Posts from the ‘Just for fun’ Category

2010 in review

Thought this was interesting.  🙂  Got this in the mail yesterday.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 54 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 508 posts. There were 51 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 88mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 24th with 143 views. The most popular post that day was All aboard the potty train.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for clay aiken, fanny pack, google memes, potty, and silicone muffin cups.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


All aboard the potty train January 2009


Trauma and the cancer patient June 2008


Cider Vinegar Fly Pool of Doom October 2007


Review: Silicone Muffin Cups January 2009


Fairy Wings October 2008

Blogs to read this summer

Now that it’s summer, I have time to catch up on my blog reading.  I’m going to share two today that you must go check out.  You just have to.  Because I said so.

1) Rhythm of the Home is really more an online magazine, but it’s one of the coolest places in the internet.  It has wonderful articles on crafts, recipes, and children, but also some very meditative and thoughtful essays on ways to live our lives.    I am easily caught up in little details and its nice so find a place that reminds me  that little things and simple things are not the same.  I’m going to try and do some of their ideas with my own children this summer.

2) Pioneer Woman  There are so many reasons to go visit her website.  Amazing recipes, the loving chronicle of how she and her husband met, the endearing stories of ranch life.  But right now, if you go for any reason, go see the photo contest she just held for Memorial Day.  See if you can keep from tearing up.  See if you can.

36 Part 2

We ordered Chinese for dinner tonight and were enlightened by our various fortunes.

Mine was very classic:

The boys’ were strangely related:

Then L read hers.  And we asked her to read it again, just to make sure she wasn’t being funny.

Lives in China, Yoda does, apparently.

Top Searches

I’m always amused by what google searches people come by my blog.

For the last few months, it’s been “Clay Aiken”.  And “potty boy”.  It used to be “Wash’s Eulogy”.  The new top is “Fanny Pak” (as in my love of ABDC, which I haven’t been watching as much due to the working thing.)

My other funny thing is my blog now has enough people reading it that it is on the first page of google searches.  I used to be like 4 pages in.   Crazy.  I guess this must be my 15 minutes.  Probably should come up with something witty and poignant.

Maybe tomorrow.

This little light of mine

Last night we made soy candles for the kids’ teachers.  J and I had gone to a ceramic show last month and found these lovely tiny pots (made by a knitting friend of mine).  I had been trying to think of fun things to put in the pot (honey, spices, tiny plants…) when I remembered reading that you could make soy candles in the microwave.  We bought the stuff at Joann’s and on the tip of one of their employees used an old crayon for color instead of the commercial dyes.  We also added apple pie scent to it. I figure, who doesn’t like apple pie?  This was a very easy craft, but I admit I was a little paranoid about the hot wax and the kid’s pouring abilities to let them do much more than affix the wick and peel the crayon.  They still had a good time though and are now making festive bags to wrap them in.

Sawyer Sawyer Locke

I found this while I was cleaning this weekend.  Drawn by the girl.

so now I wonder – if underneath all the junk in her room is a hatch.  Maybe I should start checking her math homework for the number sequence.  Hmmm.

And yes.  I do have the Sawyer Song stuck in my head.  Again.

Zune Shuffle

Two things.

Yes.  I have a Zune.

And I’ve never done the ipod shuffle post. You know, the one where you put the ipod on shuffle and list the first 10 songs.  So here it is.  My musical taste in all it’s weirdness.

1. Gallows Pole – Led Zeppelin.  Reminds me of high school and Laserium Zeppelin.  heh.

2. Goodbye Love – Rent.  Well we all knew I love musicals.

3. Helplessly Hoping – recorded by me and two of my friends actually.  We used my ancient microphones at school.  And yes.  I do have recordings of our trio on my Zune.  I like to listen to us.  Reminds me of fun times.

4.  Missa De Beata Virgine – Josquin Des Prez – I’m a music geek.  What’d you expect?

5. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette.  I’m officially old enough to admit publicly that I listen to her in all her angsty bitter greatness.  🙂

6. Hotwax – Beck.  Love Beck.  One of my favorite concerts.  Although my friend and I were probably closer in age to the moms in the audience who brought their jr. high kids. “I’m the enchanted wizard of rhythm.”  How can you not love lyrics like that?

7.  Love’s Recovery – Indigo Girls.  Yeah.  Love them too.

8.  The Lowlands of Holland – The Chieftains and Natalie Merchant.  Pretty song.  But not my favorite on the album.  I actually got this cd from a student.  One of the best presents I ever got.  Love it.

9.  I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Feel Get Over You – Colin Hay.  He’s still got it.  Long after “We come from a land down under…”

10. Sissyneck – Beck.  Again.  See #6.


So there you go.  A tiny glimpse into what’s on my Zune.