Friday, January 30, 2015


So... I'm still alive. Boy, has a lot changed. A lot a lot. But enough about that. We can cover it later. Shall we look at the stitching?
My first finish of 2015! EMS 2010 Flower of the Month - January Carnation. I'm doing these as a year-long SAL. Let's hope I don't drop the ball in mid-June like I normally do.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I hate this

I had some cute photos and other light and amusing posts.

Unfortunately, today it became clear that a close friend of my sister had killed himself.

Rest in peace Greg.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Yesterday we officially received the results of some of Tinkerbell's testing. To our complete and utter lack of shock she is Autistic. She tested almost identically to her sister (one point difference during the entire test - interestingly enough that point pushed her into "autism" rather than "autism spectrum disorder,") so we are assuming she too will eventually end up with a diagnosis of Asperger's. Honestly, it was just good to get the results and have them in writing so that the school district can get started with the appropriate special ed. Children like her and her sister can be difficult for a school to test as there can be quite a bit of subtlety involved. Her current therapists were worried a typical 45 minute screening wouldn't be enough. Luckily, we were able to get her tested as a small part of a larger study that she took part in and they were finally able to give us the results as her part is winding down.

It's funny - 6 years ago my world was basically turned upside-down by the exact same news. This time around there are only knowing chuckles and relief to have the results in hand. It's amazing how a lot of knowledge and a bit of time can change things. This time around we understand it's not the end of the world or life as we know it. We understand that knowledge is power and will lead to us being better able to help her in the long run.

So are we happy? Of course not. Obviously this sort of diagnosis leads to a question about the future that is impossible to answer fully, but at least we know that a good future is possible and we will choose to work with that.

(On a lighter note to all statisticians - 3 full siblings, and the two *girls* are the ones on the spectrum. Gotta love the odds, no?)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Soooo Close

Just, *so* close.

Damn, that was an amazing game. I just wish it had been a slightly more amazing game.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

My evil little sister

Is going to the Final Four tomorrow to watch Butler (hopefully) crush Michiagn State.

Im trying very hard not to hate her. And, in fact, mixed up a bunch of blue sparkly face paint for her.

In other news I was accused of being her twin sister while we were out shopping today. That was nice.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Well, today sucked

Bear's school will officially be closing at the end of the school year.

I do not like the idea, but I do agree with the decision. I just don't care for the consequences.

In other news - Hi! Long time, no see...

Monday, January 05, 2009

Daisies and Hip Hop Don't Mix

So, my Daisy troop co-leader hired someone to come in and teach the girls a hip hop routine today during our troop meeting.

It was the best money spent ever. It was adorable, hilarious, and darling all at the same time. During the "recital" afterwards several of the teachers at the school came in and watched.

Bear was, well, bear. From the waist down she's fine. She can do all of the complicated steps and turns, no problem. But from the waist up? A complete disaster. She barely moves at all. If her head moved six inches during the entire performance I would be shocked. They were doing the lean back shoulder groove thing and she moves about an inch. Max. They were supposed to be bent over and snapping their fingers while swaying. There was no sway. There was no bend. There, however, was snapping. However, she rocked the "strike a pose with an attitude" part at the end. My girl, she can pretend to be a bratty 13 year old, no problem. I was so proud.

Goodness, it was a good time. Best. Meeting. Ever!

NotD: China Glaze Vampy. I broke a nail badly last night while I was cleaning (and in a snit.) So it's dark, vampy colors for a while.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Today sleeping in, tomorrow school!

Tomorrow normal life resumes. Well, for a day. Then Christmas Eve occurs and you know, normal life goes away again for a few days.

Today was boring again (I knnow, why the hell bother with blogging if nothing ever happens?) more cleaning, more games, more children who refuse to sleep.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Of games and sleepless children

Note: It is difficult to post when your children strongly believe sleep is for the weak.

We have a lovely day today, though. We played the Cities and Knights expansion of Settlers of Catan for the first time and it was a blast (and no cleaning! Though I did sleep on the couch last night as there were three children on my side of the bed...)

Must get a California King!

NotD: OPI Vanilla-zuela

Friday, January 02, 2009

Me again

I know, I know... Readers are dropping dead of heart attacks as we speak...

Today was a continuation of "The Great Toy Purge and Cleaning of 2008-2009, The Purge So Great, it Took Two Years." Bah! I've been at this for days and I'm pretty tired of it. Hopefully after tomorrow's boring blog entry (still cleaning...) I will finally be done.

Unfortunately with the massive amounts of cleaning comes lots of times for self reflection and thought. Never a good thing for me, of course. Turns out I still miss my father and cat. Who knew?

Okay, enough sarcasm for today. I promise, when the great purge is done there will be actual content.

No stitching today - only cleaning (actually, I sat down to stitch and promptly broke a glass. I took it as a sign from God.)

NOTD: Still NYC Molten Metal. But I've got some major tip wear (a cleaning issue, not a polish issue I think) so tomorrow I'm sure I'll be changing.