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Early morning

Beckett woke me up at 5:30 this morning by crawling over and laying across my back. I’m assuming it has something to do with teething, because my other likely options for a wakeful, cranky baby are 1) about to come down with the flu or 2) about to come down with strep throat.

I tried to get him back to sleep for a little longer, but it didn’t work. Instead I used the extra time to cook breakfast instead of something cold or having Finn eat at school. Since the weather was nice we walked, freeing up more time usually spent in the car. We even had time to play at the park.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 15

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There’s about a month until Valentine’s Day. All the stores have switched from Christmas red to Valentine’s red. Every time I see it, it makes me a little sad in a nostalgic sort of way, because last Valentine’s I was busy with this:

This year I’ll still be busy with that little creature, it will just be more of a please-don’t-climb-on-that-and-hey!-what’s-in-your-mouth-no!-don’t-put-that-there-come-back-here-I-need-to-change-your-diaper-don’t-chase-the-kitty-and-why-is-your-mouth-orange sort of way. I told Chris last night that I kind of miss the days of being able to put him down somewhere and him staying there.

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Of special note to new parents: Be wary when changing a morning diaper and discovering that it is dry. Particularly if the diaper-wearer is a boy. You would think I knew this by now.

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The other bad thing about Valentine’s Day being right around the corner is chocolate. Not that chocolate is bad. I love chocolate. That is precisely the problem. I can’t go anywhere without seeing Valentine’s chocolate. Valentine’s stuff makes me a little weepy. Weepy makes me need chocolate. Oh, hey! Look! There’s a four pound box of chocolate right here….

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The other thing that makes me weepy but in a why-do-I-torture-myself way is Elementary. Seriously, did the writers even read the Sherlock Holmes stories? Or did they just decide to make a crappy detective show about a semi-intelligent detective named Sherlock and his handler Watson, because Sherlock Holmes is cool now. If you hear a loud bang next Thursday night, it’s probably just my head exploding.

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What’s the scoop on Downton Abbey? Everyone is raving about it. I even had a sweet reader recommend it a few weeks ago. It looks a little too Austen-esque for my tastes, but maybe I’m mistaken. 
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Since we’re talking shows, I recently watched Farmageddon on Netflix. Now, I have never tried raw milk. I don’t really like milk to begin with, so having to hunt down a reputable source for raw milk isn’t something I’m that motivated to do. Why, though, is it such a big deal that we have all sorts of laws and restrictions on it? I mean, we can pasteurize eggs in the shell, but we don’t require it, and people can get sick from raw eggs. People can get sick from raw fish but you can sell and eat sashimi. Raw and under cooked meats can make you sick, but you can still buy rare cooked steaks and delicacies made with raw meat. Why does it seem like raw milk is singled out, and why don’t we just let people make their own decisions about what to put in their bodies in the first place?

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Ummmmm….. TGIF?

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 14

Today’s I’m being all multi-tasky and combining my New Year’s goals post and Quick Takes Friday post. I say goals rather than resolutions because goals are to work toward while resolutions imply immediate, permanent change. With resolutions, it’s easier to say “forget it” if you slip up. With goals, there’s no failure. You keep progressing as long as you don’t just give up.

My personal goal is to get healthier. I’m not just focusing on weight loss, but all around health. Steps to meet that goal are:
1. Eat more natural foods. Babysteps: avoid trans-fats and HFCS. Next: If I don’t have a clue what an ingredient is, I probably shouldn’t eat it. Ultimate: Rarely eat anything containing ingredients that aren’t easily available to me.
2. Drink more water! Ideally half my weight in ounces. I can do this. I feel great when I go this. Then I forget and it is torture to get back in the habit.
3. Eat out less. I really don’t mind cooking, as long as I can do it without a crying/clingy Beckett following me around while I cook AND for the cleanup.
4. Exercise. Walking, elliptical, Wii Fit, whatever.

My SubEarthan Cottage goal is growth. This past year was sad as far as sales. Granted, I intended to take it slow with Beckett arriving, but he’s almost a year now. It’s time to pick back up.
5. Create at least two new ready to sell items per week.
6. Have one day each week to photograph new items.
7. List new items weekly.
8. Post at least one SEC related tutorial or informative blog post per month.

Quick Takes Friday is being hosted here this week. Our usual host, Jen from Conversion Diary is in the hospital with pregnancy complications. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 12

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Still getting the last of our Christmas prep done. Note to self and everyone else who travels for the holidays: no breakable gifts. It’s hard enough wrapping gifts to travel well. Worrying about one breaking is a nightmare.

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If you need a laugh-break, http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-25-funniest-autocorrects-of-2012

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What do you get when you combine a Charlie Brown-esque tree, a toddler, and a six year old tree decorator? This:

You can’t really tell in this photo, but the ornaments stop about three feet from the ground, and there aren’t any glass ornaments at all.

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I need a new series to watch on Netflix. My favorites are House, Sherlock, Monk, Doctor Who, and Endgame (Hulu). I tolerate Elementary, but since it’s a new series I only get it one episode at a time. I’ve watched every episode of them that are available multiple times, so I need something new.

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I really wish Chris’s ISD would have called school off today. I’ve been thinking about keeping Finn home. With all the end of the world stuff and idiots who think calling in threats after the horrific events of last Friday I’m a little on edge about what craziness might happen. I worry more about the school where Chris teaches, though, and unless they cancel, he has to go in.

I kept Finn home today. They had their Christmas party yesterday, it’s a half day (dumb, according to him, because no music or PE), and they’re not having a spelling test. Besides, it’s 29 degrees, so too cold to walk, esp. with his cough, and I didn’t want to have to get up extra early to drive Chris to work. It has nothing to do with end of the world nutjob paranoia.

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Hilarious.

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blahblah. Sorry. I got nothing. Oh, wait, I probably won’t post again until after Christmas, so have a safe and happy Christmas.

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Sanity

I was going to blog about my thoughts on mental illness and fitting-in in our society. Then, this morning there was a scare at a nearby elementary school in my son’s district. Thankfully it was just a scare and nothing more. My mommy brain needs a break from the crazy that is everywhere right now, though, so deep, insightful (maybe) blog posts will have to wait. Instead, I think I will go play in the craft room and count the seconds minutes until I go pick up my biggest baby.

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Wish lists

Chris keeps asking me if I’ve dropped any hints for Christmas. I have. Apparently I’m a little too subtle. Now he wants a list. I hate making lists, and I hate telling people what I want. One, it just feels weird, and two, I don’t really care. Not that I wouldn’t be a little hurt by not getting anything unless we had said no gifts, but I really would be happy with anything as long as it seems like there was even a tiny bit of thought involved.

What I really hate is trying to think of appropriately priced things. I don’t want to seem greedy by asking for something too pricey, but Chris is great at bargain hunting, so I don’t want to not mention something that I need/want/would love to have just because I think it’s probably too expensive.

So, this year I decided to make a list that takes absolutely nothing into consideration. If it popped into my head as something I need or would enjoy, I put it on the list.

Bunch of random stuff I would like to maybe have whenever: 

 

Thread rack.
Bias tape maker
Embroidery machine
Boots
Can opener that doesn’t suck
Robot vacuum that does suck
My very own tool kit with drill that nobody else touches
Uninterrupted shower
Jogging stroller
Moka  pot (cause they’re sexy)
Minivan
Clothes that fit
Dishwasher
Something pretty
More shelves/storage for craft room
Uninterrupted bathroom time.
Extra hours in the day.
Extra hours in the day during which the kiddos play with daddy.
Watch
Step stool for the kitchen
Coat
Gloves
Clothes drying rack.