Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Struttin' Her Stuff

.....with a full diaper, of course.

(No, she's not walking.)

Monday, September 21, 2015


I left the Internet for maybe 2 hours tonight and came back to finding a trending hashtag asking women to proudly tell the stories of their abortions so that everyone can hear, it can be normalized, and even found beautiful.

I made the mistake of clicking on the hashtag and reading what people were saying, both for and against.

Everything the people promoting this "trending" topic were saying just made me want to cry.


I can't condemn individuals who get abortions. There are women who I've personally met and worked with who I feel genuinely don't understand what they did. I don't believe that's true for everyone, but I won't make blanket statements condemning everyone.

But I do not understand this world we live in. How much more evil has to happen?

Cute Baby in Pajamas

Saturday, September 19, 2015


This one time last week I caught baby girl reading a book that could be torn apart. Since it wasn't a library book, I decided to hold back and watch. She turned through every single page, very delicately and thoughtfully.

It was so cute I almost died.

Papal Ponderings

Next week I'll be the closest I've ever been and likely ever will be to the Pope. Traveling to Philadelphia and to D.C. will put him at less than an hour's drive away from my house.

Wait, with all the traffic his visit will bring we better put that at less than a 4 hour drive....

I'll just pray that he uses air travel rather than ground so I can still drive to my thrift store...priorities....

I was about to make a comment of surprise at how much press coverage this event is getting, but then I looked up statistics, and a Gallup poll from last year says that about 25% of the country claims Catholicism as their religion. Interesting.

With the temple construction in the city center of Philadelphia, I'm also curious to find out if the Pope notices the temple. It's getting close to completion, at least on the outside, and definitely looks like a temple. You can see an update on the temple from July here. I think it's funny that one of the comments says the temple looks depressing with how gray it is. I can guarantee it won't look so depressing once it's lit up at night, and has all those beautiful gardens finished!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Last Week's Highlight

On Labor Day, I had plans to meet someone for a Craigslist purchase. I asked her what part of southern Maryland she lived in, since it wasn't Baltimore and I wanted to plan for how far I was going to have to drive, would it be worth it, etc. When she answered Annapolis, about 30 minutes away, I said "Great! I need a trip to Cafe Rio anyway!"

Guess what she answered, people?!

"Oooooo, Cafe Rio!!! How about I meet you there?"

I could die.

Someone else appreciates Cafe Rio, and lives within 100 miles of myself.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Products

Has anyone tried the Quaker real oatmeal medleys?

These puppies:

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Well, don't.

I got one for free or really cheap from coupons. First of all, it's almost $2.00 for one. One cup of oatmeal. I poured the hot water in, got it all mixed in and cooked, and started eating.

Mmmmm this is really good!

Then about halfway through everything just started grossing me out. I mean, who puts walnuts in oatmeal? Okay, maybe that's a normal thing, but I am not a fan. All the chunks and "real" stuff in the oatmeal was hitting my gag reflex.

Okay, next product:

Delicious! So good! A wonderful treat after your baby's down for a nap and the dishes are done.

Worth the price? Ehhhhh probably not. Luckily I got these babies with coupons and sales. I don't know if I could make these easily enough to warrant making them at home though.

The end.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


In May, the day before Mother's Day, I was out looking for garage sales with Caleb. We pulled through the drive-thru at a McDonald's (I was driving), and the woman who took my payment saw the car seat in the back of my car.

"Is this your first Mother's Day?"

"Yep, it is!"

"Well congratulations, baby, you have a wonderful Mother's Day."

...or something similarly sweet and southern.

I don't know why, but that is one of the nicest things anyone's ever said to me, and gets me all teary-eyed and fuzzy inside when I remember how she smiled at me and what she said to me.

On Sunday, I played the musical number in my ward. The senior sister missionary in my ward came up behind me in Sunday school, told me how beautiful it was, welcomed me back (they are serving their entire mission in our ward), and gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. It was the sweetest thing and reminded me of my great-grandmas Sylvia and Kay.

I had to remember these things as I was driving around in Baltimore for the first time in months on Monday; less than 2 blocks from my house I already had someone honking their horn at me because I wouldn't go forward when there was someone in the crosswalk in front of me.


2 more years.

2 more years.