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Spinning My Color Wheel

Well our siding is almost complete (yay!).  However, now we have to pick paint colors.   I pride myself on being creative, but I am so not good at exterior paint.  It seems like such a permanent decision and for the life of me I can’t figure out what our house color should be.  I thought we had it all worked out, grey body with charcoal trim and white around the windows with a red door, but after getting our samples, we don’t like it. The grey is too light and doesn’t stand out from the white enough.  Ugh.

So…What is your favorite color scheme?  Any ideas out there?

 

Technology Failure

A couple of days ago I had a post all ready to go.  The only thing left was to upload the photo to the computer and add it to the post.  As luck would have it, the program that I use (Olympus IB) decided to stall and would not (possibly could not, but I’m not certain of that) finish uploading my photos.  I spent hours after that trying to get the program to work.  I uninstalled, re-installed with both the old and updated versions, but it only got worse.  By the end the program wouldn’t even open!    I decided that if I could get the old version to install then maybe the update (if I disabled our firewall) would work and thus solve my problems.  Of course, the universe, who by this time I swear is playing with me, installed the older version perfectly and it opened!  Hooray.  Now time to update.  All seemed to be going well, when I got the same error message I have been getting: “Error 1334 File xxxxx cannot be installed.  File cannot be found in cabinet file Data.l.cab”.

Balls.

After much research I am still confused as to why this error is occurring.  So far the only solution it would seem is to download these “free” PC cleanup programs which then after registering make you pay.  So as of today, I am right back where I was two days ago– IB opens but won’t complete the upload from the camera to the computer.

Sometimes I highly dislike technology.

Any thoughts or ideas on what to do?

Keeping Baby Out

My son is very curious, which I am thankful for, usually.  However, he also seems to think that ever time I ask him to stop his behavior, that it’s a game.  Yes, I  know that he’s not even a year old yet, but I believe that babies understand more than we give them credit for.  We, being new parents, were not as prepared as we should have been for his adept ability at getting into two cabinets that we didn’t want him in.  We hurriedly bought some baby proofing from Amazon.

However, they were not long enough to fit the two doors we needed locked the most.  These however, are great for the bathrooms.  So, while I was getting tired of constantly having to guard the doors and him thinking “ooh, it’s another fun game” I decided to rig something.

It’s not the most attractive set up, but it does the job and I haven’t had to worry about him getting into the cabinets.  I know that there are several products on the market created by mothers in similar situation.  Which got me thinking, I wonder what else I have in my house that I could turn into a creative, genius, simplistic idea for a product.  Probably not much that hasn’t already been thought of already.  But I’m going to keep my eyes peeled and my creative eye opened just in case.

A Packing Challenge

Wednesday will be our first plane flight with our son. It is a scary and exciting prospect all wrapped into one. Here’s my thing about flying, I dislike checking baggage. So my challenge was how to fit my son’s and my clothing all into one suitcase small enough for a carry on. Oh, I could have managed easily with one of those roll types, but where’s the fun in that? I’ve been made fun of many times for size of suitcase I bring along with me, but I find that the more I simplify things, the less stress I have.

We will be gone for four nights and I plan on fitting all of our clothes into this:

Yes, I am crazy, I know. I know that not everything we will need will not fit in here, but I will also have my son’s diaper bag which will be filled with the rest of his essential stuff. However, everything I need will fit. It only takes some choices and creativity.

Here’s how I go about it

  1. I make a list of everything I think I need
  2. Add everything I want to take
  3. Pull out outfits that can be mixed and matched and that equal the number of vacation days. Layering pieces are ideal.
  4. I always plan out what I’m going to be traveling in and try to make sure it includes bulkier pieces such as sweaters
  5. I limit my options. I only take precisely what I’ll need. Usually I will separate my clothing into must have and would like to, and if there isn’t enough room it doesn’t go
  6. Pair down the toiletries. For example, do you really need to take the curling iron and the straightener? Tough choices, I know. I also pare down my make-up bag and I definitely don’t take all of the hair and face products that I might usually use. I think I can live without them for a few days and really, who’s going to notice?
  7. I rarely take more than one pair of shoes. Unless I’m taking a longer vacation, will be traveling over more than one type of terrain, or am attending different types of functions, I don’t see the need. I have managed to pack more than one pair in this suitcase, but that was before I had a child who also needed suitcase space.
  8. Always ask yourself, what do I really need and you’ll be golden. You rarely need as much as you think you do.

This may not sound like a lot of fun to most people, but for me, it takes away the stress of staring at a suitcase of clothing wondering what in the world I feel like wearing. I do that on a daily basis anyway. I don’t feel like wasting my vacation hours doing it.

Anyway, back to the suitcase issue. Some of you may be saying “you can’t possibly fit everything in that small suitcase!” And to you I say “oh, but I can and I will.”

Here is the proof:

Inside I have fit

For me: one pair of jeans, two tops, one cardigan, two shirts, socks and undergarments, pajamas, make-up, straightener

For my son: three pairs of pants, one hoodie, two long-sleeved undershirts, two short-sleeved onesies, one long-sleeved shirt, one long-sleeved onesie, pajamas, socks and about 3 sleeveless undershirts

Toiletries: all carry-on size approved. Shampoo and conditioner, lotion and soap for my son, contact solution, diaper cream, make-up and toothpaste

All that’s left to add is my toothbrush and glasses.

And we’re ready for takeoff!

I ♥ Vaseline

Dear Robert Chesebrough,

Thank you for creating this magical product. I’ve used it to seal a modified air cold storage room when I was working, cure chapped lips, grease creaky joints, and now, I use to get rid of redness on my baby’s bottom. According to Wikipedia, you burned yourself in front of people to sell your product. You are one crazy dude.

I hope you won an award for your creative genius. If not, I hope that at least you got paid. Maybe being dubbed sir is enough.

Sincerely,

A Thankful Mom from the 21st century.

Eat your Veggies!

photo from webMD

My 11 month old son decided one day that he didn’t want to eat his vegetables. Up to this point he has loved them, more so than even fruit. I panicked. Fortunately he gained a pound last month, but we need to keep it up so he continues to gain weight. I really don’t want to take him to an endocrinologist when there is nothing developmentally wrong with him.

Questions ran through my mind (Is this just a stage? How do I get him to eat?) as I tried to figure out how to solve this problem.  So I went to the internet for solutions.  Everything I read indicated that at this age they are starting to assert their independence and not to worry.  Site upon site said to keep offering, even if they don’t eat, and set a good example (there were lots of other suggestions, but those were the most popular).  Well, we don’t have much wiggle room on the first point, and we always try to set a good example.

What to do now? I figured it was time to try to experiment, get creative, pull out all the stops. We tried ‘hiding’ the vegetables in foods he liked such as eggs and rice, but he’d always pick them out. We always eat dinner together, but he would just shake his head and refuse. We let him feed himself, but he just threw it on the floor. Finally, one day, I was so frustrated I set the whole plate of food in front of him and let him do what he wanted while I made my own lunch, ate and pretty much ignored him. I kept taking glances at him and noticed that he was eating. When I finally looked at him head on, he had cleaned off his plate! My conclusion, it was all about attention. So now if he throws food on the floor or he refuses, I don’t say a word. By not reacting, I’ve taken away his need to refuse.  So far, it’s been successful, but we’ll see how long it lasts. For now, I’m just glad that he is eating his veggies again.

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