I just tried, unsuccessfully, to win a radio call-in contest....
It has been a decade or two since last doing that. You know, fingers dialing furiously in the hopes of being the lucky 10th caller. And the irrational disappointment every time your attempt is met with a busy signal. I didn’t win. Obviously.
Don’t know where to begin? Tumblr! Don’t know what you will write about? Just start writing, stuff will come to you (and if not, there are always GIFs to reblog.) Don’t have anything interesting to say? Of course you do!
Almost 4 years ago after a chance encounter with one of my favorite bloggers at a club in Miami, Georgina suggested I start a tumblr. I am so glad I listened.
This outlet, chronicle, community is one of things I am MOST thankful for… I love it here.
And so I say to you, I really think you should start a blog.
(For those of you who don’t follow college football - after 2 major upsets this week, ND became the #1 team in the country. If we can hang on and beat USC, one of our biggest rivals this weekend, we will be playing for the national championship.
National Championship… oh god, my palms started sweating as I typed those words.)
Z went down at 7:30 Felix followed close behind. Full Disclosure: I was excited for them to fall asleep… I was really looking forward to my Friday night in with Simon.
2 episodes of “check please” with 2 of my favorites featured: Terzo Piano on top of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute & Big n Littles. Highbrow/Lowbrow, eh? Alpana Singh’s hair looked incredible
Then an episode of Fringe.
We poured a big glass of wine and ate a frozen pizza for dinner. Homerun Inn. That shit is good. (We have been trying to save money for the holidays and decided there was no need to spend $30 on delivery pizza.)
For dessert - we had the brownies I baked this afternoon with the children. I forgot to set the timer, but the brownies didn’t burn. I can tell when they are done (chewy on the corners) by the smell. Foolproof skill.
I need to work out tomorrow.
Simon & I spent some time with the TV off chatting …about newish friends who we wished had been in our lives when we got married & about how weird some people are on facebook We also planned our day of football tomorrow. 4 games to keep an eye on (NDvsWake, KSUvsBaylor, OregonvsStanford, USCvsUCLA) Go Irish
It is 11:30 now and I am about to turn in Simon is taking Felix’s feedings through the night, meaning I get a whole evening of sleep. That is good news.
This Friday was nothing special but it was very much needed.
Two of our dearest, Danielle & David, are packing up and moving. Again. Last year it was Chicago to NY. And now NY to San Francisco. I reblog this as an enormous congratulations…. but also because it is one of my favorite posts I have read. ever.
(It’s been a while since a tumblr post has made me good cry. I mean, she writes: “You know, when people talk about marriage, so often they talk about growing old together. But man, it is something to grow up together too.”)
I am so thankful that one of the stops on their great american urban tour brought them into our lives.
Well guys, it’s official, we got some news this week… we’re moving to San Francisco!
A hard earned promotion and a goal, 5-years in the making, achieved; David got a new role on his team (and a mandate to be Westward bound by the first of the year…but let’s not think about logistics just…(read more)
Ah.... feeling down for three days now. How do you motivate yourself to be positive and to keep pusging even when your body is saying "I do not think so." Thanks. Need to pull myself uf and not sure how to. Any books recomendations? Any tips?
Ah sorry to hear that… For what it’s worth, I have sort of been in a funk this week too. I am tired, I think, among other things.
Obviously, I don’t know what will cheer you up Or what is pulling you down (and I don’t mean to suggest that the below will solve all of your problems…) But since you asked, I am happy to share what works for me when I need to SHAKE IT OFF:
Lace up your sneakers, turn up your headphones (loud!), grab your camera (cell phone camera works just as well) and take a good old fashioned walk.
A gratitude walk.
Walk hard and fast and far. Bonus points if you can swing a night walk. Those are my favorite.
Take pictures of all the beautiful things you see along the way. I mean, go hunting for beauty. Actively look for it…then capture the goodness with your camera.
As you move, write the “story of your walk” in your mind. The interesting people, funny sounds, gorgeous sights. If you keep your eyes open, a narrative will emerge. A narrative that will distract you from whatever weight you are carrying and help shift stinking thinking to thoughts of gratitude.
Plus, the walk will get your blood flowing which is always good for business.
And since interesting input makes for interesting output… You might be surprised to find that you return home with stories to share with your family, friends or blog :)
Hi Emily! I've got a question for you: one my friends just had a baby today, and a group of us would like to get a small gift for them. We're all starving law students, so we'd like to keep costs down. This is the first of my friends to have a baby so I have no idea what's appropriate. Do you have any suggestions for something that would be useful and appreciated? Thanks!
In fact, I do have a couple of group baby gift suggestions for you.
Touch The Art Books: These books are the single best baby gift I received and are the star of story time every single night. At about $10 each, perhaps you can pick up a few of the titles in the series.
Little Giraffe Plush Blankets: No doubt your friend has received so many receiving blankets but the Little Giraffe products are like no other. INSANELY soft, warm and gorgeous - if you go for the larger size (linked above) it is a perfect throw for the stroller.
Plus, it is Suri Cruise’s blanket of choice…so there’s that.
Barneys Sweater/Hat Set: I am not sure how many people are going in on the gift, but at $75 this gift is a lot of bang for your buck. This gift is at once practical and special.
It is easy to put on, weather appropriate, cute as all get out….
Plus you guys get to give a gift in a Barneys box (which is sort of fun) and the baby gets his/her first designer outfit (which is really fun).
Yesterday Tim the refrigerator repairman came to, you know, fix our fridge.
While I was in the living room with Z & Fee & Aneta & Mama & El & Mrs. H (who stopped by with a treat for the baby), Simon was in the kitchen with Tim talking about freon or coils or something refrigeratory…
When Tim said to Simon:
You sure have a lot of girls in there.
Yes sir… He does. There is no shortage of lovely ladies in my husband’s life or home. But it is worth noting, his girls are all very big football fans. Lucky man :)
My mom just called. She was excited, talking all fast-like She came-up with a theme for her Thanksgiving tablescape and it is kind of the cutest thing I have ever heard: Party On Pilgrim! Among other things, she is going to put sunglasses on the turkey.
Speaking of poultry… Our freezer broke. I can’t talk about it. Actually, yes, I can. It is times like this that being a home owner suuuuucks. The Refrigerator repair man is coming out tomorrow to take a look at it (I had no idea who to call, but then I saw a sticker inside the fridge that said: For repairs call… That was actually quite helpful) In additional to the cost of the repair, I had to throw out so much food…including a whole turkey. It made me sick to my stomach to see the amount of spoiled meat I pitched. But not as sick as if we were to eat it, I suppose.
Speaking of being homeowners… We just refinanced our house. Interest rates were like .25% lower than what we locked in at when we bought the place. It wasn’t hard to do and didn’t cost us anything…so it was a pretty easy decision. REFINANCING. God, that just sounds so grown-up.
Speaking of being grown-up… My brother cut his hair. He had been sporting a ponytail for the past couple of months, but got a more professional, more grown-up cut last night. I am a fan of this decision. So are my parents, I am sure.
Speaking of haircuts… Hazel also got her haircut his week. It was her first! (Long overdue, I must say. Her hair was looking a little Javier-Bardemish a la No Country for Old Men.)
Thanks to the Thomas the Tank Engine stylist chair (and the screen playing “Finding Nemo” right in front of her), homegirl got her hair trimmed without losing an ear or anything.
The Before (or during, I suppose)
The After (This went down on election Tuesday. Hazel’s patriotic sweater was no accident.)
And speaking of Stuffs & Such….what’s new with you? Pray tell!
“I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but according to statistics, there will be over 5,000 weddings, 10,000 childbirths, and 42 million hugs occurring today throughout the United States. Also today, there will be at least 4 people that will win the multimillion dollar lotteries, 600 people will get promotions at work, and 3,000 people will lose their virginity. There will also be 600 dogs adopted, 35,000 balloons sold, and 800,000 skittles eaten. Plus, the words “I love you” will be said over 9 million times. So again, I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but just smile, because according to statistics, it should actually be a really nice day.”—(via whatare-you-waitingfor)