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They Coulda’ Been Great: November 2014

After promising myself that I’d post more, I proceeded to write two essays that I can’t publish here and then picked up a day job for several weeks (and NO – I can’t just write at night – that’s when Chris is around and he doesn’t like being ignored)…SO instead, here’s a short Facebook roundup for November. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)


November 1

11:15 a.m.

Halloween candy. It’s what’s for breakfast.


8:37 p.m.

Me: Hi Oliver! Do you want a little ice cream?

Oliver: No. I want a lot of ice cream.

He is so my son…


November 2

11:10 a.m.

Eleanor: You know what I want to do all day?

Me: What?

Eleanor: Kit Kats.



November 6

1:16 p.m.

Walking around Target today, I got my first blast of holiday aisle fever. Though the season won’t be in full swing for me until I purchase yet another holiday CD I don’t need.

#‎StillInThe90sWhatsAPlayList‬? ‪#‎ILoveTheSmellOfCinnamonStickInTheMorning‬


November 10

3:19 p.m.

The hubris of pre-ordering school portraits… He’s a Monchhichi! Note to self: no more summer buzz cuts after July 1…



November 11

12:54 p.m.

Question: Where was Alice BEFORE she heard me coming up the stairs?



November 15

10:21 a.m.

Three months after our Outer Banks vacation, I’ve come to the alarming realization that the hermit crabs may never die…


November 17

8:12 p.m.

Worked on a spelling list with George tonight. He had to use each word in a sentence – so first, we discussed what each word meant. “Blemish” was confusing for him. I finally explained that one definition for blemish is “pimple.” Here is the sentence he wrote:

“Mom has a blemish on her face.”

Can’t wait for his memoir…


November 20

9:31 a.m.

Dear Gray Hair,

Not yet.

The Woman with Really Good Tweezers


November 22

7:04 p.m.

“Pretend fire right? Not real fire…”

A legitimate clarification in my house.


November 26

2:44 p.m.

So I just got in my car (which I must have left unlocked – shame on me!) after a quick grocery store run and found a King “NJOY” premium electronic cigarette on my seat. Looks like someone has a secret admirer…

who left this in my car8:10 p.m.

Oliver’s OT sent me the best e-mail last week about his practice writing. She said, “we were talking about Thanksgiving and I asked him if he would like to make a turkey or write about his Thanksgiving, he chose write and what you see is my writing at the top which is 100% his words with me scribing.” Writing may not come easily to him but I value his kind heart more than good penmanship. I love my little cheese eater! Happy Thanksgiving!

Oliver writing sample


November 29

6:21 p.m.

And just when I thought my dork factor couldn’t get any higher… At the advanced age of 42, I discovered that I like puzzles.


And now onto my most favorite of commercial seasons…bring on the Christmas!

They Coulda’ Been Great! April 2013

I’m back with another installment of Facebook posts that could have been blog posts back in the day… One of my family members actually asked me, “are you still writing on your blog?” Ummmm….yeah. I’ve kind of dropped the ball on that, huh? I DO have something new that I’m working on though (i.e. started in December 2012 and should probably finish this weekend). But until then…

Here are the Facebook posts that could have been BLOG POSTS , back when we actually wrote stuff on our blogs and read the stuff that other people posted…and commented and stuff.

They coulda’ been great…

April 1

6:50 p.m.

There are days when I think, “you know what? I’m a really good mom! I have unlimited patience and I don’t sweat the small stuff.” Today? Is not one of those days…

9:00 p.m.

And then Oliver has one of his many Balki Bartokomous moments, “I need to get some shut eyes.”…and I can’t stop smiling.

April 2

7:30 p.m.

George is an endless source of amusement for me. He has started paying attention to commercials and tries to convince me that we need various products. Just the other day, I opened a cabinet door, and he delightedly exclaimed, “OH! We have Kaboom with Oxy Clean?”

But my favorite is the Michel Mercier Ultimate Detangling Brush. He is adamant that we MUST buy it for Eleanor (who in all fairness, cries like I’m plucking out single hairs with my tweezers). He recently picked up my brush and re-enacting a scene from the commercial, held it up saying, “this brush?” then tossed it over his shoulder, “OUT.” And just this morning, he picked up another brush I bought for Eleanor, asking, “what kind of brush is this?” Not realizing we were back to Michel Mercier, I responded, “I don’t know what you mean – that’s Eleanor’s brush.” But he wasn’t listening. He stroked the bristles muttering, “just a ‘regular’ brush…doesn’t glide through.”

I need to start hiring him out for infomercials. I’m seriously starting to think we need those brushes…

April 2

9:40 p.m.

“Kate – your show is on soon. It’s almost 9:30. Kate! You’re going to miss your show…” Yeah – Chris isn’t that into The Mindy Project.

April 6

2:50 p.m.

Remember my ill fated attempt at starting Oliver in “Blast Ball” (pre-T-Ball) a few years back? WHY didn’t I know about adapted sports programs back then!? We’re at our first C.A.T.S. soccer practice and he loves it! Which of course means that his interest began to wane after 20 minutes and we’ve had MANY conversations about not picking at the AstroTurf… But whatever – he’s not crying or demanding to leave – so I’m thrilled.

April 7

10:20 a.m.

Oliver is so weird…

April 11

9:10 a.m.

Met up with one of Eleanor’s classmates while walking to school today.

Eleanor: So do you like my new outfit?

Boy: Yeah! It looks like a swimsuit.

Ah, men and compliments… It seems the weirdness starts early.

April 15

8:00 p.m.

Overheard from the other room…

George: This side is for massaging and this side is for sharpening.

Do I even want to know?

April 17

4:30 p.m.

I don’t know about you – but I’m feelin’ 22.

Not really. More like 42.

P.S. I’m turning 41 this month.

April 21

12: 00 p.m.

It’s been brought to my attention that I sometimes forget where I’m going when driving. I’m in the car so much I just switch into autopilot mode. Luckily I usually have Oliver, my human GPS system with me. Just today I got onto the Dulles Toll Road and heard small voice from the back seat announce, “Mom. You’re going the wrong way.” I could have ended up in DC before remembering that the swim lesson is in Ashburn.

Of course, while helpful when I need it, it can also be annoying. Three miles before a turn he starts yelling at me, “Move over! You’re missing it!” Honestly – drive past your exit every once in a while, and suddenly everyone has an opinion about what lane you’re in…

12:40 p.m.

So my neighbor, took this of me with Oliver yesterday BEFORE I got ready to go out. WHY couldn’t I have put on some makeup and possibly done something with my hair? I’m not used to being IN pictures (forget about random, unplanned shots…)

Kate 3

April 24

5:30 p.m.

It doesn’t get any better than this for Oliver…

April 25

3:00 p.m.

So I decided to get a haircut today and from the little I can see of what she’s doing in the back – it’s looking SHORT. If you come to the DC LTYM show on Sunday, don’t be surprised if you see Arya Stark in a wrap dress on stage.

6:00 p.m.

Short haircuts walk a fine line between sassy and soccer mom. OH HI nose!

April 26

8:30 a.m.

Oliver is lobbying hard for buying a cotton candy machine. I’m having a hard time poking holes in his argument…

9:50 a.m.

So I think pairing glasses with my new haircut makes me look very intellectual. Which is kind of hilarious if you know me…

Also, I’m glad I didn’t add trendy bangs since I now see how this could go very “Carol Channing…”

AND – I don’t have the highest of hopes that I can ever get it to look this perfect again!

April 27

1:10 p.m.

It’s my birthday! And it’s beautiful outside! So I’m at Chuck E. Cheese with my kids – obviously.

4:00 p.m.

The birthday festivities continue… We left Chuck E. Cheese and went directly to Oliver’s adapted sports soccer practice, where I am now folding LTYM brochures. Queen for a day!!

8:00 p.m.

Whenever I see my neighbor wearing his Led Zeppelin t-shirt and his 3 year old wearing HER Led Zeppelin t-shirt, I have to hum the first few bars of Kashmir. And then I remember Dimone’s 5 point plan in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “whenever possible, put on side 1 of Led Zeppelin 4.”Then I realize that I’ve had 3 glasses of birthday wine…and I think I’m a little bit drunk…and kind of old. Cheers!

April 30
5:00 p.m.
Was having some technical difficulties on FB yesterday… But here is most recent post on the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER DC blog (oh no – it’s not over until I do a wrap up with approximately one million pictures…prepare yourselves…)
Wow – that’s a lot of pictures of me. Like yourself much, Kate? Ah well – I get my hair cut once or twice a year. It’s exciting. For me.
Back soon with something I DID NOT post on Facebook!