Now that the mad rush of holidays and kids' birthdays are over, I feel like I can function like a normal person again. The downside: I take WAY less pictures. In December I took 353 photos. So far in January (not counting Andrew's birthday) I've taken 16. I think it's time for me to buy them some matching outfits and find a scenic background. I kid, I kid (maybe).
So since I have nothing of substance to blog about, you get my brain overflow instead. The slower month of January has allowed me to appreciate the little things in life, such as...
- Pandora - Hootie and the Blowfish Station: What's that? Oh, its the mid 90's calling my name! This station plays more than HATB...lots of Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls and Sister Hazel. I can listen to it for hours and can sing along to most of the songs, which I will not apologize for. I'm sure my 20 year old sister is confused and has no idea who these people are. I don't care because it's awesome, and certainly beats the heck out of Disney Princess radio, which my kids would listen to 24/7 if I let them. Although Disney Princess radio has been throwing in "Royals" by Lorde so much that Madeline can sing the chorus. I don't mind that as much as her singing "I came in like a wrecking ball....". Parenting fail. I'm hoping she doesn't sing this at school. I digress. If you're 30 something, listen to HATB on Pandora and thank me later.
- The Container Store: After the holiday/birthday toy rush, I got panicky just looking at the kids' toys. Two trips to the Container Store later, and I feel like a new person. Who knew massive amounts of $1.89 clear shoe boxes could cause so much happiness? Welcome to my world. I couldn't go to the store without browsing, which immediately made me want to re-organize my entire kitchen and every cabinet in this house. I'd be embarrassed by the amount of containers I've accumulated this month if they didn't make life SO much easier and organized. When I pull up to the Container Store the angels start singing and light radiates from the windows. Maybe because they know how much I'll be spending that day. Oops.
- Honest Toddler: If you're a parent of little ones, you must follow Honest Toddler on Facebook. He post things like: "If you want to know how someone really feels about you, wake up from your nap early" or "4:45. Time to watch her try and do a day's worth of cleaning in 15 minutes" or "Go back to bed." With one sock? Well I guess I could pretend I'm researching a role for a NEGLECTED child. This "toddler" must live in my house. My favorite? When a child's parent is expecting another child, he calls it "Infant Sibling Disease."
- Spastic Weather: I'll admit I was a little annoyed with cancelled school on Friday because of ice. My annoyance with the weather stops there. I actually like the back and forth temps. Because I live in Houston, I know an entire "winter" where the average temp is 70 degrees is usually followed by a summer with lots of days over 100 degrees. I'd rather something that partially resembles winter (like this year) followed by a milder summer (fingers crossed). I will say, after living through two Chicago winters, I'm VERY thankful that we do not have to deal with snow and ice on a regular basis.
- O.P.I. nail polish names: I needed a new shade for our upcoming trip to Jamaica because "Lincoln Park After Dark" (dark maroon) does not say "take me to a beach." I might have picked a shade of pink strictly based on the name: Italian Love Affair. It was a toss up between that and "I Eat Mainely Lobster."
- Amazon Prime: Duh. Minimal explanation needed, but here's my latest reason why I love it so much. I ordered a pair of boots from Amazon over the holidays. Last week, a button on the side fell off. I emailed Amazon, and they sent me a brand new pair of boots the next day! LOVE them!
- The other day I came across this blogger's take on the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. I'm a big PBK fan, but sometimes I wonder about the catalog, specifically the amount of white bedding made for babies. On a similar note, I also have questioned the J. Crew catalog. Cute clothes, but... A: Would it be appropriate for me to send the models a hamburger? and B: Could someone please explain this outfit to me? Either I'm really confused or really not "with it."
Have a good one, friends.