October 29 12

Welcome to little glimpse into my life.

For a nice little change since I have been back from Ireland, everything was going swimmingly. Every single person in our household slept until after 10am. Emily did not cry when she was asked to get dressed—first time since March of ’12. I was having a good hair day. (where good = excellent.) I had forgotten, for the moment, that I am getting an extra-special crown on Monday. (where crown = something you get at the dentist; not crown = something you get when you are royalty.)

And then.


Is is black or navy?

Is it black?

It is navy?


I was about to weep about the situation, as I’m apt to do (I’m a weeper about ridiculously unimportant things, you know.), but I immediately remembered what my mornings are like. What every morning is like.

“I don’t have anything to wear.”


“Mama! You aren’t listening to me. There’s nothing!”

“Are you kidding me, Emily? I have VISA bills that would probably beg to differ. And I see at least nine overflowing drawers. And my closet is seriously jealous of yours.”


“Nothing looks good. Nothing fits right. This is too long. This is too tight. This is too short. This is too big. I hate this color—it doesn’t match with my skin tone. My hair looks awful—it’s too flat today.

“I don’t know what to do! I can’t possibly go to school like this.”


“Mama, what are you doing? Why are you on the phone? WHO ARE YOU CALLING?”

“I’m calling Bubbie. To apologize. For 1990. Actually for 1990-1996, inclusive.”

Apologize for the tears.

So many tears.

And for fighting so, so hard to look this bad.


  1. Oh that last picture… too, too funny.
    You know, navy and black are totally supposed to be together. Like black tights, navy dress = A DO. 🙂

    Comment by Loukia on October 29, 2012
  2. Ha. But what if I told you I was wearing a teal sweater…black/navy skirt….black tights, black boots…hahahah.

    Comment by ali on October 29, 2012
  3. I have similar conversations but about wearing a coat to school. Today it was 24°F when we left for school. There was no coat on her. *sigh*

    Comment by zeghsy on October 29, 2012
  4. Every day I feel more and more sorry for how I acted growing up. I can definitely thank my daughter for helping me realize how horrible I was. Paybacks are definitely a b*tch.
    With the navy/black/teal combo, were you on your way to a Halloween party? You could just pull that off by saying you’re dressing up like the 80s-90s when nothing really matched.

    Comment by Gamanda on October 29, 2012
  5. I should probably kill you for posting a picture of me in a half shirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Charna on October 29, 2012
  6. WHA? You are easily the best looking one in that photo!

    Comment by alimartell on October 29, 2012
  7. Judging from the hat, I’m guessing that Joey was your favorite New Kid on the Block. Am I right? Haha.

    Comment by Alison on October 29, 2012
  8. Oh yes. He was.

    Comment by alimartell on October 29, 2012
  9. Mine too. 🙂

    Comment by Alison on October 29, 2012
  10. Um, didn’t I see you in that movie, “Some kind of Wonderful?” Awesome. I dare you to recreate that look the next time I see you. DARE you.

    Comment by Lisa on October 29, 2012
  11. I heart you more today!

    Comment by Rae Ann on October 30, 2012

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