Friday, May 23, 2014

Quick Takes - Diseases and #SOTG photo shoot outtakes

1. Nailing these quick takes 2 weeks in a row!  I had all sorts of good intentions to write other things this week and not just quick takes, but I caught a cold - a COLD - at the end of May.  And every time I catch a cold, I ponder why the name of this ailment is tossed around like such a trivial thing..."Oh yeah, I just caught a little cold."  I could have the worst stomach flu and all I'd be thinking is "Ughhh I can't wait until this is over." but a cold?  A cold has me thinking "I feel like I got hit by a train.  I might be dying."  (Maybe I got hit by the overly dramatic train...yep, I definitely did.)

I'm one sick hipster.  I was drinking OJ without flavor packets
before it was cool to drink OJ without flavor packets.

2. Speaking of ailments that should be renamed, let's talk about RINGWORM.  Somebody please tell me why they gave this such a horribly creepy name.  Ava had this mystery rash for close to 2 weeks before I finally got her in to the doctor, and before I knew it was ringworm I was still doing things like shared bath time including towels that regularly get reused and swapped during the week between the girls.  And now?  I'm amassing burn bags of clothing and buying stock in Clorox.  Anyone else ever deal with this?  Nobody else in the house has showed any signs of it and I'm hoping against all hope that it's not nearly as contagious as they say it is.

3. I probably shouldn't admit this before Jen chooses winners, since we might be being graded on effort, but I'll let you in on the real story of the #SOTG selfie.  The walls were already gone to heck - covered in paint from an art project several months ago, random food smeared on them from being used as a napkin, and from little girls forgetting themselves and "accidentally letting their crayon slip up onto the wall" while they were sitting with their coloring pages at the table.  The walls are repainted as standard procedure in between tenants, but they had gotten to the point that it would actually be embarrassing to leave it as we were going to do at least a quick cover layer before we moved out anyway.  (Future landlords, take note! We might make a big mess, but we always clean it up again! Kinda like..the Cat in the Hat.)  I pushed the table out of the way, handed the kids a pile of chalk and a roll of toilet paper, and told them to have fun.  Ava is still so confused about "Why did mommy let us be naughty that one day??"

These strange hieroglyphics keep appearing in the girls bedroom...

4. And some outtakes...
The Gewand Family Singers album cover

5. THE BEST NEWS EVER - I have finally fulfilled a dream that has been stirring in me since Christmas of 1992 when I received a copy of The Guinness Book of World Records as a present under the tree.

That's right - I BROKE A RECORD.  With the help of Emeric's buns and a lot of other people.  But a record is a record, people.

Where's Waldo?
Thank you to Jennifer K Photography for the photo!

Now for the difficult part - restraining myself from shelling out $25 for a certificate that I would most definitely hang in a prominent and obnoxious location in the house.  Forget the diploma, I BROKE A WORLD RECORD!!!!!*

*With 8458 other people and my child's rear end.

6. I was blown away after my post last week - I was honestly expecting everyone to see my post pop up in their feeds and say "Wait...who is this again??"  Thank you all SO MUCH for the welcome back - you all are awesome I am SO EXCITED to be blogging again and to catch up with everyone.  This blogging community is THE BEST.

7. And on that note - I was lame and didn't get to responding inline to all you  "no-reply" if you didn't get a response from me, I'm sorry!!- And pleeeeease update your email address!!  (That link will give you a tutorial - thank you to  Kendra...and FYI I'm also working on switching my comment system to something different and better...stay tuned...)

That's all, folks!  Go see Jen for more!


  1. I'm glad you're back! Hope you're feeling better–it's allergies everywhere all up in here and I'm not sure which is worse, allergies or a cold. They both suck. Love the SOTG photo and I hope you win!

  2. Love the cloth diapers! We switched to cloth with #6 and still have covers that work 4 babies later! Sorry you were sick. :( Feel better. Isn't ringworm fungal? Now I have to google it. I'm a crunchy kinda mama, so I would say probiotics and tea tree oil. They fix everything, don't they? ;)

  3. Ava is the BEST at posing for pictures. Seriously, the BEST!

  4. About those deathly colds....girl, I am the exact same as you. Exact. To me, colds are the worst, worst, worst specifically because the expectation is you are sick but will obviously keep working. I would take an ailment ten times worse if it means I can recover in bed. I hate colds. I'm so very dramatic when I have them. Oh man. I just can't. Stop. Commenting about how large & big my drama over colds.

  5. I'm tempted to post anonymously, but I might as well come clean, as it were—I had ringworm myself about 50 years ago. Fortunately, my mother grew up on a farm, and she was very matter-of-fact about it. Seems to me I had some ointment for it and it went away. But I don't remember anybody else catching it. Of course, I didn't bathe with anybody else, either, and each of us had our own set of towels, so we didn't share. That probably doesn't help, does it? But anyway, Ava didn't do anything hideous. She might have caught it by just walking barefoot outside.