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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Making diapers fun

So very shortly after even beginning to use cloth diapers, I now have an obsession with making them! I really had no desire to at first, the stuff I could buy would be much better than anything I could make, and I had no idea how to do it. But then I started thinking about the new baby and how these diapers we bought would not fit him until he was about 10 pounds. So for the first month I would either have to go back to disposables, or buy diapers that I would only use for a month. I wasn't really a huge fan of either option. So just for fun I started looking for some free patterns.

I found one that I adapted a little because I didn't like the leg gussets, and I have been obsessed with making diapers for the last 4 days! I think I have finally gotten the hang of it and last night I made really cute matching diapers for Nathan and the new baby

It's so much fun to be sewing again and using all kinds of cute prints to make the diapers, plus since it's actually saving us money I feel like I am being productive even though I am really just having fun. It's the perfect size project too, because they don't take that long to make. I finished almost 4 diapers yesterday just during Nathan's naps an after he went to bed. I love having a hobby again!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Keeping Nathan busy

Nathan has always been very active and interested in everything, from the day he was born he wanted to get up and explore things. Lately though more so than before he seems to be getting bored of being in the house and seeing the same things everyday, and it's becoming a struggle to keep him happy throughout the day! He's been crabby and whinny, but for no other reason than that he is bored.

So I went to the library this week, and decided that I was going to set up at least part of our day as though he were in school. Ok, that sounds weird, but what I mean is I am going to plan some different activities just for Nathan that are new and different from things we do everyday. I found some great books that were written for those running a day care. I actually should get out my teaching preschool books from BG and use some of those activities even though he is a little young.

It's all the basic stuff that I had already heard of or used before, but it was nice to have a list right in front of me of fun things for us to do. So far it's working out great! I need to collect or buy a few more items for some future activities, but all in all he is loving just exploring something different every day.

The real challenge now will be when the new baby comes and finding time to still do something new with Nathan every day. Hopefully he'll be excited about helping with the baby for a while, and exploring a new little person will keep him interested enough that I won't have a crabby little toddler and a new baby at the same time too often!

I'll try and post here as we try out new things and what he enjoyed the best, just need to keep those batteries in my camera charged.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"Revive my heart, renew my soul..."

I've been thinking the last few days about my prayer life. I think that attending the Fest this weekend kinda of gave me a bit of a boost that I hadn't even known I needed. It was the first time in a long while that I felt completely joyful to the point of forgetting any kind of burden or responsibility, and I liked it a lot!

Don't get me wrong, it's not that I am not a happy person, I really am. I love my husband and my son and I experience joy and God's love for us as a family every day through them. I guess what I have been forgetting about lately is a more personal kind of joy, or prayer.

When I was at Franciscan I was really good at finding ways to make my prayer life and my life one and the same. Being part of a household and attending daily mass, not to mention being surrounded constantly by those also incorporating their faith into every day life made it easy.

Since I have left school, starting working, gotten married and had a baby it's not always so easy for me. It's not a bad thing that it's not right in front of me, in fact, I like the challenge of making it my own, but I still miss the community that I had at Franciscan.

During the Fest I talked to a great priest who recently graduated from the seminary and is now at his first assignment. It was kind of nice to hear him say it wasn't always easy for him either, and that even as a priest he had to make a conscious effort to do more than just go through the motions. His suggestions were to make it part of my daily routine again, not move on to the next thing until I have included some time for prayer. Even if it's going back to bed at 3am after putting Nathan back to sleep. I just need to find that time that is mine and God's and stick to it daily.

It makes a lot of sense in my head, I am definitely a creature of habit. I think tat is one of the reasons being a teacher works out so well for me. I like the daily schedule of what gets done when. So this is my new challenge for myself, find a way to have that time every day, and continue to search for ways to find joy for myself and my family.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cloth diapers!

Once I started thinking about what it is going to mean to have two babies in the house, I did something that I swore I would never do in a million years... I started to research using cloth diapers.

Now when I was younger my mom used cloth diapers on my twin brothers, I still have bad memories of folding the diaper just right and then pinning the sides before sliding on a pair of plastic pants. Not really fun or easy to do. But I recently found out that cloth diapers now are so much different! There is a huge emphasis on style and convenience, and no one actually uses pins anymore even if they do choose the old school prefold style diapers.

It was almost overwhelming when I first starting looking. There are literally hundreds of different brands and styles and kinds of diapers out there. I was totally lost and had no idea where I wanted to start. Plus, in the long run they save you tons of money, but I didn't want to spend a lot on trying out diapers that I wouldn't like or want to use in the end. Thanks to the cloth diapering group on facebook I found a website with a program where you can try out 6 different kinds of cloth diapers for 3 weeks and then send them back for a full refund minus a $10 program fee! It was such a great way to try out these diapers first hand and see what I really liked. For anyone who is interested here is what I thought of the different kinds I tried.

BumGenious pocket one size diaper

So a pocket diaper is kind of like a disposable diaper in fit and in how you put it on the baby with the only difference being that there is a pocket inside that you stuff with inserts to absorb any waste. What's great out this is that they dry fast and that you can put as much or as little inside the diaper depending on how heavy of a wetter your baby is. We LOVED this diaper and ended up choosing this for our babies. I've been using them full time for almost a week now and it's just so easy and never leaks!

Thirsties all in on pocket diaper

This is a lot like the BG only it has some padding built in so you can choose not to stuff it if you don't want, though it can also be stuffed with more if you need it. I really loved the fit of this diaper, it only leaked once but I had two diapers leak that night so maybe I was just doing something wrong. It is not one size so you have to buy a whole new set every time your baby goes up a size. I might have considered getting these if I had the money to buy each new size since they fit so well.

Fuzzi Buns pocket diaper

This was another pocket, but not one sized like the BG. It worked OK, it uses snaps in the front to close it instead of Velcro and I found it frustrating to get onto my wiggly baby who didn't even want to stay still for the Velcro! Also since it's not one sized I wouldn't want to keep buying more. I have heard these diapers work better for newborns though since they are not as bulky. I have a feeling we will just use disposables for the new baby until he reaches 10 pounds or so and they fit a little better.

Thirsties Fab Fitted

This diaper was very absorbent and I never had a leak, however it used a diaper cover since the outside was not waterproof and I did not like the cover in my trial pack so I didn't use it as much. I think with a nicely fitted cover this would be a great diaper, especially for smaller babies.

Chinese Prefolds

These are your typical old school cloth diapers. I hated them at first and never wanted to use them, however the more I practiced with them they were not so bad. Like I said before no one really uses pins anymore, so there was this thing called a snappi that just hooks into the diaper and holds it in place. They were kind of bulky but I blame my wrong sized cover for being too big. I might even consider using these with the new baby for a while because they are cheap and after some practice not all that hard to use.

Overall I was very impressed with how advanced cloth diapering has become! Anthony was a little skeptical at first, but after thinking about how much money we will be saving and then actually trying the diapers for a little bit even he is starting to agree that they are pretty easy to use.

Well Nathan just woke up from his nap (way too short!) so the updating will have to continue later.

Family update

Hmm it's been quite a while. I think I stopped blogging around the time Nathan started crawling and getting into everything. Well we are on to walking now! And this post is definitely taking place during his nap time.

Also I never updated that we are having baby #2 in about 3 months! The ultrasound showed that there will be another little boy, so things are about to get even crazier around here. I am anxious e how Nathan is going to react to someone else in his personal space with his mom and dad. He has always been fairly attached to us, but it's starting to reach a new level with me. He follows me around all day and if I leave the room even to just get a drink or go to the bathroom he becomes hysterical. So we will see how he likes it when someone else is literally attached to me all day long!

As I mentioned at the top Nathan is walking! It's still not his fastest or preferred mode of locomotion, but he is trying more and more every day to at least start out walking before he looses his balance. Sometimes this is after 2-3 steps and sometimes he makes it all the way across the room! It's so much fun to watch him stand and walk on his own, it still looks unnatural to me!

Monday, April 14, 2008

I think making mischief has become an understatment when talking about Nathan this week! He is crawling everywhere and fast! Our house is pretty well baby proofed except for a few things I am having trouble with, so it's not too bad. He just knows exactly which things he shouldn't be getting into and makes a beeline for them everytime I try to catch my breath. This makes doing just about anything difficult. Our biggest problem is we don't have overhead lighting in most rooms including our living room, so we have lots of lamps. Nathan actually managed to pull one over the other day while Anthony was watching him. They're lightweight and plastic on the top so he can't break it and it would be hard for him to hurt himself, but it's not something we want him doing on a regular basis! He has also discovered the cords to the computer underneath the computer desk. He will go so far as to crawl over the bottom part of the chair to get to those cords or the cable router. He is certainly keeping me busy!

We took our first trip to the Rainforest at the Cleveland Zoo this weekend. Nathan had a lot of fun, but I think sometimes he liked all of the other kids there more than the animals. Most are kind of small or like to hide so it's a little hard to point them out to a 7 month old. He really did enjoy some of the monkeys though and they seemed to enjoy Nathan since they kept coming right up to the window! I can't wait until it's a little warmer and I can take him to the zoo to see the big animals.

He's becoming A LOT more interested in food too which I didn't think was possible since he already loved it so much. He really wants to feed himself now which is a plus since even with some easy finger foods he used to sit there with his mouth open until we put it in. He ate almost a whole banana last night and loved it! He has also been enjoying feeding himself some crackers and fruit puffs (kinda like fruit flavored cereal for babies!). This really makes dinner time easier because he used to get so mad while we were eating, now we can give him something to eat of his own.

Well he's about to pull over the lamp again so I better go and grab him!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Holy Week

This is my favorite week of the entire year. The culmination of what our faith is and how it changes our lives.

I kind of feel like I have failed when it comes to using the season of Lent to grow. I kept my Lenten sacrifices, I prayed daily as I said I was going to. But I don't feel like I have gone anywhere. It wasn't really a sacrifice, and not even up to par with how I would like my regular daily life to be. I use the excuse of Nathan and not having enough time to do all that I want to when I really have just used that time in other ways. I'm really looking forward to this week as a chance to make a change and renew what it is that I want my faith to be. Basically, I don't think I am reached my goal yet, but I'm not ready to give up. If anything I think that this week will re-charge me to grow during the Easter season.

I cannot wait for the Easter vigil on Saturday. I have been lucky enough to go every year for quite a while now and it's become what Easter really is for me. The music and the darkness into light, bringing forward the water for baptism, watching the excitement of new Catholics receiving the Eucharist for the first time really to me shows why we have Easter. It's so much more than the passion and Jesus rising though that is the most central and important, but it's the small things, the consequences, the changes that took place BECAUSE that happened that really touch me the most. I've always been blessed (though sometimes it feels like a curse) to be given the gift of visible emotion during certain times in prayer, or while at mass. The vigil is always an emotional event for me. It's hard to find words to explain how beautiful it is. We are taking Nathan with us this year. I know it will probably be frustrating for all three of us, but I want this to be part of his tradition one day too. So he can learn that Easter is more than seeing Grandparents and getting candy, more than a day when everyone goes to church, but really a time when we as individuals and as a church are given the chance to renew our baptism completely through Jesus' rising.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Lately I have become even more obsessed with LOST than I already was. Maybe it's because there is nothing on tv so it's all I watch anymore, or maybe it's just actually that interesting! There are so many unanswered questions and the writers and creators have such a intricate storyline that it just makes you want to learn more. Surprisingly there was so much more than I ever even knew existed from just watching the show! I stumbled upon a website called Lostpedia it has anything you would ever want to know about LOST! And it's not just made up things by readers (though there are a few theory boards, all of their information comes from interviews or special things released by ABC or LOST themselves. It's almost creepy how much detail they have put into this, and how much time and money they have spent creating this alternate reality. There have even interviews with people who work for "The Hanso Foundation" on regular talk shows. And secret videos released about the DHARMA initiative. So weird, but really very interesting reading.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Blizzard! and baby shoes

So I thought I had seen the worst snowstorm of the year a couple of weeks ago, boy was I mistaken! It seems every year we have a giant snowstorm, and this was it this year. It snowed non-stop from Friday all the way until this morning (Sunday)! We probably have close to 18 inches of snow outside, it's funny to see it all piled up from where it's been plowed. It's really hard to see around the giant walls of snow while driving. It gave me plenty of time to, um, sit at home and do what I usually do. A year ago I would have worked on some hobby, now I just played with Nathan. Though I am still determined one of these days to quilt or sew or make something fun again. I just need to find a safe place to do it, and something fun for Nathan to do while I'm working. Otherwise I will get annoyed and never finish, which is what usually happens!

Thursday I went shopping to pick up some essentials at Target and as I was rounding the corner something very familiar caught my eye. I saw what appeared to be Robeez baby shoes! Alright, for those of you not obsessed with baby clothing and footwear like I am I will explain. Robeez shoes are leather baby shoes with cute animals or designs on them. They are great for baby feet because they are so flexable and the are just adorable. They also run about $30 a pair. Now if you are anything like me you don't really want to be spending $30 on baby shoes, especially a baby who can't walk. I got one pair from my aunt as a shower gift and I LOVE them, so seeing what appeared to be them at Target was quite exciting! As I got closer I realized they were not Robeez, but a different brand that looked almost identical. Some of the designs even looked very similar to the Robeez designs. Best part is they are only $12.99! Still a little pricey for baby shoes, but they are leather! Here is a picture of a pair of Robeez

And here are the "Mini Star" fake Robeez

So the quality may not be quite as good, but Nathan can't walk yet so maybe I'll splurge for the Robeez when he is getting a little more use out of them!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

So it's been a busy and interesting week so far. I guess I probably won't be updating on days that I work! I'm just always so tired by the time I come home and like to spend some time with Nathan before I have to start making dinner or doing other things around the house.

This week Nathan decided that he doesn't want to take a bottle anymore! ugh. In some ways I am glad because I never wanted him to become attatched to the bottle and he has always nursed a little differently after the two days a work. So it's nice not to have to worry about that, but he needs to eat! Tuesday he hardly ate anything which is weird because I am pretty sure he is in the middle of a growth spurt. Wednesday I sent a sippy cup and he loved that. Hopefully he just keeps getting better at using the cup and we won't have to worry about the whole eating thing anymore.

He has also become really really clingy and doesn't want to sleep in his own room anymore at all. The last week he has spent more time in bed with us than in his own bed and when he is in his bed it just doesn't last very long. I know I should be spending some more time working on that, but some nights I just don't have the energy to not sleep for most of the night. It's not even that it just takes a long time, but he will fall asleep and then just as I am falling asleep like 20 minutes later he wakes up again. After doing this 3-4 times I just can't handle it anymore I want to sleep so badly! Maybe I'll spend this weekend switching off with Anthony to try and make it work.

Monday, March 3, 2008

a fun weekend

This weekend was so much fun! Unfortunately as usual I forgot I had a camera and took no pictures. Alle came to visit and it was so good to have some girl hang out time. We watched "Bridget Jones's Diary" and another movie that I can't remember the name of right now. We went to House of Hunan and ate sushi and great chinese food. We ate more snacks than we needed to (always the best part) and we did my dancing with the stars workout video. lol I got farther than I ever had before but still couldn't finish that jive! Basically we had a lot of fun being girls and talking and just hanging out.

Yesterday was my mom's birthday so after Noah's basketball game we went out to eat at Olive Garden and I was able to give my mom her birthday present. We found a used set of the HBO specil "From the Earth to the Moon". My mom had this on vhs, so it was fun to find it on dvd for her. I've been wanting to write about it for the last few weeks (since Anthony and I watched it before we gave it to her!) but now that she has it I can't remember I single thing that I wanted to say about it.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Youtube finds of the day

I think I mentioned the other day and I found some episode of Sharon, Lois and Bram's "The Elephant Show" on youtube. I was in love with this show when I was little and have been watching them online with Nathan. He doesn't actually care, but having him sitting nearby makes me feel better about the fact that I am watching children's television from the 80's. So of course youtube has related links and I found the intros to all of my favorite tv shows as a little kid! This is going to look like I was obsessed with tv or something, I promise I didn't just sit in front of the tv all day! But here are some of my favorites!

Maya the Bee I used to make Nina be Willy so I could be Maya. lol

David the Gnome I forgot how boring the theme song is for this one, but if I remember correctly it was a pretty good show.

Mapletown I'm almost ashamed I watched this "Japanamation" show, but it was one of my favorites. I even had the flocked plastic figurines.

Oh I could go on and on, but in order to look like I had a childhood aside from children's cable shows (we didn't even have cable!) I will stop here.

Baby led weaning?

Or as I am used to seeing it online now BLW. I think this means I spend too much time on the internet. Oh well.

So I'm thinking about it. For those of you who don't know (because I didn't until a few months ago), baby led weaning doesn't actually mean "weaning" your baby, I don't plan on doing that for a while. Instead it's kind of a different way to introduce solids to your baby. They don't eat any purees, instead you give them regular food that they can feed themselves on their own. Of course at first more of it ends up squished or on the floor, but pretty soon they learned to feed themselves real food.

I don't know if I will completely give up the typical baby food mush stuff, it's nice to know that something is getting into him, and a lot less messy and time consuming when I'm in a bit of a hurry or Nathan is on the verge of getting sleepy. But I do like this idea of being able to give the baby whatever we are eating (within reason of course). It makes sense since he is always grabbing at our food, we give him little tastes of certain things now and then, why shouldn't he just be able to try some things? We always have a hard time when we are eating because he wants to be right there too eating while we are eating, and with baby food puree that is just not possible.

So last night while we were eating grilled cheese and tomato soup I made Nathan a piece of toast (I know, wheat is an allergen, but no one in either of our families has food allergies, and our seasonal allergies are very mild) he absolutely loved it! It was crispy enough to break off tiny pieces when he bit in with his two little tooth stubs, but still soft enough to disolve in his mouth as he ate it. He made a HUGE mess with soggy bread crumbs all over the table, but he was so happy and suprised me by being pretty good at getting it into his mouth by himself!

It really made me wish I had other baby friendly food in the house so I could give him some more to "eat". It's also messy now because we don't have a highchair, so this was while sitting in his bumbo seat on the table. The highchair should be here next week and I am looking forward to giving him some more things to eat on his own. Interestingly, I think he gagged and coughed more when I gave him some pureed peas after dinner than he did chewing on his toast!

some links I have enjoyed reading: I really like the recipe ideas at this site
Facebook group on baby led weaning Where I first found out about baby led weaning, some interesting discussions
Baby led weaning blog I haven't read this one yet, but looks to be interesting. I'll save it for Nathan's next nap!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Children's music discoveries

Nathan loves when Anthony and I sing to him, he gets really excited and smiles. So yesterday I was running out of songs to sing, and quickly getting sick of singing the same songs over and over again. So I decided to look up some of my childhood favorites online, and I have fallen in love with these songs all over again!!

First we checked out Joe Scruggs, my personal favorite cd's are "Late Last Night" and "Traffic Jams" I was suprised at how many of the words I still remembered from when I was little! I always have had an eaiser time remembering songs or things music oriented. Nathan will definitely be receiving at least one of those cd's in his Easter basket this year!

Today we moved on to Sharon, Lois and Bram. I was disapointed at first that I couldn't find any of their songs online aside from clips, but then I went to youtube and found entire episodes of "The Elepahnt Show"!!! Nathan was in love because he loves music and singing, especially when mom is singing along and knows all of the words. Unfortunatly for me, his attention span is 10 minutes at most and I really wanted to watch the whole 30 minute show! I guess that just means more to watch later.

I wish that children's music today was as great as it was when I was a kid. I really don't get into the whole "Wiggles" phenomenon. I guess it's ok, but I love the classics I grew up with. I do like Laurie Berkner, I think her stuff is has the same classic style of easy to sing and listen too along with great controlled movements for kids. I am really loving this being a mom thing and reliving all of my childhood fun through Nathan!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tooth restores sight?

Blind Irishman sees with the aid of son's tooth in his eye (click picture to see the rest of the story)
This is the oddest thing I have ever heard of. Apparently you can use a tooth to restore sight? hmmmm.

Nathan has decided that he doesn't like to sleep in his crib anymore other than naps. Last night I was up for 2 hours trying anything to get him back to sleep in his crib and he just would not have it. He even fell asleep while I was holding him but as soon as I would put him down he would wake up crying. He slept the whole night without waking up to eat in our bed once I brought him in, but now that I am used to sleeping without him, it's hard to get used to it again. My neck and back are killing me today because I can't use my body pillow while he is in bed. On top of all of this our neighbors are remodeling which I don't mind, it's not that loud and I'm sure it will be beautiful when they are done, but 12 am is not my ideal time to hear scraping on the wall that my bed is on. I'm sure that bugs Nathan a little bit too. Oh well, it's been a week, maybe it will all be over soon.

Alle is coming tomorrow and I am so excited! I can't wait to see her and hang out and eat sushi!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Snow day #2!

So I decided that no one actually reads my blog, but that's ok because I am having fun writing in it! Maybe one day I'll wake up to a comment or something.
Today was snow day number two! Meaning that I didn't have to work at all this week AMAZING! I am really enjoying my time home with Nathan and it's making me really really excited for this summer when this is just our life! I also look forward to when I take my little break from teaching to stay at home full time for a while.
Nathan saw me taking a picture of the snow and posed, so I just had to take this picture. Cutest baby ever.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Snow day

This morning I got a phone call at 5:15, normally I am not so happy to be answering the phone at this time of day, but today was a day I was supposed to work so a call this early could only mean one thing! SNOW DAY! Alright, I don't hate my job and I don't want anyone to get that impression, but I love being home with Nathan, especially when it is cold and gross outside. Going back to bed for three hours was the most wonderful thing.

Right now we have about a foot of snow outside and it's still snowing, a few years ago this would have been the perfect sledding day, but right now I can't wait until my hot water is done boiling so that I can sip my hot chocolate and watch Martha Stewart talk about her favorite kitchen tools.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Mmm Squash

I knew baby food was messy, but last night Nathan took it to a whole new level when he sneezed with a mouthful of squash! Here is what he looked like, I should have taken a picture of what I looked like with squash all over my face and shirt!

Eary Monday Morning

Today I was supposed to be at a teacher in-service, but as it turns out my babysitter's daughter is sick. So instead Nathan and I are both staying home today and resting up from our busy weekend!

I have really been wanting to get out of the house lately, the winter is getting to me. I think more so this year than others just because it's harder to go out with Nathan so I usually opt to stay inside. I was starting to feel like the only places I ever saw were my house, the church and the school (which in case you didn't know is attached to the church!). So Saturday when the usual weekend question of "So, what do you want to do today?" was posed I decided that I wanted to go to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History! I haven't been in years, Anthony couldn't remember if he had ever been, and this was Nathan's first trip to a museum. He loved it! We put him in his stroller without the car seat base and he really liked being able to look around and see everything a little better. It was a much needed break from the house for both of us.

Saturday night we finally had my parents over for dinner after being married for a year and a half. It was a lot of fun until Nathan decided that he hates sleeping. This little trend has continued since then. He gets really really hyper and then cries and won't sleep. I guess I'm not catching his tired signs in enough time, but it's really hard for him to settle down when there are other people around!

Sunday we got some things done around the house after mass and then went to Noah's basketball game at JAR arena at the University of Akron. He was really excited to be playing at such a big arena and the won there game right at the very end thanks to a couple of points scored by Noah! Nathan really likes watching basketball (probably more than Anthony and myself), he actually watches where the ball goes and pays attention to what is happening even if he has no idea what any of it means. It's always a nice way to get out and see people because the game is so entertaining to him.

So that was our weekend, and now it's 6:45 on a Monday morning and I no longer have anywhere to go! I think Nathan and I are going to go back to bed for a while and re-start the day in a couple of hours.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Making Mischief

So I've decided to start a blog. I've had blogs before, but hopefully this one will be different in a few ways.

#1 I will actually write in it more than twice a year.
#2 Instead of a diary type "this is what I did today" blog I want to write about a few different things. What it's like to be a mom, cute things Nathan does, thoughts I have about current events and my faith, and maybe some fun pictures or articles I have enjoyed and want to share.
#3 Maybe other people will actually read this one! Of course that means it has to be less boring than my blogs of the past. We will see how that goes!

I decided to name the blog "Making Mischief" kind of on a "Where the Wild Things Are" theme. It's one of the best children's books ever written, (one of my favorites!) and also in a playful way describes what life with Nathan is turning into! The web address ofonekindandanother (of one kind and another) is the line that follows Max was "...making mischief..." Just another fun way to quote a great book.