August 29, 2007 § 3 Comments
For my birthday, I got a sewing machine, some patterns, a gift card to Joann fabric and other sewing stuff. I went to the store and got some fabric and started on my first project. I have sewn before but always under my mothers watchful and ever encouraging eye. As I pinned the pattern to the fabric I realized that I had never done that on my own before. My mom was always there. The I cut the fabric, taking care to cut as precisely as possible and making those notches look like notches and not like mangled fabric that got caught as I cut- which mine did. I did call my mom and get on MSN messenger for a quick video chat so that she could show me how to do Step 1. Thank you eyeball camera! Step 2 wasn’t that easy, either, but somehow I managed. I’ve gotten through a couple more steps and the dress that I’m making for my daughter is looking more like something than nothing. Which is good.
In an email to a friend, I asked how the working world was and she lol’d and said that she finds so much to do when she’s not working that she figures she could easily go without work at all and be what some would call a bum- if only the economy supported that- which it doesn’t. I could craft all day if I didn’t have my current job. Before baby, I’d knit for hours and hours. And fast. Needless to say I’d make a lot of stuff. Mostly gifts for my friends babies. I feel bad for the friends I have that are now having babies. Probably the shift will be in how early I start on a project. I’ll be starting on winter stuff a year in advance. Who knows.
This blog and my eager crafty hands are my ways of keeping days from slurring and my mind from turning to a mathless piece of rubbish. So, a toast to sewing and other crafties (like knitting). A world without them would be a sad, sad world.
August 25, 2007 § 3 Comments
Do you like soda, pop, coke (whatever you call it) but don’t want the calories, high fructose corn syrup, aftertaste, etc? Try this.
My random tip for the day is to try using seltzer water with organic juice of your choosing. At our house, we mix two juices. Sometimes we mix mango and apricot or banana. Yum. Just a squirt. It’s really mostly seltzer water. Seltzer is usually under a dollar while these organic juices run about $4 a relatively small bottle. Mixing a small amount with your seltzer will give you a sweet refreshing taste without biting you in the… um, wallet.
August 24, 2007 § 3 Comments
Three years ago, my husband and I started a bilingual book club with 9 Stories by J.D. Salinger. The way the book club works is that we choose a book we want to read, check to see if we can get a copy in both English and Spanish and, well, the rest is understood. I hope. Usually, my husband finishes the book and then (sometimes a year later) I do. We haven’t talked much about the books, or had club meetings per se due to our offset reading schedules but there’s something nice about reading the same book with a loved one. I like reading a book as if it were a mini-series. He reads to finish the book. Sometimes in a single day. This hasn’t caused any problems until recently.
The problem? I finished a book. In about 2 months, within the same year he finished it. Once I got through the first 200 pages, it picked up speed. I know. 200. The book choice was The time traveler’s wife. So exactly how was it a problem? I thought we should have a club meeting so while we were out for a walk with bilingual baby, we “met”. For all who have read the book, you’ll know (and the title’s also a dead give away) that it’s tricky to talk about a book that skips from the present into the past into the future and so on without revealing any spoilers. I spent most of the “meeting” asking, “D’you remember that part where…?” We tried.
Now, we’re reading Seeing by Jose Saramago- my title is Ensayo sobre la lucidez. It’s coming along but hasn’t really sped up yet. Bilingual daddy is currently reading a duster of a book on Vermont history which he is enjoying. That’s him. The duster is giving me a head start on the Saramago book, which is a good idea. We’re hoping to finish the book by December so that we can start a new one by the new year.
This is where you come in. What should we read? We’d need for there to be a Spanish and English edition of the work. The original text can be in any language. Make your suggestion and we’ll let you know what we choose.
August 22, 2007 § Leave a comment
Wiggly baby wakes up next to me a little groggy, with a droopy head and eyes that aren’t sure the rest of her body should be up. Most mornings she quickly changes modes and in no time is eager to get down to business: play. She gives me a smile and somehow I can’t help but wonder what it is that makes her laugh. It’s a mystery I leave alone. I enjoy not knowing everything. She flips over onto her tummy and with a swift graceful move is sitting up rubbing her now full moon eyes. She looks at me and smiles again and starts to scan the room to see what she should play with first.