Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Things I Learned Today

Today was hectic but very productive. I spent much of the day baking and cleaning and hiding clutter for my Uppercase Living party, along with my two faithful sidekicks. Around every corner was a new life lesson.

- Some days "getting dressed" means putting a bra on under your pjs.

- I can peel an entire apple in one long strand.

- Calvin will eat 75% of the strand that I just peeled, but will not eat a single bite of apple pie.

- It is too much trouble to deal with Ruby's hair when I know we are not going out in public.

- When Cory takes the kids over to his mom's house, they will probably end up at Dairy Queen (aka "In Public") at some point.

- A surprising number of towels fit inside an empty 20"x 20" pillow cover.

- Even after publicly disparaging Anthropologie, she will always welcome me back.

- "Pretend shopping" is dangerous business.

- I would outlive many of you if stranded on a remote island. Especially Kasey.

- "Said I Loved You But I Lied" by Michael Bolton is a strangely addictive song.

- Kids never tire of licking the beaters.

- Blow-drying my hair and putting make up on at 4 pm seems kind of pointless.

- One of the best reasons to have company is the initiative it provides to clean the house.

- When in doubt, stash it under the sofa.

- When hosting a party, it might be best to remove the mouse trap from the counter.

- Pomegranate seeds rock my socks off.

- It is perfectly acceptable to use china plates with plastic forks and cups.

- I can easily and happily breeze through an entire bottle of salsa in 2 days.

- True friends are those who will call you after your party and offer to come and help you clean up.


  1. Your so smart...all learned and all...


  2. PS. I don't get the obsession with Anthropology? What am I missing?

  3. The looks on your kids' faces in that picture are the best!

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps My mom likes to tell the story of once when my parents were throwing one of many parties with church friends. When one Sunday School member offered to help clean the kitchen, I said, "Don't worry...my mom will clean it up next week."

  4. Those are good life lessons! You get an "A+" from me!

  5. your posts always make me smile. You have the BEST sense of humor. I cracked up when I read about the bra under the pj's. Been there - Lori

  6. You learned that all in one day? Your practically Yoda. I don't know if I can hang out with someone so wise. I think I'm going the jammie route today. I'm not sure I'm going to bother with the bra.

  7. You can peel an apple in one strand? Impressive!

  8. I hear you about the bra thing!!!!

  9. Amen to the last one and many of the ones before. Amazing how we all have so much in common:) That last picture was yummy:)

  10. 1. The bra under the pj's- I totally hear ya.

    2. Never look under my couch, as I may hide things under there now ;)

    3. Peeling an apple in one strand! Impressive.

    4. My kids always end up at DQ too. :)

    5. And good friends let you come over at 9, talk your ear off, and leave with apple goodies ;)

  11. Oh, and...

    pomegranate seeds. A lady at work was telling me about these. I've never had them. She said they are really good but some work. Maybe you can give me the low down on how to eat a pomegranate.

  12. OOOOh Pomegranates. Yum-o :) So good.
    Your kids are soo cute :) And you're right. Even big kids like to lick the beaters :)

  13. You are so smart! I loooovvvveeee pj's. It is the first thing I do when I get home is put on "comfy clothes" aka pjs, thus, my kids do the same!
    As a kid, when I cleaned my room, everything went under my bed; as an adult when I clean my house, everything gets shoved in my bedroom and the door remains closed until all company leaves!
    My kids love to lick the beaters too! but then again, so do I.
    I have never tried pomegranates and want to! How do you eat them? Whole? uncooked? I'm clueless!
    I have one article of clothing from anthro and it was clearance and it is now out of style but I don't care... it's my anthro shirt!
    Happy to have found your blog!!

  14. many days, i don't shower until mid afternoon. it does seem somewhat pointless, but one does need a shower now & then! i rarely do my hair, so that's a bonus.

    i have totally done the bra under the pj's many times, mostly for the extra warmth:)

    totally agree on the company & cleaning issue. many times that's my motivation, otherwise, i have none.

    the pomegranate is intriguing, but i haven't tried them yet. i don't know what to do with them. looks like you need to make an entire post devoted to the pomegranate.

  15. I just found you through Farmhouse Musings. I love your blog..and your sense of humor..

    I'll be back later for more..


  16. Love your list and I am with you on several of them:)

  17. sorry i just laughed out loud at the bra and pj's thing...I thought I was the only one that did that...or I put jeans on with pj top and bra and do the school run, hoping no-one will notice hahaha

    great post!


  18. Calvin's not the only one who loves apple peels. I like to put them in the freezer for a couple minutes. :o)

  19. Sha, you always make me smile! You could go to a work frolic with your Amish neighbors and really impress them with the the apple peeling. I am so pleased to know I taught you well with the house cleaning thing. Remember when you kids had snow days and we never did get fully dressed and spent the day making cookies and watching the snow fall? Oh, and watching TV to see if our mini vacation would contiue to the next day?

  20. Uppercase Living eh? I used to sell Uppercase Living. Love the stuff. It's like tattoos for houses. :-)

    You are fun. I sure like that in a gal.

  21. You just made me feel so much better. :)

  22. LOL, I agree with your idea of getting dressed on certain days!

    I also use company as an incentive to clean. Nothing like it!

  23. I use the bra under the pj's to be "dressed" all the time. Don't look under my couch. Never have had pomegranate seeds. Definitely don't do well with pretend shopping. Make up is overrated, especially at 4 pm. Showers are still a pretty good idea even at 4 pm. Company is a great motivator to clean & I love UpperCase Living. Thanks for making me smile today!

  24. Some of us are "lucky" enough to never need the bra in the first place...bulky clothes or a coat and no one is ever the wiser! ;)

  25. You are so funny! I found myself nodding and laughing in agreement. Thanks! I needed that!