Wednesday, November 30, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Holiday look

I changed the link colors and the headers for the “just florals” theme. Thought I should mention that for those who view my site in another theme from the sidebar. Since I changed the rotating headers to variations of blue snowflakes, I guess “just florals” isn’t exactly descriptive is it?

When you’re looking, just click on “refresh” and another similar snowflakey header will show up. I just couldn’t make up my mind.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Seven sevens

Spunky tagged me for the seven sevens game. Here goes, partly because my mom has nothing to read there at work.

1. Seven things to do before I die

– tell more people I love them
– write a book or three
– have grandkids (but later, not sooner!)
– live in a house with no renovations and no mortage
– build a log cabin in the woods, just me, my hubby and hand tools
– go to England again or travel the world
– spread more joy

2. Seven things I cannot do

– sit still
– give up on my kids
– stop loving Ron
– knit well
– stick my tongue on my nose
– grow my hair long. I tried, it won’t go past my shoulders.
– stop reading

3. Seven things that attract me to my husband. (just seven?)

– his brain
– how he shows me he loves me
– he believes in me
– he’s so smart
– his conversational skills
– those ruggedly handsome good looks
– how well he works with his hands

4. Seven things I say most often

– love you
– wait
– no
– we’re leaving
– food’s ready
– EMMA!
– phone’s for you

5. Seven books (or series) I love

– Winnie the pooh
– Narnia
– Memoirs of a Geisha
– Shanarra series by Terry Brooks
– Homeschooling for Excellence
– Dumbing Us Down
– the Bible

6. Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over if I had the time).

Is this by choice? Because I watch some movies over and over again, but I didn’t pick ‘em. ;)

– Finding Nemo or any Pixar film
– Forrest Gump
– Finding Forrester (I’m seeing a theme here)
– the Matrix
– anything with Hugh Grant, Nicholas Cage or Sean Connery
– James Bond films
– It’s a Wonderful Life

7. Seven people I want to join in, too.

Carrie, Jem, Carol, Kim, Robin, Toady and Todd, who will have to change question 3. :D

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Teach a kid to sew…

In a house full of creative people with all sorts of tools and materials available, I’m not sure why I’m surprised when this happens.

Remember below I said Sarah bought a new top? It was on the damaged rack because the seams were coming undone and, well, we can sew and it was 50% off.

Meaghan liked very much when *she* tried it on. This morning, she dug out some fabric and the sewing machine, grabbed the shirt (which I still need to fix), snagged some paper and a pencil and traced off a pattern.

Then she made a copy of the shirt for herself.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Hustle and bustle

My lists are started and Meaghan and I made a couple dozen cards this morning, while sitting in our jammies. Emma helped too. She made a Santa coming out of a chimney, all her own idea. She just instructed me to cut the pieces, except the “fluff” on Santa’s suit which she did herself with wavy scissors.

The fish guy was gone but is back again now that the snow is trying to leave. Soft and melty it is out there.

We zipped off to the mall last night and got a toaster. Addison was walking home and when he saw the van, turned around and came back to the mall for he had no house key on him. D’oh! Picked up a toaster and a fancy top for Sarah who is going to a Christmas banquet for youth group.

All this tying up loose ends, bustling to and fro, descisions to be made. Low-key and low-stress I repeat to myself. It’s about fun and family. This is emphasized as we quickly discuss what to do about Christmas stickings this year. Change names again? Will we go behind each other’s backs and try to guess who has whom? Will we need to get a pencil and paper to figure out who should get whome based on who they bought for in years previous?

Ron notes he can whip up a program to figure it out in no time.

Yes, geeky presents will abound this year.

In Emma news, she has rediscovered the Veggies Tales videos. Am I the only one who thinks they went way downhill after Jonah and after Tim left?

Also, she has figured out how to lock the downstairs bathroom door. Shortly after that, she learned how to unlock it right quickly.

Monday, November 28, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

More stories from the fast-food trenches

“Addison, I like it when you work on cash because you like, know math and stuff.”

“Addison, I think you’re setting me up, man, because when I do this job, it takes like, two and a half hours, but I goof and and talk and stuff. You do it in an hour and a half.”

Monday, November 28, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Homeschooling blog awards nominations!

(cross-posted from the homeschooling blog)

Spunky has a post up to nominate in oodles of categories! Go see!