Saturday, November 29, 2008

Toilet Paper is Heavy

I went grocery shopping today. I went to get in my line and the ailse next to it opened up. So I went over and started emptying my cart. I have to get those big oversized carts with the little car in the front because I have a 4 year old. They're hard to manuever. But I manage to sqeeze myself between the checkout and the cart and place my groceries on the conveyor belt. Suddenly a girl behind me says, "Uh...I really don't think you want to buy my toilet paper!" She looked really upset. I still had about 10 items left in my cart but she had placed her toilet paper on the belt and it had moved toward the cashier. I made some comment about how she was going to have to wait because I was still unloading my cart, but she left it on the belt. So the cashier had to stop the belt and wait for me to get overything on it before starting it up again.

But it's okay. I understand how that girl couldn't hold her little package of 4 toilet paper rolls. They're heavy. Even if it was the only thing she was buying. Glad to see the holiday spirit is out early this year.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Best use of money in heating

If you're in the market for some weatherization, you have a lot of options on where to spend your money. You can get new vinyl windows, insulation, or a new furnace. If you happen to able to afford all three this article is not for you, and, umm, share the wealth. But for those who want to save money and the planet, getting a better furnace is your best option.

In the 6 months we've been here, we've learned that new windows, top notch insulation in the attic and below floors will save you money. But not as much as having a 90%+ efficient furnace. We have an 80% 3 year old one that works well. But we can tell a big difference from the awesome 2 stage 90% we put in the condo last year. Our most expensive month was $50 and that was keeping it at 70 degrees because of the new baby. Keeping it at 67 here has run us more than that and it cycles off and on a lot. So if you think 80% will be fine and you'll put the rest of your money into windows or insulation, don't. Buy the 90%.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Towel recycling

I know, you probably expecting a 24 post, but I no longer have tv and, well, season 6 sucked. On to towels....

I have recently come into possession of 10 barely used towels that I don't need for bathing. Because I'm poor and crafty, I want to make cool things with them, but I'm having trouble coming up with ideas. I've thought of making some ghetto curtains to keep the warm air in. I could use some heavy curtains. Or pillows. Soft, fluffy, absorbent pillows. Or stitching them together to make this tipi for the boy. That'd be cool for Christmas.

What does one make with gently used towels?

Make a Bathrobe

10 ideas (but mostly for old towels. I already do that stuff)

Bath Mat

You guys got anything?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Keep on the sunny side

Maybe it's the sinus infection or the looming holidays, but I've been pretty grumpy lately. Most of it is just my usual self inflicted anguish, making little things seem bigger and letting other people's negativity get to me. I keep hearing griping and complaining and "poor me"ing and it starts to get to me and kills my own happiness and gratitude for my own blessings. So I want to be more grateful. I'm grateful for antibiotics. For my small, but suffcient for my needs home. For my family. For my testimony, because I'm seeing more and more how much of a gift it is. I'm thankful for 7-11 hot chocolate.

Is it too negative if I'm thankful Bush is leaving office soon?

Friday, November 21, 2008

What I learned at the pediatricians today...

I learned a lot of things, but pertaining to this post, I learned about "geographic tongue". My daughter has it. And after looking at google pictures, apparently I have it too and never knew it! Since the day she was born she's had a really weird looking tongue. I get asked a lot "what's wrong with her tongue?" No one has ever asked what's wrong with my tongue. I feel left out. The shape is fine, but the skin on it sheds in funny patterns. We kept waiting for her to grow out of it and she never did. Today he told us what it is. Here's the wiki article.

Baby girl's looks like this one below. Mine looks more like this where it's in the back. 500221-fx13120px-fissured_geographic_tongue

Since it's genetic I guess she got it from me. I'm a genetic freak in my family so I don't think I got it from anyone. And now that I know about it, I can join the support group for it as well.

Seriously. A support group for a harmless tongue condition that does nothing but give you a parlor trick and a way to get boys to not kiss you? I understand feeling insecure and all, but support groups are for people with, you know, cancer and stuff. Just don't blow raspberries or stick out yout tongue before kissing and you'll be fine.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This is IMPORTANT

A few years back I went to a "play workshop" with a guy named Fred Donnaldson.  Fred plays with bears, wolves, gang members, and once upon a time he played with me (and like 30 other people, it was awesome!)  He's amazing, but my post isn't about him. But you can read more about him here.  It's about this article in my newspaper.  READ IT.  Our kids don't play enough anymore.  I mean real play.  Remember that?  When you and your friends just came up with the coolest stuff?  It wasn't win/lose it was about fun and discovery.  Now, kids are over scheduled and pressured constantly to compete and win and be better.  More and more studies show that they are suffering for this.
"The consequences are potentially dire, according to Thompson. He contends that diminished time to play freely with other children is producing a generation of socially inept young people and is a factor behind high rates of youth obesity, anxiety, attention-deficit disorder and depression."

We need to stop obsessing over our kids being the "best of the best of the best".  Let them worry about that when they get older.  Now is the time for them to learn to overcome their fears, to make mistakes, and learn that they have their own mind with their own feelings and opinions.  I think the key for us parents (or maybe just for myself) is overcoming our own fears of inadequacy as parents so we don't feel the need to compete our children against one another.  Perhaps if we all took a little more time to play and love we would spend less time in competition and fear.  Maybe this is part of what Christ meant when he asked us to "become as little children."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A kid post

I don't write much about my kids on this blog for privacy reasons, but I'm going to today. The boy and I bonded today by having sore throats together. So we chilled most of the day, watched Kung Fu Panda, and drank hot wassail. Baby girl started clapping and thinks it's the coolest thing EVER!! She also held her arms out to me and said "mama" today. *heart* I'm actually more touched she held her arms out to me. She's only done that for dad before. This is the beginning of the my hostile takeover for my children's affections. mwahahaha!

Hubby and I are talking more and more about homeschooling and starting to do some serious research into it. It's a big commitment and we are mostly sure we want to do it, but not if we're ready to. I must admit it's a tempting idea to have a day/morning to myself. But since that's the only con I can think of for me, the scales are tipped heavily in the "pro" direction. I want to find more websites for local homeschoolers I can talk to and meet with, so if anyone knows of any in Provo, please let me know! No disparaging remarks needed, I'm already well aware of what some of you think of homeschooling ;-).

Friday, November 14, 2008

Holiday Travel

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Some people enjoy traveling for the holidays. It's good to see family and friends and spend time together. I am not one of those people though. I'd rather just stay home and have things simple. We've never really done that though. I have a large family and there's always something going on. Big Thanksgiving dinners, game nights, Christmas traditions and my social butterfly eventually decides she'd rather see everyone. Because my family lives nearby we've spent the majority of holidays with them, but this year we're doing hubby's family and let's just say I'm less than enthralled. A 3 hour drive each way to Logan for Thanksgiving and we're not staying the night. It's their turn and we haven't seen them for such a long time. But UGH the travel!! And then come Christmastime it's of to exotic Ely, NV to be with hubby's dad. A 4 hour drive but we'll be staying there for a while. It wouldn't be so bad if there was anything to do there, but I don't even think they have a McDonald's. There's this constant fear in the back of my mind that they'll find out that I really, really hate guns and it'll ruin the whole trip. But I've managed to fool them for 7 years so far, maybe I can continue avoiding the subject. I suppose I shouldn't complain since we don't have to worry about airline travel or entire day long travel ordeals. But my womb refuses to bear children who like car rides and that makes time slow.



This year the holidays have become quite stressful for me. What about you? Any big plans you're excited for or dreading? I hope someone out there is just going to stay home and relax. Think of me while you're doing it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Prepared or pyro?

So hubby has been getting really into emergency preparedness for the last 2 years or so, especially lately (no, it has nothing to do with politics!). So he's been filling water bottles, asking me about our food storage, and today he began experiementing with emergency fuel. img_2297the general idea is you take a big can, fill it with a toilet paper roll sans cardboard, fill it with isopropyl alcohol (not sure the amount), and light her up. He and the boy roasted a marshmallow over it. Awesome!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A good old fashioned plague

Sometimes when I'm out and about, and there's too many people around for my taste, I start thinking about diseases.  Horrible diseases that decimate populations in short amounts of time.  We haven't really had one of those for a while.  Not since the 1918 flu epidemic, really.  I think we're overdue for one.  I think mother nature tried to get a couple going with bird flu and west nile virus, but the WHO keeps foiling her attempts.  I'm concerned she's going to get very angry and send one we really can't control at all.  She has an ego that bruises easily.  I vote antibiotic resistant bacteria or a cold mutation will be the thing to kill off 1/3 of us.  My husband thinks it'll be a virus that creates zombies.