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Random Questions, Fall 08: 2

The Random Questions process ~Choose one or all of the questions to answer. ~Either respond with a comment to this post with your answer or put up a post on your own blog for a full response. ~Don't forget to include any funny or interesting story to illustrate your answer in action. ~Be sure to leave a comment on this post to let us know where to find your post so we can come check it out! Fall 08, #2: Laundry 1. Who does the laundry in your house? 2. Are you/or they a sorter? What's your system? 3. Do you fold at the dryer? Dump on the couch? Not fold at all? (Psst, Karen K, I like your system, do share with the class.) 4. Do you have any "laundry quirks"? Things that *can't* go in the dryer, dry in a specific manner, hung on a specific hanger, only get washed by hand--no matter what the care instructions say? 5. Do you have any great tips for stain removal?!? Please share! ___________________________________ In our house, I'm the laundry-doer. (No shock

Miscellaneous morsels

Last night we went to see Fireproof . We're not opening night kind of people generally, in fact, we avoid it on purpose. But this time, we wanted to show our support for a positive movie, so off we went. And though M was constantly amazed at the sold out theaters of the other two showings at our cinema and the way full theater we were in, we did manage to watch the movie and enjoyed it quite a bit. I recommend it for everyone, actually. We all (most of us, anyway) comment often on the negative exports from Hollywood, so I feel like when a positive offering shows up, it's time to put our money where our mouths are and show support. How else will they know what we'd like to see more of?! I identified with several parts of the story personally, but even if you don't find it reminiscent of your story, it's encouraging to see a portrayal of a fight *for* a marriage committment, not just the fights that just end in more fights. And it was pretty funny... M was sur

Random Questions, Fall 08: 1

Fall 08, #1: Shopping! The Random Questions process ~Choose one or all of the questions to answer. ~Either respond with a comment to this post with your answer or put up a post on your own blog for a full response. ~Don't forget to include any funny or interesting story to illustrate your answer in action. ~Be sure to leave a comment on this post to let us know where to find your post so we can come check it out! It's been forever, I know. Some of you are so wonderful to be asking about this coming back. I just got slack in keeping up since we got mired in this moving/baby baking/moving again thing. SO here we go! Get those pencils ready, kids. This batch of RQ is inspired by some recent trips to the grocery or other retail stores. 1. How do you shop for groceries? Is it a family event? Always the lady of the house? Or is it the guy's job? 2. Women, does your guy go clothing shopping with you? Guys, what's your feeling about it? 3. Does Daddy have any preference a

31 for 21: Preview

It's that time again... almost October. For me, it's always been a fave, as the most wonderful people are born in this month... like me! But it's also Down Syndrome Awareness month. (Or should we say Month for Awareness of Down Syndrome to be PC? Sorry...I'm hardly ever PC.) So as we did last year, many of us are attempting to blog every day in October, focusing at least partially on DS and how it fits in our lives, affects it... or doesn't. There are a bunch--A BUNCH--of great blogs participating in this fun thing that Tricia started last year. So check out the list at her blog and get to know some new people this next month. As a preview, I found out about this today and thought it was pretty cool. It's worth checking out. And there are a few pics, but this is my fave...this little girl's face... priceless. (Fair warning for some of you... every link I could find to this story failed to have people-first language. I looked. I tried to find one that did.

Not ready for red eye

At 2:51am this morning, just over an hour ago, Braska woke crying. This is rare. She is a pro sleeper, but she's not quite been herself lately (couple days) so it wasn't a huge surprise. But now she's wide awake and playing like it's 2pm. I am SO not ready for this middle of the night thing. I don't know how I survived all that around the clock three-hour schedule we had to do with Braska for so long. I'm going to be a mess later today. I hope to goodness I can get a nap in. But while we're up, we are praying for safe delivery for my cousin's little girl. Lindsay was "in process" last I heard from her via text at around 10:30pm. I hope all is going well and little Carly has arrived safely by now! Hope you're all sleeping soundly. Snooze an extra few minutes for me...

Alright, you win

That is, IF you chose the following option... I'll give you the run down of the appointment today, but for now, we'll hold the name. And by the way, it's easy for my MOM to say to hold the name... she already knows it! So the tech did all her stuff, getting views of the kidneys, legs, arms, measuring all the appropriate bones, and trying to see the heart. Of course, no kid of mine is going to be cooperative in utero. (Braska never did give up good views of anything. But since she's so compliant now, I'm ok with that.) The tech was trying to get heart views and abdominal views to see where the cord connects, since that's important. Pepino was not moving one arm, so it was kind of across where they needed to see the heart. Hence the return in 4 weeks... to get better views of the heart specifically. We were trying to follow along, and I did recognize the humerus, the femur, the cranium, the kidneys, and a few other items. It's neat to actually know what

The verdict.... unsure. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I can hear you all saying it right now in disappointment. But would I leave you totally hanging?? Here's the thing... The tech gave us a "probably" with some degree of certainty, but there was a shadow and therefore she wasn't willing to give us a sure-thing gender. She did mark it one way, though. So to continue the interactive blogging fun... would you share this info with the disclaimer as above? Would you keep it to yourself until a definite (as much as is possible) is given in 4 weeks when they look again? Would you share the gender and keep the name secret? Or would you lay it all out there and deal with it in 4 weeks with new info if it's different then? We have names for both boy and girl. I haven't been sharing them to this point, but had planned on doing so when we announced the gender... so there's the dilemna. Weigh in, my friends! I've gotta go sit at the DMV for a while, so I'll check in when I

Pink or blue?

Today at 2pm I'm scheduled for an anatomy ultrasound to check out all Pepino's organs and hopefully determine what the name for this little wiggler will be. (No, Pepino is not the baby's name. It's what we call him/her until we get specifics. It's a Veggie Tales thing.) So if we get a firm answer, I'll let you know. Anyone wanna make a guess?

What did you do all day?

Program note: Thanks to you all for your comments on the Taking a Stand: Part 1 . I appreciate that they were civil and generally respectful. Part 2 will be along soon, just to kind of summarize some of my thoughts on the discussion. In alot of TV shows or jokes, and maybe for real, the husband walks into the house at the end of his work day and looks at the frazzled housewife with the kids running around her and says, "Gosh, what did you do all day? It's a mess in here!" I really hope that doesn't actually happen, but who knows. Thank goodness I don't have that in my house. It's a blessing sometimes that my husband really doesn't care too much about the state of the neatness of the house. But it also allows me to get slack. I've not felt well the last week or so, just aches and pains that I can't explain, so we're not much ahead of where we were at move-in a few weeks ago. Thank goodness for the basement storage area, for sure. Today, though,

Taking a stand: Part 1

Ok, if you're still around and waiting for the aforementioned GREAT post... grab your coffee or Diet Coke and have a sit-down. I've been wanting to write a great preface to this, to somehow add to it, further clarify, etc. I will have to do that as a Part 2 instead, because I'm just plain not finding the time or mental capacity lately to properly manage good writing. There are a few more things I want to say about this, so stay with me. My hesitation with this was only that this will most definitely not sit well with some of my faithful readers...if this is the last post you read, know that I have really enjoyed you being around! (And I hope that's not going to be what happens.) What I need you all to understand is that this is not a new thing for me. This is not a knee-jerk reaction to recent issues or elections or candidates, except that I have felt very strongly lately that it's time for me to speak up for those that can't. And I don't want anyone to mist

Pictorial snack to hold you over

No, I haven't forgotten about the post I promised...I've been debating it, trying to formulate my preface for the link, and honestly wondering if it would do any good. No, it's not about voting or candidates, at least not directly, I suppose. Anyway..... I'm on my way out of town in 20 mins to see some friends for the weekend. We'll get to see a few, actually, the ones who are the actual destination, and a few others who just happen to be nearby this weekend. We'll be making our first appearance at a DS "meet-up" with a bunch of bloggers/forum buddies, most of whom I don't actually know at all, 2 of whom are my buds from C-U (yay!), and two of whom are new buds from here (yay again!). I'm nervous about it, although I'm not sure why. I don't have the right stuff to wear and I didn't lose those 100 lbs (well, give or take 10 or 50) that I wanted to. I'm quite a bit more intimidated by this whole deal than I figured... we'll se

We're back online

It's gonna be a busy week, but I'm going to try to get caught up with pics and updates and such. And I have one really GREAT post, though possibly controversial among my readers, to link to. But I want to properly preface it, so it'll have to wait til at least tomorrow. So stay tuned, kids!