Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I've also opened my Etsy - I just haven't gotten around to deciding on my giveaway, yet. *sigh* It's hard to giveaway stuff when you don't know what people like. Drop by & let me know what you'd want to get! Indelible Expressions I have several more pairs of earrings, I just haven't gotten around to resizing the images for upload. So, leave me a comment - tell me which pair you wish you could have & I will see how I can give stuff away! Or tell me to upload more! I will upload up to 25 pairs (total), just not tonight.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Our "older" car, I'm referring to her as if she were just getting on in age because it's, well, respectful. You can read more about her here. This lovely elder car failed to pass emissions. They even gave us a new gas cap because she was emitting something from there. Now, Dock & I are debating whether or not it's worth it to keep her. We have gotten estimates. The first few places want to charge just $120 to "hook 'er up ta da computer - see what she got". Now, unlike most reasons one might think a vehicle fails emissions - i.e. carbon monoxide level too high, etc., this is something to do with "oxides"??? Go figure, the county we used to live in doesn't even have emissions testing to renew (license) plates. The car might be worth $120, but I don't think it's worth between the amounts we were quoted (broad range 50-600 bucks - helpful, no?). A little dilemma cause she still runs and has been wholly reliable, aside from a little acid (or whatever) buildup on the battery contacts that makes the car dead til we clean it & adjust the cables. She's near 200 and I guess her sputtering is maybe saying something. Eh, we'll see. We have an appointment this morning at 10 am.
Friday, July 25, 2008
This my little brother & his 2 girls. I dont' get to see them very often & mom tells me it's rare that his older daughter (on the left) is smiling so candidly. She's pre-teen & we all know what that means. I find it amazing how much both of them resemble him. I wish I could spend more time around them all. I miss my bro.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008
I am reading all about the BlogHer conference, everywhere & wishing it was something I could have participated in. With family obligations, I don't know that I would have made it this year, anyhow. Maybe the next time it's in Chicago!
I am, however, digging the psuedo BlogHer Conference hosted by Kathy @ Mama's Losin' It. I didn't comment, but joined the Field trip troupe over at Camp Candid Carrie. I did not keep my arms inside the link. The weather was so beautiful, I couldn't help myself. I also promise that it wasn't me who pushed the others out of the way to get a front row seat. PROMISE!
I have been working on blog makeovers, making earrings & contemplating the best route to take to advertise. I should really follow the instructions Kathy is discussing in her Psuedo BlogHer Conference. Those tips will probably help. I think I could also do a giveaway or 2, just to get some more recognition. I need advice on this and on another topic. How do I overcome my fear of success/failure?
For now...I am off to comment on my bloggy friends' blogs. I've been reading & it's time, because I have some today.
Friday, July 18, 2008
During my trp to Minnesota, we went to the Maplewood Nature Center. How cool is it that in the middle of a big city, there's this ginormous nature preserve? This place was supposed to have an abundance of turtles & frogs. Unfortunately, this little guy was the only reptile we saw. We did see lots of ducks, geese & other birds. Good thing Alexis has good eyes, otherwise we'd have missed his tininess, too.
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Also - I've uploaded another pair of earrings for sale and I'm still offering blog makeovers for $15 bucks. The earliest I can plan anyone in is the week of September 1. I am thinking I'll get done with many of the makeovers sooner than that, but I would rather be safe than sorry. See here for information - Indelible Creations.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I saw more of the Wisconsin highways than I ever thought possible. Wisconsin seems never ending when you're driving from one end to the other.
Cameron was beautiful and the best baby ever! He was full of happiness & smiles. A wonderful disposition all around. I miss the mornings at Marnie's because ours were lit daily by his huge grins. Plus, I didn't have to make my own coffee! Thanks, Marnie!
Reece was a very shy boy at first. He warmed up to us pretty quickly & I think Andy had something to with that. Reece has adorable blonde curls & is very, very sweet. Sometimes you don't know what to expect bringing 2 kids personalities together. It can be total chaos or total bliss. Fortunately for us, Andy & Reece were attached at the hip & got along famously! Aside from one day when little sleep finally caught up to Andy, both boys disappeared together. It was almost like they weren't even there. You can't ask for a better situation there.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
So we (Dock & I) are watching WE tv last night. He tunes in once in a while. He's not afraid to show his sensitive, feminine side once in a while. Bwahahaha! 20/20 was on with one of those true crime mystery episodes. We love those, can't get enough.
Sometime during the show, there's this commercial. Kind of a shortened infomercial, really. Pos - T - Vac, I shit you not, is a penis vacuum. I did say vacuum. It seems to be a device designed to suck a penis erect. It even comes with its own lube & is covered by Medicaid & most insurance carriers. What?! Yes, me thinks it's a product directed toward the geriatric penis. (really?!) So, this penis vacuum is now a topic of serious comedy between Dock & I. Good thing the kids weren't around to ask "mom, what's that for?". I don't know that I would have been able to contain the laughter long enough to explain. Nor do I think I'm ready to explain something like that to the little ones.
The comedy we're enjoying from this isn't so much about the product itself, though that does carry a good deal of hilarity on its own. We found much more laughter in what Dock heard. He heard "pastabag". Upon asking me what the pastabag was for & my explanation of it, he reveled in the idea that he has his very own pastabag. It is, in fact, a part of me. We'll not get into the gory details because all you women have your own & those who use it, know it.
We proceed to crack up with every mention of the pastabag & what it does. Dock asks me to help him out via my pastabag. It is covered by insurance, so we're all good.
It's nice having him home for the week. Who knows what kind of pasta we might make tonight, or even if my pastabag will be put to use sometime during his vacay.
For now, though - I feel like I have so many things to do. So many! I have Dock man home for the week - he's taking his first vacay, at home (he's so boring)... Tomorrow we have plans to go visit the inlaws in Chicago. Today, I want to start putting together a blog makeover for Jaci. I have several emails to write (does that ever end?). I have emails to look at (see what happens when you would rather have fun than check them while on vacation - redirect like snail mail? No.). I also want to finish updating my own blog images. I have to set up my jewelry blog page & my Etsy shop - have to take pics of the earrings, set up a new paypal account & get verified or decide to use the old one. Not sure yet on the last part. I want to get going on my ad blog, just to see if it can actually bring in a little cash. Time is an illusion - it's gone before you know you have any.
So, over the next few days I will be visiting my bloggy friends - catching up on their daily grind; I will be creating a Jaci blog; finishing this blog o' mine; setting up my earring sales blog and my Etsy Shop; beginning the ad blog & trying toget that all started; and finally, telling you all about my family & the trip I took to Minnesota. Wish me luck because I don't think I have enough time in any day. ;)