Weekend Open Thread

This year, I really, really, really, DON’T WANNA wrap presents. I am procrastinating like crazy!

I need to suck it up, take a moment to be grateful that we can afford to buy gifts, and GET IT DONE.

What’s hanging over your head this weekend? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

It is time to price and eventually install new windows throughout our house.

Also, there is a mushy piece of drywall next to our tub.

Did I mention we are getting a gas insert for our wood burning fireplace which has sat unused since we moved into our house in 2009?

And we’re just waiting for our air conditioner to die. It’s almost 20 years old.

Ah, the joys of homeownership! What’s on your list?

And what else is on your mind today? Chat away!

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Tuesday Open Thread

So when DS was 3 years old, he ordered pistachio ice cream because he liked the green color. He LOVED the taste, and started ordering it every chance he got – except he called it “mustache-chio.” “Do they have mustache-chio? I want that flavor!” Oh gawd, the cute!

Last night we went on a boat tour of the Newport Harbor to peep at all the pretty Christmas lights and real estate porn (fun fact I learned: Orange County’s most expensive home is valued at $42 million! Oy). After the tour we stopped at a trendy new ice cream place near our home, which makes fresh ice cream with liquid nitrogen while you wait. We settled in with our treats, and I said, “Alex, do you like the mustache-chio?”

“Mami, it’s not mustache-chio. It’s PUH-stachio,” he said with the slightest tone of condescension.

Waaaaah! This is even sadder than when he stopped calling YouTube “I Yubes.”

Somewhere in my gmail I have a list of “Alex-isms” and “Maya-isms,” and I tried to jot down their malapropisms every time they tripped off their tongue. That way I can print them out some day and put them in their baby books.

What cute things did your kids say? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

 

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Weekend Open Thread

We’re in Sonoma and Napa this weekend for DH’s birthday! And only we would fly to wine country, only to focus on visiting local craft breweries like Russian River. But DH is the birthday boy and if he wants beer, he gets beer!

On a sentimental note, we’re staying at the same bed and breakfast where DH proposed to me back in 1997. We also spent our 7th anniversary there in 2005, which also turned out to be our babymoon as I went into labor the day after we got back. Lots of special memories there!

What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

It’s STORMWATCH 2014! Everyone in California is abuzz about a major rainstorm. From the breathless local news reports, I am expecting Noah’s Ark to come bobbing by. Some schools in Northern California have canceled school today. Yes, you read that right– a rain day.

We are in the midst of a gnarly drought and the fear is that so much rain so quickly will cause flooding and mudslides. And with our usual impeccable timing, DH and I are flying to Northern California on Friday morning for a romantic weekend getaway. Good times!

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Chat away!

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Tuesday Open Thread

I loved traveling during Thanksgiving week, but I must say it has thrown off my holiday mojo. I am feeling way behind, and like time is running short! It was totally worth it, though. That was the nicest Thanksgiving I have spent in a while. Complicating matters is DH’s Dec. 14th birthday. We are going away this weekend (just the two of us), and I am half wishing we had put the trip off until after his birthday. But I know in the end, we will enjoy the break.

How are you faring in these weeks leading up to Christmas? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

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Weekend Open Thread

A few days ago, we asked the kids if they would like to buy some toys to donate to other kids this Christmas. We explained that other children might not receive many presents, and it would be nice to know we helped make Christmas morning special for a child or two.

DH was especially worried about how they would react. He vividly remembers his own father insisting that he and his brothers donate some of their own toys to less fortunate kids, and feeling resentful at having to give up his stuff.

I worried that DS4 wouldn’t get it. I could see him happily picking out the toys, then being crestfallen when he realized they weren’t for him to play with.

I’m happy to report the kids exceeded all expectations. They shopped with as much enthusiasm as if they were shopping for themselves. They put thought into which toys would make them happy, and figured they would make other kids happy, as well.

We dropped the toys off at a nearby fire station, and the kids got an up close look at a shiny new rig. It was a small gesture, but it made us all feel good. We decided this is something we would like to do as a family each year.

IMG_9405Do you have any similar traditions? How do you go about fostering a sense of generosity in your kids? And what else is on your mind as we approach the holidays? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

So here’s something that baffles me: people who will defend cops no matter what.

I just don’t get the whole, “Do what the cops say, and they won’t hurt/maim/kill you!” argument. Then there’s the “I got pulled over once, so there’s no racial profiling” point of view.

I actually saw a Facebook comment that said, “Bottom line, if you fight with a cop, you deserve to get shot.” Where does this mindset come from?

Eric Garner is the latest outrage. Unarmed, put in a banned chokehold, ON VIDEO, and still the cops get impunity. I can’t make any sense of anything any more.

What say you, ladies? Will things continue this way, or are we reaching some sort of a tipping point here? Will public outrage ever spur some meaningful change? Anyone in New York have any insight as to the mood and reaction there?

What else is on your mind today?

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