Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We've got the plague

Nablopomo here at Smithing is hereby suspended until we get rid of this flu/cold/plague that we're passing back and forth.  It's so nice that we share.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I don't remember that part of the story

I went to Meijer tonight and perused the Christmas section. There was an advent calendar made of an Arc with Noah at the helm. I don't remember which gift he brought to baby Jesus. Also, is Bethlehem even a port city?

Friday, November 9, 2012

So THAT Just Happened

I had just finished nursing Lily and was holding her out in the living room.  I hadn't bothered to put a shirt back on because I was going to pump soon afterwards.  Apparently Scott didn't really process this because he started a Skype session with his parents. 

I wore a burp cloth as a makeshift tube top.


I've had 2 large ziploc bags full of tomatoes in the freezer for a few months now.  The plan was to make spaghetti sauce out of them and can it.

Those 2 bags full resulted in 1 puny quart of tomatoes.  I put it in a Ball freezer jar and froze it.  I'm not good with spatial stuff.

Now I'm off to buy spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight.  Tonight's dinner is a new recipe and I'll be damned if I waste the homemade sauce on an experimental recipe.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Exercising My Right to Vote

...which lately is the only exercising I've done.  AMIRITE? 

Today is election day.  If I said I wasn't worried, I'd be lying - and I'm a terrible liar.  

Long story short, Mitt Romney terrifies me.  For many reasons, but here are the top four.

1.  He's too concerned with my vagina. - As someone that has had 2 difficult pregnancies due to pre-eclampsia, the fact that Romney and Ryan are vague at best about their stance on abortion means that if a woman's life is in danger due to her pregnancy they won't clearly come out and say that yes, she can get an abortion.  While I don't think I'd ever choose abortion for myself, that choice needs to be made available.  I also believe that the American College of Gynecology (ACOG) or the American Medical Association (AMA) should be the entity to determine at what gestation abortion is allowed until.  You know, doctors.  Doctors that deal with pregnant women for a living.  Not some dude that's really good at raising campaign money and schmoozing.

2. Healthcare for all, not just those that can afford it - His comment that people can get healthcare at an emergency room is so backward it's mind boggling.  How about we give everyone healthcare so they don't have to choose between going to the doctor and paying their rent or buying food?  Why is that such a terrible idea?  Yeah, it's expensive.  But I'm already paying for expensive insurance.  If people have access to affordable healthcare, they can prevent medical problems from becoming emergency room worthy.

3. Running the country like a business - Businesses are in business to make money.  Government should not be in the business to make money (unless we're talking about physically producing paper and coin money).  Government should be there to provide services to the citizens such as infrastructure and social services.  To address the argument that charities and religious organizations can take the brunt of the social services work, I counter with a finding by Bread for the World.  They calculated that each church in the country would have to spend $50,000 a year for the next ten years to replace Paul Ryan’s $133 billion in cuts to food nutrition programs.  The government social services programs aren't perfect, but I believe there needs to be a centralized government program that serves the needs of all regardless of religion, sexual orientation, or location.  His history of outsourcing makes my hackles go up, being on the receiving end of jobs being sent overseas.

4. He looks evil as hell.  

So obviously my choice was...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Overheard: Salon Edition

I spent about 45 minutes in a walk-in salon in my hometown today waiting to get my eyebrows waxed.  There were so many things I overheard that I could have responded to by doing the Jim Halpert, but no one around me would understand.  At one point, I overheard someone use the term "supposingly."  I wasn't aware that we could just make up words like that.

There was a woman there with jet black roots reaching a length of about 4 inches followed by nearly the same length of bleach blonde.  She got into the stylist chair and the stylist didn't even bring it up.  "Hey, how about we take care of this issue."  Nope, not a word on the skunk stripe.

This was my response.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sometimes Pinterest makes my head hurt.

I added a new board to Pinterest called "These people make bad decisions." One of my current favorites involves a bride and groom and an outhouse.


Friday, November 2, 2012


I am drawn to expat blogs.  The day-to-day of life in a foreign country fascinates me.  A few of my favorites are David LebovitzRue Rude, and Unlikely Diplomat.  I envy their ability to pack up, leave behind all that's familiar and start anew.  A shop at the grocery store is an adventure (poor Babe was trying to gag down sour cream that her dad thought was yogurt), driving is white-knuckle inducing, and an incoming phone call can be terrifying.

Now that we're parents, the logistics of doing something so bold make me not even want to think about it. 

Could we sell the house? 

Where will the cats go? I mean, there are 3 of them.  My inlaws kind of are at cat saturation level.  I think they have 7.  Yes, 7 cats.  I think our 3 is too many. 

Is our furniture worth moving?

Could I tolerate city life?

I still feel that the benefits outweigh the risk.  I freeze up when I get overwhelmed, so it would mostly be Scott trying to pack around me.

My perception of home is dynamic.  After my mom died, the home I grew up in was no longer home in my mind.  If we go to Scott's parents' house for the weekend in our hometown, I will call that going 'back home.'  I thought this would change once we bought a house 3 years ago, but this still doesn't feel permanent.

Maybe we're destined to wander.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

On Taylor Swift

If Taylor Swift ever became happily married, her songwriting career would pretty much be over.  Or as a friend put it - she should maybe write a song called "Maybe it's Me."

NaBloPoMo 2012

I've toyed with the idea of a blog for a few years now.  I have lots floating around in my head, but never the time or eloquence to put it out there for all to see.  To remedy this, I'm participating in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).  They won't all be gems, but they will be out there for all to see.