Monday, February 23, 2009

Playing along with the sixes

Tag, I'm it. Here's the sixth photo in the sixth folder in My Pictures.

Max, around a year, sitting in his giant bin o' Legos.

Lisa, Cyndy, Stacia, you wanna play?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pondering Happiness

I followed a link from Slate to The Happiness Project. Intriguing. More than resolutions, but a list of priorities and principles to create a happier you. Haven't read/absorbed it all yet, but I thought I'd share some of the things that came to mind when pondering this.

What'd be on my "Happiness Project" list:
  • Choose consciously
  • Choose health - eat the fruit, go for the walk, bring back yoga
  • Be the mom/take responsibility
  • Make time for the things you love to do
  • Make time for the people you love
  • Embrace meal planning

There must be more, but that's my short list for today. What would you put on your list?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Valentine Treat

Personalized chicken pot pies!

Just a regular recipe of chicken pot pie filling, spooned into ramekins with Bisquick biscuits cut into the size of the ramekins, then baked. Also had some heart-shaped additional biscuits for fun.
For once, Max liked something new that I cooked. Only because "it tastes just like the ones we used to get and cook in the microwave, only better! I love these!" Nice to have a winner of a dinner for once, instead of a demand for something different. He also liked the salmon the other night, phew! Since it was Max who asked for it and I'm no fish fan, I was glad it got eaten.
(BTW - the cute tablecloth was a gift from Annzy. Thanks Ann!)
Max is sooooo into Encyclopedia Brown lately - Abbey found some books on tape/CD before Christmas and they've been checking them out from the library over and over and over. Inspiration struck, and he rearranged his room so he can have a detective desk. His rates aren't as reasonable as Encyclopedia's though. Guess a quarter doesn't mean as much anymore.

Lack of highlights lately, but Colin updated you on the Leavenworth trip and Lisa on the Spokane trip, so not much to say. Busy times, with computer time at home losing out to sleep, or reading (lots of reading of a pile of mysteries by Deborah Crombie, not to mention the rest of the Twilight series in January, thanks for the books Kris!), or watching ABC shows online, since DISH/Fisher-ABC are feuding in my area so I can't watch it on TV anymore. Sigh. I'm way behind on all my shows - I realized in December when they went off the air that I was recording 7 shows on ABC, and I just am not keeping up with them. How tragic, no? Well, no, not really :-).

Working on a sock in the knitting world. Donna & I challenged each other to try socks at the last Day of Crafts and Sewing. I was halfway when I got to DOCS, then ripped back and redid the heel and now I'm 3/4 of the way. Not a lot of progress. I should have picked a pattern other than plain stockinette - so dull. Plus, I really doubt I'll ever wear them, so the motivation is low. Could tackle another sweater, but must do math first. I sure hope I have a chance to relearn basic math while Max learns it the first time; I could use a little help.

Happy Valentine's Day everybody.