Maker Mondays

The next thing.

We find out on Monday!!!

I think it’s a girl, prostate but am fine either way. I’m more curious as to what type of little person he or she will be. Having three already, order it is clear the personality and spirit trumps the sex.

So, stuff yes, on Monday – we will know.

Guess what you think we’re having in the comments and enter to win a new leaf necklace! And if you guess correctly and then, IF you are randomly drawn – you win.

Here’s another baby bump picture. Some of you have had theories on Facebook as to what the sex is by the shape and height of my bump. I know nothing of these things and leave it all to you, Ladies.

20week baby bump

Also, I am nearly 20 weeks and due in late August or early September.

We have been busy bees, as usual. Seth has been quiet on the blog because he’s been either in the garage making bags (he has sold four now) or running about the yard doing mad yard work for our party next weekend to celebrate our birthdays and our one year wedding anniversary.

Last weekend we had a little party at the Cement Marketing office to open the first Moonlight Market on Gay Street. Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman stopped by to kick things off and took a moment to say “Hello” to the kids.

Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman and kids

We thought that was particularly awesome of him. And a big special thanks to Brothers Drake Meadery, Elevator Brewing and Polish Nose Perogies for providing beverages and good eats.

Brothers Drake ColumbusPolish Nose Perogies


Elevator Brewing

 

Oh, and a huge thanks to the Fox N’ Hounds for playing late into the night.

Fox N' HoundsI am a lucky, lucky girl.

Don’t forget to guess what the baby is for a chance to win a necklace. Click here to see them.

xoxo,

Alaina

We find out on Monday!!!

I think it’s a girl, generic but am fine either way. I’m more curious as to what type of little person he or she will be. Having three already, it is clear the personality and spirit trumps the sex.

So, yes, on Monday – we will know.

Guess what you think we’re having in the comments and enter to win a new leaf necklace! And if you guess correctly and then, IF you are randomly drawn – you win.

Here’s another baby bump picture. Some of you have had theories on Facebook as to what the sex is by the shape and height of my bump. I know nothing of these things and leave it all to you, Ladies.

20week baby bump

Also, I am nearly 20 weeks and due in late August or early September.

We have been busy bees, as usual. Seth has been quiet on the blog because he’s been either in the garage making bags (he has sold four now) or running about the yard doing mad yard work for our party next weekend to celebrate our birthdays and our one year wedding anniversary.

Last weekend we had a little party at the Cement Marketing office to open the first Moonlight Market on Gay Street. Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman stopped by to kick things off and took a moment to say “Hello” to the kids.  Read More…

Maker Mondays #3 – Little Alouette

It’s back. His short beard.

Phew. I love my tall, click hospital dark and handsome.

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I have informed him that the next time he grows it out, no rx recipe it will be over my dead body (literally).

Sorry I have been scant lately. Will be back soon with lots of pictures.
Before I married my ex-husband, approved a quick rapid marriage to earn a Green Card and because we were totally youthfully and blissfully in love, look one of my long-time high school and college friends asked me to meet her for a drink.

I hadn’t seen her in a while and she wasted no time cutting to the punch, “You shouldn’t marry him, Alaina. You really, really shouldn’t. This is a huge mistake, you just met him.”

“I know, you’re not the only one who think that, but I know it will be fine. You just have to trust me.”

As you all know, if you’ve read your history on Ms. Single Mama, it wasn’t. Far from it, my first marriage wasn’t just unpleasant it border lined on abusive and it took me years to mentally rebuild.

I always thought back to that conversation and several others with concerned family members, all of which I had ignored. And I thought, “What if? What if I had listened to those in my life who loved me the most.”

There were many more relationships between my ex and Seth, also all documented over at MSM. And in each case my friends were accepting of them but fell short of encouraging them or being excited. They were being polite and keeping their mouths shut. But eventually that spills over and the truth surfaces, no matter how hard you try to brush it under the rug.

My own sister, Anna, is the one who sparked John and I’s break up when she asked him questions about our relationship. She was concerned. She didn’t think it was the right fit and as angry as I was with her at the time, now I can’t thank her enough for butting her nose into my business.

And when it happened, I listened, remembering what I had learned the first time. In fact, I called an emergency meeting with Mia and Anna on Christmas Eve morning. And there they both told me in no uncertain terms that they did not think John and I should be together.  Read More…

Maker Mondays #2 – Blue Frost Cupcake

Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #2!

There & Back Again – River City Extension
Starts out sparse, pills stomach tired, page and fucking depressing. “I live by the ocean, nurse but I don’t feel free.” Then it builds, little by little to a sonic cliff. A hipster headbanging, fuckitall I’ma dance catharsis. Queue it up on your iPhone music player of choice so that at exactly 1:33 into the song you’re busting the door open to the parking lot and heading home for the weekend.

“Feeding Line” – Boy & Bear
This one I found via Scott S., a music-loving friend of mine. At first, I wasn’t quite sure about the video… It seemed a little forced. But I watched all the way to the end, and it’s adorable.

“Running For Cover” – Ivan and Alyosha
Stumbled upon these guys at a free SXSW showcase back in 2011. They are absolutely incredibly tight live, and their recordings are awesome, too! You can just feel the joy– their love for making beautiful music. Plus, they’re super nice guys. They have a new album coming out on February 26th, called All the Times We Had.

“King of Dollar Bills” – Luke Bell
I found Luke through some mutual songwriter friends of mine on Facebook. He’s from Wyoming, but was in Austin for a bit. Now he’s down in New Orleans busking and playing shows. Luke has a self-titled album for sale. You should buy it. Or at least listen to it on Spotify. Music snob stuff: Old-time country sound (without sounding old-fashioned), kick-ass storytelling, reminds me of a young Bob Dylan. Yeah. That good.

“The Valley” – The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos are sibling songwriters, Maggie and Tyler Heath. They also happen to be from San Marcos, Texas, home of legendary honky-tonk Cheatham Street Warehouse. I don’t remember bumping into these two in the year or so I frequented Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle at Cheatham Street, but I wish I had. The Valley is what would happen if you mixed an old gospel tune with some drunk Irishmen & women on a rugged Hill Country back porch. Cathartic, hopeful, with a dash of angst. Play this in the car, with the windows down, singing at the top of your lungs.

 

I still managed to sneak in some Texas Country! If you have suggestions for future Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtracks, fire away in the comments below.

You’re welcome, ears.

-Seth
A note about the music: if you like what you hear, please support the artist and buy some of their shit. CDs, vinyl, shirts, live shows. Pay for something. If you see content on here that you think is violating the copyright law, please contact us and the material will be removed.
Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #2!

There & Back Again – River City Extension
Starts out sparse, unhealthy tired, buy and fucking depressing. “I live by the ocean, diagnosis but I don’t feel free.” Then it builds, little by little to a sonic cliff. A hipster headbanging, fuckitall I’ma dance catharsis. Queue it up on your iPhone music player of choice so that at exactly 1:33 into the song you’re busting the door open to the parking lot and heading home for the weekend.

“Feeding Line” – Boy & Bear
This one I found via Scott S., a music-loving friend of mine. At first, I wasn’t quite sure about the video… It seemed a little forced. But I watched all the way to the end, and it’s adorable. And the lyrics are great. About feeling stuck. Held back by someone. Then, almost realizing you’re the one holding you back. Music snob stuff: driving backbeat, sparkly voice, whistle solo.

“Running For Cover” – Ivan and Alyosha
Stumbled upon these guys at a free SXSW showcase back in 2011. They are absolutely incredibly tight live, and their recordings are awesome, too! You can just feel the joy– their love for making beautiful music. Plus, they’re super nice guys. They have a new album coming out on February 26th, called All the Times We Had.

“King of Dollar Bills” – Luke Bell
I found Luke through some mutual songwriter friends of mine on Facebook. He’s from Wyoming, but was in Austin for a bit. Now he’s down in New Orleans busking and playing shows. Luke has a self-titled album for sale. You should buy it. Or at least listen to it on Spotify. Music snob stuff: Old-time country sound (without sounding old-fashioned), kick-ass storytelling, reminds me of a young Bob Dylan. Yeah. That good.

“The Valley” – The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos are sibling songwriters, Maggie and Tyler Heath. They also happen to be from San Marcos, Texas, home of legendary honky-tonk Cheatham Street Warehouse. I don’t remember bumping into these two in the year or so I frequented Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle at Cheatham Street, but I wish I had. The Valley is what would happen if you mixed an old gospel tune with some drunk Irishmen & women on a rugged Hill Country back porch. Cathartic, hopeful, with a dash of angst. Play this in the car, with the windows down, singing at the top of your lungs.

 

I still managed to sneak in some Texas Country! If you have suggestions for future Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtracks, fire away in the comments below.

You’re welcome, ears.

-Seth
A note about the music: if you like what you hear, please support the artist and buy some of their shit. CDs, vinyl, shirts, live shows. Pay for something. If you see content on here that you think is violating the copyright law, please contact us and the material will be removed.
Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #2!

There & Back Again – River City Extension
Starts out sparse, patient tired, no rx and fucking depressing. “I live by the ocean, but I don’t feel free.” Then it builds, little by little to a sonic cliff. A hipster headbanging, fuckitall I’ma dance catharsis. Queue it up on your iPhone music player of choice so that at exactly 1:33 into the song you’re busting the door open to the parking lot and heading home for the weekend.

“Feeding Line” – Boy & Bear
This one I found via Scott S., a music-loving friend of mine. At first, I wasn’t quite sure about the video… It seemed a little forced. But I watched all the way to the end, and it’s adorable. And the lyrics are great. About feeling stuck. Held back by someone. Then, almost realizing you’re the one holding you back. Music snob stuff: driving backbeat, sparkly voice, whistle solo.

“Running For Cover” – Ivan and Alyosha
Stumbled upon these guys at a free SXSW showcase back in 2011. They are absolutely incredibly tight live, and their recordings are awesome, too! You can just feel the joy– their love for making beautiful music. Plus, they’re super nice guys. They have a new album coming out on February 26th, called All the Times We Had.

“King of Dollar Bills” – Luke Bell
I found Luke through some mutual songwriter friends of mine on Facebook. He’s from Wyoming, but was in Austin for a bit. Now he’s down in New Orleans busking and playing shows. Luke has a self-titled album for sale. You should buy it. Or at least listen to it on Spotify. Music snob stuff: Old-time country sound (without sounding old-fashioned), kick-ass storytelling, reminds me of a young Bob Dylan. Yeah. That good.

“The Valley” – The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos are sibling songwriters, Maggie and Tyler Heath. They also happen to be from San Marcos, Texas, home of legendary honky-tonk Cheatham Street Warehouse. I don’t remember bumping into these two in the year or so I frequented Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle at Cheatham Street, but I wish I had. The Valley is what would happen if you mixed an old gospel tune with some drunk Irishmen & women on a rugged Hill Country back porch. Cathartic, hopeful, with a dash of angst. Play this in the car, with the windows down, singing at the top of your lungs.

 

I still managed to sneak in some Texas Country! If you have suggestions for future Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtracks, fire away in the comments below.

You’re welcome, ears.

-Seth
A note about the music: if you like what you hear, please support the artist and buy some of their shit. CDs, vinyl, shirts, live shows. Pay for something. If you see content on here that you think is violating the copyright law, please contact us and the material will be removed.
Ok, link I’m not sure how to make them musical geniuses, information pills but I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t have their grandparents teach them to sing Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo.

I know, information pills I know. Christmas posts are so last December. But srsly. Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo was sitting on my parents’ bathroom sink.

Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo on a bathroom sink

Grandparents are diabolical.

-Seth
Ok, erectile I’m not sure how to make them musical geniuses, store but I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t have their grandparents teach them to sing Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo.

I know, information pills I know. Christmas posts are so last December. But srsly. Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo was sitting on my parents’ bathroom sink.

Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo on a bathroom sink

Grandparents are diabolical.

-Seth
Maker Mondays is where I’ll show you some incredible people making even more incredible things, doctor try to explain what makes their stuff so rad, and why you should care.

For Maker Mondays this week, meet Blue Frost Cupcake from Worthington, Ohio.

Angry Birds Cupcakes

I found Blue Frost Cupcake through a Read More…

Maker Mondays – Americana Speed Shop’s Custom Tooled Leather Goods

There is an incredible amount of amazing music made every day. Sometimes you have to dig for it though.

To save you the trouble of digging, ampoule health I’ll post my 5 favorite tracks of the week here each Friday morning, buy information pills for Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack.

In no particular order, search here’s Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #1

“Roll The Bones” by Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves is Alejandro Rose-Garcia. This badass, dirty-blues-guitar-picking, one-man-band (plays a kick drum built into a suitcase and a tambourine with his feet), hails from Austin. The video below is of Roll The Bones, but really any song by this guy is fucking rad. He’s got a couple albums recorded & for sale, and they’re good. But the real treat are the live performances. The albums are intimate and intricate. The live performance is like Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison hanging out with Justin Townes Earle drinking whiskey, shooting guns, and playing guitar with the bullets. Music snob part: tempo changes, dynamics, storytelling, blazingly-tasty guitar picking.
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