Archive for October, 2009

Most of why I quit grad school

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

This is completely and utterly and sadly true. If it is not the whole reason I quit grad school, it is certainly the biggest and most depressing part.

First two-word sentence

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I dunno if she knew what she was doing, but I think it should go on record that ButterBean’s first two-word construction was “more meat”. The McFadden genes are strong with this one.


Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Ready, get set, color

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The choice has been made! Thanks to a handy tip from a paint-savvy friend of mine (wink wink, Alex), the online Benjamin Moore color tool, and my local paint-guru-guy at the local Benjamin Moore store, the redressing of my craft room may now proceed. No longer will I craft in a sea of blah eggshell […]

Yet another project gets in line

Monday, October 26th, 2009

J and I took a trip down to our local EMS store a couple weeks ago to get him a special belay device he needed for a climbing trip with a buddy of his. I didn’t have the best of times. The outlandish prices of the clothing sold in those stores just make me so […]

The littlest Eeyore

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

We just tried on ButterBean’s Halloween costume for the first time today. I was putting it off because I was sure it would go wrong; I made up the design with such a mismatch of pattern pieces, old clothing of hers, freehand design and misplaced optimism, that I really don’t have any clue why it […]

Novella on video

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Novella Carpenter, author of the newest must-read for any aspiring urban farmer, gives a video interview on She touches on many of the topics she covered in Farm City, except now she has goats and fruit trees, and in the video you get a mini-tour of her abandoned-lot garden (which is actually much smaller […]

Planning for Christmas, or: Why can’t I finish one project before starting another?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

WARNING: This post is basically a compilation of images of dresses that I like. So if you’re not into that, well… uh…. maybe I’ll have more posts on chickens or something tomorrow. I’ve started to think about the annual Christmas party. Usually this entails nothing more than me figuring out how to remake my usual […]

This just in: chickens cost money

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Another online discovery this week: chickens are not cost-effective (a wonderful MetaFilter thread full of anecdotal, hands-on experience with backyard chickens). According to the posters on that thread, in the first year or so your home-grown chicken eggs cost about $4.50 each. This is due to a) people spending upwards of $600 ($800 is par […]

Chicken breed calculator

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Lookie what I found online – a chicken tool that calculates which breeds are right for you. You can select by laying frequency and color, disposition and broodiness. I told it I needed the chickens to be friendly (so they won’t peck ButterBean), winter-hardy (because I’m not into providing a heater for chickens), prolific egg […]