Friday, September 14, 2007

Not necessarily in order of importance

I've thought of a only a few different reasons why I might do this shoulder thing all the time. Maybe I miss burping babies. Maybe I'm cold sometimes. Or maybe I really do have my hands full like everyone says I must so I start using my shoulders. I very, very often am seen with a fold of fabric, a dishcloth, or a lonely sock waiting to be matched on my shoulder. I will leave it there forever, waiting until I'm in the right spot of the house or studio to unload it without making a special trip. And just like pushing your glasses up your nose once your contacts are already in, only to find there are no glasses there so you poke yourself between the eyes, I often reach to unload my shoulder once the whatever is already gone. All seems normal enough, right?
Last night Juliana and I did our bi-weekly trip to Costco for our typical giant quantities of food that I will see vanish all too quickly. On the way there she warns me through her sneaky smile that she IS getting a bag of blow-pops. No. Then we have a verbal duel over how normal it is for a 15 year old to stash massive quantities of candy in their rooms. No. It's not normal to store blowpops in your room. We only had 45 minutes to pile everything in before closing time, and in so doing, we forgot Gatorade for Bela who isn't feeling well. We opted to swing by the local grocer down the road for yet another stop on the way home. Inside we were greeted by a seasonal display of candy and some kid Juliana knows who works there. She talks to the kid, I grab a small bag of candy corn and head for the sports drinks.

Candy on candy

About halfway to getting the Gatorade, I pass a gentleman who kinda smiles at me in passing and glances down at my shoulder then makes a face that says he doesn't know what kind of face to make next. After passing him, I couldn't figure out the weirdness. Then something clicks in my brain, and I reach up to feel the bag of candy corn that I was balancing on one shoulder walking through the store. Not normal. Didn't even know I had done that. Its like my shoulder is this empty spot that needs to be filled as I'm always trying to keep my hands free to type, cut, sew, draw, cook, and comfort. Juliana catches up to me and I'm just standing there in the aisle laughing at myself. I told her what just transpired and she said "thats it, I'm getting blowpops". And she did. I felt like she won the normal contest so she got the stupid gum-suckers. I'm not even going to tell you about the fabric I had around my neck and on one shoulder when the former drummer for the Counting Crows showed up at my door a few weeks ago.

Country Living Oct 07

Here is some more fall sweetness and thanks to so many of you who told me about it. The October issue of Country Living has a pretty display of fall fabrics including Choc Pop and they go on to talk about patchin' fashion and the influence of craftiness in the world of style. But we knew that didn't we?
Okay back to writing and my bowl of candy corn. Whew, glad I got all that off my shoulders.
Enjoy your weekend my friends, oxoxo,AM

52 comments:

  1. that is just too hilarious, amh!! love it! oh, and what was a counting crow doing at your door??!

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  2. Shoulders, who would have thunk it. I do the eyeglass thing way too often and my kids laugh at me. I would have loved to have seen the guys face in the store. :)

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  3. When I saw the Country Living, I kind of thought "Oh great...now everyone's going to know about her and they'll invade our perfect little crafting community with their commercialism." But then I thought, "Yeah for Anna Maria!!! You're in print again!". And you did leave this open for another story, you know... Counting Crows?!!

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  4. Please, please, please tell us the Crow story...

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  5. I just discovered your blog and I love it. I'm going to list you on my morning coffee visits. Very creative. Will be back to visit often

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  6. Heather1:56 PM

    Great press (beautiful photo!) and even greater belly laugh. Thanks :)

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  7. That's funny you posted about candy corn today. Earlier I was composing a post in my head about candy corn titled "Candy Corn is the Devil". I buy it every year and eat it until I am sick. Every year. *sigh*

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  8. Oops, didn't type in my URL. That was me Heather.

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  9. I was wondering why a Crow was there myself. :)
    Im going to have "A long December" stuck in my head now...

    Oh another note, I can relate to your shoulder placement problem. I do the same thing, exept, well...I've never done it with candy corn before. Thats pretty funny AM.

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  10. Hey you heather, I could tell :)
    BETZ-it is the devil, and it was on my shoulder, and I curently have a stomach ache!!. Funny when you think of the little devil and angel on each shoulder. Mmmm, what would the angel be on my other shoulder?? :)
    xo,AM

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  11. Seriously funny! Shoulders...another handy spot for putting things. :)

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  12. Thanks for the laugh. I carry things and small animals around on my left shoulder... and in my bra (now, that gets some looks). :0)

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  13. I just bought some of the fabric in the middle pile, 6th from the top! It's beautiful! I want to own bolts and bolts of it!

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  14. Okeeee......this is one fun lovin post!

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  15. Hi STUFFED-how did you get that name ;)

    AM

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  16. You know, hiding candy in your bedroom must be pretty normal. When my husband and I were in high school I would mention wanting sweets, at which point he would reach under his bed and pull out a whole bag of Oreos!

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  17. You're normally so inspiring, but today I got a bonus with your comic relief! :-) We've got three kids and are adopting number four so I know all too well about the shoulder trick. But I bet you're better at it than I am, though- more experience ;-)

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  18. oh that made me laugh so hard!!! and you are not the only one with a teen that hoards candy at home! i am forever finding wrappers of sweets in the strangest places!

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  19. Speaking of candy corn and stashing candy...I happened to pick up (but not put on my shoulder) four bags of candy corn today. Did you know that Brachs now has caramel apple AND caramel candy corn??? I haven't tried them yet, I heard they were yummy so I got extra just in case they are good. I would recommend skipping the candy corn Hershey's kisses though...blech.

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  20. Fun post. Is there not a teenager that doesn't want their own giant box of some candy at Costco...

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  21. You crack me up! I love most all your posts, but this one especially!!!

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  22. I know my teenagers hoard sweets in their rooms, in spite of my ban on such activity. I rarely find the goodies, only the empty wrappers.

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  23. Fabulous post today! I balance things over my shoulder all the time, although usually it's a dish cloth that I use for spills, wiping hands, and grabbing hot things while I'm cooking. I love how your story came full circle.

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  24. *snort*
    funny stuff today!

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  25. I keep a kitchen towel on my shoulder often, but that's about it. Oh, and if I have crumbs on my fingers, I often rub them off of my shoulder. Weird. My shoulders are often crummy :-)

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  26. What a wonderful post to read. Great writing! And you made me stop and think how many times I have things on my shoulder. :)

    Teresa

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  27. OY! I can definitely relate! Can't tell you how many times I've gone out with a measuring tape draped around my neck. I quite like your shoulder trick....might even have to try it out next time I'm in need of an extra hand. Heaven knows us Mommies could use a dozen of them.
    All the best to you~

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  28. Wow you must have some seriously good posture or nicely developed shoulders (I have to make mine with shoulder pads) for things to stay there for long periods of time. I'm jealous. Seriously cute and funny story. LindaSonia

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  29. When heavy in projects, I *might* throw something on my shoulder. However, I will -without hesitation- throw a bag a cat food on my shoulder and walk around the store.

    Oh, and about candy corn -you need to listen to Lewis Black's standup routine on the subject -hilarious!

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  30. Thanks, I really enjoyed that!

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  31. LOL all over the place!!! I have 5 kids too and i use the crook of my arm for for my stashing stray items, thanks for the tip about the shoulder...... you still havn't answered about the Counting Crows! Love that band.

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  32. I can't cook without a clean kitchen, a sink full of soapy water, and a dish cloth on my shoulder. Never translated that to quilting or candy though...

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  33. Now don't be a tease, tell us the counting crows story!!!

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  34. Ana....Let her be. I'm 34 years old. Everytime I go back to Mexico I comeback with a case of cherry tootsie pops and stash them in my closet so my kids..(4,6 and 15) don't get them. Every Halloween I get so excited to see what they got, and they give up the toosie pops right away.
    Love the post...
    Gabi

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  35. OK i'm LOL about the shoulder thing, I've actually done that so since there are at least two of us doing that maybe a little normal?! and I also have a daughter (11) that stashes large quanaties of candy :) so maybe it's a little normal.

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  36. Hi Anna Maria! I just love to visit your blog...so much inspiration and beauty! I have the same shoulder issues...it's gotta be a mom thing! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful thoughts. xox..jenn (noodle and lou studio)

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  37. Oh you cracked me up! I sooo get you because I do the same thing! I am always draping something over my shoulder till it gets to where it's suppose to be! Too funny!

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  38. Great multi-tasking! I would have paid money to see the guy's face who looked at your shoulder of candy corn:)

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  39. Haha. I don't put things on my shoulder, but I do stash them under my arm. Last night I walked around and around with my son's pants stuck in my armpit. Mamas need more than two hands to we improvise. Cute post. Thanks.

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  40. I had to snatch up a copyof Country Living when I saw this ! Hooray for you !!:)

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  41. Well, of course I've done the shoulder thing but never in public with confectionery - oh, the shame!! I'm a 'still wearing the sunglasses on head even tho' it's dark/raining' kind of girl - v Victoria Beckham (if you know who she is yet - meaow!).
    Your fabric just sings in that Country Living spread - wow!

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  42. Sugarshop (Dena)4:36 PM

    What a funny story!! I love those kind of stories.

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  43. LOL...oh my. Since I put fabrics, tape measures, and kitchen towels on my shoulders all the time -- I sympathize, though, I must say, I haven't done it in a grocery store yet (clothing store yes...groceries no). And blow pops -- I had a boyfriend who was addicted to sour apple blow pops when I was in high school...hmmmn, been awhile since I had one.

    Thanks for the giggles. And I want to hear about the drummer for Counting Crows!

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  44. I was thinking of you today as I stuffed my face full of candy corn. What a great story!

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  45. OMG - I am laughing my heiny off over here! I do that with my shoulder too... it's weird, but I haven't had that happen before in a store - I love candy corn. Great blog! Inspiring too! Em

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  46. Hey - I love your blog and even more I love your fabrics!!! I bought some the other day for the first time. You have me for life!!! :)

    I made some pillows after being inspired by your scrappy ones last month.... I just slipcovered my sofa and loveseat and needed some pillows to make the room fun, so there it was - your cute scrappy idea was perfect! Thanks!

    love this story, by the way - and i LOVE candy corn!!! :)

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  47. I saw that picture the other day and was cheering for you :)

    I'm totally curious about your Counting Crow Encounter!! Do tell more!

    Have you ever mixed peanuts with candy corn?? I put that out for snacks during "Halloween Season". When you eat both the candy and the peanut it tastes like a soft payday candy bar :)

    lucy

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  48. You in the store with your candy corn on your shoulder had me laughing out loud! That's great stuff!

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  49. I can relate with you about the shoulder thing. I'm forever putting either socks,fabric and other items on my shoulder for safe keeping until I can put them in their right homes. I'm also know for putting my sunglasses on top of my head so that I can put on my reading glasses. :) Kate
    http://hummingbirdchats.blogspot.com/

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