Tag Archives: What I’m Up To


7 Sep

As I write this I have to tell you I am feeling rough. We went out of town for our friends’ wedding last weekend and I am still feeling under the weather. What started off as a hangover has developed into a fever and nausea and is still around two days later.  I wasn’t sure at first but now I’m convince I triggered a Crohn’s flare. I have only myself to blame. I was so worried about being on my feet and taking care of my arthritis and drinking water that I didn’t really take into account how all of that alcohol would affect me. I’ve never been much of a drinker. I didn’t realize it would be an issue. I still haven’t had anything that resembles actual food, but I’m pushing liquids and resting so I’ll be okay. If I have to I’ll go to the doctor, but I’m hoping I can mitigate it before then.

The wedding was spectacular. It might take me a while to get the photos processed and uploaded, but I couldn’t resist posting these. My dear friend Stefanie and I accidentally dressed like matching old ladies. Observe: yellow dresses, pearl necklaces, vintage gold bags, large brown sunglasses, cream colored shawls (no one else brought shawls–just us), and the kicker:

Inside our gold purses were eerily similar fabric zippered pouches containing the same thing, pills for our various medical conditions. Yes. That really happened.

This was pure coincidence. We did not plan this out. Stefanie lives in a different state. I was planning on wearing a pink dress but had to wear this dress as back up. She was going to wear a purple one. This is just the Universe’s way of saying Stefanie and I are fated to being Internet Twins forever. Which is totally cool with me.

My copy of The Quarter-Acre Farm has just arrived and I can’t wait to start reading. Spring Warren, in addition to having a poetic, Earth-motherly name, transformed her yard into a garden with the intent of proving the bulk amount of food for her family. She lives a city near my home in the Valley and her story is inspiring. Especially after finding out how hard gardening can be, I can’t wait to read how she did it.

Other than preparing for the wedding and cooking butternut squash, I’ve been busy with my regular thrifting (I found a giant doll leg, if anyone’s interested), celebrating Jake’s 3oth birthday, watching my friends play piano, and enjoying in tea parties  in the tent I set up for Isobel, which I’ll tell you all about tomorrow.

My friend Brandon is going to be having a huge yard sale this Friday and Saturday. He is awesome, so you know anything he has to sell is also awesome. He’s also a big ol’ nerd, a mailman, and all around good guy. In the words of Brandon himself:

This Friday and Saturday from 7AM – who the hell knows when! The garage sale to to end all garage sales!

We’ll have everything from Geek to Antique:

  • Anime
  • Video Games
  • Magic the Gathering Cards
  • DVDs
  • Toys
  • Neeeeerd Shirts
  • Cookie Jars
  • Barbies
  • Purses
  • Jewelry
  • Paintings
  • Kitchen Wares

And for the rare few who are geeks but love old crap:

  • Comic Books
  • Booble Heads
  • Posters
  • Books
  • Records
  • Vintage Clothes

If you’re local and would like to go, let me know here or on twitter and I’ll send you the address. I’ll see you there. Nerds.


31 Aug

Staying at home isn’t all dusting the furniture while wearing pearls. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

* I had the very great pleasure of being interviewed by Amanda of She Has Moxie. In it I explain what it means to be a cross between June June Cleaver a and a Viking.  She asked me the hard-hitting questions, such as “What the hell are you doing with your life?” and “So your point is…?” And I try my best to answer in complete sentences. Amanda is dedicated to uncovering stories about women who create their own path, and her whole blog is a fascinating, inspiring read. I highly recommend it. You should also follow her on twitter, as she is a fun gal who has made Follow Friday more than once. Go here to read the interview.

* Since staying home with the baby I’ve been keeping very busy. For the most part I’ve been able to stick to my WAHM Schedule but there have been times where that has been an impossibility. That’s okay, though, because one thing parenting has taught me is to roll with the punches. Mostly I’ve been trying to put together suitable storage for all of my Etsy goods, clean out and revamp my closet, and put things together for Isobel’s Big Girl room. I work on it when my schedule allows.

* We recently took a family trip to Yosemite as a family,  and although we had some great moments we decided we weren’t going to attempt something like that again until she’s older. The next day Isobel was so exhausted she passed out on the floor two hours before her regular nap time in the midst of playing “cook.”

* My migraines have been back with a force lately, and I’m feeling haunted even typing those words. For one thing, it’s something of a taboo to even mention the frequency or severity of headaches among my friends that get them. If you’re having a reprieve, it’s a sure way to attract them. If they’ve been making you their vomiting, darkroom-dwelling bitch, they will linger. But I’ve been getting them in stretches of four days at a time again and it’s making me desperate enough to consider getting pregnant just so I’ll get that 2nd trimester break from the pain. I kid! Mostly!

* Halloween is coming! Anthony and I love dressing up so we usually start preparing in August as far as choosing costumes and putting together ideas. This year we’re going with a group theme but I don’t want to give too much away. It’s going to be awesome except for the part where I must completely disrobe to use the bathroom.

* Speaking of Halloween, I’m in the midst of writing a huge post about costume inspiration for babies and children. If you have a blog post about your kid’s previous Halloween costume and would like to send me the link, I’d love to include it in the round up. I want to get as many ideas together in one spot as I can, especially handmade costumes. Contact me here, or via email, or even on Twitter and I’d love to add your link to the post.