Microblog Mondays: the Winter Is Coming edition

A series of vignettes to illustrate the arrival of winter in the South.

Conversation between me and Mini.  Scene: his bedroom at tuckin last night.

Me: blah, blah … And I laid your clothes out for tomorrow.  It’s going to be cold and rainy, so you need to wear socks.

Him (distraught as only a disappointed 5 year old who has been told to wear socks can be): But it was cold and rainy today! 

Me, laughing: Yes, honey, it’s turning into winter.  It’s going to be like this for a while.

Him:  but I don’t like this!  I want it to be warm again! (Throws himself face first in his pillow. Queue visions of when he’s 15 instead of 5.)

Thinking to myself: you and me both, kid.

My favorite FB status ever, from a friend who lives on the beach talking about her 3 year old:  “M, upon putting on pants this morning, asked, “Why are my shorts so LONG?”

Chatting with a coworker in Maine this morning:

Him: How’s the weather down there?

Me, after thinking for a moment: Cold, but nothing that would impress you.

Him: Probably not.

#30daysofgratitude, day 8, scent

I’ve worn the same perfume since I was a freshman in college, Pleasures by Estee Lauder.  There are other scents that I keep on hand – Victoria Secret Angel, Calvin Klein Euphoria, Isabella Rossellini Manifesto, Forever Sunshine – but day in and day out, I wear the same thing.  I have always loved Calvin Klein One, but my skin is so acidic that it smells like lemon, and only lemon, after about 5 minutes.

One night after the kids’ bath, where I had gotten soaked in Johnson’s Lavender and Vanilla baby wash, I put on Warm Vanilla Sugar hand lotion.  If they could bottle that combination, I would slather myself in it.

#30daysofgratitude day 7, laugh

The kids’ favorite* joke is:
“Knock-knock, who’s there, orange juice in a glass!” Note that they say the whole thing – there is no pause for the listener to respond.

After trick or treating, Smaller has decided that the joke needs an update.  It’s now:
“Ding-dong! Who’s there, chocolate milk!”

And they laugh and laugh at how funny they are, and we laugh and laugh at how excited they are over their joke.  For a pair of preschoolers,  we’re going okay in the humor department.

*”I farted!” is also a big hit.

#30daysofgratitude day 6, bed

I have been sleep deprived since 2009.  Between the pregnancies (heartburn, waking up to roll over, insomnia) and cosleeping (with breastfed babies who want to eat every hour or so) and night wakeups with the big kids (nightmares and potty training and falling out of their beds), it feels like I have been up at night as much as I have been asleep.  In theory I could go to bed earlier, but then I would have to give up those precious few hours before bedtime with Manly. 

It will get better eventually.  With the big kids, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, and then we started back over with new babies.  At some point I’ll get them all in their own beds and I’ll get mine back.  And then maybe, maybe, I’ll be able to catch back up on sleep before they all move out and I stay up all night worrying about them.

And now I really do need to go to bed.

November WIPocalypse and Giveaway

It’s WIPocalypse time again!  I have to confess I have no progress to show – October was such a busy month, I didn’t get time to work on anything.  This month I’m going to make sure to make some time to stitch.

This month’s question is what are your favorite materials to stitch with?  I’m almost exclusively a DMC user, but I occasionally use Weeks Works.  I would like to try out silk threads, but I haven’t found a project that justified the expense.  I don’t have a preference on fabrics – I’m happy with either Aida or linen.  The one thing I am particular about is my hoops; I like the heavy duty round wood ones that are sold as quilting hoops.  I’ve tried frames and fancy no-slip plastic ones, but I always come back to the wood version.

And now for the fun part!  Since it’s getting close to Christmas, I have a little giveaway!  It’s a Margaret Sherry pattern, “Father Christmas.”  It’s about 5 1/2 square, so a nice little project for the holidays.  I’m adding some hunter green 14 count aida, some cheery red and white striped cotton, and an oval nonslip hoop.  All you have to do is leave a comment below sharing your favorite holiday design or project.  I’ll close comments on Nov 13 at 7:00 pm CST and draw a winner by random number.  Be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!



#30daysofgratitude day 5, hands

We painted everyone’s fingernails last weekend.  Smaller got Bogata BlackBerry on hands and toes, Mini got Snow Me White, and I got Toasted Almond.  They both love getting painted, and I desparately needed a manicure.  Smaller was completely happy, but Mini wanted ninja turtle stripes on top of the white.  I don’t keep all those colors, so he settled for sharpied X’s in homage to Halloween.

My only rule for them is no bright red – I freaked out once when I glanced over and thought I saw blood.  But beyond that rule, they can choose from anything I have in my stash.  I love how much they love getting to pick their color out of the box of bottles, and their sheer excitement over such a small treat.  It’s a little thing, but it brings us all so much fun.