Thursday, March 29, 2012

Brain via Bullets

the.state.of.things

* hihowdyho

*I'm sorry this post title sounds like a surgery documentary that I would cover my eyes through.

*That Anna (the other one) is too nice. What started as her making fun of me to my face (which is what helps her keep her job) ended with her saying very nice things on my blog.

*She was promptly scolded for that.

*Kidding. I wuvher.

*If you were to photograph the inside of my brain right now, I am certain it would look exactly like the above.

*That is my book cover.

*Kidding again.

*Last night I walked by Isabela hunched over the dining room table trying to draw something with her left hand and I overheard her mumbling I wish I was both-handed.

*Good thinking, I told her. Then I spent five minutes staring at the ceiling and wondering if I were both-handed would I also then have enough coordination to be able to type with one hand and sew with the other? Which would do which? Hm.

*I am so looking forward to getting on the other side of my book deadlines for many reasons not the least of which is the fact that I can actually hear that giant expanse of prepared soil that I worked on all last summer begging me to plant, plant, plant. I hear it. It has a kinda whiny voice. That could be my own voice in my brain I imagine.

*But reporting back on how that cardboard method of weed control is going: AMAZING! Just a few weeds that are the springy type kinda sitting on the surface and really easy to yank out.

*We are planning a vegetable garden in the back yard which we've never done, and thinking it will be a built raised bed, and also the kids' responsibility. The weather is telling me we better get going. They seem excited, and especially when we all talk and plan together. I'll report back.

*The neighbors are getting chickens.

*No fair.

*I told the kids if they take good care of their vegetables this year then we will consider chickens next year.

*I know that chickens are not much like vegetables. But they will both be in the back yard. And they do taste delicious together. Although we just want their eggs. And to give them swanky old fashioned names. The chickens, not the eggs. Yea. I'll do some reading. Promise.

*Some kid called the house the other night and asked for Nick

*I told him he had the wrong number

*Pause

*Pause

*Is this #xxx-xxxx?, he asked

*Yes, I said (duh)

*And Nick Horner doesn't live there? he replied.

*ooooooooohhhhhhhhh NICOLAS? I exclaimed. I'm sorry I thought you said MICK.

*I didn't think he said MICK. I made that up fast because I was too embarrassed to admit my denial and therefore mental incapacities with regard to my son's NICKname. I really had no idea who that kid was talking about. Nick?

I do hope you're having a good day, xoxoxoAM

54 comments:

  1. Thank you.
    It's good to smile, and laugh, too, even in the midst of my own *long pauses.*
    (((hugs)))

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  2. Both handedness would be amazing!
    I don't think the sides of my brain work independently enough to, well, make that work.

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  3. I was not so fast thinking last summer when my son's camp counselor asked his name. My son said "Luke" with a nod...I said (puzzled and scowling a bit) "No, It's not, It's Lucas. What are you talking about?...oh wait, are you trying out a nickname at camp (mortified son starts to walk away...)...hey, that's a good idea...wait where are you going...Lucas? I mean, Luke??"

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  4. I read the book "Bake the Bread, Buy the Butter" and have wanted chickens ever since.

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  5. I can totally relate with you on the name thing. Our boy has been Alex, always Alex from the day he was born (even though his full name is Alexander). So it was a suprise to me when I found out a few weeks ago that everyone in school calls him Alexander. (I know I filled out the child information sheet specifically that he went by Alex) I guess it is because there is an Alec in his class as well as an Alexis. I asked him if he would like to be called Alexander at home as well and he said "No mom, but you can quit calling me Allie." Boo hoo, my little guy is growing up.

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  6. That photo may not be the ideal state of the inside of a brain but it's so fun and inspiring for the crafty-minded! :)

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  7. Hahaha! You sound as scatterbrained as I am these days! Thanks for sharing your funnies and the eye candy. I love random bright pictures. :)

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  8. reminds me of the horror to hear teens calling my son Nate- really?! Is two syllables really that hard The mommy person thought to self. But the reality was I was glad he had a nick-name. thats a beautiful mess youve got there. It would be funny to get the three of us in a room, Anna, Anna, and Anna. ;0)

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  9. I had a son last week and we named him Nikolai. Already the nicknames have started. It pains me that my husband calls him Nicky. It was inevitable, but it bugs me.

    Good luck with the deadlines, I know what you speak of...

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  10. Check out my friend Anne's blog about her chicken raising escapades. Amazing!
    http://lifeandtimesofcrazyann.blogspot.com/

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  11. I absolutely love the quick thinking with the name. I've totally done the same thing, but I couldn't save myself with quick thinking. And I hear you with the gardening. Mine is whining, too, but grad school keeps me indoors.

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  12. When salespeople ask me if my mom's here (I am fifty and sound like I'm twelve Haha) I say "no". Well, she isn't!
    A blogger friend of mine has diapered one of her chickens so it can stay in the house. Have you thought about designing them? She used a pretty fabric :) with a liner to make clean-up a snap! If you get to be both-handed you could diaper a chicken and a baby at the same time.

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  13. HowD, Gots the goods on cardboard gardening & chicken rearing... http://www.freeyourfat.net/2012/02/is-chicken-poo-for-you.html ...p.s. the related posts will lead you to Ruth Stout author of Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent. Cheers to you!

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  14. Even your disjointed stream of consciousness thoughts are fun. I love to read your blog.

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  15. That is so funny! All of it, I mean. Especially the part about Nick. And the chickens. Thank you for this post. Those lovely scattered thoughts are exactly what I needed on a blah day like today. Its nice to know there are other humans out there. :D Never change, Anna Maria. Never change!

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  16. You're such a character.

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  17. We have always wondered why my mother calls my daughter Emily, Emlee. No, mom, Emily has three syllables not two.
    And get chickens. They are wonderful. We have lace wing Wyandottes and they are very friendly, beautiful and our four hens give us each an egg a day.

    Sue

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  18. Loretta6:56 AM

    Chickens are great, fun to watch and the eggs are delicious! Just ask my three, Marge, Wanda, and Flo. Have fun!gicharec

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  19. I can so relate to the tangled brain web.

    We're starting our first full year of a vegetable garden. Highly recommend raised beds, and a picket fence. It's so drn cute e en if inside is a weedy mess. Check out Square Foot Gardening. Foolproof I'm told.

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  20. hahaha! nick is cute... i'm sure i would do the same thing. i named my two youngest ollie and eislee and i am constantly mixing the poor girls names.... they have similar nicknames too... buoy and ewey.... yes, seriously.... it just happened :)

    http://phishybee.blogspot.com/

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  21. My Mum was not too embarrassed to not know who my husband was when he called their place one time.. She said she wasn't sure if it was her nephew Paul, her brother-in-law Paul or my hubby, but he was super chuffed all the same ;)

    BTW, get chickens.. We love ours so much and have 13 (including our little bantam rooster Murray). So fun to pick all the names (and sometimes let the kids have a name too..

    Besides Murray we have Ethel, Birdie, Snowy, Fifi, Goodie, Tweedle-dum, Tweedle-dee, Hickory, Chicory, Foghorn, Maggie and Wedge-tail Eagle. Can you pick the names the kids chose ;)

    Thanks for a lovely post!

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  22. Loved that last one about your "Mick" wink. So, um, we got ducks. I like them better than chickens because they don't have sharp beaks, don't scratch up the garden (chickens will make a mess in any garden you let them in) and the ducks still eat lots of bugs. We're hatching more Indian Runner ducks this spring. The Indian Runner duck eggs are just like chickens - no one can tell (though we do tell them!). Anyhoo, just a thought.

    Plus, then you can name them Waddles and Duck-duck and such.

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  23. Did I mention this the last time you were talking about gardening? Try "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew. It's a really handy way to think about raised-bed veggies -- how densely to plant them, and then how many you really want of each kind of plant. Or at least it'll give you a really good reference for when you over- or under-plant something, just have the kids keep a gardening journal! "Two square feet of radishes is too many. Two square feet of onions is not nearly enough!" etc.

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  24. Chickens are way easier then vegetable growing, believe me. In the UK we have allotments - small plots of land that you rent annually from the parish council to grow your own food on (a WW2 thing, I think) and my allotment is so much more labour intensive then my girls. Get chickens, they're ace. (However, fence in the area you want them to live right from the beginning as they tend to adopt a scorched earth policy about everything alive in your garden.)

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  25. Two thoughts-- for gardening: at all costs, plant some brandywine and cherokee purple tomatoes-- absolutely the BEST!
    --- I have read a number of backyard chicken books and if you are only going to read one the one to read is "City Chicks"... ther are so fun to have around! Old fashioned names would've been fun, but the kids named them before we had a chance: Baby Princess, Glitter Rainbow, Sally, Kate... lots of eggs!!

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  26. So glad to hear that other people have 'Mom' moments too!
    My husband is trying raised beds for the first time this year. So far the neighborhood cat has been the only one to use it - much to my husband's fury.
    My kids have been asking for chickens too. But when I, the farm girl, said that once they quit laying eggs we would be eating the chickens....chaos ensued in our household. Sooooo, no chickens for now.
    Hope your vegie gardening goes well. The kids are going to be helping a lot more with the garden this year at our house too. The vegie garden that is. I haven't let them touch my flower garden yet. ;-)

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  27. Hi Anna..

    You very2 creative.. i like your by hand made..

    i'm a wife too and also do what you do.. make a accesories by hand

    GL Anna

    Zara

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  28. CindyG4:31 PM

    Get the soil with the moisture retention stuff in it! Last year my tomatoes were beautiful and everything else was dried up.

    And, I'm thinking maybe you need a nap! :)

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  29. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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  30. I could so totally do with the both handedness thing, too. Although I might just skip the typing and use it to stitch two projects at once. Sooooooper stitcher!

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  31. ok, you are incredibly talented... and hilarious. you really made me laugh (good thing I wasn't having any coffee near the screen).

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  32. You do make me laugh, which is a good thing after a night without too much sleep!
    First, get chickens my friend and I did last week, they deserve old fashioned names - I was allowed to name one, Mrs Beeton - the kids did the rest. I've fallen in love with them already and in a slightly madcap way have started tweeting all the gossip from the henhouse @FlockTalk. Insanity I know.
    Raised beds are excellent and help combat our heavy clay, English soil. Keeps things tidy too which is a bonus when you've got lots of things you want to do.
    Thanks for the laugh and the creative inspiration

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  33. Anonymous6:02 PM

    Hi Anna Maria! Christos Anesti! (I think that's right, yes?)

    I posted a new topic in the AMH Sewing Patterns discussions (re: Art Student Tote cutting query), so when you've come down from the bacon high (if it's like in previous years in your home), I'll be grateful for a response from you or your interns or workers.

    Many thanks! Efcharisto!

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  34. I also wouldn't accept the fact that my boy is not called by his full name. i'm still not used to that!

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  35. Oh, AM, I love reading your blog. I too have a Nicholas and my brain does.not.compute Nick. Who is this Nick to whom you are referring?? Thank you for your inspiration and for keeping it real!

    Sue from Australia.

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