Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Soaking in a bathrub with copious amounts of bubbles and a good book, that is. :) (Btw, isn't that dark shimmery purple truly amazing? Valentine's Day pedicure, gift from a friend :)). I'm not sure why, but last year - 2011 - was really lacking in the book department. I somehow assumed that because I owned tons of books, I didn't need to go in search of new reading material. I forgot that you need to keep expanding and enjoying. This year so far has probably had more amazing books in it that the whole year of 2011 did. It's a habit I intend to keep up, with at least one new book getting bought/borrowed each month.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Our house is a little topsy-turvy, too, since my mom decided to move most of the furniture from upstairs, downstairs, so they can work on the painting/sanding/1,000 other tasks that must get done before flooring can get put in.
For various relationship-y reasons, my house was not a good place to be this weekend.
I've been feeling just a little bit sorry for myself...
This morning I got up and checked Facebook to discover that my BFF's mom, who is in the process of surviving breast cancer, decided to go ahead and shave her head last night after losing most of her hair to chemo.
One of my favorite bloggers posted her father's obituary this afternoon. I don't know any details except that he leaves behind a large, young family, and there has been no mention of him being sick, so I surmise that his death was unexpected.
Another one of my favorite bloggers put her beloved 14-year old dog down last night (you can say this doesn't belong in the same category, but I've had to put beloved pets down before and I know this will turn her world upside down for awhile).
It's like a little slap in the face to remind me, it could be so much worse.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Every week when my running partner and I go out, I try to inspire us by pointing out how strong and fast our shadows look (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, lol). I tried to capture this source of inspiration on our last run, but unfortunately it was really, really cold and we were bundled up and trying to stay warm, so our shadows looked more... cold. We'll try again next week!
I love the new cups Starbucks has out for Valentine's Day! (I only wish Starbucks would create some marvelous drink for the post-Christmas-but-before-summer period to go inside).
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I wanted a little gift for Chris and Natalie (I already had a little owl "big girl" cup for Abby, along with a small box of chocolates with yet another owl, lol), so when I saw a similar idea online, I knew I had to try. It didn't take me long to write my own poem. :)
ThenI collected all the candies - Riesens, Goobers, LifeSavers, Starburst, Symphony, and Kisses...
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love,I am become as sounding brass,
or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and
understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so
that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and
though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me
Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not;
love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave
itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,thinketh no
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all
things, endureth all things.
Love never faileth.- 1 Corinthians
Like this if you're SINGLE and still gonna celebrate Valentines Day - cuz there are lots of kinds of love and they all deserve to be celebrated! :)
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I also made these cute little matching dresses for my two favorite little gals, Abby and Lilly! Loosely inspired by this tutorial, I created the applique panel and applied them to two pink store-bought Ts. Then I had leftover material, and I just HAD to attach little skirts and turn them into dresses. :) More picts will come on Tuesday, when the girls wear them to their class Valentine's Day party!
Last year a friend of mine's dad cleaned out a house and found coffee can upon coffee can of antique and skeleton keys. She graciously gave me a big keychain full, and I've been crafting with them ever since! (Remember this gift?) Here's my latest keyspiration:
Supplies: one picture frame from the dollar store, a short length of black ribbon, a skeleton key, gold spray paint, red tissue paper (not pictured), and mod podge.
First I disassembled the frame, tore the red tissue paper into pieces, and mod-podged them randomly to the back of the frame.While that was drying, the key got a coat of gold paint.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Maggie and I went out to audition for Into The Woods last Monday. We both did well, though Maggie was grossly more prepared than I (having gotten to do her first musical over the summer). I got a callback for this Saturday and had a ton of fun (though I don't think I'll get a part - at least, not the part I was originally reading for!). The amazing thing was that after auditioning, I am more determined than ever to go see it, because the people I was auditioning with were amazing. They could sing. They could act. This is going to sound dreadfully conceited, but I can outsing most people in my life, so being surrounded by people who could outsing me was kind of fun. :)
I found a new craft blog! I was bemoaning to a friend today that a lot of my "crafty" blogs have gotten a little big for their britches. They're using equipment or supplies that cost an arm and a leg (I'm guessing since many companies are now providing their products for review) or they've simple devolved into "giveaway of the week" blogs. She tipped me off to Little Birdie Secrets, and I am in love. I think I'm going to modify their Valentine's Day framed art into cards and use them this year. So cute!
I am still schooling the three youngest kids. Some days are going better, and some days I want to tear my hair out. Half of the problems we deal with are mine (I need to be better organized, present more often, and stay on top of things a lot better), and half of them are theirs (they need to actually do the work, stay on course, communicate). One of these days I'm going to do a post on our "system" (ha! Like we have a system lol) so if you have any questions you want answered, ask now. :)
I took everything out of my closet on Thursday night with the intent of reorganizing it, and it became complete and utter chaos. My closet CAN'T be too small - it's a walk in, for goodness sake! - so I think I just need to organize better. I'll post before/after picts when I finally get it figured out.
Oh, and on a related note: right after Christmas I moved all my furniture around to make it more child-friendly for when my BFF and son came to visit. Last week I finally got it all moved back... only to discover I think I like it better the other way. Go figure.And finally, the most amazing recipe for Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Muffins, because I've joined a new Sunday school class at church (we finally have a college/career class! Hooray!) and of course I have to bake for it. :)
(modified from a recipe that was modified from a recipe lol).
Adjust the oven rack to the lowest position and heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease muffin tins or line with baking cups. Place 1 TBS batter in bottom of each cup and sprinkle with a scant TBS of filling/topping. Cover with 1 TBS batter, and top with filling/topping. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the cake bounces back to the touch and a toothpick comes inserted into the center comes out clean. :)
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This week has been an abysmal failure as far as running goes. :) Had a date to run with my running partner, but she ended up not being able to make it and (I swear if you're reading this, Chrissy, I don't mean this the way it sounds!!!) it was a little bit of a relief to put earbuds in, turn my music up loud, and zone out all by myself, with this as the backdrop.
I mean, how more amazing can you get? And other than that wimpy 30 minute speed-walk session (I can't even in good conscience call it a run), that's been it for my week. I will do better next week, I swear.
On Tuesday, when I dropped Abby off at school, I noticed that one of her classmates was wearing long braided pigtails. Abby came home from school with a serious look on her face. "Sarah," she began, "I want you to put pigtails in my hair."
"I can do that," I assured her. She furrowed her brow. "I want... I want... I want the hairbands to be at the ends," she told me.
"You want braids?" I asked. Her little face brightened. "YES! I want BRAIDS!" she told me gleefully. We went home and I put her hair in two little braids and she ran to the mirror.
"YES!" she shouted happily. "I HAVE BRAIDS!"
Valentine's Day is coming up! I'm psyched, 'specially since I have a "gal date" to get my nails done with my running partner. :)I might need more valentines, though, with all the cuteness that abounds this time of year...
We started by feeding the seagulls - no pretty beach this time, just the Kmart parking lol LOL!