Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
So here I am on a Saturday night. And guess what? I don't miss it. Not because it isn't a fun party or because I can't have a glass of wine, something more. Something happens when you are pregnant. You hunker down and worry about silly things like how many bibs you have and if you know where all of your baby stuff might be. You don't have the strong desire to be busy or get out there. God or nature slows you down. The hormones fill my body and tell me to sit down. Rest. Put your feet up. Relax.
Soon enough, I won't be sitting down or even have time to find a bib. As a mother of two, I know my days of rest will soon be over. In a few short months, I will pick up my wine glass, join my girlfriends and complain about being a new mom again. But, for tonight, I cherish the rhythm of my body and the small kicks I feel now and then and even my never ending heartburn. And I will enjoy doing absolutely nothing tonight. I will put my feet up, look for some TV to watch and relax.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thou shall not wear horizontal stripes.
Thou shall not wear borrowed maternity clothes and use bleach (as I did yesterday).
Thou shall not get dressed in a hurry.
Thou shall not wear cigarette pants.
Thou shall put in contacts before getting dressed (as I forgot to do yesterday).
Thou shall not forget to look at thyself in a full length mirror once dressed.
Thou shall not look in full length mirror while undressed.Thou shall not look at skinny pictures of pregnant models.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I apologize in advance for the state of our lawn. I am nervous about chemical use and really don't like to use them on my lawn. Cancer scares me and I don't like my children to run and play in a lawn treated with chemicals. I tried organic once and I will probably try it again this summer. But anyway, back to lawn care. You do a fantastic job. Your lawn is gorgeous. It is so green and neatly manicured. If your lawn grows even 1/4 an inch, you are out there cutting it. You mulch yearly. You trim. You edge. You fertilize more than the Scott's family. It shows how much you care about your lawn and your house. And when it comes to snow plowing, no one does it better. You don't even wait until it is 1/2 inch deep or until it stops snowing. You are there.
So here is where I am confused. What is the deal with the Christmas lights still up? I know we live in Ohio and it feels like Christmas even in April sometimes. You took down the nativity set and the reindeer right after New Years. Thank you. But, why the icicle lights? Why are they still on every night? Yes, you have your lights lit even in the middle of March. Back in February, I told my husband that it was probably because it was still winter. The icicles were up and illuminated because it was winter. I gave you the benefit of the doubt in February. But today, the weather was warm. We were at the park all afternoon. It was almost 60. We have had a week or so of pretty good weather (for Ohio).
Dear neighbor, maybe you have something going on. Maybe someone is sick. Maybe you are working too hard so you don't lose your job. I don't know. My son at the bus stop asked today why your Christmas wreathe was still up. I told him that I often wonder.
(Snowflakes falling on our neighbors house a few weeks ago. Picture taken at 6:30 a.m. on my way to pick up the newspaper and lights were still on.)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
One of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits was called "Don't Buy Stuff That You Can't Afford." (Click on link to view) It included a person giving financial advice. "So what you are saying is that if I can't afford it, I shouldn't buy it?" This was the joke. It sounded so crazy back in 2006 because all we were doing as consumers was buying and then more buying. They really should rerun the skit because it would really hit home for millions of people. It is a lesson that we are all learning.
I was talking to a relative this week and she was really struggling with how they were going to get out of debt some day. I went back to my SNL skit. Don't buy what you really can't afford. Keep your cars longer. Don't eat out so much. Spend less time in stores. Cash only. The "new" usual.
This week I had to spend a little money for my son's birthday. I feel fortunate to be able to throw him a birthday party and know that there are a lot of mothers that are making much more difficult choices regarding where to spend their money. I thought about how different I approached it this year. The kids will still get small goody bags but I used coupons at both places I shopped. I even used a competitor's coupon at a craft store for the first time. Usually I wouldn't bother since it was a small purchase or I would think it wasn't worth the trouble. I saved a dollar and was pretty proud of myself when I walked out. I will also put one less item in each goody bag and that saved me $14 ($1 per item per kid). I will only pay cash for his birthday gifts and he won't get more than a couple. Small changes for my family in this area but if we are all cutting back in various aspects, that impacts businesses large and small.
So yes, Mr. Buffett, people are changing their ways. We aren't eating out much anymore. Shopping for clothing is for necessities only. Usually this is for the children. Meals are better planned. Leftovers are all eaten. Coupons are used. Prices on items are compared. Trips to stores are less frequent. We spend more time at home or looking for inexpensive options. We use our memberships to local museums more often. We are repairing paid off vehicles instead of buying new. We buy less for holidays and birthdays. We only pay with cash and we are paying off we owe. So in the end, isn't this what we were supposed to be doing all along? I just hope that our new attempts at saving will turn into habits when the recession is nothing but a memory and a page in the history books.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Our baby is healthy.
Prayers for the women who didn't get the same type of call I got this morning and gratitude for all of your prayers. I felt so much support this past two weeks. Thank you!
Now excuse me while I go and have a cry, make some calls and dance!