22 Sep

Harvest Tomatoes

My husband was out of town for a week and I’ve been surviving solo parenthood by the seat of my pants. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

–I’m in a list-making mood, firing out lists like crazy. Lists of old movies I want to see. Lists of pastas I want to make. Lists of places to take Isobel on our adventures. I’ve always been a list-maker, but something is causing me to crank out lists in overdrive. I’ve been noticing my Life List is outmoded, so I’m coming for that next.

–We have a baby butternut squash growing in our garden! This is very exciting for me because I had given up on the butternuts. The squash plant languished and squeaked out a few leaves before stagnating in the stifling heat, while our pumpkins, for their part, became Mama’s favorite and took over their entire corner plus the lawn. We already have two huge pumpkins plus several smaller ones. This year we are going to have an actual harvest from the garden. This makes me feel all sorts of accomplished.

–Fall always reminds me to clean out my closet. I really need to buy new clothes and update my wardrobe, but I always put it off. We have a really limited budget and I always have limited time, so buying clothes just seems like a pain in the ass. I’m taking the advice from a book I read once and and am trying on everything I own before I go shopping. This is supposed to open your eyes to what you really need as well as point out things that no longer work for you. Have you ever done this? I don’t even have a lot of clothes compared to most people I know and I’m guessing this is going to some time. I’m doing it bit by bit and already it’s pretty revealing.

–Now that we are living on just one paycheck I’m trying to make our money stretch as far as possible. I’ve been tracking my spending and my coupon-savvy buddy Angela is teaching me some of her frugal ways. I also recently stumbled upon a sassy coupon envelope I had made that I forgot about, and I’m taking that as a sign.

–I’ve been reading Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, which is pretty interesting, even though it won’t help me at all with my business. I went to a large community sale with a friend recently and thought about that book as I interacted with some of the vendors.

–In honor of my Grandma’s birthday my extended family got together for a few family dinners. I also threw a dinner party for my friend Jacob’s 30th birthday, so there was a lot of eating and celebrating this weekend.

–Isobel was crying when I put her down for a nap a few days ago. Normally she handles nap time like a champ, but that day was difficult for some reason. We’ve been working on emotions and pointing out when someone feels a certain way and we correspond that with what their face looks like. She has also developed an obsession with Go, Diego, Go, a show which encourages observation. While she was crying in her toddler bed I could hear her talking to herself. “Is Isobel happy?” (sob sob) “No! (sob) Isobel is not happy!” (sob) “Isobel is sad!” (SOB SOB SOB).


13 Responses to “Snapshot”

  1. dingey September 22, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Heavens to Betsy–I’m not sure how old the movies on your old-movies-to-see list may be, but may I reccomend “THE THIN MAN,” if you haven’t already seen it? It’s the ultimate in witty erudition, involves a ridiculous amount of drinking, and features Myrna Loy AND my total dead-hollywood-crush William Powell. Maybe you’ve already caught it on TCM on one of their occasional Thin Man marathons (there’s a long series of these movies, but the first few are the best)….If you’ve not seen them, I strongly suspect you’d like them. One of the most entertaining and satisfying on-screen relationships in movie history.

    • LittleBig September 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      I’m adding it to the list!

  2. Beth September 22, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    a) i second the Thin Man rec. good stuff. i used to watch them with my grandparents.

    b) have you seen the Frugal Girls blog? some great coupons and deals and free samples, and since you have a little person at home, you might be interested in their tips and crafts for kids too πŸ˜‰

    c)i just want to add, that the idea of a butternut growing in my yard would fill me with joy. i drive by a teeny farm stand every day and they have butternuts and pumpkins and i’m so excited to stop there on my way home πŸ˜€


    • LittleBig September 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      I have not heard of that blog! I’ll check it out!

      And by the way, thank you for the lovely email with the paper dolls! I can’t wait until Isobel is old enough to enjoy them.

  3. Cameron September 22, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I know I should now laugh about crying Isobel but your last paragraph made me smile so much! There’s so much to look forward to with this little Bebe Girl (yes it is all about me right now, I’m 8+ months pregnant, sorry!). πŸ™‚

    • LittleBig September 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      It totally made me crack up! Even as it was happening. It also got me in that tender heart spot, so I climbed in bed with her (toddler bed! look out!) and cuddled her until she was happy again.

      And of course it’s about you, Mama. Enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  4. Jen September 22, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I have the same problem with my clothes. And of the stuff that does fit, I don’t have anything to wear with it. So I recently went through everything in my closet and made a list of what I need to buy to use what I have. Now I just have to get my lazy ass shopping. Mer.

    • LittleBig September 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      I have totally cleaned house in that closet. If it doesn’t fit (unless it’s maternity wear) it’s gone. I filled about three garbage bags and took them to Goodwill. YEAH.

  5. Miss Julie September 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    “β€œIs Isobel happy?” (sob sob) β€œNo! (sob) Isobel is not happy!” (sob) β€œIsobel is sad!” (SOB SOB SOB).”

    OMG. This is SO ME lately. Just replace Isobel with Julie and you have my past month.

    • LittleBig September 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      I am so sorry Miss Julie! You deserve cuddles.

  6. Anne September 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I’m going to write way too much here. First, butt-er-nut! butt-er-nut! I’m totally going to make that cheer happen.

    Next, I have done that trying-on-everything thing. I have, ahem, gained a few pounds in the past couple years, and earlier this year I finally reached the point where it was clear that I had a LOT of stuff hanging in my closet that I could no longer comfortably wear (note: I’m still within the “normal” range according to my doc, so I’m not in any health danger – just the middle age spread combined with a job that is primarily desk-oriented these days). I tried on everything and was really ruthless. I thought – if I end up losing enough weight to go back down a size, I’ll reward myself by buying new stuff, so why hold on to it for now? I donated and freecycled lots of things, and ended up with a pretty airy-looking closet. For work clothes, I have something 10-15 dress pants and skirts (total), and maybe the same number of tops. (Note: this does not include cardigans, which live in their own armoire. I’m a librarian, so I’m allowed.) I also have some t-shirts and jeans and stuff that live in a dresser, but I skimmed all of those down, too. It was really freeing to not have so much stuff, and it is SO nice to be able to glance at my closet and really SEE all my choices. I think that I was probably rotating through the same limited number of items anyway. One of my current gripes about society is that so many people feel that they NEED to have so, so much stuff. We upper/middle class folks are really spoiled, and I have been attempting to not feel pressured just because my coworkers have a thousand expensive outfits. (They all spend VASTLY more on any given clothing item than I would ever be able to justify, anyway.) (I do realize that I have some serious angst on this topic. I blame it on moving to the suburbs.)

    • LittleBig September 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      I am SO GLAD you’ve done the whole ‘try it all on thing’. I really feel the notion is very librarian of us. πŸ™‚

      And I’m with you on the ‘too much stuff’ rant. I’m all about stuff, I love stuff, hell, I SELL stuff, but I think we really need to scale back and think quality not quantity. Too many stores invest in quantity.

      • Anne September 26, 2011 at 7:41 am #

        Exactly! And I do think that selling stuff in the manner you do fits in well with my philosophy – buying and keeping things that really fit your own style and work in your house, things that make you happy whenever you look at them, not just stuff for the sake of it or because you’re “supposed” to have it. πŸ™‚

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