1. I dreamed last night that I was in labor, walking around the hospital in a johnny and robe. The baby was a boy and we hadn't named it yet, so I was thinking of names. I liked Frederick, but I'd prefer not to repeat any initials ( <----TEASE). I was wondering if we'd use Oliver, since that was our favorite boy name last time but we hadn't used it because (1) we had a cat named Oliver, and (2) my mother-in-law wouldn't have let that go. I thought maybe Oliver Frederick. I was thinking it was kind of fun that we'd have to announce the baby's birth without knowing his name, but I was also thinking we probably should have given this some thought earlier.
2. I'm in a sad, grim mood this morning. I'm planning to go to Target. I think I'd feel better if I bought Henry some cute new pajamas.
3. If you have an Etsy shop, you should email me (swistle! at! gmail! dot! com!) so I can go look at it. I'm doing a series of Etsy Love posts over at the review blog before the holidays (WirlyGrrl made me a Swistle painting and SugarChills has a face slime giveway ending Wednesday), but I also keep a list of Reader Etsy Shops because I write a lot of Etsy-stuff posts over at Milk and Cookies: if I'm writing about, say, neat Etsy stuff for back-to-school, I like to start with my list before exploring the Huge Wide World of Etsy.
4. Do you know, I actually got a little WEEPY over my mother-in-law last night? Not because I miss her or because I'm sorry she died (I continue to feel huge relief, and a happy feeling about how this changes my imagined future), but because I felt sorry for her. I was remembering when she was visiting, and she wanted me to come along while she bought Christmas presents for the kids so I could help with sizes. And it was kind of a nice outing, and she was so pleased at the success of the mission, and she had NO IDEA she wouldn't be alive at Christmas. I mean, some of this is clearly a case of "It is Margaret you mourn for," because it's given me this unpleasant "ANY of us could die at ANY TIME!!" feeling. But part of it is genuine pity for her specifically. She was a very difficult woman but I don't think she knew it, and she was happy with her life, and early-sixties is a sadly early check-out time.
5. I saw the movie Up this weekend, and that dog Dug makes me want a dog.
6. I'm trying Cover Girl lip stain after reading a good review on Live Well Spend Well. I think I will like it better in summer, when my lips are not so chapped. Also, I found the same thing Kori found: the two colors I tried are super! bright! One of the shades I got is called Flirty Nude, which I thought was an amusing color name (by the time someone is nude, is "flirty" the right term?) and it is not nude AT ALL, it is a bright coral. Right now that doesn't look good compared to the silvery-plum shades I wear in the fall, but in spring and summer I'm going to try the coral again.
7. Inspired by Aibiffity, Black Sheeped, and Zoot, I've been trying the no-shampooing thing. When yesterday my hair seemed like it needed some cleansing, I tried using apple cider vinegar as shampoo. All day, every time I turned my head, I caught a whiff of the refrigerator-pickled cucumber slices my family ate in the summertime when I was little. Today I used actual shampoo, to remove the smell of the apple cider vinegar.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...