– I want to thank everybody for all the lovely well-wishes I received on my birthday. You guys are the best! We celebrated my birthday by throwing a joint birthday party for me and one of my best friends Stefanie. I wore a thrifted tutu skirt that I had been saving for the occasion and after stuffing ourselves full of Italian food we came back to our place and danced like the old, 50% white people we are. In the morning before the party some of us got together for a little Thrift Store Gore Bingo. One of the highlights of the day was receiving this amazing cross-stitch of JLP with the words “Set Phasers to Stunning” stitched at the top. Holy cats, I almost started crying right there in the restaurant. Apparently Angela, who gave this to me, had this idea a long time ago and saved the perfect photo of Picard on her computer until the time came. She contacted Etsy seller Watty’s Wall Stuff who agreed to custom make this for us. Watty, a badass cross-stitcher and extremely cool person, loved the idea enough to make it a regular item in her shop.
– One of the things I enjoyed most about the party was having Isobel with us. She was old enough this year to come along to dinner and attend the party without needing constant attention. I knew she’d have fun because this kid is a dancing machine. Every day she requests “dance party time,” which means I turn on some music and we spend the next twenty minutes or so dancing. It’s quite a workout. One of her favorite songs to dance to is Gangnam Style. The first time she heard this song she actually was watching a parody video called Mitt Romney Style, which is all sorts of hilarious. So now when she wants to dance to Gangnam Style she will ask for Romney Style, and there’s nothing you can say to change her mind.
– Breaking! News flash! This just in: Squirrelly has a vagina. I know, I’ve seen it. His vagina flies in the face of modern medical technology, but there it is. When Squirrelly was just a few mewling days old we took him to the vet who told us Squirrelly was most likely a boy. I thought he was a boy, too, and we thought no more about it. Flash forward five months later and I’m getting ready to make an appointment to get dear ol’ Skwirlz fixed when a friend’s girlfriend suggests he might be a she. Said girlfriend couldn’t verify this claim because Squirrelly was biting her in the face. Once he calms down I flip him over, blow the fur out of the way and I see it: a binder full of cat vagina. I’m still catching myself referring to Squirrelly as “he” a majority of the time, and I’d appreciate it we could all just think of Squirrelly as a genderless fur demon.
Thrift Store Gore Bingo – A cross between a scavenger hunt and a game of bingo. I’m seriously proud of this.
Scrapbook: Pumpkin Patch – I dressed like a pumpkin.
Thrifty Living: Halloween Decorations – Justifying my rampant thrifting habit.
A Little Birthday Music – Isobel sings Beck and makes Mama proud.
Bad Lip Reading’s Eye of the Sparrow. How many times can you watch a video before it becomes unfunny? Because I’m at about 3,000 and still laugh-crying. The Twilight one is also pretty damn funny. Via @lilacmess
- I need to see some ID.
- Painting of some Dutch chick.
- Finders Cheapers.
- Thrift Store Mullet.
- Skull Craft Time!
- Thrift Store.
- Birthday flautas!
- Ivory Poppy.
- Still blooming.
- Birthday kiss.
- Garden gnome.
I know that many “mommy bloggers” don’t post photos of their children or use their children’s names because of The Big Bad of the internet. Why did you choose to post photos of Isobel? From a mom’s perspective, do you worry about the Big Bad Internet?
I think a lot of bloggers have different reasons for not sharing their children’s names. Maybe they want to use their blog space as a place to vent anonymously about the challenges of parenting, or maybe they want to keep their blog from googling family members or places of employment. Or maybe they are just skittish of the sharing that information to the world at large. All are valid reasons. I do a lot of work online. Aside from this blog I use the internet to sell my photos to Getty via Flickr and have an Etsy shop. I also have a website for my portrait photography and have sold photos to magazines and other businesses online. My name is out there and it would be pretty easy to find Isobel’s as well. I think it’s a choice every blogger needs to make for themselves.
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