Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gobble gobble

I am off gobble gobbling this week. You get a book review instead of interesting tidbits about my life. But don't you fret, I am sure life is being interesting. I am just gobbling so much that I don't have time to notate.

So I read this. I will never be this thrifty. I try to re-use. I try to buy thrifted or Ebay. Unfortunately, I have never been that great in the deprivation department (aka I buy a lot of thrifted and Ebay). Now I know that deprivation is not the point of thriftiness or simplicity and I have fun doing the creative things I do to "make a difference", but some stuff doesn't work for me. I have no judge for anybody, I just know my limits. Some reusing doesn't work for me because I have cootie issues (particularly where food is concerned). I will never go to more than one grocery store for the week's groceries (because that makes me want to die a little). I won't learn to do my own car repairs (it would be nice to know, but I think I fear tinkering with such items), etc, etc. I will say that one point in the book made my heart sing. I must admit that I feel a great deal of guilt and shame surrounding the infrequency with which I bathe my children. Of all the things in the day (and there are a lot of things) this falls low on the priority list for me. As long as they don't actually smell bad (and a wash cloth and some lavender calming spray can do wonders for even that) I don't always get them in the tub. Now that Zelda takes showers by herself and I can just chuck her in, she does get more bath time, but Lu hates bathing and it is a project. In this book, Miss Dacyczyn said that one of her time saving tips was not bathing your kids all the time. BLESS YOU AMY! I feel validated! I feel less guilty! Somebody else is as lazy as me and this person is a well respected advice giver to millions. Just that makes the book a recommendation from me. Get validated in your "craziness". I am sure you do something that makes people roll their eyes. Maybe another person in this world that others think is really smart does it too.

Happy Turkey Day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Just passing the time...


Roller skating in the driveway is done. It was fun for about 5 minutes, but skating on pavement is a lot harder than skating on a smooth surface. I had much more fun after I went inside to skate in the kitchen. Also, in case you have been wondering, it is very hard to push a stroller while you are on roller skates. You wouldn't think so, but it is true.

Here is possibly the most white trash thing I have ever cooked. Now I come from white trash, so I can use the term with pride. This casserole consists of cream sauce made from powdered milk, cut up Mickey Mouse chicken nuggets, frozen green beans, leftover baby carrots, leftover boiled potatoes, and is topped with crushed potato chips (for the crunch). All adults dutifully ate the project, but no one but me braved seconds. You can take the girl out of the white trash, but you can't take the white trash out of the girl.

This is my eldest playing a rousing game of "throw the plastic banana through the window on the playhouse". Basically, this is included because it cracks me up.

And here is my homage to recycling. Man how I love to re-use a paper grocery sack. If you have scrap fabric around and a pair of pinking shears, you also have a bow. :)

Brace yourself for the rush of the Holiday roller coaster!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blerg, I feel blerg...

Ok, this week I am just not feeling motivated to blogify. I don’t know why. I do know that I have been very neglectful of “the list”. I need to pick something and do it. In the meantime, you can enjoy pictures from my lovely Halloween adventures.

But hey, I can also give you a book review (read- filler)

Radical Homemakers

LOVED this book. Once again, I am not nearly as radical as many of the people in this book. But I am trying to be my best. People like this inspire me. I am also very interested in the idea of community. That is something I feel has really been lost. What ever happened to the idea that it takes a village? Why are we so obsessed as Americans with independence? Wouldn’t the safety of a community based life be so much nicer? Read this book. It will make you want to can something.

Over the river and through the woods....