living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

Fifteen years feels more like five

I cannot even believe that we got married FIFTEEN years ago. It’s been fifteen years since we had a fun rehearsal dinner at the Lodge…fifteen years since I had to walk outside, then back inside to use the bathroom in our house…fifteen years since our amazing party at Liberty Hall that grandma talked about for years…fifteen years since I ran over my entire bag of nail polish because someone...

Giant bubbles in the park

I totally meant to post this LAST week and then, big surprise, I got distracted by something else and never came back to it…story of my life. Last Sunday (meaning the Sunday before last!) was a beautiful day for a birthday party in the park. Sweet Silas turned one and we helped celebrate with festivities at Watson Park, lovingly referred to by the locals as the train park because of the historic locomotive...

Parades and Jayhawks and bounce houses

Nights like tonight make me even more happy that we live within close walking distance of downtown. The annual KU Homecoming parade was tonight and started mere blocks from our house. Friends and their kids met us here (easy parking!) and we walked through the chaos of South Park to find a good parade-watching spot. On our way, we saw Baby Jay, Big Jay and one of Cooper’s teacher aides from school....

There’s a new burger in town

We cook dinner at home a lot—a lot more now that we have a child, and a lot earlier in the evening than we used to— but our family still loves to go out to restaurants. No potential toddler drama is going to stop that from happening. (Side note: big believer over here in incorporating the kid into the family activities instead of rearranging our lives around the whims of a toddler. Selfish? I prefer to think that...

Everybody! Field trip.

Cooper’s Caterpillar class went on their spring field trip last month to one of our favorite places in Lawrence: PetWorld. Oh my goodness does this boy love that place. So many things to see- hamsters and fish and bunnies and giant tortoises and even a Chinese water dragon! We’ve gone to PetWorld many times on Saturdays for Storytime Live!, where a staff member reads a story about an animal to the kids...

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...

Happy birthday to me, part one.

Another year, another year older. It’s funny how I don’t feel any older than I did when I was 25. Except I can’t go out and party into the wee hours three nights in a row anymore without needing a full day week to recover in between. My birthday was last Friday, and I took the day off work. My old friend Chad– not old as in old, although he’s older than me, but old as in we met in...

Safe stairs.

If you know us even a little, you know that since we bought our 138-year-old house back in 1999, we’ve been living in a permanent state of home renovation. Seriously, it never ends. The house was divided into two apartments at one point; one upstairs, one downstairs. We rented the upstairs apartment to Tierney and then Pat, and then we kicked our friends out and took over the space. In order to convert the...

Shamrock shuffle.

Yesterday, Cooper completed his first 5K! The Shamrock Shuffle is just one of the bazillion events that make up the annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade extravaganza. If you thought it was *just* a parade, you would be wrong. The entire production takes place throughout most of the year with a variety of fundraising events that benefit local children’s charities and culminates on March 17 with a...

Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers.

My husband is an excellent handyman, carpenter, do-it-yourselfer— whatever you want to call someone who can do almost anything better than the so-called professionals. We’ve owned our home for twelve years, and we’ve had at least one home project going at any given time. Usually more than one. We’ve done everything from small projects like painting and laying wood laminate flooring to massive...

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