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A fun find...

For months our office (also known as the "raisin room," the color of paint we used on the walls) has been the "pile-it" room. If something didn't have a home, it went into the office. Well, after 2 weekends of sorting and organizing (and plenty of paper shredding and recycling) we have a clean and presentable office. What's even more exciting is this cute little desk I bought yesterday (with chair) for $40. It will work perfect for sewing and scrap booking, both things I enjoy doing but haven't had a nice, dedicated location for since moving into this house in Dec. 2003.

This is also the first photo that I've posted using my new camera. I have to admit, it's nothing fancy, and the lighting doesn't do the desk justice (I should have taken the picture in the day light rather than relying on artificial light), but at least now I know I can get the photos from the camera, to the computer and on my blog :) Ahh...simple pleasures.

peace!

New toys...

Ok, let's face it, no matter how much we try to de-clutter and de-materialize our lives, some of us will forever have weaknesses when it comes to certain possessions. I've already established my love for books...having them, reading the, shopping for them...but I thought I'd take time today to admit to a few of my other material obsessions in life.

Let's start with the item that triggered this post. Today I ordered a new digital camera. A Canon G6...7.1 megapixels of photo taking power... 5 whole megapixels more than our current digital. Not quite the Canon Rebel (my current camera dream)...but considering I'm not a professional photographer and can't really justify spending $1000 on a camera at the moment, I'm awfully excited to get my new G6. By the first of August I should be snapping (and posting) clearer digital pictures everywhere I go! I have a weakness for electronics in general. There's computers, stereos, MP3 players, cameras...well, you get t…

The simple things in life...

When I was a kid, running through the sprinkler was a standard summer time activity. Western Nebraska and eastern Colorado, where I spent my youthful years, are both dry summer climates, the kind that required hours and hours of watering during the hottest months of the year to keep something that resembles GREEN grass growing in your lawn. Lexi got to experience the joy for the first time last summer when we went to visit grandma Shirley. She had a blast and I forget, since we don't water our lawn here in central Iowa, that such a simple activity can bring so much joy.

On Friday, I was commenting to my husband that since I was spending the day at home with Lexi (still on part time leave from work with my nearly healed ankle) that I wished we could go to the pool. I wasn't sure the wet shower house and possible need to move quickly to rescue a dunking kiddo was a good scenario for my limited ability foot. He brought up the fact that we do own a sprinkler even though we haven…

Gary...

This weekend while in the pet section at the local Wal-Mart, we spied a fish bowl decoration that reminded me of Gary, the pet snail, from Sponge Bob Square Pants. He even had the dorky little smile full of pearly white teeth. Of course we had to get it for our aquarium. He just makes me laugh, especially to hear Lexi say his name..."Gaarrie". Yes, my 3 year-old watches Sponge Bob...there's worse things in this world she could witness.

peace

Random thoughts...

A collection of random thoughts from today...

Pinky Toes...Lexi figured out this weekend that she can move her pinky toes independently of her other toes...one at a time, both at the same time, and in a way that makes us laugh hysterically. Her mother and father are not near as gifted, but we're working on it.

Left Shoe Only Please...As we were picking up the house today, it struck me funny that while Lexi and Scott have pairs of shoes strung here and there, I have left shoes only.

Sing Me A Song...Lexi has always been attracted to music. She wiggled to the beat at an early age and can recognize many a song on the radio if it appears in any of her favorite movies...Shrek (1 or 2), Shark Tales, etc. The most precious is the way she makes up her own "musicals" (as she calls them) as she's playing or doing a chore. You've got to love the creative spark of youth.

Three Squares A Day...Why is it that while I worried about Lexi eating only organic, no sugar added, well rou…

River tubin'...

So, what do you get when you mix one tent, three sleeping bags, an air mattress, and a mom on crutches? An extreme family camping trip. Well, ok, maybe not really extreme. More like extremely funny. We've had plans with friends for several months to head to northeast Iowa camping, and I wasn't going to let a little broken ankle change those plans. So we (well technically my husband) packed up the car last weekend and headed down the road. Three hours later we were pulling up to our home for the next 2 nights in a nice little camp ground right on the Iowa River.

We're pretty casual campers. We do a lot of nothing when we camp. Our favorite trips usually include a little hiking, but that was obviously out of the question. So we did some aquatic "hiking" this trip, renting tubes to float down the river. I've never river tubed before...what a blast. After the initial anxiety (on my part) of figuring out how I was going to get into the tube without totally embarra…

The child within...

Have you ever noticed how holidays bring out your inner child? Yesterday Lexi asked me to color with her on the living room floor. We decided to draw fireworks in anticipation of today's festivies. It's raining this morning so only time will tell if we get to enjoy the real thing. If not, we'll always have our 3rd of July drawings to share with each other.

Peace!

For the love of books....

Recently on one of my favorite blogs, hula seventy, Andrea posted about books. As I was leaving her a comment, I found my mind swirling with words about books. So instead of writing her a novel of a comment, I decided just to post here on my own blog some thoughts on books.

I think my love of books started early in life. My brother and I had a huge collection of children's books. Hard cover, soft cover, with pictures, without pictures. Books from the Scholastic orders in grade school, books we had received as gifts (the Little Golden books to this day are still some of my favorites), books I'm sure my mom got at the grocery store during one of those "save stamps" kind of things that were so much more popular when I was a kid. I can't tell you the number of times I talked my mom into the fact that I had to have such and such book from the Scholastic order at school...few of which I actually ever read, unfortunately.

In fact, I've always had a thing for HAVING bo…