Yes, I’m back dating this post because damn it! it will go live on Sunday (even though it’s now Tuesday)!
Welcome to Weekly Chatter! A brain dump of all the things that don’t necessarily fit in a regular old blog post.
Are your kids out of school yet for summer break? We’ve still got several weeks to go and I am counting down the days. Not only because I love the freedom of summer but because this school year has definitely had its ups and downs. I’m not ready to talk here on the blog exactly what that means but I am asking for your suggestions on all things parenting school-aged children. I’m looking for book recommendations on motivating your kids, mother-daughter relationships, how to create successful homework routines, working cooperatively with others, self-esteem issues and peer pressure. Please leave me a comment below!
Speaking of summer. I just hired a sitter to come watch my kid a few hours a week. Believe me, it feels totally pretentious to hire a sitter so that I can go to the gym. So much so that I felt it was necessary to explain to the potential babysitters about my history of cancer and why it was important for me to make the exercise a priority. I am totally aware these are first world problems.
Wednesday was like Christmas around these parts! I received my first Stitch Fix box! Do you know what Stitch Fix is? So, it’s a monthly subscription service where you input all your style likes and dislikes, sizes, preferences, etc. and a stylist from Stitch Fix sends you a box of fashion options! The cost for the styling is $20 – which means, it costs you that for Stitch Fix to pull and mail you five hand picked items (including jewelry). If you hate everything, you mail it back and they keep the $20. If you decide to keep any of it, that $20 is applied towards the total purchase.
I loved most everything when I opened the box. Inside were two blouses, one knit top, a pair of “straight leg” pants and a pair of hoop earrings. All of it was mostly my style and things I would likely buy myself. Unfortunately, I hated most of it on – for various reasons – but mostly because the blouses and knit top were cut very slim. The straight leg pants were actually skinny and I looked like a penguin in them. Finally, I prefer a more delicate earring. So, it all went back. My next one comes in June sometime…keep your fingers crossed it’s something I will keep! Have you had an Stitch Fix success?
Over the holiday weekend, we drove out to Simi Valley to visit the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum. It was actually pretty fun. But, it’s what we saw the night before while staying at a hotel in Westlake Village is what I want to tell you about. Holy wedding, folks.
This is the view from our room. There were easily 500 seats set up for this wedding that was to start at 8:45 pm. My husband thought I was nuts because I was obsessing over how the petals were in disarray on the aisle. We watched the florist meticulously put the petals in that squiggle formation and within hours – guests, hotel guests, photographers, lighting crews - traipsed up and down the aisle messing up the petals. This former bride would have been pissed if that was my wedding. Also, the aisle was flanked with these beautiful tall candles that were never lit before the ceremony. Ahh…I was freaking out from four floors above.
It was close to 9pm when the music starting blaring as each bridesmaid and groomsmen danced solo to their own individual songs down the aisle. Not to mention, parents, grandparents, ring bearers, flower girls and two ballerinas all got their own song to walk into before the bride finally made it down the aisle. I’m not joking about the ballerinas. They wore Swan Lake like costumes and did pirouettes to Etta James’ At Last. The actual ceremony was all of ten minutes. I was dying to know what the reception looked like if that was the ceremony! No, we didn’t crash.
Shout outs! This is a new thing I ripped off from my favorite podcast Totally Married. I want to give a big thanks to Lisa Marie I. for telling me how much she loved these Weekly Chatter posts and that she turned a friend onto them. Thank you!! xo
Things I love this week:
1. Loving the single Magic from Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories.
3. I’m still obsessed with True Tori and last week’s episode was nuts! I was tweeting during last Tuesday’s episode when Tori was having a complete emotional breakdown. I mean, I know it’s a reality show and who knows how much is true but I was feeling just as confused as Dean was when Tori was telling him to DO SOMETHING! I tweeted and this random producer guy responded.
Are you watching True Tori? Let’s discuss. Do you think these sort of “grand gestures” exist in the real world?
4. Nine lemons in a bowl thanks to Shannon on Real Housewives of Orange County. I’m trying to drum up some good feng shui energy!
5. The Punk Singer. If you have Netflix, definitely download this really great documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill. You’ll love this film if you were a teenager in the early nineties and into the grunge/punk scene at all.
Thanks for hanging and don’t forget those book suggestions!