Thursday, February 23, 2012

About me!

Welcome Readers!

My name is Sarai Henderson. I write books. Imagine the movie Jumpers mixed with some Jason Statham action, that's my style. Some are about magical misfits and some are about telepathic bounty hunters.

I've been a Ballerina, an ice skater, a wrapper of handmade soaps and for a summer I was a hostess at an Elmer's restaurant. I'm a self proclaimed bohemian wannabe with a love for the outdoors and I've learned to cook from the internet. I've also been referred to as weird, but I just don't see it. :)

I live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon City, OR with my husband, my three children (All boys), two cats, a dive bombing turkey vulture, a family of raccoons, an opossum and a coyote.

This blog is about how things run in the House of Chaos. It's a little wacky but we love it.

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Nobody wants to do chores....


My husband and I got in a big fight the other night about who was doing their fair share of the chores around the house. He said that I didn't do anything unless he did something, and I told him that he never did anything and I ended up doing it all myself on my weekend. It got ugly quick and we knew we needed to find a solution since this wasn't the first time we've fought over the subject.

I did some research on our favorite webpage Pinterest to find out what other people were doing about this problem. I was amazed to find out that there wasn't a lot of solutions for adults out there.

I'm a little disappointed really. This isn't an isolated incident between me and my husband, there are a lot of other people out there experiencing this, so I wanted to share our solution so lets get down to the nitty gritty about chores.


Here it is folks, the chore chart. Its actually been working well in the short term. Only time will tell in the long term. So here is what we did.
  • I split up the days between me and my husband. Since there are only two of us and seven days in a week that insured that we would get different chores every week.
  • I assigned a chore to each day. Living room every Monday, Garbage on Tuesday, Laundry on Wednesday and so on and so forth.
  • Then we agreed that every day that we didn't have a chore, we would make dinner. So on Monday when I was cleaning the living room my husband was making me dinner (Tacos, nom nom!)
  • Last but not least, the dishes in our house are out of control. I don't know how it happens since there are only four of us and we aren't home during the day most days, but it does. We decided to do dishes every night after dinner together.
There are several good things about doing house work together. You get a chance to talk about your day, and talking, as we all know, is good for the relationship and you have an odd sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Plus don't forget that you're not sitting in a trash heap that you call home.

I also found a few chore idea's for kids that would work for adults as well if you wanted to adapt them to your life style.
I wouldn't mind trying this one
This could get a little kinky :)

Any way that you work it out, make sure that both you and your other are on board, it wont work otherwise. So spend time talking, cooking and cleaning together, it makes a big difference. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY crochet boot cuffs

Sara here. This is such a great idea. I always hate wearing thick socks in my boots cause they make the boots too tight and uncomfortable. But these boot cuffs are amazing and really easy to make. Mine don't look the same because these ones are knit and I crochet, but it works.

Theirs and Mine

I used a H 5.00MM hook and grey 50% acrylic 50% wool yarn. You will also need a yarn needle and scissors. 


Chain (C) 12
Double crochet (DC) in second chain from hook
DC next 9, chain 2
*Front post stitch next row, c2
dc next row, chain 2*
repeat from * till the length wraps around your upper calf tightly
Tie off the end but leave a long tail for sewing
Using your yarn needle, sew the two ends together, creating the top half of the cuff
attach a single crochet on the seam and continue with the single crochet all the way around the rim
C1 and repeat single crochet until desired length is achieved.




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