Don’t make me call the Geek Squad

January 25, 2008 at 11:04 pm (Doug Stuff)

My computer has been on the fritz all week long. Everything is super slow, and I can’t leave any comments on blogs requiring a blogger sign in, which means I haven’t been able to enter any of Design Mom’s contests. It’s killing me!

What’s really obnoxious though, is that I am married to the ultimate geek, and he hasn’t fixed it yet. Apparently the computer works well enough for his latest Excel spreadsheet, and that’s good enough for him! I mean, come on. I actually threatened to call Geek Squad thinking that would threaten his inner geekness… not so much! And, I can’t actually call Geek Squad because they are very pricey.

Oh what to do. I need my high speed hook up!

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On Being a Housewife…

January 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm (Family)

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Sometimes I think it’s the most thankless job ever, especially when my brother-in-law is always telling my sister how she’s “outdone herself” … again! I love staying home, and I love my kids, but sometimes I’m ready to hire a nanny just so that I can have a bit of time to myself.

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This however, is not one of those days! I was having one of those days last week, but now I’m over it and thouroughly enjoying my day job! I found a lovely how-to guide on being a housewife, and if you’re so inclined, you can read it here. It’s a very reasonable what to expect kind of thing.

Doug and I have been having some conversations about our mutual expectations after one evening of me going way over the deep-end about a dishwasher that was not loaded according to the specifications of the Martha Stewart Homemaking Book. I know, I know, I should have been grateful that my husband did the dishes without being asked, but I wasn’t. Not even close!

Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home

So, now I’ve tried to let go of my preconceived notions of dishwasher loading, and my ideas about what actually constitutes “quality time”! I refuse however, to give up my mandate about not unrolling dirty socks (I don’t think that’s too much to ask … anyone??). I’m going to enjoy the moment, while at the same time maintaining some semblance of an orderly house. Not a super clean house, but one where I can find the tax documents that I know I filed … somewhere!

I’ve got the best job going, and for a little proof here is a little snippet from my four year old when he was asked why he was laughing so much: “Oh, it just tickles my feelings, that’s all.”

Those are the things I’m going to try and keep in mind on days when I’m not “outdoing” myself!

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I feel like a Blogocelebrity!

January 11, 2008 at 11:48 pm (Crafty Stuff, Fun Stuff)

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I wasn’t all that cool in high school. I’m pimpin out my Goodreads profile because I want to look as popular as the people on my list, and I don’t even want to discuss how pathetic my Facebook page is. (ps could someone please fill me in on the whole point of Facebook. Why can’t people just e-mail? Is the whole point to make you feel as dorky as you did in high school. If you were cool in high school you clearly have no idea what I’m talking about!)

Anyhow, today I was checking my comment section and Design Mom made a comment! I am on her site every day, and she made a comment to little old me. It’s like having your crush ask you to prom (never happened to me, but then again, I also never lived on south Dearborn!). I feel so cool. I am sure this feeling will fade, but I will enjoy it for a few more minutes….

Still enjoying it…

Okay, now on to a new project. Don’t you just love etsy? I have bought a few things there, and I just love the whole idea of a marketplace for crafty people. The only hangup I have is feeling like I can make anything that I see! Here is what I found today:

vegetable bean bags. I do think however, that I might be able to make these myself. This type of thinking is what has led to my completely overflowing fabric closet! I’m trying to get rid of use up what I have in a creative way, but I don’t know if I have any orange felt, and I know I don’t have any rickrack. This is why I have too much stuff! It’s a sickness… I need help!

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A little something for Christina

January 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm (Fun Stuff)


When I was checking out Design Mom the other day I saw a post about this site . The idea is to improve your vocabulary and provide food to starving people. If you want to improve your chances you can go here and check out the word of the day. I get it e-mailed to me every day, and I’m pretty sure it’s what is going to win me the million dollars if I ever appear on a game show!

Be careful; this whole thing is almost as addictive as Solitaire or Tetris! Of course, if you spend hours upon hours learning new words, it’s all good, because you’ll also be feeding the hungry.

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Aah… the resolutions

January 4, 2008 at 3:19 pm (Lists)

I’d been mulling over the idea of the resolutions when I went to visit Liz’s site. She seemed to have some very reasonable ideas and they forced me to rethink the viability of my keeping a spotless house. It’s not that I can’t keep a spotless house (well, maybe I can’t; I guess I wouldn’t know unless I tried!).

So, what should my list consist of? How long should it be? Should it just be about me, or should it involve the rest of the family?

Here it goes:

1. More experiences, less stuff.

2. Earlier to bed, earlier to rise.

3. Less clutter.

4. Start writing in my journal again.

5. Figure out Photoshop. This goes directly against resolution #1, because I bought this book that Pam suggested: Photoshop CS3

Okay, it’s in print and maybe that will help me stick to the list. Thanks for the inspiration Liz!

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