If I had money to spare…

We have all the baby stuff we could possibly need, but sometimes I find myself wishing for some fancy piece of gear or cute thing. These are a few of them.


Look, there is no part of me that thinks it would be fun to spend $500+ on a freakin’ stroller. But the Phil & Ted Sport Buggy with doubles kit would be a really fun way to get both kids out when I start running (by which I mean walking briskly) again. As it is I am not sure how I’m going to make it work, but at least my existing stroller only cost me $25.


This IKEA bunk bed (or something similarly simple) is less wishful thinking than it is The Eventual Plan. Assuming that we can ever afford to move to a larger apartment, the children will share a room. It doesn’t make sense to get one twin bed for Sam and put Grace in his toddler bed when she will outgrow it anyway, so why not bunk beds? Plus: FUN. Sam loves climbing up the ladder and playing on the top bunk, so I can only imagine how much he’d love if that was His Place.


I, um, apparently really like Phil & Ted’s brand baby stuff. Which is funny since I don’t own any. This is the Metoo portable seat, which I wanted to buy when Sam was small and would love to have for Grace. Do we need it? No. But I bet it would be awesome to have.

hermosa-peacock hermosa-saddle

I don’t have a diaper bag. I had one once, which I got free with purchase at BabyStyle (have I mentioned that they went out of business the day I found out I was pregnant? Fuckers), and it was nice but pretty much useless for cloth diapers. So I just use whatever bag is handy, which doesn’t really work either but is free. I’ve been lusting after one of these Namaste knitting bags, to use for diapers now and projects later, but thought the $76 price tag was obscene. I just looked at actual diaper bags, though, and suddenly it seems really reasonable.


I really want my kids to have a dollhouse. Not necessarily this dollhouse (though it is very nice, with a pricetag to match–yeesh!) but a nice, wooden one that Will and I can make furniture and stuff for. This green dollhouse (with solar panels!) is pretty cool too, and of course there’s always the tree house option. Or maybe we’ll build the whole thing.

OK, that’s enough for now. Next I’ll tell you about the baby stuff we have and love.

2010 Goals

See my recap of 2009’s goals here. Here are some (totally disjointed and mostly random) goals for this year.

1. Have baby. Can I count this, even though I sorta did it in 2009? I certainly don’t want to do it again before 2010 is over.

2. Finish draft of MG novel and show it to Nova.

3. Finish proposal, bible, and pilot script for television idea and get it in front of someone (agent, producer, random person on street, whatever).

4. Write, edit, and release at least one of the pattern booklets I have planned; write and submit at least one pattern proposal to a magazine; write the patterns for already-submitted proposals (done).

5. Go rollerskating.

6. There is nooooooo number six.

7. Complete at least five items on my Life List.

8. Go on a vacation with my family.

9. Eat more cookies. I mean, um, get back in shape. Same thing, right?

10. Finish making the Advent stockings in time for Advent (not to mention the various other half-finished holiday projects).

There. Ten (shut up, #6 counts) goals for 2010. I think I can.

2009 Goals in Review

Last year I reviewed 2008 and set some goals for 2009. Let’s see how I’ve done.

  • Write more

This one would be easier to review if I could remember how much I wrote in 2008. Hahaha. This year I wrote a little less than half a middle grade novel and did some extensive rewriting on a screenplay (still not quite done, alas, though it is now in Will’s hands so let’s call it a win for me). I also edited the heck out of an old short story which I’d like to submit somewhere but I haven’t yet found a suitable market. So a good amount but not as much as I’d have liked. Maybe I can squeeze in a little more over the next two weeks. No, really. Why are you laughing?

  • Live more

This one’s pretty hard to quantify, but I feel pretty full of life. (Double meaning alert!)

  • Love more

A gimme. I am fairly certain that we all love more with each moment. (Cheeseball alert!)

  • Knit a sweater I don’t hate

Um… well. I meant for myself, obviously. Let me think… *checks Ravelry*…Ah-HA! Complete success! Yay! I also knitted myself an owl cardigan that I think I love, but it still needs buttons and I won’t know how it fits till after Otter is born, so I’m not counting it. But the blue one counts! Yay!

  • Lose weight

I did this one! I lost about 10 pounds of my goal of 15-20, but I only stopped losing because….

  • Get pregnant

I won at this one. A little ahead of schedule. Hello, best surprise ever.

So it looks like 2009 was a (near) total success! Stay tuned for some 2010 goals (and please feel free to suggest anything you think I ought to try).

Thanks to Will and Nova for inspiring this post!

To Do

I am feeling really insanely resentful of all the things I need to do today (and the rest of the week) so I thought I’d write them down and see how bad (or not) it really is.


  • Call Maintenance about the fact that my oven is falling apart.
  • Do the goddamn dishes.
  • Clean stove/oven because god knows they won’t replace it.
  • Make bread dough.
  • Make bread crumbs from old bread.
  • Make cranberry sauce.
  • Buy macaroni.
  • Make mac + cheese.
  • Put away laundry.
  • Finish sewing project that is all over living room.


  • Sketch out knitting pattern for submission that is due in a few days.
  • Pick up mess surrounding desk.
  • Bake pies.
  • Hang curtains.
  • Get the toy drive stuff out of here.
  • Finish commissioned knitting project.
  • Figure out Christmas gifts and get a move on.
  • Buy the rest of the groceries.
  • Make Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Not go into preterm labor.

Sigh. Still resentful. If it was just the cooking I’d be fine but everything else is making me want to crawl back into bed for the next forever. Will is sending me cheer-leading emails, which is making me laugh. So there’s that. But bed, it calls to me.

Prego Brain Strikes Again!

So far today I have:

  • accidentally mixed the yeast in with the flour instead of the water
  • overfilled the container so the dough overflowed
  • forgotten to slash the top of the loaf and wound up with deformed bread
  • let the beans cook dry
  • forgot to make Sam lunch
  • when I remembered to make Sam lunch, forgot to give it to him

I’m sure there’s more but I CAN’T REMEMBER.

A Few Things

What the heck, I’ll put this in list form.

  • I know this is way TMI for some of you, and will necessitate google for others (who will most likely then cry TMI), but. Sam likes colostrum.
  • I was all set to do a big batch of canning, making pickles and stuff, this week. I borrowed a book on small batch canning from the library. I determined that my pasta pot will work for a canner. I made a list of everything I needed. And then I could not find mason jars. Of course, I have one million jars at home, but you have to have fresh lids. SIGH. So this week I will be making some refrigerator pickles.
  • The Pea Pod sweater is coming along beautifully. It is now apparent that the yarn behaved so badly because it wanted to be this sweater. IT COULD HAVE EMAILED ME OR SOMETHING.
  • I can carry three children at once. Heck, I probably could have managed a fourth on my back, but there wasn’t one handy.
  • Yesterday we went to the library. Actually, we went to two libraries. The local branch to pick up my canning book and drop off some other books, and downtown to pick up some books for Will. The main library was having a huge book sale and I got two Halloween books (one is The 13 Days Of Halloween, like The 12 Days of Christmas, and the other is crafts for kids), a novel for Will, a book for my friend’s kids, and a book from a Time Life series that I seem to be collecting, all for $3.25. Then we stopped at a yard sale and I got Moosewood’s low-fat cookbook for a dollar. Apparently I am worried that we might run out of books.
  • I am trying out that meal planning idea this week. I have a list of meals we like and bought appropriate ingredients. I’ll let you know how it goes. Honestly, I’m a little bit nervous about planning ahead like this.
  • My current favorite Sam thing: for the last several weeks he has been singing along to his favorite movies. To the score. It is so awesome.

OK, we’re off to help Shelby move in with Briana. Hope your weekend is as lovely as mine.

Is there anything better than a weekend?

One: I slept in this morning. Until about 8:20, which has me of four years ago cringing in horror but is seriously the latest I’ve slept in weeks or maybe months.

Two: Will and I played with Legos this morning. Sam has us well-trained, so we build vehicles and he plays with them. It is a very good system.

Three: Will and Sam did most of the grocery shopping this morning, which takes care of an errand I thought I’d be doing, gave me a little free time, and enabled us to…

Four: make pizza. I made crust while the guys were out and when they returned I made sauce and assembled three pies. One half veggie, half pepperoni, one all veggie, one anchovies and sausage. The veggie ones had caramelized onions, fresh basil, and kalamata olives.

Five: I took a hot bath with no interruptions. At least an hour, probably closer to two.

Six: I read a whole book. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, which I highly recommend. (While fetching that link I discovered that there is a sequel! I am very pleased.)

Seven: I got some great assistance on my MG story (you know, the one I am not writing) and Will and I talked out some troubles with a script we are trying to fix up. Very good work day.


I stole this idea from Swistle.

  • After reading her post I really want a Boston Cream donut, which just happens to be the only thing I think Dunkin Donuts does better than all the other donut places. And there are no Dunkin Donuts in Southern California.
  • On nights that Sam wakes (usually from a nightmare), he does not always wake up in time to get to the potty the next morning. I don’t mind at all if he has an accident, but I only have two sets of sheets for each bed and he’s gotten both beds since the last time I did laundry and I DON’T WANT TO DO MORE LAUNDRY.
  • I really want to go to the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival this year. I haven’t been since 1999 or maybe 2000 (I forget) and I WANT TO GO but I can’t afford it AT ALL. I miss upstate New York and I miss the festival and I miss my friends and I need to buy some things and WHINE.
  • We need a DVD player, Will probably needs a new computer, I still need new glasses, the car needs a check-up, and we’re going to have to buy a bunch of stuff for this baby (mostly diapers and the like) and WE DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY. I am so tired of not having any money.
  • I can’t seem to make any headway on my to-do list or my project pile.

On the plus side, the kitchen is clean (er, as long as you don’t look at the floor) and I’ve been making some really incredible food this week. YAY FARMER’S MARKET for supplying us with such excellent ingredients!

So, what have you got to complain about? Tell me here or go tell Swistle.

Things I Wish I Had Right Now

(Besides the obvious, like a million dollars and a nicer place to live and Will to get a book deal.)

  • A body pillow. It is becoming next to impossible to find a comfortable position to sleep in. I’m sure you can see how this creates a problem for me.
  • A bra that fits and does not chafe. It’s a tall order, but what I really need is a cotton bra, with underwire, in my size (which I am not actually sure of, since my boobs have shrunk because my milk has pretty much dried up, which is another entry altogether).
  • A bella band, or whatever those things are called. It’s just a tube of stretchy fabric to wear over the belly (the idea is that you can wear pre-pregnancy pants unbuttoned beneath it, but I am more likely, I think, to wear pre-pregnancy t-shirts). I could make one, but I know I won’t.
  • A neck massage. Preferably every day. Maybe twice a day.

So if someone could get on that, I’d appreciate it.

Is it 6:00 yet?

So far today I have:

  • Helped Sam get out all of his puzzles
  • Fed Sam breakfast
  • Fed myself some toast (which is not quite breakfast but will do)
  • Helped Sam put away all of his puzzles
  • Helped Sam set up his train track and trains
  • Baked a cherry pie
  • Taken a shower while Sam watched Tweety cartoons
  • Eaten the extra pie crust, which I baked with cinnamon
  • Counted that as breakfast
  • Gotten dressed

I can’t understand how it is only 9:30. That’s more than I usually do in a whole day. (See previous post, re: I am lazy.)

I guess today can’t be over yet, though, because I have to do laundry. Damn it.