Just Between Us

Just between us is when we get together once a month or so and say the things that you think but don’t really say. Or you do say, but only to certain people. I’ll go first, then you share in the comments and everyone will feel a whole lot better.

Just between us…

1. I don’t like soft scrambled eggs. I know that’s the “proper” way to do them and I’d probably get kicked off of Master Chef for over cooking my eggs, but every time I eat a slimy soft scrambled eggs I just feel like I’m eating undercooked goop and I have to use all of my willpower to get them down.

If you like soft scrambled eggs, then power to you. I like a firm scramble. Aka, cooked.

2. I was taking a whiff of Odin’s head the other day when it dawned on me why I love that smell so much; it smells EXACTLY like homemade playdough. That floury, salty, comforting smell of childhood. So good.

3. I don’t make homemade playdough for my kids, because when I grew up we had only the homemade stuff and I always thought my parents were being tightwads. Which, I mean, they were, but do you know how quickly the store-bought stuff gets destroyed?

It’s a total racket, and any sensible parent, especially the sensible parents of four children, would just make homemade playdough. But I am not sensible in this particular way. I buy the premium stuff, and I feel good about it.

4. I have a weird habit I feel like you should know about. Whenever I’m on an airplane I watch movies on other people’s screens. I just get sucked into whatever someone across the aisle is watching, and I feel like I do a pretty good job of keeping up with the story line even though I can’t hear the dialogue.

I rarely, if ever, watch movies on my own screen. Anyone else do this too?

5. I always talk about how Odin was such a difficult baby, but lately I’ve been wondering if he really was or if I was just really really stressed. I did my year-end book keeping last week to hand over to my accountant, and when I saw how much I’d billed in freelance work WHILE ON MATERNITY LEAVE I almost fell off my seat. Like, WTF was I thinking?

6. I know what I was thinking. Survive, survive, survive.


  1. Christie says

    1. Absolutely with you on the eggs.
    2. Mine is 18 now so I do t remember this at all soak it up while you can.
    3. I dyed homemade play dough with premium paste food dye. It was 100 times better than store bought. So vivid and we were in complete control of the color. (And our skin showed it for a couple of days). Can’t beat that play doh smell, though.
    4. I’m way too haughty to watch my own movie. Can’t peel my eyes from some one else’s soundless screen.
    5 and 6. We’re totally nutso on ourselves when they’re tiny. Chillax already. You won’t regret it.

  2. Christine Besel says

    Soft scrambled eggs are as gross as “properly” cooked salmon. That said, if my egg is separated into white and yellow parts, that yellow better run!

    Also, other people’s movies are always the best

  3. Katie says

    1) I definitely watch other people’s plane movies
    2) I like soft poached eggs, soft boiled and hard boiled eggs and am okay with a well cooked scramble, but find a soft scramble gross. Regardless, I don’t can’t eat eggs before 10 or 11, but really like omelette or poached eggs for dinner.
    3) I rarely get my kids natural head smell because they like putting food in their hair at most meals (18 months)

  4. Cammy says

    Soft scrambies are the absolute best. But I would take all my food undercooked would that I could.

    My daughter smells like beeswax and I fucking love it.

  5. Roos says

    1. Soft scrambled and soft boiled eggs are disgusting. I’m always the only one at the table to think so, but I think I’m right. Properly cook your eggs people!
    2. Baby heads smell like love. Apparently love smells like homemade play dough
    3. My boyfriend and I have been neglecting the cat’s litter box, so to increase our cleaning frequency we’ve started a calendar and keep tabs on who cleans it when (we draw cute little cat faces with our initials). At the end of 3 months we’ll count them up and whoever cleaned it less takes the other person out to a nice vegetarian restaurant. It now became a cold game where we sneakily clean the litter box before the other person gets home. I bet the cat is happy with our stupid contest though.

    • Katie Trant says

      I don’t mind a soft boiled egg. Or, specifically, a 7-minute egg with a set white and a slightly runny yolk. Runny whites are just gross. Love the kitty litter contest, and I’m sure your cat does too!

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