The good life » Monday Listicles Little boy, big dogs and I Sat, 19 Sep 2015 17:31:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Summer so far Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:12:16 +0000 Half way into summer calls for a recap! Since the last day of school we: 1. packed out all our things to be shipped to Japan 2. packed out the rest to be stored while we relocate to Japan 3. prepared and rented out our house 4. left the island, drove across USA visiting 11 […]]]> Half way into summer calls for a recap!

Since the last day of school we:

1. packed out all our things to be shipped to Japan

2. packed out the rest to be stored while we relocate to Japan

3. prepared and rented out our house

4. left the island, drove across USA visiting 11 states along the way ( and wrote all about it HERE )

5. settled into a little cabin Upstate NY for the rest of the summer

6. said goodbye to friends way too often

7. had Max and Bruce groomed twice

8. Facetimed with daddy ( who crossed the equator two times already ) twice

9. took many photos but not nearly enough

10. and since it is 10 minutes past midnight I can declare this a Monday Listicle! Now that’s something!!!


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Monday Listicles Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:01:13 +0000 Thanksgiving couldn’t come fast enough.

It is by far my favorite holiday. Perhaps because it is the only one I did not grow up with and I took the time to learn about it and understand it as I became American. Perhaps it’s because it comes with pumpkin pie. But I really really love Thanksgiving.

This year it will be extra special because we are sharing it with our new found friend Karin who is like me Slovenian and with or good old friend Lily who is on her way back to visit us. So excited!

This list is the easiest one to write. There is so much to be thankful for. My family, my friends, our health, warm home, beautiful state we live in, chocolate. List could go on forever. So I will try to find just one special thing about others that I am thankful for every single day. Curious to see your lists. Happy Thanksgiving!


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1. My son’s spirit

2. My husband’s cooking

3. Veterans near and far

4. Our school’s PTA volunteers

5. Kind comments people leave me on Instagram

6. Essential personal who works on Thanksgiving

7. Friends who travel from far to spend time with us

8. Our sweet neighbor who leaves National Geographic magazines on our porch for Julian

9. Amy for being awesome.

10. You for always passing by. Thank you.

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Monday Listicles Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:54:02 +0000 Howdy partners!

What’s new with you? Are you keeping warm? Anyone snowed in yet?

It has been really cold past few days around here and I am really loving it. Makes me want to drink tea by the bucket and wear warm sweaters. I even bought myself the most comfortable, hipster boots ever. Who knew I still have it in me? Good taste I mean…

It hasn’t been all peachy though. Lately I have been struck by the complaining atom and I had no trouble writing this listicle. But with Thanksgiving coming we must do this:


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The wastefulness drives me nuts. Like Oprah’s Teavana tea. You pay $15 for 2 OZ of loose tea that is packed in an 8 OZ can that is packed in a huge and very fancy cardboard box. The worst part is that aside from wasting resources to make this elaborate package, presumably to make us think that it’s OK to charge that much for a tea blend they waste money they could be giving to the charity they claim these tea was made to benefit.


Enough with wasting money sending us mailing labels, christmas gifts, totes and such with an attached letter asking to help your cause. How about you take what we subscribed to give and instead of spending it on things to entice us to give more you all just give it to the ones you promised me you would. The ones in need!


I don’t get it. Don’t we all pay loads of money every month to have these channels? Then what’s with the whole pill for this and that commercial every 7 minutes?


Specially when there is an abundance of empty ones two rows down. Cause taking 10 extra steps is bad for you why!!?


I ordered something from J.Crew a few weeks ago and it took them 9 days before they shipped it, another week before it arrived. If it is a small company I wouldn’t mind but if retailers makes millions with online sales they really should ship within a few days of the order being placed, specially since all items I bought were in stock.


Once my order got here my sweater’s seam unraveled the first time I wore it. My son’s t-shirt follow the same fate after the first wash. Yes I know I can call them and maybe they will replace it but frankly time is money and the effort it takes is sometimes just not worth it. It does sadden me when I realize just how awful products from our most prominent companies in the USA are.


Oh how I hate anything low fat and organic and natural and healthy and such. Fact of the matter is that labeling chicken ‘free range’ doesn’t have to mean it also eats healthy. It just means it has access to outdoors. For all you know it is full of antibiotics and corn anyways, sitting in a concrete yard… I think we should be able to decide what we buy based on the true labels on a product. Not everyone demands free range chicken but those who do should rest assure that that animal roamed free and only ate what it found. Period.


Seriously, why on earth do people leave their car on as they go into the store or to pick up their child or whatever. And honestly in my book it is equally bad if anyone is left in the car or not. Engine of the car is designed to move it. So if you are parked you don’t need it on, right?


Truth be told driving on roads these days and seeing what people do behind the wheel is enough to make us loose faith in humanity.


I actually really dislike complaining. I believe doing is better then talking about it. But sometimes we must vent about things we seem to be unable to control. Like politics and weather and school drop off traffic.
Thanks for reading. I will now eat chocolate and promise not to complain for a while :)

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Monday Listicles Mon, 10 Nov 2014 02:58:57 +0000 Sunday Funday!

I am really in the mood for some jokes. Lately I have been a little under the weather. I think I over scheduled myself a wee bit and I keep worrying about not getting things done. Today I have been stuck in front of the screen all day and I am so ready to laugh. In fact googling these put me in a great mood. There are a lot of great short jokes out there on the world wide web. Which is convenient since I cannot tell a joke to save my life. But I am great at copy and paste!

Next week: 10 COMPLAINTS

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1. Where do you find a one-legged dog? Where you left it.

2. If a man states an opinion and there is no woman to hear it, is he still wrong?

3. What did zero say to eight? Nice belt.

4. Two snowmen are standing in a meadow. One snowman turns to the other and says: Do you smell carrots?

5. A magician was walking down the street and turned into a grocery store.

6. Two aerials meet on a roof – fall in love – get married. The ceremony was rubbish – but the reception was brilliant.

7. I saw this bloke chatting up a cheetah. I thought, ”He’s trying to pull a fast one”.

8. Slept like a log last night… Woke up in the fireplace.

9. They told me my password needed to be eight characters, so I entered “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

10. What’s the downside to bigamy? More than one mother-in-law.

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Monday Listicles Mon, 03 Nov 2014 03:11:29 +0000 We survived Halloween.

In fact it was really fun. We gave away all the chocolates and neighbors gave us cider as we walked around the neighborhood so life was dandy. After I posted a photo of Bruce looking like a grizzly bear and realizing I was wearing flannel and my hair down I had a brief moment of brilliance that the only think separating me from being Grizzly Adams is a beard. See:

Grizzly Adams 1977

How’s that for a Halloween costume? Well my husband put his foot down and told me wearing a beard will do nothing for our marriage and I ended up not dressing for Halloween. And that is how Bruce ended up trick-o-treating as Wookie accompanying Little J, the clone trooper. But next year…

In the mean time let’s make each other laugh!
Next week: 10 JOKES

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1. People arguing over politics or religion.

2. The new math taught in school.

3. 5 minute long coffee order.

4. Spending thousands of dollars on kids birthday party.

5. Amount of medication consumed by Americans daily to treat preventable conditions.

6. Celebrity obsessions.

7. Fingerless lace or fishnet gloves.

8. Running on the treadmill looking out the window into a park on a sunny day.

9. Stuff children get away with these days.

10. Stuff adults get away with these days.

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Monday Listicles Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:22:46 +0000 Halloween already???

Is it just me or has this year gone by with the speed of light so far? I mean we went to the local store this week and Christmas stand is set up and full of red and green and glittery things. Next thing you know all the LEGO sets will be sold out and panic with hit us once again. This is the first year our job as Santa is easy peasy because Little J has entered the Star Wars stage and we are spoiled for choice. In fact even though he does not care for Halloween one tiny bit lured by the idea of getting a Clone Trooper costume he gets to keep he quickly agreed to play along. Trouble is now both dogs and I have to dress up as well and to make matters worse we are only allowed to be characters from the Episode III. Clearly there was nobody sexy on Kashyyyk so there goes me looking good this Halloween…

What are you all up to this year for Halloween?


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1. The one that stays home and hands out candy. Both husband and son disagreed.

2. The one that pretends Halloween is tomorrow, switches off the porch light and goes to sleep. Apparently not cool.

3. Princess Leia. Husband approves but son says she was not born yet during the battle of Kashyyyk.

4. Jedi warrior. Son says I cannot be cooler then him.

5. Imperial guard. Cause they are so cool looking. Nobody agrees with me.

6. Yoda. Apparently although it would fit into the scenario I cannot since Yoda cannot be taller then Chewbacca.

7. A mom that takes her kid around the neighborhood trick-a-treating without costume. It seems it would cramp my kid’s style.

8. The one that goes to the neighbors house and drinks wine with them while they hand out their candy. It seems my son is too young to trick-o-treat on his own.

9. Something non Star Wars related. Julian will not hear of it.

10. On vacation on a tropical island. Please!

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Monday Listicles Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:33:02 +0000 Confession time: I am unreasonably grumpy.

To be honest I totally did it to myself. Last night I binged out on Criminal Minds and after three back to back episodes of gruesome murder and awful people that I hope don’t exist in real life I attempted to go to sleep waaaaaay past my bedtime. Obviously that didn’t come easily so today I am tired and kinda annoyed with everything and everyone except chocolate and cute puppies. The good news is that I am now convinced I am very wise not to be running much this year because most murders and abductions on TV happen to women jogging around. Have you ever seen a dreadful attack on a chubby middle-aged lady sipping tea in her comfy chair with her 5 cats reading a book under a cozy blanket? Exactly! All I am missing is cats for protection…

Not sure why but I have been thinking about my grandpa a lot lately and missing him terribly, so I decided to write my listicles about him and the special times we shared together. Wonder what your moments are?

Next week:


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1. Fishing by the lake in silence for hours.

2. Playing chess.

3. Sitting in his lap, “helping” him with his cross puzzles.

4. Hiking in the woods.

5. Picking chestnuts.

6. Biking around town with him.

7. Sledding on the high slopes and him pulling me all the way up the hill.

8. Dancing into New Years 1983 in our apartment living room.

9. Walking our dog Kir.

10. Saying good bye to him the last time and telling him everything’s going to be alright. And yet he past away straight after.

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Monday Listicles Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:03:41 +0000 Hey there, how are you?

That is probably the first thing I ask anyone I ever bump into. And I actually look forward to hearing all about how you are. What is your go to one liner?

Anyways leave me a comment telling me how you are and how your week went? In the mean time let me tell you all about mine. We had a ball to attend this weekend and I wore an amazing gown and felt like million dollars and my husband was so handsome and lovely and fun that I fell in love with him all over again by early Sunday morning. Amazing how good a night out does for the soul. I am determined to brush my hair more often from now on…

So let’s talk about things we say this week and next week:


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1. Awesome
not sure if LEGO movie is to blame but I catch myself saying awesome a few times a day. Seriously how awesome are random, everyday things?

2. Fantastic
as if awesome wasn’t annoying and over the top enough…

3. Chop Chop
and hurry up and hustle and anything else that I hope will get my 1st grader to school on time.

4. Oh no
cause I am always forgetting something.

5. Mmm-hm
sometimes I just tune people out and clearly I am not great at covering it up.

6. Sorry
I am a notorious apologizer. If somebody tells me I need to stop saying sorry my response will be: Sorry!

7. Oh bother.
let’s face it most things tend to be a big bother sometimes.

8. Banana
not sure why but whenever my son asks me to guess something I will always try banana first. Not that banana is ever an answer…

9. Rubbish
if you ever met me you would know that word is so me.

10. OK
it’s the most universal thing to say. And my go to answer for everything. Mostly meaning I have no idea what you just asked me but OK.

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Monday Listicles Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:50:39 +0000 Allow me to vent a little.

So because of Linky tools or something scheduled posts don’t get published automatically?! And I cannot figure out how to embed pins. Or am I just so old and inflexible that I cannot figure out how to be a cool, organized, awesome blogger anymore? Or is it just because I have an epic cold and I might be unreasonably grumpy?

Because it is Monday afternoon and I realized that Listicles didn’t post last night and that the photos of my favorite 10 pins are not showing up not to mention that I haven’t actually pinned anything for ages. Clearly Pinterest is not my thing, possibly because it always makes me hungry and feel like a horrible, unorganized housekeeper. Also it sucks hours of my time and we all know I can kill a day without being productive one bit with just my iPhone in my hand so Pinterest must be avoided at all cost.

The nice barista at our local Starbucks did tell me and my friend Lily the other week that she loves our outfits and we are totally pinterestable. It’s been a long time since somebody wanted to pin me down or noticed I put some effort into matching my socks in the morning so that is officially the sweetest compliment of 2014. She probably just meant Lilyand I fell under it by default but hey, I’ll take it.

So I am now cornered to come up with something new for my list of top ten pins so I must improvise. So excited to see yours!

Next week:


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1. Crafty projects- cause I will never attempt them.

2. Recipes – it’s not like I ever cook.

3. Cute outfits – cute clothes and slobbery dogs don’t match.

4. Make up ideas – why bother?

5. Cleaning ideas – why bother?

6. Wedding dresses – obviously.

7. Baby stuff – obviously.

8. Dieting tips – that’s just depressing.

9. Sylvester Stallone.

10. Bikinis. Seriously!

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Monday Listicles Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:42:02 +0000 Hi there!

Sorry I am running a little late. Last week was one of the best ones yet-ever! My dear friend Lily Rose stopped by on her world travels and we had so much fun 24 hours in the day just weren’t enough. If you ever feel like having your morning coffee with a side of awesome you should visit her blog. I don’t think she has been in one spot for long in years and she makes traveling look like so much fun. Also my boys adore her. SO clearly she is good people!

I could not decide on just 10 favorite things about Autumn because I love it so I wrote first ten that came to mind. Let’s see what you got!

Next week:

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1. Colors

2. Warm beverages

3. Sweaters and cardigans

4. Weather

5. Socks

6. Chestnuts

7. Fog

8. Reading books under a warm blanket

9. Hanging out with friends
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10. The best thing about Autumn is…everything

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