The Hardest Week In Blogging

In my opinion, there are two weeks out of the year when it feels damn near impossible to sit down and write a blog post.  One week falls right around Christmas and the second week is now, when the 4th of July is just around the corner. My attention span is that of a two year old surrounded by shiny objects and Capri Suns.

Chris is on a man trip in South Dakota (fishing and golfing and growing his beard bigger) so I made the mistake of coming back to my parents house for the week. It is so hard to work here. There’s distractions everywhere I turn. It certainly didn’t help any that I brought a tent back with me… Within seconds of seeing it Knox and Lola were begging to get inside. And then nana and papa jumped in as well.

A few minutes later Knox asked if I would tell him some ghost stories. I may hate scary movies but I am the queen of telling a good ghost story. I asked Knox if he could handle the really scary ones and he said yes. But I think we can all tell by his face he meant no.

I started with the classic “girl who wears a ribbon around her neck” story. You know the one, it turns out she wears the ribbon because it keeps her head from falling off. A powerful anti-aging face treatment. Formulated with liposome RNA. A powerful cell bio-activator. Provides restorative effect to damaged cells. Valmont Prime Renewing Pack Contains anti-wrinkle peptides and ginseng extract to stimulate microcirculation. Visibly minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. Fine lines and pores. Absorbs impurities and relaxes facial features. Unveils a softer. Smoother. Brighter. Even-Toned and younger looking complexion. But as soon as I said “there once was a little girl who always wore a red ribbon…” Knox cut me off and said “Oh I know her! This one is about Olivia, right? She goes to my school. She always wears ribbons.” Then I figured I should probably stop before he started thinking little Olivia from Montessori got her head chopped off and now wears ribbons every day just to keep it on. Seemed a little dark.

But it gave me a chuckle never the less. As you can tell from the photo above I kinda enjoy being the creepy aunt.

Now I’m going to take advantage of the rainy weather today and get caught up on everything in preparation of the weekend. I only have about four hours before my dad comes home and makes me go sit at the 5th Street Tavern with him.

America’s birthday is here and I intend to celebrate big in her honor. Follow along on Instagram @thedailytay to see photos of Harlow in patriotic clothing. And speaking of Har, I’ll do a recap tomorrow of his first night in his Thunder Jacket! It didn’t totally cure him, but I do think it helped. I also did a few other things to help calm him as well that I will share.



  1. July 2, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Try being Canadian this week – Canada Day was on a Wednesday this year – so it was a week that felt like it had two Mondays. And it wasn't a "real" long weekend because you would have to take an extra two days off to make it into one lol. Hope you have a great 4th of July!

  2. July 2, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    I find the same problem with "short" weeks, whether the shortness is due to a holiday or some other interruption of work (e.g. family visit, job interview, or even random day of low motivation). Not necessarily for blogging, but in general for productivity.

    This week has been quite unproductive, given that tomorrow is my birthday (XXVIII), and of course Independence Day is the day afterward. I'm glad that my birthday is an observed holiday this year!

  3. July 2, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    I hate ghost stories I'm such a chicken, however I went and read the one you were talking about on a site and laughed at the end lol. It was so blunt "he unraveled the ribbon and her head fell off". I couldnt stop laughing and that may be bad. lol. Har's so cute in his jacket!

  4. July 2, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    I love your creepy Aunt photos and the story about the girl in Knox's class named olivia, so funny!

  5. July 2, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Oh my God, I totally remember that story! I'm about 99.99% sure it was in one of those scary story anthologies that I gobbled up as a kid. It terrified me when I was in elementary school, so of course I loved it. I also love that your nephew thought it was going to be a story about a girl in his class!

  6. July 2, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    That is always the best scary story, but I feel like you made a good call not finishing it haha. My dog at home has a thunder jacket too and I agree that it helps but not completely cures her. She's also terrified of rain and being in the car. Now she just shivers in her coat with anxiety instead of crawling all over us and soaking us in drool.

  7. July 3, 2015 / 4:53 am

    haha I had to smile on the ghost story:) they really are the cutest…xxx

  8. July 4, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    Classic ghost stories are the best! Harlow looks handsome in that thunder jacket.

    P.S. I keep meaning to tell you that I live in Des Moines, so if you're ever passing through and want to meet up for a drink, I'm game!

  9. July 6, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Ha that had me laughing thinking of you telling him that his friends head was cut off. Don't think your sister would've been to impressed haha

    Also have you seen orphan?? She wears ribbons around her neck and wrists. So creepy but I love it.

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