Back to School

Hi there.  Remember me?

I took a little break there for awhile because life got a little crazy.  I was traveling a lot for work (only home for three days over two weeks) and so that meant that I was basically running around like a chicken with my head cut off the days I was home, trying to spend quality time with my family and also making sure that everything got done.  Honestly, I’m also having a bit of an existential crisis about whether I have the motivation and time and all that jazz to keep this blog going…  I haven’t made any decisions yet, but the “do I keep this up?” or “just let this go” conversation is well underway in my head.  Stay tuned…

And now it’s the first day of school.  How the heck did that happen?  Where in the world did summer go?  I mean, seriously.  Not OK.

It’s my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten.  Momentous.  Amazing.  Exciting.  She’s ready to go, with her new purple LL Bean Original Book Pack and her awesome first day of school dress (which has been hanging from her closet door for the last few days in anticipation of this magnificent day).  This is where I have to say that I do believe the LL Bean backpack to be the best backpack there is for elementary school kids.  We got one for my son when he was off to Kindergarten and he’s headed to Second Grade today with the same red backpack and it’s still in amazing shape even though it’s been tortured and abused in the way that only a elementary school kid can do.  Best backpack (er, book pack) ever.  No doubt.

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I also got my daughter her very own laptop lunchbox.  Again, my son used the same one just about every day for two straight years and it held up great.  We could probably have squeezed another year out of his, but I decided to go ahead and get him a new one while I was getting one for my daughter.  I believe I’ve sung there praises before, but I am going it again.  Top notch lunchbox, yes indeed.  Love it.

And then I discovered these sweet Ore Good Lunch Sacks and snapped them up for  snack bags this school year.  I’ll have to let you know if they hold up well but I loved the color and the texture and the handles.  We went with blue for my son and * surprise * pink for my daughter.  We’ll see.  Fingers crossed.

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Navy Kick

Y’all, I’m finding myself in the middle of a navy clothing kick.  Which is weird because I’ve never really been a particularly big fan of wearing navy.

I honestly didn’t even realize I was in a navy kick until earlier yesterday when I looked down at my navy shoes while I was in Banana Republic buying the second navy suit I’ve purchased in the last two months. So, yea.  Me + navy = bf’s.  Apparently.

I bought this navy suit at White House Black Market a couple of months ago.  I liked how the suit jacket was different and ruffle-y.  It was more about the cut of the suit than the color, but I was sort of digging on the navy too so it was a good thing all around.  570110613ext3


And then I bought some navy heels from Nine West at DSW because I thought it might be nice to have some navy heels to wear with my new navy suit.  Of course.  These are the heels.  We’ve become fast friends.  I’ve worn them a bunch in the last few weeks with all sorts of things not navy.  I wore them today, in fact, with some gray pants and a pink blazer.


And then, as I said, I found myself in Banana Republic today drooling over a pinstripe navy suit with the neatest suit blazer I’ve seen in awhile and they just so happened to have my size which is always a sign and so I got it.  And I’m in love.  Although I’m disappointed that this photo from the Banana Republic website doesn’t do it any sort of justice at all.  It’s way more amazing than it looks in this photo.  Seriously.


And so there you have it.  I’m in a navy kick.  Weird, but true.

Do you wear a lot of navy?

Two Coats and An Hour

Awhile ago, we had our basement professionally painted.  It wasn’t that we couldn’t do it ourselves.  We’re capable painters.  It was just that we didn’t have the time or the motivation to do it ourselves.  Being a big room and all.

In our basement, we have a door to the main water shut-off valve for our house.  (Note that this is the water shut-off valve I couldn’t find a few years ago when there was water spewing into my laundry room – see here.)  It’s annoying and big and we wish it wasn’t there.  But it is.

When the guys painted the basement, they painted the door white with the rest of the trim rather than yellow like the wall.


And I hated it.  It just seemed to call attention to the big, ugly door in the middle of our basement wall.  I also hated that it was bright white, and the white in the rest of the room (the television stand, the rug, even the print on the wall) where off-white.  Seriously, it drove me nuts.

So, last weekend, I finally pulled out the can of yellow paint and painted the door yellow.  Two coats and an hour later,  I had a yellow door.


Much better.  Picture me smiling.