Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10.24 Pain - Welcome to Spring

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-fourth day of each month is "Pain."
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You know what's kind of painful?  Snow on the ground during your Spring Break.

I like to imagine that children were actually playing with this ball when the first snow flakes fell and they just ran inside and sobbed into their mom's apron. Yes, it's a sexist imaginary scenario filled with stereotypes from 1950s era television.
On the bright side, the temperatures are warm enough that I don't think the snow will be here for much longer.

So Dr. BB and I forced our coughing, wheezing selves out of the apartment today to walk downtown to go to the pet store to buy necessities for the cat.
This little girl welcomed us at the door. She will allow you to coo at her and tell her how beautiful she is, but she does not enjoy pets. At least not from people who are buying CAT supplies.

And that is that. Dogs who won't let me pet them and snow on the ground are painful for me today. That seems like a life well lived to me.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Monday, March 23, 2015

10.23 Writing - Comments

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-third day of each month is "Writing."
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For the first day of Spring Break, I spent the morning and early afternoon hunched over the dining room table grading mid-term exams. I wrote things down that included:
  • This is all true, but it doesn't answer the question being asked about the Ladd article. 1/5
  • I think you have these concepts reversed in your head.  3/5
  • The question asks for specific examples. 4/5
I don't know. I can't imagine anyone is ever going to read any of those comments.
Meanwhile, the cat snuggled up in her cat tree after attempting to distract me from my grading by coming up to me and swatting my leg with her paw (claws retracted).  We played a rousing game of chase before she ended up passed out like a cat with no cares in the world.
It is my ambition to make Zeldakitty internet famous. She's really just as cute as Maru. (Okay, fine. Maru's squashy face does add an element of adorableness, but Zellybeans IS pretty darn special.)
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

10.22 Seven Deadly Sins (Pride) - Sewing Projects for Babies

Bestest Friend and I are embarking on a new blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-second day of each month is "Seven Deadly Sins."
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A couple of my friends have had babies recently.  This fact sent me into a spiral of activity this past weekend that culminated in a trip to JoAnn Fabrics, many hours spent bent over fabric swatches, sweating over an ironing board, and my sewing machine puttering along for most of the day today.

The end result was two sets of baby goodies - each set includes a bib, a tactile blanket, and a drawstring bag to put it all in.
 Each item includes the animal print on one side and a green flannel on the reverse.
I'm going to add a teething toy from Smiling Tree Toys into each bag and call it done.  None of these is perfect. If I were just a bit more experienced, I am sure these could look even more amazing.  The patterns and directions came from One-Yard Wonders and although the directions on the bag were awful, it was all fairly straightforward.
The only materials needed were a yard of cotton fabric, a yard of flannel, a spool of coordinating thread, some ribbon scraps and ribbon for the bag closure, and a bit of velcro for the bibs (I guess I could have used snaps, but it seems like getting snaps closed on a wiggling baby would be hard). 

I'm proud of these. They are obviously not professionally done, but I worked hard and I hope they get used hard, too.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit To Quit.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

10.21 Laughter - Because Cheetahs Sounds Like Cheaters

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-first day of each month is "Laughter."
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I should probably write about the laughter of small children at our youngest niece's first birthday party.  But the birthday girl had just come back from the Urgent Care with double ear infections and the other nine kids were in various stages of cold, flu, fungal infection, or just plain orneriness. We heard lots of scolding, lots of parents muttering threats and dire warnings under their breath, and Great-Grandpa repeatedly asking Great-Grandma when they could leave "the madness." Man, do I feel you, Great-Grandpa. We did not hear so much of the laughter.

I did laugh when, during the ceremonial opening of the presents, it turned out that my favorite sister-in-law had purchased a sparkly rabbit shirt for my niece.  I whispered to my favorite sister-in-law that it wasn't in especially great form to buy the child a creepy bunny (I have a huge antipathy towards rabbits that goes back to college) and my niece, THE TRAITOR, who until this point had shown no interest in any present at all, reached for the creepy bunny shirt and refused to let go of it.  My sister-in-law and I laughed and laughed.
So a true accounting of the day's dose of laughter will come in my husband telling me bad jokes as we drove to Dubuque. 

How come they don't play poker in the jungle?
Because there are too many cheetahs.

How come you never see an elephant hiding in a tree?
Because they're good at it.
See the wet spot? That was a solution for bubbles. There were angry words about that, too.
But I pet the dogs, I commiserated with my sister-in-law about her lack of options for childcare, discussed my other niece's favorite exercises at physical therapy with her (some weird slide thing that she gets to walk up backwards, but apparently has lots of textures on it), and ate two bratwursts and about a pound of potato chips.  I'm going to call it a win.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit To Quit.   

Friday, March 20, 2015

10.20 Lessons - Not as Young as You Feel

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."
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I forget sometimes that I'm getting older. It's not that I'm in denial about my age, but that I still don't really think of myself as much different than when I was twenty or twenty-five or thirty.  I mean, some things are different, but I still do all the same things I did back then.

So, I was not expecting the eye doctor to "hmmmm..." at me when I told him that the horizontal lines got darker than the vertical lines at the third option.

"You're on the bubble.  Maybe you might want to consider some reading glasses."

Fuck you, sir. I am thirty-five, not eighty-five.

Reading glasses. Harumph.  That doctor will be lucky if I remember to get my exam next year.
Okay, fine. Maybe my eyes are deteriorating in just the way they are predicted to so AT MY AGE.

Fuck it. My cat still loves me. Even though I'm old.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

10.19 My Best Friend - Constant

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the nineteenth day of each month is "My Best Friend."
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I listen to a podcast called A Way with Words and on a recent episode the host mentioned that she uses the term "anyway friends" to describe the kind of friend you can go without seeing for years, then pick right back up with, as though no time has passed.  It's rare that Bestest Friend and I go for YEARS without seeing each other, but it's always like I saw her yesterday.

And it's because while I don't see her every day, she is with me every day. I hear her whenever a Kid Rock or Uncle Kracker song comes on, singing alternate lyrics. I see her when I see German shepherds riding in pickup trucks. I think of her when I'm at Walgreens, adding yet more lip balm to my collection, knowing that within the next month or two I'll send her a package with one of the tubes included.  Every time I moan and grumble about having to write in my blog every day, I think about how excited we were to start this project and how I'm still hanging on because of her (AND WE'RE ALMOST DONE).
So the reason it seems like it was just yesterday I saw her is because it was just yesterday I saw her. She just wasn't here.

(Bestest Friend just adopted two new adorable puppies. Go tell her how adorable they are and how much you want to give them smooches and cuddles!!)
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

10.18 Favorite Memories - The Pefect Scent

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the eighteenth day of each month is "Favorite Memories."
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Next week is Spring Break!! Now, for most people that might conjure up images of beaches and wild, drunken orgies, but for me it's an exciting list filled with going to the DMV, deep cleaning our apartment, grading mid-terms, and reading several trashy romance novels while I sit on the couch.

Oh, and my husband is going to shave his beard.

I love my husband's beard, but he's not crazy about it during the summer, so he's going to shave it and I predict that he will grow it back next fall.

Enter the search for the right aftershave.
A search shows that I talk about how delicious my husband smells a lot, but  this is different. This is the search for the perfect AFTERSHAVE.  Apparently this is the stuff they use at his barber shop, so he ordered a sampler pack to try out and see which scent(s) I approve of.
When we got married, we had a second shooter who followed Dr. BB around while I was busy doing things like hair and makeup.  The photographer, a woman who clearly did not live with a man like Dr. BB, came up to me right after we had said our vows and said, "does he shave like that EVERY DAY?" and I laughed and laughed.  Yes, except for when he has a full beard and then it takes him EVEN LONGER.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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