Saturday, October 25, 2008

awake at 5 a.m. ...on a Saturday

OK what is with my internal time clock? Seriously. I guess I have to come to terms with that fact that I am indeed a morning person. I've fought it for years. It's sooo much cooler to be a night owl. Especially when you are at parties or visiting friends. Because when 9 p.m. rolls around and you are fighting off the yawns and sleepy eyes while everyone else is just getting going for the night, it feels quite rude.

Anyway, in the wee hours of morn while waiting for the sun to come up so I can get a good picture of the monkeys, I came across this blog. Which suggests that we all have a Corporate Free Christmas by hand making Christmas gifts this year. I do like this idea. However I do want to state that I do not completely agree with banning Christmas shopping all together. I know that Christmas time for small businesses is a very profitable season. And I want to support the little guy. I say this because though spending beyond our means is ridiculously out of control, a lot of us little guys are supported by the general population's daily wants and needs.

I recently heard a podcast from Bethel Church about how there has been a growing negative attitude toward the upper class and the mega rich and their spending habits. Like spending ridiculous amounts on vacations, extravagant houses, gardening services, cars, dining,...etc., but think about it. They are actually providing an income for others, like servers, mechanics, gardeners, contractors, labors, etc. A good portion of my husband's income is provided by the upper class need for good dog trainers and we are so appreciative there is even a market for this.

So again, while I agree we as low and mid-income Americas must stop spending money we don't have, I don't fully support that we stop shopping altogether. I totally support the idea though that we get back to the basics of gift giving from the heart. Whether it's handmade or supporting the local, small businesses rather than the corporate giant big box stores (don't get me started on that whole issue -- I have a hard time shopping at Walmart anymore after I saw this documentary). I want to stop spending on thoughtless and obligatory gifts.

OK now that that rants is out there here's a picture of the monkeys! Together at last.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Second Sock Success!

Hurray! Monkey #2 is finished! It's blocking right now so as soon as it's dry I will post a picture with the fabulous Lisa shoes.

Monday, October 13, 2008

what do you do with so many plums?

Make jam of course!

I finally went beyond my partially successful pickle status to jam status. These plums are from my grandma's tree in her back yard. She passed away about a year ago but my dad and his brothers still have the house in Idaho. Thus I get plums and jars and all sorts of odds and ends from her house.

Anyway, I'm not too happy about how sweet it is and the un-godly amount of sugar there is in jam! Seriously! 8 cups of sugar and 8 cups of plums in one batch. That's half sugar! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE sugar. Some would say (uhh james) that I am a sugar addict. But this is A LOT of sugar folks! Next time I'll try a low sugar recipe. I don't want to use a sugar substitute so I'll just have to live with it not being as sweet. I will survive...maybe.

In other news my James and I just celebrated our 2nd anniversary!! I honestly feel like we've been married forever. In a good way, forever. Saturday night we went to the Desert Star Playhouse and saw Scary Poppins. It was pretty funny. Especially the girl who played Scary. I'm laughing to myself right now just thinking of her. Then Sunday morning we sluffed church and went to brunch at MacCool's -- one of our favorite restaurants. Who can beat live Irish music and great food?

Oh we will not mention the second monkey. I have plum distraction now. I know, excuses, excuses...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

the cure for second sock syndrome

I have had second sock syndrome--for two long weeks, at least. My monkeys are not yet monkey"s". And I hate having WIPs looming over my head. " said you would finish me. You spent money on this yarn. You spent hours and hours on Monkey number one. I'll just sit here and wait for you to pick me up again...sniff, sniff...I guess you don't really love Monkeys as much as you said you did. Might as well frog Monkey number one..." See??? Monkey number two is looming!

However, Lisa came over on Saturday with a bag full of goodies. SHOES! Oh for the love of shoes! See we wear about the same size shoe and she loves shoes, but has a tiny closet so when she gets new shoes she gives me her old shoes. Which are practically new shoes by my standards. This has been happening for years. In fact, I don't think I've bought a pair in years. Probably 75% of my shoes are from the lovely land of Lisa. When someone comments on my cute shoes I reply, "Thanks they're Lisa's." As if they are a brand name like Valentino or Louboutin.

Anyway, I pulled out the first pair and look what I saw...

Beautiful! And the best part is they are great for wearing with my new Monkeys. The longing for the Mary Janes in my last post is gone--thanks to the Lisa shoe love. I am so blessed!

By the way, the looming Monkey is not looming anymore. That's him in the picture. About 25% done. I should be wearing my monkeys by the weekend.