Ring Ring Ring

Do you remember your first phone number? How about your best friend’s? Do you remember your grandma’s from when you were growing up? 

There are some phone numbers that are hardwired into my brain, most of which are no longer useful to me. But they’re still in my head (along with my address when I was 5, and my locker combination from 9th grade).

While I can tell you my zip code from 1979, I don’t know the number to MaM’s school. Or the Fox’s. Or my boss’s. My smart phone, has, in away, replaced my brain.

MaM has started calling her friends from school- and they have started calling her. Since we ditched the landline years ago, they’re calling my mobile phone. I’ll be honest, it’s making me twitchy.

We tossed around our options- we could get our landline back, or we could get a mobile “house” phone. Since Leilan works for the phone company, it turned out that getting our landline back was the most economical option. I’m also glad to have the landline back in case of emergencies- should the kids ever need to call 911, the first responders will know exactly where they are. And if we ever lose power for so long that our mobile phones die, our trusty landline will still work.

We had just one problem once the tech reactivated our land line.

We needed to buy a phone. This morning I found a phone (with a cord! and a wire!) at Goodwill, and for less than $10 we got everything we needed. I excitedly wiped down the new accessories, and as I hooked it up, Leilan told the kids the news. They now have their own phone line (myself from 1986 is so jealous)! Here’s how that conversation went:

“Good news, kids! We have a phone for you to use.”

“Does it have apps? What kind of games does it have?”

“It’s not that kind of phone.”

“What kind of phone is it?”

“It’s a phone to talk on,”


Do you know what happens after you hook up a home phone and let your kid, who’s really only ever used an iPhone, use it?

She calls you when you’re upstairs. And then she ask you how to hang up the phone, because there’s no “end” button.  And when you leave the house, she asks you to call her when you’re on your way home.

It’s a brave new world, friends.


DIY Laundry Soap (Or, “Look, Mom! I’m on TV!”)

You never know where a tweet may lead. People laugh, but it’s true. It’s how I started writing for SavvySource. It’s how I’ve met some really good, now considered IRL friends. It’s also how I got on the morning news!

A few weeks ago, I saw a tweet asking if you made your own DIY laundry detergent. I replied back, because, even though I haven’t blogged about it, I’ve been doing that since September.

And then Beth Vaughn and her camera man came to my house to talk about!

Here’s the story: http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/diy-revolution-sweeping-nation-as-families-look-for-chemical-free-cost-efficient-alternatives

The summary:  It’s true. A little super washing soda, a little borax, and a little liquid dishwashing soap, and boom! You can wash your clothes for nearly a year for under $10.

How cool is that?

Also, I kind of have a weird expression on my face here, no?

Winter Vacation 2012/2013: Sledding, Kale Chips and Container Gardening, Oh My!

Happy 2013, Friends!

We’ve been enjoying a two week break from our day to day routines, and as it draws to a close, I’m *almost* ready to pack lunches and my laptop and have a place to go on Monday. ALMOST(good thing I have a few more hours to accept this).

Snow dumped on us the day after Christmas, and ever since, my snow bunnies have wanted to be outside. Saturday we went sledding at Butler with friends, and they had a blast. Sledding in the winter is to swimming in the summer- they leave me at the door and go head first into the fun.

Post-sledding cocoa

We also made snow ice cream for the first time, and it was a frosty, tasty treat. Katie gave me the inspiration- she made her’s with milk and sugar, I did the condensed milk recipe I found, since we were almost out of milk. Amy documented both recipes. so click through to 4th Frog for exact instructions. We ate some the night we made it, and finished it up last night. You know what? It was creamier and less icy last night. I duly noted the results for next time.

After the kids go to bed, my new obession is kale chips. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to keep adding fruits and veggies to my diet, and I was feeling stuck. At a cooking club dinner a few months ago, my friend Cathy brought homemade kale chips, and I thought they were good. I found a handy post at Divas Can Cook, followed her advice and have become a kale chip chef! Kale’s kind of a super food, and I bought a week’s worth at the store for $1.49 so it’s a win-win all around.

After eating my tasty kale, I started thinking about gardening this summer. We have a patio, but what I’m thinking of using is the balcony off our master bedroom. We never go out there, it would be away from pesky critters, and I think it woud be a lot less buggy. It’s January, so I’m doing the logical thing and just dreaming/pinning about it on Pinterest, but I’m hopeful it will come to fruition.

In the mean time, it’s really time to start working on Listen To Your Mother: Indianapolis. That’s bound to keep me busy until all of this snow is gone (and then some).

This has been a post. I hope to write more of them, on a more frequent basis in 2013.

Til next time, Happy New Year, from the kids & our manatee!

There really is no explanation. Happy New Year!