Wednesday, April 30, 2008
And the Internet changes even faster. Last Spring, my nephew's wife started a myspace page for me. About the time I learned how it worked, my sister tells me that myspace was so yesterday, and that I need to get on facebook. Okay, mission accomplished.
So, I think I am all on the up and up, right? Um wrong. This weekend, I hear about the hottest new site, Second Life. My brain doesn't even understand the concept but I'm sure I'll be on there before long (ha).
See ya online...
"It's not that easy," I told her. "I just wish there was a compromise, but I guess there is not. He wants to shut down the factory and a part of me wants a third baby."
Being a lawyer, she said there just had to be a compromise...You'll never guess her solution...
I'll See You When the Sun Goes Down
I'll see you when the sun goes down
And all the stars go crazy,
And Christ returns to claim His throne
Upon this erring earth.
And you and I will be amazed
At all that now seems hazy;
For now is faith, but then will be
The glory of rebirth.
Death will die, and we will sing
With angels at our ears,
And all my love for you will pour
Like rivers from my song.
And joy will never end, for we
Will be beyond the years,
And time before the end of time
Will not seem very long.
How beautiful Creation will
Then be! Much more than now,
When visible to faith alone
As we endure our pain.
How wonderful the gift of grace
From Christ that will allow
Me well to bear my grief until
I see you once again.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I'm sure he'll come up with some great ideas again this year, but if he needs help...Lisa Leonard Designs (handmade necklaces!)
Mother and Child Bracelet And call me crazy...
I love to receive flowers from my husband, but not on a Holiday. It's nice when he sends them "just because".
It's okay for me to say, "I need to get in shape" but please don't buy me anything fitness related. I will only interrupt that as you saying "You need to lose some weight!"
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Um, that we would be no. I am a "mom" now, remember? I am never IN the photos.
Brings me back two years ago...Christmas 2006...Princess Mimi's godparents had went up north to visit Godfather's parents. It was their little girls first Christmas. During the unwrapping of gifts, Godmother took tons of pictures of their little angel with her new toys, and Godfather took tons of pictures of baby with his parents, uncles, aunts, etc. Godmother realized that not one photo was taken of her. She felt very left out, and called me on her cell phone in tears.
I then realized that my Christmas morning was much of the same. I had taken tons of pictures of hubby with Princess Mimi (Tom Tom was still baking in my tummy), before handing hubby the camera and asking "Can I please get in one photo!?" He sensed I was disappointed and promised to make a better effort to include me in our photos.
Well, since then, I have gotten used to it--and I was smart enough to buy a digital camera with a self-timer, but it would be nice to occasionally have my photo taken with my babies. Oh well, just another day of being a mom I guess :)
Friday, April 25, 2008
As I started gathering up beach towels, sun block, sand toys, sun umbrella, and bottled water (yup, I know we are not going until tomorrow, I am just a huge organizer!), I started thinking it's not the actual beach I like, but the idea of the beach.
Think about it for a second. We see great photos of couples relaxing under the palm trees with frozen drinks with little umbrella's in hand...or a mom with her young child playing happily in the surf...looks nice, uh? And on tv, we hear the beautiful sound of the ocean waves...or perhaps Jimmy Buffet singing "Margaritaville"...could it get any better? The beach is great, right?
But the truth is, the beach is not very relaxing for me.
The sand creeps into every little crevice of my body--knees, armpits, and yes, my butt! And have you ever tried to chew gum on the beach? After a few minutes, Juicy Fruit becomes gritty.
The kids get hot and sticky, and beg "hold me, hold me!" (It's 90 degrees, please do not hang on me!) And as nice as the water looks, Princess Mimi is alway afraid to go anywhere near the water's edge.
So, yup, I have officially decided, I do not like the beach....I only like the idea of the beach.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Check out the line: http://www.penelopemack.com/!
Let's start with Craigslist. I listed a cofee table and 2 matching side tables. (These pieces were my hubby's furniture before we got married). The first email was from a woman who was "so interested" in the coffee & side tables, and "had" to come see them first thing in the morning.
I woke up early and polished the tables. They looked better than I remembered. I left the woman a voicemail on her cell phone and also sent an email. I then ran to Lowe’s to get paint samples to start choosing new colors for the kids’ rooms. But guess what? She never called me back or replied to my email. Guess she wasn't so interested after all?
So, I re-listed the ad. This time I got an email from a young man just starting out on his own and needing coffee tables. He asked if I would take a check. Um, no! (I've been a victim of identity theft in the past, so don't trust checks at all today!) He proceeded to say "Well it's a Capitol One check!"...okay, duh, so cash it at the bank and then come get the tables.
Didn't hear from him for a few days. Then another email, "I think I can come get the tables today." You think?
"Great do you have the cash?" and I get a reply of "Maybe".
Lesson learned, next time I am selling furniture, I will have a regular old garage sale!! People show up with cash at a set time, pick up the item, and leave. It's done in a few hours and I can move on with life.
Lesson 2: EBay. Last month, my mom cleaned out her attic, and as usual all her crap ended up at my house. (Why do parents think we want their old stuff!? As the youngest child, I have had my fair share of hand-me-downs. Over it!) Going through the boxes, I found several of the old McDonald's and Burger King glasses. (Remember before the invention of the happy meal, the fast food chains sold promo glasses?)
I listed tons of these glasses on eBay: Smurfs, Ronald McDonald and gang, Care Bears, Charlie Brown/Camp Snoopy. I also listed the children's crib beddings and some great children's clothing. Over half of my items sold, and I was thrilled.
Thrilled until I did the math! I knew eBay charged a listing fee, but as a first time seller, I never realized they charged a "Final Value Fee" (another 8 or 9% of my profits to eBay).
And, let's not forget all the shipping charges. I did charge enough to recoup my postage fees, but not enough for packaging fees. I mean, who knew how much it would cost for bubble wrap and foam peanuts to wrap up the glass? Whew.
In the end, I made around $50 off eBay. When considering all the hassles involved--taking the photos, listing the item, replying to inquiries, several trips to the post office (with 2 kids in tow!), etc etc--I am done with being a SELLER on eBay.
So back to my point...(and to my friend Dena, you were right)...next time I want to make a few quick bucks, I will hold a regular, ol' garage sale! It would have saved me LOTS of time and headaches.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Once registered, you will be asked to complete onlinesurveys. For each survey you complete, you get reward dollars. And, reward dollars can be exchanged for many great items (like movie rentals at Blockbuster), but I love redeeming dollars for magazine subscriptions. I have gotten Marie Claire, Prevention and Business Week! Check it out.
The vasectomy that is. Although my husband is willing and ready, I can't make up my mind. Truth be told, two kids are a handful, but something about a third baby seems so right to me.
A little background...my hubby is approaching 44 and I am soon to be 36. I know our ages should tell us to stop. Factor in our limited income (I work part-time). And, consider the fact I almost died during childbirth with my second child. I should be ready to say "NO MORE BABIES!"
But I'm not.
Yes, I know, I know...I have a boy and a girl...one of each...I should be satisfied, right?
But I'm not.
Friends aren't much help (bless them for trying). They will tell me "Oh, vasectomies are reversable today!" True, but at a high cost and with a low success rate.
So someone please tell me, how do I make this decision, and feel comfortable with that decision?
Oh Shakespeare, share your wisdom with me!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Well, I found two perfect swimsuits at LandsEnd. And even better, they were both in the overstock section (love it!). I got a two piece and a one piece. Check it out for yourself: http://www.landsend.com/ix/overstock-liquidations/Swim/index.html?seq=1~2&catNumbers=644&visible=1~1&store=ov&tab=8
Friday, April 18, 2008
Even better, we have many of the same believes when it comes to raising children, religion and politics. We love to talk about movies, celebrity gossip, and the best new self-tanner on the market.
Last summer, we both became pregnant for a second time. We would joke about how many times we would hear "You are having another baby already? Are you crazy?" And, ironically, we gave birth to our sons within days of each other.
What makes our friendship unique compared to other best friends? Amy and I have never met in person. You see, Amy and I met on a bulletin board for new mothers.
It's kind of crazy; I have tons of "mom friends" nearby (including my daughter's Godmother who lives five minutes away & I haven't spoken to in 6 weeks!), yet I have this "online buddy" who knows everything about me and my kids than possibly my husband.
Welcome to the modern world, uh? I mean, if I can find my husband online, why not a best friend?
So, I have decided to start this blog. My hopes is to share some daily trials and tribulations of the "modern mom", with a comical twist at times, so you other moms don't feel alone in this world!
Don't worry, I won't be bragging about my kids or sharing their monthly growth charts. (I have another personal blog for that).
This blog is for myself. It's for me to have a creative outlet. It's for me to find a new support system. It's for me to find happiness with other moms. It's for me to feel like life is "okay". I hope you enoy reading!