Tuesday, May 31, 2011
To compound that slight issue, my mom's family dislikes us and we, equally if not more, dislike them. Ever since my grandpa died the issues have only compounded more and more and more and more. Let's just leave it at: after my grandpa died, I don't think my brother, sister and I have been in the same room as my cousins/aunt/uncle. Not kidding. We've (my parents included) have avoided any unnecessary contact with them. B is over nine months old and he's never met anyone on that side of the family. Not a single person....and I told Jamie that if she even thought about taking him to that negative of a place/home then I would physically harm her. I was only like 1/4 kidding. My grandma passed away in the middle of March. I have yet to receive anything out of the will. And, my aunt tells my mom that she's only been in the house once -- and that was the time that my mom called and told her to meet us there. Well, my aunt got my grandma to sign over the house to her before she passed away. Whatever. I didn't want the house, but regardless, I don't think that was right. Well, my aunt has decided to give the house to my cousin I guess. Again, whatever. The issues I have with all of this (yes, I'm airing dirty laundry, I'm that pissed right now)....
1 - My aunt thinks that my mom should pay half of everything for the house. Um. No. My mom doesn't own that house. I told mom to not pay for anything....she said she was going to appease my aunt until we got our stuff from the will....my response? Fine, pay what you wish, but DON'T pay for shit after my cousin moves in.
2 - My aunt *deceived* my one uncle to pay for the home owner's insurance.
3 - My aunt tells my mom that she's not been in the house, but she lives five minutes away, and her daughter is moving in there at some point? I don't believe her. Not at all.
4 - My cousin that's moving into the house posts things like this (taken directly from her fb):
Well, that appointment finally came today! Yay! I took it to a shop I was comfortable with, one that gave me a lifetime warranty, nice people, etc. Everything was going great! I got there early and they took my Jeep back early, it was done in a good amount of time....and then drama. There was one customer that was walking around (he'd obviously been there for a while and was restless) and kind of pacing. No biggie to me, I was crocheting on Camille's apron, I had totally shut off my brain to the outside world. Well, I heard him kind of make a sound so I looked up, and he looked at me and asked, "Hey, are you the one in a red Jeep?" Um. Yes? "He just hit that white thing with your Jeep". My first reaction? I kept crocheting and chuckled with, "You're joking, right?" I seriously thought he was joshing me because he was bored and I totally didn't think my Jeep would have already been done! Anywhooo, I finally kind of believed him after he read off part of my license plate so I put away the crochet, sat there for a second to collect my thoughts before I got up to go outside. Thankfully, the other customer walked with me a ways, when I saw the corner of my Jeep had a....moment? I needed someone, anyone, there with me. I hadn't even noticed the pole that he hit on my way to my Jeep....this is a white pole, with red paint on it. Red paint from my Jeep....
The managers were super nice though. I laughed the whole time once I got over the shock. I repeatedly said that accidents happen and that the guy that did it needed to stop stressing! They're taking care of paying for it to be repaired at the local dealership which is nice, and they didn't charge me for the windshield which was super nice! The one manager got even nicer when I explained that I wasn't working and was going to have to have family pay for the windshield to begin with. Tomorrow, I get to go get an estimate to fax over to the manager guy so they know the costs then I get my Jeep fixed. :)
Hope everyone had a less stressful day than me! haha
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I got to see my grandparents meet their great grandson for the first time. I got to see my grandma's eyes light up when she saw my dad and my brother in B's face. I got to see four of my favorite guys in life all together, four generations of guys from my family all together! We even got pictures....well, I managed to take pictures on everyone's cameras and phones except for mine! Typical! :) Thank goodness for emails and picture texts!
I got to talk to my sister-in-law like we used to before all the drama. It was nice to be able to talk to her like that again. I missed our talks. We have the best talks, really, just the best. And we got to put B on the table and play with him after everyone left. He's getting so big and really can just laugh and laugh. It cracks me up!
I think that is all, just wanted to share my joy with everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! :)
Thursday, May 26, 2011
So, today we didn't have massive, tornado producing, hail slinging, wind jamming storms! Yay! Without further ado, here is Bookworm Wednesday v.3....Biography edition! I love reading about people, especially real people from that love has stemmed a pretty large collection of biographies and non-fiction.
If you follow me on Twitter a week or so ago you would have seen that Camille and I were chatting about Vivien Leigh and how I want a tattoo of inspired by her. I *adore* her! I feel in love with the green eyed beauty when I first watched GWTW. She is a true inspiration to me, she was confident, ballsy, and had no hesitation to go after what she wanted in life. How could I not look up to that? I read things about her all the time and have a handful of pictures saved on my hard drive for that tattoo that I will get at some point in my life and this bio by Alexander Walker is one of the best things I've read about her! I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone that has seen anything this gal starred in!
Jackie After Jack is another inspiring story. Jackie wasn't going to let her marriage and widowhood while in the White House define her....and she definitely wasn't going to back down to the Kennedy's control her after Jack wasn't in her life anymore. That is very ballsy to go up against, arguably, the most powerful family in the nation or even the world!
Alice is about Alive Roosevelt Longworth who was a teenager when her father Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House....that teenager became a major power player in Washington. During her life she was the president's daughter, wife of the Speaker of the House, and lover to the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...um how ballsy do you have to be to that girl to those guys?!!
After looking back at this, everyone of these gals I described as ballsy. That's how I want to be in life. Ballsy. Well, ballsy with a uterus. :)
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I've opened an Etsy account under the name Scarlett Key. I *adore* the name; Scarlett comes from GWTW and skeleton keys are on the top of my favorites list - not kidding, on my necklace that I wear all the time is a skeleton key from my sister-in-law, my bestie bought me big ones for my wall for Christmas, etc. I opened a gmail account for scarlettkeysales [at] gmail [dot] com. I will be ordering business cards once I speak to my father seriously about getting a po box/using their farm/etc as the "business" address. So, hopefully that will happen this coming week. (random...if you wanna swap business cards once I get them, email me at the "work" email, I'm totally down!)
Now about the Etsy store.....once I get it open (I want to get a second card for my bank account since I don't want it flowing thru my main stuff) I have patterns for all of the following list, let me know what you think, if you have any other ideas that I can hunt for, etc...
1 - Travel Coffee Cup Cozy
2 - Fat Mug Cozy
3 - Fingerless Mittens
4 - Half Apron
5 - Pet Blankets
6 - Baby Blankets
7 - Fancy Doilies (I'm picturing these done in bright colors and mounted on black cardboard in a pretty frame)
8 - Shawls
Those are ranked pretty well in how long each thing takes to make (the quickest starting at #1). There are a handful of things that I'm not sure how long will take me; fancy clutch, fun clutch from recycled plastic store bags, bookmarks (it really depends on the pattern), etc.....I need ideas girls! :)
I went out tonight with the girls that I used to work with. It was sooooo good to see them. Those girls are what I miss like crazy about my old job and I'm certain that I will never find a group with that dynamic anytime soon, if ever.
Anyways.....I went out with the girls. Wore cute shoes, some makeup and half way did my hair. Well, everytime someone said how pretty I was or how good I looked, in my head, I immediately dismissed the comment. I'm such a girl in the sense that I don't give myself any credit at all when it comes to my looks. I don't think I'm pretty. I definitely don't think I'm beautiful. My friends are gorgeous girls. Gorg! They're all skinny, pretty and have amazing boyfriends....in my head, I'm chubby, not pretty, and doomed to be single forever. Gahhhhh! I am FULLY aware that these thoughts are crazy, that they're not rational, but they will not leave my head. They're stuck. They aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Such.A.Girl.
Ok....I think I'm done now. Sorry for the sad girl blogger tonight.....
Thursday, May 19, 2011
This evening I've been working on Camille's apron for work. I found the most adorable apron pattern that shouldn't take me too long to complete, but it is all single crochet and I tend to go cross-eyed after a few rows if I don't have a break every now and then.
I've also got to find something for the second swap I'm a part of. This is the one that I kinda took over. It has a project piece that uses over 400 yards of something. That sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. That bag I'm making called for over 600 I think, so that isn't the daunting aspect. I want to make something really beautiful. My swap partner is the sweetest gal and I already adore her to pieces! She's getting married on June 25th so I would like to have the package mailed out to her asap so that it gets to her before she gets married, but I don't know if that will happen. I've been thinking of making my first shawl for the swap but I can't find one that really jumps out at me and really says "Make Me Now!" I keep looking though. I think I have something like 60 or so shawls saved in my favorites queue on Rav so I keep flipping through them. I will find something. I will. I don't have a choice! The best part is that if I do a shawl, you *know* that I will have to buy some yarn because everything I have right now is spoken for....well, maybe I can use the silver/gray from Sunflower Yarns, but that is a wool blend.....hm. Decisions. Decisions.
Oh! And I'm still working on my non-baby baby blanket every once in a while. Just not as often as I would like.
Pictures soon! :)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
These are my top three most used cookbooks! They have a prominent place on my shelf and where I can grab them quite easily!
Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book is a huge amount of information! It isn't just about recipes, it is about how to cook various meats, what each piece of meat really comes from. It has true, honest to goodness, old fashioned, down home cooking tips! This isn't one of the original ones, it is the reprint of the 1950 edition, it is just like the one that my grandma got when she was young and a newlywed!
The Happy Baker is a new addition to my collection. I literally picked it up on a midnight Kroger trip when I was hunting for cookies. This book has this as a note on the front: A girl's guide to emotional baking. When I showed it to my sister, she said she was glad I finally wrote a book! haha, I just adore this book! It has recipes named things like I Need a Real Man Maple Pumpkin Pie and Bite My Peanut Brittle Bi-atch! And, to go along with the fantastic recipes, there are HI-larious stories! I almost peed my pants from laughing while reading them!
101 Cookie Recipes is my go-to cookie book. It has the BEST peanut butter cookie recipe in it that I have perfected over the many years that I have had this book. I got it while I was still in high school and have used it many times each year since! It really is my go-to book when I have to make something for a carry-in and just about anything else!!
While all of these are great books and they are each nearly priceless to me, there is one that trumps them all. I mean, quite literally if my apartment were burning, I would save this before I saved some other things....
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I took over this swap because our moderator went MIA. I am hoping that is turns out beautifully, and I'm thinking that it will! There are already 10 sign-ups, so it is twice as big as my book swap on here! I'm getting nervous, but it is a confident nervous if that makes sense.
In other news, I am going to check out for a few days and do some soul searching and thinking. Sooooo if I don't post here for a day or two, don't be worried! I will be back soon!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I had a really rough day. Rough enough that I cried the entire drive home from the farm. But....I got to come home to this little guy and I got to give him an extra big hug. If you have a pet, or pets, hug them. Kiss them. Love them stronger and harder than ever before.....you never know when they won't be there anymore.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
It is from CAMILLE! I just love that I've been able to 'meet' her, she really is the best! I knew the yarn was coming, but not all the rest!!!
Camille's Etsy in a set of other pins/broaches. Well, one day that whole set came down, so I sent a tweet asking about it and she said she would have to look for it...well she found it! And guess what it is on! A crochet chain! I'm soooo proud of her and what she's teaching herself with crochet!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate is written by Nancy Mitford. She was one of a few of authors from the family. This book is also the one that opened my eyes to the Mitford family since she draws heavily from them when writing the characters. I went through a time where I wanted nothing but vintage books, and that's when I picked this one up. If you like romance, if you like family stories, if you like the romanticism of writers from the early 1900's then definitely pick this one up!
Wait for Me! is a dear favorite of mine as it is written by one of the youngest sisters, Deborah; being the youngest myself, I can relate to quite a bit about her younger years! She later became a duchess, and seriously, who doesn't want to be some type of royalty as a little girl? She also ended up with close ties to "American Royalty" the Kennedy's. A true autobiography, you really see how she felt about some of the more important times in her family -- her sister's attempted suicide, a sister running away from home to Spain to be married in secret, etc.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
When I got older, I just continued the practice of not making a big deal about it. When Heather was here, we would do a dinner and go out with the girls for our joint birthday bash, and she always made that day really special. We were so close, we thought the same way about stuff, we were so close in age, we grew up in the same type of home/area. So, when my birthday rolled around after she passed away, I didn't do anything. I couldn't. I stayed home. Last year Tony took me to dinner but that was about it. And this year, the girls are forcing me to go out but I was supposed to be in Maine for this whole week with my mom -- those plans changed real quick when I lost my job....I picked the restaurant and Elizabeth picked out the rest of the stuff. I hope I can get through it without too much drama. The weathermen are saying that will be the best day of the week, sunny and mid-60's. Honestly though, I don't expect gifts from anyone, or cards even, it is just another day, right?
How did you celebrate your birthday as a kid? How do you do it now?