After the kids went to school, I wasn't sure what to do with myself. I usually run! I somehow got the idea to make a shirt to wear to the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Sunday (I'm only spectating, not running). I asked on Facebook if any of my readers are going to be running the half or full marathon on Sunday, and quite a few people are! So I figured a Runs for Cookies shirt might help them recognize me.
It's going to be cold that day, so I made a sweatshirt instead of a t-shirt. I just bought a cheap $6 sweatshirt at Wal-Mart, and I used 2" stencils to trace the letters onto double-stick webbing. Then I cut the webbing and fabric together, and ironed on the letters. I sewed just on the side around each letter.
The letters look black here, but they are a dark denim from an old pair of jeans. I threw the sweatshirt in the washer when I was done, hoping the edges of the letters would fray a little, but it may take a few more washes. I think it turned out cute, and it was super easy and cheap to make!
I have a bunch of pictures on my phone that I took with the intention of writing about them, but just forgot to. So here is a random collection of this and that:
Remember when I wrote about The Kitchen Safe that was on Kickstarter? They were looking for backers, and I pledged $25. I thought it was a brilliant idea! (It's a small safe that only opens when the timer reaches 0. You can set it for however long you'd like. There is no way to open it until the time runs out.) So my Kitchen Safe came in the mail last week. I've managed to keep Nutella in my house without even eating it. I set the safe to open each morning at 8:00, in case I want Nutella with an English muffin or oatmeal for breakfast. I haven't wanted it, so I just reset it for another 24 hours.
I saw this ChapStick at Wal-Mart yesterday, and had to get it. The Cake Batter one smells just like cake batter. I wasn't as crazy about the Velvet Cupcake, but it's kind of fun to have yummy flavors of ChapStick!
The kids always want to play games with Jerry and I, but I am sick to death of Go Fish and Uno. So we found this game called Beat the Parents. The kids are on a team, and the parents are on a team. You take turns asking each other trivia questions. The questions for the parents are stuff that the kids would probably find easy, but Jerry and I were clueless about--like the age of the man in the movie Up, for example. The questions for the kids are things that the parents would find to be a piece of cake--like "What type of animal is Black Beauty?" (my kids guessed "beast" hahaha).
Anyway, the game was pretty fun, but the kids were beating us badly. It was definitely more fun than Uno!
While I was in Illinois, Jerry asked the owner of the corner store to special order my favorite beer. There are three well-known low-calorie beers: Miller 64, Bud Select 55, and LaBatt's 52. Well, when I was losing weight, I discovered that regular old Beck's Premier Light only has 64 calories. It's not marketed as a low calorie beer, though.
I'm not a big beer drinker (obviously, since I choose to drink the
|Somehow, Jerry got me to switch from wine and chocolate|
to beer and pretzels for a bedtime snack lately.
Noah brought home an Asian pear from my parents' house one day, and I had never tried one before. He kept raving about it, and he asked me to cut it up for him. While I was cutting it, I took a bite, and I immediately fell in love. They are SO good! They look like a giant yellow-ish apple:
And this is what they look like when cut up:
They taste very sweet, and have a lighter, fruitier taste than other pears. The flavor almost reminds me of a melon. The texture is like a cross between an apple and a pear. Actually, these are marketed at the store as "Apple Pears". Anyway, my mom ordered a tree for her house, and asked if I wanted one, too. So I'm hoping that in a few years, we'll have fresh Asian pears on our tree!
Anyone else discover any interesting finds lately? Feel free to share in the comments!