I love hearing songs on the radio that I haven’t heard for a long time and then going on to YouTube.com and finding the video to watch and listen to. My recent discovery is Sisco’s “Thong Song” oh how I loved that song when it came out almost a decade ago. It’s funky and easy to dance to, gotta love it!
I remember going to one of the many school functions that I try and attend to show support to my sister’s kids; they had the 7th grade girls dance to this song and I totally freaked. You gotta remember this was over ten years ago, it had just come out and I was finally realizing what the words were and what the whole song was about and then to see this young gymnastic team at a public school do a dance to such questionable music.
I didn’t say anything at the time, but after it was all over and on the way home the subject came up and we all expressed our feelings about the song and the dance. Man, didn’t I feel like such a “prude” and so “old fashioned” about my reaction to the whole ordeal and of course every time I hear this song I think of that day.
Being an animal lover for as long as I remember I always have several animals in and/or out of the house. If we had a larger place and if the economy wasn’t hurting our finances year after year after year, we would have a whole lot more critters under our care. I have fostered a few dogs here and there through out the years which is something that I wish more people would get into. There are so many animals out there that just need a place and a family to love them until they can find the perfect permanent home for them to live out their life. I have had some really entertaining and loving dogs through the fostering programs that they have in this area.
We will be getting a new dog in a few months, when the weather is much warmer. We are going to find and adopt a retriever that hubby can train and work with as a hunting dog. He all ready has some of the equipment that will be useful for this type of training. I’ve trained many dogs, but never for hunting and retrieving. The recently purchased sportdog 800 will certainly play a key role in this process. This sportdog 800 is a mid-sized transmitter that will provide up to a 1/2 mile of range that they have combined with a small receiver (a very lightweight and comfortable piece of equipment) to put on the collar. There is a lot of really cool training equipment online that we are always looking at and am amazed at what all technology is providing us in the dog training world.
My IT buddies are talking about taking little road trip to New Orleans in April and going to the Word Camp conference. I know that a lot of the people who are hands on with the WordPress software and web site will be in attendance – it would be very cool to meet these people. I read about some designers and developers who are going to be there – I think it would be fascinating to meet these people and have an opportunity for a casual chat and get into their heads a little. It’s close enough to pencil in a trip to New Orleans for just the weekend. I’m not real happy with the thought of New Orleans – if it was anywhere in Florida I would drop everything and go.
There aren’t many places that I don’t want to visit and New Orleans is one of them, for a variety of reasons. It is ridiculous how the place is still a total wreck after Katrina devastated the place way back in 2005. I think that I would get really emotional witnessing that area first hand which would make me look so foolish in front of people that I work with. I know several people who were there during Katrina and how it ruined their homes, their businesses, their families and their lives. There is just way too much bad karma going on there that I would just assume not to be near.
When I was a kid, all that parents had to guide them through the early childhood years was a copy of Dr. Spock’s book and parents or grandparents who were quick to let you know you were messing up. Now, new parents get parenting help from the internet during the pregnancy, through childbirth and newborns, for toddlers and preschoolers, and on up through the years.
On the www.parentsconnect.com web site there are other moms and dads (I love that there are a good amount of dads that are included here) who welcome your feedback and suggestions for problems they are dealing with that perhaps you’ve dealt with successfully, and a sympathetic ear with suggestions for issues that have you frustrated. The site has coupons and deals for saving money on children’s products and services, message boards, and a variety of interesting articles on both classic and timely issues, like the swine flu that scared us all so badly just a few years ago.
Just thought I’d through this out here today for anyone who is a mom, or is going to be a mom, wants to be a mom or knows someone who might be and could find this website useful along the way.
One of the things that worries me from time to time is how in the world my family is going to be able to deal with my mother’s belongings after she passes away. Visions of my brothers and sisters racing down to her house as fast as they can to make a mad and greedy “grab everything before anyone else can get there” are front and foremost in my mind. After all, most of the people in my family are all about the money. My mother has quite an unusual assortment of bits and pieces of memories of her life, and knowing what has monetary value versus sentimental value will be a challenge.
There was a blog post I was reading today that brought those thoughts to mind, about my mother’s little treasures. The blog was on the website of a trust litigation Lawyer In Palm Beach. The post that I found most interesting was one about how challenging it can be to have to sort through the belongings of a hoarder, and figure out what has value and what doesn’t. There were some really good tips i.e. making sure to look inside all of the books and in the backs of frames in case something of value was tucked inside for safe keeping.