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Blogs to adore: 2012-nearly-midsummer edition

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done one of these posts.  So long, in fact, that I could barely remember what clever tag I used to use, or even find the old posts in my archives.

Granted, these days I’m doing good if I can remember my middle name (I *think* it’s still Monson, but admittedly haven’t checked lately.  Jeff might’ve changed it while I was asleep) or where I am (I just wander campus and try my key in various office doors until one works).

So maybe don’t be expecting too much from me, ‘s all I’m saying.

ANYWAY.  It is Friday, and I have no exciting new pictures of any of my myriad WIP’s (of the knitty, spinny and sew-y varieties) to share with you, and I just bought Brandi Carlile’s new album (OMG SO GOOD) and ate cafe sushi for lunch (OMG SO…adequate?), so let’s keep this “happy calm afternoon” thing rollin’.


  • Posie Gets Cozy is a blog full of pretty things and happy things and warmth and softness and beautiful textures and also knitting and food.  Coincidentally, this is also what my brain looks like when I’m listening to Brandi Carlile.
  • Want some darn good blogging?  Schlabadoo takes storytelling to a whole ‘nuther level, each little self-contained anecdote offering a chortle, a sigh, and usually a whatever-sound-one-makes-when-one-is-musing.  Umm…I’m not really doing a good job selling this blog.  Just go read it, and prepare to nostalgize.
  • Smart, Pretty and Awkward is like Oprah for normal (read: weird and awesome) people.  I check in every day, and am a better person for it.
  • Margaret (Hi Margaret!) just told me about this next one:  Zach Aboard is a lifestyle/home/crafting/mommyblog full of awesomeness and beauty and free-range kiddos and fun.  Oh, and they live on a boat.  Why?  Well, why not?  I love this blog, and might decide to stow away if they ever wander up the Mississippi 😉
  • OK so you know the thing where you to to Trader Joe’s and you get your 29c bananas and your Smart Dogs and your cracked-pepper bread and your granola bars and your tart frozen yogurt, and then some new (or maybe just new-to-you) item catches your eye?  So you stand there way too long trying to decide if you want to buy the new-to-you item?  But you really don’t want to spend $3.99 on it if it sucks (and let’s be honest, some of TJ’s experimental stuff really does suck).  So you don’t get it, and then you wonder if you’re missing out on something awesome because you’re a cheapskate and a weenie.  You know what I mean.  OK.  Well, What’s Good at Trader Joe’s? fixes that problem for you.  These intrepid bloggers boldly go forth and sample all the new stuff and report on its awesomeness (or, occasionally, its lack thereof).  Good stuff.
  • Grasping for Objectivity is nominally, I suppose, a mommyblog.  But it’s also wickedly funny and sweet and warm and educational in a fantastically snarky way.  Like a total creep-o stalker, let me just say: I wish I were cool enough to have Rachel for a meatspace friend.  But then I’d do something like this and she’d run away and I couldn’t blame her.  (Especially because I just compared her to Wayne Newton on my stupid blog.)
  • 269 Days.  Two words:  pregnancy webcomic.  If you are pregnant, have ever been pregnant, or think you might ever become pregnant, you’ll LOL.
  • Almost every single “OMG PRINT IT AND MAKE IT NOW” recipe I’ve found lately has been from Joy the Baker.  She has impeccable taste and inspired creations.  Prepare to fall in love.
  • I’ve been reading S. of Simply Bike since her Academichic days and love that now she’s sharing cycling, travel, and mommyhood with us.  Her daughter is about a year older than Hoopling will be (that’s really awkwardly phrased but you know what I mean), so I love getting to follow along with their new life adventures.


All right, that’s all I’ve got!  Tonight Jeff and I are off to watch the Cards trample the Royals (because anything short of annihilation would be an embarrassment).  Tomorrow I hit the massage table, pick up the fruits of my sunglasses-shopping angst, and end the day with a friend’s football game.  In between times, I’m knitting a wee little February Baby Sweater and will undoubtedly wander the neighborhood with Speshul Dog a time or two.  How’s that for a weekend? 🙂

PS>Don’t forget to call your dads on Sunday!

Puppy fix

Are you watching the puppy cam?

I love these week-old Shiba Inu pups.  Seems they double in size every day, and their patient, affectionate mama is a sight to behold!  The puppycam lives in the corner of my monitor all day at work, so I can keep an eye on them while I edit spreadsheets, sit on hold on the phone, or process receipts.  (yes, my life is glamorous).  Mama nurses them, they wriggle and climb all over each other, and sometimes The Hand appears to give an affectionate scritch or help someone tangled up in his own little legs.  The puppycam is almost as good as having a basketful of puppies for my very own.

But this morning really took the cake.  Just a few minutes after I came in and got to work, I saw The Hand reach down into the puppies’ den and carefully place four little easter gifts for the beebies…

I’m pretty sure I squealed aloud in my empty office.

Hope that gets your weekend off to a good start!

This post is just ten questions long

Stolen from CursingMama.  ‘Cause I can.  And if she gets mad then I’ll just send her some snickerdoodles and she’ll have to like me again.

{one} how often do you do laundry?Usually twice a month, in giant day-long marathons.  Two adults don’t create that much laundry.

{two} what is your favorite type of cookie?Hmm…either chocolate chip or  buttery coconut.

{three} what would you do with an extra $2000 per month?Yarn.  And books.  And shoes.  And then save the rest 😀

{four} what was/is your favorite subject in school?Lit.  Fo shizzle.

{five} have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?No 😦

{six} what was your high school mascot?Griffins.  Yes, oddly-anglicized spelling and everything.

{seven} if you had the chance to go into space, would you?Maybe.  Depends.  Would like to be the first person to knit in space, though.  (bet the lack of gravity would wreak havoc on my gauge, though)

{eight} how often do you go dancing?It’s a dance party every night in the living room, yo!  (Roxie is a willing partner)

{nine} would you rather drive or fly?Probably fly.  Driving stresses me out way too much.

{ten} have you ever been caught re-gifting?Nope! I don’t generally re-gift to people who could figure it out, anyway (I never re-gift to clever people, or loved ones.  All of which are clever)

Friday Favorites – 12/3/10

(Feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had one of these!  What can I say? I’m a slacker.)


As someone who got engaged at 20 and married at 21, I heartily agree.


Add one of these baskets to the list of “things I didn’t know I needed ’till I saw it but now I must have it.”


Just in case you live on top of a mountain in Peru and somehow haven’t read this yet…  (warning:  may cause laughter-induced death)


Is it too early to get excited?


This should be mandatory reading for anybody who supports homebirth.  Or opposes it.


Mmmm…apple latkes!


Lol forever.


Gorgeous tattoo – so rich, balanced, and pretty!


Friday Favorites – 11/5/10

Is this table-turned-doghouse not the cutest thing EVER?


How much naan do I have?  None naan.  How much naan do I want?  Lotsa naan.  (That second bit doesn’t really work, does it?)


Comparative drug harmfulness chart.  No comment.


Walnut maple bars with shortbread crust.  Tell me, what’s not to love?


Hospital birth put into perspective – how much has really changed?


If I ever get my blueberry tattoo, it will be vaguely reminiscent of this.


I think I’ve failed to fulfill every single item in this vintage etiquette guide at some point in the past.  OK well maybe not *every* one.




Happy weekend, all 🙂



Friday Favorites – 10/29/10

I do this too.

White bean and artichoke dip. Mmmm…


Babywearing testimony.  Wonderful.

Hmm…am intrigued by this future.

Holy crap I could haul EVERYTHING with this!  Including my detarded goggie!

I still have trouble with this concept.

This is on my list of “things to make when Jeff’s gone next summer and can’t complain about me serving mushrooms for dinner.”

Makes ya think, doesn’t it?

Childhood epitomized“.  YES.

Interesting read re: “Dirty Jobs” (and not just the TV show)

Ten ways modern obstetrics ignores evidence.

So pretty and festive!

How to pre-draft fiber.  My spinning is about to get a lot better.


If I were rich, and had Hooplings

Friday Favorites – 10/15/10

I would like to be this awesome.


::headdesk::  I weep for what the present is doing to the future.


Great Sunday Sweets from CW.


Prettiest baby-measurer I’ve ever seen!  I love this idea!


For me, every week is wool week.


Based off this, I should eat a ton of meat and fat, moderate amounts of highly processed carbs, only a little bit of  vegetarian protein, and almost no fruits or veggies.


Great idea, but who would want to scrub soap scum off these things?


Beautiful – I may have to get this!


Cute little tattoo.




Amazing guide to green cleaning products – most of these “recipes” are pretty similar to my own.


Guilty as charged.


Swiss chard, onion and cheese frittata.  Yum!


Well said, former free-range kid.  Well said.


Heh heh heh yeah….


Pretty fall photos 🙂


Amazing Pashley ads.  Which also makes me think that their target demographic is girls named Kate, too.

Friday Favorites – 10/8/10

This is how I prefer to think of the post-oil landscape.


I love the Cornett familyLinger on these photos.  Absorb them.  Love the details.


If I live in the city, I want my house to look like this.


Entryway inspiration.


These are what I call “breakfast cookies.”  Guess what I’m going to do with them? 😀


Rechelle does it again.  I die laughing.  BRILLIANT.


Great kid’s project!


I’d love to start making my own medicines and cosmetics.  I have so many recipes bookmarked…


Hauntingly beautiful.


Good advice which I shall completely fail to follow.


I’ll make this some night that mushroom-hating Jeff isn’t home.


Beautiful floral tattoo.  Love the placement, too! (and one good turn deserves another)


Prufrock for the 21st century.  Amazing!  (original here, if you never took 10th grade English.  It has been – and always will be – one of my favorite poems)


I’ve made apple chips before, but it’s been a while.  Maybe this weekend? 🙂


How wonderful this would be.


Good news as we work towards ending plastic bags.


I’ve never wanted to copy a tattoo more than right now.  But I won’t.


Mmm pumpkin granola!


OK call me crazy (I dare you!) but from this angle, when you squint, doesn’t it sort of like like an AT-AT skeleton?


Great (non-knitterly) post from the Yarn Harlot.


Brilliant.  Amazing. And also, not a plastic bag. 😀


My Netflix queue is growing


That may be one of my most favorite FF compilations EVER.  Really.  Hope you enjoyed it too!

Friday Favorites – 9/24/10

Never before have I wanted a stone patio as much as I do RIGHT THIS INSTANT.

Maple apple ginger cake.  And I just so happen to have two bags of apples in my kitchen.  Hmmm…

Wow.  WOW.

Nutri-Grain bar replacement?  Possibly…  (will let you know)

This truly terrifies me.  Really, truly, TERRIFIES.

I just died from the pretty.  But don’t make the same mistake I did – reading about this castle’s history will take away the special.  I promise.

Makes me want to be a teacher, just so I can say this.

Amazing D*S collection:  bikes.

Love this post – inside and out.  I may take a stab at my own version of that list…

Mmmmm baked scallops!  I’ve gotta try this 🙂

Friday Favorites – 9/17/10

I have just the linen yarn for this supercute kerchief

OMG SO TRUE.  I was *always* the first one awake at sleepovers.  And I’d lay quietly as long as I could ’till I heard my friend’s parents woke up and then I’d usually wander into the kitchen and sit there feeling awkward and drinking an unusual brand of orange juice and watching the clock ’till my mom would come pick me up.  UGH.

Amazing library desk.  But how could they stand to lose so many books?!

More library porn – only with a 19th-century twist.

I’m making pumpkin cream cheese tomorrow, y’all.  Just so ya know.

Love it.

Could this be the best Cake Wrecks ever?  Perhaps…

I want to make them all!

Note to self:  make challah.

Fine art, Star Wars style.  Just what it sounds like.

Delicious easy appetizer idea?  yes please! 🙂

Great post on cycle commuting.  I know that “there already?  Aww…” feeling.

I think Bed Intruder is my favorite meme of the year.