Last week, Dan and Ursula went to camp with her class – it’s a VERY exciting 5th grade trip she’s been looking forward to since Kindergarten.

Off to camp!!!!!

Much fun – and apparently very little sleep – was had. Dan hit two bullseyes – he’s quite the bowman. (Yes, I had to look that up.)

Ursula shoots

Apparently, Dan is quite the bowman.


Ursula at camp.

The 3 days wrapped up with Dan’s birthday – the whole camp sang to him!

Missing my crew. Happy Birthday, @driven2create

Trixie and I stayed home and cleaned. HOORAY!

Halloween ’14

happynigiriHalloween was a dance night this year. Some people think this is sad (apparently very few people attended – I think by her last class the absences were at 80%). I think this is awesome – she gets to get dressed up and be inside and I don’t have to walk around ToTing.

Her costume this year was hotly contested. She was given a lovely white tutu that I wanted to work in (tutus are never ever worn in class). She wanted to be a wolf (of course!) but I refused to but ANOTHER set of wolf bits. And she didn’t want to be a grey wolf. After a million brainstorms of things she likes, she begrudgingly agreed to be a piece of sushi. Tutu = rice = perfect. Of course yesterday she acted all “you MADE me do this!”, but it sounds like her costume was a hit, so I think she is ultimately happy.

Yes, I broke a million billion rules and had her on pointe in the living room (and she was NOT warmed up – she was horrified. This will NEVER happen again!)


(again, I must emphasize that she was not warmed up and she’s not far enough up and over and her arch is bad and all the other reasons I should not have asked this.)




Yes, I know those all look the same, but they are all 100% adorable. And I can pretend this was a welcome and joyous photoshoot with no scowls or whining.



Some Instagrams and As Seen on TV reviews

I am the worst. When I can’t keep up I just do nothing. Or focus on ridiculous stuff. Like – I have a new desk with *amazingly* lined and organized drawers, but I won’t put away laundry. I need to vacuum, I need to shower, blah blah…

I just see my blog and how behind it is and want to hide. I need to find a better blogging time. (I have actually been REALLY good about getting a ton of work done in the morning – but then I just fall apart and watch TV and read books.)

Anyway – Dan and I went to this charity thing for Charlotte Ballet a few weeks ago…

Dan clearly wants to go out with me.

Yes he looks thrilled. Yes, I should wear red lips more often. Yes, I think my hair is too dark. And yes, eye wrinkles suck.

I did not win any silent auction items. I did drink WAY too much. There were magical drinks called tututinis and they were amazeballs. There was some unfortunate hangover-ing happening the next day. But then the NEXT day, I got the best email ever. Or at least the best email of the day.

I had won one of the raffle prizes. And not just ANY raffle prize! I, my friends, had won the EPIC “As Seen on TV” Basket!!!!

My "As Seen On TV" gift basket (raffle win!)

Yes, that is $200 worth of As Seen on TV goodness:

  • Dryer balls – I like these okay, nothing too exciting
  • Side socket – have not used
  • No Spill Wow Cup – haven’t used
  • Turbie Twists – rocking my world!!! Why didn’t we have these before now?
  • Rapid Ramen – Aside from the fact that these are shaped like the ramen bricks, I see no advantages, BUT Ursula really likes them.
  • Contour Leg Pillow – Dan stole this and seems to like it
  • Potato Express – need to test it
  • Dutch Glow Polish – need to test
  • Finishing Touch – this product baffles me – if I want to shave my face (and it is designed for a lady), why would I want a 2mm or 5mm guard? If I want to be fuzz free, I want to be fuzz free! (As a hairy person who uses Retin A and can’t wax, I can appreciate the need for this type of thing)
  • Strutz Arch Support – U loves these (?!??!?!)
  • Rug Gripper Ruggie – our only rugs are already rubber backed (Flor Tiles), so haven’t used
  • Pocket Hose Ultra – haven’t used (I KNOW! We need to seed and water!)
  • Scratch-Dini – I do not want to put some as seen on tv crap on my car, but may try on Dan’s car first
  • Vidalia Chop Wizard – true story – this had clearly been returned OR thoroughly tests – crusty dried onion inside. After a sanitizing wash I can say that it works but requires brute force. I will keep using it.
  • Back Brush Application – THIS IS THE WORST. I hate it. I need to throw it out – every time I see it in my shower I an angry.

More ridiculousness

Because I love to post pictures of Dan and I looking stupid…

Reunion fun

(although this picture would seem to indicate otherwise, I hadn’t been drinking. I am not sure why my eye is insane…)

Alive. Ish.

So behind. What else is new?

The last month has been HARD. Really great, but HARD. School started a month ago today. Ursula has a wonderful teacher who is new to the school. We are really happy, but 5th grade has been stressful. More so for me than her – lots of changes at the school, trying to step back from some of my PTA roles and hand over some responsibilities as I prepare to leave (what?), thinking about middle school. Transitioning to a longer dance schedule. It’s been a LOT.

This week is much calmer, so I am hoping things are on the upswing. I have a new MacBook (yay!) – blogging from bed with a laptop with decent battery life is like a MIRACLE! Dan is out-of-town seeing one of his favorite bands in concert, Trixie and I are hanging.

I’m going to try to toss up some Instagrams…

That time I got a tattoo.

So, this happened.

So, this happened today (between dance drop off and a school family night at a restaurant, no less)! In case the stretch marks didn't give it away, that is my hip.

On a Wednesday, in between dance drop off and a PTA dinner thing, I got a tattoo. It is on my hip, it looks far less angry and weird and I really love it. It is surprisingly hard to photograph ones own hip (especially while standing), but I do need to get a pic now that it’s basically healed.

My tattoo is part of Love Letter to the World, which is a tattoo art project. A poem is written, different people get tattoos of the phrases in the poem and all those suns and stars make a picture when put together with the other designs.

The project is a bit more Burning Man than I am, but I like being part of something bigger. I’ve wanted a tattoo for long time,. but wanted something meaningful to me. I love my phrase – it reminds me that even though I have changed my views on practically everything as I’ve grown up, my core faith is still intact. I still believe – in God, in myself, in happiness.


You may have noticed the world feeling a little safer. Because it is now.

Exciting news!

Also, I think she has adoring kindergarten fans (that’s her duty post).

We are having late bus drama and safety patrols have to get there early, so I am driving her every day. I complain because it IS a pain, but it’s actually pretty great and we have some hangout time and listen to music. And since I’m getting her there early, I do not have to sit through carpool line. Afternoon carpool still pretty much blows.