25 Jan

What I’m up to:

– I am finally getting over a cold that’s left me barely functioning for the entire month of January. I know some of you were a little disappointed about the lack of a Follow Friday post last week, but I had been running on empty for days and halfway through editing I knew it was a lost cause. It will be back with a vengeance next week, though, so don’t worry. It’s not going anywhere! In the meantime, check out my new 50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do series. I’m drawing on all my experience of taking care of Isobel while working with a budget that dips into the negative numbers on a regular basis.

– Speaking of vengeance, last week I asked you to send in your questions about me so I could complete the versatile blogger award. I received  a bunch of emails, DMs and tweets after I threatened people to post Beck lyrics if no one responded. Well call me a dead hobo on the patio! After that threat I was inundated with responses so I will answer a couple per week until I make it through all of them. If you still have a question for me it’s not too late–email, tweet, comment, or DM me and I’ll answer it in a following Snapshot post.

– Isobel occasionally refers to Anthony as “Swiper.”

– Next month I’m going away with some friends to visit my dear friend Stephanie in Reno. I’m excited to cross this item off my life list, even though I’ll be going without Anthony and Isobel. Since we started a family Anthony’s gone away for work and fun a couple times, so now it’s my turn. I’m going to be going four hours away over Donner Pass with my besties. What could go wrong? P.S. Can you be kicked out of a state for being inappropriate? Asking for my friends. Specifically.

-Also, this is the first time I can remember going overnight somewhere without Anthony since 1998. Holy shit.

– Since I’ve been sick I’ve watched a lot of Star Trek, and, consequently, Isobel has watched a lot of Star Trek. Fortunately, she loves it and dances and shrieks with joy when she hears the theme song. I shit you not. It’s hilarious to hear her take on what she sees, too. To her, Klingons are lions, the Borg are robots, and Worf’s son Alexander is a girl.

– I have been getting more photography work, which is good because I feel really guilty about quitting my job to stay home with Isobel in such rough economic times. I’m not going to lie, we’re personally dealing with some rough finances and so are most of my friends. A friend recently sent me a link about the Ten Worst Cities for Finding a Job. If you look on that list, the first five cities are within about an hour from where I live. The other day a girl came to our door and asked if I had any scrap metal for her family to sell. It’s so bad  nearly grabbed my bindle, flung Isobel into a sack of potatoes, and rode the rails to Canada.

– Yesterday we were in line for checkout at the grocery store when I noticed Isobel was chewing on a head of broccoli. I let her. Because it was broccoli.

– One of my recent shoots has been for my bestie’s Etsy shop. She is selling some awesome Valentine’s cards, including robots, Alice in Wonderland, and my favorite, the Anti-Valentine. I really love the Eat Me/Drink Me tags. How perfect would those be attached to a plate of homemade cookies for a housewarming gift? Too perfect.

– If you’re into vintage clothes, check out my friend Valerie’s shop. She has been uploading like mad and I’m personally drooling over several dresses, particularly this 1960s rainbow dress. I probably shouldn’t show you this adorable children’s owl sweater or orange townhouse dress.

Little Big Links:

– Thank the Sweet Baby Picard Jesus those Princess Bride movie remake rumors are false.  Via Amanda Stretch

Goats in a tree. This is called “making my day.” Via Ian Boudreau

Reading Rainbow meets Star Trek. This derailed my whole afternoon. Via Veronique Rickets

– Good as backup NFMBFTKS, but not as primairy NFMBFTKS . Read the first review. For Samurai Ninja Rockstars, only. Via Chris.

Downton Abbey Drinking Game. To my utter delight, Anthony enjoys watching this with me–without drinking, even!

Feminism does not predict poor romantic relationships, in fact quite the opposite. A fascinating study. Via Justin

Weekly Photos:

Reader Question:

This post is running waaaay long, so I’ll answer just a few.

1. Why the Viking liking?

My family is Swedish-American on both sides, and we still have a pretty strong Swedish culture three generations out. I grew up with lots of stories about Sweden, about my pioneer relatives (it was all very Kirsten), and Scandinavian culture in general. I live in an area settled by many Scandinavian families and my parents used to be very involved in the local Scandinavian heritage festival. So it’s just something I grew up around.  That and vikings are badass.

2. Do you still go in your child’s room at night to see if she’s breathing?

Oh hell yes. Though my main paranoia is in regards to her choking. I still want to slice grapes into miniscule pieces for her. I got too far. It’s totally irrational. She has learned she can fake cough to get my attention because she knows I’ll come running.

3. Are you a loser, baby?

In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey. Butane in my brain and I became the junky with the plastic eyeball. Spray paint the vegetables dog food skull with the beefcake pantyhose. Kill the headlights and put it in neutral. Stock car flaming with a loser in the cruise control. Baby’s in Reno with the vitamin D, got a couple of couches, sleep on the love seat. Someone keeps saying I’m insane to complain about a shotgun wedding and a stain on my shirt. Don’t believe everything that you breath you got a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve. So shave your face with some mace in the dark. Saving all your food stamps we’re burning down the trailer park.


Cut it.

8 Responses to “1/25/12”

  1. AmandaStretch January 25, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Woo! Shout out!

    Also, I just ordered a dress from Valerie’s shop (the white linen one). Is it summer yet?

  2. Lindsey January 25, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I don’t think I’ll ever get the whole “Star Trek” thing. I associate it with my childhood – my father used to watch it for HOURS at a time, so the theme music = acute boredom and a vague sense of being neglected. Not that I ever WAS neglected, but as a child I tended to the melodramatic. Hm. I’m not entirely sure that I’ve ever grown out of that tendency…

  3. TheRedQueen January 25, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I have been to Nevada a few times and have yet to be kicked out, so we will have to make a good go of it this time around.

    • TheRedQueen January 25, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      And thank you for showing my shop some love ❤ you're the bestest.

  4. stefanieshea January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    What Angela said. I think we have about 10 laws here and one of them includes acting inappropriately. The others require you to put at least $20 into any slot machine before you go and take your complimentary shotgun. That article kills me. We are CHOOSING to move back to economic ground zero. Is it a huge mistake?

    I want to watch Star Trek with Isobel 🙂

  5. Marie January 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    So, that answers my question about Fresno.

    That Downton Abbey game will come in handy round here after 8pm on Friday. I am planning on recording episodes specifically to use with this. What;s more appropriate, claret or gin, I wonder.

    Have a nice time away with your mates and, remember, don’t eat anybody because there is evidence in this blogpost.

  6. Jenna January 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    There’s been rumors about a live action “remake” of “The Princess Bride” for at least a decade. (I put “remake” in quotes, because technically another adaptation of a novel isn’t a remake. For example, 2010’s adaptation of “True Grit” isn’t a remake a of the 1969 film, it’s just another adaptation of the novel. Anyway, parenthetical over.) There’s also been talk of a stage musical of “The Princess Bride,” which I find particularly scary. Thankfully, William Goldman is being a little bitch about it, so it’ll likely never happen. So hopefully, for that same reason, a new film adaptation will never happen. At least not until after we’re all dead.

  7. Julie January 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Donner Pass? I’M SO JEALOUS!! SO. MUCH. SNARK. is possible there. True story: My 8th grade teacher wouldn’t let me leave class during a video on the Donner Party because he thought I was trying to being ‘to girly’ and faking sick due to cannibalism. Turns I had a 104* fever. Donner party is WAY EFFED up with a 104* fever.

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