Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Funny!

Got this in an email today, and thought it was hilarious. :o)

A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says, "I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir."
The driver says, "Gee, officer I had it on cruise control at 60, perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating."
Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: "Now don't be silly dear, you know that this car doesn't have cruise control."
As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, "Can't you please keep your mouth shut for once?"
The wife smiles demurely and says, "You should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did."
As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, "Darn it, woman, can't you keep your mouth shut?"
The officer frowns and says, "And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic $75 fine."
The driver says, "Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on, but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket."
The wife says, "Now, dear, you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving."
And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket, the driver turns to his wife and barks, "WHY DON'T YOU PLEASE SHUT UP??"
The officer looks over at the woman and asks, "Does you husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?"
I love this part....
"Only when he's been drinking."

Friday, October 27, 2006

Had some time to kill...

...so I took a silly quiz. It actually came out describing me pretty well. I did study Education. :p

Your Learning Style: Competent and Cooperative

You have a great head for facts and figures. You can remember and use any fact you've read.

You Should Study:

Dentistry
Education
Environmental Science
Finance
Nursing
Nutrition Science
Medicine
Law

Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's election time...

And I think that's the only time it bothers me that I'm not a US citizen and can't vote... I found this on someone else's blog, and I can't help but agree. :o)

What’s the first thing people are likely to say to you when they learn you are considering voting for a Third Party Candidate? … “Don’t waste your vote.”
But when you choose the lesser of 2 evils …. You waste your vote!
When you vote AGAINST someone instead of FOR someone … You waste your vote!
When you walk out of a voting booth disgusted with yourself … You waste your vote!
When you watch another election go by and hope that maybe next year you’ll like one of the “major” party candidates … You waste your vote!
When you vote for a Party JUST because your parents voted for that party, and their parents, etc. … You waste your vote!
When you don’t understand the real issues … You waste your vote!
And when you don’t vote at all … You waste your vote!

And to quote Laura "Many people would assert that to vote for a third-party candidate is to throw away your vote. I disagree. I feel that voting for “the better” one of two undesirable options is much more a waste of my vote. How are we ever to enact change if we act to keep the status quo?" So true!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Decisions, decisions...

Ugh, I hate that feeling of not knowing where to go next, or what to do. So, I've been really wanting to get certified to be a doula and childbirth educator. Now, there is an opportunity for me to do both. There is an association (Association for Wise Childbearing) here in the valley, and a lot of their requirements for certification are the same as for doula certification. They are also very affordable. I have already read a lot of the books that are required reading, and writing the required papers shouldn't be difficult at all. I think that if I started within the next couple of months, I could have all the requirements completed, and be certified as both a childbirth educator and a doula by the end of next year. Thinking about this gets me really exited. The only "problem" is that I don't know if it's the right time to do this. If I decide to go through with the certification, I'd like to teach at least two classes a year, and be a doula for at least six moms a year. It's not a lot, and would be quite doable, but it's a comittment nonetheless. We are also looking at moving in May 2008, which is when Dave graduates. There is a small chance we may stay here, but there's a bigger chance we'll move out of state. I don't want to start something here and then have to move and establish myself all over within just a few months. Lastly, there's the question of another baby. I have such mixed feeling about this. With my other kids, I knew I wasn't done, I knew there'd be one more. Now I'm not so sure. I don't know that I feel "done", but at the same time the thought of another baby is less than exciting to me. The pregnancy and birth part of it I could do, no problem. But the sleepless nights, endless poopy diapers, and overall "needyness" of a newborn just sounds so daunting to me. I want to be done, but I don't feel certain that I am. Don't know if that makes sense. And then I get thinking if I'm not done, I don't know that I want the next kid spaced out several years. I'm thinking that if I'm having one more, may as well get it over with while I'm still doing diapers and nursing and such. :p I don't know how I'd feel about having Kaylee be 5 and starting all over. Of course, if we do have another baby, I won't have the time or energy to teach classes and be a doula. I'll have another little nursling, whom I won't be able to leave for more than an hour at a time. So all of a sudden we're talking a few more years before teaching and being a doula becomes more doable again. Part of me is so ready to move on and start getting into that part of life. I know that's what I need to do once the kids get older. I am so passionate about childbirth, I'd never forgive myself if I didn't become more actively involved in making birth a positive experience for women. At the same time, family is my priority. So, I just don't know. The opportunity to become certified is still going to be there in a few years from now, I know that. It just seems hard to wait, especially when this is such a great option right now. Ugh, why can't someone just tell me what to do???? :p

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Did I mention....

...that Extreme Makeover Home Edition is in our town? Just a couple of blocks away. Not that I ever watch it, but I thought it was kind of cool. :p

Monday, October 16, 2006

Yet another reason to stay away from the needle...

YIKES!

Breastmilk is awesome!

It's days like today that I'm glad I'm "still" breastfeeding. Kaylee woke up at 6 this morning, came in bed with me, and proceeded to throw up all over my bed just a few minutes later. She threw up a couple more times, and then settled down a bit. She nursed a few times throughout the morning, and took a nice long nap. She seemed much better in the afternoon, so when she asked for a string cheese, I thought why not. Well, she threw it all up. Shortly afterwards, she asked to nurse again, and has kept that down just fine. It's sad that she's sick, but at least I know she's staying hydrated and still getting some nutrition. Definitely eases my mind. Never mind the antibodies she's getting to help her immune system fight off whatever tummy bug she has. Yay for breastmilk! Oh, and her clogged tear duct has been acting up, too, so I've been putting breastmilk in her eye throughout the day (whenever she nurses I just squirt some in). Her eye has pretty much cleared up! It's not red anymore, and there's not a whole lot of goopy stuff in there anymore, either. It's amazing to me just how many benefits breastfeeding has. :o)

A little plug...

...for my website. :p If any of you were thinking about getting your kids books for Christmas, I have two eShows going on right now. If you buy the books through one of the shows, that person gets credit towards free books. Of course, there's always the option to set up your own eShow. You can do it right through the site, or I can help you with it. There, shameless promotion. Click here to check it out! :o)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Clotheslines

So I've been wondering about this lately, why don't more people use clotheslines??? They're really not that much more work. I was outside hanging up my laundry on our community clothesline a few weeks ago, when my new neighbor came up and offered me to use her dryer. I thought that was really nice of her. I explained to her that I do have a dryer, I just really like line drying my clothes. She looked at me like I was nuts. But really, drying your clothes on the line has so many benefits. The sun is a wonderful natural stain remover, seriously. Anything from babypoop to tomato sauce to grass stains, line dry in the sun and the stains usually just come right out! Yes, you should be careful with dark colors, but you can always just hang up those clothes inside out. And the clothes smell so nice and fresh, too. Nevermind all the energy you save by using a clothes line. You don't have to run your dryer, which uses lots of electricity (or gas), and you don't heat up your house, so your a/c doesn't have to work so hard. Line drying is much easier on the clothes, too. Ever wonder where all the lint comes from in your dryer? Yeah, it's your clothes slowly disintegrating... :p Now, I do realize that it's quite convenient to take your clothes out of the washer and stuff them right in the dryer. I can see that point. But it really doesn't take that long to go take the laundry out. 15 mintues, maybe??? And then when you're ready to bring the laundry in, you just fold and sort as you take it off the line. You still have to do that with clothes out of the dryer. Oh, and the other nice thing about line drying is that it gets you to do the laundry right in the morning. You just do your load, hang it up, and then go about your day until it's time to bring it in. You always get your laundry done that way, no piling up and seeing the mount of clothes at night, when you're tired, but you really should run a load. Okay, so I realize most people probably think "who cares? It's laundry." I guess I just think it's funny when people look at me like I live in the middle ages because I line dry my clothes. :p Hey, with ever-rising energy costs, here's a great way to cut your bill, at least during the summer months! :o)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Yay!

Yesterday was a fun day. :o) We went to see the homecoming parade in the morning, and of course the kids got tons of candy. It rained a little bit, but we still had fun. I went for my 6th ice skating lesson in the afternoon, and passed off basic skating adult levels 1 and 2! Yay for me! :p I've decided to go 6 more weeks, and see if I can pass off level 3. Fun stuff. :o) In the evening, we went to the USU football game. It had stopped raining by then, and everyone was nice and warm in their snow clothes. It was actually a really exciting game, and USU even won! That's a first this season, their game had been less than stellar until last night. It seemed like they finally got their team together, and figured out how to really play as a team. It was really fun to watch (which we couldn't say after the last two games here, haha). I'd post some pictures, but I have a bad feeling my camera got hit too hard when Kaylee banged it against the chair the other day. Even with newly charged batteries, it tells me the batteries are dead. I'm gonna get some new batteries tomorrow to see if the rechargeables are just gone, or if I have to go start looking for an early Christmas present...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

When it rains, it pours...

Know that saying? Well, describes exactly how my day has been so far. First off, I didn't get to bed till nearly 11:30 p.m. last night. Of course, Kaylee decided to wake up at 5:15 this morning and make a fuss. After an hour, I finally got her back to sleep and went back to my own bed. Got about 20 minutes more sleep, and there goes Kaylee again. She now wanted to come to bed with me to have her morning nursies. So I got up a few minutes later than usual to get ready for my exercise. Just as I walk out the door, I see the bus leaving. Ugh. I only had to wait 5 more minutes for the next bus, but still... Then, just now I sat down to do my finances, balance my checkbook, pay bills and such, and notice that Dave's fellowship for this month hasn't been deposited yet. AAAAHHHH!!!!! We really need that money! So I try calling Dave to have him check on in asap, and of course I can't get a hold of him. He's probably at the library, deeply entrenched in some space book... Waaaahhhhh!!!! Okay, I feel better now. Not really, but you know...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Whew!

Life just doesn't slow down for us. :p Our highlight of this past week was a camping trip with some friends into the mountains. It was so pretty! The weather was nice and warm during the day. It did get just below freezing at night, but we all wore our winter clothes, so we stayed nice and warm. The kids actually slept really well, which made the trip that much more enjoyable. :p Everyone had lots of fun with campfires, hot chocolate, marshmellows, and tin foil dinners. There was a little creek nearby, which we went to see. There were salmon in it. I had no idea they migrated this far to spawn. It was pretty cool to see some swimming around. :o) I'm not usually one to enjoy camping very much, but I have to say it was a really fun experience. Here's some pictures.

around the campfire

Good Morning!

morning fire (for hot chocolate, yum!)

Fall colors

salmon



overlooking a nearby lake