Friday, February 23, 2007

Speech Notebook

With the kids out for Winter Break Monday and Tuesday of this week, I didn't send Charlotte's speech notebook in until Thursday. So you're seeing it correspondingly late this week.

I always write the speech notebook from Charlotte's perspective, so in this story I left out the part about how we were all having so much fun at the neighbors' house that we didn't get home until after Tim got home from work, only to find his house was dark and his pots were cold.

We pretty much all got in trouble that day, if you call having someone roll their eyes at you getting in trouble.

Monday, February 19, 2007

6 weird things about me

For the last month or so I've been seeing lots of the "6 weird things about me" meme. Trying to narrow my idiosyncrasies down to just six has kept my head buzzing for a few weeks now (that should be the first weird thing), so I thought I'd go ahead and take a stab at it before I drove myself completely insane. So here you go, six weird things, not consciously in any order.

  1. When I read books in a series and a new one comes out, I feel compelled to read all the others first before I let myself read the new one. Accordingly, I've read the first three Harry Potter books 4 times, since I got them at the same time, and each successive book one time less than its predecessor. But once the newest book is out, I can't start reading them all again until I have the new one in my hand. Crazy, I know, but I can always remember who someone is! Plus it prolongs the anticipation for the new one.

  2. For some reason when I'm brushing my teeth, more often than not I find myself singing "Turkey in the Straw" to myself by the time I'm done. I think it has something to do with the rhythm.

  3. I love mountains and snow and given the opportunity would pick going skiing over going to the beach every time. It may have something to do with my love of winter clothes, especially turtlenecks and sweaters. I also LOVE wearing all kinds of boots and hate wearing flip-flops with a passion.

  4. Unless it's an emergency, I can't fold clean clothes anywhere except on my bed, and then only when it's made. Which is usually, but not all the time. So if my bed's not made all the successive loads of laundry get backed up, sometimes as far back as the pile waiting to go into the washer. Or maybe it's a time management/procrastination issue, which is really more likely.

  5. I always wear socks to bed, even in the summer. The sole (ha ha) exception to this was when I was 7 months pregnant in July. Then I didn't.

  6. I love old things. Old buildings, old houses, old streets, old clothes, old cars, old furniture, old books, you name it. And things done the old-fashioned way. The older, the better. In college I wanted to be an archaeology major, and then a classics major, both of which I was talked out of (as they were supposedly not as universally popular with employers), so I became a history major. I think the appeal is in thinking about the stories, real or imagined, behind everything. I love thrifting and flea markets for the same reason. I really went crazy sightseeing in Europe, because their stuff is REALLY OLD, but since we live in the U.S., Colonial Williamsburg is on my must-see list for the kids. I do have a pretty strong aversion, however, to fake old stuff. It has to be REAL. Which I know Colonial Williamsburg isn't, 100%, but they and all those "living historical villages" like Plimoth Plantation do the best they can. They're mostly not made out of fake stucco over styrofoam like you see at other places.

So there you have it. Six weird things about me. Looking back, maybe mine should be titled, "6 Signs I've Got OCD." Anyone else who wants to play along, consider yourselves tagged.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Evidence of early crafting

Today I thought we'd take a little trip down memory lane to visit a project I did a long time ago. June of 1977, in fact.

This is a pillow I made when I was 10 years old. Feeling crafty one afternoon, I found an old washcloth and embroidered this turtle on it with some acrylic yarn. You may be able to tell he's eating a flower. There's one petal of it left, just in case you thought that was just grass in front of him.

The back of the pillow is a second old washcloth that I sewed on with more yarn all around the perimeter.

Those would be my initials, down there in the corner. And the date -- June '77. And for reference? This is what I looked like in 1977.

Photo taken against our dining room wall, by my mother.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Alert! Alert!

Alert! Alert!
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Have you heard the breaking news about Peter Pan peanut butter today? Here's the story.

It seems that salmonella has tainted a very large and widespread batch of Peter Pan peanut butter, and one of those same jars was right in my pantry! Danger! Danger!

(Actually it's kind of exciting. We've had no ill effects from it and I never get to participate in any kind of recall.)

So out it goes. Guess we're lucky that 80% of our household prefers JIF. It was just me that was endangered.

Phew! Dodged that bullet.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Speech Notebook Wednesday

In this week's entry I made it sound like the girls are pretty good about cleaning up the amazingly horrible mess this "camping" creates, but really they're not so good with the cleaning up.

Like sometimes I can't open the door to their room because of all the detritus on the floor behind the door.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love the plate, love, love the chocolates. So much so that we've been through about nine bags of these Dove hearts in the last few weeks. I even got a couple of extra bags, so I figure we'll be done with our valentine's candy right about the time that Easter candy hits its zenith in the stores.

We don't have any huge Valentine's plans for tonight -- I'm thinking I'll feed the kids early and put them to bed so Tim and I can have a nice takeout dinner by ourselves.

Actual adult conversation, maybe some wine. Maybe we'll even shut the door to the laundry room so the washer and dryer are muffled. Anyway, that's what passes for romance around these parts. Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

we dressed ourselves!

we dressed ourselves!
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
This is what happens at our house on Saturday morning when Tim has to work at a job fair and I am too busy reading knitting blogs to get the girls dressed.

Hattie evidently found the stack of clothes that I'd set aside as too small. You might also note that the colors of her outfit match perfectly, while Charlotte is using a fancy blouse to get the layered look.

Nate waited until I was on the phone to try to run outside in shorts. For reference, it's below freezing here today. Fortunately I managed to catch him in time.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Speech Notebook Wednesday

I wrote about it here, but on Saturday night we went to Nate's Blue and Gold Banquet, which is the big Cub Scout awards extravaganza.

Charlotte was particularly taken (or not, as the case may be) by the evening's entertainment, which consisted of a man from a local animal rescue organization and his many friends, shown here.

He must have done this many times before, because his show was perfectly tailored for his audience (elementary school boys), and half of the animals he brought were reptiles. Those same reptiles, however, were not as popular with the moms in the crowd.

Or with little sisters in attendance. Except for Hattie, of course, who was one of the first in line when given the opportunity to pet the snake.

My take? I'm with Charlotte. The armadillo was super cool, but the snake, the snapping turtle, and the alligator were yucky. Where's the guy with the baby bunnies?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

missing teeth

smiles, everyone!
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Lots of gappy smiles at our house, especially since Nate lost one of his top teeth last night.

Those days of biting into an apple with your side teeth? They're upon us.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Weekend activities

Just a warning -- this is going to be a mish-mosh post of several random goings-on at our house.

To start off, on Saturday night we went to Nate's Blue & Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts, where they give out all the awards, conduct the annual uniform inspection (he passed),

and entertain people by showing them bowling balls an armadillo. (Really! This animal is so cool! This is a shot of his head!) (I was not, however, as hot on the alligator, the giant snapping turtle, or the snake, but the cub scouts really enjoyed them.)

On Sunday we held the 2nd Annual Cheese Dinner in the Living Room. Too bad it only lasted until bath--, er, halftime.

And today I got this in the mail from superbuzzy!

Half a yard each of the matryoshka fabric, the newspaper one, and a Russian village print. I have to admit that I got that newspaper print because the articles were all about my old stomping grounds in the DC area. Plus it's cute. I must have had red and black on the brain that day, because I also got some strawberry trim. No idea what I'm going to do with it yet, but I'm so excited about it!

And now that the weather's cleared up, a fairly decent shot of my finished socks. Which were much easier than anticipated and which are also particularly warm and comfy. I highly recommend them.

Finally, I did a little work on some parts for a mouse, but that's not overly recognizable yet. More on that later.

Now if I could just apply myself equally well to things that actually need doing (cleaning, dishes, etc.), I'd have something to write home about.

Friday, February 02, 2007


Well, finished my socks. But can I get a decent picture of them? No! It's been gray and rainy here for two days, so no decent light whatsoever. Of course, have we at least had snow? Also no. So we've been trying to figure out how to send the kids to school in winter coats with raincoats on top. The best we've been able to do is to have each child wear the next child up's raincoat. Which works out okay because Nate is too cool to want to wear his raincoat.

So instead of a picture of finished socks, here are a couple of things that are currently inspiring me:

--these mice from Lucinda Guy's Handknits for Kids

(don't they look like they would be an excellent use of Peaches & Creme??)

--these cables from Viking Patterns for Knitting

--and these korknisse ornaments from Elliphantom Knits, a gorgeous knitting blog that is definitely worth checking out. I would have put a picture of her unbelievably cute ornaments here, but I couldn't find an email address to use to ask her permission first, so I thought I'd err on the side of caution. But you should definitely go see!

Hope everyone has a good weekend! I promise to post pictures of my first pair of knitted socks as soon as the weather allows.