What do you do when you see a window washer outside of your office window? You take a selfie with him, duh.

It’s about 2PM on a Thursday afternoon (I’m painting the picture, people) and all of a sudden I look up and see feet outside of my 10th floor window. So I do what any ‘normal’ and responsible employee would do and I quickly grab my phone and motion for the window washer to stop and pose with me for a picture. What? It’s not like he was busy doing something else.

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Standing in line at Starbucks with a list of drinks and paying for each one separately? No, no, no.

This seriously happened to me this morning. What’s wrong with people?

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I could not stop rolling my eyes at the woman doing the ordering. If I rolled them any harder, they would’ve popped out of my head. Oh and get this. After she handed the Starbucks dude the piece of paper, she verbally added on some more drink orders. Rude.

Anyhoo, I love coffee, especially on rainy mornings like the one we’re having today. It makes me want to curl up with a tank of coffee and a good book. So in honor of the annoying woman ahead of me at Starbucks, I bring to you some amazing coffee items:

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My Email Exchange With State Farm About Jake. Jake From State Farm.

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With Halloween around the corner(ish) there’s been an ample amount of conversation about costumes with my kids. My 4 year old has adamantly decided that she wants to be Jake, Jake from State Farm this year—not a princess, ballerina or Frozen character. She wants to be Jake wearing khakis and a red State Farm polo (this gives all of you a little insight into my daily life). And to get into character she now has us calling her Jake throughout the day. It’s going to be a loooong 6 weeks until Halloween.
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Of course, I love how independent and clever my baby girl is and will do anything to support her dream of becoming Jake. So yesterday I did what any mom would do and I went straight to the source. The following email exchange occurred between State Farm and myself. You can’t make this stuff up.

From: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:04 PM
To: Orders
Subject: State Farm shirt

Hi,

My hilarious 4-year-old daughter wants to be “Jake from State Farm” for Halloween. I can’t find any red State Farm Polos for kids on your website. Is this something I can order? Thanks!


From: Orders <Orders@thecorporateshop.com>
To: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:53 PM
Subject: RE: State Farm shirt

Hello,

I’m sorry that we do not carry children’s polos on the site.  We could get it through a special order but there are minimum quantity requirements for special orders.  If this is something you are interested in, please let me know and I can forward your e-mail on.
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Thanks,

Sarah

The Corporate Shop

1-800-671-9921


From: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:08 PM
To: Orders
Subject: Re: State Farm shirt

Thanks for responding. We only need one though. Do you sell iron-on logos by any chance?


No, we don’t.  I’m sorry.

Sarah

 

Do any of you out there have any ideas?

Red polo shirt is a must

Red polo shirt is a must

And of course she’ll need khakis

Throw Back Thursday: So This Is Awkward

Yep, it’s already Thursday (yay for short weeks). The eve of Friday. One of the most awesome times of the week. This week I’m bringing you waaaayyy back to 2011 when I was trying to figure out how to entertain my kids after school. Obviously this was before they had homework and  activities because now I feel like I’m cramming a million things in before bed time.
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SO THIS IS AWKWARD

Now that I’m home with my kids after school, I’m sort of at a loss with what to do with them all. day. every. day. I’ve definitely perfected the watching TV activity, the eating a picnic blanket at 5:30 activity and the stalking my neighbors with kids (not in a creepy way) activity. But is there something else I should be doing? Like playing with them?

 

In order to get comfy cozy while watching all of that TV, I’m thinking I must, must, must get a rag quilt from Chez Martine. Note: this could also double as a picnic blanket so I’m pretty much saving money just by purchasing it.

Like how I rationalized that in my mind? But for realz people, feel free to comment on low-key afternoon activity ideas. And don’t send a TV guide – we already know it by heart.

 

I went tubing and now my butt is bruised.


I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day weekend—we did (although I’m not sure my tushie would agree with that). We spent the weekend in the mountains doing everything from hiking to apple picking to tubing down a river with the only instruction being, “If you bring it, you’ll lose it,” by a guy talking with a lit cigarette in his mouth. Classy.The New Flex: Wireless Activity Tracker
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That statement held true. My sunglasses broke, my friend lost her Fitbit, her daughter lost the golf club she was paddling with, and I think we all lost our dignity. But hey, we laughed the entire way so it was way worth it. And then we rewarded ourselves with beer, wine and Bloody Marys.
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One thing I wasn’t expecting was to wake up with a bruised butt the next morning. Apparently I wasn’t supposed to sit with my butt all the way down in the tube so every single rock wouldn’t hit it.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember getting that instruction before departure. Rude.

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I’m sick. I’ve self diagnosed myself with Ebola.

I’ve been stuck in bed for three days straight. People at work have taken to calling me Pukey Julie. In related news, I’m thinking of trying on the bikini I’ve had hidden in the back of my closet ever since having child #2. Since the only thing I’ve had the energy to do is surf the world wide web, I’ve decided to share with you my most recent finds. Please note: I may currently be hallucinating due to the Ebola so I’m not sure if this post actually exists.

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Watercolor Art


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Want to do something amazing for someone wonderful today? Here’s how.

Donate to Olivia’s Amazon Wish List  |  Learn more on Carol and Demian’s Facebook page I have this amazing friend, Carol, who I’ve known since my early 20’s. You know the time when no one has any real responsibilities? There was a group of us girls that would hang out all of the time after work and on the weekends— with very little cares in the world (although with boy drama it didn’t seem so at the time). Eventually Carol moved back home to South Florida and married her amazing college sweetheart, Demian. As they tried to start a family, they had more grief than many of us know. It was heartbreaking. But then Carol got pregnant and everyone was SO happy for them, a little baby girl to welcome into their family. Olivia was born August 16, 2007 with Cerebral Palsy. Oh how Carol and Demian loved Olivia. And even though I can’t imagine what they went through on a daily basis, I never, ever heard them complain. Olivia went to heaven on October 1, 2012 . She was only 5 years old. To show you the type of friends Carol and Demian are, I’d like to share a story about them. When my in-laws were still alive, they lived in South Florida about 30 minutes from Carol and Demian. At the time my son turned two, my mother-in-law was already very sick so we decided to fly down and throw a birthday party for him in my in-law’s condo. It was us, my in-laws, my brothers-in-law, and a face painter who brought rabbits (yes, random). Because we wanted to make it special and more like a party, I invited Carol, Demian and Olivia to join us for the celebration. I thought it would be wonderful for Darren to have a little friend there. At this point, it was extremely hard to take Olivia out of the house. She had feeding tubes, special seats and so many more needs that I can’t even begin to comprehend. But wouldn’t you know it that they got everything together and made the 30-minute drive to my son’s second birthday party. It’s a memory I’ll always cherish. That’s the type of people Carol and Demian are. After Olivia’s tragic passing, Carol and Demian chose to celebrate her birthday by gathering their friends and family and blowing bubbles up into heaven. Last year, everyone who came brought gifts that were distributed to many special needs children. It was such a beautiful event, that they decided to make it a yearly occurrence. This year, Olivia would have turned seven and they’re expanding their ask to anyone that is interested in celebrating her heavenly birthday. Once again bubbles will be blown into heaven on August 16th ; in addition, they’re hosting a gift drive that will benefit local special needs children. In partnership with Pediatric Therapy Associates of South Florida, they’re hoping to provide an extra special holiday gift for differently-abled children like Olivia. To make it easy for you to donate, they set up an Amazon Wish List to better guide your gift buying. You can get more details on their Facebook page as well. Their address is linked to the lists, so they will go directly to them. Please make sure the gift is unwrapped so they can match toys to their recipients based on their need/ability. Thank you, everyone!!!coach denim handbag

Throw Back Thursday: I saw a teenager waiting for the school bus today and it scared me.

Yep, it’s already Thursday. The eve of Friday. One of the most awesome times of the week. This week I’m bringing you waaaayyy back to 2012. I find this post pretty ironic as I just finished back-to-school shopping with my kids. This year my daughter discovered that store Justice, which means she’s five going on 15 years old. Just walking into that store gave me a headache (similar to the headache I get when walking into Bath & Body Works). But at least her clothes match, which is probably what the mom of the teenage son featured in the post below said. Oy vey.
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I saw a teenager waiting for the school bus today and it scared me.

No really, I didn’t want to make eye contact with him because I was a tad freaked out by his appearance. Darren even asked me if the guy was a statue (no joke). Ummm no, apparently that’s going to be you in 10 years. Is this what I have to look forward to with my kids? Don’t they just stay cute, dress in clothes that I’ve approved and go to over-priced kid hair salons? After seeing this kid, I’m assuming not.

Since I now realize that the control I have over my kids is limited, I’m going to force them to wear cute cloths from Gymboree, Tea Collection and Sewn Natural until they fight back. And then I’ll just ground them.

 

 

 

And then I’ll really, really ground them if I find out they’re sneaking out from the first grounding. Ugh, even I can’t take my parenting skills seriously.