Welcome, Flapjack!

My nephew (son of my brother John and the lovely Kristen) decided that waiting for his proper May 15 due date wasn’t going to happen. Why do that when April can be so amazing?

So one week ago today he entered the world 4 weeks early, at a little over seven pounds.

Welcome to the world, Muffin!

Welcome to the world, Muffin!

Of course his name isn’t really Flapjack, but I don’t feel right broadcasting his name out to the tens of people who read this blog (zero of whom follow me on bloglovin, I’m irrationally upset about bloglovin). So he’ll be Flapjack here for the time being. Plus, my brother and had a decades-long joke that the first of our kids would be nicknamed Flapjack.

I went out and bought him some subversive baby gear for later.

Lest you think I'm completely deranged, I also got him a Sophie giraffe toy. Every baby needs a Sophie.

Lest you think I’m completely deranged, I also got him a Sophie giraffe toy. Every baby needs a Sophie.

Can I tell you how happy I am that we had the baby shower in early April and didn’t wait ’til early May?

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Stupid Beading Tricks: Rose bracelet

I’m still working on knotting, and getting MUCH better if I say so myself!

No idea where any of the materials are from. It's just stuff I had laying around.

No idea where any of the materials are from. It’s just stuff I had laying around.

This is a straight-up braclet knotted with gray waxed Irish Linen Thread. The pinks just jumped out at my from my bead boxes. I gave this to coworker J because she’s such a fan of everything I make. Happy Monday! It’s going to be a great week!

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Throwback Thursday: Sometime in the late 90s/early 00s

The date on the back of this one is missing so your guess is as good as mine.

Some beach?

Some beach?

I’m on one of those horse rides, and it looks to be in a gift shop. It could have been Virginia Beach, which would place this picture during my briefly unemployed period in Summer 1999. But based on hair lenght and my weight, it could be Ocean City a few years earlier. If I was a smoker, I could probably date it based on the price of a pack of Camels.


Only one: I really miss higher waisted pants/shorts.

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This week in the life of me

This week I’m:

Ollie is disinterested in my week.

Ollie, disinterested in my week.

Watching: Monday Night RAW, Parks and Recreation, Scandal (Mellie Grant rules) and more Friends.

Eating: Two shakes a day and a sensible-ish dinner. It’s just as crappy as it sounds.

Moving: to DDPYoga. I’m starting week six.

Reading: My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr, and I’ll be starting Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore. Ben Franklin’s kind of a big deal here, so I’m excited to peer into the life of his sister.

Listening: to the Best of Prince and a Guns N’Roses anthology.

Playing: 2048. I was playing EVE Online, but now I’m at the part of the game when I realize I don’t understand how any of it works, and I only understand every 10th word on the sites that are supposed to help me learn.

Working: On getting our email marketing application to speak back to our association management software (AMS). I’m also finishing up some documentation on how to get chapters to properly map in the AMS, and calculate some numbers on member acquisition and retention efforts. There are seven meetings on my calendar this week.

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