Thursday, March 26, 2009


I started reading the comments to this story and was thinking of commenting. After I got about half-way through I just gave up reading and didn't bother to comment - I don't have enough room in my life right now to get that stressed and cranky over things.

Creative Problem Solving

So Little Man has one of those shape-sorter block sets. It's the Fisher Price one where the holes are in the lid that comes off and the blocks go in the bucket. Today we were playing with it, and he usually can get the shapes in the holes after I point out which one it goes in - sometimes with a bit of help to maneuver it, but often on his own. (By the way, I'm not one of those crazy parents who sits down and makes my son practice this - he genuinely likes it and usually starts playing with it on his own or brings the bucket or lid over to me). Anyway, today when we were playing he had one block that he just couldn't get in. When he couldn't get it in, he kept trying different holes even though I kept pointing out the right hole to him. And eventually I tried to help him position his hand at the right angle, but he was holding the block oddly in his hand, and it just couldn't get situated right. I could tell he was getting frustrated because he kept pushing harder and harder, as if that would make it go in.... Eventually, he grabbed the lid, ripped it off, and threw the block in the bucket, and then looked up at me with a look that said "There, that's how I'm doing it".

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This Could Be Scary, But....

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm playing a "craft-it-forward" game from Profgrrrrl. I am *not* a crafty person. When I was in CGIT, it was a running joke about how bad I was at crafts.... one time we made something with felt and googly eyes for Halloween - a bat maybe? - and mine literally turned into a sticky ball of felt with eyes in random locations. I can guarantee that whatever I make will not involve a glue gun. But, in the spirit of the game, I will try to think of something I can do a decent job at.
So, here’s how it works:

The first 5 people to respond to this post will get something made by me! This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:
  • I make no guarantees that you will like what I make but I will do my best.
  • It will be done in the next few months.
  • Exactly what I make and send will be a surprise.
It could be a photograph, baked treats, a knitted item (although this would take longer) - something that qualifies as crafty

In return, all you need to do is post this text to your own blog and make 5 things for 5 others. Remember, this is a "craft it forward" so action is required.
If you're interested, be one of the five to leave me a comment with your email (or link to it) and we'll see what I can manufacture in the coming months.

As phd me said, "This should be entertaining."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Taking the Plunge

Well, I've been thinking about starting a blog for a while now. I read lots of them, and everytime I leave a ridiculously long comment on someone else's blog I think to myself, "I really should start my own blog so I can post things like this instead of hogging someone's comment thread". But, alas, I am lazy. In fact, I'm so lazy that often I am too lazy to sign out of my regular gmail account and into my canuck_grad one so that I can leave comments on blogs without anonymous posting. You might think, then, that I am too lazy to blog - but you've forgotten to take into account my great affinity for procrastination! Plus I like to talk (or write) - my nickname in high school rugby was "Yappy". And Blogger appeals to my laziness because I can just email my posts through my regular gmail acocunt.

So why am I finally starting a blog now? Because I like to get free stuff in the mail. And Profgrrrrl promised to send me some if I promise to send some to other people. I think I made the cut, but I'll wait for confirmation before I post the deal here.

If you don't know anything about me, you can get the quick version of my life in my "about me" box. For the record, I will probably talk lots about my 11 month old, Little Man - because he is sweet and adorable and hilariously funny. So if you find lots of baby talk annoying, feel free to skip it, or to not come back. I will talk about other things too, though! So it would be nice if you came back ... and leave me lots of comments too, I like to chat!


Hi everyone! First post to come later tonight thanks to Profgrrrrl!!