• Girlfriends

    http://www.graphicsfairy.com/  I’m very blessed to have active friends from pretty much all stages of my life.  The other day I was so completely down about pretty much everything that I had to force myself to think about what is right in my world.  Girlfriends popped into my head.  I have girlfriends who go waaaaay back.  No joke.  All of the women listed below are solid people who have my back–and we are close.  I was running through a list of my friends mentally and decided to write it out as a reminder.  I can’t list everything that is great about each of them here and much of their greatness…

  • Dessert Stomach

    I have this theory, which is completely, anatomically incorrect: we have a “food” stomach and a “dessert” stomach.  I used to say that a lot, before kids.  I’m full up with food, but there’s a little room “up top” for dessert and a decaf.  We’ve been on Little Man lately, because he says he is full when in fact he is not.  He just no longer wants what he has on his plate but is still hungry.  So we had to make it really clear to him that he needed to be specific about what he means by “full.”  Is he no longer wanting food or is he full of what…

  • Extracurricular Activities

    Who needs extracurricular activities?  I certainly don’t–we have them all right here in our own home.  Here’s a short list of some of the activities occuring on a daily or weekly basis: A boys’ choir (I am frequently serenaded). Dance parties–say no more, the boys like to shake their groove things (husband included–only one of the three has consistent rhythm, I won’t say which.) Yoga–headstand/headstand prep are favorites, preferably done on the couch while watching tv. A strange hybrid of martial arts and boxing, otherwise known as sibling punching and kicking. Wrestling. Circus tricks and attempts at acrobatics. Then there are the usual suspects, swimming, running and biking. The biggest…

  • Mystery Garbage Man

    Last week I was driving up Central when I saw an old man emptying his suitcase into a public garbage can on the Bridle Path.  He was systematically taking clothes, still on hangers, and putting them into the garbage can by a bus stop.  He had a rolling suitcase with him and another carry-on piece and looked like he was going on a trip.  Perhaps he escaped from the old folks home.  I don’t know.  He filled the garbage can pretty quickly.  Did he accidentally take someone else’s luggage and then not know what to do with it, deciding to ditch it at the last minute?  Was ridding himself of…

  • Pumpkin Spice is Back!

     I might’ve been “robbed” on Monday but I’m o.k. with it.  There was a sign advertising the fall Starbucks drinks at the Safeway Starbucks–Pumpkin Spice Latte and Salted Caramel Mocha.  Yumm!  I gleefully went to the counter to order my beloved PSL (“Is it true that Pumpkin Spice is back?!!!”) and the barista looked stunned and was speechless until I said, “There is a sign over there–are they not in, yet?”  Hasty and nervous response, “Nooo–that starts tomorrow.”  He was nice and all and his look of dismay was actually a little funny; besides, I’ve been waiting this long, what’s another day, right?  He made me the best Caramel Macchiato I’ve had…

  • I’m a Lamster!

    The Graphics Fairy sent out pics of a lobster today and it reminded me of Little Man when he was about 3 years old.  He had his back to us as he was digging through a kitchen drawer and when he turned around he held up his hands like a lobster and exclaimed, “Look I’m a lamster!”  “Lamster” was his hybrid word for lobster–lobster and hamster.  He likes Zhu Zhu pets and Kung Zhu and all those hamster-like toys.  He loves animals, in general.  He also customizes words, a lot.  Remember the “venting” machine?  That was his word.  The funniest part of this was he had taken rubber bands and put…

  • Yoga Games

    I’ve been simultaneously entertaining and making myself crazy with yoga class card “games.”  I have a couple of cards from different studios that are expiring around the same time and I am running out of time to use them.  I was a yoga class slacker this summer and went sporadically because of summer camp schedules as well as general apathy on my part.  I’ve been calling this current frenzy to use up my class cards a number of things: yoga class card bingo and wheel of yoga are my two current favorites.  I have to tell myself and my friends, “No, sorry I can’t go then–yoga bingo says that I…