Outside my window I can see the multicolored Christmas lights we keep strung up on our back patio year-round, and beyond that the lights of the city.

I am thinking about the Morning Glory Muffins I want to make tonight. Have I ever blogged that recipe? I really should.

I am thankful for Troy. I mean, I’m thankful for a lot of things, but right now what’s on my mind is how awesome Troy is and how blessed I am to have such a fantastic husband who takes care of me and our girls with zero whining and who watches the big game in between grilling hot dogs for lunch and playing outside with Elliora and giving me a shoulder rub because I have a headache. Like, SERIOUSLY, you guys. I totally won the husband lottery, and I know it and I’m thankful for him every single day.

I am wearing a Nebraska Huskers t-shirt, a Nebraska huskers hoodie, stretch jeans with stars on them, Wonder Woman underwear that I bought in Australia, my wedding and engagement rings, tiny silver disc earrings, and a purple stretchy ponytail holder on my wrist.

I am remembering that I really do like blogging and I should try to get back into the habit, maybe. What do you think? I should also get back into the habit of reading blogs. Since Google Reader went kaplooie I basically don’t read blogs anymore. (Now I hang out on Tumblr. If any of you are on Tumblr and you follow me there, shoot me a message so I know you’re a blog reader! Or that you were a blog reader, back in the days when I blogged. Sigh.)

I am going to spend this coming Wednesday hanging out with Brenda and Bug and Heather, aka CC! Heather lives in NorCal now, so I hardly ever see her even though we live in the same state, and I miss her.

I am currently reading about six different things. Let me see. I’m reading Deadly Heat, the latest book by mystery author Richard Castle…who is the main character played by Nathan Fillion on the TV show Castle, of course. Don’t judge, they’re good books, and a lot of fun if you watch the show because they always have tons of easter eggs for fans. I’m also reading the latest Rick Riordan book, House of Hades. I’m re-reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl; I’m pretty much always reading one or another of Rainbow’s books. I haven’t picked either of them up for a while, but I’m also technically in the middle of reading Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Oh, and I’ve been reading Secret Agent Josephine in Paris (by guess who!) to Elliora at bedtime almost every night since we brought our copy home. It’s a really fun book–you should probably buy a copy or three if you haven’t already.

I am hoping that all the sleep I got last night (and all the sleep I’m planning to get tonight), all the Emergen-C and vitamin C I’ve been taking, and all the peppermint tea with honey I’ve been drinking are going to keep this cold from taking over my life for the next two weeks.

On my mind: Honestly? Thor: The Dark World. I just saw it today with Bonnie and Claire, and it was excellent. And Zachary Levi, AKA Chuck Bartowski, was in it! Forget Loki; I was more excited about Fandral.

—several hours pass while we eat dinner and get the kids to bed and watch episodes of Sleepy Hollow and White Collar and I make Morning Glory Muffins—

Noticing that I really don’t like this “True Airplane Disasters!” show that Troy is watching. (He changed the channel when I asked nicely.)

Around the house we still have way too much stuff. It’s a perpetual problem with growing children, I suppose. Also, our kids are the kind who shed belongings and leave a trail everywhere they go. I’ve become mostly-resigned to the fact that our house is just never going to be perfectly neat and organized. It’s either that, or spend my days nagging everyone to pick up their crap and living in a state of constant annoyance, and I don’t want to be like that. So most of the time I sigh and let it go.

In the kitchen, there are Morning Glory Muffins cooling on the counter and a sink full of dirty dishes.

One of my favorite things is our Fiber Friday homeschooling group. It’s basically a playgroup for the kids, and a knit/crochet/stitch/drink coffee/chat group for the moms. Everyone in that group is awesome and I’m grateful for them.

From my photo archive:

Ides of March fashion, by Annalie This is Elliora's Going-To-Pick-Up-Chinese-Food-With-Daddy outfit (with optional puzzle accessory), 100% selected by her.

On the left is a photo of Annalie in an outfit chosen entirely by her in March 2008, when she was almost 4. On the right is a photo of Elliora in an outfit chosen entirely by her today, when she is two weeks shy of her third birthday.

11 Responses to “right now I’m drinking peppermint tea with honey, listening to the dishwasher”

  1. Bekah says:

    Yes, yes!! Start blogging again! I miss your family updates and familiar writing style. BTW I saw the Fangirl Audiobook prominently displayed in the YA section of the Lex Pk library and smiled. Unfortunately, the paper copies of that and Eleanor and Park weren’t available, but I’ll get to them eventually :)

  2. Christine says:

    Hello! How lovely to read you again! And I do love that photo of Elliora. And I’m intrigued by the muffins, so you need to blog them.

  3. Cathy says:

    Yay! I hope you continue to blog more often! And yes on the Morning Glory Muffins, please!

  4. Jen says:

    If you blog, I’ll blog too (PROMISE!) Doubt that is any sort of incentive, haha. I’ve been thinking about getting back to it, mostly because I have all these little stories about Emily when she was little, and none for the other two. So sad :(

    What is a morning glory muffin???? Sounds intriguing. My dad loves morning glories. He manipulated them to grow around the windows of my parents’ house and it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Looks like a cottage. More morning glory info than you probably need.

  5. Jen says:

    I suck at writing/reading blogs. I blew mine up again. Because that’s what I do.

    I can’t wait to see Thor. I think Noah and I are going to try see it on Tuesday. I miss your writing! And I hope that cold goes away. Preston is fighting one as well. :(

  6. Scotty Gasparas says:

    Just really digging the wonder woman underwear. Are the they underoos by chance?

  7. CC says:

    I’m so glad that I get to see you and the girls next week too. I’m still reading Fangirl, Cath and Levi just made it to Omaha through the snowstorm.

  8. Sarah says:

    Blogging’s more fun when you don’t beat yourself up in the times when you don’t feel like blogging and just go with the flow, isn’t it?

    Also, I expect I’ve said this before, but I’ve been a total Troy fangirl ever since he found that geocache thing in NYC with me – including going back for the GPS coordinates I’d so cleverly left behind.

  9. mamalang says:

    I stalk you everywhere, but I really do miss your blogging :)

    Morning Glory muffins are my favorite, but I’ve never found just the right recipe. Hoping you share yours.

  10. Kuky says:

    Yay a blog post! I haven’t been reading blogs much lately either or blogging. I did find Feedly though to replace Google reader. But that didn’t help me with the reading department just the marking as read department. I’m great at that! :D

  11. falwyn says:

    Yes, I use Feedly for my blog reader as well – but am way out of the habit of reading most of my blogs. Not even to speak of the fact that it’s been three years since I updated mine. !!! Tumblr is the way to go, for me, at least at present.