Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Okay, so I have a thing for gnomes. They are supposed to be good luck when put in a garden, so naturally, I would think they would be good luck when placed around the house as well, right? In response to my partiality to the little dudes, I have several clay gnomes inside, a gnome background I've created ....

.... as well as several others outside, oh, and my flannel gnome pajamas. These are getting slightly threadbare, and Nick & Nora need to come out with another pattern featuring my favourite lawn ornament. Tonight, however, I might have topped myself. I don't know if I'm going to feature these in the shop or not, but I have found (and bought... can't believe I actually paid for this with all the free ones that are out there - no gnomes though) a pattern for a knit gnome dishcloth. YIPPEEEEE!
One of those random things that I am really excited about getting started after I get through the madness that has become Christmas. I have figured that I pretty much need to get a project done every day. Yikes. I also found several free patterns for toy gnomes... uh-oh :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Keeping Up

I've noticed the better I do on Etsy or on custom orders, the more my house is in disarray. Somehow, I need to come up with a better way to keep things together. I went through this evening and organized the majority of yarn and completed projects... only to get another order - which was a combination of a stock and custom order. I'm not complaining... oh no, not at all... more of a - if anyone should come across this and have any ideas for me... :)

Tonight is Todd's late night at work, and I know I should be in bed so that I can deal with the kids in the morning, and yet, I'm still up watching various shows on PBS online and knitting. I've put the knitting down, and am writing this... looking over at the full sink of dishes, the carpet that needs to be vacuumed, the Christmas lists that need to be written, and the receipts that need to be organized...

I think I'm giving up for tonight. I've done pretty much everything that I can do for today without waking up the neighbors and kids. Good night world... I suppose I will finish the Sinking Atlantis episode tomorrow...

Friday, November 27, 2009

On Thanksgiving...

Coming from a family of immigrants, I understand why people felt the need for expansion, and why those that lived on the East coast wanted to move out West... I've lived everywhere from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. However, having said that, I married into a Native American family from here in Oregon. While my husband isn't necessarily involved with tribal issues, or with any of the local organizations, the rest of his family is very much involved.

I try to look at days like today, or Columbus Day - which he jokes that he doesn't celebrate because "it's all his fault" - from both perspectives. I'm going to have to explain to my youngest why his particular tribe doesn't have an official reservation, and more of the tribal history, since my husband doesn't know a lot of it - and well, I'm kind of a history geek. :) I strive to understand and be able to explain a lot of things to my kids, and this particular issue is a rather important one. I am glad that unlike some, my husband tends to take certain things with a sense of humor... for example, when my 18 year old sister brought up going to a casino and there was a debate about the legal age for gaming, my husband chimes in... "uhhh, why don't you ask the Indian? I should probably know.... "

Would the Native Americans still have their traditional way of life if the pilgrims (or Columbus, for that matter) hadn't arrived on the shores of North America? Probably not, progress is eventual, but I think the more important question is should those people that followed in those settlers footsteps have been a little more concerned with the well-being of all and could they have done things differently? The answer, quite simply, is "Of Course."

That being said, is there anything that we can do now? That answer is a little more tricky. Can we give them back the entirety of their previous land holdings? Unfortunately not, but we can make more of an effort to record the individual tribal histories... talk to the elders, record the languages, save the clothing patterns, baskets, fishing techniques. We can utilize the knowledge of the land that has been passed down for centuries and appreciate what the stories tell us.

Thanksgiving means different things for everyone, and this year, I am simply thankful for having basic necessities, a family that is together (though not without our fair share of arguments... that tends to happen with a two year old in the mix), and for my husband's job, that lets me devote my time to starting a business, that will hopefully turn into something special.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Knitting Texas

Seriously. Last night I knit Texas in the form of a washcloth. :) So cool, I got a few other patterns for states, and a lobster. Gotta hurry to get some of this stuff done for both the trunk show and also for Christmas!!!

In related, okay, well, not so much... something is seriously wrong with my phone. I've removed, installed, removed, reinstalled the BlackBerry software about 6 times and my computer still isn't reading my Curve. According to the other research that I've done online, apparently my USB drive is either going or is already gone. Great. If it isn't one thing, it is 16 others... arrrrg.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Has it really been a month?

Wow. I didn't realize it had been a month since the last time I posted! In the past month, I have tried to kick my knitting into overdrive making almost a project a day, set up an Etsy site, and started doing random marketing in the Portland, and Dallas, TX areas (Thanks Carrie!). Hopefully, I can get this going into something. I have high hopes, but knitting is a time consuming activity and I just have to go faster.... :)

In other news, the car needs work... again. Something is wrong with the alignment and who knows how long it is going to take to fix... or how much it is going to cost. The delay in taking it in lays in that we don't know how much it is going to cost us... so much for sending the Wii in to Nintendo to get it fixed for now.... Adventures in Public Transportation - week one, is drawing to a close, and really, it hasn't been that bad (thanks Trimet!)... certainly have saved money by not being able to just jump in the car, however, it does prove my point that we need to move downtown!

Monday, October 19, 2009

I love Yarn...

Although, I wish it would knit quicker... perhaps I need to just get some of the super thick stuff and speed sticks! I have just opened my own Etsy shop, nothing up there yet, as I need to still take pictures of some of the things that I've made - I think I need some models!

I would love for this to take off, who knows what could come of it. I need to go make some friends at a yarn shop and maybe take a class or three to help improve some of my techniques - and learn some new ones!

I also have two job interviews this week that I am really looking forward to - one with the Archdiocese of Portland (hopefully I won't spontaneously combust when I enter the building) and the other with American Eagle's intimates brand, aerie. I am really looking forward to that one, I think I would enjoy working there immensely. Same product as Victoria's Secret, but without the overbearing pressure and models on the walls!

Here's to a great week of interviews and knitting!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pirates and Ghost Trains

Should I be concerned that all my two year old wants to do is play pirates and ghosts? I am not exaggerating here. He walks around with a sword... or he walks around saying "boooooooo" in a spooky voice all day when he isn't sleeping. Seriously.

I don't know what I'm going to do when Halloween is over - he is going to be so incredibly sad!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


So, why is it exactly that when you turn an application in the people that take them from you are always rude? Is it because they know that you could do their job better? Or is it because they are threatened by your appearance, or losing their hours? What if you did get hired? Is that how they want you to remember them? With an attitude issue and poor customer service skills?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Missing in Action

Sadly, I haven't been able to get out very much in the last couple of weeks to get this updated... or write at all. Schedule changes within our family have relegated my computer time to the waaaay back burner.
Training is unfortunately going rather slowly at the current moment. I have had to take a week or two off due to other events that had been pre-arranged, or headaches, or general malaise... I have been doing a lot of knitting - already have one scarf ready for Christmas and I'm working on the matching hat now. The other project that I'm working on is a blanket for Todd's dad and his wife... they are at the point where "step-mom" sounds funny... I'm doing it in individual squares so that I can alter patterns for colors and make it a patchwork. The other thing I'm doing for family for Christmas is making re-usable coffee cup sleeves - the little brown things that wrap around your coffee cup? Yep, making some of those from felt and fabric and sweaters that were accidentally felted in the washing machine... even though I followed the care instructions.
I don't really want to think about Christmas at this point yet... it is too far away, but I know that if I don't, then it will sneak up on me and all of a sudden it will be a week away and I will have NOTHING done.
Still looking for a new job. I've decided to focus on finding a part time position a few days a week now that Todd's schedule has changed, so I can work Friday through Monday and still be able to go to speech with Xavier and not have to pay for day care. It seems silly to me to get a job and have all of the money made from it go directly into a day care so that I can go to work... there's really no gain from that.
All of my thoughts are kind of pouring out today in one post, because I haven't done it in a while. Thankfully, fall has seemed to make a comeback in the past week. I was getting tired of the Indian Summer that we were having ... thanks global warming!
Okay... that's good for today... I will update on the great banana facial experiment later...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

First Days

So, yesterday was the first day that I volunteered at SOLV. Overall, it went well. Everyone seemed really nice and its a pretty small office in terms of people. I did a lot of data entry and some sorting of paperwork... Yikes. The girl that was working on ths stuff before me tried to get ahead of herself and now there is a HUGE stack of paperwork that they thought had been entered into the computer... Not so much-like 6 years of paperwork. Oh well- its nice to be doing something productive other than cleaning and laundry! Looking forward to going back next week!
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

As I said on Facebook... I could be doing more...

After countless years of disappointing myself (and others) I have realized that it is time to make a change. I read voraciously, and I think it has come time to finally do some writing myself. Do I think I can get published? Who knows, but I'm going to at least try. Right now, I am stagnating and I don't like it. I don't like who I have become, a stay at home mom that is content to just watch people on television doing the things that I want to do. That is content to read about people doing the things that I want to do.

I am going to start writing. Probably a memoir style book, but I don't necessarily want to call it that. I don't have a specific plan as of yet, but I am going to start tonight. I am tired of being financially dependant on someone that doesn't really have a sense of finances, and being in charge of all of our money. I want to be able to provide the kids with some sort of cushion. I want to buy a house. I want a new car. I want to be able to pay off bills. I want to be able to send the kids to college. I want a new bike. I want to not have to worry about money.

Goals... hopefully they are attainable.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

iTunes 9

Holy wow. I don't know if this feature has always been here... granted, it probably has, I just didn't know about it...

iTunes U is fantastic! I just found a ton of really cool lectures from all over the world. I can feel like I'm learning something while the rest of my family is sitting in front of the television watching movies or playing video games. Yippeee!

In addition to that... I just also found a TON of video casts from PBS too! I am so excited for later tonight when they want to watch movies! :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Avatar... one more time

Okay. So, I am a total dork concerning this particular show. I don't get into too many television shows... I'm more of a book person (speaking of, Dan Brown's new one comes out tomorrow) usually. That being said, however, I finished the Avatar series this afternoon. HOLY COW. Normally, I check Perez and Facebook several times during the afternoon - I usually knit and do crafty type stuff while Xavier naps, but I got sucked in. Again. Go figure.

I did finish all of the third set of DVDs. Once again, am completely impressed with not only the storyline, but also the development of the characters and the evolution of the Buddhist philosophy that the monks had originally taught Aang. I am sooooooo excited for the movie, and if there is a midnight showing for this one, I will find a babysitter for Xavier and Ethan, Todd, and I will be there. Cannot wait.

For an idea of what the commotion is all about (well, at least at my house... ) click here: http://www.hulu.com/search?query=avatar and enjoy. :)

Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley

After the passing of Patrick Swayze today, kind of makes me sad to watch this particular skit, but somehow, it is still absolutely hilarious. Perhaps they will re-enact it for others now that they have joined back up again.


Friday, September 11, 2009

The Last Airbender

One more post for today, as this is something that I am crazy excited about. Long ago, when it was cool to watch cartoons, there weren't very many that had a really good story line. They were all one episode, get in, get out, save the girl, move on.

A few years ago, when Ethan was younger, there was a show on Nickelodeon called "Avatar: The Last Airbender." As the show progressed, it drew you farther and farther into the story. It tells the story of a boy named Aang, who was trapped (intentionally - kind of) for 100 years in a glacier and found by a brother and sister. Aang is the Avatar, the only one in the world who can master the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire). During the time Aang was in the glacier, the Fire Nation came along and has basically taken over the world. This cartoon, which is well done - both in plot line and artistry, caught our attention.

Once we moved, we no longer had cable (I didn't think it was necessary), we lost track of the story. Recently, we rediscovered one of the DVDs that I had purchased for Ethan. The youngest, Xavier, LOVED it. He likes anything involving ninja type stuff. Each of the elements can be controlled by "benders" and each of these benders styles are based on different martial arts techniques. It goes into a lot of Eastern philosophy and belief systems, which makes it interesting on a whole additional level. So, naturally, we had to go out and buy the entire series on the 3 different sets of DVDs. :)

I just found out that M. Night Shyamalan (I know I spelled THAT wrong. :) ) is making a live action version. I am soooooo excited for this movie, yet very hesitant at the same time... as I am such a huge fan of the show, that I would HATE for the story to be ruined. Even Ethan said that it wouldn't be the same without the same voices, etc. Hopefully, it will be as fantastic as the show...

I realize that I am sitting here talking about a cartoon, but it is just that good. I am not normally attached to movies, characters, etc., but you find yourself being sucked in to this particular group of characters - every show on television should be this well written in order to catch both kids and grown ups alike.

SOLV Activities

So, in order to be a "proper Portlander", Ethan and I have been doing volunteer work for an organization called SOLV, which participates and organizes clean up efforts across the state. We have done everything from pulling ivy off of the side of Mt. Talbert (in Oregon, ivy is an invasive species) to picking up trash and litter along the side of the Springwater Trail. This is a great organization, and a great way to pitch in... but also a great teaching tool for me with Ethan to show him that it is important to do volunteer work - "just because".

Some of the other things that SOLV does is participate in classroom education programs for K-12 schools, they also organize the "Great Beach Clean-Up" twice a year all along the Oregon Coast. One of the other really cool things is that REI will sponsor some of the events in conjunction with SOLV and you get cool water bottles, shirts, and other fun stuff - like lunch. :) It's nice to be around others - that range in age from 7 to 70 (really, my partner two weeks ago was 72!).

We are looking forward to our next event, tomorrow, at Atkinson Park in Oregon City, and then again next weekend at the South Waterfront. Sadly, we are not able to make it all the way out to the coast for the fall beach clean up due to Todd's work schedule, but I felt that we should participate in something that weekend!

Eventually, I hope to get Xavier involved as well, and I have looked into volunteering in their offices - at least until I get a job! Eventually.... hopefully....

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Jobs and School

Soooo, another two interviews, still no job. I'm now bordering on flat out irritated. Until this year, I haven't ever not gotten a job that I have interviewed for. Talk about a blow to the self esteem! Oh well... just found out that my dad was offered a job, so perhaps that is a good omen for me too. Sent in a few more resumes this morning, so hopefully something will come of that.

On a more positive note, school starts in three days. THANK GOD.

That's all I really have to say about that. :) Will do a longer post soon, when I don't have an impatient child sitting next to me... hopefullt will have info regarding starting Tai-Chi classes with the kid.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Cancellation of an Icon

Sadly, the great television show known as Reading Rainbow has come to an end. I first heard a rumor about this a few weeks ago, and it was confirmed the other day on Perez Hilton's website, as well as various others.

I remember when I was younger, not wanting to leave the house until after Reading Rainbow was over. I have always been "a reader" and I firmly believe that this particular show reinforced that trait. From the stories in the middle of the shows to the silly situations that LeVar Burton would find himself in.

A different sort of personal connection - my maiden name is Spock, and I thought it was hilarious when my dad would turn on his Star Trek:The Next Generation show, and there my Reading Rainbow guy was... with a banana clip over his eyes... :)

Within the past few years, I introduced my son to this show and the child who HATED reading slowly started coming around. Now, I have to explain to him why one of the shows that he really liked has been cancelled... because of money. It is unfathomable to me that we can go out and spend millions of dollars to make horrid children's movies, but no one can step up to save this terrific show.

With great sadness, we say goodbye to the third longest running children's televisions show in PBS history.

Head Case - Post number 1 for today...

One of the things that I have noticed about working out... riding the bike, going to the gym, running, hiking, whatever... is that I tend to shower far more frequently - twice a day (okay, sometimes three times). Due to this, and the fact that I have to wash my hair each time I shower... I have had the WORST case of dry scalp/itchy head. I have tried the shea butter shampoos, which I love-but it isn't quite enough when I am washing my hair that frequently. I did find a GREAT home remedy - I usually have to do it two nights in a row...

Take about a cup of olive oil (yep, just the stuff you cook with), about a 1/2 cup of milk, and some honey (no real measurement here - maybe about a tablespoon or two - just make sure that you drizzle it in as you whisk, otherwise it will just get gloppy). Mix this together - make sure to heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to make it nice and warm. Lean over the bathtub or sink and SLOWLY work it into your hair. It helps to have a helper. Wrap head in a shower cap or a towel for about ten minutes (longer doesn't hurt, but shorter doesn't work) and then wash your hair like normal - with a very gentle shampoo... a baby shampoo works great for this process.

Two treatments later, my head isn't nearly as itchy, I just have to take a day off of the workouts to let my head get some of the natural oils working again....

Monday, August 24, 2009

My new (well, "repurposed") Bedroom!

Whoo Hooooo! I so love finding stuff on the cheap to totally change the look of a room. Before: no headboard, because, well, they are expensive and I can't paint one on the wall due to restrictions - lamezilla. After: cool fabric panels that incorporate the random colors of the room into a cohesive unit and Ikea globes. Oh, Ikea. How I love you. (I also love stitch-witchery, but that is beside the point!)
So after feeling productive today, I have also put a bunch of stuff on Craig's to try to empty out the place slightly... tomorrow I tackle the kids' toys, because I'm done with it. :) I also plan on doing some painting ... and hopefully get a ride in - or at least some yoga/pilates.
Gaah. Have to go get kids. Hopefully, tomorrow I will be able to get some training info up...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday Updates...

Good few training days... almost 30 miles on Sunday! Have decided to do the "last organized ride of the season" - the Harvest Century ride in Hillsboro. Should be a good time. Mid-October, hopefully not too hot, not too cold! I've been eating A LOT, but need to increase my calorie intake- especially on days that I do long rides. But, I am really proud of myself - I am not normally a water drinker (it tastes funny to me, unless it is FREEZING cold), but over the past few days, I got a new water bottle (with a straw - that totally helps), and have managed to drink at least 3 of the bottles a day!

Moving on to non-Cycling related things...

JOB INTERVIEW THIS MORNING!!!!!! Hopefully it goes well. Then again, they have all seemed to go well. I am failing to see why I haven't been hired yet. Perhaps it is because I am a VERY type A personality in a VERY type B town.

Funny thing though. Yesterday afternoon I updated, revised, reworded, reorganized my resume. Ten minutes after I was finished, I got the call from the girl I am interviewing with this morning. An omen, perhaps? Silly me, I even made cute little hand-done business cards. :)

On the home front...

I am really beginning to not like "8" either. I wasn't a fan of the 7 year old stage... 8 is proving to be even worse... especially when you have one that is too smart for his own good and thinks that he should be treated like an adult, but then pitches the temper tantrums of a two year old. (Which the two year old is watching, and then turning around and proceeding to do, because he needs to be just like his big brother...)

Speaking of the two year old... Xavier might have a promising career in the drag queen field. He has decided that he likes my shoes- or more specifically, my heels and heeled knee-high boots. He won't sleep unless he is wearing a pair of my shoes in his bed. I am both amused and wondering if I should be concerned...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Training Week 1

So, in addition to (still) looking for a job, playing maid, chef, and chauffeur, this has also been my first training week. 3 days of riding, 1 day of hard cardio, 2 days of yoga/pilates/stretching, and 1 day off with just stretching.

I'm tired.

I did, however, manage to score some SWEET deals at goodwill, including: a brand new pair (tags still on) of padded shorts and a pair of Pearl Izumi cycling shoes that are great for off season (a little heavy for actual racing)... For $16. For BOTH!!! I love saving money on gear because then I can turn around and put that into the bike!

It has been great eating whatever I want (virtually) all week long. I certainly don't need to lose any weight, so I need to make sure I'm taking in more than I'm expending... Good thing I really like bread and pasta!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


After doing Bridge Pedal this weekend... I have decided to train for the Seattle to Portland ride next July. Am I nuts? I have nearly a year to prepare and I really hope to accomplish this.

Earlier in July, we happened to be heading downtown on the second day of the ride. I looked around and saw all of these people - young, old, short, tall, men, women, thin, not-so-thin... they all DID IT!! I couldn't believe how jealous I was that they were able to do this. I anticipate some very hard work - and a fairly decent amount of money... I need a different bike - right now I have a Schwinn Cruiser, which is great for training, really. It only has five gears and weighs a TON so I have to work a lot harder that some of these guys that are riding around on their racing bikes... man, will they be shocked when I smoke them next July!

The other cool thing is that my dad has agreed to do it with me... I better finish before him. :) Over the next few months, in addition to my normal posts, you will also begin to find training updates and things that I am learning as I train for this event. I am very excited for this, and I am very excited to have a goal to work towards. For the last few months, I have been kind of floating along aimlessly due to the lack of a job. Hopefully, I will be able to score that part-time gig at REI so I can have time to train, but also, maybe ... a discount on gear?

Here's to a great (and safe!) ride!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Events in Portland... and why I love them

The cool thing about this town (and others, I'm sure) is how the entire city seems to come to events that support hospitals, charities, and kids. This morning was the 2009 Providence Bridge Pedal. For those unfamiliar with PDX, our fair city has the distinction of not only being called the Rose City, but also Bridgetown (hence the name of the brewery). Portland has over ten bridges that span the various rivers (mainly the Willamette) which flow through the city. The bridge pedal event closes the bridges and we get the opportunity to join our community and cycle across 6,8, or 11 (!) bridges. There is music and food and everyone encouraging each other (especially the kids-who are welcome to ride in the 6 bridge event) over some pretty steep terrain.

So, arriving downtown this morning, riding around the city with Ethan, and having a great time... Certainly worth the very sore legs that I have right now! We are excited to do it again next year-especially since it welcomes all ages and ability levels.

Great time, great event, and great day... Not to mention my bike bell got a workout coming off of the Fremont Bridge-they had music up and blaring... Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" and it was at a perfect spot to ring my bell along with the song... :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

REI and Summer Reading

After Xavier broke the second pair of sunglasses in the last month... I headed to REI to see if they had something made out of titanium, with spring hinges and indestructable lenses. Alas, no luck with the entire list of requirements, but we did run into one of the teachers from my older son's school.

This couldn't have happened at a more perfect time, as we had an argument earlier in the day about how much reading Ethan hasn't done over the summer. Well... the dear Mr. Rubin was kind enough to take time out from his REI sales duties to explain to Ethan that yes, indeed, he did still need to read over the summer, and that's how he would get a head start with third grade in the fall compared to some of the other kids that will be in his class. Now, after having that argument earlier in the day, Ethan wasn't necessarily the MOST receptive to the conversation, but because Mr. Rubin is a "tech guy" and Ethan is really into computers and science, he has now been reading for the last two days and has already finished a book. YEAHHHH! I feel as though I should swing by REI and thank him. :) Sadly, he won't be continuing at Ethan's school in the fall, and will be changing to a new elementary schoool. Ethan was really hoping to get him at some point... whereas, I was hoping that we could keep his second grade teacher, Mrs. Hutteball, FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER (although she's probably glad to be rid of him... :))

While I was so excited to get this little bit of help from him, it made me kind of sad to realize that our teachers are working two and three jobs to make ends meet, and how underappreciated they really are... it is awful that some of these CEOs make millions and millions of dollars, and while yes, I'm sure at one point they worked very hard to get where they are, now their time is spent on islands and vacations, while the people that are responsible (unless they have private tutors, because even at a lot of private schools teachers are vastly underpaid) for educating their children are struggling to make ends meet. The teachers that are working with the most challenged children, whether it be financially or academically are shoved by the wayside, and who knows... perhaps one of those kids winds up being the next president... all because a teacher who was moonlighting at REI or a coffee shop told them that yes, they need to read over the summer.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ahhh, the joys of Potty Training...

And so begins another child... here I thought I was done after Ethan was born, and then Xavier came along...

I don't necessarily MIND potty training in and of itself - when we are at home, or at Grandma and Grandpa's - or some other relative/friend's house. They usually don't mind when he is running around in his underwear and keeping a dry supply in the bathroom while we are there. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn't necessarily go for a two year old little boy running around with Elmo or Bob the Builder, or Optimus Prime on his butt! I can only imagine the looks I would get... What I do hate are "accidents" in public... if we could just potty train them all at home and then get a detailed map as to where every bathroom is within every building in the city that you live in, that would be GREAT!

There are so many books, videos, websites, etc., out there that talk about what to do and half of them are contradictory. It's been 6 years since I've done this, and honestly, I wouldn't mind some reminders, but at the same time different things work for different kids. For example, the Cheerios thing didn't work with Ethan, and I don't think it will work very well with Xavier either, but other people swear by it.

I suppose this is the point that I attempt to search around for "irregulars" at the outlets so I don't have to spend a fortune on a ton of undies! :)

Friday, July 31, 2009

You try to do something nice...

So this morning I take Ethan to his doctor's appointment, we get Krispy Kreme donuts (their new coffee cake thing is amazing, side note) and we head to get our hair cuts. A special treat for Ethan, who likes the Aveda smelly stuff, but has only been to Great Clips, etc.

Forget all of the nice things I said about Aveda yesterday- I'm never going to the school in Portland again. We walk in, they look at us and say that they can't take both of us because that would leave Ethan unsupervised while I get my hair done-even though our appointments were scheduled for the exact same time. He's 8, not 4, and he doesn't run around and get in anyone's way- he sits and plays his Nintendo DS when he's waiting for something. I understand this is a safety/liability issue, however, I could have been notified of this policy WHEN I MADE THE APPOINTMENT. Or, when they called to confirm, especially since I told the girl that he was 8 when I set it up to begin with. What made it more irritating was that they had put us right next to each other ANYWAY. How is that not being supervised if I'm sitting right next to him? Confused. Then to top it of, one chick there was making an effort to help, but she appeared new, and the other girl there was so incredibly rude and snotty.

I have been going to Aveda schools for 13 years. 13 years. Not just the year or so that the one here in Portland has been open. I am appalled at the treatment we received.

That being said, the people at PAUL MITCHELL'S Portland training facility were more than accomodating. They took us both in, we sat right next to each other, and I even had my cut done by the most senior instructor there, not even a student. Next time any of us need a cut, I know where we will be going. I fully intend on writing letters (or emails) to both schools-one a glowing thank you, the other one that I would be very upset to receive if it were my staff in question.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Favorite Product for Today....

With it being a hundred degrees (plus) here in OREGON of all places... I am almost out of a terrific product from one of my most favorite stores EVER - L'Occitane. They have an "After Sun Lotion" in their Shea Collection (which are the best products I have ever used. I used to only use Aveda Shampoos and Conditioners - until I found the Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner - great for those of us that use a blow dryer everyday). I found this in a travel bottle at one point, and is unavailable anywhere that I can find. Hopefully, the regular lotion (which is just as terrific - and their #1 seller) will work as well. Better load up on the sunscreen for today.

I have spent the morning shuttling people around, getting gas, and responding to emails about a few things I have posted on Craigslist. Heading out to play in the kiddie pool for a little bit before we have to head back to our place to sell a crib! Xavier is getting to be so big that it was time to put together the toddler bed... and he has decided now that he can, he is going to sleep on the floor instead!! Yikes. On the upside, I'm getting a small amount of cash AND I get the crib off of the deck. However, when I email people back and I don't hear from them for 12 hours... I move on to the next person... is that wrong? I want it gone, and my time is just as valuable as the next persons...

Tomorrow we are headed off to the doctor's office for a quick visit for Ethan - the child doesn't like soap and water and now has some funky little bumps on his legs - so we have to go and get that looked at. Then.... off to the Aveda Institute. Nothing like an Aveda cut (even if it is by a student) for $10-$13! I have done hair modeling all over the country (and for various programs - including Toni & Guy's main school in Dallas, TX) - some freebie ones, some not, and I have found that the Aveda program really is my favorite. Check out the Portland, Oregon school and services below!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Job Search Continues

Sadly, it goes on. I've sent out multiple resumes in the past week... again, hopefully I will get something. I found a few that look promising. Unfortunately, there isn't anywhere on your resume to list your IQ, or that you enjoy reading non-fiction or Ancient Greek philosophy for fun. Or that you are more than capable of answering phones and filing things. Sometimes, people just need a job - whether or not they are "over-qualified". After almost ten years in college (granted, I should be a doctor at this point), it's taken almost a year to find a new job - I wish I could just find something that will allow me to go to work and pay for daycare.

One of the stay-at-home data entry things would be fantastic, but how does one know if they are legitimate? "Pay us $30. . . and we will send you all of the data and you will make up to $900 a day!" Really? Sounds great - two days a week and I would be set, as I type incredibly fast, but sure, let me give you my account number, and then will it be wiped out? I just don't know anymore!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On Midnight Movies

As I'm sitting here writing this from my BlackBerry, I have decided that teenagers shouldn't be allowed to go to the movies in groups. Especially late night movies, and they certainly shouldn't be allowed to "hold" 15 seats at a time for all of their friends who can't show up on time. Ridiculous. No courtesy at ALL. When I was younger, if I saw a group of a couple of people come in and there were kids with them, I certainly wouldn't make the kid sit all the way up front in the flat seats where the kid couldn't see.

Sadly, parents are forgetting to teach their kids common courtesy and it just exacerbates the attitude issues that are already in existence.
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hiking Group

I'm on the way!!! Slowly. Have gotten an email account set up and a facebook page for our soon to be thriving hiking group... Now, to use my marketing knowledge to get some members and organize some outings!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hiking with Kids

Apparently I am going to have to form my own "Hiking with Kids" group... any of you in PDX with kids between 6 and 10 game? Ethan and I went and did Angel's Rest this morning, which is between Multnomah Falls and Bridal Veil. When we got back, I asked him if he would be interested in hiking with other mom/kid groups. When he said yes.... I decided to look around and I couldn't find anything. Sad. Next stop is REI to see if they sponsor any groups. I know there are all women and all guy groups, but none of the parent/kid groups seem to be functioning. Strange.

Having renewed my love of hiking - it's been quite a few years since I've been... it's been a few years since I've done anything more than walk around the Zoo or the Mall - my legs hurt. :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Thought of the Day: Job Search

Anyone who thinks that being "just a mom" isn't a job is nuts. I know that someone calculated how much a 24hour, 365 days a year position is worth... can't seem to find the article though. After being out of the work force for almost a year now, I have some interesting things that I have observed:

No one listens: whether it be the kids, the spouse, or the person down the street. All of a sudden (no matter how many non-fiction books you check out and chug down so that your brain stays hydrated...) your opinion, thoughts, views don't seem to count - because "you're just a mom". Hmmmm. All of the prior schooling, the genius IQ, none of it seems to matter, because whether you have chosen to be out of the workforce, or were forced from the workforce - for whatever reason, your career, and your life - are "mommy-tracked"

You LIKE cleaning: Yes, I do like having things clean. I like order and neatness. I like things put away. HOWEVER. That doesn't mean that I like to do it all MYSELF!!!!

10:00pm - "Why are you tired? You've been home all day...": REALLY? SERIOUSLY? Just because I've been home all day (and usually not...) doesn't mean I haven't been chasing down two kids and trying to keep them from killing themselves! It doesn't mean that the two year old put himself down for a nap, or actually followed directions for once. It certainly doesn't mean that the eight year old didn't ask a million inane questions that day... It doesn't mean that we didn't go to Target, the grocery store, the Children's Museum, the Library, and for a walk....

I like being home with them, really I do. But I like having a job and socializing with other adults too. I miss being able to "get dressed for work"... I like my jeans and Danskos, but I miss my pencil skirts and Ann Taylor dresses and my cute little Steve Madden heels. I also miss the independence of having my own paycheck, and feeling like I'm contributing something other than to the children's vocabulary and imaginations.....

So far, after a ton of resumes sent out (I've lost count), and only a few interviews... looks like I'm off to apply at the local coffee shop. If for nothing else than to meet some grown ups and perhaps arrange some play groups....

Monday, June 22, 2009

Having an hour and a half to myself....

So, how is it possible that I leave the house for an hour - wasn't even gone for an hour, actually - and I get a mysterious phone call asking where a tiny screwdriver is. Immediately, my suspicious question radar goes up. It FINALLY comes out that there is something oddly wrong with Ethan's Wii system. It turns on, but nothing happens. Keep in mind that I'm the computer person in the house.

I WAS enjoing my lovely glass of wine and my solitude. Now, my mind is focused on the Wii, and what happens if (and probably when) it is really broken. All hell is going to break loose... So the debate now is do I go home and take over the "fix it" process myself, or do I let them attempt to deal with it themselves.

While it is nice to be needed, OCCASIONALLY it is nice to have some time to myself....

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First Post

Good morning to all... whomever might be reading this... first blog posting ever. Hopefully I will be able to come up with some wonderfully witty, interesting things to say. I would love to gain a following... whether that be fellow stay-at-home moms, fellow genius types that are underemployed, or just some online friends that are looking for stories about crazy children that aren't theirs, my random thoughts on what new products from L'Occitane that rock, or interesting photos from around Portland, OR.

Here's to a successful blog! :) Thanks for reading!