Monday, January 29, 2007

Christmas Book Sets are 60% off!

I know it's going to be a long time till Christmas comes around again, but this is a really awesome deal! Just type "Christmas Set" in the search box, and it'll show you the sets that are on sale. Prices shown reflect sales prices. :o)

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And remember, all web orders placed by April 30th are going to be entered in a $20 book drawing!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

You know it's going to be...

..."that kind of day" when it starts out with your toddler dumping milk all over the futon (which had just been washed a week ago). And then it continues with said toddler dropping a 3 lb. dumbell on your foot (ouch...). And then you can't send your kids outside to play because there's an inversion and the air is so polluted you can't even see the mountains... And then your house looks like a tornado went through because you couldn't send your kids outside. And the kids start getting on each others' nerves and fighting because they're crammed up in a little apartment (because it's a red air day)... Yeah, sounds like fun, huh?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Breastmilk

Why are people so grossed out by it? I mean, we all know it's the best food for babies. Strangely enough, when the baby turns 1 year old, many people believe that s/he should be weaned immediately. They feel breastfeeding a toddler is somehow gross or abnormal. Some women even go as far as never breastfeeding at all because they are so grossed out by the thought of it. Of course, there are also people who would agree (with me) that breastmilk is a perfectly good snack for a growing toddler. It still provides the best nutrients, taylored specifically to the growing child, and lots of antibodies. So, I say it's the perfect snack for toddlers. For some reason, though, people think that we should definitely switch to cow's milk. Is it all of a sudden superior to human milk? How is COW's milk not gross? I mean, think about where it comes from. An udder! Like that's somehow less gross than a human breast? Why do people get so grossed out just thinking about tasting human milk? Women even tasting their own milk? It reallydoesn't make sense to me. I'm sure it all goes back to the sexualization of the female breast, and somehow it serving a purpose other than pleasure seems odd/wrong. Hello, nursing is what breasts were made for. :p I'm not against cow's milk or anything, I give it to my kids, I just think it's interesting that many people seem to have such an aversion to human milk. Yet we know it's the best there is, you know, human milk for human babies (and toddlers!). Makes sense to me. :o)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Yay for more RAM!

Dave and I decided to look into getting new photo and video editing software last week. After reading a bunch of reviews on different products, I decided to download the free trial for Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0. It's a photo/video editing bundle. The minimum requirements stated that you needed 512MB of RAM, which we had. Well, it worked, but was soooooo slow. Really awesome software, though. So I decided to look into getting more RAM, and wouldn't you know it, it's pretty easy and inexpensive to do. I was going to just buy some and put it in myself, but then decided to get it done at a computer place. It didn't really cost me any more money, and they ran a full diagnostic to make sure the RAM was compatible with my computer. Good thing, too, cause the first brand they tried didn't work right. Anyway, long story short, we were successful in the end, and $56 later our computer now has 1GB of RAM. It's a dream! Programs are much faster to load, I love it. And the Adobe software works wonderfully. I've played around with it some, and totally love it. :o) Oh, and have I mentioned I love it? hehe

On a different note, Dave and I have also been thinking quite a bit about where we would like to go after he finishes school. He's planning to graduate in May 2008, which means we're gonna have to start sending out resumes and applying for jobs in a few months. It's been interesting trying to figure out where the type of jobs are that he'd be interested in. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem to be in CA. I'm not sure how well that would work for our family. While Dave could expect a nice starting salary (having a PhD and all), it's just sooooooo expensive to live there. I'm so ready to be done with apartment living, I'm ready to have a house with a yard, and I don't know how feasible that would be if we moved to CA. Of course, there are other options, too. TX is a big one, and would be a much better option as far as cost of living is concerned. There are a bunch of other choices, too, but TX and CA seem to be the big ones. It'll be interesting to see where we'll end up, and it sure was fun looking at houses on Realtor.com. One of these days... :p

Monday, January 15, 2007

Random Thoughts

  • Just because it's sunny outside doesn't mean it's a good day to go play. Think the fact that it's only 3 degrees would have anything to do with that?
  • I think self.com may be on to something when they say eating a big breakfast can help you lose weight. I've been eating a big breakfast for the past three days, and I've lost half a pound already. Yay for me... :p
  • Whoever said birth was the hardest part of having a child obviously never stayed around to raise the kid. I wouldn't mind birthing 10 more kids (if they were as easy as Kaylee's), but I don't think I could handle raising 10 more kids. So, I won't...
  • There's nothing like an ambitious choir director who thinks you can pull off a high c. In my warm-ups, maybe, but actually singing? I'm not so sure. It's a mental thing...
  • Have I mentioned it's cold outside? It seems like the furnace has been going non-stop lately. I told my friend that at least the cold should kill off all the bugs, so we won't be totally infested come spring... Is that really true? Do cold winters kill off bugs, so you don't have so many around in the summer? Do warm winters mean lots of bugs in the summer? I'll have to research that some more...
  • Told you this was a "random thoughts" post. :p

Friday, January 12, 2007

Yay!

My brother called today to let me know he got engaged! Finally! He's been with his girlfriend, um, fiancee, for 8 years now, they've been living together for 3 or so (I don't remember exactly). Anyway, it was about time, hehe. :o) They're going to get married the last weekend in May or first weekend in June, while we're in Germany, so we'll be able to be there! Which brings me to another topic, we got plane tickets! $4300 later, ouch. We're leaving on May 17th, Dave is coming back June 4th, and the kids and I are staying until July 2nd. Exciting! :o)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Does it ever slow down?

Not around here anymore, apparently. We all really enjoyed having my parents here. The kids were really sad when we took Oma and Opa to the airport on Monday morning. Now I'm busy trying to find a reasonable flight for all of us to go to Germany in late Spring/early Summer. Wish me luck... It's also somewhat crazy trying to get back into our normal routine, but we're getting there. :o)

As for business news, New Titles Are Here!!! Click here to take a look! As a special Thank You to all my customers, orders made between now and April 30th are going to be entered in a $20 book drawing. :o) Also, anyone living close by should think about hosting a show. January and February hostess specials are awesome, double free books! Plus an extra $10 just for hosting a show. :o) There, my little plug.

Oh, and did I mention that I've become totally addicted to "Monk"? It's the best show ever, seriously! You all should watch it sometime, it's on USA network. New episodes starting January 19th. And while you're there, stick around for "Psych", very funny! :o)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

What a week...

...it's been already. The new year for us started out with a bang, literally. Dave got hit by a car on Tuesday. He was riding his bike home from work, was coming up on an intersection, and the light was green. Naturally, he kept going, when all of a sudden this woman started turning left and they crashed. Thankfully, he's okay, just a little sore. Good thing he was wearing his heavy winter coat and a helmet. I still can't believe he wasn't hurt worse, I think someone was definitely watching over him.

Other than that, we've been busy around here. My parents are still here, and the kids have loved having them around to play. We've done quite a bit of shopping, too. Tyler's back in school, and is slowly getting used to all the homework again. Kaylee's finally starting to get back to her normal self, which is nice. All the screaming sure wasn't fun to deal with.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Life has been crazy the past two weeks. We made a trip down to AZ for Christmas, which was lots of fun. My parents flew in the day after we got there, so the kids got to enjoy both sets of grandparents over the holidays. We were busy doing stuff every single day we were there, it was great. Went to the zoo, Dave's dad took people flying, and we went bowling. After the week was over, we made the trip back to AZ with my parents in tow. They'll be here for another week. Now it's 2007, I can hardly believe it! Time goes by so quickly. Unfortunately, Kaylee is having a really hard time re-adjusting after all the traveling and excitement. She's been screaming a lot, and we can't quite figure out what the problem is. She'll just randomly throw herself on the floor and scream, for half an hour sometimes, for no apparent reason. She also thinks waking up at 5 a.m. and screaming for an hour is great fun. I hope whatever is up with her is going to be over soon...

On another note, I found this really funny picture while browsing zdf.de. I love skijumping, and really miss watching it. It's like a tradition we had back in Germany, every year between Christmas and New Year's we'd watch the Vierschanzen Tournee. So I was just reading up on what was going on, and browsing through the picture gallery when I found this. Enjoy! :o)