2.19.2014

O Blog, Blog, Wherefore Art Thou?

I've somehow fallen into this pattern of only posting once a week.

It's not my favorite.

Not that I've ever really followed an established pattern or blogged daily but once just isn't enough to get all of my randoms out.

So, in an effort to catch up...

We made the same easy peasy  semi-DIY valentines that we've made since kindergarten. Every year we talk (briefly) about coming up with something new but then say, "Nah," and knock these out instead.

Lazy. Is what we are.
This year though, since she's at a new school, her friends were all surprised and seemed to like it. No one else in her class made a homemade or semi-homemade valentine. What's up with that?

I spent a hefty portion of last Thursday baking heart shaped sugar cookies for Annelise's grade level valentine party last Friday. I used Betty Crocker's mixes and my long forgotten cookie press because I'm lazy and couldn't get fired up about starting from scratch (even though they're better) rolling out dough and using cookie cutters.

I really never want to see another heart shaped sugar cookie for a good long while.
And then, in a stellar example of quality communication, I arrived to the party to see that the other mom had bought round sugar cookies from Sam's for the kids to decorate.

That was fun.

But we totally used those instead because they were bigger and easier for them to decorate. I just wish she had let me know.

Fourth grade rotated through different classrooms for snacks, games and crafts, spending about fifteen minutes in each room. The kids thought it was fun but I had to stay and help in her class with the food and missed out seeing the other activities.

As Sally said in the pumpkin patch, "I've been robbed!"

Not really, but I was really, really tired of watching batches of 9-10 year olds use community cans of vanilla icing to frost their cookies (shudder) and stabbing fruit to make kebabs. However, I did get good at giving my best stink eye to a few groups of too cool for school boys that kept acting up.

So my cookies were a bust but I mixed up some valentine snack mix with pretzels, m&ms, strawberry mini wheats and vanilla chex which was a hit with the kids. It was fun to walk around scooping out mix and chatting with them (at least most of them, a few had 'tudes).

Earlier that morning, Scott and I went our for breakfast at our new-to-us favorite haunt, The Egg and I, after dropping off our little valentine at school.
Scott got french toast (yawn) but I got something called the Athena scramble that had eggs, asparagus, mushrooms and feta. Does life get any better? I'm not sure. It also came with ranch potatoes, sausage and an english muffin.

Yumtastic. Is what it was.
Are you sitting down? Good. After breakfast we toted my never used golf clubs (an anniversary present from Scott five years ago that has just been collated dust) out to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls.

As one does.

We had to take the plastic off the handle grips.

Yes.
My first few swings were really good (surprise!) and I hit the balls fairly far but then Scott started giving me advice.

It slowly went downhill from there.

Well, not really, but it did suck the fun out of it a bit. I started thinking too much about my swing and following through and keeping my arms straight and getting under the ball to scoop it up and holding my club like an egg and so forth and so on.

I got a blister.

But overall it was fun. And it made Scott happy to share his golf side with me. I don't necessarily see myself playing a full round of golf anytime soon, there's soooo much to think about--how would I ever get my ball to the hole?

And in other random news...
Technology is my favorite when it brings a faraway friend into the living room for bible study. So cool!
This moment of temporary  happiness brought to you by Sonic happy hour drinks and tater tots.
Baking Pappo's birthday cookies (earlier this month) got off to bit of a rocky start.
Earlier this month I cleaned out my side of the closet (yay!)  which yielded a huge bag for Goodwill and freed up some much needed space. I picked up these velvet-y hangers at Stein Mart to replace my cheap plastic hangers that my wider necked clothes always fall off of. I'm hoping they will not only hold my clothes better but also make better use of space because they are thinner, plus the colors are fun. It feels rather indulgent to buy fancier hangers but I'm fed up with everything falling off into a heap.

Do you have a favorite hanger? I've heard about Huggable hangers and might pick up some of them to try (although I think they are fairly similar to these).

And that, my friends, is that.

It's good to be back in touch with my blog.

And with y'all.

xoxo

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