Rylie and I went to see "Charlotte's Web" today with some friends. It was totally spontaneous and lots of fun, but my cell phone (which happens to be a Motorola Razr) didn't stop ringing the whole time we were there! I had it set to vibrate, and it was in my pocket, so while I was sitting there with my son passed out on my lap, I was squirming to get it out and see who was calling. Darn realtors, wanting to show my house!
Usually, it's Mike's phone that bothers me. He gets so many calls at dinner time, when all I want to do is sit and have a relaxing conversation while we eat. There are days when I would give anything to throw that dastardly thing out the window. Of course, I'd be rushing out to buy a new cell phone for him once I realized how much I missed our chats throughout the day. I guess I just can't win!
For Christmas, I got a thingamajig that allows me to play my iPod through my car stereo, so I've been uploading tons of music and listening to songs from my past . . . specifically high school. It brings back all kinds of memories, reminding me of the English exchange program and the boys I had crushes on, and so many other silly things. I love reliving my trip to England, especially the nights we were in London. Actually, I'm thinking of going back to show my kids where I had such a good time all those years ago.
If I went to England now, I'd want to stay in a London hotel for the entire trip. I would want to see some shows, especially some fractured Shakespeare, and I'd really like to go by Buckingham Palace and Big Ben . . . all the traditional English sights. When we went on the school exchange, we stayed in a little town about an hour away from London. There wasn't nearly enough time for all the sightseeing I wanted to do. I think staying right there in a London hotel would make a huge difference.
Maybe when we get our tax refund, we can start planning a trip. I was going to book a cruise for next summer, but maybe we should do something more cultured!
I love to go shopping, but I usually forget to look out for bargains and good deals. Even when I have good intentions, I often leave my coupons at home, and I always forget to send in rebate forms and such. However, a friend just hooked me up with a link to DealKing.com and I really want to start using this site. They have all kinds of deals that I can take advantage of while sitting on my butt in front of the computer. You can even earn cash back when you shop online!
Hopefully this site will be harder to lose than those coupons I try to collect!
My credit isn't that great, which is a shame since I just read about this way to earn money renting your perfect credit. I am always looking for some ways to make a little extra money, and I'm optimistic enough to believe that something like this could actually work.
Is it too goofy to think that I could use this site to raise my credit score, and then use it again to rent my credit? Sounds like a plan Mike would come up with!
Sometimes, I look back and wish that I was still running my own business. Once upon a time, I had a great little store selling punk clothing on the main street in my town. I brought my daughter to work with me, and she learned about politics and music and how to be a little social butterfly from my most loyal customers. It was an idyllic life, hanging out in the store, making friends with the people who stopped in, and being a mom at the same time. Unfortunately, we just didn't make enough money to keep going.
Looking back, I wonder if taking a loan would have helped. I was really afraid of getting into some terrible debt, but a small loan may have helped to fund some advertising and keep the store alive. My boyfriend could have gotten a payday loan and bought us some billboard space or something. I kind of feel like we just gave up too soon.
I love the job I have now, and I probably have more freedom here than I did with my store, but I guess there are bound to be what-ifs and regrets on some level. Ahhh, what might have been!
The New Year is coming and you know what that means -- it's resolution time. Last year, I had the grand excuse of being pregnant to avoid making any hardcore weight loss and exercise resolutions. After all, I was planning to drop about 35lbs of baby weight come February! This year, I've got no excuses.
To be honest, I'm pretty thin. What I need to do is tone up my muscles. I used to be really good about keeping up with a pilates routine every night, and I think I just need to do a little shopping to get motivated to start again. Since we got rid of the carpet in our tv room, I definitely need some cushy exercise mats to work out on.
Mike is always complaining about his expanding waistline. I think I'll order us matching yoga mats so that we can exercise together after the kids fall asleep. I really like the nature prints featured on this website. I wouldn't even mind leaving those set out all the time, they're so pretty.
Better rest up now, this new year's resolution is going to leave me exhausted well into next year!
We have guns. I guess that doesn't go along with my liberal, tree-hugging values, but I don't mind them. I actually enjoy shooting at targets for fun, and I have really good memories of learning to shoot with my dad when I was a kid.
However, with a baby and a four year old in the house, gun safety is really important. As it is, we don't keep the gun loaded -- the ammo isn't even inside at the moment -- but I am looking into purchasing a safe for our guns. We only have a couple of them, so we don't need anything huge.
I am thinking of getting an average-sized gun safe anyway. That way, it can hold the guns as well as some of our personal items. Passports, heirloom jewelry, and birth certificates would fit in nicely and be protected from fire and theft inside a gun safe. I hate worrying about losing those kinds of things, and with two kids running around, we misplace a lot of stuff!
This coming monday marks my five year anniversary with Mike. In the past five years, I've received a lot of wonderful gifts from him -- thoughtful and touching presents, funny trinkets, and other items that proved how well he knew me and my tastes -- but he's never, ever presented me with a piece of jewelry.
This year, I've been dropping hints like crazy. I thought he might be more motivated to shop for jewelry online, so I sent him links to a few sites. I don't need anything fancy, just a simple piece of gold or silver jewelry would make me smile.
Five years is a pretty serious anniversary, and I'm excited that Mike seems to be remembering it rather well this year. Still, I bet we're going to have to hit 25 years before I ever receive one of those delicate little boxes with jewelry inside!
Since this may be our last summer in New Jersey, I was thinking of taking the family on a really Jersey-themed vacation. Nothing says New Jersey like the shore, and my favorite shore spot is Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. I'm not a fan of ocean swimming, but I adore the boardwalk. My daughter loves the rides, and my boyfriend will enjoy the "scenery" (otherwise known as hot girls in bikinis)!
I was doing some research and found these beautiful beach condominiums. I'm sure being so close to the ocean, with the bonus of NJ Transit into Manhattan, these are some pricey residences. Then I remembered -- we're selling our house and we're going to be rich for awhile!
Point Pleasant, here we come!