Friday, December 30, 2011

Time. It's short.

So, when nothing funny happens, or I just plain have nothing to say, what am I doing with my time? Well, make stuff. Lots of stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. Stuff like this:


Squash soup

Garlic Knots

Pumpkin Pie

And also, stuff like this:
Buttercup Bag (free pattern from Made by Rae)

Angry Birds toys (modified from Obsessively Stitching)

Hair thingy holder thingy
Zippered Pencil Case

But now you want to hear something funny. Ok. Little Viking would.not.stop. throwing dirt at his brother today and stray cats keep showing up in our yard to talk to Philosopher Child. No, I'm not kidding.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Philosopher Child is very clever. Very clever. Sometimes, too clever for his own good. He will refuse to do homework and schoolwork, or do it half-heartedly, because he just doesn't see the point. That gets him in trouble.

(My mother used to say, "Someday, you'll have a child just like you, and I'm going to laugh!" Somewhere, she is having a fit of giggles. I didn't see the point of schoolwork, either. That also got me in trouble.)

Oh, the things that come home. "His handwriting isn't good enough." "He's being disruptive." "He's being disruptive again." "He won't color his worksheets." "He doesn't want to do his Reading Counts tests."*

Right before school break, the teacher sent me a note home, asking for a conference. A conference? Now? Well, since conferences are usually held at the beginning of grading quarters, and as this was just days before the end, it had to be important. Heart pounding, feeling panicky after some stressful, but unrelated, days, just about to lose it wondering what happened that warranted a conference, I called.

"So, you wanted to have a conference?" the teacher asked me.

Wait, what? "No," I said. "You sent a note home. You wanted a conference."

"Oh. Well, the holidays are coming up. It can wait until after. It's not that important. He did well on his reading tests. I send notes home about the bad stuff, but I don't mention the good stuff. He's good on his reading. The whole class was. We can meet after the holidays."


*Reading Counts tests are a whole other can of angry worms entirely.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mountain Rose Herbs giveaway

Yep, it's been a month. I suck. But look at this! Mountain Rose Herbs is giving away this fantastic natural lip balm DIY set! If you've been reading here, you know that I'm all about aprons, crafting, all-natural skin care, and DIY.

I love MRH for so, so many reasons. Earl Grey, Orange Spice, and herbal teas are just a few things I love about them. The hardest thing about ordering them is the wait, as they are clear across the country from me!

Make sure you take a look around this awesome business if you drop by their giveaway!