–Last Saturday we received a much-anticipated package from my friend April who knitted this sumptuous green sweater for Elias and some gorgeous coral and butter-colored legwarmers for Isobel. She refused to pose for a portrait or take the legwarmers off, so I’ll get a picture of them when she’s ready, because they are fab. When the letter carrier delivered the package to our door Isobel was so overjoyed she shouted MERRY CHRISTMAS! as he walked away. Thank you so much, April!
–According to Isobel the names of the Fantastic Four are Clayman, Doctor Stretchy, Flamer-On, and Sue.
— Time change sucks when you have kids. On Sunday Elias was up for good at 4:45 on Sunday, which means so was I. It’s hard to stay mad at Easy E for long, though, even though there is nothing easy about waking up that early. He is growing and changing so rapidly. I am not allowing this to happen but he’s doing it anyway. He is now pulling himself up on tables and other low objects and crawling over obstacles. He still does a little commando crawl with his forearms and elbows. He blows raspberries, makes all sorts of noises, and attempts to clap and wave. He is drawn to pianos like Isobel used to be drawn to drums. When he scoots he leads with his left, which makes me worried he might be left-handed like me. When I sing he grins his huge, gummy grin and coos happily.
–We started watching Arrow when we brought Elias home from the hospital but didn’t get into it until some friends convinced us to give us another go. Given the partially soap opera-y nature of the show we sometimes refer to it as “Drama Queens.” We love Diggle and desperately want him to have his own spinoff show called “Dig and the Boys” — the boys being our other favorite characters, Felicity and Sara. Also I’m not sure why no one has noticed that Solid Snake and Slade from Arrow are obviously the same person, right down to the lately acquired eye patch.
–We went grocery shopping over the weekend and when I pulled into the driveway we noticed a large rainbow arcing over our house. Isobel popped out the car and exclaimed that it ended right in our garden. That wasn’t true of course, but we went in the backyard anyway for a better look. The weather changed pretty dramatically on Halloween and we’re beginning to pull up the last of the plants from the garden. We found six or seven pumpkins that still needed to be harvested and some cherry tomatoes drying on the vine. My parents grew some butternut squash this year, and I think I’d like to try some next year. I found a new favorite butternut squash soup recipe and its absolute perfection.
–Watching a cooking show about making meatballs and Isobel says, “She didn’t get them out of bag. She’s doing it wrong.”
Follow Friday: This Is Halloween. My love letter to the internet.
Snapshot 10.29.14. Updates and links.
My Unruly Garden: Summer. Pumpkins and peppers and sunflowers and a strawberry plant eaten by a dog.
Little Big Bazaar: Reware Vintage. Amazing vintage wares: clothes, accessories, and more. Check out that umbrella bag.
Follow Friday: Backyard Beekeeping. VIT: Very important tweets.
Weird old thrift store paintings given new life by Mario. You’ve seen thrift store paintings with monsters, yes? Here we have Mario.
Fun Halloween costumes! Karl the Fog. Ghost cat. Ruth Baby Ginsberg. Roller coaster group Halloween costume. Samuel L Jackson. Lonely dog. Handing out candy. LSP. The Belchers. Professor X and the Power Puffs.
Every art tutorial ever. This is how I feel about them, too.
Anne of Green Gables wedding inspiration. Oh I love me some Anne (with an ‘e’).
Why I can’t wait to be a fat bride. “I grew up assuming I would never get married, because marriage was for thin women. What I needed to hear was that that you can be fat and happy and in love.” Via SueBob
Women having a terrible time at parties in Western art history. Oh. You found us. You found us with your guitar. Hey guys he found us and he brought his guitar with him.
Derp level: dog. I love this with all my all of me.
Robo Penguin. Thanks for this, science.
These incredible photos remind you to be awed by the Earth. Being awed by the Earth makes of the bulk of my religious sentiment.
Feminist catcalls. “Did it hurt? Your head when you hit the glass ceiling?”
“Do not dress your child up as a bear.” I’d like to host a Teddy Bear Picnic where all participants must dress as a bear.
Looking for a Christmas present for the most insufferable person you know? Paper Source has you covered! Via MrsFridayNext
Terrifying. Learning to crawl and self-feed sounds like a classification for a type of zombie.
Little Big Kitchen: Drying & Saving Herbs. Keeping and storing fresh herbs in the fridge, or drying them for later use.
Reuse Roundup: The Dress Up Chest. Everyone loves our dress up chest, and this is why.
Follow Friday: Moonish. That time I took Isobel to that beach on the moon (or, the wrong white balance setting).
Home Movie: I’m silly. How we end up with a purse full of straws.
Snapshot 11.28.12. My friend Kyle made some homemade churros.
Recipe: Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing. We never bothered with stuffing before Anthony came into our family. Now it’s one of our favorite traditions.
Scrapbook: Welcome to my life. My webcam captures the eternal struggle between Isobel and Squirrelly to be the baby.
Little Big Kitchen: Ten recipes. I celebrate 100 LBK entries with ten special recipes.