The latest Yankee Candle catalog came in the mail today. As always, I flip through and sniff the scents. And, as always, I drool over several of them. This catalog was a bit different in that now my son has decided that these are all scents he likes. Usually, he sniffs one that I point out and gives me a ‘Its smells good’ and walks off. I admit though, this selection is quite nice. Scents inspired by beaches, sweets and my favorite flower scent, roses.
Why don’t I just buy them? I really can’t justify any new candles right now. Aside from the very likely possibility that I will be forced to take 2 weeks of leave without pay, I have 1 small jar, with only used a few hours, and 5 large jars; 1 never used, and the others with various amounts left. Since DS’s all-time favorite is Sweet Strawberry, when that burns out, I will have to get a new one. Hmmm, I wonder if hubby would notice if I bought more…
My son is at that odd in-between stage in pants sizes. A size 5 fits his wait, but they look like highwaters in length. I started searching for belts but I kept finding ones that were way too long. Sure, he’d slowly grow into them, but in the meantime, the strap would go around to his back. Plus he hates belts. And buttons, and snaps, and zippers…. My son prefers to wear elastic waist bands, like an old man! I eventually stumbled across Dapper Snappers.
The folks who came up with Dapper Snappers are geniuses! It is a strap of elastic with snaps that you loop through the back belt loops. They sell clips that you can use on pants without belt loops. I purchased a 3 pack, and my son loves them. He will wear any style of pants now. Except for jeans, he’s got something against jeans.
I am so pleased with Dapper Snappers, that I plan on buying 1 or 2 “Big Kid” belts when they are back in stock on their site. I am also considering a few adult size Dapper Snappers for myself to wear as I loose weight. According to the description, adult Dapper Snappers would fit kids 7+ if the regular ones don’t, so I’ll probably be getting my son a few of these next year, if he refuses a belt.
How can Hidden Valley have farm fresh veggies to dip into their ranch dressing, when according to their commercial, they always have blue skies?
As long as I can remember, I have been a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, which for a girl, makes me a geek automatically. Some of my earliest memories are of cuddling up next to my dad and watching the original Star Trek, the animated Star Trek (Thanks Nickelodeon!), and Doctor Who. Dad took my sister and I to see the first release of Star Wars. I LOVED it, my sister fell asleep. To this day she can not stay awake through a Star Wars movie. Once I sat down and did the math, I’m not surprised. I was 5 and she would have been 3.
In sixth grade the band director came to recruit us. He demonstrated all the different instruments. When he got to the trombone he said that to play it, you needed long arms. I looked down at my arms and asked to try it. He sent me home with a mouthpiece and said if I could make it sound like a duck, I could be a trombone player. So I became not only a band geek, but a female playing a traditionally male brass instrument. I remained a “band geek” through my undergrad years.
I remember my first computer. Dad brought home a TRS-80 Color Computer and I loved going through the book that came with it, that cute green screened monitor with a smiley face. I had no way to save my programs, so I had to retype them every time. Dad later upgraded me to a Commodore 64. That baby got me through high school. One year for Christmas someone gave Dad a modem for it. He slid it over to me and told me to hook it up. I never did. I had no idea that is online world was emerging. Then it would have been just BBS but I could have been on the Internet since its infancy and I blew it! I got a Mac to take to college, and my only disappointment was the lack of software. Even today, the Mac Microsoft Office is several versions behind the Windows version.
When I did discover the Internet, I caught on quick. I was still in college and a friend dragged me to the computer lab and showed me how to get my email address that the university had created. A year or so later I overheard folks talking about this new program called “Netscape” and World Wide Web pages. My college band apparently even had one. I found myself in a computer lab again and saw the Netscape icon. I double clicked, and quickly found my band’s page. Then I taught myself HTML and convinced my first employer that we needed a page, and they let me make it.
Fast forward several years and take a look at me now. When Doctor Who relaunched, Dad called just to make sure I knew. I could tell how happy he was that I remembered watching the originals with him. To earn my keep, I provide audio-visual support. What is that you ask? Remember those geeks in the AV Club in high school, running the film strips or projectors? Yeah, that’s me. Only I get paid for it now.
For better or worse, we live in a technological world and our children need to develop this skill set in order to succeed later in life. We gave our then 2 year old son, my old desktop PC when I upgraded. He quickly caught on to the use of the mouse, and was even swapping out CDs for the games he wanted to play.
Testing post from iPad.
Here is a pic of a sleepy cat.
putting pictures…come see!