Tuesday, June 30, 2009
1. How long have you been blogging?
Altogether, since May of 2006 but I've only had the Blogger space since February of 2008.
2. Why did you start blogging?
I originally started blogging on Myspace just as a way to keep faraway friends updated on my life. For me though, the Myspace blog grew stagnant. One reason being that Myspace was always experiencing technical problems whenever I wanted to blog. The main reason though was that it was hard to meet people I had things in common with. The only people who were reading my blog were folks that already knew me, and they weren't always interested in reading about every tiny aspect of my life. There was no way for someone to just stumble upon my blog, the way there is now. I really wanted to branch out and expose myself to a lot of people, not just those with Myspace accounts.
3. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging?
I've made the acquaintance of many totally awesome women who inspire me, challenge me, motivate me, make me laugh, and make me cry. A handful of these women I'm lucky enough to consider my friends. I have a hard time making friends in real life. I'm quiet and not usually the one to initiate conversations. But bloggers give you a small glimpse into their life and personality, so it's easy to quickly find people you'd hit it off with.
Also, I feel as if blogging has done a lot for me mentally. Being a mom can drain your brain sometimes, especially if you don't work outside the home. Although my blog is mostly for fun, I take it pretty seriously and require myself to update it regularly. It's gotten to the point that if I don't blog for a few days, I begin to feel the itch.
4. How many times a week do you post an entry?
Whenever the mood strikes me. Usually about four times a week.
5. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis?
I follow close to 100 blogs. I regularly read maybe 20..
6. Do you comment on other people’s blogs?
Not all the time, but I do try to comment on my regulars. But sometimes there just isn't anything to say.
7. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have?
Yep. I love my stat counter. It indulges my nerdy, analytical side.
8. Do you ever regret a post that you wrote?
No, but some of the early posts are silly and poorly written, which is embarrassing. But I don't delete them because I think, if anything, they show how I've improved. I feel like within the last six to nine months I've really found my *voice.*
9. Do you think your audience has a true sense of who you are based on your blog?
Hmmm....this is an interesting one. I honestly don't know. I would like to think that I'm an open book and I don't really sugar coat my life, but I think that I hold back from showing the more sarcastic side of my personality. When I write a particularly sarcastic post, I worry that it comes off as negative and I try not to do that too often.
10. Do you blog under your real name?
11. Are there topics that you would never blog about?
Sure, and mainly they involve my kids. I really don't want this blog to ever embarrass them so I keep large portions of their lives private.
12. What is the theme/topic of your blog?
It's all about me, me, me. And those around me.
13. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why?
No way. I don't have that kinda time.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I hate to bring this up so early, but I'm really looking forward to fall when I can bake more. I have a stack of recipes I want to try out, but slaving in a hot kitchen this time of year doesn't sound at all appealing. Plus, when the weather is cooler, we're able to eat a large portion of our meals outside, which is so much more relaxing than in the dining room where I have the unpleasant view of the dirty kitchen and all the waiting dishes. Considering the first day of fall isn't until September 22, I have a ways to go.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I've always loved Keith Haring's work. What person of my generation doesn't? It's easy to love. Simple yet bold graffiti-like designs, usually with a message. Just awesome.
So of course our walk was cut short since we (Jay) had to lug this rocker home because there was no way I was going to leave it there unattended until we came back with the car.
When we got home I had to find out more information about this toy, I've never seen anything like it before. Granted, it's been a few years since I've done any major shopping for baby products.
Anyway, it's made by Vilac, a French company that makes high quality wooden toys. I found a couple of online retailers who used to carry it last year, and it was priced at $170. The only place I found that still carries it is Unica Home...and it's $264. I cannot imagine ever spending that on a toy that would be so quickly outgrown. But then again, I can't imagine ever having something like this in my possession and throwing it out with the trash.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. For now, the girl loves it, although she's a bit big for it.I'm trying to rid my house of useless clutter, items that don't really do anything but take up space, but I have a feeling I'll be keeping this little piece of art for a while.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
* 2 cups macaroni
* 2 hard boiled eggs
* 1 cup grated carrots
* 1 cup of peas
* 1/2 cup grated cheese
* 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
* cayenne pepper to taste (we like our food a little spicy around here)
Most of the time I think that any recipe with mayonnaise should fall into the "unhealthy" category. But when compared to the original recipe, I doubled the amount of macaroni, upped the amount of vegetables, and kept the amount of mayonnaise the same. In reality you get very little mayonnaise per serving, just enough to keep the salad from getting dry.So is it healthy? I don't know. I wouldn't consider it health food, but when up against the typical macaroni salad recipe, it's probably the healthier choice.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Finally, I had to do something about this:
Monday, June 22, 2009
This time we came a bit more prepared and arrived with our own drinks and food. Last time we made the mistake of eating lunch at a restaurant on the beach. Not very budget friendly.Jay and I have discussed the ways in which we can fine tune this portion of our trip and whittle it down to where we are spending next to nothing in this area. Because really, a trip to the beach shouldn't be about the food.
We ended up staying most of the day, arriving home late afternoon with some very tired, very sandy children. Plus, even though I applied and reapplied sunblock, we are all a bit pinker than I would like.
Today we are home, with sunburn to take care of and sandy beach laundry to wash. And we are all anxiously awaiting the end of the week when the temperature highs are going to be only in the low nineties. (um, yay?)
Friday, June 19, 2009
*Jay and I have really been getting our money's worth out of the $9.99 we send to Blockbuster.com on a monthly basis. We've been plowing through at least one, but sometimes two movies a week. The problem is, they've all been kinda so-so. There was Wednesday nights Feast of Love, which wasn't terrible but afterwards just felt like a waste of time to me. Then before that was Melinda and Melinda. I usually love Woody Allen films and this one had some good parts and a decent story but Will Ferrell's character was hard to swallow. He played this neurotic, whiny, doofus and I basically felt like through the whole movie he was just doing a bad Woody Allen impersonation. It was difficult to look past.
I think that at the heart of the issue right now is the fact that I just really want to see Lymelife and nothing else. (When will I get to see this movie? It was never in a theatre near me and I have no idea when it's coming out on dvd. Sigh. Mari-You're my link to all things movie related, do you know anything about this one?)
*Speaking of Will Ferrell.....and we were, weren't we? Did you know he has his own brand of sunscreen with the proceeds from all sales going to charity? I'm thinking of maybe purchasing the Forbidden Fruit variety. It's my usual SPF 30, plus it's cheaper than the stuff I normally buy. I don't know why I'm so enthralled with this sunscreen since I think that Will Ferrell actually has the ugliest body I've ever seen, but for some reason I can't stop thinking about it.
*With both kids home, I've not had nearly enough time for crafting. It's making me cranky.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The book I most recently finished was Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint. It took me a long time to read this book, close to three weeks. For one thing, my copy is four hundred pages of very small print, which tends to overwhelm me. Then when I actually started getting into it, I realized how lush and detailed the story is. There was no "skimming" this book, for fear that I'd miss something.
But.......I really should tackle the ever growing stacks on my nightstand:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thirdly, I have to make the kids food. I can't just send them into the kitchen to grab something prepackaged. There isn't much prepackaged in there anymore. Yesterday I made english muffin pizzas in the toaster oven. (Where did I even get a toaster oven? I don't remember this coming into the house. Can it be used for anything else other than english muffin pizzas?) Anyway, these went over strangely well. Considering my grocery store regularly has buy one get one free deals on pasta sauce and english muffins, I have a feeling I'll be making these a lot this summer.Lastly, I've been shopping from the "discontinued" bin, which is how I end up with things like this:
Spongebob Cream of Wheat or as the girl calls it "Spongebob Dinner." My grocery store was practically giving this away, that's how cheap it was.
In a lot of ways these changes are easy for me. Of course I love good food, but I have no problem eating cheap or generic food. Two things I will not skimp on though are organic milk and organic apples. All the hormones given to cows totally freak me out, and non organic apples just don't taste good to me anymore. I think we all have our own quirky food rules. And yes, I do see the silliness in pouring $6 a gallon milk over 'Chocolate Lagoon' flavored Cream of Wheat.
Monday, June 15, 2009
This is a topic Dawn and I have discussed numerous times in great detail because she feels the same way about most pictures taken of her. She's convinced most photos give her a crooked smile or a "weird lazy eye thing." Of course I think she's crazy and wrong, but I completely understand where she's coming from.
I almost didn't post it because I didn't think it was "perfect." But then I got to thinking about how sad it would be if something were to happen to Dawn and I had no pictures of the two of us. I'm sure I would regret not having any photos to go along with memories. So there we are. Braving the humidity and 90+ degree heat with our crooked smiles, pushed out boobs, and flat hair. Honestly, I love it.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
*Mama Chic Wrist Cuff
Tuesday I made two of these with fabric scraps. I hated both of them. It wasn't until I started slicing into some of Jay's neckties that I was able to make one I'd actually wear.I plan on making a few more as soon as Jay directs me to the neckties that can be sacrificed in the name of creativity. (The tutorial can be found here, which I was directed to when reading this.)
I challenge you to watch this two minute video and then not go around humming the tune the rest of the day.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This bit of knowledge was passed on to me by my son and his friend. I then had to hear about an hours worth of phrases such as:
*"My weenus is bigger than yours."
*"Mom, he put his weenus on the table!"
*"He's making me touch his weenus!"
It's going to be a very, very long summer.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
When we have bought toys or games, it's been after a lot of thought and discussion about who would play it, would we get a lot of use out of it, etc. For instance, after the boy rented Guitar Hero, we all agreed that we liked it and it would probably be a worthwhile investment. So we sold some items on ebay and then used the profits to buy the game.
Another recent addition is this Charlie Harper Memory Game:The girl's game selection had grown a bit stale recently. We play Candy Land a lot and she does have another Memory game, but it's a Disney version that was given to us and I hate playing it. All those damn Princesses look alike to me. And when I do offer to buy the girl a new game, she's drawn to things that are loud and annoying and will require an endless supply of batteries. We usually leave the game aisle empty handed.
I remember seeing this Memory game all over blogland last holiday season when it was available at Old Navy. I meant to go and buy it then, but that's one of those stores I try to avoid. I don't really like their clothes but it seems as soon as I enter an Old Navy, I make a beeline to the sale rack and find myself loading up my arms with stuff I don't really love and then trying to justify the purchase by saying, "But it's on sale for $2.99!!!" Because of that, I never made it to Old Navy.So of course I was thrilled when I saw the game mentioned on Poppytalk last month with a link to fawn and forest. It was back ordered for a while but it finally arrived this past Saturday and I couldn't be more pleased. The girl and I played a few quick games using only some of the cards, but it's just as fun and much more challenging when all the cards are used. (I talked Jay into playing a game with me last night and I'm pretty sure he had a good time since he was doing the maniacal evil cackle he does whenever he's clearly winning a game.) The images on the cards are so beautiful, that you don't feel as if you're playing a "little kid" game.
Here are a few of my favorite pairs: My verdict: Well worth $14.95.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
*My favorite houseplant, okay my only houseplant, a once green philodendron, is sick.
*While I'm asking for advice, I have another issue. We have a somewhat large mole family living in our back yard and tearing up our grass. At first it seemed like only one mole, which while annoying, wasn't a big deal. Now it appears as if we have the mole version of the Duggars living in our yard. Plus, the matter is made worse by Liz Lemon who sniffs out the moles and digs up the grass where she thinks they are. This brings me to my question: Does anyone know of a cruelty free way to get rid of moles? I can't stress the cruelty free part enough. I really don't want to kill them. I just want to make my yard undesirable so that they head under the fence and into the yards of my unsuspecting neighbors. I like my neighbors and all, but it's every yard for itself at this point.
*While investigating the mole situation, I noticed we have some small limes on our tree.Of course right now these are just useless babies, but soon enough they'll be garnishing my nightly vodka tonic.
*Wednesday night the electricity flicked off. A moment later it came back on. My computer monitor, on the other hand(which may have been the first monitor ever), did not. I lugged out the emergency monitor. (Does everyone have an emergency supply of slightly shitty electronics, or is that just us?) Anyway, emergency monitor was blurry and took up half the desk. So Thursday morning Jay and I had to head over to Best Buy and break a resolution by putting a new monitor on a credit card. It was painful to use that credit card because since January I had paid that card down quite a bit. But as Jay said, "We're going to have to buy things sometimes." And he's right. Overall, our spending habits and attitudes about credit have drastically changed and I'm proud of us. On the bright side, the new monitor is really nice, so bright and clear. I had no idea I had been using such a sub par piece of equipment. I imagine this is how blind people feel after being granted the gift of sight.
*Finally:: I'm A Celebrity, Get me Out of Here. I don't really enjoy "reality tv" and wasn't at all interested in this show when the only Baldwin on it was useless, slow eyed Stephen, who I might add, appears to be the only Baldwin without chest hair. But now crazy Daniel is on. As most of you know, I'll watch anything with Alec in it, since he's hot, sexy Baldwin. But when he's not around, I have a two Baldwin rule. I'm forced by my own rule to watch this stupid show. This show is on four nights a week! Hopefully a Baldwin gets voted off soon, and hopefully it's Stephen.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
While I love cheese far too much to ever even consider becoming a vegan, I think it's a great idea to work in a vegan meal, side dish, or baked good from time to time. I want the kids to know that most vegan foods can be just as delicious as their non vegan counterparts.
Tuesday I made vegan banana muffins.Banana muffins and breads are a great choice when baking something vegan, since a banana can be easily used as an egg replacement. Obviously, a banana as egg replacement isn't going to work in every baked dish, but in foods that you don't mind having a slight banana flavor (breads, certain cookies, pancakes), it's a good option.
These muffins aren't real sweet so I wasn't sure if the family would go for them, but I was pleasantly surprised. Even the kids are eating them. I'm choosing to overlook that the boy quickly turns his into a non vegan muffin by covering it with butter and honey.
Also, the boy has nicknamed them Alec Baldwin banana muffins, the sole reason being that Alec Baldwin is the only vegan that he's aware of. As can be imagined, I'm totally happy with the nickname.
Would you like to make your own Alec Baldwin banana muffins? The recipe is here at RecipeZaar.
(Note: The only change I made to the original recipe was the addition of raisins.)