Thursday, March 24, 2016

Randomly on Thursday

1. 'Stache's employer gave him his employer letter! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

2. This is a crucial piece of our adoption paperwork that we having been waiting on for three weeks. When you start thinking about your little girl living in an orphanage three extra weeks just because of one piece of paper, it's a little crazy-making. But now we have it, which means that we can make progress with our Dossier.

2. I've discovered bullet journaling. Its early yet, but I think it might be a beautiful friendship. It's a very flexible system, which I find attractive. When I use regular planners, I use about 10% of it very intensely and 90% not at all. Some days I absolutely depend on it, but many days I don't even pick it up. The bullet journal allows for that kind of waffling. There's a good explanation of how it works here.

3. Teatime with boys continues well.

4. I've been watching a very wonderful program called The Great British Baking Show, which has been particularly inspiring for Teatime. This week I made a modified Victoria Sandwich, which is a classic British Cake.


6. I did a half recipe of this recipe. A Victoria Sandwich is usually 2 layers with strawberry jam in the middle, topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. My version was one layer, topped with raspberry jam and Devonshire cream. It was a lovely combination, which Munchkin and I relished. Twinkle, inexplicably, prefers his cake without cream.

7. Next week, The Morning After, a compilation of musical and dramatic scenes, opens at Covenant College. It will run March 31-April 2. Using excerpts from many different plays, The Morning After explores themes of sexual brokenness and redemption. Very worth seeing! For more information, go here or email

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hey, Handsome!

I'm going to be honest. I don't have one of my usual wordy, clever and funny posts for you today. Today, it's pretty much about bragging.

You see, Christmas before last, I knit a sweater. It was a really handsome sweater. It was for my brother, who is a really handsome guy. And last week, this sweater and this brother were both at my house, and so I got a photo ... or two.

Libby, what do you want me to DO?

Staring pensively off into space

Trying not to laugh

Failing not to laugh

Am I going to be late? 

Are you seriously still taking pictures?

Libby, you're ridiculous.

Notes on the sweater: Knit from Vintage yarn* in gray and navy, based on this picture** but using Elizabeth Zimmermann's method for round yoke sweaters found in this book. (Although that link is for the new and improved edition and mine is the old and still awesome edition.) I made a wild guess of how much yarn to buy and ended up with enough extra to make a sweater for Munchkin.

*My second-favorite all-purpose yarn. Highly recommend. 

**Could we take a moment to discuss how much more attractive and friendly my brother is than that sweater model in the link? And how much more attractive his collar is than the collar on the model's sweater? What were they thinking?