Wednesday, February 22, 2006

My Points

I just read my My Points newsletter today, and in it was a challenge (offer?) to blog about My Points. No problem! I love My Points!

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 &, Burt's Bees stuff from, 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


Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure

~ G. K. Chesterton, from "What's Wrong with the World?"

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

What will you have to write on the chalkboard?

Noodle will have to write:

I will not be charged with conspiracy to overthrow the monarchy again

'What will you have to write on the chalk board?' at

Friday, February 10, 2006

Snow Day

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


A friend's Question of the Week is to list a few favorite quotes. Here are some of mine:

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.

~ Unknown

Why argue over half-full or half-empty? It's still only half.

~ Spyder

I'm glad our doggies have tails. If they didn't, they'd be bears!

~ Sass

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Offering the Day

Yesterday Sass was sick. She woke up at 4:15 am and said she needed to "frow up." We made it into the bathroom and waited for a few moments, but it never happened. After a bit, she decided it would be best for us to sit on the couch for a while. Personally, I wanted to go back to bed, but I could tell that she really did feel sickly.

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)