Archive for January, 2011

Supermommy

Monday, January 31st, 2011

No, not I.

But I was surfing the ‘net the other day and stumbled across some parenting information that caught my eye. (Because really, aren’t we all trying to make sure we’re doing the best that we can? Yeah.)

So the thing I found was a sampling of baby “schedules” for 6-9 month-old children. Our of curiosity, I read these “schedules” and felt my eyebrows disappearing into my hairline.

Sample text:

9:30AM - 10:30AM - Little Johnny plays with his toys
10:30AM - 12:00 Noon - Little Johnny naps
12:00 Noon - Little Johnny has 2oz. meat, 2oz. veggies, 2oz. fruit

And so on, and so on.

All I could think was, What?!? What is this, Stepford children? Don’t these women run errands? Take babies and other children to various medical appointments? Have family members/relatives call and ask for help or various favours? And the kid eats the exact same amount of food every single day? What if Little Johnny doesn’t consistently nap for one-and-a-half hours every morning?

Really. Who *does* this? Do these (mainly) women have nothing to do outside of the home? We have things to do, people. As much as sometimes I don’t like to do it, we occasionally end up leaving the house 3-4 days out of the week, for assorted reasons. Sometimes Ms. Junior Peanut naps in the morning, sometimes she doesn’t. Sometimes lunch is at noon, sometimes it’s at 1:00. If I tried to stick to a schedule like the ones I read, I think I would go insane.

I think the bottom line is, Ms. J.P. is fed and watered on a reasonably regular basis, and 95% of the time has morning and afternoon naps. Plus playtime and social interaction with myself and other important people. I think that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

So now that I’ve said my piece, I’ll slip my curmudgeon hat back on the hook for another time.

How Do They Do It?

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Honestly, as I sit here staring at the blank screen (well, okay, technically not completely blank any more…) I wonder how columnists do it. People who write several hundred words of wit and wisdom on a weekly (or daily!) basis. How do they keep it fresh and original? It boggles the mind, I tells ya.

I suppose if I had a new story I was working on I could tell you a bit about it, but those ideas are still doing a slow boil on the back burner. I also don’t want to say much about the ideas in general, because who knows what sort of metamorphoses these things will take between now and the finished product?

Really, I suppose I’ve become somewhat boring in the last little while. Life revolves around the baby and attempting to keep the household running as smoothly as possible, all while maintaining my sanity. It’s a roller coaster ride, folks.

I also just realized that my MIL will be here in just over a week for a visit. She lives on the other side of the country and so still hasn’t even seen the baby in person. It will be really good to have her here, but it also means I have to start cleaning. I think I’m going to have to make a plan — I’ve only got about 11 or so days before she arrives. (Just humour me, B.E. Seriously.)

Hm. Well, I guess I filled up this space pretty well, huh? Gotta figure out more interesting things to talk to you about, though.

Whine, Whine, Whine

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I’m on day two of headache. I’m thinking it may be barometer-related, as we’ve had some major weather shifts here over the last few days.

Regardless of the reason…YUCK.

I can deal with many things, but the feeling of an ice pick being poked into the side of my head is not one of them.

Have to feed Ms. Junior Peanut once more tonight, then I’m off to bed.

Sayonara, folks.

What Next?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I have a new story idea burbling away in my brain.

Frankly, I love it when a random thought strikes and instantly turns into the kernel of a new tale. (It feels like such a rare thing for me, I have to celebrate it when it *does* happen. :P )

Lovely grew that way. It was a single, random thought that crossed my mind, and from there that story was born.

So I’ve been chewing on this idea for a little while now, and while I think the kernel is pretty damned neat, I’m kinda…stuck.

I know I need to work out the whys and the wherefores of it. There have to be reasons behind it all — I just don’t know what those reasons are yet.

This is another one, too, that seems to be wavering between erotic or not. I’d like it to be erotic, but the kernel doesn’t quite lend itself to eroticism at this particular point in time. I’m certain there’s a way to work it in there. There must be.

Sorry. I know I’m being horribly vague, but a lot of this idea is still horribly vague in my head to begin with. Maybe I need to do some freewriting or word association or something to help jumpstart the juices.

Rella, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal! I need you and a bucket o’ Margaritas! (Well, at -28C I don’t think we actually want the bucket of frozen drinks, but maybe a cocktail or two will do.)

What next, what next, what next…?

Small Things

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Sometimes we have to take comfort in the small things in life, don’t we?

Especially when staring in the face of another chaotically busy week.

Ugh.

The line from the John Lennon song is never truer — “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

My Small Thing at this particular moment is a piece of toast with peanut butter and honey. Mmm. What’s your Small Thing today?
An unrelated aside: I had trouble falling asleep last night because I had story snippets going through my head. However, I was way too lazy (and it was COLD, people! I wasn’t about to get out of bed!) to get up and write any of it down. My bad. I’ll have to see what I can dredge from my memory banks later.

Stay warm, all of you who are experiencing frosty temps!

Meme Time: You Too Can Be A Rock Star

Friday, January 21st, 2011

It’s a game, folks! What could your very first album cover look like? Now you can find out!

Here are the rules:

My Album…

1 - Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use photoshop or similar (picnik.com is a free online photo editor) to put it all together.

And here’s my result:

Okay, that’s kinda cool, huh?? Give it a try! And send me some linky love when you’ve posted your works of art!

Have a great weekend, folks!

Ugh!

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

What?

Thursday night already?

Where the hell did the week go? I’m serious — I have no idea how time keeps slipping so quickly by. I lamented (rather pessimistically, perhaps) to B.E. earlier in the evening that with Ms. Junior Peanut in the house, it may be quite some time before I can accomplish anything significant. I was mainly referring to new books, but it could also apply to crafting projects and general household To-Do items.

For example, I would like to make several gifts by hand for Christmas 2011, and I quite seriously believe I need to start now. At the rate I’m going, I may just barely finish up in time. The first step will be making lists for people and sorting out what supplies I need. Then I need to actually figure out how to use the brand-spankin’ new sewing machine Santa brought me this year. I’ve been using The Mater’s machine, but she wants it back so I need to make that switch.
Anyway. I digress. The last few nights I’ve climbed into bed and wondered how it got to be bedtime again already. Maybe it’s just me. Anybody else feel like time’s flying?

I know a lot of self-help, motivational-type people say that you can’t wait for the opportune time to do things, you have to just quit talking about them and do them already. So I’m going to squeeze in an hour of wordcrafting somewhere each day. Or maybe it should be a word-count goal. I could potentially sit at the computer for an hour and only come up with a dozen words. On the other hand, it could take me three hours to get a thousand words. Hm.

Okay. That doesn’t matter right now. If I think about it for too long I’ll just backlog myself anyway. Tomorrow I pick a story and brainstorm/plot. I want to get back on that wagon before this month is over. Wish me luck. I think I’m gonna need it.

A Lending Library…Of Sorts

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I’m just slightly annoyed.

You all know I’m a crafting nut lately (or armchair, technically, since I’ve been doing more dreaming than creating, but I digress), but one thing has a nasty habit of cropping up on a semi-regular basis.

You see an adorable little creation on someone’s fancy blog, you click on the tutorial to see if you can make it yourself…and you’re stumped by the inclusion of some fancy-schmancy ultra-specific crafting tool that you yourself do not own.

And have no intention of buying. Especially not for the purposes of making one single project. That just seems ridiculous.

I lay in bed last night thinking about how helpful it would be if there were a sharing pool or lending “library” of unique crafting tools. Say you need some kind of funky, fancy punch or a binding machine. Or specialty cutters. Or something. But you don’t want to spend the $20, 30, 40, 50 to purchase that item. Especially if you don’t expect to ever use it again.

So what if you could borrow one for a week or five days, or even 24 hours? You could create your masterpiece without the hassle and expense of purchasing the item to begin with. And like any library, you are penalized if you’re late returning the item, or if you damage it.
Frankly, I think it’s genius. But I have no idea if it’s doable or feasible or if anyone would ever want to create such a thing.

But one can dream, right?

How?!?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I was a magpie in a former life. I’m sure of it.

It isn’t just the attraction to bright and shiny things — though that is a big one — but it’s also the healthy dose of “Ooh! What’s that? And that? And that?”

Where was I?

Oh, yes. It’s nigh impossible for me to keep from getting distracted with all new sparkly ideas for things to do. (Okay, it *is* possible, but that would mainly involve taking my computer away, and I’d have to hurt someone if that happened. :P )

I found yet another craft blog. Chock full of neato ideas.

I know, I know.

*sigh*

I need a twelve-step program. I really do. I barely have time to shower, dress and take care of the baby on a daily basis, let alone try out all sorts of new crafty projects.

(And again, that’s not taking into account this would-be writing career of mine, either. :( )

I need a ban, or something. Or perhaps I just need to get up and walk away.

*clears throat* Hi there, I’m Kris and I’m an Internet addict.

*sigh*

Okay, this is me getting up and walking away…

A Resolution

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Yes, I know. I said I wasn’t going to make any of these.

(I did, right? I can’t remember now. Damned old age setting in…)

Anyway. It occurred to me last night, as I was pouring myself a glass of half water, half cranberry juice, that I haven’t been drinking enough (non-alcoholic) liquids lately. It’s probably why I’ve been feeling sluggish and fuzzy-headed. The problem is, though, I don’t like the taste of plain water. Adding fruit juice = adding calories, and using things like Crystal Light packages is not an option right now because of the aspartame and other chemicals and breastfeeding.

But regardless of all that, I really do need to make that change. That’s a rather important one.

Sorry this wasn’t that exciting of a post. I’m trying to make myself accountable to external sources.

And besides, you guys have the wet noodles for “just in case”… :D