Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bracing for Puddles

Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .

. . .  planning another attempt at potty training Anna.  It's been well over a year since my last effort, and I'm still kind of scarred by that dismal, dismal failure.  Hopefully she's matured enough that this time will go much more smoothly, but I tell you, if there's one part of parenting I could outsource this would be it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Today's favorite moments included . . .

. . . taking a little stroll with Todd, and seeing a squirrel with a stubby tail.  That always makes me think of the Beatrix Potter tale of Squirrel Nutkin, which my mom used to read to me when I was a child.  When I recently reread it for the first time in decades I didn't find the story itself that captivating, but I still smile and think, "There goes Nutkin!" when I see a squirrel with a stub of a tail.

Incidentally, when I was a kid I thought Nutkin was just singing nonsense to the owl, but when I reread the story as an adult I noticed that the silly poems were riddles.  I guessed a few, then when I went online to look up the other answers I learned that they are italicized and embedded in the text around the riddle.  Clever.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Food for the Soul

Today's favorite moments included . . .

. . . attending adult classes in church for the first time in about three years.  I've been serving in Primary, and though it's fun, I've enjoyed getting to know the kids, and it's been a privilege to serve with the dynamic women in the Primary presidency, I've missed Gospel Doctrine and Relief Society.  It was so lovely to socialize with friends my age, to share my thoughts and feelings on spiritual subjects, and to hear what others had share.  I know the Lord may call me away from those classes to Young Women or even back to Primary in the coming weeks, and I'll faithfully go wherever He needs me, but I was very grateful for this sweet, uplifting day.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

May the Ferb Be With You, Valentine

Today's favorite moments included . . .

. . . celebrating Valentine's Day with my sweetheart.  We sipped Martinelli's, sampled a bizarre Trader Joe's candy bar laced with cayenne pepper and something like Pop Rocks (it was kinda weird and I don't plan to ever buy one again, but it was fun to try it once and I love that my indulgent husband joined me for the experiment), then watched the Star Wars episode of Phineas and Ferb together.  If you have any love for Star Wars, I highly recommend watching it.

We had a more traditional Valentine's date last night (dinner at a favorite restaurant, reminiscing about fond memories from our decade together), but I dunno--I think I liked tonight's quirky stay-home date better. :)