No party after all

Ava’s in the middle of teething, and, as a result, her immune system seems to be compromised. She caught a cold and has been coughing and sneezing a lot the past two days. I decided it wouldn’t be right to leave her and go to the party tonight (Jody’s work holiday party), so we all stayed home.

To repay me for staying home with her, Ava just puked on me. Ahhh. The joys of motherhood. ;)

Seriously though, she doesn’t really act sick, other than not eating much (though the snot hanging from her nose is a good tip off that she’s not operating at 100%).

I spoke with a friend of mine who’s an herbalist and she recommended some homeopathic remedies for her as well as an herbal daily immune booster for the winter months. Hopefully those will help her heal quickly and stay well.

I am somewhat bummed about not getting to go tonight, since it was going to be me and Jody’s first night out together in what seems like forever. But I’m even more bummed that she and Jody (since he’ll be home with her) will have to miss the Cherished Children party tomorrow. All of our friends and all of their kids will be there, plus several families we haven’t yet met. I’ve actually already been planning on taking free family portraits for four of the families there so I’m going regardless. (I wanted to do everyone’s family portrait, but with around 15 families attending, there just wouldn’t be time.) I went over to where the party is going to be today to set everything up. I’m not really happy with the lighting (or lack there of), especially because it’s supposed to be cloudy again tomorrow, but hopefully it will be sufficient. Guess we’ll see!

Hope you all are having a good (and healthy) weekend. Stay warm. :)

Will be scarce for a while

I’ve got so much to do in the next few weeks that I doubt I’ll be blogging (or visiting many blogs – sniff, sniff) for a little while. Between Ava turning one on June 22, getting everything ready for her birthday party on July 2, my sister returning from India on June 27, my parents getting into town on June 30, and working on some other projects that I’ll have to write about at another time, I am going to be up to my ears in it.

I’ll try to check in here and there, but I can’t make any promises. Of course, if the writing bug bites me, I may be back sooner. I have so many things I’d like to write about lately (especially a follow-up to “The View” nurse-in and all the wonderful [and some negative] press breastfeeding is getting as a result), but that will have to wait.

Hope all the daddies out there have a great Father’s Day!

Oh, and guess what happened today!! Ava took her first steps! We were at a friend’s house and she took two steps into my arms. I just about melted. Hopefully she’ll do it again soon as a Father’s Day present to Jody. ;)

Freecycling to help others/ the environment

A couple of months ago, I discovered an awesome thing called “freecycling!” Simply put, “The worldwide Freecycleâ„¢ Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns.” Learn more at Freecycle.org.

At least where I live, the Freecycle Network is on a Yahoo group. People post things they want to get rid of (offers) or things they hope to acquire (wanteds). The only requirement for posting is that everything must be free. There’s no trading or selling.

So far I’ve freecycled an old couch and our glass/mirrored shower doors. I have some other things in the garage that I’ve set aside to freecycle as well. Of course the more I look through the things we’ve acquired over the years, the more I’m finding worthy of freecycling. It’s amazing how much “junk” you can collect without ever meaning to. ;)

Anyway, once you’ve posted something you want to give away/freecycle, you are then free to post for things that you want. I tried my hand at placing a “wanted ad” for a music keyboard for Ava this week. Less than an hour after I posted, I received an e-mail from a guy who has one sitting in his garage. We’re going to pick it up this weekend! :) I’ve already thought of some other things for Ava that I’d love to get, but don’t have the money. And I think when you are posting for things for kids like clothes or toys, there are bound to be people who have that item just sitting around their house so there’s a good chance of getting it.

There’s a huge array of things posted on Freecycle. Some things on my local list up for grabs in the past day include: a vacuum cleaner, various books, an igloo dog house (which reminds me – we’ve got one of those to get rid of), air mattresses, firewood, a microwave oven, a computer desk, a lop-eared rabbit, a dresser, three recliners, bus coupons, Celestial Seasonings tea, Christmas lights, a Polaroid camera and 70’s hanging door beads, among many others. The variety of items on there amazes me.

The tricky thing I’ve found is that if someone posts something as an offer, you have to respond right away in order to get it, because it’s first-come, first-served. There were some diaper wraps on there a couple weeks ago that I would’ve loved to have, but I was the second person to respond so I didn’t get them. Ya win some, ya lose some.

“The average American generated 2 1/2 pounds of garbage a day in 1960. Do you know how much each American generates today?
Answer: Today it’s twice that at nearly 5 pounds a day!” — www.freecycle.org

Yikes! That quote scares me and makes me want to rant about all of the excess packaging these days, but I’ll save that for another day. ;) “By Freecycle-ing, we can help the environment by diverting useful items from landfills while also helping members of our local community.” I think it’s an awesome concept and I’m glad to see so many people taking advantage of it. According to the freecycle.org website, there are currently 2,507 Freecycleâ„¢ Communities and 1,024,995 Freecycleâ„¢ Members.

One man/woman’s trash truly is another’s treasure.
And now I’m off to list that igloo dog house. :)

No time like the present

So much for my feeble attempts to write consistently. I just haven’t had the time.

At the moment, my wee one is down for a nap so I thought I’d try to put some words down. However, I’m finding it’s hard to come up with well-written thoughts when you are under a severe time crunch. I’ve actually started a couple posts lately, but my thoughts have been so jumbled I haven’t felt them worthy of publishing.

I think things will only continue to get more busy as spring and summer arrive. It’s hard to stay cooped up in the house when the warm weather and sunny sky are beckoning us outside.

So what is this post about then? Uh, basically me rambling about how I don’t have time to post anything worthwhile. LOL. Seriously though, I keep coming up with more projects for myself, meetings to attend, playdates to go to, etc. How’s a girl supposed to focus on her writing? ;)

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Quote of the day:
“This time, like all times, is a good time, if we but know what to do with it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Man, do I love that quote website! :) I can find the perfect quote for how I’m feeling all the time.)