Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Getting My Money's Worth, Part II

Just in 2009, I have purchased $1,903.54 worth of drug store items and have paid $12.15 (with a gift card received for a transferred prescription - no actual cash) . That is a whole lot of diapers, wipes, toilet paper, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, soap and anything else they sell there. I don't know how long these deals will keep coming - they seem to get weaker and weaker as time goes by, so I had to give a shout out to some of the sites that made it possible:
And of course to Charlotte for [somewhat] behaving during our Saturday trips, and to Helaman for not making me feel too silly for having such an odd hobby.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


This week's non-stop pageant news has made me feel like I should state my opinion more often. A tremendous fear and aversion to confrontation, arguments and people thinking I am either a religious zealot or just weird in general made me very silent when office conversation would turn to controversial subjects. In Manhattan, most of my co-worker friends were extremely opinionated so these conversations would happen a lot, usually leading me to put in my MP3 player earphones so I wouldn't have to hear it. Billing clients for .5 hours worth of "fuming in disbelief at the ongoing political rantings of people around me" wasn't encouraged, after all. So I'd bury myself in work and just hope no one asked me to join in - which they didn't.

These days, Charlotte and I have our own heated debates, mainly about the pros and cons of flying food, but when stuff like the pageant headlines come up a part of me regrets not taking the opportunity when I had it to take part in discussions with lots of friends with opposing views. I think you can always learn something from people you talk to - even if you don't agree with them. And I do like to find out where people are coming from and what makes them believe the things they do. The ugly part in what can be very enriching conversations occur when people forget to respect the other person and wage personal attacks, which is what happened this week and what has always led me to want to hide under a desk rather than face what can be harsh scrutiny.

So, am I crazy? Has this happened to anyone else?

The point of this is that we shouldn't be afraid to state our opinion. With so much going on in the world today, it really is important to hear everyone's ideas.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shark Attack!

Here are some of our pictures from the shark encounter in Hawaii. We were in a floating cage and since the salt content of the water was so high, it was hard to stay under water for long and we really had to hold onto the cage.

Most of the sharks came very close but weren't too interested in us. They were more interested in the fish being thrown from our boat.

At one point there was a whole herd of them circling the cage! It was amazing!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Backyard blast

Last week I planted some seedlings for our garden - corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, and some herbs. Some were doing so well that we had to transplant them to the garden yesterday. Helaman started clearing weeds from the rose box too. Things are taking shape back there. Charlotte really wanted to help us and play in the dirt, so today I got her a sandbox to work in while I work in the garden. She loves it!

Though having a mighty 2 year-old around has some tense moments, Charlotte has also been really cute lately to make up for it:
  • She always says "'scuse me" - even to her toys.
  • If Helaman or I sneeze or cough, she immediately asks "You ok??!" after each one.
  • If anyone makes a sad face, she will give you a Very Concerned look and come running with a hug and kiss.
  • She loves going to the park, if only to wait for the dogs and puppies that are taken on walks there.
  • When I say "I love you", she says "I wu wu" back:)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

More Bucks

If you like Ebates and Cashbaq, you should try SwagBucks, which gives you "bucks" for online searches you do through their search engine. Bucks will get you gift cards and other prizes.

1. Sign up free at SwagBucks.

2. On their site, click "Toolbars" and get one of their toolbars to show up on your browser.

3. Do all your searches on that toolbar. You can do shopping through there too if it's not worth it to go through ebates or cashbaq. The bucks add up pretty quick. At the rate I go, for normal searches I do, I earn about one $5 Amazon gift card a month.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Spring Break Part 2 - The Wedding

The day we flew back from Hawaii to Houston, we drove back to Dallas. The next morning we flew out again, this time to Salt Lake City for Steve and Kalina's wedding. By the way, now that you're married - where's the blog?

Posing for some pictures of our own. If I don't look tan it is because I was VERY good about sunscreen in Hawaii. The thought of having an itchy back on a plane scares me.
Me with 3 of my 5 beautiful sisters.
Family pic
Charlotte and Wade
"I'll show you the cat - but no touching!"
The next day it snowed so we went skiing. It was knee-deep powder which made for some slow going down the slopes but very cushioned falls.
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