So this is why I haven't received my unpaid funds.

 First paragraph of an email received from Dr. Desmond:
It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of 5.8million due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund. 
Blasted corrupt Governmental Officials! Also, best run-on sentence ever? Methinks so.
Further down in the email, after discussion of the $100 fee needed to get me my funds:
You are therefore advice not to toy with this developments as a mandate was also  issued to terminate the fund immediately if you fail to claim your fund soonest. I have done my best as a clergy drafted newly to this position to assist people like you the rest is left for you. urgent response will enable me forge ahead towards the onwards delivery of your payment to your residential address.

Man, good thing I can still get in on this! And that I have the clergy on my side!

Oh, and according to my inbox, I can still do something to make her New Years the biggest ever, if you know what I mean, wink, wink. 
In other news, Christmas happened.
Dazed from all the Christmas goodness.
Cute baby, book, and slightly disturbing stuffed animal head.
(Little B wasn't feeling photogenic - couldn't get a pic of his face because he was too interested in what he got!)

Hope your holidays have been wonderful! Anyone want to join me on a cleanse?


Here's a special gift to all my readers.

All five of you.
You're welcome.
Watch it through to the end or I'll call you a pansy.


These are the things on my mind.

Watch out, there are bullets involved (imagine bullet sound effect, done properly by a little boy, as these thoughts go whizzing past your head).

  • I have a lot of piano practicing to do. I am not a great pianist, especially when I am accompanying other people. Yet, I find myself being called upon to play, both at church and by my family. Is this some sort of using-your-talents-so-you-become-better thing? Or a that-which-you-persist-in-doing-will-become-easier-because-your-abilities-increase? Because I don't think it's working. Be prepared to sing a cappella, dear women at church. 
  • Speaking of bullets, did you know you can buy them in tins, for putting with your food storage? My name for these tins? Spammo. I am a marketing genius. 
  • A heartwarming Christmas scene, compliments of the Lego addicts around here. Everyone knows Christmas is R2-D2's favorite holiday, which he likes to spend with his close friends, Two-Face, Power Miner Guy, and the life of the party, the Shadow Snapper. Note the use of the force by Almost Darth Anakin. 
This IS the holiday season you are looking for ...
  • The Bean is FINALLY getting this whole walking thing! Except she now likes to walk to the top of the stairs and act like she's going to walk down the stairs. Freaks me out. How is she ever going to have an unbruised head if she insists on acting like a toddler?
  • I love my siblings. Just wanted to put that out there.
  • The Bean loves her some Santa. Obviously. 
She is our first Santa Screamer. We're so proud.
  • Took pictures at our neighborhood Christmas party, with the above long-suffering Santa. The Bean may have been the best screamer, although there were a couple kids that really gave her a run for her money.
  • Got a Silhouette, and haven't had the opportunity to properly play with it. Especially want to try cutting fabric for appliques with it. 
  • Have a lot of fabric. Must. Make. ... Things.
  • Um, must come up with things to make.
  • Actually, have plenty of things to make. Must narrow things down.
  • Pronouns are overrated.


I am here for you.

How am I here for you? Well, I'll give you a couple Christmas ideas.
First up? A couple of friends who have taken their sewing skills and created their own businesses.
Kreated by Kim has cases for your iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook ... Protect those electronics, people!
And then, we have Made by Meegz, where you can get camera straps and lanyards. Great for those photographers in your life. They come in many great colors (I think she currently has over 30 choices in shop right now).
Support those who take the initiative to start their own businesses! Unlike other people who just keep adding to their craft/sewing stashes without a shop update in sight! I have no idea who I could be talking about!
(Okay, so maybe someday I'll get it together and start actually putting stuff in my etsy shop!)
Other Christmas ideas?
Love these for the ninjas or robots in your life. (Or ninja-robots? Man, I'd like to see some of those!)
A frame like this! I love this frame, whether it's used as a bow holder or not.
I'd like to try to make one of these at least once in my life. So dang cute.