December 10, 2016

Travel Hard: Iceland

January, 2012.

It was winter, which means it was dark approximately 20 hours a day.  There was a freak blizzard so everything was covered snow, which, paradoxically, is not the norm in Iceland.  Also, since Icelanders celebrate Christmas for 12 days, pretty much everything was closed.

I realize this is not everyone’s ideal vacation.  But for us, it was heaven.

Top 5 things to Love Hard about Iceland.  (In January)

  1. Nature.

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The volcanic terrain is simultaneously imposing and barren, alternating between seemingly endless expanses of rock, mind-blowing waterfalls, cliffs overlooking majestic black sand beaches, and serene glacier lakes.  Furry horses roam the tundra and tiny homes and churches speckle the hills under a constant glimmer of almost sunset.

2. Aurora Borealis.

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Seeing this was top 5 on my life bucket list.  They dance.  They literally waltz across the sky.  It’s breath-taking and elusive and once in a lifetime.

3. Solitude.

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We never fought jetlag.  Since most stores and restaurants (and almost all museums) were closed anyways, our favorite time to explore was between 2 and 4am, wandering the deserted streets of Reykjavik or standing knee deep in snow outside our adorable Inn in Vik, staring at the sky, waiting for the Northern Lights to dance across the abandoned farmhouse next door.

4. Magic.

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Fairies.  Iceland is magic.  Pure, raw, unfiltered magic.  It’s hard to describe.  You have to FEEL it.  The locals believe in Huldufólk – hidden people or elves… they build miniature versions of their homes and buildings to house them in the front yards.  I LOVE IT SO HARD. 

5. ?  New Years?  Fireworks?  People?  Hotel owners?

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Marriage after baby is a whole different ballgame.

I’ve been married for 8 years and with my husband for 15.

Essentially since we were fetal.

We know each other so well it’s frightening and obnoxious.

We were “that couple” in high school that made people throw up in their mouths because of annoying cuteness.

(Not so much in the physical sense- I had an unfortunate haircut that made me look like a mop, gnarly braces-filled teeth, and a unibrow.  My husband…. dammit, he was totally cute.  What a dick.)

We were a pretty solid, easy-going couple.

I never thought I would want to punch him on such a regular basis…. enter, BABY.

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Alt. title- “When in doubt, pee.”

admin-ajax (2) Always pee.

When you wake up, pee.

When baby goes down for a nap, pee.

Every free second you have, every time you think of it… pee.

Because you will inevitably forget, and then the baby will fall asleep on you for the first time all day, and you will get stuck, and have to somehow extricate yourself from a 6 month old who somehow weighs 800 pounds and will startle at a pin drop…so you will sit, and squirm, because you will HAVE TO PEE SO BAD.

And then the baby will sleep for 2 hours.

Do yourself a favor, always pee.

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September 8, 2016

Post Partem WTF.

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Alt. title- “Let’s talk about unwanted bodily fluids.”

So, you spend 10 months growing a human being inside your body.

You ache, you pee, you have weird growths and skin tags and unwanted hair, you fart …just….all the time.

You think, this is it, this is the worst part.  After the baby comes, everything will go back to normal.

Then the baby comes.

And the universe says MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA, you’re dumb.

Here are some super fun things to look forward to after you bring home your screaming squishy alien bundle of joy/poop!

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