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new ornament for the Christmas tree

Last November, I went to Canada for a few days with Mom and Chrissie.  I had completely forgotten that when we were at Niagara Falls for a visit, we bought Christmas ornaments. Chrissie found them when she was decorating her tree last week.  When I decorate my tree – sometime during the next week – this will be the newest addition:

about the love of reading

Today, I realized that Twilight is to my youngest daughter what the Harry Potter books were to my oldest daughter and son.

When the Harry Potter books came out, the older two of my children were just at the age of beginning to read bigger books.  The Harry Potter books were so interesting and pulled them in so they didn’t realize until they’d finished that they had actually read quite a large book.

Youngest daughter was too young at the time, however, to be able to read the Harry Potter books and while she enjoyed the movies and audiobooks, reading the print books never appealed to her.

Last weekend, after we saw Twilight youngest daughter mentioned that she wanted to read the Twilight books, so I bought Twilight as an audiobook on Monday or Tuesday of last week.  I didn’t buy it in print until today.  Youngest daughter began listening to the audiobook last night, listened more this morning and picked up at the point she’d been listening and began reading.  She’s now completely absorbed in the print book.  I’ve seen her walking around reading, standing in the kitchen getting a glass of water while reading, walking to her bedroom while reading, and eating cheese crackers while reading.  This is the first book she’s done this with and I am so excited about it.  She’s always said that she likes magazines more than books and I have always told her that she’d just not found the right book to hold her attention yet.

It has now been found.


She put a pair of jeans over her head when she saw that I had the camera out.

A few minutes later, she let me get a photo of her face.

Oldest daughter also let me get a photo of her.


I saw this over at Annie’s blog and wanted to play along.

How would you answer these questions about me? (leave your answers in the comment section)

1. Who are you?
2. Are we friends?
3. Something I have and YOU want?
4. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
5. Describe me in one word.
6. What was your first impression of me?
7. Do you still think that way about me now?
8. What reminds you of me?
9. If you could give me anything what would it be?
10. How well do you know me?
11. How do you see me in the future?
12. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn’t?
13. Are you going to post this in your blog and see what I say about you?

Black Friday

I went shopping this morning with my sister.  Very early this morning.  We were out and actually inside a store at 4:00am. Unbelievable, right?

At the second store we went to, I bought the camera I’ve been wanting.  A Nikon CoolPix P80.  I LOVE it!

I had stopped taking many photos because my other camera is old and takes ages to actually snap a photo.  The only camera I had was the one on my cell phone – and we all know how those photos turn out.

Tonight I made a little slideshow from a few of the photos I took today.

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looking for a new camera

I’m in the market for a new camera.  In the advertisement for Wal-Mart’s Black Friday sales, I saw a Kodak ZD8612 for a good price.  The only problem is that I cannot find any reviews online.  I’m feeling unsure about it.

Have you used this camera?  Any thoughts about it?

UPDATE:  I bought a new camera.  Read here to see which camera I chose.

Oh happy day!

I think the medicine is working.


Yesterday I got a ton of things done at work.  Then after work, I went to two stores.  This is a big deal for me.  I hate going to stores after work.  Something about the people walking all slow, yelling at their whiney kids who’d rather be home eating dinner is more than I can handle.  Last night, I wanted to go to a store, so I went home, got one of the kids(the one who doesn’t whine) and went to TWO STORES!

At one of the stores, I bought craft supplies.  To make paper turkeys for the employees on my team.  Thankful turkeys.  Yes.  Me.  Cutting out paper turkeys and writing on them “thanks for all you do” for my employees.  Who knew that I had it in me to even think of such a thing?

And also, I cooked dinner.  Real food.  Not just something I stuck in the oven from the freezer.

And on top of that, I made banana pudding.  From a recipe.  The banana pudding has sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream (that I whipped with the hand mixer) and other good stuff like that.

And I cut my son’s hair.

And still, I was in a good mood!  My son asked why I was in a good mood.  I told him I’m tired of feeling bad so I’m trying to feel better.  He smiled and hugged me. He quickly got back to normal, though.  No worries.  He was not abducted by aliens that forced him to hug me or anything.

Did you know that for the past several months (not sure how long exactly – seems that a fog is lifting and I cannot remember how long it’s been there), all I’ve wanted to do after work is go to sleep or read a book or just be alone?  That I struggled to find energy to interact with the kids, to cook dinner and to actually care whether the house is clean or the laundry is done?  I had to set reminders (alarms) on my phone to remind me that the toilet needed to be cleaned, the dishwasher turned on, the dogs fed and the trash taken out.  I’m not sure exactly what was going on.  I’ve just been in a funk.  Stress from parenting difficult children, single parenting in general, work, grief – all combined to create an overload for me, I guess, and I sort of shut down emotionally.

Well, I finally talked to my doctor about it last week and was prescribed some medication.  I’m also going to see a counselor to talk about all the stuff that has been pushing me over the edge.  In addition, I’ll be going back to my doctor for scheduled follow-up visits to make sure I don’t have adverse side effects from the medicine.

So far, I cannot see any.  Besides that I’m staying up a bit too late because I’m not tired when it’s bedtime.   🙂