What I Wore This Week: I’m Boring Now

I’m pretty much finished buying summer clothes, but it’s still summer, so that doesn’t really lead to a lot of exciting wardrobe extravaganzas.  Sorry.

I also realized, because we decided not to send Eli to preschool in August, how much harder it is to take the time to pick out nice clothes when NO ONE will see them.  What’s the point? There is no point.  I thought I was dressing for this blog but I think I might have been dressing for preschool drop off.  The good news is that I have 12 years of school drop off right around the corner, so it’s about time invest in a Chanel suit, is what I’m saying.

Shalini asked about wedges + children the other day. Months ago, actually,  think. Anyway. The sad fact is that I am a highly unmotivated creature. I do the things I like and not much else.  I hate the playground, and I never go there.  I don’t chase after my children on the playground in wedges because I don’t do playgrounds.  I decided a long time ago that I’d just come to peace with this. I wish I was a playground mom, but I’m just not.  Guilt over that fact never turned me into a playground mom, it just turned me into a mom who felt guilty for not going to the playground. Now I don’t go and I don’t worry about it. We do lots of other fun stuff, like try on Target jewelry. And if the Target jewelry section isn’t playground enough for you, then I don’t need to hear about it. Ha.

{Gap skirt, Gap Outlet T Shirt, Hive and Honey heels}

So one of the reasons that I always wore t shirts and cardigans pulled down over my skirts is because, quite frankly, most of my skirts were too small and I was trying to hide this.  Turns out the solution to this is to buy skirts that fit, not to try to cover everything over with a tight sweater.  Anyway. I lost a tidge bit of weight and now this skirts fits so nicely! So that was nice, partially because my clothes fit a little bit better and partially because anyone who eats what I eat should be the size of  toothpick, so at least I feel like all that salad finally got me SOMEWHERE.

Then just for kicks I tried untucking it. Hey, I have a two year old. I have to make my own fun, ok?

I can’t decide which one I liked better, although I am leaning slightly towards untucked.  Fashion is so confusing.

{Gap Jacket, Loft T Shirt, Old Navy denim skirt, Hive and Honey heels}

Eh.  This was fine.  I wanted to wear this jacket which I got on super sale and which I love, but I’m not sure this is the best it can be. Over a black dress maybe? I could see that.  For some reason I can’t quite figure out what to wear with this skirt either.  I do like this skirt, but it’s one of those annoying pieces of clothing that punches tiny holes in my t shirts. Do you get those tiny t shirt holes, right at your waistline? It’s because your jeans or your skirts have a little point on the waistband that doesn’t lie flat and it pokes holes in your t shirts.  I have no idea how to fix it. I’m helpful like that.

Fall won’t be here for three months, and my kids keep hiding the new shoes I’ve been buying, so…it may be a while till that Chanel suit shows up. Bummer.

What I Read This Month: August

106. The 500.  I bought this book on my Kindle while I was in Vermont. I NEVER buy books so I tried to choose the things I’d had on hold the longest at the library that also had a high percentage of not actively sucking.  This was entertaining enough for what it was, but it didn’t blow my mind, let’s put it that way.  But it’s your average fast paced action thriller type thing and it was fine.

107. Arcadia.  I really liked this book, even though I thought it was weird and depressing.  It was very well written and at no point did it give me an immense pain.  Also I love reading about crazy hippie communes.

108. Ghosts of Manhattan.  I got this book from NetGalley.  It was fine.  It was essentially a catalog of the grossly excessive lives of bond trader type people, and after awhile that got old.  I was hoping for some redemption for the main character a little bit sooner than the very last page.  By the end of the thing I practically had a hangover and was thinking about where I could order some strippers.

109. A Wedding in Haiti.  This was really interesting and lovely. A short quick interesting read. It made want to go visit the coffee plantation the author helped to set up.

110. Girls Don’t Fly.  You know, I really enjoyed this book. I had the vague perception that it was going to suck, but it was reasonably not terrible.

111. My Life Next Door. I don’t know. It was very far from awful, it just felt like the poor man’s Sarah Dessen.

112. Beautiful Ruins. I enjoyed this, but I didn’t find it compelling. I liked it and I thought was interesting and all that, but I had to make myself keep reading it.  Not sure what that was about, but my most loved books are books I fall into and that I read while I eat burnt toast standing up in my kitchen and that keep me awake till 4 am and that I drive to the store at 10:15 at night so I can buy the sequel.  This was not that.

113. This Is Not A Test.  This was entertaining, but less great than I thought it was going to be, and it was very “sequel next year” at the end which I find annoying. It did give me that cool very scary zombies aren’t real are they feeling though. I love that.

114. Liar & Spy. This is the first middle grade book I’ve liked in a long long time.  If you like your fiction to trend younger and you liked “When You Leave Me” I think you would like this.

115. Seating Arrangements.  The thing about this book was that every character in it was a nasty, unpleasant, meteoric asshole of the highest order.  Reminds me of Twitter. Ha ha ha, funny.

116. The Kings of Cool.  Love love love love love. Except that I wish (SPOILER ALERT) that everyone in the first book wasn’t dead. (Which is the reason this is a prequel.)

117.  Crow. I wanted to like this. I thought it was boring.

118.  The Chaperone. I thought this was marvelous.  Favorite book of the month. Oh, no, just behind The Kings of Cool.

119.  Fire in the Ashes. Yeah, I guess I just somehow couldn’t find the point of this. I know it;s not about me but I needed a glimmer of hope in there somehow.

120. Beautiful Disaster.  This I also got from Net Galley and I somehow didn’t realize that it was ah, a smutty book. I mean, look at that cover? Not smutty, right? Anyway, I read it anyway, as I have nothing against smut as long as it doesn’t involve vampires or dumb asses, and it was ok, for a smutty book, except for the fact that the main character that we were all supposed to be swooning over reminded me SO MUCH of Jax from Sons of Anarchy and I find him wildly unappealing   If he butters your toast though, you should probably read this.

What I Wore This Week:

{Gap Mason Crew T-Shirt, Costco Skirt, J. Crew Wedges}

I bought this skirt because Holly told me to, and because I am starting to work on the fall/winter “uniform.” It turns out, though, that I have hardly any clothes that go with black.  I tried this t-shirt out to see if it would work. It was ok. It felt maybe a little schlubby? And everything had to be lined up exactly right or the stripes looked off. I didn’t actually wear this, though, because then Eli got…HAND FOOT MOUTH DISEASE! Yeah! Except for not  yeah.

{J. Crew cardigan, Target tank, Cost Plus Earrings, J. Crew Wedges}

This was an excellent outfit for sitting with a five year old as he moaned in pain for 24 hours. I like to think that face says “Don’t screw with me, Hand Food Mouth” but let’s be honest, Hand Foot Mouth has screwed with me BIG TIME.

{Macy’s Maxi Dress, J. Crew wedges}

Do I even need to identify these stupid J. Crew wedges anymore? I wear them everyday, they are the best shoe of all time, let’s all move on with our lives.

Anyway, let me tell you about these maxi dresses.  I’ve been looking for a dress for the Blathering and I approached this project with a shotgun approach. If I thought it would work and it wouldn’t end up costing me another mortgage, I ordered it. I ordered this dress and the one below from Macy’s and I adore them both.  I’m not even sure I’ll end up wearing them to the Blathering, and Christina assured me that I didn’t need them both, but in a week in which everything else that I tried on was JUST awful, I decided it was foolish to return a dress that I loved and that looked great on me and that was comfortable.  So I kept them both.

Also, please understand that I have been looking for a maxi dress for YEARS. Either they were unflattering or they swam on me or they dragged on the ground.  These are both Petites and they hit perfectly. I can wear them with flats if I want. It’s a FREAKING MAXI DRESS MIRACLE. Seriously. These are the only two maxi dresses I own because they are the only ones that have ever not been horrible. And it’s going to be summer here for another three months and I can throw these on and go to the Kindergarten picnic or Target or whatever and I am in LOVE.

This is the same dress, obvs, just without a tank underneath.  Why I have that crazy bedhead, I am not sure.

{Macy’s Maxi Dress, Gap Sandals}

This is the other maxi dress. I wore it to the Kindergarten picnic the day I got it. I just love it. Love love love.  It’s very “crazy like Mrs. Roper but also strangely awesome”.

BTW, I had no idea Katie was standing there posing like that until after I looked at these pictures. So hilarious.

{Banana Republic Dress, Franco Sarto Wedges, Crazy Ebay Necklace}

This dress is a heavier material than I thought it would be, initially, and it has a big zipper in the neck. More rugby shirt material than thick jersey material, which is what I was expecting, and at first I wasn’t so sure about it, but I really like it. Can totally see it with boots for fall/winter.  Please note, however, that I so did not, and would not, pay $98 for this dress.

{Target T Shirt (on clearance for $5 right now!), Costco skirt, J. Crew wedges, fake J. Crew necklace}

So this is the other attempt at finding something to wear with skirt. I like it. I got the side eye from someone while I was wearing this but I couldn’t tell if it was in a good or a bad way? I do like it. I feel like this skirt comes across as VERY dressed up, no matter what you put with it, but I can totally see it with a v neck sweater and some boots and black tights.

But Elizabeth, I hear you saying. I thought you didn’t buy Target t-shirts anymore!

Which was true! I did have a policy on that!

But then I decided I might have to slightly revise the Target policy, so now I am allowed to buy SPECIFIC Target t shirts that fill a need in my closet. I am not allowed to buy random Target t-shirts, true, but if I need a t shirt to go with a black skirt and they have one that might work, that’s ok.  They need to be FOR something.

And now I have to go inform someone that no matter how sick he or she may be, we do not wish to listen to repetitive couch moaning on repeat as the soundtrack to our maudlin lives.



Ten Reasons To Go To the Blathering

1. If you’re really lucky, Emily Cassee will tell you about the time the bird got stuck on her head for 45 minutes. Maybe we could reenact it. Can you rent birds? I will also require a Honda Civic hatchback and a Dave.

2. You get to buy a pretty new dress! Or new shoes! Or not, if that’s not your thing!

3. Your readership will go up.  I know everyone likes to pretend it’s not about the numbers, but 60 people are going to tweet about you, link to you, and write blog posts about pretty you are. Your numbers will go up.

4. You’re going to get to eat some really really really yummy food.

5. You know that feeling you get when you laugh so hard and for so long that your face hurts? You’ll have that feeling for three days straight.

6. Hardly anyone will hang on your leg and demand that you change their diaper.

7. I know we say this every year and I know it’s hard to understand from afar, but it’s just going to be really really really fun.  There’s fun drinks and nametags and most of all, people are nice. It doesn’t matter how many people read your blog or what you wear or what you look like or who you knew before you came, everyone will be nice to you.  This is not like Blogher. If you try to stand in a corner, we will find you and we will force you to let us be nice to you.

8. Edible glitter.  That is all.

9. It’s different when you read someone’s blog after you’ve met them.  It just is.  When someone goes from “in the computer” to “in real life” it’s like going from black and white to full color. You’ll never read those blogs the same way again.

10.  The women you’ll meet this weekend? They will change your life. They will become your friends, your most loyal blog readers, your twitter favorites, the people you turn to in a crisis. They’ll meet you for brunch when you’re all back home and hold your babies when they are born and send you clothes that they’ve outgrown and they will be your new friends and become your old friends and then become some of the very  best friends you have.  It happened to me, so I know.  It’s an amazing weekend, but it’s also just so much MORE than those three days, somehow, because you will leave New Orleans with friends.  Real true life for always friends.

And that’s just one of the ten reasons that this is my favorite weekend of the year, bar none.

(Although the edible glitter doesn’t hurt.)

Come! You know you want to. 

What I Wore This Week: Mostly Shorts

Woof. This week was a doozy. Vacation re-entry has been a little rough, and I still have bronchitis but now I also have a head cold. And it was 107 degrees.  That’s not a typo.

Our yard was out of control, so I spent most of this week in shorts weeding or canning, and I didn’t take a picture of those outfits. However, I am gratified to find that my uniform plan really does work, I have clothes at hand for any occasion that fit and look reasonably nice, even if I am just weeding.  Also, please note that I canned 12 quarts of tomatoes, 4 jars of sauce, a jar of plum jam, and 8 pints of dilly beans. I get a gold star for canning.

I ended up taking more pictures of things I’m considering than things I actually wore this week, because I’ve discovered that I literally can’t tell if I look good in something unless I take a picture.  Mirrors/husbands/friends/online pictures are all totally ineffective compared to taking a picture of yourself in the thing. It’s time consuming, but it works.

{Lands End Blazer, Ebay necklace, JCrew wedges, Target Shorts, Gap Tee}

I wore this two ways (with and sans blazer) so I could see which I liked better. I actually like them both.


{Gap Tee, J Crew Wedges, Target shorts,  Ebay Necklace}

I like to think that somewhere, somehow, Mr. T approves of this necklace.


{J Crew Dress, Eddie Bauer Cardigan, Franco Sarto Wedges}

I took this picture so I could tell if I wanted to keep this dress, but just hem it three or four inches (which is why I’m holding it up like that.) I think yes, I like it. Let’s do it.

{Lole Eleanor Tunic Dress, Gap Sandals}

This one I’m not so sure about. I ordered it in a fit of online dress purchasing because I’m trying to find a LBD for The Blathering. This is a little more “let’s go play tennis, maybe?” than I’m looking for in a Blathering dress, but when I tried it on I liked it anyway, as like a running around town kind of thing.  But in this picture, I’m not as enamored of it. The tags are still on it, so what do you think? Does it look too small? It’s giving me a “this dress looks like it’s not made of enough fabric and is straining over my giant bazooms” feeling.

Best Young Adult Fiction Ever? I’ll Be The Judge of That.

So the other day Janssen posted about NPR’s list of the Best Ever YAF Novels, along with her opinions of some of the books she’d read from the list. I thought it was interesting and I’m nothing if not a giant copycat, so here’s my favorites and not so favorites from the list. Look forward to more copying from other people coming soon.

From the favorites, I can only conclude that I like books where girls make out with boys. Am I right? Yes.

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver.
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
Dreamland, by Sarah Dessen
How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff
Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta
Jessica Darling (series), by Megan McCafferty
Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
The Lumatere Chronicles (series), by Melina Marchetta
Lux (series), by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan
Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block
Where She Went, by Gayle Forman
This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Ann Brashares
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Chrutcher
The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King
The Only Alien on the Planet, by Kristen D. Randle (Might be my favorite YAF book of all time)
Perfect Chemistry, by Simone Elkeles
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
Blood Red Road, by Moira Young
The Book of Blood and Shadow, by Robin Wasserman
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan
Forever…, by Judy Blume
Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
Hate List, by Jennifer Brown
How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr
The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley
Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler
Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han
Monster, by Walter Dean Myers
North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley

13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden
Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins
Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins
Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
Graceling (series), by Kristin Cashore
The Green Glass Sea, by Ellen Klages
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
Impossible, by Nancy Werlin
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Stolen, by Lucy Christopher
Story of a Girl, by Sara Zarr
Sweethearts, by Sara Zarr
Split, by Swati Avasthi
The Piper’s Son, by Melina Marchetta

Yeah, No Thank You
Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
Bruiser, by Neal Shusterman
Chime, by Franny Billingsley
Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver
Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate
Feed, by M.T. Anderson
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente
Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
Matched (series), by Ally Condie
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
Shine, by Lauren Myracle
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupis
The Shiver Trilogy, by Maggie Stiefvater
The Rules of Survival, by Nancy Werlin
The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Paper Towns, by John Green

I Tried to Read This So Many Times, I Swear
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Brooklyn, Burning, by Steve Brezenoff
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

NEK 2012

“You know, this is such beautiful country up here. It ought to be called the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.”

–Senator George Aiken








Yes, these pictures are from my mother’s backyard. I know. I look up real estate listings the entire time I’m there.




These next three are really just for Erica.



Lovely vacation, happy to be home. Perfect.