Friday, September 17, 2010

Homemade vanilla extract

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • I've got a new babysitting gig for next week, thanks to the cover email I sent with the new neighborhood directory.
  • The downtown payday loan people just sent us another postcard. The photo on the front shows a balding 50ish African-American man sweating next to a thermostat set to 82 degrees with the caption, "Summer heat burning up your BUDGET?" They offer "$100-$700 CASH" for "bills, home repairs, or to pay for school supplies."
  • We continue to watch HBO's Temple Grandin. The chronology is a bit of a mess (we're always flashing backwards and forwards), but C is enjoying it a lot.
  • While the kids were at school today, I got to work on our entry closet, which is home to coats, hats, shoes, boots, gloves, mittens and whatever the kids have dragged in there to play with, that closet being a favorite play spot. There was a veritable nest at the bottom of the closet before I got to work. I'm pretty much done with it, but I still need to grab the kids and have them try on all the coats in there to make sure that they still fit.
  • Now that C is a third grader, she and her class now visit kindergarten to serve as reading buddies to the little kids. C has gotten to be D's buddy twice and she really likes that.
  • Last but not least, I'd like to draw your attention to two very good posts at The Simple Dollar. This one is on homemade Christmas gifts and this one is on how to make powerful yet relatively inexpensive vanilla extract with vodka and vanilla pods.

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