Friday, August 25, 2006

Sunday, August 13, 2006

8 out of 10

My husband works really hard and often works long hours. Fine. I completely agree. I still think he should help out around the house. It's a big job and it's never ending. I mostly want him to just pick up after himself. I will capture some evidence about how he leaves everything out and lying around in another post. This post is about a particular incident from last month.

My daughter was sick (coxsackie). It had been a long day for me. I think he had to actually cook dinner, which happens about once a month. The kitchen was a disaster. I asked him to clean it. He is notoriously "bad" at cleaning the kitchen, so he says and has proven through great effort for at least two years. I was exhausted from being up all night with my daughter and spending all day holding her and trying to get her to eat or drink. When my husband said the kitchen was finished I asked him to give himself a grade before I went to see it. He gave himself an "8 out of 10"

This is what I found...

Saturday, August 12, 2006

it's a boy/ it's a girl quilt

Finished a new quilt last night. I think I have somewhat of a manic personality. I get into certain projects/ art forms/ craft genres and the next thing I know, it's all I want to do and all I can think about. I might be having a conversation with you, or be working, or playing with my daughter and the only thought I have is: I want to be quilting/ scrapbooking/ sewing/ cooking/ reading/ making mosaics etc.

My thought process goes like this: Hi husband/ daughter/ friend, how are you (I want to be quilting). Oh that's good. Yeah the weather is fine (quilting). No I don't know what I'm making for dinner yet (quilting). Yes, the political situation in the middle east is getting worse and worse (quilting-- or reading or cooking or whatever).

New things I learned while making this quilt: rotary cutting, matching seams and binding. Rotary cutting makes it a LOT easier! I always felt like the blade would slip before. Now I just take my time and press really hard. I never understood what matching seams meant and now I think I do. Duh. Now all my points/ seams/ alignment can match. I never made bias binding (or any binding) before. Being a self taught sewer means I have to figure a lot of stuff out myself. I think both my new techniques will come in handy! I didn't line the quilt with anything-- it's just two layers of thick flannel. I've never seen a kid carting around a "lovey" that was very thick. It needs to be pliable and crushable. I'm not saying that I think this will be the lovey the kid picks but I can hope.

I was also hoping the quilt wouldn't be too cutesy but I think it is a little too much. Hopefully the receiver of this quilt will still like it. She's not a "cutesy" kind of mom. Don't know if the baby is a boy or girl. I think it will work ok for both, at least for a while.

Friday, August 11, 2006

coxsackie virus

We are having a very yucky few days-- T has coxsackie and she has sores in
her mouth and can't eat or drink. Plus 104 degree weather is not our
friend. On a good note, we've been home for two days so i've been potty
training. She's been wearing panties and hasn't peed in them yet. at the
same time, she's dehydrated so getting her to the potty a few times a day
isn't all that hard. She has still never pooped in the potty and is afraid
of going to public toilets (who isn't?).