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Free Day

June 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

Ah, today today today. Today is Monday and there’s not a lot of obligations for me to take care of. I have to make a couple of calls (one for work, one for business-personal), and then I’m free for the rest of the day. The house is still clean from this weekend’s choring and laboring, so I’m good to go to veg in front of the tv, or perhaps with a good book, and every so often doing a report or two for work (I still have much to do). But I love days when I don’t have to work and just do what I want to do. It’s quite the blessing. And especially since the baby’s room is just about done (we need a curtain rod), there’s not much to stress over it. So I’m all good to go.

Today is a free day. Woohoo. Hopefully, tomorrow will even be better.

In Vitro Availability

June 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

Before Dave and I got pregnant, we were talking for years about how we want children, how many we want, when we want them, and how we’re going to get them. I think it’s a very important discussion among couples, especially if they are actually considering a long-term relationship with each other. Dave and I, when we began realizing we were getting very serious, realized that we both want children. It is a very awesome type of discussion — the type that confirms a future together. However, we weren’t always sure we *could* have children, biological-wise anyway. We talked a lot about different methods of getting children — adoption, in vitro, surrogate, etc. You know, in case the traditional method didn’t work out. We were blessed to find out that it did, so we didn’t have to look into these other resources.

However, I am so pleased that these days, couples who really want children and should have children have the opportunity to explore IVF insurance. I think that anyone desperate enough to want children and to raise them with love and tender care should be allowed to. Some of my friends are considering it right now, and I know of others who have gone through it (take Jon & Kate Plus 8, for example), and the miracle of making a baby — in any way, is the most beautiful miracle of all. It’s awesome. It’s available everywhere.

George Carlin

June 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

George Carlin just passed away. I just found out this morning after reading a friend’s blog. I’m so out of it these days that it takes me a while to get to headline news. However, when I heard, I was incredibly sad. Now I’m listening to a whole bunch of his standing comedic acts. He’s hilarious! I love people who aren’t afraid of being raunchy and disturbing in public — questioning society’s mores and our silly “politically correct” values. We’re all a bunch of weird, repressed hypocrites, y’know. The media, especially. I appreciate George Carlin for having the guts to not only openly notice these nuances, but even make fun of them.

I remember the first time I heard about George Carlin when he had his own show (the name escapes me at the moment), and then when he was the conductor and narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends on PBS when I was a little kid. Sure, he was pretty placid and innocent on that latter show, but still, that’s how I remember him.

George Carlin, you are remembered. And appreciated.

Technology Thanks

June 21st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

So gratitude, I’ve realized, comes in many forms. For example, every Tuesday night at approximately 6pm Pacific Time, Dave and I have “game night” with Candice and Kelly and whoever else wants to join in. Sometimes we have up to 6 people playing, and other times it’s only 3 of us. But these game nights are rather fun, and I have gratitude towards them because it allows me something to look forward to. It’s also going to grow quite a bit, what with more people getting Mario Kart for the Wii. I swear, our wireless router is a god-send. I don’t know how any of us functioned without wireless back in the day. It makes everything so much easier and cooler and that much more fun.

So if you want to join our Tuesday Mario Kart game nights, let me know. Hehe.

Giving Thanks

June 15th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in connections, gratitude

This month we have much to give thanks to. I am so blessed at how many people are excited for us to become parents so soon. It’s always a good thing when you tell someone that you’re pregnant, and their face lights up. It’s a good affirmation of your abilities and your capability when they believe you can be really great parents, when they believe you have the potential to love another little being so intensely. I have a lot of people to give thanks to this month because they are giving such positive, loving, excited energy towards our little Baby Bean. The other day I bought a pack of thank you cards so that I can out-use all of my bic pens to say thanks to everyone who’s thought of us, bought us (or Baby Bean) something, or just plain showed us their excitement and their support. I’m going to be running out of cards pretty soon, but I think it’s important to let people know how much you appreciate they care. It makes them stick around more often.

This month (and I know it will just continue to grow), I feel incredibly loved and overwhelmed with support.

George and Marian

June 14th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in connections

Every so often, I remember back to the days when George and Marian were alive. I remember it like it was yesterday, how much they mean to me, and how much I meant to them. I can’t believe it’s been about 5 years since Marian passed, and only last year since George followed her. Sometimes days, even weeks, would go by where I don’t even remember they’re gone. And other times, something just sparks the fact that they’re not here anymore, in physical form. I still have George’s cell phone number programmed in my own, and I’ve refused to delete it. Somehow, it keeps them alive in my head. I know that if there is a heaven, or some way that they can see me and see how I’m living, then they must be doing just that and wishing me well. But the fact of the matter is, I miss their voices, their reinforcements of love. I miss that I got to see them almost every weekend when I was in college. I missed that George made me ham when I woke up in the mornings, and Marian would help with my laundry. I missed that they would let me watch whatever silly show I wanted whenever I was staying at their place. They were like my grandparents, and I miss them so much. I miss their talks about their trips in Laughlin, staying in various laughlin hotels instead of Vegas. I miss how Marian gets all excited when she talked about how much she won from a night of gambling there. I miss how George would call me, “Little Lady” whenever he hugged me. I’ve known them since I was 9 years old. Somehow, having them gone still doesn’t feel real to me.

Credit Card Rating

June 14th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

I don’t have many credit cards these days, because I’m always unsure about which service I should be counting on, or which bank I should go with. My credit card rating is awesome, that I know of, and I don’t want to ruin it with high interest and shameless spending. Having a credit debt really scares me, so when I come across a site like Credit Cards Club that allows me to compare credit cards and the different types of interest rates and all that jazz, I feel a lot more comfortable at getting a new one. Credit card reviews are important because they give me a better understanding of what I am getting myself into. I don’t want to spend the next 10 years paying off interest from small purchases. I rather know what I’m getting into so I know how many years I’d be paying off a big purchase (like a car, or a spanking new computer, or whatever). I hate the idea of throwing my money away paying interest. Such a scam! At least this site will let me know the extent of these interest rates and which ones really value the fact that I have a good credit rating. I’m high on the market when it comes to credit cards, yo!