15 Minute Weekend Recap


We had a pretty good fourth of July. We blew up a bunch of street fireworks at our friend’s house who live in a different town that allows fireworks. That seems to be our tradition now.

working on her sign chips and brocamole

CC came out to hang with us and we had a little mini barbeque with her before the fireworks. We had “brocamole” aka guacamole and chips, of course. Bug made up a little sign and tried to hawk them to our neighbors. I think she’s been bitten with the entreprenurial bug ever since the lemonade stand.

kerpow! wooooo!

Mr. Patrioticair! jump!

The next day we took CC to the beach for doughnuts and lattes—another tradition.

sandy toes

doh doh doh beach bums

It’s been really foggy and misty at the beach lately. It feels more like winter in July than it does in January. California is so weird that way.


That afternoon I planned a little get-together for my birthday (which is actually today but Monday was a better day for everyone). It was just drinks with friends at a local restaurant. It was so fun. So much better than sitting at home, moping about being forgotten. Sometimes if you wanna have a good time on your birthday you just gotta do it yourself, you know? I’m so glad I got off my high horse and planned something for myself. Everyone seemed to have a really good time and it was very low stress. At least for me anyway. I’m not sure about everyone else who had to brave the crazy beach traffic to get here.

Sir Sonja

Sonja amused us with her wax mustache. That never gets old.

me and Crystal

My friend, Crystal.

me and Jen

And Madge.

I should have taken a photo of me and CC but we were too busy doing other things. Toby even pulled himself away from work too which meant the world to me. I wish I had taken a photo of us… but alas I was busy yakking and not thinking.

I have to say I really had a happy pre-birthday. Life has not been easy lately and of course I can’t blog about that. Don’t you hate that? I hate it too but this is the way it is. So having one day filled with friends and visiting really cheered me up. It is the best birthday present anyone could ever ask for.

15 minute post

spin spin sugar

I’ve been thinking I should just sit down for 15 minutes every day and write a quick post. I don’t mean to imply that I can stick to any sort of “every-day routine” (I seem to have an aversion to that) but I thought it might be a good idea in theory. And then I could label these quick-and-dirty posts “the 15 minute posts” so you’ll understand they are quick and breezy and bound not to be written very well.

Anyway, that’s that. I hate talking meta stuff about blogging because I’ve already done it a thousand times and what possibly could I have to say that you haven’t read already.

So what else is going on?

Bug is going through a growth spurt. A real one. I think she’s grown two-inches in one month. Is that even possible? She did grow a quarter of an inch in one week. We recorded it. It’s crazy. She’s taken to standing on the other side of the bed and asking me if she’s standing on something. She really looks like she is. I keep thinking she’s wearing my big thick clog high heels or she’s standing on her step stool or something but then I come around the side of the bed and there are her feet on the floor. It gets me every time and then she erupts into a fit of giggles because she thinks it’s the best joke on me ever.

That girl.

Part of me superstitiously thinks it’s the gymnastics. She loves it and has been bouncing everywhere since. I think her muscles and bones needed a prompt and now that she’s getting regular stimulation outside of television, her bones and muscles are shouting “REACH FOR THE STARS!!!” or something. I don’t know, I just know that we’ve got to keep up the sessions. They are a good thing.

Except now she’s telling me not to take my laptop with me when we go to gymnastics so that I can pay better attention and watch her do her tricks. I’m not going to listen to her though because those 45 minutes in the stands with free gym wifi are the most productive minutes I’ve had all week. I’m actually getting some work done again and I really need to keep that up. Besides the gym is so big I have to squint to even see her. I think she can handle a few minutes without my constant attention. She’s already got the teachers doting after her.

She loves her teachers.

And now 15 minutes is up.