I couldn’t make this up if I tried

I have meant to post this story for a few days/weeks now but honestly some days there are literally not enough hours in the day. I look at Aaron 3-5 nights a week at 11pm and I tell him I need more time, just a few more hours to accomplish everything. He usually agrees with me and we both finish folding the laundry and leave everything else for the next day, and head to bed.

Here’s the story, it’s pretty cool. Living in Los Angeles you encounter celebrities all the time. Even if I don’t run into them at the grocery store, it’s my client who has a daughter at the same preschool as the Affleck children, or my other client who attends school with Coco Arquette, waxing Greg Kinnear’s back, giving Ted Danson a facial, or Greta’s ballet class where I see Christian Bale often. Stuff like that is always happening. This time it happened to my mom. She went to Target one afternoon, which is quite random for her since she rarely goes to Target. She calls me on my cell and tells me she found a wallet in the shopping cart. Oh, and it’s Adam Sandler’s wallet. You see his studio is right around the corner from Target, on the Sony lot. I know this because Aaron has fixed the elevators on the Sony lot and saw Happy Madison Productions was there. See, stuff like this happens a lot.

I asked her what she did with it, because my first instinct would be to just drive over to Sony and drop the wallet off. She said she gave it to a Target employee. Oh no. You mean you gave a celebrity’s wallet with hundreds of dollars in cash in it, an Amex, and several IDs to just a random Target employee? Um, yeah. Oops. So I got off the phone with her and called Sony directly. I told the receptionist what a random call this was but to please let Adam Sandler’s office know that his wallet is still at Target. It took her about 2 minutes to ask me a few questions like where Target was located to be convinced I lived locally and wasn’t some stalker from Virginia. Sorry Virginia people, no offense.

About an hour later I received a call from his personal assistant thanking me, she had just picked up the wallet and wanted to let met know how grateful Adam was. Yeah, Adam. First name basis people. She said he believed in karma. She also wanted to know how I knew to call Sony, so I told her the little sidepoint that my husband has worked there before. She then asked for my address and I assured her it was my mother who found the wallet, and I would pass it along how appreciative he was.

This is where it gets way too small world-ish. The next day my husband’s co-worker who regularly works on the Sony lot was driving by one of the lunch benches on the lot, and saw Adam and one of his daughters eating lunch. He pulled over and asked if he got his wallet back. (Aaron had told him the story that morning) Adam laughed and said he did and to tell that mechanic’s mother in law that she is an honest and great lady! That afternoon a vase of beautiful flowers was delivered via courier with this note attached. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. Honestly. I already loved Adam Sandler before all this, and now I love him even more.

please excuse the iphone photos



I was trying to take some photos of the kids as we were on our way to see Beauty and the Beast. This is about the only good shot I got, and one kid is missing. Then the other two photos will show you what I end up with these days when I pull my camera out. Love them. And yes, Greta insisted on wearing her fur vest to the musical. Again, her sense of style I try not to interfere with. I just hope one day she will ask for my opinion, at least on occasion.

just another day being 4

Friday was pretty much heaven for Greta. She loves when I work at her school, she loves it even more when they have ‘paint your own face’ day at her school, and she loves it even more when she gets to take Oakland home for the weekend, and she loves it EVEN more than that when all that is followed by dance class. See for yourself. Photos courtesy of my iPhone.

Yes, she likes lots of color as you can tell from her tights. I rarely argue with her about her clothes unless it’s completely inappropriate for the occasion or if I insist on her wearing warmer items due to weather. She cracks me up with what she puts together but I love her experimenting. She comments quite often on what I wear and almost daily I hear the phrase, “mama, can you go to that store and see if they make that in kid size?” We debated back and forth between two names for her, 1. Greta, and 2. Piper. She could’ve been named either, but looking back she could’ve totally pulled off the name Pippa as well. I can’t wait until she reads Pippy Longstocking and see what her take is on her outfit choices.

And I’d like to report that we survived our crazy weekend of fun filled activities. We’ve had lots of houseguests rotating sleeping over, kid parties, basketball games, a renewed love for skateboarding by Gunnar, bike riding, more rain, book clubs, midnight snacks while catching up with old friends, a huge container of ladybugs that just got dispersed into our garden this evening,  lots of laundry, and lots of list making to get everything done tomorrow that was not accomplished this weekend.

friday, finally

Friday has finally arrived. Quite a week it has been. And the weekend will be busy indeed as well. Monday evening we visited with long time friends who lived in New York the same time as us. Since then they have lived in Mexico and Bolivia but are back in California. It’s so great to catch up with people, especially when you can pick up where you left off. Work has been pretty quiet, which was good since most of my days have been spent at the kids’ school. I was at the boys’ school Tuesday morning and most of Wednesday. The kids’ had their Open House Thursday night so I had to hang their class art work to be displayed for the Art Show. Open House was fantastic and I can’t wait to share everything that makes me so proud of my boys. And today, Friday, was my workday at Greta’s school. I will share pictures from the week sometime next week. We took the kids to see the musical Beauty and the Beast on Thursday afternoon with my parents. They loved it. It was my second time seeing it, and it’s just as good as the first time. Today I took the boys to another book club meeting at the library, this time the books were Captain Underpants. They were happy to say the least. I was able to check out some books for a gardening lesson my friend Peter is helping me with next week for Greta’s preschool, and an art lesson I am doing in both boys’ classes.

We have some more friends from our past visiting tonight and tomorrow. Since we saw them last in New York they now have three kiddies just like us! My kids are thrilled to actually meet them since they have only chatted with them via Skype. And although there’s a whole lot of land between Los Angeles and Alabama we are very kindred mama spirits.

Somewhere in there we managed to fit in a meeting over life insurance and money management. We are officially old, responsible people. We now are covered and can die. Just kidding, that sounds just awful! We still have to have our medical visit and blood tests, but barring they don’t find any terminal illnesses, we should be just fine. Also throw in there some time with my nephew where he is so close to letting out a giggle for his Zia, I can hardly wait.

Tomorrow Greta is beyond thrilled to be attending a Fairytale Princess Tea Party. Although it’s for Princes as well and Sawyer will be attending as her escort. I am just as excited to see Jane. 🙂 Gunnar and Aaron are psyched, yeah, I just typed the word psyched, to be going to the Clippers game tomorrow night. We won the same suite as last year’s from their school auction. Sunday will be rounded out by some facials for me all morning and maybe some rest that night. I can cross my fingers.

Happy weekending everyone! I am looking forward to Monday a tiny bit so I can breathe easy that this entire week has come to a close.

a little garden update

I have been a little nervous all week with the rain we had on Sunday and then again on Wednesday. But so far my plants have survived. I just thought I would do a little update. They deserve it, because they are still alive!

Our strawberries, the kids have been out there everyday checking on what they can pick and immediately eat. It’s a lot easier than I thought to grow strawberries, maybe next year we will give them a larger area.

Chives and onions. I love this little planter. I have another one, but that is empty, sadly, we ran out of soil before I could plant that one. And I’ve been too busy doing extremely boring stuff like amend my tax return. TWO hours of my life gone all because I forgot to include one little 1099 which in the end didn’t change our return a single dime, but still I figure I better amend it so they don’t think I’m trying to cheat them somehow. Oh, that and life insurance. See my very exciting life! Actually, the life insurance and money management thing is pretty thrilling. I will soon have a system people! A system!

All these photos are straight out of the camera, no editing. That’s really the color of the plants. As soon as it gets a little warmer, and drier, I can’t wait to try to make some compost tea. I have a feeling that my vegetable lovelies will be thrilled.

Not too much longer and I’ll be able to use the outside leaves of our lettuce plants.

Aaron made this little wire/wood trellis for our snap peas. I think they are quite happy with it at the moment.

The spinach is doing great as well. One of Gunnar’s favorite snacks is fresh spinach leaves wrapped around cherry tomatoes. Hopefully I can provide both of those items from this garden one day.