Unauthorized absence

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM


I've been busy.

Today I:

woke up late (not late enough to be enjoyable, just late enough to make us all late to everything)
fed the tortoise
practiced a blissful hour of yoga
answered the door in a towel (but hey, at least it means I got a shower)
got a new garage door
danced with Iris
wore an outfit that made me happy
wandered around in a great bookstore for a long, long time
made a fun, beautiful impulse purchase (pictures tomorrow, I hope)
introduced the children to the wonder that is a Cadbury cream egg
started a new book
heard beautiful music
ate delicious food
talked to That Guy I Married, about Things That Matter
hugged my mom

Drumroll please...

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM


Well, I don't know how to make a screenshot, and David has temporarily left the building (to get me a Coke Zero, so I can try to stay awake long enough to watch Beginners, in dutiful preparation for the Oscars on Sunday...)

...but trust me when I say that random.org has selected Commenter #7 to be the lucky recipient of a beautiful pair of pave post earrings, just like my very favorites that I wear well, kind of all the time.

Audrey, that is you! I hope you're reading this, but if you aren't, I know how to get ahold of you *wink wink*.

For those of you who were asking: I love to write, and it has always been my hope that someday this blog, or my writing, might have a larger audience. So, to that effect, I was just trying to get a feel for what most people who already incline toward my corner of the interwebs enjoy reading about.

This blog always has been, and always will be, for my enjoyment. It's not my family's blog, or a journal for my kids, or for David and I as a unit - it is mine. So I have, and will continue to, write about whatever I feel like writing about. But I've been doing a (very) little bit of research on blogging "business" strategies, and I just thought I would poke my head out of the sand long enough to find out what you all thought of the operation here.

As it happens, you are all awesome and have said to just carry on as usual. Quality, not quantity: who needs more readers when the ones you already have are so fantastic?

Thank you, everyone, for your participation, your input, your support, and your company.

It's a true pleasure.

You'd think I would know this

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 9:00 PM


When I was a little girl, my mom would take my sister and I to get "Easter dresses" every year. We went to (what seemed to me) the fanciest store in Arizona, to try on dress after dress: dresses with pinafores, lace petticoats, enormous sashes, in every color of the rainbow. Sometimes we got gloves and hats, too. To this day I remember one saleslady going on and on about a green dress and how it set off my hair so beautifully.

(I was very vain, you see, even then. And I remember distinctly imagining that I was Sara Crewe, with a wardrobe that was the talk of the school: silk stockings, ermine muffs, and shoes made to make my feet appear tiny and delicate.)

Now that I'm a grown-up, I haven't had a new dress for Easter since the year Eve was born 6 years ago. And for as much time as I spend in church, I think a new dress is jolly well in order!

The thing is, I know where to shop for myself. (I'm thinking maybe this, with these?) But I have no idea where to look for the girls!

My requirements:

- doesn't have to be the exact same dress for both girls (vastly different colorings)
- pretty
- affordable ($30 or less per girl)
- natural fibers: no shining or squeaking or flameproof coatings
- available in sizes 4/5 and 6/7. Target is dead to me now that Eve is firmly past size 5 and in the "big girls" section, a.k.a. complete exile
- something not everyone will have, because I'm a snob like that

I'm toying with this, but I'm not sold. What would be your go-to stores for my situation?

P.S. Don't forget to opine and enter. Tomorrow is the last day!


Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 8:03 PM


...and ye shall receive.

You all are saying you like my special brand of hodgepodgery here in Wizzle Land (and if you don't, or if you do, be sure to give your opinion so I can enter you in my giveaway!) So, how's about a little assortment of everything from today?

I wish it wasn't 80 degrees every day, but since it is, I guess I'll embrace the short sleeves and open toes.

Earrings: So Good Jewelry
Necklace: a gift from Angie (I was so grateful to have this necklace today! I totally love my hairstyle, but every once in awhile I just have a day where I feel like I have a tiny pin head, and I tried on necklace after necklace trying to beef things up, up there. This one felt perfect.)
Cardigan: Moth by Anthropologie, thrifted yesterday for $4. I win.
Top: Boden
Jeans: David Kahn
Shoes: John Fluevog (and if you think the shoes are cute you should see the soles! They have poetry on the soles! I weep.)

Funny kid story of the day definitely would be some sweet little grandma asking Devlin how old he was, and he answered "it's a homophone for the past tense of 'eat'". I'm pretty sure she'll go to her grave still puzzling over that one!

No home decor action, unless you count the 5 million times I swept off my porch and walkway (Iris currently has a very strong fascination with loading up my shoes with gravel and then dumping it on the sidewalk. I don't understand it either, but at least she has stopped dumping the gravel in my potted tomato plant.)

And today's randomly-generated thought from the mind of Rachel: common sense and decency indicate that before acquiring backyard chickens, I notify my neighbors and make sure they aren't opposed. But no one would expect that I do the same for a dog, and I can't imagine chickens would be any more noise or trouble than my neighbors' dogs, which loudly protest my retrieving my mail, raking leaves, or indeed moving or speaking at any time, anywhere on my property outside the walls of my house.

I don't mind the dogs at all. Not at all. But I don't want to hear a peep (get it?) about my chickens (that I don't have yet) from any dog owners if it comes down to it, either. So there!

Pick Your Poison - with incentive

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM


So, my Very Important Question that I mentioned yesterday is so important that I am posting before the children are in bed.

* * * * *

You may arise from your dead faint.

I am wanting to get feedback on what types of posts you like to see here. In order to promote a healthy amount of feedback, I will enter each reader who comments into a drawing for a pair of earrings like my favorites.

Now that I have your attention...do you want to see more posts about:

- fashion (my outfits, how to style things, shopping strategies, etc?)

- mommy blog stuff (parenting successes and {mostly} failures, funny kid stories and photos, daily life?)

- home decor (furniture redos, paint colors, etc?)

- ramblings from inside my head ("letters", spiritual/philosophical musings, venting?)

I often have posts that I would like to do, but I don't want to take the blog too far in any one direction (for example, does anyone really want to watch Eve's class dance recital footage? Or hear about how I met Joanna Brooks and John Dehlin this weekend?) If I knew what kind of things were the favorites, I think it would help me know which way to steer the ship.

Of course, no matter what you vote for, you'll still be getting everything through my "filter" - as in, a lot of navel-gazing, a lot of sass, and hopefully no spelling or grammatical errors.

Let me know what you like, I'll drop your name in the hat, and let's get down to business!

I will leave this giveaway open until Friday at 8 pm Arizona time.