Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Oh yeah, hey there!

An email from a longtime reader last week reminded me that I have basically stopped blogging. The gist of the email was "Are you OK? You don't need any kind of help, do you?!" Obviously, I have the sweetest readers, right? But also...yea, I am a terrible blogger. And I have nothing profound to tell you today, but I will basically copy and paste the email I sent to her (minus the real names!) as a very brief update.


I know, I have become a non-blogger! I didn't do that on purpose, I just kinda ran out of things I felt like writing. I haven't ruled out starting again, but I have clearly lost my mojo.

Everything is just fine! The girls turned four in April and keep us generally busy and usually pretty tired:-). Munchkin just finished her Freshman year and is busy being utterly fabulous...she was in New York last weekend, at the beach through this weekend, then off to London for a few days and then Paris for about a week. Then back to the beach, and likely to Nice later this summer. It's a tough life!

And Smoking Hot Roommate is pregnant! {some additional color deleted}

Other than that, we're just getting ready for summer. {more deleted}. The Boy and his siblings convinced his Dad to sell the house (they are from about 20 miles from Boston) and move closer to us and Twin Sister. That should be wrapped up in about a month, which will be really nice. And The Boy's older sister is very unexpectedly and hilariously not intentionally pregnant, too:-)

Hopefully, Tinkerbelle is coming out to visit at some point this summer, but she is a petulant teenager, so that is always up in the air! She's sort of a handful, but she still (basically) listens to me, so I like to try and give her Mom a break whenever I can! She's just a really tough personality at a tough age right now:-)

Big Sis is good, too...her oldest is the same age as mine, and the youngest is two. And Papa Bear is about five years behind on his promise to retire!


So, there is my very sad recap of the lat three months or so. Maybe, just maybe, this will prompt me to blog more than once a quarter, huh?

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Deteriorating at a rapid pace

Last Wednesday evening, I managed to acquire a short-term stomach virus. The good news is that it came and went in about 16 hours. The bad news is that those 16 hours were incredibly unpleasant...it was not very sexy.

But, I rallied, and felt better on Friday, and was back to 100% on Saturday.

Right up until I decided that it would be a good idea to chase the girls in circles around the dining room table. I remember thinking "This is probably not a good idea. One of them is going to run into the china cabinet." Approximately 41 seconds later, I kicked said china cabinet, breaking the little toe on my left foot.

I'm sure I have some readers who have broken toes before, but for those who haven't...it is not really that much fun. It doesn't really hurt, per se, but it takes me forever to walk anywhere, and the color is really downright grotesque. I will spare you the pictures...but it looks kinda like it is about to be lost to frostbite!

Clearly, I am not aging well...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Winter, et al

Hey, check it out, it's that girl that used to blog!!! Sadly, this is {hides head in shame} my first blog post this year. And I would like to pretend that I had a really, really good reason for that, but the truth is that I just never really felt like blogging at any moment between then and now when I was near a computer.

"Hey, that's why they invented Twitter, you twerp!" shout the readers.

"Shut it!" says the blogger.

Anyway, we remain firmly in the grasp of a very cold winter. You would probably assume, given the constant coverage of the polar vortex, the incredibly cold temperatures throughout the midwest and the almost Biblically cold and icy weather in the South, that we got an incredibly cold winter. You would, however, sort of be wrong. Not that it hasn't been cold - it has - but it just hasn't been that much colder than normal. There was a day in January when the high temperature in Chicago was about 4 below, the high in Atlanta was 16 and the high here was about 17.

Not that 17 isn't cold...but it's not really newsworthy around here like those other places were. I feel like we had one or two days where it never got about 10, which is not really that abnormal. So, I don't want to say that we got spared the wrath of the cold that has blanketed the rest of the country, but relatively we got off a little bit easy.

Enough about the weather, though...

The girls are not really loving winter: it is often a chore to convince them that they should go outside on weekend days. They like playing in the snow, for a couple of minutes, but given the choice on a normal, cold Saturday, they would rather play inside all day. That usually seems like an acceptable idea until approximately nap time, when they get antsy and tired all at the same time, but not tired enough to take a nap and therefore just really kind of unmanageable... Which leads to some bribery "You can have hot cocoa when we come back if we go for a walk first," seems to work in most situations.

They will, gasp, be four in two months. Yikes. They start kindergarten a year from September! They are just such little people now...they can pick out their clothes and dress themselves and tell me what they want for dinner, or for lunch the next day, and tell jokes and stories and stuff. They have substantially different personalities, which is sort of neat, and they have really different like and dislikes (if you see then, MA is the one wearing pink...at all times...and LK is the one wearing blue or grey.)

And Munchkin continues to just basically be awesome at life. She and Frenchie are still "not together", although they clearly sort of are. She spent a week in Paris over his winter break, most of it with him (although she also visited her roommate). I dunno, it makes sense to her, and she seems cool with it. There are also some other boys, but nothing terribly serious. We still have dinner every Thursday, although we have branched out and don't always eat chicken fingers in the same place anymore.

We are also headed to Tortolla tomorrow for a very long weekend. Girls only! Kind of a last minute trip that can be categorized as a "mental health refresher". Smoking Hot Roommate, Big Sis, a cousin of theirs, Munchkin and I are going and the entire agenda is to sit around and enjoy the sun. Obviously, given my complaining up top about the weather, I am pretty darn excited for this. The Boy gets the girls all to himself, and he also gets absolved of having to buy me something for Valentine's Day. Maybe not a totally fair trade, but don't tell me I am not thoughtful:-).

Other than that, I have nothing super important to tell you, other than my current case of acute Olympic fever:-)