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Merry Christmas, One and All December 24, 2009

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May God bless you with safe travel and love this holiday season.

I’m Lovin’: Birth Control is Sinful in the Christian Marriages and also Robbing God of Priesthood Children!!! December 21, 2009

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Need a pick-me-up?  I swear to God, the reviews of this book made me laugh so hard I cried.  Also, bless my soul, you can look inside!  Trust me, IT IS ALL CAPS FABULOUS* BECAUSE JESUS THE HOLYGHOSTCHRISTCHILD TOLD ME>>>: ALSO I’M NEVER ROBBING GODTHESAVIOREMMANUELL OF CHILLIN’ FOR HIS PRIESTHOOD THANK YOU FOR CHANGING MY** LIFE!

Christmas Crafts 2009 December 21, 2009

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I just realized that lots of what I put on this blog makes me seem awfully domestic.  I swear, I really do work for a living, and I love it.  Housewifery just isn’t in the cards for me.  Having said that, there are some really, really “domestic” things that I just love to do.  Case in point: crafting.  It’s tons of fun.  Anyway, I decided to make some things for family members this Christmas.

For Mom and Grandma

I made these Walmart bag holders for my mom and grandma this year.  They both need a way to store those little baggies that doesn’t involve an old trashbag box and/or squirreling them away in corners (Grandma, I’m looking at you).  Anyway, these were super easy to whip up.  They took me about 10 minutes to sew.  The flowers are what took the longest.  Anyway, I think they look great.

Nest project: Gracie’s purse.



I got the pattern from this bag via a blog, Between the Lines.  The instructions call for centimeters, so I converted everything to inches and went to town.  The bag is super cute; so cute, in fact, that I’m thinking about making one of these for myownself.  Gracie loved it.

Many more photos can be found here, on Flickr.

Life List #38: Progress as Promised December 18, 2009

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I can’t wait to show you all of the progress I’ve been making in my quest to conquer CS3 (Photoshop, specifically.  When John tries to talk to me about Illustrator, by brain explodes).  I’ve been wanting to edit some pictures from Cancun for our bedroom for two years now, but John’s usually busy with other projects.  I decided to seize the bull by the horns and work on the images myself.  So, behold, a before image:

The Original

What I love about this picture is the contrast of the sky.  The palms and the clouds totally pop.  But look at all of that OTHER CRAP running around.  Way to ruin an awesome shot, Mexican Junk.  Anyway, so with a little help from Scott Kelby, I’ve been working on it.

It's like a whole new picture

Not only did I remove a Tiki Hut and a flag pole, but I also color adjusted and used a vignette.  I know!  Amazing, isn’t it?  Now I’m going to go through all of my pictures and make myself look 15 pounds lighter.

Winter Read-a-thon December 13, 2009

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I should start this post with a big ol’ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JohnJohn.  I gave him Modern Warfare 2, and he’s been playing while I type/blog/bake him a cake.  We’re going to see The Blind Side tonight…I’ll let you know how it is.

I can’t even begin to tell you how behind I am on Christmas.  I mean, seriously.  I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off since Thanksgiving; as a matter of fact, the longest conversation I’ve had with John since Turkey Day was last night over dinner.  Ugh, it’s been awful, but it’s done now.  One more stack of papers to grade and I’m home free until January.  I need it: I am seriously burned out.  I have some nifty crafts planned in the next week, too.  Woot for free time.

Part of what I love most about Christmas break is the chance to read things that I’m interested in, though this break will be peppered with texts for my thesis and/or school.  That’s fine, though, they’ll be interesting enough.  Here’s the list of what, in an idea world, I’d like to read this break, including a section of MUSTS.


  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Heading West by Doris Betts
  • The Sharp Teeth of Love by Doris Betts
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (I’m teaching this one)


  • Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton (my guilty pleasure, har har)
  • All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg (a southern memoir.  You might like this one, Bunny)
  • That Feminist Book that LindseyBunny Wants to Read (need title)
  • Belladonna by Anne Bishop
  • Hunger Games by I Don’t Know Who

So, what are you all planning to read this Christmas?  Any titles I need to add but haven’t?  Also, anyone up for a read-a-long?  Could be fun!

Wherein Sinatra Calls a Reporter a “Pimp” December 11, 2009

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I’ve always liked Frank.  This just proves that good ol’ Mickey Blue Eyes (that is his name, right?) was all fire.

Update on Offensive Facebook Status Updates December 7, 2009

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I’ve written three papers in six days.   Yes, you heard me.  My entire weekend was devoted to researching and writing two, and I have one more (as yet unstarted) that’s due on Wednesday.  Basically, by brain is slowly liquefying in its own literary juices.

So, for FIVE MINUTES, I hop on facebook to unwind and revel in other people’s finals week stress.  Do you want to know what the first thing on my status feed was?  DO YOU?

Anonymous Poster is I listened to her scream for about 7 minutes while she searched around for the shield. I continued to pinch my nipple, so it would protrude, and she finally did it! I got her to nurse on both sides without the shield… Now, it took A LOT longer than normal. We’ll see how it goes in the middle of the night :o)

I. Am. Not. Kidding.  I have no idea what a shield is (and I’m way too afraid to google it for all the ta-tas I know I’ll see), nor do I care.  Nipple pinching?  ON FACEBOOK?  Totally inappropriate.  Good Lord.  If you want to talk about the challenges of motherhood, there are PLENTY more avenues to use–your own personal mommy-blog, private notes on Facebook, the telephone. Just…please.  Spare the rest of us (who, again, don’t care) the gory details.

Things I Have Thought This Week December 6, 2009

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“I’ll get this paper done…tomorrow.”

“I should be listening to this student, but all I can think about is how her lipstick doesn’t match her skin tone.”

“I should be listening to this student, but all I can think about is how big her eyes are.  Like…huge.”

“If I have kids, we’re having two Christmas trees: the designer one in the living room and the crappy, mismatched crap tree in the closet.”

“I should be more sentimental.”

“Man, I bet Freud got a lot of play.”

“Wow, I would kill a man for a Dairy Queen blizzard right now.”

“If I can write this paper without killing myself, I will be mightily impressed.”

“Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady has the most phenomenal dresses.”