Friday, November 03, 2006

My first e-bay purchase

Ok so along with getting pregnant comes the whole problem of losing one income. What was once our comfortable southern CA lifestyle is about to take a big hit. So, I have tried to be as good as I can about spending when it comes to these babies, but I have discovered one thing: BABIES COST A LOT! I have already made most of our big purchases on craigslist which I love and yesterday I made my first e-bay purchase! It feels weird to admit I was an e-bay virgin but now I feel like a pro. My husband better be grateful for my bargain shopping abilities! I don't know that the room will end up as cute as this one, I didn't buy the $400 rug nor do we live in some cute place like that, but we'll make it work.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I've become one of "those" people

Its true. I have. I dressed up my dog for Halloween. I swore I'd never do it. But we were decorating the new minivan for trunk or treating at the ward party and it seemed sad not to have a child or anything to bring to the party and since it was all outside in the parking lot, I went for it. Besides, the bow and t-shirt were half off at the pet store! So, I thought of it as "practice" for next year. Next year I'll have real babies to dress up for Halloween and I won't have to subject my dog to torture and humiliation. Do you think dogs get embarrassed? Because I'm pretty sure mine was. But the minivan was a hit! We ran out of 3 Costco sized bags of candy because everyone had to come see the puppy multiple times (ok, maybe it was just because we bought good candy).

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Lessons in life from the Dixie Chicks

I have loved the Dixie Chicks since the first day I heard "Wide Open Spaces" the summer after my freshmen year of college. Their first album said exactly how I felt about going to college "finding a place out West and making my big mistakes". I remember my dad saying about that song, "we'd rather you not make mistakes."
Their second album was angry and man-hating, it got me through every break up with songs like "Earl has to Die." I loved it. I ran to it at the gym every day and lost the freshmen 15.
The third album was softer and I remember listening to it on the first day I bought it and crying on my way to work because it was so good. I remember sitting at their concert later that year and watching them flash pictures of people running over their CD's with steam rollers and picketing about them outside of radio stations and concerts. All of that because Natalie said she didn't like the president.
Their latest album came out this summer, 3 years after the incident with Natalie. I love it. I love that it is angry. I think they have the right to be angry. I think that I would be angry too. I think that this nation is all about free speech and everyone has the right to an opinion. Natalie apologized after the incident saying,
"As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect."

However, after the backlash, including the death threats that she received, Natalie remains angry. Does she bomb a building? no. Does she steam roll over other people's cd's? No. Does she make death threats against people she doesn't like? no. She writes songs, she sings, she expresses her opinion. People don't have to buy her CD. I did. I don't agree with all of her political views but I do agree with her line from "I'm not Ready to Make Nice"...

"Its a sad sad story when a mother will teach her daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger..."

People HATE the Dixie Chicks. It isn't right. It goes against what we belive as Americans. I love them. I want to teach my daughters that they do not have the right to hate a perfect stranger. They have the right to disagree but not to hate. And, never worry too much about what a movie star or a singer says. They probably only have a high school education at most. Just enjoy their art for what it is.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

My dog: preparing me for motherhood one barf at a time

This is our dog, Bella. We love her like she's our first born, however, she is teaching us a thing or two about parenting. Last night, as I got up for one of my many nighttime potty runs, I stepped in something warm and soft. Is it sad to say I was relieved to find out it was barf and not poop? With all the barf and poop I've cleaned up in the past six months I would say I'm on my way to being a great mom. I've never even gagged.

Monday, October 23, 2006

The test

Ok, this is my test post. I decided since all, and I really mean all of my friends seem to have started blogs lately, it was my turn to jump on the bandwagon. I am usually one of the last to do these sorts of things, but I feel like with all the things going on in my life right now I might actually have an interesting thing or two to post about! I wish I had started this earlier in my pregnancy but, better late than never. I hope that once the babies come I will still have time to post because I'm sure that's when things will start to get interesting!