• Jen Wilson


    Oh my word, this made me laugh, and my kid (11) kept asking, WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING? And I just couldn’t bring myself to show her the screen when it said something about hairy vaginas because that might just scare the hell out of her, and might traumatize her more than when I told her that when she gets her period, she’s going to have it every month FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. She cried for a week. Those overalls are just the best (and by “best” I mean “worst”) and OH MY WORD I also had a boyfriend who played stupid RPG games for a million hours a day and what the heck was I thinking? I chose my husband because of his lack of interest in RPG games.

    Although I really REALLY love Catan. Like, a lot. Even more when I win.

  • LukePF

    I totally enjoyed reading this tale of adventure (and poop), and I applaud the way you’re navigating the whole sponsored-ness of it all (upfront and gracefully). But I’mma have to call BR out on this whole “Milly” line thing. Lilly Pulitzer’s brightly-wrapped corpse is not yet cold in the grave, and BR is ripping off her characteristically eye-searing cotton floral prints? And calling it “Milly”? Really? At least change more than ONE letter, people. Ugh.

  • Tina

    I love this post so much!

  • LuluinLaLa

    Milly is its own brand – it’s been one of my favorites for years. This is just a collaboration with BR.

  • Sarah Kimes

    You look fabulous in that dress – strong, healthy, natural and pretty. Also, can we please come up with a name for Joseph’s outfit? Overjorts? Jorteralls?Jeanjorteralls?

  • Bouncyczech

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Thank you so much. AND YES. JEANJORTERALLS!

  • Jared

    Look, I’m a happily married man and so I say this with no agenda or nefarious purpose; you’re an attractive woman so stop worrying! :)

  • amy milstein

    My first thought as well! Brody & Dooce kick ass at Catan. OF COURSE THEY DO :-)

  • Mr. Leash

    I’ll be right here when you need me. When.

  • Ben Clark

    Thank you. That made my day.

  • Sara Pellicori

    What a great post. What a great cliffhanger. What would it take to meet this amazing friend of Tyrant’s? I have a feeling he knows a lot of secrets that I want answers to!

  • Rachel Blonde

    1- love Settlers of Catan. 2- love you and 3- thank you for posting about Paleo. my fiancé has lost 25 pounds in the last 4 months.

  • talonsage

    My husband has calves like that…he got his from his teenage and young adult years of…debilitating, horrendous, crippling leg cramps. I am so not lying. At 48, they’re still like sculpted rock. We won’t talk about the rest of his body, but I love him anyhow.

  • http://www.creakygeek.com/ Jan

    When I was in high school a bunch of us went on that kind of “Let’s all ride horses today, even though none of us city mice ever has before! It’ll be great!” things. They told us not to worry about getting lost, that our horses knew the way home, and would take us each on a gentle bucolic ride of about an hour.

    Nobody told MY horse. We got separated from the group but I knew it was alright because Horse knew the way. Horse, on the other hand, was apparently doing an equine version of WTF? I don’t if he was high, or new in town, or what, but we definitely got lost. Like an hour later when we should have been back, we were in where in hell are we?

    Spurred by confusion, Horse broke into a full-on gallop, deep in some woods, with nary a trail in sight. I knew I wouldn’t die because, instead of my life flashing before my eyes, all I could do was think ohshitohshitohshitohshit, like some kind of dude ranch mantra, and hold on tight. And then… there it was… a ditch.

    THAT was when I knew I was going to die. Horse didn’t, though. We sailed over that thing like freaking National Velvet, if she had been lunged forward holding her horse’s entire neck in both arms with her face buried into his mane.

    Horse eventually found his way back, just as they were – really and truly – organizing a search party. And I hadn’t fallen off even once.

    Oh, and the butt pain? Nothing to do with your own personal butt’s relative boniness. My butt is the opposite of bony and it was hurting like hell.

  • Jenny

    Oh, man, this one goes in the favorites list. That looks like a fantastic weekend. THAT CAR! HORSIES! CATAN! ORGANIC STUFF! BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

  • Candace

    You do look happy, and wow – he looks like Daniel Craig.

  • Heather B.

    You look positively radiant in that dress, my dear.

  • Maytal

    You look beautiful in the dress, uncomfortably beautiful! thanks for the post and glad banana made you drive around in that car.

  • Ben

    I won’t buy a thing from Banana Republic now that I know where this shit is made and under what conditions. I’m surprised you took their money.

  • slh

    Amen, former fan

  • Ali

    I find it more irritating that she gets to have TWO fabulous gay men in her life (and brag about it) while mine is halfway across the country and there doesn’t seem to be a local one in sight to help fill the void.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vanessa-Steck/502715075 Vanessa Steck

    dude. settlers of catan is the BEST GAME EVER.

  • kate

    Um, you do realize, Heather, that Banana’s parent company, The Gap, refused to sign the agreement that would improve working conditions for women and children in Bangladesh??

  • cassie

    Cute guys, cute clothes, yummy food. Great post! And can’t wait for more juicy details of the handsome stranger.

  • Heather Armstrong

    I asked Tyrant and he said, “Yoga.” There you have it.

  • Maryh

    Love, love, love the adventure! Especially the Dooce on Deuce (snort….deuce…snort). Thanks for that!

  • Heather Armstrong

    I try not to get preachy about it, but wow do I feel passionately about it. Good for him!

  • Heather M

    Exactly what I was thinking. Whatever he does to get legs like that, looks like he’s realllll good at it.

  • Kate

    I was really surprised by this as well, particularly in light of
    Heather’s trip to Bangladesh and support for the rights of women and
    mothers in the third world.

  • LukePF

    Oh, well then. Must do better research next time! *Googles madly* This collection looks very much more Lilly than the non-BR Milly stuff. Nevertheless, I will take my righteous ire elsewhere… :-)

  • Carla King

    Doesn’t Walmart sell dresses like that?

    Anyway, I love you, Heather. This was a really fun post. :)

  • Erin Gill

    From the owner of one damn bony ass to another – well done.

  • Lindsey Orcutt

    OMG, I haven’t laughed so hard in such a long time. Great post. :)

    Also? Tell us about the mascara!!! We need to know this…

  • misszoot

    You are – quite literally – the only blogger who I kinda get excited about when I see a post is a sponsored one. I don’t know what it is but they typically end up being my favorites! This one is no exception.

  • Sarah

    Oh Heather…I have been reading you for ten years now, and I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, although I have adored you through many phases of my life. But I have to comment on how cringe-worthy it is to see you repeatedly, ad nauseum mention your GAY FRIENDS! Oh, did you know I know THE GAYS? They are so funny, because they love FASHION, and MASCARA, and…GAY! They’re GAY! I have no idea how you relate to them in real life, but the impression that I get as a reader (and have for some time), is that you somehow get a kick out of being subversive – MY GAY FRIENDS – when honey, most of the rest of us have had gay friends for years, and see them as the nuanced human beings that they are. Not a trope, not a shocking sector of humanity, but human beings. It sucks for me to say this, but it makes me think less of you, to see the way you speak of your close friends and employees, always referring back to their sexuality. In most workplaces, that would be illegal. It’s off-putting and makes me feel bad for those guys. Just had to mention it – since they’re on your payroll, they probably don’t feel like they can.