Weekend Ramblings

Weekend 1.8

So...Omicron for the vaccinated? Not for the faint of heart. What we're experiencing with COVID, plus my latest loungewear & outfit obsessions.
On Thursday, I opened the door to find an Amazon package sitting outside. Inside were the twenty-five N95 masks I had ordered over a week ago. "DON'T WORRY EVERYONE!" I bellowed. "THOSE MASKS I ORDERED TO KEEP US COVID-FREE ARE HERE!!" And then I started laughing manically, which turned into a coughing fit which ended with me sitting on...

Weekend 1.1

New year, new normals...we're looking at pandemic silver linings, cute winter & rain boots + good sales (think: Sh*tThatIKnit, Nordstrom, etc.,)
It’s NYE day, as I type this. I had big dreams of sequins tonight…I suspect instead, I’ll be in sweatpants. Raines has a bit of a cold, so that has sent me down the usual anxiety spiral of COVID/not COVID that I associate with these last two years.  I read a Tweet, recently, pointing out that 2022 was just “2020,...

Happy Holidays 12.24

There's XMas music, & my kids are alternatively playing outside or pounding hot cocoa & Mike is puttering around & my mom is here, bringing the holiday magic. Finally, it feels like Christmas.
We made it to Vermont. Per usual, we drove through a snowstorm to get here. As I grasped the dash with white knuckles (my way of "helping" Mike drive), I looked over at him, his face just illuminated by the dash lights, snow swirling madly in the darkness outside, and felt this overwhelming rush of tenderness. This guy -- with his...

Weekend 12.18

"Are you as tired as I am?"  This was a part of a text from a dear friend, one I haven’t seen in a while.  We were trying to schedule a date night out with our husbands and the two of us and spoiler:  it never happened. I’ve been busy working, helping Raines apply to high schools (yes, it’s public...

Weekend 12.11

"Zoom in, Dad!!" Raines cried.  "ZOOM IN ZOOM IN ZOOM IN!!!"  Pax, sitting on the other side of Mike, was stuck in siren mode, a constant wail of "AUUUUGHHH," coming out of his mouth. Mike, nonplussed, battled it out, doggedly pressing buttons on his X-box controller. But within moments, it was over. Master Chief had been eliminated and was now...

Weekend 12.4

We're a little off balance this week -- but still making apple crisp. And of course there's the fun stuff: beanie, snoods, tiny shorts, fuzzy Birks & more. Join us!
We had a pretty great time in Killington over Thanksgiving, but this week has been rough. I must be getting to that stage of life where Real Problems start occurring (with increasing frequency) to the people I love and…yeah. Not the best week. When I’m thrown this off balance, I tend to make a mess. As in a physical one. And...

Weekend 11.27

A little low expectations for a low-key Thanksgiving (+ a little truth), & all my actual Black Friday purchases (clothes, skincare, makeup, linens...etc.,)Let's jump in!
We spent our Thanksgiving driving up to Killington, VT. We're here to watch the World Cup opener, and my kids are over-the-moon that we might actually spot Mikaela Shiffrin (one of the most exciting skiers...ever). I credit one of her old Visa commercials (where she's completely immersed in an ice bath) for why little Pax -- gritting his...

Weekend 11.20

Fancy parties all around for these kids, plus party dresses, stretchy jeans, silk pajamas & more fun fashion worth noting (oh, then there's that Rittenhouse verdict also, boo.)
Pax finally had a long-awaited birthday party last night. He obviously didn’t have one last year (pandemic), and the year(s) before that…well. I actually don’t like kid birthday parties (there’s something about unreachable expectations and indulgence that, IDK, makes me give up before I begin), and his birthday sometimes falls on Thanksgiving, so, long-story-short, the kid doesn’t remember his...

Weekend 11.13

We have a new crossing guard. This may not seem like a big deal, but in the Philadelphia public school system, one is not guaranteed a crossing guard...or a school nurse or a counselor or art classes or windows that open or...anyway. I'm getting off track. So yeah -- we have a crossing guard now. And? He's awesome. From a block...

Weekend 11.6

I’ve been sick all week. I have, what is likely, a mild cold, but I haven’t been sick in so long - since well before the pandemic - that I’ve forgotten what it feels like. called Linzi, to whine.  “I’m SICK,” ...