Five Things

1. What is going on with women’s disposable razors these days? Neon colors! Glitter! Tropical scents! Who in the hell needs a disposable razor that smells like jasmine? Really, people? Is a scented razor handle truly going to take your showering experience to the next level? Will you breathe in its intoxicating scent between razor strokes? I’ll tell you what I’d like my disposable razor to do. How about SHAVE MY LEGS PROPERLY. I’m on to you, Women’s Disposable Razor Companies. Distract the consumer with bells and whistles to mask the fact that your razors are sucky. Best disposable razor I’ve ever used? Gillette Good News Plus. About as cheap as you can get, and they work like a smooth, nick-free charm.

2. Do you have an item/items of clothing that you hold onto for absolutely no reason? I have 6 pairs of J. Crew Everyday Chinos that sit year after year in a bin at the top of my closet. There’s certainly nothing wrong with J. Crew chinos, yet I haven’t worn them for 5 years now, and I don’t really see myself wearing them in the near future, so why can’t I just get rid of them? It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries. (Update: In a bag, ready for Goodwill today. Patting myself on back.)

3. I think my desperate hopes of Wita going through a developmental spurt for the past FOUR weeks need to be put to rest. Let’s get real, it’s looking like my child has an attitude problem. (Although, teething? Could it be teething? She still only has her two bottom teeth at almost 13 months old. Teeth, right? PLEASE LET IT BE THE TEETH. Why is she so unhappy all the tiiiiiime…it’s a good thing she’s kind of adorable.)

4. It’s fair to say that we need to lay off the grilling, made evident by the ridiculous indigestion I dealt with until midnight Sunday night. (Sarah’s body – Not another juicy piece of animal NOOOOOOOOO.) Also, running out of propane mid-grilling is slightly distressing, evidenced by D’s face.

When I mentioned it on Twitter/Instagram, five friends responded that the same thing had happened to them that same evening. Coincidence? I think not. Gas/Charcoal Conspiracy!

5. Please tell me your children have quirky fashion preferences. Wito has an aversion to buttons on his pants or shorts, yet he’s approaching the size where it’s becoming increasingly harder to find stylish pants donning stretchy waistbands.  (We are officially in Boy sizing. Hold me.) At first, I wondered if it was a tactile issue, but alas, no. His reasoning for why he hates buttons? They aren’t “cool,” so he prefers not to look at them. But elastic waistbands ARE, Wito? Whose child are you? According to my official fashion rules, males can wear elastic-waist pants if they are younger than 5 or older than 85. We’ve got a lot to work on, kid.


  1. Reading (and chickens)

    July 19, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Uh, I thought I had the only child on Earth allergic to buttons. My six-year-old is the same exact way (and goes to private school, where there are buttons! on! everything!). I’ve tried everything, including sewing felt to the inside of pants so they feel more like elastic waists (didn’t work). Sigh.

  2. Krysta

    July 19, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Loved #5! I don’t have any kiddos myself, but when my brother was younger- ealry elementary school age- he too had an adversion to pants with buttons (my current adversion) and would only wear sweatpants to school. He also refused to wear any socks that weren’t gold toe socks. Weird!

  3. Crisanne

    July 19, 2011 at 7:15 am

    My daughter-about the same age at Wito-hates what she calls “floppy pants” which is any pant leg with any width to them. She also much prefers pants without buttons, snaps, zippers, etc. I fear the day that jeggings go out of style! I was surprised to see quite a few drawstring style pants for boys at Hanna Andersson

  4. sizzle

    July 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Finn loves work out style clothes. It pretty much kills my sister who has dreams of dressing him in retro hipster cool clothing. But he wants basketball pants and high tops!

  5. andrea

    July 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

    As a mother who spent months blaming growth spurts and teething, I’ve finally embraced the fact that we have a very spirited girl on our hands. Thank goodness she’s so cute.

    Oh the style choices of an almost five year old. C doesn’t like shirts with buttons or collars and only likes jeans, so a lot of jeans and graphic superhero t’s around here. A closet full of handsome shirts sitting with tags attached.

  6. Ris

    July 19, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I too hold on to clothing that I will probably never wear again. I got really into straight leg chinos from GAP a few years ago (like 5-7) and haven’t worn them in FOREVER. I still hold on, carting them from apartment to apartment, in case I suddenly become Someone Who Wears Chinos again. Probability? Not likely.

  7. Lauren

    July 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    My seven-year-old’s outfit yesterday: polo shirt, sweat pants (another elastic waist lover), bright blue Croc rain boots with one pant leg tucked in, and a Where’s Waldo striped sweater. Oh, dear.

  8. gorillabuns

    July 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    my kids look like hobos most of the time due to their awesome fashion sense.

    i just go with it. I’d rather fight over them wanting feathers in their hair.

  9. Lea

    July 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

    My son was a bit of an a-hole until he reached 2. His mood changed so radically after that it was amazing, I kept dreading we’d go back to 2 hour morning, afternoon and evening tantrum cry-athons but so far so good. Hope you don’t have to wait that long for yours to normalize, hehe :)

  10. Chris

    July 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

    The 20-month-old I nanny has been IN A MOOD for a couple of weeks now. We keep hoping it’s just a growth spurt, or maybe those last two teeth are coming in…but it’s looking like he might just be a butthead for awhile. Sigh.

  11. Amti'b

    July 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Look for okkies they are super cute boy pants that pull on and are to the knee. Do you use disposables as your regular razor? If so please tell me why and should we all? Wita is fine, pretty chill to me! Carcinagenes(?) are getting to you….release the chinos you havent worn those since i left cali and you had wito (cracking me up bc i kept mine until we left cambridge)

  12. charlene

    July 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

    My seven year old is the same way. Hates buttons and snaps for some odd reason. Then I started looking at all the boys in his class and they all where stretchy waist pants. I have talked to their parents and it is the same for them. I have learned to live with this.

  13. Susannah

    July 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    We ran out on Sunday night too while in the middle of grilling fish tacos! With a house full of company, no less. It was NO. GOOD. Fortunately there was a backup but the grill never really heated back up like it was supposed to. Oh well.

  14. marisa

    July 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    woman, you funny…

  15. Iowamom

    July 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Disposable razors are all blinged up because they want you to feel good for paying $45 dollars for 8 razors. I laugh at the cost and buy the men’s kind when we travel. Geez–pretty darn proud of things aren’t you Bic?

    My oldest son couldn’t stand to have anything tight around his wrists. Sweet. Jebus. It drove me nuts. He’s 11 now and I can barely get him to change into pajamas (which are just an old t-shirt and boxers).

    My daughter has a flair for drama. I’m suspecting it’s a girl thing. ;)