24 February 2009
Nurse: Owen, are you having a baby brother or a baby sister?
Owen: a baby broder
Nurse: Does your baby brother have a name yet?
Nurse: what is it?
Nurse: (to me, still thinking this is a serious conversation) what is it?
P.S. Swampfire is one of Ben 10's alien alter egos. I don't watch it, but Jeff has a serious weakness for all things superhero, and, therefore, so do our boys.
23 February 2009
19 February 2009
The original recipe called for fontina cheese, but I had gruyere in my fridge, so I used that instead. There are so many other veggies that would be really good in this recipe--butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, or mushrooms are a few I thought of. It might even be good with a little fresh basil added to the cream sauce.
16 February 2009
It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free.
I have been receiving the Eugene/Springfield freecycle group emails for months now, and have never been all that interested in what people had to offer. Which isn't to say it isn't fine stuff--just not anything I found myself needing. But the beauty of freecycle is that it quickly and easily matches up people who might be needing that exact thing with those who just want to be rid of it.
Just last week, there were three postings for things that I couldn't pass up--and I ended up getting two of them (like craigslist, sometimes someone else beats you to responding). The process went so smoothly--a couple of pleasant emails exchanged, addresses shared, and items put on porches for me to come and pick up at my convenience. And at the end of it all, I ended up with one bottle and one box of laundry detergent and an open but unused package of gdiapers inserts. How awesome is that?
- You may want to sign up with an email that you check but don't use all the time, as there are many emails sent daily. But if you're really interested in something, you have to respond quickly, as stuff gets snatched up pretty fast.
- You may wonder what is the difference between freecycle and the free listings on craigslist. There isn't much difference, other than these get emailed directly to you, instead of you having to go and check craigslist daily for new listings. Also, people can put up an ad for something they need, to see if someone else on the list wants to get rid of that but didn't know it.
13 February 2009
Now I just need to bottle up the sweet feeling in that room for opening later when one of those trains gets thrown at someone "on accident" or that pencil becomes the main attraction for a grabbing match.
11 February 2009
08 February 2009
This Fun Find is what I would have given Alisa for her birthday if I had discovered it soon enough, and had she not had a special request for a birthday gift that is already in the mail.
What makes this oven mitt so awesome? Well, first of all that it is crafted by Bean of Coyote Craft. I discovered Bean's shop last year and bought this beautiful crochet/knitting needle holder for my mother-in-law for Christmas. She's a pretty awesome Bean, that Bean--and very talented, I might add. (for those who are not aware, Bean and I share that name--my siblings all call me Bean)
The other thing that makes this item so unique is that it is made of a thrifted vintage tea towel. Now that is my kind of crafting. This makes this particular oven mitt one-of-a-kind, but she has one other listed in her shop, also made of a gorgeous vintage tea towel.
Happy Monday, and Happy Birthday Lis! (on Tuesday)
06 February 2009
Here's how it goes:
1) Buy a bucket of red vines
2) Put them on the back of your toilet (if that totally grosses you out, put them on the counter. Our counter is unfortunately too small to hold the bucket, so the toilet won out--disgusting or not)
3) Make a sign and tape it to the bucket that says
1. GO POTTY 2. WASH YOUR HANDS 3. TAKE A RED VINE. Hooray for you!
Now, here I revised the method a bit because I thought it would work better for Owen if he saw us all having red vines when we used the toilet (TooMuchInformation?). So that became the fun part. Anytime anyone in our house (visitors included) visited the loo they were rewarded with a red vine. As long as they washed their hands first, that is. We love red vines in our house, so this has been lots of fun. You can imagine how many times James would use the toilet all day long just for more red vines. But hey, I was willing to eat 5 red vines a day myself if it would potty train Owen. I know, it's quite a sacrifice.
And guess what? It worked. We are officially done with diapers until May when they will come back with a vengeance when the wee one arrives.
Jana, you're awesome.
Okay, seriously, no more potty talk on the blog. But if you visit our house soon, you might just win a red vine. Now you know how to get one.
03 February 2009
Things I do not want for Valentine's Day--alitris (this one needs no explanation
Amazing free patterns for paper toys--designmom, (great activity for these dreary, indoor months. we printed and cut out the bus and plan to do some others)
Video of a lambing--(The link for this was originally posted on a blog I read called my happy little life, and the boys and I enjoyed watching a bit of nature)
French Toast & Buttermilk Syrup--dinner's on me (she has a similar feeling about french toast that I do, which is why I am putting this on my menu to try)
SoulePapa blogs--soulemama, (they make a very talented couple, these two)
Make your own handwriting font--designmom (this one is for you, lis cause you're a little font obsessed. and it's FREE)