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As part of our nesting activities in the weeks leading up to the birth of the baby we’ve decided to give our bathroom a tiny bit of a makeover. I’ll talk about it in more detail in a future post, but I was looking for some colorful prints to hang above the toilet and fell [...]

Newsletter: April 2009

Dear Leta and Not-Maria, What is this? A newsletter? You don’t say! What, you’d given up on the idea that I would ever write one again? Well there’s your first mistake! Thinking I’m so predictable like that. I get that all the time, kids. People email me and say, dooce! God! Don’t you ever write [...]

Someone else needs to lay off the potato chips

Chuck has been putting on some sympathy weight this pregnancy, seen here where his neck billows out of his collar. We haven’t been feeding him any more than usual, maybe a few more treats here and there, but he runs a lot less when we let him off leash at the park. Could be that [...]

Sick days

It started with a 104 degree fever Saturday morning that periodically reared it head throughout the weekend. And then this morning she started throwing up. The doctor said to keep her hydrated and tough it out for a few days, so I had to bribe her to sip some Pedialyte (we bought the orange flavor, [...]

Nameless Baby Armstrong

Jon: “What about Alexandra?” Me: “Oooh, I like it!” Jon: “FINALLY! That’s the first time I’ve suggested a name that you like.” Me: “Because that’s the first time you’ve ever suggested a name!” Jon: “That’s not true.” Me: “Oh, yes it is! Go ahead, list off all the names you’ve suggested.” Jon: “I’ve suggested plenty.” [...]

Popcorn popping

There’s this children’s song in Mormon folklore called Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree (here’s a YouTube video of two cute kids singing it), a song I sang every Sunday for probably ten straight years of my life. And although this isn’t an apricot tree, I always hum the popcorn song when I look out [...]

Job opening

Tuesday morning we drove down to the local CBS affiliate to give an interview about my book to the news during the noon hour, and when we walked into the studios we immediately recognized the smell of Mormon Church. This is not uncommon in Utah, for certain buildings to smell of wooden pews, starch, and [...]

Innocent bystander

Do you see the severity of the angle of his ears in this photo? Has everything to do with the fact that I had just yelled at Jon and then Jon yelled at me, and Chuck is bracing for an appliance to go flying across the room. Yeah. Not a good morning.

The Red Shoes

I realize I’m probably more taken with children’s books than I am adult literature, but you’d understand why if you had a kid as obsessed with books as Leta is and had to listen to her read the same ones out loud over and over again. Yes, Disney Princesses serve their purpose, and I’ll be [...]

Beyond a simple hex value

We used to have a yard full of these at the old house, but now that we’ve moved we have to seek them out in the neighborhood. This color red seems so unreal to me, like the saturation in life has been turned to maximum, and if I stare too long at the flower the [...]