Archive for January, 2009

My workouts nowadays

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Anyone who doesn’t think housework is taxing should try vacuuming the whole house, as fast as you can, moving all the furniture, while wearing a 16-pound baby and wielding a 60-pound monster of an upright machine. Whew! By the way, I learned a good tip recently – to deodorize your house quickly, tuck a dryer […]

Cider #3

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I finally finished the labels for my latest batch of cider. It’s about time, too – those cases of bottles have been sitting in the middle (literally) of my kitchen for just about a month now. For some reason I just wasn’t inspired this time. I’ll usually have an idea for a name and label […]

When frugality is just silly

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

It has snowed hard enough here for about an inch of accumulation, with some slippery melty bits underneath. I decided that has to go before it drops down in the teens tonight and freezes there permanently, so I got the broom out of the broom closet. No go, it’s too heavy. So I resorted to […]

6 month milestones

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

It’s hard to believe that S is already 6 months – half a year! – old. When she was 6 months developed, I was starting to feel her kicks. She was reacting to my voice, and would calm down at night when I sang “You are my Sunshine” to her. I found out she was […]

Third blowout today

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I thought this was supposed to be getting better? And we just got her bigger diapers, because we thought that was the problem! She got it in her armpits this time. (Yes, Mom, I know. Turnabout, and all of that. -sigh-)

When stars get human

Monday, January 19th, 2009

A touching story by Roseanne Cash, which turns out to be less about her experience performing a few inaugurations ago and more about the relationship between parent and child. Article: “My Inauguration Story“

Frugality never tasted so good.

Monday, January 19th, 2009

I’m always so pleased when I find ways to use up tail ends of foodstuffs – finding half a bag of dried blueberries to put in my granola, or using the rest of the yogurt that I’d bought for banana bread to make tandoori chicken, things like that. I hate it when stuff goes to […]

Heaven from Manna

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

I’ve been searching for a recipe for rustic-style bread for years now. While I’m a fan, it’s not my favorite to have every day, but Josh really likes it. He’s accompanied me on recipe after disappointing recipe, waiting with bated breath each time we take the bread out of the oven. Each time we’re disappointed […]


Friday, January 16th, 2009

I’ve been much more organized recently – I’ve restarted my housecleaning schedule, I’ve freshened my to-do list, I’ve even started writing weekly menus and reducing my grocery shopping to once per week. That, in combination with the baby having a steadily longer attention span, means that I am finally getting my life back. I can […]

Our house, the Tesla machine

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The combination of below-freezing temperatures (the low last night was 10 degrees F) and our super-cheap nylon/acrylic blend carpets, plus the fact that our poorly insulated house forces us to love our wool slippers, has turned our house into a static electricity generator. Just walking around induces our hair to stand on end. We generate […]