Because I have way too many tabs open

I have, at this moment, 17 tabs open in my Firefox browser. It’s getting a little out of hand. I wouldn’t want to forget why I’m remembering any of them, and I certainly wouldn’t want you to miss them, in case you’re also interested. And so, without further ado, here are some links for you to peruse at your leisure:

I would love a Mason jar full of cupcakes and frosting. What a fabulous gift idea! How badly do I want to eat a jar full of cupcakes and frosting right now? Very badly. But I will not. Instead, I will look at the pictures and think happy thoughts about them whilst I finish my broccoli. I hope that works better for you than it does for me. Let’s move on.

Did you know you can get free ice cream at Walmart this Saturday, May 30? I know, that’s not much better than the cupcake scenario, but I thought I’d pass it along.

Have you ever made a birthday cake shaped like a dog? If so, apparently you are in good company. The internet literally abounds with pictures of dog cakes. Jack turns two on Saturday and when asked what shape he wanted for his cake, he replied, “Dog! Geese! Truck! Pants!” so I’m going with a dog cake. Unless in the meantime I figure out what a Dog Geese Truck Pants cake would look like. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Hopefully I won’t wind up on Cake Wrecks.

Give your kids a chance to think of an answer. I like this reminder to pause after asking a child a question.

Need some cheap lumber? I had never heard of a cull pile before, but apparently you can get stuff from hardware type stores for pennies on the dollar. I’m thinking of how best to figure out where one is. I mean, do you just walk into Home Depot, snag the nearest dude in a vest and ask where the cull pile is? Or is there a secret handshake involved?

Sometimes it’s ok to do things half way. For all of you who have asked me when I find time to read, this article will fill you in – except instead of procrastinating by watching Dancing with the Stars (gag me!), I read books. There, now you know I’m a lazy perfectionist. I’m working on it.

One effective means for getting housework out of the way is the One Hour Blitz. I have tried this a few times during the kids’ rest hour and it’s surprisingly effective. I haven’t had such spotless baseboards in lo these many years. All that baseboard scrubbing gave me some weird carpal tunnel type pain though, I tell you what. I’m calling it “baseboard wrist” to make it sound like a sports injury.

I think I need to get our carseats checked. My friend Jen sent me this great article on car seat safety and it made me rethink some things. We haven’t had our carseats checked since before Hannah was born so I think I’m going to make another appointment.

Did you know that sleep can help you lose weight? I am filing this fascinating information away for some far off future date when I can ever get at least seven and a half hours of sleep. Apparently that’s the magic number. Sounds magical to me.

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