In the next couple weeks, I’m looking forward to…

December 19, 2011 · 11 comments


Excavatoranddumptruck, aka Exy















…exercising daily in the form of long hikes with my dog.

vacuuming daily. I will be so happy if only for a few moments when I have every book, toy, article of dirty laundry, stray bit orange peel, loose coin, and piece of ephemera up off the floor, and I can vacuum the heck out of all the nooks and crannies in the house. I haven’t had time to do a full-service vacuum in at least two weeks, and I am so disgusted by the state of my own home right now.

…cooking. A lot.

baking. A lot.

…shelling dry beans (details soon).

…trying out my grandma’s orange marmalade recipe.

…washing the window above the kitchen sink that is so splattered and scummy at the present time.

…bottling up the olive oil we brought back from California.

…grocery shopping in a leisurely fashion.

…drinking coffee. I love coffee, but I’ve discovered in the last couple years that coffee is one contributing factor in a complicated equation that gives me migraines. I don’t get horrifically debilitating ones, but they are unpleasant at best, and so I’ve been abstaining from coffee for at least two months because I just could not afford to have any unscheduled downtime. I don’t get migraines every time I drink coffee, so now that my schedule is a little freer, I’m willing to take the risk.

…drinking alcohol. I’m not really much of a drinker in general. I’m not sure why because it has nothing to do with some kind of moral or nutritional objection to alcohol. Blogging has further decreased my already meager alcohol consumption because I’m such a lightweight that I can’t drink and blog (and most of my blogging is done after kids are in bed at night). Now, however, seems like a good time to celebrate with a few adult beverages. It will probably only be a couple glasses of good Oregon red wine, but something about this cocktail is speaking to me. hmmm…

Bella, Neda, and Kai

Miniandtrackhoe aka Minnie















…mucking out the goat barn.

…repairing one of the doors in the goat barn that the goats busted out a couple weeks ago, and I haven’t had time to fix.

…blogging a little more consistently.

…moving forward on my new job as Gathering Together Farm social media manager by getting their blog up and running.

…bookkeeping. I have a backlog, and I can’t procrastinate because our 2011 taxes are going to be SO complicated (no less than four independent businesses, two kids with all their earned income credits and whatnot, as well as capital gains on some investments that we sold to buy more land). We have to get an early start on them, and though I really don’t dislike bookkeeping, I just have to block out a chunk of time to get it done.

…buying and learning how to use Adobe Lightroom for photo editing.

…hooking up my computer to an extra harddrive so that it stops giving me mean messages about being too full of photos.

…working toward making my husband’s native seed business more legit with a website, business cards, and (of course) a Facebook page. (Details soon.)


Levi sprinting past our yet-to-be-decorated Christmas tree













…scheduling playdates with some of our favorite people.

…giving my four-year-old son a hack-job home haircut and telling him it looks great.

…spending time with my very pregnant sister in law.

…taking lots of photos of anything besides cutting boards.

…squandering small amounts of money buying frivolous things for myself. (Y’all are going to have to help me out with this one because I can’t really think of any frivolous things to buy. I actually NEED a new pillow for the bed, but that’s a little too practical. Any other suggestions?)

…thinking of a way to thank and pay back my husband, parents, mother in law, father in law, and brother in law for everything they’ve done to keep me sane in the last three weeks.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon December 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

want to add a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner over here to the list? We’ll make pot pie or Indian…whichever you’d rather.


Camille December 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Yes! We vote for pot pie! I can’t get enough of that stuff.


Susie Rainsberry December 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

I’ve recently discovered a really yummy cocktail. Hot apple cider and Fireball (cinnamon whiskey). It’s simply wonderful for these foggy, cold evenings we’ve been having. For a real treat, top with whip cream. Perhaps you can buy yourself a fantastic mug from a local potter to use when enjoying this evening treat.


Camille December 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Good ideas. Thanks!


Amanda Whitmire December 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Well, you certainly do deserve a couple of weeks to do whatever you’d like. Sounds like you’ve got some good stuff going!

Frivolous – I think I can do that. Let’s see. New pillow for the bed – how about a soft, luxurious throw blanket to snuggle up with? But your house is so toasty, you probably don’t need one. Hmmm. I really like Susie’s idea of a nice mug for yourself. We collect hand-thrown mugs as souvenirs when we travel, and I love using them. Purse/shoes/jewelry are obvious, but I have to mention them. Have you bought yourself a nice leather handbag yet?? Not sure what your habits are, but what about a nice quality set of pajamas (nightie?), or some new slippers? I’m trying to think of indulgences here. Save space on your bookshelves with an eReader or a tablet? I still love to handle real books, but our iPad2 gets constant use around here. The apps that are available are pretty astounding and useful. Since we are in the spendy department – Bose stereo with a dock for your iPhone? Your radio at home is super cool and special, but if you wanted to upgrade your technology, a Bose is perfect for your space. I’m probably going way too far with those last two … back to frivolous. You linked to some art prints as gift ideas – buy one! You could find space for one somewhere. (I bought one, myself!) You may be driving more often with the new gig at GTF – something for your car?

Okay, my cup of coffee is gone and I have to get Naomi to her nap. I’ll come back if I think of anything else. Thinking of ways for someone else to spend money is fun! 😉


Camille December 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Okay, Amanda, here’s my assessment. I hope you’re not offended if I shoot you down a couple times.

throw blanket–We have a million blankets, no couch, and our house is hot, so no go.
mug–Yes! but from where?
purse/shoes/jewelry–The leather purse is on the short list, and will probably happen soon. I just ordered a pair of boot that I’m sending back cuz I don’t like them. Jewelry, well, I’m not a huge jewelry person, but I would love to broaden my earring collection. I’ll have to solicit suggestion.
pajamas/slippers–good suggestions, I’ll think about it.
tablet–I don’t think I’m ready to go there. I’ve got the iphone and laptop, so I’m just not sure where the tablet fits in. Maybe I’m behind the times.
iphone dock–Remember, we’re off the grid, so that complicates everything. I’ve talked for a while about getting some car-stereo equipment for the house because it uses 12v power.
prints–maybe, but then I have to find the perfect one, and I’m sort of indecisive.
car stuff–umm…I like the idea, but what?

Thanks, Amanda. You’re like my personal shopping coach. Love it!


Amanda Whitmire December 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Off the grid! *forehead smack* Totally forgot. I’m totally fine with “Nah, not interested.” The feedback is half the fun!

– How about a camera/stuff bag, maybe you could even write it off as a business expense? Like,
– Mug – no idea! I’ve never actually bought one from a local artist. I’ve looked at Fall Festival, and never really found anything. Maybe something to keep in mind for when you stumble across an artisan booth somewhere?
– Jewelry source? Dunno. I’m always wandering around on Etsy, but fail completely at keeping favorites most of the time. Maybe try a “local” search and see if anything pops up?
– Car stuff, I know, like what? I didn’t suggest anything b/c I couldn’t think of anything that wasn’t lame. It’s a good idea in theory…
– New lens for your camera? Not that you need it, but they are SO fun (am dying for one): a macro lens?
– Not sure about you, but I always feel like a million bucks when I get a haircut and a brow wax. YMMV. 😉
– If you are going to have a cocktail now and then, maybe a nice pair of rocks glasses. It really takes the drink up to 11. Old, second-hand leaded crystal glasses that weigh five pounds are awesome.
– Doing a lot of cooking in the near future: do you have a high-quality chef’s knife? Makes all the difference in my world.

Okay, off to do some gift knitting. It’s supposed to be fun and relaxing, right?!


Susie Rainsberry December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I just happened along this “discovery”….if you listen to music on your iPhone, you can place it in a bowl and it will amplify the sound. Simple and yet so amazing!

We have a really great sound system in our RV that runs on 12v. Perhaps you could consider that for radio and CDs. Our deck does have an adapter for our iPhones, but I do not think it charges them. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an option out there that will.

I’d recommend the Saturday market in either Eugene or Portland for mugs and jewelry.


mel December 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I always yearn for the “wicked good” slippers in L. L. Bean catalogs… but perhaps they’d be too hot for your space?

Etsy has a ton of wonder hand-crafted ceramics, as you likely know…
I found this shop that’s in Portland, and the shape of this particular mug makes me think it would keep your drink warm for longer…

Your list of things to anticipate looks like a great bunch of satisfying pursuits. Enjoy. And Merry Christmas!


Sharon December 22, 2011 at 8:32 am

I splurged on a pair of Red Ants Pants this past spring. Work pants for women. While they are a tad pricey at $129 a pair, they are made in the USA so to me that was worth the few extra bucks plus I’ve been wearing them pretty much non stop so I’d say I’ve already gotten my money’s worth out of them.


Nea December 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

For the spending issue:
Foods: I know you’re aware of , and I really can’t think of something yummier to spend money on. My lovely fiance surprised me with several of their treats for Christmas, and the minimum order is well worth it. The slab apricots are like little tastes of home, for me! I also love having some dried fruit for snacking….

Jewelry- Even though I make my own jewelry, I hardly ever wear it. That said, I do occasionally come across something gorgeous/unique that I can’t walk away from. Why not browse etsy for something like that? If you have a few shops already “Favorited” on etsy, check those collections first- and the shops they’ve favorited as well. I tend to find items that are more my style by going through people in my circles/favorited shops etc. Don’t forget inquiring about custom orders!

Plants: I find non-native ornamentals to be a bit frivolous, but sometimes, well worth it. Since everything I grow currently is specifically for the local wildlife, or culinary purposes, a pretty ornamental every now and then is a nice change! Why not pick up some interesting/unusual plants to brighten an otherwise lonely indoor corner or outdoor patch?

Shoes: I hate shoes, I really do. I’m barefoot until I have to step out of my car and go into public. That said, I love Soda brand shoes. The flats are just that-flat, thin soled, sometimes with a very slight heel. Incredibly comfortable, ranging in colors and styles, these babies are great for just general walking, and dress up nicely too. They also mold to my feet rather quickly, and don’t lose shape as easily as a lot of other thing shoes I’ve worn. The official site is just for wholesalers, and they tend to be sold at most chain-ish shoe stores, as well as online at several shoe-sites… Goalie, Scout, and Prose are the three varieties by Soda that I swear by.


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