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    April 26, 2007

    After a weekend spent alternately wondering if perhaps trepanning was the answer for relief and kicking myself for not making an appointment sooner with the Dr. to discuss the strong possibility of a long simmering under the radar sinus infection, here I am on day 3 of the antibiotics feeling like I might actually live without needing to have my right sinus cavity permanently removed. It seems that even though we dodged many a sicky bullet this past winter at casa youmeandababy, the stuff that did manage to infect us were doozies. The weather has finally turned warm and agreeable, so I’m hoping that this sinus thing is the last bug to hit us until late this fall.

    In other exciting news, I finally had an ‘aha!’ moment this evening–I’ve been growing seedlings in anticipation for my vegetable garden and everything I’ve planted would come up, do really well for a few days and then suddenly there would be much shriveling up and dying. I couldn’t figure it out–the seedlings were getting enough (and not too much) water, sun, and protection from cold air drafts. What was I doing wrong? Upon closer inspection of what originally looked like flecks of dirt, it appears that I have interlopers in my little indoor seedling garden–APHIDS! I’ve dealt with these nasties before, when they infected my poor defenseless pansies and petunias that I’ve had on the front porch. Sadly, the aphids won against my poor flowers. However, I’ve done a little digging and found an alternate solution (1 pint water + 1 Tblsp. Liquid Ivory soap sprayed onto plants = buh bye little aphids) that I’m really hoping works to save my poor little seedlings. I still can’t figure out how the aphids managed to find my indoor seedling growing area–the smell of tender green seedlings must be pretty powerful to have pulled the aphids in.

    For those of you that I am doing blog design work for (and who read my blog)–don’t worry, I’m still hard at work on your designs and haven’t forgotten about you. It will probably be next week or the week after, but all the designs will get completed.

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    Commence stabbing self with fork

    April 20, 2007

    *sigh* So, remember that little software glitch that I was having with my Adobe/Macromedia stuff? Two weeks later and it isn’t looking any better. You know it isn’t looking good when you ask the software engineer assigned to your case when it is time to finally admit defeat and he replies that it might be that time now. All I want is for Flash and Fireworks to work on my computer. Just so totally frustrated over this. I don’t even think that eating copious handfulls of the new Hershey Dark Chocolate Truffle kisses will help either (YOU.MUST.TRY.).

    Gah. Gah. Gah.

    It doesn’t improve things much when our front yard is looking really really bad (think nasty clumps of dandelions intermixed with WAY.TOO.LONG.GRASS) because the weather will not cooperate. All I have to do is to merely think, in my head and not even saying out loud “Self, it is time to CUT THAT GRASS” and the sky clouds up and we suddenly have lots of dark grey rainclouds and the downpour begins. So my mother-in-law is coming over tomorrow to spend some quality time with Owen (can you already guess where this is going?) and I (stupidly) said, “Oh good. I’ll be able to MOW THE LAWN finally”.

    It started to pour at 5:30pm and it hasn’t shown any signs of letting up anytime soon.

    Don’t mind me–I’m just the one standing in the corner repeatedly hitting my head against the wall.

    Edited to add: A bittersweet discovery–I can load and run the programs on my computer at work, which means the problem is something to do with my computer at home. My brand new-bought in January of this year-super fancy expensive computer. I think I may have to cry now.

    Edited YET AGAIN to add: Chrissy is SO smart. She found the solution for a simple fix. Both programs totally work now. *happy dance*

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    ‘THE’ interview

    April 18, 2007

    Amy from Bite the Rabbit was nice enough to interview me (okay okay, I paid her lots and begged her to do it, just so I could feel special). Here are the five questions she asked me and my answers:

    1. Rebublican or Democrat or something else? Was this was influenced by your parents views? I don’t really consider myself to be Republican, Democrat or something else. I try to vote for the best cantidate, or as is more likely, the lesser of two evils. This is probably influenced more by my mom (kind of a free spirit when it comes to politics) rather than my dad (staunch staunch Republican). Pretty much I usually end up cancelling out my husband’s vote (another staunch staunch Republican) when we go vote.

    2. How did you meet your husband? Do you want the story we tell everyone or the ‘real’ story that only a few close friends and family know? Okay, the real skinny is that I met my husband online. I KNOW! I’m such a dork! We ‘met’ on a religion-based dating website in April, met in person in August and were married the next June. Something must have worked because we’ll be celebrating our third wedding anniversary this June.

    3. What bill do you hate paying the most? All of them, ha ha. Actually, there are two that I hate paying because they are the only two that I can’t pay online, so I have to pull out the checkbook, make out the check, address the envelope and actually mail the things. It messes up my whole bill paying ’system’.

    4. Library or bookstore? Library. I love to read and go through books too quickly to be able to justify buying a book to read. However, if it is a really good book (one I’ll read again and again) or something special, I will buy it.

    5. How many children do you want or is this a bad age (Owen’s, not yours) to ask that question at? :) The answer changes, depending on the day and the time of day. Ideally, my husband and I feel like ‘4′ is the right number for us. However? Ask me at 1:45 am when Owen has not slept well and feels like he needs to sleep thisclose to me and nurse and nurse and nurse in our bed instead of sleeping for a five hour stretch in his own crib and the answer is likely to be closer to ‘1′. I will tell you a leetle seecret though–even though Owen won’t be a year until July, we’re actually kind of trying for #2 now. I’ll be 31 this year and worry alot about having kids close to the cut off age of 36 and we really kind of want our kids to be close in age…so that’s why. Plus, I really enjoyed pregnancy overall and would love to get to experience it again and I think Owen would really benefit from having a sibling.

    So there you have it. What’s that? YOU want to be interviewed too? Well, we can arrange that. Here’s how you can participate:

    1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
    2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
    3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
    4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
    5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will as them five questions.