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Hypnotized by a strange delight

Our lilac trees have finally bloomed, a little late this year, but well worth the wait. I brought in several bunches over the weekend and now our house smells like a very fragrant Granny who got all dressed up for a game of bingo.

Classic matching game

We bought this matching game at a local toy store a couple of years ago for Leta’s birthday, and although she’s only mastered the concept of it recently, I’ve always loved the illustrations. Particularly the vintage station wagon which she will grow up thinking is as archaic as a dinosaur. Remember riding in the back [...]

Salt and pepper

Little guy is getting older, wiser, better at convincing me that he deserves a large bite of my chicken. I challenge you to say no to this nose.

I was in the room when she was conceived!

This is the first time in a photo of Leta that the Hamilton genes have trumped the Armstrong genes. Holy lord, does she look like me here. What is this new feeling swelling in my belly? A mixture of joy and dread! Because I’m suddenly remembering my own puberty, and now I have years of [...]

From one of my favorite albums of the last year

This is Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, and his album For Emma, Forever Ago was written and recorded when he moved to a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter. Here he’s playing “Flume” from the album: It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but oh my god, [...]

Joslin

This is my new friend, Joslin, who was brought to the party by my friend, Kelly, and she made us all envious with her flawless, wrinkle-less complexion. Also, she’s related to a certain someone who is on a reality television show right now, so let’s just say that I am now less than four-degrees away [...]

No, I wasn’t punched in the face, this is just what happens when I weep

The past three days have been a whirlwind of chaos, and this is honestly the first moment I’ve had since Monday to sit down and catch my breath. I had planned to sit down and write about this funny thing that happened at the grocery store the other night, but right now I’m just too [...]

Tranquil mint foot soak

This was part of a large body-care package that Jon and Leta gave to me for Mother’s Day. It’s a foot soak that will be perfect for the rough edges that form from wearing flip-flops and walking around barefoot in the summer. Best part was when Leta presented the gift to me and I asked [...]

The law of being an outright turd

Coco is such a four-year-old kid in the sense that she’s not interested in anything other than what Chuck is playing with. She fought for that tennis ball for over an hour, and when Chuck finally got bored and relinquished it she stood there like, wait a minute. This toy is not valuable if my [...]

Carol is going to be so mad at me for this

But it is going to be so worth it. These are some of my ladies. They were over here the other night for a party and I know at least one of them had a raging hangover the next day, I’M LOOKING AT YOU NICOLE.