Monday, August 17, 2009

I shoulda kept my happy dance to myself.

Be careful whenever you think it's safe to do a happy dance.

First, no. I have no idea why my header isn't showing up. I am not good at coding or html or whatever it is that you need to be good at to have a blog. I break out in a sweat whenever I have to go into my cPanel. Oh God! Just thinking about what I will have to do to get it back is making me nauseous. Maybe I'll just start a new blog completely. That'll solve the problem until I break something else. Jeez, I'm dumb.

So yes, this is still Pinkie and the Bean but we're just a little invisible at the moment. Please bare with my dumbness.

Two, I'd like to apologize to the universe, or to Murphy as in Murphy's Law, or to whomever I need to due to some recent happenings in my life. About two weeks ago, I posted about this. Yep, the post about my car, Josie the Jetta, hitting the 200K mile marker in her life. Right before I hit the "publish" button, I thought to myself "gee, I sure hope this doesn't jinx me".

Well, the jinx is full on. Last week I spent some time on the side of the road waiting on a tow truck and pondering my idiocy. How could I have thrown out that big ole "up yours" to the universe like that? I was just asking for trouble and trouble I got.

We are still trying to figure out if Josie can survive this or not. She's a trooper, (well, no, she's a Jetta but you know what I mean). She's been on death's door before. So many times before but she's always fought her way back. Thanks to the checking account taking big hits, she's been able to come back to life again and again. We can only pray for her speedy recovery this time.

Everyone keeps saying "cash for clunkers! cash for clunkers!". All I can say is I need at least one more year out of this clunker. Please, please, please! Don't fail me now, Josie.

Hopefully Josie will make a full recovery and someone will help me find that damned banner. Nest time I go to do a happy dance, someone smack me upside the head.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pinkie's Book Review - The Read and Share Toddler Bible

I recently got the chance to do my very first book review for The Read and Share Toddler Bible by Gwen Ellis and Illustrated by Steve Smallman.  I bought Bean another baby Bible that we read from now and then but I believe The Read and Share Toddler Bible will replace that one.  This book first has beautiful, colorful illustrations throughout.  It is hardback with 192 pages of stories.  The Read and Share Toddler Bible covers both the Old and New Testaments.  This book is recommended for ages one to four.

The Toddler Bible contains over 40 stories and each story is broken down and written to make it easy for a toddler to understand.  The illustrations bring the stories to life on the page.  Some of these “retellings” even helped me to understand some of the stories a little better and I’ve heard them all my life.

After each story, there is a note to parents that offers ideas on craft projects, reading tips to act out stories and other activities that will help your toddler grasp the meaning of each story better.  Each story has a different color at the bottom corner of each page so you’ll know how many pages are left in each story and helps you to keep your place better.

The Read and Share Toddler Bible even comes with a 1 hour DVD that brings 14 of the Bible stories to life on screen.

Check out this flip book for a preview.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Weekend Project - Bathroom Shelves

My dear Uncle Harold made this bathroom shelving unit for my mother and it used to sit in our bathroom in the house I grew up in.

I've had it in my garage for close to 10 years now. It's just been sitting there collecting dust. If you don't already know, dust is the biggest thing I collect. the beginning of summer we decided to start going through the garage and clear some stuff out. I have furniture and all kinds of boxes of items in my garage from my grandmother's and my mother's house. They haven't been touched since they were put in the garage when I moved in this house back in 2000.

This is one of the items I figured we would put in a garage sale. We had one garage sale back a few months ago and this item just never wound up on the truck to the sale. So a month or so ago, Glidden offered free samples of their paint and I snagged one in Robins Egg Blue. I love this color now. It is becoming my second favorite next to pink. (Don't tell pink though cause she is kinda jealous.)

Hubz suggested that I pull out this shelf thingie and paint it with my new paint. He seemed to be afraid I'd make him use the paint on a wall someplace. I think one of the reasons we haven't already started on Baby No. 2 is because he's afraid he's gonna have to paint another room.

We started off with Hubz sanding down the shelves.

Then I got my marching orders. "Get a wet cloth, not too wet cause you don't wanna soak the wood. Not too dry cause you wanna get off all the dust from the sanding." I seriously went through three dust rags before I met inspection. He's a tough one, that Hubz.

I was then let loose to show off my artistic abilities. (Yeah, so what it was only one color on the whole thing? So what? What are you trying to say? I'm not artistic? Huh, buddy?) Okay, so I'm not that artistic but I was still good at my assigned task.

I painted and painted and painted. There is only a little bit of paint on the front porch and there was only a little bit of paint on Bean. Yes, I could have put down a drop cloth like the pros do but I felt like living on the edge, People! And I really just forgot to do it. Bean learned to play the "Opposite Game". This is the game where Mommy says not to do something and Bean does the exact opposite. She's really good at this game. But we went a whole day without having to call Poison Control so I figured it was a good day for us.

Here are some pictures of the finished product. I think it turned out pretty nice and well, just pretty. I love the color. Bean thinks it tastes great and Hubz is still undecided but very glad it isn't on a wall someplace. It is now in our little "toilet room" above the toilet with tons of newly discovered body lotions on the shelves.

How do you guys think it turned out?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - "Miles"tones

My car, Josie the Jetta, did something pretty big Saturday night.  I had to take a picture to commemorate the moment.  I hope this doesn't signal the "beginning of the end".

Monday, August 3, 2009

Update on the Big Girl Bed

Hubz finally got the Big Girl Bed put back together and we had a surprising result for all his efforts.

Bean slept the whole night Friday night in her Big Girl Bed. When she woke up Saturday morning, she just looked around - no crying, no hysteria.

Saturday and Sunday nights - not so much. I knew it was too good to be true.