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Things, October

Lately I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night, or very early in the morning (Depending on my intention) thinking it smells like something. Generally that something is hot garbage. Kamel things I’m having a stroke. Maybe my nose is dreaming? Either way it’s a little unsettling and rather frustrating to think you smell something that no one else does. No fair.

The SF Giants won the world series again yesterday and I don’t really care because been there, done that, saw the parade, and they really aren’t my team. But lots of people love them, so that is fun. What I really keep thinking is why that bearded man left the team, the team that made him, and then guess what they win another championship and you aren’t there anymore. The part of sports where it is less about teamwork and more about you getting paid and/or some other vanity thing is confusing to me. The success of team sports relies on how well everyone can play together. I guess sometimes there are break out stars that carry it, but for the most part if you can’t anticipate your teammate’s actions and react accordingly, then you won’t be a very good team. But in professional sports there doesn’t seem to be much loyalty. That’s a weird side note in sports. “So and so was the hero of [enter team name here] but he only played with them for X seasons.” I want the romance of the lifers, the people who never leave a franchise and represent 1 city till the end. A group of guys thrown together because of circumstance who become brothers and then support each other through every up and down. I want a sports movie in real life.

Gabe has been enjoying snippets of this cartoon about an octopus named Oswald. It is an old(er) show, and we found it on amazon instant play. It is super weird. There is a flower that is basically a really tall skinny girl who is always on some sort of contraption instead of walking. Like a pogo stick, or a unicycle or something. There is a penguin who is super particular, collects spoons and has a hot chocolate every afternoon with 2 marshmallows, no more, no less.  There is a butterfly who has a baby who is a larvae or a caterpillar, can’t tell, that she pushes around in a baby carriage. And Oswald the octopus has a dog who looks like a hot dog. But I really really enjoy the show. Oswald is the most patient, kind person octopus I have ever experienced and the show has this really lovely pacing to it that makes me want to take a really lovely nap whenever it is on. Anyway, we’ve greatly reduced our TV watching but Gabe often requests it by saying “Otto-puss!” and that makes me love the show extra.

I’m doing something super dorky and I am equal parts proud and shy about it. So, everyone is always complaining about the winter weather in Seattle and it drives me crazy. 1) there is winter everywhere except for a few places and those don’t count 2) the seasons keep things interesting and 3) everything is so green and sparkly here because of the rain, CA should be so lucky – drought is a terrible terrible reality and we are fortunate not to have that issue right now. I also just really don’t believe it is that bad. Days are shorter, it is colder, and the weather is worse than in the summer, but how is that abnormal? So I’m tallying days from October 20th to April 20th. They go either in the grey, sunny, or partly cloudy category. So far there is a pretty even split between grey and partly cloudy as we have had a string of very coastal-esque rain storms roll in, which are fairly thrilling in their own right. So we’ll see what the winter reality is next spring. Weather nerrrrrd!


Food-ing With Flo: The Bundt Is Back

The book reviews are winding down (2 more to go!), birchbox is almost over (1 more post to go!), the rains have come (and with it early nights) and so we revisit the beauty of… BUNDT CAKES!! A Black and White Pound Cake you say? I say pour me a glass of wine and let’s get started! I’ve never done any swirl action and I have never made a pound cake, though with 2.5 sticks of butter there is no reason to not! It was the usual set up with sifted dry ingredients, mixed room-temp butter and sugar (the best smell in the world), eggs, vanilla, etc. Oh hey girl, hey! I haven’t used Miss Flo since March for Gabe’s...


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This weekend I felt like a super mom. I visited with my best friends, we did family stuff, Kamel got to go and see a movie by himself, we had our first power outage with the baby, I made a bundt cake on Saturday and then a bolognese  on Sunday while I entertained the baby alone and eventually put him down for a nap. Everyone got to do something for themselves, we finished up chores in the apartment, and I am almost done catching up with part one of the Outlander series on Starz. Boom. Weekend, I own you. (apron snack pocket) (Power outage to come) (Cheeeeeeeese) (Herro!! says Gabriel) Not pictured: - Coffee with...

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The Perks

A few days ago I was secretly eating one of the chocolate bunnies that Kamel’s family  brings back for us from Mexico. And by us I think I really mean Kamel. I mean, I’m sure it is ok if I eat them too, but we all know that Kamel loves them the most most most. And then I thought about how sometimes the benefits of marriage are that I get the perk of being able to eat my husband’s special dessert when he isn’t looking. I mean, I could always have my own chocolate small furry animal, but I wouldn’t have known tiny chocolate mexican bunnies even existed if it weren’t for Kamel. It occured to me that these...


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Under Gunders The Saga Continues…

Did you know that I still get comments on this post about the Old Navy mesh hipsters (AKA the JESUS of underwear!!) even now, years later? I think I got one last week even. So many women are out there, frustrated about the loss of the perfect panty. OLD NAVY WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY! So many ladies are asking, “Where is the replacement? Where can I find the perfect mix of full coverage and panti-line-free-ness that were (and still are for many of us, oops) the mesh hipster?” And I’m here with a semi-answer. There is no replacement. There just isn’t! And we need to stop searching and give up. Sometimes, in life, you have to...


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Soleil & A Brand New Adventure

I am generally fascinated by divorce. How does it happen? Who makes that decision? Does it pop out at you like the bogey man? When does someone know, for certain, that it is over? And how does that conversation happen? And what happens after? A few months ago I got to pick Soleil’s brain about all of this as her divorce was newly established. As much as young divorce (or any divorce) sucks, it is also about the opening and closing of doors, the birth of new chapters, and fresh starts. It’s sad and hard and terrible, but also ultimately a good thing? I think? That is the point, right? It is supposed to be something that sucks but...


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Saturday I was on top of my game. We swimming lessoned, we cleaned the apartment, we went to target, AND had a date night where Kamel and I went out to a GROWN UP dinner and then to see Lena Dunham pimp her new book. Sunday I was a failure. We had birthday celebrations for my dad at my parent’s where I forgot the camera and my dad’s PRESENT. GAH! The rest of the day I moped and watched Outlander until I fell asleep on the couc hat 730! What?! (Reason why there was not a Monday blog. Sorry guys.) Oh look! you can see the semi blurry spec that was Lena Dunham! I had several requests on instagram to fill them in on...


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Who the hell is she?


I am a writer living in Seattle and I believe that life is a grand adventure and only boring if you believe it to be. Plus! You don't need money to have fun.

I live with my husband, a photographer by education and a maker-of-video-games by trade, and a baby named gabe in an apartment on the hill.

I am romantic about most things and I cry... about almost anything. I tell stories to entertain you, I spread stories to keep you in the loop. I am not a grammar freak, but I do know how to spell it. I am exceedingly proud of my scrambled eggs and I really could eat an entire pan of cupcakes. If I met me, I would be my best friend. I tend to be irreverent.

If you would like to chat with me or see what else I'm up to you can follow me on Twitter (betterinrealife), on facebook, or email me at betterinrealife at gmail.