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I spy with my little eye

an outfit called Zenni Optical. And I am blogging about them to remind myself of them, because I am betting I need them sooner rather than later.

—BTW, let me stop right now, and ask you something: you are getting a copy of your prescription when you go to the eye doctor, right? Because it is YOUR prescription, not theirs, right? And you are entitled to buy your glasses anywhere you want to, not just there at the optometrist’s office. Unless you are my mama and pay 300 bucks for a pair of glasses because you have gone to the same eye doctor since Hector was a pup, and think it’s ok for him to overcharge you because of that long term relationship, but oh well, it’s her money, I guess. Oh wow. Major digression and big run on sentence there. Ok, back to Zenni.—

t 88 04My kids have eye appointments starting on the 30th. I;m pretty sure we’ll end up with at least one needing glasses, maybe 2. And insurance will graciously cover one pair per kid, but knowing my kids, that will not get them through the year, and I will be either replacing those (broken) glasses or letting them walk into the wall within a couple of months. Now, if I buy them at the eye doctors, they will be about 140 bucks. I know this because I bought mine there last time, and I chose a pair of kid frames and I have a very simple prescription, mostly to correct astigmatism. But I am not going to do that again.

Because.

Because I can get eyeglasses for around $8 at Zenni Optical, and while math may not be my strong suit, I do at least know that 140-8 is 132 bucks still in my pocket, and that’s a lot of yarn or beads. And maybe even some shoes.

And if the savings alone, doesn’t impress you, read what Clark Howard has to say.

So, how was your weekend?

Mine was mighty fine! Dh got up and got some of the children ready to go to the ball field on Saturday morning. They were still in the driveway at 7:30 when the phone rang, and it was one of the board members letting me know all the games were canceled. I do enjoy football season, don’t get me wrong. It’s busy, and exciting and frenetic and all that stuff, and it’s a very big deal for the whole family. But I do love the sound of “canceled”. It just feels good in my brain at this time of year, because it is literally found time, and in this case, it was about 12 hours of found time.

The fact that dh was still in the driveway was an extra bonus, and meant that no gas was wasted with him driving across town. Since he’s currently NOT employed (yeah, I know, I neglected to mention that), any savings is a good thing.

And it get’s even better! Mama saw my tweet about no games, and hopped on IM to ask me if I wanted her to come get me to go to her house and bead. I giggled, because I was already setting up to bead at my desk. Needless to say, I packed it back up and Country and I spent the day over at Mama’s beading and yapping. It was great! I made 7 pieces, plus there was shopping. Does anyone else run out of findings, go after more, and end up with new beads, too? Yeah? Thought so.

I totally need to update the bead stash pictures. Also, the jewelry store page and maybe the finished object page, too. Muhahahahahahahah

In which I post random pictures to avoid ranting at Google

Here are some recent pictures for which there is no real blog post coming, at least not on this blog, but which intrigued me enough to share on this day when I discovered my PR is once again a cosmetic ZERO in spite of the fact that I am blogging better than I ever have before. And no, I am not full of myself. I know when I am writing crap, and I am not writing crap here. Sigh. Whatever. PR belongs to Google and always has. Let’s talk about pretty stuff.

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Playing dominoes with the kids when the lights went out last week.

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A butterfly the kids found the other day. They said it tore it’s wing on a blade of grass, so I think it must have been very new.

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Diva playing Ariel. Love this shot.

Not much crafty has happened here the past few days. You know it’s football on Saturday, and then Sunday I was at church for most of the day getting Kid’s Ministry stuff taken care of.

Maybe soon I will pick up the sticks again. I do have a sock that I am working the toe on, and a Wallaby that I am making the pocket for. And scouts, and football practice, and feeds to read, and 353 emails to answer. And 5 more weeks to go until life approaches a reasonably sane level of activity, and by reasonably sane, I only mean that I am not double booked, and have only one place to be at any given time.

Might be time to call Empire Today

I’m thinking my carpet’s time might be just about up, here. I was just vacuuming my bedroom and living room. Oh, shut up. Quit laughing. It happens. Rarely, I know, but it happens. It’s embarrassing enough without listening to you giggle. Can we move on now? Ahem.

Canister vacuum cleaner for home use.
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I was just…..stop…..vacuuming my floors. Now, I have reported before that my carpet looks a little worn on spots. I might even have mentioned the bald spots in it. But I don’t think I have told you that those bald patches seem to be growing, and that we may eventually be walking on just the carpet backing because the carpet will be gone. You know how some people check the brush each morning after they brush their hair? Well, I have a bagless vacuum, and and I check to see what’s in there when I dump it, and you know, lately, there has been an amazing amount of lint-y type fuzzy stuff. You know. The kind of fluff that might be made of *gulp* carpet fibers. I’d show you, but I just dumped it after I got through vacuuming, and now it’s in the nasty trash can, and some things just should not be seen, and among those things are my kitchen garbage.

Of course, I have mentioned before that I am ready to give up my carpet and my kitchen linoleum for hardwood flooring. I just love the look of it, and seriously, the idea of being able to clean my floors with a swiffer instead of lugging around a vacuum does have a wonderful appeal. Mine is light, yes, but not as light as a swiffer.

And have I mentioned the mud? You know that pile of koolaid created sludge there where the kitchen meets the living room? My kids like to stand there so they are technically “in the kitchen” but can still see the tv. Well, I am scared to clean it, because…….. what if the [tag]carpet[/tag] just dissolves? Ykwim? That could be bad. Really bad. Of course, maybe I should do it just to see, because if that did happen, then I could have a good excuse to just rip the whole mess up, LOL!

Sweet Baby Feet
Image by Just Taken Pics via Flickr

Heh. Maybe they can give me a good quote on the kitchen, living room AND the small bathroom. The floor in there has just a touch of water damage. Then I could write one of those Empire Today Bath Stories, only way funnier than the ones they have now. Because life is just easier if you can keep on laughing, right? Especially if your carpet has bald spots created by many happy little feet.

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Check out this video!

Ok, I do have lots more Orlando stuff to talk about, and I also need to rave some more about Marisa and my now amazing hair and the t-shirt I ordered today, and I want to talk about a few other things to, SO! There’s just no way I can do all that in one post, or even two. Go get coffee, LOL!

What I want to talk about this very minute is diapers. And contests. And videos. And my amazing hair. Wait, that’s later. Sorry.

Have you ever felt like this “dad”?

Yeah, I know it’s a little out there, and I’ve never had a kid quite this “good”, I do still chuckle when I remember my first born son peeing in his own face when he was a couple of days old. I also laugh at dh when I recall that he has been peed on by all three of our boys, but none of them ever peed on me. So there. Anyway, the point of the video is to let you know about a contest where the prize is free diapers and wipes. If you will visit the Huggies contest, you will have the chance to tell your own funny diaper story and win coupons for free diapers. I like free, so I figured you might, too. And about that coffee? Don’t be trying to drink it while you read the entries. Just sayin’

Gonna Have a Party!

So, yesterday was another youth meeting at church. I know I have been talking about beads and food so much ya’ll almost forgot I knit and have kids, but I do. HA! Anyway, the youth group is hosting a fall party for the whole church on October 31st, and then after we drive them all the younger kids and other adults out (muhahahahah), we are having a sleepover lock in (might as well quit kidding myself, there will be no sleep). We spent yesterday brainstorming our games and food and fundraising methods for that. (Not to fund the party, but to raise more money for our big trip.) We decided to do several cakewalks and charge a buck per walker per walk. Each youth member will bring a baked good to contribute to that.

We are also having a costume contest. I plan to go as Mary Poppins, naturally. Wal-Mart has the cutest little tweed skirt and jacket set that I can put with a pillbox hat to make that costume, Diva wants to be something that requires cutting up a pair of tights to wear on her arms, and I don’t know what else, and Country wants to be Rogue, so she’s begging for the leather jacket that is displayed near my “Mary suit”. Heh, I’ve wanted that suit since they put it on the rack. I visit it every time I go in there.

The little ones, though, that gets a bit trickier. They don’t have the plethora of wardrobe options that us bigger girls have, so I might end up at Halloween Costume Stores for the first time in a long time. They have plenty of Childrens Costumes, most of them cheaper than I could buy the fabric and sew them. And it’s way quicker, too, LOL. More time for knitting and beading and cooking, you see.

You know, it’s funny. When we stopped doing the traditional Halloween stuff, I figured my kids would get over the holiday. Instead, they look forward to it every year, and start talking about the fall festival months in advance. In fact, I had to stop Diva from cutting up her tights already last night. So, why don’t they just dress up through the rest of the year?

Life to Life

Can we talk about health care for just a few minutes? Thanks! A friend of mine’s dad (boy that sounds so complicated, doesn’t it??) is starting cancer therapy shortly. He’s had a port installed for chemo, but he is also going to have stem cell therapy. I was shocked to find out that you can actually get shots that cause your body to go into overdrive and manufacture a buttload of stem cells. Then they are harvested and used to help your body heal. I’m not sure on the specifics, but I do remember that you have to have several shots and they cost about $8,000 each. I’ll pause now, and let you get a grip on it. Several shots. $8,000 each.

Now, that is a lot of money, I think we can all agree, but life is priceless, and I daresay we’d all consider that a justifiable expense. And I’d like to take a moment to marvel that the human body seems to have had the capability to heal itself all along if we knew how to tap into it, and what an Awesome Creature God Created when He made mankind! K, moment done. Back to stem cells.

Did you know that umbilical cord blood has a high amount of stem cells? I remember it was talked about quite a bit when I was expecting DaBaby. And those cells are a guaranteed match for the baby they belong to, and have a one in four chance of being a match for that baby’s siblings. So, if the stem cell producing shot is worth $8,000 dollars a pop, just how much would being able to store and access cord blood stem cells be? Pretty valuable, right? But not as expensive aas you would think. In fact,Cryo-Cell Innovative Stem Cell Solutions offers a Cryo-Cell’s "Protect Baby, Protect Mom" plan to collect, test, prepare and store cord blood samples for 21 years for just $3,495. Less than half the cost of one shot.

But there’s more. Did you know that menstrual blood also contains stem cells? That messy mess we deal with each month while wrinkling our noses not only can cushion and nurture a new life, it also contains life. I didn’t know that until very recently. (Backing up to have another moment like the one described above.) And of course, your menstrual blood is a match to you, and may possibly match your first degree relatives. And with the "Protect Baby, Protect Mom" Special Limited-Time Introductory Offer it only costs $5,679 for your blood and baby’s blood to be processed, tested and stored for 21 years.

Now, I will straight up admit that I don’t have the money to afford such a thing. But if I did, I’d be on it. I think it ought to be covered under health insurance. If stem cells can cure lymphoma and Alzheimer’s, and reverse the damage of strokes and heart atttacks, we as a nation are FOOLISH not to mandate that cord and menstrual blood be saved. Stem cells can save lives. And without the killing of a single child. And that’s as political as I will get on this subject this day.

I’ll be back in a bit with today’s issue of Cass in the Kitchen!

Repeated note to self:

Always, always, always keep a simple project going, one that requires no counting or thought. Always, always, always keep it close at hand. Yes, I am repeating this, because I tend to forget it, and then when I do have a simple project close at hand, I rocket through it, and I am amazed at how much gets done as I sit here and talk to my children about their school work. Seriously! It’s a lot of stitching time, at least 2.5 hours a day, often more. I don’t think I’d get any more done on vacation, because I would be distracted by the going and the seeing and the doing. Not that I would turn down a free Seville Hotels Destinia vakay or anything. Cheap hotel bookings are a thrill whether I get to stitch or not! Just sayin’

Fantasy vacations aside, I really think there will be an FO to show you on Friday. And even if it’s not an FO, I might show it to you anyway, because I can. I also have a book to tell you about!

And now a question. Is it acceptable to put Crisco on my son’s face? I only ask because that football helpmet is so hard to get on and off! maybe I will let the other son lick it off, since he’s supposed to gain 10 pounds by Saturday. Hahaha. Hahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahah. *continue hysterical laughter*

HEY! HEY! We could do a lipo-transfer! Muhahahahahaha *continue evil laughter*

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