Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why should I change when he's the one who sucks?

The other night I was doing that thing where you chop vegetables super forcefully while semi-scowling so that you can indicate your irritation about a situation without actually saying anything, thus enabling you to gloat internally about your admirable ability to suffer in silence while still notifying, and hopefully a little bit punishing, the perpetrator of your frustration.

The perpetrator of your frustration.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A real dress and some Lenten gratitude {wiws}

I shouldn't EVEN be blogging right now.  I have a secret thing to make for Ana's link-up, which will probably close before I finish said secret thing and I'll have to cover myself with ashes in mourning.  Such a mess.  BUT I am so very excited to be wearing this dress again that I had to share.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Books. Videos. Websites. Blathering. (7qt)

There are a lot of surprise perks to homeschooling that we've been discovering as we go along- perks you won't really read about on the HSLDA website or whatever.  This week's happy moment: a full-sized backpack for the boy for just $7.99 (because, you's February.  Ain't nobody startin' school in February).  He wore it the entire day yesterday.  Like, while he ate dinner and then (unsuccessfully) changed into his pajamas.  If I were a good blogger, I'd have a picture of this, but since I'm not, you get words.  Oooooh, you can paint a picture in the gallery of your mind!

Speaking of homeschooling, a bunch of clever moms have linked up their fave homeschool item of this year right here.  If you are new to homeschooling, definitely check it out.  If you are old to homeschooling, link something up, will ya?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Favorite Homeschooling Item (link-up)

If you're just starting to homeschool or you're just starting to think about starting to homeschool and you're feeling overwhelmed by all the supplies and curriculum choices and the classical vs. Charlotte Mason methods discussion and you're pretty sure you're going to ruin your children forever and ever if you don't get it just right the very first hour of the very first day.....

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Meatless Meal Ideas

I was raised a vegetarian but I never really learned how to COOK vegetarian.  Except rice.  I can steam a mean pot of rice (automatic rice-cooker, what?  Oh no you di'int.).  But making a balanced meatless meal that even the picky picksters in our family will eat is still challenging for me, especially if I'd like to avoid cooking the same thing over and over AND blowing our budget on scrumptious, wallet-busting seafood.  Plus, can we talk about breakfast and lunch, too?  Why are so many recipe collections all about the din-din?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

With the distracting background and crazy lighting... (wiws)

Happy First Sunday of Lent!  Happy turns a bag into a camera bag using disposable diapers day!  Happy sushi day!

1) Totally true
2) Totally gonna happen.  Mark my words.
3) Totally our annual family Valentine's day tradition, put off until today know...see #1

Friday, February 15, 2013

$20 Credit Giveaway and Dana Carvey {7qt}

If you're just here for the giveaway, welcome!  Scroll right on down to #7 and have a super fantabuliscious day, okay?  Okay.

Remember when I waxed yo-dawg about how blogging creates community and friendships and how much I love it? So lemme tell you what happened yesterday.  First, I posted an excellent photo of a most disgusting thing (uncut broccoli that had been rotting in our garden for the last four months under deluge of ice and snow, if you must know.)

But what rhymes with broccoli, truly?  To facebook!  To facebook! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Trees and Leaves. In Winter. In Michigan. Yep.

Oh winter, you multi-faceted fool...
Just kidding, you only have one facet.
Okay fine.  Sometimes two.

Today, clouds abound
Not a leaf to be seen
I've got the saddest photos around

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ten on Twelve

Oh lawdy.  Last month on the 10th, I was all OVER taking a picture every hour for ten hours.  I was like...on a photography honeymoon or something.  Also, it wasn't February.

This month, the 10th fell on a Sunday.  No can do.  Then the 11th was definitely no can do.  Then today I was all "I shall do it!  A photo every hour here I come!"

Yeah.  Not so much.

Because you know what month it still is? Exactly.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Recipe for Combating Winter Funk

I can totally see how a sleep deprivation style torture could result in an otherwise reasonable, trustworthy person giving up all his country's secrets.  You know what's good about having five kids ?  I know that it isn't me.  Sometimes you try all the tricks and you do all the things and the person who is causing the trouble is causing the trouble because...they are trouble making troublemakers!  Free will is lame.

Friday, February 08, 2013

A Cautionary Tale {7qt}

Sometimes, when you live in A Very Snowy Place, you will wake up to an additional six inches of beautiful, freshly fallen snow resting atop the many inches that were already there. Which is lovely if you can sip coffee in your fuzzy slippers and read aloud from Anne of Avonlea whilst periodically gazing out your picture window and sighing and the splendor of God.  Not so lovely if you have to get two of your children to a Folk Dancing class at 9 o'clock in the morning.  And I do not use the term "have to" lightly in this case, but the story of the "have to" is so complicated that you would surely poke the eyes out on the voodoo doll you have of me if I started telling it to you, so I won't.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


Today was...I don't know.  Maybe I'm just suffering from a severe case of cabin fever.  The Winter Blues.  February-itis.  Whatever it is, basically it sucks.  I've been running my mouth in social media land waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much over the last weekish so I thought "I'll just not get online today.  I'll use my phone to check my email and I'll do any actual work I need to do, but no facebook or twitter or Pinterest or Flickr or GreatestNewSiteISimplyMustJoin."  And in the past when I've done that, I feel more myself, the good-humored, positive, pro-active self that I strive to be, almost immediately.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I'll be never wearing this again, thanks {wiws}

Okay, new rule.  If your daughter takes 30 photos of you in your Mass outfit and not a single one turns out, maybe there is nothing wrong with your photographer and instead you should never ever ever wear that outfit again.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Uncooked Food and a Turtleneck Repurposed {7qt}

Oy. Quickly with the Quick Takes this time. I promise.

Despite my complete lack of culinary acumen, I've decided to create my very own slow cooker pork chop recipe today.

Do not let this glorious photo fool you.  I have no idea what I'm doing.

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