Monday, October 31, 2011

We thought we'd put our skulls together...

...and wish you a Happy Halloween from the Supermergentroid Family.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The duel on Mustafar, on a cake

My favorite little Jedi wanted a cake with the duel on Mustafar scene from Star Wars Episode 3. I did my best and obliged. He turns six tomorrow. I endlessly marvel at the light speed passage of time once parenthood begins.

Friday, October 28, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by Soulemama.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Enjoying fall; getting ready for a change

Fall is of course a vibrant change of season. For me next week will hopefully change things for me greatly---I'm going in for a uterine artery embolization to help with fibroids. Long story short: I have a big one, and it's basically stealing my energy. I am kind of to the point where I can barely keep up with laundry and dishes and meals, let alone blogging and creativity and the fun stuff. I'm accepting that I can't do it all right now.

We are having some good times around here: we picked out a couple of nice pumpkins to carve this week and we are going to do a family paper mache skull painting project. I'm also doing a 365 scrapbook; that is going only so-so. I usually remember to snap a photo a day, but then I end up doing the pages ten at a time to catch up, which sort of defeats the purpose. My baby will be turning six this week so we're expecting company for that. We're drinking cider and taking lots of walks and watching the leaves turn.

Anyway I expect to be scarce for a while, both planning for this and recovering from it after. If you have a moment, keep me and mine in your prayers. The boys have never known life with mom in bed for a week! With any luck I'll feel a whole lot better on the other side.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Today is a reading day

Do you bite off more than you can chew with your books? Yeah, me too. Part of my problem is that no matter how long the library queue is, I'm guaranteed to have all my titles come in at once. I now find myself at varying points in multiple books; no choice but to have a reading marathon today. Here's the rundown:

On the Farmfront: The Women's Land Army in WWII by Stephanie Carpenter. I've barely begun this but the pictures are fascinating. It's about women, bother farmers and non-farmers, who flocked to the country to keep agriculture going during the war while the men went to fight. Think Rosie the Riveter on a tractor. I found this title completely by accident while doing a library search for a book for my son.

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg. A collection of short stories about women dealing with various issues. I'm about half way through, and I really like it, especially the story that gives the book its name---a woman skips her Weight Watchers meeting to literally eat whatever she wants all day. I had heard the title several years back and finally got around to getting myself a copy.

Buddha Standard Time by Dali Surya Das. I was intrigued by its cover in the library, so I checked it out. Basically there are a lot of good ideas in this book, and you don't have to be a Buddhist to benefit from them. I'm about halfway through (haven't had the time to read it ha ha.)

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. Yeah, I sort of dig the racy historical fiction thing. I finished The Other Boleyn Girl and loved it, as well as The White Queen and The Red Queen. Wouldn't you know it, that my copy of The Lady of the Rivers came in today and I can only keep it two weeks?

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Daczyzn. This is the bible for all things frugal. It is admittedly a bit dated (like Amy's early-1990's advice that you don't really need a computer) but the articles are timeless and solid. I try to re-read this, or at least skim it a couple times a year to refocus my efforts at keeping things simple and frugal around here.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This was a very very weird book, that I read for book club. If you like Tim Burton movies, Alice in Wonderland, fantasy, steampunk stuff and honestly a good page turning read, this is for you. To be honest, at first I really didn't get it, but the hook was so great I couldn't stop until I got to the end. I would add it's a good read for All Hallow's Evening too.

That's my line up for today, since the husband has kindly taken the boys off my hands. What are you reading?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thrifted Thursday and an Etsy Purchase.

On every thrifting trip this year I've sought out the perfect cat, for Halloween decor, with no luck. I learned something: I would go to the thrifts, spend a lot of money on other stuff I found, but still no cat. So I decided to just find what I wanted on Etsy. This critter came from Now Vintage; I got it quickly and I love it! It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but less money than going on a thrifting excursion and buying a bunch of stuff and still coming home without what I wanted. Sometimes I think it is worth it, especially if you want a certain thing.

As I've mentioned in recent posts I've been sort of avoided the thrifts altogether, again because I buy too much stuff, and I'm more in a decluttering phase of life. However, the other day the rain was pouring and I was feeling a bit blue. This little bit of sunshine cheered me up! Made in Italy, it still had its old Lazarus price tag on the bottom! It will be perfect in the early days of spring when I'm looking to ward away the chill!

Monday, October 17, 2011


It's been a while since we've done proper weekending, between the cub scouts' popcorn sale and attending various events. We had a great time Saturday at Prairie Oaks, hiking and taking in the sights, sounds and smells of fall. I guess you could say the tastes too, since we started the day with dougnuts and then had early supper at Der Dutchman. It was nice to just spend a few hours roaming the park and noticing things like wooly worms and other creatures, fungus and the smell and sound of leaves and wind.

The boys also enjoyed the crazy playground with the climbing rock that was a wee bit taller that I would have like, lol. They are adventurers.

Sunday found us at the soccer field again, for the 2nd to last game of the season. We have been blessed with excellent weather for every game (*knock wood*) so far, but we are also looking forward to reclaiming Sundays for piling on the blankets and reading books. For now though, it is awesome to attend a game with a mug of cocoa!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall Treats: Doughnuts and Cider

We have a little family rule about doughnuts. Twice a year and that is it. Yesterday was a lovely, windy but sunny fall day, so we decided to go for a hike in the afternoon. Knowing this, Zack and I stopped at the grocery store on our way home from drum lesson to surprise Ken and Nate with an assortment of doughnuts and cider for breakfast. I was proud of us because we are trying to save money, and I was tempted to go to Tim Horton's drive through AND Starbucks! That would have cost a bundle. Instead our little Kroger trip was under $10 for cider, cocoa and doughnuts, plus we got a ton of exercise to burn off the doughnuts! And let me tell you, they are extra awesome when you know that you'll be waiting four months until Fat Tuesday and your next doughnut!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Random painting spree

Do you ever just wake up one morning and realize that the color you painted the lamps was just the wrong shade of blue?

And further, feel compelled, at that moment, to bring out the spraypaint and start working on it? Even if your sink is full of dishes and the laundry is all heaped up? Yeah, me too.

There, that's better.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weddings are so...








Thank you Tom and Erin, for including us on your special day. Godspeed and best wishes for a happily ever after!