– I had a great post in the works for yesterday about pregnancy cravings and easy healthy food and what I’ve been eating lately, but I just didn’t finish it in time and now it’s late on a Tuesday evening and instead of finishing that up so late in the game I’d rather make sure this post gets done. I’m trying not to get down on myself about this because I know this isn’t how it’s going to be forever and I’ve generally been having a tough time. Keeping up with my schedule isn’t the end of the world, but it is important to me. This website is the thing I do for myself, the thing that keeps me focused and motivated on who I am and what I want when I spend so much time devoted to caring for another person. It’s the main activity I choose in my leisure time. It does not make me rich and it does not make me famous — it’s far more important to me than that. It keeps me sane and motivated and lets me enjoy the other parts of my life because I know at the end of the day that I can always come back here and write it all out, or express myself in photos, or share the things that were hard or bring me joy. Thanks for being a part of this with me. My schedule will definitely have to change once the baby gets here — I’ll have less time to devote to writing and photography, but it won’t lose its importance. It will increase it.
– So! Food post next week. I have a special Valentine post for you tomorrow that I’ve been putting together since last Valentine’s Day.
– We took Isobel to see the Lego Movie in the theater yesterday, which has been our only successful movie theater experience thus far. My MIL tried to take her when she was way too young and ended up leaving before the previews were even over. About six months ago we tried again when our friends rented out a local historic theater for a giant birthday & anniversary milestone celebration. We were all so excited to see it, and Isobel and Kingston sat together so sweetly, that I had high hopes she’d love it. Unfortunately, the movie we were set to watch was Up, which features some very mean dogs. Isobel has a phobia of dogs (or at least did, very much so, at the time – it’s lessened now) and she just couldn’t handle the dogs. I ended up sitting with her in the lobby during the last half of the movie. Now, she’s a bit older and was very excited to see the Lego movie, since she adores Lego and loves all the Lego superhero movies. Also, it had Batman, and homegirl loves Batman. She had a great time, although the plot was too complicated for her to understand on her own and several parts were still a bit scary. She isn’t heavy enough to keep the theater seat down, so she cuddled on what’s left of my lap for most of it. Still, a great time and I think we could try it again.
– Isobel has been competent with scissors for awhile and yesterday she discovered the magic of an at-home DIY haircut when no one is looking. The damage isn’t that bad, thank goodness, as she doesn’t have any bangs to seriously mess with. It’s actually barely noticeable, especially if she is wearing clips or a headband. When I asked her why she cut her hair she came up with a few ingenious excuses:
- scissor malfunction
- too much food in hair
- wanted to see hair close up, not on head
- brush malfunction
- something incoherent about fairies
– Speaking of fairies, she’s hell-bent on willing them into existence. We have been discussing visiting some local caves and caverns to look for crystals and rock formations as a day trip for the family, and when I said we’d have to wait until summer because the caves were closed for the winter she said, “Mimi! Did you say the caves are closed for the winter and fairies guard them for the humans until summer? Is that what you said?!” Ummmmm sure.
– Our friends Danny & Noah visited earlier in the week and during their stay Noah was running around the house making ninja-ish noises. At one point he ran over to me and shouted I AM MAYA ANGELOU! I AM MAYA ANGELOU! I was super confused, but I’m a cool sort of person, you know, the type who totally understands when a boy wants to be a ninja poet. He shouted this a few more times before I realized he probably was saying he was Michelangelo, the ninja turtle, and probably not pretending to be a sword-wielding brilliant elderly poetess.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. Valentines’s Day goodies and other great stuff.
Follow Friday – Icicles. Photos of the lovely sprinkling of tiny frozen water drops from a few years ago, plus a collection of the funniest tweets in all the land.
Thrift Store Score & Gore: Friends of the Library Book Sale, Part 1. Inappropriate things to do with a unicorn.
Snapshot 02.05.14. ST:TNG VCR. OMG.
Little Big Kitchen: Picnic in Daisy Park. Three girls. Two adults. Cheapest picnic ever.
Thrifted Maternity Closet: Week 31. The sweater that launched a thousand ships.
My Unruly Garden: Winter. We actually have been getting a bit of rain, which we so desperately need.
Renovations Force Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Relocate to Sacramento Office Space. Speaking of Yosemite!
900 Year Old Viking Message Decoded: Kiss Me. Writing and decoding messages was an ancient viking pastime apparently. Originally thought to contain secret military messages, most of them, when decoded, said things like, “You are a butt.” (I might be paraphrasing.) Via DavidGrann
Squirrel attempts to hide a nut in the fur of dog. While the dog is watching. P.S. There’s a related article you can click on about a squirrel making the best OH SHIT face in the history of nature documentaries, and I want that for my screensaver. Via sarcasmically
How to turn a chicken into a dinosaur. Science has been hiding the truth behind those dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets from us! I knew it! Via oodja
Amanda and the Panda. The Smithsonian National Zoo took my friend Amanda, Certified Panda Lover, behind the scenes to meet their new baby panda and generally geek out over their panda collection. (She won this experience by participating in their Instagram contest, so she can never claim that she doesn’t win anything.)
Total Elliptical of the Heart. I post about my love-hate relationship with our elliptical machine, and why I work out even though I think working out is the worst.
Isobel The Bard. I tell a story about Isobel telling stories.
Recipe: Candied Bacon and Sweet Bacon-y Popcorn. So damn good.
Reuse Roundup: DIY Border Paper Crown. This crown is still kicking, a year later, while almost every plastic crown she gets breaks inside of three months.