– Last week my sister suddenly became very ill and had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance. It was suspected that she had meningitis but after a stay and treatment in the ICU they think it more likely to be a blood infection brought about by a tick. She lives in a wooded area of Virgina and spends time outdoors with her dog Sky. She’s found ticks on her clothes and on Sky before so its an explanation that seems to fit. My brother-in-law did the right thing by getting her admitted right away–it was a decision that most likely saved her life. It’s hard to be so ill and so far away from family and it was a very scary time for all of us.
-ETA: They now think a reaction to a new medication was part of the problem, in addition to a virus. She is responding well to treatment and with any luck will be released from the hospital today! Thank you for all your well-wishes. It means a lot to both my sister and me.
– We also got two other waves of very bad news but they aren’t really something I have the right to share. As usual, as has been the norm for the whole entire year, it’s been rough lately, and we’re rolling with the punches and making adjustments as best as we can. I do very much appreciate all the support you’ve shown me here on the blog and elsewhere on twitter, FB, email and Instagram. You have no idea how much that truly helps.
– As you’ve probably noticed, I was contacted by Ad Riot (of Book Riot and Food Riot fame) to join their ad network and after thinking it over and talking to the columnists I know who work for Book Riot, I agreed. Anthony’s been out of work since June and I can’t say no to a potential income source right now, especially one that came so strongly recommended by people I respect. Other than that ad I’m not changing anything else about how I run Little Big. I’m still not accepting sponsored links or posts and I generally only do giveaways about once a year. While I accept ads it’s not my goal or intent to monetize LB beyond that. My goal is to keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully earning income from my etsy and amazon shops and eventually by selling ebooks. Little Big will stay what it is, a blog that does its own thing, and I hope you will stay with me, too.
– In further “I’m huge!” news, a couple weeks ago we had to stop back by the ER to pick up Anthony’s x-ray records to take to his shoulder specialist. As we wandered the halls of the hospital looking for radiology a man approached us and said, “Labor & Delivery is that way,” and then motioned to the right. I wanted to say, I’m only 20 weeks along, jackass, but thanks for the help, but didn’t. This is going to be a long haul, I can tell.
– I took some time to go thrifting with my friend Stefanie last weekend and we found some really impressive Thrift Store Gore. I also found a couple vintage housecoats which I’m saving for my hospital stay. They are perfect for nursing since they button up and offer more coverage than a hospital gown and are, of course, way cuter. I also started snooping through her thrifting basket while she was on the phone and discovered a really lovely silk scarf. I was congratulating her on her find when she told me it was my Christmas present. OOPS! That’s what I get for snooping.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. These are a few of my favorite things.
Follow Friday – Tea for Two. Pictures of Zorro and Poppy having a tea party in the jellyfish tent plus the funniest tweets of the week.
Thrifty Giving: Stefanie’s Birthday Present. The mugs I found her caused quite a stir.
Snapshot 11.13.13. Weekly links, snaps, and gossip.
Recipe: Savory Baked Apples. Yes, you can do this.
Scrapbook: I’m having a unicorn! I have only ever had a sister, so living with a little boy is a wonderfully uncharted waters for me.
German study finds video game playing beneficial to the brain. This isn’t anything new, more like more evidence to add to the pile for people who think video games are pointless. Certainly life requires balance and physical activity other than couch-sitting, but the point is video games in and of themselves are not harmful and actually do have benefit. Via KatanaSpider
An Evil Genius will flood your city. Andrew Thaler holds a PhD in marine science and conservation and has used google maps to adjust sea level to find out what will happen to cities around the world should the ocean levels rise. Via younglandis
Howl’s Moving Castle made out of Legos. Amazing. I think I’m even more impressed with this than I am the Lego recreation of Helmsdeep.
Mad Stitchery, the best cross-stitch tumblr ever.
How to de-seed a pomegranate. I have seen dozens of “the best ways to de-seed a pomegranate methods, and I’ve never seen this. I think it’s the least wasteful method out there.
How not to raise a rapist. The last half of the article discusses common beliefs held by men who rape and how families affect them. Especially important to me now that I know I’m raising a son.
Realistically colored photos make history seem real. These are amazing.
Updating Mah Twitters. I have a twitter account and so does my baby.
Thrifted Dress Up Chest: Hats. I have filled a dress up chest with all sorts of wonderful thrifted finds, and this time I show off the hat portion of our collection.
Little Big Kitchen: Drying and Saving Herbs. The best way to store fresh herbs in the fridge.
Scrapbook: Family Fair. Spoiler Alert: We went with the Waltons.