April 29, 2011

Where I Am Right Now

On the couch, with my knitting and and digestive biscuits, watching the Royal Wedding Pre-Game and getting ready for the Main Event.

Per the request of my beloved Hannah, this is what I am working on. He will not be done by the end of the wedding, but hopefully within the year. I have enough yarn to make a Cate, a QE2, and a corgi as well.

Keep Calm and Knit On!

April 25, 2011

Cutie Pie Monday: First Easter Egg Hunt!

Hey, what is this?

An egg!

I see another egg!

Two eggs! Two eggs!

Two eggs! (He then promptly took them over to his small friend and put them in his bag!)

April 21, 2011

Cutie Pie Thursday: We Climbed Into the Tunnel

Using personally cut PVC, hair bands, binder clips, and an old sheet, Mr. Cool crafted a tunnel for our small boy. Prior to this, Lincoln was using under the table as his primary tunnel. His horse is already fond of the tunnel.

Here are my guys deep within the tunnel! It has added a bit of an obstacle course feel to our daily "Run, mama!" sessions!

April 19, 2011

Pamba Toto Party!

On Saturday the lovely Jennie and I hosted a Pamba Toto party in the Springs. Unfortunately, almost all of my photos involved backsides. Sorry, ladies! Here's a few that show off my lovely sister, the lovely wares, and Jennie's lovely home!

Look at those beautiful Kenyan scarves! If you can zoom in you can see the fun toys and soapstone hippos we had at this party as well! It was quite fun and successful, and I hope to do another again soon! Thanks so much, Jennie and Sarah!

April 14, 2011

Cutie Pie Thursday: Take My Picture

These are the results of a Lincoln-ordered photo session. He really enjoys seeing the pictures of the "baby", and I think he's starting to make the connection that he is the delightful baby!

After this one was taken, he said his "nose itchy!"

April 13, 2011

Favorite Things: The Good Wife

It just won a Peabody, so there probably isn't much I can add to its acclaim, but if you are not watching The Good Wife, find the first season on DVD and get into this great show. Tuesday is my best night of TV, and I probably get way too excited about it (Glee! Raising Hope! The Good Wife!), but small things like that get you through a stay-at-home mom week. Here's why I love it:

1. The Acting: Alan Cumming! Juliana Margulies! Archie Punjabi! Roger Rees in a guest role as an arson investigator! Chris Noth! Michael J. Fox as Alicia's nemesis--using his disability to gain jury respect! Everyone on this show is a superb actor--really, truly, superb--some of them are doing their best work or close to it.

2. The Cases: Every trial is new, different, and exciting! They have made me care deeply about class action suits.

3. The Love Triangle: It does not/will not/may not go how you expect it to go--no one is perfect (except maybe Alicia).

4. The Campaign: Alan Cumming is amazing as Eli Gold. Enough said.

5. Something Happens Every Week: There are about three-four storylines handled gracefully and smoothly every week--some plots move along, some slow down, but I am never disappointed by the arcs followed.

What can I say? I love this show--watch it!

April 11, 2011

Feminist Failure?

I've been reading Gail Collins's books on the history of feminism in America, and I'm feeling a bit like a feminist failure: I majored in English and taught HS English (she argues that teachers are low-paid because it is/was a traditionally female career path), was married right out of college (I only ever lived in my father's/husband's home, never on my own), and I am currently staying home raising a child and doing all the laundry.

Can I do all this and still be a feminist in my heart and mind? Why didn't I become a doctor or a lawyer? I know I still have feminist beliefs, but am I acting out on them? Just some musings on a slow day of mothering and emptying the dishwasher.

April 10, 2011

Stay-at-Home Mom Files: Knitted Swiffer Pad

Yes. Believe your eyes, because it's true. I knitted a swiffer cover. Why, you may ask? Why would I use my precious baby-hat/monkey finger puppet knitting time on a swiffer cover?

Because I am cheap. To cheap to pay for the real things. And, it only took me two evenings, the fabulous Mason-Dixon Knitting Swifty pattern, and multiple scraps of Lily Sugar 'n Cream. (Nephews and nieces could spot their Christmas washcloths.) The verdict: it works great--just as well as a regular swiffer cloth, and you just toss it into the wash and re-use it. Bonus: great for the environment! Now I just need to make one for Lincoln's swiffer--after I knit a baby hat and another monkey finger puppet--I have deadlines for those!

April 08, 2011

It's Been a Long Week

Put on some Curious George, mama, and crack me open a cold juice box.

(For those of you following the travails of sick Lincoln, we returned to the doctor today to discover bronchitis and a continued ear infection. Stronger antibiotics are at work, although I must also report he is still cheerful and running around and saying, "Oh, snap!" whenever appropriate.)

April 07, 2011

Cutie Pie Thursdays: March Outtakes

Lounging on top of the couch while sick.

Distracted by photogenic cousins.

Working the shades.

Turning on the full charm of the baby blues.

Modeling the sweatsuit look.