Thursday, May 18, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: On Sunday afternoon I took my phone and earbuds outside and watched the documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict while Flyboy went on an afternoon bike ride in town. I think I need to start doing this more often because it was so peaceful. I can honestly say I haven't been that relaxed while lounging outdoors since we sat on the beach our last day in Hawaii. Additionally, I highly recommend the film to anyone who's interested in the art world. I knew a little bit about the famed Ms. Guggenheim, but WOWZERS! Her story is brilliant and intriguing. You will become obsessed and hungry to learn more about this femme trailblazer.

THANKFUL FOR: Lately we've had a handful of neighborhood kids (ages 2-8) just show up in the evenings ready to play in our backyard. I suppose it might have something to do with the freeze pops and juice boxes I've been handing out, but Max is in heaven. Because our resident toddler is the youngest of the bunch, he mostly stands back with the goofiest grin on his face and watches everyone run around—occasionally trying to get their attention by throwing a ball or asking if they can drive his VW van. It's pretty adorable! As soon as he wakes up from his afternoon nap, he stands by the sliding glass door in the dining room and waits patiently for all the children to come home from school. He wants very little to do with his peers, but he's fascinated by the older kids.

WATCHING: Whenever I saw ads for the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn movie, Snatched, I couldn't help but laugh hysterically. Seriously you guys, I snorted on several occasions just watching a thirty second clip! It was clear I NEEDED to see this chick flick but I wasn't sure about going by myself until Flyboy encouraged me to catch a matinee and treat myself for Mother's Day. Awwww! I almost opted out of going so I could tend to some afternoon cleaning (BORING!), but with 15 minutes to spare I arrived at the theater just in time to find a seat. Score! Have you seen it yet?! What did you think?? I thought it was a riot, as expected, but I kind of wish there would have been more Goldie. My sister and I were smitten with her back in the day (Private Benjamin, Overboard, First Wives Club, etc.), so it was a little odd to see her play a somewhat bland character, but with Amy as a costar it was probably necessary.

EATING: During my first round of Whole30, I struggled with the whole black coffee thing. I can do it, but it's not ideal. Having tried a bunch of options, I didn't expect much when I read about mixing 1 tsp. coconut oil with my coffee (kind of like the bulletproof coffee craze) in a blender, but I'm surprisingly pleased with the results. I still miss my frothy whole milk, but this certainly fills the void.

LISTENING TO: Last week Max made the connection that the four-year-old boy, Walter, that lives behind us is not only his friend but also our neighbor. Say what?! Anyone familiar with Daniel Tiger knows that Daniel begins every episode by greeting the viewers with a jolly "HI NEIGHBOR!" Yep, my half-pint's mind was blown when I explained it to him. Now he insists on saying "HI NEIGHBOR!" every time he sees Walter. I'm fairly certain Walter is over the Daniel Tiger phase because he looks at me confused when Max greets him that way and asks "Why does he have to say that every time?" Wouldn't it be great if we all felt that giddy about our neighbors??

LOVING: Have you seen the new Sugar Paper goodies released this week? You guys, dreams are made of these darling striped and polka-dotted journals! How can I go about getting a fat stack of these cuties on my desk?! This is what I call Ashley's kryptonite.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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