Linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum for another round of 7 Quick Takes!


Joe has been in India for work, so it’s just been me and the kiddos this week. I’m just kidding about binge eating sweets. Kind of. I’m fine. Everything’s fine.  (Wink, wink.)

So many people have been nervously asking me if I am “doing okay,” as if being with the kids alone is eating me alive. It’s kind of funny to see their faces which communicate clearly that they’re imagining me hiding myself away in a closet, crying over a bottle of wine as my kids run around with pitchforks and torches yelling, “This is MY house nooow!!!”   Guys…I really am doing great.  I promise. 

Honestly, at one point not that long ago, that picture wasn’t too far off of how I was feeling.   Last year when Joe went to Tokyo, I was kind of a mess.  If someone asked me that question back then, I would’ve been lying if I said that things were going swell.  It was hard having him gone while I was at home with a colicky baby and a toddler.  Those times were tough.  Thank goodness, right now I am in a really good groove in life.  The kids are getting along well, and everything is pretty hunky dory around here!  It’s a nice change of pace!  The weirdest part is not having my partner-in-crime around after bedtime.  What do I do with myself when there’s no ESPN or my BFF to talk to?   Wine, chocolate, documentary, candles, shower, bed! All day, err day.


It’s nice that these two awesome little kids remind me so much of their daddy.  It makes it feel like he’s not that far away, because they’re both so much like him.


I’ve pretty much been spoiling them a lot, too.  It’s just so darn hot out, we’ve had to get creative with our time.  What’s keeping us busy? Snow cones, pastries, and parks that have lots of shade! 


We are getting granite counter-tops installed in our home soon, and today I got a call that they weren’t going to be able to put them in on time because they had to test for lead.  I couldn’t believe they were telling me this today, just one business day before we are scheduled to have the installation.  I have to admit, I was pretty upset when I heard the news!  It’s a big project and we’ve been super excited about it, and I feel like this is something they should have told us weeks ago.  So annoying!  The guy told me “his hands were tied,” so I was left to just deal with my frustration alone.  I’m handling it by taking it out on you, dear reader.  Really, I know you don’t want to hear me whine about my first world problems.  I am truly sorry for sharing.  But good news is I finally accepted that sitting here pouting like a big baby is fruitless.  Still wondering, though, if perhaps I should write a bad review on yelps, grab a handful of chocolate chips, and call it us even? (Just kidding, just kidding. (Maybe.))



I looooved this podcast episode by Leah Darrow.  It’s slowly changing my personal outlook on style and fashion.  It’s a really great episode with plenty of thought provoking points.  Check it out!


My friends Lindsay and Paige are coming to visit me next week!  The three of us have been friends since we were eleven, but almost nine years ago my friend Lindsay and I had a huge falling out.  I wrote about our sweet reconciliation here.  This is the first time the three of us have been together in a really, really long time.  Needless to say…I’m incredibly excited!  I can’t believe we will all be 30 soon! How time flies…


Yesterday I published the first story in the FIAT series on my blog!  I shared my friend Rebecca’s story of conversion, cancer, and infertility.  I think it has something in it for everyone.  Her insights on suffering and enduring obstacles are powerful, and will speak to anyone who is or has gone through a tough time in life and is still processing the “why” of it all.  Please check it out! I would love to hear your thoughts on it and hear how it touched you personally!  Also, if you know anyone who would benefit from hearing her words of wisdom, please don’t hesitate to share it!

One thought on “SQT: Dad’s in India, Mom Binge Eating Treats to Survive

  1. You can do it, dear one! I don’t know how long Joe will be gone, but I know that when my kids were tiny, David had lots of four day trips. That fourth day was the worst. But I know you are sticking to your plan of going to bed earlier and that will help you to feel better. You are, right? 😉 I wasn’t so good and would stay up way too late then being tired would make things worse. Anyway, enjoy the popsicles and shade. The days are long but the years are short. Love those little ones! -Marla

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