December 28 09

I do not have a clue what is going on the internet. I haven’t been on twitter. I haven’t been on skype. I haven’t read any blogs. I haven’t shopped. I haven’t worked. I haven’t played Friends with Words. I haven’t picked up the book I am reading. I haven’t heard any gossip. I haven’t had any text fests. I have no idea what slynnro is wearing today.

I am very removed. So, you know, there’s lots that I don’t know.

BUT, there’s lots that I do.

I know that my 1950s vintage glasses frames are as awesome as I’d hoped they would be.


I know that TRUMP: The Game is the very worst game to ever be made. We found it in the basement, and somehow was coerced into playing it with the husband and the brother and the Rachel, but, you know, my brother hated The Royal Tannenbaums, so his opinions are officially questionable.

I know that it’s a lot harder to cheat when you are on an actual pilates machine instead of doing winsor pilates in the comfort of your own bedroom.

I know that hearing, “but, mommy, I just wanted to be like Violet Bauregarde and keep my gum behind my ear” is a sentence that will end in said mommy using a pair of giant scissors on a boy’s hair.


I know that if my dog poops in the house one more bloody time, the gloves are coming off.

I know that the holidays are not the same without my sister being here.

I know that THIS is a look I could never pull off.


I know that Target opens at 7am the day after Christmas.

I know that you can, in fact, overdose on the following desserts: Carnegie Deli cheesecake, homemade peanut butter cups, red velvet mini cupcakes, key lime pie, pumpkin pie, white chocolate mousse cake and 150 pounds of red and green peanut M&ms.

I know that my grammy is in there, somewhere. She cried when I asked if she knew who I was. and she said, “Yes. I should know.” and then I cried.


I know that present opening for kids and their cousins is a magical – albeit super messy – experience.


I know that watching my dad’s IMAX experience DVDs are still pretty friggin’ cool, even if they aren’t being watched on an IMAX.

I know that I am in love with my AG jean leggings, even if they DO look a little bit like maternity jeans. elastic waistband, FTW!

I know that my dad’s pants with holly embroidered on them are just cheesy enough to be kind of, a little bit awesome.

I know that my kids are ridiculously awesome people, even if they are grumpy sometimes, and defiant sometimes, and kvetchy sometimes. And even if some people like to armchair diagnose some of them with such things as oppositional defiant disorder (which he does not have) and ADHD (which, again, he does not have) but thanks for the unsolicited advice.


and I don’t know about you, but I know that I am ready for 2010. There was too much crap in 2009, and I am ready for all of our luck to change and for 2010 to be nothing but ridiculously happy for ALL OF US.


  1. Someone once told me uneven years sucked ass. I have a tendency to believe them.

    I’m hoping 2010 is way better than this year.
    .-= gorillabuns´s last blog ..May 2010 be filled with love, peace and grace….land. =-.

    Comment by gorillabuns on December 28, 2009
  2. I was born in 1977, so not ALL uneven years are bad Shana. 🙂

    I know that those frames look AWESOME on you! I also know that your kids are awesome. I don’t even know what Oppositional Defiant Disorder is.

    And I know I get to see you (and the kids) in 10 days!

    Comment by Kristabella on December 28, 2009
  3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder?! Seriously?!
    I am sooo looking forward to 2010 – Have a Happy New Year!
    P.S Your step mom looks like an actress but I forget her name…she was on Knots Landing I think, I’m going to google her

    Comment by Maria on December 28, 2009
  4. I want know how you get 5 kids to sit down for a picture at the same time with UNOPENED presents.

    Comment by Tamara on December 28, 2009
  5. I’m with Tamara. What kind of voodoo spell did you cast on those kids to make them so well behaved for a photo? I can’t get a toddler and his grown-man father to pose correctly.

    Comment by kirida on December 28, 2009
  6. Miss you!

    Comment by Charna on December 28, 2009
  7. I’m glad your Christmakuh(?) was good. Love your new specs. Just wanted to let you in on a secret… Crisco, the lardy stuff, gets gum out of hair. That was experience speaking 🙂

    Comment by bella on December 28, 2009
  8. You’ll know what I’m wearing next week when I am AT YOUR HOUSE! (hint- it involves a tshirt from Forever 21, that’s all I’m packing). also, need to know more about jeggings.

    Comment by slynnro on December 28, 2009
  9. I used to chew gum constantly and would put it on the nightstand or on the bedpole every night, and then the one time I put it behind my ear, my mother figures it out when it gets stuck there. Damn her.

    Comment by Avitable on December 28, 2009
  10. I LOVE your glasses. And his glasses are pretty cool too.

    Here’s to 2010!

    Comment by amy2boys on December 28, 2009
  11. Love the glasses. I am SO with you on putting ’09 on the back burner and moving on to 2010. Yay for a new year and a brand new start!

    Comment by Bethany on December 28, 2009
  12. 2010 – bring it. No, seriously, BRING IT.

    Comment by designhermomma on December 28, 2009
  13. I would like to know HOW you got 5 children all about to open presents to look at the camera and smile AT THE SAME TIME! As far as I’m concerned that’s a feat of miraculous proportions!

    Comment by Shannon on December 29, 2009
  14. I discovered Friends with Words because of Slynnro. I like it. Be my friend?

    I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but you have an awesome family. Glad you had an excellent Christmas.

    And if 2010 isn’t awesome – which isn’t hard to do given the past year – then I give up.

    Comment by Heather B. on December 29, 2009
  15. 2009 can officially suck it. Seriously – I am over this year.

    I love those frames. They are TEH AWESOME.

    As are you. 🙂

    Comment by mamatulip on December 29, 2009
  16. Those glasses are pretty amazing!!! You look fabulous!!

    Comment by AmazingGreis on December 29, 2009
  17. those glasses are awesome! my first pair were little blue cats eyes glasses….and Ali i may have to hate you if you can eat all those desserts and still be that tiny…

    Comment by LAVENDULA on December 29, 2009
  18. Cheers to 2010!
    .-= TrenchesofMommyhood´s last blog ..Raindrops on Roses and Boogers on Bedsheets =-.

    Comment by TrenchesofMommyhood on December 30, 2009
  19. a few tears in my eyes from your grammy comment

    Comment by rayli on December 30, 2009
  20. LOVE the glasses! OMG. I love the way you’re sharing your grandmother with your kids — and teaching them to love and respect the sick and elderly. I love how they’re all smiling just being there with her.

    Love Josh’s glasses! Everyone used to tell my mom that my brother had ADD. She refused to accept it, switched his school, and he is AWESOME, and in no way ADD. People love diagnosing. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Haley-O (Cheaty) on December 30, 2009
  21. Love BOTH glasses, btw – yours and Josh’s. Although Josh’s look like he’s getting ready to party it’s 20101…. 😉

    Comment by Haley-O (Cheaty) on December 30, 2009

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