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So much news!


I keep telling myself I need to get in the habit of writing every day about the little things instead of waiting for big things to happen and then documenting them as if I’m writing a book report on my life. But days slip by as they are wont to do and my great ideas on blogging are in vain. As usual.

So here are the big things:

Bug has a two-wheeler! She inherited SuperChic’s old bike. My mom had it sitting around at her house and a neighbor offered to fix it (flat tire, stripped screws where the training wheels needed to go…it just needed a major tune-up) so my mom paid her neighbor and now we have a new bike that is old but totally cool because I didn’t shell out a buncha bucks at Walmart or somewhere even more expensive.


Recycling at it’s best! Bug totally loves it and it has not even crossed her mind that I could have bought her a shiny new Hello Kitty bike for only five hundred some bazingas. Rusty princesses for the win! Actually, it’s not that rusty, so don’t worry about Tetanus or anything. I know somebody out there was worried about that. They don’t call me a seasoned blogger for nothing.

helmet head go Bug go!

She’s still a little bit wobbly and scared to death of how the whole bike shifts from left to right when she moves her weight from one training wheel to the other but I have no fear that before long she’ll be whizzing around faster than I can yell at her to slow down. Right now I’m thankful for her fear. Even though we live on the American Dream cul-de-sac, I have nightmares about her getting run over by some crazy moron driving down our street too fast. So we are proceeding with the bike-riding with utmost caution. If she takes all year to learn I’ll be a happy momma. But considering how long she took to learn how to scooter I think she’ll be out of training wheels by next week. Sheesh.

I just wish she’d slow down with this growing-up business!

Did you notice her dark blue corduroy jumper? If you read my post about Bug loving hand-me-downs over on my review blog, you’ll have to chuckle at this outfit. It’s Rapunzel’s from ten years ago. I never expected Bug to like it and I almost tossed it in the goodwill box when I was going through old clothes, except she pulled it out and begged to wear it. Shows you what I know.

You know why Bug likes it? Because she thought the red ladybugs at the bottom were red spotted mushrooms from Mario Brothers Mushroom Kingdom. How does my kid know about that? We don’t have Nintendo. It’s not the 80’s. I guess in today’s world all red spotted mushrooms mean super fun musical games or something. Go figure. And yes, she was a bit disappointed when I pointed out that the red mushrooms had black heads and antennae. But she still wore it anyway.

Next big thing:

kitten time with Gramma

My Grandma turned 85 on Wednesday. EIGHTY-FIVE!!! How is this possible? It’s really true that when you pass thirty time speeds up to warp speed. I hate the fact that I’m being so clichéd* and moaning about it. But it’s true. My Grandma is so full of vim and vigor, I’m not ready for her to be old and frail. She’s taking it gracefully though. If ever there was someone to emulate, it is my Grandma. I want to be just like her when I grow up—which should be in about five minutes by my calculations.

Gramma and kittens

So we went over to her house for dinner because that is all she really wants. Material presents are not important, just spending time with family is what she really enjoys. Good thing too because I am the worst at remembering to buy thoughtful gifts when I am navigating motherhood at warp speed. Actually, I think I was bad at remembering to buy thoughtful gifts even when I was young and bored but that is neither here nor there. The important thing is that we were all together and it was super sweet.


My Aunt Keren thought Grandma would enjoy some kitten-time so my mom brought over all six kittens that she has right now. She’s babysitting my kittens until they find homes since my carpet is freshly clean and she has wood floors and she has three other kittens from a feral cat who abandoned them in her yard. Isn’t my mom nice? Yes. And I’m really trying hard not to take her for granted. By the way, five of those kittens have good loving homes and now there is only one left! Phew!

Anyway back to Grandma and the kittens. It was so sweet! The little black one curled up on her chest and slept there for a half an hour. It was adorable and I think Grandma enjoyed it but then one of her eyes started turning red and itchy so we removed the kittens and decided Grandma might be allergic to the adorable little fluff-balls. It was fun while it lasted though.

root vegetables

We also had root vegetables, which we all love. Best dinner EVER. It was like old times. We missed you, Aunt Kathy.

Last big thing:

trench coat!

I found a trench coat at Target. You guys thought I already had one didn’t you? Nope, I didn’t. I never have. It doesn’t rain here, what do I need a trench coat for? Streaking? Hah! Like that’s gonna happen. It’s all part of my made-up Secret Agent Josephine character in my head. She doesn’t have a double chin either. Bet you never noticed that. Oh you did? Blarg. Well, she’s my made-up character so I felt inclined to improve her. Them’s the perks of being an illustrator. I can draw myself any way I want to be. Be all that you can be!

Stupidly, I got rid of my knee high black boots a while back because I didn’t like the pointy heel so I will probably be investing in some new boots soon. I’m so glad that pointy-heel-pointy-toe trend is over. But knowing me, by the time I get around to shopping for some again will be back in full force. I hate fashion sometimes.

But who cares about that! How funny is Bug? She’s the best model ever. I hate to exploit her cuteness on this blog but as you can see she steals the show without even trying.


So here we are in our official garb looking so very spyish. It’s almost like we didn’t just throw on some trench coats over our sundresses and pull an impromptu photo shoot in our driveway with the neighbor who actually doesn’t know how to use my camera but did a pretty good job anyway! It’s almost good enough to put in the back of my books as my author shot I think! In fact, I think I will just do that.

Keep calm and spy on, Secret Agents!

* That d is for you, Bethany.


  • TexasLea

    Wow! Little Bug on a big girl bike! Happy birthday to your grandma and I concur with the general public- that is the PERFECT author photo!

  • Becca

    That last shot is awesome! Perfect author photo IMO.

    Happy birthday to gramma! I hope to be just like mine when I grow up too – so by tomorrow :P

    And congratulations to Bug on her 2-wheeler bike! Remember to always wear your helmet :)

  • BeachMama

    I love your trench coats, it completes the picture!! Bug looks great on her bike get her going bikes are awesome. Happy belated to your Grandma, she is looking great!

  • Cathy

    Great shots, agree with the author pic comments! Try Target for boots too, I just got a pair cheap and they’re comfy. Also got a pair of low heels there and they’re the most comfy I own! And both fashionable enough for the well dressed secret agent. :)

  • Abigail

    a) spy pic is adorable!
    b) i’m catching up on my google reader and just read the rei camping review post and was first surprised and excited that the contest hadn’t closed yet (run through 9/27?) but then wasn’t able to comment on the post over there.

  • aunt kathy

    Yes, that last shot is perfect for an author shot! (Although I do like the shot of Bug peeking through the posts in the dressing room ~ a “smooshed” face, one of her disguises?) Miss you too and our “root veggie” dinners. Do you do hunks of onions? Uncle Bruce insists on it when I do roasted vegetables. P.S. I would like to place an order for all your books! Or do I do that online?

  • Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen

    How cute are you two?? Love the trench coats! I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, they’re the best. Going through a bag of hand-me-downs was one of the highlights of my youth! You never know what you’re going to find… it’s like a treasure hunt. :)

  • gingermog

    Loving your new trench coat! I have one in cornflower blue and I love it. Although soon it may be too chilly to wear it – although we have had a magnificent week of Indian summer. I loved hand me downs as a child as well, it didn’t bother me at all and I thought it super fun to wear my much older sisters clothes- same with bikes, its a rite of passage.

    I wish your grandmother belated Birthday wishes. I loved her blog and appreciate her comments on your post, such a wise, kind woman. P.s.Your mom and Aunt Keren sounds lovely too.xx