Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Namsake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Martian Child by David Gerrold
Left to Tell by Imacculee Ilibagiza
Walking in Circles before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe
Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule
Escape by Carolyn Jessup
Marley and Me by John Grogan
Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket
What did you read this year that makes your 'favorites' list?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here are a few of the gifts I made this Christmas. There is at least one more that I haven't posted, but that one I'll share at a later time. It's my sister's tea-towel and apron set, to go in her hope chest (or hopeless chest, as we've called them for a while). I can post a link to the tutorial I used for that one, too. It's bright and gaudy and kitschy, which means it's perfect for her.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Me: It is... but I wish you weren't eating it off the bottom of your boot!
Stinky: Shup, Mommy.
Me: did you just tell your mom to shut up?
Friday, December 19, 2008
Growing up, we had a neighbor who put up a beautiful Nativity display every year. One year the baby Jesus was stolen, and he didn't want to put it up after that. Everyone was sad, but understood.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thank you for your encouraging words on my last post. I really appreciate them, and things are definitely looking up. Sitting and watching snowflakes fall always cheers me up. Bring on more snow.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
The homemade Christmas plans are going well. I have 4 gifts to complete, and all are one-day projects at this point. I had to take a break yesterday as 'crafter's back' hit me really hard, an was made worse by standing in heels to teach at church (dumb). After a day of rest, Aleve and heating pads, I'm ready for action today. It's funny how when you make creative time a regular thing, how much you miss it.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I've also gone 'green' with gift making, repurposing some items to create new ones. The creativity I've had to incorporate is really satisfying, when you figure it out, and it's nice to know I'm not using resources needlessly (whoa, what tree-hugger just said that? Couldn't have been me!) Though, like mama says 'we've been green since back when it wasn't trendy, and was called being cheap.'
More than that, though, I've been able to be more thoughtful and maybe more frivolous with the gift giving process with it. Fortunately, none of the people I love are in serious need of anything, and I'm grateful for that.
The negative is that we've been eating dinner on TV trays for probably two weeks now, as gift-making has taken over the dining table. Maybe after Christmas we can eat at the table again. Then, Stinky won't grow up thinking the Simpsons are regular dinner guests.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
There was a recent blog over at Domestic Felicity titled Baby Un-Necessities, pointing out the pointlessness of many baby products, when you actually thought the product through. It was a great article. Contrast this product, which yes, is very cute, but when you really think about it?
You'll have to launder it yourself, and it's probably going to get rather messy. Also, chances are you're not going to look really cute while laboring to bring your precious child into this world. When precious child does make their entrance, they're probably going to be the focus of any pictures taken, and not you in your cute hospital gown, I am very sorry to say. But when it really comes down to it, why spend almost $50 on something you have a high likelihood of pooping in?
Don't get me wrong, after 2 days in the hospital following Stinky's arrival, I wanted my own clothes pretty badly. Having somebody else take care of that laundry, however, was worth wearing standard-issue hospital gowns.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
To be entered, comment here by Tuesday with your favorite Christmas song, just for fun, and I'll randomly select one on Tuesday. Mine is "I heard the bells on Christmas Day"
Got to run- WBH stayed home from work and jsut made me a HUGE yummy breakfast. How I love him.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
First, learned how to do binding. With the exception of joining the ends together, it was much easier than I thought it would be. Second, change the top thread to white when machine-sewing the quilting. It will look much better (probably a duh, but this is my first quilt since making one for a church project 10 years ago or so). Third, handpiecing is nice that it's portable, but having a sewing machine now (HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY ME! WBH ROCKS!) made it speed along so much faster that I probably won't do it very often. Finally, I love the look of sewing it up before washing, then washing and drying the completed project. The wrinkliness really is as lovely as other bloggers said it would be.
I have no clue what to do with it now- much of it's pulled apart in the wash (another reason hand piecing probably won't happen often).
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. WBH is back at work and we're both bummed out about that. Stinky made it through the weekend without saying anything that sounded profane (what was supposed to be flicker has become "fwicker" and I'll take it!). As for me, I'm pretty sure I gained back all that weight I lost. Back to work.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Surviving Black Friday
WBH letting me sleep inafter fighting with the crowds. Until 1:30. Love that man.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Roller Derby: This gave me an outlet and focus when I really needed it. I am so happy for the opportunity it gives me to exercise, let out some aggression, laugh, and have adults to talk to. I am grateful for the workout we got last night- now I feel like I can go into Thanksgiving guilt free.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I think the folks who work on Handy Manny are screwing with our heads, moms. Creating a character named Flicker on a show aimed at an age group without the best enunciation? That's a little messed up. It will be funny, until toddlers run around saying "flicker" in public.
Then it might just be hilarious.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Knee Socks (it's a derby thing - plus, the extra layer of warmth is so awesome in our drafty house)
Baked Oatmeal- I find myself making a big batch early in the week and eating off of it all week long. Here's a great recipe for it.
2 c oats
2 2/3 c milk
1 1/3 c water
1tsp cinnamon (we've discovered Stinky has an allergic reaction to cinnamon, so I sub allspice)
1 1/3 c(at least, more is awesome) fruit, raisins, etc your choice
1/2 c brown sugar, maple syrup or honey (less is usually fine)
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a cooking dish. The recipe says to mix it all in a bowl- I just dump it all right into the baking dish- a deep 8x8 pan and stir it with a fork. Bake for 40 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
I love mix 'em and leave 'em recipes, so this is right up my alley. Right now I have some with peaches cooking in my oven. The oatmeal made this way is so lovely and creamy.
Monday, November 24, 2008
-Stinky. Like the pseudonym, suggests, and the stories here prove, he makes me crazy somedays. I wouldn't have him any other way, though. I love the slobbery kisses and the running hugs. I love the determined look in his eyes. He was so wanted, so prayed for, and I am so happy we have him.
-I'm grateful for the 5 pounds I lost when I threw the Halloween candy away. Yes, that's more of a brag then a gratitude, but TAKE THAT, trash talking mexican mall guys!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
As a little girl, I watched The Wizard of Oz at least twice a week. My mother would bribe me with the movie, and claims I wouldn't blink while I watched it. I had a stuffed dog named Toto, and often claimed to be Dorothy. Being able to play Dorothy last year was a dream come true. The movie's theme and music are near and dear to my heart. I am proud to say that I own my very own pair of ruby slippers, even if they are the most uncomfortable things I own.
I settled in next to Stinky, figuring he might like the music and the dancing for a while, then get tired enough to put to bed. I don't know if it was the hours he spent at rehearsals, or having me sing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" to him when I put him to bed. Maybe my childhood obsession with the movie is somehow ingrained into my genetic makeup now, but he stayed awake through the entire movie, snuggled up to me, eyes glazing over. We sang the songs, and I'd repeat lines with the movie, just like I would as a little girl. This line, as Dorothy departs from Oz, resonates with me even more as a wife and mom:
"It's that, if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We had this notebook which had checklists of daily, and weekly chores that we were to consult and sign off on when the tasks were completed. As long as we kept up on these things, the home ran beautifully, dementia-induced fits notwithstanding (one woman, our sweet Gracie, had a really bad day when she read about Elvis' death for the 4th time that week in the Enquirer, and cried loudly all afternoon, upsetting the other residents. Shortly after that, her family was asked to stop bringing her that magazine). My favorite caregiver and I would race through our daily tasks to be done in time to enjoy the 'socializing' part of our job- watching General Hospital with the ladies. Funny how some habits die hard, isn't it?
I've discovered that I need a notebook like this. I'd love to have something ready made - SimpleMom has a great set up for weekly and daily tasks - but I think I need to invest some time in making myself a home management notebook customized for our family, and similar to what we had a the AFH.
How do you manage your job as a mom, wife, housekeeper, cook, laundress.......
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So when I was walking in front of the two guys speaking it in the mall yesterday, I had a pretty good clue what was being said. And I wish I hadn't. It was the wrong day to hear "She's a little fat." I asked Chris to say that phrase in Spanish and confirmed it. I'm embarassed to admit that I went home and cried for a while.
Fortunately, I had upped my free membership at the Y where I work to an extended membership, allowing me access to the Y's closer to home for a few bucks a month. This was done in part for me, but also in part to allow Stinky to have somewhere to get his endless energy out - they have Mommy/Tot Aerobics classes! It looks like tomorrow I'll be working out, and thinking twice about the Laffy Taffy in the pumpkin jar.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This morning, as I watched a portion of President-Elect Obama's speech on the news, Stinky asked, "Who's that?" I was surprised to feel my voice catch in my throat when I answered "That's Barack Obama. He's going to be our next president." I am so grateful that my son will grow up in this time- where a President who isn't white isn't something that will happen "someday," and a woman was a Vice Presidential candidate from a political party that stood a legitmate chance. I am grateful that I live in the country where we get to vote not only for candidates, but also have a say on laws. I am grateful to know that these individuals do not have the final say in my happiness, nor are they the only voices that count.
I don't think anyone can deny that this is an exciting time to be an American.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
After I picked Stinky up from Nursery at the end of all classes, WBH had to have a brief meeting. I decided a walk would probably wear him out enough for a nap. During the time Chris was in his meeting, Stinky managed to run through the Spanish congregation's Sunday School, and not once, but twice, did he make it onto the pulpit of the chapel where the Samoan congregation was preparing to meet. Upon reaching the top of the pulpit, he let out an ear-piercing scream. Remember, this was in the chapel a space designed for acoustics. Two times, folks, count 'em.
I finally caught him and left the chapel, tears filling my eyes as I was watched with glares and snickers. I found WBH and asked for the keys. When he asked what was wrong, all I could say was "Finish your meeting. I just need to have him strapped into his car seat and a tranquilizer dart." I'm still not sure who the tranquilizer dart was for.
I just hate feeling like 'that mom' with 'that kid.'
Today has been as much of a challenge, and while it may not have been in public, it did involve doggy destruction, several bodily fluids, and a refusal to nap. I thought about taking a picture for 'wordless Wednesday,' but most wouldn't be family friendly.
Monday, November 3, 2008
It's hard to tell in this picture, but I've quilted most of the area around Joseph. Oh, and the next time anyone hears me say "I had this idea for a really cool mixed media piece..." I want you to smack me right on the face.
I haven't been good about blogging. Last week was really busy prepping for Halloween, but I'll catch up this week. Tomorrow I'll fill you in on Stinky's "International Incident" at church. It's a doozy!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
As we were saying prayers tonight, we had this exchange.
me: bless daddy to come home safely...
me: please bless Aidan...
Stinky: Get french fries...
Not so lucky this time, pally-boy.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
If I had to choose a way to describe just how I feel about him, though, it's always been beautifully summed up by Dory in Finding Nemo:
"No one's ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave... if you leave... I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look. P. Sherman, forty-two... forty-two... I remember it, I do. It's there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I... and I'm home."
WBH, you really are the best. I love you so much.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Then, we went to the zoo for the annual halloween event "ZooBoo." I love getting the costumes worked up at put together, but it feels like a lot for one day. I try to find other costume-wearing opportunities. This year, we think we've got the cutest cowpoke ever.
Pumpkin bowling was a hit with Stinky.
Yay for full family pictures!
And here's a look at why I'm the luckiest lady in the world:
I hope everyone else had a fantastic weekend!
Monday, October 20, 2008
This is a project Stinky and I did together for the Butterfly Project at Holocaust Museum Houston. To represent the 1.5 million children that died in the holocaust, they are collecting 1.5 million butterflies. If you are interested in contributing to this project, Birds of Paper has the information at her site.
Forgive the horrible picture below, but these are the pumpkins I made using the tutorial from last week's I Made it Monday. I love pumpkins because you can extend their decorating lifetime between Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A friend and I were discussing the other day that autumn brings on some strong feelings. Not too long ago, really, 3-5 generations maybe, our ancestors would be preparing our homes for winter, seeing to the basic needs of food and shelter from the cold and facing months with no interaction with anyone but family. Maybe it's this history that finds me wanting to stay home with my family snuggled under blankets, cook food that's meant to be eaten hot, and make my home pleasant for our family. I think autumn kicks in the nesting instict.
I made a roast chicken today and did lots of laundry. It smells like fall at my house!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'll take pictures of our fall decorations, and the pictures in Stinky's room (finally) once all of the stuff is shoved into one corner that I'll avoid with the camera. Kidding. Sort of.
I'm feeling fall, and I'm loving it. I made a mug of hot chocolate while I worked today. I am seeing colorful, falling leaves everywhere, and it makes me smile. I think I'm going to hunt down a few more sweaters soon.