We’re all fine.

That’s basically all I want you to take away from this post. This is the longest I’ve gone without blogging since I started this whole thing. We’ve all been sick since Thanksgiving (well, not Ferris, breastfed baby immune systems FTW!) and I’ve been trying to cram in some holiday shopping. I’m usually done with all my present shopping before Thanksgiving, but this year I’m just getting started. YIKES. Family members reading this: your gifts are likely to be late.

Anyway, excuses, excuses. I’m here, I’m fine (or I will be when this runny nose and cough finally leave), I plan on blogging in the future. Hope everyone else is staying well, staying warm and having a great holiday season.

I’m here, I’m there, I’m everywhere!

Hey everyone, hope your weekend was fantastic. Mine was eventful, as huz ran the San Francisco Marathon yesterday, and our day began at 4 a.m. Woot!

Anyway, just wanted to give an update on the Circle of Moms Top 25 SF Bay Area Mom Bloggers contest. Thanks to all of your votes, I made it in at #12 on the list! I will be featured in The RoundUp, the site’s editorial resource. I’m excited for the opportunities this will bring in, and I’m honored to be a part of the list, with such a great group of bloggers! Thanks to all!

I’m also featured today on fellow bloggy lady Shannon’s site, Sweet Stella’s. Thanks Shannon for the lovely post! Everyone take a look, and read some other posts too, some good stuff there! Thanks again and have a great week!

I know, I know.

I’ve really been phoning it in lately, sorry about that. This past weekend was the preschool benefit auction, of which I was part of the planning committee, and it was using up a vast majority of the little free time I normally have.

I have also been nursing a sinus/lung thing off and on since New Year’s Eve, so there’s been a bit of napping as well. Finally going to the doctor later this week, and praying that it’s nothing serious that I’ve been passing on to all the kiddos at preschool (I did my work day last week even though I was a hacking, mucousy mess).

But then I stumbled on an old pal’s blog today and she hasn’t posted since last October, so I’m feeling a little better about myself. I post more often that that, at least. I mean, most of the time it’s about the weather, or my health or how I never post but, whatever.

There’s BIG stuff coming this spring, I just have a feeling. So hang in there.

Don’t be rude.

I can’t stand negativity. Mainly the Internet kind of negative activity. “I don’t like this.” “I hate this.” “People who like this can go to hell.”

People are just getting so rude lately, it mystifies me sometimes. Like, what reason on earth could you possibly have for hating that particular thing so much, that you have to let us all know on Facebook and Twitter and MySpace and your blog and everywhere.

And most of the time, it’s stuff that, if you really dislike it so, you could easily just avoid and forget about. Don’t like mommy blogs? Don’t read them. Don’t like a certain social media site? Don’t use it. I mean, there’s voicing your opinion, and then there’s being obnoxiously hateful about something that’s A) never going to change and B) not going away just because you say so.

Thankfully, this blog has as of now avoided such comments, for which I am very grateful to my readers. And if I ever do get a crabby pants comment, I’ll probably not publish it anyway (let that be a warning to you!).

I’ve seen a lot of these snarky, hateful comments on some of my favorite blogs, and it makes me seethe. There is merit to publishing it, I suppose, like people coming to your defense and renewing your self-esteem. But I’d rather not give them the pleasure of seeing their spewed hatred in print, and the satisfaction of getting the responses they are probably seeking anyway.

Cheer up people, things could be a hell of a lot worse. Focus on what you LIKE, not what you dislike.

Oh, hey blog.

Oh, dear blog, I have neglected you so. Mostly because I’ve been concentrating on some (very minor) writing projects, and, um, generally just being lazy.

Most exciting thing in my life right now? We have our giant medical bill sum down to one bill, $300. I am SO PROUD of us. I don’t want to get into how much we owed, so as to avoid any kind of “my bills were so much more stressful than yours, count your blessings!” discussions. But, it was a grand total, and one that we had to pay of slowly, slowly, slowly.

Hubbs and I have been reading this book, and we are CONVERTS. I mean, big time. Basically, this guy lays out a really simple plan for getting out of debt, even if you don’t make that much money, and staying out of debt, and we are pretty pumped. If you’re having money woes, I suggest a looksie at this book. It has changed everything—the way we think about money, the way we handle money, the way we talk about money, everything.

Part of the program to is just to go heads down and do any work you can to contribute to the family income, so I have been taking on some kind of tedious, but PAYING writing jobs, and almost nothing else is getting done. In fact, as I sit and type to you, I am really supposed to be doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, sorting through old bills, scooping the kitty box and a hundred zillion other things.

In other news, yesterday the picky eater was eating whole wheat pasta (plain, but still), avocados, pepperoni (on pizza, but still) and salsa (no idea why this one works for him).

I also wanted to let you guys in on the diaper scandal. (If you’re a cloth diaper, this probably won’t interest you, sorry!) Up until a month or so ago, I always got Pampers in the big packs from either Target or Babies R Us. To save some scratch, I decided to try the Target brand, Up and Up diapers. But they kept leaking. So, I ordered a big box of Pampers from Amazon for a really good price. Turns out? Not every Pamper is created the same! These were the same type, same style, same size, but a much much much different diaper.

I mentioned this to a friend, whose sister works at Kimberly-Clark (they make Huggies, but it’s all the same). She says, the diapers they make for different retailers are actually different from each other. It’s all about the cost. You’re saving money buying them at Costco or Wal-Mart or Amazon, but the retailer is saving money buying cheaper diapers from the diaper manufacturer! Scandalous! So, my advice, hand over the extra dough for a decent diaper.