Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day (In Which Mama Owl Gets on Her Soapbox)


Today is a day that people sometimes forget is really about, or at least it seems people in my general town. I see  Facebook statuses talking about the official start of summer, pools opening, barbecues, relaxing on porches and decks. But who gave you those chances? Who gave you and still give you that freedom to do so? Who should you really thank? Not yourself or your paycheck. Not the bearded man in the sky who may or may not exist. Even now, the brave military souls of our country and in our lives are fighting for our freedom, far from home. Coming from a family with many members in the military or have served for their country, including my own brother, it bothers me to no end when I don't see them get the recognition they very much deserve, let alone the payment the deserve. We owe these women, men, and those in between so much and the families who have lost loved ones to war deserve to be honored as well. Memorial Day is exactly as it says. It's a day to remember. Celebrations of pools and fancy grills are annoying. Did my family barbecue today, Yes, they did. But we barbecue or grill out many times during the year if weather permits. It's nothing out of the norm. But we remember what this day is about; it's so close to home. We haven't forgotten. Neither should you. Take a minute from your swim time and put down the tongs. Thank a soldier or veteran. You owe them that much for all they've given us.

And now I will come down from my soapbox. Thank you for your time.

It's been a  pretty eventful long weekend for Owlfish and family. Saturday, we met with friends at the annual Georgia Renaissance Fair (remember last year?). Daniel hadn't been having the best week, so the chance to get away for a bit was too enticing to miss. Little miss fairy Owlfish actually got out of her stroller and walked around this year, although she kept trying to take every pretty thing she saw in the shops with her. That or she'd tear ass away from us to wander without holding my hand. But who could blame her? The day was perfect to be out at the fairgrounds and there was plenty to see. We had lunch at the tea house at the festival and it turns out they had  my Orchard Cherry tea on the menu. For a little extra on our bill, I got to take some home! Most of the time was spent walking and window shopping, enjoying the weather and time with friends (when we weren't aimlessly wandering on our own).  Daniel and I are hoping to go back before it closes after next weekend, so crossing fingers for that.

And last night, the three of us and my two youngest siblings went to the pool in our neighborhood, which had just recently opened for the summer. Abbie got a new swimsuit and I was itching to see her in it. It turns out she had a good bit of fun swimming with us. She was screaming or terrified of it like she was last year. (Granted, she was about six or seven months old and had on a terribly uncomfortable floaty suit last time) She started trying to float on her back, kick her feet to make waves, and would splash at us with her hands. But she would get shivery after a bit, so I would get her out and wrap her up in her mermaid towel and she'd sit in the stroller, watching everyone swim and eat goldfish. See above instagram. I was definitely proud of her.

Other than that, I hope everyone has had a good long weekend! I don't have a "Things" post this time, so watch for one next weekend. :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Well I know That You'll Understand


She's art. And she's not media famous, which is such a huge part of why she's my favorite. She is popular by word of mouth and cult alone. She and her Bloody Crumpets prove you don't have to be an "in the know" star to be amazing.

Yes, this is a fangirl post. And I don't give a fuck.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Things I'm Obsessed With (Also, my 100th blog post!)


It's a day late and that's okay. Life happens. But this particular blog post marks my 100th entry on this blog. 100 posts since I first created it days before Owlfish decided she had enough of my womb. I have attempted (and failed) at keeping blogs over the years. And I've had them all. Xanga, Livejournal x3, Myspace. Yep, been there, done that. But all of them had one thing in common. I never kept up with them enough to even be funny. And most of the time, it was bitchy, angst ridden posts about hating life, hating people, and how sad/screwed up I was. In a weird fits of nostalgia, I'll sometimes look back on old entries I printed out and saved (since all those blogs are long since deactivated.). And I look at this blog and it's surprising I have kept with it even this long. I'm not the world's best blogger, but I'm trying to keep up with it daily. If not for my sake or my thoughts, then to document my little girl's life so that she can have something beyond her baby book to look at later, because let's face it, I'm not sure how keen I am on sharing my paper journals with her until maybe I'm dead. And this blog is becoming a sort of therapy for me at the same time. Either way, I made it to 100 posts. And those of you who are reading this, family, friends, strangers, thanks for sticking with us this long. Hopefully, we'll see you at the next hundred mark.

And now, today's Things I'm Obsessed With is:


Tiny houses
I mean, come on!
Look at that!

Maybe it's my love of fairy tales, cozy nests, shabby chic beds, and or ladies in cottages sewing and baking. But tiny houses are on my list of shit I will one day come to own. I know it isn't anywhere near functional or big enough to raise a sassy toddler or have a future full family in, but it could make a beautiful little studio, maybe a nicer alternative to an RV, or a just because. I mean, look at the interior! That's so tiny and cute. And it's enough to survive and be self sustaining. It's perfect! It's weird that I love these structures so much because I know I have a slight claustrophobia and tiny spaces are not curvy (tall) girl friendly. But I bet I could make it work. If nothing else, it would be a great place to turn off, get away, and recharge.


Here are a few places to look at my favorite tiny homes I have come across on the internet machine over the past five-ish years. One is a shabby chic getaway studio, the other is the girls' actual home! Check out Sandra Foster's tiny house and Ella Jenkins's yellow door.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day




Mother
[muhth-er] noun:

A term of address for a female parent or a woman having or regarded as having the status, function, or authority of a female parent

adjective:

Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a mother: mother love







Yesterday was the day to celebrate moms. And it marked my second Mother's Day. I didn't make a post about this last year due to hiatus, but in retrospect, I probably should have. Because being a mother is important to me, to my life. I've said it before, I don't know when I will stop saying it, but my life has changed drastically because of my Owlfish. She has taught me so much of myself and of life in general that I didn't understand. It is because of her that I've learned how to love (and be loved)  for real and that's made a huge impact on me, including my relationship with Daniel. But my life also wouldn't be quite the same without my own mother who, although we often don't see eye to eye, has been a huge supporter and rock for me since birth. I couldn't ask for anyone better ever. But I also have my grandmother (both alive and passed on), my aunts, my other mother friends, thousands of moms I have met in passing who have impacted me as i grew and continue to grow. They gave me the example to follow on how to act, survive, and importantly, let go. I won't lie, there are days still where I do wonder how mine and Abigail's lives would be if her biological father were in the picture. How very different, good or bad, things would be. But then I remind myself it is not healthy to dwell, and therefore, I let go of the thought. Was it difficult at first? You bet. But it has gotten easier. I'm still learning how to let go of disappointment in what I thought was what I lost. However, it has gradually turned into the wonder of what I've gained, what my daughter herself has gained. How lucky we are. And I go to bed at night knowing that even if I am never successful with anything else in my life, I know I am successful at being a mom. It's what I was meant to do at this point in my life.

I hope everyone else has a wonderful time with your own mother, daughters, friends, etc. 
Happy Mother's Day
to all moms everywhere! 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Pigtails!


We've made it to the pigtails stage today! Finally have enough hair to do so! I don't think I have ever been so excited about my child's hair before now, but I'm such a girly girl at heart. I couldn't wait for this time to come along. She was pretty good about leaving them alone most of the day. The only tricky part is just getting her to sit still long enough to put them in! This one is constantly on the move and never wants to sit put. Getting bigger every day!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Still learning


Today proved to be one of the days that I probably should have kept my mouth shut and my thoughts to myself. Words can do damage just as much, if not more damage than actions can. We are all entitled to a bad day, but life is not always fair and I need to keep reminding myself of that. My life, and Abigail's, could definitely be much, much worse. I need to remember that I'm very lucky with what I have in my life and have been able to have/do in the past four years. I'm still learning.

In other news, I decided for the sake of curiosity to take an online personality test via Personal DNA this evening. I had never taken one of these and don't really know what I would be considered. I was actually kind of surprised what I got, because it seemed to be a mix of what I thought I wasn't. My result was "Generous Experiencer", which in a nutshell means that I have a flair for spontaneity and a need to be a giver. It was an interesting result and explanation to say the least. This isn't a sponsored post or anything, but I think you should give it a whirl. 

Good night~

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Things I'm Obsessed With

Happy Cinco De Mayo from the flood warning area! And I'm back with another edition of Things I'm Obsessed With. Usually, I have an item that I can go into a lengthy explanation from, but today, we have Daniel to thank for this business. This weeks Things I Am Obsessed With it:

Foxes
And I think these videos explain why...



Foxes. Just...foxes. I adore them. Especially fennec foxes. And I want one....despite the rumor of them being super high maintenance. This is an example of an animal that you just know Mother Nature squee'd when she made them. Don't tell me I'm wrong. :p

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Cinnamon roll hair and comic books


Happy International Star Wars Day
May the "4th" Be With You

It was also Free Comic Book day and Kentucky Derby Day. So was I sitting there today with a  new comic and a mint julep? Yep, you bet. Who cares that it was raining?! Today was pretty good. I hope everyone else had a great day today. Look for a new Things I'm Obsessed With tomorrow!


Friday, May 03, 2013

We aren't so little anymore


See what I mean? Owlfish is turning into a bit of a lady, although her hair covered in peanut butter sandwich today might have said otherwise. She is becoming much more attentive to her world around her and is speaking with more words. Example? When she finishes her juice (in a "grownup" cup with a straw), she throws up her hands and says "All gone!". She identifies other "baby" if she sees a young child or a picture of a baby in front of her. And she now will say 'Be quiet!" to many of us. And not without being a bit of a drama queen, there are nights where I will be putting her to bed and she'll cry out to her grandparents "Save me!". Future Tony award winner, I think.
 Daniel and I have also introduced her to many of our favorite films growing up, mostly to avoid watching actual TV (mommy needs to break this habit). Just today, she watch the first two "Toy Story" movies and appeared to really like them. Also found out she really does not like the movie "Beethoven" (remember the St. Bernard dog when you were young?). But she has that in common with her grandpa. Abbie has also started looking at her books more, pointing out pictures on the page instead of trying to rip it apart. With how much progress she continues to make, it's sometimes surprises me to remember that she is only about 19 months still. She's turning into one smart cookie. And needless to say, I'm pretty proud of her.

Aunt Voni stopped by to hang out earlier this week. Abbie was pretty stoked to see her again, since it has been since March con-season since she and I last got together. And much to Owlfish's delight, we have officially received our first set of sidewalk chalk. I foresee many a mess in the future, which probably means I need to find an outfit for her to wear on the days she plays with them that I don't mind staying permanently messy. We shall see!

In the meantime, I hopped the bandwagon and got a Vine account! So if you follow my twitter (see links list to the right!), you might see some little videos crop up from time to time. 

Also...if anyone would like to get me any of THESE, I would love you and send you free stuff!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Merry Beltane!



The May-pole is up,
Now give me the cup;
I'll drink to the garlands around it;
But first unto those
Whose hands did compose
The glory of flowers that crown'd it.

A health to my girls,
Whose husbands may earls
Or lords be, granting my wishes,
And when that ye wed
To the bridal bed,
Then multiply all, like to fishes.

-Robert Herrick -1591


I know I am a day late, but Merry Beltane to everyone! Yesterday was less than spring-y and happy around our house, but we tried to make the most of it. Owlfish has developed this terrible habit of wanting to wear no pants OR diaper anymore. It's a pretty messy and frustrating phase. I am hoping it dies off quickly. As for me, I've been battling a sore throat that is creeping up on me. I am determined to not get sick this close to Mother's Day. On top of that, I am facing a pretty bad artist block and it was pretty evident today. But this too shall pass. Luckily, I have the Georiga RenFest to look forward to either this weekend or next. And school is coming up pretty quick! So much left to do before then. I hope you all had a fantastic May Day!

And once again, if you have any advice on terrible twos, please send it my way! I am all ears.