We had a very unexpected but very welcome surprise guest during our girls trip in Arizona. She is a sort of sea-unicorn and came from a magical land called “Target” and we all became instant best friends.
Meet Princess Susan Corncob Popcorn.
At first she was very shy girl, preferring to stay out to water pasture and throw us coy looks. She wasn’t accustomed to humans riding her, so it often didn’t end pretty. Ride ‘em, Jill!
But after a few days and a few glasses of champagne, she finally came around. Evie was one of the seahorse whisperers.
Sometimes we would have staring contests. She’s good at those!
Princess Popcorn really liked it when Amy rode her because she felt closer to nature. You know, the way god intended us to be.
Sadly, Princess Popcorn’s cute little life came to a tragic end when, at around 5:34pm on a fated Friday afternoon, the birthday girl sat on her and she popped at the arm pit seams.
We’ll miss you, Princess Popcorn. And we’ll likely buy one of your sea-sisters on our girls trip next year.
I left for my parent’s vacay home in Arizona on a Saturday and was swooped up at the airport by my mom, dad and brother. I donned tasseled cowboy boots and a poncho, as it should be.
We went out for a birthday celebration dinner at a steakhouse straight from the airport and then on to the house to get settled in and start the relaxing. And the relaxing kept going strong through Wednesday when my family would leave and my portland friend-family would arrive.
During the family portion, we played a lot of catch phrase, ate In ‘N Out burger, watched movies, did a little shopping for when the gals arrived, ate some good dinners and layed out by the pool, of course.
Jason bought a new guitar for the house, so he spent a lot of time jamming out poolside.
We learned the song “Treehugger” by Kimya Dawson and sung it together all week.
And the rattlesnake said, "I wish I had hands so I could hug you like a man.” And then the cactus said, "Don’t you understand, my skin is covered with sharp spikes that’ll stab you like a thousand knives. A hug would be nice, but hug my flower with your eyes.”
We had self-declared happy hour every night and enjoyed a bottle of rose, thus marking it officially summer. As if the 100 degree weather wasn’t enough of a hint!
My parents had arrived a few days earlier so that they could start getting the house all ready. By the time I got there, the only things to do were to go grocery shopping, cocktail stocking and board game accruing. Which my parents sponsored as my gift for my birthday. So generous! Just what I wanted!
My mom even put together gifts for all the girls for when they arrived. The theme was Magical Western Purty Thirty and she really took it to heart with the cowboy hats, unicorn earrings, magic wands and cups we decorated. She even got us a unicorn jigsaw puzzle! Good job, mama.
Oh hi, desert mermaid.
Daddy-O and Jason also worked hard getting the house ready for us girls, making sure the pool was the perfect level of salty-water-goodness, schlepping lawn chairs, washing widows,fancy-ing up the pool with floating candles and various light shows and making sure that we knew what to do to shut the house down properly.
It was nice having just the original four family members under the same roof. I can’t remember the last time that has happened! It was extra good to see my brother, too. A big thank you to my parents for celebrating my birthday with me and for letting the 30th festivities continue when my friends got there. What a gift!
“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavour, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”—John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society (via e-pic)
I am back in the big ‘ol apple from my 30th birthday celebration in Arizona. But, before I ride into that rodeo, I must mention the second of two baby showers I went to a couple of weekends ago. This time for sweet Jaclyn, who, like Ashley, is also having a girl. The shower was a surprise and held at her apartment in Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn. Her husband took her to brunch and for ice cream and when she got back to her apartment was filled with girls and presents and moms in from out of town and cupcakes. SURPRISE!
If Jaclyn were a flower, she would definitely be a dusty pink peony, which were in every corner of the sunlit apartment.
Jaclyn’s friend Mary made a freaking refreshing punch with ginger ale, orange juice and maybe some lemonade or something. (Mary? Do you read this thing? Recipe! Please!) I love the baby ducklings.
The shower was catered and the food was very snacky, which I love.
Photos of Jaclyn and J were strung on a clothesline.
We all got to decorate onesies. I think mine said “I love snacks” or something.
Jaclyn’s friends were so generous with presents and you can tell by what people picked out for her and chose off her registry just how damn stylish this girl is.
Her mom gave her the teddy bear she had when she was a baby.
Girls from the girly girl shower for our girlfriend and her girl. SO GIRLY!
Jaclyn with her mom and MIL.
Hugs for Jac.
The lady brigade! I had the pleasure of going with these girls and Ashley to see Bridesmaids last week. That movie was soooooooo funny and made even funnier when surrounded by these ones.
The shower was just beautiful and the entire weekend marked the start of summer for me. The weather has been nice ever since! And when I got into work this morning after taking a week off, Jaclyn came in to say hi and I noticed her belly was bigger than when I saw her just a week and a half ago. She’s due in a handful of weeks and I’ll miss seeing her face around the halls for a while. But I’m so happy for her and J and the tiny, lucky gal that will be here soon.