Friday, March 22, 2013

Mom or Maid?

The state of my kitchen, originally uploaded by emilywdesign.

It may be a cliche, but I've decided they are one in the same. I love being a mom, I do not, however, love being a maid. On the days when I feel overwhelmed, and not cut out for this mom business, I try to pinpoint exactly what is causing me so much stress. When the answer is not extreme sleep deprivation (which it often is, because let's face it, kids never sleep through the night), it is often the state of my house. They say happy children live in messy houses, or something like that, but what about happy moms? I can't stand my house being in this state! Let me just illustrate this point by posting an embarrassing photo of my kitchen as it stands at this very moment. After one long week, and many bottles of wine, this is what I am faced with. And now I am on spring break! Which is wonderful because I get to hang out with Charlie. But I also have to sit in my messy house because Charlie doesn't nap and I can't leave him alone for a second to clean now that he is mobile.
So aside from the lack of sleep, I can honestly say that the only part of motherhood I am not ok with is also being responsible for keeping a tidy house and keeping everyone fed. My husband does what he can, but when he comes home and asks me what I had for dinner, all I hear is " want food...what you make..." at which point I yell at him to stop interrogating me because I had a delicious sub sandwich on my way home from work and I did not get him one. He proceeds to go to the store and return with: a bag of chips, a king size pack of Reese's peanut butter cups, and 5, 88 cent microwaveable meals with absolutely no nutritional value. So now I feel guilty that my husband is eating like an 18 year old college student even though he is a 31 year old attorney, my house is so messy that I didn't notice the day old dog vomit on the living room rug, and I have eaten nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for 2 days (except for my delicious sub sandwich on my way home from work yesterday).
So as I have this identity crisis in my messy house I feel like I have to decide each day what I am going to be, a good mom? A good teacher? A good wife? A good housekeeper? I gave up on being a good dog owner 8 months ago, and I have been cleaning up retributional vomit and poop ever since. So today I guess today I will be a good mom. I will take Charlie out into the world and show him things and laugh and play. And then I will come home, probably step in dog poop, cry, and drink some wine. But my little munchkin nugget will be happy and he will have happy memories of hanging out with his mommy which makes it all worth it. I just hope he doesn't remember the dog poop incident from Tuesday, which I shall keep a secret from him until my dying day. Or at least until he starts dating.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Homemade yogurt. Worth the effort? We'll see.

Well, I have decided to stop grocery shopping without looking at the prices (I know, it's bad). I've never set a shopping budget, but the time has come to stop spending indiscriminately because I am broke! I am also faced with the challenge of making fresh, organic, healthy baby food for my son. This is a challenge because sometimes the super-duper healthy stuff costs more. Charlie seems to love yogurt, but I don't want to pump him full of hormones and the Straus organic yogurt is five dollars! I've heard making yogurt is easy, so I decided to give it a go. I bought the Straus Organic full fat milk for two dollars and change, not bad compared to the five dollar yogurt! Add three dollars because I had to buy cheese cloth, so there we are at five dollars again, but I digress.
I scoured pinterest and found a recipe here (Thank you for the free recipe, it was lovely). I started too late and had to go to bed before it was time to wrap the crock pot in a bath towel (yes, a bath towel) so I had to leave my husband a very strange note asking him to put yogurt in the crockpot (because you need yogurt to make yogurt), then I texted him asking him to check the note, followed by detailed instructions (the same ones I left on the note) about how to wrap the crock pot in the bath towel to incubate the yogurt. By the time I was done with the epic text message, he walked in the door. I explained the text, and the note, and showed him where to find everything. Then, I felt like I needed to explain the importance of the bath towel, lest he decide to skip this part. After 30 minutes of explaining and demonstrating, the kitchen timer went off. Fuck, I'll do it myself (pardon my french).
The next morning, I looked forward to unwrapping the gift that was my delicious, creamy, homemade yogurt wrapped in my week-old, unwashed bath towel. It had a yellow skin on top, and was quite lumpy, not the smooth as velvet creamy deliciousness I was expecting. I strained the yogurt with a cheese cloth as directed, wasting a lot of what looked like perfectly edible yogurt along the way. And after dripping the liquidy leftovers all over the kitchen, I was left with about 2 cups of what looked (and frankly, tasted like) lumpy, sour milk. At this point I decided I should not feed this to my child because who knows what other kinds of flesh eating bacteria could have grown in that pot over night? So I spooned the lumps over my own blueberries and crossed my fingers that I did not die of botchalism. Alas, I am still alive, and Charlie will continue to eat store bought yogurt, but it was worth a try!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Space quilt

Space quilt, originally uploaded by emilywdesign.
Charlie's space room is coming along nicely. It's hard to find time to quilt while working and taking care of a soon to be 7 month old, but I've made it this far!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Homemade Xmas gifts

Homemade Xmas gifts, originally uploaded by emilywdesign.
Some goodies I stitched up for xmas. Middle one- Sublime Stitching, the other 2 are my own.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Epic Bike ride = Not a Vacation

 Taking the ferry across the bay

 Pre-baby body, sigh...

Luckily we made it home in one piece!

Over 200 miles behind us, and A LOT of hills!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Latest Creation

The past year has been quite eventful, and not very crafty. I spent the last two years working full time and pursuing my masters degree in educational technology, so there was not a lot of time left over to be creative. My latest project took almost a year to finish, and is part of the reason I have been slacking in the craft department. Here he is, my biggest project yet!

Charlie is the coolest baby ever, he is 8 weeks old today. I have lot's of funny stories to tell about his life so far (and the events leading up to it). I'm also ready to start crafting again, so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Carlos the Carrot

Carlos the Carrot, originally uploaded by emilywdesign.

I made this while I was teaching some kids to crochet this summer. I;d like to add him to a cornucopia of vegetables, but I don't have the patience.


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