The Bad Mommy

I work only to pay for his therapy later.

Location: Novato, California, United States

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Hey - Get a Load of This!

My first post was a year ago yesterday!

Monday, December 18, 2006

And He's Just The Guy To Bring It....

Here's one of those things cool things about parenting: Our kids are not at all like us. Also, they are completely like us. Mostly, we notice the differences when we're trying to get them to do something they don't want to do. Mostly, we notice the similarities when our own unattractive and/or unappealing qualities show up in our kids.

One of the things C and I share is a certain discomfort level with public speaking or anything that causes us to be noticed. We can do both, but it's not usually a first choice.

So for years, C has avoided being in the Christmas Pageant. I've been sad about that, because I think he's clever and gorgeous and well-spoken and an asset to any situation. At the same time, I haven't applied much pressure, because I get where he's coming from.

This year, my parents put in a special call. Their church is short on kids. Also, all the other grandchildren have played numerous and various roles over the years and they didn't want C to miss out on this rite of childhood. C surprised me with his response: Nana, I'd love to do it.

Yesterday morning, as we drove to church for the first rehearsal, he reverted to form: I don't want to do this. I think there are other kids who would do a better job than me and I don't want to deprive them of the opportunity. (Style points for that one.)

Too late, though. He was committed and they really are short on kids - so short (especially in the male category) that he was assigned not one but two roles: The Innkeeper and a Wise Man.

Which Wise Man? I asked. The one who brings gold?

No, I get to bring the Mirth.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


ALL the Christmas socks are done! All the Christmas knitting is done! Now I just need to get M to take pictures so that I can get everything wrapped and in the mail. You guys aren't expecting these socks THIS Christmas, are you?

Monday, December 04, 2006

Sock Update #5

No. of socks completed: 23
No. of socks remaining to be completed by 12/25: 1

Yes, you read that right! I've just finished the cuff for the FINAL Christmas sock and am well on my way to DONE.

That is, if I can ignore the sale wall at Marin Fiber Arts. Warren's got some Cascade Indulgence (30% angora/70% alpaca) at 50% off that keeps calling to me. I bought a bunch in red and white the other day and might be most of the way done making a Santa hat for the Hub. Check out the pattern here. Lots of other colors available and I'm trying to ignore all the other ideas I have for it till that last sock is done, done, done!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Bizzy Feet Are Happy Feet

With rainy weather making its annual appearance here in Northern California, it was time to get some new rain shoes. Crocs are the greatest shoes ever but those little holes make for wet socks when it's raining. Look what I found (guaranteed to make D shudder in horror):

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