Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Oops I dried the cat!!!!

I didn't mean to, I was doing the laundry and talking to my mom on the phone. I got distracted. I had opened the dryer but the clothes were too wrinkly, I must had turned around for a minute, when I started the dryer I heard this horrible clunking noise. I was so mad, that dryer is only a few months old. I shut the dryer off right away and opened the door (so I could see what was going on) and the cat jumped out!!!!!

Poor Tiger.

BTW in case you were wondering, cats are LOUD in the dryer....


Saturday, March 21, 2009

More about my love of Kindle LOL

So I've had some responses to my love story and I wanted to answer some questions.

Reading on the Kindle does NOT cause eye strain. It is not backlit like a computer monitor, so unlike staring at a computer screen all day (or night) and feeling all wonky afterwards it is more like reading a book.

Yes I too love the feel and smell of paper, remember I have a bookworm tattoo ok? I love books, I'm sure I always will. I still have books all around my house. I won't get rid of paper books I am sure, but I also love the feel and smell of TREES which have to die in large quantities to mass produce books. I also am sick of lugging books around with me where ever I go. Spring is right around the corner and I'm sure I will be spending plenty of time at the park, my sexy little kindle weighs alot less then a pile of books LOL.

Another thing I like is the built in dictionary and wikipedia access. I can see how this is going to be helpful for my children. My oldest in particular, when he reads, as he comes across a word he isn't familiar with he just skips it. With the kindle you can place the cursor in front of the word and the definition pops up on the bottom of the screen. You can also access wikipedia so you can do research or whatever right from within the book. You can also highlight text and write notes. I really think that the potential for textbooks with this device is HUGE. I have already heard of people saving money on textbooks and also saving their backs not having to carry around huge backpacks. I think for our children who were raised with the internet this will be really helpful.

Another aspect of the Kindle which I hadn't considered until I bought one was the world of self publishing. Lots of people turn the books they have written into kindle books. I'm sure it is a much cheaper and easier way to get your novel out to the public.

The kindle 2 can hold about 1500 books, magazines, newspapers and blogs at one time. I love that I can have all of that with me at anytime.

I personally am also enjoying the free classics. I might actually read Pride and Prejudice now

Oh and don't forget, I am a gadget girl. I love my ipod, treo, laptop, DSLR camera and now my kindle.

I don't think it will ever replace books and I certainly hope that the price will eventually come down. I know that lots of the converted are selling their Kindle 1's on ebay and craigslist as they upgrade.

Ok, that's all for today.
Have a great day and Happy reading to you, no matter what format you are reading in. :-)


Monday, March 16, 2009

I think I'm in love.....

Don't freak out and call my husband. LOL.

He knows all about it, as a matter of fact it's because of him that I have my new love. He bought it for me.

It's a KINDLE!!!!!

A kindle 2 as a matter of fact. I have wanted one since they first came out. The boys wanted to buy me one for Christmas. LOL, aren't they sweet?

It you haven't heard of this (you live under a rock LOL) scroll down to the Amazon box on the right of my blog and type "kindle" into the search box. Then stand back and prepare to be amazed.

Seriously, I have only had my new "love" for a day and a half and I am really enjoying it.

The first day I had it I read a whole book, The Host by Stephanie Meyers (review coming up), and I paid less for it then I would've at Target. As a matter of fact I have downloaded at least 4 free books. I am still trying to figure out some things, like how to get library books, I've heard it can be done I just need to figure out how.

The kindle combines some of my favorite things, books, tech gadgets and the internet. I love that you can access a dictionary and wikipedia on the device while you are reading the book. I also love that you can have a whole boatload of books, mags, newspapers and blogs on one tiny little device. I always bring a book or two and a magazine to park with the kids, or to Kumon when I'm waiting for the boys to do their math and reading. I would've loved this when I was sitting at speech therapy and t-ball or the last time I had a layover on a flight and spent $30 on a book at the airport bookstore.

ok, I'm going to go read now.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Birthday Party

We finally got around to celebrating the boys birthday this weekend. Their birthdays are 30 days apart, well 4 years and 30 days apart LOL, but the point is the actual days are close together so we usually pick a date between the two and have one joint birthday party. I'm not sure how much longer we are going to be doing that but it has worked out great so far.

After much debate and back and forth and crying (looooong story) it was decided that we would have the party at Space Aliens. If you haven't heard of it, Space Aliens is a restaurant with an alien theme that has games the kids play to earn tickets and buy prizes. Think Chuck E Cheese except smaller, with better food and way less annoying for the big people LOL.

The party turned out great and everyone had fun. YAY!!!

Since the party was thrown together last minute I was scrambling to try and figure out what to do about treat bags. I decided to make custom candy wrappers (yes I made them myself)!! and temporary tattoos. The candy wrappers turned out great, I used a template I got at scrapgirls.com and some of my digi supplies. Unfortunatly it was my first attempt at the tattoos and since it was 2 in the morning when I was making them I forgot to print them out backwards LOL. So now when the kids put the tattoos on they will read backwards on their arms. Oh well, at least I learned for next time right? LOL.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

I am addicted to Farm Town....

I don't know why, but I am. I just really am liking Facebook, and Twitter, and Scrapgirls, and Amazon, and well I just love the interent in general.
But I am addicted to farm town. It's this dumb game on facebook where you have a farm and you plant crops, harvest them, take them to town, get paid, plant MORE crops.
I have a cow, some sheep, a few pigs, some chickens and 7 neighbors. I am hoping to get to the next level (or two or three) so I can get a Llama. I LOVE llamas. Somewhere I have pic of me and both my kids getting licked by llamas.....I should find that.
Anyway, I am so addicted to FarmTown that my kids want facebook pages so they can play with me. Of course Cody also wants to play "scramble" with me too (I think he means scrabble LOL). He was really bummed when he found out you have to be 13 to get a facebook page.
We have issues.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring cleaning

Ok so it isn't actually spring here in the midwest but it's time to do some cleaning. I hate cleaning, have I mentioned that? LOL. We recently decided to split the boys up, bedroomwise that is. They have been sharing a room since forever and it might be easier to keep this place picked up (yeah right) if they each had their own. I think they could fit more of they crap, um I mean treasures in their rooms if there weren't two beds in one room. I have been holding off splitting them up because I really wanted to use the third bedroom for my office/craft room since it doesn't look like we are EVER going to be able to finish the basement (a topic I would rather not discuss right now grrrr....). Part of putting them in separate rooms is figuring out what goes where, what fits who, what we should keep and what we can and should get rid of. So far we have gone through their dressers and purged all the clothes that doen't fit, we went through some toys and some books. Once they EACH have a dresser, a closet and a bookcase we might have LESS toys, books and crap in the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom.....

I still have alot to do. Wish me luck.


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