Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Fragments - Scattered

Friday Fragments?

Welcome to another edition of Friday Fragments, the brainchild of the lovely lady Mrs.4444. Make sure you visit her place and give some comment love.

I took the girlie with me to Costco again (worst thing I ever did was get a membership - I get happy when I receive my rebate cheque, and then my heart thuds when I realize how much I spend there in order to GET that sizeable cashback...but I digress) and we stumbled upon lovely Barbie in her fantasy bedroom.

"Oh Mommy, can I have that? I NEED that!", the girlie squealed.

"But what happened to the two Barbies you currently have? Where are they?", I replied in my practical Mom voice.

"I lost them. I don't know...".

Well, I do know where they are. One is on the floor of my minivan under the front passenger seat. The other, which actually came with some boudoir accessories, is sitting on her dresser, gathering dust. I don't dust.

"Oh, but Mommy I'll play with it, I PROMISE!"

Whether or not she would play with it was beside the point. We already have so much plastic crap at home. Plus I hate toy packaging.

I decided to take the scientific approach. What exactly in that box did she want? She didn't really need the doll, that she agreed with me. It was the bed itself, and a fancy lamp. I managed to talk her out of the purchase, with the promise of an afternoon of crafting our own fantasy Barbie bedroom.

So brace yourselves, because I am the anti-crafty Mommy...and cheap.

With her help, I sewed (whassat??!!) a couple of pillows out of old sweatsocks (tops only, so it was only moderately eww - stuffed with old Robeeze shoe fluff ; the bed is a juice box, her blanket is an old facecloth.. and the lace is from my Grandmother, which I have saved for about 40 years to use on I don't know what.

Looks more like rag-tag Barbie bag lady from under the overpass to me... but the girl loves it.


I was driving (what else is new, mom chauffeuring services are on high demand during the summer programs) with the kids, and we had to do a double take at the intersection as we saw a tractor drive slowly in front of us, with an open topped wagon in tow. We do have some farmland and industry near us, so it shouldn't have been anything out of the ordinary. Only in the wagon there was a couch, and sitting on the couch was a woman having a smoke!

"That's sick Mom. Did you see that?" shouted the Boy.

At first I thought he meant ... "cool", "neat"...but the girlie asked, "What's sick? Who's sick?"

"Sick is when someone is not thinking right... I mean, what were they thinking, that is so dangerous!! The couch could fall over, and that woman was SMOKING on top of it! Not too smart! Hey, this would be AWESOME for your blog"

But damn, I didn't have my camera. Figures.


We have a friend who's got a big milestone birthday coming up, the big Four-Oh. No big celebration though, which got me and my husband talking about when we turned 40. I threw him a surprise party that absolutely blew him away (and gave me a nervous breakdown, it'll be its own separate post). But for mine, it was low-key, the girl was only about 10 months old, and a night out for a lovely dinner was all I needed. I don't know, maybe it's a woman thing, but most of my female friends didn't have huge bashes either.

My boy, listening to the conversation, piped in..."Hey, I wonder what I should do for my big One-Oh next year!".

That kid, what a crack-up!


We've got a couple of barbecues planned for the weekend, and yes, of course we're expecting rain.

Should be fine, though, I'm not the "Chef-de-grill" (isn't that a riot? We've used a cottage rental service who would describe their cottages with that term for the "man"... and then would actually say "lady of the house would love the kitchen". Normally I would be so offended, but I guess being in cottage mode, I would just laugh because it was so corny and antiquated...okay, now I'm just rambling...)


Have a good one, guys...


Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

I can't think of anything clever to comment right now, so for now I just wanted to wish you a happy FF!

Dina said...

that Barbie bed rocks!! You rock!!
Your son is such a ham! I love his whit and sense of humour!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the BBQ's!!

LceeL said...

"rag-tag Barbie bag lady from under the overpass" just cracked me up.

Conquer The Monkey said...

You are hilarious, your blog is fantastic! We would LOVE you to weigh in on our post today giving advice to a mom on bed rest waiting for baby no. 2 with a toddler at home!
Will be following you!
common sense advice for a complicated world

another good thing said...

such good material today... enough for all of next week- you need to learn to "store away your nuts" lol
I especially like the couch smoker and the barbie decor. My first clothing designs were for my Barbies-- was heartbroken when my daughted wanted NOTHING to do with Barbie- or Ken. I have perfect boxed Millenium Barbie, which may hit Ebay soon. sigh

Caution Flag said...

Why would they have a couch on a tractor?! Funny stuff always happens when no camera is nearby. Love your Barbie abode :)

perpstu said...

Costco....I love it and hate it so, all at the same time. I think you should have saved under the bridge homeless Barbie for Weekly Winners, she is fantastic!

For the record, I don't dust either, that's what husbands and kids are for. I have allergies. Achoo!

Tooj said...

There is nothing wrong with rambling. And also, the Barbie bed/bedroom looks FAB. For under the overpass or's FAB. Nice work.

Anonymous said...

I love the Barbie bed. You can redecorate my place anytime. Jonathan Adler can kiss my ass.

Unknown Mami said...

Ah, the big One-Oh. You better start planning that bash now.

Kris said...

Maybe you could market your Barbie bed to Mattel for a new real-life series lol. Underpass Barbie. ;-)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I took JOhn to DIsney for his 40th this past March cuz he's a Disney whore. My 40th is next Feb. Wonder what he's got planned???


Ed said...

Do you take orders on the doll beds? I've been promising Zoe for two years now a bed for her American Doll.

Stacey said...

Karen MEG! It's so good to 'see' you again!!

Kudos to your son for his keen observation of that dangerous situation--AND knowing you'd blog about it! :-)

Happy Friday!

mub said...

Love the Barbie bed!

4 Lettre Words said...

These are great! And, I soooo love that Barbie bed.

Mrs4444 said...

A homeless Barbie probably does sleep on a juice box bed.

I was so hoping you had a pic of that! I've taken to taking my camera everywhere these days...

At least the cottage people didn't refer to women as "Gals." I hate that, and I was shocked to see a new website-blogging group called Gals-Something-or-other. Made me think the originator was an old woman, but it wasn't. Needless to say, I won't be hanging out there.

Have a great weekend!

Sue said...

Super Barbie boudoir! A+ for effort!

Your 10 year old sounds like my 10 year old. I can't believe the stuff that comes out of her mouth!!

Dorkys Ramos said...

For someone who doesn't do crafts, that bed looks pretty damn good! Very creative of you. Now get ready to get asked to do a whole house to go along with it.

Momisodes said...

You are such a good mom. I would have NEVER thought to craft that together for my little one.

And I love that your son is totally in tune with what makes for good blog fodder now ;)

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

Oh the boy of yours is a hoot! I love the couch story and the one-oh...he's got it going on!

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