You guys, my friend Astarte (we went to high school together so I should probably get her to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding all the miniskirts and skanky stockings I used to wear) took a jewelry-making class and is making all kinds of pretty sparklies these days. She's having a giveaway for one of her bracelets.
Now, back to the updates.
Baby Food Muffins. The ones I made with the old jars of carrot turned out well, but when I used some "tropical fruit blend" that nobody liked, the muffins came out edible but overly moist, and all the chocolate chips sank to the bottom. Some baby foods are probably made with more water than others, and also probably have less fiber for Muffin Structural Support.
Pens. Remember how I was all, "I don't care how much they cost, I want GOOD PENS!" Then I went and stood in the pen aisle with my print-out of the comment section, and I bought nothing. Instead, I'm going to wait until those things start going on back-to-school sales, and buy several different kinds then.
Interfering Clerks. With time, I still feel good about my reaction. Sometimes in such situations I later curse my wimpiness, but in this case I didn't. If it happened again, I would write a letter to the manager explaining what had happened.
Henry's Birthday Presents. We got him half a dozen dinosaur shirts from various stores, the biggest haul being from Macy's where I found FOUR. He loves them. Now if he's not wearing a dinosaur shirt, he wants to know WHY. We also gave him a large softish plastic brachiosaurus from Target, which was a hit.
The Dolls. You realize they don't LIVE in their unders on the sofa but were only there because I had just unpacked them from the bins? Yes. We don't have enough spare seating in this house to use it for dolls. I got rid of nine of them (#s 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), plus a big bin of doll clothes, giving them to a friend of my mom's who brings dolls to places such as shelters. I found it too overwhelming to do the whole thing all at once, so I did a "first sweep" and got rid of the ones I was most sure I didn't want anymore. It's been several weeks, and now I think I'm going to get rid of the rest of the dolls, plus most of the clothes. I might keep ONE doll, because Elizabeth has a doll and we might want to play dolls together. I'll also keep enough clothes for the two dolls.
Books. Short review of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: I liked it, but as usual with Gladwell's books, it seemed like an article expanded to book-length: the basic idea is very interesting but doesn't take long to communicate, and then the rest of the book is examples and restating.
Short review of the Duggars book: Bleah. I'd thought I'd be interested in the organizational stuff, but instead I was alternately bored and annoyed.
The other books went back to the library unread (though I got halfway through Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner) because I ran out of renewals.
American Psycho. SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! I liked the whole book until the end, which was one of those "What do you think REALLY HAPPENED?" endings, which I HATE. I'm still kind of pissed whenever I think of it. If you read the book, what did YOU conclude? That he did all that stuff, or that he was delusional?
Georgie. Georgie is hanging in there. His coughing is more frequent, and his side-breathing is now evident even to me. Sometimes when he's coughing I start panicking and I think I should take him to the vet THIS VERY DAY and end his suffering. But in between coughing fits, he seems happy and fluffy and comfy and young, and it seems ridiculous to be considering ENDING HIS LIFE over some COUGHING. It is hard to know what to do, and I'm encouraged by how many of you said that when it was Time, you Knew.
Heath Insurance. Our health insurance did change, but there was a happy surprise: our monthly contribution is indeed more than our mortgage payment, but the deductible I was so upset about doesn't apply to regular stuff like office visits and prescriptions---it only kicks in with the more expensive stuff like hospital stays and medical equipment. THEY COULD HAVE SAID SO.
Cloth Napkins. Still going well, except that once I get on a Quest I have trouble Stopping, and so we have more cloth napkins than we can possibly use, and also enough napkin rings for a reunion of the extended Duggar family.
The Other Kind of Reusable Napkins. Can you believe I have NOT YET TRIED THEM? I bought a whole bunch and there they sit, unused. I WILL try them. I WILL. I just...haven't yet. It's a hurdle! And they're so pretty, I don't want to ruin them! ...Except that if they get ruined, I get to choose more pretty designs...
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...