Friday Flotsam

Remember that old ’90s movie Friday? “My neck! My back! My neck and my back!” Haha. That’s all I had to say about that.

Little Baby Hands in the Light

I learned something very important this week. Something I feel every mom should explore with their children, at this crucial spongealicious stage. Knowing what I know now, after this discovery, changes the entire course of my relationship with the babies. The enlightenment shed from this monumental unearthing has transported me into parental nirvana.

My babies like New Kids on the Block.

How bonkers cool is that? How about, we had a full-on dance party a few nights ago to NKOTB Spotify. PLEASE DON’T GO GIIIIIIRL.

I’m telling you, we were having the time of our lives until Aaron walked in the door all freaked out and disgusted, “What is this! What IS THIS. I can’t unsee or unhear this, you know!”

Um I’m sorry, but we were hanging tough, AARON.

Gloom. Pretty gloom.

Speaking of Aaron, get a load of this.

Okay let me set the scene. Let me WEAVE YOU A TALE.

It was Sunday night, the night I’d returned home from Arkansas, a dreary, gloomy night. It was late. Really late. Like probably 8:32 or something. We were headed to bed. The lights were off in the living room. Yet our dog was still out back. Aaron walked over to the back door, in the dark, to let our dog in (do you feel like you’re at a poetry reading, because I’m getting so annoyed with myself right now). He reaches his hand out to grab the doorknob, when just then, our mother-in-law’s tongue viciously jumped up and stabbed his eyeball! Like, totally stabbed it!

Five days later, a visit to the doctor, gauze and wrap and sunglasses galore, he’s all good. Well, he’s almost all good. He would be if I would stop asking, “RRRRRRR you feeling okay,” or, “What do you want for dinner, One-Eyed Willy,” or, “Is your future really that bright, dude?”

But could we just pause for a moment? The mother-in-law’s tongue. This is tricky. Is it his mother-in-law, my mom? Or my mother-in-law, his mom?

Things that make you go hmmmmmm.

Puritan Brew Co. in Fayetteville, AR

Speaking of Arkansas, last week my sister had a baby! She was born two Sundays ago at 9:50am (which is technically still last week so stop giving me the stink eye). Her name is Leighton D’Vorak, and she’s a stunning little full-bodied brunette with luscious lips and eyes for days. I drove down to Little Rock last Thursday to spend a long weekend with her (and my sister and her husband Dustin and other daughter/niece Breckon, I GUESS). I was without the babies. It was so weird! Yet awesome and really good for me. I stayed up past 9pm. This is big.

Anyway, that photo above is from my pit stop in Fayetteville when my sis-in-law (yes, the one with the “block out the voices” advice) and I hit up a nice local craft brewery.

I never say hit up. Did that work?

I didn’t think so.

Za Za's in Little Rock, AR

I’ve noticed something very strange ever since becoming a mom. And hear me out. This is going to sound jank-o-tron. BUT:::

I can now successfully use Saran Wrap.

It’s true. Up until about six months ago, I could never use Saran Wrap the right way. It always stuck to my hands, yet never stuck to anything I wanted it to stick to, always stuck to the roll itself, never letting go in submission of its duty. But now! Now that I’m a mom, I can use it.

That sounds insane, of course. But I’ve always looked at Saran Wrap as something only moms or grandmas know how to maneuver. Something in the wisdom? Or slight of hand? One of the two.

I can do it now! Things cling, the right things. Things stick, the right things.

This transcends me, you don’t even know.

I like weird fields

Let’s talk about the new year. Did you make any resolutions? Any goals? Maybe a resolution to stop setting so many goals? A goal to stop making so many resolutions? Makes me think of that scene in Julie and Julia when Eric, the husband, says something along the lines of, “I love setting goals, and watching them swiiiiiiish right on by.” That’s not even the right quote, so don’t send me to jail.

I didn’t really set any major goals, just a few bigger mindset-sort of aspirations:

Be good.

Find beauty in everything.

Find balance.

I know it sounds nerdy and boring, but these kinds of simple, blanket ambitions just work for me.

Oh! And obviously, listen to more New Kids on the Block, girl.


14 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Melinda January 16, 2015 at 7:45 am #
    My resolution is simply to be better to myself. Not vague at all, right? Well, I spent the last 3+ years going back to school while working full time, and I wore a lot of embarrassingly chipped nail polish and very little makeup and I made VERY questionable fashion choices- all in the name of time management. Also, I ate a lot of garbage. So 2015 is all about (at home) manicures, planned meals, and less yoga pants to work. Amen.
  2. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog January 16, 2015 at 7:57 am #
    I missed flotsam -- the fact that your kids love NKOTB make them THAT MUCH CUTER!!
  3. Katy in a Corner January 16, 2015 at 8:44 am #
    You're officially the only blogger I know who can use the word "jank-o-tron" and get away with it. What does that even mean? And, somehow, it makes perfect sense in context with the rest of your post. You're a wordsmith, my dear.
  4. Ashley January 16, 2015 at 8:52 am #
    I'm on the same page with the mindset aspirations. Also, I didn't even realize it was an option to listen to NKOTB on spotify. So happy you got a few days away! Your arms probably felt weird!
  5. Jennifer C. January 16, 2015 at 10:43 am #
    My resolution is to stop being so cliche'. I'm going to start working out in February.
  6. Caitlin January 16, 2015 at 11:51 am #
    Your poor husband! Didn't he also just have some sort of appendicitis scare or something? Jeeeeez
    • Bev Weidner January 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm #
      Yes!! I feel like I'm constantly like, "omg guess what happened to Aaron." :)
  7. Katie January 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm #
    ohhhhhh my goodness I am the exact same with Saran Wrap I swear. I have a one year old (actually tomorrow - eek!) and I can't explain how but all of sudden I can dooooo it.
  8. Rachel - De Ma Cuisine January 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm #
    Mother-in-law plant. At first I thought that maybe she was there to surprise you guys, and just creeping in the dark, but then accidentally stabbed her son (or son-in-law) in the eye. Then I clicked on the link. After like a full minute of wondering and re-reading for an explanation.
  9. Christi January 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm #
    Thank god you provided a link to the plant. I seriously pictured him walking to the back door and running into a woman and somehow, there was a tongue involved. Lesson LEARNED! And I will NEVER make that mistake again. The instagram pics this week were AWESOME. Now we just need pics of the dance party.
  10. Jamie January 19, 2015 at 11:54 am #
    I've been picking a word for the year - this year is Allow - and also chose a Mantra - Live Love - to remind myself to be more patient, accepting and kind (to myself and the world around me). I can't speak to NKOTB, but yesterday I totally enjoyed watching Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure with my 2.5 year old son. = )
  11. Christine January 19, 2015 at 6:51 pm #
    Totally love the NKOTB dance party!! My 14 month old loves the Huey Lewis & the News station on Pandora - instantly gets her dancing!! My resolutions were also simple this more vegetables and always be reading :)
  12. DessertForTwo January 20, 2015 at 7:04 am #
    Further proof that your kiddos have excellent taste, NKOTB. That was my first concert, and I like to toss out that little piece of info any chance I get in order to ensure I'm the coolest person in every room.
  13. Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion January 22, 2015 at 1:34 pm #
    I always look forward to reading this!

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