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everything is awesome

Boo and I are playing very quietly this morning, because of sleeping teens.

Let me back that up.

Just a few nights ago, I was lamenting to JW that I hadn’t seen my teen pals in awhile. They’re very busy, even though it’s summer, and you know, I have to be asleep by ten.

Cut to their dad randomly calling and asking if we could supervise an emergency sleepover due to an unexpected work trip.

Cue a night of chicken tacos and The Lego Movie, which is seriously hysterical.

We’ve been watching cartoons together since they were 6 and 7, and happily, they continue to indulge me.

It was my kind of night, and I even willingly stayed up past my bedtime watching old episodes of Lost and chatting.

This morning, Boo’s happily playing on his mat in his room while I relay this news to you, and two teenagers snooze on my couches.

I’m in a pretty good place here, chickadees.


T and I had a fun first day off in a series of three yesterday. It involved: Raffi, two walks, singing, lots of rolling over, and a three hour nap.

Which meant reading my newest library book and episodes of I Love Lucy for mom.

Who knows how we’ll manage to top it today.

Also exciting: Boo and I started practicing the tripod method to work on sitting up. I find that I describe his every move in yoga terms (he’s mastered cobra!), and this new feat will be no different.


Sorry it’s blurry, but it’s an action shot. Boo is starting to get the hang of it, but I confess to you that immediately after this picture was snapped, he threw himself backwards and knocked his head on the ground.

He seems no worse for the wear, in case you were wondering.

In the Palluzzi/Wagenschutz family, we don’t let much get us down.

Enjoy this one, chickens!


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staying as long as you’d like.

Chickens, it’s Friday.

Which means two days of visiting pals, doing some shopping, and hanging out with Boo.

What’s better than that?

Also pretty awesome: I have managed to get myself into a pair of jeans that I have not even thought about pulling on since I got pregnant.

It’s the small victories, chicks.

Last night, we took a long, looping walk around the park, lulling T to sleep and watching tiny little kids struggling under giant bat bags.

We also ran into Tobin (and his family, lest you think my godson wanders the neighborhood on my own) and let him basically climb into Theo’s stroller to get another peek.

Despite spending eight hours a day together, apparently, this does not get old to Tobin, which I obviously love.

We were getting ready to take off when my favorite two-year old looked at me and said, “No, don’t go yet!”

I complied, and melted into a puddle until he proclaimed ten minutes later, “You can go now!”

If you don’t have access to the hilarity of a toddler, you should remedy that immediately.

And with that, I’m off to get to this one. Crossing my fingers it’s short and sweet and leads to a beautiful weekend!


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five good things: a nice little weekend edition

Morning chickens!

I’m a little late to the game this morning, since T and I decided after a long night of waking up more than usual, we’d sleep until almost eight.

I just follow his lead, you guys.

In any case, I was thinking that on this particular Friday, it might be good to start the weekend by counting up some of the things that are good. So here they are, and happy you-almost-made-it!

1. Okay, you guys, after explaining that yesterday was T’s 2-month birthday, I thought I’d take a look at his changes over the past 60 days or so of life, and man, there’s a lot to see already. If that’s not a call to slow down and enjoy every day for what it is, I don’t know what is.

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2. Michael Pollan wrote a new book about cooking in America, and it’s making me hungry.

It also makes me want to bake bread. Cooked takes an element and uses it as a section for the book (i.e. fire = grilling, water = braising, etc.), and while I’m not quite finished yet, he has convinced me that I should be slow cooking whole hogs.

He’s very persuasive, and if you’re into his other stuff, you should pick this one up.

3. Today is Friday, and the whole weekend is stretched out with only a few concrete plans. Despite the fact that we have a baby, and you would think we just spend any spare time staring into his cute little face (we wish this was how we spent our time), we’ve actually gotten pretty busy over here, and I’m relieved to have a relaxing little weekend (says the girl with the spreadsheet about what we want to get done this weekend. Theo, you’re on bathroom cleaning duty).

4. This, if you haven’t seen it, which I bet you have (but you probably want to check it out again for a laugh):

5. And finally, starting this weekend is one of my annual conferences, which I’m obviously not headed to this year (Theo’s technically been to Dallas in utero and would prefer a new city for his first work trip), but is, generally, a very good and fun thing that’s the fruit of many months of labor. So good luck to everyone headed there this weekend, and have a (couple) drinks for me!

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down for the count.

Morning, chickadees!

Over here at Palluzzi-Wagenschutz headquarters, I’m trying to bounce back from a cold that’s knocked me off my feet and straight into a pajamas-and-terrible-television binge.

I spent last night sleeping on the couch, because, you see, I now live with two boys instead of one, and both of them share my room and also have a snoring problem.

Infant snoring: who knew?

I hate colds. I get one every spring when the weather starts wobbling around like a drunk, and it seems this year was no exception.

This means lots of tea, water, breast feeding-approved meds, and trying to convince Theo that he probably should take lots of naps today.

So far it’s working, but only because I think my incessant sneezing is scaring him into sleep.

I’ll take what I can get.

On the upside, I am choosing to believe that we’re finished with the intense cold weather (and the snow- my God, can we be finished with the snow already?!) and that spring is on its way.

And with that, I’m off to make questioning programming decisions until my infant decides the rest of this day’s agenda.





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a life that’s good.

Morning, chickens!

And welcome back to the start of a fresh new set of seven days. We spent the weekend visiting with some of our favorite people (grandmas, grandpas, kettlebell instructors, godparents-to-be, and pals), taking walks, firing up the grill, watching basketball (go UConn!) and enjoying the kind of Sunday weather that makes me truly believe that summer is gonna show up, at some point.

Oh yeah, and we spent lots of time with this guy.


He wasn’t totally sure about this getup, but it was perfect for an almost-but-not-quite-warm walk around the neighborhood.

This week is another big one, with more visits from friends, opportunities to take in some sunshine, and chances to snatch a little sleep when I can, because while I trust that T is doing his five-week-old’s best, his sleeping patterns aren’t quite what I’d call accommodating for adults who only two months ago were accustomed to snoozing all the way through the night, for as many hours as they really pleased.

It might be a good thing that I can barely remember that time now.

If that’s my biggest problem though, chickadees, I don’t have too much to complain about just yet.

Enjoy this one and the sunshine that goes with it, everyone, I predict good things ahead.




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tearing through titles one day at a time

So yesterday was the first of many Theo-NP days home alone, and chickens, I am here to say that the piglet (nicknamed for his inability to eat without snorting) and I survived the day.

I still don’t know how to take a nap.

One thing at a time.

I spent the day watching Roseanne (you know, for tips on how to be hilarious and in poverty, now that we have a kid- a field study, if we want to be formal about it), making lists, organizing spreadsheets, reading, and running around doing errands when Theo gave me a break by doing this:



We also took a walk to meet JW after work- might as well get our steps in before the snow starts up again (note: I am hoping that the snow is not actually starting up again).

Up today: making a dent in my library books (on my shelf: Labor Day, After Her, and Tiny beautiful things : advice on love and life from Dear Sugar), holding Theo as long as he lets me, and trying to figure out what other pieces of our life that I can organize into a Google document.

Spring can’t come fast enough for us over here, chickadees.


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dry runs and routines.

Hey there chickadees!

We spent yesterday taking walks, visiting doctors, and hanging together since it was JW’s last day off before heading back to work.

Someone’s got to pay the bills around here, and I’m pretty sure Theo’s not quite ready for hard labor.

But maybe almost.

At the doctor yesterday, we found out that Bub has gained almost a pound and grown almost 3 inches since we snapped this photo during Jennie and Jeff’s visit a couple weeks ago:



By the time I go back to work, he’ll essentially be an adult.

Also yesterday: JW and I decided that due to the fact that I am, how should we say, uncoordinated, we would do a dry run of me trying to get Theo out of the house and into his stroller, you know, so I don’t have to be stranded in the condo for the next ten weeks.

It ended with Theo safely in his stroller, but included several missteps, including leaving my son outside on the sidewalk for a second (in my defense, JW was out there, I wouldn’t actually do that solo), opening the stroller upside down, and forgetting to lock the door of our home.

It may have also ended with JW hauling all my stuff inside.

I do better under pressure anyway.

And with that, I’m off to see how the day unfolds in the company of a two week old. Better than your average Tuesday at the office, I’m assuming.

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it, chickens!

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