Fashion Friday: Edition stuff I found while I was procrastinating

Mimi and Bops took Caroline to the Witte Museum yesterday to see the dinosaur exhibit. I decided it would be a perfect time to clean out the playroom because I could actually get rid of some things. The majority of the time she doesn’t notice if things just disappear from the playroom, except for that one time when I gave away her shopping cart and she asked about it and I told her I’d sent it off to be repaired.

Which is kind of true except for the part about it being repaired.

I managed to clear out about two bags of stuff, including a Mr. Potato Head even though I felt a few moments of Toy Story guilt. However, it was quickly squashed by the joy I felt at the totally organized toy bins.

When Caroline came back home she didn’t even notice anything was gone. In fact, she wanted to clean out more stuff so I recruited her to help me with the kitchen cabinets. I found a shocking amount of items that have long been expired and was also relieved to learn that I have eight half-full bottles of Karo Syrup on hand.

And then after the kitchen cabinets were in order, I played six rounds of Words With Friends, thought about how LeBron James sums up all the reasons I don’t like professional sports, and then looked for cute stuff on the internet.

Here’s what I found.

1. Hive and Honey Samara Wedge

These kind of appeal to me in a 70’s kind of retro way. They look like they could be the cooler stepsister of the Yo-Yo.

2. Trouve’ Chambray Boyfriend Shirt

I don’t know why I love denim like I do. It may be just a matter of time before I’m searching for some plaid walking shorts and a brown braided belt.

3. Molded and Melded Tee

4. Nexus Top

This is kind of like the dressier cousin of the previous top.

Apparently a lot of my selections today have relatives.

5. Boden Printed Tunic

There is no way to decide between all the great stuff on sale at Boden right now. It’s just too much.

But this tunic might be my frontrunner.

6. Uptown Coat

Seriously, you have got to go over and check out everything that’s 50% off right now at Boden. This striped jacket makes me wish I lived somewhere cool enough to wear a jacket.

Unfortunately, by the time it cools off enough in San Antonio for me to wear this, it will be December and I’d look a little summery.

7. Fun Cotton Top

Did I mention that I cleaned out the playroom and my kitchen cabinets today? That’s why I’m too tired to keep posting pictures of everything. Sorry.

On the upside, I can loan you eight bottles of Karo Syrup if you need it.

8. Present Yourself Jacket

Oh, the jacket. They are my weakness.

I also learned a valuable piece of information about the jacket this week while playing Words With Friends with Sophie. “Jupe” is a word that refers to a short jacket. I learned this when she played the word “jupe” against me for 44 points and I looked it up because I yearn for knowledge.

Technically, this jacket is a jupe.

9. Time Keeps On Ticking Watch

This is the watch I’ve been looking for because it’s white and it’s only $18.00. Perfection.

I realize that 9 is a random number to end on, but I have some very important things to do that may or may not include watching Bethenny’s Getting Married while playing Words With Friends and looking up recipes for things that involve Karo Syrup.

Y’all have a great Friday.

Of rats and toilets

I feel like I need to let you know up front that you probably should refrain from watching this video if you are a fan of rats. You may also want to avoid watching if you have a fear of finding a rat in your toilet. Which is not a fear I’ve ever experienced before because I always thought the whole rat-in-the-toilet thing was just an urban legend, but all that has changed and rat in the toilet has been added to my list o’ random fears and phobias.

Other things on that list include eating water chestnuts, camping on the beach, the circus, and acid-washed jeans. Also, having a rat throw a piece of half-eaten burned toast at me because that actually happened once and I’m still not over it. Of course I could say the same thing about the acid-washed jeans.

Anyway, the following is Caroline’s rat experience.

The Rat from Big Mama on Vimeo.

A few things:

1. We actually made this video a few weeks ago and I forgot all about it because my short-term memory isn’t what it used to be.

2. I would say I fall solidly in the “freak you out” category.

3. P is my hero. He ran and got his gloves. If I’d been there I would have found a gas can and a match and burned the place to the ground.

4. Love the term “smackin’ on him”.

5. Yes, she is the sassiest one in the family. It’s not even a contest.

Two things of no importance whatsoever

My goal yesterday was to get to the grocery store and be back home before noon because the later it gets in the day the greater the chance that my Skinny Cow Truffle Bars will melt before they ever make it to the inside of my freezer. But then I remembered I needed to mail back three out of the four swimsuits I ordered last week and we had to pick out invitations for Caroline’s birthday party and the vet called to let us know we could pick up Bruiser.

And by the time we’d run all our other errands, signed in blood to get Bruiser released from the doctor, and agreed that invitations featuring a pool instead of a roller skate might be more appropriate for a pool party, it was 2:00 p.m. and I was exhausted. But we hadn’t made it to the store.

So we loaded back up in the stay wag and went to HEB because everyone in my house is so whiny when we run out of things like milk, bread and toilet paper. After we unloaded groceries we put on sunscreen, headed to the pool and shut ‘er down. The short version of all of the above is I am tired and just have two quick things to mention.

1. Jake and Vienna. Listen, I felt like I needed to take a shower to wash the reality television dirt off me after I watched that interview. That being said, I’m not sure if my favorite part was when Vienna requested that Jake take a “polyagraph” test or when Chris Harrison said, “Nobody wants to hear about the dog”.

2. For weeks now I’ve been addicted to playing Typing Maniacs on Facebook. I don’t know that there is a nerdier game around than a game that tests how fast you type, but yet I am compelled to play at every opportunity. Think of me what you will.

However, I’ve now turned my back on Typing Maniac and moved on to Words With Friends on my iPhone. I’m a little in love with it even though it’s making me feel a little insecure about my vocabulary and my ability to form words out of a few random letters.

And now I need to go to bed.