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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Putting together the nursery

We put together the crib and dresser tonight. Well, actually David put together the crib and dresser tonight. I helped a bit but mostly watched. Boo was in the center of all the action, even bringing in mouthfuls of food so he could eat and still lend moral support. Oliver on the other hand disappeared the moment we started pulling stuff out. I'm sure he found the farthest spot he could from any strange noises and object. I carried him in a couple of times and made him sit on the bed with me but he hightailed it out of the room the second I stood up. After that he would come as far as the corner of the kitchen when I called and peer around into the hallway so he could see me, but no where near the bedroom.

We're mostly done. We still have to put together the glider and do some rearranging but we made good progress. Here are some pictures. Dave picked the bedding. I didn't think he'd really care but when I showed him some pictures of things I was considering he had a very definite opinion. No neutral animal prints for our baby, it's gonna be ALL boy!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I resisted the facebooking invites for a LONG time. Seriously...who has time to facebook? I have way too many other very important things to do. I don't really need another distraction. Isn't email bad enough? Why do I want to talk to all those people anyway? And plus, isn't it for, like, kids?

Well now I feel a little sheepish because I'm totally addicted. It's so much fun! Do you know how much time you can waste facebooking? As much time as reading blogs! And for a person who claims to be efficient I apparently love wasting time. I mean, really, why get anything important done when you can spend your time on the truly urgent. Like posting what you're doing at every moment of the day, because everyone really cares. And reading what everyone I know and everyone that they know is doing at every moment....looking at their pictures and commenting...or mostly in my case just lurking. Yes, I admit it, I'm a lurker. I want to know everything that is going on, sometimes I just feel too shy to participate.

I propose that these very urgent things are actually the most important things in life. Reconnecting and staying in touch with people who are really important to me and maybe a few random others. I reconnected with my childhood best friend the other day! What's really more important than that? I mean, when it comes right down to it, aren't our relationships the most important thing? That other stuff can always wait....after all, why spend all of today on what you can do tomorrow? Especially when there's facebooking to be done now!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Click click click

I love listening to my dog's toenails click on the floor. He's so funny. He can't eat his food out of the bowl...never has. He takes a few pieces in his mouth and brings it over to wherever we are. Then he drops it on the ground and eats it a piece at a time. He must burn more calories than he eats running back and forth between his food bowl and whichever part of the house we happen to be in. I love listening to him run back and forth. Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click go his nails on the wood floor. Sometimes he plays with a piece before he eats it. He'll flip it in the air, then pounce after it, nose it around a bit and growl at it. All in all, pretty great entertainment! Okay, I admit it, I'm easily entertained!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sticky Notes

One of my great strengths is efficiency. This is mostly because I'm lazy, and I figure why take longer to do something than I need to? I've always thought the characteristics that our greatest strengths come from also make our weaknesses. There are times when I go so far out of my way to avoid doing work I don't want to do that instead of being efficient I actually create more work for myself.

Here's an example. I absolutely HATE hanging up laundry. The downside of not hanging your clothes up when they come out of the dryer is that they get all wrinkled, balled up in the laundry basket. Since I hate that too, because we all know that ironing clothes is even worse than hanging them up and much more work (with the exception of my SIL who says that ironing is the epitomy of domestic bliss, which proves she's crazy) I came up with an ingenious plan! I would take the clothes out of the laundry basket while they were still warm and very carefully smooth them out and then lay them in one big pile over a chair. Now this may take a tiny bit longer than putting a shirt on a hanger, and it does make for a bit of a mess when you need to find the said shirt and it's in the middle of a stack of clothes that is bigger than the chair. But I'm also stubborn and this in my mind was much better than hanging them up....which I was NOT going to do!

Now I want you all to know I am fully aware how much more work this was and I've long since abandoned the practice...but it proves my point...I did it for years. What other crazy, backwards things do I do in the effort to avoid exerting unecessary (in my mind) effort? Well, let me tell you.

I'll spend 10 minutes and get myself all worked up trying to peel the packing tape off a package that comes in the mail just so I don't have to walk around to the other side of the counter to get a knife. Nine times out of ten I will end up getting the knife to cut the last remaining piece of tape that refuses to come up.....but only AFTER I'm so frustrated I want to throw the box across the room.

Sticky notes....perfect example. Sticky notes are the least efficient way to do anything and they almost always create more work. They may appear to be less work in the beginning, but that is their cunning plan. They suck you in with their handy little sticky strip, convenience and cute colors, sizes and little logos/designs. What could be more efficient than grabbing a sticky note off your desk and jotting a quick note down? Now that you've got your very important, must not forget note written down you can stick it up on your desk, wall or anywhere else that you're sure to notice later. How can could you miss it? Except, before you know it you have so many sticky notes you can't see your desk, computer or walls. This is when you realize the error of your ways. How can you possibly find that one most important note....that thing that had to be done yesterday or else....the one that was on the yellow sticky note....or was it it under this one....or that one....or maybe it lost its sticky and fallen under the monitor....or maybe on the floor....or did you accidentally throw it away with the 3 others you checked off your list....hmmmm....well, it probably wasn't that important anyway. If it was you would have remembered and not needed to write it down in the first place. Just jot yourself a note down on a new sticky note to find it later on. Hmmm....let's see...if you highlight it you'll be sure to notice it. Just stick it right here...on top of the rest. Can't miss that. :) Whew, aren't you glad that problem is solved? Why don't you take the rest of the afternoon off and relax! You deserve it for your effienciency.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Blogging Bandwagon

I've been feeling like I need to jump on the blogging bandwagon. Everyone else is doing it and I feel a little left out. Doesn't matter that I have no idea what to say, nor do I think I have any time to blog.....but I guess I can ramble as well as anyone else. So here's my feeble attempt to be cool. I figure if I don't have anything good to say then I don't have to tell anyone about it and if I do tell someone about it and they don't think I have anything worth reading then they don't have to read it. So there you go........maybe it will be therapeutic for me to write. So....well, that's about all I have to say about the blogging business today.