Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Never heard about it? Check it out with this link. I've been a member since 1999 (I think). I came to it from an even older online rebate service that I can't even remember.
Here are the basics: My Points is an online advertising/rebate service where you earn points by clicking on a link in an email (5 points usually). You earn more, of course, if you take advantage of the offer (usually anywhere from 500 to 2000 points). I earn points by clicking on the links, of course, but I get the most points from buying things that I'd buy online anyway: books and DVDs from Barnes & Noble.com, Burt's Bees stuff from drugstore.com, joining Netflix . . . . you get the idea.
Now, here's where the fun comes. You redeem your points for gift certificates to your favorite stores! Our favorites are Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Olive Garden, and Starbucks. Skeeter and I both have My Points accounts, and he has almost enough to get a $50 gift card to Home Depot. New ceiling fan for the laundry room! YEAH! It's taking a lot of willpower not to go ahead and get a $25 card for Barnes & Noble instead though.
Between the two of us, we earn about $300 worth of free gift certificates per year! Oh yes, and one year, we gave some away as Christmas gifts. :o)
Interested? Hey, let me know and I'll send a referral email. I get points for it, you know. ;o)
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
It started snowing around 2 pm, big, fat, fluffly flakes that started sticking to the grass immediately.
We never get that kind of snow. It's always snow and ice, or snow and sleet, or snow and freezing rain. This time, it was just snow, and it was beautiful.
Spyder and Sass played until they were little frozen popsicles, then they came in and had hot cocoa and warm baths.
It was an absolutely fantastic day!
Friday, February 03, 2006
When you're average, you're just as close to the bottom as you are to the top.
~ attributed to Alfred North Whitehead
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
~ attributed to Alfred Einstein
Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state.
~ Kathleen Norris
Just because no one understands is doesn't mean that it's art.
Why argue over half-full or half-empty? It's still only half.
I'm glad our doggies have tails. If they didn't, they'd be bears!
Thursday, February 02, 2006
We went to the living room, put on the Heffalump Movie, and cuddled up on the couch. Surprisingly, she didn't go back to sleep during Heffalump (she usually does when she's tired), and we moved on to Scooby Doo after Heffalump. Sass and Spyder have both become huge fans of the classic Scooby Doo cartoons recently, so Spyder heard Scooby and came running!
Skeeter left for work at 7:30, and the day continued pretty much the same way that it began. Sass took a nap from about 9:30 to 10:30. I was shocked that she didn't sleep longer since she had gotten up so early AND she was so sick. She had started out the day feeling tummy-sick, but it moved into sniffles and coughs. By the time she was up from her little nap, fever was added to the mix.
She and I spent most of the day cuddled together on the couch or in the rocker. And it was actually a pretty good day.
Years ago, before Sass was even born, I read an article in Mothering Magazine called "Mom Medicine: Offering up the Day to a Sick Child." It completely changed my outlook on "sick days." Instead of feeling upset and exasperated and annoyed that my to-dos are still undone, I offer a prayer of thanks that we have so many healthy days, and I welcome the excuse to do nothing except be with my child.
Last night, Spyder said, "Mom, today was a really good day." And his day was essentially the same as usual, so I think HIS day was better because MY day was less hectic. It's food for thought, anyway.
Today is beginning pretty much the same way as yesterday. Skeeter got up at 6:00; I got up at 6:30; Sass got up at 7:00. Skeeter left for work at 7:30. Sass and I are on the couch, watching Scooby Doo. Sadly, there are three errands that MUST be done today, but I think I can make them painless. :o)