Saturday, February 26, 2011

reading material

The top four are currently in my reading pile. 

The Bucolic Plague, so far, is entertaining. 

The Self-Sufficient-ish Bible has loads of good ideas.

Harry Potter. So much to say about Harry Potter. I didn't think I'd make it to the 6th year because Year 4 made me so mad and 5th year was so depressing but I'm glad I stuck with it. Year 6 is much better. All of it is amazing (even when I get mad @ it), I'm glad they made their way into my life.

The last one (Canning & Preserving) is going to be great this spring and summer when all the berries make their way to farmer's market. All the books, except HP, were recommended by Ashley English in this post

You can probably guess who is reading what in the next row. 
Woody = Digital Photography (has some really helpful information from what I've read so far but the author reminds me of a bad Men Suit's Salesman...bad jokes and kind of annoying.)
Owen = Star Wars

(what Maya reads to her baby...I never liked that book but Maya always picks that one for her babies for some reason.) 

(what Maya wore for picture day @ preschool) 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


If you have IFC (the Independent Film Channel) I hope you're watching Portlandia.
It is hilarious. 

It makes fun of lots of things I care about or am guilty of (and many, many things I'm not) but it cracks me up. It has a good handle on Portland.

Hulu doesn't have whole episodes but you can watch a lot of the shorts that make up the episodes. 

I also love Glee
I loved this cover of Destiny's Child song... 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

safe haven

We had our first visitors today.

We are kind of off to a rough start w/ the whole showing-your-house-whenever-anyone-wants-to-see-it situation. I was @ the grocery store, knee-deep in my internal produce dialogue re: gala vs. fuji, rainbow chard vs. kale, bosc vs. d'anjou vs bartlett, spinach or arugula, when first, an agent from Windermere called to see if she could show the house, then second, our realtor called to make sure the woman could show the house. 


I called our landline and Woody's cell phone and no one was picking up. We had 45 minutes. I still had numerous produce items to pathetically ponder over so I quickly snatched up a large chunk of ginger and a red onion and quickly made my way to the slowest line in the store. 

Super ugh. 
Meanwhile, I'm calling, calling, calling Woody and only getting VM. 

I finally get home, OM are playing on the floor (still in jammies) and Woody was in the backyard listening to his iPod and weeding. 

I threw the LARGE pile of clean clothes laying on our bed back in the dryer, started vacuuming like a maniac while Woody wiped down counters and gently coerced Maya into get dressed. 

Anyway, we made it. With about five minutes to spare.
And to kill time we went to our favorite neighborhood spot, the library. 
Which was closed.
So we went to the park nearby.
And then went to the library @ 1 when it opened.

(that's the library back there to the left)

Back at home painting...

Friday, February 18, 2011

liquidating and loving

Everything must go! 

Think happy home and car selling thoughts for us:)


Last year for Love Day we made these.

This year we made these from Noodlehead.

(Claire's was the only one Owen wrote a heart on. I made a comment about that and he said it wasn't a heart and hastily drew on those little lines and said it was mickey mouse ears. Hmmm)

This pile is still waiting for Woody to clip off the little strings of thread. It was a complete family/team effort. 

Hope this week has been sweet and full of love...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

fortune (& misfortune) teller

We were driving to school recently and Owen asked me how you make a fortune. I went into a fairly lengthy explanation about how one could go about making a fortune, wondering why in the world a five year old would possibly care about such things.

Later I realized he was referring to his friend Nigel's fortune teller he had brought to school. Lucky for us Nigel's mama posted about how to make one.

We all attempted to go to school/work today but w/ the snow and bad forecast we turned around and came home and decided to try it out...

Owen plotting his fortunes...

If you click this photo I think you can see that one of the fortunes is "invisible". Bummer for that person...

but not as bad as falling into a hot lava pit...

or getting chased by Ogres...

Hmmm...what should the last one be
(He decided on money, there was also one with two people and a heart so the fortune is love)

I hope you make a fortune's a lot of fun.

And what about Maya?
She had no interest in fortunes and was watching Cinderalla instead.