11 January 2010

etcetera. and so forth.

1. paper snowflakes are one of the simplest crafts, but they pretty up a house like little else. if you sew them straight through, you can tack up strings of flakes beside a window like so:

papery snow.


2. actual snow, however, i am not so good with. i find snowscapes gorgeous but wrought with peril, and if there were an award for The Worst Driver In the History of Inclement Weather, i'd have a case of trophies gracing my garage.

so when things go from this

progression: before.


to this

progression: after.

i take it as a cue to stay indoors. (however, in the hubby's absence i shall be ferrying the kiddos to book club and sports practices, so y'all may want to stay off the roads between the hours of 4-9 pm. this has been a public service announcement.)


3. if your pantry resembles mine, it holds a stash of leftover candy canes doomed to languish till march, at which point they shall be unceremoniously dumped in the trash.

however. may i present to you option b: otherwise known as yum.

oreos + melted choc chips + crushed candy canes (just stick 'em in a zip loc bag and hammer them. for real.).


4. perhaps i have been residing in that beautiful land called Denial, but i am only now coming to terms with the fact that just because i graduated from mililani high (class of '94, holla!) sixteen years ago does not actually mean i am done with homework. in fact, i have a good dozen years of math facts and spelling words and science projects ahead of me, otherwise known as Responsible Parenting.

(and let me just say it is Tricky Stuff providing just the right amount of scaffolding to help your child learn to excel independently. it would be far more expedient to do most of the work myself...i would totally ace fourth grade.)


5. fun fact about nic #206: my weekly total of miles on the treadmill is a direct measurement of the quality of my reading material.
0-10 miles = sad waste of a perfectly good tree.
10-25 miles = liked the books enough to finish them, but i didn't lose any sleep.
25-40 miles = so help me rhonda, i am going to pilfer these guys from the library and escape across the border.

treading the mill.


6. yesterday was my little brother's birthday. he's 29. i'm thinking that maybe at thirty i'll stop calling him 'little,' but yeah. probably not.

i found some really cute (by which i mean Completely Horrid) photos of my brothers and me as kids, but sadly Public Humiliation was not on today's agenda, so you don't actually get to see them.

(happy birthday, poley.)


7.
serious talent.

sometimes elle and i do talent shows, wherein mostly she twirls things and i recite shel silverstein circa 1985, thank you third grade speech assignment.


8. happiest monday to you.


ps last day to drop your name in for some custom stamped jewelry. don't miss out!

11 comments:

lulu and family said...

a class of '94, too. woohoo!=) and i have several of those silverstein's memorized, too...from our own childhood talent shows!=) funny. happy monday.

Rebekah said...

I just love making paper snowflakes! I put them on the little Christmas tree that was in my girls' bedroom last month.

Y.U.M for those oreos... too bad I mercilessly threw out all the extra candy canes (yeah, I know, but I'm fasting from sugar and couldn't have them hanging around!!)

jorth said...

Why, oh why, do my snowflakes not look like that? I need to fly over to your place for a special one-on-one flakey tutorial, because mine always look like a sugared-up 3 year old made them.

Kimberly said...

Please, please tell me how you read on the treadmill! What's the trick?

Kimberly said...

I saw a recipe for cookies this year that used crushed candy canes. For the sake of my tummy it's just as well that I lost it...mmm...

fleetfeet said...

"I cannot go to school today said little Peggy Ann McKay..."

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

1. Only You. Only YOU would crank out paper snowflakes that make the real deals hang their heads in shame. Could you give me a cutting 101 refresher, along with a sewing lesson?

2. So -- what have you been reading? Don't tell me if it's "The Classics"...otherwise, please, do share. I, for one, spent my spare minutes on Friday whizzing through a conveniently sized hard cover from Bargain Books. I loved the title and the cover and the first 1/4 of the book. Everything else was lackluster. I yearn for a good read. Next on my list are "The Help" and "Digging To America".

Jen Shults said...

um those snowflakes... are AMAZING. Wow. and i'm a bit envious of those gorgeous looking cookies... i wish Chris hadn't thrown out the candy canes... wonder if I can still find a few.

Amelia said...

you can read and run, at one time... I'm in more awe of you!!

Jen Shults said...

um those snowflakes... are AMAZING. Wow. and i'm a bit envious of those gorgeous looking cookies... i wish Chris hadn't thrown out the candy canes... wonder if I can still find a few.

Kimberly said...

Please, please tell me how you read on the treadmill! What's the trick?