in some stage…even if it’s just a gigantic pile waiting to be folded.

2. What kind of detergent do you use?

We use the Up & Up (Target brand) free and clear.  We use it for everything…yes, even baby clothes.

3. Do you use fabric softener?

Nope.  No idea how to use it either.  I just remember those commercials where the animated lady ran to the washer screaming, “I forgot to add the fabric softener!”  Seems like too much fuss for me.

4. Do you use dryer sheets?

Yup.  When I remember to throw them in.

5. Do you iron your own clothes or take them to a cleaner to get pressed?

Hahahahahahahaha.

Seriously, though, neither.  I just realized that our iron was missing a few weeks ago when I needed it to make Harry Potter shirts.  I’m pretty sure it broke well over a year ago and we got rid of it.  We fluff things in the dryer because we are classy like that.

6. Do you like heavy starch or light starch?

Ummmmm?  No starch?

7. Do you wash all your laundry at once or separate it?

Depends.  If I have enough to make two loads, I’ll separate.  Otherwise it just all goes in.

8. How do you separate it? By people or by colors?

Sometimes by colors, sometimes by big people/baby clothes.

9. What clothes get hung up and what goes in drawers?

My underwear, socks, and pajamas are in drawers.  I have a lot of folded pants and sweaters in the closet.  My shirts hang.  Ted’s underwear, socks, and t-shirts are in drawers.  His pants are folded in the closet and his shirts hang.  The girls have their shares of folded/hanging clothes too.

10. Do you use plastic, wire, or wooden hangers? Do they all match?

Cheap plastic hangers.  They definitely do not all match.

All of this laundry talk is making me feel like I should go wash some clothes.  Oy.

Random Friday Thoughts

Charlotte and Evelyn have never been the kind of babies who like being put in baby contraptions.  Neither of them cared for the swing.  They had luke-warm feelings about the bouncy seat.  The exersaucer was tolerable, but it rarely gets used.  They just aren’t into those things.

I am more than a tad wistful about the final installment of the Harry Potter films coming out next week.  Yes, it’s corny, but the books and films have become such a huge part of my life.  It’s the end of an era for a lot of us.  Still, I just keep looking ahead to the days when I’ll be able to share my love of Harry with my girls.

Despite the fact that we are currently working on no less than 6 teeth in this house, I have yet to purchase any sort of baby teething accoutrement.  Sure, we have some chillable teething toys that we got at our shower, but that’s it.  No Sophie the over-priced Giraffe.  No amber teething necklaces.  No teething tablets.  Nothing.  Do those things actually help…or are they just things we buy in the hopes that it might help?  I haven’t felt that desperation in regards to teething, so maybe we’re doing ok.

See this can of worms?  I’m about to open it.  What shocks me about a recent verdict isn’t the verdict itself, it’s the complete lack of understanding of how our legal system works.  Don’t people watch Law & Order?  Don’t people understand that “innocent” and “not guilty” are not synonymous?  Why are people so angry at the defense when the burden of proof lies with the prosecution?  Why isn’t anyone angry at the prosecution for not charging this woman with a crime they could actually convict her of?  I could go on and on.  Also?  I find that calling for the rape and beating of anyone is truly sickening.

I’ve been working on eating less.  No, I’m not on a diet, but I am trying to stick to a general calorie goal.  It’s not easy to train your body to stop wanting the 3,000 calories a day you previously trained it to eat.  So, I’m watching calories for the first time in my life.  I’m just trying to get a better feel for eating like a normal person again.  Mostly, though, I’m hungry.

Ten on Tuesday

This week’s Ten on Tuesday is a photo edition.  Be impressed with me for taking these oh-so-spectacular photos and getting them uploaded.  Thanks to Chelsea for hosting and to Molly for the fun photo prompts!

1. Your favorite piece of furniture in your home.

Glider in our nursery.  So comfy, plus great for baby snuggling.

2. Your favorite thing on your wall.

3. Your bed as it looks right now.

4. Your pantry.

5. Your favorite piece of jewelry.

Remember this summer when I accidentally threw away my engagement ring?  Well, Ted got me a new one.  Still sad about my original, but this one is quite swoon-worthy.

6. Your favorite book.

All the Ways I Love You.  One of those recordable voice stories, as read by my dad to my daughters.  Cue the tears.

7. Your most comfortable shirt.

This snazzy Old Navy maternity tank top was my very best friend during bed rest…and yes I still wear it for sleeping.

8. Your messiest room.

Yes, that is a pack and play full of clothes.  I wish I had time to be ashamed about this.

9. Your house shoes.

Socks when it’s cold, bare feet when it’s not.

10. Yourself.