Archive for August, 2008

How, truly, is this possible?

Posted in musings on August 26, 2008 by askthesky

My baby started Kindergarten today.  She’s the oldest one in her class, given that premature birth thing.  It’s so cliche, and therefore, so true, that you just can’t imagine that five years have passed since I held her tiny, struggling, three pound body in one of my hands. 

This morning, she was up before dawn, dressed in her chosen outfit from the night before, barrettes laid out, chomping at the bit.  I am so excited for her to have actual schoolwork to do, classmates to report on, and a teacher who seems so far like the definitive Kindergarten teacher (soft spoken, yet enthusiastic, young, yet experienced…). 

Oh, Sage.  I am looking forward to seeing how far you can go, whatever the direction you choose.  Rock on, little one.   

Zander officially starts tomorrow, although he donned his backpack and came along to take Sage, so it felt like his first day, too.  Then for 2 hours (today was just sort of a get-into-the-swing-of-things day), he asked me where Sage went.  They’re a bit inseparable lately, and I love it. 


family happenings

Posted in charm city craft mafia, crafting, gfcf diet, life in general on August 20, 2008 by askthesky

My crafty family, the charm city craft mafia, has announced the date for this year’s Holiday Heap craft show of awesomeness, and applications are posted!  Check here to apply, and good luck to you!  I want to send a shout-out to my girl Rachel, of Red Prairie Press.  Some people work like dogs all the time to get the job done, and don’t get a whole lot of shouting-out, you know?  Holla!  Rach!  Woop!  By the way, this is my new favorite shirt

Other family happenings include the 20 hour drive that brought my children home from Florida just ahead of the threatening storm that ended up to be kind of a flop, thank GOD.  They got in at 11pm last night, and are still asleep at their Dad’s whilst I type this.  I might have to go over there and nibble on them in their beds, such is my longing.  They were gone almost three eternities weeks. 

School starts on Monday, and while I didn’t have to do a ton of shopping, I did have to get Sage some jumbo glue sticks and a red folder, so of course that warranted buying some school supplies for me.  Ahem.  I got a lunch-on-the-go box from Fit &Fresh (at Target, it’s about a dollar cheaper than on that site), and a Snapware box.  These are both for my upcoming trip to California next week for my friend Kristen’s wedding.  It’s hard enough to fly cross-country and feed yourself well, but add in the gluten and casein restrictions, and it’s nearly impossible.  So, I’m taking a tip from one of my favorite blogs, and packing two and a half big lunches to take with me.  I mean, wouldn’t you rather have this than a tiny bag of pretzels? 

Disposable airplane lunch

YUM.  Well, minus the bread and the cheese.  Everything else, YUM. 

Next: I think I have to move, again.  I’m not sure what’s happening, or what will happen, but the house we’ve been renting for a year is going into foreclosure, and although I’ve done nothing wrong, I’m shut out of the process, so I don’t know anything about a timetable, or what’s owed on the loan, or anything.  This makes me nervous.  So, I’m looking into options now.  If you live locally and know of anything less than $200K for sale in the greater Hampden area, or if you have a Grandma who’s ready to move into the nursing home and sell her house to a very nice single mom and her angelic children for a song, or if you’ve got a really big cardboard box with a flush toilet, let me know. 

Kidding about the box.  Although, it would make a great fort, so never mind- box havers, speak up.

did you hear that?

Posted in musings on August 7, 2008 by askthesky

it was a pin.  dropping. 

kiddos are in florida with their father for a long vacation.  i am trying to enjoy it, but it’s eerie.  it’s much too quiet around here, no matter how much i turn up the mason jennings. 

so, i’m working hard on focusing on the positive!  i can’t get a ton done around the house, as my hand isn’t quite healed, so i’ve been working on some administrative things at work, and in the studio. 

there is one project i can’t put off, which is for the wedding of my best friend in california at the end of the month.  there are two bridesmaids, and we were allowed (thank you, K!) to choose our own dresses, so they’ll be different colors and styles.  i’m working on some hairpieces to sort of help folks identify us as bridesmaids.  here’s attempt numero uno:








so, it’s really much too big, and i don’t really want to starch it, so a smaller size will help with floppage.  i used linen, tulle, and sateen fabric in white/off white for the flowers, vintage ribbon, ostrich feathers, and silk leaves, with a vintage earring as the center. 

my wire wrapping leaves so much to be desired- it’s definitely better with both hands.  but, i think it turned out ok, for a prototype, and considering that i’m disabled at the moment. 

positive!  things!  ra, ra! 

i love eating and cooking when the kids are away.  to clarify, i sometimes love it when they’re around, too, but sometimes the rush of bedtime and the near constant interruptions quickly turn a fun hobby into a daunting chore.  so, it was great on tuesday when i headed out the the farm to pick up our csa produce and realized- hey, by jove, i can pick blackberries today!  our farm has a few you-pick-it items, black and raspberries, fresh herbs, and flowers.  we always hike up (it’s a pretty good hike, too) to the blackberry patch, but Zander can’t manage to reconcile picking only the ripe berries with staying out of the bramble.  he’s emerged looking like a veteran of some intense foreign conflict a couple of times.  so, i usually grab what i can while Sage holds Z’s hand to keep him out of the thorns, and we don’t end up with more than a few berries, enough for one bowl of cereal for each of us.  this week, i was able to buckle down, climb right into the tangled, gnarled bushes, and PICK.  for reals.  i’ve been stained purple all week, it’s great. 

i got some other favorites, too, beets, garlic, purple potatoes, yellow chard, scallions, really awful looking (but super tasting) heirloom tomatoes… it’s august, hooray!  wanna come over for dinner?  you bring the wine…