New Year

Last night Princess O asked me if I had any New Year’s resolutions.  And I don’t really.  I am not good at them anyway.  So, I told her no.

But then I read my friend’s blog here and kind of changed my mind.  I realized I need to be kinder to myself too.  I need to remember that not everything is my fault or my responsibility.  At least not mine alone.  And I need to myself some slack.  I am not ever going to be perfect.  And that is not going to change so I need to lighten up.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

And so it goes

I have somehow lost an entire week.  How very careless of me.  For some insane reason I thought I still had another week before Christmas.  But no, it turns out Christmas is next week.  On the 25th.  Like always.  I really don’t know what I was thinking.

We are doing Secret Santa at work this week and I am having a lot of fun with it.  I will tell you more about it later if I remember.  But on the off chance my secret santa might see this, mum’s the word for now.

And speaking of work, things at the bookstore are crazy busy.  This is to be  expected.  I am enjoying it.  Although I do wish I understood why so many people who are Christmas shopping are so crabby.  Christmas shopping is fun!  You shouldn’t be crabby, you should be enjoying yourself.  And don’t forget to take a candy cane from the basket on your way in or out.  Or on your way in and on your way out if you really like candy canes.

It looks like we are going to have a winter storm here tomorrow, which is kind of stressing me out in the way that winter storms always do.  Especially since I have to work until 9 tomorrow night, which means I will probably be driving home mid-blizzard.  I am not excited about this.

And finally, the Christmas knitting is almost done.  The key word there is almost.  Knit without ceasing.

That is all.

Carry on.

Christmas build-up

Hey look It’s snowing here!  Cool.

Not snowing here though.  In general I hate snow.  It makes me angry.  I know, I know, that doesn’t make any sense but it’s true.  But I do like a white Christmas and it looks like that will elude us this year.  Oh well.

I know it has been a while but I have been busy.  I work at a bookstore and for those of you that live under a rock let me tell you this:


So work has been a madhouse and when I get home I am too tired to do anything.  I don’t even have my Christmas shopping done yet.  Or my Christmas cards.  Those are on my list for tomorrow though.  The Christmas cards, not the shopping.  I still have to figure out what I am doing for some of that.  I guess I better figure it out fast huh?

And the Christmas knitting…oh the Christmas knitting.

But the tree is up, and so is the Christmas Pig.  He looks so cute.  And I do love this time of year.  Crazy work schedule and all.

I hope you are all having a happy Holiday season.  Are you behind schedule too?

Oh, and happy 12/12/12.  There, I said it.

Bacon Pancakes

We have been singing this song for weeks.

You can ask mom.  We sang it at the Mall of America on the escalators.

Anyway, I have been planning on making Bacon Pancakes for a while now.  We were going to have them for breakfast yesterday, but O didn’t get home from her sleepover until lunchtime.  So we had breakfast for dinner tonight.  Would that be Brinner?  Dinfast?  Anyway here they are:

I just cooked the bacon and then put it in the pancakes right before I flipped them.  Voila:


They were alright.  Princess O was disappointed.  She said you couldn’t really taste the bacon.  C said it probably tasted more like pancake (with bacon) instead of BACON!(with pancake).  But he doesn’t like bacon so he was just guessing.  And honestly, he was pretty accurate.


Overheard at dinner

O stands up and bumps into the table.  I commented that it had sounded like it hurt.

O:  That was my phone so no, it didn’t hurt.

C:  Did you break it?

O:  C, it’s like an unbreakable phone.  You can’t break it.


Well, maybe if you threw it off the Empire State Building.


Maybe not even the Empire State Building.  Maybe Mount Everest.

Oh, it’s over?

I see the baseball season has finally come to an end.  Now, people that know me know that I love baseball, and especially the Chicago Cubs.  I may love baseball and the Cubs more than just about anything.  But this year, I don’t think I saw a single Cubs game after the All-Star Break.  And if I am being honest, I don’t think I saw many before the All-Star Break either.

There are many reasons for this of course.  I was working full time for the first time in 12 years.  WGN seems to be carrying fewer and fewer Cubs games.  I didn’t have time to get to Wrigley Field this year.

However, I believe the #1 reason why I washed my hands of the Cubs so early this year is this:

They Sucked.

And I have stood by them through a lot of losing seasons.

We lost 101 games this year.  101.  Yeesh that’s a lot of games to lose.  You almost have to be trying to lose that many games.  Of course that means we won 61 games. But that is not  a good average.  In fact we only won about 37% of our games.  Hideous.

We even had a losing record at home for crying out loud.  In the Friendly Confines.  With all the Cubs faithful in attendance (although maybe not so much this year).  We were 38-43 at home, and an even more dismal 26-38 on the road.  Embarrassing.

So, once again Cubs fans wait until next year.

In the meantime I will be rooting for the As this post-season. Just because.


Homecoming was actually a couple of weeks ago, but I am a Very Bad Mommy and I am just now getting around to posting the Royal Photo.

Ta da

With many thanks to her friend D’s mom who took these photos for me.

Here’s another one

Doesn’t she look beautiful?  I think so.  But, of course, I might be just ever so slightly biased.

She spent the day hanging out with her friends, and they all got ready at D’s house.  Then they all went to the dance in their usual herd.  She did not have a date.  This is fine with me.

But I fear it is only a matter of time….


More knitting miscellany

I really like this sweater

I found it on Knitpicks.  Here’s the thing.

I love this sweater.  I would love knitting this sweater.  But I would never ever in a million years wear this sweater.

Knitting something for the sheer joy of knitting it is not a bad thing.  But, I know myself well enough to know this would take me for ever.  And I just really don’t have that kind of time to dedicate to pure process knitting.

It’s too bad I wouldn’t wear it, because it really is pretty.