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Just keep swimming, just keep swimming

Today is Swim Day!! I am super excited but the weather is bumming me out. I checked on my iPhone and it looks like low 70’s 😦 Luckily, Keith’s pool is solar heated so it should be nice and warm for Liv. I can’t wait for her to wear her bathing suit. Yesterday when Antz came home he made an early supper for us and it was delicious! I went to the grocery store and almost bought cupcake sprinkles *I’m waiting until I get the supplies I need before I buy decorations*. When I got home we decided to take Liv on a walk in Atwater Village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was nice, a bit chilly *lame summer weather strikes again* Liv was happy in her stroller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We stopped at Starbucks and Antz had a frappaccino and we both had some yummy lemon cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We walked past my *dream home* and once again I have fallen in love with the neighborhood. It was close to dusk and people were coming home from work and it was nice to be in a friendly, quiet neighborhood. While we were walking, we noticed tons of spiders and we warned this woman who was walking behind us and she started chatting with us. That NEVER happens on my street. Everyone around here is guarded and rude. In Atwater, there’s always young couples walking with their babies and dogs. There’s no loud music or teens *wannabe gangsters* hanging out on the corner like my street. On Glendale Blvd. there’s the cutest Mom & Pop shops *Woof is one of my faves*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But sadly because of the economy, many of these adorable shops are closing *case in point* All Aboard, a cute gift shop where I bought some retro 60’s party invitations last year is closing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coldstone Creamy closed last year and one of my favorite art galleries Black Maria closed *but yesterday I saw a sign on the door saying art classes will be coming soon* so that’s a happy prospect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The point is, Atwater is awesome but I know if I were to move there *my lovely kharma* all the charm would have left the Village. I also feel like although the area I want to move in is great, the crime rate *particularly home and car theft* is high. There is also a big homeless, and graffiti problem but that is rampant throughout Los Angeles. There’s also a lack of my favorite places to eat on that side of town. There is Hard Times pizza, Alcapulcos and a brownie shop I like. There’s also a huge shopping center in North Atwater that has a bunch of places to eat. Last night we went to the shopping center to go to Best Buy since I needed a new iphone connector for my car. The last one I bought was terrible! It always had static and a low ringing buzz so I asked someone which was the best for my car and he said I could only get the same connector again *radio transmitter*. I bought a wireless one but as soon as I tried it in my car it had static and radio interference just like my old one. Antz wants me to return it but I need something to play my ipod in my car and I already opened the box so I’m not sure I can return it *without a restocking fee*. While we were there, I spoke to someone about the iPhone 4. I really want to buy ours before our anniversary *August 18th*  but she told me that there is an issue with the iPhone 4’s antennea so it would be wise to wait until September. She took my phone number to call me when it’s in stock *although I doubt she’ll remember in September*. As lame as that is, I’ll follow her advice because the last thing I need is another gadget that gives me problems *ie: everything I own seems to break or not work properly*. She also said the iPhone 4 in white won’t be available until the end of the year so boo! We bought a wireless router for Aimee *as a late Bday gift* since she FINALLY got dsl and her sister bought her a laptop. We are taking it over there today before we go to Keith’s since we’ll be on that side of town. I also need to pick up my babywrap *I left it there last Sunday*. Leslie bought Liv ANOTHER rad Bjork doll from Etsy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She said she is trying to find the swan shirt I want for Liv *she’s such a sweetie*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mommy is bummed because not only did she lose her keys but she lost her backup keys too. She has maybe 25 keys on her chain along with rabbit’s foot, flashlight, the chain weighs close to 2 lbs so it’s very difficult to lose. The good news is, she most likely lost them in her house but her house is a labyrinth so she’ll be looking for a few days. Well, I need to give Liv a bath and pack our swim bag. I am hoping the sun will come out in the next hour. Ohh, before I go, I have a rad idea inspired by an article I saw in Better Homes & Gardens for a make-it-yourself dinner party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I planned to have our friends over before the end of summer *Summer Bucket list* for a dog’s party, well I want to incorporate a dog’s party with a s’more firepit party. I want to make the invites look like s’mores and I need to find the chalk ink pen *love it*. We’ll invite our friends and their dogs too. Only problem is now that we have moved our dining table and chairs downstairs, there’s no seating on the upper patio *where the firepit is* and I don’t have the budget to buy the seating set I want *Bed, Bath & Beyond*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought Liv a couple of books from Border’s since I had an old giftcard from there and I really wanted to get My Friends for her *I love Taro Gomi*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems that the one I bought isn’t the billingual version but I did get her a Spanish Dr. Suess book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I need to order her bouncing swing, bumbo chair and Totoro hamper *things to buy* Life with Mouk wasn’t available on Border’s until October. Ok, I have to get ready for fun times!!

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