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I Love Feet

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After having three babies you start to think you’ve seen it all. Then the fourth one comes along, and surprises you.

Lindsey loves her feet. She’s really quite taken with them. None of the other children ever showed such fascination with or affection for their feet, but she just can’t get enough. Roll her on her back, or sit her in the high chair, and she grabs at them and waves them around. Being a woman who now has more bandwidth than sense, I decided to do a short audio recording of her talking to her feet. So here is a 20-second (or so) clip of Lindsey crooning a love song to her toesies. I warn you, though – it’s a pretty large file (almost a meg) and could take awhile to download. Baby Feet (please right-click, Save As, and you might have to turn your sounds WAY up).

Getting Fit

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I didn’t like the pictures I took while I was in Texas, and it’s not just because my camera was on the blink (Sony fixed that little problem on warranty – Go Sony!). I realized that I have become, for disinterest in a politer word, a fatass. My entire family struggles with poor eating habits and serious weight issues, and I am no exception. I have long found it difficult – even embarrassing – to shop for clothes that are flattering. I’m also seeing other weight-related issues that I’m just not willing to accept anymore. I want to be healthy. I want to like what I see when I’m naked in front of a mirror. I want to feel desirable and attractive. But most of all, I want to be around for a good, long time, for my family.

So, I’ve changed the way I live. I decided to take control of and responsibility for my eating habits. I’m not a dieter, because diets are temporary. Instead, I’m changing my tendencies. I st...
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What's in a Name?

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The other day, I realized our kids’ names (Adam, Kayla, Thomas, Lindsey) increase by one letter in length for each subsequent child. I guess it’s a good thing we quit when we did, or we’d never get our Christmas cards signed and mailed out!

Dead Poodle

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I’ve decided to close Scrap-Poodle. It just wasn’t growing fast enough to justify the continuing investment of time. I couldn’t even get stores or consultants to put up free ads, much less to pay for advertising. Even after a year and a half, the subscriber database was only at just barely more than 1,100. I decided I’d rather spend my time doing other things, like learning C#, working on updating QuiltIndex.com and 2frogs, and (gasp!) actually scrapbooking.

Never one to be less than completely busy for too long, I’m back at the eBay thing. I’ve made a few bucks, and I think I’m starting to get noticed a little more by some of the regular buyers. I’ll just keep making things and posting them, then hoping for the best. At least scrapping is fun again.

Yesterday was kind of sad – that’s when I sent out the “I’m shutting down” email to everyone. I got several sympathetic emails (than...
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Thoughtful

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A good friend will package up some empty CD cases, at your request, for you to store your unmounted stamps in.

A great friend will stash bite-sized Ghirardelli packets in each case before shipping them.

Thanks, babe. mwah

Raising Boys

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I’m once again trying my hand at selling handmade scrapbooking layouts, albums, and the like on eBay.

I was going through my stash of quotes, titles, etc. looking for material for a new paper bag “Brothers” album, when I found this quote from Harmon Killebrew that made me cry:

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”

“We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”


FEMA Gone Wild

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This is exactly the kind of thing that happens when you governmentalize charity and relief efforts, both tasks that are better handled by privately-funded NGOs:

A $200 bottle of champagne from Hooters and $300 worth of “Girls Gone Wild” videos were among items bought with debit cards handed out by FEMA to help hurricane victims, auditors probing $1 billion in potential waste and fraud have found.

The GAO uncovered records showing that $1,000 from a FEMA debit card went to a Houston divorce lawyer; $600 was spent in a strip club and $400 was spent on “adult erotica products,” all of which auditors concluded were “not necessary to satisfy legitimate disaster needs.”

More than 1,000 registrations used the names and Social Security numbers of ...
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Independent Learning

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Today, Adam finished his lunch, went to the bathroom, then started the free reading portion of his schoolwork all on his own. (He finished his second Wizard of Oz book.) I didn’t have to nag him to get started; by the time I had finished my own lunch he was already engrossed in the story of Dorothy, Toto, and the other characters. I was so proud of him, and proud of us for sticking to this homeschooling thing. Adam is comfortable with our routine, and he rarely balks at it (though he does still pronounce some schoolwork “boring”). He’s leaps and bounds ahead of the curriculum he would be doing in a public school and showing no signs of slowing down.

Most importantly, he is an avid reader. He does more challenging reading in the mornings with Dad, to help stretch his vocabulary. In the afternoons, he reads silently on his own, under my supervision. He can choose virtually anything he wants, and he’s now choosing chapter books meant for child...
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Quote of the Day

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“Sometimes I see my ass out of the corner of my eye.” – My friend Kathy

Mother's Day, Anniversary, Graduation

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Wow, it’s been a busy month! Of course, earlier in the month was Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful, very low-key day. Mike and the kids got me the movie Walk the Line (Adam chose it, after Daddy informed him that mommy “likes country music and falling in love”), so I just scrapbooked and watched movies all day. Can’t beat that with a stick!

Tuesday was our anniversary. We did what we usually do on that day – took off from work, ignored the phone, and just spent time decompressing and enjoying each others’ company. Seven years, now, and still no itch my man can’t scratch!

Last night, our friend Nanci took the older three kids for awhile so that we could enjoy a nice dinner (almost) alone. Lindsey joined us, of course, but she was mostly quiet and pleasant. Dinner was barbequed country pork ribs, wilted fresh kale, fried potatoes, crab salad, and regular salad. Delish!

This past weekend, Lindsey and I...
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Hooray for Bandwidth!

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At long, long, lonnnnnng last, we finally have the T1 line we’ve wanted since we moved in. Our connection is roughly ten times faster than what we had before. So what have I done with my newfound speed? Well, among other things, I watched this. No buffering! Instant play! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO addicted. w00t!!!

Enough?

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How many of the world’s oceans have been filled since the beginning of time, by mothers shedding tears of frustration, joy, hope, fear, or anger? How many of us wonder if we’re doing this Mommy thing good enough, long enough, often enough, fast enough, slow enough, softly enough, or just… enough? How do women not crumble under the weight of the guilt we feel?

Surely the fiber of a mother is the strongest substance known to man.

Earmuffs

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This is what happens if you fall asleep and you have an older sister. Kayla says she was putting earmuffs on him so he wouldn’t wake up.

Big Brudder

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Pine Cones

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Yesterday, I took Kayla to see The Wild, and afterward to the park to play. Lindsey had fallen asleep, and I was lucky enough to get a spot where I could watch Kayla playing ten feet from where I was parked. She was the only little girl on the playground at first, and she bored of the play equipment and started collecting pine cones. She had a nice handful of them when a couple of older boys (maybe 7 or 8) showed up and started playing. She noticed them, and started toward them, telling me, “I’m going to go give some pine cones to those kids.”

Something went through me. I saw my little girl, all innocence and syrup and heart-right-on-the-surface, heading over to this group of boys that were bigger and stronger and (to my mind, at least) more jaded than my baby. I imagined how badly this might go – she might offer the boys her carefully-chosen pine cones in her sweet little almost-lispy voice, and they might meanly reject her. These more worldly b...
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Quote of the Day

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“Oh crap, it’s a real live crazy place there.” – My friend Kathy, after hearing a description of my evening.

Kayla's Drawings

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I share my artwork here all the time, so I thought I’d share some of Kayla’s.


This is a sheep standing next to a horse.


A chicken.


Kayla and her “three big friends”, holding umbrellas in the rain. Kayla is the figure to the left, and she has 2 umbrellas. The three friends apparently have to share an umbrella. The M is actually “the water”, and the rock-looking thing between Kayla and her friends is a blanket.

I especially like how everybody (even the chicken) has a huge grin on their faces. She’s a happy little girl.

God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You

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For my children. Maybe this explains why they were all “late”?

~
In all of creation
All things great or small
You are the one that surpasses them all
More precious than
Any diamond or pearl
They broke the mold
When you came in this world
And I’m trying hard to figure out
Just how I ever did without
The warmth of your smile
The heart of a child
That’s deep inside
Leaves me purified

Checking the Calendar

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I had to look at the calendar today, to make sure it wasn’t April 1st and the world wasn’t pulling some gigantic hoax on me.

First surprise was that Katie Holmes (girlfriend of Tom Cruise) had her baby on the SAME DAY as Brooke Shields. You probably remember when Tom Cruise made an ass of himself for criticizing Brooke for taking antidepressants, right? How “fucked up karma” is it that they had their babies on the same day?

And then, Mike informed me that the United Nations Commission on Disarmament on Tuesday elected Iran as deputy for Asian nations. You have GOT to be joking. They write entire books of cliches about this kind of thing, the foremost of which in my mind refers to a fox and a hen’s den. Can we just pull out of the UN already and let the damn thing die a slow, l...
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Stretching His Wings

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Tonight I gave the older three kids a round of baths. This is always a fairly major undertaking – three squirming, hollering, shampoo-phobes; all that hunching over the bathtub; teeth-brushing. It’s enough to wear a person out, not to mention leave you dripping wet, yourself.

I got Kayla and Thomas through their bath (they shared the tub), then got Adam into fresh water. I washed his hair, then told him he could have some playtime and I’d be back to check on him. Five or ten minutes later, just as I was about to check on him, he came out the door, announcing he’d dried off “all by myself.” Before I could tell him to, he headed for his room to pick out some clothes and get dressed.

Yesterday, I sent him to the deep freeze to get a loaf of bread, and he obliged. He even got his bedroom door closed again (the door to the garage, where the deep freeze is, lies in his room), though I found out later he’d forgotten to clo...
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Quote of the Day

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“I think my name is Kayla because I’m cute.” – Kayla

No, love, your name is Kayla because you’re vain. ;)

Quote of the Day

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“Mommy, there’s some drips of water coming out of your eye.” – Kayla

What I'm Loving

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Aside from my family (of course!), here’s what I’m loving lately:

* Mother’s Double Fudge cookies
* Sweetened ice tea
* Sleep!
* Bazzill cardstock
* Unmounted rubber stamps
* Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy lotion
* Friends I can be catty with online
* Sleep!
* Cutterpede paper trimmer
* The Fairly Odd Parents
* The new washing machine
* Cropper Hopper embellishment storage
* Did I mention sleep?

Things to Come?

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I took Adam to the Palouse Discovery Science Center today since his soccer practice got rained out (again!), and at one point we wandered over to their dinosaur toy area – Adam calls it “Dinosaur City.” I laid Lindsey on the carpet mat to watch him while he played (I was right next to them), and she just cooed and gurgled and talked and ate it up. A few minutes later, two little boys – about 3 or 4 years old – joined Adam and played with him, all noisy and rowdy, the way boys play. Well, that little girl was in Hog Heaven! She was as bright-eyed and alert and happy as I’ve ever seen her. She almost twisted herself in pretzels trying to follow them around the room with her eyes. At one point, I picked her up to get her out of the way of the predator-ing, and she had a little hissy fit. She did NOT want to be away from those boys! So I laid her back down nearer to them, and she w...
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Just Barely Coping

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Some days, I have to really, really force myself to slow down and think about only one task at a time, because if I really let my mind consider all the things that are undone, half-done, or that need to be done, I start to panic. Like, serious anxiety attacks, the kind that make you just shut down and do nothing at all but just whimper. I’m trying really hard to keep that tendency to panic under control, but it’s not easy. So I’m trying a different approach – spewing it all here, to see how that helps me, if at all.

So here’s what I need to do, and the deadline (if any) by which each needs to be done:

* Configure the new forums for Scrap-Poodle: end of today
* Write monthly newsletters for SP and QI: end of tomorrow
* Write the last two sections of next week’s curriculum: end of Saturday
* Take kids to library for storytime: tomorrow at 10
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Hand Lotion

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Best. Lotion. Ever.

The River and The Highway

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I’ve always loved this song.
~
But every now and then he offers her a shoulder.
And every now and then she overflows.
And every now and then a bridge crosses over.
It’s a moment that every lover knows.

Smiling Girl

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Frustration

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Ever have one of those days where it seems like everything that can go wrong, does go wrong? I’m having one of those weeks.

Blah Day

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When you’re in business for yourself, you run up against all types. Most of the people that I deal with on a day-to-day basis are kind, friendly, welcoming people. But every now and then… you get involved with one of “those.”

I am a very scrupulous businessperson. I go to great pains not to overcharge businesses for advertising, and to offer as much in the way of free services as I can reasonably afford. I respond to emails, usually within a day or two, and I remove “dead” email addresses from my subscriber database at least once a month. I take my reputation in the crafting industry extremely seriously.

Today I was accused of being anything but what I am. Someone asserted that I was being sneaky, manipulative, and underhanded in an attempt to make sales (which is ridiculous, since I don’t sell anything). I KNOW the accusation is wrong, and yet it still grates, because it was stated publicl...
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