living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

A few funnies.

Everyone says Cooper is Dave’s mini-me, but there’s one area where he takes after me: he’s a chatterbox. We’ve hit the stage where new words come out of his mouth every day, and this weekend he said so many funny things that I can’t not write them down. (My dear friend Becki gave me the most awesome gift at Christmas: a book to write kids’ quotes in. And I’m doing that, but...

I promise I’m not a bad parent.

We hit a major milestone this weekend in the adventure that is raising a child: the milestone where the baby becomes a superhuman and hoists himself up and over the crib. I knew it was coming. The crib mattress has been fully lowered for months, and my determined child has been trying to lift his leg up over the edge of the crib for some time. He fought naptime this weekend, again– I don’t know how they...

How many college girls does it take to wash a car?

More than three, apparently. I noticed a gaggle of girls standing around an SUV at the car wash when I pulled into the bay next to them–I only noticed, I think, because it seemed a little odd that all the passengers would get out of the car to watch, but whatever. A few minutes later, as I was spraying down the front bumper of my car, I turned to find three young girls watching me. “Oh, we’re just...

If I didn’t laugh, I would have cried.

Yesterday was an awesome day. Holiday off work, lunch with friends, happy baby who took a two hour nap. And this morning was off to a great start- even though the baby woke up extra early, he went right back to sleep and let me get another full hour of sleep, too. Once we got out of bed, the baby and the dog were both cooperative, the morning routine went smoothly and I even managed to get a roast, potatoes and...

Thankful for: a giant pumpkinhead

Tonight while I was wasting time on Facebook, I suddenly started to notice all these posts about things people are thankful for, and I realized that somehow all of a sudden it’s NOVEMBER. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but man, time flies. For the past several Novembers, I’ve attempted to blog daily as part of National Blog Posting Month, otherwise known as NaBloPoMo....

Baby Names.

We still don’t have a name for the little pickle. All throughout this pregnancy, Dave has made suggestions. A few of them have been good. Most of them, however, have made me stop and ask “are you serious or are you joking?” Sometimes I really can’t tell. Here are some of the names he’s suggested: Van Halen (Yes, like the band. No, I don’t know if he means “Van” for...

My Quirky Dog.

My dog is not a dog that whines. She barely even barked for the first several months she lived with us- in fact, we wondered if she even knew how to bark. (We regret wondering that now. She barks a lot.) I woke from a dead sleep one night because she was laying on the bed, whining. I finally figured out that Dave had come home from work, Lucy wanted to go downstairs to see him and for some reason she thought she...

Parking Violation.

I spotted this on my mother’s (crowded) refrigerator door this week, among the sweet pictures of grandkids and souvenir travel magnets. Here’s what it says: This is not a ticket, but if it were within my power, you would receive two. Because of your Bull Headed, inconsiderate, feeble attempt at parking, you have taken enough room for a 20 mule team, 2 elephants, 1 goat and a safari of pygmies from the...

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