June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Added a little sparkle to my nails this round – ring fingers only.  Like?


Another day, another Pimm’s Cup

June 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

The summer heat has kicked in, which means it’s time for summer cocktails and lighter libations.

Lately I’ve been all about Pimm’s Cups, a tasty summery drink from across the pond made with Pimm’s #1 – an herbal spirit that balances the notes of the citrus, cucumber, gin, and ginger ale mixed in it.  I think it’s the perfect use for those cool, crispy cucumbers from the farmer’s market (or a generous neighbor!).  It’s also a natural fit for the small batch gin heyday we’re having right now.  When I was in New Orleans this past March, even the diviest of bars had the fresh ingredients on hand to make that perfect cocktail (oh NOLA, how you are missed).

Like most cocktails, there are a variety of ways you can make it.  I think the most traditional one includes muddled cucumber and Beefeater’s Gin, and bitter lemon or ginger beer.  I love a little extra cucumber, Hendrick’s Gin, and Seagram’s ginger ale.


Another day, another Pimm's Cup

Bye, bye virgin hair

June 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Can you believe I haven’t colored my hair in almost 10 years?

“Mama! Mama has purple hair!”

“Yes, baby – do you like it?”

“It’s so cuuuuuuuuute!”

“Thank you!”

“Mia want purple hair TOO!”


Fed. up.

June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment


The shit has hit the fan.  I am so OVER this bullshit, this “imaginary” war on women.  Where is this surge of anti-women, anti-feminist, anti-PERSON behavior coming from?  If you’re not angry yet, you should be.


June 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Brian: I’m tired.

Lori: ME TOO 😦

Brian: we’re so old.

Lori: My theory is that if we weren’t getting gangbanged by bullshit all day, we’d be perfectly energetic right now.

Sew Happy

December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was never a Home Ec girl.  I dabbled in crafts like every other kid, made a few less than stellar creations in Girl Scouts, but I wouldn’t consider myself a rising star in any of those things.  The worst of it was sewing.  I remember those nights my mother would sit there yelling at me because I just could not figure out that damn machine.  Bobbins?  Threading?  Tension?  Stitch length?  All went in one ear and out the other.  I had given up on the machine so many times that I taught myself how to sew nearly everything entirely BY HAND.  After years of this, I am a pretty masterful embroiderer.  But could I sew a simple piece with a uniform stitch?  Nope.

So I’m solely going to blame Pinterest on this growing desire to start sewing again.  I mean, look at all the preeeeety pictures!  How can you resist?  It became addictive and just intensified to the point of signing up for my very first sewing class.  Luckily, Whipstitch had one available and I was off to a 4-week sewing 101 course.  It was a little intimidating at first, but the sheer difference being no one was yelling at me from behind in a thick Chinese accent.  For three hours a night, once a week, we were tasked with various projects using different techniques and I was really doing it!  Okay, so not everything was stellar (I sometimes sew like a drunken sailor – what’s a straight line?), but holy shit this stuff was looking good!


I have since signed up for a holiday stocking class (see photo above right) and I have another knit-sewing class in March.  While I can’t say the process isn’t entirely stress-free, the payoff is certainly worth it and I really do feel like I’m creating something pretty and functional.  So I’m sorry mom – I should have listened to you (again).


Dusting it off

September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about this blog for the last few weeks. This space has sat empty for a good while now, and it hasn’t really been clear to me what I was going to do with it. I know everyone yelled FAIL at the thought of me becoming a mommy blogger (including me!), but be assured that isn’t going to happen. Shit – I hardly have time to do anything but just BE a mom some days. Yet the minute I think about permanently closing up this space, I get very uneasy. I like it here. I like having it. I like writing… not just to you, but to me.

I’ve got stuff going on in my head and maybe it will look pretty here. Let’s see what happens.

Piedmont Park Fountain

June 16, 2011 § 3 Comments

My friend Birdtracks suggested I take the little one to the new Legacy Fountain at Piedmont Park. I had no idea it was being built, but I’m sure glad I took his advice.

The area is on the far north side of the park, yet easily accessible from the parking deck.  I have to admit that I haven’t spent much time at Piedmont lately.  I used to walk over there all time when living in Midtown, but now we have so many great parks near our current home that it sort of escaped me that all these renovations were going on.  The park looks amazing and there is so much more to it now – the dog park is huge and the parking deck is awesome.

Last Sunday was a scorcher, so we decided to venture out and splash around the fountains.  Mia’s never been to a proper sprayground.  There is a little fountain at our neighborhood pool which isn’t really the same, so this was a first for her in some way.

Yay summer!

She stayed away from the big fountain in the middle, but she was delighted to have the little ones that were just her size. She walked from fountain to fountain and stuck her hands in them, plus had fun watching the other kids play. I think she’ll build up some courage and brave the bigger ones soon!


The fountain area is equipped with restrooms to change in, as well as a refreshment cart. There is seating along a stone wall and some stone benches, but there’s also plenty of room on the grass. Have fun!


June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

We have ourselves a little chatterbox!  Her language skills have exploded lately, and we’ve run a gamut of new words and phrases. At times she seems to be carrying on a conversation entirely by herself (or her little friend, Brobee).

Words thus far (in English/ in Mia):
doggie (same)
cat (at)
balloon (bahhloo)
elephant (elfant)
ball (same)
tiger (rawr)
fish (sshhhhh)
banana (nana)
milk (yeche)
water (agua)
bubble (baaabulls)
giraffe (jaaafff)
and of course… ELMO! Sigh.


May 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

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