ravishingjane — Tue, 05/21/2013 - 17:45
Life is as jolly as it is dumpy. You're up and then you're down. Sometimes you find yourself going round and round until you just have to throw your arms up in the mucky air and wait for it to clear.
These past couple of months have been on the dumpy side for me in many ways. My allergies have been making me wish I could leave my body. All of our businesses have been taking a nosedive. Anything I work on to try and help our businesses ends up being a huge obstacle course. Hay-fever has kept me indoors more than I'd prefer. Running was completely out of the question for a long time. Our fantastic neighbors (and friends) are moving. I've been having horrid sales on my handmade goodies. I can't afford anything, and I totally gave Q-Bear a black eye last night.
The good news is that summer is coming. How quick did that come up? I can't believe that in less than 2 weeks my kids will be home every single day. Perhaps having them home will create some magic around here and we'll see some positive changes. So far there have been a few small nice changes… I've managed to get a better hold on my allergies and start running again, a few things I'd been working on for work that had gotten held up for over a month just cleared, and potatoes are a cheap food that everyone in my family will happily eat. Oh yes, and there's the fact that I've decided to start blogging again. Welcome back ravishingjane.com!
*Q-Bear is fine. Her black eye is little compared to the giant beams she inherited. She even says that she feels well enough to play frisbee again (the culprit).
ravishingjane — Tue, 05/14/2013 - 15:27
I've decided to resurrect my blog. Yay! While doing so, things might seem a bit messy and misplaced. Fear not. Any disorder or missing content will be temporary and return as something awesome (and up to date).
ravishingjane — Fri, 10/26/2012 - 09:58
A friend of mine posted this quiz on Facebook where you ask your kids 21 questions about yourself. I ran this over with Q-Bear and found it to be pretty fun...
1. What is something Mommy always says to you? I love you!
2. What makes Mommy happy? Giving you lots of kisses, love and space.
3. What makes Mommy sad? Not giving you space
4. What makes Mommy laugh? Not much
5. What was Mommy like as a child? You didn't know you were allergic to gluten
6. How old is Mommy? 30
7. How tall is Mommy? Almost as big as me
8. What is Mommy's favorite thing to do? Go to the mall. Buy Fluevogs
9. What does Mommy do when you're not around? Work
10. If Mommy becomes famous, what will it be for? A singer
11. What is Mommy really good at? Work
12. What is Mommy not very good at? Singing
13. What does Mommy do for her job? Makes iPhone apps
14. What is Mommy's favorite food? Tacos and nachos!
15. What makes you proud of your Mommy? That you're my Mommy and that you work at Indie Made
16. If Mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be? Spongebob
17. What do you and Mommy do together? Go shopping
18. How are you and Mommy the same? Well… We can wear the same size of socks and we are both girls
19. How are you and Mommy different? Mommy has black hair and I have brown hair.
20. How do you know Mommy loves you? Because I'm good at math
21. Where is Mommy's favorite place to go? The mall
I gotta say, she's onto me in a few spots. I'm a bit surprised at how much she thinks I enjoy the mall. Maybe she's right though. I do find the mall to be a great place for me to wander around aimlessly for hours by myself, which fits right into that whole Mommy needs space thing. I will never sing at the mall to become a terrible famous singer… HAHA.
ravishingjane — Wed, 10/17/2012 - 06:50
Sorry folks for the lack of posts. There's plenty going on to fill my days, but nothing new. Rise in the a.m., drag kids out of bed and tote them off to school, stare at a computer screen full of colorful child friendly artwork for a few hours, go for a walk, get kid 1 from school and torture her with afternoon chores before it's time to get kid 2 from school and cook dinner then, do some sort of activity with kids (usually nintendo), force kids back into bed and attempt to stay awake a bit longer so my husband doesn't think I'm lame before having to do it all over again. Yup. Sums up my last month or so. Exciting right? Want me to blog about it everyday? Maybe I'll just repost this entry over and over again.
ravishingjane — Sat, 09/29/2012 - 06:59
Living where we live, we tend to get a nice array of slimy creatures crossing our paths. We regularly find frogs living in our trash cans and in the underside of our hot tub cover. Along with frogs, we often see gooey slugs much larger than we had when we lived across town. One such slug, the biggest slug I've ever seen in this town, really shouldn't have crossed our path…
I was biking Q-Bear to school and we both saw the thing in the path ahead of us. Neither of us really acknowledged it because it was huge and dark and stick like. Apparently once the idea of this thing being a stick popped into Q-Bears head, she decided to run over it. She realized a moment too late that this was not a stick, but a ginormous slug. It was disgusting! The splatting sound and the goo left all over the ground and her bike tires. She felt really bad when she realized she had just completely murdered the biggest slug she'd ever seen. The evidence was still all over her bike.
Just when I thought she was going to start crying, she said the funniest thing, "One thing is for certain… If that were a chinchilla I would not have done that!"
So for all the wild chinchillas roaming our city limits, you are safe from Q-Bear's pink bike of eradication.
ravishingjane — Tue, 09/18/2012 - 09:48
As fall quickly approaches, I can only think of doing two things: clothes shopping and fall eating. Unfortunately the two really don't go together very well because the latter will make the former very discouraging in the fitting room. But I've got the itch. Looking at Pinterest every now and again really doesn't help either. It's always so full of AMAZING this, and AMAZING that. Yes, those shoes and that artichoke dip really do look AMAZING. Well, good thing I'm broke right now and can't indulge on this urge anyway. Am I the only one feeling this way at the moment?
ravishingjane — Wed, 09/12/2012 - 06:23
This weekend I will be setting up at the annual Hyde Park Street Fair at Camel's Back Park. I will be in a group tent with Indie Made. We will be one of, if not the largest tents there. You can't miss us! I will have an assortment of broken china necklaces, barrettes, pins and headbands. I will also be pulling out my hula hoop stock and acrylic items that I still have on hand. This fair is always a blast with a lot to do. I hope to see you there!
ravishingjane — Mon, 09/03/2012 - 05:42
One week down. What a week too. We've been battling being sick since the day we got home. First it hit dearly beloved, and in my best "we must not all get sick" attempt, I started dishing out the apple cider vinegar. Screamers managed to choke down a dose in tablet form, but then we decided to try the liquid on him since swallowing pills isn't really his thing just yet. He made terrible faces the whole time drinking the liquid stuff but kept coming back for more. I popped pills for a few days straight. Q-Bear tried swallowing a tablet and spit it up all over the kitchen. No go. We poured her some liquid version and watched her cry for 1/2 hour because she didn't want to drink it but she didn't want to get sick and miss school but she didn't want to drink it… She wouldn't even drink the stuff when it was all watered down and mostly full of honey. She went to bed that night still crying because she just knew that she was going to get sick now. I told her she could try again in the morning. She didn't. No apple cider vinegar for her.
Screamers fell into a pool of snot next. I decided to look on the bright side, which is: he was staying home with us all week anyway. Next it was my turn, and for some reason my body decided to make it horrible. Fevers ear aches swollen glands pounding headaches sore throat racing heart goosebumps galore type sick. One night I overlapped fever reducers just keep my temperature level around 101. Yup, mom was out and miserable for a bit there.
The three of us are still making a comeback and blowing our noses a lot. Q-Bear? That punk was thrown into a cesspool of new environment all week, living in a contaminated house, breathing in all the smoke in the Boise air, not taking her supplements, dealing with emotional problems from jet lag and anxiety… and nothing. Healthy as could be. I don't know how she's managed. Her immune system must be made of something super scientific that I don't even have a word for.
Speaking of Q-Bear, she had a good first week at school. She has actually said the words "I learned something new at school today," twice. It's refreshing to hear after last years academic dullness. She has had a lot of emotional ups and downs this week though. I think throwing her in there with no time at home to recover from our summer away was a bit heavy on her. There was a lot of crying over nonsense all week and a lot of not knowing how to feel or react to things.
This weekend was our first weekend home since the beginning of July (where we were only home one weekend I believe), and it couldn't have been better. We've hunkered down and kept quiet in the house. Some household chores were attended to, like hanging that painting that's been sitting on the floor for about 6-8 months… Ya, it took like 30 seconds. I rock! The kids played with their toys and explored the games and activities they've missed doing at home all summer. Q-Bears tears seem to be less and less as she catches up on her sleep and energy.
A weekend secluded at home as a small family was much needed. Time to start week two of being home!
ravishingjane — Tue, 08/28/2012 - 10:25
We have made it home. Home, wonderful home! I have spent the last few days in a heart racing swoop of getting things caught up on and trying to set a good daily schedule for the family to get used to for the school year. I also made the mistake of weighing myself after my 3 month hiatus. The results? Not good, but fixable. My pants will thank me for being conscience of these things once fall hits.
Q-Bear started 1st grade yesterday and Screamers will be starting back at Montessori next week. It will be amazing having both kids in school full time. This hasn't been the case since before Screamers was born 3 years ago! Yup, gonna be a productive year for the businesses. Q-Bear is on the fence of whether she likes school or not this year. She was a bit sad about only knowing 2 kids in her class, but she got to play with her old friends during recesses and I'm sure she will be making friends in no time. Plus, that's 2 more kids than she knew on her first day of Kindergarten. She starts soccer this evening and piano lessons again next week. Busy girl as always. Screamers is hanging out with us right now, but we did go and meet his new teacher and visit his new classroom yesterday. I have a feeling he's going to have a great year in his new class. He's excited to be a big boy and use the classroom that he's been so curious about since starting Montessori at his school.
Nola Toby Britzy Pants has fallen right back into her place. She had a marvelous summer at her summer camp. Thank you so much Aunty and NUM for taking her in for us. Just as projected, we broke her good new habits in about 10 minutes of being home! She's been enjoying the trails with me everyday and has a bit of separation anxiety when we leave her home for a few minutes. I washed off all the farm from her last night and trimmed up her head hair. She's looking and feeling good.
We are all home and I for one am enjoying it immensely!