What to do on a snow day

By Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0 , , 0

Liam and I both have a snow day. He’s been sick for the past four days which means he’s already gotten more time on Minecraft than typically allowed, so I’m attempting to hunt down some appropriate crafts that we can do to spend the time. One thing I’ve never done with Liam yet is salt dough crafts, and I’m seeing a lot of great ideas for making Christmas ornaments out of salt dough around the internet these days.

To make salt dough all you need is water, flour and salt. Then maybe, since we are doing the Christmas thing, add some spices like cinnamon or cloves for a seasonal aroma.

1 cup salt
2 cups plain flour
1 cup water
1 tbsp cinnamon or cloves (optional)

Once you’ve made your ornaments you have to bake them in the oven on low heat for a few hours (200 degrees, two to three hours). Don’t forget to poke a hole at the top of the ornament before your bake it. Otherwise you’ll have no way to hang it from your Christmas tree. :-)

Here’s a tutorial with some step by step images to follow, in addition to some creative ways to decorate your ornament.


Or you could also try some of these:


Getting creative with handprints

Salt dough santa



Using stamps to make an imprint




Or just use cookie cutters

cookie cutters

What I’m listening to right now

By Thursday, November 13, 2014 0 , , , 0

I feel a little awkward about sharing a music playlist, because I have a rather messed up sense of musical taste. I know very little about the music world, I just know what I like when I hear it. I currently have a paid subscription to Rdio. It’s similar to Spotify except not as popular, yet I find it easier to use for some reason. Here’s a list of some of the songs I’ve had on repeat lately.

Baby Don’t Lie by Gwen Stefani

Nightcall by Kavinsky

One Day by Matisyahu

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

Of Gods and Monsters by Lana Del Rey (explicit language)

Ain’t No Grave by Johnny Cash

Worn me down by Rachel Yamagata

Below my feet by Mumford & Sons

The various things I wanted to be when I grew up

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014 0 , 0

I have a seriously non-stop busy day ahead of me so I’m picking something super easy from my blog challenge list.

Like most kids, my career goals changed often as I grew-up.  The following is a list of professions that I can remember aspiring to or at least imagining myself as.  I tried to list them in order from my youngest years to my older years:

1) Nurse (pre-school)

2) A dancer for Michael Jackson (pre-school to elementary)

3) Wonder Woman/Super Hero that could set things on fire with her mind (elementary school to middle school.  If I were being totally honest, I think I probably still have aspirations for this.  Minus the setting things on fire with my mind part.  It just seems a little unnecessary and a bit sociopathic.)

4) Belinda Carlisle. Literally.

5) Psychologist (I can remember doing a 5th grade career poster where I listed psychologist as my career choice.  I can remember it vividly because I spelled psychologist wrong.  I think that’s when I started to loose faith in the English language).

6) Teacher (middle school)

7) Historian  (high school)

8) War correspondent/journalist (community college)

9) Architectural Historian (college)

10) Librarian (post-college)

Being a Librarian sort of came along as a happy accident.  I worked in a public library while attending community college in Oklahoma.  At that point, it was just a job.  I worked in the children’s section which meant I got to do story time and sing nursery songs with adorable little kids.  I left after two years to pursue a four year degree and started working at the college library there.  Except this time it was a slide library, so it was a whole different experience. By the time I graduated, I knew I liked working in libraries but I didn’t have any real intention to pursue it as a career.  Instead, I wanted to work in a museum, specifically a historic building of some sort.  My true dream was to work in a medieval castle somewhere, but they tend to be few and far between in Oklahoma.  Shortly after getting married, I landed a position as a docent coordinator at the Price Tower, a Frank Lloyd Wright building in Bartlesville.  I really really disliked that job.  So I quit and literally walked across the street to the public library I had worked at before to see if they had any positions open.  Providence was on my side.  The youth services position had just been vacated.  My first day back on the job, I felt like I had come home.  I kind of decided then, that this was it, this is what I want to do.  The city was kind enough to help pay part of my tuition to go back to graduate school to get my MLIS.  So far, being a librarian is working out pretty well. :-)