16 Nov

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

– I’ve been looking for a countertop compost bin so I don’t have to keep a bowl with fruit and vegetable remnants in it on the counter. Which I suppose the compost bin would be doing anyway, except most of them are smaller and have lids. Have any recommendations?

– Have you seen crap at my parents’ house? Hilarious! Via Gisela.

– My friend Gen posts about mental illness in the blogosphere and how you can help end the stigma. You vote on Facebook, and if you know me you know I avoid Facebook at all costs, but even I voted. Also, Gen is funny, honest, and she writes about motherhood in a way I admire. Check out the love letter her son wrote her for further proof of her awesomeness.

– I’m trying to come up with Christmas card ideas that will beat last year’s awesome card. You’ve seen last year’s card, right? I honestly don’t know if I can top that.

– Tomorrow I’m starting the ambitious project of reorganizing the storage method for my entire etsy shop. This project is enormous. I have only listed a small percentage of what I actually have on hand for the shop.

– In food news, my mother gave me the rudest butternut squash. I plan to make a cheeky soup. Or chips. Or more dirt candy. (Or should I say, dirty candy?)

– I’ve been stirring shards of bacon and pomegranate seeds into my oatmeal in the morning. I love salty-sweet, and pomegranates and bacon are two of my most favorite things. I’m pretty sure bacon has worn-out its fashionable chicness after years in the limelight, but I’ll never tire of its fatty, salty charms.

– Now that the bounty of my garden is starting to fade, I’m cooking and using everything I can, including drying some of my herbs in the oven, in this case, catnip. I’ll got some questions about this on twitter, so I’ll be posting a tutorial later. In the meantime, I’m going to look up some tutorials for homemade cat toys.

– It’s official–I’m hooking again. Years ago a coworker taught me to crochet (a challenge, as I’m left-handed and she was right-handed). I crocheted lots of scarves and several blankets. I even have a rarely-used Ravelry account. I crocheted constantly until my coworker and friend’s baby passed away. I had just finished her baby blanket and the whole situation was so devastatingly heartbreaking that I just didn’t feel like crocheting after that for a long time. I’d pick up the yarn and start think about what happened and I’d just put it down again.  Now I feel like I can give it another go.

– The other day Isobel was really whining. It was the sort that didn’t even involve words, just a steady stream of uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh for hours on end. Finally, I could take no more, so I said, “Isobel, you need to stop whining. If you need something, please use your words. But no more whining!” Finally, the noises ceased.

A pause, and then, “Mama?”

“Yes, Isobel?”

“Do you want to play whining for a little while?”

18 Responses to “Snapshot”

  1. Pierotucci November 16, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    If you get any hints for the compost – please advise! I have a container, and its a out of the way…but its just the idea of having it there that I find unattractive in the kitchen.
    I invite you to check out our blog.

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      I definitely will let you know what I come up with!

  2. Camilla November 16, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Most of the kitchen compost containers I’ve seen are like this one. They’re pricey, but I think the charcoal filter is probably pretty important.

    Looking forward to the catnip/dried herb tutorial.

  3. jenn November 16, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    ok two things.
    1. i kept forgetting to comment on your other post about making lists of things to do and never getting things done….i started something recently that’s been emotionall/mentally helpful for me. i keep a list all day of things that i’ve done. that way by the end of the day i feel really accomplished no matter what i do, because i know i’ve been doing important stuff all day.
    2. i need a scarf. preferably in some shade of dark grey, or a dark lime green, or a dark purple. and bonus if you can figure out how to make it into a loop. i love those loop ones i can double over. and yes, i can pay you in cookies or organizational hours 🙂 i’m going to be up your way in january and you can make me into your slave for a day or two 🙂

    ok three things
    3. i’m pretty sure i’ve seen this at someone’s house. and plus, it’s at target!

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      1. This is a great idea! I’ll have to start doing that. Especially when my anxiety gets bad.

      2. I’ll do my best to make you a scarf. I can definitely find a way to loop it–my concern is crocheting nicely enough for it to be wearable. It’s been several years since I did this and I’m out of practice. But I’ll do my best!

      3. Ooh, at Target!

  4. reduakeri45 November 16, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I just keep my compost items in a bowl in the fridge or a giant bag in the freezer and add to it through out the day. No gross flies or smells.

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Fantastic idea! I’m going to try this.

  5. Natalie November 16, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    See, I didn’t even think about the stinky factor, so I was coming to mention the Anchor-Hocking glass canisters – we use one for our cookie jar and it seems like it would be the perfect size. Then I figured it would be more helpful to provide a link – this is what I initially had in mind:

    And when I was looking for the jar I had in mind, I saw these, which are cuter AND look like they have stink-guard:

    I also wanted to say that it makes me happy when cool chicks crochet and knit. I would love to see pics when you complete a project!

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      I love Anchor-Hocking, so I’m glad you mentioned these! As I was saying, I just might go with a thrifted container since we are so low on funds and just dump that thing out once or twice a day.

      I’m really excited to be crocheting again! I’m also really excited you think I’m cool.

  6. asia November 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    For compost, we use a glass Pyrex dish with a lid. I’ve honestly stopped looking for a serious compost container (like with a charcoal filter) since we started to use the Pyrex dish. Yes, it’s glass, so you can see everything, but it’s out of the way and is small enough that it needs to be emptied every day (so no smell, really). The glass lid helps to keep fruit flies to a minimum.

    I bet a cute vintage Pyrex dish with a lid would work well, too…

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

      I pretty much already think you are a genius. This just solidifies my position.

      To the thrift store!

  7. Missy (@geceosan) November 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    aaack! #youhadmeatplayingwhining #deprivedauntiewhoneedsafixuntilchristmas #seriouslyBABIES!

  8. Kristi November 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    If you check out Planet June’s tutorials for crochet, she shares both left and right-handed techniques…

    Ravelry makes me happy yet overwhelmed at the same time – great yet TOO MUCH STUFF OMG EVERYONE POSTS LIKE CRAZY. Then I find a pattern of something new to try and feel better.

    • LittleBig November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      Love this! Thank you! So bookmarking.

    • LittleBig November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      And I totally agree with you about Ravelry.

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