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
On the topic of faith, sometimes I feel a lot like Stinky in this picture- there's a huge ocean around me, but I'm looking at the small stuff on shore.
I believe in family. I believe that it extends beyond genetics and time and death.
I believe in love, and that you don't choose it, but you can choose to nurture it or not.
I believe in miracles- big and small.
I believe in my chosen religion, but I don't believe it is perfect. I'll gladly discuss it with parties who are curious, but not antagonistic. I believe that my time is valuable and fighting over faith wastes it.
I believe in carbs.
I believe that it is okay to question and doubt.
I believe conversation is always better than conflict.
I believe in equality, and I try to reconcile that with my faith. This is something I've tried for more than a decade. I believe there is an answer, but none that I've reached have set right in my heart. I keep looking and praying.
I believe that being defensive accomplishes nothing but building a wall. I believe you can soften someone's heart more by being a friend than you can by being an enemy.
I believe in cookies.
I believe in a God who loves you and me. I believe it's cool if you believe in one that is different, or don't believe in one at all.
I believe in your right to believe in whatever gets you through, and I hope you do, too.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Our cell phone service has gone downhill. It's frustrating. The company we're with has locked us in under a contract, and even though we don't use anywhere near the minutes we've paid for, we're not able to change it, because they don't offer a plan with less minutes. It feels like such a waste. When our contract is up (not soon enough) we'll be making a change.
One option we're considering is TracFone. They offer plans with no contracts, credit checks, or activation/cancelation charges. So many features are available, ranging from a basic "candy bar" style phone, to phones with 'smart' features. You can choose to pay as you go, or get a monthly plan- but again, no contracts or cancelation fees.
TracFone also offers Calling for no additional cost to more than 60 international destinations. You can also purchase the option to double the minutes for the life of your phone for a one-time fee of $19.99, but some phones include this great deal.
It's the least expensive way to one and use a cell phone. That's why next time, we'll know to look there first. Here's what Real TracFone customers have to say: <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dt-8JfPjbm4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hello, October. I'm so happy to see you. The day the calendar turned, I woke up feeling better about life. We had survived September. We are back at preschool. We are back to work. We lit the pilot light. We haven't perfected our new routines, but we are quickly getting there. It feels so good to be October. A few items of housekeeping, then something fun to share.
First, now that Rotten has recovered from his surgery, Stinky's got some weird stuff happening. We go to see the specialist tomorrow- could you pray for an easy, non-surgical solution? It would be great if it were something simple. I mean, is it ever simple? It would just be nice if, this time, it was. Update: He's okay. It's a simpler solution than even we thought.... it's just going to be a messy weekend at home.
Second, medical bills stink, and we're trying to get creative with them. One way I'm trying to help out is through Social Spark, a service that pairs bloggers with advertisers. Occasionally, you may see a sponsored post here on the blog. Social Spark came highly recommended, and it was really easy to put together a post with the information they gave. You can find out more about them here.
Finally, changing the calendar page sparked something very nest-y in me, and I have taken up freezer cooking. Dinner time always seems so insane, and I have ended up cranky and throwing reheated stuff on their plates with a really bad attitude. Trying to combat that, this week I covered 2 weeks- plus of stuff for WBH and Stinky's school lunches, 4 dinners, and 3 breakfasts (then again, who doesn't love breakfast for dinner?) If you're interested, I'm keeping score of all my freezer-friendly recipes on this pinterest board. Now, if only my house can recover magically while I'm at the doctor tomorrow. What? A girl can dream
That's about all I've got. Fall feels good now, doesn't it?