Monday, July 29, 2013

I Lost My Keys Today

Today, I made the mistake of getting my haircut, not bringing my cell phone with me, and misplacing my car keys while trying to get home. Forty-five minutes later, a zillion times up and down the strip mall, multiple teddy grahams later, the Rescue Rangers (seriously that's what the towing company is called) showed up in their towing Prius and let me back into my car. This woman, me, three weeks from my due date, climbed through my car, looking for my keys. No love. Holy Hannah, am I really an idiot? Where were they? In the Salon, they started looking through their curlers, outside some random really nice man offered to help me look through my car. And then my keys fell out of the hood of my stroller. I have no idea how they got there, I have no idea why they weren't found earlier, but I am grateful for the following:
  • The kind people in the salon who were nice to my squirmy child as I took forever to contact my insurance agency to invoke my benefits.
  • Most of the same kind people in the salon who looked through their curlers in search of my keys.
  • The very generous random guy who offered to crawl through my car for me so my large pregnant self wouldn't have to again.
  • The beautiful day that made hanging out outside actually fairly pleasant.
  • My sweet, mostly well-behaved child.
So I may be an idiot, but at least my insurance company will pay for my incompetence.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

My Boys

For the first nine to twelve months of his life, my sweet Wee Babe was most assuredly a mama's boy. No matter how much Matthew tried to play with, cajole and or comfort this child, he wasn't having any of it. But with age, maturity and some well-answered prayers, this child has become buddies with his pops. I can not overstate just how adorable their friendship is and how much easier my life has become since it has blossomed. Yea boys! And yea that this happened before Bitty Girl was born!!!

My Friend's Been Hacked!

I recently got an email from a friend from years ago. It was obvious his email account had been compromised and had been used for someone else's nefarious purposes. So sad. In fact Matt's was recently hacked as well and it can only leave someone feeling violated. But from the other side - the side being sent spam email, it kind of made me smile. Not for this irritation in his life, but because it seemed as though his email account was sending me an unwritten message - "I know we haven't talked in at least a decade, and who knows if we'll ever see each other again, but I still remember who you are and we are still friends." It sounds silly really, but I'm glad he never got around to deleting my contact information from his email account. Because it kind of made my day. So I say to all of you who have ever once been my friend, if I hear that your account got hacked and I didn't receive an spam email to prove it, I just may be hurt.  LOVE!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

My New Sewing Machine

I am one happy chica! I have a new sewing machine (Janome Memory Craft 6300). It is definitely not the fanciest of models, did you know that they can cost upwards of $12,000?!!! Holy Smokes! But it is also definitely not one found at your local Walmart or Joann's. It is just the right level of fancy for my sewing purposes and as such I am in sewing machine heaven. Who knew a piece of materialism could make me so blissful? I have been pining for this machine ever since a friend bought the same one a few months ago. It has cool features I wanted and some I never knew I wanted but as soon as I saw I began dreaming about. And after working a bit over the last few weeks and saving my pennies, it is now mine. Ah sweet bliss. Even Matt loves it. At least to the extent that its maximum noise level is considerably softer than my two previous machines. He can now actually watch AND hear the TV while I am sewing my little heart out.

My first project on it being a quilt Matthew commissioned for his Christmas present! Pictures to follow!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Bitty Girl has a Blanket

After months of looking for fabric, buying some, not liking it after all, buying some more (thanks to my sweetheart for not hating me), I finally made my sweet daughter to be a baby quilt. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and now Bitty Girl is free to arrive anytime she pleases. In fact all major projects and tasks in her behalf have been completed. Car seat and baby swing - washed, quilt - finished and clothes - sorted. Let the great two children experiment begin!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Weeding in the Mud

Today's chore was weeding our 10 square feet of dirt. But with today's rain, it was 10 square feet of mud. The rain made weeding a bit easier and Wee Boy didn't seem to mind playing outside. I tried to keep the child from eating the dirt/mud but just like mushy strawberries, anything outside is fair game in his mind when my back is turned. Have I mentioned I am raising a boy? I feel like this child could be in an Oxyclean advertisement. It's a good thing he's washable and kinda cute.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Home Improvement - Kitchen Backsplash

I'm not sure Matthew and I would consider ourselves fixer-upper people, that's why we bought a new house. And I'm pretty positive this backsplash would have forever stayed on the bottom of our priority list had it not moved itself up with grease splatters on the wall and flaking paint from water residue. I'm not sure Matt was super keen on the project until he had cool new power tools to add to his budding collection. After what felt like weeks of delay with other things going on or not having all the right materials, we finally spent this past Saturday on our kitchen ignoring our poor child. I have to say, I couldn't be more pleased with how our little project came out. Definitely not professional, but pretty darn good for people who aren't fixer-upper people.
It was also great working with Matthew. It's one of the things I love most about us - our ability to work together respectfully and efficiently. It's definitely one of the better aspects of team Marler and projects like this make me remember why I love him so.

P.S. One of my favorite aspects of working on this project was using my quilting ruler to measure out the socket holes. It made the job so much easier and how fun to be able to contribute with my own totally non-handyman flair.