Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wishing you all a very swoonderful New Year's Eve and a most scrumdillyumscious 2009! Keep on keeping on!

Monday, December 29, 2008

making the bed: the calendar! (part 2)

Hullo folks! There is now a smaller, less expensive edition available. Here is a collage of the pictures used in the calendar as viewed from January-December, clockwise from the top left. The center picture is the cover. The calendar is $16.00 plus shipping. I do hope you will enjoy it! If you choose to get yourself the larger calendar be warned that it is HUGE! Beautiful, but quite large.

Support independent publishing: buy this calendar on Lulu.

the week in review: dec 22-28

A holiday edition. We went up to visit the a-go-go family in SLO. There was gift giving and receiving, cheese eating, cookie noshing, a couple of hikes and a coughing fit that has become an unwanted guest. I hope your 2008 was a grand one. Personally, I cannot wait for a new year. This year has been tougher than tough and I need to move away from it. If only I could breathe. My cold, coupled with the cold and the construction debris has turned into bronchitis. Lucky me. I am prone to it with my asthma and sad lungs but I have managed to beat it down for the past 8 years and now it returns. Gah! Go away! Happy 2008! The next week in review will be for next year, yay!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

a cup of christmas cheer

I used chopped up left over Halloween candy. Toss it into a mug, add hot milk and stir. Add more chocolate if you think you need more and then drop in a pretty candy cane to stir it up as you drink and to catch all the ooey chocolate on the bottom!

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2008

cold schmold!

I'm too busy for sick! Actually, I'm too into playing around with poladroid. Sheesh but is this application addicting. It is wet and rainy out there and the tiny casa is so very cold. These drafty old bungalows don't retain heat very well unless of course it is summer. I've got the door to the bedroom closed so the heat will hopefully swirl around the living room. That said, it is on and I am still wearing a sweater, hat and scarf. Methinks I'm just a bit wimpy. But then again, it could be from the frozen smoothie I just drank.Today's goal is to finish wrapping wee gifts, whip up the cookie dough for the holiday cookies and straighten up around here. The rain means the noise is absent so a girl needs to take advantage! The wee light-up tree is plugged in and going sans ornaments of any kind save for an errant strand of rik-rak that was tossed upon it last week. The holiday tunes are playing and I'm pretending I don't have a cold or a cough. Happy Monday!

the week in review: december 15-21

Phew! If not for the rain last week I wouldn't have accomplished much of anything. When the rain is a fallin' the construction noise doesn't happen! Whoo-hoo! So, I had two nicely productive crafty, errand, cleaning days, one fabulous visit with my flickr gals and the ever swonderful girlie chat, visit and wrapping day with my partner in caffeine crime. The weekend was spent hacking and coughing and running errands with the mister with lazy moments watching Moonlighting. All in all, a busy week!

Thank you for all the feedback and comments regarding the construction. Like I warned ya, that was one whiny post! Moving on, I promise!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bah Humbug!

Beware, this is a whiny, whiny rant.

I've decided to forego any Christmas spirit in the casa this year. This makes me extremely sad. I love Christmas. I love the decorating and the baking and the gift giving and wrapping and tree decorations. It is something my dear Mamos passed along to me. When the year is extra tough and this year has been so very tough. I think to myself, at least there is Christmas. For me, the excuse to decorate and give is too perfect to pass up. But how can I embrace this when the casa is attacked on all sides from sun up to sun down with noise, noise, noise? I like to imagine myself as a grinch when I type that but really, I am not. Right this minute, as I type this, there is a loud buzz, buzz, buzzing of a an electric saw coming at me from my left. The tiny casa is one half of a duplex in a bungalow court. There are four duplexes which makes for eight units. Five of these units are vacant and the landlord is redoing them ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

THE. SAME. TIME.

This means that not only are we somewhat isolated from happy neighbors since there are none, we are bombarded with the hammering (which right this instant is knocking pitctures off my wall) and get the visual pleasure of bathtubs and debris somewhat artfully arranged outside our door. The workers kept using our tools without asking and returning them unclean. We put a note on them but still, they used them. We had to hide them. They are eating the blood oranges on the tree. The tree does belong to the landlord but we have been caring for the tree for five years now. That aside, the fruit won;t technically be ripe until March. The pick and try and spit it out and leave orange peels all over our garden. They are not bad people, they smile and greet me as the wheel another load of dirt past my dining nook window. The dirt they are dumping in a mountainous pile under the clothesline which they broke. Up until last week, the weather was nice enough to dry our clothes on the line if there had been one available.

Bah Humbug!

The work has kicked up all sorts of dust and debris and I have a bronchial infection. I also have a cold but can't stay home to nurse it, to nap or to decorate because of the noise, noise, NOISE! I would sleep in to aid in the healing process but when the hammering begins at 8am who can sleep?

Bah Humbug!

If there was no construction, I would be baking and writing. I have articles to write and papers to prepare for school. The commotion is so that I am even having problems writing this right now. Bah! I haven't been able to cook or clean or even bathe in a normal manner. When they leave at 5pm and Mr. a-go-go comes through the door shortly after, the poor witch-baby knows it is safe to come out of the kitchen. She hunkers down in the far, far corner not moving an inch but sometimes she howls when the noise is particularly loud. Poor witch-baby.

Bah Humbug!

There are fresh new cracks in our living room wall that skate across in a glorious pattern. There are small pieces of plaster hiding in my water glass on skipping about the floor. When I showed the landlord, he told ne they would replaster. All I had to do was move everything out of the way. We would then have to repaint the wall. Oh joy!

Bah Humbug!

In a none too admiring light I am cranky. I am uncomfortable. I am whiny and mad. I am sad for the lack of festivities. The tiny tree is out but I cannot muster any energy to decorate it. Whine, whine, whine. We have always had a pretty good relationship with our landlord. We know that he needs to do the work but how much of it is acceptable? Would it be inappropriate to ask for a break in our rent? When I looked it up online it suggested that a landlord must wither give you a rent break or put you up in a hotel. I shouldn't complain. We have water, we have heat, we have power. We also have new cracks in our walls, noise pollution that drives us to leave when there are things to be done and piles of dirt and debris all around us. Yeah, festive. Don't ya think?Can you see what I am talking about?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Boots!

new boots 307/365
Thanks to the nifty manager (Bill!) at The Naturalizer in the Glendale Galleria. Just so ya know, if you are a local, you can find nifty, purdy shoes in your size there. He carries as small as size 4 and up to 12, narrows AND wides! Bill, you are a godsend! These are perfect for jumping and sloshing about in the rain.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

let me introduce you to...

my bosom buddythe mister's newest creation...boob-a-rinos! you can also call them bosom buddies, busties, the unmentionables...whichever you choose, I promise you they are squishably cozie and soft!

Monday, December 15, 2008

the week in review: dec 8-14

It was as always, a busy/non-busy sort of week. There was school, where we constructed a story web and then my mind draws a blank. I know there was visiting and playing and a teeny bit of cleaning and tossing. I got my crown put on and then spent the next day and a half still loopy on ativan, man that stuff works! and I only took a teeny amount. Sheesh! The mister and I are both sporting wannabe sore throats and it is a rainy mess outside right now so today will be getting the holidays fully represented here in the casa. I will also finish packaging up my way too late and one on time swap packages along with gifts for the sis and her family. Tomorrow I will hit the post office bright and early and if it isn;t too wet then I get to play with the Bluejay and Baby Bea! Yippee!

Happy December everyone. Stay warm if yer cold and cool if yer warm and do whatever you can to keep a smile on your face. Grumpiness may be all around us out there at this time of year but a smile is more contagious!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

mixtape and cookies

read what I wrote for mixtape...
The newest issue of mixtape zine is out and tucked away inside is not one, but two articles lovingly written by me and one even includes a recipe, for cookies...good cookies, I promise you. See? I baked up a batch just for you to see. Don't they look pretty next to the shiny, happy cover of mixtape?


What are you waiting for? Go get one! Don't forget to send me a cookie when you bake them!

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Week in Review: December 1-8

Fits and giggles and visits and fun with an icky diagnosis thrown in. The bad news is that I will be having some major surgery in 2009 and our BIG trip is postponed. The good news is that you're stuck with me and my rambling for another year! Happy December!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

making the bed: the calendar!

The Making the Bed Calendar is now available at LuLu.com. I am so tickled with how it looks online and will know for certain how it looks in person soon. I ordered my copy just a few moments ago! If you are a fan of my making the bed project, pick up one for yourself! I wish I could have made them for less but $28 Plus that darn shipping, yikes!) isn't too bad for a year round bit of scrumdillydilly! And, they accept Paypal!

Check it out here. Oh, and did you know there was a flickr group?
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shop update

Fill your friend's and loved one's stockings! Many items are $10 or less. Great for a simple gift exchange. Combined shipping is available, just let me know! Check out the shop!

The December Bed

December is a bittersweet month for me. This year marks the ninth anniversary of my mother's death. She adored Christmas more than glitter and that lady loved her some glitter. Christmas growing up was always full of familiar things and music and baking so I try my best to recreate all that goodness but it just isn't the same without Mamos. Making the bed is a new tradition for me that only remotely reminds me of Mamos as she was always hollering at me to make my bed. So, in tribute to her, the wonderfully funny Penelope, I give you my December bed.

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Week in Review: November 24-30

It was an odd jumble of a week with the holiday, the moving of the mama & sister a-go-go, my doctor switching up my asthma meds and the jam packed reading and searching for my notes for my final class paper of the semester. Phew! So, here ya go, my week in pics.

I hope this coming week is less crowded but it won't be. I've got more doctor visits and that not so big but big enough paper to work on plus a day getting all sorts of x-rays and a squeeze of a visit with the ever funtabulous, SoMany and a Janet Klein concert with my partner in crime, Stacey. SO, here's to a smooth December. Please oh please let it be smooth, this year has been so tough already, I hope next year will be looking up.