Screw German Engineering, I Want Une Petite Fille

Once upon a time… from Capucha on Vimeo.

When (if) I get pregnant next, can I pretty please have an adorable pinch her cheeks she’s so cute inexplicably French daughter? I will consider moving to France or Canada to arrange for this possibility. I’ve already looked into the requirements for immigrating to Canada and I can at least commit to those regulations IF they will give me her or, okay, really just someone almost exactly like her but mine (I’m not a baby snatcher or anything like that, I want one of my own, not yours) and you know, if hubby says okay. It’s his sperm after all.

If you are this close to birthing French speaking babies after seeing this video, too, you can get another temporary fix (or several) at Capucha on Vimeo – she even has an RSS feed.

And yes, I’m aware that the story she’s telling in this video is like five shades of crazy. I happen to find it endearing. The accent helps with that.

Oh and thanks to Amy @ Knitty for posting this in her blog and giving me one more reason to wish I was pregnant.

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Bling Special: It’s A Two-Fer

Patrice over @ Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman just awarded me with not one but TWO awesome bloggy awards – she must ❤ me like well a person who really ❤ ‘s another person, huh? Thanks Patrice, I ❤ you, too. So, who wants to check out my newest bling? Seeing as there might be something in it for you, I’m thinking you should take a gander at…

The rule for this cute little award is to give it to 10 blogs I love at least


much, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, I love these bloggers even MORE than that – and let me also tell you, I thought this would be easy peasy, and then I made a quick list of my bloggy essentials – and there were thirty of you at least – so if you don’t see you’re name on this list and that surprised you, you can guess you were in my initial round up and know that it was with heavy heart that I eliminated you from the round up. Anyway here are ten (of the 30) bloggy friends who I’d either take a bullet for OR give this award:

But we’re not done there folks! The next award from Patrice is all about BOOKS – ooohhhh – now you know why I won it. First, here’s the bling:

I know all my book loving friends right now are swooning and going, “Pick me, choose me, love me!” Well before I do that, here are the rules: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences…The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

Okay, so unfortunately none of the books I’m reading right now are anywhere near me, I’m trying to keep temptation at bay so I’ll focus on my NaNoWriMo novel (and you see how well that’s working out…) but I lucked out because for some reason when I was digging around the piles of stuffs on my desk I found a book and it’s interesting – like, “Darn, if I’d known you were here this whole time, I wouldn’t have had to go to the library last week…” But I digress, here’s a passage from the book I’ll be reading when I’m done with the three on my “nightstand”:

Around us, parents, kids, and teachers were shifting to stations that had been set up around the perimeter of the gym. Drama club, math club, surf club, cheerleading. And of course, the snack table. I wondered idly what kind of cakes Laura had brought, but it didn’t really matter. At the moment, all I cared about was my brilliant and accomplished daughter.

-From California Demon (The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom) by Julie Kenner

I know if you read the excerpt you’d never guess it came from that book, but that was page 56, sentence 5, so there you go. Sorry for the lack of stakings and action-packed-fun. If you’d given me looser parameters, I’d have cooked up something better for you. Something like:

She kept one hand tight around my neck, but to reach the drawer, she had to shift her weight off of me. When she did, I twisted, then managed to get my hand out from under her and around to my back pocket.

By the time she realized what I was doing, it was too late. I had the ice pick out and aimed. And in one snap movement, I drew on all my strength and slammed the thing home.

I know, I’m a cheater – but isn’t that a way better sentence to entice you with (from page 101 by the way)? Your welcome. Okay, here are the five people I’m choosing to play along to this fun game and claim the above bling as their very own:

Congrats to all you proud new-bling owners – use it well!

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Aloha Friday: Martha vs Maxine

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blogland anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Before we begin the questioning, I’d like to ask that you read the following tips from two leading experts on house work and house wifery – and remember, there will possibly be a pop quiz at the end:

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom

of an ice cream cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake!

You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it, anyway!

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix. Keeps in the pantry for up to a year.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake

mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

Go to the bakery! Hell, they’ll even decorate it for you!

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a

peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant ‘fix-me-up.’

If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that’s too bad. Please recite with me the real woman’s motto: I made it, you will eat it and I don’t care how bad it tastes!.  Also, Butter helps just about everything.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the

refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Celery?  Never heard of it!

Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust

before baking to yield a  beautiful glossy finish.

The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include

brushing egg whites over the crust, so I don’t.

Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away.

Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink!   All your pains go away!

If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dish washing gloves.

They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.

Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Leftover wine???????????    HELLO!!!!!!!

So this week, I want to know…

Are you a Martha or a Maxine?

For more Aloha Friday particpants, just head over to An Island Life!