Weekend Ramblings

Weekend 8.29

The school supply list included things like a $200 calculator, “intermediate” scissors, turtle food, a 3-inch binder filled with 67 sheets of paper, a single tissue if your last name ends with an ‘R’, and 3 wings of bat.
School starts in T-3 days, so I’ve gotta keep this short and sweet. Obviously I have not finished shopping for school supplies. And if you immediately translated “not finished shopping” into “haven’t even started” than either you are a long-time reader or a dear, personal friend and either way a gold star(!!) on your chore chart!! Or whatever they’re called. I’ve never...

Weekend 8.21

I am a big ball of angry right now. I’m angry about Afghanistan. I’m angry about Haiti. I’m angry about climate change & a very real Delta variant problem.
One of my best friends is from Venezuela. She came to the US as a teen, and her English is basically perfect. I say “basically” because she still shortens my name to “Chay” (which frankly, I love), and while she can argue in English just fine, if she’s really mad, her English starts to go. Once she -- now famously --...

Weekend 8.14

We’re back home in Marquette, MI visiting my mom and sister for a bit.  Scotti’s doing shockingly well, now only 4 weeks post-op.  We’re doing our usual things: going out to dinner, heading to the beach, and while she does get tired faster, you wouldn’t even know that she recently had brain surgery.  Her face is still half-paralyzed, but...

Weekend 8.7

We're thinking shapeless dressing, excited about the Faherty X Doug Good Feather collab + Madewell's plus size collection & shopping a few more sales.
I came up with a tentative after-school schedule for the boys yesterday. This is notable only because school doesn’t start for a few more weeks, and my move is usually to wait until the last minute and then scramble.  “Early August?? Look at you!” Linzi said. But I could hear the note of concern in her voice. Immediately, I’m annoyed. Both that she assumed...

Weekend 7.31

It's our anniversary, so a bit of an ode to the hubs. That, plus luxe loungewear, a yen to get outside & some really good earrings. Join us.
Mike and I have been married 22 years today. We have actually spent several recent years “celebrating” our anniversary on the wrong day (oops), until my Mom corrected us. And by “celebrating” I mean doing one of those horribly depressing adult things, the “oh hey, Babe! It’s our anniversary today!”  sudden-realization thing. If we’re lucky, one of us is able to run...

Weekend 7.24

Watching the Summer Olympics? Amid the controversies, we're a bit unsure. Meanwhile, Saks is having a sale, we're eyeing affordable rain gear & more summer fun.
Are you guys watching the Olympics this weekend? I’m feeling…some kind of way about the whole thing.  Normally, I’m a big (huge) Olympics fan. I grew up competing in all kinds of sports, my Dad was a professional hockey player in his pre-kid years, and so Watching The Olympics was a big deal. A whole family affair.   In fact, one of...

Weekend 7.17

Scotti's recovering from brain surgery -- so we're into prayer & distractions -- cool jeans, Saks OFF sales, the NSale + a few more funsies.
It’s been a week, Gang. Scotti -- my sister -- went into surgery on Wednesday (for her acoustic neuroma), and the first couple of days after were pretty tough. Pain levels were high (as one might imagine after brain surgery), but they’ve managed to find a pain management schedule that (mostly) works. Scotti’s up and moving around (her balance is actually...

Weekend 7.10

We're chatting about silky dresses at Saks, our favs bags (think TUMI, Clare V), post-pandemic etiquette & kiddos going to summer camp. Join us.
For those of you who reached out asking about Raines’ Outward Bound experience…he had an absolutely epic adventure. And if you haven’t yet heard of Outward Bound, it’s a company that specializes in “wilderness expeditionary courses” and has been around since…the '70s, I think. I first learned of Outward Bound because my Dad was totally enamored with the whole idea...
We're reading "If You Give A Mom A Cookie," checking out cute tops, waxing poetic on good beauty products & wishing all a Happy 4th! Join us.
Happy 4th of July Weekend! I hope most of you are out enjoying some sunshine and BBQ, so I’ll keep this one short. As I type this, we’re en route to Vermont, but I’ll be back next week for the all of the NSale craziness. Since I have nothing helpful or interesting to say -- truth be told, it’s been a...

Weekend 6.26

But in all seriousness, I love the idea of camping. I love the thought of sleeping in a remote, Pinterest-looking wilderness, with a sky full of stars.
We dropped Raines off last weekend for an Outward Bound 8-day expedition that includes hiking, rock climbing and camping every night in the wilds. And by "the wilds" I obviously mean bugs, bears, snakes, falling off cliffs, potential loss of limb, serial killers... Yeah, those first few nights were really rough. For me. Not yet sure how Raines fared, but...