|Counter-clockwise from top left: fabric, before, during, after|
4. We're gonna stretch this one into 2 takes. Take home lessons from what should have been a super easy project- A. don't think the dinky staple gun from Hobby Lobby is going to get the job done, stop at the Home Depot next door and buy the only-a-few-bucks-more version. You'll be back anyway if you don't. B. get the Hobby Lobby app on your smart phone. Because I was using a pattern that needed to be centered, I needed more fabric. I found it at Hobby Lobby and using the 40% off coupon on my phone, I was able to get it for a very reasonable price.
5. Back to teaching for one hot minute. For my latest sojourn at the parochial school, I am helping out in the pre-k classroom. Every afternoon, we have nap time and play the same lullaby soundtrack. I love this super relaxing time; while only 60% of these 4-5 year olds sleep, they are all quiet and (mostly) still. Maybe since we're not their parents, our authority has a little more clout, I don't know, but they definitely need this quiet time to unwind. The soundtrack sets such a calming mood and the kids know which song means nap time is almost over. These aren't songs by Raffi or Jr. Asparagus or the Wiggles, which is good because they are constantly stuck in my head. The sound reminds me of The Weepies and I may or may not have uploaded them onto my phone because one they are in my head, there is no other way to get them out!
For other grown-up lullaby music check out these clever albums. I know Housewife Spice has at least one of these.
6. This is all I am going to say on the subject, but you are not being paranoid if you take pictures of your valuables and keep them in a safe place for insurance purposes. As a matter of fact, go do it, right now! Burglary sucks. And get the renter's insurance already. When $8K worth of stuff needs to be replaced, the $200 annual premium and $500 deductible doesn't seem so big, now does it? So glad we did that! If only State Farm would get back to us now...
7. As this is my second day in a row curled up with a box of Kleenex, and a glass of OJ, my Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime queues are rather anemic. Suggestions welcome!