Thursday, October 8, 2015


Do you ever feel like you need to write or talk, but just cannot for the life of you figure out what to say? When it happens with talking, I physically feel weird. Kind of like there are cotton balls stuck in my vocal chords. It's weird and I'm sure that at least some of you will think I'm particularly crazy, but whatevs. I'm just gonna ramble.

Quinn and I have had runny/stuffy noses for what feels like forever. And she refuses to blow her nose because she thinks that'll make more snot. It's obnoxious and disgusting and I just want us to be able to breathe normally again.

We did manage to make it to her class' second field trip, the pumpkin patch, yesterday and she had tons of fun. I wound up doing squats while helping her play on the seesaw, so my thighs hate me right now. Especially since it's been forever since I've been to the gym. I've either had to do stuff while Quinn was in school or just haven't been feeling it. Especially since I can't run right now. I sprained my pinkie toe on the 4th of July and quit running for a while, but when I tried to start up again it just hurt too bad. Not sure if I need new shoes or just messed it up too much.

Quinn likes taking pictures and has decided she's a photographer whenever she gets to play with my big camera.

I currently have four books to read for Erin's challenge that ends on Halloween, but I don't think it's gonna happen. I have eight more movies to watch in Jen's challenge before she releases the bonus list on the 15th. Not sure I'll get all of those done, but I think I can at least finish the original list before the challenge ends at the end of November. I have Rear Window and First Knight checked out from the library at the moment. Quinn has four different VeggieTales movies checked out from the library and even though they're on DVD, they're set up to be viewed on an older tv and she gets SO worried about why the picture is square.

Mmmm. All I want to do is sleep. Or maybe get a massage. Or sew. But fabric is so expensive. But it is cheaper than a massage. I am making Quinn a Katerina Kittycat dress for Halloween. And I'm going to be Henrietta, Katerina's mom. Luckily my (step)sister has an old bridesmaid's dress that's yellow that I can use as the base. I just have to figure out how I'll make ears and tails. And Jarrod's going to be Daniel Tiger, but that's just going to consist of light tiger make up and sticking a trolley patch on a red jacket he already owns.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

September 2015

Movies watched (all for the Fall Film Challenge, I've linked to Netflix where available): 
Treasure Planet - cute!
The Duff - stereotypical, but cute
Let the Right One In - weird, not as much of a horror story as I was expecting and not good enough to make the subtitles worth it
The Importance of Being Earnest - super cute, kind of Shakespearean
Home - adorable
Tommy Boy - funny, but not hilarious
Oz the Great and Powerful - it was okay, but not great
Cleopatra - way too long, but the costumes were pretty
We Bought a Zoo - so much better than I thought it was going to be
Cinderella (2015) - not a huge Cinderella fan, but this was good and pretty
Superman (1978) - also not a Superman fan, but this was okay
How to Marry a Millionaire - adorable, but a horrible moral (if you set out to marry a millionaire, then a millionaire will just happen to fall in love with you)
Sabrina (1995) - I didn't like this as much as I hoped
Horns - WEIRD
White Bird in a Blizzard - weird and gratuitous

Things Sewn:

Two pair of pj pants that I pattern tested for Cucicucicoo, but she hasn't released the pattern yet, so I can't share. They were made out of Power Rangers and Batman sheets from the early 90's.

Quinn requested a dress for Momo, so I did what I could. Monkeys are difficult to sew for.

A jumpsuit from Call Ajaire's Paneled Sunsuit pattern, but will Quinn wear it? No. Of course, not. But I'm bribing her with a Starbucks cake pop so she'll wear it for picture day.

Disney Princess Fabric
Books read:
Emmy & Oliver - It was pretty good. I don't normally read contemporary stories, so this was out of my wheelhouse, but I liked it. 4/5
Shatter Me - Good! Not great, but I do really like it and can't wait to read the rest of the series. 4/5
How to Be a Woman - Bleh. The idiocy outshone the few things I thought were good. 2/5
Girl on the Train - Didn't live up to all the hype, but it was okay. 3/5

Quinn has a best friend at school and EVERY time I drop her off she asks me if Olivia is there yet. Then, when Olivia does get to school, they scream each other's names like high school girls and hug. It's flipping adorable.

Being adorable as usual:
Quinn's Bible has questions after the stories.
Jarrod: Does God love poor people?
Quinn: Yes!
Jarrod: What can we do to help poor people?
Quinn: Give them kisses. And put bandages on their booboos.
Jarrod: Never grow up.
And Quinn had, what I'm assuming is, the best day of her life so far.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Unfinished Book Challenge

I didn't manage to finish the Literary Ladies challenge, but I'm also not that surprised. Here's what I did read:

Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris for Kickass Female Character, 5 Stars

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman for On TBR for Over 1 Year, 4 Stars, review

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler for Written by Comedian, 5 Stars

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare for YA Book, 5 Stars

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for Being Made Into a Movie, 4 Stars

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn for Suspenseful, 5 Stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins for Non-US Author, 3 Stars

My favorite out of these was Yes, Please by far. I'd give it more than 5 stars on Goodreads if I could. I love Amy Poehler, so so much.

Random picture for your time.

Doing makeup for Don't Drink the Water in college. 03/2008
Quinn. She wanted her name added, so there it is. And she got upset when I tried to delete it. Anything to appease the sick kiddo, right?

Monday, September 7, 2015

August 2015

Both Quinn and I had birthdays in August. We went to the zoo with Jarrod's mom the day before my birthday.

And we were going to play in the sprinkler/pool for Quinn's birthday and have some friends over, but only family was able to make it and it wasn't quite warm enough to play in the water, but I think the kiddos had fun anyway. And the cupcakes were still good.

I sewed. A lot.

I made a monster and a hat for Darci's baby that's due in December and a coworker of Jarrod's whose wife is pregnant. I also made Darci some burp rags using Cloud9 Fabrics' pattern, but have yet to take a picture of them.

Simplicity 1182
Sew Mama Sew tutorial
I actually made something for myself and I plan on making many more of these. I can't wait to wear this one. I made it too long to look right with shorts, oops. I did a Large in the shoulders through bust and X-Large from waist down and added three inches in length, which I apparently didn't need.

Simplicity 1463
And more doll clothes, of course. Tinkerbell and Ariel's fancy dress.

Simplicity 1219
 And I'm still working on this dress for my sister-in-law, but it's a lot more progressed than it has been in a LONG time.

top is Simplicity 2813 skirt is similar to McCall K3565
Quinn had her first day of school (!!!) and currently her favorite color is pink and she wants to be a cheerleader/elfalant trainer/Rapunzel when she grows up.

Somehow Jarrod talked his mom into giving him his birthday money early and talked me into playing Yu-Gi-Oh with him. He made me a pretty awesome Amazoness deck and I've beat him (on my own!) quite a few times.

I read:
All the Bright Places (can't review this yet, too many feelings)

Which puts me at:
3/10 for Erin's Book Challenge
6/10 for Literary Ladies Challenge
12/24 for my aunt's Bingo Challenge

And, honestly, that was about it.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

My Name is Freedom

I received this book from Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own.

"My name is Freedom Oliver and I killed my daughter."

That's the first line of the book and it had me hooked. Freedom's Child is about a woman who has a ton of secrets. She works in a biker bar in Oregon and drinks herself into a stupor and gets into fights. She's seemingly fearless, but her biggest secret is that Freedom isn't her real name. She's in witness protection after being arrested for killing her husband two decades ago. When she was arrested her children were put up for adoption, not necessarily willingly, but now she's come to find out that her daughter has gone missing.

The search for her daughter leads into a history of her in-laws (drug lords), her children's adoptive parents (crazy religious nuts), and a sidebar to the house of a Native American (neither a drug lord nor crazy religious). You learn more about her son (a successful lawyer) and a local cop (who kind of has a thing for her, drunkard though she is).

All of that, plus the blurb, made the book sound really good, but I just had the hardest time getting into it. I'd read a chapter or a few pages and then quit for days. It never held my attention as much as I was expecting it to, which is weird because it was really well written. Well, it was well written minus the fact that just about every chapter started with "My name is Freedom." That got tedious after a while. I'm not sure if the writing and plot didn't work together well or if I just wasn't in the right headspace to read it when I did or what. There were also a few things that didn't seem real-world accurate, such as travel times or how law enforcement operated and those problems might have influenced the reading/interest difficulty I had.

I'd say this book is one you could either read or skip, I don't know that it much matters either way. I do enjoy the idea of the book and the author's writing style (minus the naming repetition) so I will be keeping an eye out for anything else from her.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stupid Pinterest Vol 1

Welcome to the first "Stupid Pinterest" link-up. The one I'm sharing today falls under what I like to call the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" type of crafts. Maybe it's because I don't like light denim to begin with or maybe it's because I think jeans should stay in the pants area (although I do rarely like denim jackets) or maybe it's just because this isn't very cute. Who knows.

And the buttons if you'd like to use them. Purple links to here and pink to Stephanie's site.

By Breenah
By Breenah

ETA: By linking the blog post and not the original pin, we mean YOUR blog post about why you think the pin is "stupid", not the blog post from where the pin came. This is not about mocking people, just things we see on Pinterest that make us think "Huh?".

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Link Up Awareness

If you've seen my Stupid Pinterest post (which was inspired by Steph's) and were in turn inspired to write your own, you are in luck! We are going to host a link up at the beginning of the month. Come to either one of our blogs and link up your own Stupid Pinterest posts on the first Tuesday each month. That's September 1st this time and it gives you ten days for you to scour Pinterest and find something dumb. I'm sure it won't be hard, especially with the advertising pins. You can do multiple pins in one post, just one pin, a list of stupid things you wouldn't be surprised to see on Pinterest, whatever floats your boat. And, if you'd be so inclined, here's a button. The purple one will lead you here and the pink one will lead you to Stephanie's site. Use one, use the other, use 'em both.

By Breenah
By Breenah


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