On Piano & Politics

Hello Blog O’ Mine.

I am in a bit of a tizzy this week. If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a homebody, so when faced with a week (like this one) where we have obligations almost every night, I get a bit anxious. Blergh.

Last night I had piano! We learned the C chord (I felt way ahead because I’ve been practicing that one for weeks), as well as things like staccato and slur and rests. Piano is so much fun!

I was hyped up when I got home from class, so Tom and I finally started on Season 3 of House of Cards. We only watched Episode 1 and it is exciting already! What ever will that sneaky Frank Underwood get into next?!

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I take TV too seriously and get worked up after watching shows like this… as in, is this bad stuff really happening in the White House?! Tom doesn’t help by telling me that it does! He knows that it gets my goat.

Today I am thankful for:

It’s supposed to get warmer this week. Ice and snow, please melt!

I need to go to the doctor and they fit me in for early next week. Yay and thank you!

Spring Break in Florida at the end of this month!

A little bit of this

Oh.. Em… Gee… It’s been a whole week since I last wrote! Where did the time go?

I haven’t even told you yet about my first piano class last Monday. Boy! Was it fun! We learned about notes and tempo and played with the black keys. I think that I’m a star pupil.

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This past weekend we went to our annual chili cook-off. This year I made my chili with Sriracha and won the prize for “Spiciest,” which is an upgrade from “Gassiest” which I won the 2 years prior.

This was my prize. I like that they kiss.

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Biggest got it into his head that he wanted to be a pool shark, so he set out to build his own pool table out of a Rubbermaid container and cardboard.

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I give him an A+ for creativity!

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I suppose Littlest was “creative” too… (That’s Charlie’s bed on his head, if you can’t tell.)

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And, as for Charlie, well… he was just busy being adorable. He’s a pro at that!

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Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Neatly labeled dry goods.

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Freshly ironed napkins.

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Finally framing this work of art by a talented 8 year old.

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Having a little buddy sit with me while I practice piano scales.

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Walking in on a little dog enjoying a sun spot.

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Finding this old pic of me and my sweetie from vacation.

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And this one of the boys when they were tiny.

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Doing Google image searches for “Cat Loaf.”

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What’s making you happy today?

TGIF!

I got some really exciting news this week!

Amy from thedoghairstitchery (best blog name!) told me that she saw my blog mentioned in The World of Cross Stitching magazine! Say WHAT?!!

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I am still surprised when people say that they read my blog, so was beyond tickled to see this. Guess it’s my 15 minutes of cross stitch FAME!

It’s finally Friday and I would like nothing more than to crash on the couch with my stitching, but alas… this will be a weekend full of social obligations. Le sigh. This must be how Kate Middleton feels when she looks at her calendar.

In other news…

We ate this…

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And this…

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Charlie helped out at homework time (he’s really brainy)…

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My hours of floss winding have continued…

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Piano lessons start on MONDAY! YAY!

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Happy Weekend!

Random thoughts on a snowy Tuesday

Hi Blog!

We got more snow! It is the pretty fluffy kind. School was canceled, but I went to work anyway because I’m dedicated like that. Haha. If you knew me in real life, you’d be laughing too.

I had my style consult and it was a little disappointing. She mostly said the stuff that I know already or could read in any article titled “how to dress for your body type.” Oh well… guess no life changing style makeover for me.

Last night, we ate chicken wings and onion rings and then felt sick. I know, not the wisest food decision, but they are so delicious while you’re eating them. It’s so hard to make good life choices.

I forgot to tell you that last weekend I made homemade laundry detergent! I felt like such a homesteader! I am pleased with it so far, but the clothes don’t come out with that fresh laundry smell. People online say to add those Downy scent things, but I’m not too keen on adding chemicals back after making homemade soap in order to take the chemicals out! I’m thinking about adding essential oils for some scent, but am super stingy with my oils (some of those suckers are expensive!), so we shall see.

Are you bored with looking at this project yet?

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It’s almost completed! And then you can hear me lament about how to finish it… and what fabric would look good on the back… and should I try piping around the edge and yikes… how do I sew a zipper. Bet you can’t wait! :)

Simple pleasures

This morning it is a whopping 4 degrees here in Pennsylvania. I am feeling especially thankful today for a cozy house, warm car, and heated office. I keep thinking about those people who are worrying right now about keeping their families warm, or are out waiting for the bus, or even working outside. xo.

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Our weekend wasn’t as productive as I had hoped. Sometimes I feel like I spend my days doing and redoing things the same things over and over. Clean kitchen. Make food. Clean kitchen. Make food. Repeat. I say that I mind it, but I don’t really, being such a creature of habit.

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We had a quiet and simple Valentine’s Day at home. Heart shaped food + flowers + time with sweethearts = a good Valentine’s Day.

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Last night I got a special treat. Tom and I watched Modern Family and I spent a few blissful hours organizing my floss. There’s still a lot more to go… but happy sigh… It’s the simple things.

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Hearts ‘n stuff

Happy Almost-Valentines Day, friends!

I went to look on my phone for some pictures to post from the last few days and found nothing of interest to share. There were a few videos of Tom and I singing “those were the days” to my piano playing a la Archie and Edith, but there’s no way those will be posted on the Internets for all of eternity.

This felt like a very long, hard week.

This weekend, I am looking forward to:

making heart shaped pancakes

baking a heart shaped dessert

wearing pink and red (maybe at the same time!)

xoxo-ing my valentines

putting cute labels on the dry goods in the pantry (so excited for this!)

making homemade laundry detergent

using my new iron. (what can I say, it’s exciting around here.)

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Pondering…

Sometimes I have no idea what I want in life. On one hand, I want to move to a farm and be one of those crunchy mamas who makes everything from scratch and homeschools and grows stuff. One the other hand, I want to look tres chic and have nice jewelry and tiger mother the heck out of my kids.

The older I get, the more I feel the need to figure this out… as in, which one is the real me? Or what is a happy medium? Is it OK to bake my own bread and cross stitch country samplers, but also looooove expensive face serums and handbags? I suppose it is.

Speaking of which, I signed up to have a style consultation. I have been feeling so blah lately and really have no idea what looks good or what colors to wear, so thought I’d give it a go. So much for living the simple life and wearing organic cotton house dresses.

Around here…

Biggest received some astronaut ice cream for his birthday, so last night we conducted a blind taste test to see if we could tell between astronaut ice cream and regular ice cream.

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It was pretty easy to tell the difference (dry, crumbly, not tasty vs. YUMMY & COLD), but we had fun nonetheless. Don’t ask me why Littlest is wearing a leopard scarf head wrap or how I managed to find so many sleep masks in the house.

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And Charlie… Who needs a bed when you have a sock drawer?

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Happy Hump Day!

2 Hours

Today we had a 2 hour school delay due to icy conditions. I get stressed out when we have delays because of the whole “get to my job on time” thing, but do enjoy those extra 2 hours.

We can pack a lot into 2 hours. This morning, we made and ate banana muffins, filled out Valentine’s cards for the class (Biggest refused to use the ones that said “Be Mine”… too committal?), took a shower and slathered myself with coconut oil (new obsession), played a little in the driveway (boys, not me), made lunches, put in a load of laundry, and daydreamed about having 2 extra hours EVERY day! Wouldn’t that be something?

Today I’m thankful for:

An extra 2 hours (How many times can I say 2 hours in this post?)

Pants in my closet that were already ironed

My old fashioned paper calendar (I’m never giving it up!!!)

Super sharp pencils with fresh erasers

Vanilla ice cream + gluten free pretzels (They have to be gluten free, not because we are allergic to gluten, but because they are crunchier- trust me!)

Progress!

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Another day. Another blog post.

Hi Blog!

How was your weekend? Mine was OK. Saturday was Biggest’s birthday party. It’s weird now that the boys are older, their birthdays are more about hanging out with friends, and less about parents making cute decorations and coordinating games and activities. I felt so useless. All that hard work on Pinterest for nothing.

These cupcakes were from our family birthday dinner. They were way cuter than his party cake.

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The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful; errands, cooking, cleaning. Eh. I didn’t feel so well.

Last night, we had chicken roasted on top of beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and regular potatoes. It was tasty. Roast chicken is so easy and always smells delicious, so much better than store bought rotisserie chicken. Note to self- roast more chicken.

Then I finally got the long, hot bath that I’ve been dreaming about since Super Bowl Sunday. It was worth the wait. Note to self- take more baths.

Oh! And I almost forgot to show you my crafty accomplishment. I made curtains for the kitchen and powder room out of some towels that were on clearance at Target. How’s that for frugal? Now we won’t be flashing our neighbors anymore. They’re probably really glad.

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