Thursday, March 26, 2009

A lot of nothing.

I know I said in my 101 in 1001 that I will try to blog once a week, but really there is nothing to talk about lately. I am boring. I am tired. I am pissy. And I'm sure no one wants to hear about that. So.

This is me half-assedly fulfilling my contractual obligation. :P

I promise a more interesting post next week.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


...learning to work my camera.

I messed about with the zoom feature today (oh so difficult, I know. I am no photographer, people. I barely know how to work those disposable cameras. Do they even make those anymore?)

I perfected my super-stealthy spy skillz, taking pics of my kids. I kicked their butts outside in the rain (hey it wasn't POURING rain), and spied on them from my bathroom window.

And then, I was caught! I tried to quickly hide around the corner of the window but she'd seen me, and was giving me the eyebrows:

So then of course the spy mission turned into a photo shoot and she posed for a minute.

They came in filthy, wet, and cold. They're bathing now, then lunch.

Rowen pictures later! He is sleeping, thank the heavens.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Welcome Back....

...your dreams were your ticket out..... (Oh no she DI'N'T!)


So yeah I totally neglected my bloggy for a long long time. But now I'm back, and it's part of my 101 in 1001 to blog at least once a week, so there will be a bunch more of me here (hopefully!).

I'm pretty new to the thing, I just started my list today, but basically the 101 in 1001 is a list of 101 things you would like to do/make/have/accomplish in 1001 days (about 2.5 years). The things can be anything, big or small, but they have to be specific. And I need to read more about it, myself, but I figured what better a first-post-in-forever than my list so far?

101 In 1001:

1. Find a doable exercise regimen I *ENJOY* and stick to it.
2. Have a table at a craft fair or at the farmer's market in our town.
3. Get chickens (and/or other farm-ish, "useful" animals).
4. Make a quilt (tee-shirt quilts don't count!).
5. Learn to make sushi.
6. Go to a winery.
7. Get my driver's license!!!!!!
8. Meet some of my internet bff's in person.
9. Learn to knit (no, I don't know how! And technically I don't know how to crochet neither so...)
10. Learn to read patterns for crochet.
11. Try raw figs.
12. Teach Brenda cursive before June 2009 (more on that later).
13. Have a system set up to organize and store all of my towering, toppling craft supplies.
14. Learn to play the piano. And read music.
15. Absolutely NO drastic haircuts. For two years! This will be a hard one. Just trimming of split ends.
16. ***Secret***
17. Let my father know that he is not.
18. Spend more time with people I care about.
19. Try octopus.
20. Go strawberry picking.
21. Make a bookshelf dollhouse with Brenda.
22. Start composting for our garden.
23. Get to 145 lbs. (Currently at 158 lbs. Yeah, I said it out loud. It's not far, it's do-able, but still technically "overweight". Whatever.)
24. Use my day-planner. Keep it in my purse or by the coffee pot. Open to the right day.
25. Track my period.
26. Use our never-used Rosetta Stone software (or whatever brand it is) to learn Spanish. At least the important stuff.
27. Learn to work my camera (perhaps find some sort of written instruction?).

So that's what I have so far. I have a long way to go, but I did only start today. So.

Kids' news soon. I promise. I have to blog once a week for 2 1/2 years now, remember?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tag, I'm it....

Thanks PrairieKnitWit, I needed a distraction from unpacking and putting my life back together.....

A. attached or single? Attached.

B. best friend? My husband. It's like we share a brain sometimes.

C. cake or pie? Hmm. I like cookies. How about, cake in spring/summer, pie in fall/winter.

D. day of choice? Sunday, it's usually a lazy family day.

E. essential item? Huh. I'm not sure I find any items essential. I'll even go for like a week forgetting to wear my glasses.... how about.... Xanax (kidding).... or.... the stroller.

F. favorite color? Scarlet red, or jade green. But not together, I hate red and green together.

G. gummy bears or worms? Both. I LOVE gummies. My favorite kind of candy.

H. hometown? Hick-town in the far suburbs of Buffalo NY.

I. favorite indulgence? Sleep.

J. January or July? Both.... January when it's July, July when it's January. Can't just be happy with the weather, you know. :P

K. kids? For sale! :P I have three. A girl and two boys.

L. life isn't complete without? Death.

M. marriage date? (Oh crap what is it, oh yeah) April 6th. I didn't really like my wedding so I don't exactly hold the date close to my memory. (Nothing to do with the person I married, it was just hurried and not what I wanted in a wedding. But, whatever.....)

N. number of brothers & sisters? Zero.

O. oranges or apples? Both.

P. phobias? Lots and lots of stuff. Spiders, bugs, drowning, zombies, heights. I just recently explained to my husband that my fear of heights isn't exactly a fear of heights but a fear that I will involuntarily throw myself off of heights, more like conceding to the gravitational pull than any actual suicidal thoughts... yeah, he looked at me like I was nuts.

Q. quotes? "All that is certain is that nothing is certain."

R. reasons to smile? Cute babies. Happy endings. Watching my kids be nice to each other. Music. My husband's vulgar and hilarious sense of humor.

S. season of choice? Autumn. Crisp. Clean. New and old. Baked goods and crockpots. Sweaters and boots. Awesome colors.

T. tag seven peeps! Nah.

U. unknown fact about me? I like to have unknown facts to myself, thanks.

V. vegetable? Asparagus. Zucchini. Pumpkin.

W. worst habits? I curse a lot. A LOT. More than a mother really should. I am trying to censor it more now, though. Also, my housekeeping is just awful.

X. x-ray or ultrasound? I always loved getting a fetal ultrasound and would get as many as I could when I was pregnant. So cool.

Y. your favorite food? Fish and shellfish. Or non-tomato based pasta dishes.

Z. zodiac sign? Gemini. Which is probably why I gave more than one answer to most of the questions above.

No tagging, if you want to play, link to your meme in my comments section. I am too lazy to tag people.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Family Tree....

Back from a weekend of debauchery. I was thrilled to make like I'm ACTUALLY 23 again. Lovely, relaxing, smooth and just felt right. We did dinner and cocktails and wandered about aimlessly (like we NEVER do). I did laps in a pool by myself without having to worry about which kid might slip and fall on the concrete or dive into the pool without swimmies. Then I took my vampire romance novel and read in the jacuzzi tub. And went to bed at 12 and woke up at 3 (that's the afternoon people... the AFTERNOON!!! :-O ) Then came the tattoos....

Mine, (kinda fuzzy picture sorry), is my "family tree". Husband on top, the two older ones on each side and Rowen on the bottom. If there are any more oopsie-kids, we'll have to just add below Rowen I guess. I drew the names myself, and then the tree is a 12th century Celtic engraving of the tree of immortality and love.

Now Tim's tat. The square one was already there... he added the celtic dragon circle last night. A little play on the infinity snake (not sure that's the technical term but I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about). I love the dragon heads.

All in all a good time. I am hungover and sleepy, although I got more sleep this weekend than I do in a normal week.

Back to the daily grind.... SIIIIIiiiiigh........

I appreciate all of the happiness I've gotten about me getting away. I feel like you all are as happy for my little break as I was. That makes me feel all mushy inside.

Oh and a special shout-out to my Momma who corralled the monsters (including and especially Lushifer [that's Luke to you], owch. SO glad I wasn't here this weekend. You earn the granny medal of endurance).

Now it's time for me to eat as much as possible before I start back on the diet-wagon tomorrow morning. :P

(And, P.S., does it make me a mom-ster that I didn't miss my kids AT ALL. Not even the little one. I hope not... hey, at least I included them in my tattoo....)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hippy Chic.

I finished a baby blanket for my friend's soon-to-be neonate in LESS THAN THREE DAYS. Wow.


Thank you, thank you. I'd also like to thank the absolute lack of motivation to do anything but sit on my couch and watch tv that made this possible.


It's also baby-tested for snuggle-ability (and thrash-ability, as well)....

I anticipated needing much more yarn than I did, so I have one skein each left of the blue and pink colors, as well as some cream (which was leftovers from an earlier project anyways). So anticipate more, blanket-matching baby stuff to be shown in the near future.

Also, I am in the process of making some clothespin dolls and a portable dollhouse for Brenda's birthday (but mostly for our long driving trip and week vacation afterwards, so she has something to play with there that's small but fun and versatile)....

Yes, those are mermaids.

Edited to add:

1.) Yes, the blanket IS even, but I didn't have patience to take time and even it out for a picture so my baby could snatch it up just the moment before I snapped the photo.

2.) No, I apparently didn't find arms important in doll-designing. I just noticed... hmm...