– Anthony is officially laid off now and has been at home with us the last couple weeks. When he’s not filling out applications or following up on job stuff we’re working on household projects or doing things as a family. We’re trying to make the most of this situation. He’s home so we’re going on picnics, visiting family, and spending time together like it’s a vacation. He’s keeps pretty occupied with job searches and interviews, but there’s a lot of down time while we wait to hear back from companies and while waiting for job postings to refresh. It’s not like how it was a few years ago when there weren’t any jobs available. Job listings are starting to pick up but because the economy has been so bad there are dozens, in some cases, hundreds, of applicants for these jobs. Some of them are not even from California. We’re trying to keep a positive yet balanced take on things. We have a plan and we’re sticking to it. In the meantime we’re treating this like a family vacation and spending as much time together as possible and going on as many thrifty family outings as our budget will allow. Who knows when he’ll have vacation days again once he gets a new job? We’re going to make the most of this crappy situation.
– A side effect of Anthony being home is that he is now the Favorite. Isobel has taken this opportunity to latch onto him ferociously with nary a glance spared toward Mama. She never lets him out of her sight and from first light until we put her down for bed she’s beseeching Anthony to play with her. Which is great, but now that he’s the Favorite and I’ve been knocked off my pedestal I’m realizing that not being the Favorite sucks. I now have sympathy for all those parents who had to play second fiddle to their partner. The other day when Anthony was out Isobel asked to play with him. “Dada’s gone, but I’ll play with you!” I was so enthusiastic and chipper you could have hired me at Applebee’s. “What do you want to do?” She looked concerned. “I want to sit by the door and wait for Dada.”
– It has started to get really miserably hot in the house during the day. Look forward to more complaining about our lack of air conditioning as summer continues.
– I have had such a huge response from the UNGAME post. It seems that a lot of you were forced to play this game as children or surly teens and you all have strong memories of it–good or terrible, there’s no in between. Stefanie alerted me to its modern incarnation and official website and LB reader Kirsten tracked down the game’s creator online.
– Speaking of games, have you played Scribblish?* We busted it out at a recent potluck and we laughed so hard I thought I would need to seek medical attention. One of the pictures went from “I want to learn to hang glide,” to “Sunbathing on a Doritos chip” to “Suntan flavored chips” to simply “Sunchips.” I have not laughed that hard in a long, long time.
– Sometimes Isobel will demand I take a picture of some random thing, then afterwards she’ll exclaim, “Now put that on your blog!”
– My Dad’s birthday was last week and my parents wanted to celebrate by taking us to Columbia Stat Historic Park in the Sierra Nevada foothills. We ate a picnic, explored the park with Isobel, and took some old time photos together. This trip was on my parents’ bucket list (they actually said that!) for a long time and I was happy we were all able to go as a family. I have a post about it in the works.
– My friend Angela’s shop is open again after a brief hiatus wherein she took her family to Southern California and attempted to blow her son’s mind with awesome. I think it worked. Last year Angela designed these adorable invitations for Isobel’s 3rd birthday party.
– Isobel is obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates after watching it at Kingston’s one time. I’m pretty sure Captain Hook is voiced by the Ice King.
– Tomorrow I’m posting a links for summer post. It is pretty long and it made me realize that I have so many links for summer because here it lasts about 6 months of the year. Flip a coin and odds are pretty good it will be summer. I was talking to Anthony about this one time. When we think of our childhood generically as a whole it is hot. It is always hot. But this pays off because yay, fun summer links for you! And fortunately I don’t mind.
– Isobel has begun drawing in earnest. She did it occasionally before but she never really took an interest in it. Now she creates drawings several times a day and some of them are pretty amazing, such as Happy Spider, Jellyfish, Ladybug, and Scott, With Beard.
– While we were in the car on the way to Columbia Isobel said, “Hey do you guys want to hear my bone song?” To which her grandparents replied something along the lines of “Yes! Of course we do, precious only grandchild!” So she started shouting HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES at top volume. That car ride was special.
Recipe: Seasoned Rice Vegetable Salad. Healthy, cheap, and eaten by over fifty preschoolers.
Greenwashing: A Primer For The Home. Everyone needs to read this primer my by dear friend Jose.
Scrapbook: Thrifting With Jenn. Photographs of thrifting with my partner in crime.
Thrift Store Gore: The Ungame. Watch me play your least favorite game as a child.
Photographer captures rare photo of sprite and an aurora. Add a unicorn to this and essentially you have my grade school Trapper Keeper.
Freestanding “Street Library.” Such a clever design to protect books and browsers from the weather.
Google Street View Makes Half a Cat. Can’t… breathe…
Miniature World. These photographs are amazing, and that’s before you find out they were created by a 14 year old.
50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do: Summer fun for kids and their adults. Going to use my own ideas from last year like a boss.
Snapshot 6.27.13. Mission 1: Steal everyone’s mugs in Megaton. Put them in your filing cabinet drawer.
Little Big Kitchen: Coffee Popsicles, Nopales, and More. Caffeinated dessert. What more could you ask for?
Thrift Store Score: Giant Pile of Awesome. Its name says it all.
Cut Out & Keep: Crocheted Hello Kitty Hat. Such great, easy project.
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