Archive for December, 2008

getting jolly

December 20th, 2008

I was in a Christmas mood until I read Bob Boilen’s best songs of 2008 list, and since I’ve been dying to listen to the music from his list that I purchased. (Such an NPR zombie.) To get myself back in the mood, I’ve found some good free Christmas music. And because I’m practicing this […]

did some research – when a kid falls on the pavement

December 20th, 2008

To answer the age-old question: When a kid falls on the pavement and there is no one around to care, does he cry? No. Witnessed Will take flight superman style and completely eat it a block away from me. He laid there stunned for a moment, and then, since no one was around to console […]

on the bookshelf – the joy of reading

December 17th, 2008

I’d forgotten until last night one of the primary reasons I had kids – to share my favorite books. Sure, there were many other reasons, but I’d been looking forward to building traditions around books like we’d had growing up. Yeah, yeah – I’m bookish. To this day, Christmas involves reading (and crying through) The […]

holiday crafting and last minute gifts

December 16th, 2008

We’ve been busy elving, here, but then so has the entire internet. Some of the great ideas I’ve seen and have yet to attempt: Twig Snowflakes. I’d love to have a full tree of these handmade by the family. More pictures and instructions can be found at Pretty Ditty. On the gift front, we gave […]

carrot soup that knocks your socks off

December 14th, 2008

Doug swears you’ll like this. Guaranteed to knock your socks off and give you night vision. Serve with popovers – the world’s greatest quick bread. Habanero Curry Carrot Soup 1 tbs olive oil 3 large carrots per person, roughly chopped 1 tbs red curry powder 2 cups water 1 bouillon cube 2 cloves garlic sliced […]

more elvin’ around – last minute gifts

December 14th, 2008

The elves have been slaving away on handmade Christmas gifts all weekend. Inspired by Sugar City the kids and I made our neighborhood kids soap snowballs with secret centers (in most cases, rubber balls and animal figurines). This is the perfect activity for little helpers as they’ll enjoy running their hands through the soap, and […]

biofuel we could live with

December 13th, 2008

My husband must drink 8 cups of coffee a day, so imagine how thrilled I was to read this – we could rescue 340 million gallons of biodiesel by reclaiming the oils in spent coffee. Right now, only our plants and compost bin are benefitting from the coffee addiction.

a 4 year-old on time

December 13th, 2008

One of the greatest joys of parenting is seeing the world through the eyes of your child. Last year at this time, we were learning about relationship status – how “son” was ranked below “girlfriend” in the hierarchy of non-family affectionate statuses. One might have many “sons,” but only one “girlfriend.” Most recently, we’ve been […]

the two-hour party dress

December 13th, 2008

I’ve heard holidays are universally difficult for people with addictions. Oh how difficult it is for me and my sewing addiction. The gifting and parties are just the impetus I need to encourage a quick whirl through the fabric stash for the right material and a flip through the pattern books for inspiration. Yesterday was […]

christmas quickies

December 7th, 2008

I made a round of ornaments to hand out to do-gooders this season – our friends who watched Sylvie the other morning so that I could go to an early meeting, another who invited us to her Christmas party… These were quick to whip up and as I dole them out, I’m wishing they weren’t […]

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