Sunday, July 31, 2005

Cleaning out the basement

Today my husband and I have been going through the basement getting rid of stuff. We made a pile of stuff to keep, a pile of stuff to give away, and a pile of stuff to throw away. The pile of stuff to give away is biggest.

I posted it all on Freecycle and I'm now deciding who will get what. I try to give stuff to people I'm afraid might be discriminated against by other Freecycle members from time to time. I've had a couple of people with Wiccan-inspired email addresses and another email address that includes the word "lesbian" in it. These three email addresses will get first dibs on things. I imagine there are Freecycle members out there who give stuff first to people who have Christian-inspired email addresses and give nothing to Pagan or gay Freecycle members, so I think it's fair to give stuff away in this manner.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

XM radio and other gadgets

Why do I love gadgets? Why do I covet them until I am able to get them?

I got an XM radio and I LOVE it. I live in a small market area and we don't have many radio options other than inspirational, right-wing talk, and country/western. Oh and one radio station for the teens, which is what I listened to before XM.

But previous things I've *had* to have include:

iPod - still use pretty regularly.
Digital camcorder - use every so often but not often enough to warrant the purchase.
Kitchen Aid mixer - use very seldom.
Digital camera - still use, definitely worth it.
Game Cube - Why did I buy this again?

I wish there were a way to see into the future before buying gadgets. I think I'll keep using the XM radio though.

Monday, July 11, 2005

3-year-olds and bad jokes

My daughter thinks she's a comedian. The only problem is that her jokes are really bad. Really really bad. Which is understandable as she's only 3.

Here's a typical joke:

"Knock knock"

"Who's there?"


"Banana who?"

"Banana in the spooky forest!"

and a fit of giggles.

But today we had a real joke! Our first real joke! I'm so proud.

Hand extended. "Gimme five!"

I slap her hand

Hand extended higher. "Up high"

I slap her hand up high

Hand extended lower. "Down low"

I try to slap her hand down low but she pulls it away before I can


Fit of giggles. From both of us.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

My heart aches

I'm shaking and sad and feel terrible. To the people of London and everyone personally affected by this tragedy: you are in my thoughts.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A walk to the park

I'm working on getting in the habit of walking or riding my bike places.

Today I pushed my daughter in her stroller out for lunch, to the shop to buy a few (non-perishable) groceries, and then to the park. We played in the park for a couple of hours. It was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed the walk.

As gas continues to get more expensive, I expect I'll have to walk or ride my bike more and more often. Eventually I'm afraid my husband will need to take my more fuel-efficient car to work every day and I'll be at home without a car all the time. I am now confident that I could be happy without a car if necessary at least until it gets snowy.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Getting crunchier

I've never been the most granola-crunchy-whatever of moms. I breastfed for a good long time. We co-sleep. But, until now, I haven't been too concerned about food.

Then I saw a documentary called The Corporation that, among other things, talked about bovine growth hormones that are in dairy products. What I have read about it freaks me out. See this link if you want to be scared. I will never buy any non-organic dairy product again.

I found organic milk at the regular grocery store and bought that, but I couldn't find any organic cheese, and my daughter eats lots of cheese but doesn't drink much milk so the cheese is really a higher priority. So I headed to an organic food store and bought some cheese, some macadamia nuts, a pear, some dates, some dried apples, some 100% fruit freezer pops, and some sparkling mango juice for my daughter. Actually all of that was mainly for her. She eats pretty well already but I would love to improve her eating habits, and improve the eating habits of my family as a whole. Whole-food snacks will be a wonderful improvement over "fruit snacks" available at the grocery store.

My next task will be finding a place to buy organic meat. Organic fruits and veggies seem pretty easy to find around here. Actually organic vegetarian stuff is easy to find because it seems like most people concerned about organic food in this area are vegetarians. And now I have found my cheese! And it is fantastically yummy!

Friday, July 01, 2005

My daughter made me polish her nails

How did I produce this girly child? I was such a tomboy I changed my nickname to a masculine spelling at the age of 5. I *never* wear a dress. Oh well I did get married in one but I certainly didn't polish my nails. I don't think I've *ever* polished my nails. I don't wear jewelry - not just because I'm not into it but because I have some weird sensory issue about having metal hanging against my skin and squishing me everywhere. I don't generally wear makeup. I have always been and still am a tomboy.

But now I am also a mom and my daughter is not like me. She likes to wear pink. She wants to play dress-up and have tea parties. She has recently discovered Barbie dolls. She begs me to let her wear dresses. And now she's asking to have her nails painted.

We selected glittery purple nail polish from the store. Then we made our way to the diaper aisle. She is learning to use the potty but isn't all the way there yet.

We looked over the diapers, and she said she wanted the Spider-Man diapers. "Please Mommy, PLEASE? No Dora! No Princesses! I want Spider-Man!"

Maybe she's a little like me after all.

Now she's running around naked except for a pink tutu, purple sparkly nail polish, and a Spider-Man diaper.

Goodbye Sandra Day O'Connor

I was never a huge fan but it was nice to have a majority on the side of women's reproductive freedom on the Supreme Court.

I'm worried about what will happen to the women of this country. I predict not just abortions to be illegal but also many types of birth control. I have tried many many kinds of birth control, including quite a few brands and types of birth control pills, and I've found the only birth control my body can tolerate is an IUD. I predict that I won't be able to get a new one when this one needs to be replaced. We don't plan on having any more children anyway so my husband can always have a vasectomy. How much do you want to bet that men's reproductive choices will remain open to them.

I worry for my daughter when she becomes a woman. I'm trying not to think too much about that right now.