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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Dog Care vs. Child Care

Okay, let me get this straight. I can go into a hospital and birth a baby, take baby to doctor a few times initially, then once a year (barring any unexpected illnesses) after the first year.

I get a dog and I have to

1. purchase an $8.00 county license for her collar
2. provide proof of rabies vaccination
3. administer heartworm protection each month
4. administer flea/tick control each month

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining one bit about the care of a dog, because I continue to discover that it's 100% easier than care of a child. I don't mind the dog following me around all day because the dog isn't equipped to provide the constant chatter of a child.

I just find it interesting all the actions required to protect your dog, while anyone can 'mindlessly' have a child without licensure or required montly care of the child, etc. etc.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

New Wedding Shoes

Baby Girl's "wedding shoes" wore out, so we bought her a new pair at Target.

She's such a romantic like her Daddy.

She's really hard on shoes. Good thing she LOVES buying them.

old shoes here

Yes, I've said that she's four years old. Please don't remind me.

new shoes here

Wisdom for the Ages

A drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts.

These are the immortal words of a friend from work. How true it is.

Careful what you say whilst drunk. Could come back to haunt you.

Moving to Canada

Saw Michael Moore's SiCKO tonight. It was classic Michael Moore and, just like all his other movies, this film convinced me to move to Canada RIGHT NOW!

As I've read online about the film, he continues to preach to the choir. Still need to poke around online and read negative press/behind the scenes coverage of this film and try to make sense of everything in my feeble little mind.

He does take sick 911 rescue workers into Cuba, and having worked with Cubans in the past I remember hearing that they were non-plussed by the health care they received while living in Cuba. That could be due to the image they maintained of USA being the end all-be all of everything that's good and wonderful and better than Castro-run Cuba; and they hadn't really had to deal with our health care system since being in America. I do remember Clary telling me of house visits by the doctors, etc. etc. And she did lose one of her twins during child birth, or a few days later while still in the hospital. I chalked it up to poor neo-natal care, but the US of A doesn't necessarily have the best health care 'system' as we all know. Medical advances, yes; system of patient treatment, no. Clary has since had a child in America and everything went smoothly. They did have some sort of (government?) medical assistance, since our workplace at the time did not offer health insurance.

Anyway, if you're a Michael Moore fan you should definitely check this film out!

I'm gonna start packing my bags. Canada or Bust, Baby!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Employing Child Labor

Here's a picture of the child labor that we employ.

Baby Girl has been a big helper today. She helped me mop the floors and wash the cars. She actually insists on helping to do these chores, because she thinks they're fun. We're taking advantage of that while we can :-)

Her added incentive is that any chores she does beyond her usual (making bed, picking up toys, putting silverware away, helping with laundry) allows her the opportunity to pick one of her confiscated toys out of the bin that Mom and Dad put toys in when they are neglected to be picked up. She loves being able to pick out an old toy and we think it helps her learn a non-monetary reward system appropriate for her age. She'll eventually receive a standard allowance just for being a contributing member of the household. And, again, any chores attempted/completed beyond what's typically expected will be reward with additional money. (Parenting with Love and Logic concept)


This picture says it all.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Live Free or Die Hard

Went to Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4). It was pretty good. The usual Die Hard action and I was able to follow it pretty well.

The Mac guy (see left), from the commercials with the Mac and PC guys, was Bruce Willis' sidekick.

And Silent Bob (of Jay and Silent Bob, Dogma fame) had a pretty significant speaking part, too!

It was very nice watching Bruce Willis.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Wedding Flowers

These are the flowers (white clover) that Baby Girl picked for her 'wedding'. It was late June and she announced that she was going outside to pick flowers for her wedding to Jamie (a kid at the sitter's).
She's 4.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

My Hero, Missus Uh-Wiggins

I know, I know. I have lofty ambitions if Mrs. Wiggins is my hero, but I LOVED watching Carol Burnett play Mrs. Wiggins on the Carol Burnett Show. She was SUCH an airhead. I loved it!! And the way she filed her nails and sharpened a pencil....pure genius!!! This was the only picture I could find of Mr. Tudball (Tim Conway) and Missus Uh-Wiggins. I should indulge in buying one of the DVD seasons of the show. I miss it!!!

This was just something stuffed into the far recesses of my cluttered mind. Don't know why it decided to surface today. Guess it's my image of office workers and how I AM an office worker now. Stuff of youth? Who knows?

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Three Movies in Three Days

Saw Evan Almighty on Thursday (06-28-07) with Kerrfunk. It was cute, good, but not as funny as Bruce Almighty. Still recommendable, though. Kids would like it with the animals.

Saw Ratatouille on Friday night with Baby Girl. It was also cute, good, predictable. Recommended, though some of the dialogue might be hard to understand with the French accent.

Saw Knocked Up on Saturday night, by my lonesome (love it!). It was pretty good. R-rating, so lots of F-bombs dropped. Had some significant topics to my current life about still being young, balancing marriage, motherhood, and having fun. I would maybe see it again.

Next up Michael Moore's Sicko and License to Wed (Robin Williams/John K). Also saw previews for what looked to be some good movies coming up.