Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ode to a Lifesaver

Never would I ever have thought that one of those "lifesavers" in my life would be anything close to this contraption:

For you mothers out there, I'm sure you already know what this things is.  For those of you who have no clue, it is a Baby Bjorn.  Recently, it has become the only place where baby Erin likes to perch during the day....the ENTIRE day.  Yes, she eats AND sleeps in it.  The little chicken is the happiest (with me, atleast!) when she is completely upright with full view of everything that is going on.  Now, if she were still a newborn and weighed 6 pounds, we'd be in business.  But, she is now 3 months old and getting near 13 pounds, so that translates into an 8 hour workout for her nanny!  I actually kicked the soccer ball around with the older girls yesterday while she SLEPT in this thing!  To me, she looks so uncomfortable all squished and strapped in it, but she is happier no where else and I'm not about to disrupt a happy baby's happiness!  An added bonus is that when she eats in it, the "squished" effect caused her to burp on her own!  Who can complain about that, right?!  As I am typing this blog entry she is laid back and sound asleep in her Bjorn.  I'm happy that she's happy, but I may need a chiropractor before things are all said and done!

Hope you all have a wonderful afternoon and that you are able to "take a load off" when your day is I'm going to!

Friday, January 15, 2010

My Friday Night Date

There's nothing better than a quiet evening at home curled up on the couch with good book, right?  I think so!  But, how about a quiet FRIDAY NIGHT at home curled up on the couch with THIS:

If you can't read the title of the book, it is EMPLOYMENT LAW.  Doesn't the title just make you tingle from your head to your toes??? ;-)  Yes folks, its Friday night and I am trying my hardest to prepare for my SATURDAY MORNING Workplace Ethics class tomorrow.  The first part of the semester focuses on...drumroll please...EMPLOYMENT LAW!  WEEEEEEE!!!!  Now, don't get me wrong, I'm sure employment law really is fascinating, but what do you do if you don't even understand a large amount of the words in the book?!  How about the phrase "writ of mandamus"?  If you know that one off the top of your head (attorneys excluded!), then my hats off to you!  Luckily, I have a father, mother, and brother who are all attorneys, and I have already soliticed their advice on the best way to navigate this book!  My father's first suggestion was to purchase a copy of "Black's Law Dictionary."  He said if I couldn't find a used one at the bookstore, that he would just mail me the one my grandfather used when he was in law 1936!  It might a be a little musty, but it would pretty neat to use your grandfather's law dictionary from 1936, wouldn't it?  I think I am just going to just pray that the teacher will have mercy on us poor students tomorrow and tell us that she is going to spoon feed us every bit of employment law that we need to know!  Just kidding!  Well....kind of. ;-)

So, my friends, that is how I am spending this Friday night in the nation's capitol.  Just me and my trusty copy of Employment Law!  I know, you're jealous and you wish you could be me right this second. ;-)

Whatever you may be doing (employment law or otherwise!) I hope you are having a wonderful Friday night!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Does anyone out there remember me??  If you don't, I understand why!  I have been the WORST blogger of all bloggers since my Christmas break began over a month ago!  You would think that I would blogged daily with all the free time I had on my hands while I was home, but I sure didn't.  I spent every minute of wonderful time in Alabama enjoying being with my family, visiting friends, reading and watching tv on the screened porch, and sleeping VERY late almost every day!  I was never a late sleeper until I began my new life in DC.  I think the combination of nanny by day and student by night has caused me to crave every minute of sleep I can get!  Needless to say, I caught up on more than my share while I was home! 

My family and I had a truly wonderful Christmas and I was so blessed to be able to spend almost two weeks in Monroeville!  After being home for almost two weeks, it was definitely very hard to return to life in the big city.  While I missed my friends here and my little chickens (Gretchen, Lucy, and Erin), getting back into the swing of daily life was a little tough the first few days!  I have my first night of class tomorrow and I already had to write a paper...before class even started!  Isn't it amazing the way email has changed the way school works?!  I am looking forward to seeing my classmates that I became friends with last semester and meeting my new professor.  My other class is on....SATURDAY MORNING!  OUCH!  It is from 9AM-12PM, so I guess it could be worse.  I'm actually glad that something will be forcing me to get my lazy self out of bed on Saturday mornings! ;-)

I wish that I had lots of fun pictures to share with you from the holidays, but I took not one single pic the entire time I was home.  But, Santa did bring me one of these:

It is the latest Canon PowerShot Elph and I LOVE it!  My old camera was a Canon PowerShot 360 and while it has been a fantastic camera, it is much larger than the Elph, which made it difficult to carry with me at all times.  The Elph is small, but not too small, takes incredible pics, and is perfect for keeping in my purse at all times!  He also brought several very generous gifts cards to my favorite spots which I am hoarding away until just the right time.  Don't you love finding something perfect in a store and then remembering that you have an unused gift card stashed away in your wallet?  I do!  Thank you, Santa!! :-)

I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday filled with lots of fun and many happy memories and that you are having a great 2010 so far!

Good night!!