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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