17 Facts about Johnny Appleseed

In honor of Johnny Appleseed‘s upcoming birthday, here is a really funny (and possibly informative) list of facts my son taught me last year when he came home from a day at kindergarten. Tell me, which fact stands out in your mind?

Apparently, September 26 is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday.  I wouldn’t know that if it weren’t for my kindergartner because, although I’ve seen a lot of obscure occasions marked on calendars, that’s one that doesn’t quite make the cut.

In fact, I know almost nothing about the man except that he supposedly scattered apple seeds all over the continent.  And he played a pipe and children followed him around.  Or maybe I’m confusing that with a scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Cut to this evening when I asked Asher what he learned about in school today.  My usually reticent kindergartner began to spew forth information about Johnny Appleseed.  And I have to say, I thought his recall was pretty terrific considering he’d also never heard of the man before today.

Then again, there’s a distinct possibility he confused a few of the facts.  I’ll let you decide.

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1.  Johnny Appleseed wore a pot hat. [Read more...]

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Why You Should Go To The Movies Alone

Well into my adulthood, I’d never once been to the movies alone – nor even out to dinner by myself.  I thought it would be weird and that I’d feel creepy, lonely and maybe the worst – that people would think I was a friendless loser.

But last night, I went to see Boyhood (by Richard Linklater) all by myself (while my husband watched the kids) and it reminded me what a joy it is to go to the movies all alone.

I discovered this when I got married and moved far away to a town where I knew no one.  I really had no choice but to stay home by myself all the time or go out and do things alone (hubs was very busy).  Eventually getting out of the house won out.  And I discovered how awesome it is to stretch yourself by doing something you’re scared of.  I’ve taken this philosophy to much scarier places (zip lining even though I’m TERRIFIED of heights) now but seeing movies alone is a good start.

Why you should go to the movies alone - toulouse and tonicHere are some advantages to seeing a movie by yourself. [Read more...]

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PIWTPITT’s New Book – Good Enough To Eat

Nevermind that there’s a cupcake on the cover.  Jen of People I Want To Punch in the Throat’s new book is so good, I just want to eat it.

People I Want To Punch in the Throat's new book is good enough to eat - Toulouse & TonicEveryone needs one of those friends who says exactly what everyone else is thinking but won’t say.  I’m often that person in my circles (and yes, sometimes it’s fun to just shock people a bit) but imagine if there was a super circle of people who’ll say what everyone is thinking but won’t say out loud – then Jen would be THAT super circle’s person who’ll take it further than everyone else.  And you’ll love her for it. [Read more...]

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20 Things That Never Get Old About Having Kids

So many things about having kids are boring and stressful and repetitive and get old really, really fast.  Like diaper changing, wiping butts, the crying, the lack of sleep, the never-ending efforts to feed people involving shopping, cooking, cajoling and cleaning up.  The bathing, the fighting, the paci retrieving, the constant echo of “Mommy, mommy, mommy.” The Potty training.  Oh, the potty training. But there are a few things I’ve found that never get old, even after 7 years of motherhood. Here’s my list.  I’d love to hear yours.

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic1.  That gut-busting giggle hysteria – you know the one – that causes your kid to clutch his stomach and roll over on his side to catch his breath – when he thinks something silly is really really hysterical. [Read more...]

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