kronman: (Always a Bigger Dino)

WARNING: Preschool related post...

There is a new show on Nick Jr called PAW Patrol. Wesley has fallen in love with it, and so of course he's been asking about toys. A quick search on the internet produces nothing but press releases from the Summer talking about the premiere of the show in August. Oh, and other parents looking for PAW Patrol toys for Christmas.

I decided to email Spinmaster Entertainment's Customer Care to ask. I expected an auto-reply with no promise of a personal response, but instead I received this answer from Tina:

Hello Erin,

Thanks for reaching out to us, we are super excited about the release of Paw Patrol and love to hear from fans such as your son!

Paw Patrol toys are likely to be released Spring of 2014, please stay tune!

They would make amazing gifts for Paw Patrol fans so we are anxiously waiting too.

Please let us know if you have any more questions


Spin Master Customer Care

There you have it, fretting parents. Paw Patrol toys won't be out in time for Christmas this year. Release a kids show in August with no toys until the following Spring? Someone screwed up their marketing big time.


Nov. 3rd, 2011 10:53 am
kronman: (Nautilus - TOC)

Due to several seemingly synchronistic occurrences, I've decided to mold my blog to better suit my current interests.

While I do enjoy food, I don't enjoy food blogging enough to focus exclusively upon it as my sole expressive outlet. It was fun for several months, but my creative flow started to feel restrained. I started to view blogging as a chore since I was limited to only food posts. I've tried to share my creativity through other outlets and social media such as Instagram and Pinterest, but it's not the same as showcasing your own creative space. Social media has its place, but I want to strengthen my foundation first.

Perhaps one-subject niche blogging isn't my forte. I have to try something else that inspires me. My tentative plan is to change The Odd Cupful into an umbrella site that will house separate sections for different categories of interest: food, crafts, photography, learning/personal development, etc. This way I won't feel limited to write only on one topic. I won't have an excuse to avoid writing as far as the medium is concerned. Thankfully the name "The Odd Cupful" works well for a mixed bag of interests, not just food.

"But, Erin, an umbrella site won't do well. How will you ever market your blog?!" Bitch, please. I'm doing this for my own creative outlet. This is what I want to do, and I'm excited to see where it goes. I'm going to ride this wave of inspiration and adjust from there. This new format will wholly represent my interests and concerns, so it's likely I'll be less hesitant to market my blog. I won't have to question whether I should even mention it.

Also, I'm considering ditching comments. "But how will you know if people like your content?!" People don't really comment. I know this because I don't really comment. Once I realized that those blogs with 200 comments per post typically had thousands upon thousands of people visiting their site, I didn't feel so bad that I could count my comments on one hand. Only a small percentage of visitors comment. Comments can foster a sense of community--if they are being utilized at all--but there are other ways to do that.

There are lots of other site elements to consider, but most of it is under-the-hood Wordpress configurations that I'll settle on as I redesign the site. The vision is forming in my mind, and I intend to share it. I'm not sure how long it will take me to redesign the site since I have a day job, but the end of 2011 seems like a good deadline.

And I'm stoked that the nautilus can still be my mascot.
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A few weeks ago I started a food blog--The Odd Cupful. I've been using it as an outlet to write, share good food, and work on my photography skills.

Come with me on a photo journey...there's yummy food! )
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My family isn't very supportive of bedsharing. Personally, I can't imagine my child sleeping alone in another room. (I don't even do well with him sitting in the back seat of my car where I can't see him!) I know it's not the "norm" for most families in the U.S. to share their bed with their children, but it's what feels right and works for us. I knew I wanted to co-sleep with Wesley's bassinet in our room, but I hadn't anticipated bedsharing.

Once I went back to work at 7 weeks postpartum, it just felt right to have him next to me in bed so I wouldn't have to lose sleep breastfeeding. I'm away from him for over ten hours each weekday. Why should I be away from him at night as well? He sleeps much more soundly and falls back asleep after brief wake-ups because he can feel me right next to him. I'm not worried about when he'll move to his own bed. He will when he's ready.

Mayim Bialik (star of Blossomshares her bedsharing experience.

Dr. James McKenna's thoughts and research.

A mother shares her bedsharing story.

Cat Rant

Mar. 15th, 2011 08:15 am
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I posted this thought on Twitter/Facebook yesterday, but I felt the need to grumble about it more in depth: we're in talks with an adoption agency to give up the cats. There are several reasons for this, 4-month-old Wesley only being one of the reasons:

1. Wesley. Travis and I work full time. We only end up having about an hour to ourselves in the evening after baby time, dinner, and chores (bottles, laundry, dishes, etc.) That hour doesn't usually involve cats unless I'm cleaning up after them. Wesley's not allergic to them as far as I know, but I don't feel good about all the cat hair that gets EVERYWHERE. I worry about keeping the house clean enough when he becomes mobile.

2. Cleaning up after them. I don't mind cat hair, but I do mind three cat's worth of cat hair that can't be shed outside because they're indoor only.  Even so, I don't mind it as much as my cats throwing up. It didn't used to happen very much, but now after almost EVERY meal, one of the cats will throw up--ON THE CARPET. I've switched food several times as well as feeding schedules, but it keeps happening. I've researched it, and all I can come up with is that it's something kittens will do before they mature. These guys aren't kittens by a long shot, but they were strays, so maybe it's something psychological? Who knows. I'm tired of cleaning up cat vomit. (Sure it's dry food, but ew.)

3. I have roommates, not pets. It's been four years, and I've been able to pet two of the three cats, but only on their terms. I can't pick them up, and they've NEVER rubbed on me or purred because of something I did. I don't have the time to work with them to gain their trust, apparently. They are comfortable in my house, but when either of us approaches them, they run. (And it didn't help that two years ago our house was broken into. One of the cats hasn't really been the same since then. He permanently lost a level of trust with us.)  I've read stories where people with strays worked with them for 10+ years before they were comfortable being held, but I just don't think I'm the right person to try to mellow out these cats. They're happy being in their clique, and they need to be split up to accomplish anything.

There are other benefits to giving up the cats such as getting back space in the areas of the house they live in, being able to get whatever furniture/curtains I want without the fear of them being scratched, getting back money from food and litter, etc. I know I've been content to let them amuse themselves, but I think it's time for them to move on to another home that can give them more attention.
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Shortest day at work ever! Three people were out, so I was called upon to do all sorts of things today. I actually welcomed it because we've been so slow lately. I decided early that it was going to be a good day instead of a hectic one as I was inspired by a friend's Facebook status: "Can't find a hair band large enough to hold my hair. I'm intending for this to be my biggest problem of the day. How bout you? biggest prob?".  I responded with "My biggest problem today was picking out which album to listen to on the drive to work." Since I'd already encountered my biggest problem, why have any more problems? It made for many smooth encounters that otherwise might have been "difficult" on any other day.

I should resolve to have good days more often. ^_^

What was your biggest problem today? ;)
kronman: (Exchange Park Pirate)
Apparently Star Wars and Adidas have gotten together to produce a clothing line. While I'm not the sporty type, the Princess Leia looks pretty fly.

Check out the otherwise basic commercial made epic by a brief appearance from Daft Punk:

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I keep finding more and more reasons to appreciate Lady Gaga. For those of you who only know her for catchy pop songs and too much skin, read her Wikipedia page and a few interviews; her sincerity and demeanor will surprise you. (I would venture to say she is definitely an ISFP--the quintessential artist.) This morning I happened to find myself at her IMDB profile where I found a quote that I really liked:

My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn't think the photos were commercial enough... In my opinion, the last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.
And more from her Wikipedia page:

She has six known tattoos, among them a curling German script on her left arm which quotes the poet Rainer Maria Rilke:
In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself, must I write?
Lady Gaga described Rilke as her "favorite philosopher," commenting that his "philosophy of solitude" spoke to her.

When I'm writing music, I'm thinking about the clothes I want to wear on stage. It's all about everything altogether—performance art, pop performance art, fashion. For me, it's everything coming together and being a real story that will bring back the super-fan. I want to bring that back. I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.

She is a true artist. I may not enjoy every song or outfit, but I know I will never be disappointed by her.
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"There's only one thing in life you can be sure of: you will die. Once you are born and take your first breath, you begin to die. You have to be prepared at all times." While several of my coworkers scoffed at the 70-year-old contractor for blatantly spouting the "fact of life" as he called it, I smiled thoughtfully in my office. I knew he was right.  

One of the young ladies was taken aback and proclaimed, "How negative! I don't think of life that way." "You might want to start thinking about it.You might even go before I do! I'll be ready to go when my time comes." This came from a man who has worked almost every day in his adult life. "You people who work here need vacations. I don't need 'em, cause I don't work. If you don't enjoy what you do, it's work. I enjoy what I do so it's not work. Life is beautiful." After several more minutes, the lady received a phone call, so the contractor said his goodbyes. She protested, but he insisted that he had to continue on with his day. He told her in one last jibe, "I'll be going so you can have a good day." True enough, I think she'll have something to think about the rest of the day.

This is one of the last places I expected to hear this type of conversation. But of course, at the end of the day, anyone can be enlightened. There is always a choice.
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Pattern purchased from Little Cotton Rabbits.
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I'm almost done Christmas shopping, but there's nothing knitted under the tree this year. When I realized this, I decided that with the two gifts left to get, one should be knitted. As I tend to crochet the smaller items, I wanted to try knitting a small animal for my Secret Santa exchange at work. This year's theme (decided upon by me) is "Green Christmas" where I'd like everyone to give a gift that is reusable, repurposed, recycled, or handmade. (I urged everyone to at the least wrap their gifts in fabric, newspaper, or something that they already have instead of buying new material.)

I perused Ravelry for all of 30 seconds before finding this adorable little guy. He's no Nautilus, but I will definitely be making a family of them one for myself after the holidays. I somehow have an overabundance of tweed shades of brown, so I have more than enough to make a few hedgehogs.
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Mom and Dad are practically begging to give me money for a down payment. o.o Not that they will be able to give me much (I figure $2500 tops) as they are both retired, but I appreciate it greatly. I didn't even have to ask!

Travis stayed home sick yesterday, so I persuaded him to call the lender that my boss recommended. We should have no problem prequalifying for a loan. We're making an appointment to go see her (and hopefully one or two more lenders). If the other lenders offer similar rates, we could really have a shot at buying the house. Basically if we can negociate the price of the house down a bit and bargain for the seller to cover some of the closing costs, we'll be in business!

The only difficult part will be selling my mobile home. Anyone interested in a 2004 double wide in good condition?
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So I'm aware that I haven't been posting in regards to OBP often, but life has been uber busy this month (for reasons negative and positive). I do not have any pictures at the moment as I'm at work, but I will post a few pictures of my current projects later this week.

OBP activities I've done (almost) nightly over the past two weeks:
-Currently knitting Fall-colored socks. I work on this at least a few minutes a day.
-Apple Crisp for dessert last week! Pumpkin muffins are planned for later in the week.
-I'm going to a costume party this Saturday in a pirate lolita outfit. I made all the jewelry and am currently working on staining/painting a wooden treasure chest purse.
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This year's Blog Action Day topic is Climate Change. I have been on an analytical self-growth bent lately, and this week I realized that maybe cleaning up our environment has inspired me to clean up me.

I remember writing a story in 8th grade related to global warming. I tried to picture what the world would be like one hundred years from now if temperatures continued to rise. What I ended up with was a Christmas in New England similar to a Christmas in Australia. It was a strange idea to visualize one of my favorite holidays so differently, and that humanity could prevent it if we changed our lifestyle.

Life has changed since I was in 8th grade 14 years ago, but not at the speed my 8th grade self would have liked. Captain Planet and Ferngully are just other forgotten cartoons. Environmental concerns have come back "in fashion," though, and I can tell by the amount of "green" items you can buy. Items made to last and be used longer than desposable counterparts (such as reusable shopping bags) are wonderful ideas that I hope will continue to become part of our culture again. It feels responsible and honorable to buy a well-made item that you know you will pass down to others in your family because it will still work and work well.

Much in the way I chose to lose weight when I reached a stable point in my career, now that my self-confidence and outer image are stable, I've decided to work on my inner self. I'm meditating again (I did for a while in college), which is yielding peace of mind and clarity. I've felt compelled to study different religions, and I've gleaned understanding on so many levels. I'm far from where I want to be, but I'm walking my path more confidently with no regrets. It feels like I'm starting to live my inner life congruently with my outer life.

Some things I have been doing to live greener:
-recylcing when possible
-cutting out chemical cleaners and bathroom products when possible
-staying conscious of the items I purchase and the packaging's recylability
-starting to thrift more instead of buying new items
-cooking with fresh ingredients to reduce waste
-growing my own spices
-the husband and I work at the same job, so we only have one car, and it's a hybrid

Websites that have helped me with tips on "greening" my life and myself:
Care2 - I especially enjoy reading articles by Deepak Chopra
GoVeg - If you want to take the leap to vegetarian, vegan, or just want more information
Meatless Monday - Going meatless once a week is a way to save money on food
kronman: (Exchange Park Pirate)
I've been invited to a costume party on October 24th by[ profile] morganskye, so I decided to put together a pirate lolita outfit. Since I only have a week and a half until the party, I'm going to make it quick by picking up some items from Bodyline (their shipping estimates my order from yesterday should arrive Saturday--how speedy!) and making some accessories. Here's a checklist for those interested, but mostly for my reference:

  • Skirt changing the charms or switching chains if I have time
  • Shirt (I was going to buy this shirt for Fall/Winter anyway)
  • Hat idea: mini tricorn made like this; pick up items from Michael's/JoAnn's/Walmart this weekend (lace, ribbon, feather, beads, etc.)
  • Boots: My Babycakes
  • Stockings: black tights (have already) or something pirate-themed from the Halloween store
  • Accessories: Pirate/Nautical charms for necklaces and bracelets, skipping the eyepatch, possibly making a treasure chest purse if I have money and time
  • Hair ideas? I'm thinking either swept into a side ponytail or pulled back since it would really show my curls (a la Marie Antionette) Anyone know of a drugstore or other store that has the Hairzing or something like it? It looks like it could work with an updo, and I want one anyway.
kronman: (Fly away)
I am indeed in a "learning" phase of my life.

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
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