Thursday, September 25, 2008
Save money and resources by using widely available rechargeable batteries, many of which can be reused up to 1,000 times.
More than 15 billion batteries are thrown away each year — enough to make a column to the moon and back. That number continues to grow, as we use more and more electronic devices in our lives.
I use rechargeable batteries in my camera. Originally, I bought them because my camera sucks batteries dry in a matter of days and I was tired of having to buy batteries all of the time. I thought that I was being cheap, but really I was being green and just didn't know it!
I love rechargeable batteries because they last a long time and they save me money! I can charge the batteries at an outlet or in my car, so I don't have an excuse for them dying.
I have the energizer ones, in case you were wondering.
And for good measure, I topped off my windshield wiper fluid!
Check one more task off of my Thirty By Thirty List! I am woking on a couple more:
Two photography classes down, five more to go!
I guess I have technically "started" a family, huh?
AND Freddy bought me a Daily Caholic Bible, so give me about a year and a half and I should be done.
Freddy is going to the deer lease this weekend, so I am planning to rent the first season of Sex and the City.
She can also fit her fist in her mouth.
And finally...the happy couple. The Ticket's Own Mr. & Mrs. Chris Chiara.
Monday, September 22, 2008
This one I cropped and used a color focus. I took this right after I washed my car, so the windows are dirty and I don't know yet how to make that go away.
Tomorrow night we are going to a Just Between Friends Sale in North Richland Hills. Basically, it's a huge second-hand sale where mommies from all over the metroplex can bring stuff that their kids no longer use. Everything is inspected and approved, etc. I don't know what to expect.
My friend Lauren went to one when she was pregnant with her first and said that they got quite a few good deals and that there was a lot of brand new stuff.
Has anyone else ever been to a Just Between Friends Sale?
Here is what you have to look forward to:
Check another item off my Thirty by Thirty list
My fist homework assignment for my photography class (fyi - our canceled class will be made up as an unofficial field trip. Could be kind of cool).
Michelle and Chris' wedding
Pics of RHS They are building a new high school and tearing down the old Richland High as I know it. But before they demolish it, they hosted a Mega Reunion last Thursday. I went with Sarah and we toured the school. I took pictures as I went along so that I could show them at our 10 year reunion a week from this Saturday. Melanie and Courtney, have you signed up?!
Here is what made me gag this week:
Idiocracy - They quote this movie on The Ticket all the time so when I saw it was on HBO, I tuned in. It was dirty. By dirty I mean I wanted to grad a bucket, a mop, some Lysol, etc. and jump in to my television set. I turned it off and I blame The Musers for the gagging episode.
Swallowing my prenatal vitamins - These things are HUGE!
Talking about gagging
Packing my lunch - I was packing left over bbq for lunch and I guess the sight of all that meat was too much. I had to sit down on the couch for a bit and I was a couple minutes late to work as a result.
Wearing both of my retainers at once - It must be too much for my little mouth and heightend gag reflex. I have to take turns. Lower retainer one night, upper retainer the next. Repeat.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Seriously... Freddy and I have been to three different baby stores to look at, among many other things, furniture. 98% of the sets we looked at were more expensive than our bedroom furniture - and we have a King sized bed, two night stands, an armorie, a short dresser with a mirror and a tall dresser!
My initial thought was: Spend the money. The crib converts to a bed and this could last the kid until college!
My second, more rational thought: After baby and before high school grad comes toddler, pre-teen and teen. What are the odds of this expensive furniture making it 18 + years without a permanent marker incident? or worse?
We're still undecided on what to do. Tell me about your angelic furniture-respecting children OR about your Sharpie disasters.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I gather my stuff (including a camera that I borrowed from my friend Sara because mine was still being repaired) and headed to the academic classrooms building.
Up pulls the TCC Ford Escape Security vehicle. Security man gets on the loud speaker (in a parking lot where there are only 2 people...within 10 feet of each other) and he announces: The campus is closed due to a problem with the air conditioning. How can the air conditioning effect the entire campus?! Turns out it was a major water main break and the campus was closed the next day, too.
So I start thinking...They probably aren't going to reschedule this class, so I am missing one entire class - two and a half hours of learning! I begin to wonder to myself if they will give me back the $13.43 that I paid for THAT class.
It was then that I realized I was a grown-up. When I was in college, would I have ever wanted a refund for a canceled class? Heck no! I would have been overjoyed at the thought of free time. Welcome to adulthood, Cheryl, where learning is no longer a requirement but a privilege.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
- The thought of getting my blood drawn. I actually had to ask the nurse to wait until I was ready! But...she did end up being the best blood-taker that has ever taken my blood!
- Drinking Maalox before we ate at Buffalo Wild Wings. This was a bad one.
- The smell of the restroom at BWW's. It was a nice combination of vomit and lemon-scented disinfectant. But at least I was in a good place had the gagging escalated.
- Telling long stories. When I find myself talking a lot (like when I am telling the long story of my trip to the perinatal specialist), I can feel myself wanting to gag. No comments on this one, please!
- No reason at all. I was talking to Shelby's boyfriend Matt at the wedding on Saturday and suddenly needed to gag. For no reason! No, this was not a reflection on Matt, his outfit or his breath.
Baby Confession #1:
This Saturday I ate McDonald's for the first time since college.
Freddy is quick to point out that I ate McDonald's a few times while we lived in Plano, but those don't count because they were salads under desperate circumstances.
We were on our way to a wedding in Dallas and I KNEW that I couldn't make it until 8 o'clock to eat, so I HAD to get something in my belly. My choices were McDonald's or Taco Cabana. I opted for the small, regular hamburger, no fries because I feared spilling nacho cheese in my lap. I experienced no gut-rot, so I count this risk-taken as a win.
Are McDonald's burgers a craving? I hope not, but that may be just wishful thinking. I used to pass McDonald's without even blinking, but now I pass the golden arches and my mouth waters at the thought of bacon egg and cheese biscuits with a hash brown OR a hamburger. I promise to keep you updated on the latest battle: McDonald's vs. my will power.
I am curious to see what other mommies ate during pregnancy that they never ate before.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Of course, this is something on my Thirty by Thirty list, too. I know that by the end of it I will be begging my husband for a digital SLR. Maybe for Christmas (hint, hint Freddy!).
I will post pictures on here and you all can tell me if I wasted my money or not.
I have a heightened gag reflex. I gag every time I brush my teeth. I gag at the mere thought of grilled chicken breast. And I gag when I think/talk about gagging. There. I did it. I just gagged again.
Before I got pregnant I gagged, but it was pretty much limited to dental visits and really gross circumstances.
Please tell me that I am not alone in this. Please.
And thank you to everyone who left notes of Congratulations on my blog. I look forward to advice from all of my blog-reading mothers. And you non-mom readers, I look forward to you telling me that I don't look as far along as I say I am. =) Hi to Lauren who reads my blog now!