Monthly Archives: December 2014

Seven Months of Chicken

Hazel is now seven months old.


My baby girl is an absolute delight. Hazel is up to four teeth – two top, two bottom. She can sit for long periods with no support, and is on the verge of crawling. Her plank position is textbook-perfect.

We avoided illness for almost seven months, but last week Hazel got a cold, complete with runny nose, icky cough, and general grumpiness. She is definitely on the mend, and I think she’ll make a full recovery in time for Christmas.


She’s intensely interested in everything around her, and would very much like to grab all the things, immediately.

Hazel loves bouncing in her jumperoo and rolling towards the animals. She also has a fascination with shoes, especially Jason’s.

We have tried to introduce “real” food to her, including purees of apple, sweet potato, butternut squash, and carrot. She uniformly rejected all of them. This is quite frustrating for us, because we LOVE food and don’t understand her resistance. She seems perfectly content to eat plain oat cereal forever.

This is, how you say, UNACCEPTABLE.

Other than her aversion to all food, she’s a happy and easygoing baby – even when sick. She babbles quite a bit, and we think she’s starting to make the connection between “mama” and me, and “dada” and Jason.

We are excited to celebrate Christmas with Hazel this year, and introduce her to our family traditions. I’m glad to have one last Christmas with breakable ornaments on the lower half of the tree!


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Waffles, the Verb: Part 2

Read Part 1 here.

So after months – nay, YEARS – of agonizing over the curtain fabric for the dining room, I found myself with one partially-sewn window panel and a broken sewing machine.

My sewing machine was purchased in 1978 by my father, as a Christmas gift for my mother. This may have been the worst gift idea of all time, bless his heart. I found it in a closet (unopened!) in high school, and thus commenced my slow and frustrating journey to amateur seamstressdom.

Anyway, the point of that tale is that my machine is old. It’s complicated to thread, nothing is automatic, and it seems to break on an alarmingly regular basis. The repair that currently has it sidelined will cost at least $75. Whine whine WHINE.

So I decided to get a new machine. I know, I know, that’s kind of terrible. The machine wasn’t totaled, and the new one cost way more than $75, but I waaaaanted it. And I had the money. And it was my berfday. So. New machine.

Did I mention I’m bad at making decisions? It’s appalling how much research went into the sewing machine purchase. But decide I did, and two days later a new Singer 7258 showed up on my doorstep.

This moment of glee was brought to you by Amazon Prime.


So far, it’s been amazing. I finished the curtains lickety split, using this tutorial from SAS Interiors. I even faked pinch pleats after seeing the idea on House of Hepworths.



Here’s a close-up of the tops:


And another look at the amazing goldfishy fabric:


The best part? I got them finished just in time for Thanksgiving. Yeay!


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