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(no subject) [Jan. 30th, 2011|06:08 pm]
It is nearly February (!), so I think I'd better post about Christmas.

There are a few really fun activities that Blake and I did together that really made the holiday nice for me, and I hope for him too.

We make little pine cone bird feeders by smearing peanut butter on pine cones, then rolling them in birdseed. We hung them by lengths of yellow yarn around our back yard. I think the squirrels got more use out of them than the birds, but Blake finds squirrels delightful, so I didn't mind.

Blake got his very own pair of "zizzors" from the dollar store, and we attempted to cut snowflakes. He is still a bit young for scissors and wasn't having much success (well, all those layers folded over each other is pretty tricky), so I just quickly cut them, then handed them to him to unfold and discover how they turned out. He LOVED it! We hung them with tape from the window, and they are still up. Some of them turned out so beautifully, if I say so myself. Great use of scrap paper, too!

Then I involved Blake in wrapping presents, by setting him up at the dining room table with a roll of brown paper, winter-y rubber stamps, and a tin of crayons. He scribbled on the paper with whole fistfuls of crayons at once, making beautiful, rainbow-y swirls all over, then sprinkled little snowman, Santa, and snowflake stampings everywhere. It was honestly quite gorgeous! When he'd finish a good chunk of paper, I'd cut it to size for wrapping a present on the card table close by. We finished the packages off by tying them with red and white swirled baker's twine. The packages looked so pretty, and Blake was so proud of them that he took all of the packages that we used our own paper on out from under the tree, and put them in the back of his giant dump truck, which he pushed up next to the Christmas tree and left there till the good day itself.

We also make several batches of gingerbread cookies over the course of the season. Blake is such a good helper in the kitchen. He loves to "stir, stir, stir", which means watch the kitchen aid swirl the ingredients that he helped pour in all together. We have such a large and lovely collection of vintage cookie cutters at this point, that we were able to make an entire batch of cookies with hardly ANY repeated cookie shapes! Isn't that fun? We didn't decorate the cookies, since the shapes were so pretty on their own, and the cookies so yummy without frosting.

In all, it was a really nice holiday season and I enjoyed the time I spent with the extended family very much. But my favorite parts were these little quite, simple activities at home.
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2009|11:09 am]
From a Johnny Depp interview Jan 2004 (http://www.johnnydeppfan.com/interviews/aussieb.htm)

"B: Now has fatherhood changed you?

J: It's changed everything. Well, everything and nothing really It's more revealing of the person you always thought you could be, but didn't know what steps to take to arrive there, and having my kids ‑ having my family ‑ pushed me in that direction. My family has made me a much better person. I'm much more centred than I've ever been.

B: You seem like a radically different person to who you were a decade ago...

J: Way older [laughs].

B: You were regarded as a rebel. What do you think you were rebelling against?

J: [Lights another cigarette and stares out the window]. It was confusion. I didn't understand what any of it was about.

B: What do you mean?

J: Well, most people around me were telling me that I had to do movies and they had to be successful and that I had to have money and all that stuff. At the same time, I wasn't comfortable in that role and it wasn't what I wanted. You know, I knew that wasn't happiness. I didn't know what happiness was. I went through a very nasty few years where I just poisoned myself to medicate myself to try and not feel that. I wasn't comfortable in that role.

B: What changed it all for you?

J: Kids give you perspective and strength. Things that I was freaked out about before become nothing. Having kids changed it all."
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Graffiti I can get behind [Jun. 23rd, 2008|03:03 pm]
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ganked from a bunch of people [Jun. 4th, 2008|09:26 pm]

Pyzam Family Sticker Toy
Create your own family sticker graphic at pYzam.com

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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2008|12:10 pm]
meme from pescivendolo
Go to beliefnet.com and click on the BeliefoMatic. Take the quiz and post the Top 10 beliefs you have and then state what religion you are or not. It's up to you.

Warning: Belief-O-Matic™ assumes no legal liability for the ultimate fate of your soul.

My results:
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. New Age (97%)
3. Neo-Pagan (94%)
4. Liberal Quakers (93%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (93%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (83%)
7. Taoism (79%)
8. Secular Humanism (74%)
9. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (73%)
10. New Thought (72%)

Ha ha, Mormon was number 24 at 21%.
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(no subject) [Jun. 12th, 2007|04:17 pm]

via anne_jumps


What I said on Anne's thread after reading: "In a way it is nice that people in general, and the field of psychology in particular, are starting to see that introversion is just a different personality type, and that it's okay. On the other hand, it is somewhat insulting, as the article sounds sort of like "Hey, guess what! Loner's aren't socially retarded or defective in other ways! Who knew?".

And I agree that the end of the article was totally like "yeah, being a loner is okay, except for when they are alone a lot." Bleh. "
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(no subject) [Apr. 23rd, 2007|01:51 pm]

For those of you not on the Leaky Cauldron feed:


Oh. My. God. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(no subject) [Apr. 16th, 2007|08:39 am]
Ganked from purrevil and eveoferin:

We all have things about our friends that make us slightly envious. Not in a bad way, but in a 'Wow! I wish I had that person's hair/eyes/money/relationship/wardrobe/whatever.'

So tell me what about me makes you envy me... then if you feel like it, post this in your LJ and see what makes me envious of you.
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(no subject) [Mar. 5th, 2007|04:19 pm]
This is a great article about being optimistic that I really needed to read. I've been slowly slipping into a habit of negativity, and hadn't really even noticed. Hopefully the tips here will help.


(and: hee. I love my Steve Perry icon.)
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(no subject) [Mar. 5th, 2007|12:17 pm]
Your results:
You are Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
River (Stowaway)
Inara Serra (Companion)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
You are good at fixing things.
You are usually cheerful.
You appreciate being treated
with delicacy and specialness.

Click here to take the "Which Serenity character am I?" quiz...

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