ten on tuesday.

1. I bit it on my run this morning. Ate pavement. Busted. You can ask my running partners…it wasn’t pretty. And while I didn’t fall gracefully (at all) I did manage to somehow save all of the important joints and bones in my body so score one for me. My pride is a whole ‘nother story.

2. Speaking of running, this evening Brent and I were telling Ephraim about a 5K we ran in together last week. I told him that Brent finished a few seconds ahead of me to which Ephraim responded, “Dad! You’re supposed to take it easy on the ladies!”. Back to the women’s lib drawing board with the 7 year old I guess…

3. Speaking of equality, I was reminded last week of my disdain for the game “Guess Who”.  It’s such a great concept for a logic game but the ratio of men:women in the game is insane. Like 19:5. Drives me batty. I was talking with some friends about it the other day (random, yes) and had to ask the Google why this was. I came across this article, which didn’t answer my question but did leave me feeling less alone in my war against Guess Who.

4. And yes, I clearly have time and a whole lotta pent up angst on my hands.

5. And at risk of sending this whole blog post sliding down a slippery slope of feminism, a friend of mine sent me this article and it made me laugh: The Default Parent. Enjoy.

6. I’ve become hooked on the Seven Minute Workout App. It’s not quite as addictive and mind numbing as Candy Crush (my first love) but it’s better for my abs. And believeyoume, my abs could definitely use less Candy and more Crush.

7. I finished All the Light We Cannot See last week, on the day it won the Pulitzer. Great read. Highly recommend.

8. Saturday I randomly grabbed the book The Lifeboat off the shelf at the library based on absolutely no one’s recommendation. Sometimes you just gotta go rogue. I’m about two chapters from the end and I’m wishing someone else were reading it too so I could discuss it with someone. Which makes it a good book in my opinion. Recommend.

9. The weather has finally turned toward Spring here in the South and to my surprise I think I turned into a gardener over the Winter. I’ve been planting containers of flowers, herbs and ferns like nobody’s business. And even better – I’m keeping them alive!

10. Erin Cobb: gardening, seldom-blogging, dog-loving, coffee drinker. Huh. Wonders never cease.

alabama snow.

Now that I think it’s safe to say we’ve officially entered Spring here in Alabama, I feel warm enough to post these snow pics. I think the snow situation in Huntsville is just about perfect. We generally get about one good dumping a year (where “dumping” = 6 inches) and it’s late enough in the season that it’s a great way to bid Winter adieu.

Snow doggies. Is there anything cuter?

Snow neighbors: also cute.

Snow drinkers: jury’s out.

(Sidenote: Jake called the second the snow started coming down and said he would be hunkering down at our place. His exact quote: “Y’all are rich and have beer and food. I’m staying with you.” The last two of those three things are true. So Jake took up residence on our couch for the duration.)

And that was the end of day one. It was clearly exhausting.

Of course, we were all back at it again first thing the next morning. Temps were headed quickly into the 40′s so the kids were determined to get every second of snow time they could.

Cute snow doggie included.

But this kid. Y’all, he just might break the internet. Cutest two year old ever. I love my baby Jude.

And these almost tweens.

And these pushing 40′s (well, one of us anyway)…

those two are borderline cute.

Christmas: hitting the high notes.

I guess since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day it’s time for me to blog about Christmas. I thought about just letting it go but I can’t bring myself to miss a Christmas morning post.

As he always is in the morning, B-Ro started the day off in a fog. Needless to say, he’s not our morning kid.

After reading Santa’s letter, they started in on their gifts.

Sarah was delighted to find Chaco sandals in her pile of three Santa gifts. Despite our insistence that sandal were not an appropriate gift for the Winter, Santa overruled us. He also brought her a password journal and a ukelele.

Her brother kept her well-stocked in hand sanitizers.

He knows his sister well.

Ephraim received a new baseball glove from Santa, a ukelele and…something else. I can’t remember. It’s been three months, what can I say.

Uncle Tory and Aunt Parmy gave him a super cool lego kit which he spent the rest of the day working on.

That is, when he wasn’t inspecting the new telescope from Mom and Dad. 

(This year he says he’s asking for a Hubble telescope from Santa. Heaven help us.)There was a definite ukelele learning curve but eventually both kiddos picked it up (no pun intended) and played a couple little ditties for us. 

Sarah changed the voice-activated password on her new journal about a thousand times,

And Ephraim got decked out for some sporting outside with Dad.

And those, my friends, are the high notes of Christmas ‘ 14.

ten on tuesday.

1. Brent recently installed Apple TV at our house and after school today the kids and I wanted to watch it. I couldn’t figure out how to turn it on but, thankfully, my seven year old could. Think he’ll program my VCR for me when I’m old?

2. And why did we want to watch our Apple TV? Leave It to Beaver on Netflix. The kids are officially hooked on Wally and the Beav. And I’m thinking I may need my VCR programmed sooner rather than later.

3. Sarah and I have just started working on a mother-daughter journal together that I saw recommended by A Mighty Girl called Just Between Us. I can’t overstate how fun it’s been. Highly recommend if you have a tween-ish girl in your house.

4. Friday night we hosted our quarterly Supper Club at our house. You really have to bring your “A” game with this particular group of creative culinary couples and while I technically have no “A” game…I have friends who do. Which is how I ended up with this breathtaking centerpiece that couldn’t have fit my house better if I had designed it myself. Which, of course, I never could have. My friend Charlotte Wessel is incredibly gifted in creative floral design and I was so excited to have one of her masterpieces on my table! Charlotte is in the process of launching a floral design blog and I will link it up here the very second it goes live.

5. My book club just finished The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell and have moved on to The Girl on a Train. Both have been fun interludes to the Outlander series that I’m four books into. Just in case you needed a few recommendations. =)

6. I also snuck ahead on our reading list and read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It’s a quick and interesting read but be prepared to devote half of your weekend to furiously cleaning out every closet in your house. I’m embarrassed to admit that eight trash bags of clothes and shoes were removed from my bedroom on last Thursday’s snow day.

7. Interesting piece on NPR this week about parents nurturing narcissism in children.

8. And speaking of NPR, after Serial I moved on to Invisibilia. Not quite as riveting but infinitely more informative.

9. We’re hitting the 60′s here this week and the rain is moving in. I say, bring on Spring!

10. Happy Tuesday friends!

ten on tuesday.

1. Excuse me while I blow the dust off these ToT keys…

2. This weekend the six girls from my running group drove down to the coast for the Seaside Half Marathon. We stayed at our beach house (post to come) and had an absolute blast. It was my 9th half marathon and #10 will happen next month in Lynchburg. After five years of serious running I think I’m finally ready to think about a full 26.2. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have resources/training plans/regimens you think I need to know about.

3. This morning my dog Tigger Facetimed with Samantha’s new puppy, Coco. Whoever said long distance relationships are for the dogs was totally right. As much as it stinks having a bestie in Boston, I still probably wouldn’t trade her.*

4. * I technically have to say that since it’s her birthday in 8 days.

5. This weekend there was some serious discussion about karaoke songs, in preparation for our annual backyard Summer shindig that never disappoints in the live (bad) music department. We made a mental list of best karaoke songs which, of course, included Total Eclipse of the Heart. And so I had to show them this:

6. The kiddos have been helping out with making lunches on mornings that they have extra time. Tomorrow I think they’ll be happy to find one of their weird but delicious favorites in the fridge: rice balls. These are total throwbacks to my own childhood when my Mom used to make them as an after dinner treat for my sister and me. If you have extra rice on the stove they’re super simple to make. Just scoop a handful of rice and squeeze it back and forth in your hands until it forms a ball. Then roll tightly and call it done.

7. And yes, that Pyrex is a total throwback to my childhood too. My mom can find anything at a Goodwill and vintage colorful Pyrex is no exception. She keeps me well outfitted in glassware of every shape, size and era.

8.Speaking of every shape, size and era – I bought two bathing suits on a whim this weekend when we stepped into a store to buy last minute warm running gear. (Turns out the weather for our beach race wasn’t so beachy.) Thank goodness I nabbed those babies just in time for the ice storm that’s heading our way. *sigh*

9. I got bangs a couple of months ago and the “you look like Jennifer Garner” comments have stepped up exponentially. Last week at Costco when the cashier asked if anyone ever tells me that I look like JG Sarah jumped in before I could answer and said, “YES. All the time.” Truth.

10. Have a great week friends!

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