Monday, July 28, 2014

Visit From My Pa

So, what have I been up to lately?

Well, I got to participate in a mini-family reunion!

My aunt and cousin set this up,
and I got to see some cousins and cousins-once-removed
who I haven't seen in over a decade!

Hug Time!

Making the trip from soggy Minnesota was my dad;
since The Girl and I enjoyed ourselves when we went there...

 I thought we'd hit Duff's CakeMix.

My dad wasn't so sure at first...

... but he was game,
and soon we had two fancy cakes to take to the reunion.

However, we did find something on our way back
through the hellish LA traffic that he was excited about:

My dad says he's wanted to try Pink's for about twenty years,
so of course we stopped for some dawgs for lunch.

(They had a veggie dog, btw, if like me you're so inclined.)

And what did my dad think?

As you can see by his face,
he was pretty dang excited.

So, all in all, a good day.
He got his his Polish dog,
a story to take home about nutty California...

...where they pay big bucks to decorate their own cakes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Parenting Humblebrag

Have y'all seen this Verizon commercial,
about how girls are subtly steered away from science?

Well, it just made me clutch my feminist heart.

And I had to ask myself,
"Did I do that?  Did I not support The Girl?"

I mean, I still feel bad that I didn't show up
for all her academic awards.

(She got so many, y'all! It would have been a full-time job
to show up for all the award ceremonies!)

But then I reminded myself that a few weeks ago
she marched across a stage in a lab coat
to receive her biology teaching credential...

(The Boy, The Girl, and The Beau.)

... and she recently changed her Facebook profile picture
to one snapped of her at a science/teaching workshop, 
holding a human brain.

So, yeah.

Maybe I didn't do so badly on the encouraging-science front, after all.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tell Me What You Neeeeed!

As I wrote before, I loooove getting feedback
for my Little Free Library.

BUT, so far, I haven't received everything I hoped for.

Do you see my blank notes?

Do you see what I've labelled these blank notes?

Yes, I asked for "Questions, Comments and REQUESTS."

So far, I've only had one (unsuccessful) verbal request.

But, today!
Along with a nice comment...

...was a request!!


Although I didn't have the book (and it was out of print) ...

... Amazon had it used for a penny plus shipping.

(Please don't tell me that Amazon is awful.
I need it like I need oxygen and yogurt.)

Aaaanyway, now that the book is on the way,
how do I let my patron know?


Why don't I just put up a note?

Yup, that should do it!

Now, fingers crossed that my patron returns!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Li'l Gift From Me To You

As I wrote before
I always try to include a little somethin'-somethin' in my sold Etsy packages.

BUT, sometimes customers buy more than one Harry Potter quilt,
or sometimes they buy something small,

So what could I include in my packages besides a Gryffindor tissue holder?


What about some Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean?

The problem is,
while I enjoy playing Bertie Bott's Roulette
 as much as the next Harry Potter fan,
(take a bean, eat it without looking, pass bag to next victim  player)
those store-bought things are not cheap.

So... why don't I make my own?

After noodling around Pinterest,
I decided to use upcycled paper lunch bags as my containers.

I CAREFULLY cut off the bottom of the bags...

... then cut what was left into two pieces.

I rotated those two pieces ninety degrees, and cut them in half again...

... so now I had four rectangles of paper.

See those two folds?  Not the middle one, the two on either side of it.
They're the perfect place to fold over...

... and glue.

Next I folded up and glued one open end...

... and "pinked" the last open end.

I decorated the outside, filled 'em with Trader Joe's Gourmet Beans...

...and folded over the tops and secured them with twine.

They're not as fancy as the store-bought kind, 
but I think their primitive look 
is closer to what the witch with the trolley was really selling.

YOU BETCHA, Trolley Witch!
Load me up!

Monday, June 9, 2014

I Need To Stopper My Ears... Or Better Yet, Cover My Eyes

Y'all are familiar with sirens, right?

They supposedly lured sailors to their doom
with promises of smooches and other fun times.

(Btw, interested in pictures of women's bosoms?
Just google "siren."  You've been tipped off/warned.)

What's my own personal siren's song?

The Dollar Spot at Target.

I CANNOT resist that area,
placed so invitingly right near the entrance
and overflowing with cheap Chinese imports.

Case in point:  this lovely hat? headband?
 that I decided to buy last December.

I mean, c'mon.  I can get my dork on with the best of them, 
but was I REALLY planning to wear this,
or did I just think,

However, there is one category of purchases
 for which I usually do NOT later experience buyer's remorse,
and that's classroom stuff.

teachers usually end up opening their wallets for classroom supplies,
so bargains are much appreciated.
There are all kinds of crafty items, 
and there's terrific goodies for end-of-year gifts.

For example,
the second grade class I worked in did an insect unit
 as the year wound down, 
so I found the perfect gift for them in the Dollar Spot:

bug catchers!

I put a label on them reading 
"Don't get "bugged"... have a relaxing summer!"

Because just like with the Dollar Spot,
I'm also incapable of resisting a corny pun.


Since I don't eat pork, I was able to resist this Dollar Spot goody.

But... just barely.