James starts back at school tomorrow and omg, I hear trumpets just TYPING those words. I couldn’t love that kid more, but he NEEDS that routine back in his life. And I do, too! Those kid-free hours are vital to my sanity and make me a better parent…plus I need that time to get work done! Or search for work, since I’m currently unemployed. 2017 needs to come through for me!

The dog needs him to go back to school, too.

Around The ‘Net

~One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die


~In the Operating Room During Gender Reassignment Surgery

~On Optimism and Despair

~Here’s What You Need To Know About The Coming Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding

~Ronda Rousey and the Complicated Legacy of a Complicated Star

~Chilean Navy Can’t Identify Mysterious Aircraft Caught on Video

~Why Power Women Are Micro-Dosing LSD at Work

~Kids Will Soon Be Able to Write Code With Lego

~This Mom Gave Birth to 4 Babies in 11 Months

~Strange Radio Bursts Seen Coming From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

~Carrie Fisher’s last Harrison Ford story isn’t romantic, it’s tragic

~This pilot has a stutter… but it disappears when he flies

~Did Inadequate Women’s Healthcare Destroy Star Wars’ Old Republic?

~Chris Pratt’s Call to Stardom

~The 5 Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day

Outfit Inspiration

If you’re lacking outfit inspiration, just think, “WWBW?”

I totally have this outfit.

Hey Alexa

I got Mike the Echo Dot for Christmas and we’ve been having a blast with it. We love that we can ask it to set a timer, or quiz us with Jeopardy questions, or have it add things to the grocery list. The kids, however, are OBSESSED with it. Annie asks it all sorts of things, from history (“Tell me about Anne Frank”) to spelling, (“How do you spell ‘excitement?'”) to geography (“What is the population of the United States?”). And then there’s James, who uses the device as his personal DJ. We’ve listened to a LOT of “Uptown Funk” and “It’s Raining Tacos.”

Random Finds of the Week

~This baby dragon light is so cute. For James, obviously.
~We have these hedgehog dryer balls and they actually work!
~I really want to try the Thaw Claw.

Happy Sunday, everyone!