Archive for August, 2007




I’m feeling humble.

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From Toni

You Are a Green Crayon

Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors.
While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.
Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible – and you try to make others feel at ease.
You’re very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!
Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.

What Color Crayon Are You?

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Have I mentioned that I love living here?

There was an all night flea market in our town last night. Woo hoo! I headed out by myself on a whim after the kiddies were in bed to recharge a little and see what I could see.

I saw rows and rows of GORGEOUS crap…toys from my childhood (the Fisher Price Goldilocks and the 3 Bears house, the metal dollhouse I had as a child), table after table of glassware that may or may not actually be of any value, videocassettes and DVD’s, greyhounds (for the record, definitely NOT crap), colorful blocks that spelled out all manner of children’s names, leatherette purses and cell phone holders, wooden bracelets covered with pictures of Jesus, some of the most fanciful salt and pepper shakers you’ve ever seen, teenagers dressed in their wackiest clothes SO excited to be out and be SEEN, etc.

I wandered and looked and squinted and sauntered. The flashing sign said to bring your flashlight, but I did not heed this excellent advice as I had been tethered to the flashlight in my own home for the last two days. Note to self: next year, bring flashlight.

I wasn’t really in the market for any more toys or tchotchkes as I had recently gone whole hog at the local children’s resale, so as I wandered, I thought, self, “Why not get a little henna tattoo from these lovely Indian ladies for $5.” So I did.


This is before I washed off the henna.


This is this morning.

Note: I really don’t have Fred Flintstone feet, it just looks that way in the photo. And, Emily, Why did I just highlight my most unattractive feature on my blog?! I do not know.

And then I thought “Self, why not get a little eyebrow shaping that these lovely ladies are also offering?” So I did.





For the record, I’m thinking of getting contacts again. ‘Cuz really, aren’t my eyes pretty?

Did I mention I get to eat popcorn?

It was a little slice of heaven.

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Win this



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For more Caption This photos, visit Don’t Try This At Home.

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#4 – April! from Butterfly Kisses. Thanks to everyone who entered. I enjoyed looking around some new blogs. I think I might make this at least a quarterly drawing, if not monthly. So check back for more great pottery giveaways.


I wasn’t able to medal in the BlogOlympics due to severe weather here in IL. We just got our power back on in the last 30 minutes. It’s been out since Thursday at 3 pm. I confess I’ve quite enjoyed the solitude and the natural rhythms of the day and night (minus the hum of the neighborhood’s many generators). I felt like a princess compared to power outages in SC because we have a gas water heater and a gas stove here in IL, so I was still able to take a hot shower and cook Spaghettios on the stovetop. My kids are small enough that they didn’t complain too much. They took delight in camping out in the living room, playing chase the flashlight, and dancing around to music from the (miracle of miracles!) battery-powered radio.

But, as promised, I have added some new bloggy goodness to my blogroll. So check out my new bloggy friends if you don’t know them yet. More later, -e.

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WFMW – Cheap bubble bath


What mom hasn’t put Junior in the bathtub, turned her back for one second, and turned back around to find Junior squeezing the last drop of a full bottle of shampoo (or shower gel) into the bathwater?

Whenever I finish using a bottle of shampoo or liquid soap, I give it to Junior to play with in the bath…to squirt and fill and pour and bubble, rinse, repeat. It usually still makes enough bubbles to keep Junior quite happy. And placates him enough to enable him to keep his hands off the good stuff until the next empty bottle comes along.

It’s a simple, humble tip today. But it works for me.

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Rocks in My Dryer

Don’t miss your chance to enter my summer giveaway this week!

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I’m a Rockin’ Girl Blogger


Rebecca, at The Space Between my Peers, has declared that I’m a Rockin’ Girl Blogger. What’s really sneaky, is that she decided to bestow the award upon everyone who had posted a comment to her blog for the first time last week. You might remember that she was the smarty who posted to WFMW about doubling your comments. Since I have recently become addicted to “comment crack” (credit for that one here), that was a sure-fire way to get me to click AND to comment…and NOW she’s given me an award for it?! Oh, my stars and garters!!! (credit for that one belongs here). Rebecca’s blog is primarily about fashion, but she also has some lovely things to say about blogging and frugality. Thank you, Rebecca, from the bottom of my magic knickers.

So, now I’m going to join in the sneaky fun and bestow the award on everyone who commented on my blog today! Congratulations to:

Paige at paige.ericksonfamily.com

Ginny at scrappyd.blogspot.com

sincerelyanna at sincerelyanna.wordpress.com

Emily at thelearningneverstops.blogspot.com

MamaLady at icantleavewellenoughalone.wordpress.com

Megan(FriedOkra) at friedokra4me.blogspot.com

stephanie at 1badmom.blogspot.com

corinne at corinneinthemirror.blogspot.com

I’m also going to steal Rebecca’s lovely conversation starter. Do you play any musical instruments? Let me know in a comment.

As it turns out, I do often-times rock out on the violin. What can I say, I’m a renaissance woman.

I know most of you lucky ladies (cough *Megan* cough) have already entered, but don’t miss your chance to enter my summer giveaway this week!

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Jesus Bread

Today’s post is guest-blogged by my wonderful husband. 

True story. Sunday, Aug 19th, 2007…

First, some background:

“Hi, I’m Anglican. And Lutheran. Is that possible?” Well, for the sake of argument, let’s just say that it is and I am. Point is, I loves me some liturgy, and I take the Eucharist pretty seriously. I believe in consubstantiation, not to put too fine a point on it. So, I was more than a little nervous when my 2 year old, S, reached out a grabbed a wedge of unleavened bread from the paten at last week’s holy communion, until he turned to me and said, “Look, Daddy, Jesus bread.” At that point I figured he’s got the concept pretty good, even if he is basically just parroting the words of his older sister (which I was sure must have been the case). So I let him eat it.

However, I had worked up a fairly good case of regret about that over the course of the week, and by Sunday, I KNEW that I was going to have a tough decision to make, and enforcing it was likely going to cause the screams of a two-year old to reverberate throughout the sanctuary (like we don’t already disturb the service enough when he comes in at the passing of the peace yelling “I want trEATS!”). So, needless to say, I went into the service not particularly looking forward to holy communion–which is not the way one really wants to approach this, or any other, sacrament.

OK, now onto the story:

It’s Sunday. I’m in church, and it’s sermon time. Today’s topic? Well, wouldn’t ya know it, it’s about the Eucharist, and the dangers of not taking it seriously. The damning consequences, actually. This was a part of a larger discourse about being led astray, a kind of hell-fire and brimstone sermon, which is really unlike our pastor. And, yes, he did leave room for grace, but it was still pretty stern, let me tell you! I was thinking that I don’t really understand/ am not worthy of taking the Eucharist myself, much less my 2 year old son! So, sermon’s over, then creed, prayers, the offering, the Eucharistic prayers, passing of the peace (”trEATS, mommy, I want trEATS!”) and it’s time to head up to the rail. I still haven’t done a thing to prepare S for NOT getting bread and wine–I’m pretty much too wrapped up in my own self-pity (yeah, so what else is new?). Anyway, I’m letting Lainey take care of S. So, we get to the rail, and the congregation starts singing “Jesus Loves Me.”

“Jesus Loves Me,” people.

Our Anglican church, the one whose Offertory Hymns are mostly in Latin (believe me, I know), and rarely sings anything written after 1850, is singing “Jesus Loves Me.” …During the Eucharist…and after that sermon…and guess what S makes you sing every night at bedtime?

“I’ll take ‘Jesus Loves Me’ for a thousand, Alex”


Of course, S recognizes this immediately, does a big gasp, and turns to me saying “Jesus loves me, Daddy, Jesus loves me!” After which he turns and takes a piece of bread (at this point I’m nodding to the paten bearer, trying to telepathically send him the message ‘Don’t even think about passing over S with that paten!’ (which he didn’t). And then the cup comes and S wants to take a sip of that, too, which he did. His first full holy communion. And no spit takes! And get this–and I promise you this is still a true story–he then turned to Lainey and said, “Jesus, loves you, Mommy,” and then, as we sat down, he came to me and said, “Jesus loves you, Daddy.”

And, in that moment, I felt God telling me, “You know, it’s not really about how complicated you want to make it, it’s about how simple I make it.”

Make sure you enter my End of Summer Giveaway this week!

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In honor of MamaBlogga’s BlogOlympics, I will be hosting my first contest and joining Trista at the Pumpkin Patch’s End of Summer Party. I will be giving away a handmade pottery tea bowl. This piece is made by a very talented local potter and sculptor named David Hooker.


Whether you are a collector of his work, a lover of handmade artifacts, or just someone who drinks things, this giveaway is for you. To enter, just leave me a comment with your name (using a correct email address) and on Friday, August 24th, I’ll draw a winner. I’ll contact the winner via email, and you can send me your mailing address privately. I’ll send the tumbler to you via U.S. Mail. (U.S. Residents only)


If you want to participate in the BlogOlympics too, try some of these fun things:

I participate in Works-for-me-Wednesday and Caption This (this one is new for me, but I LOVE it).

I’ve submitted something to Scribbit’s August Write-Away contest.

I always find and comment on new blogs through these activities. Every week or so, I clean out my reader–deleting a few things and adding new faves. I make sure I really like someone a lot before adding them to my blogroll, so I won’t have to take them back off–hopefully. But I think I’ll make it a goal to add a few new blogs to my blogroll before the BlogOlympics end, cause lately I’ve found some new favorites. Happy Blogging!

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