Monday, March 8, 2010

found it!

Remember the post I wrote awhile back about living life more slowly and enjoying the moments?

In that post I also mentioned how I really really wanted to share a clip that I'd found from the movie Tuck Everlasting, which shared the idea so much more vividly than the quote, but I just could not find it??? 

Well I found it.  The first part is the main part to which I refer, although the rest isn't bad either.

also... i'm getting really irritated.

I found the below conversation as a status update of one of my friends on facebook.

A. "Any tips on retraining a baby to sleep? Since he got sick he absolutely refuses to sleep anywhere but our bed (yes, I know that's a big no no). Refuses! And I do let him cry- he goes on for an hour and 1/2 and then I just can't take it anymore:("

M. "Oh I am sorry friend! It is the worst when they go through being sick. It always throws off Josie too. Have you tried sitting in the room with him while he falls asleep? Or singing to him just outside of his room?"

A. "Lol, I was going to call you about this actually:) I've been trying to do the thing you told me about where you sit with them at first, then slowly move out over a few days, but I made it through one day and gave up. I'm going to buy the book though, I think. I am going to start trying again tomorrow, so I'll give you a call. I think that would really help him. I saw an article in a magazine about it, and it reminded me that you did something similar."

B. "During the daytime, don't pick him up. Let him self soothe during the day when he can see you and is alert and can be distracted with toys. We've noticed Sam does better when she receives little attention during the day (other than feedings) and isn't held so much. Also, sensory overload will help. Always try to give him something new to analyze and figure out. New toys, new foods, get him a walker to cruise around the kitchen with, etc. Once you can get to the point where you can be in a different room for an hour or so while plays, several times a day, you should be good for night time."

L.  "does he take a pacifier? That was our best friend"


I mean, I know I'm no parenting expert, but it sounds like it's just going to teach the little guy to feel helpless, and that no matter what he does, his parents aren't going to respond.  

Not only that, but it teaches the parents to be really detached!  Tell the parents to ignore their babies cries, don't give them any attention... that does not sound natural, or healthy.  Grrr.  Seriously people? 

Also, I know that self-soothing is a good skill for kids to learn. But seriously, this whole feed was just driving me crazy.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I must be a hippie.

Ladies and gentleman,

I have been pondering on my financial situation, and have decided that it would be wise to rid myself of a few material things, in an attempt to achieve more financial peace of mind (if not more peace of mind in general, as well).  I have posted a few items on craigslist, and plan to do so on KSL as well.  I thought about using amazon, but they take some commission off your sale, and that's just annoying.  And.  Ebay does the whole stupid auction thing.  Although I read about in this article, and it appears as though it is completely free as well.  I was also thinking about  Anyone have experience with any of these other sites? Good? Bad?

Here are some links to my craigslist ads for now.  Just in case you're interested in purchasing anything that I've posted.

All 7 Seasons of Gilmore Girls (gaH!! I know! I can't believe I'm selling them either! bAH. sadness)

Panasonic 5 CD Changer Stereo, Silver

What's left of my Gold's Gym Membership (6 months!)

And here's the kicker: I've also decided I'm going to sell my laptop, and get something cheaper temporarily.  At least until I can actually afford something nicer.  More info on that to come.

*also, i just realized i capitalized ladies, but not gentleman at the top of this post.  does that make me more feminist? :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yet another confession. Actually, two.

Um.  I have another confession.

Actually a couple.

I am slightly ashamed, but I am overcoming those feelings by writing this post.

Number One.  I like milk chocolate just as well, or more, than I like dark chocolate. 

There. I said it.

I eat dark chocolate because it's slightly better for me, sometimes it's pretty good, and I often feel as though I may be shunned from my group of friends if I don't (not really. but sort of.). 

However, I am a total sucker for the sweet milky taste of milk chocolate.  

Number Two.  I don't like raw tomatoes. 

I can eat them when they're on a sandwich or are mashed up into sauce or on pizza, but plain tomatoes, even tomato chunks in a salad? No way. Yuck. 

Sorry all my favorite garden friends.  I just don't have the inherent tomato appreciation that seems to come so naturally to all of you.  And as for choosing the perfect tomato to plant in our garden... I'm really sorry, but I have absolutely no opinion.  They all taste the same to me when cooked.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Shared Female Contract, $190 a month

So... as I mentioned previously, I'm selling my contract at the house I was in, for reasons you can read about in that other post.

But, since today is March, and I really really really don't want to have to pay March's rent too (not to mention I don't have the money to do it!)  I figured I'd repost my craigslist ad, and add a few pictures.  Only four can be added on craigslist, but on my fabulous blog, I can add as many as I want!  So I'm linking here.

I apologize for the lighting not being great!

Part of the bathroom (shower, sink and vanity)

Other half of the bathroom

Hallway to the bedroom door from the bathroom.  There's also a large storage closet thing to the left of the bedroom door which isn't pictured.  My roommates put some stuff in it, but there's still quite a bit of room.

The stairway up to the bedroom (you can see the part of the bathroom with the shower and vanity at the top of the stairs)

Living room and fireplace

Another view of the living room, including the other windows

the kitchen

This pantry has been one of my favorite parts of the house!  There is still more room for food, and we haven't even started using those cabinets on the left!

The laundry room, with clotheslines hanging

the dining room area with piano and front door (on the left)

View of the house from the street side. The big window on the top floor is from our bedroom.

The back of the house.  There are two other smaller apartments connected to the house (one downstairs in the basement and the other is part of the top floor)

Some of the parking.  I have never had a problem finding a place to park.