Tell Me Three Things

17 Jun

I just read the YA romance Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum and so you’ve caught me at a vulnerable time. I am deeply in love with these characters, with this story, with Love In General.

Love is a many splendored thing!

Love lifts us up where we belong!

All you need is love!

(Fine, I won’t start that again.)

In the story, Jessie and SN (Somebody Nobody) text all day every day. Except, TWIST, Jessie doesn’t know who SN is! They fall for each other, of course. Through sharing their souls in little bite-sized chunks.

Jessie and SN often begin the day saying, “Tell me three things.”

They share tidbits and thoughts and all that nothing means more than so many somethings, as Kathleen would say.

All that nothing inspired me to share some of my own.

Maybe it will be a series?

Who knows, I’m not thinking clearly!!


Three Things Today

1. I like the bad animal crackers.

You know the ones.

They taste almost neutral. Like eating sawdust. A snack to fill you up but not let you down.

This feels significant to me, somehow. That I want the bad stuff.

I bought the normal branded animal crackers recently, forgetting that they are ever-so-slightly sweet. That they have a taste. I’m not interested in that.

I want my animal crackers like I want my Amazon packages.

Made of cardboard.


2. I have created the world’s most perfect Coldstone order.

In my list of life accomplishments this has to go somewhere near the top.

Jillian Denning. Good at book recommendations, birthday presents, banana bread and Coldstone combinations.

(It’s too bad Coldstone combinations doesn’t start with a B.)


The Jillian Denning

½ Sweet cream ½ cake batter ice cream



Kit Kat


3. My hair is a shaggy mess.

Shaggy seems the only word for it. The ends are frayed, the top is heavy, and there’s this slight fuzz to it all that never quite goes away.

Sometimes I wonder how I got married in August, during a hurricane on Cape Cod and my hair looked fly as pie and now, in my everyday life I wonder if I’ll ever like it again.

Hair, if you are reading this, I’m just joking. Please do not give up on me now!

I have an appointment with Alberto tomorrow and I’m just hanging on until then. Crown braids, high ponytails.

The price of only getting your hair cut two states away from where you live.

The price of picky.

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3 Responses to “Tell Me Three Things”

  1. Fiona June 17, 2019 at 6:42 pm #

    1. I’ve been vomiting almost every day for the past 9 weeks. No one warned me that pregnancy would be this hard. I lie; Amy Schumer did. But little did I know I was already pregnant when I watched her Netflix special.
    2. I don’t have much else going on in my life other than a daily deep appreciation for Mentos, flat Coke and my husband who said “I’m so in love with you” twice today even though I hadn’t showered, wore pajamas all day and didn’t keep down much. Love doesn’t make any sense.
    3. I’m happy. Not a bursting heart of excitement and broodiness (I’ve never been broody) but a gentle warmth knowing how much love and joy we’ve already fostered for this girl whenever we say her name.

    • jillianlorraine June 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

      Congratulations!! I’ve reread this twice, it’s so beautiful and sweet.

  2. Chantel June 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

    Totally agree on the animal crackers!! Yes, the tasteless ones are much more preferred than the ones with taste, haha!

    1. I ambitiously baked avocado brownies on Monday to pair with watching the Bachelorette. I pulled out some frozen raspberries from the freezer to cover the top. It was the perfect indulgence that I can’t stop anticipating next Monday night.

    2. I went to the bathroom after a therapy appointment today and motherhood fatigue was all over my face. Under eye circles, greasy hair. But as soon as I was home back home with my girls, the fatigue didn’t matter anymore. I love their warm bodies and precious smiles.

    3. I’m feeling excited about a walk in the sunshine later. I love walking.

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