Category Archives: The good life
Some rock stars are smarter then others.
Frank Turner is the smartest. Not only is he a brilliant musician and a rather dashing devil but he picks the most fun bands to open for him on tour. This time he brought Koo Koo Kanga Roo with him on his American tour. Because they are a super fun kids band for adults I had a perfect excuse to drag Little J to his first proper rock concert ever last month.
My kid was in heaven. Neil and Bryan got on stage and started singing and dancing. My kid shook his booty for the whole hour and it was fantastic to see him happy, energized and having fun. I will admit I totally danced along to the Dinosaur song. Cause it is awesome! Afterwards we stopped by their merchandise table and they made Julian feel like a superstar taking pictures with him. We even left with a CD.
I will be honest with you. Although I consider myself a fun mom I am not one to do silly things and be very kid friendly. Taking Little J to the symphony or a camping trip is more my cup of tea then dancing around the house making silly noises. But a few weeks ago my friend Nola was having dinner with us and we started listening to some of our old CDs after dessert and the next thing you know we were all kicking around the house singing along to the Irish drinking songs from Flogging Molly. Little J was having the time of his life. He was a little shy to join in to begin with and probably taken aback by his parents unruly behavior but as I tucked him in that night he told me this was the most fun night of his life.
It would be great if I could naturally be silly and let down my guard every night, creating fun memories with my boy but that is not the case. So when Koo Koo guys released their workout video this week I knew I had to have it. I mean they say that Unicorns are real and rolling in the minivan is cool so it’s a no brainer right?
Here is one of their videos:
So if you are looking for a fab stocking stuffer digital download is only $5 and you can find it HERE. And don’t worry, if you end up loving it as much a we do your secret is safe with me. Party on!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We were not hired, paid or given anything in return to dance to Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s workout videos. We do it cause it is fun. We are not associated with them although Julian will probably be the first to tell you he is totally friends with the band.
On Sunday Little J and I took the dogs for a hike on our favorite trails.
As we started walking we bumped into a lady that told us there is a lost dog on the trails and we might want to keep a look out for it. A little chihuahua named Levi.
A few minutes later we ran into the owners looking for their lost dog. I took his phone number and promised we will look for it as we hike.
An hour into our hike we ran into a mountain biker looking for the dog. He said his friend went home to get help from his family and that they are eager to find Levi before dusk cause he is little and might not make it in the wild overnight.
Not long after we met a couple who has been hiking the same trail and looking for the lost dog. I love how our little community pulls together in times like these. We exchanged information about the trails we have covered and we voiced our concerns about coyotes and eagles that call these trails home. In reality this little chihuahua was likely early breakfast for the owl that Little J and I often spot on our walks.
Little J and I then talked about nature, animals and life.
Towards the end of the hike we caught up with the family of the lost dog who after 10 hours haven’t lost hope and were going back out again.
Little J looked the poor lady straight in the eyes and said: I think Levi was taken by an eagle. That’s life, my mom said. At least you still have the other two chihuahuas but it is close to dinner time you know…
OK, things like this only happen to me. Or not?
Last year my favorite clothing company put out a really nice pair of trousers. By favorite company I mean the one and only I shop at because I know what size I wear in their stuff, they have free shipping that comes overnight and I can Paypal them. Also everything they make is stretchy. Yes, that is my criteria when shopping for clothes. Clearly NY fashion week is lost on me.
Anyhow those pants sold out by the time I decided that I will after all splurge a hundred plus bucks on them. This time around I was on top of things and as soon as they emailed the newsletter on Monday night and I spotted the pants are back for Autumn I bought a pair. Also Apple announced that morning that the new iPhone was going to be released on the 20th and I have been waiting for it since March and I really, really want it. So knowing I cannot buy it for next 10 days I absolutely had to treat myself to a consolation prize. It was either the pants, a new camera or Best of Milli Vanilli album. I reckon I made the right choice.
So my highly coveted fancy schmancy trousers arrived and I ripped the bag open and I was totally going to wear them to pick Little J up from the school and be that Lulumom. Because I noticed that moms look really pretty when they collect their offspring at the schoolyard and I always smell like a horse so if I wear the right brand on my butt I figured I would be one step closer to fitting in.
Didn’t quite go as planned. I pull the pants out of the bag and they have a security tag on. Seriously. They were bought online and they have a beep bee thingy attached to them. I ran after the FedEx guy as fast as I could, waving my pants up in the air hopping he will come back and take the tag off. He waved back and drove faster. I guess they do not remove the tags…
I called the store and the girl on the other side was really nice and she even spared me the music when she put me on hold to ask the powers high above her what on Earth to do with a tag on the pants that were send by post. They agreed I should go to the near by store but as much as I like visiting Canada I figured there must be an easier way to remove the tag. Next best thing was to send them back and she said they will remove it for me and return them. Today was clearly not the day for me to be awesome at the pick up line but at least I will not drive the metal detector at the school entrance crazy every time I walk by it.
We agreed I will send her the pants and she emailed me an authorization to do so and wrote that a return label will be send to me in a day or two. So if we calculate all of the above it is safe to say I will not be in a possession of my fab new trousers until next week or so. Normally I would be absolutely fine with all of this, after all things happen. But I tried them on and they make me look slim and I absolutely must wear them immediately.
My first thought was to take them to my local Walmart and ask them to remove the tag for me. But what if I go beep beep beep as I enter? Would they arrest me for bringing in stylish clothes? I could not afford the scandal, this is a small town after all. Not one to give up easily, I asked google. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of videos on Youtube teaching you how to remove the security tags. I kid you not! There is even 5 different ways described step by step on Wikihow.
I have put my new pants in the freezer because Wiki said I should. It is standard precaution to turn ink into ice before attempting to remove the tag. Specially for first-timers like me. Wish me luck.
Who knew I would be acting like a criminal after buying the most expensive pants I own…