Archive | December, 2011

Flower Power!

30 Dec

Ah the fabulousness that is Christmas vacation!  It’s one of the few perks of teaching.  Usually I just lounge around the house doing nothing, but not this week!  I’ve been “remodeling” to make room for the baby!

So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but hubby and I live in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment.  We downsized a few years ago to save some money and give us a reason to eliminate a bunch of the crap we’d accumulated over the course of our lives.  Living in a small space poses lots of challenges (obviously) but I’ve come to enjoy it.  It’s less to clean and forces me to be creative with furniture and decorating.  It’s taken a while, but we’ve made it work for us.  We’re comfortable here and gonna stay for a bit longer.  But what about the baby?

I did some Ikea hacking this week to create a “room” for the baby.  Basically, I used some old Aneboda wardrobes we had hanging around and build a “wall” that split our bedroom in two.

The wardrobes are bolted to the wall and each other for safety. There's no chance of tipping here!

The other side of the “wall” is for the baby.  I couldn’t very well leave it nasty old press-board, could I?  Wallpaper time!


Okay…it’s not perfect.  Even though I put up wall liner on the crappy cardboard back of the wardrobes, the paper didn’t want to stick to the edges.  I used some corner molding on the edge that’ll be bumped up against most.  I haven’t decided if I” edge the rest of it.

So there you have it… this week’s project.  I bought the wallpaper online.  I fell in love with the pretty flowers!

And look how nice it is next to the rocker!



Heaven is…

11 Dec

Scott and I had an interesting conversation this weekend.  You see…I love the Christmas season.  I mean, I really freakin’ love it.  I love the lights and the music and the smell of pine needles and the goodwill towards men, etc. etc.  It’s a near perfect holiday.

So there we were on Saturday evening running some errands.  I’d had a miserable day and desperately needed something to lift the gloom.  What better way to break through the darkness than a Christmas Light Show?!!!  Girl Scouts of Suffolk County to the rescue!

We waited in line FOREVER, but finally got to see some lights.

yay Snoopy!

After the lights, there’s a place to stop for cocoa and pictures with Santa….which got us talking about the whole Santa Claus thing.  What ever will we do with the little one as far as Santa goes?   How does one answer when a child asks why Santa visits all her friends but fails to come to her house?  “Sorry honey, but Santa only visits goyim.”??????

And what about that?  What about the whole “Jew” thing?  Scott and I were both raised Jewish by tradition, but faith never really factored into anything.  This seems to be pretty common in this day and age, but where does it leave us with raising a family?  Do we raise the kid as we were raised, blindly following traditions without any belief or meaning?  Or do we teach our offspring to consider all possibilities and think for herself, even though that may lead to an abandonment of tradition?  Is it better to be a sheep or a nomad, searching all possible avenues to God?  What about life and death?  What about heaven or the lack thereof?  If I can’t answer these spiritual questions myself, how can I possible explain them to my child?  Deep thoughts…

So I did what I normally do when faced with a deep spiritual question…I consulted my cats.  Penny answered me simply.

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Day ????????: My return to blogland…

6 Dec

Yeah yeah yeah…I know I dropped off the planet for a while.  There’s just been so much going on and I lost my bloggy momentum…let’s call it “blogmentum!”  So blogmentum is gone but giggly goodness is still up and running. I just don’t seem too keen on the documentation aspect of things.  Granted, it doesn’t help that I’ve been using a POS computer for the past few months that couldn’t play solitaire well let alone handle internet blogging or uploading of pictures.  I finally got a new machine, but I haven’t yet gotten to know the ins and outs of it.  Here’s hoping it’s better than Dell!

Anyway…So I’ve been a busy bee lately.  Scott and I have been purging a lot of crap to make room for the baby.  We’ve carved out a little nursery nook in our bedroom.  I’ve got plans to wallpaper sometime over xmas break, and then we’ll order furniture and such.  In the meantime, I’ve been knitting and sewing up a storm.  My favorite project so far…..

Hello Dolly!!!!!


Isn’t she cute?!  I did all the sewing and embroidery by hand.  I think she came out fabulous.  She reminds me of my own childhood doll…sad little one-eyed Lucy…

See the resemblance?


That’s what a dolly looks like after 30 years of love.  Kinda gross…

May this little lady see just as much love!


And yes…I’m obviously having a girl!