Quickies : 002

1. It’s LAUREL, y’all. All I hear is Laurel.

2. Can not wait to clock in a road trip on the Jeep. Lilith needs to break in her new tires even if it’ll mostly be on pavement. Once the kids are a little older we’ll have more time and chances to get a little dirty.

3. Considering letting our Disney passes expire in July. We don’t have the time to go during the week and weekends are busy, too. We’ve gone to the parks more than 11 times since last July to break even so, it has paid itself off.

4. I’m in the process of digging out an area in our side yard to grow sunflowers. I’m short and the shovel I’m using is longer than average (because the Husband is a giant) so I have to be mindful of not smacking my face with the handle when I step on it to dig. Fun times! I am looking forward to having pretty sunflowers towering over me come Summertime.

5. Also? Crab grass is a bitch to dig up.

6. The boys gave me another window-mounted bird feeder for Mother’s Day. They know how much I love to watch the little house finches flit, fly and squabble over who gets to eat first. So far we have three bird feeders. I like to think I’m doing my part in keeping our neighborhood birds happy and fed.

7. I need more plants in the house.

8. There are so many big and little projects to be done around the house, it’s difficult trying to decide what to tackle first. At least the front yard landscaping and exterior paint is done. Shall we move onto the backyard or guesthouse? I wish we can do both simultaneously!

9. I only want to do the guesthouse because I want to create a loft space to turn into my “zen den”. Complete with dormers, a skylight, lots of plants and witchy accouterments. *sign* One day!

10. Is it the weekend yet?

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Quickies : 001

1. Only 7 digits left to reach my second to last milestone. Giving myself until October seems reasonable and do-able. Then January for the last bit. That’s my goal and it finally (finally!) feels possible.

2. I will never be that Pinterest-mom or PTA-mom or extroverted, volunteer for everything mom – and you know what? That’s OK. I help and contribute when I can, the best way I can. That is enough.

3. As someone who loves a little coffee with their cream and sugar, limiting myself to just a dash or smidge of each is difficult. I can’t get over the bitterness. So weekends are when I indulge. Meanwhile, I get the little caffeine kick I need for the week via kombucha. Fair trade I’d say.

4. No one really warns new parents about how much these years can SUCK SO MUCH. Yes, you love them unconditionally and blah blah blah BUT, that doesn’t mean you have to like them all the time. It’s unrelenting neediness, constant whining and then worrying about this and that. Oh, let’s not forget the guilt! It’s impossibly draining and it can feel like an unending stream of suckage but, you’re not alone. Other people feel the same and have gone through the same shit and they have survived (somehow). This shit will eventually pass and it will be OK. This is what I (and the Husband) tell ourselves.

5. Signed up for a local yoga studio. The same one I went to before L was born. I found I cannot get “into it” mentally unless I’m in a different environment and there’s someone taking the lead. YT videos are great and all but, it’s not the same as going to an actual studio. Plus, it is much needed time away. Physical and mental self-care (even at nearly $90 a month) is worth it.

6. I’m not looking forward to hotter days (and nights). Savoring these May-Grey days and hoping for an extended June-Gloom. Summer and I are not friends.

7. Averaging 5 to 6 (on a good day) hours of sleep thanks to my teething 15 month old. His molars need to show up pronto!

8. Less than a month away from Summer break. Looking forward to no-rush mornings. I will need the break to wrap my head around the fact we’ll have a 3rd grader in the Fall.

9. I create so many lists, and plans, and notes and things on my phone that they have become sort of a magical manifestation tool. Use what you got, right?

10. Lunch dates with good (local) friends make me happy. Now if I can somehow magically transport myself to other cities to have lunch/dinner dates with my non-local friends? That would be even better.

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Hello, Again

I know, I know it’s been a while since I’ve had a real entry here. Life is… hectic as fuck y’all!

Let me roll the highlight reel…

1. I’m proud to say I am still (yes, STILL!) exclusively breastfeeding O. Not only that, I’m still tandem-feeding but, only for his daily nap and bedtime.

I am a milk machine!

And I am completely in awe of my body’s ability to sustain, feed and provide for two humans. Fortunately, I have had only one incident of mastitis (that shit ain’t fun y’all). I’m one of the lucky ones.

2. I traded in (with the Husband’s help, natch) my little Scion xB for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport! I’ve wanted a Jeep since I was a teenager. I also wanted a “project”. We decided to only look at certified pre-owned models and scored one in pristine condition (with low miles!) in the limited edition color “Amp’d Anvil”.

As soon as I saw her on the lot, I knew there was no going back to my little xB. Test driving her sealed the deal for me. I was apprehensive about going from my smaller cars (New Beetle, tC and xB) to a Jeep but, the learning curve wasn’t bad at all. It’s nice to be higher up.

I named my new Jeep, LILITH (yes, after the dark goddess) and I cannot love her more. I (well, WE) added a few (mostly cosmetic but, also necessary!) modifications since I got it in December. I have a running list of accessories I want to get – I know, like, who am I? lol

Next year though, she’ll get new wheels and tires because she needs to be lifted and have 35s (maaaybe 37s), ha.

Also? I cannot wait to take the top(s) off this Summer!

2. I celebrated my 39th birthday on 1/25 and I can’t lie, I’m freaking out a little bit about this being the last year in my 30s. I’m trying not to feel like I need to do EVERYTHING before I’m “too old”. I’m sure that makes absolutely no sense to anyone but me.

3. The Husband, meanwhile, celebrated his 40th the other day. He has never been the type to draw attention to himself or party. I practically had to make him go out for drinks with his friends.

As a gift to himself he’s currently hunting for a new vehicle. He has wanted a truck for years and decided now is the time to get one. He deserves it so.

4. My newly shaded sleeve is healing nicely from my second session. My artist wasn’t able to finish (due to me only being able to carve out 3 hours at a time) BUT I’m not too bummed about it as it’s only a small portion.

I’ll head back next month to finish it up AND get additional tattoos. I have quite a few little designs I want in various places.

5. I’m starting to write (and re-work my old stuff) again and it feels good. My writing (poetry and prose) tends to leans toward the “erotic” and I’ve always felt shy/fearful about posting it online. I don’t want to offend or trigger but, I also feel the need to share so IDK.

6. With the little free time I have I’m trying to draw more. I “write” on my phone using the Notes app so it’s easy to jot things down as they come to me but, hauling out my gigantic sketchbook and pens is not as quick and easy. I try to draw while the toddlers take their afternoon naps but, that isn’t always a guaranteed. In any case I draw when I can and I’m thankful for the time I do get.

7. O’s first birthday is on the 16th and y’all, I’m still in shock we have THREE kids. If you asked me at 25 if I wanted kids, I would have said NOPE. Now here we are. I would have never thought we’d have one kid let alone three! Funny how things work out.

Also? We’re exhausted!

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Disney > Monday

When the Husband suggests going to Disneyland when he gets home from work. You go. Why? Because it’s Monday. And after a crappy weekend (news-wise and kids driving us crazy) you need that dose of Disney-magic to set your mind straight again.

Plus, the way their eyes light up? So worth it.

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Um, hi!

Where have I been?!

June is nearly over and my last update was April. Not that long of a lapse but, long enough for me to start feeling guilty about not giving this space enough of my time.

Not that I’ve disappeared completely. Oh, no. I’ve been in the throes of a couple self-inflicted (ha) drawing and tarot challenges on my IG account (@inkwitchery). Those have been keeping me busy and I may attempt to do another tarot challenge in July.

Also! My eldest is on Summer break so it’s just me with the three little monsters during the day. I’m sure you can imagine the shenanigans they get into! THEN we have their 7th and 2nd birthdays coming up next month and August so it’s going to be hectic AF.

Since it’s Summer, I’ve pared down my whole makeup routine since I hate wearing anything heavy when the weather is hotter than I like it to be (warmer than 75°). It’s just not worth the hassle, honestly.

However, I do plan to post a few beauty/product reviews soon as I’m expecting another awesome Vox Box from Influenster some time this week. I love being able to try out and review new products for free – who wouldn’t?! Pics and what not will be up on my IG and in depth reviews, as always, will be here.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading my quick update! 🙂

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