Influx of company!

The house is a lot quieter this morning after taking my sister-in-law and her twins to the airport. Will & Jonny had a wonderful time playing with cousins Tristan and Sam - and I had fun snuggling two squishy babies. Now today's work consists of cleaning up the aftermath, working on laundry, and attempting to clear our kitchen counters and rescue them from crazytown.

My brother comes in on Thursday evening, then leaves out Friday morning. My in-laws come on Friday or Saturday. We are keeping the air mattress filled up!

Beautiful day in Denver today - highs in the 70s, the sun is shining, and I have the windows open.


  • wifelet
    We've had our windows open all day, and will likely continue for several more! I love this, and I'm just not thinking about what it means for this coming winter! :)
    by wifelet at 07/15/14 8:04PM
  • simon_says
    I don't think the nice weather is going to hit us until tomorrow. But I likely won't be opening the windows...the screens are full of dead bugs from over the winter. :/
    by simon_says at 07/15/14 11:15PM


I'm trying to get back into blogging/writing again. I have a personal blog out there in the interwebz, but as my children get older I'm trying to decide the balance of oversharing information vs boring blogging. I want to be able to share stories about the boys, but am not sure about putting those out for anyone to have. I'm very protective of them - but at the same time, we live in a digital age and some information will be shared no matter what. I left Facebook, protected the Twitter account I use to tell W & J stories, and have generally minimized my social media footprint.

But, I cannot tell a lie. I do love an audience. And social media provides a person with instant approval and self-esteem boosts. This in itself can become addictive. Which is probably why I'm busy trying to find a way around my No-Facebook policy....starting with Pleonast.
  • curlie
    by curlie at 07/12/14 12:30PM
  • whipsmile
    We love having you here!
    by whipsmile at 07/12/14 1:08PM
  • wifelet
    You love an audience?
    by wifelet at 07/13/14 4:42PM
  • simon_says
    So this has nothing to do with your post, but KG has started, in her speech-delayed way, saying, "I'm totally freaking out! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...sigh." I thought you'd appreciate that Peg + Cat reference.
    by simon_says at 07/13/14 5:20PM
  • jenn
    Shocker, right?
    by jenn at 07/14/14 5:22PM


I finally almost felt like a grown-up the other day. I took the train to downtown Denver, got off on the pedestrian mall stop, walked to the street shuttle and took it two stops down to the coffee shop, grabbed my coffee, and then walked to my orientation for grad school.

After making small talk with fellow grad students, I put on my coat and walked to the train in the rain. It was awesome. So nice and peaceful.
  • mjintexas
    That is very grown up of you. Public transportation and all!!
    by mjintexas at 04/24/14 11:22AM
  • whipsmile
    look at you go.
    by whipsmile at 04/24/14 11:38AM
  • sarahmarcelle
    Very cool!
    by sarahmarcelle at 04/24/14 3:51PM
  • wifelet
    Very cosmopolitan of you ... :)
    by wifelet at 04/24/14 8:04PM
  • simon_says
    I felt very grown up last weekend when I fly to Dallas by myself. It was almost like an out-of-body experience.
    by simon_says at 04/24/14 8:14PM
  • missysnapp
    Who had the babies? You were grown up just a bit ago, but I'm glad you are feeling like it now. :)
    by missysnapp at 04/30/14 9:40PM

Utter Dejection

My son is sitting at his little table with a face of utter despair (and the howls to accompany it). The reason, you ask? His mean mother has just placed a familiar-looking plate in front of him. The same plate, in fact, that was at his place at the dinner table last night. I, the aforementioned mean mother, have had the audacity to re-serve him a quesadilla, rice, and a couple of bites of enchilada.

He cries plaintively, "My tummy is not full!"

I remind myself that no child ever willingly starved.

I also remember that there were many nights where I sat alone at the worn kitchen table at the house on Rockwood Court, as the broccoli slowly became a gelatinous lump of gluey gastric despair, sauced with the salty water of my tears.
  • wifelet

    Are you hiding in the kitchen cracking up?
    by wifelet at 04/18/14 7:47PM
  • simon_says
    My kids have been known to work on the same plate of food from dinner to breakfast to lunch to dinner to breakfast. Yes. That long.
    by simon_says at 04/18/14 10:22PM
  • mjintexas
    HAHAHA... I love this post.
    You're a good mom.
    by mjintexas at 04/19/14 12:59PM
  • whipsmile
    *taking notes*
    by whipsmile at 04/21/14 10:29AM
  • trebor
    And then, you'll get into a phase where the two siblings can never quite agree on what they want to eat.
    by trebor at 04/21/14 9:17PM

*tap tap tap* This thing on?

So, much like many other cool people, I've left Facebook. Privacy concerns + developing awesome time-wasting habits = time to go. So of course, I'm looking for something to fill the gaping void in my life. I've been a Pleonast group-poster for a while, but haven't posted much here in the way of updates. That may or may not change - might be nice to see who is still out here in the Pleonast world.
  • curlie
    I'm still here, but I don't post often.
    by curlie at 04/15/14 10:26AM
  • mjintexas
    I'm still here. I don't post nearly as much on my own page as in the private groups. But you know that. :)
    by mjintexas at 04/15/14 11:25AM
  • simon_says
    Did you ever get your closet cleaned out?
    by simon_says at 04/15/14 11:27AM
  • heatheronthehill
    I'm here!
    by heatheronthehill at 04/15/14 2:37PM
  • whipsmile
    I am still here.
    by whipsmile at 04/16/14 3:44PM
  • wifelet
    I'm around, kinda.
    by wifelet at 04/16/14 5:44PM
  • spinningbee
    by spinningbee at 04/20/14 2:43PM
  • andtheking
    I still check back occasionally
    by andtheking at 04/24/14 12:31PM