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??

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

titling my blog

Did you notice that I have a title now? You can thank my husband for that. He told me I needed one and I came up with something terribly unimaginative. Then, my sister-in-law had a car accident. So I told him that perhaps I would write my next entry about how people here in the DC area drive like rabid lunatics and that anyone who had ever spent any time in other metro areas would certainly know this to be true. I think I claimed to have some additional insight into this fact that I intended to expound upon, but at the moment it eludes me. So he suggested Stating the Obvious, then said, no how about OVERStating the Obvious which I did not agree to as I do not believe I am actually overstating anything. Hence, my title was born.

Of course, he has yet to come up with a clever title for his blog.
It's an overcast day with showers likely in the afternoon.
Virginia, Maryland, and DC are having their primaries today.
Trees give life.
So do women.
Be well.

Monday, February 11, 2008

facials vs. manis & pedis

Ok, so I really don't get the whole manicure/pedicure craze. This may be due in part to my lack of disposable cash, and the fact that I use my hands in a more "active" way, but I really don't get it. Women go, let's say every two to three weeks to get their nails done and about every 4-6 weeks to get their toes done. I may be wrong with the specifics, but I imagine this adds up to at least $50 a month- probably closer to $60. Why not get a facial every two months? It's great for your skin, hugely relaxing, and you get an arm, shoulder, neck and face massage. It's a far more luxurious experience- not to mention the health benefits.

Every time I've gotten my nails done, they chip within the week, and the fake nail stuff always comes off or just feels weird. I know, for a nominal fee you can go in and they will retouch or repaint them for you. Sounds like a lot of time in a "salon" with noxious fumes to me. I get a private warm steamy room with relaxing music for a facial. I sit like cattle in a stall at a crowded nail salon where the service technician (generally) is talking or yelling to another technician in a foreign language, or suddenly speaking to me as I try to decipher what she is asking me. Hmmm. Not very relaxing to me.

So yeah, I don't get it. Just my opinion, but if I have money to spend on pampering and beautifying myself, I'm going for the facial everytime!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

bandwagon blogger

Everyone I know seems to have a blog. My husband keeps telling me I should have one. So, now I have a blog too.

I'm normally hugely anti whatever is the in thing, even if I was into it before it became hip. I'm fairly certain that this has something to do with me being a middle child in a family in which I was generally overshadowed by my older sister, mostly simply because she had 2.5 years experience on me in virtually every endeavor I embarked upon. So I'm affected with this need to set myself apart from the crowd. If you know me, then you probably already knew that about me.

I'm a mom to two AWESOME boys who continually astound me with their wit, creativity, and imagination and a wife to a man who does the same. I'm frequently humbled by my lot in life. I suppose the only thing I want for is a yard with mature trees (and a brook, but I'm probably pushing it there).

So that's me.