that sounds really futuristic.

doesn't it?

especially if you say it twenty-twelve.

in which case you should punch yourself in the boobs.


i am not a big resolution person,

mostly bc that's an awful lot of pressure to put on yourself.

sure, i can say that i want to watch less the bachelor and more the science channel...

and that is an admirable goal bc it means i will become smarter at science but-

it also means that you will not be laughing along with my bachelor tweets and that is not helping you meet your resolution of laughing more.



but seriously, i do have some personal resolutions this year though i prefer to call them goals.

they aren't totally hashed out yet however, i will probably get around to it mid-march-ish.


it's good to be back here with you.

i missed you.

it feels like diarrhea without you.



so someone had a birthday she will never forget....



the tent was a success even though we cheated and used my parents' pop up beach tent.

at the end of the day we had a ceiling fan to contend with and no other spot for it.

the tent ended up being H U G E but it was perfect.


this is how it started:

mike had to blow beach sand off the tent with his blow hole.

just kidding it was a leaf blower.



once it was cleaned off he popped it down and popped it back up inside...



i put down a bunch of throw rugs as the base and then just layered sheets, blankets, comforters, mattress pads etc..

anything soft and squishy was fair game.

(this step had to be taken apart and repeated bc i realized on thursday when i was laying all the rugs and blankets out that i would have to wait to do this step otherwise i would risk having to clean cat shit off of every single one, so i did this step last but if you don't have cats i recommend you do this step first.)


then it was time for lights and stars..

fiona and i made the stars and mike hung them.


then it was time for the top and sides of the tent.

my goal was to make it look less like a wedding tent and more like a bohemian tent..


i used clothespins to attach every last sheet, tablecloth, duvet cover and large piece of fabric i had.

i started with the sides..


i created a little opening on the side for escaping that they could close when they wanted to.


i layered all the sides first..


then the top..



i just worked my way around like i did with the sides.




as a last bit of decoration fiona and i hung some pictures from coloring books she had done.

sort of like a banner.




a tv and dvd player were installed..


once the girls arrived and jizzed all over the tent we got in the car..


(kate, fiona and esther)


went to fernbank..



a couple of playgrounds..



then home..

for nuggets, tater tots, kale salad (i try) and movies in the tent...




and pony painting..


and then finally, AT 11:15!!!  sleep.


the next morning there were dadcakes with nutella..


and then a run around the neighborhood..


around 10 am they turned into mobwives season 1 and season 2.

and i had to send esther and kate on their way.


just kidding.

truth be told it was mine who started to act like drita.

the other two were perfect.


all in all this party was a HUGE success.

the perfect number of humans.

no more than 3 i say.

including your own.


i would do this again a million times.

but next time i will for sure try to hide the white on the inside of the tent with more fabric or sheets or whatever..

it was the only part of the tent that bugged me.

i just didn't have anything left.



if you are considering a tent for whatever reason i highly recommend it.

since saturday we have had dinner every night as a family in the tent and fiona and i have watched 2 movies together.


not sure when we will take it down.

maybe never.

or until the first cat pees on it.




happy new year!


i tried throwing croutons at it..

but my pesky blog problem wouldn't go away.

i even called the squarespace support team and yelled 'GO AWAY!!'

did not work. 


apparently some of you were seeing an "MFAMB DOWN" warning every time you tried to access my blog,

yet some of you had no problems.

turns out i hadn't paid the domain site's annual 20 dollar fee. 

seems their notices were going straight to my spam folder.

so i paid it and then was told it could take 24 hours to fix.

was also told that i should tell all of you to reboot and/or clear your cache.


so i said.."YOU tell them!"

and then i punched everyone in the kidneys.



that's what the problem was.


if you're reading this then all is well.

if not..well...that is sucky for us all.


moving on.

 fiona's 7th birthday is around the corner (dec. 31st to be exact) and i have never had a proper party for her.

this year it is going to be pretty special..

3 of her little girl school pals are coming over for a trip to fernbank museum (super fun with lots of cool activities), then to tacqueria del sol for delicious tacos, then to star provisions for cupcakes (the best cupcakes i've ever tasted).

then it's home for a slumber party.

but not just any slumber party....


mike and i (mike only) will be constructing an indoor tent of bohemian spectacularness.

the idea came from the movie The Holiday..

you remember..

the little girls' super special tent in their room with the christmas lights and cut-out stars?


this one..


they will sleep in it!


i have gathered a few tent-y images over the past few weeks for inspiration..


(mike..pay attention to all of these scenarios..

and when you go to construct it, make that shit wide enough for sleeping and activities.

the blog world is watching and waiting.

so it better be fucking magical!)





yes. there needs to be a tv and cats. 


and pom pom fringe and ikat.




make one of these for me please.


that is major.


homeless chic.



 bed tents are fun too.











simple yet effective.




this is pretty great.


crazy awesome.



ok then.


reach for the stars!!



my birthday and my favorites

yep friends.

it's my birthday.

i have already opened my jacquie lawson E card of a dog digging in some ivy and shit.

i have already opened my cookbook present.

and now i present to you some of my favorite rooms that i like for long time...



i still love you domino purple and black and peach room.






not sure how i'll feel about you in a few years but i like you a lot right now.



the chairs with the books and the gray.....good.



i have the exact same doors.  even the knobs.  except only one of mine is black..

bc i am a lazy asshole who needs to be karate chopped.

in any case i LOVE this entrance hall area place.



yard gathering.






stop the madness.



 best kitchen ever i think.


yes. for sure.



this bathroom shreds my heart into pulled-heart sandwiches.



nursery finery.




triple hearts club.



this sings to my inner rainmain.



a big, striped hug.



and so began my love of rust velvet.



and so began my love of blue velvet.



englishy forever.



yes.  i would suck on a chicken pox lolli-pop just to call this my sickbed.







that's enough.

there's like a thousand more but i got bored.





for those of you pulling your oils i have some updates...

i feel better.

more energy.

sleeping like a horse after a race.


i am zitty.

i am pretty sure that it's just wine and nutella coming out of my skin.

oh and i have the weirdest taste in my throat...

like old boogers.


anyone else?

i know zdub got a bloody nose.





old hippie birthday farts,