Back to Blogging

It’s that time of year when everyone who’s anyone in the mommy blogging world is talking about back to school – the shopping, the organizing, the tips & tricks to sending your firstborn off in the least traumatic way possible & *finally* getting a chance to pee by yourself at least once a day. Some have older kids, or no kids at all, and they’re talking about all things fall: pumpkin spice, apple picking, how to wear plaid like you actually love it year-round & not just when you get to wear skinny jeans & riding boots.

The underlying theme of it all is renewal and, if you’re a fellow Canadian, gratitude (because lets face it, Thanksgiving is better when it’s about thanks, and not about a Christmas parade). A fresh start for a fresh season – hope & anticipation as we move forward from a permanent state of vacation to feeling like we have a purpose other than wanting to spend every waking minute outdoors (BAHAHAHA ok so all of you may want to be outside, but summer & I have a truce: I stay inside as much as possible & it promises to not be around for very long…).

A lot has happened in our little family over the last year since I last “seriously” (“regularly”?!) blogged. Exhibit A: #BabyRydz2Point0

But one of my goals for the upcoming season of my life is to return to blogging more often. I’m not committing to a rigid schedule, because life, but more often than every 6 months is a good place to start. It’s something that I like to do, and I want to be more intentional about doing it, if not for my 3 fans but for me. My 3 fans can hold me accountable though…

So let’s talk about fall. When it comes to favourite seasons, I’m that weirdo friend that everyone has. You know, the one who complains when the mercury hits above 20C & claims Winter as their favourite over all others. Yeah, that friend. You think you don’t have one? Think again, they’re hiding somewhere.

Fall, as the precursor to winter, is my second favourite season. It doesn’t usually last long here, and in recent memory there have been years where there didn’t seem to be one at all, but to me fall brings with it all that everyone else loves best, topped with a huge helping of relief. I’m just physically & mentally relieved to not be suffering through the summer heat. To be back in my favourite jeans, a sweater, and Bogs because they are FINALLY appropriate attire again. *sigh* I’m relieved to have a “regular” weekly schedule and that we’re not packing as much as we can into each weekend.

I’ve already started sewing pieces for our family’s fall & winter wardrobe, including a slouchy beanie & a new car seat cape for #BigBrotherRydz – how cute is he all grown up now?!

He’s also full of beans & had croup AND a cold this past week, so taking pictures was more than a little challenging.

What’s your favourite thing about fall? Any traditional family plans? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe we will add them to our fall schedule too!

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Sunday Lately (Week 92)

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

New to Sunday Lately? It works like this: every week there are prompts from the Blogger Tribe (led by KatyAngelicaMeaghan, and Nicole) to describe what is happening in your life. Then you join the linkup and we e-hang out every Sunday, sharing that small glimpse into everyone else’s corner of the world. Trust me, it’s really fun.

This week’s prompts areDoing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting.

DOING

It’s been a busy week, but yesterday was especially packed – in the morning I went to volunteer at our city’s Ride for Refuge. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a cool idea and supports multiple charities in Canada and the US who raise money for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people. I was brought in by friends who volunteer with Matthew House Ottawa, and helped to serve with the food team. It was great fun, and so far they’ve raised almost $80,000!!! Donations are still being accepted, and though I haven’t registered to be pledged donations, some of my friends have – if you’re interested in donating to this great cause, you can sponsor the Crazy Camels – every little bit counts!

APPRECIATING

Relaxing Sundays. I’ve said this before & I’ll likely say it again – Sundays are the best day of the week. Today has been full of toddler snot & now a sick husband as well, but I’m just so grateful that we have the day to rest & recover before work starts tomorrow.

DESIGNING

More things than my husband wants to hear about – he’s often on my case about finishing projects that I’ve started before moving on to something else. I see his point of view, but I also see that it’s nice to have more than one thing to work on, for when one project gets too boring or overwhelming (or I have to wait for fabric to arrive in the post or be pre-washed once it has arrived). This week that just passed I finished hanging some artwork around the house (a “project” that was supposed to be done a couple months after we moved in 2 years ago!), and I finished re-doing a dresser that I started at the beginning of June. It’s nice to finally have that one out of the living room & into our bedroom where it belongs!

HUMMING

newworldson – pretty much their entire discography! lol. My son LOVES their music, and so do I, so cranky teething baby + newworldson = happy smiles & living room dance parties = happy mom. It’s a pretty awesome equation.

EXPECTING

My husband to complain as I try to snap a million pictures of him in his new sweaters I’m making. A favourite pattern company of mine has a men’s hoodie in testing right now, and my husband really doesn’t mind being a guinea pig, which is great. He’s not so fond of posing for pictures after it’s all said & done with, however. He does it to amuse me/because I ask, and I love him for it, but it’s really not his cup of tea. I’m sure one day he’ll come around though, right?! *fingers crossed* (pictures to come next week!)

 

Sunday Lately (Week 91)

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

New to Sunday Lately? It works like this: every week there are prompts from the Blogger Tribe (led by Katy, Angelica, Meaghan, and Nicole) to describe what is happening in your life. Then you join the linkup and we e-hang out every Sunday, sharing that small glimpse into everyone else’s corner of the world. Trust me, it’s really fun.

This week’s prompts are: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

Planning

To finish moving into our house – I figure it’s probably about time! You know when you move, and you end up with that one room of leftover boxes that never really gets unpacked? Well, our plans for that room were always to be an office/computer room, but now that we have a 1 year old I want to make it into his play room & get the toys out of the living room. That means unpacking those last few boxes. I’m actually a little excited to really be fully moved in…after 2 years…hahaha. Step 1: the box of artwork…

Loving

The weather! I just had to say it, because I know some people say they love fall, but as soon as the weather turns cold they start to complain that A) it’s cold and B) how much they hate winter. Just to be clear, after my weeks of agonizing over the heat, I. AM. SOOOOOOOOOO. HAPPY!!! Seriously, our heat wave broke a couple days ago and we’ve been sitting around the 17-21 degree mark, and I’m in love. I’m in love with the season, and with the clothes that I finally get to wear again (and to dress Baby Rydz in!). And have you ever noticed how gorgeous the sky is during the few short weeks of fall? I don’t just mean sunrise or sunset, but every time of day – something about the weather is just so spectacular, even before all of the leaves start to change. Driving into town has never been so beautiful.

Reading

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Well, in theory that’s what I’m reading, and I was supposed to have it done by next Friday’s book club. But, next Friday’s book club has been cancelled & we’ll discuss 2 books next month…which is probably for the best, since I haven’t actually started it. On the bright side, I’m already halfway through next month’s book – My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman and I’m really enjoying it! I’ve also already finished November’s book – After You by Jojo Moyes – it’s another one that I’d recommend, but read the prequel first!

Wishing

Actually I can’t think of anything that I’m really wishing for – I have a lot to do, but for once I’m not finding myself wishing away the time or the responsibility. It’s odd, but refreshing to just be so content with life right now. Except maybe, if someone could do something about the obnoxious number of spiders that are trying to invade my house, that would be great. When I came home after dark last night, I counted 7 of them taking up residence around the front door. SEVEN! And those are just the ones that I could see in the dark. UGH. Sometimes country living does have it’s downsides.

Have you ever seen such a perfect web? Time to clean house again… #CountryLife #SpidersNotWelcomeHere

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Feeling

Tired. Exhausted. Drained. I’m halfway through my first coffee, and already I know that it’s not going to be enough to get me to church. My husband is putting Baby Rydz down for a nap right now, and I keep thinking how nice it would be to just curl up & go back to bed as well. But today, like most days, I choose to adult. There’s always tomorrow…

Sunday Lately (Week 88)

New to Sunday Lately? It works like this: every week there are prompts from the Blogger Tribe (led by Katy, Angelica, Meaghan, and Nicole) to describe what is happening in your life. Then you join the linkup and we e-hang out every Sunday, sharing that small glimpse into everyone else’s corner of the world. Trust me, it’s really fun.

This week’s prompts are: Creating, Finding, Switching, Forgetting, and Craving.

Creating

I’ve been on the hunt for a dolman shirt that won’t become too boxy when I use a thicker, more solid cotton/lycra to make it. Ages ago I bought some custom knit material that is gorgeous, with the dream of making it into a dolman, before I ever had the exact pattern in mind. Now it’s months later, and I have the actual material in hand…but no pattern! On Thursday I put out a call in one of my go-to Facebook groups for sewing, and the feedback I got was overwhelming – I had no idea so many women were so passionate about their dolman-style tops! In the end I chose the Weekender Tunic (aff) from 5 out of 4 Patterns, and I have to say that I am just pleased as punch! So pleased, in fact, that I made another one to wear to church today. It is everything that I wanted in a dolman pattern, and even though I know & love this company, I had completely overlooked it/would have missed it without someone’s suggestion (so thank-you, you know who you are!) Here’s my muslin (with & without the belt), what do you think?

Finding

New shows on Netflix! Has anyone else watched When Calls The Heart?! It’s dorky, and I love every second of it. In 3 days, I’m already on episode 6. Watching while I’m pumping, taping & cutting patterns, & cutting fabric. I just keep finding reasons to watch, even if I don’t need one.

Switching

Switching gears into fall mode: on Monday I had my first committee meeting for a fall/winter activity, which officially means that fall activities are nearing full swing! The nights are cold, the pumpkin spice syrup is flowing, and the slippers have come out – I am more than ready for the return to routine and the seasons that I love.

Forgetting

Speaking of fall activities, I forgot to register my son for his swimming lessons. Yikes! When it comes to activity registration with the city, there’s usually drama of some sort, and parents wait online an hour or so before registration opens just to make sure that they get a “good” time slot. And registration opened on August 8th. Whoops! On the bright side, we like to sign up for the French lessons, and since we live on the mostly English end of town, there were still 8 spots available for our preferred time slot. Thank God we like to buck the trend on this one – consider him registered, and adorable Duck-level pictures will follow (or, should I say, <<les photos du niveau canard>>)!

Craving

Dairy. Every. Little. Thing. Dairy! Seriously though, this week I’ve wanted chocolate, Nutella, a big cold glass of milk, Kraft Dinner, croissants, lasagna, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese to go with my apple – all things that I haven’t had in almost 9 months (we had to suddenly cut dairy out of my diet at 3 months postpartum, so it has been a looooooooong 9 months). #BabyRydz has almost fully re-introduced dairy into his diet, and when he does then I will be free to eat it too! I *might* have already binged yesterday at family brunch, though, so we’re praying that he actually takes it well, or else we will be in for a fairly awful rest of our long weekend. But OH. MY. WORD. Those croissants were worth it! And the chocolate chips melted on them. And the cheese on my egg. I think you get the idea…

Have a blog? Don’t forget to share your Sunday Lately post in the linkup too!

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

Sunday Lately (Week 87)

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

It has been a busy, weird, and wonderful last couple of months, but with Labour Day around the corner and school starting this Tuesday (or already started, depending on where you live) I’ve come to realise that summer really is coming to a close, and it’s time to jump back into a regular fall/winter routine. With that in mind, I’m really looking forward to making this series, Sunday Lately, a regular part of my blogging routine for the next few months. I’m sure there will be weeks off here or there, but I’ve enjoyed reading everyone else’s Sunday Lately posts the last few weeks and decided it’s time to jump in myself!

It works like this: every week we’re given prompts, and we respond to them on our blogs, then join the linkup that you can find on any of the Blogger Tribe leaders’ blogs (Katy, Angelica, Meaghan, and Nicole). Then we all e-hang out every Sunday, sharing that small glimpse into the last week of life in our own worlds, and reading about everyone else’s.

This week’s prompts are: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting.

Doing

The last 2 months I haven’t blogged at all, and honestly every time I thought about how something would make a great post, and that I really should be posting more, I felt totally and completely liberated by the idea that this blog is personal rather than business, and I started it for fun. That means each and every time I found myself worrying that nothing had been published, I remembered that actually, I don’t have to publish anything – so I decided to relax and enjoy time with family and friends while the beautiful weather is still here. But of course I’m not the type to sit back and do nothing at all, that’s taking it just a lii-iittle too far for my taste. My compromise was to participate in the photo-a-day challenge hosted by Blogger Tribe on Instagram. If you haven’t been following along, check it out here – it’s been a fun month of photos, and again because it’s just for fun, I didn’t panic when I missed a day here or there.

Appreciating

Hands-down my favourite part of summer/Marc going back to work after his paternity leave ended at the beginning of June has been weekends. We’ve relaxed, we’ve gone on adventures, visited with family, participated in local festivals, visited farmer’s markets, played at splash pads, and picnicked in parks. Sunday mornings, though, are the best of all – after busy Saturdays of housework and adventures, but before we head out to church, Sunday mornings are when we take it slow. Baby Rydz usually has us up by 6am, but there’s no rush to shower, dress, eat, and get out the door – it’s lazy times spent on the couch, enjoying a hot coffee together, watching our kidlet play and having the chance to just be our little family of 3. This is when I started reading so many of the Sunday Lately posts – relaxing blogging for a relaxing morning, it almost feels like going to the spa! Almost.

Designing

Usually, this would be nothing, because designing is really not my thing. But conveniently enough, my sewing machine has been broken, and rather than replacing it & being indoors sewing all summer, I’ve just let it go/put off buying a new one. Probably also because it will be expensive. So instead, I’ve been ordering/hoarding fabric, and while waiting for it to arrive I’ve been sketching out all of the things I’m going to make. Just please remember to take the terms “designing” and “sketching” very liberally in my world, since most kindergardeners would be embarassed for my stick people. There’s no false humility here, trust me – I’m really good at a lot of things, but I totally missed the boat on the drawing gene!

Humming

The Hairspray Soundtrack! In case you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of musicals. Like, HUGE. I’m that nerd who wept during “Defying Gravity” when I saw it on Broadway. It. Was. TRAGIC!!! Yep. Anyhow…I was also a big fan of Hairspray well before the movie existed, but I’m not going to lie – I really like the movie too! The top 3 that have been on repeat in my head (and my phone) are “Without Love,” “Run And Tell That,” and “(I Know) Where I’ve Been” – BLM of the 60s, anyone? Baby Rydz is loving Hairspray too, it’s become his bath time soundtrack. Some days he gets so into it that we both end up soaking wet!

Expecting

Cooler weather to move in soon. Last year we were hit with an indian summer and Baby Rydz was actually born in the middle of a crazy heat wave, but this year I’m really hoping for fall to arrive soon. Summer is (don’t hate me!) my least favourite season, and if I had to choose, I’d rather skip it completely. Yep, I know, I’m weird. But I’m also done with the heat & ready for comfy fall styles, pumpkin spice lattes, and the end of this brutal humidity. Fall is possibly the happiest time of year for me – while everyone else laments going back to school and the cooler weather, I thrive in this return to routine with my love of hoodies and skinny jeans. I have a few things to sew up first, but then I’ll definitely be ready to put this summer behind us!

So what are you up to today?

 

Infamous Banana Bread Recipe


This one is one of our classic “make again” treats, and hands-down the most requested food that I make; it has also been referred to as “THE” banana bread. I picked this recipe up somewhere along my learning to cook journey, and have tweaked it over time to be more or less a no-fail, no muss, no fuss kind of experience. For the loaf in these pictures I actually forgot to add an egg, and it still turned out (though I KNEW something was missing and couldn’t remember what – it’s better with an egg!). The original copy of this recipe was printed ages ago & is long lost; the last time I can remember seeing it was my late teens, so this beauty is always from memory, and always delicious!

INFAMOUS BANANA BREAD

  • 3 or 4 mashed, ripe bananas (the original recipe calls for 3, it’s better with 4)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract (but really let’s be honest, I pour generously & don’t even pretend I’m measuring. When you think there’s enough, add another splash!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I’ve used all purpose, cake & pastry, & brown, and a combination of all of the above – it’s whatever flour you prefer, or happen to have enough of in the cupboard if you decide at 2am that banana bread needs to be made, and needs to be made NOW!)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • optional: 1 cup of whatever you love in your banana bread. Chocolate chips? Nuts? Caramel chips? Diced cherries? Your imagination & taste buds are the limit! I’d love to know what you love to add – make sure to share in the comments if you try it with this option!

Notes:
I’ve made this dairy-free by using a dairy-free butter alternative. The one I use is soy-free too, if that’s your thing.
I’ve also made this vegan by using the same dairy/soy-free butter, and a flax egg. To make a flax egg, mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed & 3 tbsp boiled water, let sit ~5 min until it’s “egg consistency.” As if flax seed could ever be egg consistency. Really, it can’t. Just pretend, and go with it.

The original recipe said to mix wet ingredients in one bowl, dry ingredients in the other, mix, pour into greased pan, and bake. That’s just way too many dirty dishes for me. I pour it all into my Kitchenaid, and once it’s mixed I put it in the dish to bake. If you’re using a regular loaf pan (like the original recipe said to) it needs to be greased, then bake at 350 for 1 hour or until knife/toothpick/other sharp narrow object of your choosing comes out clean. Other alternatives I’ve used:

  • Epicure’s mini silicone loaf pans: don’t need to be greased, bake for 45 min
  • Regular size silicone muffin liners: don’t need to be greased, bake for 30-35 min
  • Mini muffin tin with paper liners: don’t need to be greased, bake for 20-25 min


Since going dairy & soy-free I have so few guilty pleasures left, but one of them is banana bread with chocolate spread on it. This is supposed to be the vegan/soy-free/nut-free response to Nutella, but let me tell you it is NOT. It tastes more like butter with cocoa mixed in, which is perfect when you can’t add regular butter on top. 

Serve warm with your favourite coffee or tea right after the baby goes to bed & prepare for a moment of pure bliss. Bon appétit!

Did you try this recipe? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Worth making again?

When I was in college, I had a professor who told us about his early days of marriage, and how his wife was just learning to cook. To save her from devastated tears, and him from having to eat nasty meals, they came up with a simple question – “Is it worth making again?”

Years later after I was married, my husband & I borrowed this nugget of wisdom for ourselves. I’ve been cooking since I was young, and I’m even pretty good at it (if I may say so myself!), but that doesn’t mean we like everything that I make. This is especially true of testing new recipes.

This is always a touchy subject in our house – my husband insists that when you’re trying a new recipe for the first time you MUST follow it to a T. My philosophy is a little more lax, especially if there’s something in the recipe that I don’t like. 8 cups of mushrooms in my gravy? No thanks! Or even better, something that I love. Who in their right mind only puts 1 tsp of vanilla extract, really?! Some recipes were just never meant to be good (no matter how delicious they seem), and others are great, but just need a little tweaking. Either way, we’ve definitely had our fair share of experiments gone wrong.

It took some time, but my husband is now gracious enough to just say “Ummm…I don’t know if this one is worth making again.” Or, “It’s ok, but maybe next time without [insert offensive food here – ie apples in his salad].” For some reason he has a huge beef with fruit in salad. I keep throwing it in there & hoping he just won’t say anything, but no dice. (OK, no more food/cooking innuendos, promise! Though I am pretty punny…hahaha.)

Anyways, when he really enjoys something, he says “Meh, it’s good.” But then follows it up with “Definitely worth making again!” Something about being a man implies that “good” = “awesome” = “meh” = “OK” = “I don’t really like it and I’m just not telling you” = “I don’t care”. Yeah, I’m still trying to work all of that out too. Do you have a special code phrase that you use for your spouse to politely tell you that your food sucks? Share it in the comments below, we’d love to glean from your wisdom too!

XOXO

Airing my dirty laundry!

Last summer I was relaxing at a friend’s house, enjoying the company, the AC, and as was my pregnancy trend, probably a chocolate popsicle or two. At one point she was scrolling through her news feed and came across a picture of someone’s clothesline full of cloth diapers – said person was bragging about taking advantage of the summer to sun their inserts. My friend asked if it was really necessary to show the world your diaper laundry, and I quipped in reply that she was, literally, airing her dirty laundry. Never mind that they’re actually clean when they go on the line – I was just being sassy.

Well here we are a year later, and I am so ashamed to even have that story to tell you, because I can, without a doubt, tell you that YES – diaper laundry out on the line IS worthy of Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, or any other social media outlet of your choosing! What, you ask, changed my mind? The short answer is this: a winter of cloth diapers.

If you know nothing about cloth diapers, or if you haven’t used a cloth diaper in the last 8 years or so (they have come a long way since then!), here’s a coles notes version of this bum deal:

Baby dirties diaper, diaper goes in pail or wet bag (read: bag designed to hold the wet stuff in – they’re great for swimsuits & towels after swim lessons too!), when bag is full instead of tossing it in the garbage like disposable diapers, you empty it into your washing machine & toss the bag in there too. Then you wash, dry, stuff inserts back in, and repeat. If your baby eats solids, there’s an extra step in there, but our guy hasn’t arrived at that point yet.

Everyone has their own routine for how to wash these little beasts, but the one thing that doesn’t change is the stains. The stains are brutal, and it is near impossible to get them out – unless you can lay them out in the sun. The sun, as it turns out, fixes almost everything.

So never mind that it’s warm enough now to hang clothes out on the line, that the sun is so warm now that it melts inches of snow every day, or that you can practically smell summer right around the corner. There are a lot of things that I love about spring, but this year what I’m loving most is the chance to air my own dirty laundry!

(for the record, the stains did come out!)

 

5 great reasons why I shouldn’t start a blog

It seems counter-intuitive to have my first blog post be all about why I shouldn’t start a blog, but here it is. I’ve wrestled long & hard about whether blogging is for me – all the way back to dial-up Internet & one decent option for a blogging platform. But I’ve always managed to talk myself down just in time, and so it never happened.

Every time that I dreamed about my imaginary blog, I thought that a good place to start would be to record my internal debate, and title it “to blog, or not to blog…” This time around has been no different, except that I finally vocalized my internal debate, to both my husband and my book club. Of course birds of a feather & all that cliché, the book club ladies not only thought I should start a blog, but were enthusiastic, and even talked about blogs of their own. I checked out the links, and lo & behold, one of them starts with a post titled “To blog, or not to blog.” Hmpf. So much for that idea. And here I thought I was SOOOO original! You know, as original as you can be while plagiarizing from a guy who’s been dead almost 400 years. And I do mean that literally, to the day. Almost exactly 400 years. Look it up!

So back to the drawing board. I decided maybe, if I couldn’t even come up with an original first post, that again blogging might not be for me. So instead, I made a list of pros & cons to blogging. You may not know this, but I LOVE lists. Lists, however, don’t exactly love me – they’re often disappearing, even though I’m positive that it was just in my hand. Sometimes, I even make lists about lists! I did find this list of pros & cons pretty helpful, and who knows? Maybe it will also help you to take a step out in faith & start (or re-start) your own blog!

  1. I have a to-do list about 18 miles long. That may be a slight exaggeration. Or maybe it’s closer to 20 miles. I guess that just depends on the day. But, I have enough other things to do & take care of, and with the recent addition of our first little that ominous task list won’t be shrinking any time soon. Starting a blog is yet one more thing that I’m adding to the list.
  2. I’m a terrible housekeeper. This might sound like it’s totally unrelated to blogging, but it does matter, really. I used to be awesome at housekeeping – always on top of the laundry, dishes, bathroom cleaning, making the bed, vacuuming, and you wouldn’t find a speck of dust on any of our baseboards! I’ve gradually been tapering off in the last few years, without any excuse really, and then in the last couple months of being pregnant, I pretty much gave up altogether. So for almost a year now, my house has suffered the brunt of it. Now, I know I will rather spend my time blogging than doing any of those things. Case and point: there are 8 loads of clean laundry sitting around my living room, all staring very accusingly at me. Plus the load in the dryer & one in the washer. Let’s not talk about the rest of the house.
  3. I have commitment issues. Not in relationships, but with projects absolutely. I have this really bad habit of starting a project & then moving on to a new one before the first one is done. That means I have a whole collection of projects that are unfinished, and I can’t promise that blogging will be any different.
  4. I’m really good at offending people. And I do mean REALLY good. I recently came across a project that I wrote in grade 8 that was all about me, and my sister decided she was going to read the whole thing to make fun of me. Instead, she ripped me a new one because she was offended by what I had written, and then argued with me that I had no excuse when I explained that I was 12 when I wrote it, and couldn’t go back in time to change it now. Then she started ripping into me some more. If something I wrote almost 20 years ago is still that offensive, imagine what I’m capable of now. I really probably shouldn’t be blogging. And telling this story has probably offended her now too. #LeSigh
  5. I don’t have a point to this blog. Really, isn’t a blog supposed to have a point? It chronicles a home renovation, or has a common group of topics, like parenting & breastfeeding, or cars & DIY mechanics, or design & DIY projects. Me? I’ve got all sorts of random, and none of it is related. OK, well some of it is related. But I can’t really draw a correlation between cooking & sewing projects. If it were 1960, maybe I’d say they’re house-wifey things. But in 2016, sewing projects are not what they used to be! For starters, the patterns are actually stylish. And digital. But whatevs, my point is that I don’t have a point.

You would think that this would be enough to deter me from starting a blog altogether, but no. I’m still here. And funny enough, so are you! So welcome, and thanks for bothering to read a random blog about nothing!