Why Us? | andreaenright.net


Why us?

I’m only 24.

Why us?

And he’s only 30.

Why us?

We can’t handle this.

Why us?

We don’t even live near family.

Why us?

We’ve already had enough tragedy in our lives.

Why us?

And pennies to our name.

Why us?

I just don’t get it.



A whiny little list.

As if anyone deserves to get cancer.

But still, every night – and this is a new feeling – I can’t hold myself together.

I scream and I cry.

Like the walls are closing in on me.

And I think to myself

or I sob out loud


Why us?




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I have strong opinions. Mostly about baby costumes, as you will soon see. But as I started ranting about baby costumes, I found myself having opinions on other Halloween Costumes.

So here are a few simple rules to up your Halloween game. Everything is better when you put a little thought into it, right? So instead of finding your striped t-shirt and going as Where’s Waldo yet again, take a moment, read the rules (based on cold hard data and science) and pick yourself a thoughtful, funny, or clever Halloween costume this year. YOU CAN DO IT.

1. Dressing babies as adults is Not Cute.


(Via babycenter.com)

My number one rule is do not dress your baby as an adult. In doing so, you limit your baby’s Full Cute Potential.

Let me explain. Babies don’t look like adults. They look like squishy, chubby perfect adorable babies. Also, THEY HAVE THEIR WHOLE LIVES TO DRESS AS ADULTS. So when you have a baby and it’s Halloween-time, you have a duty to us all to dress that baby to its Fullest Halloween Cute Potential. Because you only get ONE chance to have your baby as a baby for Halloween. ONE CHANCE. Do you get the stakes at hand?

With that said, the only appropriate costumes for babies are things that are ALREADY CUTE, things like, fluffy soft, cute things. We are talking puppies, cats, lions, bears. Because then you DOUBLE the cute. This is science, people.

Formula for a cute Halloween costume for a baby:

Something that is already cute + cute baby = Double the cute

It’s science, people. Ok, maybe math. But it’s legit.

Side note: ladybugs are NOT naturally cute. So do not dress your baby as a ladybug. This is a classic case of cute baby, ugly costume. This does NOT follow the Cuteness Equation:


(via Amazon)

Here are some appropriate costumes for a baby:



(via Flickr)



(via spirithalloween.com)



(via L.L. Bean)

See the power of the equation in action? I’m telling you, the equation won’t fail you. IT WILL NEVER FAIL YOU.


I am crying just thinking about how cute it would be to hold a real baby in a real furry lion costume. THE EQUATION WON’T FAIL YOU.

So remember, babyhood is not a time to be clever. This is a time to go Full Cute.

2. Dressing toddlers as adults is Cute.


(via That’s So Cute Boutique)

Please note that since toddlers look more adult-like than babies, seeing them small tiny adults is CUTE. 4 Year Old Lucille Ball? I DIE.

Side note: interestingly enough, toddlers as ladybugs are cute. It’s probably the tutu factor.


(via Diva Baby Designs)

See? It just works. Again, it’s science. And math. Science-math. Or something.

3. Family costumes are the exception to the equation.


(via costume-works.com)

Nail a clever family costume and you’ll have my respect for life. FOR LIFE.

4. Costumes are always better if you can get in character.

They just are. If you can play a bit and get into what you are portraying with your Halloween costume, you are going to have way more fun than the guy in a cardboard box dressed as Tetris.

Hey? What are you?
I’m Tetris.

Then that’s it. End of conversation. And then you have to act like YOURSELF for the rest of the night. No fun.


(via boingboing.net)

Also, do you REALLY want to be wearing a box all night? That thing is bound to get taken off in the middle of the night and left at your poor friend’s apartment.

5. Never, ever buy costumes from a bag as an adult.


(via halloweencostumes.com)

Never. For the $55 you spent looking like a “Groovy Guy” you could have gone to a thrift store and bought ACTUAL 60′s clothes for $10.

6. Sexy is overrated. 


(Via yandy.com)

Because it is. Also, how DARE you do that to Winnie the Pooh.

7. Culturally relevant is always a good idea.


(via Buzzfeed)

Ice Bucket Challenge, Adele Dazeem, #SochiProblems, Olivia Pope, the ending of How I Met Your Mother, that little girl from the Chandelier music video… Stay current and you’ll stay funny, folks.

8. Full Face makeup is NEVER a good idea.


(via Pinterest)

You will not look good at the end of the night. You will not be able to eat. You will not be able to drink. And when you do end up eating and drinking, because let’s face it, you will, it will not end well. It will not end well. It is not a good idea. Because SCIENCE.

9. And for the love of God, don’t go as a hipster deer.


(via cheapfrillsandthrills.com)


So folks, what do you think of my Halloween Costume Rules? And what your most hated Halloween Costumes/pet peeves?


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Of course you do, ya little stalker!

I find homes absolutely fascinating. I wish I could sneak a peek into everyone’s homes. It’s such an intimate and personal space, and often the only place you can truly be yourself. And I love to see how people organize and decorate and lay out their space.

I plan on doing a more detailed “Home Tour” sometime in the future, but we snapped some photos randomly when our apartment was semi-clean.

Want a peek?

We live in a glamorous (or not) 4th floor walk up with three bedrooms and one bath. Yes, 3 bedrooms in NYC! We are spoiled I know, but take into account no dishwasher, no laundry, and floor flights of stairs! Our rent is extremely affordable (the price of a cheap 2 bedroom!) We are very grateful we found this place, and there was definitely Divine intervention involved, but that’s a story for another day!

I like to say crusty but others might say our apartment “has character.” In other words, it’s old. It’s a pre-war building with the fifteen-coats-of-paint-on-the-walls to match!

Let’s start in the kitchen.


We have a galley kitchen, a more spacious place than most for NYC so we feel very lucky! Plus a full-sized fridge.


Our kitchen window looks out on the courtyard.


Not tons of storage but we make it work. I LOVE my little kitchen!


This is what we call the “Front Room.” It’s the first off the hallway and has a door from the hall as well as a door that connects it to the kitchen. We use it as an office and dining space. SO cluttered in this picture! This room is in need of a major organizational overhaul. We’d love to get some better storage for all of BJ’s photo equipment.


The middle room is a dumping ground/guest room. This is where we keep all the cat stuff. It also houses my piano and music, our exercise bike, BJ’s real bike, and BJ’s closet.


This photo is looking into our living room from the hallway.


I usually use that table as my desk. I like to be in the center of the action when I do my work.


This is from our living room looking into our hallway. At the end of the hall is our front door. The entry you see on the right leads to our bathroom and bedroom.


A true, teeny New York bathroom.


And finally, our bedroom.

Thanks for taking the tour! Do you think it’d be fun to do an even more in depth one in the future? What do you think?

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I was thinking to myself, what is the MOST OPPOSITE post I could do from Of Mountains and Tumors. And the answer was baby names. I kid. To be honest, I just wanted to break all this blog silence and start posting more regularly, plus I started talking about it with my friend Stanzi. (Who has the most AMAZING name, by the way!) AND I am absolutely in love with interesting baby names.

I am the kind of person when I hear or find and interesting name I’ll write it down in my phone or journal. I have an ongoing list of interesting names, although I do think we need to draw the line somewhere. Hello Apple and Dweezil. I still think you can be interesting and creative AND keep it “name-y” if you know what I mean.

With that in mind, meet my imaginary children:


Wilmot and Hollis


Noemi Olivette


Baddeley Claribeau


Tyla Wynne


Maizer Beckett


Adriel Frost




Lilou Emmeline


My identical French quadruplets (obviously) -
Rienne, Martine, Ondine, and Juliette


Talon & Tracker. I hate myself.


Gifty June


Booker Jude


Maple May


Arley Odette


Zipporah Zavie, nicknamed Zippy!
Don’t judge me. It could work…


Violet Etienne


Eames Alcott and Adler Ash. Eames & Adler.
Are you in love with my fake children as much as I am?


Dabney Calliou


Redheaded Twin Girls? Yes please.
Meet Lilibelle and Jochebette. Bette and Belle, anyone?


Hamilton Boom, nicknamed Ham or Boomer!
Am I crazy? HEY. They’re IMAGINARY.


Poppy Claire


Eily Ruth


Calder Case


Stella Elspeth


Alma Dellia


Winslet Rue


And sisters Madlen & Jonquil


(You know you’ve named all your future children.)

Besides, that was fun.


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Of mountains and tumors | andreaenright.net

How do cancer and mountains exist in the same world? How can we have big, towering, glittering mountains and teeny, tumory, terrible cancer cells all under one sky, sharing the same air? I find it hard to breathe- hard to exist in this world.

And yet I know the ugliness foils all the beauty.

The darkness helps me appreciate the light.

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