Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Such a Sweet Surprise!

So, today's fun actually started last night, when Ian decided to stay up until....well, I went to bed around 11pm and his lamp was still on, despite "lights out" time being at 9pm. (There is a schedule posted on the wall, so Ian knows very well when he's supposed to turn his light out, when he is expected to be out of bed in the morning, and when our day is going to start.)

This morning I was busy getting people on the Master List for the current CDP Exchange, yippee!! printing out the school schedules for the week, and, by the time I finished, it was time for the children to start their school "stations" (they rotate through 4 activities, changing stations every 30 minutes). Ian, of course, was still in bed and was QUITE unhappy when I informed him that he had missed breakfast time but was welcome to eat a fruit or vegetable while he worked on his stations.

Then I got Jeffrey up, changed him, and brought him in the kitchen for his breakfast, while Ian made no attempt to hide his EXTREME-DISPLEASURE-BORDERING-ON-DISGUST over the double standard at our house! Why should JEFFREY get to eat breakfast when breakfast time was over?! Oh, the Righteous Indignation of the Woefully Wronged Almost-Teenager! Let's just ignore the fact that Jeffrey is TWO YEARS OLD and nowhere near the legal age for formal education requirements and TWO YEARS OLD, and instead focus on the ABSOLUTE UNFAIRNESS of the fact that there are CONSEQUENCES for our actions!

Needless to say, Ian continued to be even more grumpy and irritable than usual with everyone who crossed his path for the rest of the day.

Later, as I was trying to read to the children (which is SO FRUSTRATING because they are CONSTANTLY interrupting me), I looked up just as Jeffrey was leaning towards Dog to pet her, and Dog jumped up and tried to sink her teeth into Jeffrey's head; she was trying so determinedly that, when it was over and I looked at Jeffrey's head, it looked like he had scraped it on the sidewalk. Luckily, I was within arms-reach and immediately jumped up and got Dog away from Jeffrey while letting her know that she had just made a SERIOUS error in judgement. Sigh.

Unfortunately, Dog has been aggressive since before we got her. Even as a puppy, she repeatedly attacked the other dog at her first home. (Strangely, she hasn't shown any aggression towards our cats, and she and Kitten have a wonderful time chasing each other around and playing.) When she first came to us, she would snap at Baby when she was near me and he would come over to me. I thought we had taken care of that, but, lately, she's been snapping at him again whenever Husband or I have picked him up. I would have gotten rid of her LONG AGO (this is the dog with the bark that is the same pitch and intensity as our FIRE ALARM), but Ian begged me not to because he loves her. When she started snapping at Baby again, I told him she would have to go if she bit anyone.

The rest of my day was filled with wailing, tears, and pleading from Ian and Marie as they tried to change my mind about finding her a new home while I tried to make dinner, make bread, and make another batch of baked oatmeal. In the middle of this, Husband came home (more chaos and barking!), the UPS truck stopped by, and I heard Husband sending Jeffrey in to me with a "special delivery". I thought it was the freeze-dried yogurt bites I had ordered, but I glanced at the small package while I was stirring various things and noticed that it was from See's Candies! I quickly searched through my memory trying to remember if I had ordered anything from them and worried for a moment that I might have been involved in some sleep-shopping, but when I looked closely, the package was addressed to "RealFirstName InternetName", and when I opened the packing information, I found this:

 With this inside:

A Lovely, Lovely Person had read my post and had sent my favorite candy to me to help with my vacation countdown! Thank you so much, Lovely Person!! That was such a kind, thoughtful thing to do, and such a fun surprise!  I feel so loved and so grateful to be able to call so many Lovely People my friends! The world would certainly be improved if there were more people like you in it =)!

The cheerfully wrapped box of deliciousness
YUMMY! Ahem. I mean, they arrived in good shape!
I counted and wrote down when I can start eating one each day so that I eat the last one the day before I leave =)!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Crappy Day P@ckage Exch@nge 2012, #2 (Edited-1)

Do you want to sign up for a Crappy Day Present Exch@nge? You have come to the right place! Wahoo! Registration is now OPEN!!

Items of note:
  • Remember to go to the registry post and leave your answers in the comments (or email your answers to me, if you'd prefer). If you have previously left a comment answering the registry questions and your answers have changed, leave a new comment, and delete your old comment, or email me, and I will delete your old comment.
  • In order to help your person get to know you even better, either google "getting to know you questions" or go to one of these sites (which I found when I googled), copy the questions, and put your answers either in a blog post (or two or three...), or email the questions and answers to me, and I will forward them on to your person.
  • The weather is so weird this year, so use your best judgement about sending chocolate things that might melt.
  • If you want to SEND a box (either to someone specific or someone random) anonymously (er, anonymously to THEM; *I* will still need some information from you to make sure that you are somebody *I* would be comfortable giving *my* personal information to if situations were reversed!) and not RECEIVE a box, email me, and I will be able to arrange that for you.
  • For the price range issue, we will continue to take the advice of a very wise Swistle who once said:
    • "As for price range, I think it's "whatever is still fun." If you start getting stressed about the cost, that = not fun. I think a prize can be something you go out and buy, or it can be half a batch of cookies, a couple of used paperbacks, and a bottle of moisturizer that wasn't right for you. (In fact, I think sometime later we should do a "Redistributing Clutter" Pay it Forward, where we all get rid of some of the stuff in our houses that we don't want but it's too good/expensive to throw away.)"
  • If you live in Canada or the UK and want to participate but are worried about postage, email me anyway; if there are others from your country/area who want to participate, I will match you up.
  • If you do a blog post about the box you receive, send me a link, and I'll add it to the Other Examples of CDP post.
  • If you want to be anonymous if your recipient does a blog post about the package, let the recipient of your box know that!
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If you would still like to participate after reading all of this, email me, by April 15th at: stilldoingmybest (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • In your email, copy, paste, and answer these questions (please do this again even if you've signed up before because it makes it easier for me to keep track of the information if I get a new email from everyone):
    • If this is your first time signing up, how did you find out about this exchange?
    • What is your internet name, (real) name and address? (This information will only be used for CDP purposes!)
    • If you have social media accounts (blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc...), would you give me the pertinent information so I can pass it on to your person? (These can be a good source of inspiration for presents!)
    • Is there anything important about you that I should tell the person who gets your name? (Life-threatening allergies, need for anonymity, etc...)
    • Is there anyone you WANT to send a package to? (List people in order of preference, and I will see what I can do!)
    • Is there anyone you DON'T want to send a package to? (For example, perhaps you've already sent a certain person a CDP and want somebody new to stalk get to know?)
    • Do you want to be assigned...
      • A person you already know? (I tend to guess about who knows who based on blog and Twitter comments, but feel free to enlighten me if you do have a preference =)!)
      • Someone you don't know?
      • No preference?
    • Do you want me to assign your name to...
      • Someone you already know? 
      • Someone you don't know?
      • No preference?
    • Is there anyone who has joined the registry that you do NOT want to have your address?
    • Are you willing to send a package to Canada or the United Kingdom (It appears to cost around $45 to send a flat-rate package to either of these places, unless you can keep your package under 4 pounds, and then it's more in the $20 (Canada)-$30 (UK) range.)?
  • If you have any questions for your person, and you are aiming for the element of surprise and don't want to email your person directly, email me your question(s) and the name of your person, and I will take care of that for you =).
I will email you as soon as I can after April 15th with the information for your person.
Please send your package no later than May 15th.
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I think that's everything important, but let me know if you still have questions that I haven't answered and I will edit this post with your questions and the answers!!

EDITS
1. Someone asked: "Do we have the okay to send things as Swistle suggested that maybe we tried (like a lotion) but didn't LOVE and now we don't want to throw it away/can't donate it, but know someone else might LOVE it???"
I would say "yes". If I were to do that, I would include a little note explaining that I had tried _____ and it didn't work for me, but I thought it was something she would enjoy =).