Three Things — 3/26/15

Three thing I’m loving this week

mad men

1. Mad Men Season 7 is finally on Netflix. I binge watched Mad Men last year and then had to wait…wait….wait… until this week for the final season.  Well, the first half of the final season anyway. *sigh*


2. A great niece. My niece is pregnant and we found out Saturday that it’s a girl. Can’t wait to meet her!


3.  Seagulls. People call them “flying rats,” but if you take the time to really look at them, they are quite beautiful birds. I admire their hardiness and tenacity.


4. Spring sunrises. I’ve been a morning runner for more than a decade and I’ve seen a lot of sunrises in that time. The best ones in Erie are always in the spring.

Things I’m not loving this week

1. Wind + cold + rain. The trifecta of miserable spring weather.

2. The muddy season.  I’m thankful (most of) the snow is gone, but I despise the bog it leaves behind in my backyard. I hate wiping paws all the time.

Worth Reading — 3/25/15

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

Huffington Post: A 30-Year-Old Recording Of One Guy’s Parents Nagging Him Comes To Life In Hilarious Animation

Scary Mommy: It’s a Lie; Mothering Doesn’t Get Any Easier (True dat)

“Moms of small children out there, don’t listen when they say it gets easier. They lie. They mean well, but they lie. It doesn’t get any easier, but it changes. Those little human beings aren’t the same as they were a year ago, a month ago, or even a week ago. But the good news is neither are you. You become better. You learn. You adapt. You figure things out.”

Waldablog: Progress Coming in Waves (insider view of the construction of the new wave pool at our favorite little amusement park on the lake)

Scary Mommy: 17 Ways Kids Are Like Facebook

SkinnyTaste: Baked Eggs in Spaghetti Squash Nests (Don’t you make that face at me…spaghetti squash is awesome and eggs are good for you!)

Ding…ding…ding…. Oh, door woman…



In the age-old debate over which domestic species is smarter, I present canine Sam and feline Oliver.


Since Sam was a puppy, we’ve been trying to teach him to ring the bell to let us know he wants to go outside, but he just stands there. If he gets impatient, he will pace and/or bark.


Meanwhile, Oliver figured the bells out in about 4.3 seconds. When he gets impatient, he bats them incessantly until we answer the call.


Of course, I’m the servant rushing to let the duo in and out all day long, which makes me think the felines might even have the humans beat on the ol’ intelligence scale.

Three things — 3/19/15

Things I’m loving this week


1. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you haven’t watched this new Netflix series written by the always-hilarious Tina Fey…you should. It’s clever, witty and definitely worth some of your screen/stream time.


2. These minion eggs. We’re big Despicable Me fans at Casa Cass, so I’m definitely going to make myself a batch of minions for Easter.  How-to here (though it all looks pretty self-explanatory)


3. The Erie Zoo is open again! The Erie Zoo is open again! The Erie Zoo is open again! While my kids are no longer toddlers, we still love the zoo. It’s a great way to spend an hour of family time on a sunny (almost) spring day….even if it is only 43 degrees (not that I’m complaining because 43 is better than 4).


4. Spring officially starts tomorrow! OK…yeah, I know it doesn’t actually arrive here in Erie till mid-May, but as of tomorrow — March 20 — the calendar will say spring and that’s something we can hold onto — a little ray of hope.  Also….the ice is melting off our great lake.

Things I’m not loving this week

1. Shuttling two active kids, mostly single-handedly. Two kids in several activities every weeknight and one mom with a full-time job and a bad running habit = a scheduling nightmare. Thank god for nearby parents, a flexible work schedule, and gas that’s not over $3 a gallon right now. Sigh.

2. Skype. If I wanted people to see me after 8 p.m. at night, I’d put on makeup and a bra.

3. Email. Seems the more I clean out my inbox, the faster it fills right back up.

God Bless America, land of the free to say whatever they want


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I’ve been down on Facebook lately because it seems no matter what you do or say, you piss off a friend…or your “friends” start fighting on your timeline, so it’s just like…meh…I’m done with this.

But, I scroll it for information and, every once in awhile, I come across something that makes me realize that I can never truly give up Facebook — like this gem from Time Magazine posted earlier today.

I don’t know why, but this (below) has been making me laugh all morning. I keep spontaneously giggling about it. I’m pretty sure my coworkers think I’ve finally lost my mind.

Only in America can a billionaire think he’s most qualified to run the country. And, only in American can people immediately call him a dick and make fun of his hair.

  • Nacho Salas: Hahaha he can’t even make a comb over look great
  •  Echewi Chewi: His hair piece: “I’m the only one who can make you look truly handsome again!”

Land of the free, baby. Yeah…’merica!

god bless America

To read all the comments — trust me, they are super entertaining – click here or “like” Time & look for the Donald Trump post (posted 3/18 at about 10 a.m.).

Worth Reading — 3/18/15

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

Sure Awesomeness: 11 Photos of Animals and their Parents That will Make you Happy (mission accomplished)

Thought Catalog: This is What it Feels Like to Be an Addict’s Sister (Powerful. Thankful to have no inside knowledge of what it’s like to have a sibling with a substance abuse problem, but I can imagine it must be a hellish roller coaster of emotions.)

Scary Mommy: 10 Things I want to Say to my Gynecologist

Behrend Blog: Alumnus to  Star in HGTV Show (I wrote this, but…putting it on my list to get the word out and get as many people as possible to watch Troy’s show — and the reruns. He’s the real deal and a Harborcreek native who isn’t just building McMansions, but…preserving history and I have a lot of respect for that).

Marc and Angel Hack Life: 7 Things to Remember When You Feel Discouraged and Defeated

“We all have this picture in our minds of ourselves – this idea of what kind of person we are.  When this idea gets threatened, we react defensively. My solution was to realize that I’m not just one thing. I’m not always productive – sometimes I am, but sometimes I’m unproductive too.  I’m not always motivated — sometimes I am, but other times I’m feeling lazy.  The truth is, I can be many things, and remembering this helps me stretch my identity so it isn’t so fragile.   I am less than perfect.  And that’s perfectly OK.”


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