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Convex star mirror

I have an obsession with sunburst-style accessories (if you do a search on ebay you can find the coolest clocks), so when I saw this relatively new piece ($49) at West Elm I ordered one immediately. I already own this sunburst wire wall art piece that they sell. Makes the interior feel just a bit [...]

Part of your world

Jon’s sister gave Leta this large plastic Little Mermaid doll that she carries everywhere. Only recently has she started to pronounce Ariel like it’s supposed to sound, whereas for months she’s referred to her as AWOL. God help us all if Leta finds out that Chuck has snuggled with this doll, we’d have to break [...]

Horizon in the high desert

Leta and I drove out by ourselves to my mother’s cabin in the high desert over the holiday (Jon was feeling very ill, part of the reason I left him home to go grocery shopping with Leta on that nighttime journey through Self-Checkout Hell). My mother watched her for a couple of hours so I [...]

We don’t recommend buying children at the grocery store

Because although this one looked sturdy and fresh on the shelf, when we got her home we found out she didn’t even know how to fix Mama a hot dog. Good thing I hadn’t taken the tags off yet.

Houndstooth coat

This is a bit of a luxury item that I bought a couple months ago at Express for $128 (it’s listed here on their website for $198). I had no intention of purchasing it until I put it on, and then some sort of magical thing happened, I felt pretty, and when Jon saw the [...]

Tastes like expensive plastic

I needed a place to store my fancy new bracelets, and luckily Chuck said he had nothing better to do.

Cousin Joshua

This is one of my sister’s twins, and he’s possibly Leta’s favorite cousin as he lets her boss him around. Here he’s playing with a pirate costume that my mom bought him for a dollar, but by the end of the day he had given it to Leta because she wouldn’t stop begging for it. [...]

Outsourced Caring™

(UPDATE: I opened up comments because I seem to have struck a nerve.) I thought that instead of regaling you with stories about our very low-key Thanksgiving holiday — lots of butter, high fructose corn syrup, and the occasional bucket of Crisco — I would treat you to a cute little tale about inconvenience, aggression, [...]

Peep toe wedges

I bought these black leather and velvet wedges on sale for $49 at DSW at the beginning of September to wear with a black skirt and opaque tights at an upcoming conference. They go equally well with jeans and a t-shirt, as long as my toenails are painted, and now that I’ve typed the word [...]

In the spectacular light at Grandma’s house

Chuck does the incomprehensible and balances AIR. ON HIS HEAD.