Tuesday, May 28, 2013


1) Guys, I just did my first Piloxing class.
If you know me at all, you know this is a little legendary. I was so worried, I had a nightmare about it last night. I am wicked uncoordinated and flimsy and gangly. This body is not accustomed to bouncing about. Or boxing. Or Piloxing.

I was hoping Piloxing involved a pillow. And a blanket. And a darkened room.

Not so.

I hated it. I glared at the instructor once and she seems liked a really nice girl. One time she made us extend our left leg up and out after an hour of piloxing and then said, "Alright, hold it!" and I said, "Nope." I said it. I meant it.

But I never had to stop all the way like I thought I would and true, I have some kind of undiagnosed moving disability, I lack all perceivable rhythm, I can't move my arms in fast circles while I bounce around rhythmically on my legs. BUT I DID IT.

I'm going back.

2)  Just this guy. He wants mac and cheese every day. (He gets it on Thursdays...if he gets a gummy worm at pre-school. It's a long story.) (The worm has been withheld a few times. Don't remind him.) He is obsessed with containers. 12-27 times a day he says, "Can I have that bottle (can, box, etc...) when it's all gone? Spice bottles are his kryptonite. He's currently pining over my coveted bottle of Spring Chicken Serum. He checks it daily and he'll be danged if it's not diminishing quickly enough. It's the dropper. Sends him right over the edge.

3) I found the perfect blush. Rimmel Apricot. I found it in my old make-up bag. I think it's bogus that make-up goes "bad". It's a conspiracy. There's probably a youtube video floating around somewhere... I recently re-discovered Rimmel Apricot, and with it - my cheek bones! It's perfection. Also, it's discontinued. Not helpful, right? But maybe check your old make-up bag...

4) I have a strange fascination with arugula. I don't know. It's peppery. At first you'll think you hate it...and then you'll realize you love it. Need it. I bought a bunch last week at the farmer's market and the cute lady had a stack of photo-copied, hand-written recipe cards for Arugular Salad. (I keep typing "arugular"...it's like I'm Simon Cowell and I can't even help it.) Of course I took one AND I made the salad. It was phenomenal.

6 oz. fresh arugular
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
3-4 sectioned oranges (you have to cut the membranes off. Membranes??? Sick! Sorry.)
1/3 c grated Asiago or Gorgonzola (she underlined "or" twice, so I took liberties and subbed goat cheese. It didn't seem like a deal-breaker.)
1/3 c squeezed orange juice
1/4 c olive oil or canola oil
1 T dijon mustard
1 T white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp salt


 5) My little lady has been slaying me lately. She's so princessy and twirly and tough. The best little helper. I think I'm gonna keep her. She sleeps in the strangest positions. My neck kinks at the thought. She tries hard at things and asks Silas to play. Sometimes she prays, "help me to be nicer" and it kills me, because she's the nicest. She made every bed in the house today just to surprise me. The girl just rocks my flip-flops off. That's all.

I feel like 5 is a good place to stop. You know I could go on all night here... Don't even make me prove it.

If you don't hear from me for a few days it's because I'm stuck in my bed and can't get out on account of the Piloxing. Please send salsa.


  1. I have never heard of Piloxing. Explain please.
    Also, Silas and I have the same syndrome. I cannot throw away shapely bottles.
    Love, love, love all your photos today...well, everyday.

  2. Piloxing? Is that the latest exercise trend??

    I'm so far behind the times...I'm still just walking. It's better that way, because I'm real clumsy. Holding a pose on one leg could prove detrimental, to me and all those around me. I could take down half the class, probably. I hope to never really find that out.

    Your kids are all kinds of awesome.

  3. I really really really wanted some "boss me" quotes when I saw his sweet face..... Please?

  4. oh gosh. too funny about piloxing. never heard of it but it sounds painful :) i did a "core & more" on friday and ALL of me was sore :) I love arugular lol. with pine nuts, squash that is pan fried. sun dried tomatoes, feta and a balsamic dressing. YUM! I'm gonna try your recipe because I am addicted to arugular :)

    your ruby sounds delish. i have a bella that was perfect & delish till she turned into a teenager :) she's 15 and coming out on the other side. perfect but with lots of extra (crazy emotions!) thrown in. yikes!

    enjoy every minute with your rubiness. they grow up quickly. you know.

    xo ellie

    xo ellie

  5. Your Ruby girl is just pure beauty! Piloxing sounds like it would do me in for sure...

  6. Siley Pie could be my mom's best pal. I swear she had 45 old mayo jars in her basement when we moved her to assisted living. They are still down there waiting to be dealt with. And cottage cheese containers. You know, for all those leftovers someone might have some day.

  7. your container person is adorable.
    your girl has gorgeous rings on every finger and her toes are painted up nice! how awesome that she prays to be nice, when she's already the nicest. :) and double awesome that she made all the beds.

    i went to the gym yesterday too...i can't even tell you what the name of my class was....punishment 101? it was great...but i'm sore everywhere today. e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.
    we live in a college town...i was in there with mostly college girls. that's always fun.

  8. Where did you do piloxing? And when are we going together??

  9. I don't always have a comment to share, but I love reading your blog! Keep it coming!

    1. Oh yeah---I have a son who collects bottles. Especially the little glass vanilla/almond extract ones. He makes potions of all sorts of nasty things and stores them. I don't dare throw them away, though I think about it alot! He's 14. Do I need to say anything more?

  10. oh i did smile reading this...

  11. I can't tell you the last time our bed was made. If you send that sweet angel over to my house she will be rewarded with doodle kisses, our dog even has the same curly brown hair she does!

  12. I am eating an arugula salad as I read this, and regretting the skyrobics (aerobics on a trampoline) class I took last night that almost killed me. Scary, right? AND my little girl has almost the same crown and rings and wand, but I guess probably most young princesses these days have something similar . . . your posts make my day.

  13. I laugh out loud pretty much every time I read your blog. Keep it coming!

  14. There are 2 classes at the gym in which I have walked out on: 1. kickboxing 2. Pilates. I don't think Piloxing would be my thing either! This goes in the "things I don't do" category :)

  15. You, my dear, are a philosophical hoot! Keep it up.

  16. Those pictures of Ruby are so dang dreamy. Love her kind heart!

    And, because I'm clueless, I googled a Piloxing video. Whoa! Get it girl.

  17. Classes at the gym always make me feel inferior. And all the mirrors just add insult to injury! Do your thing girl!

  18. I love your posts, they make me laugh! Ifell off a horse- yep, that's right- last week, and I still can't move right. Maybe I'll go lay in bed too.

  19. Goshen has the best farmers market with the best ever arugula. yum! miss it. & the chief!

  20. You are hilarious.

    Some sort of disability in relation to how you move? Cackle AND snort!

    Ruby is lovely.

    Silas= hilarious.

    Emerson collected old bottles, jars and empty medicine containers. Then he reused them and made signs (I still have this one) that said "adults and kids! Get your pills HERE!"

    It's no wonder why I think he's La Bamba!

  21. I've never heard of piloxing. It sounds painful.

  22. Hey there, I just found your blog and it is super cute! I know this is going to sound odd, but I love to cook arugula with my scrambled eggs. It is actually really good!

  23. A. I have no idea what piloxing is and I'm pretty sure I don't want to know. B. That salad is making me remember another salad, the fun salad which is making me feel a little sad and maybe teary for that time in our lives minus the teenager thorn in my side. C. I want to borrow Ruby and not just because she makes beds. D. I just love you. The end.

  24. Thanks for helping me to better appreciate my own crazy kids (n lack of piloxing). Your kids are guarranteed to make me smile.every.time.You make city life look pretty sweet to this farmgirl.Arugula n goat cheese n eggs...ummm.