– My sleep troubles are back with a vengeance as I can’t seem to get comfortable enough to sleep no matter how tired I am. My Crohn’s has been active so my abdomen hurts, my belly hates any horizontal position in which I lay, my back is an absolute nightmare, and my limbs, while not actively hurting, can never arrange themselves in a position that is both comfortable and ensures blood flow to the entire limb. Sometimes our couch is slightly more comfortable because it’s so old and worn that my belly sinks in more easily and with less resistance, but my neck hurts much less if I sleep in the bed. I usually go back and forth a few times at night. Add this to the fact that I have to use the bathroom at least once, drink a bunch of water, take a 3 am dose of medicine and chew some antacids and I just don’t get enough sleep. I’m having lots of trouble concentrating as a result. Also, much cranky.
– Although most of the US is draped in a thick blanket of freezing temperatures and snow, California is facing a record-warm winter and a serious drought. Our governor has called an official state of emergency. The weather, nice as it is, is nothing short of terrifying to me. I scroll through my Timehop app pretty religiously (I’m a sap and love peeking into what Isobel and I were doing through the years) and I noticed a conversation I was having with a friend where we were talking about the weather. This is when I realized it is a full 25-30 degrees warmer than it should be this time of year. We had one rainstorm early on in the year and one cold snap and ever since then we’ve been graced with springlike weather. I know I was hoping for a warm winter since our heat is out and we can’t afford to fix it, but this is truly terrifying. That’s the only word I have for it. Terrifying. I’ve heard from more than one family who tried to take their kids to the snow this year, only to get there and find out there is no snow. We’re seeing wildfires strike already and Yosemite is so dry it’s opened up hiking trails that are normally not accessible until May. This is scary. Really, really scary.
– We are having a D&D-themed birthday party potluck for Anthony this weekend and we have been cleaning and making arrangements all week. We thrifted some impressive “treasure” for decoration and set up a simple archery range in the backyard. This party is high in creativity and low in cost and I can’t wait to share the ideas with you. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
– We are in constant fairy house mode over here with Isobel. It’s amazing to watch her create and use her imagination to make all sorts of tiny luxuries for her fairy friends. I let her have the two half-wine barrel planters in the backyard to make outdoor houses and they are complex and wonderful and constantly being added to and altered. It might be her life goal to create a legion of Winchester Mystery Houses for the wee folk.
– After Anthony and I did some reminiscing about watching Ninja Warrior years ago, Isobel said she wanted to watch it so we found some old episodes on Youtube. She was really impressed and suddenly noted that this was something only boys could do, since those were the only competitors we were seeing. That made us switch over to episodes of the Women of Ninja warrior and we watched those for a good two hours. As each woman came out we discussed her skills and what made her a good athlete. We cheered on the women who fell and encouraged them to try again and we cheered even harder when they made it. We talked about all the different types of skills women, and people in general, can have. Mama doesn’t have any skills that would make her a competitor on Ninja Warrior, but I have plenty of other skills. We need people of all different skills in our life because none of us can do it all. But women can certainly compete physically in a competition like Ninja Warrior.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and have I found some cute stuff for you.
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.
Recipe: Simple Baked Brie. About the most fantastic thing you can put in your mouth.
Snapshot 01.15.14. Isobel wishes it was a dream so she could wake up.
Reuse Roundup: Isobel’s Fairy House. Her all-time favorite toy at the moment.
Follow Friday: Thrifting Buddy. The most hilarious tweets and photos of our thrifting escapades.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. This addition is full of stuff I want.
California desperately needs the East Coast’s snow. This terrifies me. Via jonahowenlamb
Frozen Trees in the Arctic. These look like something out of Doctor Seuss in the best way possible.
Ten most popular baby names in Sweden. Check out number ten for boys. Hilariously unintentional on our part. Who knew a Hispanic name would be so popular there? Also I’m sure you heard about the successful social experiment that is the country of Sweden’s twitter account. If not you must see for yourself. Via sweden
Scrapbook: Little Icicles. Enjoy them while you can.They leave so quickly.
50 Thrifty: Coloring on the Table. The first in my series of 50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do.
Reuse Roundup: Ten Cent Army. Constantly deployed.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos from home.