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Monday Listicles

Seriously, where is this summer rushing? I am entering panic mode.

Maybe because our puppy grew so much in a week that it feels like a month. Maybe because I grew a little too. Or perhaps because we went sledding yesterday on Mt Baker and even if you are wearing shorts, snow will remind you quickly that winter shall return soon! Are you feeling like summer is coming to an end too soon?

This week we are peaking into each other’s shopping carts. I do not shop at all ( unless it can be ordered on Amazon, from the comfort of my home) but hubby does all the grocery shopping and claims he loves it too. So this list is all him. Again. He is starting to demand an assistant editor in chief of my blog position. Should I promote him?

Next week’s topic comes from Christine : 10 PHOTOS OF LIFE WITH KIDS. And for all you not wanting to share pictures of your children, don’t panic. Furry ones, spouses acting like ones, neighbor’s annoying ones or celebrity ones… Anything goes!

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



1. Hearts
2. Liver
3. Tongue
4. Kidneys
5. Carrots
6. Apples
7. Dental sticks
8. Pig ears
9. Salmon oil
10. Biscuits

( In case you are wondering, this is what it takes to feed two Newfoundlands and spoil a horse )

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Monday Listicles

That’s it. February is coming to an end!

I even noticed some buds on the trees today. There is a possibility spring is coming. One of many things that make me happy is seasons changing. And listicles! I loved reading about little joys you have. Thank you Wendy from Stamping rules for choosing a lovely topic for us.

This week is Kerry’s turn and she calls for 10 DUMBEST PURCHASES. I asked my husband to help write mine and he said he has never bought anything he regrets. So naturally I was tempted to go in the garage and take pictures of at least 10 exhibits to prove him wrong. But then he remembered he is not perfect after all and I decided to act like a perfect wife instead and wrote my own list.

Before you admit to spending money like a drunken sailor on shore leave getting a hula girl tattoo, let me tell you what we are writing about next week:


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



1. Cacti

I really thought that was the kind of plant I cannot kill. Then I over watered them. 5 out of 12 and counting…

2. Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G

I am a portrait photographer. This is not really a portrait kinda lens. I got it for a bargain 2 years ago. I have not used it yet…

3. Any at home hair coloring kit.

For me it never turns out anything like the picture on the box. EVER.

4. Any gift for my husband that requires participation on his end.

Tickets to the concert. Never used. Driving a Porsche on a famous race course. Never used. I am a fast learner though…

5. High waisted acid washed jeans.

Trust me on this one. 80’s fashion does not grow better with age.

6. Any kind of ab machine.

Husband and I had his and hers versions from back when we were single. At least I have thrown mine away by now.

7. Anything that promises to make your skin look younger.

Nothing can replace healthy diet and a good nights sleep. Even if it does cost $200 and smells divine.

8. Any toy your child asks for after he has seen it on TV. Or at his friends.

It will be popular exactly 1 hour 12 minutes. Then never used again.

9. Green bananas.

They will stay green forever. Then they will ripe overnight to a horrible state and if you notice it early enough they might make it into banana bread. But more likely they will be a very expensive compost filler.

10. Anything sold AS SEEN ON TV.

Impulse purchase at it’s finest. Husband admits to these. I am yet to succumb.

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The pink debate

It is that time of the year again.

Just like that, we find a note from the teacher in our Summer Camp backpack with this years supplies list. And so it begins, yet another quest for glue sticks and select a size paper towels. I am no closer to understanding why we need to contribute 200 Dixie cups, nore do I really care.

Seeing how this year my son is older and ever so opinionated, I thought I should take him shopping. Also it rained and I was not too crazy about watching the demolition site documentary, again. So we went to our local department store.

Little J insisted to hold and read the list. Then somewhere in between electronics and fragrances he told me there are shoes on his list. I double checked because I do, as all other mothers, believe my son is a genius who is capable of teaching himself to read.  No shoes, just above mentioned bizarre items.

I was in rare form, because the next thing I know we are in the kids shoe section. Looking back, it is a good thing he did not misread his imaginary list addendum and we ended up buying a new ostrich or bobsled. Anyhow, the selection was limited, as I am sure is the case in most small town shops. He looked around and settled on a pair of Chucks. I started looking for his size in red or black.

And then Little J said:  MAMA WHAT ABOUT THE PINK ONES?

Me: What about them?

Little J: Do they have my size?

Me: Do you like the pink ones?

Little J: It is not my favorite color, only my fifth favorite. But I don’t see the blue or green or aquamarine.

Me: You will wear pink sneakers to school? You don’t think they are a bit girly?

Little J: Girls wear blue and green. And Erika wore red last week.

Me: Well sure, but you don’t see many boys wearing pink.

Little J: Daddy has a pink shirt and  I have a pink shirt.

Me: True. OK, I will look.

Turns out they did not have his size.  In fact I realized he is still on the toddler side when it comes to Chucks, so we ended up buying the only pair they had in 9- hi top black ones. OK, they had high top pink ones too, but I kept quiet.

I always thought I was kind of cool. I let my son have long hair, because he likes it. I let him put pepper and salt on his dark chocolate, because he likes it. But I struggled with the image of him going to school in low, bright pink Chuck Taylors.

A day later I still don’t know why. Because with this attitude I am sure he could get away with it.

Would you buy pink Chucks for a boy?

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