Sunday, March 28, 2010
2. Remember my totally awesome Muppet Whatnot? Well, you can get one for yourself right now at a bargain price! They're on sale for $99.99 at FAO Schwartz, and they're even throwing in free shipping!
3. Speaking of Whatnots, my friend Kate is pregnant, and apparently someone at her work (she has the coolest job in the world, by the way-- Kate, when are you going to start a blog?) told Kate she would buy her a Muppet Whatnot if she would find out whether she's having a boy or a girl.
4. Even if you don't think $99.99 is a great deal for a custom-made Muppet, at least do yourself a favor and try out the Muppet Whatnot Generator. It's fun!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- My pannier bike bags? They're so useful, and they eliminate the need for biking with a backpack. I'd call them a bike-commuter necessity.
- Trader Joe's? At first I resisted, but now I love it. My knitting group meets at a coffee shop across the street from TJ's, so most Tuesday nights I find myself wandering the aisles. A couple of my favorite products are the "just a handful" nuts, the ready-made whole wheat pizza crust dough, and the frozen cubes of ready-to-use garlic.
- My knitting group? We've been meeting for at least five years. It's so nice to get together with people who are so real... and so talented.
- My husband? He's in the middle of his nursing degree, and somehow he still finds time to put up shelves in the garage, fix everything, and watch The Office with me! Plus, he's a hunk. tee hee hee.
Just a small dose of gratitude on this lovely spring day.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This kitchen timer from Anthropologie. I have had my eye on these for a long time, so I finally bought one for myself... and one for you! I chose this pretty blue, but I'll send along the gift receipt in case you would rather have red, yellow, or orange.
This classic Easter book, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward. This hardcover version comes with a special golden necklace. Perfect for tucking in an Easter basket!
If you haven't seen this book before, trust me when I say that you are going to love it. Here are some sneak peeks inside...
Monday, March 22, 2010
In the bag are a Sandra Boynton board book, an elephant I knit, and a pair of Babylegs... they tell me those are the best! I'm also working on a baby sweater, but it's not ready for the camera yet. Actually, I'm thinking about ripping the whole thing out and starting over with a new pattern. Good thing babies are small, so their sweaters don't take too long to knit! I'm using luscious hand-dyed washable wool in variegated bright pink and yellow, and I don't want to waste it on a so-so pattern.
I also have a hip-hop picture book to add, because Jessica and I once took a hip-hop class together. She was the best in the class, and I was... well, I was the opposite of the best.
I came across this sweet board book not long ago, and I knew she needed it for her soon-to-be-born daughter. It's going in the bag!
Seriously. Does it get any cuter? Jessica once gave CPR to her kids' hamster after it fell in the fish tank in the middle of the night. She's pet-oriented. I know she'll love this book.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thanks to these three lovely ladies, today went from "meh" to marvelous!
All this winning makes me think it's about time for another blog give-away here at Team Struckmeyer. What will it be??? I'm not sure, but it will be something fantastic. Fortunately for all of us, Anthropologie is on my way home, so maybe I'll pop in and see if I can find a give-away item there. I bet I can!
Hooray for give-aways, generous bloggers, and strangers sending little treats to one another!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
First, I threw away any recipes that sounded gross or just didn't sound like something I would make. Then I threw away any recipe with the word "oleo" in it, with one exception. I know that oleo is just margarine, but that word reminds me of this woman in my hometown who had sparkly gold hair (definitely not natural). She would always say that before she and her husband went out drinking, they each ate half a stick of oleo to keep the alcohol from absorbing into their stomachs. And I just cannot handle that image, so good-bye, oleo-inclusive recipes.
My mom threw a really great wedding shower for me. She sent recipe cards with the invitations (the cards are from Etsy-- aren't they cute?), and guests wrote their favorite recipes on them and brought them to the shower. I love those cards, and they all went into the binder. This is where the one exception to my oleo rule comes in: my friend Laura gave me a recipe for a Hungarian coffee cake, and it calls for oleo. Laura is so wonderful, I can only imagine sweetness and light when I read her recipe, not sparkly-haired margarine eaters. So that recipe stayed.
Monday, March 15, 2010
2. I would like to work part time. I love my job, and I am really lucky to have it. But there are so many other things I like to do, and it's impossible to cram everything in. If I worked four days a week, I would have a whole extra day for knitting, reading, around-the-housing, banjo plucking, letter writing, sewing, thrifting, organizing (yes that is one of my favorite hobbies, not a chore--I'm a librarian after all), bike riding, yoga-ing, coffee with friends-ing, and all of the other things that make me happy.
3. If it really came down to it, I wouldn't be opposed to just working three days a week.
4. Or two, actually. But that's where I draw the line-- a girl's got to bring home some bacon, right?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
But that's not all! I also ordered the brand new prequel to the series, The Summer Before. I can't wait to read it. The cover is a teensy bit lame, but we all know you can't judge a book by its cover. I'm sure the book itself totally rules.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I'm so proud of Elsworth! Especially since I know where he got his start...
This is newborn baby Elsworth with his big (four-year-old) sister Amanda, who couldn't even wait for him to be out of the hospital before reading him his first book. Our grandma, who he mentions in his Forward Under 40 profile, is holding him.