Monday, November 30, 2009

New Wallets

I found a cute wallet tutorial at SewChristine. At first I didn't quite understand the instructions, but after playing around a bit I finally figured it out. And here is the final result! I think I'll make a few more for Christmas gifts!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Most Dangerous Girl in the World

Eleven weeks on and I still haven’t gotten a thing done that I’d planned to do for this Christmas holiday season! A baby with colic crying in the background: inconsolable unless I’m holding her, and even then, sometimes not.
Sewing for the nieces and nephews? Ha! Not unless I can learn to sew with a baby in my arms! I’m sure there are oodles of women out there who’ve learned to do everything one-handed. Sewing one- handed wouldn’t be much of a stretch. I just don’t want to try it, especially with a squirmy baby. My projects would probably turn out like a cheap version of a Picasso. Totally incomprehensible and not really pleasing to the eye.

I’ve been told my daughter is more squirmy than many babies her age. She was flipping from her back to her side from the day she was born. She learned to use her legs as leverage for turning and scooting around her crib on her back within a week. At her one week appointment, she nearly pushed herself off the scale cart, much to the nurse’s surprise! And yet, I set her on the floor for “tummy time,” and she cries. She hates being on her belly. She hates not being able to see everything!

Am I unhappy? Am I resentful? Absolutely not. She is more than I bargained for, though, but that’s ok. I believe I got what I needed and not what I wanted. She is already a challenge, but it’s a challenge I gladly take. I originally wanted a boy. I worried about how I would raise a girl. But now that she is here, I couldn’t imagine having anything other than her. I am totally and completely in love with my little girl and will do anything in my power (within the law, of course!) to make her life a good one.
On November 2nd, she gifted me with her first real smile and I was lucky enough to be recording her already. There she sat, sitting in her swing looking cute, and I thought to myself, “I’ve got to record this moment. She looks so content.” Thirty seconds later, she gave me her first gummy grin, full of bliss and happiness. My heart melted.

Last night she was fussing as she normally does. I picked her up to soothe her and took her to the full length mirror on the hallway door. She stared at her image for several minutes and smiled at herself. And then she did something I’ve been waiting for since she first smiled: she giggled. It was a giggle of delight and amusement at her own image. At that moment I vowed to teach her a strong sense of self-worth, that even if her thighs grow fatty and her belly looks like a muffin top in certain jeans, she is a beautiful person, with a beautiful, unique mind. I want to raise her to be (as my wonderful husband says) the “most dangerous girl in the world!”

Finally, she sleeps peacefully and I can at last get some sewing done!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

How To Handle Annoying Email Forwards from People You Don't Know or Like

My husband recently got an email forward from a man he neither knows, nor wants to know. Apparently, he got James' email from someone who used to be his friend (but isn't anymore for very good reasons!), and this guy has been sending James idiotic bulk email forwards for months now. Finally, James had enough. He sent the guy an email asking him to remove him from any future email lists. Below is the exchange in its entirety. I had a good laugh when he read it to me!


-----Original Message-----
From: James
Sent: November 16, 2009 10:03 PM
To: B C
Subject: Re:

Please refrain from including my name in any of your group emails.
I don't know you, and I am sure I don't want to know you.

-James


The Response:

On Nov 16, 2009, at 11:10 PM, POTUS wrote:

All u had to say is please dont send anymore emails to me. U dont have to be an asshole dick head

James' response to BC's response:

Mr. C,

So which is it ? Am I an asshole or a dick head? We really need to clear this up so that I can sleep well tonight.

There are two reasons why I was being an asshole in my reply:

1. I have received other group emails from you before, and I didn't appreciate the nature of the message.

2. You broke a fundamental rule of email etiquette by including all of your recipients' names in the To: field. Some people (me included) don't want their email addresses made public in this way. I highly suggest that you use the Bcc: field in the future and put your own name in the To: field. If you don't know what Bcc: stands for, may I suggest doing a Google search?

Your inclusion of all of the recipients' names in the To: field revealed that one of the recipients is someone I wish to never have contact with again for as long as I live. This led me to believe that you are someone that I do not wish to know. I am naturally judging you by the company you keep. As for how you got my email address, that is a complete mystery to me since I do not recognize your name.

So in conclusion, please refrain from sending me any more of your group emails.

Have a life!!

James