Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I rarely use any sort of social media or blog or anything to vent or put my business out there.  For some reason though, tonight I'm feeling like I'm nothing more than a damned doormat. I had my house clean and ready to go for when my MIL came to visit. It was just my daughter and myself all day, so the house stayed clean.

My husband comes home and it's like a f***ing hurricane hit. There's garbage on the table, garbage on the floor, garbage on the couch, and pieces of something he was building on the floor. All of that in seriously less than an hour.  It took me a whole day to clean the house and it took him an hour to destroy it.

Then, when I'm getting ready for bed I tried to drop a hint by saying, "Wow, you came in like a hurricane." He said, "Sorry," and went to bed.  Must be freaking nice to just go to bed. I had to clean off the couch (which is where I'm sleeping while MIL is here, mind you) because he put garbage all over it. Then he says, while I'm cleaning, "Are you okay?"

I just wanted to smack him.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sweets, Sweets Galore!

It seems to me that between mid October and mid January I go on a sweets bender.  It happens every year.  I don't know if it's because of the season, or if it's because all the baking stuff tends to go on sale this time of year, or what it is.  So far, in the last two days I've made tres leches cake, chocolate white-chip cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter fudge, and tablet.  I'm going to give my family diabetes, I think.

I watched Sailor Moon: The Promise of the Rose and in it, Lita (Makoto) says that she remembers her mother (?) cooking something on every Monday because it was the worst day of the week and it made the day better coming home and smelling whatever was baking.  I don't remember the exact context because I haven't watched it since I was like 12...which was actually 13 years ago.  Wow, maybe I should watch it.

I am in the finishing stretch of my cross stitch kit for my MIL.  Whenever it's done, I'll post a picture.  I hope she likes it, I've put a lot of work into this darned thing.  I have to REALLY clean the house tomorrow because my MIL is going to be here on Tuesday.

I have so much to do and so little time!  Well, off to finish my cookies (more chocolate white-chip) and then put the little ones to bed.  Goodnight, and happy stitching, everyone.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tres Leches

I've been cooking a lot less the last week or so because we've been so busy, so I haven't been home.  Well, tonight I decided to make up for it by cooking home made hamburger pizza and then for dessert I made a tres leches cake.  I've never made a tres leches cake before.  In all honesty, I'd only heard of it about a month ago.  I have never seen one, tasted one, made one, nothing.  So I went into this recipe completely blind.  I have to say, if that's how tres leches is supposed to be, I will definitely be making that again.  I made a whipped cream frosting to go on it and I am in love!

My daughter is teething right now, so she's been exceptionally crabby.  She wakes up a lot at night and cries all the time.  I've done the teething tablets thing and the Tylenol thing, those didn't help.  I've been letting her chew on teething rings, frozen wash rags, and a frozen binky.  None of that stuff is helping, so she's been getting extra kisses and cuddles so she feels a little better.

I've been stitching like mad on my MIL's gift, but I definitely don't think that it will be done in time.  I'm a little over half done.  I'm hoping it will start moving along soon because I feel like I'm too slow.

Ah well, not much to update.  Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go give my daughter a bath because she spit up all over herself and me.  Happy stitching, everyone.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Damn! Gotta Be All Self Runnin' and What-not!

The title is a line that made me laugh in American Dad.  My titles really never make sense with what I write about.

First things first, I had an AWESOME day yesterday.  I went to bed feeling great and that has been kinda rare.  It's not that I go to bed unhappy, it's that I tend to go to bed feeling like the day beat me up. Yesterday though, yesterday was just great.  It started with my little ones behaving all day (rare!), then we went on a 2 mile walk with the dogs, then we went into town and ate dinner and did some shopping.

We fell into what I call the Walmart trap.  You know, you go in looking to get something like a gallon of milk and walk out with $100 worth of stuff you don't need?  Yeah, we passed the $5 movie bin and stopped to look.  Fight Club was on top, so we grabbed it and because of that, we ended up grabbing 6 movies.  So we walked away from the movie bin before we did more damage.  We ended up walking into the electronics section and a game my husband wanted was only 20, so we grabbed that and threw it in the cart.  My husband went to look for something else, so I wandered into the craft section.  I got two new cross stitch kits.  Like I needed that!  Ah well, it was a good day.

I woke up this morning and the whole house was cleaned in the middle of the night.  It appears to me that when my husband is in the throws of insomnia, he cleans out of frustration.  I appreciate it, but sometimes I just wish he would sleep!

My infant is saying, "Mama," lately.  I know she is really just making noise, but she only says it when she's crying so it breaks my heart because I feel like she's actually saying, "Mama," and crying for me.  Poor baby...  She's still not crawling.  She gets up on all fours and rocks, then she falls forward.  That's how she's been moving across the floor.  Her newest fascination is anything crinkly.  She LOVES paper.  My checkbook has suffered at the hands of a 6 month old.  It was dropped when I was carrying a bunch of stuff, so I just left it and came back.  In the minute it took me to come back, she had grabbed it and pulled several checks out.

Ah well.  Signing off.  Happy stitching, everyone.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thanks, Mean Joe!

...Green, that is.  I'm feeling rather sick today.

I finally made it to a different color besides BROWN in the kit I'm stitching up right now.  I am on this bright lime green.

Today is more of a pointless post.  I bought my post cards for my Spritestitch pen pal.  I got the Fort Irwin tanks one.  It looks really cool (I think anyway).  I've never sent anything overseas before.  My husband was overseas for a year and I never sent him anything lol.  We always Skyped or Facebooked, so there was no need to send anything.  Care packages kept getting stolen by his COC, so he just told me not to bother.

Tonight I'm going to write and on Monday I'm going to send everything out.  I don't know if I can just bring it to the post office and they'll put the postage on for me or if I actually have to buy the postage ahead of time.  We'll find out I'm sure.

Time to heat up one of my pasties and eat dinner.  I'm hoping it is okay on my stomach.  The spices are mild enough.  Happy stitching, I'm off to watch Lilo and Stitch with my toddler.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The House on Haunted...Fort Irwin?

So we have weird things that go bump in the night.  I think it's just the house settling, or wind getting in somehow.  My friend is convinced it's a ghost and it's communicating to us by slamming doors.  No.  No.  No.

If it is a ghost, he or she needs to stop slamming doors and freaking help out around the house.  If you're going to live under my roof, you're going to effing help me.  Got it?  Huh?  Huh???  Stupid ghost...

My infant has discovered her voice.  Now all she does is talk...er...scream, really.  At least they're happy screams.

Nothing much going on, really.  My little ones and I are probably going to a petting zoo tomorrow because I think my toddler will really like it.   OH YEAH...I forgot!  I got my postcards and some envelopes and paper so that I can write to my new pen pals.  Um...for some reason I had no paper or pens in my whole house.  Weird with a toddler who colors.  I suppose I could have written in crayon and that would have given my letter a certain amount of charm (-ish?) lol

Ah well, I'm off to stitch a bit.  My son is eating his fluffer-nutter and so he's occupied enough for me to stitch for a few minutes :)  Happy stitching, everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cute as a Basket Full of Kittens

I've been working on something for my MIL for the last couple days.  She LOVES cats, like...I think if she lived on her own, she'd be a crazy cat lady.  Nowhere near as bad as MY mother, but she's up there lol  Anyway, my husband and I were at WalMart and we know that with the threat of government default, we might not be getting paid.  We saw a 5 dollar kit that screamed MIL to us, and it's a basket with two kittens in it.  It's really cute.

I stopped stitching my Pokemon for a couple weeks so I could have the kitten kit done by the time MIL gets here.  She's visiting for baby's first Halloween, did I mention that?  I can't remember...probably not.  Anyway, she's visiting for Halloween and I figured since we're probably not getting paid, it would save us the postage.  I know, it sounds cheap, but they understand because my FIL is not getting his retirement because he's ex-military.

I made these things called pasties two days ago.  Yeah, it sounds bad, but they're pronounced "PASS-tee."  If you're from Michigan (or England!), I'm sure you've at least heard of them.  I remember getting them from a gas station with my dad when I was little.  I found the recipe and decided to make them.  Holy cow, what a lot of work they are!  I made 12 so I could use them to fill the gaps in my freezer because we've got a planned 12-hour power outage tomorrow.  Yay for that...

While I was making those pasties, I cut my thumb and needed stitches.  Yeah, I'm awesome!  The next day, my stitches already fell out because when I went to let my dogs out, my GSD head butted me so hard in the hand that she popped the wound open.  Hurt like you wouldn't believe.  So I stuck a butterfly bandage (the ones used to hold skin together) on it, then some neosporin and another bandage overtop.  Now...now it looks like it's actually healing, but it still hurts like hell.

Alright, last thing that's going on with me!  I just recently joined in a pen pal project being run by sprite-stitch.  It would be cool if they did a badge or something for it :)  I am lacking in the badge department lol.  I am going to run to the PX or clothing and sales to get some postcards to mail out later today.  I am going to probably actually write letters and just send the postcards in the envelope with them.  My pen-pal that I know I have is from Australia and I'm supposed to be receiving something from a "mystery" person as well :)  So hopefully this will help me kill time and it's a great way to meet people around the world.  I've never sent anything internationally, so I'll actually have to go to the post office whenever I mail stuff out.  That's the only inconvenience because our post office suuuuuuuuuucks lol.

Well, off to play with my little ones.  My littlest is trying to learn to crawl :)  Have a good one!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It's the Curtains for Her!

My infant has this odd fascination with my curtains in the living room!  She can't crawl yet, but she goes out of her way to roll from wherever she's at in the room to the curtains just so she can kick them.  They must feel cool on her feet.


So I'm making this TARDIS thing with drawers and it is taking a LONG time.  I am so impatient.  The reason all my projects take forever is because I tend to do 5 or more at a time.  They all get finished, it just takes forever.  My TARDIS is taking forever, though, because I'll sit down and start sewing and I'll get like 2 stitches in and have to get up and do something else.  Usually it's that I have to get up and remove my infant from the curtains lol.

I won't post many picture updates on the TARDIS.  I'll probably post every time I finish one page of the project.  I got it from THIS video.  It's a cute sewing kit.  I was going to display it in my living room  on my coffee table.

Off to work on my TARDIS.  Happy stitching, everyone.


Here's proof of my little curtain lover.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

On My Mind...

This isn't really anything to do with anything.  It's something that is really bugging me and for some reason I can't seem to get over it.  Where I live is very isolated.  I live on a military installation in the middle of nowhere, California.

These wives out here are vicious.  If you do ANYthing that someone doesn't like for any reason at all, you will be publicly shamed on Facebook for the whole military post to see.  And sometimes for the whole country, depending on what you did that so offended someone.

The thing you could have done could be as simple as being overweight, wearing a skirt that someone deems "ugly," wearing a shirt that has a cartoon character on it, or even having a bad haircut.  These women will take a picture of you, post it on Facebook, and bully you relentlessly.  They just don't care. Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it.

Why treat people like that?  What if it were your picture up there?  Why would you do that?

This has had me in tears for about an hour now because of a post that was put on a Facebook "wives' network" for this particular installation.  The post was a picture of the cork board in the laundromat that had a woman's thong pinned to it with a note that said basically, "This isn't my wife's, she's a whale, thanks for ruining my chance at sex for the next year."  That's not it exactly, but you get the idea.  The comments on the picture were horrendous.  Women were tearing the "whale" apart without having ever met her or even knowing anything about her, other than what the husband wrote.

I have struggled with my weight all my life.  At the beginning of 2012, I was 212 pounds.  I'm only 5'1.  I know it's not "pretty" to be overweight, but I've never thought myself unattractive.  Until I came here, that is.  Ever since moving to this place I'm constantly looking over my shoulder and trying my hardest to "conform" to what these women's standards are.  I was bullied in high school and I am so afraid of being bullied again just because I don't fit these women's molds.

I've lost 52 pounds and am STILL considered obese.  At 160 pounds, I'm 45 pounds overweight for my height.

The post wasn't about me, but somehow I feel like it could have been.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

In the Name of Mars, I'll Chastise You!

For real!  Anyway, so for Halloween, my daughter is going to be Sailor Mars.  I just figured since her eyes are still grey, it would be a perfect costume for her.  That and my son had a home made costume for his first Halloween as well (he was Pikachu).  His costume was considerably easier.  I hand dyed a long sleeved onesie yellow and then sewed brown stripes on the back of it, then bought a Pikachu ear headband and tail.  He was adorable.  And because he was sick, his cheeks were naturally red (poor kid).

So far, for Sailor Mars, I've ordered her onesie and started her skirt.  I found that I'm too lazy to make her onesie, and I wanted one she could wear more often than just Halloween, so I got her a printed one from Cafepress.  I am making her a tutu out of red tulle for Mars' skirt, and I am making her tiara out of gold ribbon and a red gemstone from a fish tank kit.  It's clean and never used, I promise!  And finally, her sailor collar is going to be made from a thick satin ribbon that I'm going to pin to the onesie.  I am CERTAIN to have pictures.

So that's why I haven't stitched anything lately, I'm making a costume right now :)  Though, I do have Squirtle done:

Sorry the picture's so dark.  My house has terrible lighting and any time I used flash on my phone, it would not focus and then when it would the picture was WAY too bright.

Well, that's my little update, happy stitching, everyone!