Surfing Sunday 12.09

I am just…so glad November is over. November 2018 can absolutely suck it. My sweet town is doing what it can to heal after the shooting and the fires (which I will write about this week). We’ve done our best to keep things as normal as possible for my kids. They were out of school for 18 days, which was a challenge, but their school did a tremendous job of easing them back into regular life. Whatever “regular” is these days…I’m honestly not sure.

In far better news, today is Mike’s birthday!!! Hurray for another wonderful year of our wonderful Mike. The kids and I are so happy to celebrate and spoil him. Happy birthday to the best daddy and husband ever! We love you!!!

Around The ‘Net

~For Ventura County Sheriff, a Nightmarish End to Four-Decade Career

~A Frantic Call, a Neighbor’s Knock, but Few Official Alerts as Wildfire Closed In

~Girl Who Wrote Acclaimed Essay On Gun Violence Is Killed By Stray Bullet

~Hide, deny, spin, threaten: How the school district tried to mask failures that led to Parkland shooting

~The Crispr baby news was carefully orchestrated PR—until it all went wrong

~For the principal with the most homeless students in L.A., the reality of poverty is personal

~She Spent 14 Years In Prison After Her Unexpected Birth Was Ruled A Homicide

~9-year-old gets Colorado town to end ban on snowball fights

~An ATF agent led a “double life.” Then his girlfriend turned up dead.

~Cancer-Stricken San Pedro Mom Gives Birth to Healthy Twins Days After Finding Bone-Marrow Donor

~The Woman Who Cared for Hundreds of Abandoned Gay Men Dying of AIDS

~For the first time, a baby is born via a uterus transplant from a deceased donor

~When Tulips Kill

~The surprising fragility of a powerful perk: company culture

~The supercalifragilistic Lin-Manuel Miranda

~The high-earning mall Santas making bank this Christmas

~‘A Star Is Born’: Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson take a deep dive on ‘Shallow’

~23andMe Informed Me My Husband and I Are Related

Practically Perfect

My brother invited me to the world premiere of the movie “Mary Poppins Returns,” and you guys, it’s so sweet. It keeps the spirit of the original while still being a completely lovely sequel that stands on its own. Emily Blunt is FANTASTIC and Lin-Manuel Miranda looks like he’s never had more fun in his whole life. I can’t wait to see it again with Annie and James when it’s released in a few weeks. I’ll write-up my after-party experience this week, because it was everything I’d imagined it would be!

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Fun Stuff

~I’ve tried a lot of different massage tools, but this back buddy that my friend Jen introduced me to is amazing.
~This hands-free light is good for anyone who likes to read at night, or could maybe use some extra light when they’re sewing or doing other crafty things with both hands.
~A great gift for a person who loves coffee and is also dead inside.
~This stuffed animal sewing kit will be perfect for Annie!
~If your kids are obsessed with American Ninja Warrior (like mine), this kit can turn your backyard into a personal ninja course. If we had grass in our backyard we’d be all over it!!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Thousand Oaks, My Home

I’ve had this window on my computer open for two weeks, the cursor blinking over and over. But I didn’t know what to write. The words are gone. On November 8, we woke up the news that America’s latest mass-shooting had taken place in my town, Thousand Oaks, California. I grew up in Thousand Oaks….

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Surfing Sunday 11.04

I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween! We had a great one. My kids dressed up as Indiana Jones and a Zombie Softball player, which is so perfect for both of them. Annie and James started the evening trick-or-treating together, but Annie peeled away from us when we ran into a group…

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