Giving Thanks, Day 4 and 5: Slugs and Grandparents*

*Not necessarily in that order.

Day 4: Giving Thanks to the Creepy Crawlies

Yesterday, we took a trip down to the Bloomington Handmade Market, which is sort of like a regional, in-person Etsy. In other words, AWESOME. I had wanted to scoop up a few unique things for Christmas presents, and I had no problem doing that. I also had no problem finding a few things for our own wee babe.

While perusing the wares, we found these adorable stuffies. I was enamored with this bug-eyed monster, a platypus, and a slug and wanted all three of them. Thankfully, Chris helped talk me down. I am thankful for handmade goodies, slugs, and husbands who encourage the selection of the most odd/unique option.

20131110. A stuffie slug for the sprout.

My alma mater’s official mascot is the lumberjack; however, the unofficial mascot is the banana slug. Go, slugs!

Day 5: Giving Thanks to Crafty Future Grandparents and Handmade Gifts

Between both our sets of parents, I think this kid is going to have things well covered in terms of grandparents. Chris’ parents visited this weekend and not only brought us a signed copy of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s latest book, but they also gifted us with an absolutely amazing, barnyard-themed quilt for the babe. Seriously, I think I squealed incoherently for several minutes when my mother-in-law first pulled it out to show us.

20131110. Baby quilt from Grandma Lynn.

Chickens, goats, pigs, horses, sheep – all the major barnyard players make an appearance.

20131110. Baby quilt from Grandma Lynn.

Goats and chicken wire and swirlies. Everything a baby needs.


Giving Thanks, Day 3: Curbside Urban Scavengers

Today, I send a shout out to all the CURBSIDE URBAN SCAVENGERS/DUMPSTER DIVERS in the South Broad Ripple Area. You see, sometimes we have stuff we don’t want anymore. Some of it we put on Craig’s list, but a lot of it just isn’t worth it to try to sell for a few bucks.

However, it turns out that our curb the night before garbage pickup is much like our own personal Freecycle. You put something out, and it magically disappears before the first garbage truck hits the street the next morning.

It’s a win-win: all we have to do is get it to the curb, and the end recipient benefits, whether they use it themselves or find a way to sell or salvage it.

Here are just a few things that have been salvaged from our curbside:

  • A black standing dresser and cube storage unit (put out after work, gone by the time we got back from Bradley Method class. MAGIC!)
  • My awesome yet incredibly heavy old school desk
  • A full sized bed spring
  • More clunky end tables than I care to count
100829. boombox's new friend.

That beautiful 70s armchair in the background? That was a prize for one of the curbside scavengers of Bloomington, IN, before I moved.

Sometimes I wonder if we’re on the curbside scavenger circuit.

Giving Thanks, Day 2: She’s a Bird

Pretty much every day since we got her as an adorable pup, I’ve been thankful for Birdie. I won’t say it was a total whim to get her, but I also wasn’t exactly planning for years and years to get a dog. After all, we had two cats, five chickens, and two humans already occupying our 1/8-acre / 1200 square foot house. Was there really room for a dog?

The answer: absolutely. Getting Birdie was one of the best decisions we’ve made as a couple, I think – right up there with getting chickens, buying a house, and getting married.

TODAY’S THANKS: So while I am thankful for many, many things about Birdie, today I am specifically thankful for Birdie’s expressive, hilarious ears.

Today’s ears:

20131107. Birdie and her ears.

Ears of Birdie-days past:

The original shelter photo that forced us to fall in love with Birdie.

20121030. Birdie's sweetest face.

20121104. We are the best snugglers.

20121123. Birdie and her heater.

20130410. Birdie's spent grain biscuits - before and after.

20130119. Warm January day at Holliday Park.

November: The Month of Thanks (Day One: FAT-KID SNACKS!)

This summer during the Growing Places Indy summer urban farming/yoga/good living apprenticeship, we talked a lot about approaching life with an overall perspective of gratitude, thanks, and abundance. I quickly found that, the more you look at the world through such a lens, the easier it is to express your thanks, to be positive in the face of not so great things, and to generally live a positive, giving life.

Three months later, of course, it has gotten a little harder to live a life of gratitude, day in and day out. Work can throw you a curve ball, or maybe you get sick and feel like utter crap. It’s hard to maintain gratitude when situations around you are less than ideal.

So on this gray, rainy, blustery day and in the spirit of the month of Thanksgiving, I’m going to highlight one thing a day for which I am thankful in my life. Big, small, profound, silly, it doesn’t matter. I’d like to get back into a mode of thinking where, no matter what, I can recognize the good around me and, more importantly, spread that thanks around a little bit.

TODAY’S SHOUT OUT: GRATITUDE TO ALL THE FAT-KID SNACKS OUT THERE – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Today, I am thankful for my latest fat-kid snack*: rye toast with avocado slices and extra sharp cheddar cheese.

*I briefly lived in San Francisco post-college, and my roommate, Charlie, introduced me to the concept of fat-kid snacks – essentially, any snack that you know you probably shouldn’t be eating/will make you fat if you eat too many of them, but you can’t help yourself because they are SO GOOD. I remember his newfound fave at the time was Nilla wafers spread with peanut butter.

Other genres of fat-kid snacks:

20110817. our first food stop.

State fair fat-kid snacks!

20121225. Making new (food-related) traditions - cinnamon buns.

Holiday tradition fat-kid snacks!

first "solid" food.

And actual chubby baby-snacks! No, my nephew Ben was never a “fat-kid,” but this is a clear expression of how fat-kid snacks make you feel – like you want MOOOORE.