Will’s Top Ten

The last of my siblings! I love you so much, Will.

10. I like to think that being raised as the only boy in a house with three women has helped him with the ladies.

9. Learning to play a kick ass guitar is a way more useful life skill than anything from senior health.

8. Jumping from a shed roof onto a trampoline while on your snowboard is totally a good idea that will not age your mother at all.

7. The Princess Bride or The Mighty Ducks is the more useful movie to have memorized. Discuss.

6. OK, yes, Peter Jackson’s Tolkien movies are amazing, but do they contain the song “Frodo of the Niiiiiiii-ne Fingers and the Ring of Doooooom”? No. They should.

5. Texts are always better emphasized with a well placed gif.

4. Did you know that road signs in Athens are in Greek? Also so are the names of hotels.

3. Making everyone laugh when it is needed the most makes you a pretty terrific person.

2. Being a human jungle gym may make for a sore train ride, but it makes you the world’s best uncle.

1. Working hard at what you love is the true success.

Wyatt’s Top Ten

My brother is 16. I know. I don’t believe it either.

10. He made up his own swear word at two. Shushy to all of you.

9. Clippies do not belong on the banister, Aggots.

8. Piñatas are the devil, especially Spongebob ones.

7. The MMORPG you play is totally more important than what religion you are.

6. Once a brony… No wait… Scratch that.

5. If your hair insists in being a white man’s ‘fro, then you might as well own it.

4. What happens at the beach, stays at the beach.

3. A sense of humor will take you far in life, especially if it is based mostly on sarcasm and snark.

2. He’s a really smart guy who I am glad to be related to.

1. His niece and nephews think he is lots of fun.

Jessica’s Top Ten

This one’s for my sister-in-law. Happy Birthday, Guess-i-ca!

10. iPhones don’t float, but that doesn’t mean a couple of three-year-olds won’t try and disprove physics.

9. You can totally look glamorous while giving birth at least according to all pictures.

8. Hosting a party is a solemn duty that one should not take lightly. It takes a lot of work to have fun.

7. Life isn’t worth it if you don’t do it in style.

6. It should also always have a theme.

5. All the better if chocolate and/or pink are involved.

4. Run everywhere.

3. Nicknames come from a place of love.

2. She gives more than she ever even thinks about getting.

1. Once she makes you family, it’s for life, and you are blessed.


Preparing for the Inevitable

This post is slightly inspired by Mandy, who shares my pain.

Knowing an old friend’s time is coming to an end is not an easy thing to accept.

This, my friends, is The Awesome Leather Bag.


Since I found it in a Wilson Leather outlet, and my mother sneakily bought it for me for Christmas circa 1997 or ’98, it has served not only as a simple purse, but a college backpack, an overnight bag, a laptop bag, and even a diaper bag. I’m pretty sure it has an undetectable extension charm placed on it.

I have had other purses. I went through a fairly significant Vera Bradley phase, but I always came back to TALB.

As you can see from the photos, it does not have an impervious charm on it. The lining has been shredding for years. One of the zippers has a hole that makes it stick. The clasp does not stay shut anymore. I once caught the strap in a locker, and it ripped slightly. It has held up, but it won’t forever.

The TALB won’t last forever.

I am pretty sure I can count its life in months, not years. I don’t want to bury my head in the sand and ignore the signs. I want to be proactive.

I need to start thinking about a replacement.

This will not be an easy task. I’m pretty sure Hermione Granger has not opened an etsy shop. So I have been looking.

I started a Pinterest board.

Here is the criteria.

It must have a crossbody strap.

It needs to be bigger than a clutch but smaller than a messenager bag. (TALB is 9x9x3.)

I would prefer a neutral color, but that is not a deal breaker.

There needs to be organization, pockets, and dividers including an easy access one for my phone.

I want to pay around $50. I would go up to $100, but then it needs to be a birthday present request.

So that leads me this: I am asking you, my dear readers (I hope there are more than John and Dann. At least one female would be nice.), for any suggestions. Do you have a go-to bag that you love as much as I love TALB? Have you seen one online that might fit my needs?

Thank you for helping me through this trying time.