I don’t know if you remember seeing this Imaginary Star Chart in a cookie jar earlier this year:

I loved it (obviously), and the Romgi said he really liked it. Recently I was trying to think of a Father’s Day gift for him that wasn’t too…popsicle-pencil-holder-y. You know? It turns out I’d put this on my secret list of gift ideas. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a $100 budget for parental holiday presents – especially since I told the Romgi that all I wanted for Mother’s Day was french toast and a nap. (Both were divine.)

So, since I value my time a lot less than $100 (I sadly don’t get paid at all, for anything), I spent a few hours making my own imaginary star chart.

Of course, since I’ve looked closely at both the original painting and my own rendition, I can see how mine is inferior – which I can blame on inexperience. But you know what? I’m really, really pleased with how it turned out. In fact, this reminds me of the part in Finding Nemo (we’ve seen it a lot) where Marlin says, “I feel…happy. Which is a big deal. For me.” The Romgi has been after me lately because I’m overly critical of everything I do. This painting, though – I actually love it, and I enjoyed doing it!

It made a great early Father’s Day present to my favorite person in the galaxy.


The Bwun at 6 months

The Bwun at 6 months

jr at 7 months

jr at 7 months


Friday was a stressful day for me.

Baby jr woke up around 6am again, which, as I’ve said before, is way too early. Thankfully, she was ready to go back to sleep by 6:30 – and the Romgi played with her in the interim. When jr woke up again at 8, the Romgi had already left to go fishing, so I mentally prepared myself for a few hours with the kids and then an evening at the symphony with the Romgi.

By 10 the kids were both going berserk. jr obviously needed a nap but wouldn’t go to sleep. The Bwun was hitting, throwing, and kicking despite numerous time outs and severe talking-tos. (I’m debating whether there ought to be an apostrophe there just for visual clarity – talking to’s? What do you think? I generally avoid apostrophes, since the rest of the world uses too many. But I’m unsure here.) I had left a message for the Romgi right after I woke up that he should bring home some donuts, but I eventually I gave up on getting them for breakfast. There was a lot of crying and screaming in our house, and I was worn out.

At noon I decided the Romgi had been out long enough. My patience with the kids was gone, and I was frustrated that the Romgi got a day off work while I was still doing my full-time job. (Speaking of which, I’m a little disappointed that there’s no overtime pay for motherhood, since it’s already around-the-clock. Then again, I’m not getting any money for this anyway…) I left another message for the Romgi – a very abrupt message – telling him that he needed to come home soon. I do want the Romgi to have fun fishing or whatever he wants to do with his time off, but not at the expense of my sanity. It seems only fair that I get a break, too.

Another hour passed without hearing back from the Romgi. I called him again; this time, his phone went straight to voicemail. And I started to get a little concerned. The most likely explanation was that his phone had died, but I realized he’d been gone for at least 5 hours – maybe more, depending on what time he left – and that was a lot longer than he normally spent fishing.

By 2 I was beginning to seriously consider that something might be wrong. I thought about calling the local emergency rooms to see if the Romgi had been admitted, but I talked myself out of it because it seemed improbable. After another hour, though, I called my mom and the Romgi’s dad to ask what to do. I knew it was much too soon for the Romgi to be considered a missing person. But he’d been gone for 7+ hours by that point, and I didn’t feel like it was typical of the Romgi to spend the whole day fishing (especially considering that I was spending the whole day at home with the kids).

For the next hour I thought about how to handle the situation if the Romgi was missing, injured, or dead. Some part of me must have realized how unlikely that was, because one concern that came up was fixing the paint stain on our bedroom carpet. I made up my mind to cancel our symphony plans if he hadn’t come home by 5, and to call a friend or relative to come over for support if he was still gone at 6.

Then –

Just after 4, our car pulled into the driveway. I admit, I ran out crying. The Romgi was rather taken aback.

He explained that he didn’t have reception on his phone, and it must have died sometime during the day – when he noticed it was off, he came home, but he had no idea what time it was.

That’s right, he was having such a great time fishing that 9 hours flew by.

The Romgi did bring one of these home with him:

After much apologizing, and “How can I make it up to you”-ing, the Romgi went out to gut the fish. Yep, he had brought it back still alive and stored it in a bucket of water while he tried to calm me down. And honestly, watching that fish die was nearly as bad as spending hours worrying about the Romgi being missing.

We didn’t end up going to the symphony – by the time I felt less emotionally frazzled, I would’ve had to rush to get ready, and the fear of being late makes me really, really stressed. So we canceled our plans and had a quiet evening in.

Next up: catfish fillets!


Happy Cinco de Mayo + anniversary to the Romgi and I.

Sorry to everyone else, but we have the best life ever.

Heart heart.

Buddy Holly

In the immortal words of Weezer, “What’s with these homies dissin’ my girl?”

I never really got that, but I know it has something to do with the Romgi loving me.

The Sleeping Beauty

music by P.I. Tchaikovsky / produced by Adam Sklute / performed by Ballet West

The Romgi and I were able to go to the Saturday evening performance of The Sleeping Beauty. As a whole, it was amazing. Let me first tell you some things I disliked and then I’ll rave about how absolutely phenomenal it was.

I was not a fan of the costumes. Don’t get me wrong, I like tutus, but they can be overdone. And here they were. Every major character was in a nearly-identical tutu, covered with sparkles. The five fairies were in distinct colors, but then a lot of other characters, including Aurora, had neutral-colored costumes and it didn’t seem like there was enough emphasis on her as The Main Character.

The evil fairy, Carabosse, uses impressive magic to disappear from stage with a flash of light and a puff of smoke. Unfortunately, the flash of light was blinding. It was so bright that it hurt my eyes and I couldn’t focus on the other dancers afterward. The fun effect was ruined by the violence it did to the audience.

My biggest complaint, and the Romgi agrees with me, was that the producer wanted to “re-conceive” and “re-envision” the ballet to make it relevant for modern audiences. This seemed to mean “Give them something to laugh about.” Personally, I didn’t go to the ballet to be amused. The cutesy slapstick attitude of the fairy tale characters in Act III felt inappropriate.

That being said…

What a breathtaking evening! I enjoyed the performance so much. The dancers were superb – they astounded me with their grace, their strength, their talent. It was beautiful. And it was inspiring. I felt that this was an example of the tremendous heights to which humanity can rise. This really was a profound experience for me.

Also, the sweet old lady behind me remarked that I must be a ballerina because I look just like one. Oh, flattery.

I'll take a separate picture of the amazing GOLD SHOES I wore.