Sunday, January 31, 2010

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging...

I know I haven't been blogging here lately but the thing is my running blog has really been my focus, so, I've decided to take a "time out" here. I'll still be around commenting on your blogs like always I'm just putting a lot of time into my running and I only have time for one blog right now. Naturally, I'm choosing to put my attention on my running blog because running is so important to me. Feel free to stop by though, even if you aren't a runner, I won't bite!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Houston, we have a name.

After much debating we finally named the kitten. We decided on Lucy, mostly because she's a precious little girl and that name reminded us of a sweet little baby. It's also nice that when she does something wrong I get to say, "Lucy! You got some 'splainin' to do."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Here Kitty, Kitty.

Our Sunday was spent in Oklahoma City where we got this little ball of precious. We're still trying to come up with a name for her but she is the sweetest.
Susie is absolutely terrified of her because what 75 pound dog isn't afraid of a 1 pound kitten?
Doesn't she look vicious?She's a killer.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Ants, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

For Christmas my son got this really cool ant habitat from my brother and his wife, they're a super cool aunt and uncle because 1)they have no kids so they always get the kids things that "typical parents" wouldn't get and 2) because they are Nicholas' godparents and that pretty much makes them awesome. Typically a present that you have to order live animals in the mail would piss me off but this was really cool and Luis and I were just as excited about it as Nicholas was.
Anyway, apparently this is some amazing gel developed by NASA (you hear that Gin? NASA. Is this what you do all day, play with ants?) that has all the nutrients and water that ants need and its clear so you can see all the neat-o tunnels they build.

When you open it up it's pretty unremarkable, it just looks like a odd shaped tub of goo but it starts to get cool when the ants arrive. Those are the ants below.

We ordered the harvester ants because they're larger which makes them easier to see. After a few days in a test tube in the mail these babies are active too. I was going to have Nicholas dump them in the container but he refused saying the ants might kill him so I did the deed and man, was I glad I did. Those suckers are fast and wanted to get the heck out of that tube, I barely made it out alive...okay, I very easily made it out alive but this post needed some adventure.

The booklet that comes with the habitat says to allow 24-48 hours for the ants to start tunneling, at this point they're just eating I think (at least that's what it looks like). The coolest part is that it comes with this super magnifying glass that you can see all the little hairs on the ants and their creepy little faces, Nicholas loves it.

The kids are so in awe of this thing that they asked to eat their snack with it.

This is such a neat gift and really educational for the whole family. I wanted to share with everyone because I know sometimes as a parent you get stuck when trying to get a gift for a child or when you're looking for something fun and educational for your kids and I really think this is a great idea, even if it is a hassle to order ants in the mail.

I'll be sure to post some pictures after a few days to show you how the ants are tunneling (because I know you're as riveted as I am...what? I really am).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Awwww, shucks!

Last night I got a comment from this cool chick because I came to Colorado and didn't tell her (in my defense I didn't tell anyone because it was an impulsive trip with no planning). I knew she lived in Colorado, I mean her blog is called Raising Colorado, duh! But I had no idea that she literally worked right down the street from where J lives and we actually went out a few times while I was in town and it would have been sooooo easy to drop by and say hi. I can't believe it and I'm super annoyed because I would love to brag tell you about meeting her.

So next time I'm in Colorado (probably this summer) I am so going to meet her, maybe get to see her adorable (and very Asian-looking) son, Bok Choy Troy! And I'll definitely tell J to keep an eye out for hot UPS guys because that could be her hubby. How exciting!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why I Love Google Reader

I was a little late getting on the Google Reader bandwagon, I've had a blog and been reading blogs for over 2 years now and in December I finally tried the reader. J has been using Google Reader for a looooong time and her biggest problem has always been that once you start using the reader you will stop commenting as much. I can definitely see how that could be possible so I didn't ever want to try it. I pride myself on my comments, I love getting comments and so I like to leave comments because if I like them then I'm sure you do too. Seems like sound logic.

So, I was hesitant to get it for several years but then I changed my email to gmail and there was this nifty little button I could get on my homepage and it said "Google Reader" and I thought it would look nice next to my nifty little Twitter button so I decided to try it out.

Sweet mother of God, I love Google Reader! I actually get everyone's blogs read in a decent amount of time, I also don't lose blogs because I didn't have time to check them out before you talkative little people decided to write another post. Before I was struggling to get everyone's blogs read and now that I've added my other blog I have a lot of new running blogs to read too, I was a little overwhelmed with it all. Now that I finally got with the times I can feasibly add probably 20 more blogs and still keep up. Maybe I comment less now but I read more so I think it all evens out in the end.

So, thanks, Google Reader, for allowing me to read more blogs and put off all the things I should be doing, you're a champ!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Why I Love My Best Friend

I got this in the mail today from my BFF and it is totally me.
Just in case you couldn't read that.

I don't know why it looks like there are lines on this shirt, there aren't.

If you love this then you can check it out and more here.