Sunday, July 27, 2014

Answer Me This- Touching, Cooking, and Driving

1) What's your favorite thing on Youtube?
Probably Father Barron.  He is both logical and wise.  He's also fairly moderate but faithful.  I cannot stand Michael Voris.  I'm sorry.  I just cannot.  The pencil gets to me like nails on a chalkboard.

2) Who taught you to drive?
My dad and one of the coaches (whose name escapes me) at my highschool driver's ed class.  We didn't exactly have a classroom so we met in a conference room, an old shower, and the weight room.  Then I got to hang out at the band hall while I waited my turn to drive the car.  I figured it was better than sitting in study hall.  This is what tax dollars go to people, watching driver's ed videos about drunk driving in an old shower room.

3) What's your fav thing to cook?
Nothing.  I cook because my husband doesn't like cooking and he works outside the house.  If anything I like baking to an extent.  But if I had my way I wouldn't cook a darn thing ever again and I would be just fine with that.

4) Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?
I'm a total non-hugger.  You are lucky to get a handshake out of me because I am so not a touchy-feely person at all.  The first time my parish priest hugged me it was...weird.  He's Indian (as in the country of India) and it's normal for him so I go with it.  We're friends so technically it's not really all that weird.  But touching from adults weirds me out.  Kids, I get, I was a teacher.  I am a mom.  Adults giving me hugs I have to seriously stop myself from saying "What in the heck are you doing?"  Oddly kissing on the cheek isn't so bad.  Maybe it's because I get that's a cultural thing.  Physically pressing oneself onto another person....that's a bit too much particularly if you are male.

5) Where do you pray best?
Somewhere where I am all alone and it's quiet.  Naturally this hardly ever happens.  It was a small blessing that when I went to visit my family nobody wanted to go to Mass with me.  Usually my Mass buddy is my four year old, but he declined (8am is a bit early).  I was able to pray an entire rosary before the start of Mass.  I consider this to be huge particularly since my prayers are something like "Prayers for the responders and the people in need" when I hear sirens.

6)  When was the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?
My paternal grandmother died a month before my 10th birthday.  I don't recall the last time I saw her. My maternal grandfather died when I was about 16/17.  The last time I saw him he was in the hospital.  My paternal grandfather died when I was 18 shortly before Christmas.  I was in college so I'm not sure but I think I saw him in a nursing home.  And my maternal grandmother I saw last week at a McDonald's.  As far as I know she's still alive and bothering my mother.  It's a generational thing I guess.  My grandmother doesn't get along with my mother and my mother and I don't get along well either.  Perhaps that's why I have no daughters.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


1) So we had a lovely 4th of July weekend.  Our Canada Day weekend was not fun.  Hubby was sick until I convinced him to go to the doctor and get antibiotics.  And HB woke up, came into my room, and declared that he vomited on his bed.  Then we went through a bout at the other end and more vomiting until afternoon.  Not fun.

In contrast Hubby was peppy and nobody else caught the stomach bug.  We went to a birthday party on Saturday which was lovely.  The birthday boy's mom thought of us and bought my kids foam swords, which thrilled the swash buckling boy to bits.  He used some balloons that went home with us as practice for his skills.

I think we may have to look into fencing classes.

2) Sunday, we were supposed to bring up the gifts and take home the statue of the Holy Family.  A miscommunication and some KofCs brought them up.  After Mass I was able to procure the Holy Family.  We get to pray with the statue each night (or day) for a week in order to consecrate ourselves.  :)

Yesterday my two year old was looking at the Holy Family and somehow popped off St. Joseph's head!  He wasn't being rough with it so I have no idea how that happened.  We spent sometime frantically searching all of the kid-inaccessible places for the super glue.  He's back together.  shhhhh...Don't tell Father. 

3) Monday (yesterday) was our anniversary.  Hubby came home with some red carnations and a card.  I had wanted to do something, but with all the illness thing I didn't bother the babysitter.

And that's when I discovered that my sewing machine which had been acting finicky lately was skipping stitches.  So I'm sorry I won't be able to post all the dress pictures/instructions until that's fixed.  I did all the trouble shooting things in the manual, but I think it just needs to be serviced.  I would do that soonish but we're leaving in a little over a week out of country for a week.  So I'm just going to deal with that when we get back.

4) In the meantime I will just have to make do with all my other crafting, homemaking skills.  Like maybe getting around to working on my Sacred Heart cross stitch or framing something for Knee or tackling my bane.

See of all the crafty, homemaking skills I have, I have yet to conquer knots.  I shake my fist at them and say "Why, Knots, why?"  I've gone to knitting groups.  I've even taking a knitting class.  And finally I just gave up.  Maybe I'm not meant to do stuff with yarn.  Until I saw a facebook post of a lady who made a prayer shawl after crocheting for a month.  She said she learned from youtube posts.  And that reminded me of my friend S who said she took up crochet instead of knitting because she thought it would be easier.  So I mustered up my courage, shook my fists, and said, "Knots, I will conquer you!" in all my homemaker ferociousness.  I figured I could give crochet a chance especially since it's handy to have for knitting too.

Then I went and checked out from the library kids' books on crochet.  Kids' books?  Yes, kids' books.  I'm dumb.  Really dumb.  I figured the kids' version would be easy enough for me to figure out.  I already had a couple of skeins of yarn for kiddy projects (that don't involve knots).  I then went and bought some kiddie crochet hooks. 

For the first few days I spent time making slip knots and chains.  Repeatedly.  I did say I was dumb.  Now I'm up to making a dish rag with single crochet.  It looks awful (in my opinion), but I'm still practicing.  Next I'll tackle double crochet.  One of the kiddie books has a basic pattern for making fingerless gloves using double crochet.  If I can knit another dish rag in double crochet, I'll then be able to make a hideous version of fingerless gloves.

Knots, you will be conquered.

5) Today we walked to the library for the playgroup.  They had to cram us all into the small room because the other room was being painted.  And since the rooms are connected, we normally are in both.  One for toys.  The other for crafts.  After that I braved walking back in the drizzle.  We barely made it back home before it started picking up. 

And now I must stop procrastinating and tackle my laundry monster.  My kids slay imaginary stuff with swords.  I slay my own mommy things too.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Answer Me This

1) Have you ever walked out on a movie?
Not that I recall.  I did some pretty silly things in movie theatres like duck into one while waiting for my movie to start, but I don't recall hating one so badly that I left.

2) Do you abstain from meat on Fridays?
Sometimes.  It really all depends.  Last Friday (being on the 4th) was particularly hard.  But sometimes I forget and offer something else instead.  My kids are little and picky.  My husband is not Catholic.  This makes it difficult.  It will probably be something I enforce when the kids are old enough to understand.  In the meantime, there's plenty for me to give up or pray more about.

3) What do you use the most for blogging (in terms of laptop, desktop, etc)?
I use my laptop.  My phone is a flip phone.  I don't have a desktop.  And my kindle doesn't interface well with others.

4) Have you ever had anything stolen from you?
Yes, yes I have.  Nothing involving a break-in, but mostly in school with other children.  I've had markers, jackets, and the one time at the pool I left my sandals behind.  By the time I got back down from the hotel room they had been pinched.  Very very sad.  If you can't afford shoes, for heaven sakes just ask.  Don't steal them.

5) Do you identify as a member of an ethnic group?
Sure.  I'm American.  Technically that's a nationality.  How about a white chick?  My familial background is so muddled I can't exactly pick a particular ethnic group.  So I don't.  And I don't like checking Caucasian boxes either.  Hence saying I'm American.  That tells you enough about what languages I speak and what food I eat.

6) Seen anything weird lately?
You mean those pictures of those people with signs saying "Get my boss out of my bedroom." or something like that.  That's not really weird but totally non-sensical considering they want their boss to pay for their contraception.  So doesn't that invite your boss in?

I so did not take this picture.  I have no idea who to credit.

Or how about a priest saying Mass in sandals?  Wait that's not really weird either.  He's a discalced Carmelite.  Totally normal.

Nope.  Can't think of anything I've seen up close and personal that is weird.  Maybe it's the mom-dar.  Since I have kids nothing strikes me as bizarre anymore. 

Update:  I just thought of something.  Couple of weeks ago we went to the public beach and a couple had their two littles with them.  At first they had on clothing, but later they were roaming around stark naked.  It wouldn't bother me so much, but this is a public beach.  And I'm kinda a stickler about respecting children including keeping them clothed as much as parenting-ly possible.  So that was definitely odd.  The parents weren't trying to get them back into clothes or hurd them into a more private area either.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

Watch out for language, but it's pretty funny.  Especially the one about Americans don't have kettles.

Oh, and see below video by Tim Hicks.  My husband keeps playing's funny but not that funny.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day and I'm not a hypocrit

In case anyone thinks I will not call out fellow Americans....This is a screen shot of Facebook.  In context it's talking about the gay marriage in Canada (I think it has to do with the new PM, but I don't remember).  The article was published primarily to Americans.

Notice the great "Screw Canada" and how someone had to be corrected about the gender-neutral pronouns.  Wonderful way to treat neighbors and generalize all Canadians.  /sarcasm.

I assure you that there are very conservative Canadians in Canada.  Nova Scotia is actually seeking to remove abortion coverage.  So there.

On a more happier note:  My husband came across this on the radio.  Apparently country music is popular in Canada (and the UK).  It's hilariously funny.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Answer Me

1)  How often to you take public transportation?

Uh, I don't.  My husband does.  But most of the time he has the car.  If I need it, he'll take public.  Otherwise most everything is in walking distance so I use the wagon (because I don't have a double stroller).

2)  How many cousins do you have?

I have five- all on my mom's side.  My dad has a sister but she never married or had children.  My children don't have any cousins.  My husband is an only child and my brother isn't involved with anyone.  I doubt they will have any cousins.

3) Have you ever fired a gun?

Yes.  But I don't own one and don't ever plan on it.  I just don't see the point.  I'm not a hunter and I'm a pacifist. 

4) Do you ride roller coasters?

No.  Not unless I feel like throwing up.  I can't even handle the kiddie swings at the park.  It's a couple of minutes and then I want to put my head between my knees.   My head is about to explode.  I'm not sure if it's because of migraines or if I have some sort of inner ear issue.  But I just avoid motion as much as possible.

And yes, I feel horrible on planes and I get car sick.

5) What's your favorite flower?

I have to say roses otherwise my SAI sisters may not speak to me.   My parents and my in-laws may disown me.  My father-in-law grows roses for a hobby.  And when I say grows them I mean he also enters them in contests and judges contests too.

6) Are you allergic to anything?

I've always suspected outdoor allergies.  Particularly this time of year when my eyes itch and burn.  I am also allergic to Phenergan.  It's an allergy and motion sickness medication.  One of the side effects is twitching and constantly moving about.  They gave it to me when I was pregnant with HB to combat norovirus.  I spent a couple of hours unable to sit still, writhing about.  After that I was told to never take it again.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Semi-Upcycling- Block Colour Nursing Dress: Part One

I'm in the process of making a block color nursing dress.  The top part is made from two identical t-shirts that I purchased retail.  The bottom panels are going to be made from men's xl t-shirts that I bought at a local thrift store.  Hence the semi-upcycled part. 

It will look similar to this dress

For the top part, I used this youtube video.

Since the video is pretty easy to follow, I didn't take a gazillon pictures.



If you don't nurse anymore, skip over this step.  If you plan on adding pockets (which the website doesn't include), save your scrap.  If you aren't nursing and want pockets, you may need to raid your scrap pile or add another upcycled shirt because I don't think there will be enough scrap left from three t shirts to make pockets with.

Another difference from my version (besides the nursing top and the pockets) is I plan on using regular jersey cotton knit t-shirts.  This person used polo shirts.  I also won't use a pleat, but rather make it a ruffle.  You'll see.