January Grateful List


The Arts
  • Broad City season 1.
  • Reading Summer House with Swimming Pool, Her, and The Girl on the Train. 
  • Seeing the new Annie with Anouk and her friends (and loving it). 
  • Listening to Paul Thomkins's comedy album Freak Wharf
  • Friends is on Netflix! 
  • Listening to a lot of the Mountain Goats (thanks Dave for reminding me)

  • Detroit-style pizza from Union Brothers
  • Chelsea Bake house
  • Pad thai from Boon (my new favorite Thai place in the 757)
  • Belizean food at La Cabana (Manteo, NC) 

  • Visiting the North Carolina Aquarium. 
  • Bike rides at First Landing State Park. 
  • Chuck-E-Cheese with Kelly and Molly and the kids (making it rain tickets like the good moms we are). 
  • Discovering a new thrift store (Family Thrift in Virginia Beach). 
  • A much-needed Saturday night out at Winners (thanks J. and T. for organizing).

  • vintage silk comforter from my friend G. (the comfiest thing ever and we all fight over it while watching TV)
  • They carry Strivectin at Costco! (because I'm cheap and also old) 
  • Gorgeous new yarn in beautiful colors. 

  • Game night & winning Cranium with K. 
  • Re-learning to knit.
  • "I love the dentist, mom. Like, love love." - things I never thought I'd hear my kid say. 
  •  Whistling contests in the car with A. and J. 
  • A. doing addition on her math racer app.
  • Karaoke-ing it up with my ladies. <3

What kinds of wonderful things are on your list?

A Day in the Life (February 2015)


February 12 this year featured some of my favorite things in the world: food, friends, and snow!! Behold.

10:00 AM: Early playdate with M. and B. The girls make Valentine picture frames, so cute, and then the girls make "dessert" for the dog.

12:30 PM: We make our sesame peanut butter noodles for lunch (from this recipe). It's our fave!

3:00 PM: Working on Valentines throughout the afternoon. We have already done several batches. Anouk might be a little tired of it.

 5:00 PM: Snow! A few flurries flutter by as we're leaving to go out to dinner.

6:30: Kids eat free at Guad's every Thursday and it's a little crazy with balloon animals and face paint galore. We meet up with some friends and let the kids run wild while the moms talk.

9:00 PM: Books are read, Anouk is in bed, so it's time for me and J. to watch the Americans and while we do, I work on my latest project. I re-taught myself to knit over the new year and it's a lot more slow-going than I remember.  This may eventually be a blanket. 

Virginia is for lovers. And donuts.


Valentines Day falls on a Saturday this year, which to me means: you go out for delicious breakfast/pastries/brunch on Valentines morning. If you are looking for a kid-friendly destination that fulfills this requirement, allow me to suggest O'DoodleDoo's Donuts, a sweet little retro roadside shop in Suffolk that offers some gorgeously fluffy and delicious cake donuts in creative flavor combinations. James, Anne, and I drove out to sample their wares last weekend, for research purposes of course.

Besides the donuts, O'DoodleDoo's was hosting one of the Virginia LOVEworks and so we all posed for photos with it while we were there. For some reason, Anouk and I are obsessed with the LOVEworks statues and really want to hit as many as we can. For a complete list of LOVEworks locations, click here.

And if you are really interested in a full report, our favorite donuts were the French toast, chocolate fudge, and chocolate-peanut-butter habanero (sweet with a spicy kick). O'DoodleDoo's has dozens of flavors and changes it up their menu on the regular, but their Facebook is really good at letting you know what to expect on any given day.

Happy Valentines Day in advance!

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