Monday, August 17, 2009


Yep, me and Ivy have been playing Farmville for a few days now and we are hooked like hungry fish!

We check our progress at least twice a day, discuss which gifts to send and who to send them to. We look forward to doing chores on other farms to help with our experience and our bank account. We are currently saving up for a cow. One of Ivy's dreams!

There are alot of concepts that work really well into a pre-k (almost K) curriculum as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure that many would disagree since it is screen time, but we are having fun and enjoying something together.

And having a farm without having to actually weed, water and harvest? Along without having to deal with overflow and the need of effective weight loss supplements for the huge amount of produce? It's a winner on all fronts for me!

Avon Calling

have you ever had something in your life work out for the better? kind of where you knew it would be a good thing, but then it turned into something that was better than you expected? Not totally wonderful or amazingly awesome, but better? Well, that's what Avon has been for me.

A little history. At daycare, we have 20 full time staff. They used to have a pretty regular Avon lady that would come in to take and deliver orders. They were always so excited when their Avon showed up. I could tell that it was an Avon day just by their attitudes when I'd walk in the office. Then their Avon lady ditched them. I looked into the program and told them that I'd step in for them. It only cost 10 to join and it looked pretty easy and fun.

I'm loving this gig. It is really easy and fun. Especially since the clientele was already in place. And when they say that the product sells itself, it is true! I even have some clients outside of the day care as well just because they heard that I was selling Avon. The money is minimal especially since I end up ordering for myself as well. It doesn't provide me the funds for affordable health insurance but it buys me a coffee here and there.

And they have fun stuff. It lets me be girly and lets me shop without having to get out of the car. Seein what people buy is neat too. Some of my staff has tastes that I never would have guessed. the whole experience has been a surprise.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday Fill In 8/14

And actually, it is Saturday!!

1. When will we ever decide what to do about this house?
2. Harry Potter was the last good movie I saw.
3. Everything has its beauty but housework.
4. Reuben is what I had for dinner.
5. I'd like your Medicare supplement to be enough for you to live on.
6. Right where I am is where I want to be right now.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing my kids and Chris, tomorrow my plans include a funeral and Sunday, I want to go to the farmer's market!
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

acorn squash

one of the last things that my dad ever gave me was a large amount of squash. He had gotten a huge trunk full of all different types of squash. It was in the parking lot of my littlest brother's high school stadium where he was playing football. I remember thinking how much I loved my community at that moment. Living in an agricultural area, not even thinking about needing moving companies New York.

I have always loved baked acorn squash. And now, whenever I have one, I think of my dad. and even better, I think of my dad providing for me.

I'm baking a squash right now that was a gift from our housekeeper's garden. The kids ate corn from her first harvest. The smell in the house is heaven. My kids are full with quality food, given to them with love. It's a good night.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

money in the mailbox

This week Chris and I each got a check from 2 different car insurance companies. Of course, they were for money that we had already spent with them, but hey, I'll take a refund over a bill any day! His check was in the 40s while mine was in the 30s.

I once got a check for .99 . No complaints from me!

Big Love

Yes, experiencing Big Love in the real world is wonderful. But so is watching Big Love episodes on dvd.

I have loved Ginnifer Goodwin since Mona Lisa Smile and everything that I've seen her in since has just made me love her even more. Such a doll. Chloe Sevigny's character scares the crud out of me. And I wish that I could be more like Jeanne Tripplehorn's character, Barb.

Each time I watch, I identify with each of the wives. The writers do a great job of making them all so human and "normal". In fact, I had just watched the episode where Bill has to look into alarm systems for their homes when I ended up having to buy one for us as well. All of my concerns were also the wives' concerns too. Real life in the home and on the screen.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Finding a New Blog

This weekend I read Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. and save for the introduction, I loved it. And turns out, she has a blog! One that goes along the same lines and was started in 2007 and is still going.

I'm spending my spare time now reading all of her past posts. From the beginning. In between months, I do laundry. I'm liking this distraction.

here's the link

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Copying Kelly V

From her facebook update, I copied Kelly and decided to listen to some showtunes on Pandora. For the past hour, Henry and mommy have been singing and dancing. (Okay, maybe just Mommy and Henry is a willing captive audience)
Our latest cuts have been:
lucy in the sky with diamonds from across the universe
la vie boheme from rent
my favorite things from the sound of music
Defying Gravity from Wicked

What variety! I'm enjoying every minute of it. Hendrix, not so much...