My ultra-boring life

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Grades last semester

As most of you know, I went back to school this last semester.  It really had me worried because it's been almost 20 years since I was in school and my functionality is low because of the depression.  But I checked my grades this week and lo and behold!  I got a B in Tech Comm and an A in Nonfiction writing!  Hooray!  A naggy, niggling little part of my brain is whiny about the B, but considering the struggles I had with that class, I'm happy with it.  Perhaps someday I'll post the essays that earned me the A in Nonfiction Writing.  But not today.  Today I am taking a break and trying to get excited about next semester -- Intro to Literary Studies and Intro to Linguistic Studies.  Whee!  After next semester the real fun begins -- it'll be all writing and reading classes for my remaining three semesters.  Part of me is a little worried about them because it's rather obvious that OU's English department wasn't well developed when I was there.  But I had SO much fun with my nonfiction writing class this last semester that I'm hoping it won't be a problem. 

Now go and have a happy new year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Beachcombing on Christmas Eve

We're in Seaside, Oregon with our friends Brad and Amber and their kids for Christmas this year and we're having a blast!  This morning after breakfast we went to the beach (the resort is right on the beach so it's kinda convenient) and looked for shells.  It was kind of picked over -- we were late on the tide schedule -- but we got some good sand dollars and crab shells and I think some razor clams.  
seagulls

Jake and girls

beach.

friend's daughter with a rock.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I'm my own biggest fan

I just realized that I like looking at my own blog.  It has some of my favorite pictures, my favorite music, my favorite video clips, and my favorite memories.  It doesn't have my best writing, but it's still fun to look at for me.  I had no idea I was so narcissistic!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tangled

We just saw this movie last night and I can't get over how much I liked it.  I think it's mostly because I'm such a fairytale-o-phile (I even took a linguistics course on that kind of stuff in college), but I thought the characterization was awesome, the climax was awesome, and Zachary Levi was, as always, awesome.  Man I can't stop thinking about it.  I want it on Blu-ray RIGHT NOW.  Sigh.  I'm such a little girl sometimes. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am grateful

For lots of things this Thanksgiving day.  Right now I'm listening to music, and I am not only grateful for music but I'm grateful for how easy it is to find great music on the internet these days.  Remember when you had to listen to the radio or be shown something by friends to find something new?  Tcha!  As if!  I'm grateful we have the blessings we have in our house, with our family and cats and living in the great country we live in.  I'm grateful for God and for Christ and the opportunities I have to repent and draw closer to Him.  I'm grateful for a wonderful, loving husband who supports me even when I am not easy to support.  I'm grateful for the many blessings that a wonderful God gives me.  I know it's trite but it's true.  I'm grateful. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Help with a survey for a class for me

Hey all you blog readers!  I'm doing a project for a class at BSU and I need your help!  Go to www.boisestate.edu and poke around a little, then Click here to take survey.  There are only 6 questions so it will only take a minute.  If you can do this before next Wednesday the 17th, I'd really appreciate it!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

another MMORPG

Some friends of ours (the evil, evil Earls) introduced us to an MMORPG a few months ago that seemed interesting.  It's Lord of the Rings online and it is, obviously, based upon the famous books by Tolkien.  Yeah, yeah, we replied, and never tried it.  Then recently, it became free.  Yes, free!  You can download and play the basic game for free and only have to pay for certain upgrades or tweaks to your account.  So we started playing it and, lo and behold, it's really fun.  Our server is the one that starts with an E so if you want to play with us, let us know!  Come play!

Friday, October 15, 2010

darn sticky song.

This has been stuck in my head since I saw it yesterday.  I can't get rid of it.  Darn it I wish I were that coordinated!


Tuesday, October 05, 2010

God is GREAT

      Sunday for my birthday my husband got me speakers/dock for my iPod touch which he got for me last Christmas. In my excitement, I wanted to show my friend and neighbor today, so I brought them to her house and we were listening to music. I was really stupid and though we were in a corner, there was a small area the cord stretched across. My friend's 3 year old decided she wanted to run around and either jump over or duck under the cord, and though I tried to stop her I wasn't firm enough and she pulled the dock with the iPod in it to the floor.
     Long story short, the iPod was broken. My husband was angry with me and my friends were mortified (they have been out of work so they couldn't afford to fix it), and I felt terrible. So I did the only thing I could think of: I prayed. I know it was a silly thing, I know it's an extra that I don't need, and I should just suck it up and do without, but I felt awful and I wanted it to work again. I explained all this to Heavenly Father, I told him how we couldn't afford to replace it nor could our friends, but I would really be happy if He would fix it.  
     So I tried some stuff and decided to take it to the Apple store to see if they could at least give us a diagnostic. 

And you know what happened?


The guy who was looking at it said, 'well, since you bought it used you didn't have a chance to get the extended warranty, and I can see it wasn't your fault. Normally this is broken enough you would just have to replace it. But I'm going to override that in the system today and just advise you to get the warranty next time." And he replaced the iPod. For free. Even though I didn't NEED it. I just wanted it.

Heavenly Father does listen to my prayers. MY prayers, even. And He extends His tender mercies.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The best birthday party EVER

Today is my fortieth birthday.  I decided, esp. after talking to people, that I had to party otherwise I would just sit around and sulk and feel old.  So I reserved the church and invited everyone that I knew and ordered 2 big cakes (a chocolate mousse one from Costco and a raspberry cheesecake ice cream cake from Cold Stone creamery mmmmmmmmm) and planned a big shindig.  It was AWESOME.  There was about 100 people that showed up and about everyone had someone to talk to, which was good because I was so busy saying hi to everyone!  My brother and his family even came up from Provo!  Luckily other people took pictures because I didn't have time.  I got lots of presents, mostly dishrags and body wash, which means I'm stinky and my kitchen's a mess. ;P  I also got Starcraft 2 from my brothers, which is awesome because now we can play together online.  Even though when we tried that yesterday we died EVERY SINGLE TIME.  So I guess the 11th anniversary of my 29th birthday isn't so bad after all. :)



Monday, September 27, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

The Big Four-Oh

I turn 40 next month.  I can't decide if I should throw a big party, or if I should just let it pass quietly and hope it goes away.  If I threw a big bash, would you come?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to school

I tried to post something about this earlier this week and it errored out.  So let's try this again.

I started school for my 2nd bachelor's at BSU this week.   It's quite terrifying.  I only have two classes, nonfiction writing and technical communication, and I'm very nervous.  I've felt DEAD for so long that I rather feel like a zombie, plugging into some huge electrical contraption trying to reanimate myself.  I don't remember how to act or think or do.  It makes me a little angry actually -- I've had too many jobs that actually punished me for independent, critical thinking until I became deathly afraid to be that way anymore.  Now I need to use that part of my brain again and it's very difficult to reanimate.  I'm so glad I have a good husband who worked hard to get his degree and support dysfunctional me while I relearn how to write so that maybe I can make some money later, doing what I want to do. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

America's Got Talent - Jackie Evancho

Sorry, folks, after 5 years I took down the link to the video.  You can look up Jackie Evancho on YouTube yourself, though, cuz she's all over the place now.  :)  All I can say is, holy crap! She's GOOD!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

One picture

Here is a picture of my brother Justin from around the time of my sister Byitny's (Brittany for you normalos) wedding. I told him he looked like Mexican Mafia. He was so happy.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

oh I almost forgot

I got the results back from my MRI. They said my brain is normal. how disappointing. I was hoping for 'stupendous' or 'stunning' or some such thing.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Anxiety

I had to go in for a brain MRI this morning, because the trembling is getting so bad in my legs, etc. It's probably not anything like that, but we did the MRI just in case. The sad thing is it's actually probably caused by one of my medications, which saddens me. It's an atypical anti-psychotic called Abilify that is crazy expensive and really helps me with anxiety and depressive thoughts. I've said this before, but it's really weird how a pill can change the way you think. At any rate, the doctor is recommending that I decrease or eliminate my dosage of Abilify to stop the tremors, but to be honest, I'm afraid to. My depression is barely under control as it is, I'm afraid to take away any of my medications. But who knows? Maybe the negative side effects are more than I thought and it will really help to lessen my dose. I'll have to talk to my psychiatrist and see. In the meantime, I'm rather interested in seeing the scan of my brain. coooooooooool!

Along the same lines, school starts in a month and I'm scared. I only have 1 class that I've gotten into so far, but I'm even afraid of that because I'm just so lazy lately! We shall see......

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sharing Parenting

How territorial are you about your parenting? As someone who can't have kids, I find myself in no opportunities to see how I would be, but plenty of opportunities to have parenting 'shared' with me. I find that it's a subject of much offense on one side or the other, but people are so different in how they do it that it's impossible to tell until you've offended. For instance, on one end of the spectrum, you have the people who actually rely somewhat on others and they get peeved if other people don't stop their kids from misbehaving when the opportunity arises. On the other end, you have the people who yell at you for simply repeating what the parent said. I don't know which I would agree with more. I mean, I don't like the idea of people disciplining my kids willy-nilly, especially for things I don't agree with. On the other hand, kids are HARD to raise and I'm not super territorial, so I think I would appreciate a little reinforcement of my discipline every now and then. At any rate, I don't know what's best. What's your style?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Chaos Factor

I'm down in Oklahoma for a few days for my sister's wedding and to visit my family. It's hot and humid (heat index of 115 yesterday!) and I'm consistently lost even though I grew up here, but I'm having fun. Mostly. One thing I don't like about being around my family is the chaos factor. Some of that is just because there's just so darn many of us but most of it is simply severe FTP (Failure To Plan) syndrome, flavored generously with I Won't Make a Decision and a sprig of I Refuse to Take Charge. Most of the time the offending family members are TRYING to be nice, not step on toes and such, or just not bother people, but when no one is doing what needs to be done, especially in a timely way, then things end up painfully messy. Most of the people in my family shrug and say 'oh that's just the way things are,' but really they need to admit to themselves that Yes, You Are The Problem. And people continue to suffer. It's really a shame, because my family is terribly nice and accommodating. At any rate, I've gone through a lot of years of therapy and I'm medicated now so it doesn't bother me nearly as much as it used to, though when I'm here I often feel the urge to be The Responsible One (aka The Mean One) again. I still love my family and I don't like watching them hurt themselves and others this way, but I can separate myself from it. Mostly.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Education Week 2010

I get to go to Education Week again this year! hooray! I really feel like I need the uplift. It's the week before classes start at Boise State so I'm cutting it a little tight but I'm excited about it.

In other news, we recently bought a new Everything's Easy album from Girlyman and I LOVE it. Oh, the harmonies! Oh, the melodies! It's so catchy! I highly recommend it. I put a few of the songs in my playlist down below if you want to try them out.

Heat

I don't like the heat. I'm a naturally insulated person, so anything above 75 degrees is uncomfortable for me. That's a major reason why I moved up here to Idaho. They say we have 4 seasons here -- almost winter, winter, still winter, and summer. I like it that way. Down in Oklahoma they have almost summer, summer, still summer, and winter. It's miserable and hot and moist. Yet I am going down there for TEN days for my sister's wedding and to visit. I must really love them. :)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

A writing question

My dad and I have been having a 'discussion' the last few weeks about writing. He says you need to write characters that do things you would never do, things that you would be morally opposed to doing. I say you don't have to do that, that in fact you need to remember to write what you know to stay believable.

I can see his point -- I mean, each of us in ourselves are limited and therefore almost shallow, and writing strictly from that perspective would be boring, trite, and predictable. But generally writing characters that we don't really know relies too much on stereotypes, archetypes, and cliche. I've seen good writers do it, and it seems so effortless when they do, but where do you even start?

I suppose questions like this are why I am seeking a degree in writing. I hope the professors and teachers can answer my questions.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Crash and Burn

Yesterday I was wondering about the appropriateness of riding my new bike on Sunday while keeping the Sabbath day holy. My sister said that for some people, a leisurely bike ride would be fine, but for me it's exercise, and therefore work, so I shouldn't do it. Well, she was right. I'm still wobbly on the darn thing, so while trying to avoid going off of the trail last night I went off the trail and rolled down the hill and ended up near the creek with my bike on top of me. I have PLENTY of scrapes and bruises, but nothing was deeply hurt but my pride. And my basket got pretty bent up. :( Oh, and my front wheel went skeewampus, but we were able to kick that back into shape. And I cracked the visor on my helmet. But I didn't hurt my sunglasses or bike frame at all. Scared Jake pretty badly though. :) Didn't cause any anxiety attacks, though, and that's good.

I'm trying so hard to be good and brave. I did the polar bear dunk at our family reunion in McCall (brrrrr) and learned how to drive a boat (thanks Alma!) and I'm trying to be good on my bike but it's so hard! I hope it's better for me than that crash!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

About fear and depression

I'm a chicken. That's a silly, noncommittal way of saying that I'm really, really afraid. Of what, you ask? Why, life in general. At this particular moment I'm afraid of my friends or family dying, of not talking myself into riding my very cool new bike enough, of all the work I have to do, of the repercussions of my bad habits catching up with me. It's rather paralyzing, actually. I'm so afraid of life that I'm not living. So many times I wish I were like my brother Justin, because he doesn't seem afraid of anything. I tell myself that my fears don't matter, that I should do things anyway, but the fears become wordless terror and shut me down. Thinking is my nemesis. I do much better with someone there holding my hand, but I need to do these things myself. Anyone have any advice besides the overly simplistic 'just do it'?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Personalization

In case any of you have noticed, or wondered, or whatever, I have kind of a weird name. You know, not your run-of-the-mill type Jane or Jill or Jennifer. So when I was a kid and everybody was getting those personalized keychains or stickers or plates for their bike, I was sad and dejected. So even though in this computer age it has become commonplace for people to be able to get anything engraved on everything, I still thrill at being able to see those five letters put together on something. So now I am getting the ultimate in personalization -- I am getting personalized plates for my car. So if you're in Idaho and you see a plate that says DYANY, wave. Dat's me!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gonna get me a bicycle

Thanks to my wonderful Raleigh-rep brother and my dearly beloved husband, I'm-a getting me a bicycle. It's a lovely light blue and seems to be a very nice bike. I hope I ride it enough to get my money's worth from it. Ooo, I'm so excited!

Raleigh Bicycles » Venture 4.0

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Empty Nester

Dat's me. Jake left with the ward for a trek at Martin's Cove and Jeff went to a friend's house and then to his grandparents' house while I get ready and go to a family reunion, so for 24 hours at least I'm home alone. I don't know what to do with myself. I've been poking at music on grooveshark and really liking what I hear from When We Were Small by Rosie Thomas. I still likes me some pop and even some rock, but MAN my tastes are getting soft as I get older!

So, with this piddling around I now have a choice to make. Which music widget do you guys prefer? The teal grooveshark widget or the bright purple playlist.com widget? Let me know and I'll move my music over to the favorite and kill the loser! (ooo brutal!)

ALSO...I have completed all the application process for BSU and made it through their hoops and am enrolled! Well, sort of...all the classes I need are full, so I'm on waiting lists, but hopefully I'll be able to get into one or two this fall. If not, I'll be on top of it this spring.

Grooveshark Widgets - Music Playlists for Your MySpace & Blog

I like Grooveshark a LOT for music on the web. Plus they let you make your own little music widget for your blog. :)

Grooveshark Widgets - Music Playlists for Your Blog

Saturday, May 01, 2010

A powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon



And I too know it's true. Through all my difficulties and doubts, this much at least I know.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Going back to school

Well I finally did it. I submitted an application to Boise State to earn a 2nd bachelor's -- this time in English, with a writing emphasis. I'm terribly excited about it. And a little bit scared. But school is where I was last truly happy, and I at least USED to be good at it, so I'm going to give it a shot. And hey, maybe with a mind focused on writing I might write more on here! We shall see....

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

An album that I like

The older I get, the more I likes me some indie/bluegrass music. One band I love that my brother introduced me to is Hem. They are a delight.

Then using the modern wonder that is Pandora, I plugged in Hem and found another delight called Nickel Creek. They used to be produced by the Queen Mother of modern bluegrass, Alison Krauss but I guess they've moved on.

i still will never admit to liking anything like country. NEVER!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy celebration of the greatest event in the history of mankind -- the rising of our Lord under His own power from the bonds of death to life again! What a stupendous thing! Death and pain are the scariest things we have to face, and this marvelous event overcomes them. What a blessing.

Now, as to General Conference today...I think I should have taken notes. I really liked Elder Nelson's talk about family history, and I was generally impressed to be a better parent by the other talks, but nothing jumped up and slapped me. I still love general conference though. It's wonderful to hear the messages from our living prophets and feel the Spirit and the love available for us.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Blessing Line

I've learned a few things over the years. I used to keep a journal and write them down, but the last few years I haven't been so good about that. Still, I learn things, and I'd like to think that they are good and useful things, so I'm going to try and start writing them down here to hopefully help others.

So, everybody has this line in their perception. Everything above that line is a blessing. Everything below that line is a curse. Everything right at the line is the status quo, or 'as it should be.' Some people have a fairly high line. These people aren't usually very happy, because so much everyday stuff is under the line, and the stuff above the line is rare. Some people have a low line...they are, obviously, happier. Everyday stuff is a blessing.
The thing is, Heavenly Father has asked us to be grateful in ALL things, to acknowledge His hand in EVERYTHING. How many of us do that with this line we have in our head? How many of us can say when we get sick, 'I'm grateful that I'm sick?' What if it's cancer? What if it's your child with cancer? Can you honestly say that you're grateful? What do you think would happen if you DID?
Do you think it would make you happier? Put things into perspective? Remind you of the love of God, which goes beyond this life and everything in it? I've seen a bit of sorrow. One thing I've realized, though, is that I can get through it, as long as I put things into their proper perspective. God loves me. He is there to help me. He WANTS to help me. His ULTIMATE GOAL is to help me get back home to Him and He will do everything to get me there. So if something happens, it's for my good, whether it's fun or not, whether it's a consequence or not, no matter what. It's not only OK, it's the BEST thing for me. So who am I to complain? The Son of Man hath descended below them all, art thou greater than He? I need to throw away the line. Heavenly Father loves me. And that's all I need to know.

LDS General Conference

Today was General Conference day. For those of you who are not LDS, that is one of the weekends that comes twice a year when our worldwide leadership speaks to us, including the living prophet of our living God. It's a wonderful thing and I love to watch and listen to it.

Today's sessions seemed to focus a lot on parenthood and raising righteous children, and it really hit home for me. We've really been struggling with raising our nephew, because his upbringing was spotty at best, and dealing with him through my depression is really a challenge. I feel really guilty for not being able to deal with him better and help him more. But I got something else from the conference -- hope. Heavenly Father will help me overcome my depression and do my best with my nephew and do the things I need to do as long as I try my best. And that's far better than any pseudo-hope that any presidential candidate can promise.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Some books and some new stuff

Ooo new toys! I just added Amazon stuff to my blog so now I can make money if you guys buy stuff from the links I recommend. Is that not nifty? I love Amazon. I'm a shameless Amazon plugger. I don't like the way Wal-Mart does business, and I like good prices and selection, so Amazon is DA BOMB for shopping in my house. Not to mention that nobody in my family would get any birthday presents on time (or at all) if it weren't for Amazon. Good old Amazon. I--I love you.

Now, for a review. As many of you regular readers know, I suffer from depression. This sucks the fun out of things for me. One of the things that makes me saddest is how it has sucked the fun out of reading. HOWEVER, I find some hope in simple books, or really really good books. Now if a book is simple AND really, really good, that's a win-win. That's what I've found with . It's by Brandon Sanderson, which is already good because I already like his stuff, I've even met the guy, and he's LDS, all of which are pluses. Then on top, he writes this great book with one of the most unique styles of writing I have seen in quite a while. I love it. It's fun, it's clean, and it's good. hooray!

And don't forget the sequel (which I'm still working on), . So far, it's also very good.

Props for my cousin Jeremy

I thought I had to change my blog all around. Really I did. But I called my cool cousin Jeremy, who works for Google, and he showed me that somehow I ALREADY changed my site around so I don't have to do it again. :) YAY FOR JERMY!

and yes, it does make me feel old that I used to babysit him.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

OU REUNION!!!

OK, this is my official post about it...I'm planning a reunion next year for as many of my OU friends as we can get together. It'll just be for a couple of days, probably in July because that looks like it works best for the most people, and we'll probably tour campus, complain about the changes in the last 20 years, visit Joey's memorial and have a dance or something. If you were part of the group of friends that knew me in college and I haven't contacted you via facebook, PLEASE comment on this post! We'd love to have you there!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Sorry about that

I discovered today that the cute little kitty widget I added to my blog was hacked, making it so anyone who tried to visit my site was redirected to some evil ads. Sorry about that. I fixed it now.

Obviously.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bursts of creativity


Friday morning I woke up early wanting to cross stitch. Such bursts of energy and enthusiasm are extremely rare with this particular depression of mine, so I got up and found all my old cross stitch stuff, found a pattern I liked, and determined that I was just in need of white embroidery floss. So after the local fabric store opened I called them to determine if they had the floss, which they did, and I went down to pick it up. I felt dumb just writing a check for 50 cents though so I browsed and bought some sock yarn and needles (I already have the book, now I just need the guts to try something as intimidating as socks) and a loverly swatch of oriental panels.

Now, I don't sew. I'm terrible at quilting. But in this burst of energy I bought those panels anyway, so I was going to need help. So I went to my good friend Amber and she helped me go back to the store and find matching material. She is a MASTER quilter, so yesterday I also went to her house and she helped me plan, cut, and sew the whole top for this project together! In one day! Normally something like that would take me, oh, about 3 years, as my friends and family will attest to. I'm excited about it now. Maybe it will take me less than a year to finish! Wouldn't that be a miracle! How do you like it?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Poor kitties!





It's tax refund season, so it's time to take care of the cats with their annual shots, bloodwork, and teeth cleaning. We have to wait until tax season because it's GOL-DURNED EXPENSIVE. Most people I talk to say that they wouldn't spend that much on cats, but they are our babies. If we had been able to have children of our own things might have been different, but as it is we want them to have as long and as comfortable a life as possible so we buy them the good food, get them their shots, and get their teeth cleaned. Unfortunately, one of the things that is required to get their teeth cleaned is they have to be knocked out. (Crud, just trying to get them in place so the vet can get to them gives me huge scratches, so I can understand why they have to be sedated!) After much yowling, and then sedation, then cleaning, we laid them out on the living room floor so they could be comfortable and safe when they woke up. However, they looked so pitiful that my nephew Jeff couldn't resist taking pictures, so here they are. Three dead-looking kitties. I'm glad they forgave me after a few hours...but then, they didn't know that I was going to post pictures of their stupor on the internet for the world to see, did they?

Another review

because I've been feeling like posting for a few days now, and I happen to have a new phone, I will review it.
It's a Palm Pre Plus with Verizon and I like it very much.

The good: Nice, easy interface. Decent built-in software. Syncs with Google for contacts, email and calendar. And it looks stunning ('specially in the shiny purple case I bought for it. :) )!

The bad: Not that many apps available, built in google maps directions aren't very good, boot up time is ridiculously long (2 minutes! We timed it!), battery life is poor (have to charge EVERY DAY even if you don't use it very much) and the sound quality isn't as good as my old Palm Treo on AT&T.

The ugly: When I bought it, the sign said it had turn-by-turn directions. It does, sort of -- VZ Navigator is right there, BUT it costs $9.99 a month to use it! Sure it has traffic and voice navigation, but I don't want to pay an extra $10 a month when my husband's Droid has the same service for FREE! Grrr. Still, I'm tempted simply because our Tom Tom's maps are so bad and expensive to update.

OK, the good list isn't as long as the others. But overall it seems to be a very good phone that does almost exactly everything I need. I like it a lot.

Just an addendum...right now the phone is on sale for only $30! And you get the wi-fi hotspot add-on for FREE! so go get one!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

review

Looking at my sister-in-law's blog makes me sad that I don't have any babies to blog about. :( So I'm gonna blog about dishwashing gloves instead.

When I do dishes, I use the hottest water that will come out of the tap. Which means that I have to wear gloves so that I don't scald myself. I used to use those cheap yellow latex gloves you can get at any big box store, but they don't protect from the heat very well and they get holes in them WAY too easily. So about a year ago I found these gloves that I LOVED -- they were thick and tough, keeping out heat and sharp things easily. Unfortunately, they only came in one color (pink) and size (medium) so they were a little small, making them hard to get off, so recently my nephew accidentally put a hole in them by trying to pull them off with his teeth. So I went to Amazon, my ultimate shopping place, and found them in multiple colors and sizes! They are called True Blues and I was able to get a large purple pair and they are absolutely PERFECT -- a little spendy, but if you use gloves, these will easily pay for themselves in the time you're using them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Car!

Well we finally sold our truck. Part of me misses it, just to be stubbornly sentimental, but most of me is ecstatic. I shouldn't have hated that truck, but I did. It rode rough (needed new shocks) and I had problems with the stick shift and the air bag didn't work and it needed new brakes and it didn't have enough room. SO...to replace it we did a lot of research. Research on models of cars and sales and things like that. Narrowed it down to either a used Subaru Forester or a used Ford Escape Hybrid, since I wanted more room and Jake wanted better gas mileage. Couldn't find anything local so we were preparing to have to travel a bit to get one, but we needed some 'hands on' of different models. So we went to a couple of dealerships to check them out, and lo and behold, one of them had just had a '07 Subaru Forester traded in that day. It was LOADED with extra features that we didn't really need, but the idea of buying locally rather than traveling a few hundred miles was overly appealing to us. We haggled quite a bit and got it down to a manageable payment and now we have a lovely, loaded, pearly white '07 Subaru Forester. I'll post pictures of it at soon as I remember to take a picture in the daylight.