John and I were recently reminiscing about life before children.
Remember when we used to sit on the couch on a Saturday afternoon with absolutely nothing to do.
Oh, it’s hard to even imagine at this point.
So you know what I did last week? I gave myself the day off. No work. No children. And tried my very best not to feel guilty about it.
How did I spend my day off?
I started out doing a SoulCycle class. Not just any ol’ 45 minute SoulCycle class. It was a Turkey Burn - 90 minutes of hard core exercise. This was the day after a lot of wine was consumed so……Jen and I were not feeling our best. I spent the first 20 minutes wondering how I could escape and berating myself for signing up for this god forsaken class. But then something clicked and I pretty much loved the rest of class. Jen and I could see each other from our bikes so we made multiple oh my god I’m dying faces at each other.
We headed home and showered.
I sat on the couch and did some online window shopping of the Black Friday sales.
Then Jen and I headed over to Tarrytown for lunch at Seagrass. There was Mac & Cheese on the menu. It was an obvious choice for both of us. We earned those calories.
Then we stopped in at Flying Fingers knitting store. It is an adorable shop stocked from ceiling to floor with yarn. I sidled up to the owner and announced I’m a beginner - help! We decided on a hat, she got me sorted with needles and wool.
Next stop: Greenwich and the most adorable family-owned book store where Jen and I basically fought with each other about who would buy Charlotte the various books we picked out for her. We then wandered up Greenwich Avenue stopping in at a few shops. My town is so pretty and I love wandering up and down the high street.
We got home and I gave my au pair a couple of hours off because as much as I was enjoying my day off I missed my babies. So I hung out in the play room with Charlotte and Alex for the rest of the afternoon.
Finally we headed out for dinner at Le Penguin, a new-ish French restaurant in Greenwich. Loved it.
It’s made from a slouchy fabric that is loose without being overly gapey - when I lean forward I maintain my dignity. And I love that it’s a little longer in the back. Absolutely perfect with skinny jeans or leggings. And guess how much it costs? It costs……..wait for it……..wait for it……… $16 plus free shipping. No word of a lie.
I work at a Nine West outlet. The boots you wrote about are called Topaz and they are super soft and comfortable! They aren't online because retail and outlet stores carry different things. You can go in any Nine West Store and ask them to order them for you from another store if that one doesn't have them.^^
Thank you so much! They really are super soft and comfortable. I basically haven’t removed them from my feet since I bought them.
Hi Georgina! I saw your post on the Nine West Booties and I set out on a mission to find them. I scoured the internet and Google was unfortunately no help. Then I contacted Nine West and sent them the photos of the boots and they offered no help either. Finally I went to the closest outlet mall and found them! The only info. off of the box I have is: 60290285-169; TOPAZOL1. I wanted to attach this to the comments of your post, but being a new user I was unsure how to do that!
I am beyond impressed with your perseverance! HIGH FIVE to you!
Charlotte started her second semester of skating on Saturday.
On Sunday John took her to free skate at the local skating rink. I dropped them off and headed off to grocery shop. As I was checking out I got the call - Charlotte fell, split open her chin and needed stitches.
I raced back, picked them up and off we went to the ER.
Less than 2 hours later (yay for amazing suburban hospitals) the plastic surgeon had her all stitched up (7 in total) and we were on our way home where she got a bag of M&M’s before dinner followed by a big bowl of Mac&Cheese and any cartoons she wanted. Basically, the answer to any of her requests last night was yes. She’s too young to really milk it!
I’m so glad our first incident was so smooth. And I’m even more glad I wasn’t there when it happened because based on the state of her face and clothes, there was a lot of blood.
Good news is she is doing so much better today - completely back to her normal self and full of beans. Hopefully we’ll have the stitches out next week and back on the ice the following weekend (it will be interesting to see how she reacts to getting back on the ice).
When I was 10 years old I started horse riding. I spent my weekends and school holidays at the stables. There was an older girl there - my guess is that she was 14 or 15 at the time. I idolized the crap out of her. I thought she was so pretty and so cool and so funny. And she wore these purple Oakley sunglasses. I wanted a pair so badly.
I don’t remember how I ended up owning a pair but photographic evidence exists at age 13 that somehow I did indeed end up getting them….
So here’s where I need your help. Anyone have any idea what kind of Oakleys these are? They were popular in the early 90s.
A clownfish snugglng with a sea anemone + leopard + little red riding hood + big bad wolf + shark-dog.
Our Au Pair (who I dragged up to the attic and rifled through our costume box until we found something for her to wear - loving the bee costume!) stayed home and manned the candy dish while we headed out trick or treating.
Halloween 2012 - first one in the suburbs (we had no power thanks to Hurricane Sandy)
Charlotte went to school dressed up in her Halloween costume today. I dropped her off this morning and the children were basically bouncing off the walls with excitement. We went back to the school at lunch time to watch them parade around the driveway in front of the school. So adorably cute.
BTW I really dislike store bought costumes but as if I’m ever going to find the time to make a costume. So I did the next best thing. I paid someone else to hand make the costume! I bought this adorable Little Red Riding Hood costume from an Etsy vendor. The dress (which you can barely see under the cape and apron) is actually so cute and will definitely become a staple next Summer.
I thought about making a wolf costume for Alex for a hot second before coming to my senses, logging onto Amazon, and ordering a costume that arrived on our doorstep 2 days later. Because, obviously.
The Big Bad Wolf really likes walking through leaves. She practically pulled my hand off to get into the middle of them.