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Right Now I Am… [4.20.2017]

Posted 20 April, 2017 by Trish in Life / 28 Comments

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Right Now I Am...


Has it really been since JANUARY when my last post published? Seriously? Another three months gone? I was chatting with some friends on twitter this morning about how I miss blogging and catching up. Sometimes blogging/chatting/etc feels so frivolous when compared to everything else that’s going in the country and the world, but I think frivolous is just what I need right now.

What’s been going on since my last update? The biggest is a major home remodel. For years we’ve talked about moving to a new home, but with house prices soaring in the DFW area (and our love for our current house/location), we decided to just put the money into where we currently are.

A three week home renovation project turned into two plus months. We’ve been put out of the house a lot and most of our stuff is in boxes or the garage–neither of which has been easy with three little kids. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and fingers crossed we’ll have most of our furniture back in the house by the end of this week. To say that this has uprooted our lives is a bit of an understatement.

Home Reno


What else? My little Cara Bo-Beara needs ear tubes, scheduled for today, and I have to have half my thyroid removed. Not a big deal…when I went in for my annual gyn visit, my midwife found a lump on my throat. Turns out it’s a thyroid nodule, which is fairly common. I’ve been putting off the surgery until our remodel is finished.

And to keep from writing an entire novel of a post, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Reading: In February I did my usual #ComicsFebruary reading. I had a lot of fun with Princeless, Captain Marvel, Lumberjanes, and of course Saga. Most recently I finally made it through Lonesome Dove and flew through The Hate U Give. It’s been a great reading year so far! (links are affiliate)

Hate U Give


Listening To: Moana! Make way, make way. I can’t seem to get enough of the Moana soundtrack. On the bookish front, I spent weeeeeeks listening to Lonesome Dove and am almost finished the Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (see article from The New Yorker for a taste).

Watching: Since we haven’t had a couch, I haven’t watched anything in months. Makes for more reading time, though! Any suggestions on a show to binge watch? I prefer older shows so that we don’t have to wait for new episodes!

Good Enough Picture


Eating: Wayyyyyyyyy too much take-out and junk food! Although I just had my first ear of corn for the season and it was pretty tasty!

Making: I am thisclose to finishing Cara’s baby quilt. Technically it IS finished, but I need to add the tag. Before the home reno I was also working on her Christmas stocking, and I also started another quilt top. Lately if I’m not reading, I’m in the craft room.

Quilting Progress


Planning: Summer trips! We are definitely headed to Moab and Zion (in Utah). Hopefully with a camper.

Feeling: Incredibly unsettled. Honestly ever since the election. I really need to find some familiar footing and focus on getting back into a groove with life. I was telling my husband this morning that I’ve almost forgotten what normal life feels like.

Elle P


Loving: Cara kisses, Evie hugs, and Elle hand-holding. It’s amazing how restorative a good snuggle can be.


Wanting: To wean Cara. It’s been 16 months. I am beyond done. And the guilt is ridiculous, considering it’s been 16 months. But ugh my baby! I have mentioned she’s my last baby, right? Kills me.

Bo Bear


Thinking: It’s about high time I dust off this blogging space and get back to it. Thankfully my bullet journal has given me some space to keep track of my life, but blogging is one way that I make time for myself and I need to honor that!

Looking Forward To: Order. And a little time to KonMari the crap out of my house. :)

I would love to hear what YOU are listening to, reading, watching, eating, making, planning, feeling, loving, wanting, thinking, and looking forward to.

Ok–I think I need to keep up the momentum. What do you want to hear more about? What I’ve been reading? What I’ve been crafting? Thoughts on my mommy body? And update on the girls? How my Once a Month Cooking went (six months ago…ha!)? Anything else?

Thanks for listening. xoxo



Well Hello

Posted 25 January, 2017 by Trish in Life / 39 Comments


Hello Wave

It’s been a while. 16 weeks? Or something. A while. I think my longest break in the decade I’ve been blogging.

I’ve missed you. I really have. I’ve missed this space and have felt a little bit of a hole within me since my last post.

Everyday I’ve thought about starting up a post. And everyday I’ve found an excuse to not get it done.

Work is busy. I’m tired. It’s a pain to add pictures. Where do I start? Does anyone even care anymore? You know, the usual.

Blogging has felt a little frivolous since the election. Everything does. I’m exhausted. I tried to stay off-line. It didn’t work. I need to stop reading the news.

Parenting is challenging these days. While there is lots of good going on, there are also lots of struggles.

Reading has been excellent. In fact, I’ve been spending most of my free time with books lately. It’s been nice.

I started a new habit a week ago of getting up earlier to do yoga every morning (with Adriene). Is a week a habit?

Sweet Cara turned one. She’s walking and babbling and is still my favorite snuggler.

Evie at three and a half is a firecracker and still makes us laugh every day. And roll our eyes.

Elle has taken to reading and works really hard to make those connections. I’m so proud of her.

Me…I’ve been really unfocused the past several months. I’m trying to find my footing. Trying to find ease.

Some days this works better than others. You know how it goes.

I’m hoping that if I publish this little post, the next post will be easier to write.

With three littles it’s easy to get lost in the hubbub of mothering, but I need to remember to take time for me as well.

It’s time to get those fingers cracking again!

And look. 300+ words in 5 minutes. I can do this.

Now that the pleasantries are out of the way…I’m off to figure out what to write next.

virtual hugs

Alright! So…what have you been up to the past 16 weeks?




Tuesday Snoozeday Rambles

Posted 20 September, 2016 by Trish in Life / 8 Comments


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is an audio freebie and I thought about sharing some of my favorite albums when I was in high school (hello Counting Crows and Tori Amos) or albums that I’ve bought recently rather than just the single (Lumineers and Hozier).

But you know what? I just feel like rambling on a bit about the goings on in life lately. Y’all don’t mind do you?

Remember when Elle used to call Taco Tuesday “Taco Snoozeday”–that was funny. Incidentally, we are having tacos tonight! Tacos have become a favorite at our house. I love them because they’re SO easy to make. Easy is my favorite.



I have a stack of library books checked out for meal planning or bulk cooking or the such. It always boils down to that pesky little truth that you have to make time to save time. The struggle is real! On Sunday I’m usually so worn out from the weekend that the last thing I want to do is prep a bunch of food for the upcoming week. But I know that it would pay off in the end and I would likely eat healthier, too. Do you prep ahead for the week?

I did make taco meat last night while I was cooking our regular dinner so tonight all I have to do is make some rice and bake the taco shells. Winning! Good thing, too, as Tuesday is likely our busiest day with Evie doing dance class. It’s as hilarious as you might think it is. This girl. I just laugh and laugh and laugh when she’s around. And do a fair amount of eyerolling as well. Trouble is that she knows she has us all wrapped around her teeny tiny little fingers.



Speaking of library books, I also picked up Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. I can’t remember what prompted me to take the leap and check the book out, but it was a very quick read and one that basically reaffirmed some of my fundamental beliefs on money. Especially: don’t spend more than you have coming in. Always easier said than done, right?

I found Ramsey’s writing to be incredibly annoying and repetitive, but for all that I skimmed I feel I can put together a solid plan for our household going forward. Money is such a touchy and taboo subject so I don’t know if I’ll talk about this one in any more detail on the blog (ha! like I’ve actually been writing about the books I’ve read lately), but the book gave me some food for thought and I’ve been working hard on an actual budget. Or at least I plan to work hard on a budget as soon as I’m done with this post. I hate budgeting. Do you have any budgeting tips or tricks?



Maybe I should call this post the Segue post. Snoozeday. For months Cara has been waking up on average 2 times a night. I’ll nurse her and she goes right back down. No problem. But the past two Sundays in a row she’s woken up at 11:30 and not gone back to bed until 2:30. I try nursing her, rocking her, letting her cry it out. It’s brutal brutal brutal and I’m not sure what the fix is. The good news is last week she slept every other day all the way through. Fingers crossed she does that again this week?

And I don’t know why there are so many poptart boxes in the picture above. Stop judging. Cleaning out the pantry is one of the things that has fallen way way way to the wayside with me back at work everyday.



Elle is loving Kindergarten. Loving it! I’ve also enjoyed picking her up a little earlier and having a bit of time with just her. The days are incredibly busy, though. We’ve started a few activities and by the time we get home it’s a rush to get dinner on the table, everyone fed, the girls bathed, and in bed. I’ve had a tough time trying to figure out when to get in all the little things that I used to do when I was at home with Cara–cleaning out the pantry, organizing this and that, keeping the house in some sort of order. One day we’ll figure it out? Or perhaps just figure out how to live with the disorder. Gah!

I keep thinking that maybe one day I’ll get on top of everything and the rest will just be maintenance. But the lunches always have to be made, the dishwasher unloaded, the laundry rotated. Life will never stop or slow down. Even if I did manage to do Once a Month Cooking, I’d still be cooking to maintain. And sometimes I think I should probably let something go. Let the kids buy lunch everyday. Stop writing the blog. Get rid of all of the toys so that there is nothing in the house to create clutter. Ok, that last one is just a dream.


So in summary, life is busy. Happy. Cluttered. Chaotic.

Share some random rambles with me! Please!




Finding Our New Normal

Posted 25 August, 2016 by Trish in Life, Reading Nook / 22 Comments



This week was a big week for our family–Elle started Kindergarten. Do you guys remember when I first announced I was having a baby? Sometimes it seems so unreal that I’ve had three little kiddos during the lifetime of this blog.


Kinder first day


On Monday morning, Scott and I took Elle to her new school while my mom watched the littles for us. The school is within walking distance of our house so once the school was in sight, Elle went skipping ahead of us. Her oversized backpack bouncing up and down behind her.

I was overcome with emotion, watching this little girl who was so excited, who has the whole world in front of her. I fought back the tears because I didn’t want to ruin her excitement or give her reason to be nervous.

We weren’t allowed to walk her all the way to her new classroom–a blessing in disguise–so we went as far as we could and took a few pictures. As she walked through the doors, she turned around, gave me the biggest smile, and ran to my arms to give me one last hug. Yes, I’m crying while I type this. She had a great first day. I couldn’t be more excited for her.

Meanwhile, we’re all trying to find our new normal. This week I’ve picked up an extra day at work which means one less day at home with little Cara. After Labor Day she’ll start going to daycare full-time while I return to work every day. I’m not ready. It’s hard being home all day with a baby, but she is a sweet little thing who loves kisses more than anything. Of course I’m happy to oblige smothering her squishy little face.

Even though I’ll be heading back to work full-time, the gig is more part-time as I’ll be leaving the day early enough to pick up Elle from Kindergarten. This means that I’ll have about 45 minutes of alone time with her every day before picking up the girls. As I stayed home with her the least amount of time when she was a baby, I’m looking forward to having this one on one time with her.

To add to the insanity that is our new normal, I’ve also signed the girls up for their first activities–Elle gymnastics and Evie dance. No really–I’m pretty sure I’ve gone insane.


evie weevie


I ask myself all the time how I can simplify my life, but I think the new question I need to ask myself is how can I adjust? Certainly not by giving anything else up…no way jose! Though, I think we can all tell that blogging most times has fallen to the wayside. I always have big plans and good intentions. All I can do is make the best use out of those 10 minute blocks of time I can steal?

So what have I been doing in those 10 minute stretches? I’ve been learning how to use the serger I got for Christmas–including sewing up little outfits for the girls (one day I’ll share pictures). I’m constantly battling the clutter here and there. Seems like every week one area of the house is targeted on my to-do list. Speaking of to-dos, I’m still keeping up with and loving my Bullet Journal. I haven’t been exercising because I hurt my wrist (please don’t be carpal tunnel!), but the weather has been a bit cooler and hopefully when dinner starts making itself we can go on family walks in the evenings. Scott and I are on our final season of The Wire. I’m slowly reading The Madonnas of Leningrad. I’m still obsessively listening to Hamilton instead of listening to audiobooks. I dream of making fun and fabulous school lunches for the girls, but in reality stress too much about what I’m sending and what they’re eating.


library babe


Some days I wonder what I’ve done all day. It doesn’t feel like much. But it sure is busy! Funny how that works, huh?

Thanks for sticking around and being patient while I go through some personal growing pains. Life is good. Life is full. Lots of Love, Laughter, and OMG so much Insanity. I’ll figure it out, right?

Let’s talk about you. If you had 10 “found” minutes, what would you do what that time?




Ten Random Facts About Me Right Now

Ten Random Facts About Me Right Now

Hi guys! I’ve been wanting to write some rambly style posts for a while but time always seems to get away from me. Yes on Wednesday through Friday each week I’m at home alone with the babe and she usually naps for two to three hours during the day, but I have no idea what happens during that time! Of course, if I’m honest, it usually takes me several hours to churn out a single […]

Posted 12 July, 2016 by Trish in Life / 34 Comments

Happy October!

Happy October!

I didn’t really mean to go all MIA on everyone. Life has been crazy lately–mostly at work, but since I work with my husband that sometimes leaks into our home life as well. Especially as Scott has been traveling a bit more than normal and this has been hard on my almost third-trimester self (I’m 27 weeks and feeling large and tired with 13 weeks to go). I went from looking for work to do […]

Posted 1 October, 2015 by Trish in Life / 22 Comments

Just a Little Ramble About Life

Just a Little Ramble About Life

  Here I sit on Wednesday trying to brainstorm what to write about tomorrow. Since I did a bookish post yesterday (favorite college lit seminars), I wanted to write something of a more personal nature today. But what? I’ve been thinking a lot about being an introvert and what that means for my mothering, but I’m not sure exactly what I want to say about that yet. On top of the introversion is my own […]

Posted 27 August, 2015 by Trish in Life, Mommyhood / 36 Comments

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

This post is going to be a little bit of things I’m loving on lately, springy blossoms, and some Easter pictures. And whatever other things spring into my mind while I’m typing this. Too late at night when I should be in bed reading! Um, Happy Friday?? And just so you know, none of the links are affiliate. Does that even really turn people off if they are? All of my Amazon/Indiebound links are affiliate. […]

Posted 10 April, 2015 by Trish in Life / 28 Comments

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

On Sunday I opened up the flood gates when I implored you to ask me anything. And while a flood of answers didn’t quite come in (though thank you so much to those who did make a submission and you can still absolutely make a submission), one sweet friend decided to ask me ALL the questions. And then left her name as “Hahahahaha.” Lisa, as promised, here are all my answers: Are you ever gonna […]

Posted 8 January, 2015 by Trish in Life / 32 Comments

Random Randomness

Random Randomness

Remember when I used to write Random Rambling posts? I think it’s likely been years – since I wrote – these kinds – of posts and I’m not really sure why I stopped. Sometimes I put too much pressure to write posts with defined topics and sometimes these thoughts float around my head and will never make their way to a full post. Um, I created a new header! I used Picmonkey (which is how I create all of my graphics […]

Posted 25 November, 2014 by Trish in Life / 23 Comments