What is wilson silverleaf? We're organitarians; it's best for our bodies and the planet. We cloth diapered Nina for the same reason. We drive a hybrid car & wish we could afford solar panels on our house. I'm a strong advocate for homebirth, full-time mom, & also a movie junkie. We don't have a tv though; we watch dvds on our computer. We love contradancing. I garden & knit; Larry's a puzzle lover & plays fantasy football.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

hold on tight

Larry is going to England for a week, and I'm a bit freaked out (and jealous, I wanted all of us to go but it's too far to go for just a week right now and then there's the money...).

It's not whether or not I can do it or not, I know I can, it's how well I can do it and be a good mom, and get enough sleep, etc. Mostly I'm worried about being as wonderful to Nina as she really deserves. I worry about that all the time, of course, but it's easier when you have someone to tag in at regular intervals. We will keep busy, we have a birthday party Saturday, zoo passes we can utilize, hiking trails that we can take advantage of, and our regular everyday stuff that we do. My mom has promised to help, there is school, which I can extend if necessary. It's mostly the evenings I'm worried about but we can take walks, watch movies, etc. I just found March of the Penguins on the Netflix on demand site, yippeeee! And we own the Planet Earth set and haven't watched any in a while. We will be fine. I'm pretty sure.

Notice how I use this pic when I'm talking about difficult stuff? It just seems to perfectly illustrate how I'm feeling sometimes. Wannabe Hippie took it, she's brilliant like that.

Friday, February 22, 2008

click on over!

I debated for a while whether to do this or not, and I decided to give it a whirl. I have added blogher ads to our blog. Every time someone looks at our front page, we get a little kickback. But this means that I have changed my settings to only have partial post feeds in feed readers to entice you to go visit. It bums me out when people do this, but now I can see why. So click on over! And by all means let me know if you see an ad here that you think I wouldn't like.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

all in the family

I used to go to concerts all the time, if there was a musical act within a few hundred miles that I wanted to see, I would make it happen. That has changed a bit, and I don't get out to that kind of thing much anymore, partially because I'm generally in bed when a lot of concerts start.

A nice exception was a few months ago when a friend called me up and told me that she has a friend who is in Dweezil Zappa's band for the Zappa Plays Zappa tour and had put her on the door list, plus one. I have never been a fan of Frank Zappa's music but it was free and might be fun and I knew my friend wouldn't go alone, so I agreed. It turned out to be fun, we got hit on, the music was pretty good, and Dweezil is still cutie cute. Even though we had backstage passes we were too tired to stay until the end; maybe if the cheap seats were actually "seats" at the House of Blues and we hadn't had to stand the whole time, but we're just not as young as we used to be.

My first boyfriend was Arlo Guthrie. Neither he nor his wife knew it, but I was sure of it, we were destined to be together at some point, it wasn't if, but when. Years later I saw him in concert a few times; he was awesome, a great performer, funny, did some great songs, etc. But he wasn't that cutie from Alice's Restaurant anymore, he was resembling the Cowardly Lion a little. I still adored him, but not in that way anymore. I was brought up listening to folk music and it holds a special place in my heart, one of my favorite concert albums ever is the one that Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie did together called "Precious Friend;" Arlo does some of his funny monologues and Pete has everyone singing along.

So last week when my mom suggested that we go see Arlo's daughter Sarah Lee at the Belly Up I was skeptical. Mom had seen her (and her husband Johnny Irion, they tour together along with their infant and an older child) before and said they were amazing, but I was skeptical. I was worried that she had built her career on famous family. But mom made it sound fun, it was her treat, and we would go out to eat beforehand. We ate at the restaurant attached to the Belly Up, the Wild Note Cafe. The food was great, neither of us was starving so we split a meal and were well satisfied, topping it off with creme brulee.

While we were buying our tickets Sarah Lee and Johnny were doing a sound check, and it seemed we were going to be in for a real treat. We ate a leisurely dinner and then went back for the opening act, Gregory Page, who was cute, funny, and a great performer. I decided that I had time to go get my knitting before it all and worked on a mindless project, which helped me take my mind off of the uncomfortable chairs.

When Sarah Lee and Johnny took the stage, though, I didn't need anything to take my mind off of it, they were captivating, so sweet together, emotionally and musically. They were really magical, singing great original tunes with amazing harmony. At one point they did a Woody Guthrie tune and it hit me that she isn't just the daughter of Arlo, she is the granddaughter of Woody. That's some powerful medicine. Here is the song they did that I liked best. Get out to see them if you can! Thanks, mom, for making it happen.


that doesn't look comfortable.

On the other hand, there is no chance anyone (Sugar) will try to take the stick away.

Sorry for the haziness, the pic was taken through the screen door, if I had opened it he would have woken up.

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stunningly beautiful breastfeeding video

It looks like a PSA. If so, that's even better.

My Spanish isn't fantastic, but it looks like it says "to give boob is to give life"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

sometimes I really don't mind saying I told you so

And this is one of them:

This is a good example of why it's not good to believe studies that are funded by the industries they are investigating. And why the news isn't presenting the truth about food in this country.

reusable bag love

I have been using canvas bags for grocery shopping for years now, randomly accumulating bags here and there and they are usually a jumble in a bigger bag that I take to the store with me. Cashiers were willing to use them, but grudgingly, it seemed. But while in England I discovered the Sainsbury's Jute bag...for one pound each (about 2$). So I bought about 6 of them and they slide so neatly into a larger bag which I tote to stores. And seriously, I get MAD respect for the bag. Not just from the hipster/hippie cashiers at Whole Foods either. At Target. And Big Lots. People EVERYWHERE compliment my bags. I guess looks are everything, after all. Environmentalism just needs to get sexy. Oh wait, it has, did you hear about the I'm Not a Plastic Bag craziness?

pepsi launches hfcs free soda

but, sadly, only in the UK. It looks like it will be tasty, though, I would buy one just to see. I do think it's interesting that it's being touted as "healthy" but everyone has their own definitions, I guess. It will have real sugar and only "natural" ingredients, no artificial preservatives, colors, flavorings or sweeteners.

See why I want to live there?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

holy crazy town

Check this out. It's a lady in the UK who makes lifelike "infants" for people who...I don't really know how to finish that sentence.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

vote for a cute baby

My friend Suzi Wahn (not her real name, it's a sorority nickname) has a gorgeous baby who is a finalist in a photo competition, go vote for her and help her win some good stuff. She's the one that says "sweet cheeks."

before & after

First of all, let me just say that we bought this dining set before we procreated, though truth to tell the chair that's always been the most mucked up is the one Larry usually sits in. Second, when we bought the set we lived in a small town and there wasn't much selection. Of course it's stupid to have cream colored cloth kitchen chair seats, but the ones with other colors were hideous. I have cleaned these suckers so many times, and they stay clean for about 30 seconds. I bought this fabric about a year ago with something kitchen-ish in mind, but at the time I thought it would be some kind of window treatment. That has not happened, but all of a sudden these crapped up seats just pushed me over the edge and I had to do something about it right away. So I got myself off to Jo-Ann Fabric and bought 2$ worth of clear vinyl and the results are pretty darned good, I think...as long as you don't inspect too closely or look underneath. And why would you do that?

The only materials needed were my staple gun (purchased years ago to plaster my small town with political signs), sharpie and scissors to mark and cut fabric, and a power drill to remove and replace the chair screws. I really never thought I would be the kind of person who would have a vinyl covered chair, but I guess that's what a messy husband and hordes of toddlers will do to your morals.

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What if

our language for childbirth changed? What if we started describing it as "powerful" instead of "painful?" How would that impact the way women and their doctors manage it? How would that impact how we as a society view it?

Saturday, February 09, 2008

sprucing up

A few weeks ago I printed out the template html for Larry and asked him to make some changes--he did, and I'm pretty happy with the results! If you read us on a feed reader, click over and let me know if you like it.

silly...and hard

My mom gave Nina a copy of YogaKids a while back, along with a kids' sized yoga mat; she likes to practice the poses in the book, but one of them (plank, I think) caused her to proclaim "That's silly...and it's hard."

Which is how a lot of us feel about it.

blanket love

I have a lot of yarn in my stash, some of it I've had so long it's older than some of my friends. Seriously. So I've been trying to knit down my stash significantly. Fortunately, every once in a while I look at it and a bunch of yarns jump out and ask to be made into a blanket. Here's the most recent, though I'm madly working on another right now.

I'm going to send it to a friend who needs a good valentine's day present.

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