Kicking Tires & Laughs

I swear it’s Murphy’s Law.   The weather turns to crap on holidays.

Do the Weather Gods know that it’s a holiday and everyone wants to be outside so they decide to just rain on everyone’s parade?  Literally.

Because we can have 364 days of endless sunshine here in San Diego…


And then a holiday comes and it’s dreary, overcast, windy, and drizzling.

Can’t go to the beaches.  Actually didn’t want to.

Didn’t want to drive to the actual mallInsanity, I’m sure.

So Skylar and I walked around our neighborhood

Just kind of kicking tires and seeing what we saw.  No big agenda.

We went into a vintage-meets-punk-meets-new-meets-recycled store

Lots of feathers

All synthetic.  Don’t get your undies in a feathery wad.

I told you feathers are the rage here

Skylar tried on a feather barrette

An Owl necklace caught my eye.  Along with a million other things.

We carried on to Urban Outfitters

The last item I purchased from U.O. were some jeggingsBlast from the past.  Can’t believe it’s been over a year!

I drooled over the new fall merchandise

And the knick-knacks that I never knew I “wanted” until I saw them

Oh the fun I could have

More feathers!

And then I spotted this knit owl phone cover

I already am rocking the white iphone case that I love..

..But this owl is so cute!

Owls are all the rage lately, too:

Anthropologie Owls I saw

West Elm Owls I saw

It’s Owl Mania!  Makes Janetha happy, I’m sure.  Our resident Owl Queen.

While I was looking at owls and knick-knacks, Skylar found this Sound Machine

It makes 10 different sounds from toilet flushing to burping to farting sounds.  Classy.

Oh, the simple pleasures.  From ages 4 to 84, certain sounds always make people laugh

So it was a rainy day, but we just kicked tires, as my mom used to say.

Didn’t spend any money.

Did the just browsing & talking myself out of it thingBonus for my wallet.

And we had some Bonding TimeBigger Bonus.

And then we bonded over Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies


1. Do you have any favorites activities you do to just pass an hour or two?  Favorite tire kicking things to do?

Normally I am extremely busy and really don’t have time to just “kick tires” too much these days.

It’s all about trying to fit in work, other projects I’m working on, photography, cooking, blogging, working out, or just life and parenting.  Not enough hours in the day to usually get it all done!

But it’s a holiday.  I downshifted gears and am glad I kicked a few tires with my Pumpkin.

After all, one day I sooner than I know, I will be deemed uncool and it will be heresy to be seen with your mom out in public.  I hope that never happens but junior high and hormones do a number on us all.

2. What was the last thing that you got a great big belly laugh from?

Just listening to Skylar laugh hysterically gets me laughing.

The giggles and laughter are most definitely contagious!

I hope everyone had a nice holiday and if you’re not celebrating the holiday, hopefully Monday was a good day.

P.S. Winner announced on the next post for the No More Pests Giveaway

52 comments on “Kicking Tires & Laughs”

  1. I’ve probably laughed hardest at my dog! haha-
    by the way your photography is and always has been stunning!!!! I would love a camera like yours!!!! (-: beautiful work!

  2. Looks like a great day together! Even if she does go “teenager” on you, she’ll come back around. I spent the better part of Saturday hanging out with my mom and had a blast. :)

  3. Fun. I need to just browse around like that more often just to get out and get fresh air, check out fun shops.

  4. I love “kicking tires”. I don’t have big stores around here – my village has fewer than 2000 people – but I can still find a lot of things to look at when walking! My favourite spot to kill an hour is at a thrift shop, an antique store or a flea market.

  5. Sorry to see you had a gloomy day yesterday, the weather here was beautiful! The air is slowly getting chilly which I just love.

    To kill time I like to walk around our neighborhood or I’ll call one of my sisters — both great ways to pass the time.

  6. It was crappy here yesterday, too. I spent the day in the kitchen making sauce from freshly picked tomatoes and roasted a bunch of peppers, too. Creating in the kitchen always calms me down….not that I needed calming yesterday, but ya know what I mean! ;)

  7. I think it’s rainy everywhere right now!!! I didn’t mind the rain though– gave me a chance to sleep and grade without feeling like I was wasting a beautiful free day!

    Love browsing shops like that…although it can be hard to have self-control with so much cute stuff :-)

  8. I’m sorry to hear that the weather was bad :S It was SOOO nice this whole weekend for us! Yesterday was a scorcher! I watered the grass + garden before it got too hot, then spent the day cleaning with all the windows open and ended up eating my dinner outside. It was beautiful! Don’t mean to rub it in… I’ll send the good weather vibes your way :)

  9. Boooooo bad weather! It really is true that it tends to go bad when we really want for it to be good. I usually find myself in the kitchen when I have time to pass. Either that or go for a walk outside! Most of the time I convince myself that I need a cup of fancy tea, and that is where I end up. My Love and My Baby Sister ALWAYS make me laugh so hard! At least once a day! But I bet laughs for your little pumpkin are much better.

  10. Not a restful weekend at all. We did manual labor! Putting a planter and a patio in the front of our house. When all is done, it will be a wonderful place to relax and meet neighbors walking their dogs. One of my favorite haunts is Half Price Books, never get tired of looking for a treasure. Made a batch of nootchy sauce kale…nearly gone. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  11. I think the last time I belly laughed was when I was hanging out with my best friend. We always have those moments where we just can’t stop laughing!

    The wedding we went to was quite awesome. Free wine makes anything better ;) And it was so weird to be downtown all dressed up. Definitely am going to have to do that again, although without the alcohol. I don’t actually drink much, so I spent far too long on Labor day doing anything but moving from the couch with the thought “oh yeah THAT’s why I don’t do this.)

  12. Sorry you had crappy weather. Ours was great (albeit HOT) all weekend, and now it’s rainy and should be all week long. The boyfriend and I spent some quality time together about 4 hours north of home in VT. It was fantastic to just enjoy each others’ company with no distractions, and we didn’t get sick of each other so that’s a good sign :)

  13. Just saw this post and realized I was in your neighborhood last night, and although I am sure you are aware of it, there is the most amazing dessert store right there near you.

    Extraordinary Desserts, it’s on fifth. Had their La Bete Noir cake last night and it was almost too rich. You should check them out if you haven’t been there already. They’re on Fifth

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