A Giveaway in honor of…

(it’s kind of hard, and kind of silly, to try to get a good picture of a pile of bags.)
A couple of weeks ago, after being chastised by a stranger about my reusable grocery bags, (which by the way, weren’t even dirty in my relatively clean opinion) I came across a really good sale on a variety of bags made by the company that makes my favorite, sturdiest, grocery bags-the ones I bought many years ago that are still going strong.  I thought it wise to stock up on a few new ones while they are so cheap, and then thought I ought to buy some extra to share with one of you.  Since you can’t tell much from the pictures, I will link to each of these bags so you know exactly what I am giving away. 
I am giving away to one person, a total of six reusable shopping bags.
I have been using all of these, and like them all.  I am trying to do a better job at remembering to carry my own bags on errands other than grocery shopping, and I especially like the red ones for that.  They fold up really compact and can be stuffed in my purse, but then expand to a nice size and seem very strong.  They are also made from 100% recycled fabric.
(I will add that while I am linking away to reuseit.com here, they have no idea who I am.  I just like some of their stuff.  and this sale that is still going on, is a really good one in case you need some bags!)
If you would like to win these bags, just leave a comment on this post.  The winner will be announced on Thursday.
And in unrelated news:
There will be a Yarn Along giveaway this Wednesday with our regular Yarn Along, so I hope lots of you are planning to participate!
I also want to share how I am handling sponsored Yarn Along giveaways, just so you know.  Here is the deal:  If a shop owner or small business volunteers to sponsor a Yarn Along giveaway, I, as a thank you, am offering complimentary ad space on my blog for the month following the giveaway.  I view it as a great way to give to those of you who participate in theYarn Along, and to the lovely ladies who run these shops and who have volunteered to give some of their beautiful yarn to one of you!  I also really love being introduced to new yarn sources, especially ones that I can feel good about supporting.  Any small business owners interested in this (or if you would like to recommend one to me) just send me an email!
Okay, this is really unrelated, but I was asked to list our favorite board books. I added a board book category to my little amazon book shop, as that seemed the easiest way to share our favorites (well Beatrix’s favorites really.)  So if you are interested, you can check that out.
And finally, Julia came up with the great idea to host a Sewing Bee each Thursday on her blog, beginning this week.  So, if you like to sew, and would like to share what you are working on, and get some inspiration from others, visit Julia’s blog for more details

Trip Recovery

I keep meaning to sit down and tell you about the trip we took last week.  Of course I didn’t mention it because you aren’t supposed to say so on your blog when you are leaving town, right?  I would have hated for any potential burglars to show up here and step in chicken poop while trying to break into our house and steal our stuff. 
Anyway, we traveled for a total of about 1500 miles.  We had a great time visiting with our Georgia family, but can’t seem to recover from the total exhaustion that a trip like that results in.
Beatrix, for the record, is our worst traveler ever.
There was a point when Jonny asked me to remind him to borrow some sewing needles from his mom so that he could poke himself with them while driving home.
Maybe I will find the time and energy to talk about all the positive aspects of the trip, but I am guessing, not.  We do love our family.  Visiting them just makes us too tired.
It seems that I am having a sort of reversal of trimesters here.  My first I had plenty of energy, but here I am in my second, completely drained.
But then I did just give up coffee and I did travel many miles with a dog and five children.
On the material side of things, my mom gave us a couch, chair, ottoman, and the rocking chair she rocked me in when I was a baby (I have been wanting it for years.  you can see it in the background of this picture) and even a nice wool rug to sit it on.
Of course that meant driving home pulling a trailer so we had to take that 600 miles extra slow.
But now my living room is rid of old Ikea slipcovered items that were falling to pieces literally.  I love Ikea for these years of raising children when we can’t afford to and don’t want to spend a lot of money on furniture, but those things needed to go.  My living room looks beautiful now!  Of course, much of the rest of my house is a wreck.  As one room gets cleaned, somehow another turns into a pit of destruction. 
Trip recovery is a long process.  Where did all this stuff come from?
I am thinking about taking a break from teaching math during Advent.  That seems to be our most time consuming subject and I am happy with the progress we have made so far this school year.  Were I a better planner, we would be taking the month off from school entirely to focus on the season, but I can’t do that this year because I am having a baby in May and I want to be finished for the year before it is born.  But wouldn’t that be great?  Just taking the whole month to prepare for Christmas?
At any rate, I am glad to be home and excited to host another Yarn Along tomorrow!  And I am trying not to be too sad about the fact that I only had time to look at the first twenty or so of the Yarn Along posts last time.  I love seeing what everyone is doing, but we were getting ready to leave town week before last, and then of course we were traveling all last week and I just haven’t had much computer time.  I look forward to seeing everyone’s posts tomorrow!  See you then!