Sunday, November 18, 2018

What We're Eating This Week 47/52


It's Thanksgiving week!! 

Here's the menu we are working on:

Relish tray
Chopped liver with tiny rye bread
Meat, cheese, crackers

Matzoh ball soup


Sweet potatoes
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Cheesy potatoes

Cranberry orange relish
Fluffy jello


Cabbage rolls

Roasted Brussels sprouts
Roasted carrots

Pumpkin pie
Peanut butter blossom cookies

I am not making green bean casserole this year (I KNOW) because normal roasted veggies are so good and so much healthier.  Soup in a new addition, but Jack will be happy because that soup is his fave. The trifle is also something brand new, but it was on the cover of Better Homes, so how could I go wrong?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

It's bundle season.

Oh, you guys.

It's that time of the year again.  When the it takes an hour to get everyone out the door because they have to bundle themselves so aggressively.  The good news is, this time of year only last for about seven months.

Jack, by the way, has already lost a coat.  A North Face coat.  I tell you that to provide context for these pics:

Why buy Jack one pair of snow pants when I can buy him 2.  AT WAL MART.  Because they will probably both get lost.

All bundled:

Friday, November 16, 2018

Am Writing

I went back to the basics, you guys, and I forced myself to open my book doc everyday, even if I only write a paragraph or two.  The result?  Bye-bye shame spiral.  Also, I am relearning the truth I figured out in grad school:  YOU CANNOT WAIT FOR INSPIRATION TO STRIKE.  You have to write everyday, no matter what, even if you really don't want to.  And!  There is no perfect place to do it.  I mean, sure.  I wish it was all scented candles and soft music.  BUT that's never going to happen.  EVER.

Instead, I am writing at Whole Foods while I eat a quick curry chicken wrap before my adjunct class.

I am writing in my office.
 At home while the kids play cards.
 In my room while I do a TJ' face mask.
 At night when I would rather be watching a movie with the kids.
 At hockey practice while I wait for Harry to get off the ice.
A work in progress.  Again.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

You Would Not Believe How Cozy It Is Around Here!

Jack and I are DYING to hang up our Christmas decorations, but we are going to stop ourselves becauue THANKSGIVING!!  )But we can still shop, you know?)
Oh.  Hey.  IT SNOWED.

 I am with Harry-- nothing better than curling up with a good book on a chilly day!
 My room?  Is starting to run out of wall space.
 Little kid hockey!  I forgot how adorable it is!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


I dint know what happened, you guys, but November came, and with it, some truly fantastic mornings.
No clothes dramz (or at least none that I care about)
The kids make their own beds
I stole a pair of Jack's shoes
And!! I have started running again on the ellipitcal instead of just sort of ambling along.  Wonderful all round!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Crafty little suckers

We used to keep a huge old gray tub in the front closet with all kinds of craft supplies all jumbled up together.  The kids played with about the top third of this bin (all that was accessible), and we kept buying more of the same stuff and just dumping it in the bin because we couldn't see what the heck was going on in there.

Then!  One day!  I had a lightening bulb of an idea, and I found an old plastic 3-drawer storage unit thing in the basement and brought it upstairs for art stuff.  Now we have a drawer for pencils, a drawer for markers, a drawer for crayons, a drawer for stickers, glue, googley eyes, tape, scissors, and collage pieces, and a drawer for fancy paper (what Cooper calls computer paper, also post-its, tissue paper, and a huge stack of dot matrix paper from my office).  The huge gray tub holds coloring books, construction paper, finger paints and paper, and those really big paper rolls that won't fit in the little caddy (which the kids can totally drag into the living room or their bedrooms if they promise not to write on the walls).  And  I even had room in the closet to find all of the Play-Doh stuff in the bottom of the old art bin and put it in its own little bin for easy access.  

The result?

So much more crafting!  And almost zero involvement on my part.  I don;t have to find anything for anyone or fetch anything for anyone, and it's totally easy for them to clean up.
Paper bags masks and swords were a huge hit inside AND outside
He was bag man ALL DAY.
He even made body armor.
And I?  Set up shop next to all the art stuff with an afternoon snack and worked on my novel.  WHICH I HAVE WORKED ON EVERYDAY THIS MONTH.
Play Doh!  Anytime she wants to play with it!
(Also!  YOU GUYS!  Make Halloween candy brownies!!) (I could only make half a pan because SOME PEOPLE like their brownies plain)
Tiny little Play Doh desserts (And pajamas that both Jack and Cooper wore in a similar mix and match style)
Practicing the trick letter "e" that she has since conquered.  Next up?  "s" and then "c."
(That was the real impetus for my art bin clean out, by the way.  Dorothy needed a little fine motor practice, and I wanted to make it not a giant pain in anyone's butt, especially hers).

Monday, November 12, 2018


WHEN am I going to shop for Hanukkah?  AND WHAT AM I GOING TO BUY?!?! GAH.  **head exploding**

Oh my goodness!  Look at basketball!  Middle school basketball!  So cute!  (Harry is, um, aggressive when he plays basketball.  HOW SURPRISING).
 She is kind of crabby (SO SO SO CRABBY) after school, being dragged to the boys' activities.  But generally, she is a pretty good sport.
 Oh, you know, just some before-school strangling.