August Blurs {a daybook}

A couple weeks ago I saw a list of mommy-blogger categories over on Waltzing Matilda.

Nitty Gritty
Random Diary
Digital Scrapbook
“What kind of a blogger am I?” I asked myself for 4,794th time.  It’s pretty easy to cross a couple off the list.  I make no dinero off my little blog, so “professional” is out.  I don’t think I’m very nitty gritty (not enough swearing) or inspirational (I’m a hot mess most days, so I can’t really see myself inspiring anyone.), so those are out too.  I guess that leaves “random diary” and “digital scrapbook,” but I’m not even very good at those.  However, those were what I was aiming for when I started this blog a gazillion days ago, so consider this post a bit of a renaissance, if you will.  Thanks for humoring me.

{a daybook}

Outside my window…

This week is hotter than it’s been all summer here.  A little humid too, which means it doesn’t cool off much at night.  The sunsets have been spectacular, though.  If I lived somewhere else, I might be able to call this “summer’s last gasp,” but here in California, summer weather sometimes lasts well into October.



I am thankful…

for peace in my home.  I can’t help but think about all the places in the world, Egypt especially, where families do not have the luxury of knowing they are safe from the outside world.

I’m also really grateful for unconditional friendship.  My friend Megan and I have many different political and religious views, but we’ve been friends for nearly 20 years (!!!!!) and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.  Knowing I’ve been feeling a bit down lately, she sent me an amazing email.  Just an excerpt:

“I love the person you are. The fact that you are passionate about your beliefs only makes you more amazing. I am so grateful for the independent and intelligent mind you have. I love that we can agree or disagree about topics we feel strongly about because no matter what we respect each other.”

Am I lucky or am I lucky?  Love you too, Meggy-moo.


I am thinking about…

working on my writing in a more formal way.  I don’t have any training post-college classes, and it’s really frustrating to feel stifled by my lack of skills in this area.

Along the same lines, I’m also thinking about writing on different political and spiritual topics.  Don’t worry, I’m dedicated to keeping this blog about my family and our small lives here.  But I have an urge to write more in-depth posts on political and religious topics and I’m wondering if, how, and where I should do that.


In the schoolroom…

We officially started school yesterday.  I’m relieved at the routine it’s bringing to our days, but also realistically apprehensive about how things will go when the kids are over the “newness” of it.

Oh, and there are uniforms this year!



From the kitchen…

I smell broth simmering.  My friend and I are going to start a 30 day eating challenge next week and I’ve got a lot on my plate (no pun intended) trying to meal plan so I don’t go crazy.  My emphases will be on the Perfect Health Diet, and trying to get more sleep in.

Oh!  I almost forgot to share one of my life’s major accomplishments.  Last week I flipped a tortilla española without breaking it.  I’ve made tortilla lots of times since moving back from Spain, and never once have I accomplished this.  It’s pretty silly how proud I was of that.


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I am creating…

order from chaos.  Moving is a months-long process I am discovering.


I am working on…

homeschooling, unpacking, meal-planning.  Are you tired of hearing about all that?  Because I’m tired of talking about it.  Alas, I lack inspiration for any other topics right now.


I am reading…

For myself: Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan. I’ve discovered I can’t read it during our afternoon “quiet time” because my giggles bother the girls and they keep asking, “What, Mommy?  What’s so funny?  Please?  Pleeeeease will you read it to us?”  I also just started Preferring Christ: A Devotional Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict by Norvene Vest.  The jury is still out.  I have a feeling this book could be amazingly awesome, or truly terrible in a 1970’s-theology kind of way.

SONY DSCTo the girls: The Read Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang; All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor.  The Red Fairy Book is full of traditional fairy tales, chock full of witches and goblins, true evil and true good.  I used to be squeamish about those topics with my kids, but now I’m comfortable talking about it.  Trying to avoid the traps of moral relativism and all that.  All of a Kind Family is a sweet chapter book about a Jewish family with 5 sisters in New York City in the early 1900s.  To be honest, it’s more a of a collection of short stories than a novel, but the girls are enjoying learning about Jewish traditions, and the sisters’ closeness is heartwarming.

To the boys: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion.  On repeat.  Over and over.  This book was one of Kevin’s when he was a little boy.  But I have to be honest, it gets old.  I’m going to go ahead and quote Jim Gaffigan on the subject:

…Really?  They don’t recognize a dog that outside of color looks identical to their dog, does the same tricks, and is obviously dirty?  I’m sorry, I just don’t buy it.  How dumb do they think I am?  And I’m pretty dumb.

Linking up with Jessica of Housewifespice for What We’re Reading Wednesday.

I am praying…

for the fortitude and perseverance to commit to a better prayer life.

for Egypt and all Egyptians.

for mothers and babies everywhere.


I am hearing…

crickets, everywhere.  Our garage is full of them.  They don’t bother me, but since I associate them with nighttime, I get a little disoriented hearing them all day.


Clicking around…

Rebekah is not only a talented writer, but a kind and insightful soul.  You don’t need to know Rebekah or the subject of this series (Mary) to be moved by her story.  Mary of Rome, or the Canadian Duck, part 1, Part 2, and Part 3


Around the house…

Don’t ask.  You don’t want to know.

Oh, really?  You persist in asking?  Fine.  Here’s something not-too-depressing: I’ve committed to doing one household task each day that the kids are unable to unlikely to ruin in less than 30 seconds.  It actually makes me feel pretty good.  Here’s my schedule:

Mondays- mirrors,
Tuesdays- toilets,
Wednesday- washbasins (fancy-talkin’ for sinks because I likes me some alliteration),
Thursday- tubs and tiles (I knooooooow.  T and Th!  It bothers me too.),
Friday- floors

All that and now I’m sweeping with a push broom.  Lazy? Probably.  Ingenious?  Definitely.  (Thanks to my Kev for that inspiration.)

And now I’ve revealed to all the world how very basic my housekeeping skills are.


One of my favorite things…

These people.



A few plans for next week…

More of the same.  I’ll try and spice it up with “the crazy”  just so you don’t get bored.  No promises though.  These people I live with are pretty all-around-boring. {wink wink}


See you tomorrow for Theme Thursday.  I’m praying for a miracle because I still haven’t taken the “Shadows” pictures!




  1. Wishing you all a great school year!
    I remember loving the “All of a kind family” series; thanks for the reminder.
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  2. Okay, may I write a novel in the combox? Let’s be brief:

    a) Kevin is so cute he needs his own “Hey Girl” series

    b) You are a rockstar homeschooler for the uniforms, have a close friend who homeschooled a bevy of girls and insisted on the uniform

    c) It is an absolute must that I get a hold of that Fairy book, for my sake, not my children’s!!!

    d) You are the absolute best kind of blogger there is, and fits in the “none of the above” categories, what I like to call “slice of life” or dare I say it, “Web Log!!!!” It’s an outlet for you to share whatever the heck you want to share, and we all love you for it!! Dang it if I don’t feel like I have known you for years and yet I have never seen you face to face and never heard your name outside of Dr. Quinn before January OF THIS YEAR!! So you must be doing something grandly right. Just sayin’, cause I’m quite the discerning audience.
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    • Ohohoho, Kevin is in for a treat. “Hey girl” memes, coming your way soon.

      And thank you. Those are big compliments coming from you, missy.

  3. Omigoodness those uniforms are quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time! I kinda love em!

    Isn’t Jim Gaffigan hilarious? I had to stop reading it in bed because I would wake up my husband with my laughing!

    I bought the fairy books for this year as well and I’m kinda excited about them. My daughter is of course hooked on the disney princess thing and I’m so ready to get her imagination fired into another direction!
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    • Those are my exact reasons for using the Lang Fairy Books. My daughters eat up Disney drivel and I need something with more meat on its bones.

  4. Whatever you want to call your blogging style, I like it!
    And those uniforms are fantastic, and a lot nicer than the variety of school uniforms that I had inflicted on me over the years. I actually always liked having a uniform, but they couldn’t ever claim to be fashionable. 😉
    Hope the school year is off to a great start!
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    • Thanks, Cate! I love the uniforms, too. I remember going to a public high school and suddenly missing the uniforms I thought I hated.

  5. I ain’t got no niche either, girl. We can start our own club!

    Love that breakdown of your daily housekeeping. Might have to steal….
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    • The Random Club it is. I’ll borrow a phrase from my hubs: Gotta stick and move! Never let them know what to expect!

      • Ooh, I’m in, too! Love the uniforms. I’ve always been tempted to do something similar but with just polos and jeans and I think I may this year. It’s a challenge because I want the boys to get dirty and play during their free time and there’s no way I’m going to make them change so I think polos and jeans might be a good middle.
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        • What a great suggestion, Mary. I think jeans will become the winter uniform bottoms. We already have some dark blue jeans that I know the girls like, and they will look good with those polos.

          Oh, and I should add that the girls take off their uniforms when “formal” school is done at about noon-1 pm, so they get dirty in their play clothes.

  6. Great book rec and generally <inspiring? Yes, I do find you inspiring…..:)

    About your thoughts on writing, I too, feel similarly. I have no formal training, tho I do write much, even have a column here and there and etc…I;ve only been blogging since Dec tho. I've found a few online "helps" that might interest you as well. She write the Memoir Project. and I devoured it in one sitting. I have a hop at my blog called Memoir Mondays, which you are always welcome to click to ( and link to, if/when I get it going again this school year…it may just be a monthly thing as I do feel the need to pull away from blogging and focus on HSing 'duties.') On my Memoir Monday pieces, there are many who've linked moving, beautiful pieces of their lives and I have found wonderful i nspiration and guidance at THEIR blogs when I click over……by rdg their posts and sometimes looking at the sites they have on their sidebars for writers.
    Here's one of my Mem Mon post so you can click over f you'd like:

    Also Considering I've made .12 cents on my blog since I began ( thru amazon) this is actually a pretty funny site for me to follow. But the moderator hosts a monthly link up ( beginning or end of month….not sure which) where you can post what you feel is your 'best' blog post of the month …you'll get some views and opinions on it. This has been helpful to me and led me to meet some ppl with pretty cool blogs and great insight. I've a badge on my sidebar to the link up or you can just subscribe to get word of it.
    I hope you don't mind the unasked for "tips…" I listed.:)
    Ok, a few more things here and there, but those are the biggies.

    Have a great day. Good luck as you get into the routine!!

    God bless
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    • Wow, Chris. Thank you for the compliment, and also for taking the time to write all this out. I will definitely look into those suggestions.

  7. oops, I meant to out a bracket at the end of inspiring not a ?
    sorry. No question there. I hit the key next to the one I want. Gotta reread before hitting post.
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  8. Andrew Lang’s fairy books were the first books I ever checked out of a library, and I cycled through the entire series and then did it again several times. LOVE them! And we definitely should come up with another category name for all us “others… how about “mixture”, or if we want to be fancy we can say “mescla” (although since my word thingie keeps wanting to change that word to “mescal”, maybe not!). And congratulations on flipping your spanish tortilla – definitely not easy!
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    • Are you kidding?! Your auto-correct knows Mescal?! Hahahahaha! I haven’t even thought of that since my much younger days. That said, I do appreciate a smooth silver tequila… It just might work. 😉