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How can something like this happen?  

Posted by: Meredith

I came across a great narrative of what happens during jury duty over at 'Even the Nice Ones', you can find the experience here, and then I saw this local news story .

The news report is about a local fugitive that attacked and raped a local woman. He is now on the run and the police can't find him. But, that's not the worst part. This man has been arrested 32 times in the last 10 years, one of those arrests for hitting a child!

How can a system that works so well at times, obviously make such a huge mistake as letting someone like this out on the streets?

This is why I would love to work in the public sector of law. Yes the big bucks are in private law, but if I could help to prosecute the people that cause continuous problems, and maybe save one victim, I would be happy living without lots of money.

Some people just don't care, and the system needs to realize that 'another chance' is not going to change the person.

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What is the hottest show this fall?  

Posted by: Meredith

I have found the show that has captured my attention for good....RAISING THE BAR!
Now, of course, there are other shows that I watch,(Gossip Girl), but this weekend I actually had a chance to watch the past 4 episodes of Raising the Bar. I have been DVRing them since the show started, and when I started watching Saturday, I had a mini-marathon to watch.

As the title suggests this show is about lawyers, somewhat like Boston Public, somewhat like Law and Order. Since I am studying to be a paralegal, it only makes sense that a show about law would capture my attention. However, you don't have to be interested in law to enjoy this show.

The relationships between the characters is so true to life, and there is at least one personality each of us could relate to. I relate to Jerry Kellerman in that I am very stubborn like he is. Jerry Kellerman is played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Here is the character description from the show website:

Anyone facing prosecution would be lucky to have Jerry Kellerman as a public defender. His passion and energy are matched by his unwavering devotion to securing justice for all. He will not hesitate to stand up to even the most ruthless judge if he thinks his client is not being treated fairly. He bristles when others manipulate the system at the expense of those he is trying to defend.


I love how he never backs down from a fight, even if it means he might end up in jail, just to help his client get justice.

Watch the show if you get a chance. You will probably enjoy it. Let me know what you think...

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UPDATE: This show is on TNT, sorry I left that part out!

What about co-sleeping or the family bed...  

Posted by: Meredith

In my Aloha Friday post I asked the question 'Do you "co-sleep", or do you have a "family bed"?,' The comments that I received were mainly families that do not co-sleep on a regular basis. I wanted to know how common co-sleeping and the family bed was today.

When Little B. was born I never planned to have him sleep with me, however, typical life happened and we sleep together every night now. Sometimes I enjoy the opportunity to be close to my baby, being so busy with work and school, it's a chance to just cuddle be together. Other times, however, I really wish I could stay in bed with my husband and sleep through the night.

When B. was born his father would not help with the bottles in the middle of the night. ( And I kinda had to be up every couple of hours anyway to breastfeed or pump to avoid explosion!) So, when it came time to feed the little bugger got hungry, I would just put him in bed with me to nurse so I could just go back to sleep while B. got his fill. Two hours later B. would wake me up to eat and I would flip over and let him at the other side.

Brandon continued to sleep with me after we moved back to my dad's house when his father and I split. We slept in the same bed out of necessity not choice. When Hubby J. and I got married and I moved into his house, the co-sleeping continued. But, this co-sleeping was only between B. and I. I have to lay down with the little one to get him to go to sleep, usually I have to be holding his hand, and when he is asleep I quietly get up and spend a few hours with the Hubs. and then we go to bed.

Within a few hours Little B. will wake up and make his way into our room, proceed to my side of the bed, and wake me up to go get in his bed. I am an exceptionally heavy sleeper and am blessed with the ability to get up from the bed, walk across the house, and be back to sleep before my head hits the pillow in the next room.

The nights that I have school and and Hubby J. puts B. to bed, I really enjoy being able to be there when he gets up and surprise him, and snuggle until he goes back to sleep. (You see, B. is a massive mamma's boy and when he sees me in the middle of the night, after J. put him to bed, he is soooo excited.) Other times, such as Sunday nights, after a day of constant running, playing, non-stop screaming (because that is what toddlers do), cleaning, catching up, I really want to be able to put the kid to bed and sleep the entire night without having to wake up and go to another bed.

It's interesting to discuss with others the way their family deals with decisions we all make, and how those decisions change with the reality of life. I wish that Little B. would sleep in his own bed, by himself, and sleep the entire night. However, it doesn't look like that is going to happen any time soon so I will enjoy having a baby that needs his mama to be able to get a good night's sleep until he decides to be a 'big boy' and sleep by himself.

Hopefully that will happen before we have another, or at least by the time the sleepovers start!

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Great Giveaway...  

Posted by: Meredith

Everyone needs to check out The Write Gal blog for this great giveaway. Christy over at The Write Gal always has great giveaways, and reviews some of the cutest stuff out there.

Check out the adorable Appledonia t-shirts that you have an opportunity to win at: http://thewritegal.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/win-a-cute-t-shirt-for-your-little-one/

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You gotta read this...  

Posted by: Meredith

I was over at Mommying on the Fly reading her post "Best Plan Ever" and thought I would pass it along here. This is an email that she received about the Bailout plan.

I totally agree with this guy. What do you think about the Bailout plan?



Hi Pals,

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a 'We Deserve It Plan'
To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bon-a-fide
US. Citizens 18+


Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up...

So, divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00

My plan is to give $425,000.00 to every person 18+ as a 'We deserve it Dividend'
Of course, it would not be tax free. Let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every indivuduakl will have to pay $127,500.00. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to uncle sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297, 500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00.
What would you do with $297, 500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off Mortgage? = Housing crisi SOLVED
Repay college loans? = Great boost to new grads
Put away money for college? = It'll be there
Save in the bank? = Create money to loan to enterpreneurs
Buy a new car? = Create jobs
Invest in the market? = Capital drives growth
Pay for your parent's medical insurance? = Health care improves
Enable dead beat dads to come clean... Or else

Rememebr this is for every adult US Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And ofcourse for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're GOING to re-distribute wealth let's really do it... instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ("vote buy") economic encentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.
If we're gonna do an $85 billion bail out, let's bail out every adult US Citizen!

As for AIG- liquidate it
Sell off its parts.


If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it.
Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion 'We Deserve It Dividend' more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,

Birk

T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion

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Aloha Friday!  

Posted by: Meredith

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. Kalani @ An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday. What's that you ask? I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Today's Question is:
(this question is for the parents out there...)
Do you "co-sleep", or do you have a "family bed"?


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Women of Faith...  

Posted by: Meredith

A few years ago I went to a conference here in Charlotte that had such a lasting impression on me. The conference was "Extraordinary Faith" by the Women of Faith organization. I don't know if you have ever heard of the Women of Faith, but I suggest you look to their website http://www.womenoffaith.com/ if you ever are in the need for a little lift.

I have never been in a situation where I was surrounded by 16,000 women all praising the same Man. There was a sense of power in the coliseum, a strength that could rival any army. I have since been to another conference, "Contagious Joy", that was just as inspiring and moving.

Each conference runs for 2 days. 2 days that are filled with singing, dancing, lectures, dramatic skits, laughter, crying, and joy all in the name of worship for the one and only Lord. Women of Faith travel the country for months on end to bring these conferences to as many women as possible. If you ever get a chance to attend, you will not be disappointed.

Unfortunately, WOF is not coming to Charlotte this year, they will be in Greensboro, and I will not be able to make it. However, I plan to go back next year (I will plan ahead a bit better.)

If you can't make it to the conference, the website has a store where you can purchase books and other items relating to each year's theme, in addition to devotionals, music, bibles, just about anything you could want or need in your spiritual life. I recommend, "Extraordinary Faith" by Sheila Walsh, the theme book for the 2005 conference.

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Pneumonia with a side order of mold...  

Posted by: Meredith

Over the past 3 1/2 weeks I have been battling a nasty chest cold. It all started out as a head cold, which disappeared quickly, and then took hold of my lungs. I haven't really been feeling bad, just a nasty cough. This cough has been disturbing others in my office so I have been downing Robitussin like H2O. That did nothing for the cough, just kept me a bit loopy in the head so I was not bothered as much.

I know all moms have put off going to the doctor for something as minor as a cough. We don't have the time to be sick. So we keep running and doing and making everyone happy. But eventually it will come to haunt you. I decided Friday that I would skip my 5 hour accounting class on Saturday to go to the doctor. I don't like the doctor, but anything is better than 5 hours of accounting, especially on a Saturday.

By Saturday morning my chest was really starting to hurt, I had been wheezing for a few days, and I could hear stuff rattling around when I would breath. A few minutes with the stethoscope and the doctor confirmed that in addition to bronchitis, I had pneumonia.

4 prescriptions later and I was on the couch at home feeling terrible. I guess once my mind was convinced that I was sick, my body finally began acting sick. But that is not the end of my bad news weekend...

Walking in the door at home from the doctor I was over come with an intense mildew/mold smell. How gross! I searched and searched and could not find anything. The day before we smelled something funny but could not put our finger on it. We had a suspicion it was coming from the clothes washer. On Saturday, after talking to others that know more that us, Hubby J. came to the conclusion that there was mold growing in the drain pipe from the clothes washer.

Being the attentive and caring husband that J. is, he did a bit of research on mold and decided that Little B. and I had to be out of the house for the night until he got the mold cleaned up. Which he did by the end of Saturday night.

So just hours of being diagnosed with pneumonia, and my body finally telling me that it's ok to be sick, and just wanting to rest all night in my own bed with my husband to take care of me, I find out that I have to drive to my mothers house for the night.

What started out as a weekend with no plans, a time to slow down and relax, became anything but. And to top it all off, the Boss has me running around town all day, not really helping the wheezing...

Maybe next weekend will be better.

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Our Enchanted Cottage...  

Posted by: Meredith

PhotobucketYou know that movie, "Stardust?" The Village of Wall in that movie is the same village that I picture myself living in after the kids are grown up, Hubby J. and I have retired, and we are begining our lives as the old married couple that will grow old together holding hands.

I want to live in an enchanted cottage, in an enchanted town, in the middle of rolling mist covered hills.Photobucket A town with coble stone streets, a little market where everyone sells their homegrown crops. A town where there are no cell phones, televisions, computers, or other technology that garbles up our everyday life.

I would love to have a little cottage built out of stone, with a split rail fence, a babbling brook out back with some ducks, and a hammock to relax in. PhotobucketI can just picture Hubby J. and I waking up to the fresh crisp air and birds chirping. Heading out to the hammock and enjoying a cup of coffee while feeding the baby deer and rabbits that call the forrest home.

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How nice it would be to make this fantasy a reality. Hopefully by Sunday this we will be able to do it. (That is if one of the 100 lottery numbers Hubby J. contributed $5 to today is a winner!)
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Do you remember...  

Posted by: Meredith in ,

THE LITTLE PRINCE

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I try to ask almost everyone I meet that is close to my age if they remember the cartoon "The Adventures of The Little Prince." I have yet to find a single person that remembers this show. My mom doesn't even remember it and I used to watch it all the time when I was little.

I don't know if maybe the show just took a special hold on my imagination or if it was a really great show that lots of people watched. The latter seems more accurate.

I had forgotten about The Little Prince for a long time until I went on a trip across the US with Teens Camping Tour of the West when I was 15. On this trip there was a reading list of books we had to read, which there was plenty of time to do since desert drives as so long and boring. This list included books like "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, and, there it was, "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

When I saw the little blonde headed boy with green clothes and a butterfly net on the cover I immediately remembered my favorite show from when I was a child. While this book is written is a way that a young reader could understand, this book is really for the adults that read it.

I strongly suggest to anyone out there looking for a great relaxing book to read, go buy a copy of "The Little Prince." There is a link in the sidebar of this blog to the 60th anniversary gift edition of the book.

And while I was surfing NetFlix the other day I saw that they have the entire series of the television show "The Adventures of The Little Prince." Of course, I added that to my queue. Moms and dads, please let your child meet The Little Prince, what a great story line that will engage your child's imagination and possible stay with them into adulthood.

Here is a description of the TV show:

A brave young prince travels the universe in search of adventure and friendship in this animated series based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's timeless children's story. The prince zips about the galaxy by catching comets in his butterfly net and holding on tight. On his journeys, he explores new planets, makes new friends and learns about love, courage and honesty along the way.

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Guppy fry...  

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When it came time to set up a fry tank for our baby guppies, we decided to put it in Little B.'s bedroom. He just loves watching the fish so we thought he would enjoy having some in his room.

Last night he was sticking his tongue out to them and Hubby J. just had to get these pictures on his phone.

B. feeds the fish and turns the light on and off each day. It's neat that he can watch them grow from babys to adults. Taking care of his fish has been added to his list of chores, so he can begin to learn responsibility. ( It's never too early to start.)

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Just playing around...  

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I was just playing around with Picasa 3, (I have never used this photo software, but I am learning that it rocks), and thought I would share this adorable photo of Little B. and one of our pups, Chewy.

Yes, Little B. is trying to give Chewy a hug but with his 'mane' B.'s arms get lost.

They love each other.


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Do you feel it?  

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Fall is in the air. Today is the first day of that I really know Fall is just a week away. It's raining here and a chilly 64 degrees. Just two days ago it was a sticky 90 degrees.

I love the Fall. In my imagination each year's Fall is more perfect than the last. Autumnal life in my head is a picture straigh from an L.L. Bean catalogue. Not that I ever buy anything from them to make my fantasy a reality.

I picture myself running to catch the colorful leaves as they fall from the trees. I think I actually did this once when I was a kid, and it was so much fun. Nothing to worry about, and if you caught a leaf before it hit the ground you got to make a wish. Ahhh Backyard Bliss.

This time of year is so rich in sight, smell, taste, I try not to miss any of it. The color of leaves as they change in the mountains is a sight I attempt to catch each year. (You have to be careful to time your visit because the diference of a week can change everything.) On the trip to see the leaves you have to stop at the orchard and get some fresh apple butter and pumpkin butter.

This time last year was kind of hectic. Hubby J. and I had just gotten married. We were all adjusting to our new family, with crazy work and school schedules. Hopefully this year we will have time to make a trip to the mountains, and maybe I will get a chance to introduce leaf wishing to Little B.

Go catch a leaf.....

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Help with the tantrums!  

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I don't know what has become of my Little B. We went through the terrible tantrum phase just before his 2nd birthday and began to move out of it not long after. I know it's easy for childred to regress at times, especially when their schedules get mixed up, but the tantrums we have been having the last two days top any we ever experienced in the past.

B. goes to visit his father every other weekend. He has been doing this since his father and I divorced when he was 6 months old. The past month, however, he was with his father 2 weekends in a row, and then at home for 2 weekends in a row. This past weekend he was with his father, and when he got home Sunday there was almost an instantaneous meltdown.

Now B. is just begining to talk, and by talk I mean use a random word at random times, so he does have some trouble expressing himself. I'm sure this has a lot to do with whatever is bothering him, but Hubby J. and I just can't figure it out.

Last night Little B. had a melt down because he wanted his juice in a 'big boy' cup instead of a sippy cup. When I got a big boy cup and poured the juice into it you would have thought the world was comming to an end.

I gave him exactly what he had asked for, but it just made things worse. These are the times your mom looks at you and says, "now do you see what I was talking about?"

Of course, the rest of the night he has a pouty attitude as mama and papa can't do anything right to make him happy again.

I don't know if the change in Little B.'s schedule is what has him off or if it's just a normal developmental phase that we will have to work through, but sometimes I wish I could call Super Nanny to help me make sense of it all.

God Bless all the parents out there with a tantrum on their hands....

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My favorite fish...  

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I spent a good bit of time today with the fish. I had to clean the tanks, change some water, and make sure everyone is healthy and happy. I really like watching the fish. Each one has a different personality and they all do really cute things. Right now we are waiting for 'mama', a very pregnant guppy to have babies. About two months ago we had a litter of fry and moved them into their own tank so they could grow without the fear of being eaten by the bigger fish. Well our babies are big enough to be moved into the grown up tank as soon as the new babies are born.

In the guppy tank we also have a dwarf gourami, a betta, two cory cats, three snails, and some ghost shrimp. They make for a very lively tank, and a lot of excitement to watch. We also have a goldfish tank with four fancy goldfish; two of these fish started my fish keeping hobby the day we took Little B. to the county fair and won them by bouncing ping pong balls into little jars. Who would have ever thought fish from the fair would actually live? These two fish have now been with us for a year and have more than tripled in size.

So many people have a misunderstanding of goldfish. They are not cheap, boring, easy to care for, or throw away starter fish. I think goldfish are terribly underestimated pets.

Here is a photo of my favorite goldfish, the one in the foreground. This fish is one that came from the fair.

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Happy Sunday to all.

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Clinginess is on the rise...  

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Two nights of the week I have to leave work and head right to school instead of going home. This schedule is the best way for me to get through the remaining classes I need to graduate. On the nights that I have to go to school my dear husband takes care of Little B. and gets him to bed before I get home.

I know kids go through many stages in life as they grow and learn about the world around them, it's really amazing to watch B. take on a personality of his own and realize that he is gaining more independence each and every day. One thing that comes with growing up is the separation anxiety stage. I thought we had worked through this issue around the 24 month mark, but it seems to be making a come back.

Over the summer I took time off school to be able to spend more time in the evenings with B. Things smoothed out at home so much with me being there every night. I was able to eat dinner with B., give him his bath, and put him to bed. Tantrums decreased from a daily occurence to about two a week. B. seemed so much happier. Now that school is back in session things have taken a turn for the worse.

When I got home from school last night I was talking to Hubby J. about his day and how B. was after school. J. told me that after dinner, before his bath, B. was playing on the floor with a puzzle when all of a sudden he stopped what he was doing and went to the window and began wimpering. B. would point out the window to where my car should be parked an give J. the 'Where is she' look. *As a side note- B. is not talking much yet, therefore, he can't just ask or tell us what is wrong.* So when J. asked him what he wanted B. turned to a wedding portrait we have on the wall, pointed to me, and started crying!

Hearing this is such a heart-breaker. I know that I will not be in school forever, but I hate that not being at home is making things hard for my Little B. I wish I could come up with something that would make it easier for him; like a way for him to understand that mommy is not going to be gone forever, I will be home as soon as I can.

I guess for now he will just have to learn that Papa is the next best thing, and I will always be there when he gets up in the morning.

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Leaving it all at the office...  

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I know that many people would say that I am young and I have so much ahead in life, don't rush, stop and smell the roses....

Well I have wished that the day I can have a job that allows me to 'leave it all at the office' would hurry up and get here. I have worked in other jobs where the drama of the office or the drama of the coffee shop followed me home and really took it out of me emotionally to the point I hated getting up in the morning because it would lead to another exhausting day of drama. That drama would spill over in to my home life, I would discuss it with my husband, become frustrated because I just needed to let it all go and move on, but I couldn't. I had involved myself with my coworkers in a way that created friendships and enemies. I know everyone has been in this position; a position where you have to alter your personality to fit with the person you are dealing with at the present time.

These jobs suck.

Well I have been working in Charlotte as a legal assistant for a couple of months now, and the office atmosphere is completely different than I have ever experienced. I work with one attorney, and there is another attorney and assistant in the same office. I have not involved myself on any level other than a professional level with my office mates. I leave personal business at the door at 9am and leave work business at the door at quitin' time. There is a sense of respect among professionals here, not the drama associated with frenemies.

Driving down I-77 to this morning I realized that the day I had been wishing for had finally arrived, and it feels good. Here's to the boundaries that help organize our lives and keep us sane. Try not to let work spill over into your home life, it's no fun.

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Newbie in the Blog world  

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I have never had a blog before and I don't really know who will read this one. I enjoy reading blogs by other people, but I don't know if there is enough interesting stuff in my life to keep anyone interested.

I guess I will begin by explaining the title of this blog: I know its cliche to say that 24 hours in a day is not enough, but I really feel that way. Even if there were more hours in a day, I would probably not get much more done because I would love to sleep more. Oh well, I guess I just need to suck it up and realize that just like every other parent I will have a chance to sleep when the kid is out of college and making a life of his own.

I have an amazing life with my wonderful husband, who means more to me and does more for me than I ever could have imagined, and a beautiful 2 and 1/2 year son who has more energy than that stupid bunny on TV. We have two dogs and three fish tanks that help to eat up what little bit of free time we have, but we (or at least I) love them all. My husband helps out so much with taking care of B. while I am in school in the evenings working on a Paralegal degree, and for that I am infinately thankful. Without his help I would never be able to pursue the career that I think I will be really happy with.

I guess with this blog I hope to document the little things in my life that I might not have the time to really enjoy so that when I do get a chance to rest I will be able to come back here and relive what I think is the Best Time of My Life!

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Giveaways  

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Posted by: Meredith

Thank you for your interest in having your product reviewed here. If you would like your product to be reviewed here there are a few requirements:

> It is a requirement that we be able to keep the product that we are reviewing.

> It is a requirement that we be able to offer one of your products to our readers in a giveaway.
(The giveaway must be free to enter.)

> It is a requirement that you, as the giveaway sponsor, mail the item to the winner in a timely
manner.

> We request that you provide a discount code for our readers on orders that can be placed
online.

Please email me at mlwd648[at]gmail[dot]com to discuss your product review.

Thank you for your interest, I look forward to reviewing your product!

Sincerely,

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