SPF – Me and a friend

It’s that time again – time for another round of Self Portrait Friday!

This week’s theme is “me and a friend.” I am feeling lazy and tired so I’m only posting two pics. :oP

This first one is of my sister (and good friend) Carrie and me taken in May 2005. (My God, we actually look kind of alike in that picture. Gasp!)

The second one is me (and Ava) and my friend Brandy (and her son Creed) taken in March 2005.

Go see who else has friends over at Katy’s blog. πŸ˜‰

Random thoughts

I feel like I haven’t been posting anything of substance lately except pics, money woes and rants about my stinkin’ refrigerator.

Here it is, almost Friday again (where did the week go?) which means we are gearing up for another SPF (Self Portrait Friday). Katy hasn’t announced the theme yet though.

And do I have anything of substance to write about today? Eh, not really. :oP

Ava is sleeping on me with a boob in her mouth at the moment. I’d go lay her down but she really needs to get a good nap in today because we’re heading out to a meeting (for the advisory committee of that new attachment parenting group I’m involved in) in a litle bit and I want her to be well-rested. So I’ll just keep her here with me. πŸ™‚ The group’s first meeting is less than a month away! I’m excited but also a bit concerned as I wonder what kind of turnout we’ll have. Guess we shall see.

I cut Ava’s hair last night. She was in desperate need of a trim. Surprisingly, it didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it might. Maybe I’ll post a pic. I just took one of her earlier because besides the new haircut, she’s also wearing a new dress today – one that Aunt Carrie bought her in India. She got her a couple punjabi suits too, but they are too small for my large Western baby. πŸ˜‰

I do want to give a shout out to Brad over at Greystone Inn. He was nice enough to put up a link to my AP store on his site. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Brad. One of the storylines Brad’s comic strip follows is the adventures of Mac and Samantha – new parents who are practicing attachment parenting. He now has a book for sale with a collection of his AP strips called Prodromal Teeth. “The best of the Greystone strips about pregnancy and parenthood, reformatted into a graphic novel layout. Positive themes of attachment parenting such as breastfeeding and natural childbirth make this a terrific gift for parents-to-be.”

Well, the lil chica has arisen, so I’m off. πŸ™‚

Tagged again – a new meme

1. Name as it appears on birth certificate: AKG
2. Nicknames: Ame, Amus the Maevis
3. Place of Birth: Michigan
4. Favorite food: Mexican, Vietnamese or Indian.
5. Ever been to Africa: No
6. Love someone so much it hurts: Yes.
7. Been in a car accident: Just a fender-bender
8. Croutons or bacon bits: Neither.
9. Favorite day of the week: Saturday
10. Favorite restaurant: Efrain’s (yummy, cheap Mexican food!)
11. Favorite sport to watch: Hockey
12. Favorite drink for summer: Water
13. Favorite ice cream: Moose Tracks or Mint Choco Chip
14. Disney or Warner Bros.: Eh, I guess Disney though I think there’s some reason I should be boycotting them. LOL Carrie? Refresh my memory.
15. Favorite fast food restaurant: Chipotle.
16. What Color is your bedroom carpet: I have no idea what you call this color. Dirty?
17. How many times did you fail your driver’s test: 0
18. Before this one, from whom did you get your last e-mail: Heather
19. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card: Hmm, probably some home decorating store.
20. What do you do most often when you are bored: Blog, write, cook/bake
21. What time is Bedtime: 12 or 1 a.m.
24. Favorite TV shows: Nothing right now. I’ve been watching Rock Star INXS a little bit here and there, but that’s about it.
25. Last person/s you went to dinner with: Jody and Ava
26. Ford or Chevy: Neither. Honda.
27. What are you listening to right now: the computer whirring
28. What is your favorite color: Green (but not to wear)
29. Lake, ocean or river: Ocean
30. How many tattoos do you have? None
31. Have you ever run out of gas: No, but WAY TOO CLOSE CALL on a deserted road while driving to Oklahoma with our two dogs (before Ava was born). Thankfully, we came across a gas station that was about to close for the night.

Tagging Halloweenlover, Laura and Tiffiny.

Good news, good news and bad news

The good news is the Whirlpool repairman was able to come today instead of Wednesday as originally scheduled.

The other good news is that he had the part it needed and the fridge is fixed!!! Yahooooooo! πŸ™‚

The bad news is the part that needed to be replaced was electrical and therefore, NOT covered by the warranty after all, so we’re out $180. [insert jaw hitting the floor here]

As Charlie Brown would say, “Uuuuuuuuuugh!”

Lil update on the fridge situation

The good news is that repairing our fridge – which died on Friday – (barring any unforeseen circumstances) will be covered under our warranty which expires on Oct. 4. Hooray!!! πŸ™‚ (Couldn’t have cut that too much closer now, could we??)

The bad news is that we can’t get it repaired until probably Thursday. Groan!!! πŸ™

This morning I cooked 14 chicken breasts that had all thawed when the fridge/freezer died. I plan to refreeze them in a friend’s freezer until ours is repaired. I’ve also baked 4 loaves of zucchini bread from a monster zucchini picked from our garden a while back.

I’m not really enjoying living out of coolers on our kitchen floor (I never was very big on camping), but it sure is making me plan well in advance what we are going to eat for dinner this week.

Anyway, I’m very relieved that we won’t have to shell out the money for a costly repair or a new fridge, though I did get a handful of replies off my posting on Freecycle and Craigslist from people giving away a fridge or selling one at a reduced rate. It’s nice to see that people (strangers to me even) are ready to jump in and help out if needed. πŸ™‚ Yay for the kindness of strangers! πŸ™‚

What REALLY stresses me out

Ugh! What a day! I started off yesterday feeling in a funk and it just didn’t get any better as the day progressed. Around 5:30, I discovered water all over our kitchen floor. I opened the freezer only to find that everything in there had thawed!! Neither the freezer nor the fridge was cooling anymore. OMG!

When Jody got home from work, he cleaned off the back and vacuumed out underneath it, hoping that would fix the problem. But it seems he was too late. It looks like our compressor has bit the dust. πŸ™

The Whirlpool repairman Jody talked to on the phone said it would cost a bare minimum of $350 to replace the compressor, but it could definitely be more. UGH!

Our fridge was only 5 years old. I thought they lasted forever!

We have 0 extra money right now. There’s no money to buy a compressor. There’s no money to buy a new fridge.

I’m asking around to see if anyone we know has a fridge they are no longer using (to sell or give away). It’s a long shot, but I even posted on Freecycle. Can’t hurt to try.

Lesson learned – be sure to vacuum off the back of your fridge and underneath your fridge on a semi-regular basis to avoid compressor burn-out. I hate such expensive lessons.

So anyway, this fridge thing usurps all other things I posted about as “stressing me out” yesterday. Yes, it takes the cake.


Update: Well, it turns out the compressor SHOULD be covered under our 5-year warranty (which will expire in October – eep!!). Hallelujah! (Keep your fingers crossed.) So now Jody is on the phone trying to schedule a repair and get it all straightened out. We’ll be living out of coolers packed with ice in the meantime. It’s like camping right in our own kitchen. πŸ˜‰ Ah, what an adventure.

SPF – β€œWorked up, stressed out, and worn out”

Katy says this week’s theme is:
“Let’s see what gets you worked up, stressed out, and worn out.”

I’ve got a few things up my sleeve that fit that theme quite nicely.

1) My dogs
My dogs have been stressing me out like crazy lately. They tear up our semi-new sod in the backyard and have been running away every chance they get. Note the hole they’ve chewed into the gate! Arg!

2) Doing laundry
It’s neverending! Whew! :oP

3)Lack of time
It seems like there’s never enough time to do everything I want/need to do. I’d have a picture to illustrate this, but uh…I’m out of time!!

4)Lack of money
Just like time, there never seems to be enough $$ money $$.
(I cheated on this pic.)

4) Last, but certainly not least – EverQuest II
EQ (aka EverCrack!) gets me very worked up. – My dh hasn’t been playing it much lately (thank you, Jody), but I still can’t stand this game. Did you know there have been real life suicides linked to the game? And one woman’s 3-year-old daughter died while she played EQ. See this story and this story and sadly still this story.
Anyway, you get the point.
This … game … infuriates … me.

Update: I feel the need to clarify that I am not a gamer and I do NOT play EQ – not now, not ever. I just have no desire to play games. It’s my husband’s obsession er, I mean hobby, πŸ˜‰ not mine. And yes, he’s played more than just EQ1 and EQ2. It was World of Warcraft for a while and also that Star Wars game. Blah. Not a fan of games here.

See what gets the rest of the bunch stressed out over at Katy’s blog.

15 minutes

Just a Girl asks in her blog today – Have you experienced your 15 minutes of fame yet?

I would say that I have.

I was in a Peugeot (French car) magazine about six years ago when they ran an article about people with webcam sites. Yes, I used to have a cam site. (No, it didn’t have nudity or anything, just my day-to-day life). Don’t ask me why a car magazine was running an article about cam sites, but they did!

I was in a segment Fox news did about HypnoBirthing when I was pregnant with Ava. They were interviewing a friend of mine who is a HB instructor and they showed some footage of her practicing some relaxation techniques with me. I looked like a big dork, especially because I wore a bright green maternity shirt with my big ol’ belly. What was I thinking?

Hmm, that’s all that comes to mind.

So, what about you? Have you had *your* 15 minutes of fame? Feel free to answer in comments below or on your own blog. πŸ™‚

Announcing my new store! :)

I’m happy to announce my new store (through CafePress) – Attached At The Hip – is NOW online!

Attached At The Hip sells primarily advocacy clothing, stickers, buttons, etc. with logos that promote attachment parenting ideals such as breastfeeding, baby wearing, gentle discipline, natural birthing and more.

I also offer some non-AP logos for announcing an expected baby (I’m going to be a big brother/sister shirts) and crunchy/granola attire for mamas and the whole tree-hugging family. In addition, there are shirts for domestic “divas” and “goddesses.”

I’m very excited to get this off the ground and, while I am hoping it will be a profitable venture for me, I am also just glad to be spreading the word about attachment parenting.

The awesome thing is that most everything is handled through CafePress. They take the orders, they print the shirts/merchandise, they collect the money, they ship the product, they handle returns, etc. The bad thing about that is that they make most of the money. πŸ˜‰ But every little bit I make will help. πŸ™‚

I’m currently offering a special of $5 off any purchase of $50 or more. Use coupon code: B2SALE when you check out.

Please feel free to give it a look-see and let me know what you think. If you have any ideas on how I can improve upon it, I am all ears. πŸ™‚

Also, CafePress is planning on starting an affiliate program in September so if anyone is interested in linking to my store and making some money off any sales you generate, let me know. πŸ™‚

Thanks for letting me share.

Slacker

I’ve been a blogging slacker the past couple days. Reason being I’ve been hard at work on my new business venture which I hope to announce VERY soon! πŸ™‚

So I have nothing to write about at the moment other than to say I’m around, just not blogging much (though I did manage to get through my blogroll yesterday). Hopefully I can launch this thing soon and then have a little bit more free time.

Talk at y’all soon. πŸ˜‰