SciFi Mama

Adventures in raising a geeky child

What a day! September 18, 2013

Filed under: Mommy — scifimama @ 9:08 pm

Tuesday was just not my day. It kinda felt like Monday’s evil twin. It was worse than Monday and just really treated my like crap. Paige and I have been butting heads lately. She’s developed an attitude and doesn’t like to listen very well.

After having a harsh day Monday, we did some running on Tuesday. Work was stressful, leave work, get Paige, rush home and eat dinner. We had open house at her school. Finally, get home and showered and tucked Paige into bed.

Then it happened. I sat down on the couch to get some work done. Spent a good bit of time carefully marking revisions and things to check on my paperwork. I grab it all and head to my laptop. And there it was. Or, there it wasn’t. My laptop had a funky screen, so I tried to restart. And it didn’t. It didn’t restart. My wonderful, 7 year old MacBook Pro had died. Yes, I realize that’s ancient in laptop years. But it’s a Mac! And I loved it.

I had to go out and purchase a new laptop. A new MacBook wasn’t in the budget, so I got a new Toshiba. It’s a nice computer, but it’s Windows 8. I’m still trying to figure it out. Thanks to a bit of help I now know how to get a normal screen. That’s a start. It can only improve from there.

And most importantly, we can Skype with Daddy while he travels, and I can work from home.


And So It Goes September 11, 2013

Filed under: Mommy,Paige,Work — scifimama @ 3:36 pm

One of the drawbacks of Ronnie traveling is when Paige isn’t feeling well. Before, we would split the day. I would take the mornings, then he would get afternoons. That way neither of us missed a full day of work and we could easily take care of her. Now, when the school calls and says she isn’t feeling well, it’s all up to me.

This has now happened twice since school started a month ago. My job works with me and allows me to work from home. But really, it’s not that productive. I admire people who have the discipline to work from home and get a full work week completed. I’ve been home for a couple of hours now. I’ve checked Facebook, set up an event for our Girl Scout troop, read some of my book and watched NCIS. During that I did spend a little time working. I’ve actually worked myself to a stopping point.

Well, not exactly. There’s more I could do, but it’s hard to do with just one monitor. I’m so used to having two monitors that doing some things are just too difficult with one. So I also spent some time on New Egg finding a monitor. Maybe that will help me work from home a little better. Or maybe it would just allow me to check Facebook easier while I watch NCIS and pretend to work.


Habitat for Humanity October 4, 2012

Filed under: Mommy,Work — scifimama @ 7:37 pm

The company I work for celebrated an anniversary Monday. One of the values the company holds is to make a difference in the community. To honor the anniversary the company closed every office in each state. Instead of going to work, all employees went into the community to help others. Some offices helped out in soup kitchens, retirement communities, children’s hospitals, and more.

Our office helped with Habitat for Humanity. Our local chapter doesn’t usually work on Monday, but made an exception for us. As we were told, they don’t usually get 25 women (and 2 men) who want to work all day. The home we worked on is one of the largest that Habitat builds. It has 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It’s being built for a family with 8 children.

I spent the day painting, putting up a chalk line for siding, caulking the house and putting up foam insulation. It was a long day, but we had a lot of fun. Half of our crew put on the roof. Something cool about this house is its woman built. Women raised the funds and have done 95% of the work. It was very rewarding to see the house making progress. It’s also cool that it’s in the same neighborhood that Ronnie lived in as a kid.


My (Lack of) Commute September 4, 2012

Filed under: Mommy,Work — scifimama @ 8:26 pm

Since January 2, 2011, I’ve driven about 130 miles each day as I commuted to work. I really enjoyed the work I did, but I didn’t love the commute. It took about 2 1/2 hours each day including a drive in the opposite way to take Paige to daycare. Daycare would them take her to school and pick her up after. Today my total commute was 14 miles and lasted 30 minutes. Half that commute time was spent in the school drop off line.

That’s right, not only do I get to sleep 2 hours later each day, but I also get to take Paige to school. Daycare still picks her up in the afternoon, and Ronnie picks her up from there. I think this could work well for us, especially on weeks like this. Ronnie left after dinner for a business trip. I’ll be able to leave work at 5, get her and still have time to have dinner and do homework. I can get used to this.


Onesie Cupcakes October 11, 2011

Filed under: crafts,Mommy,pics — scifimama @ 9:20 pm

I’m a rather, shall we say, frugal person. So when I came across the most adorable adaption of gourmet cupcakes I about flipped. They were super cute, and would be perfect for the baby shower I was invited to later that month. But, they were $40, plus shipping, and I wasn’t paying that. I found a somewhat tutorial with a list of items. I gathered up my supplies and started.

4 Onesies (I like to use 3-6 month size)

4 receiving blankets

4 coffee filters

curling ribbon

cupcake box

ribbon to decorate box

Start by measuring the height of your cupcake box; mine was 4 inches. Fold a receiving blanket to 1/2 inch shorter than the box. Pick a onesie and fold it so that it fits into the blanket, sticking up that extra 1/2 inch allowance you left. Line up the left edge of the blanket and the butt side of the onesie.

From here, you simply roll them together tightly.

Once you get to the end set the whole thing into a coffee filter. You may want to put a bit of tape on it to hold in place. That wasn’t necessary on the first set I made, but the second set I had to do it. (It could have been the difference in the brands on items I used.) Tie a length of curling ribbon around the center of the coffee filter, making a simple bow.

The onesie looks a bit like icing sticking up on the top of a cupcake at this point. Continue like this until you’ve made all 4 onesie cupcakes. The package of onesies I bought actually had 5 in the pack. I used the last one to put in the bottom of the box for color. You could use a onesie or tissue paper to give that peek of color underneath the other cupcakes.

How you match up the onesies and blankets is all personal preference. I tried to put the brighter colors with the blankets that were more white. If the pattern was similar and one had more bold colors I tried to pair those. How you pair them is up to your personal taste.

To finish off the gourmet cupcake look I decorated the top of the box. I used a wide ribbon to close the box, adding more curling ribbon and a flower to the top. Definitely check out your local Dollar Tree for the ribbon and flower. That’s where I got mine, all matching and the ribbon already curled for me.

The recipient definitely liked her special cupcakes. Everyone at the baby shower thought it was the cutest idea. One of my coworkers overheard me talking about it and asked me to make one for her as well. She said it was the hit of the shower she attended.


WOW October 3, 2011

Filed under: friends,Mommy,vacation — scifimama @ 8:47 pm

I can’t begin to say how wonderful this past weekend was. I’ve been friends with these ladies since we were pregnant with our now 5 year olds. So for the past 6 years we’ve known each other online. a couple of them I had already met in person. That tends to happen when you meet online and realize I live 2 miles from your parents. I had met 3 of the 5 other women going. I had technically never met Caroline in person. But I had talked to her on the phone, texted, emailed, even sent care packages. I gelt I knew her pretty well going into the trip. One of the other ladies hadn’t really had tons of contact with, but was excited to get to meet as well.

We all arrived on Friday afternoon. There wasn’t any awkwardness it was just 6 women chatting and heading out to dinner. We spent the weekend talking, shopping, and eating among other things. Books were read. Blankets were partially crocheted. Beaches were walked upon.

Getting to spend the weekend with my Internet friends was wonderful. It was so much fun we’re doing it next year in New Orleans. This time we decided to let our husbands come too. That may have something to do with my husband cooking for us but I’m not sure.

I went back to work today with Vacation Hangover. Now on to the next vacation. For Thanksgiving me, Ronnie and Paige are going to DC to meet up with others from that same Mommy board.


Teacher Gift August 8, 2011

Filed under: crafts,Mommy,pics,school — scifimama @ 5:16 am

I’ve been working on a gift for Paige’s new teacher. I didn’t want to do anything super over the top, but I did want to do a little something. At the bottom of our school supply list was a teacher wish list. I’m sure everyone else probably got the same thing. It’s common for teachers to ask for a few extra items that they need for the class in hopes that parents will bring in some of the items. Most of the requested items were already on Paige’s supply list already so I picked up an extra here and there as I shopped. Money is tight for us just like it is for most people that I know. I wanted a cute and fun way to give the teacher the things she had asked for. And here it is, my back to school bouquet.

I found the jar at Old Time Pottery on sale for $1.50. I picked up the school supplies from Walmart once they put out the back to school section. It took 2 boxes of 24 crayons, 2 glue sticks (packaged together in 1 package), 1 bottle of school glue, 1 small hand sanitizer, a pair of safety scissors, and a package of water colors. And here’s where I really got creative. I wanted a good way to hold everything in place yet still be movable for adjustments. I used red aquarium rocks. (Slight digression here, but hey, it’s my blog, right? Anyway, I recently found a tutorial for dying rice. I’ll probably try that next.) The sticks? Bamboo skewers for grilling. I put the sharp ends down into the gravel so no one would get hurt.

I started by lining the jar with crayons. This took most of the 2 packs I bought. I put the jar on it’s side and lined as many as I could, then started putting in the gravel. I found putting it in a measuring cup and pouring it in worked the best. Once I finished placing all the crayons I filled the gravel up to the top of the crayons.

With that done I started preparing the “flowers” for my bouquet. Out came my trusty glue gun. Using hot glue will keep the supplies attached to the skewer securely, but will still allow the teacher to take them apart with no permanent damage to the items. I gave it a more finished look by tying rick rack in coordinating colors on each “flower.” You could use whatever ribbon you have on hand. I had this left over from last years end of school gifts.

This was a quick and easy craft that I think will go over well with Paige’s new teacher. I will also take in a pack of computer paper that was on the wish list; it was just too large to put on a skewer. I posted a picture of it on Facebook the other day and a teacher friend said she really liked it. I’m hoping the bribe, er I mean gift, is a hit with the teacher.


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