Would you believe that this sweet baby with the infectious grin has been a monster the past couple of weeks when I've taken him to work at DiscountClick.com? I suppose "monster" is an exaggeration, but every Thursday around noon time, he begins acting as though he's been taken over by the devil. He doesn't want to nurse because he doesn't want to sleep, and he certainly doesn't want to watch me do anymore link-building and marketing of websites. About 15 minutes later, he settles down falls back in love with the boobies, and he winds up drifting off to sleep for awhile. Unfortunately, those 15 minutes feel like 15 hours to me, and they probably seem even longer for my boss.
Speaking of obtaining quality links, I suppose it's time for me to get back to work. Yesterday we went to a party so I have a lot of catching up to do today!
I was doing some shopping online today while my son napped, checking out all my favorite stores. I ended up looking at cloth diapers for way too long, and then realized that I really ought to have spent the time looking for new window blinds for the addition we're planning. I hopped over to GuaranteedBlinds.com and was so excited to see that they are running a sale on real basswood blinds, giving a terrific 15% off.
That site is wonderful, it seems like they sell discount blinds to begin with, plus they always seem to have classic products on sale at great prices. I could re-decorate my windows over and over again and never get bored shopping there!
Unfortunately, the adorable Mr. Ronin woke up before I could finish my order. I'm sure my boyfriend will be glad to find out that his son thwarted my shopping efforts!
So why not learn about Sri Lanka -- a land like no other? I stumbled across that site this morning and think it looks really interesting!
I met most of these lovely ladies on Livejournal, but now they're putting their blogs out into cyberspace for everyone to enjoy.
First, there's Sarahlise. She is a very cool young mom who has just gotten back into blogging after about six years away.
Then there's Heather. Heather is an adorable mom of two who's pregnant with her third baby. She just started staying home with her kids again after working for quite a while. I am inanely jealous that she gets to live in California and I . . . do not.
Next comes Tricia. She's a young and ambitious nurse from Texas, as well as a wife and mom. She has a terrific lot of medical knowledge and is always furthering her education.
And I could never leave out the beautiful and brilliant Julie. She only just got started with her blog so there isn't much for you to read there, but those of us who know her from LJ land know how smart, funny, and overall amazing she is. I'm sure you'll love her too!
We are all trying out this Blogsvertise-ing thing, too. Because the bottom line is that we're young and we want to enjoy our time at home with our kids while still having some extra money to spend on fun things.
I'm trying out a new service called Blogsvertise that allows members to register their blogs and make money when they post entries. It's not going to make me rich (and at this point, I doubt anything really will), but it sounds like fun.
I'm also hoping that I can make enough money blogging so that I can purchase some new educational toys for my daughter's "home school" and also pick up some new cloth diapers for my son (because cloth diapers are like mama crack and you can never really have enough).
Knowing my friends, they are all going to jump on the bandwagon and start using blogs to generate revenue too. An extra $50 a month would mean a night out to the movies, a trip to the shore, or a new outfit for me. Who could pass that up?
Debating daycare options on booju_mooju (an LJ community for parenting debates) makes me thankful again and again for my online marketing job. I just cannot imagine putting an infant in daycare; I feel like I miss out on too much with my older child, and she really only spends a couple mornings a week with my mom. If I had to leave the baby, too, I think it would kill me.
I was talking with some friends the other day about a woman who was offered a $400,000 a year job working 10 hours a day, five days a week. The catch was that she had to leave her newborn to take the job. That kind of money would pay off my house in 6 months, and I still couldn't do it. I don't think some people realize that no amount of money in the world can get back all those memories.
Working at home, marketing for websites while holding my son . . . the only thing better would be not having to work at all!
One of my old friends from work stopped by the other night, and while he was here, we ended up talking about real estate and moving.
As a child, I used to dream about turning 18 and getting out of New Jersey as fast as I could. I'm sure I picked all that up from my dad, who never wanted to live here and used to complain about it all the time. Until I actually turned 18 and moved away for school, my entire plan for my adult life revolved around leaving the state for somewhere (anywhere!) else.
Now, though, I'm really torn. I love the idea of packing up and moving away, starting fresh in a new state. We would certainly be able to find a less expensive place to live, more acreage than we have now, and a totally different way of life. It would be so exciting. I love change and spontaneity.
Unfortunately, I think I've gotten used to all the comforts of New Jersey. The city is close, the beaches are close, the climate has a terrific mix of all the seasons, and there's no lack of things to do here. Maybe I would be satisfied to move to South Jersey. Then, we could get away from where we are now, make a fun change, and still benefit from being in the state. I think I'd like to look at some waterfront properties in NJ, and maybe consider something in Longbranch where we would have friends nearby.
I think it's time for us to sit down with a South Jersey realtor and make some changes. We've been in our house for five years, and I'm ready for something new.
I've had a MySpace account for awhile now, and I was having a good time using it to get in touch with my old friends from high school. That's so much fun after eight years; it's amazing how little we've all changed (and yet in other ways, we're worlds apart). I'm the only one to have children, which makes me feel kind of cool in my own right. I feel like I'm living my dream, you know? Okay, enough roses and sunshine for today!
Since some of my Livejournal friends got fed up with LJ's ridiculous policy on breastfeeding icons and moved to MySpace, I decided to get more involved over there. In trying to figure out music and everything else, I found this informative how-to site. They had easy to use tutorials for MySpace, including one on how to add music to your profile. I really want to do that, and the tutorial made it sound so much easier than I expected. Now I just need to pick a song.
The how-to site also had an article on editing a MySpace profile. Hopefully the next time I have five minutes to spare, I can update mine. Right now it's entirely generic -- it's no wonder I have so few friends on there!
While I'm at it, that site also had automotive how-to's, including how to remove stickers from a car. Do you think I can convince my boyfriend that it's really so easy? Then maybe he'll let me put some of the bumper stickers that I love on the car instead of in the windows! Yes, silly and simple stuff like that makes me happy.
I decided to read more about the Russian brides the other day. I just found the whole idea really intriguing, especially when I thought of a few of my male friends who are genuine, nice guys who would love to settle down. (I think one of them even wrote to Aeryn Hart for advice after I posted the link to her site the other day)!
Anyway, I ended up writing an entire article about marriage agencies today. I still don't know if I think it's a brilliant idea, but I do know that people find love in so many different ways. Why discount this one just because it seems so unusual?
We're going to be doing some link building together and promoting websites for our clients. It should be fun working with her and having another person in the office on my days there.
Speaking of work, it's time for me to go write some articles and look for more links. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed this week, what with not working much on the holiday and knowing I need to catch up before the weekend. Cross your fingers and send me some links, dear readers!
My friend is expecting a new baby any day now, and so I was helping her look for names this afternoon. When I searched for "Aeryn" (one of my favorites for girls), I found a new blog that had been created only moments before. It's called Finders Keepers, Loving for Keeps, and is written by a young woman named Aeryn Hart. Not only does she have a cool name, she was even willing to link back to my blog! :-)
Anyway, if you're looking for advice on love and relationships, Aeryn is your girl. You can post all your questions, and she'll answer them quickly and honestly. So far, she's already given terrific advice to a sad guy in the Northeast who says girls in his area are just plain mean! It really must be true, good guys do finish last! That sort of makes me feel bad for my son, since I sure hope he'll be a good guy someday!
My friend sent me the link to this great advice for women site. It looks like it must be new, but there's already some terrific information on there!
Several weeks ago, a different friend was telling me how she's decided to go "poo free" -- nothing like the way it sounds! This means throwing away all your bottles of shampoo and instead using more natural products to cleanse your hair. I was surprised to see something that seems fairly crunchy/hippie-ish discusssed in a blog that otherwise features mainstream advice, but there it was: hair washing advice for women!
I also read part one of the advice column on self-defense, something every woman should know. I've never been in a scary situation that required me to defend myself with anything other than some sharply aimed words, but I like knowing how to take care of myself! I will definitely be going back to HerAdvice.com to read the rest of the self-defense series.
Right now, I need to go get dressed and get ready to spend the afternoon swimming with the kids. It looks like a beautiful day outside!
Today, I remembered AssociatedContent.com, a site where I used to publish my writing (and get paid a very nominal amount). I have been driving myself batty looking for link exchanges for some of my SEO projects, and I was so excited to realize that I can get free content published on AC -- everything up to and including those wonderful embedded links that put a smile on my face (and a paycheck in my bank account)!
I already published an article on room darkening window blinds, and I feel like I'm becoming an expert on that subject!
If you decide to read my window blinds articles, or some of my more controversial, activist writing, I would really love your feedback! As a writer, I really enjoy hearing from people who have read my work, especially if they have some constructive criticism for me.