Friday, January 11, 2013

Keeping Busy

I thought that once the holidays were through I would magically feel less busy. Not true. It still feels a little crazy over here. This past weekend we mostly stayed in and tried our best to organize/get rid of things a little bit more. Didn't really happen. Clementine has had a crazy schedule lately. No naps, partyin' until 11pm, etc. At least she is cheerful while doing these things. I had the whim to change my hair this week. It is still a work in process. I started out dark brown/red and have progressed slowly to a pale pink. The goal is pale lavender. I think I can get there with a few more tries. First I bleached my hair on Saturday night. It lightened to a gold and orange combo. I gave it a rest for a few days and bleached again on Monday. This made it mainly gold all over. Then I applied Splat Lusty Lavender (who comes up with these names?). Now my hair has turned a light pink/magenta. I like it enough, but it isn't the color I was shooting for yet. 

 I've kept up with my Martha's Month tips. Here is what Martha has recommended to be done:

January 5th
What Martha did:
Cross country skiing in Vermont.
What I did:
Vermont is on the opposite side of the country and the one time I went cross country skiing when I was little we got lost and I had to pee in my snowsuit. I just haven't been into skiing since then. I briefly entertained the thought of walking on SW Vermont Street here in Portland, but I don't really care for that part of town. Instead, I made some sparkly snow playdough. I had to cook the playdough for a lot longer than the recipe called for and I had to add a lot of extra flour to make it less sticky. But, Clementine, Jeremy, and I had fun playing together with it.
January 6th
Clean and wax floors
Okay, I didn't really get around to doing this until yesterday, but I did it. Minus the waxing. They are already a mess again. :(

January 7th
Download February issue of Living on iPad.
I don't have an iPad. I have a Kindle. Living on the Kindle isn't free with your print subscription and from the reviews on Amazon, it sucks. Apparently it doesn't have the lovely interactive qualities that the iPad edition has and is more like a PDF. You need to work on that Martha.

January 8th
Schedule doctor and veterinary appointments for the year.
Okay, I got around to working on this today. I cancelled my dental cleaning earlier last year (like in March!) and I finally rescheduled it today. It felt good to finally do it. But I'm a little scared to find out what is happening in my mouth. We'll see....

January 9th
Prune apple trees; save branches for kindling.
We have two apple trees in our backyard. One is a baby and doesn't need any pruning yet. The other is a mess and I honestly don't know where to start. Jeremy's dad usually does our pruning anyways since he is a retired landscaper and does such a nice job.

January 10th
Blank. Nothing.  Martha has no tips or recommendations for readers today. But, it is a "trainer" day on the calendar today.
I ran on my new treadmill tonight that came on Wednesday! It was fantastic! I haven't worked out since the beginning of December when I had a membership at L.A. Fitness. My workout buddy moved across town and riding my bike on SE 82nd is way too crazy of a thing to do in the dark. I like living. I was able to order a treadmill that was on sale at Amazon for the New Year. Jeremy helped me set it up last night and tonight I was able to watch some Netflix on my Kindle while doing a 35 minute run. YEAH! 

Overall, this month is off to a great start. I feel like I'm getting things done that I wouldn't have if it weren't for Martha telling me to do it and I'm having fun with it too.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy Birthday Jean Pigozzi

Today was a fun filled day for Cleme and I. We had a long play date that kept us very busy.  Still, I have been keeping up with Martha's Month for January. Yesterday, the calendar gave me the reminder to mulch my gardens with recycled tree boughs arranged in a crisscross pattern. First off, this lead me to the Google search for "mulch." 

According to Wikipedia, mulch is:
 "A mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of an area of soil. Its purpose is any or all of the following:-
  • to conserve moisture
  • to improve the fertility and health of the soil
  • to reduce weed growth
  • to enhance the visual appeal of the area
A mulch is usually but not exclusively organic in nature. It may be permanent (e.g. bark chips) or temporary (e.g. plastic sheeting). It may be applied to bare soil, or around existing plants. Mulches of manure or compost will be incorporated naturally into the soil by the activity of worms and other organisms. The process is used both in commercial crop production and in gardening, and when applied correctly can dramatically improve soil productivity.(1)"

My guess is that after taking down all of those Christmas trees on Wednesday, somebody at Martha's house had to chop up all of those trees and crisscross those branches all over the place. Unfortunately for us at the Tiedeman house, our tree is a fake white one that I got at a Joann's Black Friday sale about 4 or 5 years ago.

 Probably wouldn't help out the soil too much to hack it up and crisscross it all over our garden beds. Oh well. Maybe next year. Since we made the decision to stay in Portland next Christmas I have toyed with the idea of getting a real tree next year. They smell so nice and apparently they make great mulch if you crisscross their boughs.

Today, Martha has suggested to upload holiday photos to post on your blog. I'll admit, I was slightly miffed when I received an email notice yesterday from Martha Stewart inviting me to visit her newest blog post showcasing her holiday photos. Not fair Martha! You jumped ahead. She was supposed to do that today. I guess she was all energized from mulching and just went for it. Why put off today what you can do tomorrow? So with that, I present some holiday photos posted on my blog:

 Cleme was awesome on the ride home back to Portland. She slept for about an hour and a half.
Jeremy's parents crafted this little play kitchen for Cleme. It has the sweetest little shelves and knobs. Jeremy's mom even sewed some little curtains, potholders, and dish towels for it. Cleme loved it. She was cooking things in her little Ikea pots and skillets the rest of the time we were down there. Another successful present was this Melissa & Doug Latch puzzle. Cleme kept very busy trying to open and close all of the little doors.
 PS- It was also noted on Martha's Month that today is Jean Pigozzi's birthday. So, I Googled "Who is Jean Pigozzi?" 
Jean Pigozzi is a businessman, photographer, and owner of the worlds largest collection of contemporary African art. Of course. Here is a fun Vanity Fair article about him:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Years Resolution

While I haven't figured out everything I want to work on or improve this year, I did have one idea that I wanted to try. About a month or so ago I was reading the new issue of Martha Stewart Living next to Cleme while she was taking a bath. One page that I usually just glance at and then turn the page really caught my eye, "Martha's Month- Gentle reminders, helpful tips, and important dates for January." Have you ever really looked at that page? The things listed on this calendar! Martha is crazy! I thought to myself, "What if I tried to live this next year like Martha? What if I tried to do everything that she told me to do in her monthly calendars? Well, today I started to "Live la Vida Martha." After taking off yesterday for New Year's Day, today was the first day in January that Martha had a "gentle reminder" to take down the Christmas tree, pack ornaments and holiday linens. BOOM! I did it already Martha! LAST SATURDAY! While you were just sitting around writing thank you notes (according to "December's Martha's Month). All day long I imagined Martha (or Martha's people) packing up all those ornaments from ALL those trees she has from ALL of those houses and felt very pleased to already be done with it. Martha has me beat on the thank you notes though. I'll get to those soon. It was also labeled as a "trainer" day. So I strapped a 23 lb weight (Clementine) to me and braved the blustery winds to walk to the grocery store and back. If Martha can do it, I can do it!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I'm baaaack

Oh man! I thought it had been about a year or so since i had last posted. Looks like it's been just a little bit longer than that. Yikes.
Anyways, things have slowed down here enough that I am starting to revert back to Normal Allie. Not Allie the Mom or Allie Who Works at Guapo. New Normal Allie. I even read a book this week. I haven't been able to do that in ages. I thought it was very fitting that the first book I read this year was, "The Reader" It felt amazing to read a book. I'm going to try and read one a week this year. We'll see.
This year is already off to a quiet, sweet start. Jeremy and Cleme slept in until 11 this morning. While they were sleeping I made banana bread. The rest of our day was spent hanging out at the house cleaning, organizing, and reading books with Cleme. Perfect.
Here is to 2013. I love you already.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Saturday soap

Saturday soap
Originally uploaded by alliemaries
This afternoon I made 4 batches! So fun. I made a red velvet cake soap, sweet orange chili pepper, gingerspice latte, and banana smoothie. Can't wait to cut them up tomorrow!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Citrus Linen Soap

Citrus Linen Soap
Originally uploaded by alliemaries
The very first spring soap I made. I think with the holidays and everything I just felt too busy to make any soap lately. I had SO much fun tonight doing it. I am making more for sure very soon!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

365 in 2010 Day 4- Chocolate Peppermint Soap

This batch of soap was created after I bought a bum batch of peppermint tea bags. The bags weren't stapled closed and when I put them in my cup the leaves got all up in my hot water. So as they say, "when life gives you peppermint tea, make peppermint soap." So I did. I added a little dutch cocoa fragrance oil and the whole thing smells like a Andes Mint.