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Eyeing A New One

December 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Dave says that my laptop probably needs more system memory, but we don’t have the means or the funds to get any right now. It’s been slowing everything down — I upload and download a whole bunch of photos everyday. Of who, you ask? Lily Bean, of course. Heh. I think all the downloading has been making my laptop go crazy. I can’t wait until we can either get more memory, or a brand new laptop. This thing is over two years old. Can you believe it? It’s also our very first laptop (Dave has an identical one), so it’s very special to us. But, as much as goodbyes are hard to say, I want a new, spankin’, FASTER laptop with more memory and gigs and all that good stuff. Heh.

In time, Helen, in time!!

2008 Has Been Good

December 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

We’re getting ready to head out for New Year’s Eve dinner with Granny and Lily Bean. Yes, we’re exciting, party-going people we are. Ever since I can remember, since Dave and I got together, we have spent New Year’s Eve quietly and with people we love. For the most part, it’s been just the two of us, but this year it is marked with something even more special: a baby. Of course, she’ll be asleep when the bell rings for 2009, but we know where she is and we know she belongs to us, and that’s the best way to ring in the new year.

2008 has been good to us. We’re leaving it a little less financially stable, but a lot more happy and a lot more filled with love and life and family. We’re leaving it with one more person added to our family unit. What better way to end a good year?

Black Mold Removal

December 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

A little over a year ago, we had our bathroom completely renovated. Both of them, actually, but the main one in the hallway was the most important because it was filled with nasty black mold. It was such an old bathroom — we were sooo ready to get rid of it and install something new and better. We didn’t realize how much mold was behind the walls until they were taken apart. Black Mold Removal from Water Restoration 911 does exactly this type of thing. It removes mold and makes for a healthier, happier living environment inside your home. I don’t know how much longer we could’ve survived with that nasty bathroom! I’m glad we had it all done and fixed. Now, along with Lily’s bedroom, it is one of the best rooms in the house! Next stop, we tackle the living room. Hopefully, there will be no black mold behind the kitchen sink, but if there is, we know exactly where to turn: Water Restoration 911! Now, we love going into the bathroom — it’s one of our favorite rooms. Haha. I can’t wait for when we love going into the kitchen too!

A Possible Newsletter

December 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Today is the last day — very last day — of 2008. Wow, how fast this year has gone. So many different things happened. I want to write a newsletter but I don’t know if I have the time for that. My brother and his girlfriend are coming for a week-long visit on Saturday, and I want to clean the house top to bottom before they get here. I want to sweep the staircase and make sure everything’s dusted and the clutter is put away and stuff. I think I will actually write the newsletter within the first few days of 2009. There is a lot to say, and I don’t want to go without saying it and sending it to people we know and love.

So watch out for it in your mailboxes!

Attacking the Economy

December 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines, reflection

During our economic downturn, it’s hard for small businesses to get a lead on things. While I am not a business owner myself, my parents and many of my aunts and uncles and other extended relatives are. It’s not encouraging and it makes me worry about their financial stability during this time of need in the U.S. While Canada’s economy isn’t as bad off as the U.S.’s, Canada is still affected. And besides, most of my relatives and family and friends are in the U.S., so I know they are affected as well — sometimes first hand.

My parents are talking about possibly needing another loan, perhaps one of those merchant accounts that we have been hearing about from so many different places. In order to keep their business afloat, they will have to make sure they have a solid, dependent, loyal clientele list — people who will come back and over and over again because they are loyal to my parents and because they have been doing it for years. They have to also give clients what they are asking for, and perhaps even more, in order to keep the new people coming back as well. During these times of financial stress, we need all the financial know-how to keep ourselves from going under. Sometimes that means getting more credit and getting another loan. Other times, it means thinking more creatively and knowing how to stay on top of such times of stress.

I know my parents are wise beyond their years when it comes to financial risk taking. I know they will be okay. I just hope everyone else affected by this economy will be as well.

De-Cluttering Again

December 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Before the new year gets here, I would like to de-clutter most of our home (our computer room is a mess and I don’t even want to think about it). Part of my new year’s resolution is to keep the house as “clutter-free” as possible. We have so many little “knick knacks” that it’s driving me up the wall. More crap equals more dusting, if you ask me. And I would love to just downsize, downsize, downsize. We don’t need all this stuff. We have everything we need.

One of the things that is stopping me from just getting rid of everything is the fact that my husband is a semi-pack rat. He loves having “stuff,” and he loves showcasing everything — EVERYTHING — we own. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve married my mother. Heh. I have to convince him that it’s okay to get rid of things, and that we don’t need THINGS — so many THINGS — in the house. I would love to get a glass cabinet where we can put all our “THINGS” so that it’s not so dispersed and spread throughout the house.

I think I’ve been inspired by all these renovation and makeover shows on HGTV. Heh.

Good Time Glasses

December 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

As you may all know, I wear glasses pretty much when I’m not in the shower or sleeping. I depend on them. In fact, they’re probably permanently attached to my face. Heh. So because of that, I have to make sure that not only are they functional, but also appropriate for my style as well as the image I want to portray. I want glasses that I can have fun in, as well as go to work and be serious in. Right now, I have rather boring black-rimmed glasses. I would love some Holiday frames that would really enhance the “fun” side of me, and represent who I am when I’m not a “professional” at work. I’m a relaxed, dorky mother and wife. I’m a friend. I’m a woman. I’m a geek.

These green ones are perfect! They’re dorky AND geeky AND fun all at once. Plus, they’re my favorite color — green! I can see myself wearing them to our family get-togethers, to my non-work-related appointments, to the park and the beach with Lily Bean, going shopping for groceries, etc. I can totally see myself just lounging in them and having a good time!