Friday, July 30, 2004

My next house...

Will have this dishwasher, this dryer, and this dance pad!

How do I reconcile my wanting these items, yet resolving to live free from the burden of unnecessary possessions? Simple. The items above are too far out of my price range to ever afford!

I have made a wonderful discovery in freecycle.org. I joined the Schaumburg group and just last night I "freecycled" away some outgrown kids clothes. I offered up my set of 8 Diet Coke drinking glasses, but no one wanted them. Well, I guess I'll try to sell them on ebay or something.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Monday, July 26, 2004

Personal Goals

Am I laboring under the misapprehesion that most people live their life in pursuit of personal goals?

I've struggled with this idea lately. I'm know there are people out there with lists of things they wish to accomplish at some point in their lives, but until recently, I have not counted myself as one of those people.

Really. There are people who always wanted to go to Europe, or they always wanted to have a baby, or they always wanted to go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, or they always wanted to get a Ph.D. etc., etc.

I, on the other hand, have had a sad tendency to sort of just take what God has offered up to me. I only vaguely had an interest in what college I would attend (though I knew I would attend college). I probably would never have chosen librarian as a career except one day someone suggested that I do it. I didn't really have any other life plan at the time, so I said "Why not?" Even the travels that I have been fortunate enough to embark on have been the result of spontenaity, rather than a life goal of traveling to said destination.

At any rate, I've given this quite a bit of thought lately and I am pleased to annouce that I do have a goal in life and it is this:
to live a life free from the burden of unneccessary possessions.
So this would be the time to start selling on ebay again!

Oh yeah, tomorrow night I will be attending a meeting regarding my children's school dress code. Stay tuned....

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Miracle

Okay, another good movie! I just finished watching Miracle and I'm way to hyped up to go to bed.

I remember that big game, when the USA beat the CCCP. (At least I'm pretty sure it was that game.) I do remember being sick with a bad cold or something, and I remember watching the game from the couch. One of the other teachers from my parents' school was over and she called the players "a bunch of fruits" because they were going nuts after the game.

Then all the adults started acting like she said something wrong by using the term "fruits". Well, my brothers and I had no idea what other meaning there could be for the term "fruit", but we figured out pretty quick that it would get a good reaction from grownups.

And that's the story of how my brothers and I started calling each other "fruits".

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Office Depot is having a promotion where they will "recycle" your used electronics. I took a printer in yesterday as a trial run to see how difficult it would be. I figured I would have to fill out a form or something, but they just said "bring it in and give it to any store associate". Sure enough, it really was that easy.
Today's update:

It's still too hot outside for rational thinking. So, just enjoy these interesting quotes.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Blah, Blah, Blah

It's too dang hot to post anything profound. So here are some random things I like:

Aladdin

Close to My Heart - scrapbooking

Billy West interview

Black cat

Halloween black cat

2005 Futurama calendar

Rock Bottom Remainders tour

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Summer time means books on CD

Last summer I made a great discovery: books on CD. And it's about time, too! I haven't had a vehicle with a cassette tape player for almost 5 years, so books on tape are useless to me. I listen to books on CD in the summer because I have farther to drive to drop my kids off in the morning.

So far this summer I've listened to:

The Fourth hand by John Irving
Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks
Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Dai Sijie
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Just today I started listening to The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom. I was a little skeptical starting this last book since it seems trendy to me, but I'm already on disc 2 and so far it's not bad. The only dud in the whole bunch seems to be The Fourth hand.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Happy Birthday!

Well, I did it. I keep the ol' blog rolling for one year! Even if I'm really the only one who reads it, I think it's been worth it.

So I'm thinking about giving the blog a face lift. Blogger has got some nifty new templates, which should make it easier.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Congratulations!

I finally finished going through the "school packet" for this fall. I had stopped when I got to the new dress code policy because it infuriated me so much.

Now that I took the time to really look at all the papers, I found that Hannah had gotten a certificate for perfect attendance!! She didn't miss a single day of school last year! At first I was surprised, but then after I thought about it for a while, yeah, I don't ever remember her staying home sick and we certainly didn't pull her out of class for anything. So it adds up.

I remeber a couple of mornings when she said she didn't fell well, but she did go to school knowing that she could feel free to call Dave or I to pick her up if she didn't think she could participate.

When I told Hannah about it, she wasn't even impressed! Lousy kid. Well, she did pretend to be excited for me. I figured that she'd ask for some kind of special "reward" or something, but she pretty much didn't care.

I guess that's okay. Perfect attendance to me is sort of a non-award anyway. Sometimes it's just luck that you didn't miss a day. The only reason she didn't have perfect attendance in first grade was because she contracted chicken pox. And the only reason she didn't have perfect attendance in second grade was because we pulled her out of school for a couple of days for our Disneyworld trip. Hannah really just lucked out this year.

Still, I think it's kind of neat!