January 28, 29, 2016 {i heart nyc}

In New York for a meetup!


My amazing teammates from Happiness Hiring. We went to a meetup with support people in the area, and had some great conversations and beer.


We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after working today, and when I saw this sign, I got a bit antsy. I really want it to be WordPlay.

January 25, 26, 27, 2016

I’m hoping no one notices I skipped over January 24. I’m going to try to go easy on myself and not declare this 366 project a total failure because I missed a day in the first month. No, if I fail it’s going to be because I only take crappy pictures with my iPhone.


January 25 – Oh, doesn’t Ziggy look sooooo innocent here? I had started walking on my treadmill and he was trying to lick my ankles while I walked.

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January 26 – Got George his own reading glasses. We’re getting old, yo!

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January 27 – bribed the boys with cookies so they’d let me look for new shoes at the mall. (No luck.)

I asked, they answered

There’s a meme going around Facebook. You ask your kids some questions, they answer. I decided to try it with the boys. They were alone with me when they answered, so they couldn’t be biased by each others’ replies.

1. What is something I always say to you?
Linus: I don’t know.
Oliver: I love you.
Miles: I love you.

Well. Now we know which one listens to me the least.

2. What makes me happy?
Linus: Us being happy
Oliver: Us being happy
Miles: Us happy

Aw. I love that they answered this all the same. But also, Smarties. Smarties make me happy.

3. What makes me sad?
Linus: When we whine
Oliver: When we don’t listen.
Miles: When we fight.

Sad, mad, either way, they’re all correct.

4. How do I make you laugh?
Linus: I don’t know.
Oliver: I don’t know.
Miles: By tickling us!

Apparently, I way overestimate my sense of humor.

5. What was I like as a child?
Linus: You were unhappy. Not lonely, unhappy
Oliver: An ordinary kid. Liked playing outside
Miles: Didn’t have video games

I think I need to discuss my childhood with them more. Oliver probably got the closest, though. Except the outside part.

6. How old am I?
Linus: 41
Oliver: 41
Miles: 41

It pays to be obsessed with your birthday! Though I wouldn’t have minded if someone had thrown in a “31” in there. Oh well.

7. How tall am I?
Linus: 45 inches
Oliver: 6ft tall
Miles: 78 inches

At 5’10”, I’m closest in height to Oliver’s guess.

8. What is my favorite thing to do?
Linus: Hang out
Oliver: Read
Miles: Snuggle

Check, check, check

9. What do I do when you’re not around?
Linus: Work.
Oliver: Work. Or sit down and read or text.
Miles: Work.

I mean. I guess. That makes me sound kind of dull, though. Just as well I love my job.

10. What am I really good at?
Linus: This is a tough one. Reading?
Oliver: Being a parent
Miles: Mario


11. What is something I’m not good at?
Linus: Yoga
Oliver: Playing video games
Miles: Super Smash Bros

Can’t really argue with Linus (he takes a yoga class and SUDDENLY he’s an expert) or Miles (it’s true, I’m really bad at it) but Oliver has obviously forgotten my stunning victories at Super Mario Bros for the NES.

12. What do I do for a job?
Linus: Help people
Oliver: Help people with blogging
Miles: Help people


13. What is my favorite food?
Linus: Chips and guacamole
Oliver: Salad or oatmeal
Miles: Pizza

Oliver pays very little attention to my food, apparently.

14. What do you enjoy doing with me?
Linus: Snuggling
Oliver: Going on walks with Ziggy
Miles: Snuggle

Awwww, yep!


January 22, 23, 2016 (and other stuff)

On the 22nd of January, Ziggy destroyed his dog bed. Sigh.

On the 23rd of January, I went wig shopping at Fifi Mahony’s and wore it to a parade that evening. Heather also got a wig. I just realized I used all of my birthday money on hair. My mom gave me some that I used to get it chopped, and my in-laws gave me some that I used for this fabulous wig. Woot!

In other news (I haven’t really blogged much lately besides pics) my latest New Orleans Moms Blog post is up. I used an old picture of Oliver for this one.


January 17, 18, 19, 2016

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We finally made it to see George’s parents (his mom has been sick for a while) and they gave me these Santa ornaments. I don’t know where they got the idea that I like wine. Heh.

The boys were off on Monday, and I, being the Meanest Mom on Earth, made them leave the house and go for a walk. They brought cheese. The river is still so high! Usually it’s out past those trees back there.

Pretty rose, so vibrant it almost hurts. It’s like springtime in New Orleans. I love the house in the background.

January 16, 2016


I met my friend Megan at the park yesterday to take pictures of her son Jasper who turned 1 last week. Such a cutie, but I’ll let her share those pics.

This is Jasper’s big sis, who was jumping up and down to get her baby brother to smile for pics.

January 14, 15, 2016


I drove to Baton Rouge (and back) on Thursday to see my mom get installed as president of the Greater Baton Rouge Woman’s Council. Go mom!


Ziggy got neutered Friday morning. He was not a fan of the cone of shame. I call this one “sad dog in dark yard.”

January 13, 2016 {awkward selfie}

Chopped a bunch of my hair off today.

Downright embarrassing how many tries it took to get this photo. But as is the way with new haircuts, it will never look this good again, so it must be documented.

Now you’re thinking, wait, that’s good? Maybe I should have used the “still in the salon at the front paying” picture instead.

I mean, the second has the benefit of the curls still being there, but my roots are a touch more obvious. Oh, and also you don’t get that “reflection of your hand holding your phone in the lenses” issue with sunglasses. But the lighting is nicer in the top one.

Well, whatever. There you go. Two for the price of one today.

January 12, 2016


I brought my real camera with me yesterday on Ziggy’s walk (and I mostly just ended up taking the same old pics, just better quality.) There are a zillion houses in our neighborhood with cute details like this, but I kind of love the colors on this one.

Why is my neighborhood so great? Read all about it.

January 9, 10, and 11, 2016


January 9, 2016
I really intended to have a better photo for Saturday, which was my 41st birthday. It was a fantastic day. I went to the gym in the morning, then lunch with a giant margarita at lunch, followed by a brow waxing. To cap it off, I met up with my friend Kettie for a drink (she was in town from Dallas) along with another friend, and then Ren magically showed up as well! And finally, as if that wasn’t enough, my neighborhood girlfriends all gathered at our friend Jen’s house for nibbles and adult beverages around the fire pit. Can’t beat it, really.

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January 10, 2016
Sadly, I woke up feeling quite ill on Sunday. No, it was not because I overindulged on my birthday, I don’t think. I actually had a fever and all. But I managed to not barf while taking Ziggy for a walk.


January 11, 2016
Still feeling a bit under the weather. But managed to walk Ziggy again. The river is so high right now! I never tire of this view of downtown and the French Quarter, especially when the sky is so blue.

January 8, 2016

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We brought Ziggy along on the ride to school this morning, and Millie and Ann Frances and Hank were really excited to see him.