Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Some Nights

I feel like I could post something ranty about how difficult it is to be a parent tonight. About how kids kind of suck, and working full time while parenting kind of sucks. About how each night feels like a sprint, and I'm not sure where the finish line is. About how my jaw has started hurting, because I've taken up clenching my teeth, I guess out of stress.

But I think it would lead to a lot of unwarranted navel-gazing. About my struggle with whether our family is truly fulfilled in this life that we have established - the go-go-go of EVERYTHING, the inability to take a deep breath, and throw schedules to the wind. I worry that I am letting the most precious years with my kids slip by in a haze of "No" and "We don't have time" and "But tomorrow is a SCHOOL DAY."

So let's not do that. Instead, let's talk about some things I'm enjoying, that I think you should enjoy too.

1) Perhaps you have hear the song "We Are Young" by fun.? Those of you that watch Glee will recognize it, at least. A great song that is currently getting plenty of radio play. But I urge you to check out fun.'s EVEN AWESOMER song "Some Nights" (ignore the somewhat cheesy video). You will not regret it, I promise. I guarantee you (and your kids) will not be able to sit still during it:

2) I just tried this recipe that I found on Pinterest, from the Kitchn, called "Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese." I didn't bother trying to serve it to the kids, but M. and I loved it. Not a low-cal recipe (calls for 1/3 cup of olive oil, for example - which, BTW, I reduced to less than 1/4 cup with no ill effects), but SO GOOD. Try it.

3) Yellow and Gray. My new favorite color combination. We renovated (a little) our half bathroom, painting it gray, with yellow accents (I hope to properly detail the process and outcome in its own blog post, one of these days). And I just bought this bedroom set during a Kohl's Flash Sale:

And now I'm on a "redecorating the master bedroom" kick, internet window-shopping for lamps and accent chairs and ways to refinish our crappy bedroom furniture. I'm thinking of bringing some teal in as a third color, and maybe some coral, too. Call me crazy.

4) Wine. Always helps after a long day. Too bad I don't have any in the house tonight :-(. Must fix that tomorrow.


  1. I love the yellow-gray combo too. Good choice!

  2. If you are clenching your teeth I recommend you look into a mouth guard for sleeping. I didn't realize I was waking up with headaches every day until I got mine. They are pricey ($400) but I've had mine for 5 years now.

    PS - what is a Kohl's flash sale and how can I get to one?

  3. I don't work full time but still end most days feeling like I ran a marathon and said "no" way too much. The thought of working this hard for another seventeen years makes me want to run away to Cabo. I'm right there with you.

    Love the bedroom set! ;)