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May 2019

(subtitle: where the hell have you been?)

Hi there! Heck of a month, eh? I can’t quite explain WHY I haven’t been blogging, I just haven’t. Things have been great though! See?

Nephew A’s 5th birthday party was at a local farm, which offered stunning views…

It’s hard to stick to my “don’t show the kids” rule because they’re quite cute.

Mom and I went to the Phillies annual Mother’s Day tribute game. It was in the 50s with a cold, cold rain. The Phils won and neither of us caught pneumonia though so all’s well that ends well.

Mom: this was the best time! Me: (develops chilblains)

After years being buried in stacks of books, this handsome face received his Master’s Degree!

He’s the cutest!

I’m simultaneously proud of him and wondering what to do with him around the house all the time.

He’s the greatest.

Snapchat turned me into a fairly attractive dude.

how YOU doin?

Speaking of date-able dudes, this weekend WM and I celebrated twelve years of cohabitation. He arrived the Friday before Memorial Day in 2007 and the very next day we went to Collingswood Mayfair.

And we’ve gone every year since!

He built me a potting table in the garage out of an old door.

He did this in just an hour and half.

The garden is doing well. The tomatoes are so tall I had to stake them this weekend. And I should have my first radish in a week or so.

before I staked them.

I’ve been spending my evenings outside when the weather is nice. Our two goobers are all too happy to join me. Even Ollie, who is as good as he was 2 years ago (minus half his teeth and some functioning in his face) and it makes my heart swell with happiness.

Happy Ollie!

Twelve years ago WM arrived to me, Max, Misty, and Charlie. Ollie was the dog that began to blend us into the family we are now. Including this also-happy dude.

Happy Murphy!

I went to a Memorial Day barbecue where I only knew one person (the organizer) and ended up with new friends! No pictures because I didn’t want to be that person.

Which brings me to today, Memorial Day. We went to Iron Hill for lunch and I’ve been outside since we returned, with no concerns except my Apple Watch which keeps telling me to get up (nah, I’m good) and the children behind us who have been outside screaming from 7:58am to 6:55pm since Saturday morning. I’d LOVE for them to discover Fortnite or join the swim club or a sport or watch JoJo Siwa vids inside for a few hours each night.

This is my very favorite time of year. The entire summer is yawning ahead of us. My first Summer Friday is this week and I think I’m going to head to Margate for the day. Happy summer!

My unfiltered, no makeup summerface.

Friday 5: Break of Day

Oh happy happy day! It’s Memorial Day weekend. This means two amazing things:

1) Eleven Memorial Day weekends ago, WM took a 12 hour ride from Michigan with a jeep full of stuff to move int with me at the Dee-luxe Apartment in the Sky. Eleven! We both took a heck of a risk and it has paid off in spades.

2) Summer! My favorite season yawns ahead of me with the promise of warm sunshine and grilled corn. Today Mom and I took a trip to Margate and plopped on the beach for a few hours. We bought our season beach passes. It was GLORIOUS.


Two of my social media beefs about this weekend:

1) People who post crying military widow/devoted service dog memes chiding others for forgetting the meaning of Memorial Day. It is wholly possible for a human being to remember the dead troops WHILE enjoying a BBQ or sitting at the beach. We are complex individuals.

2) People who toss shout-outs to their living military peeps. That’s what Veteran’s Day (and let’s face it, the other 364 days of the year anymore) is for. Memorial day is for people who died during active service.

Tomorrow is Collingswood Mayfair. Sunday we plan to go to the NJ Ren Faire, weather permitting. Summer! It’s just the best!


Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Break of Day. Let’s get to it!

1. When did you last break something made of glass?
I honestly can’t remember. I very rarely use actual glasses for drinking anymore. I love plastic cups instead.

2. When did you last break something ceramic?
I purposefully broke a cracked terracotta flower pot so I could put the shards into other pots for drainage. Super exciting, right?

3. When did you last break something electronic?
I am awful with charger cables.

4. When did you last break a non-traffic-related law?
I … hm. What is the statute of limitations on downloading music from Napster?

5. When did you last break a promise?
I break promises to myself all the time!

It took me two hours to write this because I’ve been watching a recording of Masterpiece’s Little Women. It’s my favorite book of all times and the 1994 movie (Winona Ryder) is my favorite movie. I have … opinions about this version. If I only had a place to share them on … 😉

Memorial Day weekend wrap-up

Happy Memorial Day, which is a day we set aside to honor those lost in military service to our country but instead everyone posts pictures of their living veteran relatives or their dead relatives who were veterans. It makes my eyeball twitch when people put up the “REMEMBER WHAT THIS DAY IS REALLY ABOUT YOU BBQ-ING INFIDEL” memes and then say “Here’s a pic of grandpappy who is now 101 and fought in WWII.” No maybe YOU should remember what this day is about. I’ll hold your corn on the cob. And eat it.

Indiana Jones and the Jersey Girl.

On Saturday WM and I went to our 10th Collingswood Mayfair. To our surprise, it was partially sponsored by the Dee-luxe Apartments in the Sky! Which I can now safely say was the Heights of Collingswood. Even though it never that hard to figure out. We bought a planter for the yard, a charm that looks like a beach tag, and some dog biscuits from Pawfect Pastries to give to Murphy when he’s good. We’ve yet to give him one. It’s been that kind of weekend.

Friday the library closed early. Instead I got a pedicure (blue) and went to Ulta for eyeshadow. Lately I’ve been getting away with a swipe of eyeliner and some mascara but I wanted to up my game and look more polished. The makeup artists at Ulta in Cherry Hill listened to my request (“I just want to look like I’m awake.”) and selected a color palette that can go from “Target Run” to “Date Night.”

Anastasia of Beverly Hills: Truffle, 10K, Shimmer, and Mermaid. Taupe brow pencil, Pro Pencil primer and mascara.

We took advantage of the eight full hours of sunlight this weekend and planted some more grass seed. This is our third go-round — I wonder how the neighbors would feel if we just filled the front yard with rocks. And we finally put together our grill.

WM: Wait, “we finally put together our grill?” What in the hell is “we?”

Okay, fine. WM finally put together our grill while I kept Murphy from chewing the tree. We are truly suburbanites now. Oh, and I cut bangs into my hair myself (with an assist from Wikihow) because even when things are coming together, I still make bad decisions.

Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment where I’m finally getting the impression made for my crown. In less than 2 months, I’ll finally, FINALLY have a full smile again without a flipper. It’s been a long, drooly time.

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