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Week in Review

Hi guys! Here’s yet another Week in Review, hosted by Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feets. My week was a bit of a different kind of week because there was no school on Thursday and Friday for parent/teacher meetings. I know, right? This is exciting. I bet you can hardly wait to read about it.

Every second Monday, Andrew and I gorge ourselves on self-soothing crutches such as Indian food, red wine, whiskey and peppermint mochas, and we walk around the house naked, let the cookie crumbs settle into the corners of the kitchen, and generally just get out all our zero fucks before the big kids come back on Tuesday. So, that’s pretty much we did on Monday.

Tuesday was all about damage control: I washed sheets, did laundry, cleaned the house, and worked on my book quite a bit. It was nice to have Katie and Freddy back here on Tuesday night, and I spent the evening cooking up some lasagna for dinner and to store in the freezer for another day. I was pretty much the Domestic Goddess.



I took Jake to the bank on Wednesday to get his account lined up for his new job. He’s working as a lift operator at Hemlock Ski Resort. I’m so proud of that kid. Aaaaaaand now I’m going to cry. Okay so while Andrew took Ethan to his parent/teacher meeting that night, I stayed home with Callum and Katie and we watched Call the Midwife. Jason brought Freddy to his soccer practice, which really helped me out a lot. There. I met my “say one nice thing about Jason” quota for the year. I don’t have a quota for Wendy. I’m backspacing a lot right now; you just can’t see it.

So Thursday was my day for teacher meetings, so Freddy watched Callum for me while I took Katie to hers, and then I dropped Katie off to watch Callum for me while I took Freddy to his. Then my mom came over to play with Callum and hang out with Katie, so I took the opportunity to go for a run and work on my book. It was amazing! Callum was in bed by 7 and Katie and I had SO MUCH FUN playing Uno! We ordered wings and breadsticks, played games and hooped in the garage.


Friday was a bit of a drag, although the weather was great. I took a photo of the wild scene behind our complex. Apparently someone overdosed on fentanyl and his girlfriend called 9-1-1.


Katie babysat Callum for me while I went for a run and then we visited the kitties at the pet store and had a Starbucks date. Katie had dance at 5, Kylah and Ethan came right then too, and then we spent the night setting up the Christmas tree and eating stew.

This is what a blended family Christmas tree looks like. Oh, and to the left, you’ll notice my “work area” has now moved from a tidy little desk station to a whole area spilling with wine and papers. If you look closely, you’ll see that I’ve got a sparkly little reindeer that keeps me company while I work.


The battery-operated Christmas train that I got for Callum is a piece of shit. It doesn’t stay on the tracks, so he carries it around the house with him. And he brings it into the van, into the grocery store, and into his bed. Oh! He got a new bed! I bought him a toddler bed off of Craigslist for forty bucks!


Thank you to my dear father’s DNA, I have bashed my MF shins on the corner of that bloody thing too many times to count. I can’t even yelp in pain or I’ll wake Callum up so I have to die inside, several times, until I get to the bottom of the stairs where I crumple into a heap of hot mess. Speaking of which, I also bought curlers at the dollar store to see if they’d help to tame my wild mane.


They didn’t, but the wine took the edge off.


Freddy’s soccer game was canceled on Saturday, so I had the chance to run 10 miles with Lora which was great because it’s been a while. The rest of Saturday was pretty tame. It poured rain so we stayed inside and snuggled, and we went to bed early.

Now it’s Sunday afternoon and Callum is eating chips on the couch while watching Paw Patrol. Andrew is almost home from Kylah’s soccer game and then he has to get ready to go to a listing. Not the most exciting day, but I do have a knack for making something out of nothing.

What are your self-soothing crutches?

Do you have a “say one thing nice per year” quota for anyone in your life? Do you clench your teeth when you play nice? Or squeeze your bum cheeks together?

Have you ever worn curlers?

My mom used to force me to put curlers in my hair on Saturday nights before church on Sundays. I hated it. I hated it when she’d tug at my hair and pull the sections up into the foam rollers and I hated sleeping with those things digging into my scalp and I hated it when she’d pull them out in the morning and fuss over the styling process. And I hated church.


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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 28, 2016, 10:00 am

    It makes me happy to see you in curlers and drinking wine. I need a little comedy right now. The tiny human is kicking my ass yet again although she’s been quietly playing in the crib for the past thirty minutes. I’m not sure whether to get her or let her do her thing. Right now that latter is winning.

    Also I have totally been there with the jamming my body parts in horrible places yet fighting back my cry of pain because of a sleeping baby. Ain’t no way I’m screwing that up when she finally does sleep.

    I clench my teeth. I eat too many veggies to successfully do the other.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 28, 2016, 2:01 pm

      Lmao! I had to read back to see what “the other” was. Bahaha. I have skipped out on veggies for the last few days but I’m back at it today. I’m even drinking shit loads of water. I’m such a good little girl, unlike party girl Ave, naughty little thing. 😉

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run November 28, 2016, 11:04 am

    “The battery-operated Christmas train that I got for Callum is a piece of shit.” <— That made me laugh! He looks so cute in his new bed. How is he sleeping? I love Uno and card games. If I lived closer, I'd come over and play with you and Katie. My mom would curl my hair when I was a kid with the foam curlers and I HATED it. I cried and cried.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 28, 2016, 1:49 pm

      He fell out of bed the first night and then when I picked him up and put him back in bed he woke up (he slept through the fall–it’s a short drop with pillows) so we brought him into bed with us. Then he has slept well every night since then. Yay!

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe November 28, 2016, 11:23 am

    I used to do curlers for volume (not sure why, but I guess it was a good idea at the time? I have a lot of hair…) and was pretty good at them. But my hair doesn’t hold curl. Unless a pro does it, and even then , not for long.

    With regards to playing nice. I was raised in the South. We say “Bless her heart” and then smile to your face.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 28, 2016, 1:46 pm

      HAHAHA! I can totally see southerners saying that phrase, just like in the movies! I think I’ll give it a try.

  • Amy Lauren November 28, 2016, 11:40 am

    It looks like you had a fun week with some exciting happenings. My hair used to be long and curly then I got anemia and lost a bunch of hair and it never grew back fun and curly (it was a little curly before I cut it recently, though). Self-soothing crutch? Overeating peanut butter M&Ms… so good!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 28, 2016, 1:45 pm

      Oooooooh peanut butter M&Ms!!!! In the orange bag. Those things are golden! They should come out with iron infused candy.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes November 28, 2016, 1:17 pm

    Beer and wine are my self-soothing crutch – not in a binge-drink way, but in a slowly enjoy that one drink way.
    Curlers do the same thing to my hair! My hair has weird sort of loose waves that never want to curl. I tried loose curls for my wedding and not even the salon-grade everything held them in a curl for more than 3 hours (the rain didn’t help, though). Blow outs and straightening irons are the only things that hold with my hair.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 28, 2016, 1:43 pm

      I can’t really see you as a binge drinker. Ha! I loved your hair when you first got it cut. That photo on instagram is so cute!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile November 28, 2016, 3:39 pm

    I remember using curlers when I was little. I dont think they made my hair look very good but my mom seemed to like it! I definitely turn to wine as a self-soothing crutch.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 28, 2016, 4:50 pm

      We haven’t had wine in the house lately. It’s bothersome. I don’t like drinking beer when it’s this cold out!

  • Gretchen November 28, 2016, 4:21 pm

    To be honest, I couldn’t be mean to people if I tried so I guess every day I hit my nice comment quota 🙂 I don’t know if I just know a bunch of nice people, but I swear I’ve never hated anyone in my life.

    I loved your domestic goddess dance..I made lasagna this weekend too so maybe I should have danced too!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 28, 2016, 4:49 pm

      You ARE pretty nice. I don’t hate anyone either. I’m actually being facetious about not liking Jason. We’ve known each other for 25 years. TWENTY FIVE YEARS. Crazy. Whoa. We go way back and we were close friends before we ever got married.

      Oh, you dance all the time while you cook! I see you dancing and cooking away all the time on Snapchat!

  • Allie Capo-Burdick November 29, 2016, 2:58 am

    I love to self-soothe with wine and chocolate desserts…or cinnamon spice donuts this time of year. YUM!!!
    I definitely have a “say something nice quota” for at least two people and I had better get a move on…ugh!!!!
    Love this update. Love the tree. Love the toddler bed and SO remember all the “dying inside” that took place around here to keep them boys asleep!!! xo

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 29, 2016, 8:04 am

      Thanks Allie! Now that I think about it, I haven’t had a chocolate dessert of some sort in a very long time. I’ll eat chocolate on the daily, but I’m thinking that a dense chocolate torte or lava cake would be amazing right now. Well, it’s only 8am. But, yeah. I’d eat it right now.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home November 29, 2016, 4:42 am

    I am pretty sure wine is my “crutch”. I’ve been crutching too much lately, tho–I’m trying to work on other areas of my life.

    I have a sister that gets my one nice thing per year quota…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 29, 2016, 8:02 am

      I think alcohol sales go up during the holidays not so much because of all the parties but because of all the stress. HA!

  • Helly on the Run November 29, 2016, 12:37 pm

    I wear my emotions so even if I try to be nice to someone I don’t like, if you know me, you can tell right away it’s not sincere. I don’t do fake-nice very well, lol!!! Ben loves that about me though so maybe it’s a good thing? Ja!!

    This hair of mine cannot do curlers.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 29, 2016, 4:55 pm

      Yup. Same. Same same same.

  • Ana November 30, 2016, 9:25 am

    I loved the videos of you dancing in the kitchen!! Those were awesome!

    I have a co-worker that irritates me a lot, so it’s not a “be nice” quota as much as a “have the least amount of interaction with her” quota. I guess that is not how goals work….

    You are beautiful with gorgeous flowing hair, you don’t need to tame your hair with curlers!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 30, 2016, 9:33 am

      “Oh, the least amount of interaction with her” quota DEFINITELY helps the “be nice” quota. Trust me. Nothing wrong with that!

      I need a trim so bad. I just don’t have time to go!

  • San November 30, 2016, 12:22 pm

    Ok, that hooping video that you posted was awesome. Just saying! I haven’t hooped in years.

    Also: tried to use curlers before, looked ridiculous, didn’t hold for even an hour. Done.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 30, 2016, 4:50 pm

      Hooping is so much easier when you use hoops that actually fit. Most of the time we’d be using kids’ size hoops, right? When they’re on the ground, the top part of the hoop is supposed to hit somewhere between our belly button and our chest.

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