2010 in 16 easy steps

Here’s how our year has gone so far:

1. Replace the dead car.

2. Make aebleskivers for FHE.

3. Split internet with our diagonally-upstairs neighbors. Only one room in our house (the bedroom) has a strong enough signal to connect.

4. The Bwun gets a cold.

5. My cousin has her baby 5 weeks early, so we postpone the baby shower.

6. The Romgi gets a cold.

7. The Bwun gets a cold again.

8. I get the flu and an ear infection. Plus powerful painkillers.

9. Baby shower #1.

10. I move the computer to the other side of the bedroom so it’s not in the Romgi’s way. The internet barely works. Try to get the Romgi to go talk to the neighbors about it.

11. I get the flu again.

11. Baby shower #2.

12. Valentine’s Day dinner at my aunt’s house (my parents and sister are in town).

13. The Romgi gets strep throat.

14. Cancel 1-night trip to Midway – the Romgi’s parents were going to watch the Bwun overnight.

15. I start feeling sick again.

16. Trip to CA this Thursday? Please let us all feel better!


I recently decided it would be fun to wear brooches as a sort of signature style. Of course, I don’t own any brooches. Off to Etsy!

I surprised myself – I expected to really like more modern pieces, but initially I was drawn toward very traditional brooches. Hm. Which of these do you like?

Row 1: classic rhinestone / spring brooch / fancy
Row 2: signed Trifari rhinestone feather / antique brushed silver leaf / cumulus congestus brooch
Row 3: seahorse brooch / swallows brooches / silver layered blooming brooch

I also have to show you one I really hate. Click here to see a brooch with an actual pigeon skull.

Happy things

I’ve got the flu again, so here are a few things to cheer me up.

The alligator stamp I made (!) for my neighbor's baby shower last weekend.

The favors - hot chocolate on a stick.

My son examining the favors.

Design your own I ♥ tee (No, I don't ♥ Chris)

Rainbow cake on Omnomicon

I desperately want to make one of these. For myself.

New American Propaganda from joeseppi

Favors for baby shower #2. There are a variety of candies in the little bags; this one happens to have a mini lollipop and a fun-size 3 Musketeers.

And finally…

The book isn’t currently available in the US, but you can pre-order it through Amazon UK for cheap. (Not factoring in shipping costs.) My cousin, whose baby shower I’m throwing tomorrow, had me watch this video. Jennifer, you can probably expect your own copy of Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency for your birthday!

Wheat Chex

The Bwun takes after me: he loves Wheat Chex. I tell him they’re crackers, for whatever reason.

He's eaten about half the box by himself.

I’m not sure how he eats them so quickly, given that he only has two teeth (still).

But he manages somehow.

Also, it’s really hard to take a picture of the Bwun. He likes to move around a lot.


Can you believe he’ll be ONE YEAR OLD in less than two weeks? It’s difficult for me to accept! While it does seem like ages ago that we were in the hospital with him, the year has gone by really quickly. Remember when he was this tiny?

It took both the Romgi and I about 15 minutes to get the Bwun into his going-home outfit. We were so timid and unsure!

And now he’s all grown up and eating Wheat Chex…sigh.

Today's gift

I’ll be in North Carolina on my birthday, so no party until I get back. Please get me this cake pan so we can really celebrate.

Giant Donut Cake Pan from Williams-Sonoma

Spring cleaning, in winter.

I made a list the other night (when I couldn’t sleep) of all the things I need to do in order to get our apartment thoroughly cleaned and organized. It’s a fairly long list…we have 5 main rooms, plus the hallway, laundry room, and several storage closets.

But I did manage to get our bedroom tidied yesterday. Unfortunately I’m not a tidy person by nature, so there was a lot of mess to clean up. Mostly it required doing 7 loads of laundry. I had a bright idea a few months ago to do one load a day during the week – whites, darks, lights, the Bwun’s clothes, and towels/bedding. I figured that way there would only ever be one week’s worth of dirty laundry at a time. Guess what idea never got implemented?

I had planned to start organizing the Bwun’s room today, but then I remembered that I have to take my independent study final by next Monday. I should probably start studying…


I’ve updated my list of recommendations. New additions are in bold.

  • Classic that won’t take 3 years to read: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orzcy
  • Classic that might take you 3 years to read: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Fiction you can analyze to death: Watership Down by Richard Adams (but it really is just about rabbits)
  • Everyone should probably read: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Children’s to make you swear never to have kids: The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit (obviously it didn’t work for me)
  • Non-fiction you can use for trivia: The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
  • Children’s read-aloud: A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
  • Great audiobook: Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • Excessively surreal and obscure: Under Plum Lake by Lionel Davidson
  • One of the only WWII books I’ve enjoyed: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • One of my favorites: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • YA fiction to make you appreciate teenage hormones: Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  • YA fantasy: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • YA fantasy: Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • After you read Hamlet again: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  • Underappreciated classic: Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • Complete emotional drain: Song for the Basilisk by Patricia McKillip
  • When you want to feel confused and not yourself: The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Bestseller: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (recommended with hesitation)
  • Science fiction, I suppose: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • If you’ve never read C.S. Lewis: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • One of my other favorites: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (recommended with caution: vulgar language)
  • Picture book: Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Sharmat
  • On a grouchy day: Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
  • Movie adaptation: K-PAX by Gene Brewer (it’s ok to see the movie first)
  • Because I don’t know what genre you like: Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
  • And one for good measure: A City in Winter by Mark Helprin

Also, I really want to read this book – Shackleton’s Last Voyage. I heard someone quote from it in a talk…six or seven years ago. I’ve been trying to get a copy ever since, but it looks like there was only one printing and copies easily sell for $200+. I saw one that went for $3,000. Imagine my luck, though, when I found an electronic edition yesterday! I still have a dream of owning a real copy someday. Check it out: