Stuff and Things

I’d say it was about time to get rid of those St. Paddy’s Day photos, right?  But really I have nothing coherent to say, so how about I just list off some things I have been enjoying lately?  Sort of a highlight reel of other potential candidates for What I Love.

Planting Chickens in the Garden – oh, just kidding. You knew I had to mention the chickens at some point.  I mean, it’s been at least two posts since I talked about them.  This, here, is a typical weekend scene.  The ladies all get to free-range on the weekends when we’re home all day and they’re particularly fond of taking dust baths around the Zebra grass in my garden bed.  They crack me up.

OK, now let’s get serious…

Nice Things Now – a new website from the always lovely Leah of A Girl and a Boy fame.  From the website’s About page, Nice Things Now “…is a place to find inspiration and share ideas on simple ways to make the world a nicer place.”  And that it is.  Lovely, quick posts, beautiful photos, and simple stories to lift your heart.

The Most Awesome Headphones Ever – after hula hooping with my iPod Vetrapped to my upper arm and with my earbud cord tucked into my bra for far too long, I finally bought a set of wireless, Bluetooth headphones, and let me tell you, they are the best things ever.  For less than $35, the Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset has changed my life. Seriously.  As you may know, I live in the ssshhhhhhh! home of a third shift-working spouse where I do everything in my power to keep quiet at night while he sleeps. Now, I can put on my headphones, turn on some music or listen to podcasts on my iPod, and walk around the house without cords.  They’re comfy, they stay on securely while I run on the treadmill, and I can skip tracks with the easy control buttons on the headset.  And as an unexpected bonus: they have an amazing range. I usually leave my iPod on the kitchen counter, and I can walk all over the house, even halfway to the chicken coop without losing the signal. These things rock.

Spilled Milk – speaking of podcasts, it seems that everyone I know has never heard of, or at least never listened to a podcast.  I find this sad.  There are so many wonderful ones out there and most of them are free!  One that I have been enjoying a whole lot lately is Spilled Milk featuring Molly Wizenberg (of Orangette) and Matthew Amster-Burton.  As they say, “Spilled Milk is the show where we cook something, eat it all, and you can’t have any.”  It’s a show about cooking and more importantly, about eating.  Matthew and Molly are hilarious, it’s obvious that they love what they’re doing, and their enthusiasm is contagious.  I challenge you to listen and not laugh.

Not Martha – a wonderful website I have lurked about without commenting on for far too long.  Megan is funny and creative and talented and I swear, everyday I either bookmark a link she’s mentioned, or add something to my Amazon Wishlist from her posts and suggestions.  She’s brilliant!  I mean, check out this cake! And these dahlia brooches (I have to make one of these).  Last week she linked to this post from The Ugly Green Chair about online eyeglass shopping which led me to buy two pairs of glasses from Goggles4U.  Today I bookmarked a tutorial she mentioned last week about making yoga pants from an old t-shirt.  This woman is my crafty, clever, fancy-baking, online hero and I’d like to believe that if I lived in Seattle, too, we could be friends.

Great things, am I right?  So tell me, what have you been loving lately?

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No One Likes a Quitter

And yet… I’m afraid that I’m quitting Reverb 10, just one week in.  Rather than a thoughtful look back on 2010, it felt to me like an obligation and a chore. I don’t feel like I’m putting the energy into it that it requires and I fear that I may be disrespecting Reverb 10 and all of the wonderful people participating.  With that in mind, I’ll be humbly stepping away.

But don’t cry! Instead of following the daily Reverb 10 prompts, I’ll do my bet to give you something else.  Before the end of 2010, I’d like to talk about the following:

  • this year’s trip to St. Maarten (from October!)
  • the crazy pushpin project I’m working on
  • my new favorite TV show
  • the chickens (a winter update)
  • some of the new things I’ve been sewing
  • my new, new camera (can you believe I haven’t told you about that yet?)
  • a couple of new recipes I’ve been enjoying
  • my favorite websites of 2010
  • and HOPEFULLY, if I’m on top of things, I’d love to end the year with my 2010 in Pictures video. We’ll have to wait and see about that one…

So what do you think?  Will you forgive me for being a quitter?

What I Love: Moms

My mom, specifically.  Moms are the best, aren’t they?  I know that yesterday was Mothers’ Day, but I was busy cooking and celebrating the moms in my life and didn’t have a chance to write.  Plus, telling your mom how wonderful she is doesn’t have to wait until Mother’s Day, right?

Oh, and in case you’ve been on the edge of your seat wondering:

I made the strawberry cupcakes.  And they were delicious.  Very sponge-cakey and pleasantly not-too sweet.  Yum.  Just right for a post-breakfast treat.

So anyhow, back to the moms.  In addition to my favorite mom – mine – I realized that I’m surrounded by and acquainted with so many wonderful moms.  My awesome sister, for example.

Now if my mom or my sister had blogs, I’d refer you to their sites, but since they’re two of the last four people in the world without blogs, I’ll refer you to some of my other favorite moms on the Internet.  Some of them I know, some I wish I knew, some I feel like I’ve known for years.  Enjoy, and happy day-after-Mothers’ Day to all!

Amanda of Me, My Dogs, My Life : funny lady extraordinaire and rockin’ mom to Jane

Karen of Simply June : crafty, creative, and mom to Kolya

Heather of Beauty that Moves : you remember Heather – kind, creative soul and mom to Emily

Anna Maria Horner : gorgeous, creative mom to five kids with one on the way any minute now

Amy of Amalah : hilarious, smart and funny mom to Noah and Ezra

Beautiful Stephanie of Nie Nie Dialogues : mom of four, healing and recovering after a tragic plane crash last fall

Here equally lovely sister Courtney of CJane Enjoy It : mom to “The Chief” and all-around fun, insightful lady

Amanda of SouleMama : crafty, sweet mom of four from Portland, Maine

Amy of Angry Chicken : creative, crazy mom of three who shares my insane need to make odd things like her own underwear and homemade butter (although not at the same time)

And of course you can’t forget the mom-queens of the Internet, Heather of Dooce and Ree of The Pioneer Woman

Now it’s your turn.  Tell me about your favorite moms – actual and virtual.  Who did I forget?

Pieces of Me

I’m off to a dreaded work retreat today so I thought I’d share a neat thing I found the other day. I know, I know, it’s been around for quite some time, but I’ve been under a rock and only just stumbled across it this week.

Pieces of Me is a mosaic you make about yourself with Flickr pictures. Just type your answer to each of the questions below into a Flickr search, and using only the first page, choose your favorite image. Then copy and paste each of the URL’s into the mosaic maker found here: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php and hit “Create”.

Here’s mine (click on the picture to go to Flickr for the awesome photo credits):

And here are the questions (and my answers):

1. What is your first name? (Lisa)
2. What is your favorite food? (sushi)
3. What high school did you attend? (Bolton)
4. What is your favorite color? (turquoise)
5. Who is your celebrity crush? (Jason Statham)
6. Favorite drink? (water)
7. Dream vacation? (snorkeling)
8. Favorite dessert? (ice cream)
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? (content)
10. What do you love most in life? (my husband)
11. One word to describe you. (compassionate)
12. Your Flickr name. (lgaumond)

Neat, huh? A big thank you to Pilgrim Girl for introducing me to this cool toy.

Catching Up

Oh, hi there. Sorry to neglect you for so long, but I managed to catch the plague over the weekend. I’ve been lucky this winter to only get minor colds that last about a day and then go away, but this time I caught something nastier that makes me want to do nothing other than sleep and moan about the pressure in my head. I’m on my way to feeling better but I’d still rather be sleeping than typing right now.

Other than my symptoms and the craziness at work right now, I don’t have much to say. That’s what happens when all you do is sleep – you become really boring. So rather than bore you to death, let me share some links to things more exciting than me right now…

Like Secret Agent Josephine’s photos from her trip to Hawaii last week. Sigh…

Or instructions on how to make your own glove animals, courtesy of Martha Stewart. How cute?!

Or the website that should be renamed “Everything I Want For My Birthday dot com,” 2Jane

Or if you’re really in need of a pick-me-up, there’s always puppies!

Hopefully that will hold you over for a little while until I can tell you all about the Roman shades I made, or the bags I want to sew, or the birthday gift for Alex that I’m working on. Fresh updates coming soon, I promise.

Debauchery

So last week you saw how we spend our days off in pictures, this week you get it in videos. The Draghi duo came over again on Saturday and more big people on little bikes fun was had. My parents also came over with some friends and unfortunately I left the video of my dad riding Luke’s dirtbike at home on my computer, so that one will have to wait for tomorrow. The rest thought, can be enjoyed courtesy of YouTube.

Here’s a badass video of Keith.

Here’s Luke’s perfected minibike wheelie.

Then one of the big bikes came out and the motocross gear was put on.

Here’s Luke trying to become a single man again.

And Luke trying to thank Keith for his help by covering him in swamp mud.

And then, to top off the evening, Luke, Kim and Keith decided to take the Jeeps out back and get stuck. Well one of them got stuck.

Here’s the video after Luke was unstuck, coming back out over the mud hole.

By the way, this Jeep is for sale. Anyone looking to buy a Jeep? Luke promises to wash the mud off for you.

And here are two pictures of the three ladies who didn’t make it onto video. One of Maisie, cause she’s cute, and one of me and Molly riding the XR. She won’t let me take off on it without jumping at me so she can go for a ride.

Maisie

me and molly

My Yaris: Week 1

It’s been a whole week since I brought home my new car and I’ve managed not to gush about it here each and every day (you’re welcome). Since today marks one week since she became mine, I thought I’d give you the highlights. In case you’re on the fence about getting a Yaris of your own (Paula) perhaps this will sway you.

I’ve decided to name her Bernie – I’ll explain that another day.

I love:
The cup holders – seriously – they’re sturdy and secure and EVERYWHERE.
How fast she heats up on a cold morning.
The funky weird dashboard.
The three glove boxes.
How peppy she is.
The secret storage compartment in the back.
The comfy seats.
The plug for my iPod.
The scene last weekend loading a new 55-gallon aquarium into the back (it fit!)
The gas mileage! (First fill-up: 35mpg)

I’m still getting used to:
The light-sensing headlights. They turn themselves on which makes me forget to manually turn them on all the way. It’s spooky that she knows when it’s dark out.

I don’t love:
The sensor that knows when someone is sitting on the passenger seat and then turns on the dinger to remind the passenger to put her seat belt on. I’ve tried, Molly flat-out refuses to wear her seat belt. I have to latch the seat belt across the seat when she rides with me, otherwise I hear 60 seconds of ding, ding, ding… every time the car starts up.

I tried to find other things I don’t like but there just aren’t any. She’s fantastic and I still can’t believe she’s mine.