Before our move East, and before my current job of mom, I worked in retail. This time of year I am thankful for so many things, but one of the things I am most thankful for is that I am not chained to my store from mid-November to early January. I do work very part-time for that same company, so I knocked out a few late night Black Friday prep shifts, and was in my store for our midnight Black Friday opening. I love the energy of Black Friday, and have always enjoyed working that middle of the night shift, but I have never had the desire to actually shop.
When I get together with college friends, I immediately transport back to that time and think I can drink like I used to. I most certainly can not. I proved this once again when we spent part of the weekend with a college friend and her family. The kids played well together while we grown-ups did some liver damage and watched our college football team beat our in-state rivals. It felt amazing to be with friends from home, and celebrate an overtime win with people who could appreciate the significance of that moment. Boy did I celebrate.
The Crock Pot Thursday recipe was a hearty Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings from allrecipes.com. It is super easy, made with refrigerated biscuit dough, and adaptable to your family’s tastes. I modified it with Bisquick dough, vegetables, and spices, and the whole family chowed it down. I’ll bet it would be great with leftover turkey.
I shared why my kids love happy hour. Hint: It’s not because they are the world’s youngest alcoholics. My husband’s job sponsors a weekly happy hour, and I like to crash it about once a month. Over the past four years, it has become more than beer and adult conversation for me. It is about friendship.
The lovely ladies at BlogHer featured my disgusting bathwater story. I can’t get over how exciting it is to see my words on such a respected website. Go see how pretty my name looks as a spotlight blogger!
We enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving at home, celebrating in pajamas for the second year in a row. The only way our day could get any more lazy would be to eat Thanksgiving dinner in bed. It was glorious. Since I had to work that night, I was completely justified in napping the afternoon away.
I love the changing seasons, but there is one aspect of the weather change that makes me crazy. Our entryway is drowning in outerwear and shoes. All I want for Christmas is a mud room!
Parents love to complain about their little kids’ behavior, but what would preschoolers have to say if they had adult level verbal skills? I speculate in the post Parent-Preschooler Relationship Advice. It sounds pretty close to what teenagers sound like. Maybe the whining and roll-on-the-floor tantrums aren’t so bad after all.
My kids play crazy games. One of L’s favorites is Black Market Baby, where she sells babies for a very reasonable price. If your kids are getting on your last nerve, send them our way. L will get out her little pink cash register, and they’ll be sold before you know it. You’ll almost be able to buy a coffee with your profits. WIN!