Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Blogvertising

Okay, I succumbed to trying out a product. You know the little emails you get about trying something out and then writing about it on your blog? Well I usually pass them up because they are never things that I would use. The stuff I talk about on this blog is stuff I pick out and that I use and that I like, not stuff given to me by advertisers. At least it was that way until now.

So a few weeks back I received an email asking if I wanted to try the new Clorox bleach that is safe to pour directly on your clothes. I thought cool this is something I would really use. I got it the next week and used it a few days later. I promised that I would write about it on the blog and so here goes:

The good, it has a nice smell and definitely brightens up your whites. The bad, it left discoloration on the clothes that I am assuming were on the top in the washing machine, they say you can pour it directly on clothes and that is what I did. No worries as I only did a small load of stuff that I didn't really care if it got discolored. I ended up trying another load pouring it into the side where I usually pour my bleach for colors and it worked great. So next time I need bleach I might try it again, but plain Clorox bleach is cheaper so that will probably be what I buy.

Okay, I got that over with, I have felt so guilty for not posting a review especially since it isn't a glowing report but I was honest about the product. I feel a little slimey for even doing it and accepting the product. It kind of goes against what I hoped to get out of this blog, which was to use it for my own thoughts, to share my loves, stuff that floats in and out of my head, and stories of my kids. So it isn't worth sending me any more emails asking me to review something because I am just not interested. Wait, I should rephrase that, if you would like me to try out a new car, vacation in Hawaii, kitchen remodel, a Bernina sewing maching, a Vespa, or a new espresso maker I would happy to oblige. Thanks for your time and back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Shameless Plug

Okay time to do some advertising for my hubby. For any of you in Portland S is playing at Dante's tonight with Professor Gall. He is the super tall guy playing the saxophone. I won't be there as I must wake at the lovely hour of 5:00am the next morning for work.

However, I will be attending their show on Saturday at the Cobalt Room in the 15th Street Pub in Vancouver. I hardly ever get to see him play anymore, but luckily we have a babysitter for Saturday night.

She's Got A Friend

This past weekend was spent visiting my best friend in California. Most of the time I really look forward to these visits, but this time was different. This time most of the talk centered on her divorce. Something that was sprung on her this past June by her soon to be ex husband who decided he didn’t want to deal with being a husband and full time father anymore. This was a man who I considered my friend. I was there when they first started going out, when they got married, and when they had their kids. Oh yes, there is another issue, their two kids who I love very much. I can see them hurting as well and as a mama it makes my heart cry out. I wish that I could just take the three of them and make it all better. I feel somewhat helpless not knowing what to do.

I also forgot to mention that S and I met at their wedding. He had been a friend of my friend for the longest time but we had never officially met until their wedding rehearsal dinner. We were totally set up, we just happened to be sitting next to each other at the dinner and then at the wedding as well. Things went well for us and we were married two and a half years later. I feel guilty that we are happy, that my husband loves being a dad, that we love being together.

I want her to be happy too, but I see her maybe making the wrong choices because she is lonely. I know all about being lonely, I felt that way a lot during my dating life, but that was just my personality. I was happy being by myself and would often choose that versus spending time with the wrong guy. I have never known my friend to not have a boyfriend. When we first met she was still dating her high school boyfriend. They broke up and she moved back home, shortly after she met a new boyfriend, a guy that had his own share of problems. Then she broke up with him, had a few rebound dates and ended up with her boyfriend turned husband. Now she is doing online dating and wondering why all the guys she meets want to sleep with her within an hour of meeting face to face. She told me over the weekend that she has gone out on so many dates that she has lost count of the number of guys. It must be fun to have all of that attention but most of it is because these guys just want to get in her pants.

I hope she finds someone who will make her happy and who will love her kids. But does she need to find someone right away. I would love it if she would concentrate on herself. Find ways to make herself happy, figure out who she is besides being a wife and mother, but also figure out how she can be a great single mom. I told her most of this over the weekend and I don’t know if it helped or not. S told me that it probably helped just by being there. When she dropped me off at the airport on Sunday we were both really sad that I had to leave. I do wish she lived closer, I say that because I know we won’t be moving closer to her. I told her that we (S, the girls, and I) are her family too. We are here for the three of them if they need anything. The hardest part of the whole situation is seeing your friend so sad, and there is no quick fix for the situation. All I can say is that I am here for her, and hopefully that does help.

Monday, October 23, 2006

What is up with Blogger?

So I change over to Blogger Beta, and I guess I shouldn't complain, but it is still not ready for prime time. I open up my blog this morning to go to my blogroll, and that shows up but there are no posts showing. Even when I scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. So is this some weird fluke with my computer or are others having issues?

Also I really hate that it is such a PITA (Pain in the Ass)to leave comments for folks who have not converted to the beta version. I know all of these things will work themselves out in the long run. And, after all, it is free so what am I complaining about. Just frustrated I think, yes that is it, frustrated, cranky, and tired.

Oh, if you haven't already done so go read Citymama's post about what happened when she went out to celebrate her birthday. It makes you question what you believe, fate, intuition, a higher power. If anything something was working in their favor over the weekend.

Update: As I was about to upload this post I realized that spell check and all of the other options were missing. I had to copy what I had written, close out of blogger and get back in for things to open correctly. Aaaargh!

Update #2: What is up with BlogRoll? It says "New" next to every blog, now either that is a major coincidence or they are screwed up as well. Okay are you sick of me complaining?

Friday, October 20, 2006

My secret crush

Inspired by Fidget's confession of her secret crush for John Cusack.  I figured it was only fitting to announce my own secret celebrity crush.
 
This crush didn't just begin a couple of years ago when I first spotted him on Grey's Anatomy, and I never watched that reality show he was on.  No this crush started in US History class in high school.  We sat in alphabetical order and I just happened to sit behind him.  He was a senior when I was a sophomore and for whatever reason we ended up in the same class.  He was the cool drama guy, the one everyone liked even though I would say he was a bit on the nerdy side.  But I had the biggest crush on him.  He was funny and smart and made history more bearable that year. 
 
Do you know who I am talking about yet?  Steven Bailey, aka Joe from GA, is my secret crush.  When I saw him on GA I thought he looked a little familiar, so I googled him and there he was my old high school crush.  I am positive that he would not remember me at all, because of course I just was not worth remembering back then (at least as a sophomore that is what I felt).  But I like him anyway and am happy every time he shows up on the screen.  I think one of these days he is going to be in a big break out role, I just wish GA would give him that opportunity.
 

Fabric Friday


I was going through some of my fabrics folded up in the sewing room and found a whole bunch that I had forgot I had. I haven't done many projects lately and am just now gearing up again now that my sewing room is on its way to being organized.

So this Fabric Friday I decided to bring you two of my favorites. I picked them both up at JoAnn Fabrics on sale for something like $5/yard. I really love them and am thinking they might work for the apron (the other reason I was going through all of my fabrics). Enjoy!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My renter

I am slowing getting back into blogging and with that comes my renter of the week.  I have found so many cool folks out it the blog world that I decided to open up Mama Land to a new tenant.
 
Make sure you go visit "Ramblings from a not so typical stay at home mom", you can find the link over in my sidebar.  She is a very busy mama, sewing, writing, planning a wedding, playing dodge ball and hanging with her kiddos.  She recently posted about how her eight year old daughter is growing up so fast.  Made me realize that my little ones will be that age before I know it.  So go check her out, she would love the visitors.

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pumpkins

The summer clothes are all packed up. The sweater, rain coats and fleece have been brought out. The rains have started. Like I have said before, the weather doesn't bother me (well, okay when it is April and the showers are still going strong it bothers me a little, I did live in California for seven years) and I can't let it bother the kids. So off we went on Sunday, in the rain, to the pumpkin patch at Lee Farms, famous for their cider doughnuts (they were heaven). We went to The Pumpkin Patch last year and the crowds were huge so we went for a low-key rainy pumpkin picking day this year. It was a lot of fun, even in the rain.

Our pumpkin harvest


Look who is pushing the wheelbarrow, while a certain husband is using the umbrella and taking pictures


The girls thought that all of the pumpkins were the perfect size for a kid's seat


Seriously can not believe she is two already


Did I mention they have fresh cider doughnuts. They were so good, we contemplated going back for more.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Rock the Vote - Last Day to Register in Oregon

If you are not yet registered to vote in the next election, November 7th, today is the last day to register.
 
You can go to www.oregonvotes.org and download the Voter Registration Card, you just need to get it postmarked by today or drop it off at your local county elections office.
 
I of course waited until the last minute for this election and I figured there are probably some others just like me out there.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Comfort Food Weather

I am so happy that it is finally overcast. I am not one of those people who complains when it rains, even when it has been raining for months on end. I love the rain, I love clouds, I love cold temps. I think I actually get a bit depressed when it is sunny for too long. Maybe I should get some help for this disorder?

One of the reasons why I love this weather is because I can make comfort food. Warm yummy casseroles, stews, soups, roasted veggies and the like. So when the new Everyday Food came out with a beautiful picture of beef stew on the front, I was so happy. We went shopping on Thursday and last night I made my first recipe, the red and black bean pies ( I cooked them up in a casserole dish versus the individual dishes). These were so yummy! The kids, yes those picky ones that will hardly eat anything these days, gobbled them up. It was an easy meal, not to much chopping, just a can of this and a can of that. I chose to use a colby/jack blend instead of the pepper jack and it was fine. We also chose to put a little bit of low fat sour cream on top, the kids favorite.

Tonight's recipe is the beef stew from the cover. I took their recipe and added a few more veggies, yams are great in stew. Throughout the week I will be trying quite a few of the recipes, I will let you know which one ends up being my favorite.

Update: The beef stew was not a winner, sorry Martha. I followed the directions adding a few extra veggies and it was just okay. My usual stew, using beef stock, tastes much yummier. I will post that recipe soon.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Oompa Toys

I love European toys and Haba especially. Oompa Toys is such a great find for everything Haba. I just discovered them today looking for a birthday gift. Just thought I would spread the word.