Sunday, November 24, 2013


....I missed a chunk of days posting.


I bought our plane tickets to Alaska.  We'll be gone 9 days, but only 7 of those will be useful days.  People don't realize that flying to Europe is faster and easier than flying to Alaska from here.

Plus I've been busy working on my croquiltighan.  I need to finish this by the time we leave!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This Was Cool

I haven't been outside my office for lunch in a while.  It's been a lot of desk lunches.

So today, when I was out and about today on my normal walk around the park, I was super excited to see someone put up a Little Free Library in the park.

It's bigger than most, but it was cool to see one in person.  The only other one nearby is in an uber-upscale neighborhood.  

Best part about this Little Free Library?

It's right across the street from the Newark Public Library Main Branch!  Ha ha!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Cookie of the Week

I think I'm up to week 46 of my instagram cookie of the week series.

This week is one of my favorite non-chocolate cookies--soft molasses ginger crinkles.

I could eat three dozen of these if I let myself.

Next week is a short week, so I'm not sure there will be a CotW.

But there will be birthday cake instead!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Just Under The Wire!

One hour left of the day.  Wonderful lazy Sunday.  Nothing to matter on about.

Enjoy a picture of Dr. Mad Scientist's new wheels.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

One Thing Down

Today we bought Dr. Mad Scientist a new-to-us car today.

A 2002 Mazda Protege.   He drove a 1996 Protege until the August before last, when it succumbed to catalytic converter failure.   That's when we bought my Momzda SUV and he started driving the Buick he just wrecked.

We only paid $1800 out of pocket for this car, the rest was what the insurance gave us for the Buick.

So that's one thing off my plate.  We had originally thought of renting a car while we looked for a car by I'm glad we didn't.  It was stressful getting up early to drive him to work and busting ass every night to pick up the youngest 66%, but it was only $50 to keep the kids later at daycare and an extra tank of gas driving around more.  You can't rent a car that for $100 a week.

I didn't get a picture of the new car yet, but on the way to the dealer,  we saw this at a little scruffy repair shop.  It kind of cracks me up that the NYPD comes over to Jersey to maintain its vehicles (there were also two squad cars there too). 

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Friday, November 15, 2013


It was a long week.  They're building a parking garage next to our building and the massive shaking and venting of diesel fumes into our office gets tiresome after 5 days straight.

Tomorrow we go car shopping.  There's a little mushroom car dealership (with no BBB complaints) with a beater for sale that looks promising that we're going to check out tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.

All week we woke up early to drive Dr. Mad Scientist to school, and I paid the daycare $50 extra dollars so I could pick the kids up late.  Cheaper than renting a car, but I'm tired of being the Mom Taxi.

The good news is Grandma Mad Scientist's biopsy went well today.  Results on Wednesday.  Preliminary results tomorrow.  Basically we'll find out how treatable, if at all, the tumor is.  Sigh.  It's kind of a bit of turd polishing, but some for definitive answers will be nice.

I'll leave you with a cute pic from this week.  Brotherly love!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Multi Media

It's close to Christmas.

You know what that means.  Handmade Christmas!

Of course with the 99% chance we'll be going to Alaska for Christmas, it means gifts have to be quick.

Did I ever mention that during my blogging hiatus crocheting finally clicked with me?

My dear Jersey friend Chris patiently taught me the basic stitches one summer afternoon a few years ago.  I think when Mooch was an infant.  Although I got those stitches down, reading patterns still eluded me.  This past year I figured out how to do a granny square (those corners!  I couldn't figure them out!).  And I was able to start reading crochet patterns.

But not very hard patterns.  Like the Dick and Jane of crochet patterns!

All that said, I'm creating a Christmas present that isn't 100% crochet.  There's a bit of quilting in it too.  Another one of my Dick and Jane crafts.

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