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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Burnin' Calories!

There is a lot of construction going on in the building where I work.  The building has new owners and they are remodeling.  The other day they started remodeling the bathrooms used by most people and we had to start using the bathrooms at the front of the building.  This isn't really a big deal for me since I used to walk all the way down to these bathrooms anyway in an effort to walk more, move more and get some extra calorie burn while I was trying to lose weight.

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I got "lazy" and started using the closer bathrooms.  But that was mostly because I had to "go" so much, I needed the closer bathroom!

So back to work, and I sometimes go to the far away bathrooms and sometimes the closer ones.  I really should push to go to the further away bathrooms because I think at some point I may be forced to use the closer ones, depending upon what the building owners have decided for a new layout.  So I need to get in my extra calorie burn while I can.

But TODAY, they cut off the hallway and my access to the bathrooms and the rest of the building and company.  So now I have to go outside and walk around the building to the front.  This was pure torture!  (I kid, please note the sarcasm in the previous statement.)  Today is a gorgeous sunny day and I thoroughly enjoyed my walk to and from the bathroom.  In fact, it has inspired me to go for a walk at lunch.  It's been ages since I did that.

I did my second p90x workout last night.  I still like it!  Still a little sore...but I think I will definitely be up and running and going full blast in just another week.  I really enjoyed it, especially some of the kicking and punching from last night.  I may need to invest in a punching bag.  I do like that kind of work out.  (And I recommend it highly to anyone!)  I do miss my kickboxing class....it was fun to kick butt!

And I am going to end today's post to show that I am a normal human being with selfish desires.  Today my inbox at work had a note about inviting people in the company to join my company's team for a charitable walk/run at the end of October.  I thought about joining so I could have something to train for.  But I almost hit the reply and said I would join when it mentioned the individual who could raise the most money would get Patriots tickets. :)   I don't normally do these charitable walk/run, raise money things.  (see my previous Cystic Fibrosis posts.) But Patriots tickets had me almost convinced.  Does this make me a bad person?
I hope it just makes me normal.

Feeling good today.  Much better than the past few days.  And I think I'll go for a walk outside...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Just yuck.

Today I feel yucky.  I have gained weight, I didn't work out yesterday and I didn't get all the stuff I wanted to get done yesterday either.  So now I need to try and cram that all in to today.  Yech.

Add in all the craziness at work and some drama going on with some friends and I just feel like YUCK.

Then I read this article this morning:
http://mommyish.com/stuff/lawrence-king-blamed-for-his-murder-for-appearing-gay-wearing-feminine-attire-603/

Now I feel even more yucky!  The type of defense that this MURDERER'S defense team is building is sick and disgusting.  Something like this is harmful to victims of violent crime everywhere.  Yes I think you should be safe.  Yes I think you should avoid provoking people.  (Can't we all just get along!?)  But NO ONE asks to be murdered by what they wear or what they say or do.  Just as the victim should have seeked help for the bullying, the bully should have seeked help to stop the harassment he was receiving as well.  Yes, I believe both students were harassing and bullying each other.

It still doesn't give someone the excuse to kill another person.

Yuck.  Okay, if I get lots of cleaning and exercise done today....THAT will make me feel better.

Monday, August 29, 2011

My first day back.

Yesterday was my first day back "on track" for my weight loss journey.  I tried p90x (I am doing the Lean schedule) and guess what?  I loved it!  Or at least, I loved my first day.

I am a tiny bit sore today.  I expected that though, it's been a really loooong time since I have really worked out, and the p90x program is a tough workout.  The program gives you about a bazillion warnings that it is for people who are already in shape and not for most people, blah blah blah.  I consider myself tough and prior to my pregnancy (and during pregnancy) I was still pretty tough.  Not too many people will continue kickboxing until 7 months pregnant! :)   The workout actually reminded of kickboxing, which is probably why I enjoyed it.  I did have to do some things modified, but for the most part I was able to keep up.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I didn't really lose any of my flexibility from before.  And I was not surprised to see that I had lost most of my strength and my cardiovascular strength is gone too.

I had Zoe on the floor with me so she could exercise at the same time.  She did some baby push-ups and lots of "bananas" and "supermans".  (which means she rolled all the way around the living room)  If you want to know what bananas and supermans are, leave a comment, I'll explain in tomorrow's post.  For those of you reading this that are familiar with this exercise ...I'm a sick individual, I actually enjoy doing these!  :)

I think it will be just a few weeks and I will feel like "me" again and the weight will just start melting off again. :)  I will report back again tomorrow and let you know how tonight's workout goes.  We shall see if I still feel like I like the program! haha!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricanes and the Wackos

The internet can really bring out the worst in people!  It's easy to be anonymous and write mean and nasty things.  But I think the internet also attracts the total wackos out there as well.

I'm sure you all know what I mean.  You have all read the comments in news stories that go beyond the story and dive into politics or some random hot button that has nothing to do with the original article.

Well, I was just reading on weather.com the latest about the potential hurricane for the east coast this weekend.  Then I scrolled to the comments...I really should have skipped them.

One commenter posted a link to find shelters that would take you and your pets, and a few people commented about don't forget to stock up on emergency supplies for your pets and thanked the person for posting the link about hurricane shelters that will take animals.  And then some wacko has to make it about abortions.  Huh? Yes, that's right.  Someone commented "and people kill humans every day (abortions!) and I like animals but they are just that animals!"

I don't know if I quoted that correctly.....but seriously?!  People are discussing the hurricane and how to prepare, someone posts some information for people with pets and someone has to turn it into a pro-life vs pro-choice debate?!  C'Mon people!

And then further down someone said: "The nice thing about the hurricane winds is they blow in some tropical birds we wouldn't normally get to see! (for those of us who are birders)"  HUH?!  Seriously?!  THIS is what you think about when it comes to preparing for a major storm?  Oooh, I get to see pretty birds!

Maybe instead you should be thinking about how to prepare yourself to be safe from the storm.  And then in the aftermath maybe you can help those poor birds get back home.

That is unless someone wants to convince us that the birds are somehow connected to abortions.

What is the world coming to?  Who let the wackos on the internet?

**The above quotes may not be entirely accurate, I wrote it from memory.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

earthquake?!

So everyone on the east coast is talking about the earthquake.  I felt it at home so I thought I would share my story here.

It was an unusual chain of events that led me to feel the earthquake.  I was working in our finished basement, which we are converting into an office.  Normally Anthony works down there and I work in the kitchen when working from home.  This is because until this past Sunday, we didn't have a desk for me in the basement.  Now we do, but we haven't set everything up yet.  Anthony had to visit a client in the afternoon, and my mom was at my house redecorating.  (I'll post more about that later.)  When he left, she kicked me out of the kitchen and into the basement so that she could surprise me with her changes. 

So I sat at Anthony's desk to get some work done.  When the earthquake began, the floor was wobbling, and the desk was shaking and moving and the chair was moving as well.  It felt like everything was "rolling".  I would describe it to similar to the feeling you get when in a parking garage or sitting on a bridge and a large vehicle goes by...you can feel the flexibility of the structure around you.  Others described it as feeling drunk.  It wasn't "shake shake shake", it was more rolling and wobbly.

So my first thought was "What are they doing upstairs?!"  (my mom and her friend Kim were redecorating.)
My second thought was "I'm in the basement, they can't shake the basement."
My third thought was "Earthquake?"
My fourth thought was "Nah, I'm in ....  we don't get earthquakes."
My fifth thought was "Does this normally happen in the basement?"  (I don't spend much time down there.)

Then it was all done.  The dogs (mine and my mother's dog) were in the cellar with me and they didn't seem phased at all.  So I did a google search.  Nothing.  I thought about telling my mom upstairs.  Then I decided I had "Mom" brain and I imagined the whole thing.  Some sort of motion sickness/inner ear thing.  (which does happen to me!).

Then I saw all the messages online and the news reports about the earthquake in Virigina. 

My thought after that? "Holy crap!  It WAS an earthquake!"
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If I blog about it....I'll have to do it.

So yesterday I was talking to my sister and I told her about something I almost posted about Zoe.  But then I didn't because I thought nobody wants to hear about my baby all the time.  (okay, okay, I know a few of you do, but you can contact me privately for that!)

She agreed with me.  She said that she is actually interested in hearing about Zoe...but she agrees that I shouldn't constantly blog about her.  I then told her I was experiencing a lot of writers block.  I wasn't sure what to write about these days.  SO she gave me an idea.  And I said, if I write about it on the blog, I'll have to do it.  And she said "yep."  (she might have said yes, but yep just works better for this story...so we will have to go with that...)

So what am I going to write about because I'll have to do it?  I'm going to write about starting to exercise again.  Specifically, I am going to try p90x.  I am going to try this program because I miss kickboxing and a lot of the exercises we did in that class came from the p90x program.  I looked into a few kickboxing programs in the area, and they were too expensive for me to do.  That is because I can't go 4 times a week now, I can maybe go once a week.  But I can exercise at home and for free every day right?

We don't have a lot of exercise equipment here and I HATE running (see previous entries about losing weight...I know I'll have to do it eventually if I want the extra weight to come off) so my sister offered to let me borrow her dvd's.  I do have a few workout DVD's that I should do as well.

My plan is start on Sunday.  So guess what I'll be talking about next week?  I'll probably be complaining about how much pain I am in....haha. :)

So back to weight loss.  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I frequently talked about this in the past...and I was successful too!  Then my journey was interrupted by pregnancy and baby.  So now to start again!

I need to lose 7 pounds of baby weight and 7 pounds of  "I'm just being lazy" weight.  Lazy meaning I didn't feel like going for a walk or a run or joining a gym.  So...p90x....HERE I COME!

...wish me luck?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Decorating?

I have zero skills when it comes to Interior Design.  I soak up the shows on the HGTV channel like crazy, but somehow, none of it sinks in enough to actually decorate my place.  I know what I like.  I can walk into a room and say "oooh! pretty!" but I can't seem to recreate this in my own home.  Anthony lacks abilities in this area as well.  Or he just doesn't care.  (which is likely) and he's cheap so he won't spend money on decorating as well (very likely!).

My mom and my sister are fairly skilled in this area.  I would love it if the two of them would decorate my place for me.  My sister is busy...my mom is not too busy right now...and for her...this is fun.

So guess what I did?  I gave my mom free reign to decorate my place.  Today she is working on some of that.  I don't know how long it will be before stuff is done (probably another month or so, when she comes back for another visit) but I can imagine my house will look a little different when I go home.

She has been periodically calling me or emailing me looking for opinions and asking questions.  I keep telling her to use her judgement...and then I get scared about what she is going to do...but the whole point of letting my mom take over and decorate for us (within a budget of course!) is that I don't have to do it.  I don't have to think about it.  I don't have to worry if this matches that etc.

So I need to tell her to stop asking me my opinion on stuff.  And so I keep saying "I trust your judgement."  Which is 100% the truth.  But she just called me to ask about a rug for the living room and described it as a short shag.....uh oh...

Updates later on the fabulous job I KNOW my mom will do.  I'm sure my place will look great. :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

slow posting week....means I'm actually really busy. :)

It usually only takes me a few minutes to write a post, but if I haven't written a whole bunch lately, it just means I am really really really busy.   Or maybe I have writer's block.  That happens as well.  Or I may want to write about something, but then I think twice about it.

It is amazing just how real writer's block can be.  I thought that it would only occur with those who write fiction, but apparently even just writing a note on your blog (which could be similar to writing a friend an email!) is just as difficult to write sometimes.

Okay, topic change.  I read a great book series recently.

I think it was Lana over at the blog, Walking the Off-Beaten Path that had recommended the book series, The Hunger Games to me.  I loved reading them, I'm looking forward to the movie, thank you for the recommendation!  It took me a while to get interested...but then I read an excerpt online at Slate.com (check out the link here:http://www.slate.com/id/2299515/   And of course from there....I couldn't put them down. :)

So I do recommend these books to others, I think I can share with my nook if anyone is interested...

Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

iPhone vs Android, who's the bigger jerk?

I found this article really funny.  That is because I use an iPhone and Anthony uses an Android phone.  I found some of the things the article says about each type of user completely true (when it comes to me and Anthony) and other things are just completely wrong.  But regardless, it was an interesting article and gave me some amusement this morning.

Check it out here:
http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/16/7386131-are-iphone-users-bigger-jerks-than-android-users?gt1=43001

Anthony loves his Android phone and I love my iPhone.  But I have another theory on how people choose their phones.  First off, if they are an Apple person, they are just going with the iPhone.  Don't try and convince them otherwise, they want that Apple technology.  But my theory is that techie people, the ones who like to tinker and will use every single cool feature on a gadget (and probably break their phone or pc or tablet or mp3 player in the process) will choose the Android phone.  It has a few more features lacking on the iphone (like talking to your phone and having it type for you...verrrry nice!) and is way more customizable.

People who don't want to mess around with the phone, they just want it to work and have some cool features (like the ability to play Angry Birds, play some music and do a handful of other neat things) will choose the iPhone.   That's my theory.  Non-techies want the iPhone and techies want the Android. 

So all of this is funny because technically I'm a techie.  But I'm not a real techie.  A real techie wants to tinker, play, take apart, put back together and improve upon what is in front of them.  I'm the kind of techie who can do all that, but I'm lazy and would rather just use what's put in front of me.  I have too many other things to do.  Like watch that butterfly go by.....

What was I talking about again?  Oh yeah, phones.  Just my theory.  Anyone else have thoughts about this?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Everybody dance! Footloose!

When I heard they were going to remake the movie Footloose, I thought it was a terrible idea.  I mean, some remakes are okay...and some are even fantastic..but for the most part?  They are awful.

Can't Hollywood come up with new ideas already?  We have to rehash everything?

So I decided there was no need for me to see the new Footloose movie.  I saw the original and it was awesome.  Kevin Bacon as Ren was perfect, we didn't need any remakes.

Then this morning I saw the trailer for the new one.  I was curious.  I had to watch it.

And guess what?

I LOVED it.  This looks really good.  I think I need to see this updated version.  I'm a little excited.
I'll probably wait until video for it though...between budget and baby, going to the movies isn't something I get to do all the time now. :)

Want to see it?
Check it out here:
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810164562/video/26263253

Friday, August 12, 2011

Read My Blog from Your Smart Phone

I think that a few of my readers use smart phones.  I'm pretty sure a few of those readers might even surf the internet on those phones....well now you can read my blog too!

I changed the format of my blog so it would be easy to read on your cell phone.  I hope you like it!

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lady Super Heroes

Today's post is inspired by something I read over at the Mommyish blog.  I don't always agree with everything over there, but I do enjoy reading it.  Today they posted about comic book heroes.  Specifically a new comic that shows a bunch of characters on the cover of a comic.  All the male characters look like super heroes.  The one lady, Wonder Woman, well, she looks like what my mom used to call "a street walker".

Here is the article:
http://mommyish.com/stuff/if-male-superheroes-posed-like-wonder-woman-heres-what-theyd-look-like/

I found the pictures and article very interesting.  It made me think about my childhood super hero, She-Ra, The Princess of Power.  So I googled some old images of her and I was proud to see that she doesn't look like a stripper or street walker.  In fact, she looks pretty kick ass if you ask me. :)

Check her out:
Okay, so I will admit, she has on a short skirt, leotard and knee-high boots.  But she isn't posed provocatively and her outfit looks similar to what little girls wear in dance class anyway (minus the boots).  When I was a little girl, I didn't see the skimpy outfit, I saw a costume!  I saw the sword!  I saw her karate kick the bad guys, deflect laser beams with her sword, help children and heal wounded animals!

I'm not sure what we are supposed to see with Wonder Woman.  Is this a comic book for adults or children?  Any of my readers know?  Check it out:
I do like that she is featured on the front, but why the pose with the lasso between her legs?  Anyway, check out what the blog "Bleeding Cool" did to the guys...hehehe:
Makes you think twice hmmm?

I think my daughter will have a heavy influence of She-Ra in her life.  Lucky for me, um, I mean HER, they have updated the line, look how awesome She-Ra looks NOW:
Look at those muscles!  And she is not a stick-figure.  This woman looks healthy and ready to kick-butt!  She has to be a third degree black belt in Karate, that's what I think.  (Yes, my little girl will get Karate lessons.)

I have already obtained this action figure.  Did you know that when I was a child I wanted to grow up to be She-Ra?  And why not?  She was pretty, kind, smart, and strong.  She was a good friend and fought for justice for those that were treated badly.  She was forgiving and wanted to find the good in everyone.  She conquered evil, rescued the oppressed and again, I just want to mention, she could heal and speak with animals.  She was the COOLEST.  I think I still want to be She-Ra when I grow up.

Check out some more pictures of She-Ra and all her awesome friends, these ladies are strong and feminine without have to resort to looking like a....uh, "street walker".


I am a really big fan of this picture:


And at least they also put He-Man in a skimpy outfit:

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Working from home...

I am working from home again today.....where I can take an occasional break and play with my baby.  I can ignore the outside world and get immersed in my work.  (yes, ignoring the outside world means forgetting about the economy or the riots or anything else horrendous)

But the best part about working from home?  We have way better food here!

This morning my wonderful husband made me french toast and bacon for breakfast.  Now that is how you start your day!  In fact....I think every day I have worked from home with the exception of one day...he has made me breakfast.  Lucky me!

And guess what I just had for lunch?  Lasagna!

(Did I mention...my husband is Italian and the lasagna is home-made from scratch?)

I am one lucky lady. :)

Monday, August 08, 2011

Forget carrots, we need chocolate!

I'm kidding, I'm kidding!  But I am allergic to carrots (I know, weird right?) so I like what this article has to say.  According to the article, I can eat dark chocolate to improve my eyesight!  Sweet!  (pun intended)

http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/05/7268604-skip-the-carrots-chocolate-improves-eyesight-too

Friday, August 05, 2011

Something Missing...

I realized yesterday after I posted my book review,  I probably should have told you what the book was about!  Oops!

So here is a blurb about the book:
When struggling hardware store owner Bill Ferguson stumbles upon a kidnapping in progress, he does what we all like to think we would do—he steps in and breaks up the crime, saving a teenage girl from an unthinkable fate.
The perpetrator, a sociopath known as the "I-90 Killer," escapes during the altercation and vows revenge, turning his attention to Ferguson's own seventeen year old daughter, stalking and eventually kidnapping the girl.
Now Ferguson must put aside his own feelings of rage and guilt to have any chance of saving his child. But everything may not be as it seems, and before his search is over, Bill Ferguson may find he loses much more than his only child.
Did I get you interested?  I'm curious to see how many people will go read this book after reading my blog posts about it.  If you have already purchased the book or are going to, can you leave a comment letting me know?  There is an anonymous option when leaving a comment, so no need for anyone to know who you are (I won't know, they don't tell me who you are.)

Just click below where it says "0 comments" or hopefully soon it will say "1 comments" or "12 comments". :)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Lonely Mile by Al Leverone

I'm writing a book review for you, my readers.  I want to highly recommend a book by an author who's blog I follow.  I follow his blog because he is a former co-worker of my parents and they told me about his website.  I started following what he was doing because I think that authors are fascinating and any chance to "get into the mind" of one would be interesting.  Plus I just greatly admire anyone who has been able to complete writing a story (something I have never done) and get it published (something I may never do). 

I aspire to do those things someday.  BUT, I may have another dream I wasn't even all that aware of, until I read his current book, The Lonely Mile.  I think I would like to be a book critic.  I read this book, even though it wasn't something I would normally read, and I enjoyed writing a review for it.  Now maybe I enjoyed writing the review, because I enjoyed the book, but I could see myself enjoying writing reviews of books.  I read pretty fast and I think that I am a decent writer.  Well, I get plenty of practice on this blog. :)


Here is what I wrote about The Lonely Mile:
Thriller that keeps you turning the page!
This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up. I follow the author's blog and he posted a few chapters from the book on his blog...and of course, I got hooked! Once I downloaded this book, I had a difficult time doing anything besides finishing the story. My heart was pounding with each entry he posted and I just had to find out what would happen next. This story is the kind that gives you nightmares and makes you want to hold your children close. There was a twist that I didn't see coming and the ending wraps up nicely, but may have left the door open for more? I don't think the author plans any sequels but I could see this story launching a series into exploring the FBI and stopping the psychos that haunt our nightmares. This book is a great read for anyone looking for a thriller novel. I would even recommend it to people who don't normally read this genre, as the story hooked me though I normally like "happy" stories. I also think this book would make for an interesting book club discussion as there are many layers of the story and the characters to dissect. The subject matter is dark and mature, but also kept clean. I wouldn't let my 12 year old read this, but I think an older teenager could handle it.
Even when I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about the book. About which direction the story would go. What would the characters do? What would I do if I were in that situation? I just couldn't stop thinking about it and even now that I have finished the story, I still keep thinking about it. A good read, highly recommended.
 This book is available as a digital download for only $2.99 at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  I have it on my nook and it can be lended out to someone if you are interested....BUT, I highly recommend buying it.  The reason for that is because it is inexpensive and I would like to support this author.  :)  So let me know if you want to borrow it, or go buy it for yourself.

PLUS....have I mentioned yet there is a contest?  Sign up for his mailing list.  Purchase his book.  Write an honest review before August 13th and you could win an autographed book from another author.  :) 
Neat huh?

I have a link on my blog here to Al's blog, but here are the links to everything you need:

Al Leverone's Blog:
(he has posted chapters 1-9 if you want to get hooked on this story before purchasing.)
http://allanleverone.blogspot.com/

Buy it at Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lonley-mile-allan-leverone/1104328433

Buy it at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Lonely-Mile-ebook/dp/B005DAX06I

Al's website:
http://www.allanleverone.com/

So someone looking at my reviews on the two websites (Amazon and B&N) might wonder why I gave it four stars and not five.  Well, that is because there was one part at the end that bugged me and I couldn't let it go.  I felt the story was a little rushed in some areas, but at the same time I was happy there wasn't any filler.  It's fast and you will finish it quickly.  I think I just wanted one part to be slightly different...I won't go into details with YOU because I don't want to ruin anything with spoilers.  But I felt like I could be a little more honest with my readers about that missing star.  I didn't include that on my official reviews on the websites because I wanted to recommend the book and not retract from it at all.  I want to encourage a purchase of this book.

I have Al's other book, The Final Vector, and I will be reviewing that one as soon as I am done as well.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Baby post...sorry, if you don't like babies, just move along...

Zoe rolled over yesterday!

For those of you who haven't had babies yet, this is a big deal.  Especially for us because Zoe is a little behind in this department.  It could be she just didn't want to until now, or it could be completely our fault.

I'll explain.

You see, Zoe hates "tummy time".  According to research, doctor's and experts, we now put our babies on their backs to sleep (now that Zoe is no longer swaddled, she sleeps on her side) and on their stomachs to play.  This is so they can build neck and upper body strength.  (they do baby push ups :))  Well, Zoe HATES to be on her stomach.  Even though she has the ability to pick up her head and turn it to the side (or even look up!) she will put her face in the floor and SCREAM.  Seriously, she tolerates her "tummy time" for about 2 minutes.  Maybe just one minute and then the screaming begins.  So we make her do this a little bit every day, but we definitely have not done it as much as we should.  So she will be a little behind others.

I figure we are ahead with how often she eats and how much she sleeps (through the night!  9pm-ish through 7am) so she is ahead in some areas and behind in others.  No biggie.

But yesterday....things changed!  Until yesterday, if I put her on her back, she would roll to one side or the other.  She's pretty good at that.  In fact, she sleeps on her side with one arm across her face, it's really cute.  I think the only thing stopping her from rolling onto her stomach is her arm.  Well, yesterday while I was working, she was entertaining herself for a while on the floor.  I had put her on her back (I needed her happy, I was working!) and she rolled around and looked at her toys, etc.  Then I heard crying...and it turned into screaming.  I immediately wondered if a bug bit her or if she was hungry, diaper needed changing, etc.  The LAST thing I expected when I walked in the living room was to see her on her belly.  Face smooshed into the floor, hollering her little head off. :)

I picked her up, gave her kisses and told her how proud I was!

She looked very confused.  :)  Let's see if she can do it again...and not yell. :)

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Turkeys!

The turkeys were back this morning.  They visit almost every day.  Today we had four big fat ones. And they had a friend!  A little black cat!

We have seen the black cat hanging around our yard before.  I'm assuming this cat lives in the neighborhood behind us.  We let Oscar watch from the window.  He mostly said "woof-ah" under his breath, nice and quiet.  He probably didn't know what to make of the turkeys and I wasn't about to let him outside to check them out either.  Turkeys can be very mean!  Check out this youtube video!

So I am watching the cat, and it looks like the cat is going to try and sneak up on the turkeys.  I was a little worried for this cat's safety since it was about 1/4 the size of the smallest turkey.  The cat did sneak up on them to get closer, but the turkeys didn't seem to care.  They got a little spooked when he got close, but mostly they just hung out together.  Then I thought maybe they were friends.  Then the cat noticed us watching from the window and paid more attention to us than the turkeys.  Even though it was sitting just two feet from the turkeys.  I probably should have grabbed my camera for a picture.  Since they visit often, maybe I will get another opportunity.

The cat must have decided he was all done hanging out, because he turned and went into the wooded area behind our house.  And then one by one, the turkeys followed him into the woods!  I knew it!  That cat and those turkeys are friends!  (maybe....I'll have to see how many turkeys are left tomorrow.  The cat may have been leading the turkeys into a trap...hmmm.)

Monday, August 01, 2011

Cheap Baby Toys

Zoe is now 4 months old....wow....time really does fly!

Her new thing is looking in a mirror and shyly smiling at herself.  She seems to enjoy it, though she is also smiling at me in the mirror as well.  I have actually been showing herself in the mirror for a long time, but lately she is really getting into it.  I read that at this stage babies don't recognize that it is their own reflection they are looking at, but since faces are one of their favorite things to look at, a toy with a mirror is a fun thing to play with at this age.  Besides the mirror, babies just enjoy looking at baby faces as well.  I put my cousin's baby announcement for her son on my fridge and Zoe loves to look at it.  (Note to self, tonight's bedtime story will be the "Colors" book with all those pictures of babies...)

So I went down to my local Toys R Us to check out what they had for mirrors for babies.  Of course they have the car mirrors, but I didn't bother with one of those.  (I don't really have a good place to hang it anyway.)  And they had some fancy mirrors that came with lights and music and noises and all sorts of crazy stuff.  I showed two different types to Zoe.  I was looking for the same shy grin we get at home when we look in the full length mirror.  Instead I got a puzzled scowl as she looked at all the colors, lights, and noises.  She didn't smile, not at all.  And these toys cost around $20.  I thought that there must be a better (cheaper) way to make her enjoy the mirror.

So we (my sister was with me yesterday too) went to Walgreens.  Where in the "back to school" section I found a locker mirror.  For TWO dollars.  I put that in front of Zoe...and immediately a big grin.  So guess what I bought for Zoe?  Her first locker mirror. :)  And she loves it.  This reminded me of the sage advice of previous parents.  "Kids love empty boxes, wooden spoons and pots and pans."  No need to buy the fancy toys.

But I did totally purchase something that Zoe may not use for two years.  Probably because I will use it and I want to make sure it's still available when we need it in two years.   Yes, you caught that...I'm totally going to play with her toys.  I bought her an AquaDoodle.  I think my favorite part of this toy is that as soon as she can grasp something to draw, I can give this toy to her.  Can't wait to see what she scribbles first. :)