Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good for the environment. . .but will it be successful?

So I am considering the strange idea of indoor vermicomposting. I know it may sound weird, but basically you can build an indoor composting system using redworms. It may gross some people out, but it sounds really easy. You just use two smallish rubbermaid bins, drill some holes, add some newspaper and a handful of dirt, and then add vegetable and fruit kitchen scraps as you make them. The worms keep it from smelling, as long as you don't overfeed them. From what I've read, people haven't had added household pests. It can be kept outside as long as its not too hot or too cold. (Which may be never here in Illinois.)It would cut down on garbage that goes out each week, hopefully cutting disposal costs. It would allow us to make our own natural fertilizer for our plants, which I think would be very beneficial for the rotten soil we have in our backyard. And like it says in the title, it would be good for the environment. I'm not sure if I could stick with it though. . .would I just be starting another un-enduring habit? I'm interested to hear what people think about this.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My bad habit. . .

So I have a bad habit of starting things and never finishing them. Ok, maybe not necessarily finishing them, per say, but I have a bad habit of starting hobbies, and then getting bored with them. I have a sewing machine in my garage that I was never really able to learn to sew on, because no one I knew, knew how to show me and was available at my whim to show me whenever I needed them to. I was afraid I would break it if I tried to teach myself. I also have 2 acoustic guitars, from when I learned to play in college. I really got into for a brief period, about 2 years. I pick it up occasionally, but not often. I love to cook. This hobby has not died off, but taken a hiatus until I am able to cook real meals without retching at the smells. Once this happens I will be back to experimenting with more recipes again. I just got a new camera, and I hope that I really can learn about it and take really awesome pictures! If not, it will still be used for regular pictures. I also really, really, really want to grow my own vegetable garden, but I am so afraid that I will either ruin it, or get started and fizzle out half way through the growing season, and all the poor little plants (investments), will die off. So I need to choose rugged vegetables that will continue to grow without much assistance. I also need a bigger yard if I am to tackle this project. Otherwise our whole yard will be vegetables. Anyway, I am posting some pictures I took with my new camera. Comment on them if you want. They are simple, and maybe boring, but I'm just figuring out settings and such.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Where does the time go?

Ok, so I am extremely aware that it has been ages since my last post. I have also been extremely aware of many other such unenjoyable things in my life. However, I spent my last post complaining about all my pregnancy symptoms, so I will spend this post trying to focus on something else.

I'm not sure there is anything else. . .

Needless to say, when I was pregnant with Maggie, I thoroughly appreciated the relatively seamless pregancy. An acute lack of the usual complaints that surrounded me from all of my pregnant friends. Never did I once take it for granted that I had an easy pregnancy. I was continually telling God and my husband how thankful and lucky I was. So why this punishment? Who knows?

I would like to say, at least I am seeming to be on the mend. It appears as though I can have a sip of caffeine now without curling up in the fetal position due to a migraine that I cannot take any medication for. Hurray for me! I also ate in a restaurant without having to leave or make an urgent trip to the loo. Another hurray!

So I can't complain too much. I do have to comment on an aspect of this pregnancy that also has me puzzled. Those of you who know me, are well aware that I tend not to be much of a cryer, however, it does not take much to make me cry at this point in time. (Also something I did not encounter while pregnant with Maggie.) Lets make a list of Sam's most recent cries:
1. I'm hungry but nothing sounds good. . .sob
2. Jeremy threw out the rest of my Tastefully simple Farmer's Medley dip (accidentally). . .weep
3. I don't think Maggie likes me. . .boohoo
4. The slightest suggestion or opinion about anything that I am doing, whether it be home or work related. (Sorry to those I work with.)

I can only think of one time that I cried unnecessarily with Maggie, and that was when the dog chewed my flip flop, and I flipped out. I was hysterical, and called Jeremy freaking out about how I can never wear them again and they are the only thing that don't hurt my feet, I got them in Texas so I can't replace them, blobbity blah. Upon closer inspection the next morning, I realized the error of my ways. Clearly the dog picked them up with her teeth, and then realized her mistake. They were very much wearable, and are worn to this day. The things we go through to build a child.