Monday, November 25, 2013


I was in a crummy mood today. The one-two punch of a really cold day and a Monday at the office got me real good. It's the kind of mood that warrants making a giant bowl of aglio e olio and eating it hot and steamy. Or making a pan of fried rice and eating it straight out is the pan, standing up, next to the stove. Or going to town on a loaf of fresh bread, smothered in butter. As I later told Ken, these cravings might be my body's way of trying to fatten me up for the winter. I did end up making some fried rice for dinner but I'm proud to say I refrained from getting all dramatic with it. More importantly, at the end of the day, I get to pick up sloane the brave, who is a balm for my cranky soul. Great huge grins from my daughter, a warm house, and some leftovers from the night before's friendsgiving feast wore down some of my crankiness and got me closer to a thankful state of mind, which is where I always hope to be.

It's usually slower and sometimes harder to run errands with a toddler, but it is also  more fun with a side kick who is 100% committed to their sidekick role for an errand-filled Saturday. This past weekend found just us girls alone while Ken was out of town. On Friday, we shared an apple together while I told her of my Saturday to-do list and on Saturday morning, we got dressed, took our time eating our breakfast, and then looked at each other, took a deep breath and went at it.  That day we hit up two grocery stores, two thrift stores, a children's consignment store, the dollar tree, the mall, and chipotlewith a nap somewhere in the middle of all that.  

Some other noteworthy things, she started saying "wee!" when doing certain things that warrant such an emotion, i.e. sliding off the chair, running into the next room, finding a ball. It's too much for words.
It  also got real cold this past weekend and I showed her how the cold sometimes makes me hug myself and say, "brrr it's cold!" Watching her imitate me do that was maybe the highlight of the whole day. 
Also, Sloane learned how to jump. She demands that we jump around together, sporadically. 

I love that I get to share my joy of eating apples with her.  As she eats the apple with glee and such efficiency, I'm like, 'yes! I know, isn't it SO good?!' 

On the left, right before we set out for the day. 
On the right, we took a break and came back home so that she could take a nap and this is right before she uncharacteristically put up a very big fuss about having to nap. i imagined she was saying, 'but mama, we're not done!'

She is usually in the shopping cart when we go to the grocery store, but on this particular trip, i only needed to pick up one or two things so she was eye-level with all of the flowers and we must have spent a good 10 minutes in the floral section because she needed to sniff each and every flower and plant.

Dinner after a long day of errands…(we tried out chipotle's kid's menu!) she had brown rice, black beans and some of a pork and cheese quesedilla. 

When she saw these mannequins at the store she stared long and hard and went up to investigate.  She pointed to the dog and said "ruh run!" (for rusty) and I was tickled by how still she was standing there so still. We had a couple of people walk by and get surprised because they thought she was part of the display.

And something else that bullies down those winter blues: yellow tights to brighten up the dark and remind you of sunny days:


  1. i love that her outfit even fits in with the manikins. as tiresome as it is, i also enjoy lugging Eden around on errands. she obviously is less interactive than Sloane, but i do enjoy having a partner in crime

  2. A lot of fun things, eunbee's face eating apple, oh, golden Christmas tree, yellow tights(it is surprise!), the most fun part is Sloane standing like one of manequins! Haha, it was really fun,