They are EVERYTHING. They are soft and comfy and flattering and cover all the necessary nubs and bits and make me feel like a proper adult with proper pajamas. I have all good feelings about these things, and Jason Pett, if you are reading, please note this for my birthday. (Gisele Box PJ Set. Color: Dusk or Water Blue. You're choice, love. Size: MEDIUM). Yes, gentle reader. I've grown. AND NOT JUST IN STATURE. ALSO IN GIRTH.
2. Crazy Things My Kids Say
Here are but two examples for your reading pleasure. Enjoy.
Landon: "Sleeping is NOT EASY. It takes skill. It takes practice. I HAVE LOTS OF PRACTICE."
Carter: "I could throw you to Africa. IF I was hydrated."
3. Essential Oil Diffusers EVERYWHERE EVERYWHERE EVERYWHERE
I love me some good smells. And the healing effects and preventative benefits of the oils (I don't think) can be disputed. And did I mention that I love me some good smells? By my bed, in my kitchen, in each boys' room (thank goodness for that. . . they emit all KINDS of odors), and in the CAR, for the love of oils. Can't. Get. Enough.
4. Amazon Prime.
5. Real Soap
Like in a circle that you keep in a dish by the sink. It smells good (see #3) and makes my hands feel strangely CLEANER. I'm not picky about what soaps live in the dish. . . hotel soaps are fine. . and I've decided real soap is MAKING A COMEBACK IN THE PETT HOUSE.
6. CAPITAL LETTERS. THAT ARE BOLDED. AND ITALICIZED.
I MAY HAVE A PROBLEM. BUT THE CAPITALIZATION AND ALL OF THE FEELINGS THEY REPRESENT CAN'T BE STOPPED!!!
They are a joy. A delight. I learn so much and laugh so much and cry so much and feel so informed and it makes folding laundry and doing dishes and driving all over creation much more enjoyable. I get to be a lurker without feeling CREEPY. Because I listen AND DO PRODUCTIVE THINGS, rather than just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook.
See also: Audible.com. LOVE IT. And PERISCOPE! I'm a super late adopter to all of this, but they are GAME CHANGERS. Love love love. . . all of the love.
8. MY TEAPOT AND LOOSE TEA and GERMAN ROCK SUGAR
This is how I keep this family afloat. How I keep the trains running on time. How I manage the mayhem. It is the BASIC TOOL OF MY TRADE. Super big shout out to my friend, Missy, without whom I would still be woefully UNDERCAFFEINATED.
9. Whacking the Singing Bowl
We ding it after we pray at dinner time and MUST BE SILENT UNTIL WE CAN NO LONGER HEAR THE SOUND. It is truly the only time we all are silent and still while we are together and conscious. It is often the highlight of my day. With four boys, I know you understand this.
And the grandmammy of them all. . . .
10. YOGA. In all forms. In all contexts.
As my indomitable Katie Ficca would say. . . Land, Air, and Sea! I love my weekly heated vinyasa flow with my favorite yogini friends. I love when we take to the air and swing from the hammock. I love that balance board blast and flowing out on the open water. I love doing yoga on my own with my intrepid video instructors. I even love doing yoga with my kids. Yoga quiets my very busy head while raising my heart rate and settling my soul. I heart yoga forever and ever. Amen.
And now. . .
*I realize that these can never be granted, because they are from fiction. Specifically, straight from the fabulous imagination of J.K. Rowling. But, a girl can dream, right?.
1. I know it's wrong. And I know that Hermione worked very hard to have them freed. She's right that it IS a form of slavery, after all. BUT IT IS ALSO FICTION.
I want a HOUSE ELF. Or two. Or maybe three. I could use some extra RESPONSIBLE hands around here.
2. This is also imaginary, but also my fervent wish.
I WANT PORTKEYS EVERYWHERE THAT I WANT TO GO.
Getting kids from the bus? Poof! They've arrived! Landon from preschool? No need to shower and DRIVE. . . he can get himself home. Jason needs to go to New York? DONE! He finds himself instantly in Central Park. Think how much more EFFICIENT we mothers would be if we no longer had to SCHLEP ANYONE AROUND? More reading! More writing! More thinking! More yoga! MORE TIME!!! Please!!! PORTKEYS FOR EVERYONE!
3. Lastly, I want one of those clocks that Mrs. Weasley had. You know, the one that shows where everyone is and when they are in transit. Now, I know that I could do that with the "Find My iPhone" app, but that feels too creepy and stalker-ish. I want the clock that is out in the open for all to see and be held accountable. Clock, please! Pronto!