Are you watching Survivor this season? If so, you should join me at The Stir, because I’m recapping each episode (here’s a link to last week’s recap). I’m definitely not up to Television Without Pity standards or anything, but I’ve been surprised at how weirdly enjoyable it is to watch the show with a pen gripped in my teeth, ready to jot down every idiotic thing the contestants say. This must be my version of human interaction these days, or something.


Seattle is experiencing some bizarrely humid weather, and I know it’s like 15392506015 degrees in California and I have no room to complain but I’m going to do it anyway. It feels like a goddamned armpit out here. Like a dog panting all over me all day long. There are approximately ten trillion poisonous-looking mushrooms all over our lawn, and every time I walk outside I step directly into a damp spiderweb. After our “summer”, which was about two and a half whole weeks of sunshine, I’m ready to say fuck it, bring on fall and chilly temperatures and pumpkin-flavored baked goods. Enough with the gross sauna effect, even if it does make for pretty pictures.




I’m doing some sponsored posts with Pull-Ups on potty training, and you can read them as they’re published here.


“I don’t need a nap any more, Mom. Big kids don’t take naps. I’m not even tired. I’m not even going to get in bed! I’m just going to play with my—skkkknnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”



28 Responses to “Tuesday notes”

  1. NancyJ on September 28th, 2010 2:23 pm

    Yay TWOP!! I got booted from there but snuck back on HeeHee. Your recaps are better because they aren’t 25 pages per episode. I enjoy reading other people’s observations of the episode not the entire thing brought back to life!

  2. S on September 28th, 2010 2:47 pm

    As a person who grew up in a drier climate and then moved to a humid one at the age of 29, there is no comparison of heat to humidity. Humidity makes things much more uncomfortable! Gimme dry heat any day.

  3. 'risten O'Neal on September 28th, 2010 2:51 pm

    Not sure if you have many followers from Georgia like me but I can certainly feel for you with the humidity. It’s always terrible here. You always feel like a whore in church : ) P.S. I’m a self-professed Survivor watcher too.

  4. Elizabeth on September 28th, 2010 3:23 pm

    As one who is currently suffering through in SoCal: yes, you are correct. It was a record-breaking 113 in downtown LA yesterday — we think, but are not sure, because the “official thermometer” (who knew?) hit 113. And promptly broke.
    I would never deny your right to complain about anything on your own blog — I enjoy what you have to say way too much.

  5. Courtney on September 28th, 2010 3:25 pm

    My husband sleeps with a t-shirt over his eyes like Riley is in the photo! Couldn’t be bothered to turn the light off, eh?

  6. Nicole on September 28th, 2010 3:28 pm

    I lived in Seattle for 8 years, and now live in SoCal, and I have to say that I’ll take our 113 degree heat w/10% humidity ANY DAY over your 75 degree, 85% humidity. Yeesh. Complain away!!

  7. Stephanie on September 28th, 2010 3:43 pm

    Great pic! Hopefully it didn’t hurt. I’m in Northern California (just outside of SF) and it’s 102 right now. Downtown SF is 95! Crazy.. I’m ready for the fall!

  8. Aimee on September 28th, 2010 4:17 pm

    This humidity is why I LEFT Georgia! It’s driving me nuts. Gross.

  9. barbara on September 28th, 2010 4:27 pm

    It’s evilly sticky out here in New England, too. I thought I left these days behind when I moved away from Florida! Already so fuckin’ tired of it.

    Riley — so cute! My kids do that all the time, too. Cracks me up every time. :)

  10. telegirl on September 28th, 2010 4:39 pm

    Just moved from central Oregon to the Portland area and we are experiencing the same thing here. WTF?! I am not used to this; I miss the drier climate that lives just over the Cascade Range.

  11. Christine on September 28th, 2010 5:11 pm

    You have a five-year-old who naps? No wonder you’re so productive! (But what time does he go to bed?)

  12. Annie on September 28th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Hello from sticky, hot, and nasty South Alabama! Your complaints get a big, “OMFG, I KNOW!!” from me. Can’t wait for fall and I’m loving the Survivor recaps!

  13. Victoria on September 28th, 2010 5:56 pm

    I so need a nap.

  14. clover on September 28th, 2010 6:51 pm

    I literally burst out laughing when you compared our weather to an armpit!! I got out of the car at the Puyallup Costco yesterday and thought the entire place SMELLED like an armpit

  15. Stacy on September 28th, 2010 6:54 pm

    You sort of have my sympathy because I live in DC. But, you also totally DO NOT have my sympathy because I live in DC and we have deathly armpit summers that last about 2-3 months.
    However, my eyebrows were all Wuz-Up Bitch?! at the mention of pumpkin flavored baked goods. BRING IT Fall!

  16. Ali on September 28th, 2010 7:31 pm

    Florida chiming in to say “Yes. We understand humidity and MAN does it suck here, too.”

    BUT, if I lived somewhere that was *supposed* to be cooler and drier (cough, looking at YOU, Washington), and generally what I would imagine Florida would be like if someone dragged a stick of ‘Soft ‘N Dry’ up and down this armpit state; then, yes. Even more reason for you to be pissed about the humidity.

    I recommend cool showers and lemonade!

  17. haitian american family of three on September 28th, 2010 9:22 pm

    Well as another Seattle person I agree that the weather is odd, but! I like the soft air. The big, brown stripped spiders are called “Gigantic House Spiders” they are harmless and this is their mating season, which is why they are suddenly everywhere-they’ll all go away soon. These spiders keep the poisonous ones away so its good they are here.

  18. sara on September 29th, 2010 12:41 am

    holla! From florida…….i laughed out loud about the dog panting on you all day long…..thats ExACTLY what it feels like…..hahaha!

  19. Eric's Mommy on September 29th, 2010 5:19 am

    It’s like an armpit here in MA too! I can’t stand it.

  20. Korinna on September 29th, 2010 6:02 am

    I like v. dramatic draping of the blanket over his eyes. As if he just succumbed to the sleep.

  21. sheilah on September 29th, 2010 7:42 am

    hehe…I can’t tell if that’s Riley or Dylan but my now 7 year old took naps until 5 or so too (still does sometimes) so rock on those naps. I love the foot wedged under the bureau.

  22. Lawyerish on September 29th, 2010 11:27 am

    It’s been horribly warm, humid and rainy in NYC this week, too — one bad hair day after another. We need some FALL up in here.

  23. Nicole on September 29th, 2010 3:56 pm

    Survivor is full of bat shit crazy people this season. I have to say I love it!

    I’ll come over if you promise not to ban me for being OT.

  24. M&Co. on September 29th, 2010 6:47 pm

    Those morons on Survivor voted Jimmy Johnson off! I had high hopes for them but now I just hope they crash and burn. Post when you put up your recap.

  25. Thursday on September 30th, 2010 10:37 am

    I still covet that striped bedcover.

  26. Redbecca on October 1st, 2010 7:18 am

    We had all that warm tropical moisture out here yesterday and coming up from the cool and relatively “dry” basement to the upstairs where the warm sticky breeze was blowing was like walking into a dog’s mouth. I am right there with you!

    Hey, your kid still takes naps. I am highly jealous. Ours quit several months before his 3rd birthday. The only time he nods off now is in the car, and if we’re lucky, the stars are aligned, etc., for about 20 – 30 minutes, tops.

  27. Leah on October 1st, 2010 5:40 pm

    BTW, your nature photos are AMAZING, even though no one’s mentioned them yet.

  28. Catriona on October 2nd, 2010 2:26 pm

    Riley napping – so sweet! My 2 year old does that too, fights sleep even though its blatenly obvious she needs to hit the reset button with a good nap. The whole, I don’t need a nap! I’m bouncing on the couch! I’m running through the livingroom! I’m not tired! I’m sskkknnnnzzzzz…… love it.

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