Friday, July 29, 2011

One must have priorities

I'm going to Girl's Camp on Monday and I have a million things to do before I leave, I put my time to good use by assembling my August calendar, then blogging about it. Natch.
It's sorta pathetic looking. 
Get yours here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

All things considered, there are worse habits

My husband came home for the weekend. While I was telling him about my week he interrupted to say that he thinks I’m swearing more than I used to. I told him that my swear level fluctuates depending on several contributing factors, not the least of which is having my husband live in another town for the better part of the last 30 days.

Then he said he likes it when I swear. It’s sexy.

He’s going to be out of town for two more weeks. I should be sexy like a pirate by the time he gets back.

Monday, July 25, 2011

There comes a time when you have to admit you're beat

Friday afternoon my kids were about to kill each other. A little too much summer vacation perhaps? It doesn’t matter why, the important thing is, I was losing my MIND, so I said “Hey sweethearts, we’re going to a movie RIGHT NOW!!”

I looked online and the next available show was Captain America. Not everyone wanted to see Captain America, but you know what? When the alternative is sit around the house and drive your mother insane by finding ways to annoy your brother, you don’t have a choice, you are getting your butt in the car and going to see Captain America and we’re gonna be the hap-hap-happiest bunch of ……

And we were!

On the way to the theater my son, who seems to know waaay more about comic books than he knows about grammar, gave us the Captain America back story. We got some popcorn and settled in just in time for the previews. There was one for a new Spiderman movie that looks eerily similar to the other Spiderman movie, which got me thinking, “What the heck? Why is there a new movie just like the old movie?” I leaned over and asked my son those questions and he informed me that there are several versions of Spiderman comics and the new movie, even though it looks the same, is different from the other Spiderman movies. This is all very confusing to me. (Todd and/or Eddie, can you confirm or deny this theory? And perhaps explain to me why this is necessary?)

When the movie started he shared more of his comic knowledge by telling me that Tony Stark’s father would be in Captain America because Iron Man is a Marvel comic.

Here is where I confess that I have been schooled on more than one occasion about the difference between Marvel and DC comics, but to be honest, I don’t care enough about super heroes to commit this information to memory. I’m sure this disappoints some of you. Sorry.

The movie was fine, the thing that interested me most was how they made Captain America look so skinny before he was injected with muscles, for I too would love to look puny in pictures.

When the movie was over I started gathering my things but the comic king told me we had to stay until the credits were over because, duh, all Marvel movies have something cool at the end of the credits (except that one he told me the name of but bless my heart I did not commit it to memory). It seemed that I was the only person in the theater unaware of this post credits bonus because, I kid you not, no one else was leaving either. And then……when the last words rolled off the screen and our sneak peek appeared, people CHEERED!! For a preview!!! Wha?

So, spoiler alert! There is going to be an Avenger movie. (Which apparently is something really awesome, because the two comic experts in the row behind us kept going on about some girl avenger who is such a badass and how they hope they make her a funny badass in the movie because that is the best kind of badass. Who can argue with that kind of logic?) Samuel L. Jackson is in the Avenger movie and all I have to say about that is……Tommy Lee Jones is looking much older, but Sam Jackson is I believe what people are referring to when they say, “black don’t crack”, because he does not look one day older than he did in Jurassic Park (I would think that having something like Jurassic Park on your resume would be the kind of thing that would age a person, right?)

On the way home my kids started arguing about Captain America's "super powers", proving that they can be distracted but not derailed. I just turned up the radio and ignored them, I know when I've reached the limits of my super powers.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A whole bunch of nothing. Enjoy.

I know you’re dying to know where I’ve been. Here’s the short version. My husband has been working out of town for the past 3 weeks and I've been here alone dealing with the wedding plans, teenage drama, sibling contention, and the general chaos and mayhem that is our life. (Don’t worry, he comes home on the weekend, just like a college student, he needs his laundry done and wants me to cook something.) I'm exhausted.

Here are a few items of interest~

1. Pinterest. When you think about it, it’s kind of dumb, it’s like a “virtual” (I hate that word by the way) bulletin board where you can stick pictures of stuff you like, and so can everyone else, then you (and they) can spend hours and hours looking at each other’s crap and “repinning” it to your boards.UGH!! The time wasting potential is phenomenal. I almost fell asleep with my laptop twice last week because I couldn’t look away. It’s horrible…..and awesome.

2. Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling is funny, and also educational, and a poster. Which I think I might have to buy and hang in the main living area of my house.

3. The most excellent Harry Potter recap. The Voldemort kitten is fantastic, but wait for the end, best Harry Potter character impersonation EVER. (thanks carrie!)

4. I read The Kid, by Sapphire, and wrote a review. I don’t recommend you read it. You can read my review, and all of the others on BlogHer. It’s quite sexually graphic and violent, e-mail me if you want to know more.

5. Swamp People, which I have just learned airs on The History Channel, natch. I haven’t actually watched it yet, I was going to last night but I started watching John Adams and lost track of time. Different story, same dental plan.

That's it. What's new with you guys?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

For your consideration, a few Harry Potter related items of interest.

1. He who shall not be named (Lord Voldemort) has written down a few of his thoughts on , you know, The End.
He amuses me.

2. Harry Potter in 7 minutes~

3. And, seriously, sweet mutha!! Neville Longbottom has really grown up. I did not see that coming.

Well played Nev!

Friday, July 8, 2011

How to~

A couple of people have asked about our tie-dye technique, I'm no Dead Head, but here's how I do it-
We live fairly close to a great art supply store, if you aren't as lucky, there are plenty of places online to order dye. We always use Procion cold water reactive dye. Lots of colors and fading doesn't seem to be an issue. We have shirts that we dyed 10 years ago that are almost as bright as when we originally dyed them.

You'll need Soda Ash. Also known as Sodium Carbonate
It's generally going to be available where ever you get your dye, or you can buy it at the pool store.
I've done both.
Then you'll want a big tub. Use about a cup of soda ash to 6 or so gallons of water.
Pre-wash your 100% cotton shirts (socks, skirts.....)
Soak your fabric in the soda ash solution. Don't skip this step. The soda ash fixes, or sets, the dye. I like to leave mine 3 or 4 hours, but I've done it for as little as an hour with no problems.
While your shirts soak, gather the rest of your supplies.
Rubber gloves.
Rubber bands
and or string, to tie your shirts.
DYE!! You don't need this many colors, you can make a great shirt with 2 or 3 colors.
 It's possible I went a little crazy on the dye aisle.
You'll also want bags to put your shirts in after you've dyed them while the dye sits for 24 hours.
Mix the dye according to the directions on the jar.
Tie your shirts. I wear gloves while I'm doing this, there's soda ash on your shirts now which can irritate your skin.
There are tons of sites that offer tips on how to tie and dye your shirts for specific effects.
After you've applied the dye, put your shirt in a bag, zip it up, and set it aside until tomorrow.
In the morning (or afternoon, evening......) lay your shirts out and spray them with water until the dye (mostly) stops running. Untie your shirts and spray again.
Once you think you've rinsed most of the excess dye from your shirt toss it in the washing machine.
I try to wash like colors together, if you've used a lot of colors this can make for several loads of laundry, but the dye will transfer during the spin cycle. Better safe than sorry. 
Wash, dry, wear, and be groovy.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I've heard it both ways

 Since it was too hot to go out last weekend I decided to stay in and make stuff. 
Like tiny baby tie-dye t-shirts.
And this....
It's a dress. 
Do I look like one of those modely fashion blog girls? Maybe I should start being photographed next to the bare wall in my bedroom every day so you can see all of my fabulous and original clothing choices.
I also helped my daughter make this really yummy Buttermilk-Caramel cake, from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. (Which, by the way is the best cookbook I've ever owned.)
I don't have a picture, but it was soo good. We ate it with sliced strawberries.

Last but not least, I read a book. Whatever Happened to Goodbye, by Sarah Dessen, and I wrote a review, you can read it HERE. 

Speaking of weather......

*photo from The Arizona Republic

This is the giant wall of dust that ate our city last night.  
If you thought it was brown here before, you should see it this morning, everything is coated in a nice layer of dirt.
Gotta love that dry heat.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Sun is not my favorite planet.

You know what? That "it's a dry heat" thing is a bunch of crap. I've done the dry and the wet heat, they both suck.

It was miserable here this weekend. I know, everyone says that. When my out of town relatives call we always have to play some version of "Who has the worst weather". It's fairly exhausting.

They always challenge me by asking, "So, how's your weather?" in that "tone". I tell them. Then they insist that they have it worse because of the humidity. "Sure, but at least it's a dry heat. We're looking at 97 degrees, with 101% humidity today. It's the humidity that kills ya." My father actually accused me of exaggerating when I told him we'd had 117 degrees a few days ago. Exaggerating? Really?! For what gain? Not to mention, I'm not the one who brought up the weather!! I personally like to stay inside my climate controlled abode and pretend the weather does not exist. 

Look, here's the thing, I live in Arizona, 75% of the year my answer to the weather question is going to be hot. The other 25% the answer is going to be damn hot. I'm not trying to impress you, those are just the facts. If you ask I'm not going to LIE and say "Actually, we're having a very mild summer. Mid 80's, low humidity, just lovely really.You should come out for a few days"

I'm sorry about your humidity, it sucks. I believe you. I hate sweating too. It's gross. I'm so glad we don't sweat here. Wait a minute.........yes....yes, we do also sweat here. Dry heat does not, contrary to popular belief, prevent sweating. 

Call me in December when you will for sure be the bad weather winner. I might even feel sorry for you. Until then, it's summer and we're all in misery, so can it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

And also, those fruit pizza thingys decorated to look like a flag.

I am grateful for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, democracy, and all men being created equal. 
I am grateful for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
For politicians and taxes.
I am grateful for fireworks and hot dog eating contests.
For BBQs and swimming pools.
I'm grateful for the best 4th of July shirt EVER.(Eat your heart out Old Navy)
I am grateful for the sacrifices that have been, and are still being made that make it possible for me to enjoy all of these things. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Stuff I read this week that you might also enjoy

Hopefully, if my intense pre-wedding therapy sessions go as planned, I can avoid being this kind of mother-in-law, though the bride-to-be does seem like she might be a tinsy bit rude. Just sayin'.

It seems I'm not the only one with cat problems.

This cake. I don't think I'm up to the task, my skills, believe it or not are limited, but if someone wanted to make me one for my birthday I would totally take it, and eat it.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy July!

I have a little thing for calendars. I like them. They're way better than cats. I always end up with several at the beginning of the year because I'm not able to settle on just one.
 This afternoon I came across this-
Quite possibly the best calendar EVER. You print it, cut it out, set it up, and voila! 
I'm so sad I missed the first 6 months!
Get yours here.