June 30, 2008

It seems many people are blogging about the books they have been reading…herehereherehereherehere…I think you get the idea. Since it is the last day of the month and I’m not sure what to write about…I will also be writing about books.

I got quite a stack of books for Christmas this year (I also think this was the case the year before too!). Two were craft books and some others had to do with parenting. I finally decided I should try and read them instead of just using them to support the remote control on my nightstand! I actually went through the craft ones right after Christmas and marked a bunch of ideas that I want to try. To date I have only tried to make one thing though!

I have these two books:
99 Ways to Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim
Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt
Both books are full of fun ideas and many that I want to try. I just need to find some time to get all the supplies out and actually work uninterrupted. Hmmm One can dream right?

My Mom also gave me these parenting books. The first one I finished right before vacation and the other I read and finished while on vacation. They both had LOTS of information and will be on our bookshelf to refer back to later. There is no way anyone can remember all the stuff they told you to do!

Praising Boys Well: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers

Raising Happy Kids: Over 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers

My sister-in-law sent me a book to read to give me some insight on the idea of adoption. I got in in the mail right when we got back from vacation and started reading it. It took less than a week to read (not reading everyday and usually only reading at night before bed). It was a good read and did help provide some insight even though the child adopted in this book was adopted at birth and we will be adopting a child that is already born and likely a couple of years old. The second book is one she also suggested that I read. I have just started it but hope I can read it more over the next week or two.

Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew


Old Navy Bust

June 29, 2008

I was actually able to make it to Old Navy yesterday but by the time I got there…there were VERY FEW solid color flip flops left. In fact I could only find some in kids/toddler sizes. I was able to get Little Monkey a black pair that hopefully will fit next summer. I also got him a pair of socks on clearance for 19cents. I have heard of many people going early in the day to their stores and it being swamped with people. Most of them either got some flip flops or that the flips flops were already gone, but it didn’t stop them from spending plenty of other money on clothes. So Old Navy’s marketing ploy did work on many people but not so much on me! I would have loved to get more flip flops. Big Monkey even requested a pair (He has somehow lost his black ones and cannot find them anywhere!). Oh well!

Go to Old Navy Today!!

June 28, 2008

Today, Saturday June 28th, Old Navy is selling solid color flip flops for $1! Each customer may buy up to five pairs. So get over to Old Navy and stock up! Flip flops are a part of your year round wardrobe here in Florida and you can never have too many pairs. If it were me going to Old Navy (I don’t know if I can make it to one on Saturday since we don’t have one right down the street!) I would get BLACK, RED, WHITE, some color that would match my new bathing suits and probably some other fun color like a BRIGHT PINK.

Poor Squirrels

June 27, 2008

The other day I looked out our front window to see a little squirrel laying in the road. He looked pretty stiff and didn’t move at all. I decided to move him so he wouldn’t get continually run over and then be mush in front of my house. I got a shovel and scooped him up. I placed him in a trash bag. How is one supposed to get rid of a squirrel? I just ended up putting him in our trash can.

Today I was driving home from Grammy and Pops’ house (They are taking Little Monkey to the beach for the weekend.) when a squirrel came running zig zag into the road. I tried to miss him but apparently he zagged when he should have zigged. I looked in my rear view mirror only to see him in the opposite lane wriggling all around. I’m pretty sure he’s not going to make it. He couldn’t even get up on his feet. Poor guy. I wanted to go pick him up and at least get him out of the road so he didn’t get run over more, but I didn’t. And honestly, getting run over again might put him out of his misery faster.  😦

HP Called Today

June 26, 2008

A lady from HP that I could hardly understand called to inform me that the card reader Oscar had ordered for me would not be coming as scheduled. It was supposed to be here today. I’m told there is a backlog for this type of matter and I should receive the card reader on or before July 10th. By the time I get everything resolved with my computer (IF that ever happens) my warranty will be expired! Hopefully the part will get here and work just fine. Man…why do computers have to be so problematic. Weren’t computers made to help make life easier!

Vegas Vacation-Day Five-Sunday

June 26, 2008

We got up around 7, showered and packed our car. We had discussed the night before about not stopping for breakfast right away since we had a long drive. We stopped by our lodge cafeteria and got a big cinnamon roll to have on the road. We met up with the other car and Grandpa switched over to ride in our car. We headed out of Grand Canyon National Park. Apparently the others decided that waiting to eat was just not an option and we’d stop quickly for some coffee and danishes at a little cafe by the IMAX movie. There was a McDonald’s across the street, so we drove over there to get Little Monkey a hash brown. This is probably the most expensive McDonald’s EVER. I got him one hash brown (not two like at home since they are two for $1) and that ONE hash brown cost $1.89+tax! Crazy! This ended up NOT being a quick stop for breakfast, but oh well. After breakfast, Big Monkey went next door to the fire department to see if they had any shirts. This time they were in quarters but they no longer sell shirts.

We spent the next couple of hours in the car driving towards Flagstaff and then into Sedona. We drove through Oak Creek Canyon and stopped at a scenic view point to get out and stretch and take pictures. There were many tables set up with local Indian artists selling jewelry and other crafts. Aunt K got a necklace. We continued through the canyon, quite a winding road to get down and through the mountains. All of a sudden, with absolutely NO warning, Little Monkey threw up all over himself. I yelled to Big Monkey, “He’s PUKING!” and Big Monkey assured me there was nowhere to pull over. I told him that he better find a place. Within a minute, there was a spot to pull over, so we did and got him cleaned up and changed. Poor guy, he was doing so well with the ride too.


We got to our hotel without any other motion sickness issues and got checked in. We put our stuff in our rooms and then headed back to a shopping area for lunch. We found a little cafe to eat at and while waiting for our food, Little Monkey threw up again. Poor guy apparently all the motion wasn’t out of his system yet. He drank most of a bottle of water the rest of the time we were out and seemed content. We did a little bit of shopping but it was REALLY hot there. Not hot like in Florida hot, but hot and dry and when there was a breeze it didn’t even feel good. It felt like you were standing behind a bus! We decided we would go back to the hotel for Little Monkey to nap and others to go swimming. The Fire Station was right next to where we parked, so Big Monkey tried to get a shirt from there, but no one answered the door.

Back at our hotel, Little Monkey took a nap while Aunt S and I read books on our balcony. Aunt K and Uncle K tried to take a nap but ended up going swimming in the pool. Big Monkey and Grandpa worked to get all of Little Monkey’s clothes, blanket and carseat cleaned up from the earlier puking incidents. They also worked to clean the rental car because some of it had seeped all along the carseat, making a ring on the seat. Grandpa asked the hotel cleaning staff if they had anything that might work, and sure enough, they did. After he was done with the cleaning, Big Monkey and Aunt S also went to the pool. I continued reading my book waiting for Little Monkey to finish his nap. He got up and we went right out to the pool. He loved swimming and was quite brave jumping in the pool without his float ring on. Everyone hung out at the pool for awhile until we decided we better look into having something for dinner.

Everyone showered and cleaned up nice for dinner at the hotel. We sat outside and had a great view, well Uncle K and I didn’t have a great view because we were the last to get to the table and got stuck with crappy seats. Dinner was really good. I had some kind of pasta with crab meat in it. It was quite yummy. They also had a special for very cheap appetizers and desserts since there is construction going on on the road leading to the hotel. So we had three appetizers and three desserts, which ended up being four desserts because the waitress got our bill wrong and when she went to fix it she brought us a free creme brulee.

Once we had stuffed ourselves to the brim, we went back to our rooms. Uncle K and Aunt K entertained Little Monkey so Big Monkey and I could pack most of our stuff up. We had planned to leave bright and early since we had a long drive to get back to Las Vegas. We checked out our GPS system and some maps online to find an alternative route to Las Vegas that would keep us out of the winding mountain road that Little Monkey got sick on. Uncle K, Aunt K and Aunt S all planned on sleeping in and leaving for Las Vegas later in the morning. Big Monkey was meeting a friend in Las Vegas, so we were trying to get there earlier so they could meet up and have their fun and not take up too much of our family time. We headed off to bed but sat on our balcony while Little Monkey fell asleep. Uncle K and Aunt K had gone to the hot tub to hang out for a while. We could see and hear them from our balcony but they didn’t seem to know that we were there. It was interesting to hear their discussion and their points of view on some things.

The New Toy!

June 25, 2008

Since some of you were so eager to learn about the new toy…here you go!

It is not just a toy. In fact it is a mode of transportation. After much talk, Big Monkey decided to buy a scooter. Yes…a scooter. We like to call it a scooooter. 🙂 It is supposed to get as much as 110 miles to the gallon and the gas tank holds about 1.5 gallons. We have not driven that far yet so we’ll have to wait to calculate our actual mileage. And just about anything will be better than the truck’s mileage I’m sure. The scooter is to be used mostly by Big Monkey. He will be driving it to and from work, as well as the gym and other short trips in the area. I have ridden it once so far around our neighborhood to try and learn to ride it. It is a little nerve-racking but I did okay. I am not ready yet to take it out on any major roads though so I’m holding off on taking it to the gym or even CVS.

It has two places on it for storage, well three technically I guess. There is a small box on the back that locks and also the seat opens up for more storage (it locks too). At the front of the scooooter, there is a spot you could also slide some things into, like a folder or notebook. Big Monkey puts his work radio in there on his way to work. We both got helmets for the scooooter so that if we were to fall, hopefully that will help protect us.

Big Monkey is so far enjoying the scooooter quite a bit. We are holding onto the truck for right now, but if all goes as planned with the scooooter use, we will look at selling the truck. Then we will either have just my car and the scooooter, or we will buy a smaller cheap car to have on hand if we decide we need a backup of sorts. If we do sell the truck, Big Monkey could feasibly quit his job at the hospital. Right now he works there two to three times a month and it is just about what his truck and insurance payment equals. No truck=no must have money for truck and insurance payments.

Here is Big Monkey on the new scooooter. Please don’t laugh too hard and not to his face. Although he claims to not care about the jokes and all because it is saving us money (There is a little bit of debate on this matter, but in the long run…it should be true.).