Shower the people.

There is nothing more exciting than planning a home improvement project. Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating a tad. Or more than a tad.

It is exciting, though. To consider options, plan and choose.

It’s a little less exciting when you find out that your shower needs to be ripped out because the leaks are corroding the wood under the floor, water is leaking into the basement, and it’s all deteriorating. Oh, and you need to choose the tiles and hardware for the replacement work tomorrow. Yes, 24 hours.

I took to Pinterest and spent hours and hours searching for showers I liked. Keeping in mind that I had to match the walls and existing floor, it was still fun to check out the possibilities.

In the photo, the middle tile is our current floor. The small tiles will be the new shower floor. The brown glass tiles are the shower walls and the thin tile is the finishing border. It’s going to look a lot different than our generic orange-y, beige-y square ceramic tiles.

Construction starts Monday.

Sliding scale.

I’m not a big fan of public restrooms, but sometimes there’s little choice.

You might be surprised how much research there is about bathroom cleanliness. For instance, the first stall is likely to be the cleanest and bathroom floors are particularly germy. Ewwww.

But today, it occurred to me that my picky-ness in regard to how clean the restroom seems is conversely related to how badly I need to pee.

Just saying.

Got Pads?

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately. Maybe it’s been around forever and I just noticed. This is totally feasible, since I don’t shop much.

A lot of workout tops come with padding. You know what I mean, right? To make your breasts look bigger. That kind of padding. And while most appear to be removable, it begs the question.

Why would I want to look bustier than I am (or am not) when I work out? And why would I want the extra fabric and insulation (read: sweat more!) in my top?

I’m baffled. Truly baffled.

I know there are some folks that use the gym as a social outlet. I get that they want to look good. PS: my gym ain’t about that, by the way.

But does anyone really think that padded tops make you look better or even natural? And once you get to sweating from the extra layers, is that appealing?

Am I missing something here?

Errand co-op

Back in 2005, I wrote a post about creating an errand co-op.

And I promptly forgot about it. I got busy.

But you know what? It makes sense. I’m thinking about my friends in the area. Most of us work. And we all have struggles with getting it all done. What if we did pool our errands and take turns?

Of course, it wouldn’t work for everything. But for some things? Dry cleaner, Target, CSA pickups, limited grocery runs, post office?

I can imagine time and energy savings. Not to mention the community of it.

Am I crazy? Or does anyone else think this might have merit?

Bromo Seltzer

Though I was born in Philadelphia and now live closer to D.C. than to Baltimore, I think of myself as a Baltimore girl.

When I saw these bottles of Bromo Seltzer today at a flea market, I thought of the Bromo Seltzer Tower in Baltimore. It’s a classic. H.L.Mencken wrote in 1911, “All Baltimoreans may be divided into two classes — those who think that the Emerson Tower [Bromo Seltzer] is beautiful, and those who know better.” (Check out the link, it’s a great article about Mencken and I laughed at how much he looked like Henry Gibson in that photo.)


At my house, there’s a big fight over the last YoCrunch. You think I’m kidding.

I’m not.

The kids like the candy topped ones best. No kidding.

I like the granola.

And last week at Blissdom, I tried the new Fruit Parfait.

I’m in love! My store doesn’t have it yet, but I’m going to ask them PLEASE! There’s a coupon on the site – so you, too, can try it.

The fact that I love this brand has nothing to do with the fact that I won an iPad from them. (oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!) But I did and I’m over the moon excited about it. I’ve been traveling since Blissdom and haven’t opened it yet, but can’t wait to play with it.

Thank you so much YoCrunch. I’d have loved you anyway. This is just oreo crumbles on the top.

One pair. One try. One amazing feat.

I am finally catching my breath from BlogHer. There are so many things I want to tell you.

So. Many.

But one has been nagging at me and I couldn’t wait. (Even though my work pile is looming….)

I’ve written before about how much I hate trying on jeans. Doesn’t everyone? I mean, seriously. It’s been said that the average woman tries on NINE pairs of jeans before deeming a pair worthy of purchase. I have to say that I am probably more in the 12 range.

And it’s depressing.

I’m not particularly heavy. But I have figure flaws that irk me.

I’ve solved the problem by wearing jeans that don’t fit well and not caring. But in reality, I do care.

At Getting Gorgeous at BlogHer, I tried on a pair of Miraclebody Jeans.

One pair.

And they fit like a glove. And you know what? They look better on me than any pair of jeans I have ever worn.


They say you look like you’ve lost 10 pounds in 10 seconds. Unbelievable, right? But I swear, at least on me, it’s true. I have gotten more compliments in these jeans than in the past year on anything I’ve worn.

I even got my mom to try them on. She looked great. (Admit it, Mom.)

DISCLOSURE: Those nice people at Miraclebody Jeans gave me the jeans I tried on. I know, right? I was stoked! (Still am.) I’ve worn them a half dozen times and they’re now in the wash. I made NO promises about blogging about them nor do they have any idea what I actually have decided to write. There were no strings attached. But I did get the jeans. And they’re fabulous.

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And the mom is wearing….

So if you follow my tweets, you know I won $100 gift card to Dress Barn at Type A Mom Conference. So exciting! Plus, there was a 20% off coupon in the bag that we all got. So…

It was time to go shopping, don’t you think?

Let me preface this by saying that I hadn’t been in a Dress Barn since Jr. High or High School. My perception was that there was nothing there that I’d want. Sorry. It’s true.

But some moms did some modeling at the conference and you know what? They looked really cute. Really cute.

So when I won the gift card (it was under my chair at breakfast), I was excited. And not just because I never win anything.

I got back from the conference last night after a long, long drive. After some coffee and time with the boys, I left for Dress Barn.

And this is what I bought:


Turquoise short sleeve sweater. Feminine, soft, and very cute.


Nice knit tank (think Misook look and feel) and a really awesome scarf.


Gray sweater. Soft, comfy. Great with jeans.


Rust cable knit cowl neck sweater with 3/4 sleeves. Again, soft. (I like soft!) and these brown slacks.

Total price? $145.65*

Thank you Dress Barn!

*the sweaters were buy one, get one 50% off. Oh, and I got a cute green patent tote, too. Free with a $100 purchase.

shoes. shoes. shoes.

It sure says something about a place when people from all over – and I mean all over – go out of your way to find you. Seriously. If you were in any business, wouldn’t you want to be the one that people go out of their way to visit? Lori’s. Now that’s a shoe store. People come to Chicago and find THE shoe store. It’s some store. Really. Great.

I went there several years ago on a trip and had to make my way back there. And mind you, it’s in Lincoln Park, not downtown. So it takes effort. Effort that is well worth it, if you ask me.

This trip, they had the wallet I have been coveting since I bought it for my friend. And then couldn’t find it for myself. Yikes. But she saw it at Lori’s and bought it for me. Nice, huh?

I love that wallet.

So I’m back from the Windy City.

And windy it was. And cold. And rainy. And snowy and sleety. (Is sleety a word?)

And it was perfect.

Tomorrow, if I’m caught up from being away (yeah, right) I will write about the “Funniest Gas Station Incident in 2008 So Far” but until then? I want to hang with Andrew and the boys.

So more soon!