Archive for June, 2007

Checking in, & musing on babywearing

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here. I’ve been taking two June term courses, and while they’ve both been terrific, it’s been a very busy couple of weeks. In general, June has been great, but very, very full. My dad joins the party today for the weekend, and then on Monday my folks head out and we’ll settle into a nice quiet July… right? With lots of time for blogging, of course.

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I did manage to squeeze in a quick thrift store trip earlier this week and found not one, but two, of these wonderful babywearing mama dolls. (more…)

Weekend sewing

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

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It’s been a gorgeous Saturday, here in Our Fair City. We had brunch with friends at the Full Moon, which has great decor, good food (only slightly overpriced), and a kid’s play area. We rounded that outing off with some time at the best local playground, then headed home for naptime. I spent Zag’s nap sewing frantically. I’ve been planning a sewing project all week, during occasional dull moments of my June term classes, and I just couldn’t wait any longer. I probably worked on this thing for close to three hours straight, which is no doubt why I’m so exhausted now. (more…)

Musing on thrifting

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

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These two lovely vintage tablecloths came from the $1.50/lb section at the Garment District, last Saturday. Both are in excellent condition, both paintakingly and beautifully embroidered with flowers – the water lilies are especially delightful; the design has a very 1940s feel to me. I’ll use them to make baby carriers or shoulder bags or something, eventually… It’s always poignant to find thrifted items that someone put so much time into hand-sewing, or knitting, or crocheting. (more…)

The Meyers-Briggs hegemony: a brief rant

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Are the other mainline Christian denominations as overrun with Meyers-Briggs devotees as the Episcopal Church is? People in this church – especially, I think, people in leadership, whether lay or ordained – are constantly referring to their Meyers-Briggs types. As in, “Well, that’s my F side coming out,” or “Golly, aren’t we a bunch of Js!” Or whatever. Seriously, I’m waiting for the day when the church starts requiring us to have our Meyers-Briggs types tattood on our forearms – or, perhaps better, our foreheads – so that other Episcopalians, encountering us, will know immediately exactly what sorts of people we are. And, thus, how best to preach to us, care for us pastorally, extract pledges from us, etc. (more…)

Much as we’d like to be able to oblige y’all….

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church has met this week, and has issued this statement, which I heartily applaud. The statement responds to requests made by the Primates, the head bishops of all the Anglican/Episcopal provinces, at their meeting in Tanzania in February. (more…)

Mama, guy.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Zag has recently decided that the adult world is divided into Mamas and Guys. He was just telling us, before bed, how I’m a mama and Daddy is a guy. This dismays his sweet feminist daddy somewhat. I suppose it should dismay me more, but I’m too amused by it. As long as it doesn’t last…

This post is an update on Zagazoo’s doings (and sayings), for his many fans. It seems like he’s changed a lot in a week and a half. He’s in the steep part of the curve, as my mother puts it, with language development – it’s just going to keep coming thick and fast from now until he settles out to more or less mature kid-speak, in a year or so. He has so many words now, and adds them so easily! His exciting new word today is “bubble wrap” (which comes out as “babu wap”, or something like that). He found a sheet of the kind with big bubbles this morning, & discovered that he can pop them. (more…)

They really are all above average…

Monday, June 11th, 2007

As an anthropologist, I’m naturally wary of sweeping cultural generalizations. Even positive stereotypes can be hurtful, because they can impede our ability to perceive the Other as he/she truly is. But the more time I spend in Minnesota, the more convinced I become that Minnesotans really are more orderly and pleasant than most of the rest of us. Years ago Tilt and I stopped by a Michael’s craft store near his parent’s home, in a suburb of St. Paul. I normally avoid Michael’s because they tend to be disorganized to the point of chaos, with products misplaced and unpriced, and the staff tend to be clueless and unable to help with finding things or telling you how much things cost. The Minnesota Michael’s was an amazing exception – tidy and user-friendly, with helpful and well-informed staff.

On the trip from which we just returned, I had a similar experience with a Goodwill store. My friendly neighborhood thrift blogger Kristin had put it in my head to check out Minnesota thrift stores… and then while we were out and about, I kept seeing all these beautiful big-butted Minnesota mamas and thinking, “These are my people! Thrift stores here will have clothing that fits me!” So while Zag was napping, one day during our stay with Tilt’s parents, borrowed a car and headed out for the nearest Goodwill. I don’t know if I gasped audibly when I walked in the door, but I may well have. The store was airy, attractive, clean, and well-organized. The racks of clothes were all labeled and not over-filled, and there was ample room to push a cart among them. The stalls for trying things on were as nicely-made and attractive as those in many mall stores. It was amazing. I took this picture with my cell phone, so it’s not great quality, but it gives you some sense. Look at that shining expanse of open floor in the foreground!

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