I’m not the stagbeetle lady, however…

…however I managed to put together a pretty boss list of fun shit to do this summer. This is where I found almost everything so knock yourselves out. Oregon Zoo Events http://www.oregonzoo.org/events Flicks on Bricks https://thesquarepdx.org/flicks-on-the-bricks/ Library Stuff (I search the libraries near us for Arts and Crafts, Performances, and Festivals) https://multcolib.org/events/by-location Noon Tunes https://thesquarepdx.org/noon-tunes/ Music on Main http://www.portland5.com/events/music-main Concerts…

Conversations with baby boomers: Rap

Me: “I don’t understand this song, why would I need to brush that dirt off my shoulder? What does Jay-Z think I’m up to over here?” Dad: “What do you mean?” Me: “Why is there dirt on my shoulder? Never once in my life have my shoulders just been dirty… my shoulders are like the…

An Old Person’s Take On Modern Slang

It has recently come to my attention that I am an old old woman… and I have the grey hair to prove it. And as an old woman I have now bestowed upon myself the right to refuse to learn new slang, which really just means I don’t know what slang means so when younguns…

Food Budgeting Part 2

Here’s a link to Part 1 I’ll jump right in. Breakfast at our house when we were super poor was almost always oatmeal or grits. Why? Because oats bought it bulk are hella cheap. When we’re not super poor I always keep bread for toast and eggs around. Why? Because eggs with toast or potatoes…

10 on 10

10 on 10… the 10th of every month (or every 5th month if you’re me… don’t you judge) 10 pictures in 10 hours of everyday life in all it’s everyday glory. The welcome home banner since David came back from his business trip. Somebody got into the Halloween stuff. My blackberry bush has exactly one…

When Staying Is Hard

I’m a Mennonite. We value hospitality and humility, justice and peace. It’s part of why I love being part of this tradition. This last week at convention we passed some incredibly hurtful resolutions against the LGBT in our community. And I’m grieving. I’m having a really really really hard time being a fucking Mennonite right…

What’s Different When You Have Kids Young

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what is really the difference between having kids when you’re young vs waiting till you’re older. Why you might ask? Because all my friends are like 10 years older than me… and I’ve realized maybe that’s weird. I like to joke that it’s just because I’m super mature (but…

What It’s Like To Take Children To IKEA

IKEA, for those of you unfortunate enough to not live in a major city, is a magical land full of elaborately staged show rooms, $200 couches, and assemble-it-your-damn-self furniture that pretty much always comes with a bunch of extra pieces they throw in just to fuck with you. It also has free childcare for up…

Apparently I’m Too Happy To Blog

I’m not really sure what to do with this blog anymore. If you haven’t noticed, the bulk of my writing over the last few years has essentially been hilarious complaining. Well maybe not hilarious… maybe more like slightly amusing and I’m flattering myself. A friend told me once that nobody gave a shit about the…

Funschool Sunday

What we’ve been doing instead of school these past couple weeks. 1. Learned the difference between the skeletons of birds that can fly and birds that can’t. What makes flight possible? 2. Aquarium 3-4. Zoo 5&15. Circus skills 6. Learned about the solar system through art. 7. Learned about crab life cycles, eco systems, how…

Hello, My Name Is Jen, and I Am An Old Lady

This morning started out like any other morning. I got up, started the coffee, went to the bathroom… but then, as I was washing my hands, I saw it. One bright silver hair mixed into my otherwise pitch black unruly mane. Just sitting there… staring at me. All silver and beautiful and very very much…

The Beach is Only 1.5 Hours Away

So seriously… why don’t we go more? An hour and a half… that’s it. And we’ve been there only twice since we moved here how many months ago. (In my defense, David has been gone on work trips at least half that time and two kids at the beach by myself isn’t something I’m up…