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April 29, 2007

Sunday Miscellany

It's no secret that this family is filled with die-hard Jimmy Buffett fans.  Aaron and I have gone to his concert every year since 1995 (with the one exception of 2005 when I just had just given birth).  The concerts are like a religion, and you really can't understand it unless you've witnessed one firsthand.  We love his music, and luckily our kids have followed suit.  Well, something we've talked about making, Aaron finally did, and it turned out awesome.  Check it out:

It's 5 o'clock somewhere

Pretty awesome, doncha think?  It's a real working clock, and turned out perfect!

And speaking of awesome creations turning out perfect, here is another brainchild of Aaron's put into reality by his dad:

Corner Shelf

This is in the corner of the office.  There are a couple of Cardinals' items on it but aside from that, it's pretty nice.  Better than anything you could buy at a store!

And now speaking of the Cardinals, on a very somber note, this is very sad.  I feel sad for the Cardinals' loss of reliever Josh Hancock.  Oddly, this is the second pitcher they have lost during a Cubs-Cardinal series.  We were all set to watch the game tonight with some friends since the Cubs-Cardinals matchups are always such fun.  Rightly so, the game is being postponed.  Baseball lost a good pitcher, and that's sad news for any baseball fan.

Now to end on a much happier note, tomorrow is my bro's birthday.  He will be 22.  I can still remember the day he was born.  I was so happy to have a sibling; after all, I was 12 and had been an only child all that time.  Happy Birthday, my brotha...I'll see you in less than 4 weeks.

Last note, if you have the credentials, hop over to the Picture Album for a few new pictures.  Hope your weekend has been great!

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April 26, 2007

My New Toy

I work in technology.  However, I have refused to give up my paper based Franklin planner.  My personal agenda was written in the date slots so I could see everything at an easy glance.  My work meetings of course were on my laptop in Outlook.  My cell phone existed for calls, and more recently, for text messages (wow, I got fast typing text messages).  I refused to succumb to the world of PDAs.  I scoffed at those using "crackberries."  No, not me.


My recent work changes have made it so that I am on numerous conference calls every day, not to mention continual email conversations as well.  I work 20 (or more) hours a week, but I do not have 'set' hours mainly just because it would be more difficult to do that than not.  In order to make my life easier in this scenario, I finally took the plunge.  This is what I got: 

BlackBerry Pearl


What took me so long????

Why was I fighting it????

I now understand the allure of BlackBerries.  I now understand why people insist that once you get one, you could never go back.  Not only is managing my work schedule tons easier, but my personal life as well.  I haven't even had it a week, and I am totally and completely hooked.  I knew there would be a learning curve with the typing (the Pearl has a qwerty keyboard, but most keys have two letters so the device can be so small), but that has already started to work itself out.  I can download applications to it, and already have a Google map program that gives me satellite pictures of the location, as well as turn by turn directions.  I can browse the Internet.  I get my work emails faster than my computer does.  I can play music on it like a regular mp3 player.  It has a microSD card slot so you can transfer stuff (music, pictures, videos, whatever) from your computer and put it on the BlackBerry, and vice versa.  It has a camera with better resolution than my first digital camera.  And least important but worth noting...it looks friggin' cool too!

All of the separate ways to manage my life, both professional and personal, are now on one device basically the same size as my closed Razr.  How silly of me to wait so long.  And nope...I'll never go back again!!!

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April 24, 2007

Random Tales from the Household

A household of 2 adults, 4 kids, 2 cats and 1 turtle can provide plenty of material for a blog.  Here are some random items from the past week or so....

  • Singing nursery rhymes: "The itchy, bitchy spider, climbed up the waterspout." - Jordyn
  • Playing football: "I opened up Caden's shell and got his nuts." - Connor
  • Time to go through an entire 6 pack of Puffs: 3 weeks
  • Gallons of milk it takes for one week: 6
  • "Normal" grocery store shopped: Sam's Club (long gone are the days wondering how on earth you could go through those quantities so fast)
  • Loaves of bread consumed per week: 2
  • One sleeve of 8 waffles = a normal day's breakfast
  • Boy, this would have been really fun to tell you how many jars of food and how many diapers changed when the trio were mere babes.
  • Tee ball practice works well since we have our own little mini-team to field different positions.
  • Number of nails for which mom is responsible: 116.  EDITED - no, it's 136.  I actually forgot my own 20 nails.  I wish I could say it's because I continually get manicures and pedicures, but that would be a lie.  Thanks, Mildred, for pointing it out.  The breakdown is kids = 80, me = 20, two cats = 36.  Ugh.
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April 18, 2007

Changes, changes

First, a blog change...I changed how comments can be left.  I am starting to receive junk comments (like spam emails for blogs) as I knew I would, so now in order for your comments to be published, you must be 'authenticated.'  We'll see how it works.  Not that a huge crowd of my readers are leaving comments anyway, so hopefully this won't inconvenience any of you.  I just don't want my blog to become filled with junk (other than my own, ha ha).  If you have any questions, please email me.

That said, I'm feeling old.  I have the third sinus infection since Thanksgiving.  I have been with a runny, stuffy nose and scratchy voice more often than NOT since November.  This particular sinus infection has come complete with a fever to make life even more interesting.  I went to the doctor in tears of frustration (and pain, ugh, my head!) on Tuesday.  His assessment was pretty much in line of what I've been thinking.  My allergies are not adequately under control and they are creating the perfect breeding ground for sinus infections to set in.  I am currently on a much stronger antibiotic, complete with an entire arsenal for getting the allergies better in check.  This seems to pretty much go in line with the thought that your body changes every 10 years or so.  10 years ago my allergies suddenly became so bad that I ended up doing immunotherapy (i.e., allergy shots) weekly for over a year.  Hopefully the newer medications will help because lord knows I don't have time for weekly shots again!  I just want to feel better.  I am growing so frustrated with feeling like I've been through hell and back every day...and that's just when I roll out of bed!  Please, invest some stock into Puffs because they are surely not going out of business anytime soon.

The next change is one that probably should have gotten its own post, but I'll do that complete with pictures on my web site when I feel better.  We had our first visit from the tooth fairy on Saturday.  Yep, that tooth of Connor's was finally loose enough to let mom yank it out.  He was so proud and so excited.  He even woke up early and ran into our room to show us his tooth fairy treasure.  Of course I got all teary because I am a dork like that.  It's just another sign of how fast my kids are growing up.  It seems like just yesterday he was barely 17 inches long, and here he is so tall, so smart and one baby tooth less.  Sigh.

The work changes previously alluded to are, well, changes.  Something I have to adjust to, and that's just how it goes.

The final changes are not directly my changes, but I had to mention them because I'm so excited.  Two good friends of mine are happily expecting triplets.  Yes, that means a high risk pregnancy and some unique challenges in child rearing, but I know they can handle it.  I am so happy for them and so excited to be able to support them throughout this chapter in their lives.  Additionally, another good friend of mine just found out she is pregnant this week after a long, long journey to get there.  Too soon to know if it's just one or more.  These two stories warm my heart in a way I cannot adequately describe.  Once you endure the monster of infertility, the pain of continual disappointment, the agony of treatments...you cannot help but to be so ecstatic to hear of others winning their battles as well.  The pain of that traveled road stays with you no matter what.  It changes you forever.  And when good fortunes find their way to others, you feel all the more vindicated.

One final note before you all stop reading.  My heart goes out to all affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech.  I cannot even imagine how horrible it would be to lose a loved one in such a senseless manner.  I do not know anyone personally, but it strikes me all the same.  We're all in this world together, and such tragedies give me a heavy heart.

Ok, folks, that's my book for today.  Hopefully next time I write, I'll be kicking these cooties.

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April 12, 2007

Thursday Randomness

Random Pet Peeves

  • Dirty toilets
  • Running late
  • People who drive slow in the left lane
  • Driving down Boughton and getting every.single.light red
  • Those little fuzzies that somehow always find their way to my contacts
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Excuses
  • My 11 year old cats' sudden desire to jump on the kitchen counter
  • Gas prices
  • Emails forwarded to me that promise a monetary payout if sent to 10 people
  • Bees (btw, I have searched and searched, but cannot find the name of the type of annoying bees that get all up in your face and in your food around here - errr, we could SO do without that type!)
  • Being asked "did you take drugs" when people find out I have triplets

And likewise, here are some simple little things that make me quite happy!

  • Hearing "I love you"
  • Hugs (especially from my children)
  • Smiles and laughter
  • Sunrises and sunsets
  • A gentle, steady rain
  • Finding 'lost' money in a pocket
  • Hanging out with my hubby after the kids are asleep
  • Traveling somewhere new
  • A glass (um, bottle) of really good red wine
  • Being in Wrigley Field
  • The sound of waves
  • Flowers

Any you want to add?

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April 11, 2007

In Limbo

There are some changes going on in my life again, and they have my mind working overtime.  The main reason is because I am not exactly how things will shake out when it's all said and done, so I'm stuck in limbo.  That's not a comfortable place to be.  I imagine how things could work out for the better, and then of course I see the worst possible scenario as well.  Here's a good anecdote to sum it how I feel...you may have seen it before, and it's a good reminder in any case:

Late one evening, a salesman drove his car through the countryside after a day of selling.  Suddenly the rear tire went flat.  Rummaging through the trunk, he found no jack to lift the automobile.    "Well," says he, "I'll walk to the nearest farmhouse and borrow a jack from a farmer."  Soon it was dark, but he spotted a light in a farmhouse off the road.

Turning toward the farmhouse he thought to himself, "Since I'm a stranger to the farmer, he'll probably want to charge me for using the jack, but that's ok."   As he walked toward the light he reasoned to himself, "That farmer will probably want to charge me as much as five dollars for using his jack, but that's ok."

Continuing to walk the dusty road toward the light he thought, "That farmer may be the type to take advantage of a salesman and want as much as ten dollars to use his jack, but I'll have to pay it or spend the night on the road."

He was getting thirsty as he walked along and suddenly the light in the farmhouse went out.  He kicked at the dusty road and thought, "Now the farmer's gone to bed, and I'll have to wake him up and he'll be mad.  I'll have to get him out of bed and he'll probably want to charge me twenty dollars for using his lousy jack!"

He opened the gate to the farmer's yard, stepped through and muttered to himself, "He'll be mad and maybe a stingy so-and-so and might want to charge me as much as fifty dollars for using his rotten old jack and that's too damn much to pay for using a man's jack."

The salesman knocked on the front door, and a few seconds later the farmer stuck his head out a window above and asked, "What can I do for you?"

"You can take your damned old jack and go to hell with it!" shouted the salesman.

So I think the moral of the story is pretty clear, and I'm trying to apply this to my own situation at hand.  But it's hard, people, it's hard.  I recently wrote the entry on how in balance my life was and now this is threatening the scales.  There's not much for me to do but wait and see.  That's not exactly my strong point.  I'm a do-er, not a sit-and-wait-er!

In other news?  It's the kids' spring break this week.  Some spring.  I went to the Cubs home opener on Monday and it snowed.  Ironically, the last home opener I attended, also snowed.  Maybe it's me?  I had fun with my friend Hillary in spite of the weather.  Yesterday we did get out to the zoo even though it was a touch chilly.  Today however, it's SNOWING.  Yes, the white stuff.  Even though we hit almost 80 a couple of weeks back, yep, snow again.  Not surprising, just ironic that it's Spring break.

Ok, off I go to be in limbo again...in the snow...

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April 06, 2007

Happy Easter

Short and sweet today.  I just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Next week the kids are on spring break, and I am attending the Cubs home opener on Monday.  Even though the weather has turned back down in temperature, it will not interfere with my enjoyment.  The kids have yet to begin tee ball practice due to the cold temperatures.  Hopefully next week will be better.

By the time I update next, we should be minus a tooth.  Connor's bottom tooth is almost ready to exit.  We'll have our very first visit from the Tooth Fairy.  Hmm, I wonder how much the tooth fairy is leaving these days?

I learned this past week that two good friends are both expecting twins.  One may be expecting triplets, but she'll find out on Monday.  I am so excited for the both of them.  Having multiples is such a joy!

Ok, have a great weekend everyone!

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