Monday Listicles

What happened to Listicles??!

I know that must be the number one question in the nation this week. And frankly there is no simple answer either. In fact even I don’t know for sure. But let me try to explain.

This week was spring break. I decided on a whim to take the boys camping in Utah and we left Saturday morning. I wrote the post ahead of time and scheduled it to be published at it’s regular slot. Why it never posted is anyone’s guess. I could blame it on word press or linky tools or bad karma but let’s not go there. Luckily come Sunday evening as we checked in at the temporary lodging near Salt Lake City I realized the error. Unlucky for me I do not know the password for my blog by heart because after I had it hacked a few years ago I change it often and it is longer then anaconda. Lucky for me I save passwords of websites I use often on my iPad and get signed in automatically. Unlucky for me Julian used iPad on the 8 hour drive that day and the battery was dead. Luckily we were in a hotel room that night and there was no shortage of sockets. Unluckily although I could have sworn I packed the plug for my charger I could not find it anywhere.

But not all was lost. I had car chargers galore so as soon as we hit the road the next morning I would charge the iPad, stop at Starbucks, use the wi-fi and check why listicles didn’t post. Except the front dashboard socket was occupied by the DVD player and I was not about to cut the kid off onboard entertainment for the duration of the 6 hour drive. Luckily there is another outlet in the trunk of my minivan so I plugged the iPad in and placed it carefully into the storage, padding it with my scarf and towel so it stays there as it chrages. Unlucky for me Bruce sat by the iPad and it seems he found his own way to be entertained on the long drive to Moab.

In conclusion: my dog ate the listicles.

Appart from not posting what would have been 144 listicle in the row, loosing my beloved iPad to Bruce and driving all the way to the desert for spring break only to be snowed on every night which caused our tent to bend and break we had a fantastic time and I cannot wait to tell you all about it. And in case you were wondering I did find the plug for my charger as I unpacked my backpack today…

Thank you again Cathy for a great idea for the listicle last week. Here is my contribution. Feel free to link yours even if it is a week late. And please forgive me for missing the first ever listicle since I started this nearly 3 years ago.

Next week:


Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Say NO more.

2. Worry less.

3. Laugh more.

4. Nag less.

5. Follow through with threats more.

6. Loose my marbles less.

7. Support more.

8. Agree less.

9. Praise more.

10. Insist on him learning to tie his shoe laces. At least before he goes to college.

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Who doesn’t love spring? Weather gets warmer, nature is waking up, everything is blooming, birds are singing, bees are buzzing…

And dogs start shedding. Specifically my giant dogs. And by shedding I mean buckets full. The other day I was brushing Bruce who turned a year old few weeks ago and as a bonus decided to shed all his puppy hair too. I sat on the gravel and brushed and brushed and brushed and as the pile of hair behind me begun to tower over me I thought: let me arrange it so it looks like I got another dog in my back yard. And just as I started planning on the best Instagram photo ever a huge gust of wind lifted it up and carried it across the neighborhood. I bet my neighbors loved the hairy lawn decoration they woke up to the next day.

While my friend Pauline was visiting us last week she spend every evening holding Bruce in a headlock so I could brush his belly and tail and one particularly successful evening we managed to brush out all the dead hair and celebrated by eating a whole watermelon and extra slices of apple pie only to realize my poor dog now looks like a skunk because his undercoat is white not brown and is really showing through. Max slept through it all. Mostly because after years of torture he decided he best not grow all this extra fur because it just makes me brush him more.

Unfortunately brushing itself sometimes isn’t enough so I enlisted some help from my friend Nola who is a riding instructor and horse groomer and loves shaving things. Last week I made dinner and even served dessert and then just as she slipped into food coma I asked her to shave Bruce’s buttocks. You can always tell who your true friends are when they spend Friday night in the company of your dogs hairy behinds. Although operation shave the pup was successful and Bruce is all mat free he now looks like a skunk with naked bum. Max slept through it all. Mostly because he knows better then to fall for the good old ‘come and see what I have for you’ trick. It always ends up with someone clipped…

And before you ask, the brushing continues. The only time dogs are safe around me these days is when we go to the farm where I get to torture the shedding horse and they get a well deserved spring break. What I really wanted to do (apart from get a lot of praise from you all for persevering through these tough times) was to say THANK YOU BIG TIME to PetBox for sending us this fantastic package:

Petbox (1 of 1)

As you can see they knew what was coming because they included a Furminator and a whole lot of treats.

If you are in the midst of spring fever here is a fab little coupon to get 20% OFF your first order: NORTHWESTMOMMY .

And if you don’t really have anyone laying around that needs brushing, come on over! We got plenty of work to do.

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Monday Listicles

Hello spring!

Is everything blooming where you are this week? Does it make you happy? My son is all grouchy because he loves miserable weather and never-ending rain. Lucky for him next week the famous Northwest rain is scheduled to make it’s appearance. Personally I am OK with spring and such but I refuse to participate in any of this spring cleaning nonsense. I have however dedicated endless hours to brushing my shedding dogs and horse in the last few days. I will tell you all about it next week… It’s rather epic!

In the mean time lets share 10 times you ‘just knew’. Thank you Robin for a great listicle idea.

Next week:

Thank you Cathy.

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Skipping math classes my last year of high school.

2. All the brand new cars I bought in my 20s.

3. Saying yes when my first boyfriend proposed.

4. Saying yes when my second boyfriend’s mom proposed.

5. Saying yes when I didn’t hear what my son asked but felt bad admitting I wasn’t paying attention.

6. Saying yes when I didn’t hear what my husband asked but felt bad admitting I wasn’t paying attention.

7. 99.9% of all the impulse purchases I ever made.

8. Every time I say ‘oh I’ll remember that’ and refuse to write it down.

9. Every time I have just one more piece. That turns into two more. And so on…

10. Watching ‘Criminal minds’ before I go to sleep.

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