Friday, December 30, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
As part of my epic birthday weekend, I won one of Passionista's amazing mixes. Christmas music is my favorite, but not WBH's. This song is probably my favorite on the whole CD. It's so beautiful, and really speaks to how I feel this year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Monday, December 12, 2011
This week is bringing about some changes for us. I don't know how much I want to write about it, but it's not been an easy time. We'll get through it. It'll be good. I'm working on my swagbucks a lot to keep under budget for Christmas gifts. We enjoyed movie nights with friends and themed food:
A Christmas Story: "Who's Mommy's Little" piggies in blankets and "OooooHHH Fudge"
Elf: A snowflake cutting party, with our take the four elf food groups (candy, candy corn, candy canes and syrup). We did waffles w/syrup, candy, and candy canes, but left out the candy corn and brought in lots of bacon.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
It's been one of those weeks. Stinky is having a hard time. I am having a hard time. Rotten is having a hard time. Poor WBH is the eye of the hurricane- which is a hard time, for him, too. I've put my efforts into controlling the chaos as much as I can.
My birthday is this weekend. I'm almost 30. I didn't complete my list. I don't think I even did half of those things. Next year's will be a little more realistic, I think. I'm a little bummed, but WBH and I have a good weekend planned.
Back with Sunday Inspiration and more next week.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I love our kitchen table. It sits in what is probably the closest to the center of our home that anything could get. It is where we play play dough, fold laundry, and work on work on projects. It is where we make and break bread. I love our kitchen table and all of the living we do there- as I wiped it down four or five times today, I became grateful for it, and the life it is witness to.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
There are many important issues facing us today. The Republican primaries, Occupy Wall Street, Demi and Ashton splitting. Today, though, I would like to talk to you today about an epic battle you may not know about: Puppies vs. Babies. Specifically, the war to be named cutest.
You know I'm going to side with babies here. Have you seen mine? Even on their stinky, rotten, terrible horrible no good very bad days, they find a way to be cute. Then again, I know some dog mamas that would argue in favor for their four-legged children (some days, even over their children with just two legs). They're furry and sweet. They give you unconditional, slobbering love, and best of all, they don't really talk back at all.
As for me, I'd love to be Switzerland and say that the cutest thing that you'll find is a baby WITH a puppy. Look at Rotten up there with Clyde. Can you tell me that their cuteness doesn't multiply by being next to each other?
Unfortunately, the time to submit photos has come and gone, but you should make your stand in in the Puppies vs. Babies online contest. Tell me, which way would you cast your vote?
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Yes, my dog's bed is a futon mattress. It's the only thing big enough and that he can't tear up. well, can't tear up too easily.
The play (and life) has kept us super busy this week, but I've got some more opportunities for compensated posts, so those are coming, just giving a heads up. Next week, I've got Week of Gratitude coming up and other things. Have a great week, drop in for some interesting things to check out, and we'll see you soon!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
These lovelies are a pair for my mother, whose feet are almost always as cold as mine. They're a little uneven, but better than the first pair. Rather than being toe-up like the first, though, these were top down, and I really prefer the toe-up technique. So much easier to finish. Anyone else? My next pair will be for me. A really pretty variegated pink and yellow. It's so cheery and bright.
They'll have to wait a while, though. I have so many irons in the fire right now. So many projects that need completing, so little time to do it in, so many ideas with out the time or resources. And that's not even mentioning Christmas or a play that just happens to be opening this weekend. Nonetheless, things are being crossed off the chalkboard and that feels good.
Where are you at, creatively? Too much to do, or too little inspiration?
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Luigi and Mario, (and their parents, too) are wishing you a SUPER Halloween. After the festivities, we grown-ups are facing a mini-horror of our own: a flea infestation, courtesy NoNuts. Wish us luck, it's been/going to be a lot of cleaning and laundry. Back tomorrow with a pumpkin recap from WBH.
Friday, October 28, 2011
I was listening to the news on the radio after preschool drop off. The hosts were discussing the "Occupy" protesters, and what it is they're after. Earlier that morning, I'd seen my friend steve post a picture of the protesters side by side with a picture of starving third-world children. It was on my mind, the reminder that even in hard and frustrating times, we are privileged to live as we do. So, I started a facebook group. I wrote :
My name is Rachael, and like you, I'm a part of the 99%. I'm frustrated about the economy, unethical business, and the fact that my family scrapes by while basketball and football players have tantrums demanding more money. However, I'm not here to take a stand, or occupy anything. I believe that both sides of the argument can agree: there is always someone worse off.
If 99% of Americans took one day, one afternoon, or one hour to stop taking sides and help someone else, we could accomplish so much. We might not change national policy, or cause a massive economic shift- but we might change someone's life.
I'm committing, and asking you to commit, to serving some ONE on November 11, 2011 (11.11.11) I won't reccomend any cause in particular. Choose what you're passionate about, or where you can meet a need. Please share our photo and pass on this challenge. Let's "be the change we wish to see in the world."
So, I hope you'll join me in this challenge. There is always someone who needs help. If you can't give money, give time. Donate things you aren't using to an organization that will be able to reach those who need them. Help a neighbor. Do something. Right now this group is holding at 40 members. I would love to see it reach 100 by the 11th- a symbol that our efforts reach past the 99/1 percent divide.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Now, if you'll humor me for just a minute, and re-read it, replacing the word artist with mother. Go ahead, I'll wait. How awesome is that? Now think, are you playing? Are you getting what you need to fire up your imagination? I'm challenging myself to allow more room for creativity and artistry as a mom by seeking those things. I'm finding it's breaking my out of my ruts and helping me to find that mojo as Mom.
As parents, we are the creators of the life our families lead. It's an awesome opportunity and terrifying responsibility. So start today. Make the most of it.
Monday, October 17, 2011
I finally gave in and joined Ravelry. Because, you know, I needed something to distract me from all the sewing projects that actually need to be done. Then, I went and joined the Hat of the Month group. Again, because I needed a distraction. Fortunately, this one took only two days of casual knitting while I watched TV. I surprised Stinky with it the morning after I finished it. He ran around in it that day, singing "nanananananananananananananana BAT MAN!" Totally worth the procrastination.
The pattern is the zsa mask pattern and it is so unbelievably simple- this would make a great beginner project.
shared at Made by You @ skiptomylou.org
Sunday, October 16, 2011
"God is bigger than the boogeyman, He's bigger than Godzilla or the Monsters on TV. Yes, God is bigger than the boogeyman, and He's watching out for you and me!"
I laughed into my folded arms until tears came down. Or, maybe I cried until I laughed.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Shared at skiptomylou.org