Wednesday, April 26, 2006

To Infinity And Beyond

Here is a question for the masses. Why will Grandparents buy things for their grandchildren that they would never in a million years let their kids have or wear? This weekend my Mom bought my son the UGLIEST pair of Buzz Lightyear sandals I have ever seen. They have glow in the dark moons, stars and space guys all over them and they light up and flash when he walks on them. They are hideous. Even Mom thought they were ugly, but still she paid money for them. Of course....Joel loves them. A mother's love only reaches so far, but I guess a Grandma's love reaches to the stars.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Super Chicken - Super Embarrassed

I usually consider myself to be a hard working individual. However, yesterday I was fooling around with one of my co-workers and we somehow got on the subject of cartoons. By the way, did I mention that catalog giant, ColdWater Creek is remodeling and moving into the building adjacent to ours? During the construction process, they are using our offices as their headquarters. My office is actually missing part of the wall and I can look through and see the construction guys. So anyway, I decided to play my favorite cartoon theme song for Kelsey, so I turned up my computer speakers as loud as they would go and played this.... Then I walked out the door for an appointment. Well, Coldwater Creek was having a big meeting and when I opened the door, there were all the construction workers AND all the executives standing in a big circle and I had to walk through the middle of them to get out the door. Yeeesh. I'll add this to my list of most embarrassing moments.
P.S. If, like me, you're a Super Chicken fan, here's a link to the theme song...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Java 4 Me

Okay, so I’ve really been wanting one of those fancy super automatic espresso machines. You know, the ones that you pour coffee beans into one container on the machine and water into another container, and basically out comes a latte worthy of competition for Starbucks. Here’s the issue. I’m a coffee lover, but it’s also pretty hard to get me to part with money...mine, at least. (I’ve made a reference or two about that on my website, http://www.carijohnson.com/). Also, I would have a hard time convincing my husband that any coffee could be worth that high a price. He thinks even $1.50 for a cup of coffee is a waste of time.

Anyway, I keep looking at these machines, then looking at the price tag, then deciding I really shouldn’t. Then, I put it out of mind for awhile and then repeat the whole process again a couple of weeks later. All the while, mentioning (whining) to my husband that I would sure like to get one. Here’s the irony. After “mentioning” it enough times, he is practically begging me to buy it. It sounded something like this, “Would you just quit talking about it and go buy the stupid thing”! So I did. I may be cheap, but I know an opportunity when I see one…Just think of all the money I’m saving at Starbucks. Here’s a peek at my Capresso C1300.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

To Blog or Not To Blog?

After making my first post last week, I came to a stunning realization. I'm not sure I get this whole Blogging thing. As I read other blogs (which seem inconsequential to me) I'm not sure why I am choosing to participate. However, I feel compelled to do so. I don't get it. I think it's the same reason why people think reality T.V. is so stupid, yet will continue to watch, knowing they should (and want to) turn the channel. Hmmm....The jury is still out on this one for me.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Life in the Garage

I swore I wouldn't do it. No way. No How. I told my husband, "If we build a new house, there's NO WAY I will live in the garage while the rest of the house is being built". Famous last words. Now, regardless of the fact that I get told every day that it's the "North Idaho Way" that you live in your shop while you build your house, this does not comfort me. I'm going on 5 months of garage living and with many prayers and a little good luck, our house should be ready to move into in 3 weeks. I am defintely ready. However, my time in the garage has not gone without some merit. Here are the top 10 things I have learned from Life in the Garage.

10. Propane fumes aren't really THAT bad for you.
9. You can only eat so much Top Ramen.
8. Bunk Beds are not for the faint of heart.
7. Having mental breakdowns doesn't exactly mean you're crazy.
6. A $500 espresso machine does not a kitchen make.
5. The phrase "There's no place like home" has new meaning in my life.
4. They can hook up a satellite dish pretty much anywhere.
3. 4 Year olds have no problem whatsoever staying up until 10pm.
2. If you cram everything you own into a 50 square foot space, you don't even notice all the dirt.

And the number one thing I've learned from Garage Living is:

Being with your family really is the most important thing.

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