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Angry Goof Birds

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Turns out my family starts scolding me when I don’t blog as frequently as I say I will. Scolding has never made a difference before but I have to admit I am feeling a little tiny bit guilty now that not one but two family members mentioned it today. At least somebody reads! Just kidding. I love that you miss me, family.

I do have a few things I could blog today, and here I thought I didn’t!

The first being that we made some Angry Birds masks yesterday. I was thinking that nobody cared about Angry Birds anymore but apparently they are still quite the thing. When I went to a party store to look for some cheap sunglasses for the craft, I found a whole Angry Bird section with masks that cost less than the glasses I bought. That was kind of exasperating but I still think the craft I did is fun because some weirdos (like me) actually still enjoy making things with their own hands. Besides, party stores are dusty and filled with scary Halloween crap these days. Stay home and make something with my free printables instead.


even I tried one on

I even got in on the action.


I love this one of Bug acting scared. She’s such a great poser when she gets into it.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh!!!!! Untitled

And since we’re talking about funny, here is a funny thing:

Lately I’ve been setting timers to keep myself on task. I have too many projects to get done in the day so I’ve decided to work on each one for an hour. I do so by setting timers on my phone. I also have an alarm set on my phone to remind me to go pick up Bug from school. You have to understand when I get in the zone, I really get in the zone and sometimes I can’t tell the difference between four hours and one hour so I have to punctuate my time with loud beeping things. I’m a real joy to work with. Good thing it’s just me and the cats.

So today I’m working away and my alarm goes off at 11:30. I hit snooze twice and squeeze out one last little tiny illustration on a job that has absorbed my full attention so much so that I dream about it and think about it in the shower and forget to cream rinse my hair. Just call me the absent minded designer or something. Then I grab my purse and walk all the way to Bug’s school. I’m standing around by the wall where all the other first grader mothers hang out when they pick up their kids and wonder why I’m the only mother there. There are some teachers on the playground and I can see they are wondering what I’m up to. Then it finally dawns on me that the alarm that went off was to signal me to stop working on one project and start on another, NOT walk to Bug’s school.

Sheesh! I wasted fifteen minutes walking back and forth. But at least I got some extra exercise and made two phone calls that I otherwise wouldn’t have had time to make. Silly life.

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Other than that, all I’ve got is that I’m sick. Just a common head cold with a side of swollen lymph nodes and an earache but what else is new, right? I just keep on truckin’.


  • ioi

    :) At least you know you have family that reads your blog. You’re right though, there’s not a lot of motivation to write when there doesn’t seem to be any interest in what you have to say. I always figure that the blogging lulls just correlate to busier real life. :) At least that’s how it is for me.

  • auntie keren

    ….it’s only because I am SO nosy. And I miss you terribly, I miss our challenging discussions. And I like knowing even the mundane things that fill your day. It’s a respite for me, a distraction, a window into the world outside my ever shrinking circumstances. As with Joy’s blog, it lightens my heart and it punctuates my life with sweetness. Thank you for that.

  • bethany actually

    That’s like when you wake up at 2am and take a shower and get dressed and eat breakfast and head out the door to go to work…and then realize it’s the middle of the night and the reason you felt so exhausted was because you woke up five hours early. (Not YOU you. And not ME either. But that’s happened to more than one person I know!)

    I wanna know what the big job is! Have you told me about it?

  • Hil

    Hey! I just wanted to tell you tha I love reading your blog. You and your adventures with Bug always make me smile. Thanks for being you! Xoxo Feel better soon!

  • Yara

    I very rarely leave my kids somewhere they need to be picked up (what with homeschooling and all) but the few times I do, I always worry that I’ll forget to pick them up. When L2 was in preschool, we’d often stay at Starbucks or the park or the fabric store, all one minute from her school. I didn’t have a fancy phone back then ; )
    Also- what’s with the spider on your head? Was that just to give me a heart attack?

  • a. kathy

    Even though I don’t always comment i’m always checking for new posts. Will I see you in Shadow Hills next week-end?

  • s

    I work from home and set my work alerted for similar things especially when I had to be outside for the kindergarten bus. For that one I also set my kitchen timer as backup so I hear ya!!

  • Lety

    I have to set my phone alarm on early release days, I have forgotten but remember right at release time. Thankfully I live close to the school. I don’t comment much, but I do check in every other day. :)

  • Kuky

    I don’t use alarms that often but when I do I use an app that has an alarm that I can customize with what I want to be alarmed about. Hee hee the wording for that sentence sounds funny. But yeah. It’s silly but I do it for those times I use the alarm.