Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Family Circle, July 1977

This July 25, 1977 issue of Family Circle features some hot topics:

"How to stop family fights"
"Easy knit and crochet fashions"
"Stencil magic"
...and this fab photo feature on summer tote bags. Makes me want to grab one and head on down to craft store and pick out some macrame string and a gritty brown fired ceramic mug.

FYI - Grandma Sue has kept this copy because several of her favorite recipes -- including a quick-n-easy lo mein -- are hidden within. The main ingredient of the dish is Top Ramon noodles but hey, let's not look down on the lo mein. Last week she made a big ol' vat of the noodle goodness and we wolfed it down like nobody's business. Grandma's lo mein rocks.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The choice.

Faced with this selection my mantra is "Make good a good choice." I repeat this mantra over and over as I stare into the black depths of our vending machine at work.
What I really want is chocolate. I crave it. I die for it.
I won't fit in my pants if I eat it.

A good choice.

Well, it's not a bad choice.

The ducks are back!

I swear these are the same ducks that hung around our parking lot last year. Where were they all winter?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


The geocache log we signed yesterday in Napa...(read the next entry to figure out what we were doing...)


Annabelle and I started geocaching. If you haven't heard of this, geocaching is kind of like a high tech treasure hunt. Using GPS coordinates, players around the world look for hidden "caches". Once you find a cache, you trade little trinkets inside it or sign little log. It's so much fun!
After a few days of on and off searching, we found our first cache at the Napa Library yesterday. Actually, Annabelle found it. What a rush!
The mini "cache" container was attached to something metal (don't want to give it away) using a magnet to hold the metal cache in place. Inside the little mint tin was this tiny log and a few little trinkets. More than 50 people have signed the log, from as far back as 2008. Very cool. We took a crystal and left a quarter.
At home we logged onto geocaching.com to log our visit.
A friend at work and I are looking for another cache hidden at Fuller Park in Napa. Annabelle is dying to find another cache.
Updates to follow...

For-eva 21

Thank you Allie for letting me borrow your new necklace today. Isn't
it fun? I've seen similar in Juicy Couture for big bucks but this is
from Forever 21 and cost $8 I think. Chunky gold deliciousness!

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Basketball Column Part II

After joining a local basketball league, the littlest Huffman has become quite the mini hoopster.

She dribbles. She passes. She’s on offense. She’s on defense. She runs up and down the court in a spiffy new pair of white and lavender basketball shoes. (Hey, if you’re going to play the game, you might as well have cool shoes.) She hasn’t learned how to spin the ball on one finger like the Globetrotters do, but give her time.

For more Surrendering to Motherhood, click here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Party with the Seniors!

I go to a Spanish class every week at a senior center. The club room
is religiously decorated for every holiday. This week they had a party
for St. Patrick's Day -- check out the bar set up! Party with the

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stand up!

And be counted!

I feel all "red white and blue" inside about filling out our census form. For one thing, I love questionnaires. Something about giving my opinion, I guess. Second, this is one of those few times when you feel like the government really needs your help. Besides paying your taxes, I mean. They want to KNOW about ME. Really, truly. And no, I'm not one of those conspiracy nuts who thinks they shouldn't give any info to the government. The census was our Founding Fathers' idea, you know. George Washington would want me to reply.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Basketball Column Part I

A few months ago, the littlest Huffman made a surprise announcement: She wanted to sign up for basketball.

She is the first Huffman daughter to play basketball and the only basketball game I’d ever seen involved the Harlem Globetrotters, so I really didn’t know what I was getting into. This could be fun, I figured. Maybe she can learn some of those cool tricks like spinning a basketball on her finger. And if that doesn’t work out, the season only lasts seven weeks. How tough could it be?

For more Surrendering, click here.

We're gonna be counted!

I love how organized the Census is so far. Today we got an official Census letter announcing the actual official Census letter coming next week. It's like a friendly heads-up from the govt. Don't you worry Uncle Sam, we're ready to be counted!

Friday, March 05, 2010

This is my boss.

He's wearing my favorite tie, a Nicole Miller.
Note: He usually isn't wearing that smirk.

16 years ago...

She came to me. And I have adored her 90s fabulousness ever since. Note: This is a Nicole Miller Barbie called "Savvy Shopper."