Curious as a Cat #173

1) If you could have any view in the world visible from your bed, what would it be?
A coral reef full of colorful tropical fish, or a rain forest.

2) What’s the first movie you remember ever seeing in a theater?
I know my dad took us to see E.T. in the theater, but I don’t actually remember going to see it. The first movie I do have a conscious memory of seeing in the theater is The Good Sonstarring McCauly Culkin. My mom took my sister and I to see it and we had to sit right up in the very front row because all the other rows were full by the time we got there. I think it was also the first and only time I have sat in the very front row of the theater.

3) What’s the most difficult confession you’ve ever had to make?
I didn’t really have to confess because my parents already knew because head of security called them, but talking to my dad after shoplifting from Target was extremely hard. But it also cured me of my shoplifting bug and I never did it again.  

4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
When I first copied this picture over, I thought it was a guy on the green golfing, thought it looked a little M. I would have wrote something ab0ut golf being such a boring sport and M. has a set of clubs, but has only used them a few times. He went golfing with a buddy once and it was so hot out that his friend got sick and puked on the way home. But, taking a second look at the photo, I see it some guy out on a lawn with a trombone. What the heck?! He’s probably developing his “This one time, at band camp…” story.

Mother’s Day is on the way

Hope you all didn’t forget about Mother’s Day on Sunday. I need to always be ahead of holidays and birthdays for my family because not only do I need to shop and create, I need to package and ship as well. So my mom already got her present. I got $1 buckets at Target, decorated them and filled them with Bath & Body Works stuff (mostly Butterfly Flower scent). M.’s mom is getting a bucket as well, only the cards differed. You can see the buckets and cards on my art page – just click on the tab at the top of the page. If you did forget about Mother’s Day, you better get on the ball!

Easter at the In-Laws

I live far from my family of origin, so when it comes to holiday celebrations we are off to M.’s family. M.’s immediate family consists of his parents, two older sisters, the older sister’s significant others (one married, one not), and their children. We have four nephews and three nieces. Wedging all these people into a house that almost did not comfortably fit the five people who lived in it when M. was growing up is a challenge! Add to that challenge that there is always something for someone to complain about.

We went over for Easter late Sunday afternoon. The first thing for the holiday was an outside egg/candy hunt for the little ones. In this case, “little ones” refers to our nephews and nieces ages 1 year to 9 years. (We also have “older ones” ages 15 years old to 17 years old.) While a couple adults kept the little ones in the house and prevented any peeking, M., his mom, one sister, an older one, and I hid treats around the yard. Once that was done, the little ones were released. The 9 year old obviously had an advantage over the other little ones who were significantly younger, had shorter legs, and were inexperienced in Easter hunts. There was a lot of, “Let the girls find some! Let the girls find some!” (The girls are both 3 years old.) The 7 year old nephew followed the 9 year old around and complained that the 9 year old was getting “everything.” At the end of the hunt 7 year old threw his basket on the ground and had to be told to go get it and bring it in.

Now, the actual hunting really doesn’t matter in quantity because once inside, the kiddos have to equally divide the loot. So, really, all the yelling and fussing was for naught, but the kids don’t understand this. The 9 year old was never satisfied and continually asked if there was “any more.” M.’s parents like to bring things out in rounds, so we had the egg/candy hunt, then there was a second egg hunt for eggs that contained money, then the little ones received bags with other Easter treats and the older ones received envelopes with cash. Still, 9 year old asked if there was “any more.” Sigh!

We had an early Sunday dinner and later there were desserts including a bunny cake. Of course, all the little ones wanted to eat the bunny face. However, the face was not frosting, it was plastic. So, while the desserts were cut, they fought over who would eat the face, then once they realized it was not edible, they fought over who got to hold it up to their face to be a bunny.

Then then M. and the older ones headed outside. One of M.’s sisters also went outside leaving her husband and 1 year old in the kitchen while M.’s mom, other sister, and I were talking in the living room. Suddenly, we hear the 1 year old crying and screaming. But it’s okay because his dad is in the kitchen with him, right? We go on talking. The crying and screaming continues. Finally, M.’s sister leaves the living room to make sure 1 year old is okay. She brings him back into the living room with her. Yes, dad was in the kitchen with him, but 1 year old was standing at the sliding door, looking at mom outside and wanted mom. Instead of trying to soothe 1 year old, dad is watching golf and ignoring the crying and screaming. Going to the in-laws is like vacation from kids time for dad – someone else will take care of the kids.

I know, I complain, I complain. Even with the fighting, yelling, etc, it is still nice to see these people in small doses. The older ones are getting to an age where they can have more grown up conversations and are more interesting to talk with. I do love M.’s parents and his sisters, but again, when everyone gets together, small doses are best. I also got a chance to curl my hair and wear a pretty lilac dress.

Final day of 2008

It’s the final day of 2008. I’ve not really spent any time reflecting on the year or making resolutions for 2009 – that’s not really my style. But I am looking forward to a new year and trying some new things. So far today the only things I’ve done are play video games, played with the cats, made some brownies, and uploaded pictures to Facebook. Not exciting stuff, but fun for me.

Some possibilities for 2009 for me:

  • Go back to school and get a degree in graphic design
  • Complete a big kitchen reorganization project
  • Find a career path right for me
  • Learn to be a dungeon master in Dungeons and Dragons
  • Spend more time on art projects
  • Keep up on my dusting
  • Stay in touch with friends and family

Happy New Year!

Christmas Gifts on a Budget

Christmas gifts are always a bit of a chore, if we tell the truth. What to get so and so? Do they already have one of these? Do we get a needed item or something that leans towards frivoul0us want? Is a gift card appropriate, or should there be more to the gift? To add to the regularly scheduled gift dilemmas, I am also unemployed this year, which has meant for me, greatly restricting my spending and actually trying to budget. I had to factor that into my gift-giving.

I turned to the trusty internet to help me find good, thoughtful, and budget-friendly gifts this year. I decided I would make gift baskets of things I personally made for my gifts. It was easy once I decided what would go into the baskets, then I just had to decide how many baskets to make, create a shopping list of necessary items, do some shopping, then assemble. I am pleased how everything turned out and hope that the people who got the baskets like them and the thought I put into them this year. (I did do some modifications for my brother since he is a single 26 year old male – he got a few handmade things and a gift card.)

Here is what ended up in the baskets:

Most of my idea inspirations came from a post on the blog Get Rich Slowly. Here are some pictures:

Brownies in a jar

Brownies in a jar

Smiley Eggs - when I tested the brownies, the eggs just happened to break like this!

Smiley Eggs - when I tested the brownies, the eggs just happened to break like this!

Christmas basket and it's stuffin's

Christmas basket and it's stuffin's

'08 Christmas Card - front

'08 Christmas Card - front

'08 Christmas Card - inside

'08 Christmas Card - inside

'08 Christmas Card - recipe cards

'08 Christmas Card - recipe cards

For M. I got the special edition DVD of the animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars. M. is a HUGE Star Wars fan! Here’s the card I made to go with the gift:

Christmas Card for M

Christmas Card for M

Christmas Card for M - detail

Christmas Card for M - detail

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