Dec 29, 2011

PURGE ALL THE THINGS!

A new year is coming.  Also coming is a move, which may or may not put us in a house smaller than this one.  It's pretty likely it WILL be smaller.  What does that mean?

PURGE ALL THE THINGS.

I have so much crap in my house it's not even funny.  It's less than I had when I lived in Omaha, but still, TOO MUCH.  So the next few months will be a Great Purge.  I want to cut the amount of stuff down by 50%.  I have clothes that never get worn, craft supplies that never get used, and papers from 2002.  TWO THOUSAND FUCKING TWO.  It all needs to go.

I started today by moving things around in the back room.  Table is by the sliding door, I brought the glider down from Jack's room, printer moved to by the bookshelves.  I need to get a low shelf to put Jack's toys in.  And a rug, since it's all tile back there.  But I'm pretty happy with it.

The rest of the plan is:

Clean out our bedroom and get rid of all the clothes I don't wear or that don't fit.
Clean out the storage room, move all the fabric, yarn, and equipment (photo and otherwise) into it
Go through the girls' room and get rid of too small or worn out clothes and broken toys
Empty the garage.

I want to have this done by March.  I don't think that's too impossible.

Dec 9, 2011

Make Stuff- Greek burgers!

Not dead, I promise.  Things have been busy.  But that's for another post.

Last night I made the bestest burgers ever.  With homemade tzatziki.  Want to try them?

Greek Turkey Burgers
2lbs ground turkey (can use chicken, too)
8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Greek seasoning to taste (I use the stuff in the yellow can)

Mash it all together and shape into burgers.  I like 'em big, so I will make them 1/4 lb.  I get 8 burgers from this.  Cook them however you like to cook your burgers, till the juices run clear.

Homemade Tzatziki
16oz greek yogurt (or plain yogurt, strained till it's thick)
1 cucumber
4-5 tbsp dill
Salt and garlic to taste

Peel and grate the cucumber.  Put it in a strainer and let all the liquid drain out.  This is best done overnight, but can be squeezed out if necessary.  Mix all the ingredients together and let it sit for a few hours, but overnight is best.

I eat all this on pitas, but I suppose the burgers would make really good meatballs, to be served as an appetizer with the tzatziki.

Sep 24, 2011

Make Stuff! Gift/project bag edition

This one's mainly for my friend Kay, who is learning to sew.  I wrote this up to use as a project for my sewing classes.  It's not fancy, but it definitely gets the job done!




And you know what?  I don't care if you make these to sell!  Make many!  Make them for sale!  Make them for friends!  Make them for gifts!  Just please follow the law, respect the pattern and its copyright and don't sell the pattern itself.  FFS- it's free.  Send people here to download it.

Make stuff- Cinnamon Rolls Edition



My friend Stephanie just FB messaged me asking for my cinnamon roll recipe. I got it from my breadmaker's recipe book, and with a few tweaks have turned it into my own. It's a huge hit with pretty much all my friends, so I figured I'd share it here so you can make all your friends fat.

Fattypig Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup milk, 75-85 deg (evaporated milk makes them even YUMMIER)
1 lg egg
4 tablespoons butter
3 1/2 cups bread flour
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp active dry yeast

If you're using a bread machine, add everything in the order listed an turn it on to the dough setting, and skip to the "Turn onto a floured surface" part of the recipe when it's done. If not, warm the milk, butter and sugar in a saucepan. Meanwhile, mix the flour, salt and yeast together. When the milk is warm, add it to the flour mixture with the egg and mix it till it's smooth. Knead (or run in the stand mixer) for.... oh, 6-8 min? Turn it into a greased bowl, cover (make sure you grease the plastic wrap) and let it rise till it's doubled in size (45 min or so). When it's risen, punch it down, turn onto a floured surface and knead for 1 min. Let rest for 15 min. Grease a 13x9 pan while it's resting. Roll it out to a 10x15" rectangle. You can fill it with whatever you want (the recipe called for nuts, but nuts don't belong in any food but peanut butter or baklava, or maybe mac nut-white chocolate cookies).  I'll usually melt 1/4 cup of butter and spread it to almost the edges, then mix up 1 cup of brown sugar with some cinnamon and a little nutmeg and cloves and sprinkle it over the the melted butter. Roll it up tightly along the long edges so you have a 15" roll. Pinch the seam so it doesn't fall apart. Cut it into 12 pieces and put in the pan. Cover it and let them rise again till doubled in size (30-45 min). You can either bake them now or put them in the fridge to be baked later. If you're baking now, heat the oven to 375 while they're in the second rise. If you're refrigerating, let them sit at room temp for at least 30 min before baking (an hour is better). Frosting is a block of softened cream cheese, some vanilla, a cup or so of powdered sugar and enough milk to make it smooth. Sorry, I don't really measure. I just do it till it tastes good/looks right. Technically it's enough for two pans, but we love the frosting. More is better, right?

Aug 15, 2011

First day of school

School's been in session for 2 weeks now and I still haven't put this up.

Maddie starting 5th and Em starting 2nd.


Aug 12, 2011

Time flies...

Jack will be 5 month old tomorrow (well, today for most of you)!  I finally found some pics from right after he was was born.  He was 2 days old here.



And a GORGEOUS picture of Em, on her way to a father-daughter dance.  


Jul 26, 2011

Make stuff! Suck Pads Edition

This i a short one, but a good one.  I was recently passed an Ergo carrier from a kickass online friend.  If you know about these, you know they aren't cheap.  Neither are the accessories.  The company sells what they call "suck pads" for $20 a freaking pair.  Whuuuut?  No way am I paying that when I have a metric butt-ton of fabric and a sewing machine.  So I looked up the dimensions and came up with this (pics are forthcoming)....

Suck Pads (for the Ergo carrier, but really can be used for any SSC)

Materials (for one pair)
4 rectangles of fabric, cut 7x10 inches (I used a thick terry, but you can use any combo you prefer.  Natural, absorbent fabrics are best.  I would do at least one of terry, as these things will see A LOT of drool.  Old washcloths or hand towels would likely work well.  As always, make sure you've prewashed EVERYTHING and dried it the same way the finished item will be laundered.)
4 complete snap sets (8 caps, 4 studs, 4 sockets) OR velcro (the Velcro should be about 6 in long)
Thread to match
Scissors

Now we make it!
Lay two rectangles of fabric right sides together.
Starting about 2/3 of the way down on a long side, start stitching, using a 1/2 in seam allowance.  Sew all the way around, stopping about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the side you started on.
Clip the corners of the rectangle and turn.  Make sure you poke the corners out with a chopstick or something.
Fold the edges of the turning hole in 1/2in, making them even with the edges you've sewn.  Pin in place.
Start topstitching 1/4-3/8in from the edge, closing the hole and going around the entire rectangle.
Fold in thirds (short sides going in) and mark snaps/velcro placement.  You may want to put it around the strap of your carrier to make sure your placement is correct.
Apply snaps/velcro.  If you're doing velcro, use a zigzag and stitch around the entire piece.
Put on carrier.  Let baby nom away.

There you go.  I had considered making the backing PUL, but did you know it's not food safe?  I didn't either until I looked into making re-useable sandwich bags from it.  So don't use PUL on these, since the whole point is to let the baby nom them.  I figure if it isn't safe for food, it's not safe to put in a baby's mouth.

Jul 15, 2011

PIC SPAM

Not dead.  Busy.  So pics!  

The Cutest of Borg


A rather cunning carrier


This carrier is not designed for a man with a 48" chest.  And we all know how much he LOOOOOOVES having his picture taken.  :p

New glasses!  Yay, I can see again!

Not the best pic of Em, but it shows how fucking HUGE Jack is.  I need to get some of Maddie up here.  

That's all for now folks....  I'll try to get a more coherent post put together soon.  



May 19, 2011

Oooh, monthly update!

Apparently life with babies sucks your time.  And your brain.  So much so, I'm way overwhelmed and can't really focus on writing a coherent entry.  It's too much- lemme summup.

Still waiting on the med board.  It's been written, 5 pages long and is up at the psych's office  for her additions.  Then it goes up for review.  So it'll likely be August before we hear anything.  Woo.  That means if it ends up the way we want it, we'll be moving around the end of Oct.  Or later, if we have tot ake it to the formal board.

Jack is amazing.  He's 2 months old now, can hold his head up no problem.  I was looking at him last night while he was hangng out in his diaper, and he's built just like Justin.  Got the same shoulders and chest.  No wonder I had problems when it came to pushing his shoulders out!  He's still a really laid back baby.  Except when he's not- then OMG he's loud.  Thankfully he doesn't get pissed often.  And then I take pictures like this one and melt.


The girls only have a week of school left.  I can't wait.  Em's teacher is awesome.  Maddie's teacher is... not.  She refuses to understand Asperger's syndrome, so nothing's gotten better since Maddie's diagnosis.  It's a nightmare.  

As for me, I'm working on stuff.  I have a few ideas for quilt patterns, am making plans for a farmer's market booth once we get to Tacoma, and am still working on the doula certification.  I'm looking at jobs in the Seattle area and it looks like I'll have my choice, should I decide to go back to work.  There are  ton of places looking for people with art and photography experience.  Amazon and Zulilly are always hiring.  :)  

Jack is hollering.  Looks like I need to go feed him.  :p  

Apr 20, 2011

Sleepy boy

I'm always amazed at the positions babies will sleep in.  See this cute boy?


He was actually sleeping like this:



He's moved and settled a bit....


Boys.  They sure do love the boobs.




Apr 9, 2011

28 days later....

No I have not been attacked by zombies or whatever the fuck happened in that movie.  I've been attacked by this:



It's a super cute baby!!  

I have seriously forgotten how much time newborns take.  Jack's a pretty good baby, but has a bad belly.  He gets gassy, then he fusses.  And he pukes a lot.  He likes the boobs, so he overeats.  The he vomits on me.  Yay!  But he's gaining weight well- he's already over 10lbs.  

But he's extremely nommable and kissable.  He has that same twinkle Justin gets.  He makes the funniest noises.  I've taken to calling him Elephant boy and Snufflufagus because those are the sounds he makes. And he chuckles in his sleep.  :)  

Recovery has been.... interesting.  Physically, it's been easy.  Emotionally, mentally....  well, some days are better than others.  I think it's been mostly hormones so far.  Justin's been really good about asking me about PPD and making sure I don't get too crazy.  I miss the snuggling, since Jack sleeps with us.  :(  

Anyway, there's the update.  I'm not dead.  Not eaten by my cats.  Just trying to find time to knit, time to sew and be me in between nursing and soothing and changing Jack.  

Mar 14, 2011

Capt Jack has ARRIVED!!!!


Jack has arrived!  WOO HOO!  It was a hell of a weekend....  not only was there a tsunami in Thursday/Friday, Em fell off the monkey bars Friday afternoon and broke her arm, but I had my baby shower AND a baby!  Justin's mom can never say we don't have exciting events when she visits.  
Obligatory baby pics!



I think he’s pretty adorable, but I’m more than a little biased. He’s a pretty chill baby, doesn’t cry much. He does make these weird pterodactyl sounds, and LOVES the boobs. Last night he just wanted to cuddle up against them to sleep. My milk is already coming in because of the attention paid to them. I feel pretty good. My bits are sore, and my butt hurts, but no IV and no interventions make for a crazy easy recovery.
Tl;dr birth story to follow, so you can skip it if you want. ;)
The delivery was interesting. I made it to my shower and then a few friends came over and hung out for a little while. I went to bed a little after midnight, and fell asleep close to 1. I woke up at 4:10 with a super strong contraction. I had another couple, pretty close together and then they really started so I hopped in the shower where they started coming one on top of another. I woke Justin up and let him know what was happening. He grabbed his notebook and tried to time them, but fell back asleep face down on the bed. Then I had a few more, and finally got him to wake up. Contractions were coming one right on top of another, and the toilet was the comfiest place EVAR. He came in, asked what I wanted him to do, so I told him to get his mom. When she came in I felt like I had to take a huge shit and was hyperventilating (I started panicking a bit). She looked at me and said it was probably time to go. :) Justin called Angela, L&D and the midwife pager, we got me dressed (no jeans- skirt!) and headed down to the car.
Once we got to the car it was like the fucking Keystone Cops. I crawled in the back seat, but there was no way I was sitting. I was kneeling. Justin told me to sit. I said no. Sit. No. Sit, this isn’t safe! NO. Ok, just make sure I can see out the back. And he shoved a towel under me in case my water broke. The car ride felt AWESOME. The vibrations were perfect and the breeze from the windows felt wonderful. I asked him if he really needed to stop at the stop lights- couldn’t we just treat them like a stop sign? No. Apparently we couldn’t. :p
Once we got there I had him open the door and we had issues putting my shoes on. Apparently my toes didn’t want to work, so Justin had some problems. It didn’t help that my ass was in the air with my head pressed into the seat…. Finally I got out, and holy fuck- it was even worse. I practically ran to one of the benches and proceeded to put my head on my towel (which I grabbed) and stuck my ass in the air. Justin kept reminding me we needed to get upstairs when a cop car pulled up and helped us out. They got me a wheelchair and we did the stereotypical ride to L&D. Got to triage, midwife checked me and I was fully dilated, at 0 station. Funniest part was when the nurse was ready to take me to my room and I had a super contraction. Justin, Supermadchen and the nurse were waiting and I thought they were staring at me so I told them not to. They all looked away and tried not to laugh.
Once I got to the room, I got on the bed, and holy fuck- I had huge ass contraction and the biggest urge to push EVER. So I roared (seriously), and with one push my water broke and he was crowning. I tried to push his head the rest of the way, but apparently I have scar tissue of steel from the first two and the episiotomies I had with them and it just wouldn’t stretch. The MW did her best to not cut again but she had too. :( Oh well. The he was out, they took him over to the warmer and did their thing. Apparently there was meconium in the fluid and he had the cord around his neck once. He hadn’t aspirated the meconium, though, so once he was cleaned up they handed him to Justin who brought him to me and you saw the pics after that. He was born at 6:33am, 2 hrs and 23 min after I woke up. Well, 1 week, 1 day, 2hrs and 23 min after labor started I guess. :p I can honestly say I’m FUCKING THRILLED I don’t have to do it again. I love my kids, but damn- the way they barrel into the world is a bit much for me. I didn’t even have time to change- I delivered with my skirt hiked up around my waist and my own shirt on (which happened to be my Of Course the World Revolves Around Me shirt).
SO that’s the story….. I know there’s more, but the tiny raptor is going to be asking for food pretty soon. I'll be back, with more photos. 

Mar 1, 2011

YAY MARCH!

IT IS MARCH!  MARCH IS HERE!  MARCH IS USALLY NOT SHITTY!!!

Seriously, I am fucking thrilled to see February GO.  I don't know why Feb is usually incredibly crappy, but it is.  This year was no exception.

So what happened this year?  Not as much shit as last year, but it was still a doozy.  Justin had his first inpatient stay for his bipolar disorder.  He hit a manic phase hard and fast the week before Valentine's Day.  I called his dr to let him know and when the dr saw him the next day, he sent Justin straight up to Tripler where he spent the next 6 days in the psych ward.  The good news out of all this is that there was a major meds change which took him off of three meds, is finally allowing him to lose weight (like 10lbs or more since he got home on Feb 14th) and he feels more level headed.  He's a lot like he was before he went on the Lamictal, without the crazy of the bipolar interfering.  He can even sleep without help!  He helps clean the house!  HE COOKS.  I love it.

We also found out his med board hasn't even been submitted yet.  It needs to be re-written a third time.  We're pretty sure the stay at Tripler will get him retired and probably some significant disability from the VA.  I'm just tired of waiting.  It sucks.  Now we likely won't be moving till the fall.

So that was the drama this year.  In other news, I made it to the doula class.  It was fucking amazing.  I am so excited to start doing it. What surprised me the most about the training was how well the whole philosophy fits in with my view on life. This is not meant to sound political, but I am pro-choice down to the core. As in, not my life, not my decision, and as long as you aren’t hurting people, do your thing. That’s the whole concept surrounding doula-ing, at least to me. We’re there to support a woman inher choices for birth. We help make it the best experience she can have. We’re not there to make clinical decisions, fight with staff or make dads interact or not. We’re there to support the families in whatever they choose to do. It’s pretty cool, and when I think about it, a real weight off my mind. I’m glad I just have to tell someone “You’re doing fine! Here, let’s try this, it may make you feel better.” Way easier than making clinical decisions, that’s for sure.  Now I just need to do some childbirth educator training.  I need it in he event I go to midwifery school, plus it's just a good thing to do to incorporate with the doula work.

And in case you're wondering, I'm still pregnant.  39 weeks on Thursday.  Capt Jack has dropped so low he may just fall out.  I would really like to be able to cough without having to sit on the damn toilet.  I've got a bad cold, so I'm coughing a lot these days.  UGH.  I'll probably have them strip my membranes at the next appointment and see if that'll get things going.

Feb 19, 2011

36 Weeks

Somehow I forgot to do this last week.  Oh yeah, that's right- I was dealing with some shit.  So here's 36 weeks.  Boy has decided to drop more, I pee all the damn time and get stuck if I lay the wrong way.  Dignity- I has none.



Feb 5, 2011

Hitting the home stretch

I'm almost 36 weeks (this coming Thursday).  It seems like just yesterday I was arguing with Justin and Angela about peeing on a stick.  No- that was 8 months ago.  Eeek!

We are just about ready.  We have a few things to move around in the spare room, but that won't take long once Doug or Mark comes over to help.  I need to find a dresser to put all his clothes and stuff in, too.

We've been incredibly lucky in the baby equipment dept.  The only thing we've had to buy for ourselves is the pack n play for next to the bed.  We're getting a carseat from Mark and Amber, a swing and exersaucer from Ryan and Clover, clothes from just about everyone, Gina and Jesse got us the stroller we wanted and I found a breastpump still in its hermetically sealed package at the Airman'sAttic this past Thursday.  I'm even pretty set on diapers, I think.  I should probably make some more smalls, but as soon as I get my snaps, I can finish up all the ones with no closures and make a few more covers.  I'll be set then.  I do need to get nursing bras and a Boppy.  But I'm waiting for the Boppy and a few other things to see what comes at the shower.  I got enough gauze to do two woven wraps and ordered the hardware for a soft-structured carrier today.  It's perfect for when he gets older, and I'll make it manly so Justin will use it.

I am so ready to be done.  He's BIG, and likes to grind his head into my cervix.  Last night I was up 5 times between peeing a couple contractions that woke me up.  I had to miss Angela's birthday party today because I was so beat.  We were able to take down the tree and clean the spare room out, though, so that was a plus.  Well- Justin did.  I took ornaments off the tree and supervised everything else.  Bending over is not easy these days.

So that's where we stand.  He just has to stay in place until the beginning of March.  I have my doula class the end of this month, and I'd really, really like to be able to go.  Plus Justin's mom is coming out on the 9th to help out.  It would be awesome if we didn't have park the girls with neighbors because their baby brother decided to be impatient.

BTW- here's the almost completed diaper stash:








Jan 13, 2011

32 wks

Here's this month's belly shot.  32 weeks down, 8 more to go.  Midwife appointment tomorrow, so I'll make another update then if anything big comes out of it.

I looks like someone decided to drop a bit.

32 wks

Things are going well so far.  NB diaper stash is just about done, and I have plenty for as he gets bigger.  Right now I'm standing at 36 NB (combo of fitted and PF), 24 premium IPFs, 15 or so pockets, and 6 med fitteds.  Just need to make a couple wetbags, a few more covers and the soakers for the diapers.  I'm planning on pretty much universal soakers, so I can use them in the pockets and the fitteds (lay in type).  I can also use the infant PFs in the pockets, so I'm doing well.  I just want all this done before he comes and we move.  I need to be covered through June/July.

We're pretty set on all the baby stuff, too.  Amber is giving us Evan's bucket, and I have a couple pouches.  I still need to make a mei tai.  We could probably use some more NB/0-3 month clothes.  We got a small Pack N Play for upstairs in our room, but need the bigger for downstairs.  Still need the stroller, too.  I'm kind of waiting for the shower to see what we get, just because I hate returning stuff.  I know that sounds  little jerky, but my friends are throwing me one (because they are AWESOME).  No point in duplicating, and I have plenty of time to shop.

We're even covered for someone to watch the girls while I'm in the hospital.  Justin's mom is coming out while the girls are on spring break, which just happens to start the day after Capt Jack's due.  They'll have a great time with their Granny here, and we won't need to worry about bouncing the girls around from friend to friend.  Plus Arlene likes to cook and clean and take care of people, so she can do that to her heart's content.  I'll probably need that sling they use to transport whales if he's not born by then, so it'll be a welcome help.