Dissatisfied with your (or your husband’s) company’s benefits (or lack thereof)? Check out what Google offers their employees (and get yourself really pissed off): Google’s benefits Some of the perks include: * 12 weeks of maternity leave at 75% pay * 6 weeks of parental leave at 75% pay * $500 take-out food allowance to families with new babies * adoption assistance up to $5000 * free healthy lunches and dinners on-site * childcare * tuition reimbursement up to $8000 per year * on-site oil change, car wash, dry cleaning, massage therapy, gym, hair stylist, fitness classes and bike repair * employee referral program ($2000Read More →

I’ve seen the bumper stickers and heard the expression “Free Tibet” for years now, but I never really understood what was going on over there or took the time to learn about their plight. So last night Jody and I sat down to watch “Tibet – Cry of the Snow Lion.” Ten years in the making, this feature-length documentary was filmed during nine remarkable journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. Taking viewers to the long-forbidden “rooftop of the world” with an unprecedented richness of imagery, the film powerfully chronicles the dark secrets of Tibet’s recent past through interviews, personal stories and archival images. It wasRead More →

I know, I know. I’ve been a total blogging slacker lately. Not only have I been remiss in blogging myself, but I haven’t been checking in on my blogroll very much either. (Hanging my head in shame.) It seems like this past week has been and September especially is going to be busier than the rest of the summer. It could be because some of my friends are back in town now so we have things planned. Could be that my in-laws will be driving up from OK and staying with us for a few days this weekend. Could be that our first official APIRead More →

It’s that time again – time for another round of Self Portrait Friday! This week’s theme is “me and a friend.” I am feeling lazy and tired so I’m only posting two pics. :oP This first one is of my sister (and good friend) Carrie and me taken in May 2005. (My God, we actually look kind of alike in that picture. Gasp!) The second one is me (and Ava) and my friend Brandy (and her son Creed) taken in March 2005. Go see who else has friends over at Katy’s blog. ;-)Read More →

I feel like I haven’t been posting anything of substance lately except pics, money woes and rants about my stinkin’ refrigerator. Here it is, almost Friday again (where did the week go?) which means we are gearing up for another SPF (Self Portrait Friday). Katy hasn’t announced the theme yet though. And do I have anything of substance to write about today? Eh, not really. :oP Ava is sleeping on me with a boob in her mouth at the moment. I’d go lay her down but she really needs to get a good nap in today because we’re heading out to a meeting (for theRead More →

1. Name as it appears on birth certificate: AKG 2. Nicknames: Ame, Amus the Maevis 3. Place of Birth: Michigan 4. Favorite food: Mexican, Vietnamese or Indian. 5. Ever been to Africa: No 6. Love someone so much it hurts: Yes. 7. Been in a car accident: Just a fender-bender 8. Croutons or bacon bits: Neither. 9. Favorite day of the week: Saturday 10. Favorite restaurant: Efrain’s (yummy, cheap Mexican food!) 11. Favorite sport to watch: Hockey 12. Favorite drink for summer: Water 13. Favorite ice cream: Moose Tracks or Mint Choco Chip 14. Disney or Warner Bros.: Eh, I guess Disney though I thinkRead More →