A Few of My Favorite Things Today

gas1. Paying less than $3.00/gallon for gas. I remember back in college when gas was hovering right under a dollar and I wondered if it would really go that high. Ha! Now I call it a bargain if it drops below $2.50. Yikes. Check this out for tips on saving money on gas. (reminder – I’m only in my mid-twenties…..okay upper-mid.)

2. Funny cool people with a great attitude. Check out posts by the two newest bloggers I link to on my sidebar, Fallible and Rocks in My Dryer. I hope to rotate and change these links around, based on who I’m currently reading.

3. My daddy. He wrote the sweetest seven sevens I’ve ever seen and sent it to me by email. I want to be like him if I ever grow up.

4. Good Great Super-Hero-Type Babysitters — We have a pretty steady babysitter who we’ll call Ruby. We adore her. The kids adore her. I am happy to pay her for the peace of mind it brings me when she’s watching the kids.

We have a “mother’s helper” (read this — too-young-for-me-to-feel-comfortable-leaving-the-kids-alone-with-her-but-we’re-trying-to-brainwash-her-into-loving-our-kids-so-we-can-monopolize-her-on-weekends-for-the-rest-of-her-life-when-she-gets-older) This past week, she spent over two hours sitting in the car (Laylee jumps in at this point and says “VAN! It’s a van Mommy. It’s MY van!) VAN (for the love, stop YELLING at me!) with the kids reading stories every time I stopped to run in and do an errand.

Over two hours of errands without having to unpack the kids from the car ONCE and the whole time with them thinking it was the best thing ever — all for the tidy sum of $6.00, which she argued was too much. She then told me she’d had a “really fun time.” Ahh! I’m in love.

We discovered another awesome babysitter last night. She brought a “kit” of activities for the kids and did all kinds of a great job. People at the Mega-Corp Christmas party asked us who was watching Laylee and Magoo and it felt so great to say we were confident in the care they were getting.

5. Cartridge World. Save the world and save a couple bucks. They recycle your old cartridge and sell you refilled used ones for half the price of new. We tried them for the first time today. One more step towards actually sending out Christmas cards this year. It really may happen….preferably before the 25th.

6. Fun links to my site:

I am quoted on an Indian Cooking Site. I feel like I’m Martha Stewart-style famous now, without the prison record. (Look about half-way down on the left sidebar for a quote by Kathryn. Pst……that’s me.)

Also, I am the second hit if you do an msn search for the word “daring.” Sweet!

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15 Responses to A Few of My Favorite Things Today

  1. Sugarmama says:

    How did you find this mother’s helper person? I want a helper! Imagine all the time saved by not having to negotiate the 5-pont harness…

  2. Brooke says:

    Wow, Kathryn, thanks for the plug!

  3. RGLHM says:

    Great links to new blogs. Loved them both! And I couldn’t get your dad’s link…would love to read it.

  4. Sugar – She is my friend’s daughter. I highly recommend getting a friend who has a daughter and hiring her.

    Brooke – No problemo. I think you rule.

  5. Oh, and my dad’s thing was just in a Word Doc. I’d post it if he gave me permission, which I doubt will happen. It was VERY sweet though.

  6. Heather says:

    What’s the Indian cooking site?

  7. Okay, the cooking site link works now. Thanks for pointing that out.

  8. Pam in Utah says:

    I got gas for $1.86 a couple of days ago! Finally under $2.00 Wow. I’m impressed that you are quoted on the Indian Cooking site. Your are definitely a great cook, I know. Wonder how he found your site? And nice that you are Daring #2!

  9. Julana says:

    Make that 21, who think you’re funny. 🙂

  10. Catez says:

    Kathryn (daring one),
    In case my email doesn’t reach you, there is something specifically for you on my blog.

  11. Karen says:

    I paid $1.93 the other day and felt like I’d won the lottery. Pretty sad when a month or so ago I was whining about paying $1.93.

    I love the idea of taking your little helper in the car with you! Wow, that’s great.

  12. Brooke says:

    DYM, I’m so excited…at church tonight I found a mother’s helper!

  13. Sandra says:

    Please share the babysitting info with me. (Possibly on one of our walks). See I do read. 🙂

  14. Katy says:

    Wait, wait! Is it too late for me to have a mother’s helper? Oh, yeah…the 20-year-old baby moved out last summer. Phooey! Thank you, Kathryn, for mentioning my site, too. (www.fallible.com) It’s not a bad place to hang out to learn about life “on the other side” of parenting those crazy kids. With some laughs thrown in often, of course….

    I LOVE keeping up with the goings-on of the young moms of today. You all are an inspiration!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hello, I want to meet some other local people who, like me, are interested in cooking & particularly moroccan cooking. I’ve found this site (moroccan cooking). Are there any other ways of meeting similar people?
    Many thanks

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