Saturday, February 13, 2010

she's back

this is my first blog post in over a year!! We stopped posting to our "We Live In Indiana" last January, i guess we felt like we had assimilated and there was nothing left to write.

Since then, I've had a wonderful home waterbirth, my first girl. Madeline joined us in the wee hours of the morning on May 15th, 2009. She's a happy little girl who adores her brothers and is determined to keep up with them.

Thanks to a new friend I've been encouraged in my crocheting and my skills are sharpening. Perhaps an Etsy shop is in my future? Either way, I'm having a lot of fun with it and intend to post about my projects in the future.

Reading as always, of course. My favorite is still Ted Dekker and I was lucky enough to score an advance copy of The Bride Collector. I liked it more than Burn, I was hooked within the first few chapters as usual. Much putting of the children in front of the TV ensued, one late night and I had finished it within about 3 days of opening it. As usual, there was more to this book than a suspenseful murder thriller. This book delved into the mind of the mentally "ill" and I am so excited about that. I've always been tremendously interested in abnormal and behavioral psychology. Ted's depiction and thoughts on them in this book really matched some ideas I've had for a long time - you should definitely check out the book just to stretch your mind on our perception of others. You'll have to wait until April 13th, though, when the books hit the shelves!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I live in Indiana

So I haven't posted here in FOREVER! We moved to Indiana and I have a new blog that I am keeping with my husband. I'm actually pretty good about posting there regularly.

I can't tell you how wonderful this move has been for our family. The kids have so much more freedom and the new house is so much easier to "run", even with major remodeling efforts underway.

I'm still leading my book club via Skype (yay technology!!), but I'm thinking about starting one here at our new church. I have no idea if there is any interest yet, though. I also don't know how we would all get the books, as the library only has one or two copies of most of the books we'd be reading. I'm trying to get plugged into the Christian Homeschooling group here- I just haven't been extremely proactive in that. This is because Mark is just starting preschool and we're overwhelmed with kitchen remodeling at the moment. It's good to know there is a such a large homeschooling group out here for support, and what I've seen of it makes me very confident about our homeschooling future.

Should I have posted all of this on the Indiana blog...??? It seemed more me-centric, but it probably belonged ther anyway...I also just wanted to keep up with this blog too :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

book swapping

OK so I have to tell you about my new favorite thing! It's paperbackswap.com and I really think it's the best thing since sliced bread.

So you have a whole bunch of book sitting around your house that you never read, and they're pretty good books that you think you *might* read again, someday. They're too good to sell at a yard sale, because you like them and no one pays more than $1 for a book at a yard sale and you know they are worth more than that.

If you're like me, though, you'd happily give them to someone who really has an interest in reading them. Especially if this means you get a book that you want in return.

This is EXACTLY what paperbackswap.com is! You sign up and list a bunch of books you're willing to part with. When you list ten, you get an automatic two credits. It costs one credit for a book and 2 credits for an audio book. After you list your books, people will request them and after you've sent them, you get another credit. They even have a system to make shipping easy. They have the weight of the book in their database, so they prepare what they call a wrapper for you, complete with postage if you like, and you just print it and wrap your book in the paper and pop it in the mailbox.

I've sent out three books already, and I'm so happy to know that someone else is enjoying them. I've received one, have one on the way and I'm on a waiting list for a bunch of new ones that have recently come out but the library isn't getting in.

I realized the need for owning books after my second baby became mobile and slept less. The books I'd checked out were sitting there unread. I'd renew them until I couldn't anymore then I'd check them back out again. I've had one book for over 6 months! So I'm going to return them now and wait until someone posts them and then I can have them for as long as I like and then I'll pass them on again! I got a nice note back from one lady who had requested one of my books as a gift for a friend. Maybe I'm a dork, but that made me really happy!

I certify that I am in no way affiliated with paperbackswap.com in any way other than simple membership and am not being paid to post this blog.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

universal design

So down the street from my house, near our little man-made lake, is an abandoned building. This is an uncommon thing in our neighborhood as we're a nice planned community. So plans are being made to remove this "eyesore" and replace it with- you guessed it- TOWNHOMES!

These will be no ordinary townhomes, however. These partially county-funded gems will follow the new Redevelopment Housing Authority (RHA) resolution requiring any new county-funded housing projects be built using universal design practices. Apparently someone is worried about the aging population in Fairfax County.

Universal design essentially means handicapped access. Switches are lower, you can fit a wheelchair under the kitchen sink, elevators, and door levers instead of knobs (a new trend I really don't like- hard to keep kids from opening doors with levers).

So I'm wondering...do they really think this type of house is going to appeal to people outside of the disabled community? Is there a plethora of wheelchair-bound folks dying to live in a townhouse in Burke Centre that I'm not aware of? Seems like another fun trendy thing Fairfax County is doing to be "cutting-edge." Wouldn't it make more sense to require new county-funded construction to be built to greener standards? That's a trend that's really hot right now that we can all get on board with.

What I'm really wondering though, is where is this abundance of people nearing retirement age? The "aging population" of Fairfax County is in general tremendously physically active. My Dad lives here, he's retirement age...and he runs or bikes like 5 miles each weekend. I'm not seeing compromised mobility in his near future. I'm also pretty sure these folks might want to move from this hugely expensive area when they get down to living off those nest eggs. This must be somebody's pet project.

Monday, March 17, 2008

i still haven't quit my day job

right. So I thought I quit my day job. The one where I worked in information security, or as my husband liked to say, "computers."

Speaking of my husband, have you read his blog? if you haven't, go ahead, I'll wait.

Done yet?

Key thing: my husband is on a quest to remain current in the every changing world of technology. A noble goal in which I support him 100%.

BUT

My husband is all about keeping up to date with technological APPLICATIONS. He has no interest whatsoever in procuring or maintaining the hardware that supports them. I think this is cute. So, since I support him 100% in this quest, and think he's really cute, I still have a "computer" job. I just don't get paid for it. Sure, we could pay someone at Best Buy or Micro Center to do this stuff for us, but I really have trouble paying for things that I'm pretty sure I can figure out how to do myself.

Then I had the brilliant idea that my boys could one day be in charge! Right. You can't let your kids be in charge. So I'm thinking I'll have to get the personal training option when we buy our iMac next Christmas.

And now I'm off to wash diapers, am I well-rounded or what?

Thursday, March 6, 2008

stumbling through the web

Hooray! I've have a fun new way to find interesting stuff on the Internet. It's called StumbleUpon and it's likely you've heard of it but haven't used it yet. My husband will be annoyed tonight when he comes home and finds another toolbar installed, but whatever because I LOVE IT.

I clicked stumble and it brought me to a very fun list of words in the English language that are mispronounced, then to this gardening tip, and then here...check it out.

Friday, February 29, 2008

time to think about camping!!!

It's that time of year again. The ground thaws, we change the clocks and have more daylight in the evening. The tress wake from their slumber and begin to show tiny green buds. Daffodils begin to join the crocus in a joyful morning greeting. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ and, in my family, the birth of a good portion of us.

On the tail end of this family birthday train is my birthday. We like to celebrate by going camping. It's a little early in the season, especially for tent campers like us, but if you head to the south your overnight temps are manageably low. Last year we headed WAY south, to St. Augustine, Florida. The state park was nearly deserted for our weekday trip and the beautiful expansive beach nearly ours alone. Feeling a bit nostalgic for that awesome trip, this year we're headed to Kiptopeke State Park at the western tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Kiptopeke is one of the few places on the east coast where the sun sets over the water, and if you're lucky, can even see the elusive green flash. The green flash is an experience I'm still chasing. I've listed all the details for this awesome trip on our Camperino site. Maybe some of our camping buddies will join us on this trip??