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Jack absolutely loves stationery and pens. It’s a gift he gets from his dad, and a little bit from me. We love notebooks and ink and pencils and paper and journals and writing and drawing and collecting and making piles and using half of everything and then buying more more more.

Does that mean we are creative? Or does it mean we like to hoard? Or a little of both?

Yes.

Haha.

When we go to the store and Jack says he needs to buy more pens, I think of the bins and bins of pens pencils Kranz erasers writing things markers sharpies colored pencils etc. etc. and I cringe. Can’t he just go shopping in our cabinet and find what he’s looking for?

Jack: No mom! Those pens are old, or the ink is dry, or they don’t write very well, and that’s why they’re in the bin. I need new ones.

me: but we have 4000 pens Jack.

Jack: That’s not my problem. Donate them.

So what does he do? He convinces me to buy some more pens when we are at Staples and he finds them on sale… 60 pend for six dollars.

Jack: that’s only $.10 each mom!

me: Yes I did the math. Sighhh. 

When we get home, we have the next dilemma. Where do we keep all the pens? Jack’s answer… Right on top of his desk where he keeps everything else. I prefer to have them put away and then leave a few out and accessible. And, he can put a few in his pencil case for school. There are just so many damn pens laying around.

Of course, Jack resorts to his old tactic.

Jack: let’s just leave them on my desk and I’ll know right where they are.

Me: actually, let’s put a few in your cup on your desk and then you’ll remember exactly where they are.

Jack: I’m going to forget that they’re there! There are so many other pens in that cup!

Me: I’m telling you to remember right now, here test yourself. Jack, where are your pens?

Jack: I don’t know. 

Pain in my butt.

2014…you owe Jack a lego set plus $5


If only 2014 knew that 😉

I was just reading back through some top posts that you all viewed today. Thank you for reading! Much appreciated my wonderful followers! 

This one jumped out at me and made me laugh. Haha.

Here’s the punchline, or rather the #1 one-liner rant from that post. I think the punchline is in the title of the blog.

1. So Mom, I have about $7 in my bank upstairs, plus the $10 that you should have in your wallet from when I had you hold my money…you still have that right…so that’s $17 and if the Lego set is $20 then I only need $3, but since you haven’t paid me my allowance in a couple of weeks, then you owe me $4 from last week, so I’ll be one dollar over and then when you give me the week before’s allowance, that will make me $5 over so technically you owe me the Lego set plus 5 bucks.

Enjoy your Wednesday! 

All’s well that ends well on a Wednesday



We’ve had a few things going on this week with Moca being sick, and Jack and I having some power struggles, but everything seems to be working out better this morning. At least I feel better. 

Moca is still a little off, with some tummy troubles, but this seems to be her thing. All puppies have a thing, and this puppy has a sensitive tummy. So we’re doing boiled rice and chicken for a day or two to see if she can even out a little bit. Poor thing. She is really super sweet and friendly and happy and playful, so I’m hoping it’s nothing too serious. 

Last night Jack and I were talking in his room.

me: All’s well that ends well… You know that saying right?

Jack: Nope.

me: Nope you don’t know what it means, or nope all is not well that ends well?

Jack: just nope.

me: Ok funny guy, i’m just saying that even if things are bad as long as they end up well then we can say all is well that ends well.

Jack: Fam nope!

me: OK wise guy. Fam what? What’s that?

Jack: Fam is family.

me: Nope!

Jack: Grrrrr….

I’m going to have to start turning his stuff back around on him, it’s way more entertaining for me anyways ha ha. So we will see how today goes and hopefully puppy and boy will still be feeling good when I get home from work 🙂

My Camo Household

I took this photo of Moca tonight… (can you see her?) haha…


and it reminded me of a photo I took of Jack about 6 years ago! He was “hiding” from me. 

Jack: Moca is the ultimate turkey. 

me: Yes she is.

That’s what we call Moca when she stretches out like that, a big turkey haha.

I’m surprised I had enough brain cells to remember that post and photo from so long ago. 🙂

Goodnight and I hope you can find your sons and puppies!

London: Days 5-7 :)


(Flowers outside our hotel…)

Ok I’m a little behind. We’ve been so busy that I’ve dropped into a coma of a sleep each night with a blog post half started. Sorrreeeee!

Jack: I’m not tired.

me: That’s because you’re wired. You had sugar and that weird M&M Milkshake.

Jack: Tummy hurts. That didn’t taste real.

me: Because it’s not. Bleh! Try counting sheep. Have them jump over the fence and ….

Jack: And what?

me: Huh? (I think I was asleep lol)

The last few days have been amazing. We’ve done a lot of touristy things and some off the trodden path things. Do I sound British yet mate?

me: Gettin a bit peckish!

Jack: You’re always hungry.

me: Manners mate! Sigh.

I already covered Wednesday so let’s see… Thursday we did our morning run around the London Eye square, then did a hop on hop off bus tour over to sort of near Piccadilly Circus. Crowded there but it was nice out so we didn’t mind more walking. We shopped, bought Jack a biking sized back pack,  I lost my credit card, then found my credit card (oy) and then we went to the play “The Play That Goes Wrong”. Jack was howling laughing it was so funny 🙂
But before the play we ate at St. James pub. Fish and Chips again for me. Yum! 

We walked back to the hotel after the play as it was so nice out again!

Friday was our Stonehenge tour day. Long ride out to the countryside by bus and then a walk around the stones and then the bus ride back. I kind of expected it to be like that however it’s still worth the trip. Amazing things to see with your own eyes, those bloody big stones!


(Requisite tea)


(Rapeseed fields on the way to Stonehenge)

Jack: Kind of just a long ride and a short visit. 

me: Yep, but we saw the stones.

Jack: I’m gonna run around them.

me: Of course you are.

Jack: Time me! Bet I can do it in under 2 minutes!

me: Go!

(4:08 later)

Jack: Pant, wheeze, Everyone got in my way!

me: 4 minutes good time!

Jack: There, that’s my exercise for the day. Let’s get the shuttle back.

Haha.

This morning we walked to get a “proper” English breakfast, which happened to be at an Italian restaurant haha, but it was yummy. 

Prior to that we returned a book to Waterstones book store. Jack read it in one day. So we returned it and got the next one. 

Back to the breakfast…

They brought us the largest plates of food with eggs, ham, sausage, potato, mushrooms, toast, beans, and tomato. Omg. Tea with milk of course for me! My new fave. Jack had a cute little bottle of Italian Orange juice.



Then we made an impromptu stop into the FREE National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. I love the word free in this city.


 Jack opted to sit near a window and continue reading book 11 of the Cherub series. I saw mouth-watering paintings by Turner, Seurat, Cezanne, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Rubens, Monet and Stubbs jut to name a few… I feel smarter and more cultured. Ahhhhh. When I was done, I dragged him back to look at Van Gogh.

me: The sunflowers from the Doctor Who episode, remember?

Jack: Oh yeah, (glances at the painting) cool, can we go? (Speed walks out of the room)


See if you can name the artists in order! In the comments please!

Do it now.


Wasn’t that easy??

Ok…We are back at the hotel reading (Jack) and blogging (me), to chill for a bit. We have plans to visit Platform 9 3/4 soon. Harry Potter fans have been knocking themselves out trying to run right at that wall haha. Let’s see how we do.

me: Jack, we forgot the changing of the guards!

Jack: What? (Always with the headphones on)

me: We forgot the changing of the guards! At 10:30!

Jack: Oh whatever.

That’s about where we are mentally. All Londoned out I guess. Leaving bright and early tomorrow (9:40 am flight = 4:40am US time!). Just left the blog for a wee bit and confirmed the shuttle arriving at bloody 5:40 am which is 1:40 am at home! Also checked in to the airlines, changed our seats and got our boarding passes. Then I started packing and realized I hadn’t finished the blog. I think Jack has been in the bathroom this entire time!

London: Day 4

Wednesday! Halfway through the vacation week!

We had a full day today with a Tour for Muggles (Harry Potter walking tour), visited Abbey Road (Beatles, people!) and did a Ghost Bus Tour (nighttime bus ride with gristly details of London’s murders and notorious characters.

Another great day in London! We Ubered the heck out of this day!

We ate THE best burger of my life at Byron burger near Leicester Square. Actually it was near the bookstore alleyway that was the inspiration for JK Rowling’s version of Diagon Alley. Such a good little tour this morning.

I thought the ghost bus tour was a little Corny but Jack really liked it! I was worried he would be scared…

me: Jack are you ok with this?

Jack: What’s going to happen??

me: I don’t know…we’ll have to wait and see.

Jack: Look it up!

me: Sheesh…

Jack: Hold me.

(The other people on the bus had a chuckle at that)

Tired and leaving you with some pics from today. Nighty-night!

London: Days 2 & 3

Omg such nice weather here! We’ve walked miles and miles around London and along the Thames. Today we hit 10 miles, yesterday 12… nice!

We seem to have done it all but still have a Muggle Harry Potter Tour, Stonehenge, a play, the double decker tourbus, Windsor Castle, etc. so much left to do!

me: We didn’t get our run in this morning… 

Jack: I got enough exercise. We walked all day!

me: But a run gets your heart rate up and…

(He takes off running)

me: Heyyyy! Let’s keep going!

Jack: Uh no. I’m only running across the street so I don’t get hit by the crazy bus drivers!

(We literally almost got run over by a bus coming from an unexpected direction.)

It was super easy to get around, all the London Pass attractions worked out well, the sightseeing boat was fun, and we generally just ate and drank as we went. No worries as everyone was really accommodating about Jack’s nut allergy. He seems to be less worried now. 

It’s a great city to walk in, especially in this amazing weather!

Time for bed. We have to get up early!