Showing posts with label On randomness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label On randomness. Show all posts

Thursday, August 15, 2013

bird is the word

Before her role as full time mama my neighbor worked at the zoo. More specifically, in the aviary or bird house. Having a neighbor with zoo connections is nice, we've been offered some behind the scenes opportunities and could probably score a parking pass. However, when I walked upstairs to find this in my kitchen my appreciation of the proximity of a bird expert sky rocketed.

It's not every day you leave a message to the tune of. "Um hi. I need your expertise. There are two birds in our house."

I had walked upstairs from our basement and heard birds chirping nearby, I assumed they were sitting on the deck. As I turned the corner this one swooped by me. Poor thing was in quite a panic. She kept trying to fly out through the windows so I covered those to try and help. She eventually made it back out the door.

Yes, I believe it's time for a new screen door.

My neighbor arrived soon after and got the fledgling out from under our craft cabinet. She thinks that the baby bird took a bad turn and the mama came in after him. For some reason I neglected to take a picture of the baby. That would have been nice.

In trying to title this post I realized how many references to birds there are in common sayings.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

The early bird gets the worm.

Free as a bird.

Kill two birds with one stone.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You get the idea.

These were sparrows so of course we're also reminded that "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father." Matthew 10:29 and the song "His Eye is on the Sparrow"


Sunday, June 23, 2013

I never knew this


Counting by threes.

Call me a nerd but I think this is really neat!

12:  1+2=3
15:  1+5=6
18:  1+8=9
21:  2+1=3
24:  2+4=6
27:  2+7=9
30:  3+0=3
33:  3+3=6
36:  3+6=9
39:  3+9=12:  1+2=3
42:  4+2=6
45:  4+5=9
48:  4+8=12:  1+2=3
51:  5+1=6
54:  5+4=9
57:  5+7=12:  1+2=3
60:  6+0=6
63:  6+3=9
66:  6+6=12:  1+2=3
69:  6+9=15:  1+5=6
72:  7+2=9
75:  7+5=12:  1+2=3
78:  7+8=15:  1+5=6
81:  8+1=9
84:  8+4=12:  1+2=3
87:  8+7=15:  1+5=6
90:  9+0=9
93:  9+3=12:  1+2=3
96:  9+6=15:  1+5=6
99:  9+9=18:  1+8=9

Did you know that? Am I the only one who didn't? 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

a cuppa

I've been working on this post about comfort zones and it's just not coming together right so, I'm going to tell you about coffee instead.

I like coffee.
A lot.
Maybe too much.

I'm not quite sure when this great affection was birthed. However, somewhere between late night papers in college and the arrival of a second child we became good friends. My favorite gift this Christmas was a programmable coffee maker so that when I stumble downstairs in the earlyish morning all I have to do is grab a mug and go. (I only go as far as the couch, don't imagine me all that getting out the door early or anything.)

I'm not really a coffee snob, I don't have to have a particular brand or roast or type of bean and honestly I didn't know I could tell a really good coffee from an average one until last fall. That's when I tried Avodah Coffee for the first time.

Friends, if you like coffee you must, I repeat MUST try this brand. It is sooooooooo good. I kid you not. This is not  a coffee you will drink just for the caffeine. You will drink it because you didn't know coffee could be so good. And you will plan trips to your friend's house because you found out she still has some Italian Roast waiting to share with you. You will sip and dance with joy (that last one might be a little over the top, I'll stop now).

Avodah Coffee is not just good coffee though, they support four different charitable organizations with a portion of the proceeds. I like that, it's like icing on the cake or a scone with your coffee (preferably one from the bakery up the street but that's a different post). They're also really nice and have cute kids.

As LeVar Burton would say, "You don't have to take my word for it". Go get to know Avodah and try it for yourself.

This is not an affiliate post and I'm not receiving anything for it. I honestly love this coffee and what they stand for in their business practice.

Monday, February 27, 2012

back on the wagon

Way back when I started doing the 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. Then I stopped. Then I started again. Then I stopped. Then I repeated the pattern.

Well, today I'm back on the wagon. As always I'm hoping to stick to it for the 30 days. We'll see how that goes. (My 5 year old is sitting next to me as I type and said, "You have to do it for 30 days? Today is day 1." - Now she's correcting my typing. "Aren't you going to put that curvy thing?") Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Everyday would be nice but I'll be happy with 3-4 times a week.

Some of my random middle of workout thoughs were:
 (another 5 year old side note: "You had random thoughts? You never told me.")
1. Why are my arms so weak after 5+ years of carrying children around all over the place. I mean really, it seems my biceps should have benefited from all this attachment* parenting.
2. Kegel exercises are important. If you're a mom you get this.
    (Just one more comment: "It almost looks like it says bagel and it makes me hungry for a bagel.")
3. Maybe my pants will finally fit again!

*And by attachment parenting I mean more in the literal than the philosophical.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


1 pyrex top
1 top to a rubbermaid container
1 kid fork
1 cinderella shoe

If you should come across one of these I'd love to know.

Oh, and did I mention that I was wrong. There wasn't a potato under the couch. There were 5.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I think there's a potato under the couch

And I'm missing two tops to my food storage containers. They might have been put in the trash. I don't think they're under the couch. I looked. That's why I think there's a potato under there. It might be a plastic egg but it's probably a potato. Why you ask?

There's some dry erase marker on the wall right next to some crayon streaks. Speaking of streaks you should see the windows. They're especially stunning with the late afternoon sun shining through. 

I'm going to try and feed my family more veggies this week. I thought I'd start with some red cabbage. As I was putting it into the pot to cook the Lulabee says, "Eww, yucky." I said that it was pretty. She says, "It's a pretty color but tastes yucky." I imagine I'll be eating a lot of cabbage over the next few days.

Last week we were busy. This week not so much. Hopefully we'll get some school done.

The oven is beeping. I should probably get that.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I could get used to this

Now I just need to teach them to feed me bon bons while they fan me as I lay on the couch.

Friday, December 2, 2011

a little bit of nothing

Some random thoughts from a distracted mom to distract you.

Today we were waiting at a red light when I noticed a van a few vehicles ahead of us with the saying, "turning sinners into saints" on the back. I thought that was an interesting sentiment for a church van assuming that's what it was. Then I noticed above those words it said "please enjoy responsibly". Not exactly a church van after all.  I just looked it up and turns out it's a local brewery.

The other day the girls were looking at my baby book. On the back of the little card they put in the bassinet with the baby's name and stats is an ad for ready made formula. It's sold by the quart, in nursing bottles and in 8 oz cans "for modern mothers who want convenience".

There was also a pamphlet from my pediatrician that lists all the vaccines in the back. Counting them up between the second month and 24 months there are 11 vaccines given. Counting quickly I came up with 27 vaccines now given between birth and 24 months according to the CDC's chart.

I'm trying to come up with something else good for you but am drawing a blank so I'll have to leave you with that.

Happy December 2nd!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

dear me!

It's been a horrendously long time since I've posted anything.  I've got all these blog post ideas floating in my head but finding time to actually formulate a real live post is obviously all but impossible.

It's not that there isn't free time just there are other things that end up filling the free time. Well, that and even in my "free time" there are usually little people around and it's hard to complete a thought with near constant interruptions. For example, this little ditty is being brought to you by Angelina Ballerina and some make believe play time. Ah, and just as expected I am being summoned. Interruptions by a curly headed five year old bearing "gifts" won't be around forever so I should relish them while I've got them.

So, some random thoughts to fill your free time with. Isn't it funny that we spend "free" time.

Speaking of Angelina Ballerina, sort of, I'm really not too keen on the updated Angelina. I don't know, I liked the mouse looking Angelina in her little cottage and ballet school. First Thomas was CG animated and now Angelina, what is the world coming to.

Have I mentioned that I bought myself a cast iron dutch oven with my birthday money? I've wanted a dutch oven for awhile now so I'm pretty excited about it. However, now that I've got it I can't remember which recipes  I've been wanting a dutch oven for. Any suggestions? Mine is a double dutch oven (not to be confused with the jump roping type) so it's like getting two for one. While my parents were here visiting (side note: my parents came to visit!) I made an asparagus frittata that I found at Musings of  Housewife. It was quite tasty but I might put a bit more cheese next time. I'm a bit of a sucker for cheese.

Well now, I've filled enough of your time with nothing at all. Maybe one of these days I'll find some time to post something "real". I've got ideas I tell ya!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I want to live in a small town

I'd also like it to be perfect.

I'd like to live someplace where the stores I need are no more than ten minutes away and if a store doesn't have the product I want then I'm out of luck. I don't have to wonder if the bigger version of the same store across town might have be carrying said item. ( I would still like the internet so that if I really really need/want something I can find it.)

I want there to be one (maybe two for a little variety) city park with a nice play ground and a medow in which to run free. It'd also be great if it were in walking distance. Not upteen from which to choose. 

I'd like all my friends to live with in a five minute drive.

I'd like there to be farms within a short drive where I can purchase eggs and meat.

I'd like a homeschool group.

I'd like low crime.

I'd like to be close enough to a big city that we can go to the fun things like the zoo and museams without too much trouble.

I'd like the zoning laws to be lax enough that we can build a home of my husband's design choosing.

That's about it. For now.

Am I asking too much?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cones of silence and other things

I'm seriously considering investing in some cones of silence. I hope they come in family packs. One for me so I can just sit for awhile and not have to hear the never ending questions. A couple preschool sized ones so that the girls can't hear each other and get annoyed that the other is talking while they're trying to talk. (I guess it's only the almost 5 year old who gets annoyed that her sister won't stop talking so she can say her very important things.) And a crib sized one so that Mr. Xman can't be heard every hour on the hour all night long. My husband would probably like to get in on it too so he can get some things done on the weekends.

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We need a double one too like this one to have an adult conversation.

Starting next week I am going to participate in Simple Mom's Project Simplify.  We had been considering adding a largish room on the back of our home but have officially tabled that project for the foreseeable future. Now I'm the rearranging warpath. I want to make our spaces more our family friendly. You know, make sure we're getting the most out of our space. I'm hoping this will help.

For those of you who would like to know more about coconut oil (cough, mom, cough) I'll be posting next week something about our new oil of choice.

Friday, February 25, 2011

living on the edge

It's been one of those days. The kind preceded by late to bed, early to rise and not much sleep in between night. The kind where the edge of sanity looms near. The kind where you're not sure if more caffeine will drive you over the edge or away from it. What do you do on those days?

Turn up the music, dance and play a little air guitar.

Give your son a girly toy to keep him occupied

and finish whipping up some of Jo-Lynn's chocolate chip cookies*.

Realize the baby is tired and put him down for a nap. Then grin and bear it enjoy playing airplane in the dining room. (Bonus points if you don't lose your sanity during the extremely drawn out flight to Mexico where the sheep purse MUST be stowed beneath the seat and Oh No! No one used the bathroom we have to go back on the plane and use the bathroom. At least we got a snack!)

Be disappointed that the cookies did not turn out as expected.

Realize that the parchment paper was more than a mere suggestion.

Eat the "cookies" anyway.

Decide that maybe they can watch another movie afterall.

Blog about it.

* On most days where the edge looms I'd just go straight for the chocolate chips from the jar where I store them but today I happened to already be making cookies.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

How well do you know your 80's PBS Children's programs?

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Back in the day before PBS Kids there were just some kids shows on PBS. Or at least that's how I remember it. I can still recall some of the tunes and plot lines from the programs that I most enjoyed. These are a few that I remember off the top of my head. Did you watch PBS as a kid? Can you name the shows that go with these quotes?

Name that show...

1)  "Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high..."

2)  "________ ___, _________ ____ magic and wonder are waiting for you. So come on with us now and discover what's waiting for you, here at ___________ _____"

3)  "To conjugate and to solve"(This was from a show about math that had various vignettes)

4)  "Won't you be my neighbor?"  (Does anyone NOT know this!)

 Go ahead, guess, I double dare you! (Ah, Double Dare, I loved that show!)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Paperback Swap

If you enjoy reading books you need to learn about Paperback Swap if you haven't already. I stumbled upon the site awhile back via another blog but did not sign up myself until recently. It's nice. You find 10 books you no longer want and list them to trade. They give you a couple of free credits for signing up and whenever someone requests one of your books you get another credit. The credits are good for choosing any book in the system that suits your fancy.  You pay for the books you ship, not for the ones shipped to you.

I've found some good books for my homeschooling collection as well as just some fun ones to read. Go ahead, check it out, I know you want to.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Waking to a Winter Wonderland

I woke to a couple of inches of snow on the ground and more coming down. Now, to some these are mere flurries but it's enough to cancel schools around these parts. That means no ballet for us today. Last year we took ballet on Thursday and it seemed that every Thursday it was either snowing or raining. I guess the weather followed us. I bet Thursday is going to be sunny and lovely. Yup, just saw the forecast, partly sunny.

Yesterday we were leaving a friend's house when the flakes were beginning to fall. We got to see some little six pointer flakes on the back bumper of our car. It seems I must have seen this as a kid but I don't remember being able to see flakes so clearly. When we got home we spent a bit of time outside with magnifying glasses trying to get a better look. It's fun. I also decided that snowflakes are another good reason that I totally need a really cool DSLR camera.

As far as I know I'm the only one out of bed and it's nice. I should do this more often. One of my goals is to be able to wake up before my children wake me up. I'm reserving this goal for when I get to sleep through the night. I think I also need a coffee maker with a timer so that the smell drags me out of bed.

So, today will be a mostly inside day. I should have bought bird seed to make some bird seed crafts. (Which, in case anyone is interested, I saw a five pound bag for less than five dollars at Aldi the other day.)

Well, my time is short. I hear action on the monitor. Here we go day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Today I was driving behind a Lexus SUV with a peace sign bumper sticker, a "one human race" sticker and one like this..
 I'd expect it from a Subaru but not usually from a Lexus.

*I'm not sure I've ever used this word in normal conversation. Does a blog count as normal conversation. Probably not. So I still haven't used it in normal conversation but I did blog it. I hope I used it correctly!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

is it bad that

I often hope that bad idiot drivers get into an accident to teach them a lesson. You know the ones that swerve between cars with just about an inch of space so they can end up at the stop light at the same time as you. Or the ones who are so anxious to change lanes after leaving the on ramp they almost sideswipe you and you have to blow the horn to alert them of their horrid driving then they pass you blowing their horn.

I don't wish them bodily harm or that of anyone else, maybe just a telephone poll or median accident, just enough to put them in their place and make them rethink their cocky driving ways. But not while they're in front of me on the highway because I don't want to be waiting in traffic.

My dad used to call them ding bats or Charlie Browns.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

of this and that

I've been making lists for this coming week. I think the list of things to do when we don't have anything to do will come in handy. I foresee many a craft in the coming days. Uh, we already seem to be doing many a craft so many more I guess. We'll need to eat more eggs so we can have more cartons with which to construct random things.
I also made a week and month menu plan. I've never planned out a month before so we'll see how it goes. I haven't made a complete list for shopping yet just for next week that might be as far as we get. If I had my plan here with me I'd share it with you but it's upstairs and that's too much work.
I joined Paper Back Swap and have already had 4 of the books I listed requested. I really didn't think anyone would be interested in what I had but I'm happy they were. I'm hoping to get some homeschooling books this way. I already have one, Rosie's Walk, on the way that I'm excited about because it's bilingual.

When I Googled that image I came across this Etsy store, Fun Felt Stories. Looks like we can get a good craft out of this book too. But, if you know me you know we'll be making our own. Not because I'm all crafty like that but because I'm all cheap frugal like that. It's a cute store though so you should check it out.
I'm considering doing the 30 Day Shred. Anyone want to join me?
I need to go change a diaper so that's  that for this and that.

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