My Book Jar

“I found this thing on Pinterest…. ”  Oye, if you only knew how many of my sentences start like that.   But anyway, I found this great pin on Pinterest and I had to give a try.  See, this person created a Book Jar with with the names of authors and books that they want to read.  Every month, or […]

Introverts, one and all

We are a family of introverts.  Yes, I know…shocker.  But seriously, I kind of already knew this but I guess I didn’t realize that ALL of us were as introverted as we apparently are.   The way that I know this is that I took this personality quiz a while back and found it pretty interesting when I read through […]

Movie Review – Don Jon

It’s movie review time!  {distant clapping}  Yes folks, it’s time for “Amy’s Opinions on Movies”…hurrah!  I know you were all waiting with baited breath to see what I would say next…right?  Right???  {crickets}   Anyway…here we go.  The movie I’m reviewing today is Don Jon.  This, my friends, is a very good movie.  But, before I tell you about why […]

A Week of Firsts & Lasts

This week we had several “firsts” and a few “lasts” in the Patrick household.   Kate had some of the most significant event this week.  On Tuesday she graduated from 8th grade…which I guess is both a first and a last…her last days at little Victor Point Elementary and preparation for her first days at Silverton High School.  I still […]

Soundbites from the Car

Soundbites from our car this evening:   Want a jellybean?   She threw a jellybean at me!   HA! I bounced a jellybean right off her tooth!   I’m taking off my cleats!   Oh.  My.  God.  I’m dying!   If you put lemon and cabbage juice together you get acid.  AAAcccciiiidddd! Acid!   I will hurt you!   GGGAAAHHH! […]

My Book Girl

I just read this amazing article on NPR and I must share it.  Must.     This article, The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit the Earth, pretty much just described, in scarily accurate detail, our youngest daughter.  She is a Book Girl, through and through.  And so are her friends.  In fact, they just took a trip to Powell’s […]

Do as I say, Not as I do.

Teaching your offspring to drive is the ultimate “Do as I say, not as I do” experience.  This is becoming more and more apparent as we draw closer and closer to Wyatt testing for his license.   Let me just say that I am a crappy teacher.  No, really.  There are times that I look at my kids and think, […]

So, I’m no Oprah

  My least favorite thing about getting coffee at Starbucks these days is the cup sleeves they are using.  They have all these life-affirming, uplifting quotes by Oprah.   I just want coffee people…not a snippet of your super-duper bullshit, I mean wisdom.   So, I decided to change mine today to be, well, a little bit more realistic.  Yes, my […]