October 14, 2018



I did some shopping this month, and it all arrived this weekend.   Some of it is cute, and I'm keeping it, and some of it needs to stay on the sub-zero models who convinced me to try it on.  The problem I'm having right now is that I'm not looking pretty today in the photos of the good clothes, so you, the Gentle Reader, are going to have a difficult time of it agreeing with me about the keepers.   I coul...

September 28, 2018

So, I adore celebrating birthdays - my own, my kids', my friends and family members'; I've been known to join the waiters in singing to a complete stranger, pausing to catch the name and then singing it a beat behind, and cheering when a gigantic sombrero lands on the celebrant's head.  And I imagine that you, Gentle Reader, enjoy birthdays as well.  

But are you making the most of your birthday?...

August 24, 2018


Two years ago, when we started this enterprise, Bustle and I originally thought this might be a fashion/shopping blog first and foremost.  The original idea was sound.  All those outfit-inspo blogs out there sporting the same looks, with 20-something, 5’9”, size 2 models left a certain void we were certain we could fill.  Surely, there were women out there over the age of 35 and larger than a size 2, that might...

July 30, 2018

It's the end of July.  It's that time of summer where I take stock:

Weight loss:  same 3 lbs. over and over again.  I don't think I'm going to return to work looking like a new person for, what is this, the 6th year in a row?  

Organizing: DIY Maven Ann fixed my closet, and I organized the laundry room, so that's a win!

Family Album 2017: Once again, the good folks at Shutterfly did in 3 days what would...

July 3, 2018

Summer, glorious Summer, it's like you've just arrived, and you're practically over already.  

In late May, the three months of summer stretch out before me like a shimmering I-10, just going and going, with promises of Buck-ees.  I'll see all my friends, clean out my closet, start that knitted blanket I promised Younger.  And now it's July.  I've seen a couple of pals, my closet looks exactly the same, and it'...

June 9, 2018

Isn't that a dramatic title?  The End of an Era...  what era, you might ask?  Well, it's one of my eras, in fact.  Younger, my youngest son, finished 5th grade a week ago.  I refuse to say graduate.  5th Grade Graduation.  That is absurd.  The only event more ridiculous is graduation from pre-school.  Let's save the word graduate for something bigger.

And yet, and yet.  The en...

May 19, 2018

My new manicure has been compromised.

My fingertips are burned and sore.

And I'm tired.

What have I been doing?  I'll give you three guesses.  Have I been...

a) teaching my preschoolers Fun With Bonfires and then rescuing the tiny tots from fiery skirmishes?

b) polishing my silver tea set for Meghan and Harry's wedding with an essential oil that the hippie mama from Arkansas assured me was all natural, but turned o...

May 15, 2018

Younger joined the Scouts this Spring.  I was thinking next year, but apparently that means Spring in Boy Scout-ese.  He's been wanting to do this for years.  I'm a terrible mom - I didn't let him join during his elementary school years.  Older had been a Cub Scout and had not enjoyed it because after being in school all day, now he was spending the evening sitting quietly while adults talked.  Plus, it just seemed...

May 4, 2018

It has been a while since I've written about clothes.  It's been a while since I've shopped, but this spring I've remedied that with a vengeance.  Much thanks to Loft, and their fabulous sales!

Vim and I have talked about this a lot.  We both like clothes, but we just can't shop enough to make fashion a regular post.  Oh, Nordstrom, when will you send me packages with the express purpose to try clothes on and b...

April 13, 2018

Naomi Alderman's The Power has been sitting on my bookshelf since Christmas.  My husband bought it for me.  It was bundled with Jesmyn Ward's Sing Unburied Sing; I think I reviewed this book in an  earlier post as "excellent" and "horrifying."  Which probably discounts me from ever getting to write a blurb on someone's book jacket.

Anyway, I started reading The Power this week.  I'm not finished, but...

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