Sunday, April 23, 2006
Now on the Needles
Saturday, April 15, 2006
The Cold Hard Truth
[For some reason, the link gives the collection in the reverse of data entry. Click "title" to see the alphabeticized list.]
Anecdote about WB branding:
When Iris was 22 months old, we showed her the first Harry Potter movie. (Yes, that was kind of young for a PG movie, so maybe we should rename this blog badparents.) We showed her Annie Get Your Gun shortly after HP1. As soon as the WB logo came onscreen, she excitedly called out, "Harry Potter!" After the initial disappointment of not seeing HP1 again, AGYG became her favorite movie. She asked for it by saying, "I want to see not Harry Potter!"
AGYG aka NHP was replaced in her affections when she was 2 1/2 by the movie Chicago. (Relax, we only showed her the musical numbers.) You should have seen the expressions on people's faces when she told them that her favorite movie was Chicago. Have you ever seen a toddler sing "Cellblock Tango?" Pop, six, squish, uh-uh, Cicero, Lifschitz. Whenever she got upset, we would call out, "Pop". She would respond with a six. Then we replied squish... It calmed her down and worked for months.
Mark's collection has surpassed the next centennial. We will have to add on to our house to hold them all.
keywords: movie, Iris, Mark, DVD collection
Thursday, April 13, 2006
The Modern "At Home" Mom
"Sometimes people say, 'Caitlin Flanagan, your life doesn't really matter. You don't stand for a lot of people,' " she said. "No. I don't. But I'm trying … to understand the things that are going on in my day-to-day life in this larger context of … history [People say] 'She's so hypocritical!' And I'm trying to say, 'That's what the book is about.' It's a kind of life, a way of life that's wrought with divergent conflicting impulses."You can read more in yesterday's LA Times article. I was let down by her admission that she toned down the "How Serfdom Saved the Women's Movement" essay for her upcoming book. I like it when she says crazy and provocative things! I don't know if I will read her book; I am wading through Are Men Necessary? but the latest Ruth Rendell book is tugging at me...
keywords: feminism, history, reading, book, modern motherhood
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Springtime Knitting aka Aspen Leaf Laurel Scarf
Then another one followed, and another one... Pretty soon, we had a whole laurel of leaves. Here they are blocking on the ironing board. The red patch at the top of the image is the Scunci steamer that Annie gave as a hostess gift. Thanks, Annie!
Here is the laurel/scarf in full disco action.
As an extra bonus, I will show the ultra-high-tech weather station ca. April Fools' Day 2006 at Chez Bad Mom.
Even though it was April Fools' Day, I did not doctor the photo or the rain gauge. It really did rain that much in the storms that preceded 4/1/06.
You can view the full Wx data at nearby Sally's House yourself here. There was a little bit more rain at my house than at hers. You know how localized rain bands can be.
keywords: knitting, Iris, meteorology
Monday, April 10, 2006
Nobody Walks in LA
California allows drivers to make right turns on red as long as they stop their vehicles completely behind the limit line first. The more massive the vehicle, the less likely the driver follows the rules. Most people slow down slightly while making their turn, yielding to other vehicles that have the green light. Pedestrians are treated as nuisances to be intimidated out of their right of way.
Once, while crossing with the walk signal at a busy intersection, a car making a right turn on red nearly collided with me. I stopped and turned toward the car when I heard, “Don’t hit her! She has a PhD!”
Now that is a really good reason to finish your thesis.
I disagree with Woody Allen. Right turn on red is a sign of CA's cultural superiority over NY.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Stencils Before Dinner
I used the gel dishwashing detergent (Target house label, like the t-shirts) to discharge a leaf design. I should explain that discharge means to remove the the dye with the bleach in the dishwashing gel. Only dishwashing gels with bleach will work. The liquid stuff will just run right off while the gels stay put where you want them. Then I made a "shadow" using fabric paint. I tried to heatset the fabric paint with a regular blow-dryer because I don't have a heatgun at home. (Come to think of it, I haven't worked in a lab with a heatgun in over a decade.) I then put the shirt in a bucket of water with spoonful of bleach stop and swished it around. I threw the shirt in with the next load of laundry a day or so later.
[Yeah, we eat on a faux snakeskin tablecloth that I made from 2.5 yards of vinyl found at SAS fabrics.]
The hair dryer was too wimpy to set the paint as most of the "shadow" washed away. I actually like it better with the faint "shadow" than the brighter original.
keywords: crafts, Iris, stencil, paint, discharge dyeing
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Outsourcing the Housework
Our cleaning lady, L, has given notice. Now I am in a quandary. Should we replace her or manage on our own? How will we manage with my illness? Like Barbara Ehrenreich, I have reservations about hiring someone to clean up after me. I don’t believe that there should be a class of people who make messes and another class who cleans up after them.
L said that housecleaning was too hard for her shoulders, allergies and asthma. I could tell that she didn’t want to break the bad news to me in her last 2 visits to my home. Finally, she had to tell me that it would be the last time she came to clean for us.
My idealistic self wants to follow the advice of Lillian Moller Gilbreth and teach Mark and Iris how to clean. I especially liked the part about setting toddlers to work dusting furniture legs. ;-) Iris lives in a world where all her classmates also have someone outside the family clean their houses. I do not want to raise a daughter like Monica Lewinsky who, when it was her turn on the chore roster, did not even know how to clean the bathroom she shared with her roommates.
I have to run to yet another doctor’s appointment. I will follow up with some more thoughts later.
keywords: housework, sociology, modern motherhood