ten on tuesday.

1. We arrived home last night from our whirlwind trip to Southern California. Man, that place is gorgeous! But I walked through my house this morning with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude. Nothing makes me love home like leaving it for a few days. I’ll admit that the crockpot dinner that Brent had readied for today helped. I love that guy.   

2. The aforementioned meal is thankfully vegetable soup. I’ve spent the weekend being spoiled by loving clients and friends who brought me goodies like this…

Can you even stand the adorableness??? And homemade to boot. Over the course of my four days there an assortment of new friends also added banana bread, lemon bars, bakery pastries, girl scout cookies, and chocolate to my stash. It seems the word is out about my sweet tooth that can’t be tamed.

3. On Saturday night Sarah got to hang out with one of the coolest middle schoolers I know.

  Who recognizes this blog superstar?

4. Sunday night my sister and I (and a fabulous handful of YOU!) were treated to an absolutely wonderful evening at the home of Matt and Marilee Davis.   Marilee pulled out all the stops for the blog bash with the most amazing array of sweets you’ve ever seen. I had one of everything. Why do you look surprised?

5. In case you’re interested, here’s what that snapshot looked like before I went all Clean Color on it! (Taken on auto in really low light)

6. Speaking of Clean Color, lots of you have asked if I have another sale planned. I don’t. BUT last Friday I was honored to be interviewed on the Clickin Moms blog  and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find what you’re looking for over there. 😉

 

7. Also, in my haste to head out of town last week I forgot to post a link to my most recent article on The Creative Article, “In Defense of Earrings.” It’s one of my faves.

8. My besties did a pretty good job keeping this ol’ blog fresh last week, huh?

Is that an echo I hear?

Figures. I didn’t think anyone would come back after seeing that disgustingly chesty image of me and my squishy baby. Geez Louise. I think I need new friends.

9. I’m scheduled for Lasik in three weeks. Have any of you done it? Anything I need to know?

10. I have a well-documented interest in undocumented tribes. Last week Amy sent me this Yahoo news article of a recently photographed Amazonian tribe. So maybe I don’t need new friends afterall. They accept me – weird interests, chesty disgustingness and all.

aunt may mayFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Love the post! Thank goodness for Clean Color…lemme know when you come out with “Clean Wrinkles”, Im all over it! Oh and I need a LINK for Nora’s son’s blog, pretty please?

AmberFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:15 pm

I had Lasik 6 years ago – best thing ever! Just be prepared to sleep a bit after the surgery. It’s amazing to wake up and “see”.

KellyFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:19 pm

I got LASIK a few years ago and yes its amazing to wake up during the night and see… but it hasn’t been all as wonderful as I had hoped… night time vision actually is more ‘starred’ to me, especially if I’m tired, and dry eyes quite a bit. So just be prepared with lots of those disposable drops for LASIK dryness. I also had to go in for a correction on one eye once they stabilized – the correction was so much easier than the 1st time around (they tend to go conservative so sometimes touch ups are needed – I didn’t know that, ask your doc …).

I’d also love a LINK for the son’s blog… he looks like he’d be a fun writer.

DebbieFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Erin, it was so awesome to finally meet you! It absolutely made my day! You have no idea… And it was fun to just sit with a group of girls with similar interests and joy in meeting “the” Erin Cobb! Thanks for doing that for us. It was also awesome meeting your sister and Marilee who was so very kind to open her home to us.

Seriously, the camera cookies are the most adorable thing ever! Remember, Girl Scout cookies freeze well so if that package is still in tact (wink wink) just stick them in the freezer and forget about them for awhile.

Thanks again!

nickiFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Oh man, I want Lasik SO bad!!! My problem is I have to wear my contacts for 2 weeks, then have my consultation and then contacts for another week, then the surgery! Hard to find a good time to wear only glasses for that long. I swear I can’t see with them! This summer for sure!!!Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!!!

JenniferFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:26 pm

Re: #8 – I’ll admit they were the first things I noticed! LOL

adminFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Oops…I think I must have confused you all…Nora’s son doesn’t blog (as far as I know). He’s just a star on his mom’s blog. If you don’t know it, you should. http://www.justmakestuff.com

Thanks for the Lasik info friends!

Debbie, you’re hilarious. I almost choked on my cookie at the idea that package might still be “in tact”.

heather mayberryFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:30 pm

glad you had a good trip! the cookies are adorable! i’m a sucker for creativity. crazy but i just read your earrings article this morning. it’s pretty darn good. and don’t worry, your blog was left in excellent hands. they did an amazing job! welcome back!

KarlyFebruary 8, 2011 - 2:46 pm

Welcome Home! We are headed to Huntington Beach next week and I cannot wait to soak up all that green and warm.

Sally C.February 8, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Welcome back!

I had PRK, courtesy of the AF @ WPAFB, a few years ago. Best thing ever. I know they’re different procedures, but I found that darkness was very good for the first few days and that OTC antihistamines treated the symptoms I experienced post-op. Itchy, watery eyes, to be exact. By the time a week had passed I was pretty well recovered and I hear it’s even faster with LASIK. Enjoy your new eyes!!

j.j.February 8, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Do not call it chesty disgustingness! It’s the one time in our lives we ever get boobs:) Ha!

I know it – isn’t CA just gorgeous! I miss it!

AddieFebruary 8, 2011 - 3:12 pm

I had Lasik 5-6 yrs ago and it was probably the best thing I’ve ever done. Amazing to lay in bed and be able to read the alarm clock! And to go out of town and not pack glasses or contact supplies! I had glasses since first grade and started wearing contacts as a freshman in HS. Had the surgery when I was 28. Good luck, you’ll love it!

cathyFebruary 8, 2011 - 3:16 pm

It was great meeting you & my oldest son keeps asking when we will see you again. And thanks for the creative mama article. I purchased some new jewelry from one of the sites you mentioned.

jana Van SistineFebruary 8, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Oh my gosh, Sarah got to hang with Mac!!! So, so awesome! Is he as cool as I think he is?

Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Debbie S.February 8, 2011 - 3:24 pm

So glad you had a nice time in California! Those camera cookies are the cutest thing ever! I have friends that would be waiting for the chance to post pics of me like that too. The nice thing is that while you may be embarrassed, you have to remember they still loved you then…big boobs and all! 😉

I had lasik almost 3 years ago, and have had no complications. Best advice ever…after surgery go home and SLEEP. Keeping your eyes closed lets them heal faster, and the initial irritation/burning feeling will be virtually gone when you wake up. My doctor gave me some great drops for dryness (which I’m sure yours will too), and now I just keep over the counter stuff in the house for the occasional dry feeling. I had to laugh at myself the first time post-lasik that I went to remove contacts that weren’t there or wake up in the morning and reach for my glasses on the nightstand. It’s amazing how routine those things can become. The next morning after surgery you’ll be amazed! Good luck!

Camily TeedFebruary 8, 2011 - 3:38 pm

I had LASIK 8 years ago and it is truly a miracle! My vision was B.A.D (-12.5) and I literally could not see. To be able to wake up and see is something that I am still grateful for to this day. I’ve had glasses since I was in Kindergarten. Truly life changing. My advice: take a valium before. I’m not kidding. And do exactly what they say for recovery–overdo the drops that keep your eyes moist! And no rubbing! : )

Emily H.February 8, 2011 - 4:03 pm

I also had PRK done last May. The recovery time is a lot longer than LASIK, but the end result is the same. Your only regret will be not having done it sooner! I also recommend the drops and sleeping…ALOT!! Good Luck!!

SamanthaFebruary 8, 2011 - 4:24 pm

???????????? Seriously, lasik???? How do I not know that??????

Veronica HuertaFebruary 8, 2011 - 4:39 pm

It was great meeting you Erin! I think my Dean has a little crush on you, he kept saying how nice and pretty you were. Haha…don’t know if I like that!

I had Lasik done 6 months ago, wish I would have done it 10 years ago. Best decision ever! Good luck, you will be fine. Follow the instructions and you will be a happy camper!

Can’t wait to see our sneak peak. 🙂

DawnFebruary 8, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Hey Erin – It was so great meeting you – we had a blast!!! Glad you had fun, but are home safe and sound! Hope you enjoyed the cookies…

Connor is begging to go back to that beach – you know, being the rock enthusiast and all! 🙂

MeganFebruary 8, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I miss California and all it’s loveliness. I hope you had a wonderful time! Let me know what you think of your lasik. I’ve been wanting to do it forever. Good luck!

SusieFebruary 8, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Andy had lasik done two years ago and he said the only regret he had was that he hadn’t done it sooner. What joy to wake up and see the numbers on the alarm clock!

I would recognize Nora’s house anywhere- what a beautiful & small world 😉 Glad you had such a nice trip!!

LisaFebruary 8, 2011 - 5:52 pm

Glad you made it home safely! Had such a lovely time Sunday night and it was great to meet you! I am in love with those cookies..you are lucky I didn’t see them or else you might not have gotten a picture!! Love the clean up on the image, too. That light was challenging, but sure did make for a warm, cozy and inviting place to be!

Kelly W.February 8, 2011 - 6:15 pm

My hubby had Lasik a year ago and is so happy he did. His number one advice would be to use eyedrops a lot, especially in the beginning. Our friend didn’t use them enough and it took so much longer to heal. I agree with everyone else who says to sleep after the procedure. My hubby slept for 4 hours and said that he felt great when he woke up.

Glad you had a great trip!

AnneFebruary 8, 2011 - 7:26 pm

i had no idea you were going tribal! ha! Seriously though, there is an amazing blog by a guy who is a professional photog who travels around the world, goes deep, deep into the bush and lives and photographs tribes. If you have time to spend perusing a really cool website you should check it out. It is
http://www.joeyl.com/blog/. Very cool pics.
See you soon!

AllisonFebruary 8, 2011 - 8:23 pm

add one more point for the eyedrops for dryness. my husband had Lasik, and he is SO HAPPY. But he has become a frequent drop user – especially in the dry winter months. I am jealous, I would like to have it as well, but my vision was not nearly as bad as his. Good Luck – and rest!!

NoraFebruary 8, 2011 - 10:33 pm

I waited to show Mac this until just before he went off to bed tonight. He immediately said, “Oh wow! She is good!” 🙂

SamFebruary 9, 2011 - 8:59 am

Hey Erin!! If you have any questions about LASIK email me. I had it about 7 yes ago and am an eye doc:)

Corrie GreerFebruary 9, 2011 - 10:30 am

I had Lasik 3 years ago on Valentine’s day. After wearing glasses for over 26 years, it was a wonderful change. I was home by noon, laying on the couch with the t.v. on listening and dozing. By the 5:30 p.m. news when I dared to open one eye, I could see the t.v. clearly. By bedtime it was even better. The next morning I felt great and even drove myself to my eye appointment to check and make sure everything was progressing as it should. Use the drops as told, don’t rub or touch your eyes. I now use readers only when the lighting is bad, and opted to have both eyes corrected for distance (you can elect to have one only corrected slightly to help with reading). I figured if I was paying for it out of my pocket, I wanted both eyes perfect. I haven’t had any problems at night or with dryness.

Monty had PRK about 5 years ago at USAFA and had a terrible time after the procedure. His vision has now almost fully returned to “normal” and he wears glasses again on occasion.

Enjoy, and good luck!!

TanyaFebruary 9, 2011 - 11:10 am

Welcome back! How was Disneyland? 🙂 And there was nothing in the realm of “disgusting chesty-ness” about that photo. 🙂 Beautiful, radiant, new mommy goodness is what I was thinking. 🙂 Hooray!

Lorena MoraFebruary 9, 2011 - 11:54 am

So sad I missed the meet and greet, but that evening both kids had high fever and I felt bad leaving them. Pretty sad when you sit at home thinking should I go meet “the” Erin Cobb or stay home with the sick kids. Believe me I was so tempted to leave them with my husband and just go, but I knew I would be distracted thinking of them, so hopefully next time you are in Southern Cali I will get to hang out with you. The kids had so much fun with you on Saturday, I am so happy to have met you and your sister.

MelanieFebruary 9, 2011 - 3:25 pm

It was so great meeting you and your sister on Sunday night Erin! I had such a good time! Those camera cookies are adorable! I’ve never had LASIK, but everyone I know who has had it done is so happy they did.

Lisa SmileyFebruary 9, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Just wanted to share my blogpost from our meetup! Again..so great to meet ya! http://lisasmileyphotography.blogspot.com/2011/02/meeting-mentor.html

MarileeFebruary 10, 2011 - 10:53 am

I posted the recipe for the scones and vanilla sauce on the blog for those who wanted to have it! What a fun night – was wonderful to see you Erin and meet so many great women! 🙂

Tess AusmanFebruary 10, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Hi Erin ~ love reading your blog and looking at all of your gorgeous pictures! My husband had lasik on January 6. After the initial uncomfortable burning which lasted about 45 min, until he fell asleep, everything was great. He went from 20/400 to 20/15 and couldn’t be happier. Be sure you buy the non-preservative eyedrops to use the first week because you will be wetting your eyes constantly!

Tess

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