What’s Going On

Fall semester starts today, technically, but for me it starts tomorrow. I’m in back-to-school mode, which is one of the best modes of all. I love the start of a new school year, don’t you?

Here’s what’s been happening this spring and summer:

I went to New Orleans with my BFFs! we all turned 40 this year, so we decided to ring in the new decade with a ladies’ trip. We rented a lovely and perfect house on the bayou where we could hang out at night listening to the noises of the wildlife or relaxing in the hot tub. In town, we ate all the delicious food and drank all the beautiful drinks and had generally an amazing time. We need to do this every year now.

My kiddos started a new daycare/preschool. They started attending at the beginning of the summer, during the “summer camp” mode, which meant they got to have splash days and popsicles on Fridays and they loved it. Now the daycare’s new preschool year has started and E&L moved up to a new class and started taking Gymnastics (they offer classes as part of the preschool extracurriculars) and it feels like basically the next time I turn around they’ll be off to college. They’re doing wonderfully. They’re mostly daytime potty trained at this point now, too — one twin completely; the other uses a pull-up at naptime — and that’s probably not something I’ll write much more about here on the wide-open internet, but suffice it to say: YAY.

We took our summer road trip to Iowa to visit my in-laws and survived the long days in the car thanks to my iPad and Netflix’s selection of animated movies available for offline viewing. The kids had a blast playing on the farm and riding all the various farm vehicles with Papa.

I’ve been reading exclusively women writers this year, and although there are a couple of books on my shelf waiting for when the man-ban is lifted, it’s been completely refreshing. These are a few of my favorites so far.

So what’s new with you?

Gin Me

Last night I:

Got approximately zero sleep due to a sick, sad, and restless toddler who turned out to have an ear infection.

Spent some unknown number of hours cuddling said toddler on the futon in his room trying to get him to let me put him down in his bed.

Finally convinced him that I needed to leave the room “to go potty,” which he accepted. (Him: “Pee? Potty? Pee-poop-pee! PEEEEEE?!”)

Today I:

Forgot to put on shoes before I left the house and realized when dropping the well toddler at daycare that I was still wearing my slippers, so I had to make an emergency stop at Target before school.

Found out my fly was unzipped in between classes.

Left work early to come home and take care of my sick Buddy so CW could get some of his work done.

Ate chips and salsa for lunch and a piece of leftover apple pie as “lunch dessert.”

Watched like four episodes of Daniel Tiger.

Had to have a long spousal discussion about who stays home when a child is sick.

Perfect Little Convergence

Thanksgiving weekend is a perfect little convergence: you have Thanksgiving leftovers commingling with new Christmas trees and decorations, Christmas music, etc. I had a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich for lunch (cranberry sauce is key) and later a slice of pumpkin pie while admiring our newly lit and decorated tree. What a life!

By Late November, we finally get some colder weather and colorful leaves, so it was a lovely day to go to the park with the kids and hike the trails, slide the slide, and ride the bee.

This afternoon, we put up Christmas decorations! I’ve been so looking forward to it.

Because the kids are basically two tornadoes of destruction, we used only non-glass ornaments this year and let them “help” us decorate the tree. It was so much fun. And also really difficult and short lived. (Is that how life is now?)

Never mind. The look on their faces when we lit up the tree is worth everything. I also hung up all my magical paper snowflake garlands* after they went to bed– they’re all over the house and I can’t wait to see what E&L think of them tomorrow morning.

*ICYMI I basically am Buddy the Elf.

Little Updates

I finished season 1 of The Good Place, and if you were placing bets on when my husband would drop out, I think he made it through episode 11 of 13. I really loved it!

We are now watching The New Girl as our together show — I’m pleasantly surprised that CW is enjoying it!

The kiddos slept until 6:00 today and everyone was SO much happier. Thank goodness. I don’t in any way assume that our early mornings are over, so instead I’m treating this as a special little gift and appreciating it all the more.

This may warrant a full post, but the big question arose in our household yet again this year of whether mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes would be too many potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. There is a correct answer.

Tomorrow, I am off work but the kids have daycare. I call that a perfect storm of awesomeness. What should I do with myself?!

Sunday Run Day and Other Mischief

The children are currently supposed to be napping but are very much awake, romping around in their cribs, throwing their stuffed animals out, and clearly conspiring. I can’t even blame the time change, because with Fall Back, they should want to nap, not be extra wakeful. I checked Swistle’s guide and everything. Harumpf.

One child (I’ll let you guess who) woke for the day at 4:45 this morning, so it already feels like I’ve been awake for like three days right now.

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Looking for beep-beeps, woof-woofs, and meow-meows.

Stuff I have done: 4-mile double stroller run, 2 loads of laundry, cleaned out fridge, load of dishes, and a whole-family trip to the grocery store to pick up our week’s worth of food. I am tired. Let’s just say that today has already involved a lot of Daniel Tiger and is sure to continue in the same vein.

On a good note, it is pizza night and I am making homemade pizza tonight, with Field Roast, which is THE BEST. Highly recommended, even for non vegetarians. This week I’m also trying a crock-pot Mexican corn chowder recipe (which is new to me so if it turns out good, I will share) and a big pot of chana masala. Hello, comfort foods.

Scorpions and Toddler Conversations

Thing I learned today: there is a scorpion emoji.

Another, related thing I learned today: there was a scorpion in my bathroom.

I say “was” there because the scorpion is no longer in my bathroom. I smashed it with a Birkenstock and flushed it down the toilet because women get shit done. Also because there was no one else home. We’ve been intending to get some professional exterminator service going for our house, but just hadn’t gotten around to it yet because, you know, twin toddlers and full-time jobs. Well, who needs the professionals when we’ve got me and my Birkenstocks?┬áSeriously, though, the pros are called and are coming. If I never see another goddamned motherfucking scorpion in my goddamned motherfucking bathroom again, it will be too soon.

In other exciting developments, L finally has a recognizable, consistently used word in his repertoire: hi. He loves to wave and say hi to people, dogs, and even his favorite tree, the enormous weeping willow at the end of our street. All are worthy of a friendly greeting from Buddy. I love it.

E has had a few words for a while now, mostly dada, uh-oh, ball, bye-bye, and, occasionally (but not often), mama. Since having their ear tubes placed about 6 weeks ago, we know they can both hear well again and they’re starting to talk more as a result, which is so fun. L “talks,” babbling-style, all day long, just chattering on to us about everything that goes on. Of course, we can’t really understand him at all, but he has the cadence and tone of real conversation down! E loves to point things out and have us identify them by name, while she pays careful attention. They both especially love to notice, point out, and have us identify all kinds of animals. It’s really fun to watch them learn.

Do you think they will understand if we tell them to stay out of mama and dada’s bathroom because there are goddamned motherfucking scorpions in there?

Coffee Break and a Quick Rant about Tee Shirts

Summer work has started and I am sitting in the coffee shop after having done all my work-related tasks so I thought I’d just fire up this thing and try posting. I would like to get the old blog muscles back in shape. 

I’m just working for a half day today — my husband is home with E for the morning because she’s sick, again, with a cold and a fever. We can’t really get through a single week without at least one of the kids having to stay home sick. I could honestly never stop ranting about this, but I’ll try. I know, they’re building their immune systems and so on, but damn. 

Here, let me rant about a different subject: the discontinuation of Old Navy’s tall tee shirts. I am embarrassed to say that I only recently discovered them — as someone who has frequently ranted about how hard it is to find tops with adequate length to cover my long torso, I really should have thought sooner to check the tall section. It’s just that I’ve largely ignored the tall section of most clothing retailers because I never needed longer pants. (I have short legs. All my height is in my torso.) Because regular pants always fit me, I just never considered needing tall sizes for anything. Then I realized buying dresses from the tall section was a life-changer when it came to providing adequate thigh coverage. Then and only then did it occur to me to try tall tee shirts. Well, what a wonderful discovery that was! I LOVE their tall tee shirts! LOVE THEM. 

AND NOW THEY’RE GONE.

They’re still offering a selection of blouses and tops in the tall section, but no more of the basic tees. I honestly could just cry. We didn’t have enough TIME together. I didn’t get a chance to buy very many yet. WE NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE *choking back sobs*

I learned of this sad change in their inventory from Swistle (who knows everything), just a day or two after the fleeting thought had flit across my mind that maybe I should order a few more tee shirts for summer. And now I won’t get to. Or maybe I’ll have to start perusing Gap’s tall section. Fine.