Interwebs friends

With the exception of Soulspeak 23, I haven’t actually met any of these bloggers. And they certainly haven’t heard of me. But I pop into their lives every so often to check up on them. They’re worth reading and worth getting out of My Favorites and forever immortalized in my links.

Bookish Penguin, the muse behind my 101 in 1001 list.

Ms. Banshee at Inverse Candlelight. Fully prepared for a zombie apocalypse.

Stan and Bunny over at 86’n It. Fellow architect renovating their “crack house.”

Chris from Notes From the Trenches. She has seven kids. And somewhat holds it together.

Brittany cracks my shit up- read Barefoot Foodie. Now.

Jenny from The Bloggess. Like Mother Theresa, only better.

The Unbearable Banishment. This smart writer shares my disdain for cell phone users on the train. And does something about it.

April, Clay and their four kids down on the farm at Coal Creek Farm.

Another Hot Mess– some messes aren’t meant to be cleaned up.

Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer. She’s all kinds of awesome.

Ginny at Praying to Darwin. More kinds of awesome!

My Bucket List

Things I want to do before I die:

  • Make homemade ice cream…Done!
  • Blow glass
  • Wake up to the sound of the ocean
  • Get a tattoo…Kinda done!
  • Have a house with a front porch
  • Milk a cow
  • Have beignets and coffee in New Orleans
  • Have my teeth fixed
  • Run the NYC marathon
  • Buy hubby his heart’s desire…Done!
  • See a Zydeco band and dance like there’s no tomorrow!
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Stay at a 5-star resort
  • Have a tummy tuck
  • See a ghost
  • Make a quilt with all the kids old t-shirts
  • Swim with Bioluminescent plankton in Puerto Rico
  • Stay in the Ice Hotel
  • Tour India by train
  • Drive cross country for vacation
  • Grow my own vegetables…Done! (Well, kind of. More herbs than veggies. This year I got one pepper!)
  • Live in Italy for a year

Olympic-sized observations

This year we’ve been watching the Olympics with Zombiegirl pretty religiously. She’s at that age where she can appreciate the performances of the athletes, being an athlete herself. She’s also at that age where she’s questioning everything (like last night’s question, “What’s masturbation mean?”) Here are some of her observations and a few of my own:

Why do the women’s volleyball teams have to wear such skimpy bathing suits? I understand it’s a beach sport, but the men don’t wear Speedos, so why do the women? If the women’s swim teams can wear full wet suits, why can’t the volleyball teams wear shorts, at least?

Misty May looks like Zombiegirl’s soccer tournament coach, btw.

Walsh and May are an awesome team, and we love watching them, despite the skimpy bathing suits!

Why can’t any of the American athletes who have won Gold medals sing the national anthem? Some of them mouth the words for a few lines, but then totally stop. Is Michael Phelps that waterlogged in the brain that he can’t sing the anthem? He’s set records, won gold and has become a national hero- where then, is the Patriotism? Michael- the whole world is watching you! At least make an attempt to look like you’re proud to be an American.

The Chinese gymnasts are scary. They’re all serious warming up for their event, but the minute their name is called, they put on the biggest grin and stick out their chests. Then, in a flash, the smile is gone. Creepy.

Shawn Johnson does the same thing. We don’t trust her and her fake smile. Zombiegirl gets a big kick relating one of her comments in an interview that Shawn goes to the store to see herself on all the Wheaties boxes. And a butter statue? Please. Nastia Liukin is so much more graceful in these Olympics.


“The Pole vaulting event is probably the hardest event in the Olympics.” This event is incomprehensible to 9-year old Zombiegirl. How they get their bodies over a 10′ bar with a skinny pole is probably the greatest achievement an athlete can attain, in her eyes.

Women swimmers look like men.

We love Bela Karoli’s mustache!

We like the Rowing events because of the “sculls”. (Zombiegirl loves skulls!) Who are all those bicyclists riding along the river in the background? Coaches? Spectators?

And finally- don’t bother us on Thursday, at 9:00. We’ll be watching the US Women’s Soccer Team go for the gold against Brazil. We miss Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain, but we like Angela Hucles! Go USA!

My Etsy

Hey! Go visit my Etsy shop. Either click this link, or type in “mamasoo” in the search box on the homepage.

Items for sale:
SKULL TOTE BAG

This bag is so cool.” says my daughter Zombiegirl. If she didn’t already have a backpack, she would use this for school. You can use it to take to the store, bring books to the library, tote your shoes back and forth to work- all in cool skull style. With flames!Cotton 15″ wide x 13″ high, with 10 1/4″ high handles from top of bag to bottom of handle, perfect as a shoulder strap. Black ribbon with a glass skull bead adorn the side. Inside divided 3 1/2″ x 5″ and 3″ x 5″ pockets are great for a cell phone or mp3 player. Straps are triple stitched for added strength. Black cotton interior.I used the soda bottle as a reference. You can easily fit two in this bag with room for more groceries.Made in my smoke-free home. International buyers, please convo me regarding shipping rates.I love custom orders. If you like this bag but the print just isn’t for you, or if you love the skulls but need a different size, please convo me so we can work together to make you happy.

SOCCER MINI TOTE BAG
These bags are great as gift bags, or to tuck a little something in when your favorite soccer player scores an awesome goal. The longer handle goes through the short handle to keep it closed and keep whatever’s inside a secret.This cotton bag is 8″ wide x 6″ high, and the long handle is 8″ from top of bag to bottom of handle. Let me know if you like the blue or the orange. Stay tuned- more colors coming!Made in my smoke-free home. International buyers, please convo me regarding shipping rates.I love custom orders. If you like this bag but the print just isn’t for you, or if you love the soccer balls but need a different size, please convo me so we can work together to make you happy.


BLACK BANDANA SKULL TOTE BAG

At first glance this tote looks like it was made using a black bandana. Take it to the mall! Take it to Grandma’s! Take it to the PTA meeting tomorrow night. It’s bound to get compliments. Imagine when they look closer and see the pattern has skulls running through it! How awesome can you be?This cotton 15″ wide x 12″ high bag can easily hold two 2-liter bottles of soda or a bunch of library books. The handle is made to throw over your shoulder, 10″ from top of bag to bottom of strap. There is an inside divided 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and 3″ x 4 1/2′ pockets that are are great for a cell phone or mp3 player. Straps are triple stitched for added strength. Black cotton interior.I used the soda bottle as a reference. You can easily fit two in this bag with room for more groceries.Made in my smoke-free home. International buyers, please convo me regarding shipping rates.I love custom orders. If you like this bag but the print just isn’t for you, or if you love the skulls but need a different size, please convo me so we can work together to make you happy.

GIANT STUFFED T-REX- CUSTOM

What kid wouldn’t want this huge T-Rex to hug? See- his arms are already posed for one!Weighing in at around 22″ tall and about 22″ from tip of tail to the tips of his toes, he has cute “claws” and “scales”, and is comfortably stuffed for hugging.This dino is my sample. Your dino will be customized in any color you want. Blue, red, green, yellow, pink- whatever is your child’s favorite colors. His arms will be one pattern, his legs another. His claws will be 3 different pattern material as will his body and scales. I will email you samples of the material in the color you request within 3 days of your order. After approval from you, the dino will take approximately a week to finish and ship.Please see my other dinosaurs for examples of other colors, as well as the matching t-shirts!Made in my smoke-free home. International buyers, please convo me regarding shipping rates.

GIANT STUFFED STEGOSAURUS-CUSTOM Isn’t she adorable? She’s so round and plump!Weighing in at around 17″ tall and about 25″ from tip of tail to the tip of her nose, she has cute “scales”, and is comfortably stuffed for hugging.This dino is my sample. Your dino will be customized in any color you want. Blue, red, green, yellow, pink- whatever is your child’s favorite colors. Her legs will be one print, her body another. Her scales will be 5 different prints as will her spikes. I will email you samples of the material in the color you request within 3 days of your order. After approval from you, the dino will take approximately a week to finish and ship.Please see my other dinosaurs for examples of other colors, as well as the matching t-shirts!Made in my smoke-free home. International buyers, please convo me regarding shipping rates.
Stay tuned for more items!

My 101 in 1001 days

I recently found this awesome idea on this blog. Y’all know how much I like making resolutions and how much I like NOT keeping them! But I’m going to try this and roll all of my resolutions into one list. I think my problem is not setting a deadline. My resolutions are more like life changes, but life moves on and I “forget” or become preoccupied with something else. This way I have a list, and a deadline to think about. I think I can clean up my life in three years!

Here goes:

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific with a result that is either measurable or defined.

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows several months or seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: August 5, 2009

End Date: May 12, 2012

Body
1. Lose 30 pounds (0/30)
2. Fit into old pair of jeans- the ones in my bottom drawer.
3. Complete 6 sessions with Mike, my trainer. (9/17) Okay, I now have 24 sessions, due to the kindness of Synergy Gym!
4. Maintain a workout schedule of at least 3 days a week at the gym.
5. Practice yoga at least 4 days a week.
6. No cheating with bacon. Or meatballs. Unless it’s deer.
7. Have a green salad once a day.
8. Cut back the pre-made veggie burgers to once a week.
9. Buy and use the Diva Cup. (Done! 09/09)
10. Continue going to the dentist to have my teeth fixed.
11. Take my vitamins and herbs daily.
12. Put makeup on everyday. At home, before I leave. Not at work or on the train.
13. Blog about the progress of these Body items on the first of every month.

Finances
14. Build up savings account to equal 6 months of salary.
15. Fix credit report. (Done 1/18/10)
16. Refinance the house.
17. Get quotes on new insurance for house and car.
18. Secure 2 more years of student loans for Beena.
19. Sell stuff on Ebay.
20. Transfer coupon savings into ING account. Try to save $700 a year.

Family and Friends
21. Arrange ceremony to scatter Mom’s ashes. (Done 10/25/09)
22. Spend more time with Dad.
23. Attend Beena’s college graduation. (Done 5/18/10- Congratulations, Beena!)
24. Attend Zombiegirl’s 5th grade graduation. (Done 6/24/10- Congratulations, Z-girl!)
25. Communion for Zombiegirl. (Done 4/11/10)
26. Celebrate Beena’s 21st birthday in a big way.
27. Be active in PTA for 5th grade. I really don’t like the PTA board/participants this year, so I’m revising this to read “Be more active in PTA in 6th grade.”
28. Write or email my aunts regularly.
29. Make and follow family meal plan. Remember to keep it healthy.
30. Meet a long lost friend for lunch.
31. Have a “no reason” dinner party.
32. Go shopping more with the girls. (Coats, Shower gifts, birthday shopping)
33. Yearly camping trip or rent a house with soccer families. (1/3)
34. Yearly “Mom’s” overnight trip. (1/3- Vermont with one of my “Moms”)
35. Go out with “Mom’s” once a month. (0/33)
36. Plan MR and my 50th birthday party.
37. Send handmade birthday cards to everyone in my calendar. And NOT late.
38. Do not gossip or rant about friends to friends.
39. {Private}

Craftiness
40. Finish all the alterations on that pile of clothes in the sewing room.
41. Build up my Etsy shop and sell something.
42. Make all my own Christmas cards. (1/3)
43. Make 50% of all my Christmas gifts. (1/3)
44. Make enough merchandise to rent my own table at craft sales.
45. Make an article of clothing and wear it to work.
46. Clean out and organize sewing room.
47. Make mirror for living room using broken Fiesta pieces.
48. Learn how to crochet a granny square.
49. Finish MR’s Christmas stocking.

Recreation
50. Visit 2 states I’ve never been to before. (0/2)
51. Hike 2 more sections of the Appalachian trail. Overnite. (0/2)
52. Take a “real” family vacation. (0/1)
53. Play “tourist” in NY once a month. (1/33 Howe Caverns/Albany trip)
54. Try five new restaurants. (4/5- Ted’s Montana Grill, Cool Moose Cafe, 4/21-Brick Lane Curry House, 5/1- Texas Roadhouse, 5/18- Carmella’s in Franklin Square)
55. Go to new Citi Field and new Yankee Stadium. (1/2- Let’s Go Mets! Citifield 5/10/10- Mets vs. Nationals)

Just for Me
56. Get my Pistol Permit
57. Upload all our CD’s into our hard drive
58. Scrapbook 2008 photos in 2011.
59. Scrapbook 2007 photos in 2010.
60. Scrapbook 2006 photos in 2009.
61. Finish Beena’s school scrapbook.
62. Help dad get the Mustang on the road.
63. Get passports for the whole family.
64. Cross 3 things off my bucket list. (0/3)
65. Learn the basics of Photoshop.
66. Learn how to make a blog template using html and Photoshop.
67. Get my 2 tattoos. (1/2) I might actually change this to only 1 tattoo. That really hurt!
68. Organize my computer files. Including flash drives. (Done 8/6/09)
69. Find a therapist. (I’m changing this to Acupunturist. I don’t need a Therapist. Everyone else does.)
70. Read the newspaper everyday.
71. Watch Gone With the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, Great Expectations, The Maltese Falcon, La Dolce Vita, Casablanca , North by Northwest (didn’t like), Rear Window, 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Psycho, Notorious, Dial M for Murder (liked!) and Spellbound. With popcorn. (0/14)
72. Re-read Sherlock Holmes.
73. Blog about each completed item.

Greening my life
74. Make net produce bags.
75. Compost. (Produced my first batch of good compost Spring 2010)
76. Collect rainwater- ask for barrel for Christmas! (MR bought me a barrel for my birthday 2010)
77. Grow herbs every year.

House stuff
78. Balustrades and newel posts for the upstairs stairwell. (Done! Thanks Dad!)
79. Replace the ceiling and tile in the upstairs bathroom.
80. Change the theme of the upstairs bathroom.
81. New baseboard molding in the kitchen.
82. Start cleaning out the basement for TV room.
83. Start demolition on the downstairs bathroom.
84. Make the fountain for the backyard.
85. Finish walkways in backyard.
86. Follow Flylady everyday.

Spirit
87. Renew relationship with St. Andrew’s. I’m revising this one too. I need to go back to church. I don’t necessarily NEED to go back to St. A’s. I’ve been going on and off (mostly off) for a year now. Has anyone contacted me to see how I am? Noooo…
88. Engage in 25 random acts of kindness. (0/25)
89. Read the Bible.
90. List 100 things that make me happy in a blog. (Done 10/2/09)
91. Participate in 5 community service activities. (0/5)
92. Maintain St. A’s website.
93. Sketch and doodle in new sketchbook.
94. See beauty everyday. Blog or put it down in sketchbook.

Purchase
95. New digital SLR camera (Done 10/26/09)
96. A pistol
97. A drawer dishwasher
98. A dual flush toilet for the downstairs bathroom
99. A sink for the downstairs bathroom
100. A new refrigerator for the basement (Bought a freezer instead. 10/26/09)
101. A new hybrid car

Links I love

Links that inspire, humor and invoke intense feelings of jealousy…

Awkward Family Photos– I could so submit some of my family photos.

Angry Chicken– Amy Karol of “Bend-The-Rules Sewing” fame has great sewing projects and fabulous crafting ideas.

Ask And Ye Shall Receive– A Quixotic quest to improve the quality of the blogosphere.

The Bitch Sessions. More snark. I love snark.

Cakewrecks– When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.

Cockeyed.com– The king of pranks and weird experiments.

Confessions of a Renegade Mom– so not mommybloggers.

Emails From Crazy People– I think some of the People from Walmart wrote these.

How About Orange– Jessica Jones designer extrodinaire. And fellow orange lover.

I Can Has Cheeseburger– LOL cats cheer me up. Also, check out the World of Cheeseburger!

Mental Floss– Where knowledge junkies get their fix.

Neatorama– Trolling the internets to keep us amused.

Passive Agressive Notes- More craziness. I think some of these people work in my office.

People of Walmart– Be afraid. These people might live in YOUR town.

Scouting NY– A location scout with a good eye for the unusual in NY.

Sew Mama Sew– Sewing tips, contests, reviews and inspiration.

Super Eggplant– Adventures in knitting, sewing, baking and life.

The Sneeze– Half zine. Half blog. Half not good with fractions.

WaiterRant– Do you want pommes frites with that?

Woot– One item a day.

Zakka Life– One crafty lady.