– Hello there, again! So much has happened since the last Snapshot post. How wonderful it is to have a weekly spot in which to complain about things. I hope everyone had a good holiday, if the celebrated, or a good break, which is reason enough to celebrate in my book. We had a wonderful, yet long and tiring, series of Christmases, and though it was our leanest Christmas to date (which is saying something) Isobel didn’t notice in the least and we were glad to be surrounded by good people and good cheer.
– Anthony’s very last minute surgery has been healing quite well, better and faster than we could have hoped, to the point where it is astonishing, really. It’s still painful at times, and he still has to manage his lack of total maneuverability, but it’s coming along so quickly and so well that I’m not stressed about how he will be able to take care of both myself and the baby, once he gets here. Speaking of, the doctor put in for a date for my C-section, so we will know little Elias’ birthday sooner rather than later. It’s so exciting, yet it’s also giving me heart palpitations. What with the holidays, my delicate and difficult health, and Anthony’s surgery, I feel so behind and not at all ready. Nesting instinct, don’t fail me now!
– Even though Christmas has come and gone we are still receiving the occasional lovely present in the mail from Little Big readers. Not too long ago Isobel and I received handknitted gifts from our dear friend Anne of Annearchy: a handmade hat for her and a cozy cowl for me! My artist friend Robyn, who creates the most amazing things, sent me this handmade art card with the slogan You Are The Bomb Diggity to remind me to keep my chin up when I start feeling punched down by life. I couldn’t have asked for more lovely and thoughtful gifts.
– The adorable Meowstache has found his forever home with my friend Valerie and her two adoring, school-aged kids. There were plenty of tears from Isobel when I broke the news even though I’ve been preparing her for this since day one. It’s so hard to see the particular kinds of tears that signify her broken-heart cry. It’s different from the cry that signals pain, or frustration, and it breaks my heart in a way to match hers when I see it. Overall, this is a good lesson for her to learn, and if we are going to continue to be a foster home for kittens she’s going to have to experience this until she knows it’s okay to let go.
– Anthony has been wanting to take a more active role in the kitchen and so one day he turned to me and said, “I want to make stew today.” We went shopping together and my intent was to coach him through the process but after we got back from the store I answered a few basic stew-related questions and promptly fell asleep for two and a half hours. By the time I woke up the stew was done and we all enjoyed a delicious dinner together. It was fantastic.
– Despite newish fences we cannot keep neighbor dogs on any side out of our yard. It’s like our yard is the Nirvana in which all dogs everywhere want to shit. While playing outside the other day Isobel stumbled across a generous dog-butt donation and shouted EW GROSS DOG POOP! OH I WISH THIS WAS A DREAM SO I COULD WAKE UP! I have no idea where she gets this stuff.
– We have to register Isobel for Kindergarten soon and although we only have one district to choose from there are a few different options within it. I’m freaking out because 1. it’s Kindergarten and she is mah baybeeee, and 2. these decisions we make now could have profound effects on her future and I don’t want to ruin our lives, oh god, what am I going to do. I might be a tad dramatic about this, but it sure is making me nervous.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. Some fantastic Valentine’s stuff is starting to pop up, plus other fantastic things.
Thrifted Maternity Closet: Week 28.I am an optical illusion!
Thrifted Maternity Closet: Week 27. Featuring Anthony and our patented method for solving marital disputes.
Holiday Special: Christmas Scrapbook 2013. Poor in gifts, rich in spirit.
Cat Vs. Human. A cute little webcomic for cat lovers.
The Poehler Vortex. A much better version of this phenomenon.
For every purchase of the Isa dress, $10 will be donated to a no-kill shelter for cats. I love Hello Holiday.
What twitter would look like in real life. A short, funny video skit.
Run Run Shaw has passed away at 107. One of the influential founders of Shaw Brothers Studios, he helped launch the genre of kung fu movies that is still popular today. So great is my husband’s love of the Shaw Brothers that I surprised him by making baby Isobel a custom Shaw Brothers onesie.
This Is Anxiety. Pretty much everything I do can increase my anxiety, except for reading about anxiety. Via Stefanie
Recipe: Roast Fingerling Potato Nachos. This is a full meal, and a really, really good meal at that.
Reader Question: What’s in Isobel’s Pink Purse? Geez, what isn’t in her purse, more like.
Thrifty Giving: Terrarium Ornament Tutorial. These were so beautiful and fun to make. They are tricky to establish, but lovely while they last.
My Unruly Garden: Home Harvest. A bit of summer and fall in the middle of winter.