Archives for October 2012

This is Halloween (and PR done right)

Happy Halloween! In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, Tumblr or “the book” – here’s a picture of my kidlets. This was how our day started. The skies were chilly, and the fog was thick. Sort of the perfect weather to start off Halloween with! So far we’ve had a busy day. TheBoy took the Oldest Kidlet’s costume parade, and I took the Little Kidlet’s (since I was also helping out with his class’ Halloween party- to help his teachers feel more comfortable with the allergies). So I was at one school all morning, and then picked up the…

Narciso Rodriguez for Kohls. My thoughts.

I’ve blogged about my body and about my health issues. (For those new here, I’m petite, very thin- and naturally so. Sounds like a dream, but there are a lot of health issues that come along with being underweight- and just as much scrutiny from people from assume that I’m thin because of eating disorders. Wouldn’t wish it on anyone.) I am a huge fan of diversity in body shapes, and of fashion, too. So mark me surprised by this ad for the Narciso Rodriguez collection at Kohl’s. I saw it, and actually had to rewind to watch it again.…

Hidden Talents.

One of the things I remind my friends who are just having kids (since TheBoy and I were one of the first in our circle of friends) is that kids are sponges. They watch and hear everything. The Oldest Kidlet says, “Oh. My. Gosh.” just like I do. He went through a phase where everything was awesome. All my fault. (Just like when he was two and was singing Bohemian Rhapsody in the car- but you know… that was awesome. See? The overusage of awesome is my fault.) Tonight, we were doing laundry and my mother-in-law dumped it on the…

C25K Week Two Redux.

I had another long weird week where I didn’t get much running in. So today I went, and as I haven’t been able to complete Week Three Day One yet… I thought doing Week Two Day Three was a good way to ease into it. Week Three has a five minute warm up and 90 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking, three minutes of running, and three minutes of walking. It repeats again, and then ends with a cool down walk. I… just can’t do it. Not yet. I get into the two minutes of running and find myself…

The Major Award.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my mom (yes, I do talk to her a lot) and she reminded me of a story that had us laughing. Last spring, I got a phone call from the Oldest Kidlet’s teacher. “Sorry for the last minute call, but OK is getting an award tomorrow, and it’s a big deal. I hope you can make it. It’s a major award- for academic excellence.” I agreed to go, and told my in-laws about the call. The next day I went to the awards ceremony and when the in-laws got home from work, they…

Pizza Night.

Our family, like most families has a pizza night. That night where you pick up pizza to give everyone a break from cooking. It’s a tradition in this house, spanning for decades before we moved in and before I joined the family. There’s a pizzeria practically around the corner, that has a one-topping carry-out special. My father-in-law picks up the basics, one cheese, one pepperoni, one sausage, and one with jalepeños. It’s decent pizza, not great, but still satisfying. On special occasions, he gets some from a nicer place. That one has chorizo for a topping. Now that I’m dairy-free,…

What’s your favorite color?

“What’s your favorite color,” the Little Kidlet asked me as he sat on the toilet. (We have a lot of conversations while he’s trying to go) “Green.” “Not pink?” I suppose I made a weird face, because immediately he looked ashamed and said, “I said something wrong, didn’t I?” As a little girl, I liked pink. I still do, but it isn’t my favorite color. I mostly wear black and the one color that’s prevalent is teal. I tend to buy accessories with it without even thinking. Heck, I dyed my hair teal. But pink? I have some obnoxious running…

Accidentally Link – A Tale of Haircolor.

Right before my 32nd birthday, I cut off several inches of hair and had it dyed teal. It was liberating in so many ways. All eyes were on me, so I had to just be me. There was nowhere to hide. Because dear readers, I can’t speak for other shades, but blue-green is really high maintenance. I had to switch to washing my hair with cold water, using a shampoo with dye mixed in to help refresh the color, and do regular touch ups. And as much as I love it, this has been an exhausting year for reasons I…

Nature is amazing.

Today’s one of the first days that feels like fall. A storm system is blowing through LA today, and temperatures are in the mid to upper 60’s. After two months of 90 degree weather, it’s beautiful. Not only that, but this storm happens to have the possibility of thunder, which means it’s blustery, too. It was also the Little Kidlet’s parent teacher conference, and we found ourselves parked by a train track enjoying some fries before that. As he played with my phone, I looked up at the sky. I saw some seagulls circling, and then saw some larger birds…

Sharing a Kitchen.

The Little Kidlet has a lot of food allergies, and in our very crowded house (we live with my in-laws, which also includes TheBoy’s two adult brothers) LK and I are the only one with food issues- and mine is that I’m allergic to cow’s milk products. In the last three years, I could count the cross contamination issues we’ve had on one hand. Which all things considered, is pretty darn good. I thought I’d share some of the things that worked for us- just in case you have someone over with food allergies, and weren’t sure how to keep…