Monday, October 27, 2008

Color, Colour, Colors

Not the best pics, but it shows off my new colour.


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Just like a big girl

Today Kenzie took a step back towards where we were several months ago.


Back in May she was sleeping in her big girl bed most every nap and even one night.

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Today she took her first nap back in the bed, and even without all the naked dolls.



Though it took some pretty nifty child proofing for this to be possible:


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Though you'll also notice that the wall still hasn't been fixed from the incident in which 15 feet of border was removed. I'm thinking I might want to get on that, someday. Especially once she realizes I was basically color blind when picking out paint(don't you love the rocking Disney colors? Pooh blue, and Princess Purple?)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another New Haircut

So after much debating and haranguing with myself I decided that I needed some change. Since I haven't done anything at all with my hair since I got it cut in April:

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So last night I went in and got it all cut off again. It had grown out to about my shoulder length, and I just could not do a thing with it. Some people love and/or are jealous of it because of my thick, thick hair, but I can't do anything with it. No curls stay(so no body waves) it fluffs when straightened, and I *hated* the 'bowl' cut I ended up with.


I decided to go short, and get some layers put in:





On Sunday I'm going in and getting it all turned one color again(as right now its about 4 shades of bleh.)   

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Cutest Political ad, yet


I found this ad over on one of my frequently read blogs Mom-101 and it really sums up how I feel about the way certain members of my family seem to be suddenly swinging.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


So I decided that I'm putting a hold on the Politics series, until after Wednesday's Presidential debate.

Until then I'm driving myself crazy with school work, and my new biggest mistake I discovered this morning.

Remember a few months back when I got some ducks?

Well you'll also remember I replaced the ducks that were killed in the Great Duck Massacre with a single "Runner" duck. I was reassured by the staff at the feed store that said duck was, a GIRL(ha! should never believe the 'reassurances' ;) ) and for a while it looked like they were right.

That is until today. When I went out I noticed that suddenly SHE has the tell tale, tail curl, that indicates that SHE is really a HE.  So that means that my poor duck has to be renamed(I really don't think calling him- Liz works now). This means I get to go back to the drawing board on names(I'll see if I can get the pair to stand still long enough to grab some snaps), and hope that they don't decide to start a family on me.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Politics: Joe Biden

So again, I will remind you that I am a political newbie, and don't have a lot of experience comparing and contrasting candidates so am talking more about how I feel.

Even though I was working insanely long hours, I made time to either watch live, or tape both of the conventions for later viewing. I was lucky enough to be able to see Biden's speech live as I had the night off.

Now as a self proclaimed political ignoramus, I really knew nothing about him aside from the fact that he was from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I still don't know a lot(as I haven't done a lot of leg work on my own up until now).

However my first impression of him was overall fair to good.

He seems to have a bit more experience since he has been in Congress since 1972.

Granted this doesn't mean he has a lot of experience in every area, but it gives him a leg up on the other Veep candidate who by the same standards is a political infant.

He seems like a very charismatic man, who is a fair to good choice as a running mate, and seems like he can at least know what he is doing.

At this time- I don't have enough facts and figures to create an accurate portrait in my mind of him beyond the snippets that I've seen on TV.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Politics- Sarah Palin

Thus far I haven't discussed much of my thoughts, feelings and emotions regarding the current Political season. After reading THIS post however I wanted to take my turn at the plate.

Now I will concede that I am not the most knowledgeable voter but I'm learning as much as I can. This is my first Presidential and Gubernatorial races in which I am old enough to vote.  I do not vote one side of the fence or the other, as I don't fully embrace either parties ideals at the moment.

Now that isn't to say I don't have very strong feelings regarding certain prominent political figures.

Sarah Palin- As a mother and a woman I am deeply offended by her.

See I'm the product of an abstinence only Sex Ed system which she supports strongly. I went through 3+ years of Sex Ed, and took the notes, and the tests and sat and paid rapt attention to the teacher in class sure. Now lets look where all that got me- I became a young unwed teenage mother with a 'special needs'* child.

As I sat watching her acceptance speech at the RNC and I saw the way she was presenting her family it really bugged me. I can understand that Trig is special to her(as any child should be) but I felt that it was wrong of her to use him as a pawn in her speech.

I also have made it no secret that I live in the country. Now while I don't personally have my hunting license, I know plenty of people who do. I support both the right to own and use(safely) firearms. However I also think that we should protect and preserve some of our natural resources- such as the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. I realize that we need to look for alternative supplies of fuel but there has to be a way aside from drilling in the pristine beauty of Alaska.

Now I can't really say much about her foreign relations stuff as I haven't much experience in that area myself. I do however try to stay at least on top of what is going on around the world.

I realize that I have just covered one of the four players on the national stage(and don't even get me started on our screwy Gubernatorial race) and promise that over the next few days as I catch up with last nights debate(I had class) I will write a post for each of the other 3.

*Kenzie does NOT have Downs or some of the other high need 'special needs' but due to her motor, speech and physical delays has been classed as 'special needs' by her pediatrician.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Electronic Chronicles

So let me just say that I just broke a personal record for amount of electronics in use at one time.

I had:

1 MP3 player

1 Laptop

1 External Hard Drive

2 Working Cell phones

1 Non-Working Cell phone

2 Wired Ear pieces

1 Bluetooth ear piece

All for a 45 minute call that did nothing but assure me that Verizon rocks when you need them to.

See we have had Verizon as our cell provider for numerous years and have rarely had problems with our phones until we upgraded in January. Now my phone was fine for the most part it only needs to have its charger handy and really I can deal with that.

The two LG's on the other hand have been pains in the butt since the day we brought them home from the store. This summer my dad's was constantly overheating(though THAT? was totally his fault) and my mom's broke her car charger. Then today came the crowning achievement in their little techno caps. They both decided to break today. They would make calls sure- but only if the wired ear pieces were plugged in. They would receive calls sure- again only if the ear pieces were plugged in. Unplug that sucker though? and you are totally screwed my friend.

So I took my dads and tried every trick in the book and then some- changing all the earpiece settings, the answer settings, heck even tried resetting to both box and factory settings. Nothing worked. Except the problem got worse. Now it wouldn't make calls even with the ear piece plugged in. So I did what any good consumer would do and followed the instructions and called customer service.

A wonderful lady(who even spoke GOOD English) answered the phone and we went through it all again. We pushed buttons, sent reactivation codes, turned it off and turned it on, and still no dice. So we determined that the phones were basically dead, kaput, finished. So we checked the info and thankfully they are still covered by their warranties, so are exchangeable at the store. She was even kind enough to send out two new free headsets so we can make sure the headsets aren't the issue here.

So once again- thank you Verizon! Now if only Apple could have customer service like you!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Some random PowerPoint lessons

1) PowerPoint is ONE word not two.

2) When making a PP presentation- it is apparently in bad form to put a "th" after the date.

3) You should always put your name on ONE line not two.

4) Random Capitalization? Is Bad.

Lastly- I have the PowerPoint Nazi as a teacher. Remember the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld? Picture that then multiply it by 10 and you have my teacher. "No points for you!" For the record? My presentation so deserved an A not some lousy B+.