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i went a little crazy with the playlists.

Finally getting the chance to share some of the music I put together in this post. I’m only sharing two of the playlists so I don’t inundate you with music. Seriously, I think I have about 5-6 playlists of material! So many great female singers and musicians. Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions! I tried to limit the music to what I already owned and I also tried to limit the NSFkids language.  And Michelle, please don’t kill me…Liz Phair alert on the first playlist. :)


I’m totally old school and grew up in the age of the mixed tape, so I’m a little annoyed that by using the 8 tracks playlists you all may get a different lineup of the music. So if it is jarring from one song to the next, try to ignore that. ;)

This was so much fun to put together! Anyone else up for the challenge and want to share a playlist?

a halloween parade

One of the things that makes living in our little town special is the sense of community I feel almost every day.

When we moved here from a larger city, it was a little unnerving. People recognize you and want to talk with you. There is no such thing as a quick trip to the grocery store; you will see at least five people you know. Something to do downtown? Schedule at least a half an hour more for socialization.

There is no cloak of anonymity, so either embrace the fact that people will see you (at your best and at your worst) or move somewhere else. We stayed…and realized that people checking on you and the people you love through daily interactions is not a bad thing. In fact, it is a very good thing.

The annual Halloween parade through downtown is one of those community events that celebrates the connections we have made.

For a few hours each year on Halloween night, the city closes the main drag and kids march down the street in a 10 minute parade and then trick or treat through every shop downtown. The store owners appropriately fawn over them, hand out candy and offer hot chocolate and cookies to the adults. Families catch up with each other. Cameras click at rapid speed. Kids race off to gain a little independence with their candy. Plans are made for celebratory dinners at houses nearby.

I know it sounds like I am making up some Andy Griffith or Waltons moment, but I swear it is true.






















Such a fun night for everybody. Although Miss I probably had the most fun since she was able to work over her brother in the name of medicine.

But now for the hard part. How do I stay away from all this candy?!

some wise words from the playroom

Last night, Iris was an art-creating maniac. I found this drawing this morning.

Motivating words for her mama, I think.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We have some major social activities on the agenda, so wish me luck. (Says the closeted introvert who everyone thinks is an extrovert…)  Actually, it really will be a great time catching up with friends who we haven’t seen for some time, my sister and her family will be in town and I also will get little date time with my husband. Pretty good stuff. And one soccer season is over! Yes! One down, one to go…

For those of you who asked, I added the Cook’s Illustrated bread recipe to the mellow days post and I will get the Girls Who Rock playlist up next week.

As a side note to that, thank you so much for your comments. I love that this blog is a space where we can do random things like analyze recipes and suggest awesome music for our girls. Makes the Internet feel less vast and more like having a day out with friends.

Take care and see you next week!

what’s on my iPod wednesday

I haven’t done a Wednesday music post in quite some time, so I decided it was time to get back to it!

As you read this, I most likely will be on a hours-long car ride with a gaggle of girls to see a production Robin Hood. Since it is a class field trip, I feel it is my duty to do a little educating in the car on the way over to Seattle. ;)

I just saw Miss Representation this weekend (If you haven’t seen it yet, please, please do so. Especially if you have children.) and it bluntly reminded me how women’s accomplishments, creativity and intellect are still systematically marginalized by the media. Even we women buy into it.

So, in my subversive “plant a seed of empowerment” way, I’m currently brainstorming a playlist of some fantastically creative ladies. Ones who will make these little girls feel like they can conquer the world with their brains and creativity when they hear their music.

Requirements: No dumb lyrics. No music industry pop “singers.” The real deal…as long as the lyrics are clean.  (So, Liz Phair will need to wait until their ears and hearts are more seasoned in college because I definitely do not want to explain some of those words.)

I want to include a diverse list of talent. Women such as Aimee Mann, Koko Taylor, Sleater Kinney, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Brandi Carlile, Chrissie Hynde, Feist… This list could actually be very long. And that, my friends, is awesome. Who would you add?

A singer I’m definitely including is Florence Welch. I just love the power in her voice.

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Cosmic Love is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy this KEXP live version as much as I do!

mellow days

This weekend…

Talking and (really) listening to the kids, baking (two loaves…olive, rosemary and parmesan AND rustic. YES!), polishing thrift finds, and rediscovering this gorgeous little town of ours.


Edited to add: Here’s the bread recipe…pretty darn easy and very good! If you don’t have a Cook’s Illustrated membership and don’t want to sign up for one, looks like the recipe is posted here, too. Bon Appetit!

happy friday!

I’m planning on tromping around in the woods with the people I love sometime over the weekend. Do me a favor and keep your fingers crossed for no rain, will you?

(Well even if it does rain, probably won’t stop us. We do live near a rainforest after all…we will try to be hearty souls.)

Have a wonderful weekend!