pinteresting and more


Perfect for poolside…if I had a pool; or if my hot tub was working and not dismantled and just an empty shell as it has been for weeks now. Ahem, darling husband.

So there have been a few tornado watches and warning here in our neck of the woods. Yes, Northern Cali experiences tornadoes! People often forget that NorCal gets tornadoes. In fact, the only reports of tornadoes in the US on Wednesday, March 26 were from our area. But because everyone believes them to be rare, warnings sent out via text and phone just don’t get the respect they should in these here parts. Which means we get to see some pretty amazing pictures and videos like this.

Whoa, indeed!

Math nerds, mark your calendars.

Actually, I imagine that the math nerds have known about this a long time ago. The rest of us mere mortals are just now catching up.

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~ Author Unknown ~

It’s even lovelier around my neck.

I want to be this awesome when I am 97.

And here I was all ready to write something thoughtful and eloquent about motherhood and Gwyneth Paltrow when Sarah of the Sticky Fingers Brigade did it for me.

Not one mother out there has never said (or thought to herself) some snarky, mean thought about other mothers doing it wrong, meaning not the way we are doing this mothering thing that we do so maybe we should chalk up Gwynnie’s thoughts to her doing just that. We can then smirk and shake our heads over her being a lot clueless and get back to trying to do our very best being the mothers that we are.

For those days when I have nothing to wear.

Thank you Caleb White for your service to us all.

Yes, thanks to Self and their mistake and pretty lame apology we discovered something pretty awesome that is Glam Runner because tutus are pretty damn awesome.

Even more better was that Self followed up on that apology by changing the conversation and keeping it positive.

You can support Girls on the Run — the charity on whose board Monika sits — and UCSD’s neurooncology lab where she is being treated, or you can go for a run tomorrow morning wherever you live, in a tutu or anything else you like. #ChangeTheConversation  #KeepingItPositive

 

 

 

what else would I be doing but juggling…pinning!


Another weekend, another dance competition in the This Is My Last Year As A Dance Mom tour.

Whoo-hoo!!

A friend and fellow dance mom complimented me today on how Jodie does such a great job organizing her own costumes and manages her own quick…very quick…costume changes in between dances. She added that while she (and the other moms) are running around like crazy helping their kids with their quick changes and organizing their multi pieces of costuming,
it often always several pieces, small pieces because of course one will be temporarily misplaced usually in a darkened auditorium ten minutes before your kid has to be back stage ready for the next dance
I am the mom sitting there in the auditorium keeping busy on my iPad. My friend smiled telling me how impressed she is with Jodie managing all of that.

What my friend doesn’t see is that in between dances and costume changes, Jodie usually tosses the costume pieces, garment bag and shoes at me as she heads backstage for the next dance. She often will direct me to get the next costume ready for when she comes back as she is running away. So I put the costume pieces back into the garment bag…all the little gloves and hair pieces too as well as the shoes because god forbid I lose any of this in the darkened auditorium where no food or drink is permitted with the sticky floor from food and drink. THEN I go back to whatever I’m doing on my iPad like reading or re-reading something like Nicholas and Alexandra or a random news site that I frequent or playing Words with Friends (Nicurnmama) or pinning stuff on Pinterest because what else would I be doing during the butt-numbing time I spend waiting for Jodie and her team members to take the stage?

Of course this weekend I will be pinning. I might be pinning a lot. We shall see. In the meantime, here is what was pinteresting to me this week.

So Zazzle gave me a gift certificate for my birthday just because and I’m thinking this is the T for me.

I made this for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner and it was delicious!

This is amazing and yes, I’m working on the tricky part…all the time.

Then I found this and I had to pin it because, after all, she is my favorite princess. Perhaps even more so now.

These scrubs. The census needs to go up so I won’t be put on call so I can wear these to work because these scrubs are perfect.

This because of Mondays and days just like Mondays. I don’t imagine that I can use it at work but that’s okay.

I could imagine this in Daniel’s room except when I consider the number of Hot Wheels that he has, I don’t believe that he has nearly the wall space. Still. How cool!

Mock us Dance Moms if you must, but you will be needing us during the Zombie Apocalypse. Count on it.

God only knows what I will run across on the web that I must pin because it’s amazing, I want to make it, eat it, wear it, do it or just want it this weekend. We shall see.

Or perhaps I will try to study for my NRP renewal…in a dark and loud auditorium.

 

 

 

play it again: I see her pointe shoes and I want to paint them black, a how-to guide


My most Googled post of 2013 because people need to know how to paint pointe shoes black. You’re welcome internets!

Originally published June 13, 2013

Recital time is fast approaching for the dancing people here under the Big Top. We have (more) costumes which are not custom made (like the competition costumes) so some alterations might be needed on some.

Except for Jodie’s ballet costume. Oh the trials of being a hanger! We should suffer like that.

Right?

Actually I’m kind of relieved that I don’t have to do any alterations for hers. I have enough to do already.

Dance Mom problems.

Daniel’s pants for his Hip Hop number, Suit & Tie, need to be hemmed and taken in because his pants pretty much always need to be hemmed and taken in. Now why can’t dance costumes have adjustable waists?

WHY?!?!

Oh well, I will power through and get it done. But first, Jodie’s pretty pink Gaynor Minden pointe shoes need to be dyed black; because Mockingjays in the Hunger Games ballet wear black pointe shoes. Oh sure one could just buy black Gaynor Mindens. But they are a special order. Plus Jodie’s current pointe shoes are broken in and, in her words, perfect. So we must dye them black. I could take them to a cobbler and have it done for $30 or so. Or I could do it myself. How hard could it be? Her dance teachers tell me not hard at all. So do assorted how-to guides found on the Internet.

Yay Internets!

So, after a little research and discussion with other dance moms I was ready to get to work.

Yes, I found myself singing Paint It Black because I’m nerdy that way.

To start, first the shoes must be nice and dry. An afternoon out on the patio here in Manteca insures they are dry. Next make sure they are clean by wiping with a soft, dry cloth.

Now let’s paint these babies black! Supplies needed are:

  • a black Sharpie marker
  • Rit liquid dye
  • white vinegar for satin pointe shoes
  • newspaper
  • gloves, unless you want black hands
  • a sponge

First I took the Sharpie and colored all along the stitching and elaastic of the shoes because the dye doesn’t seem to take there.

I also used the marker on the soles of the shoes because Jodie thought it would look cool.

Definitely cool!

Next, stuff the shoes with newspaper or plastic bags. This helps to protect the inside of the shoes as well as makes it easier for you to dye the shoes.

Pour about half the bottle of Rit dye into a small bowl and add ½ cup of white vinegar to it. Stir to mix. Then dip your sponge into the dye. Squeeze off the excess. Start dabbing dye onto the shoe.

Yes, I wore white shorts while working with black dye. I’m pretty bad ass that way.

It’s important to wring out as much liquid from your sponge because excess liquid might cause the satin to shrink as it dries and possibly warp your shoe. Allow the shoes to dry completely after the first coat and repeat until the desired color is reached. Remember that you can always go darker, but it is impossible to remove color once it has been applied.

It is this moment that Bill walks by to admire my handiwork and tells that I used his favorite sponge. Um, sure honey.

Once you have achieved the desired color, allow the shoes to dry overnight. The next day touch up with the Sharpie, if necessary.

And now Jodie’s pointe shoes are black, sexy, bad ass and ready to dance on stage for recital.

measure


With Daniel hopefully soon growing like a weed I need to keep track of this growth because after years of agonizing over every single centimeter measured in doctors’ offices and plotted on growth charts over the years to show me what I already knew, I feel like I need to now measure every single half inch and inch…perhaps inches. I think the whole circus needs to be able to see this.

Thank goodness I pinned all those growth ruler on Pinterest like pretty much everyone else did because those things are totally cool and surely anyone could make them rather than pay $89-$150 to Pottery Barn Kids or $50-$85 to any Etsy shop.selling the same thing.

Sure we can!

No problem!

I pinned my first growth chart ruler nearly two years ago and, well…I pinned a few more and each time told myself I could totally do this…and then I pinned more stuff because who actually really does everything that they pin on Pinterest?

Right?

I finally got started. That half inch of growth in six weeks time totally inspired me. It really isn’t that hard to do what with quite a few step by step tutorials out there to guide you along the way. You just need a little bit of time, patience and attention to detail.

Painting numbers and markings is probably the easiest way to go but I really like the rustic look of the burnt in numbers and markings…more like the $150 Pottery Barn Kids Ruler. At least I think so.

Hey, you go your way and I’ll go mine. A little stain and polyurethane and…

We can now measure this growing clown of mine.

Looks nice hanging up here under the Big Top.

Oh, and I am making and selling these rulers (local Northern Cali only right now), $50 each. Gotta pay for that final season of dancing competitively for Jodie you know.

Interested? Let me know. Yours will be lined up behind the first three orders I have already received.

good things this week


It’s been a pretty good week, you know. It has been. As long as I ignore the pain in my left foot, which I believe is never going to go away and will keep me from wearing pretty shoes forever unless I WANT to walk like a hobbled, old woman.

I don’t want to.

But yeah, ignoring my left foot, it has been a pretty good week here under the Big Top.

There’s the delivery of next month’s Norditropin. What can I say? Having dealt with not so great service from durable medical supply companies in the past so far I am very happy with the pharmaceutical company that delivers Daniel’s meds and other supplies.

Picking up Hazel from kindergarten and sharing lunch with her is REALLY good. So are the fried egg sandwiches she insists I make for her. I don’t know what they do to her in that kindergarten class but she will eat said fried egg sandwich, a bag of chips, a cup of yogurt,sliced fresh veggies and fruit, two glasses of pink lemonade and she is STILL hungry.

Discovering just how delicious beer steamed potatoes arewith freshly ground Himalayan pink salt…my new obsession.

Having fun at Jodie’s last Back to School night. I warned y’all that this is going to be a year of lasts for her. Here’s one. More to come. I promise. You might have to hold me from time to time. Thanks.

Learning that a picture I took is now part of an awesome display at the Philip S. Raine roadside rest area on Highway 99 south of Tulare that depicts life in the Central Valley of California. Yes, I gave permission and receive photo credit. I just didn’t know that the project was completed. Hmmm…perhaps a road trip? If any of you just happen to be on CA 99 near Tipton feel free to stop and get a picture of you and my picture…please.

I cleaned my desk…sort of. It still is cluttered because I have too much stuff going on all around my desk but at least it is somewhat organized and on display. Yes my people, this is where the brilliance slightly-better-than-mediocrity happens. If only my blogging area looked like Jenny, The Bloggess’ does…just imagine the kick-ass writing I would accomplish! It could happen…okay, maybe not. Still I want to go to there and try to write and cuddle with Hunter S. Tomcat and Ferris Mewler. Remember that one time where I cornered Jenny in a bathroom and told her how her stories of Ferris made me smile and miss my then recently deceased bitch-kitty, Ginger? I’m thinking I will never, ever get anywhere near Hunter, Ferris or Jenny’s blogging space. I don’t blame her at all either.

Oh and three years ago today, these two gorgeous people promised to love, honor and cherish to infinity and beyond. Happy Anniversary Hollie and Ben! It really was a great wedding.

So yeah, the last week of August has been a good week with good things.

What left foot?

Oh yeah, that left foot.