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Random update

Katie always wants to go out.

The house-sitting and cat-sitting have been going pretty well. I really wish I had some great accomplishment to brag about but we’ve been doing a bunch of nothing. Well, not really nothing, just nothing especially noteworthy.


I used Bethany’s steam-mop and cleaned her house the first day I got here. Why? Because I could. Not that her house was dirty, but it’s so much more fun to clean someone else’s house than my own. I’m sure the novelty will wear off very soon. Like today. Heh.

I only like steam-mopping because it makes me feel like a superhero. Can’t you see me flying around Bethany’s house, steam mop in hand and my cape flapping behind me? I should buy one for my house. Too bad most of my floors are covered with disgusting carpet that would turn to mud if I tried to steam them—another reason why it’s fun to clean someone else’s house. There is no mud-encrusted carpet here. Just knowing that makes me feel more at peace. We really need to move.


not starbucks

Bug and I walked downtown for a cup of coffee (for me) and poked around the antique shops. That didn’t last very long after I inquired after a glass coffee percolator and found out it cost $72. Yikes. I guess I’m not in the market for antiques. If anyone sees one in a garage sale for $30 or less, buy it for me. I’ll pay you back in graphics. Never mind. What am I saying? I don’t have any room for miscellaneous coffee pots. The French press works great.

We’ve painted some paintings (not enough progress to photograph yet) in Annalie’s garage art studio. We also stopped by the ceramic painting studio to paint some cups and plates. That was pretty fun. I’m really blessed to have a kid who actually likes to paint with me and will sit still for longer than 20 minutes. We made friends with another mom and little boy next to us who were painting ceramic motorcycles (!) for Father’s Day.

You should have heard Bug chatting the little boy’s ear off. I wish I would have made a movie of her yakking away. I think both the little boy’s mom and I were thankful they kept each other occupied so we could paint in peace.

taking our job seriously

Sometimes when I don’t do much with Bug all day I take her to a park to ease my conscience. I just feel bad because she doesn’t have anyone to play with and I’m not as cooperative with her little games as she’d like. I’m very thankful that Bethany’s cats are so easy-going because they have been her only playmates lately. She couldn’t care less about Annalie’s toys, she’s way more into playing with the cats or me. I think the cousins are going to come down and visit us next week and Toby is coming tomorrow night so he can take us to Sea World on Friday. Whee! We are both very excited about that.

So here are some photos I took while I was bored at the park.


white point


My eyebrows want to join a gang and beat you up.


We’ve also been enjoying our bachelorhood by eating whatever we want whenever we feel like it. Trader Joe’s is awesome for random buffet meals of berries, nuts and junk food. Though it’s biting me in the butt because now Bug thinks she can eat cheese puffs for breakfast. We’re going to have to detox on the snack food next week or else going home is going to be a festival of tears. Which it probably is going to be anyway. The beach is so boring when you have a whole house to run around and orcas to visit.


  • Crystal

    She looks so small in the photo where she’s leaning against the cement wall.

    And I like to think there’s nothing wrong with cheese puffs for breakfast.

  • Melissa

    I love the look of complete concentration on Bug’s face as she writes on that envelope! Oh, and the cheese puffs are from TJ’s so that makes it ok ;-)

  • Danabug

    I ditto Kate! I don’t have any type of studio, or beach, or cats, or orcas (middle of Ohio here), but I’m sure you’d be entranced all the same!

  • Sara

    Love the TJ’s buffet. Those heirloom tomatoes are so good! I made a great pasta salad out of them last week. So you love the steam mop? Do you think it’s worth the cost?

  • tracy

    love the peonies on the table. we have a peony festival in our town w a parade, queen, and the whole 9 yards. i guess we used to be the peony capital of the whole stinkin’ universe or something. if you ever get to van wert ohio in early june check us out!
    btw…love your blog. i’m a recent addict.

  • BeachMama

    House sitting is always fun, it’s something new! I will look forward to photos from Seaworld, somewhere I didn’t get to visit when I was there last time.