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10 Aug 2008 Three Years ago….
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I did the following meme.  I thought it would be interesting to do it again to see how things have changed.  You can view the original here

Ten things I do everyday:

1. Sing to Cadence

2. Talk with Emily

3. Surf the Internet

4. Smooch Eric.

5. Let the dog out (and in and out and in and out and in and out)

6. Watch Ninja Warrior

7. Wish for just five more minutes under the covers.

8. Shower

9. Tell Emily NO!

10. Pet cats

Nine favorite shows of all time:

1. Ghost Hunters

2. Ninja Warrior

3. Heroes

4. Chuck

5. Jericho (still pissed about them canceling it)

6. Dead Like Me

7. Arrested Development

8. Ugly Betty

9. Amazing Race

Eight junk food favorites: (none of these have changed)

1. French Fries

2. Nacho (cheese? Put it back!)

3. Doritos

4. Chocolate chip cookies

5. Frozen custard (chocolate and vanilla twist)

6. Cherry Coke

7. Pizza

8. Egg rolls

Seven things that bug me:
1. Rude Drivers on Cell Phones

2. Stupid parents

3. Clueless people

4. redundant messes

5. Dog drool on any part of my body

6. Cat who prefers fastidiously clean litter box

7. Being in a rush

Six songs I love this minute:

1. Shake It-Metro Station

2.  Seasons of Love-Rent

3.  Magic-Colbie Cailiat

4. I kissed a Girl-Katy Perry

5. Shut up and Drive-Rihanna

6. the Toast Song

Five things I want:
1. Emily to have a fabulous school year

2 Cadence to keep growing like a happy little weed

3. To get the work done on the house so we can get the house on the market

4. To finish my freaking laundry

5. To have this diet finally be the one that is successful (still worried about hte same thing three years later)

Four facts about me:

1. I speak pig latin fluently

2. I get very OCD about stuff.

3. I’m a cat person. Sorry Jack.

4. I want to write a novel some day

Three wishes: (none of these have changed)

1. For my family (all of them) to be happy and healthy always

2. A long, long , long marriage to my sweetheart

3. Peace On Earth

Two people I wish I could see again: (sadly, this one has)

1. My mom
2. Ma

One thing I’m looking forward to:

1. School starting.  Not my normal take on it, but I’m ready this year

09 Nov 2007 Found this on-line…
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You know I like to stumble….. and I found this and even though I think it’s probably just a coincidence, I still think it’s sweet…

Why should the wedding ring be worn on the fourth finger?

There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese…..

Thumb represents your Parents

Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings

Middle finger represents your-Self

Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner

& the Last (Little) finger represents your children

Firstly, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together - back to back Secondly, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb - tip to tip.

Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)…, they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later. Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)…., they will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.

Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children)…., they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day.

Finally, join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse). You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT….., because Husband & Wife have to remain together all their lives - through thick and thin!!


04 Nov 2007 One of my favorite things about the Internet
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I was stumbling around, you see, even before i put the stumble button on the top of web browser. One of my most favorite things to do was to go to links on blogs that I enjoyed because I assumed, usually correctly, that if l like them i might like who they like.

So, I started here, at Wee Wonderfuls the website I totally adore and scrolled down her blog roll. I decided to click on….

Whip Up I poked around a bit and scrolled down and found out that….

Sew mama Sew was featuring a thirty day handmade holiday feature. That was cool enough, but in scrolling through their archives I found a link to

Montessori by hand. She has a few really cute tutorials and a link to….

the Angry chicken written by Amy Karol who authored a very cool, fun sewing book that I adore and, you know, since I love her work and her style wouldn’t I also love people she loves?

And on it goes. :)

11 Sep 2007 From
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in honor of C-notes birthday.
10 Reasons Why Geeks Make Good Dads

My favorites?

#2-Zero Chance of Cheating on my Wife-
Let�s face it - that�s just way too much effort. I�m excited I fooled got one to marry me. I�d rather sit and watch �Real Genius� than go wooing in some bar. So, what exactly did they do with all that popcorn?

#5-Free Tivo
Buy a TiVo? Gasp - who would think of such a thing, when you can build your own with the wonderful MythTV. Now the kids can catch up on the latest �Scooby Doo�s� and �Myth Buster�s�.

03 Apr 2007 Square Foot Gardening….
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If you aren’t using the Stumble Upon plug in for Firefox, you’re missing out. I reccomend it because you Stumble Upon gems like this.. Square Foot Gardening.

I love the idea of a garden, but all of the work involved in weeding, planting, tilling, etc? I don’t love that idea so much. But I’m thinking I could adapt this idea to go along the back of our deck were Creepy Eyes planted rabid Home Shopping tomatoes and peppers. It would allow us to keep the weeds down without too much effort, give us a large amount of easy to maintain growing space and cut down on our weeding.

But, can Eric build boxes? That is the question.

27 Mar 2007 So, I’m stumbling…
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I’m probably the last person on the planet to use it, but I finally downloaded the plug-in for StumbleUpon into Mozilla tonight and i’m wasting FAR to much time Stumbling around finding new, cool things to waste time on.

These little things are called Readymechs. They’re paper toys. You print them out onto 8.5×11 paper and fold and cut and turn them into toys. How ingenious. I think there may be a few there Emily is interested in.

Also, I’m thinking the girls might enjoy these in their easter baskets….

03 Jan 2007 For the low, low price of….
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I got my first issue of Cookie Magazine in the mail today. Cookie hails itself as “All the Best for Your Family”. It’s advertising sponsors include Tiffany. The magazine itself is interesting. Sort of Vouge meets Parents. They have articles on food allergies and fashion spreads featuring $132 dollar boutique children’s dresses. I was excited to see pages and pages of websites advertising boutique children’s clothings and hurried off to see what sort of new goodies I can come up with….

For the low, low price of $98.00 you can purchase your child a non-vibrating bouncie chair, like this one…

Yes, just $98.00. Of course, it IS brown and pink and it DOES have a chrome (exposed) frame. It’s top selling points? It’s versitle and meets all regulations. I tired to find something similar at toys r us to price compare, but even their most hoity toity, for looks, no toys models vibrate (and all for the low, low price of 48.99). I spent $20 for Cadence’s. ;) It comes with two giraffes, whom she loves, and a taggy ball AND it vibrates AND meets all regulations (I hope). And, the crazy green fabric goes with the overall hodge podge decor we have going on here. ;)

For the low, low price of 48.99 you can order your little princess

A tiny tiara. Made of glass. Somehow, marketing fragile glass tiaras to little girls seems…I don’t know….the wrong idea. I did, though, on my travels find this site with tons of options, including Princess Diaries replicas for only $62 which compared to the $48.99 of the little glass lovelies seem a more affordable (and more safe) idea overall.

One thing I WILL say about these sites featured, is that they offer a beautiful array of unique children’s clothing, something I’m totally into. You see, one thing the chain stores seem to miss is that not all parents want to dress their children like mini adults. I don’t WANT my six year old to wear low rise, bell bottoms. Finding a pair of unembellished jeans at any of our usual haunts is nearly impossible. I like simple, feminine, little girl clothes on my little girl and once you graduate from size 6x (regardless of your age) you’re screwed in most mainstream retail, which is why I’m drawn to Gymboree where one can still by appropriate clothes.

The normal prices at these boutique shops are high, but sale prices are very reasonable, if you’re willing to buy a bit ahead or from last season (which doesn’t bother me, I’m not very fashion forward). Where I wouldn’t pay $50 or $60 for an outfit, I’d consider $20 to $30. I very rarely pay full price for anything from Gymboree either. I try to shop sales and clearance and always try to get (and then use) Gymbucks. My one exception my last time out, was getting a jumper for Cadence that I wasn’t willing to wait for the sale on.