Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tie One On entry

I spent all day today making this little apron. I've been owing Hattie one since I made Charlotte hers in January. It was supposed to qualify for the August/September entry for Tie One On, but of course after I spent all day making it, THEN I re-checked the requirements and now I'm not sure it qualifies.

Still, it was fun to make. I designed it myself and made the whole thing without a pattern, which is a first. I was inspired by a similar one I saw for $40 at the gourmet grocery store. It was muslin too, and after it caught my eye, I thought, "I could do that!"

So here it is. And in case all that wasn't complicated enough, I made it reversible. The red floral stripe was something I bought at a garage sale back in March for about a dollar.

Here's the other side.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I'm a pro!

blue horse
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
When I first started this blog, I also started up my free photo account on flickr. This picture of a horse I made for Hattie's second birthday was the first image I ever uploaded.

However, 14 months later I had more than used up my free 200 photos, so that the first ones I had uploaded started to disappear as I added new ones. But today, thanks to an early birthday gift from my very generous brother-in-law, I have been upgraded to a Pro Account!

Suddenly all my oldest photos have reappeared in my photostream, so I've been having fun getting reacquainted and setting up new photo sets. You should go check them out!

Thanks, D!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

I always try to write the speech notebook from Charlotte's perspective, since it's really her notebook. However, this week's entry was a challenge, since I wasn't actually there to experience what I was writing about. After piecing together the various accounts, I came up with this.

Please attribute any factual inconsistencies to author's license, since I may have stuck some things in just to move the narrative along.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Cottage 11

Well, we're back. Tim and I, to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, called in the reinforcements to watch the kids and took off for a long weekend in a state park. We caught up on our sleep, ate lots of good food, and generally relaxed all weekend. What a treat!

This is a shot of the cottage we stayed in on Lake Hartwell. It wasn't fancy, but it had everything we needed and then some. That blue speck you see on the front porch is me, bringing the photog another beer.

This is the lake we could see out of those two double windows in the picture above. We didn't have a boat, and it rained some, but that wasn't a hardship as we'd brought mainly sedentary things to do.

And here's my project. One of Hillary's stitchettes, that I was actually able to start and finish! Except I modified it slightly so it would look more like my own personal little stitchette. Who, coincidentally, played croquet while Grandma and Grandpa were here.

Now it's back to the grind, *sigh*. But at least I'm not wound quite so tightly.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sept. 21, 1996

Sept. 21, 1996
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
10 years ago today we were having a big party. How young and carefree we look! Cheesy grins all around.

But it's been a fast and fun decade.

Happy Anniversary, Tim!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Just a regular Tuesday

Last night Tim and Nate had a Cub Scout meeting, so we had to eat dinner early. That turned out to be okay, since Hattie's been having a little trouble with naptime lately. If we put her down for an afternoon nap, she plays and destroys her room for about an hour. However, if she ever does nap, even 10 minutes' worth will keep her from falling asleep at bedtime until about 11 pm. So we try to keep her up, with the usual result being that she falls asleep somewhere strange right about dinnertime.

So last night Hattie was up on the counter watching me make dinner and the next thing I knew, she was like this.

She's not one to be constrained by convention. And don't worry, folks, I was right there with her the whole time in case she tried to roll off.

After dinner we got Nate all doodied up in his new uniform and had to take a picture of the momentous occasion.

Not a great picture, but we couldn't take any more because 1) it was time to go, and 2) someone (*cough*) forgot to delete some pictures so the memory card was full. Also note the new cast that he got yesterday. It stops below his elbow, so now he can straighten out his arm for the first time in a month.

Oh, and Hattie woke up in time to see everyone else eating dessert, so she screamed for about 10 minutes until she finally figured out that we wouldn't let her eat dessert before her dinner.

Just a regular Tuesday.

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Wednesday again. Time for Speech Notebook. I ran out of ideas this week, so I attempted to catalog some of the dogs in our neighborhood and some characteristics of each.

Sadly, this is one that I drew fairly quickly, markedly demonstrating that I don't know how to draw dogs, either.

Monday, September 18, 2006


Is anyone else addicted to this?

In an effort to tag all their images, Google has come up with an image labeler game where it pairs you up with someone else on the internet to label various pictures. They give you a minute and a half to label as many as you can. If you and your partner type in the same thing, then you get to move on to the next picture. It helps if you can recognize things quickly, simplify, and type really fast.

If you're really getting nowhere, you can pass and go on to the next picture. When the 90 seconds is up, it lists all the pictures you "got" at the bottom, and if you roll your cursor over the images, it shows you what your partner was guessing.

You can register if you want to keep track of your overall score, but lots of people play as a guest.

It's very fun, even if there is definitely a lowest common denominator factor. Tim is getting tired of hearing me yell, "YOU SUCK!" at the screen. Of course, nicer people probably wouldn't have that issue. And no doubt there are plenty of people yelling that at me.

Caution: don't even try it if you have the slightest tendency to be obsessive!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Ummm, no thanks

We were driving home from dinner this evening when we drove past this sign:

"Whaaaa?" I thought.

It wasn't until I looked back on it from the other side that I realized what someone had been trying to say:

Think I'll pass on both.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Speech Notebook September 12, 2006

I had hoped to post this week before now, but better now than never.

Here's this week's speech notebook. I wrote about going to the Yellow Daisy Festival craft fair this weekend, which, if you believe their PR people, is the "largest craft fair in the nation!"

And it was big. And many, many, many people were there. But it was pretty well managed for its size. I'll let my lovely drawings speak for themselves.

What I didn't draw a picture of was the blue stuff on the ground that Hattie picked up outside a bank of porta-potties, resulting in the staining of her hands and then mine, as I frantically tried to clean her up, for the next two days. Try eating a sandwich with hands stained blue from some mysteriously vivid porta-potty stuff (hopefully unused) when you've only had access to spray-on "sanitary liquid" to wash your hands with. It's enough to make you gag. But we're all still here, so it can't have been too toxic.

I also didn't draw a picture of us paying $37 for 2 hot dogs, a hamburger, some chicken fingers, and a gyro.

But we had a pretty good time there. Next year, if we go, we plan to get there the minute the gates open.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Three going on thirty

Today was Hattie's first day back at school. She's in the three-year-old class with about 15 other kids. When I asked her how it went, she said, "Fine."

When we got home she pulled something out of her backpack to show me. So I said, "Oh! A project! Did you make this?"


"What is it?"

"It's a circle with paper stuck on it."

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Here is this week's speech notebook.

Unfortunately this was one I did 10 minutes before the bus came as it was the Tuesday after the long weekend and I forgot what day it was.

Tim reminded me about it as I was getting dressed that same morning, which was thoughtful since otherwise I would have forgotten altogether, but I feel compelled to say that my response included some curse words.

Many of them.

Monday, September 04, 2006


Yesterday we had the extended family celebration for Hattie's third birthday. In keeping with tradition, I put together yet another extremely wonky birthday cake. In this case, a cupcake cake. Hattie had specified the pink butterfly part for the last several months. I let her select the cake flavor, and then went with my own design. I prefer to think of the markings on the wings as "primitive folk art." But she liked it, which is what counts.

Today is also a day worth noting. One year ago today I started this blog. I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep it up, but here I am, still posting one year later. Being a part of the internet community has been inspirational, motivational, and definitely therapeutic. I've made some friends and learned all kinds of new things.

So in celebration, here is a compilation of some of the wonkier cakes I've made over the last several years for my kids' birthdays.

A fish cake for Nate's 4th birthday with an Under the Sea theme.

A tractor cake for a farm birthday when Hattie turned one.

Ladybug cupcakes for Charlotte's second, ladybug birthday. These were very red!!

And a pirate cupcake cake for Nate's 5th birthday. This was the pirate birthday party that we gave for Nate and six of his 5-year-old friends while our house was on the market. The people who came to look at it unannounced that day were not too thrilled that they came in the middle of our treasure hunt. Needless to say, they didn't end up buying our house.

You can check out all of these and others on flickr.