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Archive for March, 2009

Massive Goodwill Haul

Sometimes, I tell ya, you hit our local Goodwill at just the right moment. Hanna Andersson coat, size 130 (Henry now, Eli next winter), $4.99. Mini Boden jeans, size 9/10 (Henry next fall, probably), $1.99. A bunch of size 80 (Zuzu soon) Hanna Andersson stuff: blue fleece jacket with farm scene ($1.99), tan cords ($1.99), [...]

Children’s Book of the Week: The Three Robbers

The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer This is a book I think of as a “tip of the iceberg” book. Some books are simple, and you read them, and you’re done. But a tip of the iceberg book: you read it, it seems fairly straightforward, but then you finish it and sort of think, “Well, [...]

Sugar puffs! Sugar puffs!

Two weeks ago the New York Times Magazine published a riff on an old popover recipe, which they called Sugared Puffs. Dave very thoughtfully left the Magazine open to the recipe and did everything short of circling it with a red pen and highlighting the words “sugared puffs” and “popovers.” So last weekend, of course, [...]

That’s not what I would have come away with

When the boys were sick last week, I let them watch Babe (the only kid movie we own, which was a complete bargain at $1.99 from Goodwill, and which I could watch a million times and I’ll still cry at the end). About halfway through, Henry came running to find me. “I’m hungry!” he said. [...]

Zuzu in the bath

Here are your weekly Zuzu photos, as well as proof that I do bathe her. And you get a bonus video of splashing! addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Zuzu+in+the+bath’; addthis_pub = ”;

What’s your theme song?

I’ve read a few things lately that talk about the importance of having a theme song: some song that inspires you and speaks to you and that you can play as a psych-up song if you’re going on a job interview or into some other situation where you need to feel confident. I love this [...]

50, 365, whatever, just clear the clutter out

Several people have asked me what I think of Gail Blanke’s new Throw Out 50 Things book. I actually read an article by Blanke in “Real Simple” about the benefits of getting rid of 50 things sometime in 2007, in the middle of my grand 365 Things Decluttering, so I wasn’t really surprised when her [...]

Fun new kitchen toy

I finally got something I’ve wanted for a long time (from Mom, for my birthday, which is next week): a silicone beater blade for the stand mixer. Hurray! I highly recommend this if you have a stand mixer and use it for cookies. You don’t need to scrape the sides down with a spatula, and [...]

Children’s Book of the Week: The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Amy Walrod I’ve never been a fan of the Little Red Hen story. You know, the one where she works insanely hard to make a loaf of bread (growing the wheat herself and everything; the Little Red Hen is a real back-to-the-land type), [...]

modern technology infiltrates my dreams

I had a dream last night that Cornelius the elephant was Twittering. “I don’t like having curly hair,” he wrote. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘modern+technology+infiltrates+my+dreams’; addthis_pub = ”;

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