The TELEcommunications service on our campus no longer uses phones, they only respond to emails.

There’s just something wrong with that.


thoughts on sewing

Rocks in my Dryer did a post today on sewing, encouraging folks who have not tried to give it a shot. It’s a good post and has some helpful links. My Mom is an amazing seamstress who sewed a lot our clothes growing up, not to mention all the drapes, bedskirts, some bedspreads, pillows, etc. When I start a new project I inevitably call her at least 10 times just to check that I’m on the right track.

Sewing is one of those things that I WANT to do… but I get frustrated easily when my “vision” doesn’t quickly become reality. You know the feeling? In your head you have this picture of how cute this certain fabric will look in a summery top and then you make it and it looks… homemade… VERY homemade… Little House on the Prairie homemade. *sigh*

I think one of the easiest projects to start on sewing is pajama pants. I made 5 or 6 pairs one Christmas for college roommates. They were cotton drawstring and were practically one-size fits all. It was fun to pick out the fabric that reminded me of each person and it didn’t matter if they were “perfect” or not because… they were pjs of course! (I would model them for you but with my big belly and expanded hips it would not be a becoming picture!)  The pattern shown is some pants sort of like what I made.

I recommend browsing patterns online to get ideas and see what’s out there. Try looking at McCall’s, Butterick and Simplicity to start with. Then wait until they go on sale for $1-$2 at your local fabric store!

what to do while waiting

I am learning the art of waiting… sometimes patiently… usually not so patiently… for this baby to arrive SOON!  Since we thought we were going to have a c-section on the 21st (baby was breech but flipped at the last minute- Praise the Lord!) I pretty much had everything ready by the 21st. So it’s been a full week now, due date was yesterday, everything is ready and I am inventing things to do. (You would think I’d be blogging more!) Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Cleaning– this is continual… I just KNOW this baby is going to come at the very instant I let the house become a mess
  • Helping Jon with work– my dear hubby is trying to stay on top of work so he doesn’t fall behind when he stays home for a while after the baby arrives. I’m doing what I can to help.
  • Repairing a quilt– this has been interesting, Jon has this quilt from when he was a baby that we LOVE and use all the time, therefore, it is falling apart. I thought I’d be done with this by now it’s very tedious.
  • Making a grocery bag– I’m crocheting a grocery bag with leftover yarn.
  • Trying to balance food in the freezer and fridge– I don’t want to keep buying food and then let stuff go bad, but at the same time I don’t want to use up our carefully stocked pantry and freezer… hmmm… this is why I have been eating cereal twice a day.
  • Reading– I just finished the first book in the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. It was pretty good. I’m telling you, this lady has done her research to make the story very real!

If anyone has any other ideas to keep me occupied let me know!!


Consistently… for the past few weeks Finn is waking us me up at 4 in the morning. Somehow Jon sleeps through it but I am wide awake as soon as the cat gets going meowing and scratching and jumping on furniture and pawing at my feet… sigh.  (the picture is him sleeping… during the day… of course)

What am I learning from this… perhaps that this is what’s going to happen every few hours when the baby is born? Who knows what Finn will do with the baby. I’m imagining it going something like this….

Baby wakes up to eat, baby goes back to sleep, Finn wakes up and wants attention, Baby wakes up to eat and Finn goes back to sleep, baby goes back to sleep, Finn wakes up… etc. etc. Something like the song that never ends…. you know it… this is the song that does not end, it does go on and on my friend… is it in your head yet?

buggy covers anyone?

Anyone use these shopping cart covers? McCall’s patterns were on sale for $.99 today at the fabric store and I thought I’d give it a shot making one. Are they useful or just a pain to deal with at the store? Maybe it’s too late to ask since I bought the pattern… but I haven’t bought any fabric yet…

way to go random guy in the Circuit City parking lot

While this post is technically for Works for me Wednesday, hosted over at Rocks in my Dryer I must admit that I’ve not tried this yet, and I didn’t even see it happen. This comes courtesy of my brother-in-law, Javier.

So apparently, every day when Javier drives to work he notices that the sprinklers around the Circuit City parking lot are set poorly and a large part of the parking lot gets pelted with water.  Now in these days of ecomnomic challenges and water shortages (at least in our area) this is a pretty bad practice. However, today was different… as Javier drove by he noticed a car parked in the area covered by the wayward sprinkler and a man, with soap and a rag, washing his car! I LOVE it! I certainly don’t know this guy’s situation but he is doing a great thing on many fronts: 1) he is putting a wasted resource to good use, 2) he is conserving excess water usage in a time of drought, 3) he isn’t spending money on a car wash, 4) he is providing a level of amusement and curiosity to those driving on their way to work. (I SO wish I had a picture to post of this… I’ll blame that on Javier though!)

So… keep your eyes open… find the wayward sprinklers in your area… and get to washin’.  This is definitely an idea that could work for me! Check out more tips here.

more book reviews are needed

I was really hoping to include more book reviews on this blog, but alas, I’ve only got one so far. *sigh* Not to fear I’m planning to add more soon.

Of special interest to me are books that appeal to both guys and gals.  Jon and I really enjoy reading outloud to one another before we go to bed, while one or other of us (usually Jon) is washing dishes, and any other opportune time that strikes. So far we’ve read: the whole Harry Potter series (except for one that we listened to on tape), Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, the first three of the Dark is Rising series, The Hatchet and books following, the first two books in the Mitford series, Safely Home, and… I think that’s about it, at least that’s what I remember at this point.

Books on deck: the remainders of the series that we’ve yet to complete, Little House on the Prairie… yes I’m trying to get my husband to read this with me. This was my favorite series when I was younger and I think it’s an experience he needs!