Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nephew Inspiration

So far I've been busier on vacation than I have been at home in the last few months.  I've spent 2 night at my seester's, hanging out with Flower and Laughter.  I went to church at my first call congregation and have had coffee with 2 wonderful women from that church.  On a sad note, I attended the funeral of a man also from my first call.  He was one of my favorite people there, and he and his wife were always so sweet and caring, not just to me, but to everyone.  He was also the great-uncle to some of my dear friends from high school (small world).  The Bean and I made some really disgustingly delicious chocolate peanut butter cookies the other night.  I got to hang out with Tink and Pippi on Tuesday for a couple of hours.  And now the BFF and the nephew have been here since Friday afternoon, and The Bean is also spending the weekend.  It's been a good week and has gone too fast, like all weeks in Montana seem to go.  The nephew is currently hanging out in his Spiderman pjs watching Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 before going to bed.  So in his honor, here is a selection of Spiderman shoes.

These kind of scare me, actually.  I know Spiderman's eyes look like this, but these shoes just look mean.

I like these a lot, even if they do have a giant-ass spider on them.

Awwww.  The nephew needs these.



Eeek...mean baby shoes.

Mean but snuggly slippers.

I like these better, of course, because of all the blue.

Sadly the BFF and the nephew have to go home tomorrow.  They never get to stay long enough, in my opinion.  I shall enjoy them while I can, so I must go now.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Bean's Extradordinary Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Another day of sleeping in (but not spending nearly as much time in my pjs).  Today I got to hang out with Pippi and Tink, which is always awesome.  They are getting so big!  Tink is in kindergarten and Pippi is in 2nd grade.  Neither had homework tonight, but both wanted me to print out math and handwriting worksheets for them.  Then I had to grade them.  They both got 100% on the ones that I graded, and no I wasn't being kind.  They really are brilliant!  The Bean had to do actual science homework tonight and she was less than thrilled.  After dinner the Bean and I decided to try a new cookie recipe.  It had peanut butter, cocoa powder, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, and Reese's peanut butter and chocolate minis.  Oh yeah, no calories there.  They turned out pretty well, and we had fun making them.  Tonight's post is named after what we named them.  Non-sequiter:  did I mention that both The Bean and Double A are only about 2 inches shorter than me now?  It's so weird to be able to basically look them in the eye.  So, I know I've already done cookie shoes, but in honor of tonight's successful cookie experiment, I'm going to do some more.

I love how detailed these are.  I'm not sure I would have the patience or the talent to accomplish this.

With this shape you could make a bunch of different kinds of shoes.  From how these look, I think you could also do wedges and booties.  Notice I said you, not I.

For your more casual shoe cookie occasions.

These are "felt wool baby shoes with wool buttercream cookie buckles."  The booties are actually cute, but who thought they needed buttercream cookie buckles?  Weird.

Hmmmm...stocking stuffer?

These are even weirder than the first set of baby shoes.  Maybe if they were part of a Halloween costume?  Or you were celebrating Chinese New Year?  (celebrating in an American way, since fortune cookies aren't actually Chinese)  Should we have gotten a pair of these for Flower when she was a baby?

I've also done Cookie Monster shoes before, and maybe even these, but they are so cute, and must be posted.  I do love me some Sesame Street.

On a final note:  It's definitely winter in Montana.  I've only been here 3 days and my nose is already starting to dry out and bleed, and my skin is insanely dry.  Go, little humidifier, go!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lazy Day

It was a delightfully quiet day. I slept in, then hung out with Mom until it was time to pick the Bean up from school. She and I went to the grocery store and cooked a dinner of chili and cornbread together. The brother and Double A joined us for dinner. After they left I watched a little tv, read, drank some tea, and got ready for bed. Lovely. I spent a good chunk of the day in my pjs, which means I spent a good chunk of the day in my fuzzy socks. I know I've done fuzzy socks before, and I know they aren't shoes, but it's my blog, and I'll post socks if I want to.

We'll, you can definitely tell I have a thing for stripes! I could have sworn I chose pictures of socks with other patterns...

And this just makes me smile. Pretty sure I need to make a fuzzy sock puppet! 

I'm currently wearing turquoise fuzzy socks with snowflakes on them. I'm always so hot in California that I rarely get to wear fuzzy socks, so I have to enjoy it as much as possible when I'm home. I can even sleep in them! And yes, I know this whole post just proves that I'm weird, but I'm OK with that.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Purple Flowers for Flower

I got to be home to celebrate Flower's birthday today, which rarely happens.  Actually, she doesn't turn 9 until Tuesday, but her family party was this afternoon.  I always knew the kid was awesome, but she chose German Chocolate Cake, which is also my favorite, so she just confirmed her awesomeness.  We're cake twins.  She got exactly what she wanted for her birthday:  a bow and arrow and slippers.  So, in honor of my Flower, who loooooves purple, please enjoy these purple flower shoes:

I pretty much love all of them.  But now I'm going to bed, because even though my body should still be on California time which is an hour earlier, apparently flying and partying took a lot out of me.

PS--It's 17 degrees right now and it's awesome.  I'm pretty much the only one who thinks so.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


I'm currently sitting in the Salt Lake airport waiting for my next flight. I started the day in Sacramento and went to LA. From there to SLC, and from here to Montana! It's a long day and a dumb route, but the end result is totally worth it. I have a 3 1/2 hour layover so I'm enjoying some people watching. I'm also eating yogurt while sitting outside McDonald's, so I feel smug about my eating habits, but I really want some French fries. Obviously today our theme will be airplane shoes.

The PB needs these. I want a matching pair.

I think I need plane shoes for the next time I fly. I wonder if anyone would notice?

Also adorable.

These are hilarious. I never wear heels when I fly, but if I did they would be these.

Or I could run around the airport in plane slippers!

In approximately 6 hours I will be hugging the seester and the nieces!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hubby is the Big 4-5

Today is the hubby's 45th birthday.  Last year's post was about shoes and food, this year I'm going with sports and shoes.  Hubby grew up in Ohio, and I have learned more than I ever thought I wanted to know about the Ohio-Michigan rivalry.

There are a lot of Ohio fans at St. Someone's and the whole lot of them are obsessively crazy.  (BTW...the tennies are cuz the hubby doesn't wear heels.  The heels are for me, obviously)

Here's the thing.  The hubby is from Ohio, but he's a Michigan fan.  He's a traitor!  His family loves to call him when Michigan loses so they can rub it in. 

He didn't go to either school, though.  He played football for The University of Akron.  Did you know that their team is The Zips, after the zipper factory?  And yet, their mascot is a kangaroo.  I am befuddled.  But!  Today is also Pedro's birthday!  Here he is supporting dad's school.

I've already mentioned the hubby's love of The Cowboys.  They're actually doing relatively well this year, and I'm fairly horrified that I know this.

Not Pedro, though.  He loves watching football with Dad.

His favorite basketball team is the LA Lakers.  The heels above were listed as wedding shoes.  That's a major fan right there.

We even found Pedro a basketball outfit.  It really is purple, even though it looks blue here.

And finally, the favorite baseball team is The Yankees.   He has had these favorites since he was a little boy.  I *think* he watched them all win their respective series one year and has loved them ever since.  I might be remembering that incorrectly.  I could look it up and see if that happened in a year in the 70s, but I'm lazy and I'd rather just snuggle this puppy curled up by my hip.

Pedro doesn't have a Yankees outfit yet.  We need to get him one.  And then we might have to get him his own chest of drawers to hold all of his clothes...

Happy Birthday, Hubby and Pedro!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Changing the Subject

I had the permanent crown put on today.  Holy buckets does my mouth hurt.  It had FINALLY started to ease off from the temporary crown and now it's back to fairly awful.  I'm really quite tired of my mouth aching, and it has, off and on (more on) since I got the wisdom teeth pulled.  Thank goodness my next appointment isn't until February.  In order to momentarily take my mind off my stupid mouth, I'm taking some more inspiration from the Pinterest Friend.

This was in the latest batch she sent me recently.  How cozy does this kitten look?

As I've mentioned before, I'm crazy allergic to cats, but I think kittens are adorable.  So what could be better than adorable kittens in shoes?  Even if these shoes are less than cute.

No idea what this cat is really thinking, but I like to pretend it just got caught playing with mom's shoes.


It's like accumulated cuteness.

Pensive kitten.  Love its little chin on its paw.

See?  Way better than stupid mouth pain.  And these cats don't make me sneeze and wheeze or make my eyes itch.

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