My son’s first birthday was last week and I tried valiantly to craft the heck out of it, but really I think those Pins you see of perfectly styled parties were put together by people who have way more time than I have. I don’t mean to hate on SAH moms or anything, but after working all week, having band practices and errands, there left little time to stencil, glue, or bake.
The only true craft I made was printing out my son’s face and taping it to straws. I thought the end result was pretty cute, but barely anyone at my party used them. Too precious to use? I also used a so-bad-it’s-good photo of him, because it’s funny.
As for a Pinterest recipe, I tried out these No-Bake Energy Bites. The recipe is beyond simple and you can make a ton of different variations.
I used oats, honey, almond butter, homemade vanilla, wheat germ, and Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips (they were on sale!).
These are pretty rad. I think if I make them in the future I’ll use peanut butter (my favorite–I used almond butter this time because I don’t like it as much and wanted to use it up) and brown rice syrup (I love honey but in combination with other stuff I think honey can overpower other flavors). I haven’t frozen them yet but I think they’re going to blow my mind. I highly recommend for a yummy snack!
On the subject of food, the past week or so I’ve been semi-vegan. I say semi because I’ve had some fish and chicken here and there, but only for a few meals. That’s one of the frustrating things about food choices, veganism seems like an all-or-nothing thing, but for my motivation I’ve declared myself mostly vegan and if I eat some animal products here and there (like honey), I’m not going to agonize about it.
My diet switch is not about animal rights, although I do care for animals and I’m glad this helps on that front, but more about my health. My work had a health fair a few weeks ago and my weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure were all very high. With a family history of cancer, heart disease, and various other medical issues, I know I have to work on my body and mind. From past dietary changes I know cutting out dairy makes me feel better. I am lactose intolerant but I ate dairy anyway because hot damn, cheese is good. But I know not eating it makes me feel lighter and my stomach issues clear up. Although it’s only been a week, I feel more clear-headed and I have more energy.
I’ve also downloaded the myfitnesspal app for my Kindle, and for a secret bean-counter like myself I’ve been enjoying counting calories. Looking at a list of what you’re actually eating helps you focus on cutting out the crap from your diet.
I’ve made a dedication to myself to be semi-vegan for a month, and I’m sure if I see results with weight loss and general health I’ll stick with it.
Everyone and their mother is on Pinterest (including mine!), and we’ve certainly been busy hoarding recipes, DIY ideas, and other pretty pictures. Jane from Ill Seen, Ill Said wrote an interesting blog post about her objections to Pinterest, one point of which inspired me today:
We collect for the sake of collecting. And I believe that inspiration that doesn’t actually inspire action can only make you feel bad; a gap opens up between all the things that inspire you and your own life. I’m very much against women feeling shitty and inadequate because of over-styled images. Collecting inspiration that’s never followed through on just seems like a negative cycle to me.
I certainly agree with that. That’s why I’ve decided to do some follow-through and actually do some of the things I’ve pinned, whether it’s food, fashion, or home projects. I understand that other people actually do this stuff (we’re not all image hoarders), but I wanted to make a concerted effort to actually do at least one idea from Pinterest in a week. That’s doable, right?
So today I’m going to do a retrospective review of some recipes I made from Pinterest. You can check out my recipe board if you are curious what I’ve been gathering. I will also credit the original authors when possible.
I just ran across this Tumblr via The Gloss this morning: Celebrity Close-Up. It’s a bit mean-spirited, to be sure, but I found it cathartic: we are bombarded on a daily basis by Photoshopped, idealized images of celebrities with nary a neck wrinkle or fly away hair, and to see them in all of their blackheaded, pock marked, faintly mustachioed glory is refreshing. I wonder if some of these images are reverse-Photoshopped though–did they really leave the house with that whitehead?–or maybe I just can’t handle the truth.
I chose this image of Tyra Banks because her freckles are so cute!
Keeping with my bitching about not having enough time, here are a few things I’d do if I had my druthers.
This Arrows cowl from Hilary Smith Calis is pretty rad. I’ve been really into yellow and gray lately (perhaps due to the influence of Pinterest and voracious blog reading). I don’t know, this is probably doable, except it’s getting warmer and I’m already working on two cardigans at the moment.
Ok, this is weird, but I’ve been really thinking about making a solo record. I have a few ideas under my belt–two to three original songs, some covers I’d love to do, and a general conception of what I would want the record to sound like. Technically I could totally do it–my husband is (objectively) really good at recording and between us we could cover all the instruments we’d need to play. In my wildest fantasy I would write a bunch of songs and get my very talented friends to guest on it, as musicians and/or producers. I’d want my record to sound like a dream or ghostly, kind of like if you mixed up PJ Harvey’s White Chalk with Bat For Lashes’ Fur and Gold and submerge under water. Sorry, I tend to get a little pretentious when I try to talk about music.
I really wish I could get paid to indulge my obsessions. I have so many, and they are potentially profitable, but I am too far along in my career at this point to drop it and take up a risky new venture. Is that settling or just me being realistic?
Redecorating my house, knitting, graphic design, baking, writing. They could actually all come together very well if I put more of an effort into it. If I were a good blogger something could come of it, right?
My situation leaves little room to really explore this option. I mean, maybe I’m too lazy and I could do something. But I work full-time, I have a crazy one year old, I sing in a band that plays at least once a month, I have family in other cities, I have to travel for work. Excuses or overextending?
Right now we’re redoing our downstairs bathroom. To be honest, B did most of the work. He ripped up the floor, sanded and stained, put up drywall, put up new lights. I did get to paint (black and white–I keep saying it’s “classy like a tuxedo” but no one thinks it’s as clever as I do) and I picked out all of the fixtures. Right now I’m focusing on choosing artwork to make it a bit more interesting.
This print is pretty awesome, although I think it would be better for a kitchen–hot dogs in bathrooms kind of implies a Freudian twist that I’m not comfortable having my guests explore.
Well, I’m back. Of course it took me a long time to get back here. Babies take time, and there is little motivation at the moment for a blog only one person reads…but I know she appreciates my posts.
As was expected, having my son kind of, you know, changed my life. It is certainly different. I can’t tell if I’m a horrible person or it’s normal to miss my old life; after all, I had the baby at 31 and that was 31 years of getting my way all of the time. I love him in so many ways, however, and I am enjoying getting to know this new little personality. I love making him smile and laugh and can’t wait until he’s a little bit older to show him more of the world.
I thought I’d follow up on an earlier post of New Year’s resolutions for my life and how things turned out seven months later. I promise all of my posts won’t be about the baby (all of the time).
1. Have my baby.
Mission Accomplished! Things went easier than I had hoped. My baby is rad.
2. Lose weight.
I lost all of my pregnancy weight the first two weeks (not recommended). I had a bad case of the “baby blues”–more like a temporary deep depression. I cried almost non-stop those first couple of weeks, but I’m fine now. I’m working on taking off more weight in a healthier way by eating right. Lifting 17 lbs of baby pudge is helping with the exercise.
3. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
It has been hard finding time to do things like organize the house, but I did lower some bills. I’m working on getting the house decluttered but it has been moving at a glacier’s pace.
4. Pay off debt/save.
As I’ve said before, I’ve lowered some bills, and I’ve also taken my credit cards out of my wallet. I’m trying to get us to learn to live within our means, which is easier said than done. It’s hard to adjust to a life spent largely at home rather than at restaurants, bars, etc., but we have little choice now!
5. Keep friends.
This has been very challenging. We don’t get to see a lot of our friends nowadays, and it feels like some of them are pretty wary of the baby. That’s fine…to be expected…but I do feel I need to keep reminding people that we’re not totally housebound.