Friday Things

Ahhh, the first day of school is in sight!  We had our meet the teacher day yesterday and got our school supplies.  Also, our school does the Staples SchoolKidz program where you can order your supplies in one big box at the end of the school year for the following year.  Holy lifesaver!  Every single item was accounted for and they even include labels with your child's name for labeling all the random crap.  WIN.  I did not have to stalk the aisles looking for just the right pencils, the right size set of crayons - a weight has been lifted, I tell you.  

I loved this post from Jen Hatmaker on surviving summer.  And just as I'm limping toward the finish line of summer, I'll be limping towards the finish line at the end of the school year, too.  It's a necessary, yet endless cycle.  By the end of May, my kids need a break from all the homework and some unstructured time - lots of quality together time.  

So much togetherness, we even started dressing the same!  We've lost our individuality!  Or, I dress 3/4 of our household and I like navy stripes...

And by the end of summer, that time is no longer quality. we need the structure and the break from each other and all of the endless SNIPING and FIGHTING and RESTLESS ENERGY OMG.  Ahem, on to fun random internet things...

Oh how I love Buzzfeed.  This 37 Essential Life Hacks is a revelation: I think #17 is my favorite.  I wish I had this information when I was in college.  Also, it's no secret I love Trader Joe's, this 23 Reasons Trader Joe's Is The Best Grocery Store That Ever Was is legit.

Those tricksters at Trader Joe's are always giving me deeeeelicious samples and making me buy MOAR STUFFF..

This sauce immediately went into my cart this week.  I think we'll slather it over our leftover carnitas for sandwiches in the near future.

OK, I need to talk about the VMAs...  How spectacularly awesome is Justin Timberlake??  I for one think that should be the most talked about portion of the show.  (Okay, except for this perfectly timed mashup with Sunday's Breaking Bad: from Huffington Post) JT's performance was at least fifteen whole minutes of singing and crazy awesome dancing.  I'm getting tired just thinking about it.  I juuuust missed the boat on being an N'Sync fan, as I was well into my 20s when they hit it big.  But do I have a vivid memory of being absolutely RIVETED by the an HBO N'Sync live concert special when I was about 26 and still living with my best girls in our Chicago apartment on Newport.  At the time, I remember we felt a little ashamed to be crushing on this Justin kid, mesmerized by his dance moves.  Boy, does he still got 'em.  I really had no love for Suit and Tie when it came out, but I have mad love for Mirrors and the video is a rather emotional one to watch.  That kid (yeah, he's a kid to me) deserved his moon men awards and a lot more attention from the weekend than we're giving him.  I've just gotta add it to the playlist.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

2013 Playlist
Wake Me Up by Avicii and Aloe Blacc
Hey Now by Martin Solveig
We Come Running by Youngblood Hawke
Take You Higher by Goodwill and Hook N Sling
Justice and Independence by John Mellencamp
Glowing by Nikki Williams
Easy  by Porter Robinson (and Matt Zo).
I Could be the One by Avicii featuring Nicky Romero
Pair of Dice by Tiesto
Ain't No Stoppin' by Ferry Corsten (featuring Ben Hague)
Come and Get It by Selena Gomez
Apollo by Hardwell featuring Amba Shepherd
This Head I Hold by Electric Guest
Castles in the Sky by Ian Van Dahl
Feel this Moment by Pitbull, featuring Christina Aguilera
Into Your Arms by the Lemonheads
Just Give me a Reason by Pink
I Love It by Icona Pop
Little Secrets Passion Pit
Sovereign Light Cafe by Keane, remixed by Afrojack
Clarity by Zedd
Years by Alesso
Something Good Can Work by Two Door Cinema Club
She Wolf by David Guetta, featuring Sia
Alive by Krewella
Illmerica by Wolfgang Garnter
Drowning by Armin van Buren
Give Me Your Hand by The Ready Set
Language by Porter Robinson
Cry for You by September
You Are My Diamond by Tiesto - featuring Kianna
Arguru - Deadmau5
We Are by Jus Jack & Oza, featuring Aeone


  1. I agree about JT. I was much too old when N'Sync came out, but I did go to his concert in 2005 or 2006. I had to drag my girlfriend, and I swear we were some of the oldest ladies there. I didn't care. He was AWESOME in concert and only wish I could have seen him last month here when he toured with Jay-Z. I am not ashamed to admit my old lady crush on him!