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I share dumb things, then you share dumb things, and we all have a better day because of it. Let’s get started! 

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Confession 1

I hate the term “spooky season”. That is all.

Confession 2

Does anyone actually enjoy sitting in an Adirondack chair?

I know they look cool, but I’ve never sat in one and thought “wow, this is the life. I love having my butt 2 inches from the ground and my legs pointed up at the sky in the most awkward angle possible. So glad I spent $400 on this”.

Confession 3

Our state approved a bill to make school lunch free for all kids in Washington state over the next two years. It’s a program that is rolling out slowly and is mainly for elementary-aged kids. I do wish it were for all schools and all kids, but baby steps.

I’m thrilled because you cannot teach hungry kids. My mom taught me that lesson as she spent her own money on snacks for her classroom.

But I’m also thrilled because the idea of not having to think about what to feed Bennett every day is my actual dream.

Confession 4

I walked into Ulta a few weeks ago because I was out of coverup. An employee was giving a makeover to someone right in front of the display case I needed to access.

She asked what I needed, and I said the coverup stick, and without even asking, she just defaulted to the palest color in the line and handed it to me.

I should have been offended but that is exactly the one I needed. Instead, I just felt seen.

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  1. I avoid shopping malls but, when I met a friend for lunch at one near me, we walked by a whole area for people to sit … in Adirondack chairs. We two, over 70, commented about how difficult it would to get out of one.

  2. My confession:  I think I am the only one that loves Adirondack Chairs – but I did grow up in the Adirondack Mountains so maybe that’s why. 

  3. 100% agree that kids can’t learn on an empty stomach. But using this logic, wouldn’t it make more sense for the schools to provide free breakfast? Otherwise, some kids are starving until lunch. I taught for quite a few years, and some of those kids totally depended on those free meals, not just the convenience. Once we offered breakfast, I saw a lot less food waste at breakfast than at lunch. Kudos to any and all districts that are working to right this issue.

    1. Our state already provides free breakfasts to students. This is in addition to that, which is so freaking awesome.

  4. We’ve been very lucky that Louisiana has given grants to Jefferson Parish for free lunch for the last few years. The only problem is that my youngest is a picky eater so I’m still making lunches. Small wins though.

  5. My kid headed to her first year of college last week. I cried when I hugged her before she and my husband left to get her moved in, but not anything more than that. I’m so happy she gets to move on to this next big adventure, adulting with bumpers on and living her best life.

  6. I love, love, love Halloween.  I always refer to it as Spooky Season!   We make our place so creepy that sometimes children skip it.  Hahahahaha!   When our youngest daughter lived at home, she would always dress as a princess or something very UNscary, and if she saw a child skip the house, she would go to them and give them candy.   I’ll try to meet them at the end of the driveway, but sometimes I have to give it to the parent because I dress as Maleficent, and they still won’t come near me.  (that is MY confession.  Unless they are really young, I find it hilarious when kids won’t come to our scary house)  Our 3-year-old granddaughter loves all things spooky though, so she has absolutely no problem approaching the 8′ tall Grim Reaper prowling the driveway (her grandfather), or me.  

    Those chairs are a menace! We call them Muskoka chairs here.  They are okay once you are in them, I find.  It is getting OUT that is the challenge!  I can’t get out of them with any grace whatsoever.

    Free lunches sounds amazing.  Our kids’ school had a “snack program” for a while.  It cost money at first, then was free for a couple of years before it was cancelled.  We did not participate, because my daughter preferred snacks from home.  But she helped out a lot. Unfortunately, there were OFTEN uneaten, abandoned snacks around the schoolyard after recess.

    Perhaps the woman at the cosmetic counter is just really good at her job.   She may have assessed you quickly and grabbed her recommendation, rather than just defaulting to pale?  (fun fact: my oldest used to work at a drug-store cosmetic counter.  She would get asked about her beautiful, red hair colour all the time.  When she was unable to give them a brand and box number because she grew it herself, people would actually get MAD at her!   She got told she was lying about it more than once. She has brown eyes and no freckles, so people assumed it wasn’t natural)

    1. I don’t have a problem with Halloween whatsoever, but I just hate the term “spooky season”. I think it’s been adopted by retailers and others who only want to profit on Halloween. They’ve tainted the term in my eyes.

  7. I’m 5’1 and I HATE Adirondack chairs because when I sit in them, my feet can’t touch the ground unless my butt is scooted way forward away from the back, and also I pretty much only ever sit in them near a fire and the angle is so weird that my legs or feet get roasted and the rest of me freezes. They look so great on postcards but they are the worst in real life.

    My kids get free lunch at school and it has made my life so, so much easier. They used to be in charge of packing their own lunches (with supervision) and it was a nightly struggle. Now I’m like “hope they have something you like, bye!”

    1. It sounds like no matter what height you are, these chairs SUCK.

      Love your comment on hoping they have something the kids like. When lunch was free in the year after Covid, Bennett got school lunch a lot. And he tried new things he would never try at home, which is great!

  8. Free lunch at school need to be every where. Our district started doing it and free breakfast a couple of years ago and it’s been great for out oldest and we’ve never had food insecurity at home. I can only imagine the relief for those parents that have a hard time. Our elementary school also does free snack of fruit or carrot sticks for every kid.

    1. Amen!!! And I love that it is produce that they give out for snacks. I have friends who work in districts where the morning snacks are all packaged and sugary. I’m not opposed to that sometimes, but eating every day is a recipe for sugar-crashing afternoons.