Archive | September 2012

Happy National Comic Book Day

Today is National Comic Book Day.  Not to be confused with Free Comic Book Day which is the first Saturday in May.

In honor of National Comic Book Day, I tried to find a comic book that I enjoy.  I loved Lenore.  Gloom Cookie.  Nightmares and Fairytales.  Oh, and Teen Titans.  The version that had its own show on Cartoon Network. I don’t like Tiny Titans.  I don’t like the DC comic style Teen Titans.   Of those, I believe only Nightmares and Fairytales is still in print, but I think it’s online only.   So sad.

Today is also National One Hit Wonder Day.  Carly Rae Jepsen, this day is for you!

Tomorrow is another celebration extravaganza, it being both National Love Note Day and National Pancake Day.   I cooked all day, so, unfortunately for my family, I will not be making pancakes for tomorrow morning.  They may find love notes in their bags though.

Friday is Drink Beer Day.  I think I’ll start that celebration early, like now.  I need to train for it so I don’t pull something on Friday and ruin the whole day.

To finish out the week, Saturday is National Coffee Day.  Which is the perfect day to follow Drink Beer Day.

Who knew that the fourth week in September was such an action-packed week?  Maybe I need to call off work.



Perfect Teeth, a Reprise

A previously wrote about my experiences with orthodontistry.

Here’s my latest update:

Thing 2 was told, at her last dental appointment on August 21st , that she may have an impacted upper lateral incisor.  Previously, we were told that she was completely missing both upper lateral incisors and we would need to get her bridges or implants.  The teeth were not present on the x-rays.  One of these “missing” teeth miraculously came in all by itself.

Now, the dentist said that, although they had just taken an x-ray at this very visit, the tooth may be there, impacted.  But we would have to go to an orthodontist to get an x-ray to know for sure.  She might need to get one of those chain things so they can pull down the tooth.

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Season’s Change

I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve had loads of ideas but just enjoyed keeping them all in my own head for a while.

I’ve certainly still been baking.  Thing 2 celebrated her birthday last week; the big 1-1.  She requested many homemade food items: tomato bisque with tomatoes from our garden, french baguettes made by mommy, a chocolate layer cake with buttercream frosting from scratch, 48 pretzel dogs  for her party guests, 72 nutella popsicle shots too.

I’ve been running too.  I ran the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5k on September 16th.  I ran another 5k yesterday.

I’ve been making beach glass jewelry.  I just received a boat load of diamond dremel bits to do so.  I have a huge batch of pieces just waiting to be strung or used to adorn chainmaille.

Mostly, I’ve been watching my children change and grow.  Thing 2 has decided she wants to take up cross country next year.  She’s been asking me to take her on runs.  I don’t run far or fast.  But I am happy to get her going.  She ran with me yesterday.  It was 45 F and raining.  She stuck with it.

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Mommy’s Little Girl

Tonight I sat in a hotel ballroom to hear a group of university administrators convince us why my oldest should apply to their school.

I can’t help it that it makes me sad.  I still see my little girl with waist-length hair and her giant brown eyes, just barely tall enough to see over the top of the kitchen table.  I see her just starting kindergarten.  I see her sitting on daddy’s lap while he reads her a bedtime story.  I see her climbing into bed with us because she’s had a bad dream.

I’m not ready for her to be this old.  I’m not ready to let her go off and find her way.

I want her to have every opportunity.  To have the courage to try things.  To figure out what makes her happy.

Only, I’m having pre-empty nest syndrome.  But even when she leaves, I’ll still have 2 more kids in the house.   And I’ll have my kitty.  Even if I have an empty nest, I won’t have an empty lap.



I have been accumulating beers for a pumpkin beer tasting. I love beer and any reason to try a bunch of beers is a good enough reason for me.

I wrote about the beers I’ve already collected for the imminent beer tasting. But now, I’ve added a few more.

I already had:

  • Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
  • Rivertown Pumpkin Ale
  • Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale

I’ve now picked up:

  • Shipyard Brewing Company Pumpkinhead Ale
  • Thirsty Dog Pumpkin Ale
  • Shocktop Pumpkin Ale
  • New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

I also stopped up and tried Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale. It is excellent. I need to find some in the store so I can drink it alongside the other lovely things I’ve collected. I almost don’t want to invite anyone over for this, then I won’t have to share!

Honestly, other than my husband, I don’t have a lot of friends who enjoy craft beer. But hopefully, anyone I invite will just be happy to drink beer and be my guest. I want to add a few more beers, many pumpkin beers aren’t even available until late September or even October. I can’t wait for bottoms up!

She’s Crafty

I was doing some preliminary jewelry work today. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on any jewelry making. I have been busy. Doing other things.

I bought my husband a guitar pick punch for Christmas. Only, it’s been more of my toy than his. It’s sold with the idea that one uses old credit cards for guitar picks. I’ve used ours with dozens and dozens of depleted gift cards, old rec center cards (these are awesome because they have our faces on them), old vinyls, CDs, DVDs. Whatever fits into the guitar pick punch is fair game.

I made a bowl out of an old record and it is almost full of guitar picks that I made from various things that would otherwise be waste.

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Sweet and Low

This past Saturday, I was a cooking fool. Usually I’m just a fool so it was a nice change.

I have been wanting to try this recipe I found for Curried Sweet Potato and Millet soup. I love sweet potatoes. I think they go with everything. My family isn’t in agreement with me. The two girls rather dislike sweet potatoes. My husband and son are only fans sometimes. The boys like when I make sweet potato home fries. The little cubed ones. All of them like my mashed sweet potatoes with loads of brown sugar and pecans. My sweet potato pancakes were widely disliked but my husband is smart enough to eat them anyway. None of the kids like curry. I really enjoy a good vegetable coconut curry. My husband can take it or leave it. I think he eats it mostly because it’s something he didn’t have to cook.

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup

Anyway, when I saw sweet potato and curry together, I knew I’d be making this. Of course, because I’m me, I made a few modifications. I won’t recopy the entire recipe here, but here’s the link to the original. And I’ll tell you what I changed.

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