Monthly Archives: January 2014

I said I would never…

Me and the tween girl, we find ourselves at loggerheads so often.  I am experiencing a bone-crushing dread for the actual teenage years.  And I find myself venturing further and further into the “I said I would never…” territory.  Choose your battles, keep the peace.

Like this morning, when I allowed her to bring a less than healthy lunch to school.

The child is a picky eater.  Like, she takes it to Olympic levels.  I used to make lunches for her to take to school.  They weren’t the healthiest lunches, but it was the best I could do with what she’d eat and what would keep well in a lunchbox for several hours.  So it would be a hot dog or PB & J or a roast beef wrap, with a fruit and a couple of cookies and a small bottle of water.  Until the first words in the car after school were a rundown of the various reasons why she couldn’t eat the lunch I had prepared for her.  Gotten my butt out of bed at 6:00 am and made for her.

“The bread was a little mushy so I couldn’t eat the sandwich.”

“There was a hard part in the wrap so I couldn’t eat it.”

There was NEVER a problem with the cookies, mind you.

So I just kind of gave up and started letting her eat the school lunches.  Except she doesn’t like the school lunches either.  The only things she’ll eat on the tray are the carbs.  Certainly not good nutrition but for $2.50 a day I don’t have to get up early to make a lunch she won’t eat, and I won’t get her critique at the end of the day.

Except last week she was SO hungry at the end of the day and kept begging me to drive her through McDonald’s and get her some fries.  Let me stop right here and tell you that I never ever ever just drive the child through McDonald’s and “get some fries”, and certainly not because she refused to eat her lunch.  So I don’t know where that request came from, but she was stuck on it.

I’m so hu-u-u-ungry.  Why, mama, why won’t you get some fries?  The meat on the tray was -dramatic pause- “mystery meat”!  I COULDN’T eat it!

Friends, I did not fall for it.  Instead, I very matter-of-factly told her that she could make her own lunch for school if she didn’t like tray lunch.  “Really?!?”  And she didn’t even balk when I told her she’d have to get up a little earlier in the morning to do it.

Sure enough, the next morning she popped out of bed a few minutes earlier (okay, so slowly rollllled out of bed…) and went to the kitchen and made her own lunch.  Easy Mac and canned mandarin oranges and Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and water.  I snuck in an extra pack of raisins.

Nope, wasn’t a healthy lunch.  But it was no worse than her eating $2.50 carb fest from the tray lunch, and it gave her a sense of ownership over her food.  It’s deep within the “I would never…” territory, but it’s progress.


Feeling the quilty pull again

I tend to be rather fickle with my crafting.  I move from one love to another and back again.  I started out sewing, then quilting, then paper crafting, then back to sewing, and now I’m noticing that quilty things are catching my eye again.

Friday my friend Kimberly invited me to a Sit and Quilt event at The Stitchin Post.  I brought a couple of projects with me, including an iPad case that was nearly done and just needed finishing up.  But what did I work on?  I stitched a bunch of small squares into some half-square triangles to make a doll quilt.  Liv doesn’t even really play with dolls any more.

But…. The piecing was sooo relaxing!  I think it’s the simple, repetitive, but attention-requiring tasks that allowed me to sort of zone out.  And then there’s the joy of working with colors and simple geometric shapes to make big patterns.  What’s not to love?

That night I poured myself a glass of wine and kept on piecing.


I got two small blocks finished.  My advanced quilty friends will NOT be impressed by these, but the colors and the doll-sized-ness of it makes me happy.


Actually, as I write this up, I’ve made further progress on the quilt.  Maybe I’ll post an updated pic tomorrow?

At least her hands are clean

What is it with my tween daughter’s obsession with hand sanitizer??


I have to remind the child to wash her hair, brush her teeth, even CHANGE HER UNDERWEAR, but she feels the need to carry around 4 tubes of hand sanitizer.

Shakin’ my head…

It’s the blogger’s walk of shame

Except instead of sneaking out of some place I shouldn’t have been, I’m trying to sneak back into some place I should have been.

It’s been more than a year since my last blog post.  That’s shameful.

I have written and rewritten my comeback post in my head a million times.  The reasons why I hit the wall last year, the Cliffs Notes version of what has transpired in our lives since the last post, the promises of blogging goodness to come.

It just loomed there.  The blogger’s walk of shame post.

But I’ve decided today that I’m just putting this post out there.  Just a post and nothing more, just enough that I can hit “publish” and no longer see a last post date of more than a year ago.


And there, now it’s done.  Wasn’t so hard, actually.  And now I can get back to the posts that are fun to write.