Thursday, July 30, 2009

Doctor Bobbilicious

I was listening to a Dr Who podcast yesterday and one of the hosts is a prolific Who scarf knitter - she can make one in two weeks. Now, for those of you who don't know, a Dr Who scarf is about 18 feet long and is a bunch of colors in a certain order depending on which season the knitter is recreating. It's huge. So, as I listened and cleaned the lonely, unused pool, I decided to make my own scarf - but not in the colors of the show - brown and golds and such that don't attract me at all. I'm going to pick a scheme from one of the seasons and use my signature colors - the ones that make my friends say "Oh, that's a color Bobbi would like" and make myself a Doctor Bobbilicious scarf. Besides, I have some things in common with the doctor - not the time travel ability, unfortunately, or maybe fortunately - I can see myself travelling back and getting wasted on moonshine with my grandpa or something equally inappropriate (although I'd probably get to know him!) I, like the Doctor, have a constant stream of thoughts and conversations in my head - no, I don't need medicated! I also can fix the things that need fixed, either with my unsonic screwdriver or some glue from my collection. I sometimes talk too much and too fast and love bananas. I would love to be his companion even though he seems to be attracted to Gryffindors even though he's clearly a Ravenclaw. So anyway I'm going to start working on a scarf. I'll keep you posted on how it's going.
I've been listening to Cast On again, now that I can forward through the music, and have been thinking about her series "Make Do and Mend". She's been inspired by WW2 ads for making do when times are tough. Well, things have gotten a bit, well, tight around here lately. I have alot of skills (not to brag, but I do) that I should really be using to stretch everything - clothes, meals, etc. I know I'll be making some Christmas gifts - because even though the kids all want new fancy-schmancy cell phones they're not getting them. No laptops, either. I told them that they're all getting hats and socks! Poor Jake had the most horrified look on his face but said he believes me. Smart boy. I've been working hard on my Amazon problem and doing well, I must say. I need to save my honey some money because I tend to spoil myself a bit too much and he's really not too happy with me about it. (the pouty puppy face has no effect at all on him - I've tried!)
It's almost time for the kids to go back to school. My boy will be in middle school this year. Tomorrow is orientation. I'll walk around the building with him and check out his locker and be sad that the little chubby baby is so big now as all moms probably do. It's going to be fun. Getting us all up and ready to go, however, well, that won't be fun at all!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hot Locks and the Half-Blood Prince

That's me- the back of my head with my new purple hair. The sunlight makes it a bit lighter but you can still see it. I like my hair. I spent years fighting it - always crying becuse it's not straight and I couldn't style it like everyone else did. When I was poor and married I just let it grow - and when I was expecting the kids it was to my waist. I had more hair than I ever imagined. People used to look at me - I told myself all the time it's the hair and not the crappy old car or the look of despiration I always wore. Pride in my hair kind of stuck. I got alot of grays while I was married so I have to color it alot and that's where the purple comes in - my roots started to show and I wanted something a bit more fun than brown. I don't care if people look at me now - I still tell myself it's the hair and not the chatty grubby kids I always seem to have around me. Of course, Khloe is getting looked at, too. Those of you who know hew know that she's very beautiful with gorgeous eyes. I tell her that's why people look but she thinks people are making fun of her. I'll keep trying to convince her otherwise and someday maybe she'll believe me.
Yesterday the kids and I went to see the new Harry Potter movie.Kerry and I have read the book and had told Khloe about alot of it. She's not as much of a HP fan as I would like but she came with us - of course, I agreed to take her to see Ice Age 3 as a bribe. About halfway through the movie she got interested and asked questions. I told her that apparating is like how Doctor Who travels in the Tardis - disappears and reappears. Then, of course, she asked if the vanishing cabinets were bigger on the inside. I hugged her with pride and told her no, they're just boxes. And then the end came - and she cried and cried - all the way home. People outside the theater gave us sympathetic looks. I tried to explain it all to her - why Snape did it and that Dumbledore was sick but she was too upset. We'll talk about it again and I'll help her understand why her favorite person died. Jenny had it tougher - her daughter is a huge Snape fan and was very upset about it from the other side - why would her favorite person do that? Ah, kids. At least my baby girl is on the path of sci-fi geekdom already. Momma's so proud!
In my quest to find the perfect perfume oil I have found a Fragrance Goddess. Her etsy shop is Velvet Moon Bathery - I'll link her, don't worry. I got several samples from her and they're magnificent - even the ones I don't like as much are still really good. Her scents are smooth and warm and last for hours - they're not loud or too strong and don't clear the room like some I've tried. I will share my samples with anyone who asks - yes, mom, I'll give you a couple, don't worry. If you order from her you can tell her I sent you - I won't get a discount but I'd like for her to know that I'm talking about her.
My boy will be starting middle school this fall. He's getting so big. I have the mom thing of thinking about him as a baby still, taking his first steps and running around the house with a big bouncy ball wanting to play with the big boys walking down the street. We got the letter about fifth grade orientation and registration and when he can try out his locker combination and check out the school. I'm so nervous and excited for him. Are all moms like this? Does the excitement ever wear off? I hope not - it's keeping me from sinking into a middle aged rut of boredom.
I've been rewatching Battlestar Galactica. Have you seen it? It's really a great show. I was invited to join a kal group on ravelry and it's been fun discussing the characters with other fans. I was selected to be in the Galactica crew. My ship colors are blue and gray - same as Ravenclaw! I need some dark blue cotton for some dishcloths - the assignment is to make dishcloths with the logo on them. I plan to make them as a gift for someone - another sci-fi geek who I admire. I also joined the Team Galactica for Tour de Fleece even though it's almost over.
I think that's about it. I need to turn in some assignments for the House Cup and get busy on my OWL. Until later, my friends!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

What a Week

Sorry it's been so long. I was going to post several days ago when I dyed my hair a magnificent shade of magenta called "Deadly Nightshade". Well, I had some trouble getting a picture and then...insert the dun dun dunnn music...
Khloe got sick. Really sick. She has an infection in both ears and strep throat. She's been in alot of pain all night and we're both exhausted. I've had her resting on my heating pad and called the doctor for a strong pain medicine for her - ibuprofen hasn't been cutting it. Thank goodness she's feeling better finally and is spending the night with Grandma. Thank goodness Grandma is available - the dad skipped out of having his kids (again) when he found out that she's been ill. You know, this mom job is alot harder than it's made out to be. There are no designated hours and no instruction manual. I'm glad that I get a break once in awhile!
Since it's been a long and groggy week there's been no making of things on my part. Khloe, however, has made another felt flower barette. It's on her new blog which I will link to on the sidebar. She wants to sell it on etsy. I may wind up buying it from her because I'm in a flower-in-my-hair kind of mood these days. If anyone is interested in it, let us know. Maybe if you ask her she'll make you one!
Last week was hot and nasty and we spent every day in the pool. This week we're all peeling. Let's just say that someone (coughmecough) is lax with the sunscreen. Isn't it funny that when we were young the highest SPF was 15? Now everything is 30 or more. I need to get something strong and waterproof for the kids so they don't get spotty like I am lately. Suggestions?
Lastly, I have a ripe tomato! Yay!
See you all later. I'm ready for a nap.