Thursday, January 29, 2009
As I was heading into the shop, I noticed this woman with a sign near the door:
"Pregnant mother of two. Just lost my job. Anything helps!"
Now, as a big city resident who uses public transportation and works in the heart of downtown, I see these signs daily. I'm asked pretty much every time I leave my office if I can spare some change. And I'll be honest, I don't. I choose to donate my money in other ways. But this woman, who couldn't be more than a few years older than me, made an impact on me. I smiled and said, sorry, I don't have any change, as I jetted into the store to look for some non-nutritional, non-essential items.
While I was contemplating which salsa to buy, I started thinking about her. I was thankful that my hubby and I both have good jobs that afford the basics and the little luxuries we cherish so much. I didn't need to be in that store buying nacho ingredients, but I was, because I could. So I got a couple of bucks for my change, folded them up and walked out of the store.
I smiled and handed her the money. She smiled, got a little misty, and said, "Thank you so much!" I got a little misty and headed to my car. As I was getting in, something caught my eye. I turned around to see that she was SMOKING!!!
I think my mouth actually dropped. I was outraged that 1) she was smoking while pregnant and 2) that the money I had just given her could possibly be used to buy more cigarettes. I should have taken that money to buy some food (which was my first instinct - some apples, and milk or something but decided cash was better). While it was only $3, it still outraged me to see her endangering her unborn child's' health (and I'm guessing she smokes around her young kids too).
I think if I see her again, perhaps I'll remind her about Washington's state law that prohibits people from smoking within 25 feet of an open door, window or ventilation system, meaning she'll have to do her smoking and panhandling in the middle of Phinney Way. Perhaps she'll think about it twice then!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The week started off with a fabulous new President! I still had the high of a new leader for many days.
Then, it was a treat beyond words to come home to find new doors with windows where the wall of plywood used to be!!!! They are beautiful new French doors that actually close all the way!! No more winters of stuffing old dish rags in the corners and "sealing" them with duck tape! Of course, we still don't have a view due to the scaffolding and plastic covering, but at least I can see my construction worker friends again!!
And as I wondered how the week could get any better, it did. We got a brand new washing machine!!! After 8 loads of laundry, I'm pretty much caught up! However, the vacuum cleaner still isn't working, but hey, I'm going to focus on the positives for now!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Now, the vacuum cleaner has decided it too doesn't want to work.
Oh, and did I mention the in-laws are due for a weekend visit in 48 hours?
Don't worry, I've got it all under control. Instead of one, big, looming pile of dirty clothes and towels taking over the back hallway, I've decided to spread out the dirty clothes piles around the house on to the areas of the carpet that really need to be vacuumed.
See....it's all under control over here.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
And now I'm confident things will change. It'll be a long road. And a hard road. But a journey I'm looking forward too.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
(Here's a partial view of the deck construction. It was the best pic I could get)
You see, the construction foreman personally called to tell me that our ceiling replacement project would only last "about three weeks." That was more than two months ago. And I swear the ceiling is getting worse. And lower. I don't how that's possible. But in this mess, I wouldn't be surprised.
(The ceiling of the entry way.)
The only upside to this is the amount of organzing and purging of crap that we are doing. Sunday was another day of reogranization, furniture rearranging, several trips to the dumpster and another big ol' trip to Goodwill. Once this construction project is finished, I'm going to be amazed if we have any belongs at all.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I think I'm going to have to pull out the iron. Either that or I need another Arctic blast so I can start wearing my warm winter sweaters. Or I need a heat wave so I pull out some of my spring/summer clothes. At this point, I don't really care. As long as I don't have to go to a laundromat or -heaven forbid - iron anything.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Stay tuned for pictures to be posted soon. For now, I'm going to sit back, relax and curl up under my pretty new wrap.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I may have to iron something that's clean, but shoved in the back of the closet. Because the one thing I hate more than laundry is ironing.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
(I think my mom helped with this photo)
(Here the photographer experiments with different lighting techniques). Thanks for the pics dad - they are great!
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I learned how to make socks, knit a number of baby gifts, tried my hand at sewing and canning, shopped and cooked locally, finally picked out my first big girl sweater and actually bought the yarn for it.
So what does that leave for 2009? Well, now I have to actually start said sweater! I don't necessarily set resolutions for myself, but more of a few goals that I'd like to try and achieve. As a Type A list lover, it's perfect for me:
- Do more sewing
- Start/finish the February Lady Sweater for myself
- Take in more culture events such as art/photo exhibits, concerts, etc.
- Read more
- Brush up on my French for my March trip to France with my mom and sister
And finally, the big one for 2009 - become a grown up and buy a house! (Preferably one with a craft room, but I'm not going to be too picky on this one. I do need a craft closet though. There's way to much stuff to not have a closet for the craft goodness!)