Three things — 4.27.17

Things I’m loving this week

I Do What I Want Mug

Crass kitty mug. This is going on my Amazon Christmas wish list right meow… Even if I never really do get to do what I want most of the time.

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Facebook friends. I know I’ve been all down on FB and all social media lately, but sometimes the power of it is freaking awesome. Like when I asked my friends if anyone had an old road/race bike they wanted to get rid of and promptly found one for each of the girls…or when I whined about not knowing how I was going to get my kids to summer camps/activities & found mom friends willing to help-out/share rides.  FB was also how Lauren and I found out about the March for Science in Erie on Saturday (so cool!). This is why I can’t completely eliminate Big Blue from my life.

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Spring blooms. OMG…the bushes…the trees…..everything looks and smells so wonderful this time of year!

Fresh fish. Dan, his brother and cousin took all the kids trout fishing last weekend and caught enough to feed us all of us that night. Delish….


Erie’s March for Science. Not only was it a beautiful sunny day, but the turnout was fabulous, the signs were hilarious, and the vibe was definitely positive and encouraging. #nerdsunite

Things I’m not loving

BIG FAT corporate tax cuts. Y’all knew this was coming, right?  He’s got to payback all those campaign funds from his wealthy donors that own these companies. You know…the ones making $42 million a year while paying their line workers minimum wage? Yeah…45…he’s a real friend to the working class. Not.

Sinus infections. It’s been ages since I had one (thankfully), but I was recently reminded how painful they are. My face…my aching face…. (Word to the wise: Do not swim laps with a cold because…it often leads to a sinus infection. Now I know).




Worth Reading — 4.26.17

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

Homestead guru: Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers: Secrets of Companion Planting

Reader’s Digest: 27 Funny Parenting Tweets to Make you LOL

New York Times: A Fake and A Fraud

“He oversold what he could deliver because he had no idea what would be required to deliver it, nor did he care. He told you what you wanted to hear so that he could get what he wanted to have. He played you for fools.”

The Washington Post: “Did Your Father Die?” For a second-grader, gunfire, school lockdowns, then the worst violence of all

Three things — 4.20.17

Three things I’m loving this week

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EZPass. After a few trips through toll-loving New York last summer, I decided to look into getting an EZPass.  PA requires an initial payment of $35 per transponder (that’s $35 in toll money) plus a $3 annual fee to open your account. (So…the transponder is “free”). I got one transponder that we can transfer from car to car (It just sits on the dash). The EZPass works on many of the surrounding interstates including the turnpikes in Ohio, NY, WV, NJ, RI and NC  (here’s a full list). The EZPass was particularly valuable during our recent trip to Boston as Mass. does not have toll collectors — If you do not have an EZPass, they photograph your license plate & send you a bill.  I also learned that you actually SAVE MONEY on some tolls with an EZPass. Also…you get through the toll booths quicker, of course. If you travel at all…it’s well worth having one.  I ordered mine online and it arrived in the mail a few weeks later.  More info here.

Easy Coleslaw Dressing

This easy coleslaw recipe. I had leftover shredded cabbage & carrots (I buy it in the bag) from the Thai Tuna Wraps I told you about before and googled “easy coleslaw recipe” and found this. It is easy…and deeelish. I love it fresh because it’s still a little crunchy.


Car travel. I used to hate traveling anywhere far away by car because, well….with five children and two adults in the car (technically six kids if we count my impatient father), when I was a kid car trips were a living nightmare of anger, hostility, yelling, and sulking. So, when I grew up…I flew everywhere. Until we couldn’t get decent flights to the Great Smokey Mountains a few years ago and decided to drive the 7+ hours. It was just Dan & I and …it was actually kinda nice to have all the time in the world to sit and read, talk, journal, scroll social media, etc.  I expected the 8-hour trip to Boston with the kids this weekend to be much like the car trips of my youth, but flying was not an option because I wasn’t going to plunk down $800 on flights and $50 to park and $100 to take luggage and $200 to rent a car in Boston….(Also…flying has become quite a freaking nightmare these days anyway), so we borrowed my mom’s car (three row seating is key!) and hit the road. We were able to take everything we wanted (no worries if our suitcase is over 50 lbs!) and left when we wanted and stopped when we wanted. We ate at picnic tables at rest stops and …you guys…my kids did not fight AT ALL. Not on the way there, not on the way back. *jaw drop*  This may have to do with the 8-hour binge on electronics & peace-keeping earbuds, but…whatevs…all I know is that flying has really fallen out of favor with me.


Racecations. Race vacations with running friends are the best. Even better when I don’t have to race!

Things I’m not loving this week

Head cold. Courtesy of the overcrowded Boston T-line (subway), I’m sure.

Fixing my swim stroke. So, I signed up for a few private swimming lessons because I need to learn how to bi-lateral breath for the Bay Swim and I was hoping to figure out why I’m so slow — it has much to do with the fact that I don’t reach and roll enough underwater (my body sort of sits on the top like a barge as I drag myself through with my arms). I’m working on it…but as soon as I get that right, I forget to kick, or my fingers spread out, or my right arm comes in & under (reducing my “pull”). There’s just so much to remember.


My weekend (in photos)

Just back from Bean Town where Dan ran his 2nd Boston Marathon. We took the kids this year and had a crew of Erie friends to hang with over the long weekend.

You can read more about the marathon & get results for local runners here.

I have more to say about Boston…and traveling with kids…and traveling by car…and staying outside the city and riding into town, but…for now…you get photos:

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Worth Reading — 4.19.17

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

Spit That Out: Top 10 Reasons I Hated Disney World (I thought I was the only one…but I guess not. :))

Huffington Post: An Update for Trump Voters

Babble: Raise Your Kids Like It’s 1982 (Those were the good old days… In 1984, I was 12 and babysat almost daily for a family down the street with three kids under 5, one was an infant. Times were different then…)

Washington Post: Mitch McConnell: the man who ‘broke America’ (In the end, I think history will show that this guy has done the most damage to our democracy.  At the risk of being petty: I hate his smug smile and old-man turkey neck...and does he even HAVE lips?)