Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baking (a goal for 2010)

Some people bake. Some people cook. A rare few can do both well. I'm a pretty decent cook. I'm very good with poultry. But I cannot bake. At all. I mess up Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough! I've had one batch of Rhodes frozen dough turn out well. I even have a bread machine and that stuff doesn't turn out. I feel like I'm losing out on some major woman points here. I really want to be able to make my family fresh, healthy bread! I am determined to change this. In 2010 I am going to make at least one loaf of bread every week. If, after 52 tries I still can't bake, I will simply stop trying. But it's time to give it some real effort.

Some members of my family have really sensitive stomachs. I wont get into details, but it's beginning to cause some health problems and as the mother/food preparer I am determined to do something about it. It's not like we have Hamburger Helper every night or anything, but we don't eat all that healthily. We love corn dogs! We also love the "natural bread" from the store or from Winder Dairy, you know, the kind where the ingredients and wheat, salt, honey, and yeast and that's it? But at $4 a loaf, it's not very economical. So let the baking begin!! (we're also expanding the veggie garden and learning to can, but that's another post)

Last year, my church set up a conference for women in my neighborhood. One of the classes was on bread baking, but was standing room only so I didn't get the handouts and recipes. All I remember is the lady said to get this certain kind of yeast (saf-instant) and freeze it and to use Vital Wheat Gluten on wheat bread because it makes it soft. I remember nothing else.

I got a book from the library and make an attempt to whip up one of the batches Sunday. It's called Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand. Yay! I can use my machine. So I grabbed to very basic wheat recipe (I believe it's called basic wheat bread) and followed the directions perfectly and let my bread machine go to town.

It didn't rise. I have real problems with bread rising. I don't get it. My yeast was unopened. Maybe my water was too cold? Is it the machine?

I tried to salvage the dough to make some kind of roll, but it all ended up going into the trash.

Round two starts today. Some things I'll change:

This one is going to use the wheat gluten, I'll use the same yeast (been in the fridge), buy some fresh ground whole wheat (I think mine was old) and do it by hand. This is scary to me. Doing it by hand has only ended in disaster before, but I found someone who I think may be my key to success. Stay tuned....

Friday, December 18, 2009

Children will listen

I'm blogging a lot lately.  I think it's because of winter or something.  Anyway, I had an absolutely horrible, rotten, grouchy day today.  A truly bad day.  I wont even get into it, though it began with poop on the carpet.  I really do hate carpet and all the nasty chemicals in it, but kids in diapers (or out of their diaper, in this case) just make it that much worse.  I may just rip it up in a fit of second trimester craziness.  If that isn't a digression, I don't know what is. 

Anyway.....

So after yelling at my kids for the umpteenth time I decided I needed to be put in time out.  I just went and lay on my bed.  I was too upset to even cry.  My wonderful 5 year old came in and told he he got baby girl's Duplos out to keep her busy so he could talk to me.  I looked at him wondering what on earth was going to come out of his mouth.  He said, "mom, just remember that Jesus loves you even when you're bad and you yell at us.  He always loves you."  Then he said when I was ready that I could come out a play with them.

The he gave me a hug and left me to ponder that.

Out of the mouths of babes, my friends.  God sent me an angel in a pint-sized body today.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

hypnobabies or epidural?

I've been debating how I want this third birth to go. I've always wanted to have an unmedicated birth. Just...because. Because I'm curious. I want to feel what millions of other women feel and just experience that. And yet...those epidurals sure are nice, aren't they? This is often a touchy subject because a womans birthing experience is such a personal thing that there are obvious strong personal feelings. My strongest feelings are about the lack of education out there for women. As long as you fully know your options and the consequences of those, I say go for what suits you best. Now, onto my indecision...

My first birth experience wasn't the traumatic one you hear so often with first timers. It wasn't great either. My water broke at 2pm, labor never started, hence the pitocin. I watched the World Series that night barely feeling anything. Max pitocin. Up all night, dilated to a 2. Still not feeling like anything was happening. So the next morning the interventions began. At this point I hadn't slept in over 24 hours. They went in and REALLY broke my water (and never turned the pitocin down). Time for the Hypnobirthing. It worked pretty well. I don't remember a whole lot of pain. But by 2:00 I was only dilated to a 4! I was throwing up with contractions now and soaking in the tub. My blessed midwife came in and said it was up to me, but she recommended getting an epidural so I could get some sleep. My body wasn't progressing and that could end up as a c-section. Didn't want that so I got the epidural on the condition we would let it wear off so I could have my natural birth. Well, after an hour of blessed sleep, the baby was crowning. I changed my opinion on epidurals at that point. They definitely have their place. Since the whole point of avoiding one was to avoid a c-section (they're more common with epidurals), I wasn't too upset about it. But the hypnobirthing thing didn't impress me all that much.

Round 2. Developed my heart condition and it was recommended I have an epidural so as to put less stress on my heart. The only problem with this was I already had ridiculously low blood pressure and it made me pass out. And I was bored. I sat there in bed trying to watch tv totally and completely bored out of my mind. About 10 minutes before birth, I called the nurse because the epidural was wearing off below my navel. They were calling the anesthesiologist when I called out "I need to push!" So I felt a little of that one. It was kind of cool! I love medical stuff and was fascinated by what I was feeling. I didn't like feeling the placenta though. Kinda creepy.

So what to do this time? No idea. I don't know if we'll have another one (let's take this one at a time) so it may be my last opportunity. And yet, I have nothing to prove to anyone. I don't think it'll make me feel more empowered or give me more "hippie points". I think it will just be a different experience I can say I did. Epidurals didn't seem to have any negative effect on my kids or I, I'm not worried about that. What's important is doing what you can to have a good birth experience. I've heard that hynobabies works much better than hypnobirthing, but I think I'm too much of a comic to get serious about labor. I guess I just don't want to regret my decision. Unfortunately the only one who knows what I'll really regret is me. And I just don't know yet (I still have about 22 more weeks to decide). Please share your thoughts or experiences.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Urban Homesteading

Can this be me?

Path to Freedom



Urban Homesteader I LOVE this blog!!! Much less extreme and more doable for the everyday person who doesn't lean toward extremes like I do.

We've been hanging out on urban homesteading websites lately. We have lofty dreams of transforming every square foot of our yard into food producing awesomness! Granted, I don't want to be exactly like those people on the Path to Freedom link. I'm hesitant about owning a goat. The chickens idea is growing on me. Maybe some rabbits. I really should bake more bread from scratch (yummm!)

Defnitely expanding the garden and getting some fruit trees going though. Today, hubby suggested ripping out the entire front lawn and just going crazy with edible landscaping. Have I told you how in love with him I am?? Obviously we have to consider if we're actually going to stay in this house that long (I really want a second bathroom!). But it's fun to dream and even implement a little of the dream, right? Here's a few more sites I've visited about urban homesteading if you're interested. And if you're not, visit some of these sites anyway and it may motivate you to do more baking :)

http://urbanhippiefarm.blogspot.com/ This one is great!

http://www.homegrownevolution.com/

http://www.urban-homesteading.com/

http://www.realitysandwich.com/node/443

chicken raising

http://singlemomurbanhomestead.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Away from the things of man

The purging is slowing down. I think we've sent about 20 bozes of stuff to the thrift store. How did we get so much?!! I don't even miss any of it, I don't even remember most of it....

I started re-reading the Little House books last week and my husband has even gotten in on it. It's helping us take a good look at our lives and how we use our time. So much of it is spend idled away. I love reading about how they stored food and made butter and cheese. Sometimes, okay frequently, I wish I could move out into the middle of Wyoming or Montana and just live off the sweat of my brow. It feels like we're always caught up in this cycle of work-spend-consume. It's so hard to escape that when you live in suburbia! I know there are people who do it and maybe I just need to try that much harder to live it. I own a house, so I can finally get a clothes line (there were always restrictions at apartments). Plus I can terrace my whole backyard into a giant vegetable garden. And I really should make more food from scratch.

I don't really understand it. I know a lot of us romanticise the past and forget that a lot of people died from the elements and such. I truly am grateful I can eat bananas while living in Utah. But still, that pull to move into the mountains in a cabin pulls at me. I think you either have that desire or you don't; not a judgement, just personal taste. Maybe it's like camping, you either like it, or you don't. I think I could spend a whole summer camping if I could...

I'm proud of some things we've done already. We live 1.5 miles from my husband's job so that he can be home more and we use less resources getting him to work. Sure, we could've lived in a much nicer home, farther away, but a 1 hour commute time just wasn't appealing. We buy most of our clothes second hand because it's better for the environment and our wallets. Maybe I need to focus more on what we have done and can do here instead of running away from modern life. Meanwhile we'll secretly be hoping my father-in-law leaves his cabin in Alaska to us when he dies ;)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Making Room

I had a long talk with my husband yesterday. I love long talks with him :)

Anyway, we talked about how cluttered our lives feel and when did it start? He said, "Well I think it started when we got married and our parents dumped all our old stuff on us." And what did we do with all that stuff? We have just kept it. Held onto niknacs from our past to remind us how we were once incredibly awesome. All these old awards I've clung to because I can't remember the last time I won something. Old letters from friends because once I had way more than I do now. Old hobbies, blankets, wedding gifta that were never really used...

What we came to realize is that our main priority right now is our family and that we've spent so much energy clinging to who we were, we haven't been able to be who we are now. We haven't made room in our lives for our kids.

How depressing is that?!

I love my kids. And yet, I've spent more mental energy and physical space worrying about maintaining an image that no longer matters. It was an eye opening conversation and one that has made me do a lot of thinking. And A LOT of tossing. I threw out so much highschool stuff and it was LIBERATING! I think about other important people in my life, have I made room for them? Am I holding onto too much past that I can't move forward with my life?

It also got us thinking about how much room we make in our lives for the Savior. Does he get our large amount of space, or is most of it used up maintaining an image or used up by things that we don't really care about anymore? I could probably write a whole 'nother post about spiritual clutter, but everyone's is so personal and different I'll leave you to think of it on your own. Something worth thinking of, though, I think.

I totally drew a Christmas comparison with this too, like how there was no room for Him at the inn... Right? Now I have a topic next time I'm asked to give a talk. Sweet!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

a small house post

Most days I love my home. I am able to fit everything I own and it provides everything my family needs. There are days though I get very caught up in appearances. I start wishing I had a bigger home to "show off" to people. Or I feel like I need to apologize for not having a room completely devoted to entertaining people. I hate feeling like that.

I become frustrated often because it seems nearly impossible to find any people in the "small house movement" with families. None of their advice fits my family. Where do you put food storage? And don't say under the bed because that's where the gift wrap and winter clothes are. What about feeding 5 people in an eat-in kitchen? I seriously don't get where people put their food if there's no pantry. My cupboards are filled with dishes. When kids share room and there's only room for a bunk bed and a dresser, where do they do their homework (I always had a desk)?

These are the things I am trying to figure out. My biggest dilemma is eating. I have a dining area in my eat-in kitchen, but right now it'sbeing used by my deep freeze and a cabinet to put food storage in. If those weren't there, it'd be ideal for a largerish table. one day I'll figure it out and post awesome pics.

I really should post pics again some day...

What are your small home dilemmas? Any solutions?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

#3

Coffee-Beans-001Bun+in+the+Oven

Should be done cooking by the end of May. I'm honestly suprised I waited this long to say anything (I'm 11 weeks), I'm so bad with my own secrets. I hope you'll forgive me for breaking with custom and "announcing" it a week early. Consider yourself lucky. The facebookers all have to wait 2 more weeks til I hear the heartbeat (seen 5 weeks ago, but, well, you never know).

Most of the day I feel like poo. But I'm happy poo.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

"no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse"

I started writing a whiny post about how exhausted I am and then kept thinking about all the people I know who totally have it worse than me. I know a lot. I wouldn't trade with them for anything.

So instead I'm writing a meditation on small things I am grateful for right now.

pumpernickle bread. I wish my whole house could smell like pumpernickle bread right now. I've been inhaling small pieces all morning.

my daughter twirling around in circles and wearing a feather boa. I can get lost in watching her.

My husband bought me tulips in my favorite colors: orange and yellow. He saw them on sale and knew they were perfect. He was right.

an nice overcast afternoon. Fall really is my favorite season. Nothing like cool air to perk one right up!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Oink, Oink

So we found out today that the boy has swine flu.  It's not confirmed, but all the kids in his preschool have the same illness and one of them had it tested and confirmed.   I actually don't have a ton to say about it except it's like he has the flu only slightly better because there's no sore throat.  The cough really sucks though and the 105 + fever the first day wasn't something I care to see again.  But today it's a nice 102.5.  The problem is baby girl broke the portable dvd player and he has to stay in his room so as not to infect others so he's bored out of his mind.  Nevermind he got a bunch of cool legos and stuff for his birthday last week.... *sigh*    What did moms do before tv??

Monday, October 12, 2009

how the devil helped me lose weight

I lost 30lbs this year by embracing my pride and vanity.  2 of the 7 deadly sins.  I finally got tired enough of feeling badly about myself to do something about it and find my motivation.

I think the hardest thing for me was always the motivation.  I always talked about losing weight and somethings would work for a few weeks, but then I'd give up.  My heart wasn't in it.  I had to be honest with myself about what really motivates me.  It isn't my health, it isn't even the number on the scale (though it helps motivate a little).  Peer pressure didn't even do it.  For me it was showing up someone who drives me crazy.  I knew I was better than her and this was a great way to prove it.  I gave into my pride and made it work for me.  I know, it makes me a mean and horrible person, but it worked!!  If greed, selfishness, vanity, or pride motivates you, then I say channel that negative attribute and make something positive out of it.  Lose weight, get healthy.  Funny enough, that person doesn't bug me so much anymore.....

I didn't lose a thing when my son was born (10lbs, which came right back on) and then I only lost 15 lbs with my daughter, which put me 10lbs above my post-son weight.  When they tell you breastfeeding helps you lose weight, don't count on it, they're not referring to everyone.  So how did I lose it?  You're not going to like this.  I cut out sugar and most fats and execised my butt off.  It was miserable, but worth it.

I started in January by fixing my diet.  No cookies.  No soda.  Lots of veggies, lean meats and only wheat breads.  At least 80 oz of water/day and no eating after 7pm.  In February I added running.  I hate running so much.  But it was all I knew to do in the winter.  I also joined an indoor soccer league so I could have some nights off from running around my block (boring!).  I lost 20 lbs in 3 months doing this.  Then I got an injury and fell off the wagon.  The best part?  I didn't gain a pound.  Because I lost the weight the right way, my metabolism was stable.  I may have gained a pound one week, but then I'd just cut something out the next week and it was gone.  I took a few months off then spent July and August losing the last 10.  I know it's tempting to try something to take the weight off quickly, but this way is so much better!  I like being able to take time off and just maintain.  Maintaining also involves walking 2 miles 4 days a week so I can eat ice cream :)

I was finally able to fit into my favorite pants I haven't worn since before I became a mom!  You guys, it felt awesome zipping those up, I can't even tell you!  I'm going to take another break, but plan to lose 15 more next year.  I know I'll never be a size 6 again, like in highschool, but I'm gonna shoot for an 8.  I really think I can do that.  I just need to find someone else who bugs me that I want to show up ;-)

Monday, October 5, 2009

remember when people blogged?

I vaguely do. Since I no longer have facebook to occupy my time, perhaps I'll get back into the blogosphere. Of course, I feel there's little to write about. It's weird because my stats are still a little up. Who is reading this thing I haven't touched in 6 months?

We've done a ton to the yard. We chopped down the diseased plum tree, built half a rock wall, leveled an extra 10 feet for lawn, and built some raised beds in the back yard for next year's veggies. I've been trying to design our landscape around watering. I have the lawn just big enough that the sprinkler can water it. The rest will be veggies, trees and water-wise plants. Or whatever I can get to grow on the hill.

Hubby's gotten on a self sufficiency kick and has begun stock piling firewood. He's even suggested we get ... chickens. We'll have to see about that.

I am seriously considering taking some language courses just for funsies. So I'm looking into latin or greek. I've always wanted to learn latin and greek. I figure even if the time isn't right for grad school, I can still learn something! I should probably try some religion classes as well. Or horticulture. Can you tell I miss college?

I finished painting baby girl's room, but I have no pictures to show you because that would involve cleaning it. I did the bottom grass green hills with flowers and bugs on top (white background). The boy's room is...in progress still. His is an ocean mural. I got the volcano island done, but the fish are so detailed I never want to paint them. I think I may leave the mural to one wall and paint the rest a solid color.

That's what I'm up to, I guess. I'll try to write more often. I know, famous last words...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring yard stuff

Okay, so now that winter appears to be over, it's time for a project awesome yard update.

My lawn was looking pretty good (thank you fall fertilizer!) until I started getting some yellow spots. Yellow spots? Now, this is different from dormant grass which kinda looks dead (it's not, it's sleeping shhhh). So I rechecked out all my lawn care books from the library I read last year and decided I had iron chlorosis, or my lawn was anemic. I went with Ironite and spread it at the recommended rate and didn't notice much of anything. So I decided to boost it a little with a shot of household ammonia. Still nothing, but the lawn looked a little perkier. Finally, after 2 weeks, the lawn is looking green again. Next time, because I'm impatient, I'm going to try a liquid iron.

In other learning experiences, the 2 year old pea seeds never sprouted, so today I planted some 2009 ones. I noticed some carrot seedlings and spinach seedlings, but my dirt had crusted over so they were having a hard time peaking out. I raked a little and added some peat moss and I'm hoping that will help. Oh, and I had to reseed my lettuce too.

A word about peat moss. It's a non renewable resource so it should be used in very small amounts, if at all. Unfortunately, my dirt clay is so bad that adding compost isn't enough. So I decided to limit myself to one bag of PM for my whole yard. I'll let you know if that works out. So far so good.

I pruned my plum tree. This is time to prune your fruit trees and if they've never been pruned (like mine) you have to really cut them back hard. I forgot to fertilize it though and I need to get on that this week.

I'm trying to get lawn aerated in the next two weeks because I need to fertilize it and that works better after aeration. Again, the heavy clay soil makes it tough for roots to spread.

In my next post I'll let you know about my flower bed! Remember all those bulbs I planted?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

save some money

There's three things I love: earth friendly hippie stuff, saving money, and Jack Bauer.

The first and last are pretty individual, but I don't know anyone who doesn't love saving money.  So after talking with some friends about it, I decided to share some of my secrets with you.  I use two websites to help me save (they're free) couponmom.com and theobsessiveshopper.net (she's affiliated with the Fun With Food Storage ladies I'll talk about another time.  They have national chains like Walmart listed too so just because you aren't in Utah doesn't mean you can't use them.  Check them out.  Do it.  Now.

What did you think?  Pretty cool huh?  I like how obsessive shopper lets you know if something is a good deal or not.  Sale doesn't always mean good buy.  I also like comparing stores to see who has it cheapest.

I especially like the free stuff at Rite Aid and Walgreens.  Sometimes when I combine a rebate with a coupon, I make money.  That's coupon mom's whole premise.  Every time she helps you make $1, she asks you to donate it to charity.  I can live with that!  Sometimes when I have enough shampoo and they're giving it away, I'll donate that to the food bank (they take more than food).  And if you hate clipping coupons and storing them or whatever, then just save the entire thing because they tell you the date and coupon magazine they came in.  However, there's been so many times I've come across an unadvertised deal and get a better deal because I bring my organized coupons with me.

So this week I bought $51.20 in drug store stuff.  Those items were on sale so the new total was $31.96.  Pretty good right, anyone can save $20!  But then I added coupons and rebates.  Guess my total?  $5.75.  I'm totally serious.  $5.75 for excedrin, triaminic, theraflu, mouth numbing stuff, girly products, shampoo, mousse, and chex mix.  You can't save that much buying generic either.

I haven't calculated my food totals yet, but I usually save 50%-60%.  Not bad.  I cut our monthly groceries from $400-$500 to about $250 for a family of four.  I know I can make it smaller too, which is why I'm starting to track everything.

I have a new hobby :)  I hope some of you can use it to save a little money too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Focusing my life

If I could pick one word to describe my hobbies, it would be dilettante. A jack of all trades, a master of none. A dabbler. I don't really have a focus for my life except raising my kids. I have so many hobbies and interests that I often find myself spread out too thinly and I don't seem to enjoy much of anything any more. So it's time for more focus. Time to make some goals and pave some roads for my life to follow. This will also be extremely helpful in decluttering my home :) I have a little depression era mentality where it's hard for me to chuck things I know I could use later. Like towels. I still haven't made anything with those towels.

I'm not a scrapbooker. I gave it an honest effort, but I do it like once every two years and I pretty much just use the internet to track my family's goings on. So I think it's time to ditch the scrapbooking crap.

I love gardening. I'll keep that one.

I like sewing, but I don't love it. I think I just need to use up all my fabric and then go one project at a time. Same with knitting. And it's time to give the craft stuff to the kids since I never use it.

The thing I keep thinking is, how much is it costing me to keep this stuff? Is it worth the money? Most of the time, it's not. The more stuff we have, the more mental energy we expend keeping track of that stuff and thinking about it. Then we have to buy totes or boxes to store the stuff in. And if it keeps accumulating, we find ourselves buying a bigger home to store that stuff in. Is it really worth $30,000 more in interest to store those comic books or that fabric?

I think I just made a ton more space in my little 900sqft home. Go ahead, tell me I'm awesome!

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Everything is amazing right now, and nobody's happy"

I saw this on Jim and Lex's blog and wanted to share it too because IT'S SO TRUE!

"We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it's wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots that don't care."

I coudn't find a video to embed on my blog so you'll have to click the link. Life is so hard.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

"weekend" syndrome

I can rationalize anything.  It's true.  Remember that one year I did that stuff?  Totally rationalized it.

This is especially true of me with money and weight loss.  I'll spend all week saving money and not eating out and buying crap I don't need, and then the weekend hits and I'm like, "hey, I saved so much money this week.  I can totally afford to go to my favorite restaurant!"  Instant sabotage.  next thing I know I've spent all the money I saved.  Same thing with weight loss.  I'll eat well all week and then the weekend comes and it's time to take a "vacation" from the diet.  Bring on the chips and ice cream!  I gained back all the weight I lost.

With both I end out staying in the same place.  Two steps forward, two steps back.  And I'm getting tired of the view in this spot.  Time to move!

This weekend will be no exception, I'm sure.  I love super bowl Sunday!  I bought hot wings, brats, and various frozen snack foods already.  No chips or  cookies, but I'm sure those will provided by others.  I can't decide if I want to give up eating this food or not.  I love food.  I'm a total hedonist.  It's not easy to give up hedonism.  I guess we'll just see what I decide tomorrow (Go Warner and Cardinals!!!)

I guess my point is, maybe if I'm more aware of this behavior within my own psychology, I can finally stop it.  I just have to want it.  or something.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Hibernation

I'm like a bear. When it's cold outside I go into hibernation. I need warm sun and plants poking through the ground and buds on trees for my brain to wake up and write.
I'm going to order my garden seeds in the next week sometime. I've looked though my catalog and there's all kids of cool veggies I can grow! I'm excited to have my own vegetable garden because my government is bringing on it's own demise and I'd like to have a good supply of food when that happens. I have about 500lbs of dried beans, but I'd like some side dishes with them when armageddon hits.

You said you were different Obama!! You said you would change things!! *sob*
*for the record, I never thought anything would actually change with him. Except that it doesn't hurt my brain when he talks. Hate to disappoint the Obamaphiles, but he's bought and paid for like the rest of them. It's still The Man!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Don't just do something, stand there.


Okay, today is the last day to vote in Obama's "ideas for changing America thing on his site.  Even though most Americans just want to sit around and get high all day, there are some who want to work.  I am begging everyone who cares about small business and American jobs to not only vote at change.org (http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia) but to write your congresspeople about CPSIA.  The bill's intent was to make Chinese toys safer, but now it's forcing thousands of businesses to go under because they can't afford expensive testing.

In a nut shell: Starting Feb 10, if you make anything product for children, you can't sell it without having it tested for lead and phalates.  If you like buying handmade, American made items for your children, you can forget it.  No one but large manufacturers can afford it.  The same cloth I buy for any other project can't be used to make kid's clothes.  The same yarn an adult's hat is knitted from can't be used to make an infant's.  Make sense?  Of course not!

Originally, this law also made selling anything used (yard sales, goodwill) illegal w/o testing!  A clarification on that was made last week (after tons of angry calls and emails I bet!)

PLEASE  WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!  For more info about CPSIA, you can check these out

http://cpsia-central.ning.com/

http://liletsyshop.blogspot.com/2008/12/why-you-should-care-about-cpsia.html

http://coolmompicks.com/savehandmade/

http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I got a life

I really did. I've been doing real world things other than blogging and facebook. It's crazy! I need to upload pictures from my camera, but we've been enjoying our awesome backyard sledding hill and built an igloo with all the snow. We went to Ely and it was as desolate as expected. But we had a good visit with the inlaws and were just barely out of the storm until the last 25 miles before home. So we're grateful for that. We really enjoyed our Christmas and seeing all the family we did even though my little brother completely schooled us in Ticket to Ride (Europe), which he'd never played before. We spent New Years Eve at my cousin's birthday party and then her dad joined us at my other cousin's house (across the street) playing Rock Band and Guitar Hero (mine and hubby's Christmas present) all night.

The boy and I have started doing yoga again. Baby girl started walking, really walking, about a week ago. And I'm being bit by the home improvement bug again. I'm finally picking paint colors (goodbye pasty pink!) And I really, really want a dishwasher. I'm fantasizing about dishwashers! I got a bunch from the library about installing electrical circuits. Can I get my tax refund now? Please!

Of course today I'm dreaming about ripping up this carpet since baby girls been puking all morning. I have really nice carpet so we kept it, but I'm starting to remember all the reasons we ripped it up at the condo. We have original hardwood underneath, but it's incomplete. And honestly, I think at this point I'd rather have a dishwasher and a bissel.

I guess that's all. I gotta go clean my carpet :(