Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
We had a snow day yesterday and Orange and I made some gift tags with a ridiculously cute rabbit stamp and some hemp cord. Mine picture the bunny holding holly (or at least what I interpret holly to look like?) and say "Hoppy Holly-days" and Orange's have candy canes and she wrote "Have a Sweet Christmas"...aren't we clever? I'd like to get some different woodland animal stamps (maybe I should do that in this next week, you know- before I start that whole "nothing new" thing...)
One of my New Year's Resolutions this year is going to be to be as minimalist a consumer as possible, it will be refreshing after all this glittery gluttony of the holidays. Living in a city with freecycle, craiglist, and a plethora of thrift stores and yard sales, I think this could be relatively painless. Right?!
Admittedly, this attempt (my first) will be half-assed. I'll have to make exceptions for items like underwear and lightbulbs, and I haven't figured out yet what to do about gift-giving? I'd love to say I'm crafty enough to make wonderful things (I feel another New Year's resolution coming on...) but I'm not. At least not yet. And I can't say my sisters would be too impressed with my thrift store finds...does anyone (and by "anyone" I'm referring to all three-and, sadly, that includes me- of my followers) have any ideas? How will I live without buying those amazing "Anya" baby shoes? Guess I'l have to wait until I can find them used.
At best, let's say this will be a work in progress.
At least I'm thinking about it and it's the thought that counts, right?
Friday, December 18, 2009
I think these are the cutest toddler shoes I've ever seen (and I've seen a LOT). Someone please tell me that $45 is too much for toddler shoes...shoes that will undoubtably tramp through mud, sand, puddles, mashed banana, etc.? Maybe I'll just buy them & keep them in a little glass box just to look at when I need a little pick-me-up...
Monday, December 7, 2009
Our beloved and dear old cat, Sonny, passed away, peacefully, last night. Despite being an indoor cat, he was a fierce hunter. He developed a keen hunting instinct in his last year of life, often waking me in the middle of the night with his deep, guttural, hunting meows and I'd find him with his recent catch of "snakes" (in the domestic form of pencils and elastics). Some nights, he would catch up to 5 pencils...(don't ask me where he would get them...did he stand on his hind legs and snatch them off the desks with his paws?). He would leave them at the foot of the bed for us :)
He once got outside at our old apartment and when I found him, not 3 minutes later, he already had a bird in his mouth!
He also had an insatiable hunger for corn bread. If you left corn bread out anywhere in the kitchen, you'd wake up to a kitchen floor full of crumbs! I remember once we had a mexican-themed party and a friend made a casserole dish of spicy jalapeno corn bread which Sonny ransacked in the wee hours of the night. I cannot even describe the mess we woke up to. Plus, he must have eaten a TON of it and was really quite spicy...!
He spent his last night sleeping and purring on Orange's bed so he was happy right up until his last day.
He was a quiet and lion-like cat with an old soul (even when he was young) and he will be greatly missed.
Friday, December 4, 2009
My sister gave birth to my first nephew last night after only 2hr. & 15min. of labour. They almost didn't make it in time! I'm so proud of her~ she got her VBAC and a fast, natural labour without all that pesky hospital monitoring. I can't wait to meet him! But for now, I must go finish my papers for class that I keep on putting off (but who can blame me? It's not like "genital herpes" and "Listeriosis" are the most riveting of subjects!).
Thursday, December 3, 2009
One of my New Year's resolutions (one of many!) will have to be to start (and stick with) a new & improved blog!! Here's a picture~ the only recent one on my desktop right now.
But for now...a quick update. Orange is 7 and just as wonderful as always. She's just such an outgoing & creative kid, I really couldn't ask for anything more (I know this sounds like bragging but it's true!). She is constantly cutting/ writing/ taping/ gluing/ stapling, etc. just busy making things. She likes to ransack the recycling bin for inspiration. Which is fine, except when I go to clean her room and it's, well..full of trash! She's also getting really good at reading & writing lately.
Ocean is 21 months, which is a fun age. She's very into "Daddy" and every day, I hear "Where's Daddy?" about a dozen times. Last week she was sick with a cold, and there was one night where she just nursed ALL NIGHT. I seriously had about 1 hour of sleep total and she had the audacity to cry for ", Daddy, Daddy!!" first thing in the morning. No respect! She's also really into baby dolls (she has a wagon full), which I love as I was a baby-doll lover myself & Orange never really cared for dolls (she was much more into stuffed animals...I was just looking at old pictures from when she was 4 & 5, and in every picture she's holding a different stuffed friend, very cute!).
I've started some midwifery classes (through the MMA), just because birth interests me, not because I necessarily want to become a midwife (although, perhaps someday...the on-call aspect would not work for us right now with young children). It's a fun group of crunchy & eccentric women and I'm learning a lot. At our last class, we practiced cervical exams and blood draws on each other! Which is something I never thought I would do and quite a far cry from the plastic dummies and oranges we used in nursing school!