The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2010-12-19

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It feels good at either end.

Ben, gynecological warning. Don't read.

I was thinking about  Freecycle the other day and if you don't know what it is, check it out.    Freecycle says nothing is too small to give away and yep,  I'd never have thought about giving away  a ham bone with some meat still on it - but you know people are in need, real need. 

You're, it's  too small who'd want it,  might be someone's hearty bean soup enough to  feed their whole family for two days.  

This year I gave away a lot.  A lot of cookbooks, a painful amount actually.  I also gave away clothes I could no longer wear and and a ton of scrubs.  The scrubs I remember especially because a gal from the Camden Animal Shelter came and picked them up.  They use them for spaying and neutering clinics that they set up in abandoned crack houses.  That may seem odd if you don't know Camden; not so odd if you do. 

I also gave away leather sofa and love seat in great condition to a young couple who had just moved into an apartment without a stick of furniture.  They responded to my post in less then five minutes; they must have been sitting on the computer (for lack of a chair) waiting for a horizontal surface.

I've requested things too.   You don't get everything you want.  I'm still trying to get a trench coat.  And a large leather purse.  And that large size leather Filofax.... But I did get an old fashioned non-electric typewriter that my kid wants for Christmas; and I had it about a day and a half after he was musing about really wanting one...  How amazing is that?

Oh and there are no girly mommy  parts in this post - I just don't want my kid to know about the type writer....

And then there's these...

button tin

Well, not the tin although it's nice.

vintage buttons tin


That's the second time I asked for old buttons for crafting and got a response. 

So be sure to check out Freecycle and if there isn't one in your area contact them  - You might be able to start one up.  Dealing with Freecycle feels good on either end.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I always wanted to be somebody but now...

Does anyone do resolutions?  In the past, me - Not so much because most people I know make them and then break them in a day and a half but maybe they could work if you put some muscle behind them.  Some real intention.

I'm trying to come up with a list of things I want to accomplish next year, improve upon, or focus energy on because something Lily Tomlin said keeps clanging my lazy ass:

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”

And I  feel like that is where I am in my life; at somewhere doing something but not really steering the Good Ship Tracy.

Maybe I need something more visual, like a dream board  or the Filofax version of a dream board.  I'm mulling a whole DREAM section for my Filofax and  building it over 2011; that's more appealing  then a static list.

I started changing it already, adding a picture of my two-year-old self in the very, very front.  There's something that little girl's been trying to tell me for years. 


Maybe she's ready now.

It definitely makes me wish I had a bigger Filofax (for bigger DREAMS) but I think this might work for me.  But what do you guys do?  Do you write a list?  Or have a dream board?   Or do you just make mental notes to yourself...

What works for you when you need to reevaluate?

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.  Henry David Thoreau 


Monday, December 20, 2010

A moratorium on chapped teats, I mean feets...

I've been playing around with recipes for when you have feet as ugly as Cruella DaVille's face; I mean if you have dalmation-hating feet you'd want to remedy the situation; I do anyway.

It all started in January with my first batch of Colorady Lady's Rockstar Lotion which I love and still use because it's so emollient and really good for the winter.  But feet, feet are a whole other issue because foot creams need some extra Ooomph! and you pay verily for said Ooomph! 

The technical term for Ooomph! is a debriding agent but that grosses me out and I will continue to call it Ooomph!   The actual ingredient is frequently Urea (or Salicylic Acid, or both but mostly just urea).

If anyone is wondering about the origin of Urea, it sounding so much like pee-pee and all, it's synthesized in a lab and contrary to popular belief here is nothing like a Blood Mobile that goes around collecting pints of pee-pee.  Now that that is settled we can move on....

I wanted a cream like the original Rockstar but with Ooomph! and yes, I can buy an Ooomphishious! Cream but they cost so much.  There must be a belief among the makers of Ooomphishious! Creams that the calloused are well-off.  I think they see gnarly feet and go all dollar signs and Ka-Ching!

But should you have the cash and want to buy one, this is a great one:

6.7 ounce, $18 - Their Ooomph! is lactic acid.  I had Bigalow Derma Remedy  once and loved it but man, eighteen dollars is too steep for me.

Ah! Kerasal 

There are a few Kerasals, (The Daddy the anti-callous set) a cream, a lotion, a um, something more like Vaseline - the one's I've tried run about $10 an ounce.

But I decided to make one and see how it goes and this morning I did using  Dr. Scholl's For Her Overnight Foot Cream

Which was really reasonably priced for a foot cream with Ooomph! $4.99 3.5 ounces.  I added the entire thing. 

To that I added an equal amount of baby lotion....

And half that amount of this...

Bag Balm.  

The original recipe called for Vaseline but hey, you never know when you'll run into a cow with chapped teats and I don't even have to commit the chapped teat thing to memory, the directions for use in that situation are on the can.

You mix everything up really well, no really well.  Longer then you think.  Minutes, ladies.  And then more minutes with an electric mixer and then store in air tight jars.  

I like this, I like it a lot.   I'll update you on how well it works on the callouses but I think it will work out great.  


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