Friday, November 5, 2010


Just a quick post tonight, because I'm tired and ready for bed!

Here at the Casa, we love Harry Potter! In fact, Chickenhead went has Harry for Halloween-

We're really looking forward to the new movie coming out in a couple of weeks and have been talking about our favorite characters: Hagrid, Mad-Eye Moody, Harry (of course) Dumbledore, Prof. McGonigle and Hermione and Ron. I haven't read the last book in the series yet, and I'm kind of glad. I want to see the movie without knowing what's coming up.

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, who is your favorite character?


Thursday, November 4, 2010

In The Eye of the Beholder

A couple of weeks ago, or maybe just last week, it's all a blur to me anymore, the internets were up in arms over a blog written on the Marie Claire website. One of the fashionistas over there had written about the TV show 'Mike and Molly' which details the budding romance between two overweight people who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

In the article, 'Should Fatties Get a Room' Maura Kelly writes that "...I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room ..." Wow. Really? Just wow.

Needless to say, the article caused an uproar. By the end of the week Ms.Kelly was writing a half-assed apology, and stating that because she had once had an eating disorder, perhaps her ideas regarding body-image are skewed.

All of this leads me to ask the question- why does society continue to condemn someone who's obese, but someone who's struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia is patted on their bony little back and coddled? It's like some people look at someone who's overweight and say they're 'lazy', 'lacking self-control', even 'unlovable'. But the person who goes invisible if they turn sideways is to be pitied; 'poor thing', 'it's a disease, they can't help it', etc. Is the obese person not struggling in their own way with an eating disorder? Ask any person who's been on a diet, or more realistically, more than one diet, how hard it is to lose weight. The naysayers will sit back on their skinny butts and say, "well, it's just a matter of eating right and exercising more". Really? I never knew.

I would dare to venture that a good majority of people that are struggling to lose weight know what they need to be doing. Believe me, we know. I know that I myself deal every day with thinking about food in ways that most 'normal' people don't. Some days it's not a problem for me to eat healthy, make good choices, drink lots of water and make sure I walk. Other days, I just want a donut. Nothing in life is black or white, this or that.

All of us struggle with something, be it eating, not eating, smoking, drinking, gambling, etc. And it seems like women, catty people that we can be, are the worst at tearing each other down. I know I'm guilty of it; there's been several times when I've made snide remarks about the younger thin girl at work with the body that hasn't carried a baby yet. It's easy to forget that she has things she hates about her body, just like I do. Why can't we all, thin, fat, gay, straight, black, white, whatever, why can't we all just be beautiful? Why can't we try harder to look for the good in each other, instead of tearing each other down? What do you think?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Part 2 of 2

I'm feeling some better, thanks to getting lots of rest today. My sinuses always seem to have a mind of their own this time of year, so I guess I'd better stock up on meds!

I mentioned in my earlier post today that I would have photos of my craft room, and here they are! It's not fancy, it's not all matchy-matchy, but it's me! I've got plenty of room to work on whatever I feel like working on. I'm going to move a rocking chair in there, too, so that I'll have a quiet place to read.

Here's a shot looking in the doorway-

The Husband found that L-shaped desk at a garage sale, and I love it! I've got my sewing machine there, along with my Slice and Cricut cutting machines. There's plenty of work surface, too.

Next to the desk, in front of the window, is (Re)Pete the Parakeet-

Next to Pete is an old chest of drawers (that desperately needs re-painting) that I'm using for storage of sewing supplies, stickers and embellishments, cards, etc. I need to hang the Eiffel Tower picture I have there sitting on top of it.

Here's the closet. I love having all these built in shelves in there.

All of my fabrics, craft supplies, paper,etc are in there and it works perfectly!

I moved this cabinet in here from the dining room. It belonged to my mom, she had my Great-Grandmother's dishes and stuff in it. I've re-purposed it to hold all my scrapbooks, craft books, photos, etc.

See that light wooden chest up on top? My great-grandfather made it for my great-grandma. It's a sewing chest and holds spools of thread, needles, scissors and such.

Since we're in a crafty mood, let's talk about art. As in art class. Chickenhead is taking art through our home school program. They sent us a huge box of art supplies and a web-cam so that Kai can do virtual art classes with the art teacher. Their first assignment was to draw a portrait. The teacher told the kids that they could trace from a photograph, then go over their traced design with colored pencils, markers, which ever medium they chose. Chickenhead chose to draw a portrait of the Butter Queen herself, Paula Deen. He used a cover of one of my old magazines. Here's the picture he used-

Isn't Paula lovely? Doesn't that mac-n-cheese look tasty? OK, now keep that photo in mind when viewing this-

So many questions. Why is Paula wearing a doo-rag? What's wrong with her eyes? Is she wearing grillz on her teeth? Bless his heart, it's Chickenhead's first attempt at drawing, really, but wow. It looks kind of like Paula had a baby with Li'l Wayne. Let's hope the next assignment turns out better!

Part 1 of 2

Ok, ok, so I've missed a post already! Well to make up for it, I'll post two today. Right now I'm on here mostly just to change the look a bit, and tweak a few things here and there. I'm home from work today because my sinuses are kicking my butt, so I'm going to medicate here in a bit and get some rest!

With the holidays hurtling our way, it's time to think about holiday dinners! What are some of your favorite foods during the holidays? Do you try to stick to a diet, or just say 'screw it' until January 1?

I'm all about the carbs at holiday time! Mashed potatoes, stuffing, buttery dinner rolls, and of course, the pumpkin pie! I try to limit myself, but it's hard! If I snack before the meal, I make an effort to limit my snacks to the veggie plate, but I sneak a couple of those cute Babybel cheeses in there, too!

I'll be back later with pics of the craft room. Right now, I've got some Tylenol Sinus that's calling my name!

Monday, November 1, 2010

OK, Here We Go!

It's November 1st and that means it's time for NaBloPoMo- National Blog Posting Month. The idea is that bloggers commit to writing every day, even on weekends, for one month. By writing every day, I hope to improve my writing, and to learn to love my much neglected blog. Because look around, let's face it, I haven't been giving my blog the love it needs!

So, today I'm just going to write four random thoughts, and if you want to comment, please feel free!

1. I realized that this coming Sunday will mark the first anniversary of my mom's death. And I realized that it may never get any easier to deal with the fact she's gone.

2. I can now do multiplication and division of fractions in my sleep! We've been covering them for two units now in Chickenhead's math course. When I agreed that I would take on math with him, I was kind of dreading it. But it's given me a chance to brush up on little used math skills, and even helped me to understand some concepts I didn't get the first time around. So I may still not be smarter than a fifth grader, but I'm getting there!

3. Chickenhead is terrified of a giant cactus in the front hall. I'm terrified that there's probably Lord only knows how many spiders or other critters shacking up in it.

4. My craft room is FINISHED!!!! Yay! I worked so hard for it, and I love it! I'll take pictures and post soon!