Posts tagged ‘advice’

July 25, 2015

At a loss

I need help. Serious help.

Little Cat Z is like her mommy in a lot of ways. One of them being that she overeats. In particular, she sneaks food. (She’s ten years old, and I think she’s 120 pounds, and probably not five feet tall yet.) She’s also got my body type: skinny legs, big belly, a type 2 diabetes dream.

I’m not putting her on a diet. I refuse to put her on a diet. She’s ten, for fuck’s sake. I started getting put on diets when I was nine (thanks to the doctor). It did absolutely nothing for my weight, and ruined my self-image, adding to my weight problem, I’m sure.

For a long time, I got mad when I’d catch her, or find the evidence after the fact, and I’d yell. I’m so worried about her having self-esteem and health problems that I’d just lose it. (My mom never did that to me. I think I thought that if I was more serious about it, it would impress her more?) After I calmed down, I’d try explaining to her that the problem wasn’t so much that she was eating, as what she was eating (she doesn’t sneak veggies, in fact, until I moved the sugar bowl out of her reach, she was eating sugar straight from it), and the fact that she was sneaking it, which was like stealing. I’d tell her that before she took something, she should ask herself if it was hers to take, or if she should ask.

Naturally, the freaking out and yelling didn’t help anything. I decided that if the big problem was that she was sneaking food, I’d tell her that if she wanted a(nother) snack, all she had to do was ask. I don’t know if that just hasn’t sunk in yet, but she never asks for an extra snack. And she still sneaks food. Candy and cookies type food. So still, the problem isn’t so much that she’s eating, but what she’s eating, and the fact that she’s taking stuff she knows isn’t for her, or at least not for snacking.

Then tonight, I picked the good spouse up from work, and we came home. When we got here, around midnight, someone was in the bathroom. It was Little Cat Z. When she came out of the bathroom, she had a mouth full of something. Turns out it was Extra Strength Tums. I opened that bottle about a month ago. The other day my stomach was upset, and I popped a couple, noticing that the good spouse must have been having real trouble, since the bottle was over half-empty. Nope. It’s been Little Cat Z, sneaking medicine. And not particularly candy-like (although it is the fruity kind) medicine.

I’m at my wits’ end. Am I going to have to move the refrigerator, and all the food from the kitchen cabinets, and all the medications that might be almost candy-like (cough syrup, chewable vitamins, chewable pain-killers, antacids) into the pantry, and put a padlock on it?

I should add that Little Cat Z has some learning disabilities. She’s “graduated” from Early Childhood Education, and she’s doing well in school (she’s one year behind), but her thought processes still sometimes seem a little different from most people’s.

I know I need to work on my own bad habits, and having less sweets in the house would help, too, but she’s sneaking Tums. There are snack crackers and potato chips in the pantry, but obviously this isn’t about being hungry. Am I too late? Is she already a compulsive eater?

I could really, really use some good advice, if someone has any to give.

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August 16, 2012

Vive la révolution!

(Another installment in the “Things I’ve Been Meaning to Post About” series.)

Hunter Hammersen’s ‘blog, Violently Domestic, is one that I read, as regularly as I’ve been reading any lately. You might notice it’s over there in the “Blog Roll” in the column on the right. I really like her writing style, and if you’re looking for something else to read — maybe with knitting, and cats, and moths on the mailbox — you should pop on over there and give it a look.

Hunter, as you may know, is the author/designer of Silk Road Socks, and The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, two books that I don’t have, but, damn it, I want them. She’s just put out a third book, Rabble Rousers, AKA, What to Knit When You’re Up to No Good. This one, I’m happy to say, I do have.

In honor of the book’s launch, Hunter started giving away some of the yarn that was used in some of the patterns. The first one was Briar Rose Wistful, a worsted weight alpaca/merino/silk blend, which was used to make Clamor, a cute hat pattern. Now, if you go look at the Briar Rose website, you might notice the price on a skein of this lovely yarn and think, “Whoa, $40 for a single skein?” But look closer. That’s a half-pound skein. Not as expensive as you thought, huh? It’s so much yarn that Hunter decided to split it in two, to spread the yarn love a little further. This is what a half-skein looks like:

Briar Rose Wistful

Yeah, in other words, I was one of the lucky winners! But isn’t that yarn gorgeous? I don’t think the picture does the colors justice at all.

Anyway, this is all to show off my pretty yarn a lead up to saying that Hunter has one last give away to do, and it’s for three skeins of Malabrigo Aroyo. That is, three different people will each get one skein. It’s another really pretty yarn. So pretty that Hunter bought it, even though this particular colorway is largely pink. All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is read this post, and leave a comment by Friday night. There are already 97 comments, but since there are three skeins, your odds are more like one in 33 than one in 100, right? There is no hard and fast time set for when the comments will be closed, so I’d just say get over there and comment. Then go and read some of her older posts, and put her on your regular reading list.

August 25, 2011

Suggestions?

I feel like I should read some knitting ‘blogs. I should probably say “more knitting ‘blogs,” but I already said this on my LJ, and that’s how I phrased it there.

What do you read?

November 7, 2010

Patches? Yeah, You Need Some Stinkin’ Patches!

Grace did a meme-thingy a while back where she was supposed to say “something random” about me. She said, “Nobody else is as good at patching jeans!”

So today when I set about to start patching a pair for her, I thought, maybe I should do a tutorial on my apparently superior method for patching jeans. I’ll let you be the judge of whether it’s anything truly special.

What you’ll need:

Jeans with a hole in them.
Sewing machine, preferably with a zigzag stitch.
Heavy needle (14 or 16).
Thread.
Scissors.
Jeans that you’ve gotten tired of patching, so you can cut them up to make more patches, or other source of jean-weight denim.

Do not trim away the loose threads from the hole.

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October 5, 2009

Knitterly opinions needed.

(Crossposted from my LiveJournal.)

I am designing a dress for Thing One. She really liked the sundresses I made for Little Cat Z this summer, and kept saying things like, “I wish I had a dress like that.” Subtlety isn’t her strong suit.

The dress will have a knitted bodice and a woven fabric skirt. My original plan was to have the bodice close in the back with buttons. Now I’m thinking that might not be the best way to go. I’m thinking a zipper on the side would be better. I’m not very trusting when it comes to knitted buttonholes actually holding the buttons. This isn’t so bad when it’s on a four-year-old who’s home most of the time, but if sixth grader is wearing a dress that won’t stay shut . . . that’s a problem. Also, if it’s on the side, it would be easier for her to get on and off by herself. I think buttons on the side would be worse than on the back, because she’d be brushing against them all the time, making it more likely they’d come undone, and also it could be pretty annoying to feel the lumps from the buttons there.

Of course, I’m kind of thinking this might not be a bad pattern to try to sell, too, if it works. So while I would have little problem putting in a double-lapped zipper on the skirt and bodice (I’ve been sewing about as long as I’ve been knitting), I don’t know how other knitters would feel about that. And I’d have to be really good at explaining it in my directions, too.

To top it all off, I’m at least a third of the way done knitting the bodice, with the back buttons in mind, and I’d have to rip out most of it to do it with the zipper in the side.

So, what’d y’all think?